Dec 16, 2014

Strip bars and drugs uncovered in Philippine jail raid

A raid on the Philippines’ biggest jail on Monday uncovered drug lords “living like kings” in secret luxury cells with strip bars, sex dolls, a jacuzzi and methamphetamines, the justice secretary said. Police commandos in full battle armor and tracker dogs swooped down on ...

Marine charged with murder in Filipino transgender slaying

Dec 16, 2014

Marine charged with murder in Filipino transgender slaying

Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender. Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos said there was “probable cause” that Marine Pfc. ...

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

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 ...