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Stories with place: Philippines
  • Obama faces challenge in forging front vs. China sea actions 
    Updated: Feb-14-16 7:19 am

    MANILA, Philippines - With the symbolic handshakes and unity photo-op, President Barack Obama's high-profile summit with Southeast Asian leaders in California this week aims to step up pressure against China's increasingly worrisome behavior in disputed waters.

  • Things to know about Obama's summit with SE Asian leaders 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 3:07 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders at an unprecedented summit in California starting Monday as he looks to deepen ties with the region's fast-growing economies. But a nation not invited - neighboring power China - will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes.

  • Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 1:06 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China.

  • Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:31 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.

  • Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 11:00 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.

  • Top Philippine diplomat and China critic resigns over health 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 8:02 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' top diplomat, who was behind a bold government move to challenge the validity of China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea at an international tribunal, has resigned due to health reasons, officials said Monday.

  • 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.

  • Sovereignty, legacy factors in Taiwan leader's island visit story has photos
    Updated: Jan-28-16 7:55 am

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Seeking to assert Taiwan's sovereignty and build his legacy, President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit Thursday to an even smaller island also claimed by China.

  • Filipinos talk about 1st visit by Japanese emperor since war story has photos
    Updated: Jan-28-16 5:02 am

    Emperor Akihito is making the first visit by a Japanese emperor since World War II to the Philippines, which suffered under Japan's harsh military occupation during the war but now relies on Tokyo as an ally, trading partner and source of aid and investment.

  • 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.

  • Kerry presses China on North Korea, South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 10:17 pm

    BEIJING - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Wednesday for China to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear activities and decrease tensions over disputed parts of the South China Sea.

  • Mother, son charged with smuggling gun parts to Philippines 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 8:59 pm

    LOS ANGELES - A Southern California woman and her son have been charged with smuggling an arsenal of ammunition and gun parts to the Philippines.

  • 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.

  • Italy, Serbia, Philippines to host Olympic qualifying 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 11:05 am

    MIES, Switzerland - Italy, Serbia and the Philippines will host the three Olympic men's basketball qualifying tournaments in July.