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ADB to devote $14B to help ease food crisis in Asia-Pacific

Sep. 27, 2022 05:01 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank said Tuesday it will devote at least $14 billion through 2025 to help ease a worsening food crisis in the Asia-Pacific. The development lender said it plans a comprehensive program of support to help the 1.1 billion people in...

Vietnam imposes curfew, evacuations ahead of Typhoon Noru

Sep. 27, 2022 03:26 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam imposed a curfew and evacuated over 800,000 people as a powerful typhoon that had flooded villages and left at least eight dead in the Philippines aimed Tuesday for the country's central region. People living near the coast where Typhoon Noru was...

Typhoon heroes: 5 Filipino rescuers drown in flooded village

Sep. 26, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

SAN MIGUEL, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Noru left a trail of destruction in northern Philippine provinces on Monday with at least eight people dead, including a group of rescuers who were scrambling to save villagers trapped in floodwaters, officials said. Five government rescuers...

Powerful typhoon hits north Philippines, thousands evacuated

Sep. 25, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into the northeastern Philippines on Sunday and was barreling across the main Luzon island toward the capital in a densely populated path where thousands have been evacuated to safety. Typhoon Noru hit the coastal town of...

China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

Sep. 24, 2022 04:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large...

The AP Interview: Marcos wants to 'reintroduce' Philippines

Sep. 24, 2022 02:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to “reintroduce the Philippines" to the world, new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ambitious plans for his nation on the international stage and at home — if, that is, the twin specters of pandemic and climate change can be overcome or at least managed. ...

Court won't let Philippines declare Communists as terrorists

Sep. 22, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has dismissed a government petition to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed guerrilla wing as a terrorist organization in a decision that officials vowed to appeal but was welcomed by activists who have long rejected the...

Biden seeks closer ties with Philippines after 'rocky' past

Sep. 22, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged on Thursday in his first face-to-face meeting with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to work to strengthen relations with the Pacific nation after what he said had been some “rocky times” in the past. Meeting on the...

Filipino victims: Justice elusive decades after martial law

Sep. 21, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Survivors of torture and other atrocities under Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday marked his martial law declaration 50 years ago by pressing their demand for justice and apology from his son — now the country’s president in a stunning reversal of...

Asian lender ADB cuts forecasts to reflect weakening outlook

Sep. 20, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

The Asian Development Bank has downgraded its forecasts for growth in the region, citing the war in Ukraine, rising interest rates to combat decades-high inflation, and China’s slowing economy. The Manila, Philippines-based lending agency revised its estimate for growth in...