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Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

Manila - The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away.

Filipino Eden Sonsona stops unbeaten Mexican Adrian Estrella

Filipino bantamweight contender Eden Sonsona of General Santos City, Philippines scored a knockout victory over previously unbeaten Adrian Estrella of Mexico Saturday at Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Farmers eat rats, trade tails for rice in Philippines

Farmers in Philippines hit by El Niño triggered drought are trading rat tails for rice as part of a government program and eating their meat.

Philippines govt vows to punish anyone liable for deadly fire

Manila - The owners of a Philippine factory where 72 people died in a fire could face time in prison, a government task force said Saturday, vowing to punish anyone found responsible as anger grows over the tragedy.

Philippines factory fire highlights sweatshop abuses

Manila - The deaths of 72 people in a fire that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippine capital has exposed abusive conditions for millions of poor and desperate workers across the nation.

Philippine factory fire kills 72, barred windows blamed

Manila - Seventy-two people died when a fire tore through a footwear factory in the Philippine capital, authorities said Thursday, as survivors blamed barred windows for the disaster and described sweatshop conditions.

Philippines blaze kills 28, dozens more feared dead

Manila - At least 28 people were killed and dozens more feared dead after a fire tore through a factory producing flip-flops in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday, the city's fire marshal said.

Philippines to announce national rules for ride-sharing

Manila - The Philippines has become the first country to come up with national rules governing Uber and other ride-sharing services, the transport department said Tuesday, following criticism of the industry as unsafe and unregulated.

Philippines to turn disputed sea outcrops into tourist draws

The Philippines plans to turn some disputed South China Sea islands into tourist sites to promote peace as China builds suspected military facilities on nearby reclaimed reefs, Filipino officials said Monday.

Two dead as powerful typhoon clips north Philippines

Manila - Two people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that grazed the Philippines' northeastern tip, according to authorities who said Monday that the evacuation of coastal villages and volcanic slopes averted a higher toll.

Thousands flee as typhoon hits north Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Noul slammed into the northern tip of the Philippines Sunday, triggering warnings of possible flash floods, landslides and storm surges and prompting almost 3,000 people to flee their homes.

Hundreds flee rumbling Philippines volcano, typhoon

Sorsogon - Hundreds of people fled their homes on the slopes of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Friday as authorities warned of rain-driven mudflows from an approaching typhoon that could bury them alive.

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for death row Filipina

Manila - The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds weeping for joy and her children crying "Mama will live!

Mother of Filipina spared Indonesia execution hails 'miracle': radio

Manila - The mother of a Filipina drug convict reprieved at the 11th hour after facing execution in Indonesia told Philippine radio Wednesday: "Miracles do come true".

Heartrending final farewells for Indonesia death row convicts

Cilacap - Led by the hand through a scrum of reporters to an Indonesian prison island, the six-year-old Filipino looked confused and frightened as he made one of his final visits to his mother before her execution.

Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina

Manila - World boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao took time out Monday from final preparations for his $400 million megafight with Floyd Mayweather to plead for the life of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia.

Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

Sydney - A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition.

Beijing 'poised to take de facto control' of S. China Sea'

Kuala Lumpur - Beijing is poised to take "de facto control" of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned Sunday, but its call for a robust Southeast Asian response at a regional summit was shot down.

Filipina on Indonesia death row 'told she will be executed Tuesday'

Jakarta - A Filipina on death row in Indonesia has been informed that she will be executed on Tuesday, her lawyer said.

Philippines wants 90 Muslim rebels charged for bloody ambush

Manila - The Philippine Justice Department on Wednesday recommended murder charges against 90 Muslim rebels, even though such a move could jeopardise a peace process championed by President Benigno Aquino.

International drug gangs prey on Filipinos abroad

Manila - Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out.

Manila 'cute little submissive' of US: China media

Bejing - The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington.

Hong Kong lawmaker rapped for 'racist' views on maids' sex lives

Hong Kong - A senior Hong Kong politician is under fire after she accused some Filipina domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, in comments branded "racist" and "offensive" by critics.

Philippines voices China alarm as US war games begin

Manila - The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing.

Philippine leader Aquino determined to suppress Marcos anger

Manila - Like the bullet embedded in his neck that may kill him if removed, Philippine President Benigno Aquino believes it is safer that some atrocities of his nation's previous dictatorship remain buried.

World should fear China's actions in South China Sea: Philippine leader

Manila - China's efforts to stake its claim to most of the South China Sea should spark fear around the world, with military conflict possible, Philippine President Benigno Aquino told AFP on Tuesday.

China blasts Obama over military 'muscle' in South China Sea

Bejing - Beijing hit back Friday at US President Barack Obama's criticism of Chinese construction in the disputed South China Sea, arguing that it is Washington that has greater military "muscle".

The armchair traveler — The hanging coffins of the Igorot people

Sagada - A 12 to 15 hour bus ride north of Manila will take a visitor to Sagada, a city of about 11,300 people in the Philippines. Besides its many natural wonders, visitors can enjoy a tour to the famous hanging coffins of the Igorot.

Typhoon Maysak melts away as it hits Philippines

Manila - A super typhoon dissolved into a tropical depression and made landfall in the Philippines Sunday, forecasters said, easing fears after thousands of residents fled remote coastal villages to avoid potential giant waves.
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