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  • Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears
    Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    Philippine health authorities said Wednesday they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly MERS virus. The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said. The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the MERS or …

  • Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'
    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic …

  • 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. …

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains

    Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei leading the retreat as investors locked in profits after a strong rally. Profit taking set in following a sharp rise in Tokyo the day ... …

  • Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn: report
    Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn: report

    Sina Weibo has sold fewer shares than expected in its US IPO which has been priced below expectations, a report said Thursday, ahead of its listing which takes place after selloffs on Wall Street. The Beijing-based firm, often described as China's version of Twitter, sold 16.8 million US depositary shares at $17, raising $285.6 million before the sale of any additional shares to underwriters, Dow Jones Newswires said, quoting two people familiar with the deal. Those figures are well below the …

  • Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maalula
    Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maalula

    In the Bab Tuma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maalula which was retaken by government forces this week. The Syrian army recaptured Maalula on Monday, saying it had restored "security and stability" to the picturesque hamlet where 5,000 people lived before the war began in March 2011. "But there are still sleeper cells in Maalula." On Monday, as the army worked to recapture the town, three employees of Al-Manar, the …

  • MyPhone Rio 5-inch Quad-core Dual-SIM Android Jelly Bean Smartphone Sells Below 5K (Updated)
    MyPhone Rio 5-inch Quad-core Dual-SIM Android Jelly Bean Smartphone Sells Below 5K (Updated)

    Update: To view the highlights and sidelights of MyPhone Rio's grand launch, visit http://gohwz.ws.P5zB22. Feel free to register at our Forums section. …

  • Fears grow for hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry capsize
    Fears grow for hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

    The frantic search for nearly 300 people, most of them schoolchildren, missing after a South Korean ferry capsized extended into a second day Thursday, as distraught relatives maintained an agonising vigil on shore. A total of 375 high school students were on board, travelling with their teachers to the popular island resort of Jeju. …

  • Russia, Ukraine sit down for crisis talks
    Russia, Ukraine sit down for crisis talks

    Russia and Ukraine sit down for high-stakes talks in Geneva on Thursday, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to meet his Ukrainian, US and EU counterparts just as pro-Kremlin militants -- whom Kiev says are backed by Moscow -- consolidate their takeover of parts of Ukraine's southeastern industrial heartland. The crunch talks come after a military …

  • Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident
    Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

    By Narae Kim JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers were hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korea ferry on Thursday hoping for a response from hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, believed trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours previously. "I am really angry with the government," said Kwak Hyun-ok, whose daughter who was one of 340 children and teachers from one school on the vessel. Of the 475 passengers and crew on the vessel, nine were …