34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists: UN chief

Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December and that number will only grow in 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report.

US says open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China

The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a US diplomat said on Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise "freedom of navigation" in the disputed waters.

Nations will respect tribunal on South China Sea: Australia

An international arbitration case over the disputed South China Sea that has been boycotted by China will "settle once and for all" whether artificial reefs are entitled to territorial waters, Australia's top diplomat said.

Manny Pacquiao hopes farewell fight helps bolster Philippines Senate bid

Manny Pacquiao hopes farewell fight helps bolster Philippines Senate bid

Pacquiao is a congressman in the Philippines but is hoping to secure a Senate seat in the May 9 election.

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.

US hails Philippines alliance as defense deal approved

The United States declared Tuesday that its commitment to defend the Philippines is "ironclad" as the country`s supreme court cleared the decks for a new security deal.

Philippine Supreme Court upholds US military accord: Spokesman

The Philippine Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday a military accord with the United States was constitutional, paving the way for a greater presence of US forces in the former American colony as tensions simmer in the South China Sea.

Vietnam issues second warning to China over island flights

Vietnam has issued its second rebuke in a week to Beijing, accusing its northern neighbour of "threatening peace" after more Chinese aircraft landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea.

Philippines opposes China runway test in South China Sea

Philippines opposes China runway test in South China Sea

The Philippines says that like Vietnam, it opposes a recent Chinese flight test in a newly completed runway on one of seven islands Beijing constructed in the disputed South China Sea.

New Year mayhem kills two, injures hundreds in Philippines

Stray bullets and exploding firecrackers have killed two and injured hundreds in the Philippines.

Philippine New Year mayhem kills two, injures hundreds

Stray bullets and exploding firecrackers have killed two and injured hundreds in the Philippines, authorities said on Friday, amid the country`s traditional riotous New Year celebrations.

14 killed in Muslim rebel attacks in southern Philippines

Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels in Christian villages in the southern Philippines left at least 14 people dead and may have been partly influenced by the notoriety of the Islamic State group, officials said today.

Miss Universe contest 'biased? India's Urvashi Rautela claims so

Miss Universe contest 'biased? India's Urvashi Rautela claims so

A day after India's Urvashi Rautela failed to win the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, the Uttarakhand native on Tuesday claimed that the competition was biased.

DNA: Crown slips as Miss Universe 2015 host names the wrong woman as winner

The Miss Universe 2015 contest ended in confusion and disarray after the host mistakenly named the wrong woman as the winner.

New storm approaches Philippines after typhoon kills 20

A new storm was threatening to dump heavy rain on the southern Philippines on Friday, as people in northern farming regions battled floods from deadly Typhoon Melor, authorities said.

Heavy flooding as Philippine typhoon death toll climbs to 11

Rescuers on speedboats hauled rain-soaked residents off rooftops in the Philippine countryside on Wednesday after Typhoon Melor killed at least 11 people and cut power for millions.

Nine killed as storm causes chaos in central Philippines

The typhoon, known locally as Nona, was about 150 km (95 miles) northwest of Mindoro island, just to the south of Manila.

Typhoon kills 4 in Philippines, cuts power ahead of Christmas

Typhoon kills 4 in Philippines, cuts power ahead of Christmas

 Tattered lanterns, festive lights and tin roofs littered towns in the central Philippines on Tuesday after Typhoon Melor swept through, killing at least four people and leaving millions without power ahead of Christmas.

Millions without power, three dead as typhoon hits Philippines

Typhoon Melor carved through the central Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rain and strong winds that left millions without power and at least three people dead, officials said.

700,000 flee as powerful typhoon slams Philippines

700,000 flee as powerful typhoon slams Philippines

More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines fled to safer areas as Typhoon Melor slammed into the archipelago nation Monday