Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines unite against extremist group Abu Sayyaf

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines unite against extremist group Abu Sayyaf

The foreign ministers and military leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines met on Thursday to agree on actions against the Abu Sayyaf extremist group.

Plunder complaint filed against Philippines presidential front-runner

A Philippine senator has filed a corruption complaint against the front-runner in the country's presidential race, alleging he charged salaries for 11,000 non-existent government employees.

China sends advanced warships to contested south China Sea

China sends advanced warships to contested south China Sea

China is sending some of its most advanced naval assets to the South China Sea for a scheduled exercise this month. Those include a new guided missile destroyer.

Philippines` Aquino vows to `neutralise` Abu Sayyaf kidnappers

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Wednesday to launch a military assault aimed at "neutralising" Islamic militants who beheaded a Canadian hostage and are holding more than 20 other foreigners.

Naxals maintain close ties with foreign Maoist groups in Philippines, Europe: Govt

Naxals maintain close ties with foreign Maoist groups in Philippines, Europe: Govt

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in the Lok Sabha that the Naxals receive support from several organisations in Europe as well.

US challenged China, 12 others on navigation rights last year

US challenged China, 12 others on navigation rights last year

A US guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation patrol near one of China`s man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago in October. 

Canadian hostage executed by militants in Philippines

Canadian hostage John Ridsdel, a former mining executive, has been executed by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, a Canadian government official confirmed on Monday.

Islamist militants seize four Indonesians in southern Philippines

Islamist militants seize four Indonesians in southern Philippines

Islamist militants seized four Indonesian crew of a tugboat in the southern Philippines on Friday night, the third attack on slow moving vessels in about a month, a military spokesman said on Saturday, as troops battled Muslim rebels on a nearby island.

US-Philippines joint patrols in SCS has poisoned ties: China

The remarks came as Chinese Defence Ministry said the country's second-ranking general recently visited China's man-made islands in South China Sea.

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols: Ashton Carter

The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea patrols with the Philippines, and will temporarily deploy 275 troops and five warplanes in the country which is locked in a territorial row with China.

China expresses anger at G7 statement on East, South China Seas

China expresses anger at G7 statement on East, South China Seas

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and gas, and is building islands on reefs to bolster its claims.

18 soldiers, five militants killed in Philippine clash: Military

Eighteen soldiers and five Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf guerrillas, including a Moroccan national, were killed in a fresh upsurge of violence in the troubled southern Philippines, a military spokesman said Sunday.

Italian hostage released in southern Philippines

A retired Italian priest abducted six months ago in the southern Philippines by suspected Islamic militants was released today, police and the Italian government said.

US, Philippines hold war games as China flexes muscles

Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on Monday launch annual war games that this year are being seen as a show of strength in the face of China`s increasing assertiveness in the region.

Philippines can recover big chunk of stolen Bangla millions: MP

Almost half of the USD 81 million that hackers stole from Bangladesh and funnelled into Philippine casinos can still be recovered, a senior Filipino lawmaker investigating the audacious cyber heist said on Thursday.

10 Indonesian crewmen kidnapped in Philippines

Ten Indonesian crewmen were reportedly kidnapped by terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, military sources said on Monday.

`Nothing has changed` says abused Hong Kong maid Erwiana

Although she never admitted her guilt, employer Law Wan-tung was jailed for six years, a triumph for quietly spoken Erwiana who was held up as a hero.

Racers found, left dead German drifting in yacht: Organisers

Sailors on a round-the-world race found and left a dead German whose body was discovered on a yacht adrift off the southern Philippines, event organisers said.

Supreme Court approves Poe`s run for Philippine presidency

The Philippines` Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Tuesday for leading presidential candidate Grace Poe to run in May elections, removing a major obstacle in her bid to become the country`s third female leader.

UN arbitration on South China Sea 'tainted': China

China refuses to recognise the case lodged by the Philippines with the tribunal and says all disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks.