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Philippine president threatens to return garbage to Canada

Apr. 24, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has threatened to ship containers of garbage back to Canada and dump some at the country's embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don't take back waste that Filipino officials say was illegally shipped to Manila years ago. More than 100 containers of...

Philippine police summon owner of quake collapsed building

Apr. 24, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police investigators have summoned the owner of a four-story supermarket that collapsed in a powerful earthquake and is feared to have trapped dozens of people, officials said Wednesday. Chuzon Supermarket owner Samuel Chu on Tuesday appeared at a police station in...

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...

EU urges Sri Lanka not to end moratorium on death penalty

Apr. 8, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union is urging Sri Lanka not to end its four-decade moratorium on the death penalty, saying capital punishment is not an effective deterrent to counter illicit drugs and related crimes. Monday's statement from the EU comes a week after Sri Lankan President...

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...

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...

Journalist critical of Duterte arraigned on tax charges

Apr. 3, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of a Philippine online news site that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tax violation charges, among the legal issues she says are part of government moves to muzzle critical media. Rappler Inc. reported that its CEO and...

Philippine Supreme Court orders release of drug war evidence

Apr. 2, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release of police documents on thousands of killings of suspects in the president's anti-drug crackdown, in a ruling that human rights groups said could shed light on allegations of extrajudicial killings. Supreme Court...