Jim Gomez

450 killed in deadly Philippine tropical storm

Flash floods have devastated a southern Philippines region unaccustomed to serious storms, killing at least 450 people while they slept.

World celebrates several seven-billionth babies

The United Nations has chosen Monday to mark the globe's seven-billionth birth symbolically, sparking a string of festivities worldwide.

Monster typhoon threatens Phillipines, Taiwan

A strong typhoon off the Philippines' mountainous north forced authorities to close schools in the capital for a second day on Thursday as disaster-response teams braced for possible floods and landslides. Typhoon Sepat was roaring over the Pacific Ocean with sustained winds of 185km/h and gusts of up to 220km/h.

Whale sharks put Philippine town on the tourist map

Cocooned in rural seclusion, Donsol, a placid little town, long kept a big but unintended secret: In the first half of the year, the sea swarms with the world's largest fish. Whale sharks -- some as big as a bus -- have put on an annual show for local folks for generations, roaming close to shore and seemingly unafraid of humans, who left the fish alone.

More than 100 injured in Philippine armoury blast

Huge blasts at a suburban Manila police ammunition dump injured at least 107 people, damaged several buildings and homes and set off security jitters in a capital long wary of possible terror attacks and a coup, officials said. Police ruled out sabotage or terrorism. The explosions were apparently touched off by lightning.

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