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Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over reef dispute

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government summoned the Chinese ambassador to press its demand for Chinese vessels to immediately leave a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea and sa...

Philippines warns it could seek US help amid feud with China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines could seek the help of the United States, with which it has a mutual defense treaty, to protect its interests in the South China Sea, Manila’s defense depart...

Philippine defense chief in verbal tussle with China on reef

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An annoyed Philippine defense chief renewed a demand on Saturday for dozens of Chinese vessels to leave a Manila-claimed reef in the South China Sea, and said he would not b...

Philippines hits China on vessels swarming 6 islands, reefs

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government said Wednesday that more than 250 Chinese vessels it believes are manned by militia have been spotted near six Manila-claimed islands and reefs in ...

Philippines deploys more patrol ships amid rift with China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military has ordered more navy ships to be deployed for “sovereignty patrols” in the South China Sea, where a Chinese flotilla has swarmed around a disputed r...

Philippine Supreme Court slams killings of lawyers, judges

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday condemned the alarming number of killings and threats against lawyers and judges. One legal group has said these attacks are consider...

US backs Philippines in standoff over South China Sea reef

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States said Tuesday it’s backing the Philippines in a new standoff with Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, where Manila has asked a Chinese fishing flotilla...

Filipino troops capture rebel commander, rescue last hostage

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops captured an Abu Sayyaf rebel commander blamed for years of ransom kidnappings and on Sunday rescued the last of his four Indonesian captives, the military ...

Wary Philippines says 200 Chinese vessels at disputed reef

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels it believed were crewed by militias at a reef claimed by both countries in t...

3 kidnapped Indonesians rescued after Philippine sea mishap

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police rescued three Indonesian hostages and captured one of their Abu Sayyaf captors when the militants’ speedboat was lashed by huge waves and overturned as the...

Same-sex union blessings ban upsets gay Catholics in Asia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Vatican’s edict that same-sex unions cannot be blessed because they are sinful was met Tuesday with criticism by rights activists and gay Catholics in parts of the Asia-...

Philippine police kill 9 in raids on suspected rebels

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police backed by military forces killed nine people over the weekend in a series of raids against suspected communist insurgents, with authorities saying the susp...

Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. “Today,” he said, “is a day o...

Southeast Asian nations urge halt to violence in Myanmar

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged a halt to violence and the start of talks on a peaceful solution in Myanmar, where the military seized power from an elected governmen...

Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns

TAIPEI (AP) — The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. &ldqu...