Jul 11, 2016

Beijing's South China Sea options, from benign to belligerent

An international tribunal will rule Tuesday on a Philippine challenge to China’s assertion to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest waterways. The Philippines contests China’s “historic rights” claim based on a 1940s map that shows a ...

Philippines willing to share South China Sea, says government

Jul 8, 2016

Philippines willing to share South China Sea, says government

The Philippines is willing to share natural resources with Beijing in contested South China Sea areas even if it wins a legal challenge next week, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told AFP Friday. Yasay said President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration hoped to quickly begin direct talks ...

Thirty killed in four days in Philippine war on drugs

Jul 8, 2016

Thirty killed in four days in Philippine war on drugs

Thirty “drug dealers” were killed in the first four days after Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as Philippine president on June 30, police said, announcing the seizure of nearly $20 million worth of narcotics but sparking anger from a lawyers’ group. Duterte won the ...

Jul 7, 2016

Taiwan and Philippines brace for powerful Typhoon Nepartak

Taiwan canceled flights and ordered schools and offices to close Thursday as a powerful typhoon barreled toward the coast. In the Philippines, fishing boats were urged not to venture out to sea and commercial ships were warned of storm-force waves. Fast-moving Typhoon Nepartak was ...

Beheaded Canadian's body dug up in southern Philippines

Jul 2, 2016

Beheaded Canadian's body dug up in southern Philippines

A Philippine military official says troops have dug up what they believe is the body of Canadian hostage Robert Hall, who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf extremists more than two weeks ago in the south after a ransom deadline lapsed. Regional military spokesman Maj. ...