Philippine militants free 2 kidnapped Germans

Two Germans kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released on Friday by a militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said.

Philippines says China is building at disputed shoal

The Philippines on Tuesday accused China of laying concrete blocks on a small group of reefs and rocky outcrops within its territory, the latest escalation in a hostile maritime dispute.