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Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:39:56 +0800

Carvings on a rock wall in Binangonan east of Manila on February 13, 2014The 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 3000 BC, based on carving tools and pottery shards discovered at the site, indicating they originated before the use of metal tools.


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Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:28:09 +0800

Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, on April 23, 2014Hong 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 bilateral relations between Hong Kong and the Philippines," the Chinese territory's chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, told reporters after the deal was struck. Hong Kong had long been infuriated by the Philippine government's response to the incident, in which a disgraced ex-Manila police officer hijacked a tour bus in protest at his sacking.


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Philippines arrests extremist in Malaysia resort kidnapping

Date Posted: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:03:18 +0800

A file picture taken on September 21, 2009 shows Filipino soldiers raising the national flag after seizing control of an Abu Sayyaf militant camp on Mindanao islandPhilippine 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 island, was arrested in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga, said Colonel Andrelino Colina, head of a special anti-terror task force. Idjiran also took turns guarding the hostages who were taken across the sea border to the remote Philippine island of Jolo, he added.


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Three foreigners killed in attack in Afghan hospital - security sources

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:29:50 +0800

Three foreigners were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, security sources said, in the latest of a series of attacks against foreign civilians. Attacks on security forces, Afghan civilians and Westerners have been on the rise since the beginning of the year as Afghans have voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai, barred by the constitution from running again.

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Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement says Obama

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:25:37 +0800

The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepensUS President Barack Obama accused Russia on Thursday of failing to respect an agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, the latest salvo in the Cold War-like duel between Washington and Moscow over the future of the ex-Soviet nation. Obama's comments came as the interior and defence ministries said Thursday Ukraine's military clashed with pro-Kremlin rebels in two eastern towns overnight. Obama said Washington was ready to slap fresh sanctions on Moscow, a day after Russia, which has massed tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, warned that it was ready to strike if its interests were attacked.


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Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:33:07 +0800

President Barack Obama attends a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Junko Kimura-Matsumoto, Pool)TOKYO (AP) — Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.


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Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:23:41 +0800

Plaintiffs, attorneys and supporters walk out of federal court where a federal judge heard oral arguments in two cases challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Judge Michael McShane did not say which way he was leaning, but his questioning focused heavily on how he should apply precedents from higher courts. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon urged a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.


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Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

Date Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:21:11 +0800

Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stallFinancial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different. Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed to flop in 2014 as ...


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