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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. …

  • Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor
    Colombia president reinstates ousted Bogota mayor

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Jose Manuel Santos says he has reinstated ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro after a Colombian court ordered the move. …

  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea
    Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But ... …

  • US says average airfares rising slowly; $381 in 4Q

    DALLAS (AP) — The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. …

  • Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March
    Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

    The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start. The Commerce Department said Wednesday ... …

  • Property tax credit gets boost with new Maine law

    A new Maine law means that some low-and-middle income families will see their property tax credits double. The bill Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently signed raises a property tax credit for residents ... …

  • Court-ordered tobacco ads will include black media

    The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including black media outlets in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking. A federal judge ... …

  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
    Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure ... …