| Apr 13, 2015
| 4:00 AM
The vast Philippine island of Mindanao was synonymous with Muslim separatist violence for decades. That was before the government and a large rebel group signed a peace deal last year.
The pact, which calls for a cease-fire and legislation to...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 7:15 PM
Pope Francis flew out of this Catholic bastion in Asia on Monday after a weeklong trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million faithful in a Manila park where he celebrated Mass....
| Jan 15, 2015
| 2:05 PM
Pope Francis on Thursday stirred fresh controversy in the debate over freedom of speech and individual responsibility with a remark that suggested that a violent reaction to insults should be expected.
In an on-board news conference with journalists...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 7:50 AM
Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life."
Francis also denounced the corruption...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 1:15 PM
A powerful storm is bearing down on the Philippines, prompting residents to flee their homes in some central coastal regions still recovering from last year’s deadly Typhoon Haiyan.
Typhoon Hagupit, which was packing winds as high as 149 mph...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 3:46 PM
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged lawmakers to swiftly enact a law granting autonomy to the Muslim region of Mindanao to quell more than 40 years of rebellion that has killed at least 150,000 people.
The proposed law is...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 1:31 PM
MANILA -- The scale of the devastation beginning to unfold in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has stunned relief workers, who estimate that as many as 10 million people were affected by the storm that swept through the central Philippines late last week....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Philippine Muslim rebels who have laid siege to the port city of Zamboanga for six days agreed to a cease-fire Friday to allow negotiations with the government but continued to hold more than 100 hostages, local media reported early Saturday.
| Sep 25, 2013
| 5:44 PM
Philippine government troops claimed more than a week ago to be mopping up a failed attempt by Muslim rebels to seize the port city of Zamboanga, but news media report continuing clashes and mounting casualties.
The fighting, in its 17th day when dawn...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:57 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama canceled part of his trip to Asia next week to deal with the government shutdown but for now is still planning to attend the two world summits on his schedule, the White House said Wednesday morning.
| Nov 10, 2013
| 8:45 PM
MANILA — With the vast scale of death and destruction slowly coming into focus, international relief teams rushed toward the central Philippines, where one of the strongest storms on record left bereft survivors looting food and water or...