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  • Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare
    Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defences against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential carriers. …

  • Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo
    Filipinos se crucifican de verdad en Viernes Santo

    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Filipinas (AP) — Creyentes en el norte de Filipinas se clavaron de verdad en cruces de madera al emular la crucifixión de Jesucristo ante la mirada de miles de espectadores locales y extranjeros que presenciaron estos ritos sangrientos anuales con motivo del Viernes Santo en el principal país católico romano de Asia. …

  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church
    Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    By Erik de Castro CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a …

  • Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis. …

  • President's office: 4 French journalists taken captive in Syria in June 2013 have been freed

    President's office: 4 French journalists taken captive in Syria in June 2013 have been freed. …

  • South Korean coast guard finds 30th body from the sinking of a ferry 3 days ago

    South Korean coast guard finds 30th body from the sinking of a ferry 3 days ago. …

  • Malaysia asks world to pray for missing plane clue
    Malaysia asks world to pray for missing plane clue

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Malaysian official on Saturday asked the world to "pray hard" for a clue to help find Flight 370, while authorities said a robotic submarine was expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty. …

  • Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead
    Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead

    By Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO South Korea (Reuters) - Relatives of some of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as a rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board. The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. The 69-year-old captain, Lee Joon-seok, was …

  • Scenes from the never-dull Clinton White House

    Glimpses into behind-the-scenes workings of President Bill Clinton's White House, as revealed in newly released documents: …

  • Yemen drone strike 'kills 15 Qaeda suspects, 3 civilians'
    Yemen drone strike 'kills 15 Qaeda suspects, 3 civilians'

    A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme. Last month, Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi defended the use of drones against Al-Qaeda in his country, which has killed dozens of militants in a …