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Monsoon rains swamp Philippine capital Manila

Deadly torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas today, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said.

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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.

Philippines attempts to bury the past

It may be more than 20 years since the former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in Hawaii, but now his family are likely to be granted their wish that he be buried with honours in a cemetery in Manila reserved specially for former political leaders.

Nine dead as hostage crisis ends in shootout

A day of high drama in the Philippine capital, Manila, ended in bloodshed after a disgruntled former policeman shot dead eight Hong Kong tourists and was himself killed by police commandos who stormed the bus he had commandeered.

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.

Philippines hit over aid delay after storm kills 140

Philippine officials scampered to send relief aid on Monday to hundreds of thousands hit by weekend floods in and around Manila, while anger mounted over what was seen as an inadequate response from the government.

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Tough justice: On the trail of Philippine death squads

They came to kill her children one by one. First was Richard in 2001, then his brother Christopher. Bobby was taken from her the following year, and Fernando in 2007. Now Clarita Alia lives in fear that Arnold, her remaining son, is next. And far from protecting her shattered family, it is the police who are behind the killings, she says.

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.