May 13, 2014

100 more Filipino suspects linked to sex blackmail

About 100 more Filipino suspects have been linked to online blackmail syndicates that extorted money from victims worldwide after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats, a Philippine police official said Tuesday. Authorities arrested 58 suspects in ...

Tensions high as South China Sea disputes boil over

May 7, 2014

Tensions high as South China Sea disputes boil over

China has demanded the Philippines release a Chinese fishing boat and its crew seized in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, the latest flare-up in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six nations. Tensions are also ...

Global online 'sextortion' gang seized

May 2, 2014

Global online 'sextortion' gang seized

Philippine police, backed by Interpol, have arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate who duped hundreds of victims worldwide into exposing themselves in front of webcams, including a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed, officials said Friday. At least ...

Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Apr 23, 2014

Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation ...

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

Apr 21, 2014

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

On a small rock wall a short drive from Manila, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the nation’s oldest ...

Apr 15, 2014

Obama to visit from April 23-25

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to ...

Apr 15, 2014

Visa waivers in works for Indonesians, Filipinos, Vietnamese

Japan might grant visa waivers to tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam when it revises its tourism action plan in June, government sources said Monday. The initiative, backed by the government and the ruling coalition, is aimed at Southeast Asia, whose vast Muslim ...