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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines urges its nationals out of Libya after beheading, rape

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 12:48pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... to an unknown location, where she was sexually assaulted by up to six youths, foreign department spokesman Charles Jose told reporters. She was released about two hours later and a Filipino consular ... home. It has also barred its nationals from travelling to Libya. About 10 million Filipinos live and work abroad, many of them in the Middle East, in search of better-paying jobs. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563346/philippines-urges-its-nationals-out-libya-after-beheading-rape
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    ‘Amerasian’ children of war face poverty and stigma in Philippines

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:39pm by AFP

    ... of its "pivot" to Asia. Clark Air Base in Angeles city and the Subic naval base in nearby Olongapo- about two hours' drive north of Manila- were vital Pacific operations ... Hundreds of thousands of US troops and civilian contractors rotated through the bases for work and holidays, giving rise to infamous red-light districts. Go-go bars and massage parlours were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541236/amerasian-children-war-face-poverty-and-stigma-philippines
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines, US start annual war games focusing on threats in South China Sea

    Posted May 05th 2014, 06:11pm by Reuters

    ... in this part of the world to respond to any maritime threats, including piracy and humanitarian assistance and disaster response. The new security pact was signed last week just hours before US ... Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said all sides needed to work “constructively” to maintain peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region. “We hope that the relevant US-Philippines drills can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1505076/philippines-us-start-annual-war-games-focusing-threats-south-china-sea
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Opong villagers believe their faith is what saved them from Typhoon Haiyan

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 10:17pm by AFP

    ... racing ahead of the torrent to a rice paddy at the base of a mountain one kilometre away. They, along with many other Opong residents, sheltered in the muddy field for about six hours, waiting ... immediately after the typhoon, some of the residents of Opong held their processions twice a day. The procession, involving anywhere from a few people to more than 20, took more than an hour ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1448832/opong-villagers-believe-their-faith-what-saved-them-typhoon-haiyan
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Two monster transport projects in Manila spell misery for commuters

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 10:56pm by Alan Robles

    ... supervisor for the Manila office of a global law firm, 30 minutes to travel the 10 kilometres from her house to work. Starting last Monday, the time taken by the cab journey was tripled to one-and-a-half hours. "We thought if we left at 6.30am we'd be at the office by 7.15am tops. But we got in shortly before 8am. Very frustrating," she said. Traffic in the capital, already ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1432198/two-monster-transport-projects-manila-spell-misery-commuters
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines vows to ‘build back better’ 100 days after typhoon

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 08:24pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... that huge gaps in rehabilitation remained despite progress in humanitarian work, the government urged all Filipinos and donor agencies to keep extending support to those still vulnerable. “As we ... slammed into the central Visayas region on November 8 last year with winds of up to 315 kilometres an hour, triggering unprecedented destruction that left four million without homes. It triggered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1429069/philippines-vows-build-back-better-100-days-after-typhoon
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines launches US$8b plan to rebuild lives shattered by Haiyan

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 04:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... more than a million houses with 315 kilometres per hour winds and giant tsunami-like waves created by storm surges. Aquino said the typhoon, one of the strongest to ever hit land and already ... it said, but no breakdown was given. In his speech, Aquino thanked the global community for the outpouring of support for the typhoon victims. But he stressed there was still much more work to do. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1385113/philippines-launches-us8b-plan-rebuild-lives-shattered-haiyan
  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Aquino under pressure over typhoon aid as US carrier arrives

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 11:27am by Reuters in Tacloban

    ... government remains decimated, with just 70 workers compared to 2,500 normally, he added. Many were killed, injured, lost family or were simply too overcome with grief to work. The USS George ... reporters in Manila. “I very much hope that in the next 48 hours, that will change significantly. “Yes, I do feel that we have let people down because we have not been able to get in more quickly.” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1355684/aquino-under-pressure-over-typhoon-aid-us-carrier-arrives
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines rebels and troops in deadly stand-off

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 11:14am by Agence France-Presse in Zamboanga

    ... are working for the release of the hostages and a peaceful resolution of this problem.” The gunmen, followers of by MNLF founder Nur Misuari, poured into six coastal villages on Monday before mounting ... released four women and a child in the early hours of Tuesday. “They forced us to go with them last night, saying they did not know the way,” one of the released women, Merceditas Asinon, told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1307519/philippines-rebels-and-troops-deadly-stand
  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Death toll hits 38 in Philippines ferry disaster

    Posted Aug 18th 2013, 08:13pm by Agence France-Presse in Cebu

    ... adding people could survive for 72 hours in such conditions. There is still hope that there might just be survivors there Navy spokesman “There is still hope that there might just be survivors ... for the millions too poor to fly. But sea accidents are common, with poor safety standards and lax enforcement typically to blame. The world’s deadliest peacetime maritime disaster occurred near ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1297564/death-toll-hits-38-philippines-ferry-disaster

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