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Chris Brown Finally Leaves the Philippines

His stopover was extended 3 days over fraud complaint

(Newser) - A Philippine official says a private plane carrying Chris Brown has taken off from Manila's airport after a legal complaint stranded the singer for three days. A civil aviation authority rep says the plane left around 9:30pm local time today en route to Hong Kong. Brown performed at... More »

Philippines to Chris Brown: You Can't Leave

Event operator wants to pursue fraud claim over canceled show

(Newser) - Let's hope Chris Brown enjoys spending time in the Philippines because his trip there will last a little longer than anticipated. The singer, who played a concert in Manila last night, was to board a private jet today bound for Hong Kong, where he has another performance scheduled, reports... More »

US Man Saves Lives in Philippines Ferry Disaster

36 dead, 19 missing after Ormoc sinking

(Newser) - A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized today as it left a central Philippines port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials say. They say at least 118 passengers of the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast... More »

Window's Iron Grills Trapped Workers in Blaze

Filipino workers died trapped on factory's 2nd floor

(Newser) - Police will open a criminal investigation into a Philippine factory fire that killed at least 72 people, as a relative of several of the victims said the blaze had trapped workers in the building's second floor, where iron grills on windows prevented their escape. Most of the bodies were... More »

Ex-Principal: I Paid for Sex With 12,700 Women, Girls

Yuhei Takahashi allegedly kept 147K photos in 400 albums

(Newser) - Police say they've discovered a disturbing collection of 147,600 photos of women and minors in the home of an ex-principal they arrested in Japan. Yuhei Takahashi, 64—who faces child pornography charges stemming from photos he allegedly took of sex acts involving a teen in the Philippines in... More »

KFC's New Double Down Is a Dog

Hot dog in fried chicken bun only sold in Philippines

(Newser) - Almost half a decade after it gave the world the Double Down , KFC has unveiled another sandwich that could give health advocates coronaries. Take a hot dog, slather it with cheese, put it in a bun-sized piece of fried chicken, and you have the Double Down Dog—which has now... More »

John Paul Who? Record 6M Turn Out for Francis

Philippine streets jammed for pope's final day in Asia as rain pours

(Newser) - A record 6 million people poured into Manila's rain-soaked streets and its biggest park today as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from sin and vice so they can become missionaries of the faith. The Vatican received the figure officially... More »

Pope Dons Rain Poncho, Visits Typhoon Survivors

But Francis has to leave Philippines early because of another storm

(Newser) - Pope Francis traveled to the far eastern Philippines to comfort survivors of devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, but had to cut his own trip short because of another approaching storm. In a windy and rainy morning Mass with a crowd that included Haiyan survivors, he conceded it was hard to... More »

Pope on Free Speech: Curse My Mom and Get Punched

Francis says free speech has its limits

(Newser) - Freedom of expression has its limits, and those limits include the pope's mama and poking the faith of others. Aboard the papal plane ahead of his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis addressed the Charlie Hebdo attack by way of pointing to the man at his side, saying, "... More »

Filipino Cops to Wear Diapers During Pope's Visit

Plan to keep bathroom runs at bay has been 'well received,' Manila official says

(Newser) - Pope Francis will be visiting the Philippines next week, and the country's traffic enforcement officers are on the ready—diapers and all. Francis Tolentino, the chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, says that the 2,000-strong traffic team on duty during the Jan. 15-19 visit will be made... More »

US Marine Charged in Killing of Transgender Filipino

Jennifer Laude's October murder inflamed US-Philippines relations

(Newser) - The Philippines has charged a US Marine with the gruesome murder of a transgender woman found drowned in a motel room toilet bowl. Filipino Jennifer Laude, 26, who was born Jeffrey, was found Oct. 11 outside a former US Navy base northwest of Manila, and 19-year-old Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton... More »

900K Filipinos Flee Typhoon

Hagupit kills 2, has weakened without major destruction

(Newser) - Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least two people dead, and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened today, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation that a monster storm brought to the region last year. Shallow floods, damaged shanties, and ripped off store signs... More »

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 »

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