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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. …

  • Scientists locate shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal ocean scientists have found the wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, a disaster that killed 16 people. …

  • At least 50 killed in Congo train crash - sources

    More than 50 people were killed in a train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province, a provincial minister said on Wednesday. The accident on Tuesday involved a goods train that was also carrying people near Likasi, a mining town between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the copper and cobalt-rich southeast. Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga's interior minister, gave a provisional toll of 56 dead and 69 injured but said the toll was expected to rise and a team had been sent to investigate the …

  • Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try
    Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rivals Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest. …

  • Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake
    Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military commander, under fire in the media after being photographed wearing a luxury watch, says his critics should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake. …

  • Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry
    Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry

    By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. Writing by Nick Macfie; …

  • Spacewalking astronauts tackle urgent repair job

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. …

  • Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims
    Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims

    Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects Wednesday at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week. The city is home to the Danwon High School which had 352 students and a dozen teachers on the Sewol when it capsized. Nearly 280 students are among the dead and missing. The memorial, set up in an indoor sports stadium, was opened Wednesday and comprised a giant altar in the form of a terraced …