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Philippines protests China's weapons installation on islands

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:15:44 GMT2017-01-16T09:15:44Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country's top diplomat said Monday....



Duterte orders troops to blast militants and their hostages

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 02:11:59 GMT2017-01-15T02:11:59Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea, calling the loss of civilian lives in such an attack "collateral damage."...



Philippines to offer free contraceptives to 6 million women

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:02:01 GMT2017-01-11T14:02:01Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church....



Powerful undersea quake hits south Philippines, no damage

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:46:39 GMT2017-01-10T07:46:39Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck under the Celebes Sea off the southern Philippines on Tuesday but was far too deep to cause any damage and casualties or generate a tsunami....



Philippines' Duterte tours Russian warship amid warming ties

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:04:40 GMT2017-01-06T08:04:40Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has toured one of the two Russian warships docked in Manila in another gesture of warming ties with Moscow as he shifts his country's foreign policy away from long-time ally, the United States....