No major damage reported in Philippine typhoon; three dead

Dec 8, 2014

No major damage reported in Philippine typhoon; three dead

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least three people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened Sunday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation that a monster storm brought to the region last year. Shallow floods, damaged shanties ...

Powerful typhoon Hagupit slams into Philippines

Dec 7, 2014

Powerful typhoon Hagupit slams into Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and sent waves crashing through coastal communities across the eastern Philippines on Sunday, creating more misery for millions following a barrage of deadly disasters. The typhoon roared in from the Pacific Ocean and into remote fishing communities on Samar ...

Dec 7, 2014

Swiss hostage escapes from Filipino extremists

A Swiss hostage made a dramatic escape Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists when he hacked a rebel commander and then got shot as he dashed to freedom amid a military bombardment, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines, officials ...

Powerful typhoon slams into disaster-weary Philippines

Dec 7, 2014

Powerful typhoon slams into disaster-weary Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the central Philippines’ east coast late Saturday, knocking out power and toppling trees in a region where 650,000 people have fled to safety, still haunted by the massive death and destruction wrought by a monster storm last year. Packing maximum ...

Dec 6, 2014

Typhoon Hagupit triggers massive evacuation in Philippines

More than half a million people in the Philippines have fled from a powerful typhoon in one of the world’s biggest peacetime evacuations as the storm churns toward central provinces that still bear the scars of a supertyphoon 13 months ago. Typhoon Hagupit was ...

Rights group: Police torture in Philippines rife

Dec 4, 2014

Rights group: Police torture in Philippines rife

Amnesty International said Thursday that five years after the Philippines passed a law criminalizing torture, the practice continues, with an overstretched police force resorting to “shortcuts” to extract confessions from suspects. The Philippine National Police has acknowledged violations persist but stressed they have taken ...

Powerful typhoon threatens Philippines

Dec 4, 2014

Powerful typhoon threatens Philippines

Terrified survivors of a supertyphoon that killed thousands in the Philippines last year were preparing for a powerful new storm on Wednesday as authorities scrambled to find safe evacuation centers. Typhoon Hagupit was building strength in the Pacific Ocean as it moved toward central ...

Nov 30, 2014

Philippines seeks to block Ashley Madison adultery website

The Philippine justice secretary said Sunday she is seeking to block extramarital dating site Ashley Madison in the country — under charges it facilitates crime. “The website is a platform that allows illegal acts to be eventually committed. A ban may be enforced,” Secretary ...