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Gunmen kill labour leader in Philippine south

MANILA (Reuters) - Masked gunmen in the Philippines shot and killed a left-wing labour leader in what a rights group said on Tuesday was the latest extrajudicial killing in the country.

Manila's right body says political killings down

MANILA (Reuters) - The number of political killings and forced disappearances in the Philippines has significantly dropped this year, the head of the country's independent human rights body said on Tuesday.

Philippines dangles cash rewards for troops

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has begun offering cash rewards to soldiers to help defeat communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the final two years of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's administration, officials said on Tuesday.

U.N. slams Philippines for failing to stop killings

MANILA (Reuters) - The United Nations has criticised the Philippines for failing to stop soldiers executing left-wing activists and for turning the other cheek as a death squad picked off street children in a southern city.

U.N. expert wants to probe Iraq contractor killings

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings said on Friday he plans to investigate deaths caused by the U.S. military and contractors in Iraq, including the recent Blackwater case in Baghdad.

Philippines says to help U.S. in probe on killings

Eric John, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for east Asia and Pacific affairs, will visit the Philippines next month to assess actions taken by the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the killings of hundreds of left-wing activists and journalists.

The Melo Commission report on political killings is finally released

THE Philippine government finally released the Melo Report to the public but not before much criticism from the press and politicians, and most notably after the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial Killings released his findings to the press earlier last week.

Philippine army on defensive after killings charges

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine military went on the defensive on Thursday after a U.N. investigator said soldiers appeared to be behind many extra-judicial killings and ahead of the release of a damning report into the murders.

Army responsible for many Philippine killings - U.N.

MANILA (Reuters) - Extra-judicial killings in the Philippines are distressingly high and the military appeared to be responsible for a number of them, a United Nations investigator said on Wednesday.

Army responsible for many Philippine killings - U.N.

MANILA (Reuters) - Extra-judicial killings in the Philippines are distressingly high and the military appeared to be responsible for a number of them, a United Nations investigator said on Wednesday.