Sep 27, 2014

Philippines claims to set world tree-planting record

Philippine officials said Saturday they had set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour, with 3.2 million seedlings sown as part of a national forestation program. Official certification from Guinness World Records will still take weeks but government officers ...

Typhoon Kalmaegi sweeps out of Philippines

Sep 15, 2014

Typhoon Kalmaegi sweeps out of Philippines

Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines on Monday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but largely leaving the storm-prone country unscathed, authorities said. The storm, with winds of 160 kph, struck the northeast of the main island of Luzon on Sunday ...

Sep 14, 2014

About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

Rescuers saved about 100 people Saturday night and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday. Coast guard Capt. Joseph Coyme said search and rescue efforts by air and sea ...

Aug 25, 2014

Japanese man gunned down in Philippines

Motorcycle-riding gunmen on Monday shot dead a 66-year-old Japanese man who was waiting for a ride in Antipolo City, east of Manila, police said. They said Kazuaki Tsuya was standing under a footbridge in front of a mall when he was shot in the ...

Aug 23, 2014

Philippine police smash online child 'sextortion' ring

Philippine police have arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment. The gang extorted money from foreigners by threatening to upload videos of them performing sexual acts, Gilbert Sosa, head ...

China pushes soft power with hospital ship at RIMPAC

Jul 28, 2014

China pushes soft power with hospital ship at RIMPAC

On a Chinese hospital ship off Hawaii, crew members demonstrate traditional massage techniques to U.S. sailors. The mood is one of collegiality, even after China opted out of Japan-led humanitarian drills at the world’s largest international naval exercise. There are no guns in sight ...