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Philippines tells nationals to shun red, yellow in Thailand
Philippines tells nationals to shun red, yellow in Thailand

Filipinos travelling to Thailand have been told to shun red or yellow items to avoid being caught up in the political unrest there, the Philippine embassy in Bangkok said.

Philippines tells nationals to shun red, yellow in Thailand
Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade
Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade

Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees poured into Manila Thursday for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades honouring an ebony statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers.

Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade
Magma clue to Earth's super-volcanoes
Magma clue to Earth's super-volcanoes

Geologists on Sunday reported insights into super-volcanoes, the brooding, enigmatic giants of Earth's crust whose eruptions are as catastrophic as they are rare.

Magma clue to Earth's super-volcanoes
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Philippines allows phone use on planes

The Philippines' civil aviation authority said Tuesday it would allow passengers to use mobile phones and laptops to make calls and access the Internet during flights.

Philippines allows phone use on planes
Fireworks injure 160 as Philippines readies for New Year
Fireworks injure 160 as Philippines readies for New Year

More than 160 people have been injured by fireworks in the Philippines as they prepared to welcome the New Year, the government said Saturday.

Fireworks injure 160 as Philippines readies for New Year
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Philippines arrests three linked to Mexico drug cartel: police

Philippine anti-drug police said on Thursday they had arrested three people connected to Mexico's feared Sinoloa drug cartel while they were storing narcotics.

Philippines arrests three linked to Mexico drug cartel: police
Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone
Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone

Survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon spent a gloomy Christmas Day surrounded by mud Wednesday as heavy rain drove many inside their flimsy shelters, dampening efforts to retain some holiday cheer in the deeply devout nation.

Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem

Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, as thousands flocked to the historic site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.

Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Despite disasters, Philippines expects a merry Christmas
Despite disasters, Philippines expects a merry Christmas

Despite several deadly disasters including a killer typhoon and a powerful earthquake, the Philippines still expects a merry Christmas this year, survey results released Tuesday said.

Despite disasters, Philippines expects a merry Christmas
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Haiyan to hit Philippine coconut oil exports: industry official

Global coconut oil supplies will likely fall next year, an industry official said Friday, after the killer typhoon that struck leading exporter the Philippines last month destroyed millions of trees used to produce the commodity.

Haiyan to hit Philippine coconut oil exports: industry official
Philippines launches $8.17 bn Haiyan rebuilding plan
Philippines launches $8.17 bn Haiyan rebuilding plan

The Philippines launched an $8.17 billion plan on Wednesday to rebuild the lives of millions made homeless by Super Typhoon Haiyan and strengthen the disaster-prone nation's defences against future tempests.

Philippines launches $8.17 bn Haiyan rebuilding plan
Filipina crowned Miss International in Japan
Filipina crowned Miss International in Japan

A Philippine beauty queen has been crowned Miss International in a pageant marred by allegations of intimidation that kept her predecessor away -- pledging to use her title to help victims of the country's devastating typhoon.

Filipina crowned Miss International in Japan
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ©Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Kerry marks 70th birthday with return to Israel

US Secretary of State John Kerry was marking his 70th birthday Wednesday leaving again for Israel, in his dogged quest for an elusive Middle East peace deal.

Kerry marks 70th birthday with return to Israel
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China seen as 'confident', 'belligerent': state media

People around the world see China as "confident", "belligerent" and "arrogant", state-run media reported Tuesday in an unusually direct survey of attitudes towards the country.

China seen as 'confident', 'belligerent': state media
Agonising wait for the missing in Philippine wastelands
Agonising wait for the missing in Philippine wastelands

In the grieving, grey wastelands that were once bustling towns on tropical Philippine islands, thousands of typhoon survivors are enduring an agonising wait of hope and denial for news of loved ones.

Agonising wait for the missing in Philippine wastelands
Le Luong Minh (L), secretary-general of ASEAN, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ©Reuters/Yoshikazu Tsuno
Japan, SE Asia in talks to expand currency swap

Japan and Southeast Asian countries are in talks over expanding currency swap arrangements to help cushion their economies in financial emergencies, an official said Thursday, ahead of a Japan-ASEAN summit next week.

Japan, SE Asia in talks to expand currency swap
Optimism for deal to lower Pacific tuna catches
Optimism for deal to lower Pacific tuna catches

Conservationists and fishing industry representatives expressed confidence Thursday they were close to agreement on cutbacks in the lucrative tuna fishing industry in the Pacific.

Optimism for deal to lower Pacific tuna catches
Kumis Bazarbayeva (C) the most talented beauty at the <i>Miss Earth</i>, Olesya Boslovyak from Russia and Chinese Lisa Xiang. Photo courtesy of missearth.tv
Kumis Bazarbayeva wins talent competition at Miss Earth 2013

The traditional preliminary competitions of swimsuits, national dresses, evening gowns and talents were held at the Miss Earth 2013.

Kumis Bazarbayeva wins talent competition at Miss Earth 2013
Kazakhstan President's residence Akorda. ©Reuters
9 Ambassadors to Kazakhstan present credentials

Kazakhstan Secretary of State Marat Tazhin has accepted the credentials from Ambassadors of Denmark, Uruguay. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bangladesh, Philippines, Zambia, Nigeria and Fiji.

9 Ambassadors to Kazakhstan present credentials
Philippine typhoon survivors turn cave-dwellers
Philippine typhoon survivors turn cave-dwellers

Victims who survived the Philippines' super typhoon by huddling in a cave as a tsunami-like wave obliterated their community have now made it their home -- reduced to Stone Age conditions with nowhere else to go.

Philippine typhoon survivors turn cave-dwellers