News Over a thousand protesters drove gathered to show their dissatisfaction with Manila administrator's decisions

Local government legislation is seeking to curtail many of the rights enjoyed by motorcyclists

Veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani missing in Philippines 

A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with four other people on a restive southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, officials said today. 

Thousands left homeless in Philippines shanty town fire in outskirts of Manila

Officials say a fire that swept through a sprawling squatters' colony on Manila Bay's rim has left two people missing and some 10,000 others homeless.

Catholic radio broadcaster killed in motorbike 'drive-by' in Philippines

The Roman Catholic Church and a media watchdog called for justice today after an anchorman of a Catholic-run radio station was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in the southern Philippines.

17 dead in Philippines clothing store fire

A fire at a clothing store in the southern Philippines has killed 17 employees, most of whom were women who were asleep and trapped on the top floor, officials said.

Two dead and 30 injured in Philippines grenade blast

A grenade explosion has killed two people and wounded at least 30 others outside a crowded bar in the southern Philippines.

Drifting cruise ship heading for port after fire

A cruise ship with reportedly up to 60 Britons on board was drifting in seas south of the Philippines today after a fire in one of the ship's engine rooms.

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Philippines flood death toll approaches 1000

The Philippines government shipped more than 400 coffins today to two flood-stricken cities in the south where the death toll neared 1,000 as President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity and relief agencies rushed to help.

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Muhammad Ali praying for Joe Frazier

Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali today said he was praying for Joe Frazier following the news of his great rival's battle against cancer.

Danica, whom the Philippines claim was the seven-billionth person

Was it Danica? Nargis? Or maybe Pyotr? Birth pushes population past 7 billion

UN marks landmark day by designating several newborns across the globe with symbolic status

Philippines: Squatters' town is bulldozed

Police clashed with squatters yesterday as bulldozers moved in to demolish 350 shacks built on private land in Quezon City, east of the capital Manila.

Manila art show shut after offending Christians

An art exhibition in Manila has been shut down after it provoked heated debate for combining Christian symbols with phallic objects.

Tropical storm leaves 15 missing in Philippines

A tropical storm left 15 people missing in the northern Philippines after flooding a wide swath of metropolitan Manila and forcing more than 75,000 people to flee their homes in the capital and nearby provinces.

Fish deaths blamed on temperature fall

More than 800 tonnes of fish have died and rotted on fish farms in a lake near the Taal volcano south of Manila, which authorities blame on a sudden temperature drop.

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