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Philippines hails start of U.S. war games

The Philippines hailed the start of major war games with the United States on Monday as a timely boost to their military alliance, amid a tense territorial dispute with China. More than 6,000 Filipino and US soldiers will take part in the 12 days of exercises across the Philippines, which come as the host nation is embroiled…

Philippines stages bloody Easter crucifixions

Roman Catholic fanatics in the Philippines had themselves nailed to the cross Friday in a bloody display of religious frenzy as the Christian world marked the day Jesus was crucified. The gruesome real-life re-enactments of the crucifixion, which are held every Good Friday in the Philippines, are frowned upon by…

215 pitbulls freed from dogfighting ring face death in the Philippines

Twenty-five pitbulls rescued from an online dog-fighting racket run by South Koreans in the Philippines have been put down, and another 215 could be also destroyed, rescuers said Tuesday. All the dogs, rescued by police from a farm south of Manila Friday, could end up being destroyed unless people come…

U.S. military seeks more access in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – The United States is seeking more access to Philippines ports and airfields to re-fuel and service its warships and planes, diplomatic and military sources said on Thursday, expanding its presence at a time of tension with China in the South China Sea. But it is not trying…

Philippine flood toll rises to 1,249

The death toll from killer floods in the Philippines rose to 1,249 on Tuesday, more than a week after the disaster struck, with officials expecting more corpses to be found. The civil defence office initially said the confirmed number of fatalities had surged by more than 200 to 1,453, before…

Philippines gunmen free U.S. teenager after 5 months

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine gunmen late on Saturday freed a U.S. teen-ager after holding him captive for nearly five months on an island in the troubled south of the country, security officials said. Kevin Eric Lunsmann, 14, and his mother and a cousin, had been vacationing near Zamboanga City in…

Two dead, more than 20 hurt in Philippine blast

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in an explosion in a small hotel in the troubled southern Philippines on Sunday, rescue workers said. Philippine Red Cross personnel at the scene of the blast in the southern port city of Zamboanga said…

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