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Find out what happened in the last four weeks in Manila and the Philippines and how the international media portrayed it!

  1. 180 Malaysian delegates attend 4th WACOM Manila
  2. Manila Five in Court: Two Confessed to Plot, Three Have Not — Should Their Cases Be Merged?
  3. Sushmita Sen on judges panel for Miss Universe pageant 2017 in Manila on January 30
  4. Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in Manila
  5. Proteste vor US-Botschaft in Manila gegen Trump (German)

January 2017

1) Herald Malaysia Online: 180 Malaysian delegates attend 4th WACOM Manila

"Among the 753 foreign delegates attending the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM) on 16-20 Jan 2017 in Manila Philippines were 180 Malaysians."

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2) Lost Coast Outpost: Manila Five in Court: Two Confessed to Plot, Three Have Not — Should Their Cases Be Merged?

"Two of the five people charged with murdering 20-year-old Tyson Eduardo Claros have admitted their involvement and pointed fingers at the other three. But how much of what they said would a jury be allowed to hear?"

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3) INDIA: Sushmita Sen on judges panel for Miss Universe pageant 2017 in Manila on January 30

"Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen will be on the judges panel of the upcoming 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant, which will take place here on January 30. It’s special for her as she had won her crown in Manila itself in 1994."

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4) Reuters: Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in Manila

"More than 86 women from all over the world gathered in Manila on Thursday to compete in the Miss Universe beauty contest that will culminate in a coronation in the Philippines capital on Monday."

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5) Badische Zeitung: Proteste vor US-Botschaft in Manila gegen Trump (German)

"Hunderte Philippiner demonstrieren vor der US-Botschaft in Manila gegen die Amtseinführung von Donald Trump. Ein Anarchist in Hongkong kettet sich an das Tor des US-Konsulats".

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December 2016

1) New York Times: On Patrol With Police as Philippines Battles Drugs

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2) Reuters: Duterte hopes Russia will become Philippines' ally and protector

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3) Independent: An island-hopping Philippines adventure challenge

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4) Deutsche Welle: Several hurt in Christmas Church Attack

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5) BBC: More than 150 inmates escape in Philippine prison break

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November 2016

1) Forbes: Where To Eat In Manila: 5 Chef-Driven Restaurants You Should Try On Your Next Visit To The Philippines

"The number one question I’m asked is, “I/ my family/ my friends am/are going to the Philippines! Where should I/ they eat while in Manila?” This always makes me happy because our country’s culinary scene is booming, and there could not be a better time to visit."

2) Reuters: Filipinos march in Manila to protest dictator's divisive burial

"Thousands of Filipinos demonstrated on Friday against last week's burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery, showing disdain for the veneration afforded to a strongman accused of widespread plunder and brutality. Those persecuted during martial law under Marcos joined students and activists in marches in Manila, in what was a subdued show of anger at a burial with military honors that was kept under wraps until just a few hours beforehand."

3) Bloomberg: Trump’s Business Partner Will Be Manila’s Man in Washington

"Century Properties’ chief executive and controlling stakeholder, Jose E.B. Antonio, was appointed last month to serve as a special government envoy to the U.S. for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has vowed to expel American troops from his country and ranted against President Barack Obama. Antonio says he sees no conflict between his public role and private partnership."

4) FORTUNE: Bangladesh Team Heads to Manila to Recover Cyber Heist Funds

"A Bangladesh delegation will visit the Philippines to speed up recovery of the rest of some $81 million stolen from its account in the New York Federal Reserve in February, two officials said on Thursday, after recovering a fifth of the funds."

5) TIMES: Philippine Police Defuse a Bomb Found Outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila

"Philippine police safely detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) found in a trash can meters away from the U.S. Embassy in Manila Monday."

October 2016

1) Bloomberg: Battle of Billionaires as Philippines' Richest Man Joins Chase for Manila Airport Project

"The Philippines’ richest man has joined a contest to build a new airport near Manila, breathing life into the long-delayed project and drawing an immediate response from fellow billionaire and competitor Ramon Ang."

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2) The China Post: Manila's US-China high-wire act

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's four-day visit to China was packed with drama, including his hyperbolic assertion that he was separating from the United States and that, from now on, "there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia."However, after virtually throwing himself into China's arms, the Philippine leader returned to his own country and explained that his "separation from the United States" did not mean a break in diplomatic relations. Indeed, even the defense treaty may remain in place because, he said, "at the end of the day, it is a security matter."Since Duterte assumed office in July, he has successfully reduced tensions in the South China Sea and, through his China visit, managed to resume the economic relationship with Beijing."

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3) Channel NewsAsia: China ships still at disputed shoal, fishermen back: Manila

"Chinese coastguard ships are still patrolling the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea but are not stopping Filipinos from fishing there, a Philippine defence spokesman said Sunday (Oct 30).The information -- from fishermen who have just returned from the shoal -- came despite earlier Philippine government statements that the Chinese had left the outcrop they seized in 2012.A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte had said Saturday there were no longer signs of Chinese ships at the shoal, after Duterte visited China to repair frayed ties."

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4) Guardian: Philippines police van rams protesters outside US embassy in Manila [News + Video]

"A police van has rammed into protesters as an anti-US rally outside the American embassy in the Philippines capital, Manila, turned violent. At least three student activists were taken to hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer, the protest leader Renato Reyes said."

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5) Gulf News: Policemen in Metro Manila quietly keep an eye on illegal drugs in cemeteries

"Thousands of policemen were unobtrusive as they quietly eyed drug pushers and users among millions who honoured their dead in cemeteries in Metro Manila. But policemen wore masks and Halloween costume and displayed funeral cars in provincial cemeteries where they convinced drug users to surrender for drug rehabilitation, NCRPO director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said."

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September 2016

1) Guardian: A Street Fighter in Manila: how eSports is kicking off in the Philippines

"The Manila Cup attracts huge crowds and some of the best Street Fighter players in the world, all drawn to the country’s unique take on competitive gaming."

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2) Reuters: U.S. seeks accused Manila banker's help to crack Bangladesh heist

"The FBI is negotiating with a former branch manager of a Philippines bank for information relating to $81 million that she handled after it was stolen from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve, her lawyer said."

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3) Foreign Affairs: Thrilla in Manila

"Three months into office, Rodrigo Duterte, the newly minted president of the Philippines, enjoys unparalleled political influence. By some indicators, he is the most powerful Filipino leader since the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship ended three decades ago. Duterte, moreover, is in a unique position to overhaul the country’s domestic political landscape, as well as its foreign policy."

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4) Wanderlust: First 24 hours in Manila, The Philippines

"The Philippines' capital, Manila, has never enjoyed the saintliest of reputations, but amid the traffic chaos and commercialism lies an ambitious city rich in history and character, finds Mark Stratton."

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5) Fox News: Saudia Airlines plane put in isolation at Manila airport after false distress call

"A pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane mistakenly pressed a hijack warning button as it approached Manila's airport on Tuesday, causing airport officials to mobilize commando forces and isolate the jet after it landed, Philippine officials said."

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August 2016

1) British Broadcasting Service: Marcos: Protest against 'hero' burial

"At least 1,500 people have protested in the Philippines against plans to move the body of disgraced former President Ferdinand Marcos to the National Heroes' Cemetery in Manila."

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2) Süddeutsche Zeitung [Translated]: Barbie, Bambi or Joker? Curious names in the Philippines

""Queen Elizabeth Off to bed" - That should be heard more often in the home of the legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.”

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3) British Broadcasting Service: Nose-picking ban for Philippines police

"A memorandum issued by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reminds officers not to do anything that might create a negative impression among members of the public, the Philippine Star reports. As well as leaving their noses alone, officers in the capital, Manila, have been told not to play online games, smoke or chew gum during their shifts. The list also specifies that any bodily itches must remain unscratched, and officers should avoid "unseemly posture" such as standing on one leg, the paper says.”

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4) New York Times: Filipinos Seen Backing Duterte Despite Rising Drug Killings

"On the day he was sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte went to a Manila slum and exhorted residents who knew any drug addicts to "go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

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5) Spiegel [German]: Manhunt in Manila [Video]

"Es gibt Männer, bei denen einem Angst und Bange werden kann. Vor allem, wenn sie Präsident eines Landes sein wollen. Die Rede ist nicht von Donald Trump, sondern von Rodrigo Duterte, dem amtierenden Präsidenten der Philippinen. Seit Duterte an der Macht ist, führt er einen blutigen Feldzug gegen Verbrecher und Drogendealer. Ein Krieg mit fast eintausend Toten".

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July 2016

1) Süddeutsche Zeitung [Translated]: Who owns the South China Sea?

"The Chinese fleet has now been practicing for a week, since July 5 leaves Beijing guided missile destroyer and frigates patrolling through the South China Sea. Office Space, it said in the Chinese state press, the exercises were directed against anyone. But the neighboring countries should the message understood. Beijing conducts its maritime forces before and signaled the world: This is our ocean, whatever an international arbitral tribunal in The Hague may also announce now."

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2) New York Times: The Creative Life in Manila

"I was 21 when I decided to quit university and help my boyfriend create an eco-village community on the island of Palawan. It was truly heartbreaking news for my parents. I grew up in a modest city called Cagayan de Oro, on the island Mindanao in the Philippines. When I was young, every night before bed my father would read to me a chapter of whatever book he was reading, and both my parents taught me to speak English at an early age. My dad used to say that because he didn’t have property or wealth to pass on to me, my education was the one thing he and mom could give me. So after I left school, I knew I was on my own.”

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3) Guardian: Eyewitness - Quezon City Jail [Picture]

"Inmates sleep on the ground of an open basketball court inside the Quezon City jail. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800, and they engage in a relentless contest for space. Men take turns to sleep on the cracked cement floor of an open-air basketball court, the steps of staircases, underneath beds and hammocks made out of old blankets.”

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4) New York Times: Typhoon Nepartak Slams Taiwan and Manila [Video]

"The powerful typhoon hit eastern Taiwan and the Philippines, driving thousands of people from their homes and disrupting power.”

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5) Spiegel [Translated]: Fight against drugs - Philippines President calls for murder of addicts

"Rodrigo Duterte is notorious for its crass views and statements. In his election campaign the hardliners announced as president to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines and to allow the police to shoot criminals targeted. Shortly after his inauguration on Thursday the new head of state has now called on the population to kill drug addicts by hand."

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June 2016

1) Guardian: Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines president, extends olive branch to elites

"Rodrigo Duterte, the anti-establishment president of the Philippines, left his often sexist and profanity-laced rhetoric behind in an inauguration speech on Thursday that appeared aimed at reassuring a panicked political elite."

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2) New York Times: Philippines’ New President, Rodrigo Duterte, Vows Tough Stance on Crime

"Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in on Thursday as president of the Philippines, promising to carry out an uncompromising crackdown on crime across the country. Mr. Duterte said in his inaugural speech that the harm of corruption and drugs justified his tough approach, and he dismissed concerns that such a campaign would abuse the rule of law. “I know the limits of the power and authority of the president,” he said. “I know what is legal and what is not. My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.”

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3) Xinhua: Resumption of sound development between Beijing and Manila expected

"As the farce of arbitration on the South China Sea is to end soon, it is time for the new Philippine government of Rodrigo Duterte to stop the wrong foreign policy of its predecessor, so as to bring China-Philippines ties back to the track of sound development. Since winning the election, Duterte has made a series of overtures on China-Philippines relations, signaling that improvement of relations with China would be a foreign policy priority of his government, in sharp contrast to the wrong foreign policy pursued by the former government.”

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4) SPIEGEL [German]: Duterte rechtfertigt Morde an Journalisten

"Der künftige Präsident der Philippinen hat Morde an Journalisten in manchen Fällen für gerechtfertigt erklärt. "Nur weil du ein Journalist bist, bist du von Attentaten nicht ausgenommen, wenn du ein Hurensohn bist", sagte Rodrigo Duterte bei einer Pressekonferenz in seiner südphilippinischen Heimatstadt Davao. Journalisten, die die Wahrheit berichteten, werde nichts passieren. Korrupte Journalisten rette das Recht auf freie Meinungsäußerung nicht. ”

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5) Guardian: Duterte, the Philippines’ #NoFilter president, is no joke for journalists

"The Philippines’ president elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has caused new outrage this week, for first seemingly threatening journalists with assassination and then catcalling GMA reporter Mariz Umali during a live broadcast press conference. While such behaviour is hardly out of character, his choice of target is telling. With an already weak and vulnerable free press, journalism arguably has not been as threatened as this (from the presidential palace, at least) since the Marcos dictatorship. Yet the press remains in thrall to the monster that – some outlets more than others – helped to create."

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May 2016

1) Bloomberg: Philippines’ Duterte to Keep Bar Hours, Commute to Manila

"Philippines’ President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will maintain hours more in keeping with running a bar than running a country, saying he doesn’t plan on turning up to work until 1 p.m. each day. "I don’t care about your 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule," Duterte said Saturday at a news conference in Davao City that began around midnight, what he said will be his normal time to knock off. "I’ll be sleeping by then. How can you make me work?”"

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2) The Australian: Packer’s Manila casino eyes growth

"James Packer’s Philippines casino investment is tracking “significant” revenue growth, according to the local partner of the integrated resort. Willy Ocier, vice chairman of Belle Corporation — the domestic partner of Melco Crown Philippines — told local reporters that the prospects for the current calender year for the country’s gambling sector were positive. Mr Packer’s Australian-listed casino company, Crown Resorts, has an interest in Melco Crown Philippines through its 27.4 per cent holding in Melco Crown Entertainment, which heads up the Philippines consortium. The Philippines consortium operates the City of Dreams Manila, which was opened in February 2015."

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3) The Washington Post: Gulf Air says Manila-Manama flight hits severe turbulence

"Bahrain’s state carrier Gulf Air says severe turbulence on a flight from Manila to Manama caused some crew and passengers to suffer minor injuries."

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4) New York Times: The New Strongman of Manila

"There was no tension on the faces of the police officers guarding City Hall in Pasig City on Monday evening. The mood outside was festive: Working-class Filipinos in sandals, basketball shorts and tank tops were sharing snacks and joking as they watched on a large screen the returns for the national election held earlier that day. Nearby, several police officers sat in the white, plastic monobloc chairs endemic to Filipino bureaucracy, taking it easy."

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5) BBC: Filipino artists get dirty to highlight pollution in Manila's rivers

"In the corner of a room in Manila, an artist dips his paintbrush into a murky mixture. As brush strokes of brown, black and grey sweep across white canvas, the paint leaves behind rough sediments on the surface, coming out as an almost gritty texture."

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April 2016

1) New York Times: 18 Philippine Soldiers Killed in Firefight With Militant Group

"At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 wounded in a gun battle in the southern Philippines between government forces and the militant group Abu Sayyaf, military officials said Sunday. Among the militants, the dead included a Moroccan bomb maker and the son of a rebel leader, the military said. It also said more than 20 rebels were believed to have been wounded, but offered no additional details."

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2) Reuters: U.S. defense chief visits Philippines amid sea dispute with China

"U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday to highlight strong and growing military relations with a crucial Southeast Asian ally as China assertively pursues its claims in the South China Sea."

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3) The Guardian: Canadian hostage beheaded by Islamist militants in Philippines

"Canadian hostage John Ridsdel, a former mining executive, has been killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, a Canadian government official has confirmed. The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Monday he was outraged by the killing, calling it an act of “cold-blooded murder."

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4) Washington Post: Aquino’s pick for Philippine president banks on clean image

"A U.S.-educated investment banker and the richest Philippine presidential aspirant, Mar Roxas lacks the dramatic life stories of his rivals, including a tough-talking mayor with a public vow to dump criminals in Manila Bay and a foundling who made it big in politics."

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5)BuzzFeed: Answering the Call

"You may not realize it, but the person on the other side of your customer service phone call might be transgender. On calls, Filipino workers can safely adopt women’s voices, names, and clothing, all while earning a decent wage. But their success at work doesn’t protect them from the discrimination they face outside of it."

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March 2016

1) Reuters: Japan sub makes first call to Philippines in 15 years amid China tensions

"A Japanese submarine made a port call in the Philippines, the first in 15 years, on Sunday in a show of growing military cooperation amid tension triggered by China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea."

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2) Gulf News: Power at Manila airport terminal restored after five-hour disruption

"A five hour electricity outage struck Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Saturday evening, causing massive flight disruption and inconvenience to thousands of passengers."

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3) The Guardian: An insider's guide to Manila: where brutalism meets bamboo

"Clara Balaguer shows us around her city – where hot chocolate is made with buffalo milk and brutalist architecture has been inspired by bamboo huts".

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4) Washington Post: Chinese returns part of Bangladesh funds stolen by hackers

"A Chinese casino junket operator on Thursday returned $4.63 million of the $81 million that hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank’s account in the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and laundered in Manila’s casinos, officials said."

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5) New York Times: Philippines' Abu Sayyaf Abducts 10 Indonesian Sailors

"Ten Indonesian crew members on board a tugboat were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines at the weekend, officials in Manila said late on Monday."

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February 2016

1) New York Times: Gunman Wounds Saudi Preacher and Embassy Worker

"A gunman attacked and wounded a Saudi preacher and a diplomat from Saudi Arabia’s embassy late Tuesday before being killed by a police officer in the southern city of Zamboanga, the police said".

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2) The Guardian: Philippines to auction off $21m worth of Imelda Marcos's jewellery

"The Philippine government has approved the public exhibit and auction of the jewellery collection of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ widow Imelda which international experts have appraised to be now worth at least 1bn pesos ($21m). The hoard was seized when Marcos and his family fled to Hawaii in 1986 following a popular revolt that ended his two decades in power".

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3) Washington Post: Madonna makes surprise visits to Manila children’s shelters

"Madonna made surprise visits to two Manila shelters for orphans and street children, taking selfies with kids a day before the pop star begins her two-night concert stint in the Philippine capital".

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4) New York Times: Where to Go in Manila

"It was, in its prime during the American occupation in the Philippines, the islands’ version of Fifth Avenue under the tropical sun. But by the 1960s, the vibrant shopping thoroughfare was just one of many rundown streets in Manila. Now Escolta is having a revival. Young artists are skipping Manila’s more mainstream galleries to exhibit on the street. A collective of visual artists holds a seasonal flea market there. Historic preservationists, too, are rallying on social media to revitalize the fallen business district, which feels a bit like a time warp, with fine examples of Art Deco, Beaux-Arts and neo-Classical architecture".

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5) Reuters: Philippine officials say China blocked access to disputed South China Sea atoll

"China sent several ships to a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishermen from accessing traditional fishing grounds and raising tensions in the volatile region".

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January 2016

1) Bloomberg: Ten Million Reasons Why Cheap Oil Might Hurt The Philippines

"Cheap oil should be a good thing for a country like the Philippines that imports almost all of its fuel, but there are 10 million reasons why that may not be the case. That’s how many Filipinos work overseas, many of them on rigs, tankers and as domestic help or construction workers in oil-producing nations in the Middle East"

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2) The Guardian: 'I was just a slave' [Video]

"The foreign domestic staff living a life of five-star serfdom in London"

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3) TIME: 10 Places It’s Cheaper to Fly to in 2016

"Travel search engine Kayak has crunched the numbers and found the top 10 travel destinations for airline savings. Specifically, these are the cities where the average roundtrip airfare from the United States and Canada has come down the most this year compared to last. The savings are nothing to scoff at."

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4) New York Times: Ex-Drug Buster, Chinese Citizen Arrested in Manila Drug Raid

"A former anti-narcotics officer and a Chinese citizen were arrested Thursday during a drug raid in the Philippine capital that yielded $6.7 million worth of high-grade crystal methamphetamine, officials said.Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and police officials said they confiscated 64 kilograms (141 pounds) of crystal meth, also known as "shabu," during the raid on a Manila town house that turned out to be a clandestine drug laboratory"

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5) Die Welt: Das Massaker von Manila forderte 100.000 Opfer [German]

"Douglas MacArthur war ein ebenso selbstbewusster wie eigenwilliger General. Nachdem er als amerikanischer Oberkommandierender im Südwestpazifik im Oktober 1944 die Landung auf der philippinischen Insel Leyte erfolgreich bewerkstelligt hatte, trieb er seine Armeen zum Sturm auf Manila an. Seine Untergebenen vermuteten, dass MacArthur, der 1942 vor den Japanern hatte fliehen müssen, mit einer Siegesparade in der philippinischen Hauptstadt seinen Triumph krönen wollte. Am 26. Januar 1945, seinem 65. Geburtstag"

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ARCHIVE 2015

December

1) USA Today: 14 dead as Islamic rebels attack in Philippines

"Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels in Christian villages in the southern Philippines left at least 14 people dead and may have been partly influenced by the notoriety of the Islamic State group, officials said Saturday."

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2) The Guardian: Steve Harvey's Miss Universe winner error will live in TV pageant infamy

"The comedian and pageant’s host says he made an ‘honest mistake’ Sunday night, when he misread a cue card and declared Miss Colombia the winner."

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3) TIME: Philippines - Ground Zero for Climate Disaster

"Extreme weather events connected to climate change promise to wreck devastation across the globe, from deadly heat waves in India and Pakistan to extreme tropical storms in the Pacific, and world leaders hope that an agreement in Paris will provide answers about what support they will receive for efforts to handle such weather events. In few places is that question as relevant as in the Philippines."

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4) New York Times: Manila Social Club

"Björn DelaCruz never learned the name of the dish he ate at a roadside shack under a narra tree, not far from his grandmother’s orchid farm in Davao Oriental, the Philippines. It was simple, made with carabao (water buffalo) milk, chayote and fish likely caught in the river running alongside. At Manila Social Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he offers an approximation of that memory."

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5) ESL One Manila: Online Gaming Tournament coming to Manila in 2016

"The Mall of Asia Arena is used to hosting rock concerts and sporting events, but from April 23-24 it will host 7,000 Dota 2 fans during ESL One Manila. With close proximity to the airport and to downtown Manila, it won’t be difficult to take in some top level Dota 2 in the heart of the Philippines."

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November

1) The Telegraph: 18 reasons to visit the Philippines

"The dry season has arrived in the beach-blessed archipelago of the Philippines. Here are 18 more reasons to visit".

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2) CNN: How Philippines is battling to cash in on coconut craze

"It's hailed as a super food and its uses extends to hair conditioner and mosquito repellent. The world is having a love affair with all things coconut. As the world's second biggest producer of the fruit, the Philippines is a major source of these products consumed around the world. But an aging tree population and damage from natural disasters are challenging the industry as it tries to keep up with growing demand".

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3) WSJ: After Red Carpet, Xi Jinping Faces a Showdown in Manila

"U.S. allies grapple to respond as China’s full-court press on sea claims undermines its push for global standing. For the past several months, Xi Jinping has been traveling the globe with an almost imperial majesty."

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4) BBC: Anti-Apec protests take place in Manila

"Large protests are taking place on the streets on the Philippine capital, Manila, where leaders are attending the Apec regional trade summit."

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5) FAZ: Gipfelsturm in Manila (German)

"Beispielsweise aus Manila. Da treffen in diesen Tagen Barack Obama, Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping Japans Shinzo Abe, um über die Zukunft der Pazifikregion zu verhandeln. Das ist in einer armen Stadt mit geschätzten fast 19 Millionen Einwohnern ein gewagter Plan. Denn der Apec-Gipfel spült rund 10.000 Delegierte und wohl dieselbe Zahl an Journalisten in die Stadt."

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October

1) The Diplomat: On China-Philippine Relations

"Last week’s ruling in the Philippine-China arbitral tribunal, however, sheds light on the likely outcome of the China-Philippine arbitration case and illuminates an end game to the crisis. In short, the tribunal’s decision to determine the legal entitlements of ten disputed features in the South China Sea significantly weakens China’s hand and benefits the Philippines and the other claimant states".

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2) Los Angeles Times: Travel Alert for the Philippines

"A travel warning on the Philippines, updated from the May warning, cites "continuing threats" in southern parts of the country "due to terrorist and insurgent activities." If your travel is nonessential, don't go, the State Department says".

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3) CNN: Insider Guide to Manila

"It's urban yet still developing. The city has world-class hotels and amenities, but no shortage of places for those on an adventure budget. Then there's the food. The Manila table reflects the country's history, with Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and American influences".

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4) Reuters: Nobel Laureate dies in Manila

"American chemist and Nobel laureate Richard Heck died in Manila on Saturday after years of illnesses that left him almost penniless".

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5) BBC: About the Bullet Scam

"The "bullet scam" allegedly sees bullets dropped into the luggage of passengers as they go through security at the country's main airport. Passengers are then required to pay a fine or face being charged with illegal possession of ammunition".

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September

1) AOL: Manila has the worst traffic in the world

According to a user survey by Waze, a traffic and navigation app, Manila, Philippines has the worst traffic on Earth. Other places that also didn't fare well were Indonesian capital Jakarta and Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

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2) This is Money: Cheaper than Mumbai, Bangkok and Manila.

Manila is the 13th cheapest city to visit - in the world! Out of the Southeast Asian cities, only Bangkok is cheapter. Check out the full table and comparisons!

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3) TIME: Six Arrested After Protests Outside U.S. Embassy in Manila

Police in Manila arrested 6 demonstrators after they converged on the U.S. Embassy there before dawn local time on Wednesday to protest against the American military presence in the Philippines, the Associated Press reports.

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4) The Guardian: Australia warns terrorist attacks could occur at anytime in Philippines

The high threat of a terrorist attack and violent crime has prompted Australia to update its travel advice for the Philippines.

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5) BBC Radio: 'I was there': Thrilla in Manila

In 1974, following his win over George Foreman in what became known as the 'Rumble in the Jungle', Muhammad Ali postponed his retirement and agreed to a showdown with Joe Frazier in Manila, in the Philippines.

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August

1) Huffington Post: China and the Philippines: Asia's Most Toxic Relationship

In the West, it is often said that Asians are a different bunch, that they conduct diplomacy in a more subtle fashion -- disguising their differences under the veil of cultural solidarity and burgeoning economic ties.

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2) DailyMail: Truth about X Factor's thrillers from Manila

Giggling sisters Fourth Power wowed X Factor last night [August 28], appearing to surprise the judges with a polished performance that had Simon Cowell gushing about 'the biggest four yeses we've ever given'.

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3) CNN: One of Pacific's twin typhoons kills 10 in Philippines

One of the twin typhoons in the Pacific has claimed its first casualties, killing 10 people in the Philippines and forcing the evacuation of almost 13,000 people, authorities said Saturday.

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4) Reuters: Philippine Christian group ends protest blocking Manila highway

An influential Christian group in the Philippines ended a protest on Monday over the prosecution of its leaders, calling off a blockade by 20,000 members of a main road in the capital after talks with the government.

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5) The Straits Times: Fewer maids going abroad as Manila curbs bite

Data released by the labour ministry showed that 55,961 went abroad from January to May, 20 per cent fewer than the 70,034 posted a year earlier. Deployment to Singapore fell from 4,853 to 3,798.

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July

1) Huffington Post: Aquino's Dilemma and the Philippines' Fate: The Question of Succession

After decades of misery and disappointments, the Philippines has finally taken some halting steps in the right direction, thanks to what I call "Moralpolitik" -- the injection of ethical leadership into the heart of the national discourse. But as Philippine President Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino warned in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA): "Everything that we have invested in, everything that we have worked for, will it be gone after just one election?"

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2) The New York Times: China Warns Manila Over Repairs to Ship on Spratly Reef Outpost

China on Wednesday condemned the Philippines for doing repairs to a rusting ship it ran aground on a South China Sea reef, demanding Manila remove the vessel while adding that Beijing "reserved the right to take further measures".

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3) CNN: Heritage and hilarity: Funnyman's mission to save Old Manila

Filipino cultural activist and founder of "Walk this Way" tours, Carlos Celdran, is one of the best Old Manila tour guides.  Both comedian and historian, Celdran guides Filipinos and foreigners, young and old, around the original districts of Manila, entertaining them with his theatrical performances.

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4) The Telegraph: Women take part in mass breastfeeding event in Manila [Video]

Hundreds of women in the Philippines campaigned for proper child nutrition through a mass breastfeeding session

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5) The Wall Street Journal: The Villa in Manila

The streets of Forbes Park in Manila, a bustling metropolitan area of about 16.5 million people, are so quiet that residents can hear insects buzzing even during rush hour.

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June

1) New York Times: Filipino LGBT People Celebrate Gay Pride, US Court Decision

Several hundred gays, lesbians and transgender people held a Gay Pride rally Saturday in the Philippine capital to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause.

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2) Washington Post: Militant bombings kill 2 soldiers in southern Philippines

Two Philippine soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in bomb attacks by Abu Sayyaf militants in a southern province, the military said Wednesday.

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3) CNN: Yelp Says Mabuhay! and Launches in the Philippines to Expand Asia Presence

The Philippines is home to 100 million people, 7,107 islands, 23 active volcanoes, a six-inch primate, and countless Jeepneys and it is the 32nd international market to join the Yelp community.

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4) Reuters: High stakes in Manila

Making wagers at games such as sakla, the Philippine version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes, because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses.

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5) New York Time: WikiLeaks Exposes Saudi Liquor Runs, Clinton's Passport

[Saudi diplomats] were also concerned when a public debate was held between Shiite and Sunni Muslims near the Philippines' Al-Dahab mosque in Manila. Even though Shiites make up less than 1 percent of the Muslim population in the Philippines, a memo dated Feb. 4, 2010 appears to express alarm that the religious minority's message "managed to get out of its secretive circle to the public."

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International News and Media Review May

Reuters: China warns Philippine military planes away from disputed sea area: Manila

Recent satellite images show China has made rapid progress in reclaiming land around seven reefs it occupies in the Spratlys, including building what appears to be an airstrip on one of the artificial islands.That has alarmed some countries in Southeast Asia and drawn criticism from Washington

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CNN: Bonifacio Global City: The Manila district built on U.S. Army tunnels

A former military base for foreign and Filipino forces, Bonifacio has long seen a mix of nationalities. Manual A. Blas, head of commercial operations at the development that will sit in the heart of Manila's financial district, says there's a dash of the world's greatest cities in Bonifacio's design.

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UN News Centre: In wake of deadly shoe factory fire in Manila, UN urges global action to make workplaces safe

The International Labour Organization (ILO), in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted “often such accidents are preventable” and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.

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BBC: Philippine factory fire: Death toll rises to 72

Police have vowed to take swift action against those responsible, amid workers' claims of poor health and safety standards."Definitely there will be charges here, because people died," acting national police chief Leonardo Espina said.

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The Guardian: Mayweather v Pacquiao: Excitement turns to blackouts and boos in Manila

A Sunday morning in the Philippine capital and the long-awaited fight between national icon Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather was finally here.Soon to be packed to its 16,500 capacity, the Smart Araneta coliseum felt like one big, chaotic party as crowds gathered to watch the fight.

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International News and Media Review April

The Guardian: Philippine forest paradise re-emerges alongside Manila rubbish dump

A tropical rainforest has regrown against all odds on the edge of the Philippine capital’s biggest open-air dump, and is a patch of green paradise in a sprawling metropolis blighted by giant slums.

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New York Times: Manila Appeals to Asean to Stop China Reclamation in South China Sea

The Philippines on Sunday called on neighboring Southeast Asian nations before a regional summit meeting in Malaysia to push for an immediate halt to China’s reclamation in the disputed South China Sea.

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Aljazeera America: US soldiers banned from bars, clubs in Philippines

The U.S. Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial underway of a U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipina he met in a bar.Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were set to kick off 10 days of annual joint military exercises Monday, according to Capt. Alex Lim, a spokesman for the U.S. forces.But there will be strict controls on their free time.

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Forbes: Trillion-Dollar Philippine Economic Goldmine Emerging From Murky Pit

The Philippines holds the world’s second largest gold reserves, and applications from foreign mining firms are piling up to tap that plus a list of other metals that basically just sit under the ground now. Mining made up just 0.72 of the impoverished Southeast Asian country’s economy in 2012 as gold production fell back 50% to 15,762 tons that year.

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CNN: Typhoon Maysak barrels toward the Philippines

A large storm system dubbed Typhoon Maysak is churning over the Pacific Ocean, days away from a possible direct hit on the Philippines.

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The Wall Street Journal: U.S., Philippines Add Muscle to Military Drills [Registration/Paywall]

The U.S. military and Philippines armed forces kicked off their biggest joint exercises in 15 years on Monday, at a time of distress in Manila over China’s island-building program in the South China Sea.

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International News and Media Review March

Washington Post: U.S. had key role in deadly counterterrorism raid in Philippines

U.S. counterterrorism personnel played a hidden but key role in a bungled commando operation in the Philippines that resulted in dozens of deaths and a political scandal, according to a government investigation released Tuesday in Manila.

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Washington Post: Philippines imposes ‘weed bond’ on One Direction

The Bureau of Immigration has asked Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to post bonds worth nearly $5,000 each, which will be forfeited if they are caught using or impliedly promoting illegal drugs during a concert in Manila this weekend.

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New York Times: Philippines: Murder Trial for American Marine Begins

An American Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after they checked into a hotel went on trial on Monday in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. The Marine, Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, an anti-tank missile operator from New Bedford, Mass., is accused of strangling Jennifer Laude and then drowning her in a hotel toilet last October after discovering she was a transgender woman.

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New York Times: Philippine Airlines Resumes Flights to New York

Service was resumed on March 15, with a flight from Manila to Kennedy Airport. Jaime J. Bautista, the president and chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines, said service was halted in 1997 when the Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Philippine aviation to Category 2 because of safety issues.

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Zeit Online (German): Feuer zerstört Tausende Hütten in Manila [Video]

Der Brand in einem Slum in der philippinischen Hauptstadt Manila hat mehr als zwölf Stunden angehalten. Die Behausungen Zehntausender Menschen wurden von dem Feuer zerstört. In Manila kommt es durch angezapfte Stromleitungen immer wieder zu Bränden.

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International News and Media Review February

Washington Post: Manila was known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient.’ Then World War II happened.

Between Feb. 3 and March 3, 1945, the United States set about wresting control of Manila from the Japanese. It involved grinding, urban street battles and withering American artillery bombardments.

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New York Times: French President Francois Hollande arrives in Manila for two-day state visit [Video]

French President Francois Hollande arrives at a military airbase in Manila for a two-day visit focusing on improving bilateral ties with the Philippines.

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The Guardian: Real street food: Adobong Baboy from Manila

Rich, unctuous pork adobo – meltingly soft meat flavoured with sea salt, coconut or cane vinegar, peppercorns and bay leaves – is popular with Filipinos from farm workers to the president.

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Die Welt (German): Fraport droht bei Manila-Projekt endgültige Schlappe

Dem Frankfurter Flughafenbetreiber Fraport droht nach seinem vor Jahren geplatzten Terminal-Projekt auf den Philippinen laut einem Pressebericht nun die endgültige Schlappe.

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International News and Media Review January

Washington Post: Macau casino operator opens new casino resort in Manila

Melco Crown Entertainment formally opened its $1 billion casino and entertainment resort in Manila on Monday, hoping to cash in on a fast growing Philippine economy and increased tourism.

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Washington Post: Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.

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New York Times: In Manila, Two Seasons, No Regrets [Article and Video]

When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed.

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The Guardian: Philippines moved homeless people to luxury resort for pope's visit

Government says 490 beggars and homeless people were taken off streets and put in holiday cabins for Pope Francis’s visit.

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The Guardian: Real street food: Adobong Baboy from Manila

Rich, unctuous pork adobo – meltingly soft meat flavoured with sea salt, coconut or cane vinegar, peppercorns and bay leaves – is popular with Filipinos from farm workers to the president, says food blogger MarketMan.

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Zeit Online (German): Das Christentum wird asiatischer

Bereits zum zweiten Mal bereist der Papst Asien. Dort wächst genau wie in Afrika die Zahl der Gläubigen - nicht ohne Folgen für den Charakter des Christentums.

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International News and Media Review December

The Washington Post: Cooking festive meal in Philippines

Roasted pig is popular during celebrations in the Philippines and is traditionally served during a Christmas Eve dinner called “Noche Buena” in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

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New York Times: Manila Zoo Gets in Christmas Mood [Picture]

In this photo by Bullit Marquez, an orangutan named "Pacquiao" and a zoo owner wear Santa costumes while posing for pictures in the Philippine capital, Manila.

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The Guardian: In Manila, malls aren't passe – they are the city itself

America has always had a big influence on the Philippines – but while malls in the US are closing, in Manila the shops, air conditioning and light-skinned models of its ‘supermalls’ are the very essence of urban living

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Le Monde (French): Les ravages du typhon Hagupit vus du ciel [Video]

Au moins 21 personnes ont péri lors du passage de Hagupit sur les Philippines. Le typhon a été rétrogradé lundi au rang de tempête tropicale, à l'approche de Manille, la capitale de l'archipel.

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Der Spiegel (German): Luxus oder Low Budget

Wer heute um die Erde fliegt, muss kein Millionär sein. Vor allem junge Leute nehmen sich Zeit und verdienen unterwegs Geld mit Orangenpflücken. Jahrestickets locken ab 1500 Euro, eine Edelflugroute kann problemlos 5000 Euro kosten.

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International News and Media Review November

New York Times: Inheriting a Payroll of Rich Possibilities

Finding packs of cards at the corner shops in Manila, where Zaidi grew up, was no easy feat. But summer visits to relatives in the United States and Canada offered a chance to hunt down Griffey’s almost legendary Upper Deck rookie card.

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Guardian: Andy Murray’s Manila Mavericks lose opening match of IPTL

Andy Murray could not stop the Manila Mavericks falling to defeat in the International Premier Tennis League.

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Le Monde (French): Tsonga est de nouveau apte pour le service

Samedi dernier, au stade Pierre-Mauroy de Villeneuve-d'Ascq, on avait quitté un joueur en larmes, sans bien comprendre pourquoi il avait renoncé à disputer le double au côté de Richard Gasquet face à la paire Federer-Wawrinka. Eventée par le président de la Fédération française de tennis, Jean Gachassin, la nouvelle d'une blessure au bras avait été confirmée le lendemain par le joueur lui-même, qui n'avait pas pu être aligné face à Roger Federer : « Aujourd'hui, je n'ai tout simplement pas pu aller sur le court avec cette blessure. Je ne pouvais pas représenter la meilleure chance pour l'équipe de France. »

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Der Spiegel (German):  Unicef-Foto des Jahres: Die Verlassenen [Picture]

Ein Australier kommt auf die Philippinen, kauft sich Urlaubsgesellschaft - und lässt eine schwangere Frau zurück. Für ihre Reportage über Sextourismus sind zwei deutsche Fotografen nun von Unicef ausgezeichnet worden.

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Der Spiegel (German): 162 Tote auf Philippinen: Verantwortliche 18 Jahre nach Disco-Brand verurteilt

Manila - 18 Jahre nach einem verheerendem Disco-Brand mit 162 Toten hat ein philippinisches Gericht neun Angeklagte zu mehrjährigen Haftstrafen verurteilt. Die beiden Besitzer sowie sieben frühere städtische Mitarbeiter müssen Gefängnisstrafen von sechs bis zehn Jahren absitzen. Die Verurteilten sind demnach dafür verantwortlich, die Disco ohne ausreichende Sicherheitsvorkehrungen betrieben, beziehungsweise dies geduldet zu haben.

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Bloomberg: Philippine Economy Expanding Like It’s 1950s on Consumption Boom

Rising consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, increases the chance that the growth momentum can be sustained even if investment slows. Gross domestic product will rise about 6 percent every year at least through 2019, the International Monetary Fund predicts, the longest such stretch since the 1950s post-war boom, according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on official figures.  The economy expanded 5.3 percent in the three months through September from a year earlier, data showed today, slower than all estimates in a Bloomberg News survey, and the weakest pace since 2011. GDP grew 0.4 percent from the previous quarter.

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International News and Media Review October/November

CNN: The Dynamic Teen Project

Efren Penaflorida is on a quest to bring hope to street children and those living in slums in the Philippines.

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New York Times: Keith Bradsher Answers Readers’ Questions on the Philippines

Keith Bradsher, the Hong Kong bureau chief for The New York Times, has been reporting on the aftermath of the powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, mostly from Tacloban, the city that was flattened when the storm made landfall.

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The Guardian: Eyewitness: Tacloban, Philippines

Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series.

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The Guardian: The Philippines: a cruise around the stunning islands of Palawan

The Philippine island province of Palawan offers gorgeous beaches, aquamarine waters and secluded coves. Now, an ethical boat tour meanders wherever passengers choose to go, and offers a close-up of village life on the water’s edge.

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Le Monde (French): Le Philippin Lav Diaz fait escale à Doclisboa

Ou celle des Philippines, au fil d’un passionnant parcours en trois temps : le chef-d’œuvre Manille : dans les griffes des ténèbres (1975), de Lino Brocka, chant d’amour renversant qui suit la trajectoire d’un jeune paysan depuis une campagne édénisée jusqu’aux eaux troublantes de la misère urbaine de Manille.

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Der Spiegel (German):  IS-Ableger in der arabischen Welt: Baghdadis Brüder

Der Erfolg des "Islamischen Staats" zieht nicht nur Anhänger im Irak und in Syrien an. In Ägypten, Algerien und Libyen haben sich IS-Ableger gebildet. Und Trittbrettfahrer gibt es auch.

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Süddeutsche Zeitung (German): Einig nur im Kampf gegen den Terror

In kaum einem anderen Teil der Welt treffen so viele Kontraste aufeinander wie in Südostasien. Bislang ist der Asean-Gipfel deshalb kaum durch große Einigkeit aufgefallen. Die Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat könnte das ändern.

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International News and Media Review September/October

CNN: Worst Airport in 2014 is...

Good news for air travelers passing through Manila: the city's international airport isn't quite as bad as it used to be.

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The Guardian: Germans kidnapped in Philippines make radio plea for their release

Two Germans being held by Islamists in the southern Philippines have made a radio appeal to try to secure their release, days after the militants threatened to kill them.

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Der Spiegel (German): Unbekannte erschießen zwei Schweizer

Auf den Philippinen haben Unbekannte zwei Männer aus der Schweiz getötet. Offenbar eröffneten sie gezielt das Feuer auf die 67- und 78-Jährigen. Über das Motiv kann derzeit nur gerätselt werden.

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Der Spiegel (German): Deutsche Geiseln auf den Philippinen appellieren an Bundesregierung

Die Terrorgruppe Abu Sayyaf erhöht den Druck auf die Bundesregierung. Die beiden deutschen Urlauber auf den Philippinen, die sich in den Händen der Entführer befinden, flehen in einer Radiobotschaft um Hilfe. Ihre Lage sei ernst.

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Le Monde (French): L'Etat islamique tisse sa toile en Asie du Sud-Est

Depuis la proclamation de son califat, en juin, l'ombre de l'Etat islamique (EI) ne cesse de s'étendre en Asie. Les autorités du plus grand pays musulman au monde, l'Indonésie, celles de Thaïlande où sévit, au sud, une guérilla séparatiste musulmane, de Singapour, de la Malaisie ou des Philippines ne peuvent plus cacher la multiplication, sur leur sol, des signes de sympathie en faveur du mouvement djihadiste.

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Le Monde (French): Sur les trottoirs de Manille

Il suffit de voir la première scène de on the job où, dans un Manille en plein carnaval, deux hommes en abattent un autre au milieu des marchands à la sauvette, pour comprendre que nous tenons là un impeccable film policier.

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New York Times: Philippines Says Local Terrorist Group Is Not Linked to ISIS

The Philippine military said on Thursday that there were no ties between domestic extremist organizations and the Islamic State, despite a threat by local rebels to kill two German captives if Germany continued to support the United States-led military campaign against the group, also known as ISIS.

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New York Times: U.S. and Philippines Hold Joint Military Exercises

Joint military exercises between the United States Navy and its Philippine counterpart kicked off on Monday in Palawan, the island closest to contested areas of the South China Sea.

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International News and Media Review August/September

New York Times: Ferry sinks in Philippines, 2 dead, 102 rescued

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New York Times: Philippine Bill Would Give Muslims Autonomy

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday submitted a draft law to the Philippine Congress that would create a self-governed, predominantly Muslim autonomous region in the country’s south, a major step in peace talks meant to end more than four decades of fighting with Muslim rebels.

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The Guardian: Eyewitness: Zamboanga, Philippines

Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series.

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Le Monde (French): Le pivot américain vers l'Asie, fin de partie ?

Priorities for the 21st Century Defense, qui indique notamment que les Etats-Unis « vont nécessairement se rééquilibrer vers la région Asie-Pacifique »

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Spiegel (German): Entführte Segler: Philippinische Separatisten führen deutsche Geiseln vor

Separatisten haben auf den Philippinen seit Monaten zwei deutsche Segler in ihrer Gewalt. Nun veröffentlichten die Entführer im Internet ein Foto ihrer Geiseln. Die Armee hält es für authentisch - und sucht nach Hinweisen auf das Versteck.

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Philippine Beaches: 3 Months in Paradise: A German Traveler’s Tale

Last year I quit my job to fulfill my dream and travel all across South East Asia. It was the greatest adventure and I ended up traveling for a whole year, visiting every country of the region. Whereas every destination had its unique charm and character, I can say that I truly lost my heart in the Philippines. You wonder why?

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Yahoo: The 10 best places to retire overseas in 2014

Live and Invest Overseas has published its annual Retire Overseas Index, rating the world's top retirement havens for 2014. Here are 10 retirement spots worth considering:

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International News and Media Review July/August

The Guardian: Philippines joyous as baby Chonalyn's arrival means population hits 100m

Philippine officials welcomed the birth on Sunday of their country's 100 millionth citizen with a cake, hope and concerns about how their poor nation can help ensure a decent life for its swelling population.

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New York Times: When Hiring Employees in Poorer Countries, Difficult Moral Questions Arise

As entrepreneurs, we face some difficult questions. What is a fair amount to pay someone who lives in a much poorer country? What standard of living do we want for our teams and their families and communities? How far does our care extend? Then we have to balance this with our obligations to our shareholders to keep costs down and productivity up, a serious issue for start-ups like ours with limited cash and time.

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New York Times: Strained Infrastructure in Philippines Erodes the Nation’s Growth Prospects

The 2.2 million vehicles a day that grind away on Manila’s crumbling road system cost the country 876 billion pesos a year, or more than $20 billion, in lost productivity and wasted energy, according to a recent study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. That is a serious drain on an economy of about $250 billion.

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New York Times: Fund Dispute Could Pinch Philippines

The biggest political crisis that President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines has faced in four years in power could damage his image as a crusader against corruption and undermine his ability to deliver on overhauls to sustain strong economic growth.

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Le Monde (French): La Chine conviée à des manœuvres navales américaines

Pour la première fois, le plus grand exercice militaire mondial compte parmi ses participants le compétiteur le plus direct de l'hôte américain, la Chine. La présence de l'Armée populaire de libération (APL) au cours du mois de manœuvres baptisé « Rim of the Pacific » ou RIMPAC, qui rassemble jusqu'au 1er août 22 pays, 25 000 soldats, près de 50 navires et 245 avions autour de Hawaï, suscite quantité d'interrogations.

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Focus (German): Trinkwasser im Ausland: Lebensgefahr aus der Wasserleitung

Wasser aus der Leitung trinken? Lieber nicht im Ausland, denn anders als in Deutschland gehört sauberes Trinkwasser in vielen Urlaubsländern nicht zum Standard.

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International News and Media Review June/July

Spiegel (German): Als Frau allein um die Welt: "Ihr könnt jeden Tag 'ne andere sein"

Viele Frauen würden gerne allein auf Weltreise gehen, trauen sich aber nicht so recht. Zwei weltenbummelnde Reise-Bloggerinnen treiben den zögerlichen Damen mit einem Coaching nun die Ängste aus.

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Le Monde (French): Les Philippines détiennent le record de hausse des prix de l'immobilier

Le marché de l'immobilier se redresse : il a connu sept trimestres consécutifs de hausse, selon l'indice mondial des prix des logements créé par le Fonds monétaire international (FMI), désireux de surveiller de près l'évolution de ce secteur essentiel pour l'économie mais source potentielle de vulnérabilités et de crises.

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CNN: Revolution and rum: 18 drinks inspired by the Philippines

San Miguel may be the Philippines' national beverage, but there's more to the islands' drink culture than a 100-year-old beer.

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New York Times: For Biggest Cities of 2030, Look Toward the Tropics

REALLY big cities used to be primarily in rich countries. But as the world has urbanized, that has changed.

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New York Times: U.S. Phasing Out Its Counterterrorism Unit in Philippines

An elite American military counterterrorism unit that has been operating in the southern Philippines for more than a decade is being phased out, the Pentagon’s Pacific Command said Thursday.

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Bloomberg: Philippine Peso Advances to Eight-Month High on Yield Premium

The Philippine peso rose to its highest level in almost eight months amid speculation a widening yield advantage over the U.S. will draw funds.

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International News and Media Review May/June

Bloomberg: AIG Sees Labor-Cost Arbitrage as Jobs Move to Philippines

American International Group Inc. (AIG), the largest commercial insurer in the U.S. and Canada, is shifting workers to locations including the Philippines and Texas to reduce costs.

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BBC: Could the Philippines be Asia's next tech tiger?

The Philippines may have the fastest-growing economy in South East Asia but it also has the slowest internet in the region. Despite this, some think they have spotted an opportunity that could turn the country into Asia's next tech tiger.

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Bloomberg: Philippine Peso Completes Weekly Drop as Economic Growth Slows

The Philippine peso completed a weekly decline on concern the slowest economic growth since 2011 will delay credit-rating upgrades.

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New York Times: A Leviathan Turns Philippine Fishermen Into Desperate Darters

On a scorching recent afternoon, fishermen from this sleepy Philippine town hauled blocks of ice onto a rickety, wooden fishing boat bobbing just off the shore. By nightfall, the boat would be on its way to coveted fishing grounds, and to a cat-and-mouse game with the Chinese Coast Guard.

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Bloomberg: World's Largest Call Center Hub: The Philippines[Video]

When you call for technical support, inquire about a service, or even have an x-ray interpreted, the chances are the person helping you is in the Philippines..

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Die Welt (German): Deutsche auf Philippinen wahrscheinlich entführt

Auf den Philippinen wird ein deutsches Seglerpaar vermisst. Das dortige Militär fürchtet, dass die beiden von Kämpfern der muslimischen Terrororganisation Abu Sayyaf entführt worden sein könnten. Ihre Jacht war am 26. April verlassen im Hafen Bataraza im Westen des Inselstaates gefunden worden.

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Bloomberg: San Miguel Proposes $10 Billion Airport Off Manila Bay

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) offered to build a $10 billion airport off Manila Bay that will include portions already reclaimed by Cyber Bay Corp. (CYBR), a property developer. Shares in Cyber Bay jumped.

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International News and Media Review April/May

Bloomberg: Epic Gridlock Reigns Over Manila's 23 Million

The population of Greater Manila, which includes the 17 cities and municipalities of Metro Manila, will rise to more than 30 million by 2025, from 22.7 million, making it the world’s third-largest urban area after Tokyo and Jakarta, according to forecasts by Belleville, Illinois-based Demographia.

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The Guardian: Abu Sayyaf extremists battle troops in Philippines, leaving 20 soldiers injured

Around 20 soldiers have been wounded in a gunbattle between troops and al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists blamed for beheadings and kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the military said.

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Washington Post: Killing of environmental activists rises globally

Brazil, the report says, is the world’s most dangerous place for activists with 448 deaths between 2002 and 2013, followed by 109 in Honduras and Peru with 58. In Asia, the Philippines is the deadliest with 67, followed by Thailand at 16.

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BBC: US defence chief Hagel tours China's Liaoning aircraft carrier

Beijing's more assertive stance on this issue in recent years has led to a rise in tensions between China and its neighbours, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines.

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SPIEGEL (German):  FAO-Warnung: Pilz gefährdet Bananenproduktion weltweit

In Asien, wo der Pilz zunächst aufgetreten war, mussten mehrere Bananenplantagen geschlossen werden, auf den Philippinen etwa ging die Produktion um jährlich sieben Prozent zurück.

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BBC: Embracing LBJ's legacy

Reproductive rights success - Women should celebrate the Philippine Supreme Court ruling that the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law is constitutional, writes Rina Jimenez-David for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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SPIEGEL (German): Inselstreit im Südchinesischen Meer: Philippinen düpieren Chinas Küstenwache

Die Philippinen verteidigen eine Insel im Südchinesischen Meer, die zu einem von China beanspruchten Gebiet gehört. Trotz der Blockade durch die chinesische Küstenwache gelang es nun einem philippinischen Schiff, Vorräte und Soldaten auf das Eiland zu bringen.

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International News and Media Review March/April

SPIEGEL (German): Naturkatastrophen: Die zehn gefährlichsten Städte der Erde 

Große Städte, großes Risiko - eine Versicherung hat die zehn Metropolen ermittelt, in denen die meisten Menschen durch Naturkatastrophen gefährdet sind. Riskant lebt demnach vor allem die Bevölkerung in Asien - und in einer US-amerikanischen Stadt.

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BBC: Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.

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Oman Observer: Hope for real peace

AFTER 17 years of negotiations marred by outbreaks of violence and distrust, the Philippines and its largest group are finally signing a deal that they believe to be the “greatest hope for real peace” in the country’s troubled south. The agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is a roadmap for the establishment of a new autonomous region called Bangsamoro by the end of 2016 of President Beningo Aquino’s term. The region would have a ministerial form of government sharing political powers with the central government, and have substantial control over natural resources and revenues generated in the region of Mindanao.

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BBC: China media: 'First lady' diplomacy

Media are discussing the power of "first lady diplomacy" as Michelle Obama prepares to start a week-long visit to China on Thursday.

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CNN: The Philippines' best beaches and islands

The Philippines has launched a global campaign to thank the world for its outpouring of help following last year's devastating typhoon that killed more than 8,000 people.

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