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Philippines Is Ending Security Pact With US

Agreement allowed US forces to train in the country

(Newser) - The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it intends to end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet Manila’s notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement was received by the deputy chief of... More »

We Have 1st Coronavirus Death Outside China

Philippines reports death of a Chinese man

(Newser) - The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from coronavirus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in a city that allows only one family member to venture out to buy supplies. The Philippines said a 44-year-old Chinese man... More »

Here Comes the Lava: 500K Filipinos Told to Evacuate

Small but dangerous Taal volcano erupts

(Newser) - At a modest 1,020 feet, the Taal volcano in the Philippines is one of the world's smallest, notes the AP . But because so many people live nearby, it's also considered one of the world's most dangerous, a volcanologist tells CNN . Nearly half a million people near... More »

Thousands Flee Volcanic Eruption

Taal Volcano in the Philippines has been restive since last year

(Newser) - A small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down, the AP reports. The Philippine... More »

Philippines Ready to Evacuate Workers From Iraq, Iran

Duterte tells military to prepare for deployment

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships "at any moment’s notice" to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran, reflecting Asia’s growing fears for its citizens amid a potential outbreak of violence in the Middle East.... More »

Philippines Makes Threats Over US Sanctions

Duterte says two American senators will be refused entry

(Newser) - The Philippines has barred two US senators from the country and threatened to impose greater restrictions on all visiting Americans over new sanctions. The 2020 spending bill approved by Congress and President Trump last week includes a provision denying entry to the US for anyone involved in the detention of... More »

Christmas Typhoon Leaves 16 Dead in Philippines

Thousands flee as Phanfone batters country

(Newser) - A typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines over Christmas left at least 16 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, officials said. Typhoon Phanfone made landfall on Christmas Eve and hit several islands in the Visayas group on Christmas Day in the predominantly Catholic country, the AP... More »

More Than 20K Feet Deep, a Major Find

WWII destroyer believed to be USS Johnston found in Philippine Sea, the deepest shipwreck ever

(Newser) - It's the deepest shipwreck ever found—one caked in US history. Experts aboard the Research Vessel Petrel believe they've found the wreck of the USS Johnston some 20,400 feet, or nearly 4 miles, below the waves of the Philippine Sea, where it came to rest in the... More »

3 Ferries Capsize, With Multiple Casualties

Boats overturn in bad weather in the Philippines; dozens rescued

(Newser) - Multiple people died and dozens others were rescued when three ferry boats separately capsized in bad weather Saturday between two central Philippine island provinces, the coast guard said. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said it's not immediately clear if there were passengers or crewmen missing after the inter-island ferries... More »

Imelda Marcos Threw a Party. It Did Not Go Well

261 people are hospitalized with suspected food poisoning

(Newser) - The 90th birthday celebration for former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos wasn't much of a party for more than 260 people hospitalized with suspected food poisoning. Rice, boiled eggs, and chicken Adobo was prepared for 2,500 well-wishers at a sports complex in Manila on Wednesday before dozens reported... More »

This Nation Has to Dump 2M Pounds of Mangoes by Month's End

Weather conditions prompted by El Niño have caused huge surplus in Philippines

(Newser) - If you're looking for mangoes on the cheap, has the Philippine government got a deal for you. Not only are they being offered there for 18 to 43 cents per pound, but the country's Agriculture Department just threw a big two-day mango festival, complete with mango showcases and... More »

Duterte Reveals His 'Former' Sexuality

'I cured myself,' says the Philippines president

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte—a political hardliner who faces accusations of mass murder —apparently came out as ex-gay during a speech before calling four women to the stage to kiss him, the New York Daily News reports. At the Thursday event in Japan, Duterte also claimed that a gay... More »

Country's New Law Could Bring 525B New Trees to the World

Philippines bill would mandate students plant at least 10 trees each before graduating

(Newser) - Advocates for a new bill in the Philippines say it could result in 525 billion new trees over the course of a generation, and the ones set to be on the front lines for this initiative are students. The Independent and CNN Philippines report on the proposed legislation, which mandates... More »

Birdwatcher Held 7 Years Is Killed During Rescue Raid

Dutch photographer Ewold Horn was kidnapped by militants in Philippines in 2012

(Newser) - He'd survived seven years of captivity by militants in the jungle in the Philippines, but Ewold Horn did not live through a daring rescue attempt by soldiers. The 59-year-old Dutch birdwatcher/photographer was killed when Filipino soldiers engaged in a 90-minute firefight with Abu Sayyaf militants on the island of... More »

Canada Will Take Back Trash That's Been Rotting for Years

Rodrigo Duterte threatened to dump it in Canadian waters

(Newser) - After a dispute that involved a lot of trash talking from President Rodrigo Duterte, Canada has finally agreed to take back scores of containers of trash sent to the country more than five years ago. The 100-plus containers shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 by a private company... More »

She Saved a Stray. Then, What Norway Hasn't Seen in 200 Years

Birgitte Kallestad died of rabies 2 months after she played with pup in the Philippines

(Newser) - What should have been a feel-good story has since turned tragic. The BBC reports on the turn of events that started in the Philippines in February, where 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad was on vacation with friends. Per a statement given to the Daily Mail, via the New York Post , Kallestad and... More »

Trash Shipped to Philippines in 2013 Leads to Threat of War

Duterte is pretty peeved with Canada

(Newser) - Canadian trash has been sitting at a port in the Philippines for more than five years, and President Rodrigo Duterte wants it gone—or else. Duterte's word choices tend to grab headlines , and this instance is no exception: "I'll give a warning to Canada maybe next week... More »

On Heels of One Quake, Philippines Hit by Another

First quake killed at least 16

(Newser) - A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country's north and left at least 16 people dead, including in a collapsed supermarket, where rescuers scrambled to find survivors. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday'... More »

Human Cousin Found in Remote Cave

Fossils of a long-lost human relative found in the Philippines

(Newser) - Fossil bones and teeth found in the Philippines have revealed a long-lost cousin of modern people, which evidently lived around the time our own species was spreading from Africa to occupy the rest of the world, the AP reports. It's yet another reminder that, although Homo sapiens is now... More »

Hundreds of Live Tarantulas Seized From 'Cookie' Boxes

They were shipped to airport in the Philippines

(Newser) - Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas. Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange center near Manila's international airport Monday... More »

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