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  • Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping
    Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

    Philippine forces on Wednesday arrested a Muslim extremist believed to have taken part in the kidnapping of 21 people from a Malaysian resort in 2000, a senior commander said. Such cross-border kidnappings have become more common recently with militants from the lawless southern Philippines travelling to nearby Malaysia, where there are many dive resorts popular with foreign tourists. Nabil Talahi Idjiran, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group who took part in one such raid on Malaysia's Sipadan …

  • Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row
    Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

    Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of the tragedy, which saw eight tourists from Hong Kong killed following a bus hijacking in Manila in 2010, as well as an apology. "The resolution of the incident enables the normalisation of the …

  • HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths
    HK, Philippines compromise over tourist deaths

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong's demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations. …

  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
    Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. …

  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Wednesday that the death toll could be much higher. It ... …

  • Bomb kills police general in Cairo
    Bomb kills police general in Cairo

    A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Egypt's capital within a week. The blast in the upscale western suburb of October 6 killed Ahmed Zaki, a commander of Egypt's central security forces who have spearheaded a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Militants have launched scores of attacks mainly targeting security forces since the military deposed Morsi …

  • Florida woman denied flight in NC with oxygen tank

    A Florida woman says an airline worker at a North Carolina airport refused to allow her to fly home with an oxygen tank because she didn't have the proper paperwork. Seventy-eight-year-old Jane Graham-Bailey ... …

  • First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. …

  • Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job
    Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength. …

  • Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier
    Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. …