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Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is in hospital with pneumonia

Mar. 05, 2024 07:28 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, the mother of the incumbent president and widow of an ousted dictator, has been hospitalized with pneumonia. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Tuesday that his mother, who is 94, was suffering from a slight...

Philippine and Chinese vessels collide in disputed South China Sea and 4 Filipino crew are injured

Mar. 05, 2024 06:34 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese and Philippine coast guard vessels collided in the disputed South China Sea and four Filipino crew members were injured Tuesday in high-seas confrontations as Southeast Asian leaders gathered for an Asian summit where alarm over Beijing’s aggression at sea was...

China raises defense budget by 7.2% as it pushes for global heft and regional tensions continue

Mar. 05, 2024 05:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday announced a 7.2% increase in its defense budget, which is already the world’s second-highest behind the United States at 1.6 trillion yuan ($222 billion), roughly mirroring last year's rise. Tensions with the U.S., Taiwan, Japan and neighbors with...

Singapore's prime minister says a South China Sea code of conduct will take time

Mar. 05, 2024 03:41 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Southeast Asian countries’ quest to reach agreement with China on a code of conduct in the contested South China Sea will take time, with difficult issues yet to be resolved despite recent efforts to accelerate the process, Singapore’s prime minister said Tuesday...

Philippines urges neighbors to stand together more strongly against China in the South China Sea

Mar. 04, 2024 06:04 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Monday that he had no choice but to defend his country’s territory in the South China Sea against what he called Chinese aggression and illegal actions in pursuit of Beijing's own territorial claims. “It...

Filipino volunteer who saved Outback fire brigade celebrated in Australian Parliament

Feb. 29, 2024 04:02 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Filipino immigrant who helped a small Outback town keep its volunteer fire brigade was celebrated in the Australian Parliament on Thursday during a special sitting to welcome Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is on a state visit. Prime...

Philippine president tells Australia their strategic partnership is more important than ever

Feb. 29, 2024 01:19 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. told Australia’s Parliament on Thursday that the strategic partnership between the two nations was more important than ever with the rule of law and peace in the region under threat from China. Marcos told a...

Today in History: February 25, Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for first world title

Feb. 25, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated...

AP PHOTOS: Lunar New Year in the Philippines draws crowds to one of the world's oldest Chinatowns

Feb. 08, 2024 00:59 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Crowds are flocking to Chinatown in the Philippine capital to usher in the Year of the Wood Dragon and experience lively traditional dances on lantern-lit streets with food, lucky charms and prayers for good fortune. Still recovering from the pandemic...

UN expert says more needs to be done to address human rights abuses in the Philippines

Feb. 02, 2024 08:03 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has taken steps to to address human rights abuses in the country, including the killings of journalists and rights activists, a U.N. expert said Friday. However, more needs to be done, she said, including...