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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 …

  • Protests on Dhaka factory disaster anniversary
    Protests on Dhaka factory disaster anniversary

    Western fashion brands faced pressure Thursday to increase help for victims of the world's worst garment factory accident, as mass protests marked the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh disaster that cost 1,138 lives. Thousands of people, some wearing funeral shrouds, staged demonstrations at the site of the now-infamous Rana Plaza factory complex outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, which collapsed last April 24 after a catastrophic structural failure. At least it would give us some …

  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
    Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    TOKYO (AP) — As negotiations falter, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region. …

  • Clubs face 'tough' sanctions breaking financial rules, UEFA says
    Clubs face 'tough' sanctions breaking financial rules, UEFA says

    UEFA will take "tough" action against top European clubs whose financing is being investigated, but none risks a Champions League ban, UEFA chief Michael Platini said Thursday. Media reports have said England's Manchester City and Paris St Germain of France face particular scrutiny from the UEFA inquiry. We are going to take this to the end," Platini told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview. Platini did not mention any team that faces sanctions but said he was "not sure" that Paris St …

  • Canon sees profit gain on weak yen, rising sales

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese camera and office equipment maker Canon Inc. on Thursday reported a hefty 16 percent gain in profit for the first fiscal quarter, largely on a favorable exchange rate, but such strong growth wasn't expected to hold up. …

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: …

  • Miami Beach theater evacuated after popcorn fire

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A small fire that started in a popcorn machine caused the evacuation of a Miami Beach movie theater. …

  • South Sudan president fires longtime army leader

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A South Sudan military spokesman says the president has replaced the military's chief of staff amid massive fighting across the country between the military and rebels. …