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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 12, 2019 12:54 AM 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

Duterte says he will discuss territorial disputes in China

Aug. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he plans to discuss his country's territorial rifts with China, including its 2016 arbitration victory over Beijing and the development of potential energy resources, when he visits China this month. President Rodrigo Duterte did not provide other...

Philippines declares dengue outbreak a national epidemic

Aug. 6, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' Department of Health on Tuesday declared the country's outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic. The agency said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the declaration to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on a...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 5, 2019 2:59 AM 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

Jul. 30, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The meetings in Bangkok are hosted by the 10-member Association...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 29, 2019 1:49 AM 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

Duterte halts Philippine lotteries amid alleged corruption

Jul. 27, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the indefinite closure of popular lotteries run by the government's sweepstakes agency due to alleged massive corruption and said even courts couldn't stop his order. Duterte issued the order late Friday telling the national police...

Duterte offers bounty for 'head' of lead killer of 4 police

Jul. 25, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered a bounty to anybody who can deliver to him the head of the communist rebel leader behind the killings of four police intelligence officers last week in an insurgency-hit central province. Duterte said in a speech late Thursday that he...

Duterte: Can't stop China in disputed seas, won't risk clash

Jul. 22, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country's exclusive economic zone and he would not risk losing Filipino forces in a clash in the disputed South China Sea. "When Xi says 'I will fish,' who can prevent him?"...

Philippine police file sedition case against vice president

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Vice President Leni...