- American Nobel laureate Richard Heck is buried in Manila Updated: Oct-13-15 3:53 am
MANILA, Philippines - American Nobel laureate for chemistry Richard Heck, who designed a method of building complex molecules that has helped fight cancer, protect crops and make electronic devices, was buried Tuesday in a metropolitan Manila cemetery beside the tomb of his Filipino wife. He was 84.
- Philippines backs US plan to sail ship near Chinese island Updated: Oct-13-15 12:49 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines on Tuesday backed a reported U.S. plan to challenge China's territorial claims by deploying a Navy ship close to a Chinese-built island in the South China Sea, saying it was important for the international community to safeguard freedom of navigation in the disputed waters.
- Pope's sex abuse commission taking advice on the road Updated: Oct-12-15 1:30 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' sex abuse commission has begun an important new phase of its work: Bringing the expertise of its members to the developing world where bishops' conferences have lagged behind their English-speaking counterparts in crafting guidelines to prevent abuse and care for survivors.
- Filipinos begin race for presidency, 18,000 other offices Updated: Oct-12-15 8:51 am
MANILA, Philippines - The race for the Philippine presidency next year began on Monday with the country's vice president being the first major contender to register his candidacy to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.
- Gunmen kill Philippine town mayor, wound 4 others in south Updated: Oct-12-15 7:47 am
MANILA, Philippines - Gunmen killed a Philippine town mayor and wounded his vice mayor and at least three other companions in an ambush on Monday while they were traveling in a van in a far-flung southern region, officials said.
- Image of Asia: Practicing evasive maneuvers in Philippines Updated: Oct-09-15 10:04 am
In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a roped cow tries to break free in front of a Philippine marine who tries to avoid it while taking up his position during a live-fire exercise near the coast northwest of Manila. Hundreds of cattle live on the sprawling naval facility at San Antonio township in Zambales province, and the marines and amphibious-assault vehicles had to maneuver through the herd during the exercise. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines took part in the annual exercise that concluded Friday and was aimed at increasing the armed forces' capabilities in bilateral maritime operations. The facility faces Scarborough Shoal, one of the contested areas in the South China Sea that is also claimed by China.
- Popular Filipino entertainer Elizabeth Ramsey dies at 83 Updated: Oct-09-15 7:33 am
MANILA, Philippines - Elizabeth Ramsey, a popular Filipino singer, comedian and actress who entertained crowds with racy gags and a raspy voice, has died. She was 83.
- 10 inmates die in fire at Philippine maximum-security prison Updated: Oct-09-15 4:37 am
MANILA, Philippines - A fire destroyed a dormitory at a maximum-security prison in the central Philippines, killing 10 inmates, officials said Friday.
- Australia in talks to send refugees to the Philippines Updated: Oct-08-15 11:13 pm
SYDNEY - Australia is in talks to send refugees who try to reach its shores illegally to the Philippines, the immigration minister said Friday.
- Searchers find no sign of kidnapped Italian in Philippines Updated: Oct-08-15 6:52 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine forces searched on land and sea Thursday but were unable to find any sign of a former Italian Roman Catholic missionary who was abducted by gunmen in the south, where he has lived for years despite a history of violent attacks on fellow Italian priests, officials said.
- Dictator's son says Filipinos care less about Marcos abuses Updated: Oct-07-15 7:16 am
MANILA, Philippines - The son of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday that Filipinos are no longer concerned about human rights abuses committed under his father's rule, angering activists who said he wants people to forget his father's dictatorship, which a popular revolt ended 29 years ago.
- Yacht missing with 2 Britons, American, Canadian, Filipino Updated: Oct-06-15 10:19 am
MANILA, Philippines - A yacht carrying two Britons, an American, a Canadian and a Filipino disappeared while sailing in waters that were lashed by a storm last week, the Philippine coast guard said Tuesday.
- Late Philippine dictator's son to run for vice president Updated: Oct-05-15 11:52 pm
MANILA, Philippines - The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has announced that he will run for vice president in next year's elections in a new gauge of his family's political clout nearly three decades after they were ousted in a "people power" revolt.
- Philippines sees big growth in outsourced medical services Updated: Oct-05-15 9:56 am
MANILA, Philippines - Leaders of the Philippine outsourcing industry said Monday they expect a big increase in business as the result of a new, highly detailed medical diagnosis coding system adopted by the U.S. for insurance claims.
- China beats Philippines 78-67 to win FIBA Asia title Updated: Oct-03-15 12:57 pm
CHANGSHA, China - Yi Jianlian combined with youngsters Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi to lead China to a 78-67 win over the Philippines in the FIBA Asia basketball final on Saturday, helping the host nation secure an Olympic slot and finish the continental tournament unbeaten.
- Bomb in southern Philippines kills 4, hits vice mayor convoy Updated: Oct-01-15 9:13 am
MANILA, Philippines - A powerful bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle taxi exploded and hit the passing convoy of a vice mayor in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing four people and wounding at least six others, the police and military said.
- US, Philippine marines hold annual amphibious exercises Updated: Oct-01-15 8:55 am
MANILA, Philippines - More than 1,500 U.S. and Filipino marines on Thursday began annual exercises to improve combat readiness and better respond to humanitarian crises in the Philippines, which is frequently hit by powerful typhoons and is locked in a territorial dispute with China.
- Rights group: Filipino child miners risk lives in gold mines Updated: Sep-29-15 10:23 pm
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government has failed to protect thousands of children, some as young as 9 years old, who risk their lives by working in illegal, small-scale gold mines under terrifying conditions, a human rights group said Wednesday.
- Court grants Filipino general reprieve from removal from US Updated: Sep-29-15 8:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A Filipino general accused of trying to overthrow the Philippine government in the late 1980s won a reprieve Tuesday from an immigration board's order that he be removed from the United States.
- Conflicts, guns and misery foster Philippine kidnappings Updated: Sep-24-15 9:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - The recent abductions of three Westerners and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine resort are the latest reminder of the long-running security problems that have hounded a region with bountiful resources and promises, but hamstrung by stark poverty and an array of insurgents and outlaws.
- Gunmen abduct 3 foreigners, Filipino from Philippine resort Updated: Sep-22-15 2:08 am
MANILA, Philippines - Unidentified gunmen have abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine island, the military and police said Tuesday.
- Filipino troops stage raids on foreign and local militants Updated: Sep-22-15 12:52 am
MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds of Philippine troops launched an offensive Tuesday to capture at least six foreign Islamic militants and their Abu Sayyaf rebel allies in their latest attempt to crush al-Qaida-linked extremists, a military commander said.
- Philippine ex-governor, brother arrested in Thailand Updated: Sep-21-15 4:19 am
MANILA, Philippines - A former Philippine provincial governor and his brother, who are among the country's most-wanted crime suspects for the 2011 murder of a radio anchor and prominent environmentalist, have been arrested in Thailand, officials said Monday.
- Head of Filipino sultanate that invaded Malaysian state dies Updated: Sep-20-15 6:22 am
MANILA, Philippines - The leader of a sultanate in the southern Philippines that staged a 2013 invasion of a bustling Malaysian state and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure, his family and followers said Sunday.
- Philippine rebels reject changes in proposed autonomy law Updated: Sep-18-15 10:06 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Muslim rebel leader said Friday that changes that would water down a proposed Muslim autonomy law under a peace deal with the Philippine government are unacceptable and that insurgents are appealing to lawmakers to pass legislation that would help end a decades-old rebellion in the country's south.