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US, Philippine ties above transgender murder

2014-10-20 16:39

Philippine President Benigno Aquino says the murder of a Filipino transgender prostitute allegedly by a US Marine should not sour ties with the United States.

Philippine militants may extend deadline for German ransom

2014-10-17 11:47

Islamist militants holding a German couple hostage for ransom in the southern Philippines say they could extend the deadline briefly if the money is confirmed to be on its way.

Philippines probes US marine for killing of transgender man

2014-10-13 18:25

Police are investigating the involvement of a US Marine in the death of a transgender person in the northern Philippines, officials say.

Rooftop gardens brings new life to Manila

2014-09-29 09:58

Vegetable farms have started to grow on rooftops, in shanty towns and school grounds amid the cramped, concrete surroundings of metro Manila.

ISIS 'brand' gains ground among Asian militants

2014-09-26 09:35

A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with ISIS is the latest sign that the Middle East group's brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk.

China travel warning hits Philippines

2014-09-23 15:30

Tens of thousands of Chinese tourists have cancelled trips to the Philippines after a travel warning by Beijing.

Philippines storm toll rises to 10

2014-09-21 10:22

The death toll from tropical storm Fung-Wong has risen to 10 in the Philippines, with nearly 200 000 people displaced.

43 arrested in Filipino cybersex raids

2014-09-18 16:58

Philippine authorities say they have arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide.

Philippines orders evacuation near powerful volcano

2014-09-16 12:18

Philippines authorities have ordered people living close to a powerful volcano to evacuate, warning a dangerous eruption may occur within weeks.

Philippines detains Canadian Islamist preacher

2014-09-11 12:37

A Canadian Islamic preacher has been detained in the Philippines, where authorities deemed him a potential threat to national security, the immigration bureau says.

Syria army, rebels clash on Golan

2014-09-01 19:05

Syrian troops and Islamist rebels are fighting close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights, as the UN tried to free 44 peacekeepers.

Car bomb found at Philippines' main airport

2014-09-01 10:43

Four people have been arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila's international airport, authorities say..

Ebola: Philippines recalls troops from Liberia

2014-08-23 13:10

The Philippines have ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by a worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa that has killed almost 1 500 people.

Desperate Philippine workers stay in Libya

2014-08-04 14:34

More than 11 000 Filipinos in Libya have ignored appeals to evacuate, with many apparently choosing to take their chances in the war-torn country rather than risk unemployment at home.

Philippines plans $3bn effort for typhoon victims

2014-08-01 14:59

The Philippines will spend $3bn to rehouse some 200 000 families displaced by last year's super typhoon Haiyan that killed 6 100 people.

Worker beheaded, Filipina nurse raped in Libya

2014-07-31 07:15

The Philippines has renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker.

Death toll rises to 23 in Philippine road attack

2014-07-29 12:23

Officials say the death toll in a road attack by Abu Sayyaf extremists on villagers travelling in the Philippines to celebrate Ramadan with their families has climbed to 23.

Islamist militants kill 18 in Philippines

2014-07-28 11:30

Islamist militants in the Philippines have killed 18 people in revenge for their clan's support of government efforts to bring stability to the region, the military has warned of more bloodshed.

Philippines typhoon death toll nears 100

2014-07-20 12:29

The death toll from Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines has risen to 94 - with six missing - as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas.

Typhoon kills 20 in Philippines

2014-07-16 19:07

Typhoon Rammasun has killed 20, knocking out power in entire provinces, but largely sparing the Philippine capital.

1000s flee typhoon in Philippines

2014-07-15 15:22

Still haunted by a deadly typhoon that struck last year, hundreds of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas as a typhoon blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where it was expected to hit land at nightfall.

1000s flee in Philippines as typhoon strengthens

2014-07-15 07:56

Thousands of people have fled their homes and ships sheltered from heavy seas in the Philippines as the first major storm of the rainy season strengthened into a typhoon.

Strong typhoon threatens north Philippines, Japan

2014-07-06 16:58

A strong typhoon was blowing over the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Philippines and may induce heavy rains, but is too far off to hit land, officials have said.

Cellphones to alert Filipinos to disasters

2014-06-29 17:02

Filipinos will in future receive early warnings of impending disasters such as storms, tsunamis or other calamities on cellphones.

'Racist' maid advert draws anger in Hong Kong

2014-06-18 13:48

A "racist" insurance commercial depicting a male Chinese actor as a Filipina maid has drawn outrage on social media in Hong Kong, with groups calling for an apology.

 

Abu Sayyaf ransom paid, hostages released

2014-10-18 06:15

A 72-year-old German man and 55-year-old German woman have been released after the Abu Sayyaf was paid a ransom.

Manila wants to clear huge court backlog

2014-10-16 17:25

The Philippines is overhauling its slow judicial system to speed up the resolution of cases from years to days.

New fears that Philippine volcano could erupt

2014-10-12 17:12

Lava is again flowing out of Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, raising fears an eruption could be imminent, authorities say.

Philippines 'breaks world tree-planting record'

2014-09-27 22:42

Philippine officials say they have set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour, with 3.2 million seedlings sown as part of a national forestation programme.

Philippine envoy to lead 40-day climate change march

2014-09-26 09:10

An envoy who made headlines with an emotional call for global action on climate change says he will walk 1 000km to a Philippine city devastated by last year's super typhoon.

Active Philippine volcano emits steam as pressure builds up

2014-09-22 16:31

An active volcano in the eastern Philippines has emitted steam plumes, as scientists warned that pressure was building up inside the crater.

1000s evacuated amid Philippines floods

2014-09-19 10:30

Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon have caused widespread flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.

Snake threatens to wipe out birds on island

2014-09-16 13:57

A snake that can wipe out bird populations and short out electrical grids by climbing power poles has been found in Rota on the Northern Mariana Islands.

Typhoon Kalmaegi blows out of Philippines

2014-09-15 13:41

A fast-moving typhoon has moved out of the northern Philippines after causing flash floods and landslides. Three people have been killed when big waves and strong winds sank a stalled ferry.

5 communist rebels killed in clash in Philippines

2014-09-04 10:31

Five suspected communist rebels have been killed in a clash with government troops in the northern Philippines, according to the military.

World bank approves aid package for Philippines

2014-09-01 10:45

The World Bank has approved an aid package for projects to help fishermen and farmers in the Philippines, the government says.

Philippines arrests suspect in deadly Malaysian raid

2014-08-27 14:03

Philippine police say they have arrested a Filipino Islamic militant suspected of taking part in at least one deadly kidnapping raid on a Malaysian diving resort island.

Filipino police smash online child 'sextortion' ring

2014-08-22 20:12

Philippine police have arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment.

Filipino govt, rebels discuss Muslim self-rule

2014-08-01 19:55

The Philippine government and rebel negotiators have began a new round of meetings to draft a Muslim self-rule law after falling behind a timetable laid out in a peace treaty.

Libya hospitals face collapse if staff flee

2014-08-01 13:07

Libya has warned of a "total collapse" of its health care system as the chaos plaguing the country threatens to send into flight many of the staff on whom its hospitals depend.

Filipino hostages' release sparks hope for talks

2014-07-30 16:01

The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official says.

Philippine President: A bomb couldn't stop reform

2014-07-28 17:54

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has called his opponents desperate and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he was stopped by a bomb.

Philippines welcomes its 100 millionth citizen

2014-07-27 19:44

Philippine officials have welcomed the birth of their country's 100 millionth citizen with a cake, hope and concerns about how they can help ensure a decent life for its swelling population.

Philippines typhoon death toll reaches 27

2014-07-17 07:05

The death toll from the first typhoon of the Philippines' rainy season has climbed to at least 27, authorities say, as millions in the capital and elsewhere endured a second day without power.

370 000 evacuated as typhoon hits Philippines

2014-07-16 07:25

A typhoon has killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370 000 people, rescue officials say.

18 dead after Filipino rebels attack tribesmen

2014-07-15 11:05

Philippine military officials say 18 combatants have been killed after communist rebels attacked armed tribesmen, who were later reinforced by army troops, in the south of the country.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

2014-07-07 12:32

Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Manila urges Muslims to delay Hajj due to MERS

2014-07-03 10:54

Philippine health authorities are urging Muslim Filipinos to postpone their pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia due to worries about the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus.

Should we capture fish just to look at them?

2014-06-27 08:43

Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Hawaii's Big Island is well managed, but it has become the focus of a fight over whether it's appropriate to remove fish from reefs for people to look at and enjoy.

Philippine group protests Chinese reclamation

2014-06-12 10:40

Members of a political party allied with President Benigno Aquino III have marked Independence Day by protesting China's moves to reclaim land in in the South China Sea.

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