Talks on pact to avoid sea clashes could end in 3 years: Xi

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday negotiations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to prevent clashes in the disputed South Chi...

Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short his participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea just days after coming un...

Mattis: War-trophy bells' return to help US, Philippine ties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis says returning three war-trophy church bells to the Philippines will help cement ties between the two countries. Mattis was ...

The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Singapor...

Duterte indicates Philippines will defer to Beijing on S. China Sea matters

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At the ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte failed to attend key meetings with ASEAN leaders and heads of state from Australia and South Korea o...

Asian leaders push for progress on South China Sea pact

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders and China are touting progress in keeping peace in the contentious South China Sea as they work toward a "code of conduct" to govern navigation routes and othe...

Mattis send-off as US war-booty bells return to Philippines

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. defense secretary plans to take part in a ceremony in Wyoming marking the beginning of a process to return three disputed church bells to the Philippines. ...

Hard-hitting Philippine news site faces tax evasion charge

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine prosecutors say they will file charges of tax evasion against a news website that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte. The Justice De...

Philippine President Duterte: free trip to Hong Kong for drug lord killers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced monetary awards and a free trip to Hong Kong for police officers that kill drug-trafficking bosses. The president sai...

Philippines to protest if Chinese weather stations operate in SCS

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the country will launch a formal diplomatic protest against China if reports of Chinese weather stations operatin...

Aussie nun who angered Duterte forced to leave Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests has called on Filipinos to unite and fight human rights abuses ahead of her forced...

Duterte puts corruption-plagued agency in military control

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has put the corruption-plagued Bureau of Customs temporarily under military control amid a scandal after two huge shipments of illegal drugs reporte...

Philippine island once called 'cesspool' reopens to visitors

BORACAY, Philippines (AP) — Boatloads of tourists have sailed to tiny Boracay island on the first day Philippine officials reopened the resort to visitors after a six-month closure to clean waters the...

Philippine court rejects Duterte bid to have critic arrested

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has rejected a petition by President Rodrigo Duterte's administration to have his fiercest critic in the Senate arrested, in a legal setback for Duterte t...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 15 Chicago Tribune on how Sears could have avoided bankruptcy: ...