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Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:37:01 +0800

Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona speaks in Manila on February 13, 2012Philippine 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 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, he added. Ona said the man, whom he did not name, was reportedly a hospital worker in the United Arab Emirates and may have had contact with someone in that country who died of the MERS virus.


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Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:46 +0800

Passengers form a long line in front of airlines check in counters at the terminal building of Manila international airport on June 16, 2008Philippine 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 that begin on Maundy Thursday. The apologies came amid numerous complaints by irate travellers this week over inadequate air conditioning in some parts of the airport.


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Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

Date Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:14:36 +0800

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attend a rally in support of the peace agreement with the government inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, on southern island of Mindanao, March 27, 2014The 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.


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Asia stocks subdued, Nikkei weak on profit taking

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:35:10 +0800

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

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German Amazon workers called out on strike again

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:28:08 +0800

The sun reflects off Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenGerman labor union Verdi has called on workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany to go on strike on Thursday as a long-running pay dispute continues. "Amazon is refusing talks about a wage agreement," Verdi negotiator Joerg Lauenroth-Mago said in a statement, saying workers at distribution centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld were to walk off the job starting with the morning shift. Verdi wants Amazon to raise pay for workers at its distribution centers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements across the mail order and retail industry in Germany. Amazon, however, has rejected the demand, arguing that it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and says they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.


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Shell finds gas in new area offshore Malaysia

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:24:31 +0800

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - Anglo-Dutch oil and gas major Shell announced on Thursday it had found gas in a new drilling area off Malaysia. It found more than 450 metres of gas column at its Rosmari-1 ...

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Ukraine: 3 dead after Black Sea base attack

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:23:28 +0800

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south-east part of the country.

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Firetruck plows into LA-area cafe; 15 hurt

Date Posted: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:23:26 +0800

Firefighters and other officials work the scene of an accident where two firetrucks answering a call collided en route to a fire Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Monterrey Park, Calif. The collision sent one firetruck careening into a restaurant, leaving 14 people, including several firefighters, injured. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Monterey Park firetruck heading to a blaze collided with another engine and then plowed into restaurant, injuring 15 people including six firefighters, authorities said.


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