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Mayor: '99%' Chance Landslide Victims Are Dead

But mayor vows to keep digging

(Newser) - A Philippine mayor said Monday that it's unlikely any of the dozens of people feared buried in a huge landslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut will be found alive, though rescuers are still digging through the massive mound of mud and debris covering a chapel where they'd taken... More »

Typhoon Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, At Least 12 Dead

Mangkhut is headed toward Hong Kong next

(Newser) - Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that set off landslides and destroyed homes on Saturday, leaving at least 12 people dead, as Hong Kong and other parts of southern China braced for the powerful storm, per the AP . The most ferocious typhoon to hit... More »

Mayor Assassinated During Flag-Raising Ceremony

Philippine mayor had been linked to drugs

(Newser) - A Philippine provincial city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed Monday during a flag-raising ceremony in front of horrified employees, the AP reports. Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan city in Batangas province, south of Manila, was... More »

Duterte: God Is 'Stupid'

His country, the Philippines, is 90% Christian

(Newser) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is in yet another controversy, but this time it's not about his alleged mass killing of drug suspects , or throwing people out of helicopters , or threats to shoot women in the vagina , or even to eat terrorists' livers . This time, it's that he called... More »

Duterte Called 'Really Sick' for Kissing Woman on Stage

Exchange happened before a crowd of overseas Filipino workers

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is no stranger to controversy , especially with women , though it's not generally in relation to a kiss. While speaking to overseas Filipino workers in South Korea on Sunday night he invited two Filipino women to the stage. He gave them a book, and the BBC... More »

Philippines Move Being Called a Threat to Democracy

Maria Lourdes Sereno, a frequent critic of Duterte, ousted from Supreme Court

(Newser) - The Philippine Supreme Court ousted its chief justice, a critic of the country's authoritarian president, in an unprecedented vote Friday by fellow magistrates that she and hundreds of protesters called unconstitutional and a threat to democracy. Court spokesman Theodore Te said eight of 14 justices voted to grant a... More »

GoT Star Tried for 7 Years to Be World's Strongest. Now, Victory

Hafthor Bjornsson (aka 'The Mountain') finally gets the gold in World's Strongest Man competition

(Newser) - Some people just aren't satisfied appearing in one of the most popular TV series in existence. In the case of Hafthor Bjornsson (aka Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on HBO's Game of Thrones), he is now also the World's Strongest Man. Bjornsson threw his muscle into the... More »

Army Vets Allegedly Became 'Ninja' Killers

Murder trial for 3 men begins in NY

(Newser) - Upon leaving the US Army, some seek a quiet life. That wasn't the case for Joseph Hunter, or two veterans he recruited for "ninja work," including hit jobs earning them $35,000 each, Assistant US Attorney Patrick Egan said Tuesday in opening statements at the men's... More »

In Philippines, 'Ludicrous' Claims From Government in Drug War

Human rights groups push back at Duterte rep's claim that they're assisting drug lords

(Newser) - Human rights groups shining a spotlight on mounting deaths in the Philippines' drug war now have the added chore of denying the government's claims they're involved. Following one of the bloodiest weeks in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs—13 people were killed in a single night,... More »

ICC Is Investigating Duterte, Who Suddenly Wants Out

He says Philippines is withdrawing from the ICC, 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has had a bumpy relationship with the International Criminal Court. He once described it as "bulls---," then in February said he welcomed its preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs. Now, he says he'll pull the... More »

Duterte Boasts of Order to Shoot Women 'in the Vagina'

Critic calls him 'the epitome of misogyny and fascism'

(Newser) - In addition to saying he "should have been first" to assault a "beautiful" rape victim , Rodrigo Duterte once told soldiers he'd protect them if they raped women. His misogynistic rhetoric only continued with comments last week, drawing outrage even as a spokesman claims the Philippine president shouldn'... More »

ICC Looks Into Claims Duterte Ordered Mass Murder

He welcomes preliminary investigation into crimes against humanity, rep says

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes a preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity now underway by the International Criminal Court, a spokesman said Thursday, marking an about-face for a man who once described the ICC as "bulls---." Duterte is "sick and tired of being accused" and... More »

Threat Level Raised as 'Violent' Volcanic Eruption Nears

Mayon volcano in the Philippines just spewed out a 4,300-foot ash plume

(Newser) - Residents of the island of Luzon in the Philippines have been lying in nervous wait after seismologists predicted last week that its Mayon volcano was exhibiting signs of an "imminent eruption." On Monday, the prospect of danger was raised further, with the threat level jumping from three to... More »

It's Seen Nearly 50 Eruptions in 400 Years. Now, Another Looms

Threat level raised to 3 amid indications Mayon volcano will soon blow

(Newser) - "Signs of imminent eruption" is not a phrase one living on the island of Luzon likely wants to hear. But, per CNN , that's what is being said about the Mayon volcano in the Philippines. On the heels of three steam eruptions Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and... More »

37 Call Center Workers Confirmed Dead in Mall Fire

They worked for US company in Philippines mall

(Newser) - Firefighters in the Philippines have found all 37 bodies of employees of a US-based company who were trapped in a blaze that gutted a shopping mall in southern Davao city. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that firefighters initially found one body at the NCCC Mall on Sunday, but that extreme heat... More »

'Zero' Chance of Survival for 36 Trapped in Mall Fire

Workers couldn't escape top floor of Philippine mall

(Newser) - Firefighters in the Philippines recovered one body from a burning shopping mall Sunday and there is "zero" chance of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city, an official said. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said firefighters told distraught relatives of the 36 trapped employees... More »

120 Dead, 160 Missing Amid Tropical Storm

Philippines hit by flash floods, landslides

(Newser) - A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, reportedly leaving more than 120 people dead and 160 others missing, officials said Saturday. Most of the deaths from Tropical Storm Tembin were in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao del... More »

Trump: 'It's Been a Really Great 12 Days'

He says Asia trip was 'tremendously succesful'

(Newser) - President Trump headed for home Tuesday following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been "tremendously successful" and had put the world on notice that the "rules have changed" for countries that want to trade with the US. Trump also teased a "major statement" on... More »

Trump Hails 'Great Relationship' With Duterte

Accounts differ on whether they talked about human rights in Philippines

(Newser) - His lengthy Asia trip nearing its end, President Trump once more pushed for equitable trade deals and opted to publicly prioritize strategic interests over human rights, declining to shine a spotlight on the violent drug war overseen by his Philippine host, reports the AP . Trump repeatedly praised Philippine President Rodrigo... More »

Last Stop in Asia: Trump Meets Duterte

Leaders dine, to hold more formal talks on Monday

(Newser) - President Trump arrived at the final stop on his five-country tour of Asia, attending a gala in the Philippines celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention center in... More »

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