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  • Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing
    Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

    The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Southeast Asian nation's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats. The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age. "They show that in ancient times, the Philippines did have a complex culture. Museum scientists believe the carvings date back to …

  • Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus
    Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

    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. …

  • 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. …

  • AP NewsAlert

    SKorean president calls actions of sunken ferry's captain, some crew 'unforgivable, murderous' …

  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. …

  • Grim work for families as more bodies discovered
    Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry — just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth. …

  • President says ferry crew's actions 'tantamount to murder"
    President says ferry crew's actions 'tantamount to murder"

    The actions of the captain and crew of a capsized South Korean ferry were "tantamount to murder," President Park Guen-Hye said Monday, condemning their "unimaginable" decision to escape while hundreds were still trapped in the sinking vessel. The weeping of devastated family members could be heard across the harbour on Jindo island as boats brought the most recently recovered bodies in from the nearby rescue site Monday morning. …

  • Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit
    Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit

    Japan's Shinzo Abe offered a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, but reportedly plans to stay away during the spring festival, in an apparent compromise between not angering Asian neighbours and playing to his nationalist base. The unapologetically nationalist Abe donated a sacred "masakaki" tree to coincide with the start of a three-day festival, a shrine official said, two days ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Yasukuni Shrine honours Japan's war dead, …

  • Car hits packed Florida church, injuring about 20

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through a concrete outer wall and several pews, injuring about 20 people. …

  • Biden heads to Ukraine after violence erupts
    Biden heads to Ukraine after violence erupts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. …