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Sacked policeman holds tourists hostage in Manila

A Filipino angry at being fired from the police was holding hostage 15 Hong Kong tourists and their driver on a bus in downtown Manila on Monday.

Deadly typhoon cuts power in Manila, aims at China

Parts of Manila may be without power until Friday after Typhoon Conson hit the Philippines' main island of Luzon, killing at least 11 people.

Main suspect in Philippine massacre surrenders

The main suspect in the massacre of 57 people in an election-related feud in the southern Philippines surrendered on Thursday.

Philippines prepares rescue as rebel deadline passes

The Philippines imposed a state of emergency on Tuesday on Jolo island and troops prepared for a possible rescue of three Red Cross workers.

Rescuers search sea for Philippine ferry survivors

Rescuers scoured the rough seas around a capsized ferry in the central Philippines on Monday in a desperate search for more than 800 people.

Hundreds missing after typhoon capsizes ferry

A Philippine ferry with more than 700 people on board capsized during a typhoon and most are missing, officials said on Sunday.

Philippine mall bomb toll at nine

Philippine police confirmed on Saturday that military-grade explosives caused a powerful blast in an upscale Manila shopping mall and that they were reviewing security camera footage to look for suspects. The Glorietta mall blast at lunchtime on Friday killed nine people and wounded 120, although many of those wounded have been discharged after treatment.

Blast kills eight, wounds many at Philippine mall

A bomb explosion in an upscale shopping mall in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Friday killed eight people and wounded more than 100, police and local officials said. Police initially suspected the blast was caused by an exploding gas cylinder in a restaurant, but police sources later said they found traces of plastic explosives at the site.

Over 50 killed in Philippines fighting

Philippine troops shelled Muslim rebel positions and raked them with helicopter fire overnight on the southern island of Jolo after a day of intense fighting in which at least 58 people, including 26 troops, were killed. The fighting that broke out on Thursday morning is the heaviest in the volatile Philippine south for almost three years.

Fighting spreads in Philippines, 21 dead

Fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels is spreading in the southern Philippines, shattering hopes for peace and threatening local support for a United States-backed campaign to flush out militants. Army commandos were on Tuesday fanning out into the jungles of Jolo island to hunt members of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Gunmen seize school bus in Manila, 31 children held

Two armed men took over a bus in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday and were holding 31 nursery school children and two teachers hostage, apparently to highlight corruption in the country. The gunmen, believed to be armed with grenades, an Uzi submachine gun and a revolver, freed one child who was running a fever in a three-hour stand-off.

Typhoon Utor sweeps into Philippines

A typhoon swept into the central Philippines on Saturday, a day after it forced the government to hastily shelve a gathering of Asian leaders on a resort island south of the storm's projected path. Typhoon Utor is the second storm to batter the archipelago in as many weeks and brought gusts of up to 150kph and heavy rain to the island of Samar, about 600km south-east of Manila.

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