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Visiting students look at the carvings on a rock wall in Binangonan, east of Manila, on February 16, 2014

Philippines' oldest artworks in danger of disappearing

AFP News 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 ancie…

  • 57 startups in Asia that caught our eye
    57 startups in Asia that caught our eye Tech in Asia - 8 hours ago

    Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. More »57 startups in Asia that caught our eye

    57 startups in Asia that caught our eye

    Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week.

  • Rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) 3rd Brigade soldiers secure an area on Hka Ya mountain in Kachin province, on January 20, 2013
    Myanmar army says 22 dead in clashes with rebels AFP News - 11 hours ago

    Fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar has left at least 22 people dead this month, the army said Sunday, dimming hopes of a nationwide … More »Myanmar army says 22 dead in clashes with rebels

    Rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) 3rd Brigade soldiers secure an area on Hka Ya mountain in Kachin province, on January 20, 2013

    Fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar has left at least 22 people dead this month, the army said Sunday, dimming hopes of a nationwide peace deal. Eight government soldiers, including one officer, have been killed in clashes this month, according to a military statement carried by …

  • Pope Francis lifts up the chalice as he leads a vigil mass during Easter celebrations at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
    Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter Reuters - 11 hours ago

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and … More »Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter

    Pope Francis lifts up the chalice as he leads a vigil mass during Easter celebrations at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, the Argentine pope said a solemn Mass before some …

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a group of Japanese lawmakers, seen silhouetted in the middle of the photo, offer prayers at the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan's war dead, including World War II leaders convicted of war crimes, in Tokyo during an annual spring festival. A Japanese Cabinet minister visited the Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors. Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning, April 20, 2014, at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
    Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's … More »Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

    FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a group of Japanese lawmakers, seen silhouetted in the middle of the photo, offer prayers at the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan's war dead, including World War II leaders convicted of war crimes, in Tokyo during an annual spring festival. A Japanese Cabinet minister visited the Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors. Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning, April 20, 2014, at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.

  • A Malaysian Muslim activist walks past a banner during a protest against US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Malaysia, outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on April 18, 2014
    China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia AFP News - 16 hours ago

    President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes … More »China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia

    A Malaysian Muslim activist walks past a banner during a protest against US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Malaysia, outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on April 18, 2014

    President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy. China's regional ascent is now reality, with its growing economic and military influence nudging and worrying neighbors …

  • Pope Francis holding a tall, lit, white candle, enters a darkened St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Easter vigil service, at the Vatican, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
    Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth" Associated Press - 21 hours ago

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil … More »Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

    Pope Francis holding a tall, lit, white candle, enters a darkened St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Easter vigil service, at the Vatican, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

  • FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats Associated Press - Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through … More »Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

  • Students from a local college training with balls at Hanoi's Sports Complex that was built for Southeast Asian Games 2003 in Hanoi, on November 23, 2012
    Indonesia "proud" to host 2019 Asiad if selected AFP News - Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Indonesia said Saturday it would be "proud" to host the 2019 Asian Games after sports sources indicated it was the favourite to take on the event after Vietnam withdrew. … More »Indonesia "proud" to host 2019 Asiad if selected

    Students from a local college training with balls at Hanoi's Sports Complex that was built for Southeast Asian Games 2003 in Hanoi, on November 23, 2012

    Indonesia said Saturday it would be "proud" to host the 2019 Asian Games after sports sources indicated it was the favourite to take on the event after Vietnam withdrew. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced on Thursday that his country was pulling out of hosting the 2019 Games because of economic "difficulties". …

  • Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona gestures as he talks with officials at the Department of Health in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Ona said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
    Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned … More »Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

    Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona gestures as he talks with officials at the Department of Health in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Ona said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

  • Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona gestures as he talks with officials at the Department of Health in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Ona said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
    Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned … More »Filipino from Abu Dhabi tests negative for MERS

    Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona gestures as he talks with officials at the Department of Health in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Ona said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

  • Lee Westwood of England hits the ball out of a bunker on the fourteenth hole during the third round of the Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 19, 2014
    Westwood wilts but maintains lead in Malaysian Open AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Lee Westwood survived high temperatures and fierce competition from compatriot Andy Sullivan to cling onto the lead in the Malaysian Open on Saturday by a single-stroke. … More »Westwood wilts but maintains lead in Malaysian Open

    Lee Westwood of England hits the ball out of a bunker on the fourteenth hole during the third round of the Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 19, 2014

    Lee Westwood survived high temperatures and fierce competition from compatriot Andy Sullivan to cling onto the lead in the Malaysian Open on Saturday by a single-stroke. Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen managed a three-under 69, but that still leaves the South African seven strokes off the pace.

  • Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on April 8, 2014
    Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defences against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential … More »Philippines boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

    Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on April 8, 2014

    The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defences against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential carriers.

  • KakaoTalk reveals it has 140 million users, made $203 million in revenue last year
    KakaoTalk reveals it has 140 million users, made $203 million in revenue … Tech in Asia - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Korean chat app company, Kakao, has disclosed that its 2013 revenue hit $203 million, netting $59 million in profits. More »KakaoTalk reveals it has 140 million users, made $203 million in revenue …

    KakaoTalk reveals it has 140 million users, made $203 million in revenue last year

    Korean chat app company, Kakao, has disclosed that its 2013 revenue hit $203 million, netting $59 million in profits.

  • US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs-up as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 2, 2014
    Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled … More »Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia

    US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs-up as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 2, 2014

    President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address maritime territorial disputes between US allies and China. …

  • 10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend reading
    10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend r … Tech in Asia - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Here’s a mix of the most popular tech news, features, and lists from the site this week. More »10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend r …

    10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend reading

    Here’s a mix of the most popular tech news, features, and lists from the site this week.

  • In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. The author's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. The FNPI was founded by Garcia Marquez. (AP Photo/Andres Reyes, FNPI)
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short … More »Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

    In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. The author's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. The FNPI was founded by Garcia Marquez. (AP Photo/Andres Reyes, FNPI)

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

  • Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes
    Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes Trip Tipping - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Mix Bangkok’s temples with high quality shopping and flavorsome dining, and you’ll end up with one amazing holiday destination. If you are heading to Grand Palace, the … More »Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes

    Bangkok: River Rides, Shopping and Cafes

    Mix Bangkok’s temples with high quality shopping and flavorsome dining, and you’ll end up with one amazing holiday destination. If you are heading to Grand Palace, the best place to eat authentic , yet affordable Thai cuisine is the restaurant just in front of the palace entrance, Na Phra Lan Café. From here, you can …

  • Resolute Woodlands stun Tampines
    Resolute Woodlands stun Tampines GOAL.com - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Rams pulled off a huge upset against the reigning S.League champions as goals from Chang Jo Yoon and Atsushi Shimono gave them only their second victory of the s … More »Resolute Woodlands stun Tampines

    Resolute Woodlands stun Tampines

    The Rams pulled off a huge upset against the reigning S.League champions as goals from Chang Jo Yoon and Atsushi Shimono gave them only their second victory of the season

  • National Security Adviser Susan Rice, right, accompanied by Ben Rhodes, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, speaks about President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Asia, Friday April 18, 2014 , at the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    White House makes economics focus of Asia trip Associated Press - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional … More »White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    National Security Adviser Susan Rice, right, accompanied by Ben Rhodes, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, speaks about President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Asia, Friday April 18, 2014 , at the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 7, 2014
    No Obama meeting for Malaysia's Anwar AFP News - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule … More »No Obama meeting for Malaysia's Anwar

    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 7, 2014

    President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting. Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century when he touches down in the country …