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Philippines hostage battle ends with all captives safe

A deadly three-week battle between government troops and Muslim rebels who held nearly 200 people hostage in the southern Philippines has ended with all of the captives safe, the country's defence secretary said.

In Hangzhou, just south of Shanghai, the typhoon brought huge tidal waves on the Qiantang river

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A powerful typhoon has swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan today, as heavy winds and rain continued to batter island communities and the storm headed straight for Hong Kong.

Six more die as fighting drags on between government troops and Muslim insurgents in Philippine city of Zamboanga

Five rebels and a 71-year-old woman were killed Saturday as fighting dragged on in a southern Philippine city between government troops and Muslim insurgents holding out with about 20 civilian hostages, officials said.

Hong Kong braced for 'strongest storm on earth' as 180mph monster Super-Typhoon Usagi gains strength over the Pacific

The storm is set to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before hammering the southern Chinese coast

Philippines government warns Muslim rebels it may use force to end four-day siege

The government has warned Muslim rebels who have been holding more than 100 people hostage to peacefully end the four-day stand-off “at the soonest possible time”, or face the use of force.

Filipino soldiers take cover during clashes with Muslim rebels in Zamboanga

Hostage crisis in Philippines brings Zamboanga to a standstill

Muslim rebel group holding scores of civilians near Zamboanga demands international mediation

Philippine clashes: Rebels hold hostages as human shields in Zamboanga

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Filipino commuters are silhouetted as they wade in a flooded road of the financial district of Makati City, south of Manila, Philippines

Manila brought to standstill by heavy rain

Torrential rains have brought the Philippine capital to a standstill, making streets impassable to vehicles and sending thousands of people into emergency shelters.

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Dozens missing as ferry sinks in the Philippines

Toll could hit 200 as divers continue search for bodies after roll-on/roll-off vessel and cargo boat collide

Over one hundred missing and thirty-one dead in Philippines Thomas Aquinas ferry disaster

Investigation into how the ferry collided with a cargo ship will begin after rescue operations are complete

Hong Kong launches mass evacuation as Typhoon Utor shuts down region

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated after a powerful typhoon thundered into southern China shutting down the financial centre of Hong Kong and sinking a cargo ship.

HR Owen says Asian bidder's offer is 'derisory'

The Asian bidder for HR Owen is not high-end enough, the luxury car dealership said yesterday as it dismissed the takeover approach as "derisory".

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