Philippine militants say they abducted German, killed woman
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Philippine militants say they abducted German, killed woman

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A German kidnapped by Somali pirates eight years ago may now be held captive by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines, the country’s military said Monday, Nov.7, after finding the man’s yacht and a woman’s body inside. Regional military spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said Abu Sayyaf spokesman Muamar Askali claimed the … Continue reading

Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote
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Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Gay rights advocates on Tuesday, Nov. 8, welcomed Australia’s Senate voting down a government plan to hold a nonbinding public vote on recognizing gay marriage and called on Parliament to legislate for marriage equality soon. The Senate voted 33-29 late Monday against holding the plebiscite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative government … Continue reading

Court says dictator Marcos can be buried at heroes’ cemetery
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Court says dictator Marcos can be buried at heroes’ cemetery

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, Nov.8, that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at a heroes’ cemetery, a decision that opponents said rolled back the democratic triumph of the “people power” revolt that ousted the strongman three decades ago. “While he was not all good,” the 15-member court … Continue reading

Pakistan deports National Geographic’s iconic ‘Afghan Girl’
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Pakistan deports National Geographic’s iconic ‘Afghan Girl’

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president on Wednesday, Nov. 9, welcomed home Sharbat Gulla, National Geographic’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl,” just hours after she was deported from Pakistan, the latest in the odyssey of the globally recognized refugee. Gulla’s deportation came after a regional court in the Pakistani city of Peshawar convicted her on charges … Continue reading

Philippine president announces separation from US
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Philippine president announces separation from US

BEIJING (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday October 20, 2016, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony. The rapprochement between the … Continue reading

US: Philippines’ Duterte sparking distress around the world
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US: Philippines’ Duterte sparking distress around the world

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America’s top diplomat for Asia said Monday, October 24,2016, that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries. Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said he also … Continue reading

ICC prosecutor warns Philippine authorities over killings
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ICC prosecutor warns Philippine authorities over killings

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said Thursday, October 13, 2016, that she is “deeply concerned” about reports of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda also said that statements by “high officials” in the Asian nation “seem to condone such killings.” The written … Continue reading