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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Sep. 16, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ U.S....

Quake sends people rushing out of buildings in Philippines

Sep. 13, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake on Friday jolted areas of the northern Philippines including the capital, where office workers streamed out of buildings and train services were briefly disrupted. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Philippine Institute of...

Philippines arrests 277 Chinese accused of investment scam

Sep. 13, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration agents have arrested 277 Chinese in a raid against an online investment scam syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people, officials said Friday. The arrests Wednesday in the Ortigas financial district in Pasig city in the Manila metropolis came after the...

Philippines: China wanted to restrict foreign forces at sea

Sep. 11, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary said Wednesday that China has sought to restrict the presence of foreign military powers in the South China Sea and foreign involvement in oil and gas projects in the disputed region under a pact it's negotiating with Southeast Asian nations....

A US priest, a Philippine village, and decades of secrecy

Sep. 9, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

TALUSTUSAN, Philippines (AP) — The American priest's voice echoed over the phone line, his sharp Midwestern accent softened over the decades by a gentle Filipino lilt. On the other end, recording the call, was a young man battered by shame but anxious to get the priest to describe exactly what had happened...

Anti-bullying and rights defenders among Magsaysay awardees

Sep. 9, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five people were honored Monday as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped fight suicide and bullying and a Thai housewife who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to...

Philippines confirms African swine fever, culls 7,000 pigs

Sep. 9, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Lab tests have confirmed that African swine fever caused the deaths of pig herds in at least seven villages near Manila and a multiagency body will be set up to ensure the highly contagious disease does not spread further, Philippine officials said Monday. Agriculture Secretary...

A US priest, a Philippine village, and decades of secrecy

Sep. 9, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

TALUSTUSAN, Philippines (AP) — The American priest's voice echoed over the phone line. "Happy days are gone," he said in the 2018 call, recorded by a young man whose accusations would shake this little island village and reveal how allegations of sex crimes by priests are still ignored, sometimes for...

Suicide bomber dies in Philippines; no other casualties

Sep. 8, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A militant wearing a traditional black Muslim woman's gown was killed in a suicide bombing attack Sunday on a military detachment in the southern Philippines that failed to inflict any other deaths or injuries, officials said. The suicide attacker tried but failed to enter a...

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Sep. 7, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms....