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At least five people were killed today when a strong earthquake shook the central Philippines, destroying buildings and triggering landslides which buried dozens of houses, trapping residents.

Most-wanted militant among terror leaders killed in air strike in the Philippines

A dawn air strike in the south of the country has killed three leaders of terror groups linked to al-Qa'ida.

Gunmen kidnap tourists in Philippines

Two tourists and their guide have been abducted by gunmen in the southern Philippines.

Cargo ship damaged after collision off Istanbul

A cargo ship struggled to pump out water that seeped in through cracks today after it brushed against two anchored ships while trying to moor during strong winds off the coast of Istanbul, but a senior maritime official said it was not in danger of sinking.

Three arrested in LA police sting on arms smugglers

Three Philippine nationals have been arrested for attempting to sell military-grade weapons, including grenade and mortar launchers, to undercover US police officers.

Dozens killed in Philippines landslide

A landslide tore through a small gold mining site in the southern Philippines today, killing at least 25 people and burying dozens more.

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Thalidomide victim let off drugs charges

A Thalidomide victim who was jailed for drug offences in the Philippines nearly 20 years ago has been pardoned from his life sentence.

Campaigners hail release of Briton after 19 years

Campaigners today welcomed the news that a Thalidomide victim who was jailed for drug offences in the Philippines nearly 20 years ago has been pardoned from his life sentence.

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Number of people missing after Philippines flood rises to over 1,000

More than 1,000 people are missing in towns and villages devastated by a typhoon and flash floods last week, the national disaster agency said.

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.

Mass burials begin as Philippines death toll rises to 927

With funeral parlours overwhelmed, authorities in a flood-stricken southern Philippine city yesterday organised the first mass burial of people who were swept to their deaths in one of worst calamities to strike the region in decades.

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700 buried after Philippines floods

With funeral companies overwhelmed, a flood-hit Philippine city has organised the first mass burial of some of nearly 700 people killed in one of worst calamities to strike the region in decades.

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