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Filipino volunteer who saved Outback fire brigade celebrated in Australian Parliament

Feb. 29, 2024 04:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Filipino immigrant who helped a small Outback town keep its volunteer fire brigade was celebrated in the Australian Parliament on Thursday during a special sitting to welcome Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on a state visit. Prime...

Philippine president tells Australia their strategic partnership is more important than ever

Feb. 29, 2024 01:19 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told Australia’s Parliament on Thursday that the strategic partnership between the two nations was more important than ever with the rule of law and peace in the region under threat from China. Marcos told a...

Today in History: February 25, Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for first world title

Feb. 25, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated...

AP PHOTOS: Lunar New Year in the Philippines draws crowds to one of the world's oldest Chinatowns

Feb. 08, 2024 00:59 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Crowds are flocking to Chinatown in the Philippine capital to usher in the Year of the Wood Dragon and experience lively traditional dances on lantern-lit streets with food, lucky charms and prayers for good fortune. Still recovering from the pandemic...

UN expert says more needs to be done to address human rights abuses in the Philippines

Feb. 02, 2024 08:03 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has taken steps to to address human rights abuses in the country, including the killings of journalists and rights activists, a U.N. expert said Friday. However, more needs to be done, she said, including...

Philippines and Vietnam agree to expand cooperation in South China Sea, which Beijing also claims

Jan. 30, 2024 06:15 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Philippines and Vietnam signed agreements Tuesday to prevent incidents in the South China Sea and broaden cooperation between their coast guards in a growing alliance that will likely be frowned upon by China, which claims virtually the entire waters. The...

Southeast Asian nations cautiously optimistic of progress on Myanmar and South China Sea conflicts

Jan. 29, 2024 05:55 AM EST

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea and escalating violence in Myanmar topped the agenda for Southeast Asian diplomats at their meeting in Laos on Monday, with the Laotian foreign minister expressing guarded optimism that progress could be...

Ex-Philippine leader Duterte assails Marcos, accusing him of plotting to expand his grip on power

Jan. 29, 2024 05:50 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is throwing allegations at his successor, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and even raising the prospect of removing him from office, bringing into the open a long-rumored split between the two. In an expletive-laden...

Philippine troops kill 9 suspected Muslim militants, including 2 involved in Sunday Mass bombing

Jan. 27, 2024 02:57 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed nine suspected Muslim militants in the volatile south, including two key suspects in a bomb attack last month that left four Christian worshippers dead, the army said Saturday. Four army scout rangers were slightly wounded in...

Filipino fisherman to China's coast guard on disputed shoal: `This is Philippine territory. Go away'

Jan. 23, 2024 10:53 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino fishing boat captain protested on Tuesday the Chinese coast guard’s aggression in the disputed South China Sea, where he asserted that Chinese officers drove him and his men away from a disputed shoal and ordered them to dump their catch in the sea. ...