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Philippines' Aquino urges legislators to persevere on Muslim peace plan

28 January 2015

MANILA/CAMP DARAPANAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged legislators on Wednesday not to abandon a plan for autonomy for Muslims to end a decades-old insurgency after a clash in which dozens of people were killed, saying doing so would dash hopes for peace.

Doubts arise over crucial Philippine autonomy law after rebel clash

28 January 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Work to set up an autonomous Muslim region in the Philippines to end a 45-year insurgency has been suspended and may be abandoned altogether because of a clash in which more than 50 people were killed, legislators said on Wednesday.

Pope arrives in Philippines amid massive security operation

15 January 2015

MANILA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Manila on Thursday, cheering Pope Francis as he began his first visit to Asia's largest Catholic nation amid one of the biggest security operations in Philippine history.

Homes flattened as typhoon roars through Philippines

7 December 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - A powerful, slow-moving typhoon ripped through the central Philippines on Sunday, bringing howling winds that flattened houses and toppled trees and power lines in areas still scarred from a deadly super-storm just over a year ago.

Typhoon slams into Philippines, one million evacuated

6 December 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon roared into the eastern Philippines on Saturday, bringing lashing rain and strong winds that felled trees, ripped off tin roofs and toppled power lines in areas still bearing the scars of a super typhoon 13 months ago.

Swiss man overpowers rebel guard, escapes in Philippines

6 December 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - A Swiss wildlife photographer escaped from Islamist rebels in the Philippines on Saturday, killing one of them with a machete as he made a break for freedom during a clash between the insurgents and government troops, a Philippine officer said.

Tens of thousands evacuated from path of Philippines typhoon

5 December 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines on Friday, a day before a powerful typhoon was expected to hit the island nation where thousands were killed in a devastating storm 13 months ago.

Islamic State 'brand' gains ground among Asian militants

26 September 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group's brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

Islamic State 'brand' gains ground among Asian militants

25 September 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group's brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

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