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People evacuate to a street following an earthquake in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a ten-metre (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline.


A first batch of 12 human rights victims during martial law were handed checks worth $1,000 each in an emotionally charged ceremony in Manila.  (AFP photo)


MANILA — Victims of human rights violation during the Martial Law years were one in saying that the return to public office of the Marcoses, more than two decades after the late dictator was toppled from power in the EDSA People Power uprising, was a slap on their faces and the countless other victims who endured suffering during that period.


Drenching rains unleashed by a tropical cyclone have left vast tracts of Queensland state under water, with 1,000 evacuations and 38 regions declared natural disaster areas.  (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)


The torrential rain that produced bowler-friendly conditions that helped England retain the Ashes has caused major disruption to world's largest exporter of coal.


Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Netherlands have called on both whalers and protestors to show restraint.


Australia has joined New Zealand, the United States and the Netherlands in a call for whalers and protesters in the Southern Ocean to ensure the safety of life at sea.




CALAMBA, Laguna — President Benigno Aquino III acknowledged the mistake his legal team committed in drafting the amnesty proclamation for detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other soldiers that mutinied against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seven years ago.

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