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Philippines typhoon aftermath: ’1.5 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition and close to 800,000 pregnant and nursing mothers need nutritional help’

The number of people dead or missing after one of the world’s strongest typhoons struck the Philippines climbed towards 7,000 on Saturday, as the United Nations warned much more needed to be done to help desperate survivors. The government’s confirmed death toll rose to 5,235, with another 1,613 people still…

Philippines counts the cost of Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastating assault on the central Philippines exerted a catastrophic human cost, but analysts say its impact on one of Asia’s fastest growing economies will be less traumatic. The national economy has been on an upswing for the past five years and expanded 7.6 percent in the first…

U.S. military presence in the Philippines could grow after typhoon Haiyan

US military footprint on Philippines could grow after typhoon Haiyan (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) A US military plane evacuates residents at Tacloban airport in central Philippines Wednesday in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) Earlier this month, negotiations between the United States and the Philippines to sharply…

At least three dead and millions terrified as monster Typhoon Haiyan whips through the Philippines

One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines Friday, killing at least three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore apart homes. Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into coastal communities on the central island of Samar, about 600 kilometres (370 miles) southeast of Manila, before dawn on…

No widespread tsunami threat after major earthquake hits Philippines

A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near one of the Philippines key tourist hubs on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The quake struck at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT) some five kilometers (three miles) east of Balilihan, in the Bohol region of the archipelago, at a depth of…

Search for survivors in Phillipine ferry crash suspended

By Enrique de Castro CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – Worsening weather and sea conditions on Saturday forced the Philippines to suspend a search for survivors of a ferry disaster that killed at least 32 people and left 170 missing, authorities said. The ferry sank on Friday after a collision just outside…

274 missing and 24 dead after boat collision in the Philippines

By Manuel Mogato CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – A Philippine ferry sank after colliding with a cargo vessel killing at least 24 people and leaving nearly 300 missing, the coast guard said on Saturday. Some 572 people were rescued after Friday’s accident at the mouth of a channel approaching the port…

Philippines turns trash into ‘clean energy’ windfall

Teresita Mabignay does her ironing using free of electricity on the slope of a garbage dump, an unlikely beneficiary of efforts to turn the Philippines’ growing rubbish problems into a clean-energy windfall. Mabignay lives at the base of one of Manila’s largest landfills, which was the first in the country…

Study: Philippines leads world ‘in belief in God’

The Philippines leads the world in the number of people who believe in God, while the elderly across all countries tend to be the most religious, according to a US study out Wednesday. Belief in God tends to be strongest in the United States and Catholic countries and lowest in Scandinavia and former Soviet…

Two new frog species found in Philippines

Two new species of frog have been discovered in fast-disappearingforests in the Philippines, boosting hopes for the survival of the country’s rich but threatened wildlife, scientists said Tuesday. The new discoveries are a mottled brown frog with red eyes and a broad yellow stripe running down its back, and a…

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