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Philippine quake knocks over building; at least 3 dead

Apr. 22, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

PORAC, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake killed three people and trapped at several others Monday in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in a northern Philippine province, where an international airport terminal was closed due to damage, officials said. Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac...

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Apr. 19, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering. Four men and a woman, some wearing crowns of twigs, were...

Filipinos start evacuating from Libyan capital; 1 wounded

Apr. 18, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine diplomats have started evacuating a small group of Filipinos from the Libyan capital after it was hit by a barrage of rocket fire that wounded one Filipino, officials said Thursday. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Emmanuel Fernandez said in Manila that three...

Philippine police: 4 wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders arrested

Apr. 16, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police on Tuesday arrested four women they said were wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders who took care of their financial transactions, helped procure guns and bomb parts and arranged the travels of foreign militants to the country. The women were arrested in raids on...

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

Apr. 14, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said Sunday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said the...

Philippine troops kill 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes

Apr. 12, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in clashes as they pressed an offensive in a southern province where the extremists have been blamed for the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral, the military said Friday. The 12 militants were killed in four separate...

Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

Apr. 11, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said Thursday they plan more diggings and called for better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the...

Bones from Philippine cave reveal a new human cousin

Apr. 10, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fossil bones and teeth found in the Philippines have revealed a long-lost cousin of modern people, which evidently lived around the time our own species was spreading from Africa to occupy the rest of the world.  It's yet another reminder that, although Homo sapiens is now the only...

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Libya amid fighting

Apr. 10, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government on Wednesday imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Libya because of fighting between rival militias for control of the North African nation's capital, the labor chief said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the indefinite...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Apr. 7, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...