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Philippine troops in 'greatest escape' from Syrian rebels in Golan Heights

Jim Gomez and Ryan Lucas Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said on Sunday.

Israel shoots down drone, Fijians still missing on Golan Heights

Amy Teibel Israel said it had shot down an unmanned aircraft over the Golan Heights as uncertainty over the Syrian-Israeli frontier and the fate of 44 Fijian peacekeepers mounted.

Thousands flee as Typhoon Rammasun batters east Philippines, heads for Manila

A satellite image of Typhoon Rammasun taken on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines sheltered in evacuation centres on Wednesday.

Rosemarie Francisco Thousands of people in the Philippines fled from their homes on Tuesday as the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year made landfall, toppling trees and cutting power as it made its way...

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

A CNOOC oil platform is pictured at sunset on the Donghai Sea, China in this undated photo.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UN peacekeepers on Golan Heights rescued

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force wave as they drive their armoured vehicle near the Quneitra crossing.

Avi Ohayon All the Philippine UN peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights have been freed and moved to a secure place, the United Nations and the Philippines said.

China rejects US proposal to ease South China Sea tensions

Criticised: US Secretary of State John Kerry at the ASEAN summit on Sunday.

David Tweed and Sangwon Yoon China has rebuffed a US proposal for countries to refrain from "provocative" acts in the South China Sea as growing tensions over disputed territorial claims dominated an ASEAN meeting of regional...

Typhoon Rammasun death toll nears 100

A fisherman paddles a makeshift boat to check his fish farms after Typhoon Rammasun hit Leizhou, Guangdong province July 19, 2014. A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines.

China's death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has risen to 16 after the strongest storm to hit China in four decades buffeted large areas of 15 southern provinces.

Islamic extremist Musa Cerantonio 'different' to other prisoners

Musa Cerantonio after his arrest in Cebu.

Lindsay Murdoch Embarrassed about being caught out lying, Australian religious extremist Musa Cerantonio aggressively pushed his hand up and stormed out of an interview in a Philippine jail.

Philippine city offers bounties for rats

A Philippine city is offering bounties for dead rats in an effort to prevent a repeat of a deadly epidemic spread by rodent urine.

US to press for South China Sea freeze despite China rejection

Vietnamese marine guards monitor a Chinese coast guard vessel in disputed waters in May.

David Brunnstrom US Secretary of State John Kerry, at a meeting with Southeast Asian nations this weekend, will press for a voluntary freeze on actions aggravating territorial disputes in the South China Sea, in...

Musa Cerantonio to be deported to Australia within days

Musa Cerantonio escorted by Philippine immigration officers at Manila airport after his arrest.

Lindsay Murdoch Australian religious extremist Musa Cerantonio is likely to be deported from the Philippines to Australia within days after police found no evidence linking him to terror groups in the country.

Philippine children exploited in billion-dollar webcam paedophilia industry

The Philippines has emerged as the key hub of a billion dollar cybersex industry where most of the victims are under 18 but some are as young as two

Lindsay Murdoch In remote Philippine villages and impoverished urban areas increasing numbers of children, including toddlers, are being forced to perform sex acts that are streamed online to paedophiles around the...

Deadly typhoon hits Philippines

A fisherman tries to secure his boat at Imus.

Lindsay Murdoch The first typhoon of the year smashed into the Philippines with winds gusts up to 185 kilometres per hour, killing at least five people.