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Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila’s airport. The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs … Continue reading Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that “China does not pose a threat” of closing the disputed sea lanes. Pompeo assured the Philippines during his visit to Manila that … Continue reading Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines | Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines are in Manila to be sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions. President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

MANILA, Philippines | Muslim rebel commanders transform into Philippine officials

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines are in Manila to be sworn in as administrators of a new Muslim autonomy region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions. President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony Friday to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Muslim rebel commanders transform into Philippine officials

MANILA, Philippines | Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine and U.S. officials say a little-known militant has been named the new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines. The Philippine interior secretary says the rise of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan (SAWA’-jahn) shows that ISIS would latch on desperately to any militant who could provide a sanctuary and … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines | Philippine journalist, Duterte critic arrested in libel case

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte‘s administration was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case. Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, was arrested over a libel complaint … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Philippine journalist, Duterte critic arrested in libel case

MANILA, Philippinep | New landslide kills at least 6, buries houses in Philippines

MANILA, Philippinep — A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 10 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent cellphone text messages pleading for help. The avalanche surged down on about 30 houses in two rural villages after daybreak in Naga city in … Continue reading MANILA, Philippinep | New landslide kills at least 6, buries houses in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines | Philippines braces for most powerful typhoon this year

MANILA, Philippines— The most powerful typhoon to threaten the Philippines this year roared toward the country’s north on Wednesday, prompting officials to order precautionary evacuations and closures of schools and offices, and farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce damage. Forecasters said Typhoon Mangkhut could hit northern Cagayan province on Saturday. It was 1,190 … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Philippines braces for most powerful typhoon this year

MANILA, Philippines | Philippine senator defies Duterte’s arrest order in standoff

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine senator who is President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic in Congress remained holed up in the Senate on Wednesday to avoid what he considers an illegal arrest after Duterte voided his amnesty for his role as a rebel military officer. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV told reporters after staying overnight in the … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Philippine senator defies Duterte’s arrest order in standoff

MANILA, Philippines | Powerful bomb in van kills at least 10 in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino soldier, five militiamen and four villagers were killed by a powerful bomb that exploded in a van the troops were inspecting Tuesday amid threats of bombings in a southern province, military officials said. Regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said one other government militiaman was wounded in the blast … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Powerful bomb in van kills at least 10 in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines  | Powerful bomb in van kills at least 5 in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino soldier and four militiamen were killed by a powerful bomb that exploded in a van the troops were inspecting Tuesday amid threats of bombings in a southern province, military officials said. Regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said two other government militiamen were wounded in the blast after dawn … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Powerful bomb in van kills at least 5 in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines | Manila court OKs US request for terror suspect’s extradition

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine court has granted a U.S. government request for the extradition of a Filipino doctor suspected by U.S. authorities of being an Islamic State group sympathizer and plotting bombings and shootings at New York City concert venues, subway stations and Times Square. Presiding Judge Rosalyn Mislos-Loja granted the U.S. request in … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Manila court OKs US request for terror suspect’s extradition

MANILA, Philippines | Philippine officials: Duterte OKs Muslim rebel autonomy deal

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into a stronghold. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque and another key … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Philippine officials: Duterte OKs Muslim rebel autonomy deal

MANILA, Philippines  | Chaotic congress row stalls Duterte speech, rebel deal

MANILA, Philippines  — A leadership row erupted in the Philippine House of Representatives on live TV Monday, delaying President Rodrigo Duterte‘s delivery of his annual state of the nation address and passage of a crucial Muslim rebel autonomy deal. As Duterte arrived on a helicopter in the heavily secured congressional complex, Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Chaotic congress row stalls Duterte speech, rebel deal

MANILA, Philippines | Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

MANILA, Philippines — Basketball’s international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday. The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline and video showed a chair being thrown at the … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

MANILA, Philippines  | Philippine city mayor gunned down during flag-raising event

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine provincial city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed Monday during a flag-raising ceremony in front of horrified employees. Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan city in Batangas province south of Manila was shot by a still-unidentified attacker … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Philippine city mayor gunned down during flag-raising event

MANILA, Philippines | Duterte tells UN expert ‘to go to hell’ over criticism

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out Sunday at another U.N. human rights expert for making critical remarks about his supposed role in the expulsion of the chief justice, telling him “to go to hell.” Duterte dismissed the remarks of Diego Garcia-Sayan and told him not to meddle in domestic problems. Duterte was … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Duterte tells UN expert ‘to go to hell’ over criticism

MANILA, Philippines  | Philippine top judge, Duterte’s critic, ousted by colleagues

MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine Supreme Court ousted its chief justice, a critic of the country’s authoritarian president, in an unprecedented vote Friday by fellow magistrates that she and hundreds of protesters called unconstitutional and a threat to democracy. Court spokesman Theodore Te said justices voted 8-6  to grant a petition by the government’s solicitor-general … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Philippine top judge, Duterte’s critic, ousted by colleagues

MANILA, Philippines | Protesters warn democracy at risk if Filipino justice ousted

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters have massed in front of the Philippine Supreme Court to rally for the chief justice ahead of an expected vote by fellow justices on a petition to oust her in a move she calls unconstitutional. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s fellow justices were scheduled to vote Friday … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Protesters warn democracy at risk if Filipino justice ousted

MANILA, Philippines  | ADB chief says trade tensions a threat to Asian growth

MANILA, Philippines — Trade in Asia has been growing at a consistently fast clip since 2017 but could be disrupted if disputes escalate, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said Thursday as the regional lender began its annual meeting. Asked at a news conference about friction between the U.S. and China over their trade imbalance, … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | ADB chief says trade tensions a threat to Asian growth

MANILA, Philippines | Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

MANILA, Philippines —Workers and activists marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies to demand their government address labor issues. International Workers’ Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to confrontations. A look at some of the events around the world: ___ RUSSIA More than 100,000 … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

MANILA, Philippines  | Workers in Philippines, elsewhere rally to mark May Day

MANILA, Philippines — Thousands of workers and activists marched to the Philippines’ presidential palace on Tuesday to demand the government address labor issues, as workers in the Southeast Asian country and elsewhere marked May Day. In Manila, about 5,000 people from various groups held a rally near Malacanang Palace to protest the failure of Philippine … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Workers in Philippines, elsewhere rally to mark May Day

MANILA, Philippines  | Philippines to shut polluted isle Duterte called a cesspool

, Philippines  |April 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the closure of the tourist destination of Boracay for up to six months after saying the waters off its famed white-sand beaches had become a “cesspool” due to overcrowding and development. Duterte approved the total shutdown of Boracay as a tourist destination starting … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines  | Philippines to shut polluted isle Duterte called a cesspool

Make It 3: Alabama, Clemson compete their classic trilogy

NEW ORLEANS/December 29,2017(AP)(STL.News)— When you’re in the midst of a historic trilogy, it’s hard to appreciate what it will mean to the ages. Alabama is focused on beating Clemson. Clemson is focused on beating Alabama. Taking time to savor the first two chapters between these college football juggernauts — and, ohhh, are they worth savoring … Continue reading Make It 3: Alabama, Clemson compete their classic trilogy