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Bataan Death March survivor, Montana artist Ben Steele dies at 98

Ben Steele’s hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist’s …


Obama, Duterte meet despite Filipino leader’s crude language

VIENTIANE, Laos – President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, Philippine officials …


Obama cancels meeting with new Philippine President Duterte

President Barack Obama called off a planned meeting Tuesday with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seeking distance from a U.S. ally’s leader during a diplomatic tour that’s put Obama in …


Philippine blast leaves 10 dead, several wounded in market

DAVAO, Philippines – Philippine officials say an explosion at a night market in the hometown of the country’s president has left up to 10 people dead and several others wounded. …


China has been killing turtles, coral, giant clams in South China Sea, tribunal finds

China struck back loudly and forcefully Wednesday after an international tribunal invalidated many of its claims in the South China Sea. But Beijing has largely been silent about some of …


Tribunal rejects China’s expansive South China Sea claims

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – An international tribunal rejected China’s extensive claims in the South China Sea in a landmark ruling Tuesday that also found the country had aggravated the seething …


Duterte wins Philippine presidency in official count

Philippine lawmakers completed the official vote count from May 9 elections on Friday and announced that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency by an overwhelming margin, while Rep. Leni Robredo …


Philippine President-elect Duterte violated law on women’s rights, officials say

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday the country’s presumptive president-elect violated a law protecting women’s rights by making a rape joke during the election campaign.


Next Philippine president may be haunted by bloody anti-crime purge

A Rodrigo Duterte presidency is “very frightening,” a Filipino priest said in an interview, adding that human rights groups will need to keep a close watch and document any violations, …


Philippine president-elect Duterte to offer Cabinet posts to rebels, reinstate death penalty

Presumptive Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will reimpose the death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels, and move to amend the constitution to give more power to …


In Philippines, President Aquinos’ legacy clouded by Duterte win, support for a Marcos

Philippine leader Benigno Aquino III had called this week’s election a referendum on his “straight path” style of reformist governance, but his candidate lost by millions of votes to a …


New Philippine president seen as emancipator, looming dictator

MANILA, Philippines – Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern city, was heralded Tuesday as president-elect of the Philippines after an incendiary campaign that projected him alternatively as …


In Philippine presidential election, tough-talking mayor looks set to win

A brash and tough-talking mayor who has pledged to kill suspected criminals and end crime within six months looked set to become the next president of the Philippines after taking …


Canadian man decapitated by Philippine extremists

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday night in the southern Philippines belong to one two Canadians taken hostage by Abu …


Filipino presidential candidate apologizes over rape comment

The front-runner in the Philippine presidential race apologized Tuesday for a campaign rally remark about wanting to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners during a …


U.S. sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines

In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, …


World War II veteran relates the keys to happiness

World War II veteran Les Ames is self-publishing his first book at age 96 - “Happiness is Life,” which tells the story of his service in the Pacific, his career …


World War II veteran: Never forget

Herbert “Bud” Kirchhoff makes a little joke about his feet getting old, saying he never expected that to happen. It’s impressive, not only because he’s 95, gets around just fine …


Veteran pilot receives WWII combat medals

Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine has received his medals. Bell was a 21-year-old pilot during the Philippines’ liberation from …


Rescuers in Philippines struggle to reach typhoon victims

TACLOBAN, Philippines – Rescuers faced blocked roads and damaged airports today as they raced to deliver desperately needed tents, food and medicines to the typhoon-devastated eastern Philippines where thousands are …


More bodies found far away from Philippine floods

Fishermen joined Philippine navy sailors, police and firefighters in an ever wider search for bodies from one of the country’s worst flash floods that swept away entire villages.


Flamboyant jeepney evokes Philippine history

Imagine a safari jeep. Now, leave the windshield in but take out all the side windows and replace them with plastic curtains that can be rolled up. Then, pick a …