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Philippines' quake toll hits three amid hunt for survivors

Padada - The death toll from the powerful quake that hit the southern Philippines climbed to three Monday as rescuers used heavy equipment and their bare hands to hunt for survivors in a collapsed building.

Child killed as quake strikes southern Philippines

Manila - A powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, killing a child, injuring dozens and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.

Southern Philippines hit by 6.8 magnitude earthquake

Manila - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, geologists said, the same area struck by a string of deadly tremors in October.

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines: aide

Manila - President Rodrigo Duterte will lift martial law in the southern Philippines by year's end, his spokesman said Tuesday, more than two years after it was imposed in an attempt to stop the Islamic State group gaining a foothold there.

Typhoon Kammuri death toll hits 13 in Philippines

Manila - The number of people killed by Typhoon Kammuri's pounding of the Philippines this week has hit 13, officials said Thursday, as authorities confirmed reports of storm-related deaths.

Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, closes Manila airport

Manila - Typhoon Kammuri on Tuesday lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila shut down its international airport over safety concerns.

Evacuations, airport closure as Typhoon Kammuri nears Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Kammuri barrelled towards the Philippines on Monday, pushing tens of thousands of people into evacuation centres and prompting authorities to order a temporary closure of Manila's international airport as a safety precaution.

Thousands flee as Typhoon Kammuri churns towards Philippines

Manila - The Philippines was braced for powerful Typhoon Kammuri as the storm churned closer, forcing evacuations and threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila.

Evacuations in Philippines as typhoon threatens SEA Games

Clark - The Philippines has begun evacuating thousands of people, local officials said Sunday, as a powerful typhoon rumbled in off the Pacific, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and threatening SEA Games venues.

Freed UK hostage and wife say chained, threatened in Philippines

Zamboanga - A British man and his wife rescued this week from Islamist captors in the Philippines' south say they were chained and threatened with beheading if they didn't deliver a ransom.

Philippines' Duterte strips critic of drug war post

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fired Vice President and arch-critic Leni Robredo from her post as overseer of his deadly drug war on Sunday, an aide said, just days after calling her a "scatterbrain" not to be trusted with state secrets.

Philippines marks massacre anniversary with calls for justice

Ampatuan - Relatives of 58 people slain in the Philippines' worst political massacre held a tearful vigil Saturday to mark a decade since the killings, voicing anger at the slow pace of justice.

Fearful wait for justice a decade after Philippine massacre

Manila - A decade after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, none of the alleged masterminds have been convicted yet, leaving families fearful that justice may never come.

Philippine police say will arrest anyone flouting vaping ban

Manila - Philippine police were ordered Wednesday to arrest anyone caught vaping in public, just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarettes.

Manila's hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw

Manila - Vaulted ceilings and rows of stone columns stretch into the humid darkness deep below the Philippine capital, where workers are transforming a more-than-century-old underground reservoir into a draw for tourists.

Life taking 'toll on my health': Philippines' Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that life is taking its "toll on my health", as speculation swirls over the 74-year-old's prolonged absences from the public eye.

Iranian beauty queen wins asylum in Philippines

Manila - An Iranian beauty queen sought by Tehran on criminal charges has been granted political asylum in the Philippines, an official said Friday, ending a three-week standoff at Manila airport.

Philippine drug war critic vows end to 'senseless' killing

Manila - The vocal critic that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named to a lead role in his deadly drug war called on Friday for revamping the crackdown and ending its "senseless" killing.

Toll in Philippine quakes climbs to 21

Manila - The death toll in two powerful quakes that struck the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 21, authorities said Sunday, as survivors struggled to access food and water.The 6.6-magnitude and 6.

Third deadly quake in weeks hits south Philippines

Manila - A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least four people and sparking searches of seriously damaged buildings that had already been rattled by two previous deadly tremors in recent weeks. The 6.
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