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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippines government in a new report Thursday, June 4, to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups which have caused serious human rights violations in the country.(Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

UN rights official: Philippine anti-terror bill worrying

Jun. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is “very worrying,” a U.N. rights official said Thursday. The House of Representatives...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippines government in a new report Thursday, June 4, to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups which have caused serious human rights violations in the country.(Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

UN office denounces human rights violations in Philippines

Jun. 4, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippine government in a new report Thursday to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups. The U.N. rights office chronicled long-standing concerns about state-backed and...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. gestures during a senate hearing in Manila, Philippines.  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to terminate a key defense pact with the United States, at least temporarily avoiding a major blow to one of America’s oldest alliances in Asia. Locsin Jr. said Tuesday, June 2, 2020, he dispatched a diplomatic note to the U.S. ambassador in Manila informing the U.S. government that the Philippines is delaying its decision to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement by at least six months.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Philippines suspends abrogation of defense pact with US

Jun. 2, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has suspended his decision to terminate a key defense pact with the United States, at least temporarily avoiding a major blow to one of America’s oldest alliances in Asia. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Tuesday he dispatched a diplomatic...

Students walk past a sticker to remind students to keep their social distancing as they arrive for the reopening of a primary school in Beijing, Monday, June 1, 2020. With declining virus case numbers, students have gradually returning to their classes in the capital city. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Philippines sees traffic jams as lockdown eases

Jun. 1, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as the metropolis relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Commuter trains, taxis, ride-sharing cars, special shuttle buses and...

People enjoy the fresh air on benches along Juarez Avenue in central Mexico City, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Mexico's capital plans to reopen certain sectors of the economy and public life beginning Monday, despite the city still being in the most serious

The Latest: S. Korea pushes QR registration for risky venues

May. 31, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Cases steadily rising around South Korean capital....

Philippine police arrest 90 Chinese for illegal gambling

May. 31, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested 90 Chinese for allegedly running an online gambling hub without permits and for violating quarantine restrictions, officials said Sunday. Police made the mass arrests Friday after spotting some of the suspects converging closely without face masks...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...

In this image made from video, cruise ship performer Erick Arenas, 34, speaks to the Associated Press via video chat while under quarantine in a hotel in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Tens of thousands of workers have returned by plane and ships as the pandemic, lockdowns and economic downturns decimated jobs worldwide in a major blow to the Philippines, a leading source of global labor. (AP Photo)

Quarantine bottlenecks add to woes of returning Filipinos

May. 29, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When his cruise ship sailed into Manila Bay after weeks of voyaging like a castaway amid port closures set off by the global pandemic, Erick Arenas felt he was finally home. But the 34-year-old dance performer of the Ovation of the Seas saw an ominous sign even before he can set...

Muslims pray spaced apart to help curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Friday prayer at the Al Barkah Grand Mosque in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, May 29, 2020. Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world's most populous Muslim nation. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Asia Today: Indonesians return to mosques, at a distance

May. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The guidelines for worship facilities released by religious affairs minister Fachrul Razi on...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...