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US returns war trophy bells to Philippines

Manila - Church bells seized from the Philippines by US troops as war trophies over a century ago were returned on Tuesday, in a bid to turn the page on a difficult chapter between the historical allies.

US priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Philippines

Manila - An American Catholic priest wanted for allegedly sexually abusing Filipino altar boys as young as seven has been arrested in the Philippines and now faces deportation, officials said Thursday.

First police conviction in Philippine drug war killing

Manila - Three Philippine policemen were sentenced on Thursday to decades in prison for murdering a teenager during an anti-narcotics sweep, a first conviction of officers carrying out President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Xi visits Philippines to cosy up to historical US ally

Manila - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit Tuesday to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects.

Xi visits Philippines as China, US wrangle for supremacy

Manila - Chinese President Xi Jinping lands Tuesday for his first state visit to the Philippines, a traditional US ally that is a key prize as Beijing and Washington jostle for supremacy in the Pacific.

Philippines hands Imelda Marcos lengthy prison term in graft case

Manila - Imelda Marcos was found guilty of corruption on Friday and handed a lengthy prison term in a rare conviction for the former Philippine first lady accused with her late dictator husband of embezzling billions of dollars from state coffers.

Philippines marks five years since its deadliest storm

Tacloban - Philippine survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan recalled their terror and loss in memorial gatherings held Thursday for the thousands killed five years ago in the country's worst storm on record.

'Life goes on': Long road for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Tacloban - The Philippines' catastrophic Super Typhoon Haiyan stole almost everything from Juvilyn Luana and Joel Aradana -- their spouses, children and homes -- but in each other they found love and the strength to start a new family.

Five years after Typhoon Haiyan, scores still in harm's way

Tacloban - Diofel Llamado fled for his life when Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013, yet today he is back living in the same coastal area -- even if it puts him in the crosshairs of a future killer storm.

Australian nun who angered Duterte to leave Philippines

Manila - An Australian nun who battled a government bid to expel her from the Philippines after she angered President Rodrigo Duterte, said Wednesday she will leave rather than face certain arrest and deportation.

Dozens feared buried in Philippines typhoon landslide

Manila - Nearly three dozen people were feared buried under a massive landslide unleashed Tuesday in the Philippines by Typhoon Yutu, which killed four children and a man as it ripped across the disaster-prone nation.

Philippines opens cleaner, stricter Boracay to tourists

Balabag - Tourists landed by the boatload Friday on the Philippines' Boracay island, which re-opened with a slew of new rules after a six-month shutdown aimed at undoing the impact of years of being loved to death by millions of holidaymakers.

Philippine judge rejects Duterte push for critic's arrest

Manila - A Philippine judge rejected on Monday an effort by President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest one of his fiercest critics, a decision hailed by opponents as a check on the leader and a victory for the rule of law.

Filipinos deeply conflicted on Duterte's drug war

Manila - Jailed drug user Bitoy Paras perks up when describing his support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on narcotics, an unlikely fan of a campaign that has left Filipinos deeply conflicted.

'Just say no' to drug legalisation: WHO chief

Manila - With Canada on the verge of becoming the world's second nation to legalise recreational marijuana, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that countries should think twice before opening that door.

Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine

Santo Tomas - Deep below the ancient volcanoes scattered around the Philippines sits a simmering stockpile of intense heat that officials hope will help revive the nation's sputtering green energy machine.

Philippines plans party crackdown on re-opened Boracay

Manila - Beach boozing and smoking will be consigned to the past when Boracay, the Philippines' top holiday island, welcomes back a capped number of tourists after its six-month shutdown, authorities said Wednesday.

Toll jumps to 29 in central Philippine landslide

Manila - The death toll from a landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 29, police said Friday, as rescuers frantically dug for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation.

12 killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide

Naga - Twelve people were killed and dozens missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines Thursday, inflicting more misery on the already storm-battered nation.

Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

Itogon - The miners in the mountains of the northern Philippines usually dig for gold. But on Tuesday they were digging for their colleagues and relatives buried under a vast landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut.
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