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Fishermen Find Human Head —Inside Shark

Philippines find could have been ferry passenger's remains

(Newser) - The shark weighed some 650 pounds, but it's what was inside that was disturbingly memorable: a human head and leg. Fishermen in the Philippines caught the tiger shark last month, and when they opened it, they discovered the human remains, UPI reports. The flesh was only partly digested. "... More »

Philippines Volcano Looks Ready to Blow

12K evacuated from around Mount Mayon

(Newser) - More than 12,000 residents were evacuated from the foot of Mount Mayon in the Philippines today as the volcano spewed out lava that spilled a half-mile down the mountain and glowed ominously from the crater at its peak, the AP reports. Joey Salceda, governor of the Albay province, ordered... More »

44 Fiji Peacekeepers Captured by Syria Rebels

Militants force members of UN mission from Golan Heights post, also trap Filipino troops

(Newser) - The UN says that 44 of its Fijian peacekeeping troops have been captured by militants in Syria, while 75 of its Filipino peacekeepers are surrounded by insurgents who want them to surrender their weapons, reports the AP . All of the soldiers are said to be alive, and leaders from both... More »

Typhoon Kills 18, Levels 37K Homes

China, Philippines slammed by monster storm

(Newser) - The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes, the government and state media said today, while in the Philippines the death toll from the storm's earlier destruction rose to 94. Typhoon Rammasun killed nine people and... More »

Toddler Who 'Woke Up' at Own Funeral Declared Dead

Reports say doctor re-examined the child, confirmed her death

(Newser) - A toddler who "woke up" at her own funeral has been confirmed dead and was laid to rest yesterday, reports the Sun-Star Zamboanga . Mourners at the 3-year-old's first funeral Sunday say they witnessed the girl showing vital signs and moving her head during church services, according to the... More »

Report: China Building Fake Islands Where It Shouldn't

Six countries claim ownership of Spratly Islands in South China Sea

(Newser) - China may be trying to strengthen its claim to islands in the South China Sea by literally building more. NBC News reports by way of local media that a proposal has been filed with the Chinese government that would see one of its observation posts on the Spratly Islands' Fiery... More »

US, Philippines Sign Pact to Boost Military Presence

New 10-year deal signed as Obama visits

(Newser) - The US military will get greater access to bases across the Philippines under a 10-year agreement signed today in conjunction with President Obama's visit, in a deal seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region. The US ambassador and the country's defense secretary... More »

Men Crucify Themselves in Philippines

It's a Good Friday tradition

(Newser) - It's Good Friday, which means it's time for the Philippines' annual bloody ritual : Devotees in northern villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched. Church leaders and health officials in Asia's largest Roman... More »

Japanese WWII Soldier Who Hid in Jungle 29 Years Dies

For Hiroo Onoda, war ended in 1974

(Newser) - Former Japanese Imperial Army soldier Hiroo Onoda has died at the age of 91—roughly 40 years after he stopped fighting World War II. Onoda, the last Japanese soldier to surrender, hid out in the jungles of the Philippines for almost 30 years after 1945, only coming out of hiding... More »

Philippines: Priests, Journos Can Carry Guns

Law relaxed for professions 'in imminent danger'

(Newser) - Pistol-packing priests may become a common sight in the Philippines with relaxed new gun laws that allow members of certain professions to arm themselves while at work. Journalists, doctors, nurses, engineers, and accountants will also be allowed to go armed under the law, which states that they are "in... More »

US, Philippines Ink Deal on 'Cemetery America Forgot'

Clark Veterans covered in ash since '91 volcano eruption

(Newser) - US and Philippine officials signed an agreement today for Washington to restore a cemetery north of Manila where the graves of thousands of US veterans and dependents have been covered in ash since Mount Pinatubo's 1991 eruption. The accord calls for the American Battle Monuments Commission to repair and... More »

Series of Blunders Worsened Haiyan's Hit

Officials, residents didn't know how bad typhoon would be

(Newser) - As the Philippines prepared for Typhoon Haiyan, the president told officials his goal: a "zero-casualty" event. Instead, despite the days of warning officials had, the death toll currently stands at 5,235, most in and around Tacloban. What happened? The Wall Street Journal takes an extensive look at the... More »

UN: We'll Likely Never Know Exact Typhoon Death Toll

It's currently near 4K, but real figure is impossible to arrive at

(Newser) - The most recent Typhoon Haiyan death toll is 3,976, but the UN warns we may never truly know how many died in the devastating Philippines storm. Even after a final figure is released, "it is unlikely we'll ever know the exact total," a rep from the... More »

Philippines' Latest Casualty: 3-Day-Old Girl

With no ventilators, Althea's parents used hand pump continuously to help her breathe

(Newser) - Only days after devastated Tacloban celebrated the birth of a "miracle baby ," Typhoon Haiyan has claimed its youngest victim: As the AP reports, tiny Althea Mustacia was born Nov. 13—five days after the typhoon tore through the Philippines—unable to breathe on her own because of a... More »

Typhoon Victims Forced to Survive on Coconut Juice

Death toll in the Philippines hits 3.6K

(Newser) - The Typhoon Haiyan death toll in the Philippines is up to 3,633, with 12,487 injured and at least 1,179 still missing. The AP describes the "hellish daily routine" undertaken by survivors, who dig through the debris and filth in the hope of finding the bodies of... More »

US Carrier Arrives in Philippines Amid Logistics Nightmare

Volunteer surgeons working by flashlight in disaster zone

(Newser) - Help is finally beginning to reach hundreds of thousands of people struggling to survive in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The USS George Washington and two US cruisers have arrived in the Philippines and will distribute food, water, and medicine, as well as assist search and rescue operations in what... More »

China Holds a Grudge, Skimps on Aid to Philippines

Meager $100K is apparent retribution for maritime dispute

(Newser) - It looks at first glance like the number is missing a few zeroes or a decimal point, but no, mighty China has indeed reached deep into its coffers and pledged all of $100,000 in aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Contrast that with $20 million from the US,... More »

Rice Stampede Kills Typhoon Survivors

Estimate of 10K dead 'too much,' Aquino says

(Newser) - Relief operations have been stepped up in the Philippines but the situation remains desperate for large numbers of people in areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. In the worst-hit region, eight people were killed in a stampede as thousands of survivors stormed a government rice warehouse, the AP reports. Security forces... More »

New Storm Hits Reeling Philippines

Tropical depression Zoraida carries heavy rains; country pushes for climate action

(Newser) - A new storm has struck the Philippines with heavy rain. Fortunately, Tropical Depression Zoraida landed almost 300 miles from the worst of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, the Wall Street Journal notes, and the latest storm—the 25th to hit the country this year—has been downgraded to a low-pressure area,... More »

Typhoon Survivors Desperate to Flee Destroyed City

US sends aircraft carrier to Philippines

(Newser) - In Tacloban, the Philippine city at the center of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, scenes of desperation and misery are everywhere, the AP reports. When two Philippine Air Force planes landed at the city's airport earlier today, they were swarmed by a crowd of thousands of people—some holding babies... More »

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