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  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

    The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. …

  • 5 dead, 15 injured in Philippine bus accident
    5 dead, 15 injured in Philippine bus accident

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least five people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured Wednesday when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Philippines' Camarines Sur province at the start of the Easter week exodus of vacationers to provinces, police said. …

  • Philippine rebels slam military killings despite peace deal
    Philippine rebels slam military killings despite peace deal

    The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group on Tuesday denounced the killing of four of its members in clashes with soldiers, just two weeks after a peace deal was signed to end their decades-old conflict. The military has acknowledged that gunmen from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were among 20 people killed in a shootout on a remote southern island Friday as security forces pursued Islamic militants blamed for beheadings and kidnappings. "Four of our members were martyred," MILF …

  • South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster
    South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. …

  • Up to 295 still missing in S. Korea ferry capsize
    Up to 295 still missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

    South Korean officials said as many as 295 people were still unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 477 passengers and crew capsized off the south coast on Wednesday. As the government retracted an earlier announcement that 368 people had been rescued, the South Korean coastguard said it could only confirm 180 had been brought to safety. Some could be seen sliding down the steeply inclined side of the ferry and into the water, as rescuers, including the crew of what appeared to be a small …

  • Tanned Girls, Tobacco-Chewing Dudes: Gender Norms Affect Teen Cancer Risk

    Teenage girls who see themselves as the most feminine and teenage boys who perceive themselves as the most masculine may be more likely to behave in ways that increase their risk of cancer and other health issues, compared with teens who do not strictly follow gender standards as they are marketed by certain industries. And adolescent boys who most strongly stick to popular norms of masculinity were 80 percent more likely to chew tobacco, and 55 percent more likely to smoke cigars, compared …

  • Herb Supplements Are the Most Common Complementary Medicine in US

    Herbs and other dietary supplements besides vitamins are the most commonly used type of "complementary medicine" (also called alternative medicine) in the United States, followed by visits to chiropractors, yoga and massage, a new report finds. In 2012, nearly 18 percent of American adults said they took herbs or other supplements that were not vitamins and minerals. Other types of complementary medicine were less common: 8.5 percent said they were treated by a chiropractor or osteopathic …

  • PHL Genome Center's supercomputer goes online

    The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) in UP Diliman has officially opened its Core Facility for Bioniformatics (CFB), with the capability to analyze biological data for local scientists and researchers. “The Core Facility for Bioinformatics, a part of the research project ‘capability building in R&D genomics’ is now open to local researchers through the grant from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD),” NewsBytes quoted Dr. …

  • Tesco profits drop 6%, eyes Asian growth to offset Europe woes
    Tesco profits drop 6%, eyes Asian growth to offset Europe woes

    Supermarket giant Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, announced a second drop running in underlying annual profits on Wednesday as it hopes that recent expansion into India and China can offset weakness in Europe. The company, the world's third-biggest supermarket group, said its trading profit dropped 6.0 percent to £3.31 billion ($5.54 billion, 4.0 billion euros) in the year to late February, compared with its performance in 2012/13. However, the previous year's figures had been hit when …

  • Israeli police enter holy site to disperse riot

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse a riot. …