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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.

Workers unite for May Day

Originally a day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, in which a number of civilians demonstrating for an eight-hour working day were killed by police, May Day now witnesses rallies around the world in celebration of the international labour movement. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets around the world yesterday, including in Manila, Havana, Baghdad, Vladivostok (4), Istanbul (5), and Tunis (7).

Tourist bus siege ends in bloodbath

The siege of a Philippines tourist bus hijacked by an armed former police officer ended in bloody chaos today with six of the hostages and the gunman killed.

Aquino set to win Philippine poll and carry on family dynasty

Benigno Aquino queued for five hours in the tropical heat to cast his vote in his home town north of Manila yesterday. But despite computer problems at some polling stations and a wave of election-day violence, the scion of the family closely associated with democracy in the Philippines was heading for victory in the presidential election.

Mayon: the world's most dangerous tourist attraction

When one of the world's most active volcanoes blows its top, the obvious course of action is to give it a wide berth. Not so in the Philippines, where thousands of tourists are risking their lives to get close to the spectacular flow of lava.

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Independent Appeal: Co-operative brings hope to waterless poor

Two or three times a week the residents of Maharlika, one of many urban poor communities in Bagong Silang, a suburb in the Philippines capital, wait along the main street for the city government tankers to deliver water. There is no fixed time. People often wait for hours at the five delivery points because failing to do so will mean losing the opportunity to get free water.

How a documentary became a real Thrilla

Muhammad Ali is universally revered, as a boxer and as a human being. Pretty much any list of the biggest stars in sporting history will have Ali in top spot, the "greatest of all time", as the man himself would say.