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U.S.-Philippine pact to highlight Obama's Asia rebalance - minister

8 April 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - An agreement on U.S.-Philippine defence cooperation, expected to be signed this month during a visit by President Barack Obama, will be a clear sign of a U.S. "rebalance" to Asia despite U.S. preoccupations elsewhere, the Philippines' top diplomat said.

Fighting erupts in Philippines as final peace deal nears

28 January 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops have killed about 17 members of a Muslim rebel faction, officials said, underscoring volatility in the resource-rich south as the government and the main rebel group enter the final, delicate stage of a peace process.

Remittances throw lifeline to Philippines' typhoon survivors

26 December 2013

PALO, Philippines (Reuters) - A sister living on the other side of the world gave Roberto Retanal what he needed most to piece his humble home back together after the devastating typhoon that tore through his village in the central Philippines last month.

Philippine typhoon survivors struggle to salvage Christmas

24 December 2013

PALO, Philippines (Reuters) - Filipino mother Rhodora Tonningsen has no tinsel or baubles for her Christmas tree this year so she's decorated it with packets of instant noodles and empty sardine cans from relief supplies handed out to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

U.S. raises aid to $86 million for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

18 December 2013

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The United States will provide an additional $25 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines for typhoon relief, raising to $86 million its assistance to its major ally, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Philippines' typhoon rebuilding may cost more, last longer than Aceh

27 November 2013

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' post-typhoon reconstruction could take as long as 10 years, with the leadership of President Benigno Aquino put to a test amid complex problems such as property rights, missing title deeds and land zoning, experts said on Wednesday.

Philippines struggles to keep typhoon aid, donations graft-free

23 November 2013

MANILA (Reuters) - As millions of dollars pour in for more than four million left homeless by a typhoon in the central Philippines, authorities are grappling with a familiar problem - how to stop fraudulent claims and prevent greedy politicians taking advantage.

Philippines struggles to keep typhoon aid, donations graft-free

21 November 2013

MANILA (Reuters) - As millions of dollars pour in for more than four million left homeless by a typhoon in the central Philippines, authorities are grappling with a familiar problem - how to stop fraudulent claims and prevent greedy politicians taking advantage.

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