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Outrage after three journalists killed in Philippines

Manila - Three journalists in the Philippines have been shot dead just days apart, press groups said Tuesday, as they warned of further media bloodshed without serious government action.

Typhoon Goni threatens Japan after killing 26 in Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Goni killed at least 26 people in landslides and floods in the Philippines, officials said Monday, as the storm bore down on Japan.

Typhoon Goni ravages Philippines, heads towards Japan

Manila - A weakened Typhoon Goni was headed towards Japan on Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.

Ten killed in Philippines, thousands flee as typhoon strikes

Manila - Ten people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday.

Hostages race to freedom as Philippine troops battle militants

Manila - Two Philippine coast guard men held hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked militants sprinted through gunfire to freedom as government forces raided the extremists' hideout, killing 15 of them, the army said Thursday.

Philippine investigators seek graft charges against Aquino ally, senator

Manila - Philippine authorities have moved to file corruption charges against two top politicians, including an ally of President Benigno Aquino, the justice secretary said Saturday, as part of a massive graft scandal that has embroiled numerous officials.

Philippines vows action on Haiyan rebuilding after UN criticism

Manila - The Philippines on Sunday vowed to take further action to aid those displaced by deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, following UN criticism that the government's response so far had been "inadequate".

ASEAN, China discuss 'hotline' for sea dispute: Philippines

Manila - ASEAN and China are discussing setting up a "hotline" in case of an emergency regarding the territorial dispute over the South China Sea, a Philippine official said on Sunday.

Philippines Haiyan rebuilding 'inadequate', says UN

Manila - The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Haiyan, as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday.

Philippines' Aquino insists successor's reforms key to resurgence

Manila - President Benigno Aquino urged the Philippines on Monday to elect a new leader with the zeal to pursue reforms which he said had led to high growth in a country impoverished by rampant corruption.

Philippines' Aquino struggles with legacy as clout fades

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino addresses parliament for the last time on Monday, racing to secure fragile legacies of peace in the war-torn south and a stronger economy.

Chris Brown cleared to leave Philippines after bizarre appeals

Manila - Grammy-winning hip-hop star Chris Brown was cleared to leave the Philippines late Friday, an official said, after he was temporarily barred from exiting the country over a row with a powerful religious sect.

Philippines in record defence spending plan amid China tensions

Manila - The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday.

Manila to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Manila - The Philippines plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the South China Sea, where it is engaged in a maritime row with China, a defence official said Monday.

Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila - The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China's claims to most of the South China Sea.

Philippine massacre widows 'cannot forgive' warlord suspect

Manila - Widows of victims of the Philippines' worst political massacre said Saturday that they could not forgive a powerful clan warlord who was one of the main suspects in the case, after he died in hospital.Andal Ampatuan Sr.

Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furore

Manila - Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos.

Philippine ferry may have been overloaded, death toll rises to 61

Ormoc City - The death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded.

Owner, crew of capsized Philippine ferry charged with murder

Manila - Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized killing 59 people, an official said Saturday.

Overloading eyed in Philippine ferry capsize: Official

Manila - Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for a Philippine ferry disaster which left dozens dead, an official said Saturday, and a government investigation is now underway.

Anguish as search for survivors in Philippine ferry ends

Ormoc - Anguished families wept over the bodies of dead relatives as the search for survivors from the Philippines' latest ferry disaster ended Friday with 45 confirmed deaths, officials said.

At least 36 dead after ferry capsizes in Philippines

Manila - At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said.

Philippine vice president accused of roughing up police

Manila - Elderly Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay was accused by Manila police on Wednesday of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several people hurt.

Top rebel slain in blow to Philippine communist rebellion

Davao - The Philippine military has shot dead an infamous communist guerilla leader in a blow to one of the world's longest-running Maoist insurgencies, authorities said Monday.

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols

Toukyo - Japan's military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role.

Japan, Philippines make second flight near disputed waters

Puerto Princesa - Japan and the Philippines flew patrol planes near disputed South China Sea waters for a second straight day on Wednesday, despite Chinese criticism of this week's air and sea exercises.

New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes: Japan

Toukyo - Japan warned China on Wednesday that its extensive land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea does not make ownership "a done deal", after Beijing announced it had almost finished its controversial island-building.

Philippine leader likens China to Nazi Germany

Toukyo - Philippine President Benigno Aquino likened present-day China to Nazi Germany on Wednesday during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea.

Drought affects half of the Philippines

Cebu City - Drought brought on by the mild El Niño now sweeping through the Pacific countries has affected more than half of the Philippines, the state weather bureau said.

Philippine leader visits Japan amid China land claim tensions

Toukyo - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday began a four-day visit to Japan that will see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to China's land reclamation in the South China Sea.
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