Philippines | Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorists, officials

Philippines | Manila: China’s reclamation in disputed reefs now massive

  China’s land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become “massive,” and is continuing despite protests from other countries, a Philippine official said yesterday, citing surveillance photographs. Philippine

PHILIPPINES | Record 6 million turn out for pope’s final day in Manila

  A crowd estimated at a record 6 million people by officials poured into Manila’s rain-soaked streets and its biggest park yesterday as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an

Philippines | Pope arrives in Manila on first papal visit in 20 years 

  Ecstatic crowds greeted Pope Francis as he arrived yesterday in the Philippines, Asia’s most populous Catholic nation, for the first papal visit in 20 years. Church bells tolled across the country

AP Exclusive | Philippines : At least 25 wrong arrests mar anti-terror work

  More than a decade ago, the military declared they had killed an Abu Sayyaf kidnapping suspect named Abdulmukim Idris. Yet a man authorities accuse of being Idris continues to languish

Philippines | At least 20 rebels killed in southern province: military

At least 20 members of a renegade Muslim rebel group were reportedly killed as government forces shelled and assaulted their training camp in southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, the military

Philippines | AirAsia plane with 159 aboard overshoots runway

  An AirAsia Zest plane carrying 159 people overshot the runway and got stuck in a muddy field yesterday at an international airport in the central Philippines after landing from Manila

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CHINESE manufacturing contracted in December for the first time in seven months in another sign the slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy is quickening, according to a survey of

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AUSTRALIA The cab-hailing company Uber promises free rides and refunds for people fleeing central Sydney after coming under criticism for hiking prices during the hostage crisis. JAPAN’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

COURTS | Filipino national sees permanent residency denied

A Filipino national, living in Macau since 2005, has seen his permanent residency denied for not spending enough time in the territory – one of the main requirements for being

City of Dreams Manila opens doors on Sunday

City of Dreams Manila will open its doors to the public this Sunday, confirming previous media reports. The casino-resort will become the second to open in government- sponsored Entertainment City in

AirAsia Philippines one peso flights promotion includes Macau

According to the airline, the promotion is in recognition of the milestone of reaching 1 million likes on Facebook.  AirAsia Philippines is also celebrating another award after the AirAsia Group claimed

Philippines | Suspected bomb kills 10 on passenger bus 

The death toll from a suspected bomb explosion on a bus in the southern Philippines rose to at least 10 with another 34 people wounded, officials said yesterday. The Rural Transit bus

Sands China and Clean the World join forces to produce hygiene kits

Sands China and Clean the World have joined forces to produce 20,000 hygiene kits, which will be donated to local institutions as well as other charities in the Southeast Asia

Philippines | Storm exits, sparing huge losses 

A storm that began as a frighteningly powerful typhoon started to blow away from the Philippines yesterday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than 1.6 million into shelters. Typhoon

Gov’t slams Philippines over South China Sea case

China yesterday again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its vast territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, a week before a deadline for Beijing to respond to

Philippines | No major damage as typhoon Hagupit hits; 3 dead 

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least three  people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened yesterday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation

Philippines | Approaching storm brings back nightmare of Haiyan

Villagers fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations in the central Philippines yesterday as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year’s deadly onslaught from

Xi outlines ‘big country diplomacy’ in Sino foreign policy

China must establish “big country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics,” President Xi Jinping said in a speech that laid out his goals for making the nation a major strategic power, a

Philippines | Manila lifts ban on 9 Hong Kong journalists

The Philippine immigration bureau said yesterday that it has lifted a blacklist order against nine Hong Kong-based journalists, following criticism from media and Hong Kong’s government. A Hong Kong television cameraman

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