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  • Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS
    Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday. …

  • 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. …

  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats
    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. …

  • South Korea ferry captain defends actions, bodies seen in ship
    South Korea ferry captain defends actions, bodies seen in ship

    Investigators arrested Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew early in the morning. All three have been criticised for abandoning hundreds of passengers trapped in the ferry, as they made their own escape. Lee was charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law. …

  • Four French journalists free after Syria kidnap
    Four French journalists free after Syria kidnap

    Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media. French President Francois Hollande said Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were "in good health despite the very challenging conditions of their captivity". Turkish soldiers found the four men abandoned in no-man's land on the border with Syria overnight Friday-Saturday, wearing blindfolds and with their hands …

  • Ukraine crisis: turning points
    Ukraine crisis: turning points

    MOSCOW (AP) — An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties to a degree unseen since the Cold War. The deal Thursday in Geneva came after the four parties held talks together for the first time since Ukraine's turmoil began nearly five months ago. A look at how the Ukrainian crisis has evolved: …

  • Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week
    Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after that, officials said Saturday. …

  • Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis
    Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians rather than outsiders. …