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Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over reef dispute

Apr. 13, 2021 03:34 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government summoned the Chinese ambassador to press its demand for Chinese vessels to immediately leave a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea and said their presence was stoking tensions, officials said Tuesday. The...

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

Apr. 12, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported infections since the pandemic began. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24 hours pushed India's total since the...

US, Philippine forces stage scaled down drills amid pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American and Philippines forces on Monday opened one of their most scaled down annual combat exercises in decades due to the pandemic, and organizers said the drills would remain focused on territorial defense, battling terrorism and humanitarian projects. ...

US-Philippines officials discuss concerns over China's ships

Apr. 10, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea. Austin spoke by phone with Philippine Secretary...

Philippines warns it could seek US help amid feud with China

Apr. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines could seek the help of the United States, with which it has a mutual defense treaty, to protect its interests in the South China Sea, Manila’s defense department said Thursday in a veiled threat amid an escalating feud with China over a contested...

Ex-Philippine President Estrada on ventilator with COVID-19

Apr. 06, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, who is battling COVID-19, has been put on a ventilator, his son said Tuesday. The 83-year-old Estrada, the most prominent Filipino politician to test positive for the coronavirus, was hospitalized...

Asia Today: Philippines extends lockdown as infections spike

Apr. 05, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and started to overwhelm many hospitals in the capital and outlying regions. President Rodrigo Duterte...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

Apr. 04, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and started to overwhelm many hospitals in the capital and outlying regions. President Rodrigo Duterte placed...

Philippine defense chief in verbal tussle with China on reef

Apr. 03, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An annoyed Philippine defense chief renewed a demand on Saturday for dozens of Chinese vessels to leave a Manila-claimed reef in the South China Sea, and said he would not be fooled by Chinese assertions that the vessels were taking shelter from bad weather. ...

Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

Apr. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging observed their second annual...