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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes between army and rebels

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 02:04pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... peace adviser Teresita Deles said. Two soldiers and 18 gunmen were slain in the clashes on the remote southern island of Basilan, the military said, while the MILF acknowledged four of its ... a number of foreign hostages on another island in the restive southern region, possibly including a Chinese tourist seized from a Malaysian dive resort on April 2.   ...

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    Manila seals historic peace pact with Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 11:38pm by AFP

    ... communities. Muslim rebels have been battling since the 1970s for independence or autonomy in the southern islands, which they regard as their ancestral homeland dating back to when Arabic traders ...

  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila calls China action in disputed South China Sea an ‘urgent threat’

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 06:16pm by Reuters

    ... and they left the area. China’s claim over islands, reefs and atolls that form the Spratlys, a group of 250 uninhabitable islets spread over 165,000 square miles, has set it directly against Vietnam ... consortium a licence to explore for gas on Reed Bank, but drilling stalled in 2012, because of the presence of Chinese ships. Manila says Reed Bank, about 80 nautical miles west of Palawan island ...

  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines frees top Muslim rebel to keep peace deal on track

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 04:26pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... ceasefire, leading to the “smooth resolution of the matter”, the government statement said. The military had alleged Tundok had committed crimes on Mindanao island, the southern third of the Philippine islands where the Muslim insurgency has left some 150,000 dead since the 1970s. But rebel and government sources privy to the peace negotiations said that Tundok had been actively ...

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    Philippines condemns Beijing’s use of water cannon on fishermen in South China Sea

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 04:11pm by Reuters in Manila

    ... tensions. Scarborough Shoal is a group of tiny, low-lying rocky islets off the east coast of Luzon, the main island in the Philippines. It is within the Philippines’ 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone, but is claimed by Beijing, which calls it Huangyan Island. It is known in the Philippines as Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc. We call on China to respect our sovereignty and rights ...

  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines 'rejects China deal on disputed shoal'- as China denies making any such offer

    Posted Mar 01st 2014, 03:40am by Raissa Robles, Teddy Ng

    ... made in January. In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang rejected claims that such a proposal had been made regarding Scarborough Shoal, known in China as Huangyan Island. Missing ...

  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Large cache of smuggled exotic animals seized in Philippines

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:14pm by AFP

    ... in harsh conditions, he said. Law enforcers acting on a tip stopped a van with the wildlife and two attendants in the southern city of Surigao on Mindanao island on Saturday, just as the vehicle ...

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    Filipino sisters freed from eight months of captivity

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 03:20pm by AP

    ... by the brutal militant group Abu Sayyaf when they travelled to the restive Jolo island, the militant stronghold, for a video documentary about the lives and poor coffee farmers in the predominantly ...

  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Looting and gunfire show desperation in Leyte, island worst hit by typhoon

    Posted Nov 13th 2013, 11:04pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tacloban Looting and gunfire show desperation Looters overran a rice warehouse on the island worst hit by the Philippine typhoon, setting off a wall collapse that killed eight people and then carting off thousands of sacks of the grain. And members of the security forces exchanged gunfire with an armed gang yesterday. The incidents in or close to the city ...

  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines says 'thank you' to the world for Typhoon Haiyan aid

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 04:13am by AFP

    ... of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land, smashed across 171 towns and cities in the central islands with a combined land area the size of Portugal, wrecking the homes of more than four million people. ...




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