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Philippines' Duterte hurt in motorycle crash

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hurt his hip and suffered scratches in a motorcycle accident, senior aides of the 74-year-old leader said Thursday.

One dead as strong 6.4-magnitude quake hits Philippines

Manila - A child was killed in a strong 6.4-magnitude quake that hit the southern Philippines on Wednesday, a local mayor said, as houses collapsed, power was knocked out and a shopping mall burst into flames.

Philippines' Duterte reveals new health problem

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has disclosed that he suffers from an autoimmune disease that can potentially have serious complications, the latest condition for a leader whose health has been subject to speculation.

Philippines launches vaccine campaign as 2nd polio case emerges

Manila - The Philippines Friday launched a programme to immunise millions of children from polio after the Asian nation was hit by its first outbreak of the crippling disease in nearly two decades.

Philippines hit by first polio case since 2001

Manila - The Philippines has detected its first case of polio since 2001, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a dengue fever vaccine scandal.

Filipino coastguards convicted of killing Taiwanese fisherman

Manila - Coastguard sailors who opened fire on a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters were convicted Wednesday of his 2013 killing, which strained ties between the historically friendly neighbours.

Philippine govt attacks drug war film as 'propaganda'

Manila - A new documentary that takes a fiercely critical look at the Philippine government's deadly drug crackdown has come under attack, with President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Tuesday slamming it as "propaganda" aimed at gullible foreign viewers.

Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances

Manila - Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city's hospitals, medics warn.

Muslim rebels hand over guns in Philippines peace deal

Sultan Kudarat - Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors Saturday, as part of a treaty aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency that has left about 150,000 people dead.

US woman accused of trafficking 'baby in bag' at Manila airport

Manila - Philippine authorities have charged an American woman with trying to smuggle a six-day-old infant out of the country in a bag she wore around her waist as she tried to board a flight out of the country.

Top Philippine court refuses to legalise gay marriage

Manila - A landmark case to legalise gay marriage was rejected by the Philippines' highest court on Tuesday, but LGBT advocates in the deeply Catholic nation vowed to push their battle in the legislature.

Three dead, over 240 rescued after Philippine ferry blaze

Manila - Three people were killed and over 240 plucked to safety in the southern Philippines Wednesday after a fire tore through a crowded ferry, authorities said, as rescuers hunted for more survivors.

Gina Lopez, foe of Philippine mining industry, dies at 65

Manila - Former Philippine environment minister Gina Lopez, who led a high-profile fight against the nation's powerful mining industry, died Monday aged 65, her family's media company announced.

Philippine boy eaten by croc in latest attack

Manila - A boy was killed after being snatched from a boat by a saltwater crocodile in the southern Philippines, as the reptiles' shrinking habitat leads to repeated attacks, authorities said Wednesday.

Philippine military warns on Chinese investment in key islands

Manila - The Philippine military on Tuesday warned plans by President Rodrigo Duterte's government to allow Chinese investors to develop three tiny but strategic islands could "compromise" Manila's security.

8chan founder hopes El Paso shooting 'final nail in coffin'

Manila - The American creator of the 8chan website linked to deadly US mass shootings said Tuesday he hoped the El Paso carnage would be the "final nail in the coffin" for the forum, which he accused of harbouring "domestic terrorists".

Philippines rejects dengue vaccine as outbreak leaves hundreds dead

Manila - The Philippines stood firm Tuesday on its ban on the world's first dengue vaccine while declaring a nationwide epidemic from the mosquito-borne disease that it said has killed hundreds this year.

South Korean anti-bullying campaigner wins Asia's 'Nobel prize'

Manila - A campaigner who tackles youth suicide in South Korea, two journalists, and a human rights activist were named Friday among the winners of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Fly buzzes Duterte as he attacks Philippine priests

Manila - A fly that interrupted his speech was working under the orders of priests, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Tuesday, as he launched a new verbal attack on the country's influential Catholic church.

Eight killed as quakes hit far northern Philippines

Manila - Eight people were killed and dozens injured when a series of earthquakes struck islands in the far northern Philippines early Saturday, toppling historic buildings and sending terrified locals fleeing their homes.
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