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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Communist insurgents ransack two banana plantations in the Philippines

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:59am by AFP

    ... about 4,000 fighters. The figure is down from more than 26,000 in the 1980s, but they remain active, raiding rural businesses and isolated police and military outposts. The attacks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580389/communist-insurgents-ransack-two-banana-plantations-philippines
  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine military back ex-general facing trial over disappearance of student activists

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:37pm by RIASSA ROBLES

    ... who spoke on condition of anonymity told the South China Morning Post: "Did you read AGFO's statement? A lot of us, that's how we feel. We just can't say it." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576216/philippine-military-back-ex-general-facing-trial-over-disappearance
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    A dozen Chinese fishermen jailed in the Philippines for 6-12 years for poaching

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 03:54pm

    ... the fishermen US$100,000 each, while their boat was forfeited, Alaska added. They were the first foreigners to be found guilty of violating the law, according to Herminia Caabay, legal officer ... Sea claimed only by the Philippines. It requires long sailing in Philippine waters to reach. The Chinese boat ran aground less than three months after a US minesweeper ploughed into the reef ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1566950/philippines-jails-12-chinese-illegal-fishing
  4. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine military admits Islamist bomb maker was not killed in 2012

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 09:37pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Philippine military says bomb maker is still alive The Philippine military yesterday admitted that one of Southeast Asia's top Islamic militants was alive, more than two years after jubilantly declaring he had been killed in a US-backed air strike. Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, a Malaysian bomb maker with a US$5-million American ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567811/philippine-military-admits-islamist-bomb-maker-was-not-killed-2012
  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    19 heading home for Eid gunned down by Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:19pm by AP

    ... where the militants have survived in jungle encampments despite years of US-backed Philippine military offensives. Some 40 to 50 Abu Sayyaf militants armed with assault rifles opened fire ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1561380/19-heading-home-eid-gunned-down-abu-sayyaf-southern-philippines
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    US to disband joint Philippine anti-terror task force, its job largely done

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:56pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Manila US axes Philippine anti-terror force After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaeda-linked militants, the US is disbanding an anti-terror unit of hundreds of elite troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled. But special forces from the US Pacific Command will remain after the deactivation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541244/us-disband-joint-philippine-anti-terror-task-force-its-job-largely-done
  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off coast of southern Philippines

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:16pm by Reuters in Manila

    ... Reuters in Manila A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of the southern Philippines on Monday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre of the quake was 146 kilometres east of the town of General Santos on the southern island of Mindanao, southeast of Cebu, the USGS said. The USGS ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1554048/strong-magnitude-64-earthquake-strikes-southern-philippines
  8. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines arrests Muslim rebel over killing of US troops

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 04:30pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Manila Philippine security forces have arrested a Muslim rebel responsible for the death of two US servicemen in a September 2009 roadside bombing on the remote southern island of Jolo, a police general said on Monday. Jolo is the hotbed of Muslim rebels and al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants. Dozens of US troops are still deployed there to train and advise Filipino ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1523827/philippines-arrests-muslim-rebel-over-killing-us-troops
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

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

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

    ... the last US ship pulled out of the Philippines' Subic Bay naval base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman's hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of "Amerasians" fathered by US soldiers who served in the Philippines, home to the US military's biggest overseas bases until they closed ...

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

    Former Philippines' first lady Imelda Marcos, at 85, eyes return to palace

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:15am by AFP

    ... by international masters, including Monets and Picassos. The government conservatively estimates that Marcos plundered government coffers of about US$10 billion. A military-backed "People Power" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1545085/former-philippines-first-lady-imelda-marcos-85-eyes-return-palace

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