Peace talks with Philippine communist rebels to restart soon

The Philippine government and communist rebels said Friday that formal negotiations to end a lengthy insurgency could restart shortly, though the rebels` armed wing announced it was beefing up its guerilla campaign.

Peace talks with Philippine communist rebels to restart soon

The Philippine government and communist rebels said Friday that formal negotiations to end a lengthy insurgency could restart shortly, though the rebels` armed wing announced it was beefing up its guerilla campaign.

Pope to meet Muslim, Buddhist leaders in Philippines visit

Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts, a church official said Monday.

Philippines` Arroyo home for Christmas in nod to Pope

 Detained former Philippines president Gloria Arroyo will be allowed home for Christmas after a court decided to show "compassion" ahead of Pope Francis`s visit to the country next month.

Lives of danger, poverty on Philippines` typhoon coast

 Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the ground zero for many of East Asia`s deadliest storms.

US Marine in Philippine murder case makes first court appearance

A United States Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino appeared in a Philippine court for the first time on Friday, as his lawyers sought the suspension of the trial, in a case that could test the strength of security ties between the two allies.

China to set up satellite, radar network to strengthen maritime power

China will set up an offshore observation network, including satellite and radar stations, to strengthen the country`s maritime power, the official China Daily reported on Friday, in a move that could exacerbate tensions in the region.

Philippines to get frigates, gunboats, helicopters as tension simmers

 The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday.

Philippines seeks custody of US Marine charged with murder

The Philippine government sought formal custody Tuesday of a US Marine charged with murder over the death of a Filipino transgender woman after a court ordered his arrest.

Philippine prosecutors charge US Marine with murder

Philippine prosecutors on Monday filed murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipino transgender woman, in a case that has fanned anti-American sentiment.

Philippines calls one-month ceasefire with Maoists for Xmas, Pope

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has suspended army operations against Maoist guerrillas for a month to mark Christmas and a visit by Pope Francis, the head of the military said on Monday. 

Vietnam's sea dispute arbitration case vs China promotes peace: Manila

Vietnam has helped ensure peace in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing by following the Philippines in seeking UN arbitration, Manila said, despite the fact that Beijing has refused to take part.

Malaysian hostage released by Philippine kidnappers: Reports

Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militants have released a Malaysian man who was abducted in June, following lengthy negotiations involving mediators from both countries, Malaysian media reported on Thursday.

Philippine politician injured, 4 aides killed in ambush

A member of the Philippines parliament was wounded in an ambush Thursday that left four of his aides dead, he said in a television interview.

Philippines rushes aid to displaced storm survivors

Philippine authorities and aid agencies rushed relief supplies Wednesday to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by a powerful typhoon, as survivors sifted through debris to rebuild their lives.

Nine dead in bomb blast in southern Philippines: Military

Nine people were killed when a bomb exploded aboard a bus in the southern Philippines today, a military spokesman said.

China reminds US not to take sides in South China Sea dispute

China on Tuesday denounced a US State Department document on the South China Sea dispute saying that Washington should abide by its commitment not to take sides on the issue.

Typhoon Hagupit displaces 1.6 mn, toll 27

Typhoon Hagupit, which has left at least 27 people dead and 1.6 million displaced in the Philippines, was downgraded Tuesday from a storm to a tropical depression after passing through the nation's capital where it caused flooding at several places but no major damage.

Philippine rescuers struggle to reach villages after typhoon "folded homes like paper"
Philippine rescuers struggle to reach villages after typhoon "folded homes like paper"

Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon where thousands of homes have been wrecked, suggesting the Red Cross`s estimated death toll of 27 may rise.

Typhoon Hagupit weakens as Philippines clear up operation begins

Typhoon Hagupit weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines, while rescue workers struggled in its aftermath to reach towns in central provinces where thousands of homes were wrecked and at least 27 people killed.