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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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway — from nearly 200 yards away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday as a preliminary hearing opened in the case. …

  • David Pedersen pleads guilty in NW killing rampage

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that netted lighter punishments for two accomplices. …

  • Hillary Clinton daring women to compete
    Hillary Clinton daring women to compete

    BOSTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is daring women to compete, but not saying whether she will herself in 2016. …

  • Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people. …

  • Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad. …

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases

    A look at the 10 biggest volume gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Central Valley Community Bancorp : Approximately 105,100 shares changed hands, a 793.9 percent increase over its 65-day average ... …

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Cree Inc. fell 12.1 percent to $51.04. Intuitive Surgical Inc. fell 11.5 percent to $373.93. TG Therapeutics fell 11.3 percent ... …