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Two bombs were discovered at Manila's airport and at Subic Bay Freeport, where 18 Pacific Rim leaders will gather next Monday for a Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, magnifying security concerns for the meeting.

Clinton seeks new accord with Chinese

President Bill Clinton yesterday embarked on a trip to Asia and the Pacific which the White House hopes will lay the groundwork for a long overdue improvement in relations with China.

Ali v Frazier: the fight rages on

Their epic battles in the early 70s enthralled the sporting world, but 25 years on Joe Frazier still has not forgiven Muhammad Ali for the taunts and insults that were an integral part of a unique sporting rivalry

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