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WHO says measures used against delta should work for omicron

Dec. 03, 2021 05:56 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Measures used to counter the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, even in the face of the new omicron version of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Friday, while acknowledging that the travel...

Philippine military says Muslim rebel leader killed in clash

Dec. 03, 2021 04:41 AM EST

COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed an Islamic rebel leader and four of his men in fighting in the volatile south in the latest setback for insurgent forces aligned with the Islamic State group, military officials said Friday. Army troops gunned down...

Philippine troops kill 8 communist rebels in jungle clash

Dec. 01, 2021 10:12 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed eight suspected communist guerrillas in a jungle clash Wednesday near a central town, foiling a plan by the insurgents to attack a military outpost to mark the anniversary of their decades-long rebellion, military officials said. ...

East Asia Super League aims high, from startup to Big 3

Nov. 30, 2021 20:53 PM EST

One is the so-called Golden Boy of the Philippines. Another is the first 100 million-yen-a-season basketball player in Japan. The East Asia Super League is set to launch next October featuring some of the region’s biggest domestic clubs. It’s banking on Asia’s...

Philippines rejects China's demand to remove ship from shoal

Nov. 25, 2021 06:33 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' defense chief rejected on Thursday China’s renewed demand that it remove its outpost on a disputed South China Sea shoal and said Chinese coast guard ships should leave the area and stop blocking Manila’s supply boats. ...

Philippine supply boats reach forces at China-guarded shoal

Nov. 23, 2021 07:32 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine navy successfully transported food supplies to Filipino forces guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a week after China’s coast guard used water cannons to force the supply boats to turn back, sparking outrage and warnings...

Xi says China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea. Xi made the remarks during a virtual conference with the members of the...

Philippines redeploys boats to shoal after Chinese blockade

Nov. 22, 2021 00:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military defiantly redeployed two supply boats on Monday to provide food to Filipino marines guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea after the Chinese coast guard used water cannons to forcibly turn the boats away in an assault last week...

Billy Hinsche, longtime Beach Boys collaborator, dead at 70

Nov. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Billy Hinsche, a singer-songwriter and musician in a 1960s pop band with Dino Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. who later recorded and toured for decades with The Beach Boys, has died, according to friends and former associates. He was 70. Hinsche died...

Philippine church leader charged with child sex trafficking

Nov. 19, 2021 06:42 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of a Philippines-based church was charged with having sex with women and underage girls who faced threats of abuse and “eternal damnation” unless they catered to the self-proclaimed “son of God,” federal prosecutors announced Thursday. ...