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Duterte again delays abrogation of key security pact with US

Jun. 14, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday again suspended his decision to terminate a key defense pact with the United States, which he has asked to provide more aid and coronavirus vaccines in exchange for retaining the accord. Foreign...

Philippines: Militant wanted for beheadings, 3 others killed

Jun. 13, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed four Abu Sayyaf militants in a gunbattle Sunday in the country’s south, including a commander blamed for beheadings and a suspected would-be suicide bomber, military officials said. Army troops backed by police were...

At least 6 injured in cargo ship fire at Manila wharf

Jun. 12, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fire and a powerful blast ripped through a small cargo ship docked to refuel in the Philippine capital of Manila on Saturday, injuring at least six people and igniting a blaze in a nearby riverside slum that gutted dozens of shanties, officials said. ...

WHO, UNICEF declare end of polio outbreak in the Philippines

Jun. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A polio outbreak in the Philippines has ended, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, which praised government efforts to fight the disease despite the coronavirus pandemic. The U.N. agencies said...

Storm leaves 3 dead, displaces thousands in Philippines

Jun. 02, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm left at least three people dead and displaced thousands of villagers in the southern and central Philippines, where it triggered floods and landslides, officials said Wednesday. Forecasters said the storm Choi-wan was blowing...

Duterte opposes full disclosure of deadly drug raid details

Jun. 01, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has rejected full public disclosure of details of his administration’s deadly anti-drug crackdown, citing national security. President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Monday night that divulging...

The Latest: Germany hunts down possible fraud in virus tests

May. 30, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BERLIN — The German government is following up on media reports that coronavirus test centers across the country have overbilled authorities for the number of tests taken. Germans are allowed one free “citizen’s test” per week to check if they are negative for...

The Latest: Two-thirds of NY adults have at least one shot

May. 29, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. — The latest federal data shows that two-thirds of adults in New York state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. At the same time, hospitalizations statewide are down to 1,143 patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The total is the...

China, Philippines swap protests over Manila-occupied island

May. 29, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw its ships and fishing vessels from the vicinity of a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea, where the Chinese military has asserted its sovereignty and vowed to “unswervingly safeguard” the disputed...

The Latest: Philippines officials warned to enforce lockdown

May. 26, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The president of the Philippines warns he will jail village leaders and police officers who don’t enforce pandemic lockdown restrictions. President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments Wednesday night were in response to swimming parties, drinking...