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At least six dead in powerful earthquake in Philippines

A powerful earthquake in the southern Philippines has killed at least four people and injured scores of others, a local official said Saturday.

Nixing truce, Duterte tells Filipino troops: 'Be ready to fight'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told the military to get "ready to fight" after ordering an end to the government's ceasefire with Communist rebels.

Philippines says no to condom distribution in public schools

The Philippines' education department has rejected a proposal to distribute condoms in public high schools, hurting efforts to curb HIV/AIDS in the country, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Philippine military offensive kills 15 suspected terrorists

Fifteen suspected terrorists, including an Indonesian, were killed in a military offensive in their hideout in the southern Philippines, the armed forces chief said Sunday. 

Islamist militants in Philippines free captives held for three months

Islamist militants on Saturday freed a South Korean cargo ship captain and his Filipino crew mate who were held in captivity for nearly three months in the southern Philippines, officials said.

Philippines' Duterte orders free contraceptives for 6 million women

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to provide free contraceptives and other reproductive health services to 6 million women, despite a temporary ban by the Supreme Court.

Japanese PM seeks to solidify ties to Manila with billions in gifts

With an eye on Chinese assertiveness in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the Philippines Thursday bearing 9 billion dollars in aid and investment promises designed to bolster bilateral ties between Tokyo and Manila.

Millions of devotees join Philippines' annual Black Nazarene feast

Nearly 3 million mostly barefoot devotees on Monday joined the Philippines' largest religious event to honour a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ despite warnings that Islamist extremists might attack the gathering.

Philippine police kill suspected Islamic State sympathizers

Philippine police on Saturday killed a foreign national suspected of being a sympathizer of an armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, a spokesman said.

Seven dead, more than 150 inmates escape in attack on Philippine jail

Suspected Muslim rebels attacked a provincial jail in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, leaving one guard and six inmates dead and allowing more than 150 inmates to escape, officials said.

Philippine leader alleges most US ambassadors are "spies"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday alleged that most US ambassadors are "spies," and some of the envoys are deployed to undermine governments.

Bomb explodes during Philippine town celebrations, 27 injured

A homemade bomb exploded during festivities in a town in the Philippines on Wednesday, wounding at least 27 people, according to military spokeswoman.

Fire in Philippines kills one, displaces thousands

One died person died and thousands of people were displaced in Quezon City in the Philippines as a fire engulfed their homes, the Bureau of Fire Protection said Wednesday.

Police say 1 million people taken in in Philippine drug war

The Philippine National Police said Tuesday that a total of 1.049 million people have surrendered, been arrested or killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's fight against illegal drugs.

One dead, many missing when ferry sinks during Philippines typhoon

A ferry sank during the height of Typhoon Nock-Ten killing one person and leaving 18 other crew members missing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Tuesday.

Typhoon kills five people, 380,000 evacuated in Philippines

Five people were killed and more than 380,000 were evacuated, officials said Monday, as Typhoon Nock-Ten brought howling winds and heavy rains to the Philippines.

Kuwait sentences Filipina to jail for joining Islamic State

Kuwait Monday sentenced a Philippine woman to 10 years in prison on charges of joining the Islamic State extremist militia.

Four killed as Typhoon Nock-Ten pounds the Philippines

Four people were killed and more than 380,000 were evacuated, officials said Monday, as Typhoon Nock-Ten brought howling winds and heavy rains to the Philippines.

Typhoon slams into the Philippines, more than 200,000 evacuated

Typhoon Nock-Ten slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee their homes, officials said.

Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Nock-Ten nears the Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes in the Philippines on Christmas Day as powerful Typhoon Nock-Ten barrelled towards the country’s eastern coast.

At least 12 injured in blast outside church in southern Philippines

At least 12 people were injured by a grenade explosion outside a Catholic church in the southern Philippines during a Christmas Eve mass on Saturday, police said.

Philippines braces for Christmas Day typhoon

A tropical storm barreling towards the Philippines has gained strength and could further intensify into a typhoon before hitting the country on Christmas Day, the weather bureau said Friday.

Philippine leader backs down on South China Sea territory ruling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would set aside an arbitration court ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims over the disputed South China Sea.

Six-year-old boy seen as latest victim in Philippines' drug war

The death of a 6-year-old boy in the Philippines has heightened concerns about the country's ongoing drug war, which has also come under UN scrutiny.

Philippines' Duterte signs agreements with Cambodia

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte concluded his trip to Cambodia on Wednesday afternoon after meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen at Phnom Penh's Peace Palace. 

More than 2,100 killed in Philippines anti-drug campaign since July

More than 2,100 suspects have been killed in the past five months in the Philippines as part of a war on drugs, police reported on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to having personally killed people.

Duterte not happy with growing number of deaths in drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he was not happy about the growing number of people killed in his aggressive anti-drug war.

US not allowed to launch South China Sea patrols from the Philippines

Manila will not allow the United States to launch naval and aerial patrols in the disputed South China Sea from the Philippines, the defence secretary said Friday.

Philippines on terror alert after foiled bomb attack in Manila

The Philippines has been placed on "terror alert level 3" after a foiled bombing near the US embassy in Manila, national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said on Thursday.

Marcos' "hero's burial" prompts mass rally in Manila

Thousands of Filipinos gathered for a grand rally on Wednesday to protest the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the country's cemetery for military heroes, Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Police defuse bomb near US embassy in Manila

Police on Monday defused an explosive device on a main road near the United States embassy in the Philippine capital of Manila.

Bomb explodes outside Catholic church in Philippines

A homemade bomb exploded in front of a Catholic Church in the southern Philippines on Sunday, injuring two people, local officials said.

Philippine protesters demand Marcos' hero's funeral be undone

Protesters massed in Manila Friday to condemn last week's clandestine burial of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos in the country's Heroes' Cemetery.

Philippines arrests 1,240 illegal Chinese workers

Philippine authorities arrested 1,240 Chinese nationals suspected of working illegally in a province north of Manila, authorities announced Friday. 

Philippine leader lashes out at US at APEC meeting with Putin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the US and other Western nations on Saturday, during his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Fourteen killed in clash between Philippine troops, Islamic militants

Fourteen people were killed in a clash between Philippine troops and Islamist militants holding captive a German national and more than 20 other hostages, the military said.

Duterte warns Philippines could follow Russia's ICC withdrawal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has criticized a spate of killings under his administration's drug war.

Philippines arrests Malaysian with more than 4 kilos of cocaine

A Malaysian national was arrested in the Philippines after authorities found more than 4 kilos of cocaine in his luggage, immigration officials said Tuesday.

Jailed Philippine mayor killed in shoot-out with police inside prison

A local mayor from a Philippine town detained on drugs charges and a fellow inmate were killed in a shoot-out with police inside a provincial jail, officials said Saturday.

Manila seeks new rifle supplier as rights worries prompt US sale stop

The Philippines will look for new suppliers for thousands of assault rifles for its national police after the United States halted a planned sale due to human rights concerns, the country's police chief said Wednesday.

Philippine police arrest town mayor accused of illegal drugs links

Philippine police on Saturday arrested a town mayor allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade during a raid on his house, where several unlicensed firearms were seized, a regional spokesman said.

Philippines' poverty decreasing according to government report

Poverty in the Philippines has declined by nearly five percentage points in the last six years, amid improved incomes and higher employment, a government report showed Thursday.

Duterte wants US troops to leave Philippines in two years

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he wants the withdrawal of all foreign troops from his country within two years, in another apparent jab at the United States.

Philippine leader resumes rebuke of US after arrival in Japan

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the United States soon after arriving in Japan Tuesday evening, calling Washington a “bully” for chastising him over his deadly war on drugs.

Japanese premier to ask Philippine leader to mend US ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to ask Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to repair soured relations with the United States when the two meet in Tokyo, local media reported Tuesday.

Duterte says he wants to "separate" from US, praises China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants to "separate" from the United States and praised China in a speech to a business forum in Beijing.

Philippines' Duterte sees "springtime of relationship" in China visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping committed more than 9 billion dollars in loans for development projects at his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine presidential communications Office announced on Thursday.

Typhoon Haima kills eight, displaces thousands in Philippines

Typhoon Haima blew out of the Philippines on Thursday after pummeling its northern provinces and leaving at least eight people dead and more than 90,000 displaced, officials said.

Thousands evacuated in Philippines as Super Typhoon Haima approaches

Thousands of people were evacuated from towns and villages across the northern Philippines on Wednesday as a powerful typhoon threatened to pummel the region with record-breaking flooding and landslides, officials said.

Philippine police van rams protestors outside US embassy in Manila

A Philippine police van rammed demonstrators who were Wednesday protesting against the presence of US troops in the country outside the US embassy in Manila, a protest organizer said.

Philippine president arrives in China for portentous state visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte touched down in Beijing on Tuesday evening for a portentous four-day state visit at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.

Vietnam next after typhoon leaves two dead in the Philippines

Typhoon Sarika slammed into the north-eastern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least two dead and forcing more than 12,000 to flee their homes, officials said.

Philippines confirms end of joint patrols with US, shuns aid

The Philippines has told the US that joint patrols in the South China Sea are suspended and says it can "live without" the country's financial aid, the Philippine defence chief said Friday.

Survey: Majority of Filipinos satisfied with president's drug war

The majority of Filipinos are satisfied with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war despite mounting criticisms about the killings, a survey showed Friday.

Philippines top diplomat says US has failed former colony

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking to realign his country's foreign policy away from the US, stating "America has failed us."

After Duterte threatens "break up," US stresses alliance

The US-Philippines relationship remains a priority to the US despite remarks by President Rodrigo Duterte threatening to "break up with America" and telling US President Barack Obama to "go to hell," the White House said Tuesday.

Three Indonesian hostages in Philippines released

Three Indonesians who had been held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the Philippines have been released, local media reported Sunday. 

Philippines' Duterte likens himself to Hitler in anti-drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would “be happy” to kill millions of drug addicts in the country.

Duterte to scrap joint military exercises between Philippines, US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to scrap joint military training exercises with the US.

Philippines to the UN: "Have faith in our democracy"

The United Nations and its member states should "have faith" in the democratic system of the Philippines to handle its domestic affairs, including its war on drugs, said Perfecto Yasay, Philippine secretary for foreign affairs, on Saturday.

Duterte's drug war strikes fear in Philippines

Since becoming the Philippine president on June 30, Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly vowed to kill all of the country's criminals, especially those in the illegal drug trade. The death toll in his anti-drug war has been climbing each day.

Freed hostage returns to Norway after "year of terror" in Philippines

A Norwegian man held hostage during "a year of terror" by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines arrived Friday in his native country.

Duterte to invite foreign critics to investigate anti-drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he would invite foreign critics to come and investigate him for a spate of killings in the anti-drug war that has become a hallmark of his time in office.

Philippine leader lashes out over EU's criticism of drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday slammed the European Union after its parliament joined calls for an end to extrajudicial killings under his anti-drug war.

Pilot mistakenly pushes alarm button, triggers Saudia plane lockdown

A Saudia Airlines passenger plane was placed on lockdown for nearly two hours at a Philippine airport on Tuesday after its pilot mistakenly pushed an emergency button before landing, officials said.

Saudia Airlines flight on lockdown in Manila after security threat

Security teams have surrounded a Saudia Airlines passenger plane at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport after a warning the plane was facing an unspecified threat, airport authorities say.

Islamist militants holding captive 12 foreign hostages in Philippines

Islamist militants in the southern Philippines are still holding captive 12 foreign hostages and four Filipinos, the military said Monday.

Islamist militants free three Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Islamist militants freed three Indonesian fishermen held captive for two months in the southern Philippines, the military said Sunday.

Islamist militants free Norwegian hostage in southern Philippines

Islamist militants on Saturday freed a Norwegian man held captive for almost one year in the southern Philippines, the military and a spokesman for the kidnappers said.

Philippines to "explain" anti-drug war to UN human rights council

The Philippines will explain President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal campaign against illegal drugs to the United Nations amid mounting criticisms, an official said Wednesday

UN high commissioner: More and more states block rights observers

An increasing number of governments are denying access to UN human rights observers by claiming that no one should meddle in their internal affairs, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Tuesday.

Philippines reports three locally transmitted cases of Zika virus

Two more Filipinos were found to be infected with the Zika virus, bringing to three the number of locally transmitted cases in the Philippines, the health secretary said Tuesday.

Philippines' Duterte denies giving Indonesia OK for planned execution

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did not give the go-ahead to Indonesia to execute a Philippine woman currently on death row for drug trafficking, an official said Monday, rubbishing reported comments from the Indonesian president earlier that day.

Duterte says US troops must leave southern Philippines

Hundreds of US troops training Filipino soldiers in counter-terrorism in the southern Philippines should leave, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday.

Philippine film wins Golden Lion at 2016 Venice Film Festival

The drama "The Woman Who Left" ("Ang Babaeng Humayo") by Lav Diaz of the Philippines has won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

Obama meets informally with Philippine President Duterte after insult

US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte exchanged pleasantries late Wednesday before attending a gala dinner at the ASEAN summit, Philippine officials said.

ASEAN, China to adopt protocols to prevent South China Sea clashes

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China were expected Wednesday to adopt a protocol aimed at preventing clashes resulting from unplanned encounters in the disputed South China Sea.

Obama cancels meeting with Duterte after expletive-laden remarks

US President Barack Obama cancelled a planned bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to swear at him if he raised concerns over extra-judicial killings, a spokesman for Obama said Tuesday.

Philippines' Duterte warns foreign leaders not to question drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned US President Barack Obama and other foreign leaders not to question his deadly anti-drug campaign when they meet at an annual South-East Asian summit in Laos.

Philippines demands China explain ships near disputed shoal

The Philippines demanded Sunday that Beijing explain the presence of 10 of its ships and barges near a shoal in the disputed South China Sea amid concerns China was preparing new construction in the area.

President Duterte declares "state of lawlessness" in the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday declared a “state of lawlessness” in the country after 14 people were killed in a bomb blast at a night market in his home city.

12 dead, 60 injured in Philippine night market blast

Twelve people were killed and 60 injured Friday when a suspected bomb blast ripped through a night market in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, officials said.

Philippine leader says deadly anti-drug campaign not genocide

A new Philippine anti-drugs campaign that has left more than 1,000 people dead is not genocide, said President Rodrigo Dueterte Monday, adding he was prepared to go to jail for the killings.

Muslim extremists free eight comrades in jailbreak in Philippines

Muslim extremists who have pledged allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State attacked a prison in the southern Philippines and freed eight fellow militants, police said Sunday.

11 Islamist militants killed in gun battle with Philippine troops

Eleven Islamist militants were killed on Friday in a gun battle with government troops in the southern Philippines, a regional military spokesman said.

Philippines, communist rebels agree to indefinite ceasefire

Representatives of the Philippine government and communist rebel forces signed a ceasefire agreement Friday, after talks in Norway aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running leftist insurgencies.

Duterte warns of "bloody" outcome if China invades Philippine islands

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned of a “bloody” outcome if China tries to invade the country’s territories in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippines, communist rebels resume peace talks in Norway

Negotiators from the Philipine government and communist rebel forces Monday resumed peace talks in Norway aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running leftist insurgencies, with the goal of reaching a deal in one year.

Philippine troops kill four communist rebels in clash ahead of truce

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday restored a ceasefire with communist rebels who also declared a truce ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway.

Two Indonesian hostages escape from Abu Sayyaf captors in Philippines

Two Indonesian sailors believed to have been abducted by Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines escaped Wednesday after almost two months in captivity, the military said.

Philippines, Muslim rebels renew commitment to 2014 peace agreement

The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Sunday renewed their commitment to a 2014 peace pact aimed at ending decades of conflict in the country's southern region.

Philippines jail violence kills 10 inmates

Ten inmates at a Philippine city jail, including two Chinese nationals, were killed in a grenade explosion after a gunfight at the warden’s office, police and jail officials said Friday.

Manila: China must respect international law in maritime disputes

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said he and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed shared concerns about regional security, stability and prosperity amid tensions about territorial disputes.

Philippine leader rows back on apparent martial law threat

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would never undermine the country's constitution, his spokesman insisted Wednesday, after the hardline leader appeared to suggest the introduction of martial law to help pursue an anti-drugs crackdown.

Philippine leader names 150 officials allegedly involved in drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday identified more than 150 politicians, judges and members of law enforcement agencies allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Politicians surrender after Philippines leader declares war on drugs

Two Philippine politicians surrendered to police on Friday after President Rodrigo Duterte warned government officials allegedly linked to the illegal drugs trade that they would be killed if they resist arrest.

Philippine mayor surrenders as Duterte continues anti-drug push

A Philippine town mayor on Tuesday surrendered to police over alleged drug trafficking after President Rodrigo Duterte warned he could get killed if he resisted arrest.

Duterte demands surrender of town mayor, son for illegal drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday demanded the surrender of a town mayor and his son on alleged drug trafficking and threatened to issue a “shoot-on-sight” order, his spokesman said.

Six suspected Islamist militants killed in Philippine clashes

Six suspected Islamist militants were killed Friday in clashes with government troops in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said.

Kerry, Duterte reaffirm defence alliance amid South China Sea tension

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reaffirmed the two countries’ defence alliance amid ongoing tension in the South China Sea.
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