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Philippines: Republic in Southeast Asia
The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

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Factbox: By the numbers: Japan's Typhoon Hagibis compared to killer 1958 storm

Typhoon Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog and made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday evening, could be the worst storm the country has experienced..
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Top Philippine cop resigns after accusation of link to drug scandal

The Philippines' police chief stepped down on Monday less than a month before his retirement, after he was accused of involvement in "recycling" confiscated drugs, an allegation that could undermine..
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Videos for Philippines

Thousands of troops deployed after Japan's deadly typhoon [Video]Thousands of troops deployed after Japan's deadly typhoon

The Japanese government has sent thousands of soldiers and rescue workers to save stranded residents in the destruction left by Typhoon Hagibis. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

Typhoon Hagibis Slams Tokyo, Millions Asked To Evacuate [Video]Typhoon Hagibis Slams Tokyo, Millions Asked To Evacuate

More than six million people were advised to evacuate Tokyo as Typhoon Hagibis bore down on Saturday. HuffPost reports one man was killed and more than 60 people were injured. It made landfall on..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Philippines town replaces all-male police force with women [Video]Philippines town replaces all-male police force with women

The move is part of a wider government effort at promoting women in the workplace.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

WHO to hold Philippines summit after polio outbreak [Video]WHO to hold Philippines summit after polio outbreak

The Philippines has announced the return of polio type 2, an incurable disease that was previously believed eradicated there.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:42Published

Philippines hosts global writers’ congress as media ‘censored’ [Video]Philippines hosts global writers’ congress as media ‘censored’

Threats to freedom of expression are taking centre stage for the first time in the Philippines.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:49Published

Germany's health minister visits Mexico in nurse recruitment drive [Video]Germany's health minister visits Mexico in nurse recruitment drive

Nurses have already been recruited from Kosovo and the Philippines as Germany's aging population is putting a big strain on its health services.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:05Published

A Philippine village exchanges plastic for rice [Video]A Philippine village exchanges plastic for rice

A village outside the Philippine capital Manila launched a program that will allow villagers to trade a kilogram of plastic waste for half its weight in rice, in an attempt to motivate people to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

US Coast Guard hosts crew to safety [Video]US Coast Guard hosts crew to safety

Video shot late Sunday night shows a Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisting crewmembers from the stricken cargo vessel, Golden Ray as it listed in waters off the Georgia coast. Rough cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published

Philippines: Churches being rebuilt 6 years after earthquake [Video]Philippines: Churches being rebuilt 6 years after earthquake

Nearly six years ago, at least 10 Catholic churches dating back to Spanish colonial times were destroyed.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Philippine court case: Opposition denies plot against government [Video]Philippine court case: Opposition denies plot against government

The government has accused more than 30 people of committing acts of sedition - inciting people to rebel against it - and other criminal offenses.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published

US Woman Arrested For Trying To Smuggle Tiny Baby Out Of Philippines [Video]US Woman Arrested For Trying To Smuggle Tiny Baby Out Of Philippines

An American woman has been charged with human trafficking--of an infant. According to CNN, 43-year-old Jennifer Talbot allegedly tried to smuggle a six-day-old baby out of the Philippines. Airport..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

South China Sea dispute to dominate Duterte’s China visit [Video]South China Sea dispute to dominate Duterte’s China visit

Philippine president is facing pressure over what critics say is an increasingly close relationship with China.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:55Published

 

Philippine court rejects government effort to recover Marcos wealth

The Philippine anti-graft court has rejected an effort to claim millions of dollars in art, property and investments from the family and associates of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, saying the..
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Duterte's latest ailment puts new spotlight on his health

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte played down concern about his health on Monday after the firebrand leader announced he is suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disorder.
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Philippine president's muscle disorder is 'nothing serious': official

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte played down concern about his health on Monday after the firebrand leader announced he is suffering from a chronic neuromuscular disorder.
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Philippine President Duterte says he has chronic neuromuscular disorder

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has a chronic neuromuscular disorder called myasthenia gravis that is causing one of his eyelids to droop.
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Philippines polio cases a warning for vulnerable Ukraine

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent
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Unkempt? Presidential spokesman tells critics Duterte smells 'refreshing'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman defended him against critics who described him as looking unkempt when he met with Russia's prime minister, saying he is "very hygienic" and that "his..
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Duterte spokesman critical of U.S. senator's comments on senator detention

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman on Sunday criticized a U.S. lawmaker for making a "baseless" accusation of abuse in the case of a detained critic of the Filipino leader.
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Filipinos give thumbs up to Duterte's 'excellent' drugs war: poll

Philippine citizens are overwhelmingly satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, a survey showed, giving a boost to a government outraged by an international push to investigate..
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Philippines' Duterte orders shunning of loans, grants from backers of U.N. drug war probe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed all departments and state-run firms to halt negotiations and agreements on grants and loans from countries that have backed a U.N. investigation into..
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Philippines' Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches.
Reuters - Published

Preferably dead: Philippines' Duterte seeks freed inmates' capture

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed an offer of big bounties for hundreds of convicted murderers and rapists set free in a corrections bureau blunder, and said he would be happier if they..
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Philippine vice president blasts 'reckless' Duterte over China deal

The vice president of the Philippines on Thursday rebuked the country's leader for being "reckless" in suggesting he would consider ignoring an arbitration ruling in its favor over a territorial..
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Philippines to allow China-backed telco to build towers on military bases

The Philippine military agreed on Wednesday to allow a new cellphone network powered by a Chinese state telecoms giant to install communications equipment on its army bases, despite concerns among some..
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Who let the villains out? Philippines crime-busting president red-faced

The early release of hundreds of convicted rapists, murderers and drug criminals has acutely embarrassed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, with his justice minister saying they were ineligible to..
Reuters - Published

'Not a chance' - Philippine minister says no access for U.N. drugs war probe

(Note: Language in paragraphs 1, 5 may offend some readers.)
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Philippines' Duterte says Xi offering gas deal if arbitration case ignored

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an international arbitral..
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Shoot them? Hang them? - Filipino heavyweights hanker for death penalty return

If he gets his way, Filipino senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao would have drug criminals executed by firing squad.
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Suspected woman suicide bomber killed in Philippines explosion: army

A woman suspected of being a suicide bomber was killed in an explosion near a military detachment in the southern Philippines on Sunday, but there were no other casualties, the army said.
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Islamic State claims responsibility for market blast in Philippines

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines that wounded at least seven people early on Saturday.
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Iran seizes ship for alleged fuel smuggling in Gulf, holds 12 Filipino crew

Iran's coast guard has seized a vessel for allegedly smuggling fuel in the Gulf and detained its 12 crew members from the Philippines, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported.
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Blast wounds seven people at public market in southern Philippines

An explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines wounded at least seven people early on Saturday, the fourth blast in that area in 13 months, the military said.
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American held in Philippines for trying to smuggle baby out of airport

An American woman is facing human trafficking and kidnapping charges in the Philippines, authorities said, after she was caught trying to smuggle a newborn baby out of Manila's main airport on a flight..
Reuters - Published

Ohio woman arrested with baby hidden in bag at Philippines airport

Officials say Jennifer Erin Talbot, from Ohio, was intercepted at the boarding gate by airline personnel.
USATODAY.com - Published

US woman arrested in Manila for baby hidden in bag

Philippine officials have arrested an American woman for attempting to carry a 6-day-old baby out of the country hidden inside a shoulder bag. (Sept. 5)  
USATODAY.com - Published

Philippines' Duterte wants 1,700 freed inmates locked up

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday 1,700 convicts who were freed early for good behavior should be sent back to prison after questions were raised over the legality of their..
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Slave to sachets: How poverty worsens the plastics crisis in the Philippines

Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, "Mangrove Warrior" Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.
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China's Xi sees bigger role for joint energy exploration with Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a "bigger step" in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can properly handle their dispute..
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China's Xi says 'bigger step' possible in offshore oil, gas development with Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a "bigger step" in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can "properly" handle their..
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Philippine lawmakers want a 'Designated Survivor' in case of leadership crisis

Philippine lawmakers have introduced legislation based loosely on a popular Netflix political thriller called the "Designated Survivor" to ensure the country has a president in the case of a..
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As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise ruling with China

When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he'll need to salvage something from a "pivot" to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbors to a new level of..
Reuters - Published

Philippines to study economic impact of halting online gambling

The Philippines' anti-money laundering body is studying the scope of the country's online gambling industry to determine the impact on the economy if it stopped operating, its chairman said on Tuesday.
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China urges Philippines to ban online gambling

China has said it hopes the Philippines will ban online gaming to support its crackdown on cross-border gambling, which it said foreign criminals had used to embezzle funds and illegally recruit..
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Philippines' Duterte warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Tuesday foreign ships faced "unfriendly" treatment if they ventured into Philippines' territorial waters without permission, in a swipe at China's deployment of..
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Philippines to protest Chinese ships presence amid troubled ties

The Philippines will lodge a protest over the unannounced presence of two Chinese research vessels in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), one of at least three diplomatic challenges in recent weeks amid..
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After over 600 deaths, epidemic for mosquito-borne dengue virus declared in Philippines

The Philippines has declared a national dengue epidemic after 622 people have died of the virus. Reported cases are up 98% from 2018 in the country.
USATODAY.com - Published

Philippines' Duterte to meet China's Xi over South China Sea arbitration win

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping soon to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea, an aide said on Tuesday, as domestic pressure builds for..
Reuters - Published

Philippines' Duterte plans China visit to discuss South China Sea ruling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will soon meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea, his spokesman said on Tuesday, as domestic pressure..
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Death toll in capsized Philippine ferries climbs to 31

The death toll from the capsize of three Philippine ferries in bad weather rose to 31 on Sunday as rescuers found more bodies, a coast guard official said.
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Crew of oil tanker seized by Iran in good health: owners

The owners of Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran this month, said on Saturday that Indian, Russian and Philippine embassy officials met crew members from their respective..
Reuters - Published

At least 8 killed in north Philippines earthquakes

More than 1,000 residents of hard-hit Itbayat island were advised not to return to their homes
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Eight killed in quake, aftershocks in Philippines, 60 injured: agency

An earthquake and aftershocks struck islands off the north of the Philippines on Saturday killing eight people and injuring 60, disaster officials said.
Reuters - Published

Broken promise: Philippines Duterte vetoes bill on short-term contracts

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a measure that would have ended companies' practice of hiring workers on short-term contracts, his spokesman said on Friday, reneging on a campaign..
Reuters - Published

Swarms of thimble jellyfish spotted in the Philippines

Tourists spotted swarms of thimble jellyfish in the Philippines.
USATODAY.com - Published

UAE jails Filipino for 10 years for joining Islamic State: media

A man from the Philippines has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the United Arab Emirates for being a member of Islamic State and promoting its ideology on social media, Emirati media reported on..
Reuters - Published

Journalist Maria Ressa goes on trial in the Philippines

Ressa is accused of criminal libel, but she and supporters say the case is just President Rodrigo Duterte's effort to silence a critical, free press
CBS News - Published

Indonesia says militant's arrest reveals plots, new Islamic State links

Indonesian police said on Tuesday a suspected militant arrested last week was plotting Independence Day bomb attacks and they suspect he was part of a network behind violence in the Philippines that..
Reuters - Published

Philippines mulls tourists for Thitu, bolstering South China Sea claims

The Philippines is considering inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the South China Sea, part of efforts to assert its claim to sovereignty over some of the..
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Philippines' Duterte defends China gambit in annual address

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a spirited defense of his relationship with China on Monday, insisting that his refusal to challenge its maritime assertiveness was not capitulation, but..
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