Indonesia executes seven foreign drug convicts, defying global anger
Indonesia executes seven foreign drug convicts, defying global anger

Indonesia early Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour, local reports said.

Retailers make a killing ahead of Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight
Retailers make a killing ahead of Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight

Sales of Manny Pacquiao boxing gear and effects have soared as much as 10 times ahead of his May 2 megafight with Floyd Mayweather, with Philippine retailers struggling to cope with demand from fans snapping up any paraphernalia they could find.

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines: Military

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States` "most wanted terrorists", the military said Monday.

Philippine Muslim rebels warn trust in government eroded

The trust that the largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines has in the government has been eroded by a clash in January in which 44 police commandos and 18 rebels were killed, a rebel leader told Reuters in an interview this week.

Philippine team sacks US import for Manny Pacquiao insult
Philippine team sacks US import for Manny Pacquiao insult

Philippine basketball authorities have sacked and fined an American import for ridiculing national boxing hero Manny Pacquiao`s quest to become a professional basketballer.

Philippine military aids Muslim group despite bloody clash

Philippine soldiers rescued members of a Muslim armed group from rival extremists despite frayed ties over the killing of 44 policemen last month, a military report said Sunday.

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 said on Monday.

Philippine forces, rebels report casualties in rare clash

Philippine security forces and a Muslim rebel group clashed Sunday in the country`s south killing at least six police officers, both sides confirmed, in violence rarely seen since the signing of a peace treaty.

Pope to end record-setting Asia tour

Pope Francis will fly back to Rome on Monday after a dramatic week in Asia that saw him draw record crowds and hammer home his pro-poor message to millions.

Millions to gather for pope in stormy Philippines

Pope Francis will celebrate mass with millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday in what could be the world`s biggest papal gathering, capping off a dramatic trip in the Catholic Church`s Asian heartland.

Philippine plane following Pope Francis overshoots runway

A plane carrying top aides of Philippine President Benigno Aquino overshot a runway in stormy weather on Saturday, authorities said, shortly after Pope Francis`s plane took off from the same airport.

Bomb in overpass wounds 17 in southern Philippines

A bomb exploded on a pedestrian overpass in a southern Philippine town threatened by Muslim rebels in the past, wounding at least 17 people on Sunday, police said.

Philippines` Aquino says US ties above transgender murder

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday the murder of a Filipino transgender prostitute allegedly by a US Marine should not sour ties with the United States.

Protesters demand Philippine custody of US Marine

Dozens of activists burned a mock US flag as they protested at the US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a US Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.

Rival vows no easy ride for Manny Pacquiao's basketball debut
Rival vows no easy ride for Manny Pacquiao's basketball debut

Manny Pacquiao will receive no special treatment on his first foray into professional basketball, a rival player has vowed, as the Philippine boxing superstar struggles with a hectic training schedule for both sports.

Typhoon Kalmaegi heads out of Philippines, cuts power, damages farms

A strong typhoon was moving out of the Philippines on Monday, after plunging into darkness wide northern swathes of the country and inundating farmland, but there were no reports of lives lost, civil defence officials said.

Philippines foils `anti-China` bombing plot: Govt

Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital`s airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila`s biggest malls, authorities said Tuesday.

Philippine sect opens `world`s largest indoor arena`

Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening on Monday of what is billed as the world`s largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect.

Six wounded in Philippine clash with communist rebels

Philippine police and troops have clashed with dozens of communist guerrillas in a remote southern mountain village, leaving six troopers wounded, the military said today.

Police Special Action Force commandos and army troops were patrolling on Talomo mountain outside Davao city on Mindanao island when they encountered at least 30 New People`s Army (NPA) rebels, triggering the gunbattle yesterday.

US scales down anti-terror taskforce in Philippines

The United States is scaling down a taskforce that has been training Philippine troops to hunt down local Al-Qaeda extremists, Manila`s defence chief said Thursday.