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Duterte suspends any loan talks with backers of rights probe

Sep. 23, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended any negotiations over loans or grants from 18 countries that backed a U.N. human rights resolution calling for an inquiry into human rights conditions in the Philippines, an official said Monday. Presidential spokesman Salvador...

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference...

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....

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...

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....

'Any suggestion?' Duterte asks after Xi reaffirms sea claims

Sep. 4, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has acknowledged he's short of solutions to press China to adhere to Manila's arbitration victory in their South China Sea disputes after he said Chinese President Xi Jinping told him flatly: "We will not budge." President Rodrigo Duterte spoke for the...

Duterte fires prisons chief amid uproar on convicts' release

Sep. 4, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Wednesday fired the government's top prison official amid a public outcry over the release of hundreds of prisoners, including convicted drug traffickers and rapists, under a law rewarding good behavior with shorter jail terms. President Rodrigo...

China tells Philippines it won't recognize ruling on sea row

Aug. 30, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Philippine counterpart that Beijing will not recognize an international arbitration ruling that has invalidated most of China's claims to virtually the entire South China Sea, the Philippine leader's spokesman said. The row over the disputed waters...

Duterte in China amid expectation he'll raise sea disputes

Aug. 29, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held talks Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in which the Southeast Asian leader was expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea. The 2016 Hague arbitration ruling mostly invalidated China's claim to virtually...