Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

Politics 03/01/19, 05:22

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that "China does not pose a threat" of closing the disputed sea lanes. Pompeo assured the Philippines during a visit to Manila that ...

Pompeo: US worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation

World 02/28/19, 10:03

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he will discuss U.S. concerns about Chinese actions that threaten freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea with Philippine officials during an overnight visit to Manila. Pompeo arrived late Thursday and immediately met with President Rodrigo Duterte at an air base. ...

Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

World 02/22/19, 19:26

Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions.President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Murad Ebrahim and some ...

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Health 02/18/19, 08:18

The Philippine health secretary says 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have been sickened in an outbreak blamed partly on recent vaccination fears.Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday a massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 02/14/19, 23:12

Young Buddhist novices attend a dance festival as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, South Korean high school seniors clad in traditional attire bow during a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony in Seoul.Thousands of students and faculty from the ...

Interview: Philippine journalist sees threat to democracy

World 02/14/19, 07:57

The head of a Philippine online news site who was arrested by government agents in a libel case accused President Rodrigo Duterte's administration on Thursday of acting like a dictatorship and using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent."What we're seeing ... is a level of impunity that I ...

Journalist and Duterte critic posts bail after libel arrest

Business 02/14/19, 00:32

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has been freed on bail after her arrest in a libel case.National Bureau of Investigation agents served the warrant against Maria Ressa late Wednesday afternoon and escorted her from the Rappler Inc. office ...

Philippine agents arrest journalist critical of president

World 02/13/19, 08:11

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's policies was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case.Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, was arrested over a libel complaint ...

Bangladesh sues Manila-based bank in NY over heist

New York 02/01/19, 00:19

Bangladesh's central bank has filed a lawsuit in a New York court against a Philippine bank over the heist of $81 million from its account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2016.Abu Hena Mohd. Rajee Hassan, head of Bangladesh Bank's Finance Intelligence Unit, told The Associated Press ...

Update: Philippine church bomb death toll rises to 27

World 01/27/19, 01:54

The Latest on a bomb attack targeting a church in the southern Philippines (all times local):2:50 p.m.The death toll in the bombing of a cathedral on a southern Philippine island has risen to 27 with 77 others wounded.According to the latest tally provided by regional police, the dead included 20 ...

Filipino Muslims approve new autonomous region in referendum

World 01/25/19, 20:45

Muslims in the southern Philippines overwhelmingly approved in a referendum the creation of a new autonomous region in hopes of ending nearly half a century of unrest, election officials said.The Commission on Elections announced late Friday that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed ratified following a referendum ...

Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

World 01/20/19, 22:27

Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort ...

Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears

World 01/09/19, 00:04

A mammoth crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics has joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security in Manila due to terrorism fears and recent bomb attacks in the southern Philippines.Police say they have not monitored any specific threat but that they deployed ...

US returns 3 war bells seized from Philippines a century ago

World 12/11/18, 01:18

Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago were returned to the Philippines on Tuesday in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China.U.S. defense officials and the American ...

Philippine leader jokes he used marijuana at SE Asia meeting

World 12/03/18, 08:08

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs has cost thousands of lives, says he used marijuana to keep awake at a recent regional meeting, but later disavowed his assertion as a joke.Duterte made the comment Monday at an awards ceremony where he talked about attending last month's meeting ...

3 Filipino policemen convicted of murder in brutal drug war

World 11/29/18, 04:11

A Philippine court has found three police officers guilty of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president's crackdown on drugs.Regional Trial Court Presiding Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. ruled the officers murdered Kian Loyd delos Santos during raid in a ...

China’s Xi visits Philippines to deepen ties with US ally

World 11/20/18, 00:47

Chinese President Xi Jinping received a red-carpet welcome in the Philippines on Tuesday, as he paid his first visit to the U.S. treaty ally with offers of infrastructure loans and new accords to prevent clashes and possibly explore for oil and gas in the disputed South China Sea.Xi was met ...

Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, court orders her arrest

World 11/09/18, 01:13

A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she's likely to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.The special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced Marcos, 89, to serve 6 to ...

Sven-Goran Eriksson is at the helm of another national team

Soccer 11/05/18, 06:35

Sven-Goran Eriksson is at the helm of another national team.The 70-year-old Swede was introduced Monday as the coach of the Philippines after a famous stint with England more than a decade ago.Eriksson has also coached Mexico and Ivory Coast, and numerous club teams including Roma, Lazio, Benfica and Manchester City.The ...

4 survivors, 3 dead, several missing in Philippine landslide

World 10/31/18, 01:22

Philippine officials say rescuers have pulled out four survivors and three bodies but several more were missing after a massive landslide set off by a typhoon crashed down on two government buildings in a northern mountain province. Regional police Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana says at least 18 more people still are ...

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