Reef naming angers Manila 

The Philippines has complained about China's move to name undersea features on Manila's continental shelf amid fears Beijing may be claiming more maritime territory. President...

Manila defends helicopter deal

The Philippine defence minister Delfin Lorenzana has claimed that 16 helicopters being bought from Canada will not be used to attack insurgents after activists...

Filipinos avoid jabs amid dengue crisis 

Parents in the Philippines are refusing to give their children polio, chicken pox and tetanus jabs amid a health scare over a dengue vaccine,...

Philippines deploys Japanese plane

The Philippine military says it has deployed a Japanese patrol plane to a disputed Chinese-controlled shoal in the South China Sea or West Philippine...

Manila rejects EU aid 

The Philippine government has formally rejected at least 380 million pesos (€6.1 million) in aid from the European Union amid allegations that it carries...

Duterte suspends Kuwaiti work 

The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers had driven several domestic helpers to suicide. Kuwait expressed...

Nomura picks 2018 GDP winners 

Prolonged growth in Indonesia and the Philippines will extend beyond 2018 driven by domestic demand and infrastructural projects, Nomura Securities investment bank has predicted.  The...

14 child deaths in dengue probe

The Philippines is investigating the deaths of 14 children to see if there is a link to a dengue vaccine which has been suspended.  The...

Filipinos die in jeepney crash 

A bus collided with a jeepney van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass in the Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead and adding to...

Medics to probe child deaths

The Philippines said a team from the country's biggest state-run hospital would investigate whether three child deaths were linked to an anti-dengue vaccine that...

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Swiss move to ban palm-oil exports 

The regional parliament of Geneva in Switzerland has passed a resolution to exclude palm oil from free-trade talks with Indonesia and Malaysia. Five other...

Three bombs rock Sittwe

Three pre-dawn bombs exploded in Rakhine State’s troubled capital Sittwe, including one in the compound of the state government secretary's home, although no deaths...

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