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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...

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...

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...

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...

3 hostages escape Muslim militants in Philippines, 1 drowns

Apr. 6, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three hostages held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines have made a daring escape that left one drowned, another shot in the back in critical condition and another safe after swimming to his freedom, officials said. The two Indonesians and one Malaysian separately...

Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government' and arrests

Apr. 5, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president, in his latest outburst against critics, warned he would declare a "revolutionary government" and arrest his detractors if he is pushed against the wall. President Rodrigo Duterte made the threat late Thursday in a speech in which he expressed...

Duterte: few options in territorial disputes with China

Apr. 5, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described his dilemma in dealing with a more powerful China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, saying he has few options other than to order troops to "prepare for suicide missions" if a Philippine-occupied island comes under...

Philippines issues strongly worded rebuke vs China flotillas

Apr. 4, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government protested on Thursday the presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea as illegal and vowed to take "appropriate action." The Department of Foreign Affairs issued the...

Bomb injures at least 18 people in southern Philippine town

Apr. 3, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A bomb injured at least 18 people Wednesday in a southern Philippine town in an attack believed to be either an extortion attempt or retaliation by Muslim militants targeted in recent military offensives, officials said. Regional army commander Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said...

Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland

Apr. 3, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas. Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail...