Jul 30, 2015

Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake

Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to participate in a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared magnitude-7.2 earthquake from an active ...

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Jul 29, 2015

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Move over Tinder — a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West often encourage one-on-one, no-strings-attached meetings, many ...

U.S. singer Chris Brown stuck in Philippines over debt dispute

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. singer Chris Brown stuck in Philippines over debt dispute

American hip-hop star Chris Brown, barred from leaving the Philippines over a row with a powerful Christian group, insisted in a foul-mouthed rant on Thursday that he did nothing wrong. The 26-year-old’s private jet remains grounded at Manila airport two days after he performed ...

Jul 24, 2015

Philippine nightclub blast kills one, wounds nine

A powerful explosion tore through a nightclub in the strife-torn southern Philippines, killing one person and wounding nine others, police said Friday. The blast punctured the ceiling of the two-storey club and threw bar stools into the streets of Zamboanga City late Thursday evening, ...

Jul 22, 2015

Japanese forgotten in Philippines ask Abe for nationality

The government was asked Wednesday to grant nationality to Japanese people who lost the legal designation after being left in the Philippines after World War II, as well as to their offspring. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the request at a meeting with a ...

Beijing says ties with Manila can flourish despite sea feud

Jul 22, 2015

Beijing says ties with Manila can flourish despite sea feud

The Chinese ambassador in Manila said Wednesday that trade between China and the Philippines grew last year despite their protracted territorial conflicts, providing hope their relations could flourish even as tensions remain. Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also played down reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping ...