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Voter respite from Philippines prison blues

Marcos loyalty strong before Philippines elections

Famed Filipino boxer heads to the polls

Tsunami: Pacific nations wait, and exhale

TOKYO, Japan — Dozens of countries in the Pacific region spent an anxious 24 hours bracing for massive waves after Saturday’s magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile sent a tsunami coursing halfway around the world. The threat of more devastation attracted blanket TV coverage, as millions, from New Zealand to Russia’s far east, waited to learn whether they would be spared or forced to flee their homes.

Philippine government warns of tsunami threat

The Philippine government has warned residents of 19 provinces in the eastern part of the country that tsunamis could hit their areas Sunday afternoon, a full 24 hours after the earthquake that struck Chile. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued a “Tsunami Alert Level 1” shortly before midnight on Saturday over the east coast of the country and urged the residents in these areas to “keep watch” and to prepare for possible evacuation.

Dalai Lama: Blackballed from Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand — In the age of growing Chinese influence, there’s a simple measure of a country’s willingness to test China’s wrath. Will they stamp the Dalai Lama’s passport? Add Thailand to the shrinking list of nations that won’t.

On Location: Manila — Gangland, Philippines-style

Police shut down Mr. Gay China competition in Beijing

BEIJING, China — It was no match: eight stocky policemen against eight young gay men. The eight contestants for Mr. Gay China did not stand a chance. The officers — whom one organizer described as “definitely not cute” — stomped into Beijing’s upscale LAN club Friday night to tell Ben Zhang, the man behind China’s first ever national gay beauty pageant, that the show could not go on.

Economic worries in Indonesia? Blame the Chinese.

CIPULIR, Indonesia — They say it’s all about location, location, location. But here, sitting outside her store in the corner of the fourth floor of a crowded indoor garments market, Ibu Nasution says the only threat to her business is the Chinese. “When they get here, nobody will buy these clothes anymore. We won’t be able to pay our debts. We won’t be able to eat. Things are going to get bad,” she said, sitting on a dusty stack of tightly wrapped T-shirts.
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