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  • Philippines fears new fighting with stalled Muslim autonomy story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 7:21 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Congress ended its last regular session of its term Wednesday without passing a Muslim autonomy bill that aims to peacefully settle a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south, sparking concerns the setback may ignite new fighting.

  • Ambassador: US to continue South China Sea flights, sail-bys story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 4:01 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate by sending planes and ships into China-claimed areas.

  • Philippine growth short of target at 5.8 percent in 2015 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 12:00 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy grew 5.8 percent in 2015, short of even lowered government expectations after being hampered by a weak world economy, El Nino and slow government spending in the first half of the year.

  • Philippine leader welcomes Japan's emperor as ties blossom story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 9:04 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gave a red-carpet welcome to Japan's emperor Wednesday in a sign of blossoming ties between the two nations, both mired in territorial disputes with China, while further moving past painful memories of Japan's World War II aggression.

  • Miss Universe winner says next dream is to be a Bond girl story has photos
    Updated: Jan-24-16 8:46 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The reigning Miss Universe has her eyes set on her next big dream: being a Bond girl.

  • Southeast Asia launches 10-year plan to increase tourism 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 9:51 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Southeast Asian tourism ministers on Friday launched a 10-year plan to ramp up marketing of their region as a single destination to raise tourism's share of the regional economy to 15 percent by 2025.

  • Southeast Asia launches 10-year plan to increase tourism 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 8:53 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Southeast Asian tourism ministers on Friday launched a 10-year plan to ramp up marketing of their region as a single destination to raise tourism's share of the regional economy to 15 percent by 2025.

  • Ex-drug buster, Chinese citizen arrested in Manila drug raid 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 4:52 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A former anti-narcotics officer and a Chinese citizen were arrested Thursday during a drug raid in the Philippine capital that yielded $6.7 million worth of high-grade crystal methamphetamine, officials said.

  • AP Exclusive: Kin of Malaysian hostage retrieve remains story has photos
    Updated: Jan-15-16 5:19 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The grieving wife and siblings of a Malaysian hostage who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf extremists in the southern Philippines retrieved his remains in Manila Friday, visibly stunned after seeing his body for the first time.

  • Philippine court OKs pact allowing US troops in local camps story has photos
    Updated: Jan-12-16 10:42 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local military camps, in a boost to U.S. efforts to reassert its presence in Asia as China rises to regional dominance.

  • Huge Catholic parade held under heavy security in Manila 
    Updated: Jan-09-16 3:07 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A massive crowd of Filipino Roman Catholic devotees jammed Manila's streets Saturday for an annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ, which was held under extra heavy security following the Paris attacks.

  • ADB head optimistic China's economy to grow 6.7 percent story has photos
    Updated: Jan-08-16 4:30 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Asian Development Bank president said Friday he is optimistic China's economy will post healthy growth of 6.7 percent this year despite jitters over the yuan's depreciation and a plunge in Chinese stocks.

  • Civilian jets land on Chinese-built island, drawing protests story has photos
    Updated: Jan-07-16 8:08 am

    BEIJING - Two civilian jets landed on the airstrip of a new island China built in the South China Sea, drawing more protests over China's activities in disputed waters.