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Philippine troops battle IS-linked gunmen in southern city

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:43:36 GMT2017-05-23T10:43:36Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine military officials say a group of heavily armed militants backing the Islamic State group has barged into a southern city and troops are battling the gunmen....

Danish court sentences man for 218 online sex assaults

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:27:10 GMT2017-05-23T10:27:10Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Danish court has sentenced a 70-year-old man to 12 years in jail for having ordered the sexual assaults of Filipino children and young people to be broadcast online....

EU envoy defends grants after Philippines' aid rejection

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:22:01 GMT2017-05-23T10:22:01Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The European Union's ambassador to the Philippines said Tuesday that he will seek clarification about Manila's decision to reject new grants from his grouping, while he defended the foreign aid program as promoting development....

Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russia

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:50:50 GMT2017-05-22T09:50:50Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Monday for a four-day official visit to Russia, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and witness the signing of several agreements, including on defense cooperation and trade....

Philippines says it will reject all aid with conditions

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:17:10 GMT2017-05-19T14:17:10Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' top diplomat said Friday the government's new policy of rejecting aid with conditions applies to all donor countries, not just the European Union....

Philippines arrests 25 SKoreans over alleged fraud, gambling

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:16:42 GMT2017-05-19T06:16:42Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Twenty-five South Koreans have been arrested in metropolitan Manila on suspicion of internet fraud or illegal online gambling, Philippine authorities said....

Philippines, China vow closer ties, management of disputes

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:08:55 GMT2017-05-16T08:08:55Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping resolved to strengthen their countries' friendship during their meeting in Beijing, with China pledging to speed up infrastructure projects it is funding in the Philippines....

'This is a democracy': Int'l court may be next for Duterte

Tue, 16 May 2017 05:37:54 GMT2017-05-16T05:37:54Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Tuesday that allegations he induced extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs could be raised to the International Criminal Court after an impeachment case failed in the House of Representatives....

Philippine police make more child cybersex arrests, rescues

Fri, 12 May 2017 04:34:17 GMT2017-05-12T04:34:17Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Authorities in the Philippines have rescued four girls and arrested a mother and two other women for allegedly livestreaming sexually exploitative videos of children to men paying by the minute to watch from the United States....

Philippine leader names his senator ally new foreign chief

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:43:58 GMT2017-05-10T11:43:58Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine senator who is a staunch defender of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs has been named the country's foreign secretary....