Manila calls China action in disputed waters an 'urgent threat'

Manila has protested against Beijing's blockade of civilian supply ships in disputed waters of the South China Sea, saying China's latest actions "constitute a clear and urgent threat to the rights...

Manila air-drops supplies to troops on disputed South China Sea reef

Protesters picket the Chinese consulate in Manila to protest the use of water cannon by the Chinese coast guard to drive Filipino fishermen off disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Manuel Mogato The Philippines air-dropped food and water to soldiers posted on a grounded transport ship on a disputed South China Sea shoal, after China blocked two supply ships from reaching the troops, a senior...

Shanty Town Demolition: Manila

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Dozens of people were hurt during clashes with riot police, triggered by the demolition of a squatter settlement to make room for business developments in suburban Quezon city, Manila.

Manila Airport security boosted after four shot dead in ambush

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Philippine authorities strengthened security at Manila's airport after a town mayor and three others were shot dead in an ambush at the terminal.

Thousands flee flooding in Manila

submerged parts of the financial district of Makati

Jason Gutierrez More than 200,000 flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital fled their homes on Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have killed eight people, submerged more than half of Manila.

Eight killed as flooding swamps half of Manila

MANILA: Relentless rains have submerged half of the Philippine capital and triggered a landslide that killed eight people.

Tokyo, Manila step closer as tensions rise in Asia

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario greets Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, at the Foreign Affairs headquarters in Manila.

Martin Fackler TOKYO: In a sign of how China's rise has helped turn wartime foes into allies, Japan and the Philippines have agreed to co-operate more closely on maritime security.

Bloody end to Manila hostage drama

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Police storm a bus where a former policeman was holding a group of Hong Kong tourists, killing him but unable to save all of the hostages.

Philippine court clears birth control law

Supporters of birth control celebrate in front of the Supreme Court's summer residence in Baguio City, north of Manila, on Tuesday.

The Philippines' highest court has approved a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, in a stunning defeat for the Catholic...

Chinese tourist and Filipino worker kidnapped in Malaysia

Armed men are seen near a door of a hotel as tourists take shelter on the floor at Singamata Reef Resort in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.

Kirk Semple and Floyd Whaley Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel worker, both women, from a beach resort on an island in Malaysian Borneo, the Chinese and Malaysian authorities said, spurring an...

Philippines sues China to assert claim over resource-rich waters

Philippines Marines and a television reporter on board a supply ship gesture towards a Chinese coastguard vessel near Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on March 29.

Erik de Castro One day after a Philippine government vessel succesfully ran a Chinese blockade, Manila has challenged Beijing's claims to disputed South China Sea waters at a UN tribunal.

Reef dispute flares after Filipino vessel outmanoeuvres Chinese coast guard

Philippine Marines and a local television reporter (left) gesture towards a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, which twice attempted to block a Philippine government supply ship from reaching the disputed Second Thomas Shoal.

Jane Perlez China accused the Philippines on Monday of illegally occupying Chinese territory after a Filipino vessel outmaneuvered the Chinese coast guard and resupplied a ship that has been stranded for 15...

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign peace pact to end 45-year conflict

The Philippines and its largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have signed a final peace pact, ending about 45 years of conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people in the...

Seattle mudslide: 1999 report warned of 'catastrophic failure' at site

Brenda Neal, right, looks at aerial photos of the landslide for her missing husband's car.

Ken Armstrong Since the 1950s, geological reports on the hill that buckled during the weekend in Washington state's Snohomish County have included pessimistic analyses and the occasional dire prediction.

Xi Jinping tells US to be "fair" on China's maritime disputes

Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama on Monday that the United States should adopt a "fair" attitude on the East and South China Seas, where China is involved in a series of...

China's civilian fleet plays key role in Asia's disputed seas

Chinese personnel fire their pistols to signal the start of a naval exercise as they stand on a vessel on the East China Sea.

Megha Rajagopalan From harassing Filipino fishing boats and monitoring oil exploration off Vietnam to playing cat-and-mouse with the Japanese coastguard, China's expanding fleet of civilian patrol vessels have become...

PAC:Post traumatic stress likely for castaway

A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific appears to be suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome, a doctor says, as officials confirmed he had been living in Mexico illegally.

Castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga set to fly home from Marshall Islands

On his arrival in Majuro, Jose Salvador Alvarenga appeared in good health, but has since been in and out of hospital.

The fisherman, who says he survived 13 months adrift on the Pacific Ocean is set to depart the Marshall Islands for his homeland of El Salvador after medics cleared him to travel.

Philippines on brink of peace deal with insurgents

Floyd Whaley The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim insurgency group have worked out the final details of a historic peace agreement that many hope will end more than 40 years of violence in...

Horror in Philippine child abuse village

In a remote Philippine village, toddlers played oblivious at a nursery as the house next door became part of a horrifying child pornography ring, with live footage of children performing sex acts...