- Philippines to discuss lease of Japan surveillance planes Updated: May-03-16 5:44 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine defense chief said Tuesday his government has agreed in principle to lease five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions during disasters.
- Asian stocks mostly higher following US lead Updated: May-02-16 11:50 pm
MANILA, Philippines - Asian stocks were mostly up Tuesday after U.S. stock indexes moved solidly higher, recovering some of last week's steep declines.
- Wealth question hangs over Filipino mayor's presidential run Updated: May-02-16 8:52 am
MANILA, Philippines - Allegations that the Philippine presidential election front-runner had a large sum of money in an undeclared bank account were not resolved Monday, allowing the issue to hang over the final week of the closely fought race.
- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Will China build on disputed shoal? Updated: May-02-16 1:54 am
Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint.
- Trade unions hold rallies to mark May Day; clashes Updated: May-01-16 6:19 pm
Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. A look at some May Day events:
- Militants free 10 Indonesian hostages in south Philippines Updated: May-01-16 8:55 am
MANILA, Philippines - Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday.
- Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am
BEIJING - Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.
- Pacquiao presses senatorial campaign despite kidnap threat Updated: Apr-28-16 10:29 am
SAN PABLO, Philippines - Boxing star Manny Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate on Thursday, barnstorming in a province south of Manila despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him.
- After hostage beheading, is Philippines facing IS threat? Updated: Apr-28-16 9:11 am
MANILA, Philippines - Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom.
- China to join exercises with rival South China Sea claimants Updated: Apr-28-16 6:28 am
BEIJING - China said Thursday it will send a warship and special forces for a multinational exercise next month that is also expected to include troops from the Philippines and other rival claimants in the South China Sea.
- Aquino: Canadian's killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao Updated: Apr-27-16 8:29 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage.
- Philippine troops hunt extremists who beheaded Canadian Updated: Apr-26-16 3:23 pm
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.
- Indonesia to hold regional talks after kidnappings at sea Updated: Apr-26-16 6:52 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's president said Tuesday that his government will host talks with Malaysia and the Philippines this week to boost maritime security following the kidnappings at sea of Indonesians by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants.
- Canadian man decapitated by Philippine extremists Updated: Apr-25-16 5:11 pm
MANILA, Philippines - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday night in the southern Philippines belongs to one of two Canadians taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September.
- Canada confirms Canadian killed by terrorists in Philippines Updated: Apr-25-16 2:32 pm
TORONTO - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the "cold-blooded murder" of a Canadian by terrorists in the Philippines who were holding him hostage.
- Philippine voter data hacked but polls to go ahead Updated: Apr-22-16 9:24 am
MANILA, Philippines - The hacking of a Philippine election database may have exposed the personal information of all 55 million registered voters, but will not undermine May 9 national elections, officials said Friday, in the latest hacking scandal to hit the Southeast Asian nation.
- US, Britain warn citizens to stay off south Philippine area Updated: Apr-22-16 1:27 am
MANILA, Philippines - The United States and Britain have warned their citizens to stay away from a southern Philippine region where suspected Muslim extremists are behind a wave of kidnappings, including those of 18 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crewmen.
- Rights complaint filed after Philippine candidate's remark Updated: Apr-20-16 5:04 am
MANILA, Philippines - Representatives of women's groups filed a complaint Wednesday at the Commission on Human Rights against the front-runner in the Philippine presidential race for his remark about wanting to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners during a hostage-taking in 1989.
- Britain aligns with US on response to South China Sea case Updated: Apr-18-16 5:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Britain said Monday it will stand alongside the U.S. in supporting an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal in a case that challenges the legality of China's expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea.
- Philippine presidential front-runner's rape remark condemned Updated: Apr-18-16 11:52 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Australian ambassador and Philippine presidential candidates condemned the leading contender's remark at a campaign rally last week that he "should have been the first" to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners in 1989.
- Bangladesh says 20 foreigners involved in theft from NY Fed Updated: Apr-18-16 9:59 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh investigators have determined that at least 20 foreigners were involved in the cybertheft of $101 million from the Bangladesh central bank's account in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a senior investigator said Monday.
- 4 Indonesians kidnapped by pirates; vessels safe in Malaysia Updated: Apr-15-16 10:38 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Four Indonesians have been kidnapped and another shot in an attempt to hijack a tugboat and barge in the border waters of Malaysia and the Philippines, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
- US defense chief visits aircraft carrier in South China Sea Updated: Apr-15-16 8:38 pm
ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS - For the second time in five months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter landed aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the bitterly contested South China Sea, sending a deliberate message to China on American power in the region.
- China 2nd ranking general visits disputed islands Updated: Apr-15-16 7:26 am
BEIJING - China's second-ranking general recently visited the country's man-made islands in the South China Sea, the Defense Ministry said Friday, underscoring China's defiance in the face of calls by the U.S. and others to cease construction work that they say is raising tensions in the region.
- US sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines Updated: Apr-14-16 12:18 pm
MANILA, Philippines - In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, and will conduct more joint sea and air patrols with Philippine forces in the South China Sea.