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A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with four other people on a restive southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, officials said today. 

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Boxing: Pacquiao loss is latest bout of controversy

Boxing finds itself mired in controversy again after fierce criticism of the decision to award Timothy Bradley a split-decision victory over hot favourite Manny Pacquiao at Las Vegas' MGM Grand in the early hours of yesterday.

Manny Pacquiao, who will defend his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley tonight

Boxing: Pacquiao wants Mayweather fight

Manny Pacquiao, who will defend his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas tonight, has admitted that the fight the world wants to see would be him against Floyd Mayweather.

Qatar investigates mall fire as young victims mourned 

Investigators in Qatar carried out their first extensive probes through a fire-ravaged daycare center and other charred areas inside the country's biggest mall today after a blaze that killed 19 people, including 13 children. 

Overloaded bus falls into Philippines ravine

Eleven people were killed and 10 injured when an overloaded bus plunged into a 150-metre-deep ravine. The vehicle went out of control while negotiating a rough patch of a mountain road in the northern Philippines on Sunday, said the provincial police chief, William Bequeno.

Catholic radio broadcaster killed in motorbike 'drive-by' in Philippines

The Roman Catholic Church and a media watchdog called for justice today after an anchorman of a Catholic-run radio station was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in the southern Philippines.

17 dead in Philippines clothing store fire

A fire at a clothing store in the southern Philippines has killed 17 employees, most of whom were women who were asleep and trapped on the top floor, officials said.

China to begin deep water drilling in disputed sea

China's first deep water oil drill is ready to start production in the South China Sea amid an ongoing standoff with the Philippines in another section of the contested waters.

Chinese claims 'could be risk to navigation'

The Philippines warned yesterday that Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea may threaten freedom of navigation, and called on Western and Asian countries to take a stand against any such potential threat.

Philippines and China call truce

The Philippines and China resolved an on-going naval stand-off diplomatically yesterday, but neither side was prepared to back down in the most heated confrontation in the disputed South China Sea in years.

Philippines warship in stand-off with China

The Philippines said today its largest warship was engaged in a tense stand-off with Chinese surveillance vessels at a disputed South China Sea shoal.

The Rena's captain and navigating officer have pleaded guilty to mishandling the vessel and altering ship documents after the crash

Ship owners charged over New Zealand oil disaster

New Zealand authorities have filed charges against the owners of a cargo ship that ran aground on a reef six months ago, creating what authorities describe as the country's worst maritime environmental disaster.

Drifting cruise ship heading for port after fire

A cruise ship with reportedly up to 60 Britons on board was drifting in seas south of the Philippines today after a fire in one of the ship's engine rooms.

Amir Khan is set for a rematch

Boxing: Amir Khan vows no mistakes against Lamont Peterson

Amir Khan has promised not to make the same mistakes he made first time around when he faces Lamont Peterson in a rematch on May 19.

Dog show spreads pedigree grooming across Asia

Pedigree Shih Tzu dogs were among the many breeds showcased at the Asia-Pacific dog show in Manila this weekend.

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