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Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS

Date Posted: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:30:26 +0800

An aerial photo taken on December 26, 2013 shows a bird's eye view of suburban ManilaThe Philippines on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately.


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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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Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown

Date Posted: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:26:44 +0800

Visitors to the New York International Auto Show sit in an electric carriage prototype in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea.


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4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme

Date Posted: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:24:42 +0800

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors say a fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of giving cash, vacations and the services of prostitutes in exchange for information.

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