Typhoon leaves millions without power in Philippines

Jul 18, 2014

Typhoon leaves millions without power in Philippines

Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on Thursday after a ferocious typhoon paralyzed the capital and wrecked flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 40 lives. Utility crews scrambled to repair thousands of toppled power pylons as well ...

Jul 18, 2014

Typhoon near Philippines heading northward

A tropycal cyclone over the ocean east of the Philippines turned into a typhoon early Friday, the Meteorological Agency said. Typhoon No. 10, whose atmospheric pressure measures 1002 hectopascals and its maximum wind speed 18 meters per second at its center, is slowly heading ...

Jul 15, 2014

Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims: Pew study

China’s neighbors are increasingly anxious that Beijing’s maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a U.S. research group said in findings released Monday. Even in China itself, polling showed that 62 percent of the public worried that ...

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

Jul 7, 2014

Strong typhoon threatens north Philippines, Japan

A strong typhoon was blowing over the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Philippines on Sunday and may trigger heavy rain, but is too far off to hit land, officials said. Typhoon Neoguri was blowing with sustained winds of 185 kph (115 mph) with gusts ...

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

| Jun 28, 2014

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

When the last U.S. ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic Naval Base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of Amerasians fathered ...

Jun 27, 2014

How to end the Philippines' Moro insurgency

by Yuriko Koike

Though questions remain about the durability of the landmark peace deal that Philippines President Benigno Aquino struck with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in January, the political autonomy granted to the country's Muslim areas seems to have persuaded most fighters that the time has ...

China sends four more oil rigs to South China Sea

Jun 20, 2014

China sends four more oil rigs to South China Sea

China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed ...

Fears over China propel Philippine naval upgrade

Jun 16, 2014

Fears over China propel Philippine naval upgrade

As fears grow that China is on an aggressive South China Sea territorial grab, a sleepy Philippine village is being transformed into a major naval base that may come to host U.S. warships. Ulugan Bay, a small, picturesque cove encircled by thick mangroves, has ...

South China Sea trade routes 'safe' despite rows

Jun 15, 2014

South China Sea trade routes 'safe' despite rows

Despite territorial standoffs between China and other nations bordering the South China Sea, analysts say governments know better than to choke off the trade shipping routes that are the lifeblood of their economies. The escalating disputes this year between China and some of its ...