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Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

Manila - Beijing's top diplomat pledged Saturday to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said -- despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about their efficacy.

Duterte critic and journalist Maria Ressa charged again with cyber libel

Manila - Embattled Philippine journalist Maria Ressa faces a third cyber libel charge, her lawyer said Thursday, this time for a story over students allegedly paying a professor for passing grades.

Philippines secures 30 million Novavax vaccine doses

Manila - The Philippines has secured 30 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by US drug maker Novavax, officials said Sunday, as the country braces for a surge in infections after a huge religious event.

Devotees flock to Philippine church for miracle from Catholic icon

Manila - Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital Saturday for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual Catholic parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Devotees flock to Philippine church for miracle from Catholic icon

Manila - Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital Saturday for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.

First Philippine eagle bred in captivity dies

Manila - The first Philippine eagle bred in captivity in an effort to save one of the world's most endangered birds has died from infections, conservationists said Friday.

Philippines bans arrivals from 20 countries over new virus strain

Manila - The Philippines will shut its borders to foreigners arriving from 20 countries and territories in a bid to prevent a new strain of coronavirus entering the nation, officials said Tuesday.

Security team for Philippines' Duterte gets unauthorised Covid-19 vaccine

Manila - Members of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's security team have received a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine, officials said Monday -- the first people in the country to be officially immunised despite no regulatory approval.

Two dead, hundreds flee floods in Philippine storm

Manila - At least two people were killed and hundreds forced to flee their inundated homes in the Philippines as torrential rain triggered flooding and landslides in the storm-battered archipelago, officials said Saturday.

Duterte-critic journalist given second Philippine cyber libel charge

Manila - Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa asked a court on Friday to quash the second charge of cyber libel she has faced this year, in a case sparked by a screenshot of an online news article.

US keeps 'all options' open for Yemen's Huthis

Manila - The United States is "keeping all our options open" when it comes to Yemen's Huthi rebels, the national security advisor said Monday, amid reports the outgoing Trump administration could tag the group as terrorists.

Death toll in typhoon-hit Philippines rises to 14

Manila - The death toll in the typhoon-battered Philippines has risen to 14, an official said Friday, after some of the worst flooding in years swamped villages and forced thousands to flee their homes.

Major floods in Manila as typhoon batters Philippines

Manila - The third typhoon to hit the storm-battered Philippines in as many weeks caused major flooding in Manila on Thursday, trapping people on rooftops and claiming at least 11 lives in other parts of the country.

Philippines extends military pact with US

Manila - The Philippines will extend a key military pact with the United States for another six months, the foreign minister said Wednesday.

Thousands flee as yet another typhoon menaces Philippines

Legazpi - Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in storm-battered parts of the Philippines Wednesday as the third typhoon in as many weeks barrelled towards the country.

'Plantdemic' hits Philippines as demand for greenery grows

Manila - A gardening craze dubbed "plantdemic" has spread across the Philippines after coronavirus restrictions fuelled demand for greenery, sending plant prices soaring and sparking a rise in poaching from public parks and protected forests.

Festive Filipinos trying to save Christmas from coronavirus

Manila - The Philippines boasts one of the world's longest Christmas seasons, kicking off in September with fairy lights and artificial trees decorating malls, festive tunes on the radio and party-packed calendars.

Philippine island left without power after deadly typhoon: Red Cross

Manila - It could take months to restore power to a Philippine island of 260,000 people devastated by the country's most powerful typhoon this year, the Red Cross said Tuesday.

20 dead after Typhoon Goni batters Philippines

Manila - The most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year destroyed tens of thousands of homes and killed at least 20 people, officials said Monday, as communications to the worst-hit areas remained cut off.

16 dead after Typhoon Goni batters Philippines

Manila - The most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year destroyed tens of thousands of homes and killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday, as communications to the worst-hit areas remained cut off.
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