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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation. Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice which mixes Roman Catholic ...

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18 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread. More than 20 people, many of them health-care workers, have been reported infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in ...

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19 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Maundy Thursday Observed In Philippines With Ritual Whippings As Penance (Graphic PHOTOS)

Many Catholics in the Philippines performed a particularly intense form of penitence on Maundy Thursday as part of annual Holy Week observances that involve self-flagellation. Though Catholic bishops have officially discouraged the practice, devotees perform this penance as a form of supplication and worship, many believing that it will cleanse sins, heal illnesses, and even grant wishes, according to Reuters. ...

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21 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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South Korean Ferry Captain Lee Joon-Seok Reportedly One Of First To Leave Sinking Ship

By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea, April 17 (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized 36 hours ago. Coastguard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident, about 20 km ...

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APR 16, 2014 - Newsday

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Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

Malaysia reports 1st death from MERS in Asia; Philippines isolates man who came home from UAE

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