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Philippines News

Philippines' Aquino criticises UN for mission 'impossible'

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticised the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission "impossible".

One dead as tropical storm flooding paralyses Philippine capital

Manila - Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and one girl drowned in the Philippine capital on Friday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-plagued country.

Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

Manila - Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

Powerful Typhoon Kalmaegi hits northern Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing flash floods and widespread heavy rains as communities braced for landslides and possible storm surges.

Search for missing as three die in Philippine ferry sinking

Manila - Three people were killed as rescuers searched for at least three others still missing with more than a hundred rescued after a ferry sank in waters off the central Philippines, the government said on Sunday.

29 missing after ferry mishap in Philippines: govt

Manila - At least 29 people are missing after a ferry lost control of its steering and was hit by huge waves in waters off the central Philippines on Saturday night, the government's civil defence office said.

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after 'greatest escape'

Manila - Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the "greatest escape" from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights outpost with armed trucks, the Philippine military said Sunday.

Fate of UN peacekeepers in Syrian Golan unclear

- UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated Saturday as the fate of 44 colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.

Filipino UN peacekeepers in Golan clash with Syrian rebels: govt

Manila - Philippine UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights clashed with Syrian rebels Saturday, Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin said in Manila.

Philippine police close-down another online 'sextortion' ring

On Friday, Philippine police arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians. Laptops and other equipment were seized.

Philippines to repatriate UN troops in Golan, Liberia

Manila - The Philippines said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus.

Philippines welcomes 100 millionth baby

Manila - A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.

Philippine typhoon death toll nears 100, new storm brings rains

Manila - The death toll from Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines rose to 94 -- with six missing -- as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas, authorities said Sunday.

Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens

Manila - The disaster-weary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said.

Millions in Philippines without power after typhoon

Manila - Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on Thursday after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and wrecked flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 40 lives.

Typhoon shuts down Philippine capital, kills 11

Manila - The first typhoon of the Philippines' brutal rainy season shut down the nation's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people across the country and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate.

Three missing, thousands flee as typhoon hits Philippines

Manila - Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines hunkered down in evacuation centres while three people were reported missing Tuesday as a typhoon pounded its eastern coast amid warnings of giant storm surges and heavy floods.

Gunmen attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

Kuala Lumpur - A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday.

Chinese fish farmer freed after Malaysia kidnapping

Kuala Lumpur - A Chinese fish farm manager who was kidnapped in May has been released amid a spate of abductions in Malaysia by gunmen based in the southern Philippines, police said Thursday.

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Manila - Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.

Reporter from Philippines wins AFP's Kate Webb Prize

Manila - Multimedia journalist Patricia Evangelista has won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her compelling reporting on conflict and disaster in her native Philippines, AFP announced Friday.

Security alert in Philippines over terror threat

Manila - The Philippines stepped up security at key installations and all public areas in parts of the country's volatile south on Sunday following a terror threat, police said.

17 killed in Philippine clashes with militants including 7 troops

Zamboanga - In Sulu province in the southern island of Mindanao Philippine security forces clashed with Abu Sayyaf insurgents resulting in 10 rebels and seven troops being killed.

Philippines seeks speedy UN ruling on China sea dispute

Manila - The Philippines said Thursday it would ask a UN tribunal to speed up its appeal to declare China's expansive claims to the South China Sea invalid.

Philippines protests over Chinese reef 'reclamation'

Manila - The Philippines said on Saturday it had filed a protest with Beijing for reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef, the fourth such complaint in three months.

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Fire kills six typhoon victims in Philippine tent city

Manila - Six members of the same family died after a fire struck a tent city set up for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Wednesday, a police official said.

Python massage — the perfect relaxer (Video)

Cebu - Are you nervous in the company of snakes? The Cebu City Zoo has just the answer to help you get over your fears. At their premises you can relax and enjoy a soothing massage involving not one, but four Burmese pythons.

China a serious threat to peace: Vietnam PM

Manila - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Wednesday that China's placing of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters had "seriously threatened peace".

23 hurt as fire, blasts rock Philippine army munitions depot

Manila - Twenty-three people were injured when a fire and a series of explosions struck a Philippine army munitions depot near the country's financial district Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.
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Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines
Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines
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PEACETIME: A U.S. 7th Fleet Band ensemble, Orient Express, performs for children from local orphanages during a community service event in Subic Bay, Philippines, in 2013.
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Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, President of the Catholic Relief Services based in Washington, prays during a mass inside Transfiguration Cathedral, seen with its ceiling that collapsed during super Typhoon Haiyan, in Palo, south of Tacloban, November 17, 2013. Long-delayed emergency supplies flowed into the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines on Saturday, reaching desperate families who had to fend for themselves for days, as the United Nations more than doubled its estimate of homeless to near
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Bohol Beach Club, Philippines
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Inmates at Cebu Provincial Detention Center perform a Gangman Style dance routine.
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SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
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Philippine flag with a map of the country
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USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper stuck in Tubbataha Reef
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ECHO expert Evangelos Petratos walks among the destruction to try and meet survivors in Mindanao, Philippines
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The Swearing-in Ceremony for Philip Goldberg as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines (Washington, November 21, 2013)
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The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phill...
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
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SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
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Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and Brandon Rios of the U.S. pose for photographs durin...
Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and Brandon Rios of the U.S. pose for photographs during a news conference in New York August 6, 2013. Pacquiao and Rios will fight in a welterweight match at the Venetian Macao in Macau on November 24
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Mr. Jerry Ilao of Mobile Optima  Inc. formally introduces the PerxClub loyalty app to the guests of ...
Mr. Jerry Ilao of Mobile Optima, Inc. formally introduces the PerxClub loyalty app to the guests of this exclusive event.
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The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phill...
The culture of the Philippines was brought to downtown Toronto in front of City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
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SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
SONA 2012: A Day In The Life of Philippines
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Special Action Force Counter Terrorist Unit of the Philippine National Police undergoing CQB training.
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Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona
Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona
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