Swiss man returns home after Philippines hostage ordeal

2014-12-12 18:32

A Swiss man who escaped from Islamic militants in the Philippines described the moment he decided he could not spend a third Christmas in captivity, as he returned home to Zurich.

Suspected bomb kills 10 on Philippine bus

2014-12-10 14:09

The death toll from a suspected bomb explosion on a bus in the southern Philippines has risen to at least 10 with another 34 people wounded, officials say.

Philippine typhoon weakens after landfall

2014-12-07 08:30

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power in entire coastal provinces, mowed down trees and sent more than 650 000 people into shelters, but no major damage or casualties have been reported as the storm weakened.

Typhoon hits Philippines

2014-12-06 15:45

Typhoon Hagupit has started lashing the eastern Philippines downing trees, cutting power causing 600 000 to flee.

Philippines braces for another super storm

2014-12-04 12:22

Schools and government offices have been shut in parts of the central Philippines and residents stocked up on supplies and food, as provinces brace for another category 5 storm.

Woman finds pet dog lost after Philippines typhoon

2014-11-25 13:29

A Filipino woman has been reunited with her dog a year after the pet went missing in the chaos of the country's deadliest ever typhoon, she told AFP.

Philippines reviews blacklisting of Hong Kong journos

2014-11-24 12:14

The Philippines is set to review its entry ban on nine Hong Kong journalists who shouted questions at President Benigno Aquino during a summit in Indonesia last year, an official says.

Philippines isolates peacekeepers for Ebola checks

2014-11-10 13:28

More than 100 Philippine peacekeepers returning from almost a year in Liberia will be put in quarantine on an isolated island to check for Ebola, the military says.

Bomb-sniffer dog saves handler in Philippines

2014-11-10 11:49

A dog handler in the southern Philippines narrowly escaped death after his dog alerted him to a bomb just before it exploded, police say.

US cancels port calls amid Philippine anger over killing

2014-11-03 16:33

The US Navy has cancelled visits to the Philippine port of Subic amid public anger over accusations that a US Marine killed a Filipino on the city's outskirts, officials say.

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.


Philippine militants free Chinese-Malaysian captive

2014-12-11 15:43

Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines have freed a Malaysian-Chinese man they had kidnapped seven months ago, a military spokesperson says.

Storm exits Philippines, sparing huge losses

2014-12-09 11:44

A storm that started as a frighteningly powerful typhoon has blown away from the Philippines, after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters.

One million flee Philippines typhoon

2014-12-06 21:07

A powerful typhoon has roared into the eastern Philippines bringing lashing rain and strong winds that felled trees, ripped off tin roofs and toppled power lines.

Typhoon bears down on Philippines

2014-12-05 17:10

Millions of people in the Philippines have sought shelter in churches, schools and other makeshift evacuation centres as Typhoon Hagupit bears down on the disaster-weary nation.

Disaster-prone Philippines wants simpler weather warnings

2014-11-26 12:56

The Philippines will simplify its weather warnings to make them easier to understand in order to prevent the annual loss of hundreds of lives from natural calamities.

3 killed, 22 wounded in bombing in Philippines

2014-11-24 13:57

Three people have been killed and 22 wounded when a homemade bomb exploded in a southern Philippine town, the military says.

Philippine court convicts 9 for country's worst fire

2014-11-20 13:25

A Philippine court has convicted nine people of graft offences related to a disco fire that killed 162 people.

Child, three others hacked to death in Philippines

2014-11-10 15:39

Four relatives, including a 13-year-old boy, have been brutally hacked to death in the troubled southern Philippines, police say.

UN gives 31 new species protection

2014-11-10 12:07

Polar bears, whales and sharks were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of 'intense' talks by leading conservationists.

Rare dwarf buffalo charges against extinction

2014-10-31 14:08

The population of the Philippines' dwarf buffalo, one of the world's rarest animals, has grown to its largest since efforts to save them from extinction began, conservationists say.

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.

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