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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.

Illegal fishing needs to stop says EU

2014-06-10 14:04

The European Commission has delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the EU.

Eight women locked in building die in Philippine fire

2014-05-30 14:18

Eight women have died in the Philippine capital as a fire engulfed a building in which they had been locked in by their employer, police say.

6.2 quake strikes off Philippines

2014-05-15 14:27

A strong quake has struck at sea off a major island in the central Philippines, but there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning has been issued.

Philippine gays tolerated, but abuses continue

2014-05-12 13:37

Gays are increasingly tolerated in Philippine society but discrimination persists and they remain vulnerable to hate crimes, according to a UN-backed study.

Broadcaster shot dead in Philippines

2014-05-06 12:17

Gunmen have shot dead a radio broadcaster in the strife-torn southern Philippines in the latest in a spate of attacks on media workers.

Obama warns China, backs Philippines

2014-04-29 10:03

US President Barack Obama has ended an Asian tour with a warning to China against using force to resolve territorial disputes, and an "ironclad" promise of military support for the Philippines.

Philippines deports Taiwanese over internet scam

2014-04-24 18:05

The Philippines has deported 44 Taiwanese accused of online and phone scams targeting mainland Chinese, Taiwanese officials say.

Gunmen abduct China tourist from Borneo resort

2014-04-03 13:22

Gunmen have abducted a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a dive resort on Malaysia's Borneo island, a report says.

UN: 2013 extreme events due to climate change

2014-03-25 10:25

The head of the UN weather agency has blamed extreme weather on human-induced climate change, citing key events that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe, the US and Pacific region last year.

12 dead in rebel attacks in Philippines

2014-03-10 12:40

Communist rebels have launched a series of attacks in southern Davao del Sur province's Matanao township, killing 10 government troops and wounding nine, officials say.

Two detained in online child abuse raid

2014-02-26 18:24

Four minors have been rescued and two suspects detained in the Philippines following a raid on an apartment where children were made to disrobe for Internet cameras.

Philippines: China water cannoned fishermen

2014-02-24 13:05

The Philippines' military chief has accused China's coast guard of firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen for the first time to drive them away from a disputed sea shoal.

 

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.

Finnish cops find 5 dead babies in basement

2014-06-04 14:16

Finnish police say they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter after finding five dead babies in an apartment building.

2 Filipinos die of Mers virus in Middle East

2014-05-22 15:49

The Philippines say two of its citizens working in Saudi Arabia have died from the Mers coronavirus.

Outrage as baby 'gagged with tape' at hospital

2014-05-13 13:31

A Philippine hospital has launched an investigation after photographs of a newborn baby gagged with adhesive tape went viral online.

Chinese fishermen jailed over turtles

2014-05-10 21:59

The Philippines has jailed 11 Chinese fishermen caught with endangered sea turtles off a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.

58 held in Philippines over global 'sextortion' ring

2014-05-02 08:56

Fifty-eight people have been arrested in the Philippines for their involvement in a giant, global internet “sextortion” network, police and Interpol have announced.

Obama: Pact will improve Asia security

2014-04-28 11:00

US President Barack Obama is assuring Filipinos that a new security agreement doesn't mean the US is trying to re-establish military bases in their country.

Muslim rebels caution Philippine military

2014-04-15 13:31

A leader of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has urged the military to take precautions after a clash in which 20 people were killed, exposing the fragile nature of a landmark peace accord.

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign peace deal

2014-03-27 13:41

The Philippine government has signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, the culmination of years of negotiations.

Manila supplies island after China blockade

2014-03-12 16:19

The Philippines has air-dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, after China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops.

Filipino rebels detonate mines, 16 hurt

2014-03-03 09:51

Philippine communist rebels using land mines have wounded 11 troops and five civilians in the south of the country, military officials say.

Exotic animals seized in Philippines

2014-02-25 22:40

Wildlife authorities have seized nearly 100 exotic animals that had been smuggled into the southern Philippines in the second such haul in just two weeks.

Filipino police kill 7 'drug' dealers in shootout

2014-02-22 05:30

Philippine authorities killed at least seven alleged drug traffickers and arrested dozens of others in raids in a southern city, police say.

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