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Philippines recalls ambassador who allegedly mistreated maid

Oct. 26, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' ambassador to Brazil has been ordered to return home to face investigation after video surfaced allegedly showing her physically mistreating her Filipino house helper, officials said Monday. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet that the diplomat,...

Young girls wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus place clothes to shelter them from rain due to Typhoon Molave in Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A fast moving typhoon has forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines: Typhoon displaces 120,000 people, 8 missing

Oct. 26, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said. Local authorities reported at least two dead from...

The remains of a house is surrounded by floods in Pola town on the island of Mindoro, central Philippines, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said. (AP Photo/Erik De Castro)

Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

Oct. 26, 2020 3:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages, disaster-response officials said. The 13 people missing from Typhoon Molave included a dozen...

FILE - In this Saturday Dec. 6, 2008 file photo two men kiss each other outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during a candle-lit demonstration for gay rights. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary

Mixed Philippine reaction on pope nod on gay civil unions

Oct. 22, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff’s remarks with relief. President...

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

A worker wearing protective mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pulls a plastic container full of debris washed ashore after tropical storm Saudel, locally called Pepito, hit the country on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine weather agency said Saudel continues to move out of the Philippines and is heading towards Vietnam. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

Oct. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the...

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attends a meeting at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Monday Oct. 19, 2020. The Philippine president has said he could be held responsible for the thousands of killings under his anti-drugs crackdown and was ready to face charges, except crimes against humanity, that could land him in jail. (Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte: Hold me responsible for killings in drug crackdown

Oct. 20, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has said he accepts responsibility for the thousands of killings committed during police operations in his crackdown on drugs, adding that he was even ready to go to jail. President Rodrigo Duterte’s televised remarks Monday night were typical of...

Detained left-wing activist Reina Mae Nasino in handcuffs and wearing a protective suit to prevent the spread of the coronavirus looks at the coffin of her three-month-old firstborn named River during funeral rites at Manila's North Cemetery, Philippines on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. Left-wing groups on Friday decried the treatment as brutal of a detained activist, who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby's burial but was restrained with handcuffs, a sweltering protective suit and swarms of armed escorts as she quietly wept. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine activists say detainee's treatment was cruel

Oct. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly...

Philippines says it will defend oil search in disputed seas

Oct. 16, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is ready to defend the oil and gas exploration it has decided to resume in its internationally recognized waters in the disputed South China Sea and will not cede that right to any nation, the energy chief said Friday. The Department of Energy announced Thursday...

Philippines lifts ban on South China Sea energy exploration

Oct. 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because of escalating territorial tensions with China, an official said Thursday. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi...