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Kumis Bazarbayeva presents introduction video at Miss Earth 2013

Kumis Bazarbayeva, Miss Asiada, will represent Kazakhstan at the Miss Earth 2013 to be held on December 7 in the Philippines.

Kumis Bazarbayeva presents introduction video at Miss Earth 2013
Aid steams in to Philippines as Obama launches appeal
Aid steams in to Philippines as Obama launches appeal

The United States said relief channels were belatedly opening up to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines on Thursday as President Barack Obama urged Americans to dig deep and other countries upped their aid.

Aid steams in to Philippines as Obama launches appeal
More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines
More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Survivors of a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines were growing increasingly desperate for aid Monday, as authorities struggled to cope with potentially the country's worst recorded natural disaster.

More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines
Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines
Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines

Disaster experts warned Monday that mistakes made in the relief effort after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami must not be repeated with the super typhoon that has smashed the Philippines.

Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines
Philippine elite fight ageing with stem cell therapy
Philippine elite fight ageing with stem cell therapy

Cynthia Carrion-Norton flits high-heeled around the Philippine capital with energy levels belying her years, thankful for a controversial treatment she highly recommends to fellow sixty-somethings.

Philippine elite fight ageing with stem cell therapy
One of most intense typhoons ever recorded hits Philippines
One of most intense typhoons ever recorded hits Philippines

One of the most intense typhoons ever recorded tore into the Philippines on Friday, triggering flash floods and ripping down buildings as millions of people huddled indoors.

One of most intense typhoons ever recorded hits Philippines
Millions honour the dead on All Saints' Day in Philippines
Millions honour the dead on All Saints' Day in Philippines

Millions across the Catholic Philippines trooped to cemeteries to honour their dead in typically festive fashion on All Saints' Day Friday, ignoring appeals from the Church to keep the day solemn.

Millions honour the dead on All Saints' Day in Philippines
Search for Philippine quake survivors as death toll hits 107
Search for Philippine quake survivors as death toll hits 107

Rescue workers raced Wednesday to reach isolated communities on a popular Philippine tourist island that was devastated by a huge earthquake, as aftershocks tormented survivors and the death toll climbed to 107.

Search for Philippine quake survivors as death toll hits 107
Five dead, millions without power as typhoon hits Philippines
Five dead, millions without power as typhoon hits Philippines

Typhoon Nari pummelled the northern Philippines early Saturday, ripping roofs off buildings, killing five people and leaving more than two million people without electricity.

Five dead, millions without power as typhoon hits Philippines
Dozens freed as Philippine troops battle Muslim rebels
Dozens freed as Philippine troops battle Muslim rebels

Dozens of people trapped in a deadly urban battle between Muslim rebels and Philippine troops rushed to safety Tuesday as the guerrillas lost ground in more heavy fighting.

Dozens freed as Philippine troops battle Muslim rebels
Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege
Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege

Thousands of residents fled as fresh fighting broke out Wednesday between Philippine security forces and Muslim rebels, on the third day of a deadly siege in a key southern city, officials said.

Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege
Philippines rebels trade fire, take more hostages
Philippines rebels trade fire, take more hostages

Muslim rebels seized dozens more hostages and traded gunfire with Philippines troops Tuesday, in the second day of a stand-off after mounting a deadly attack on a southern city.

Philippines rebels trade fire, take more hostages
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Death toll in Philippine ferry sinking now at 108

Philippine divers have recovered more dead bodies from a ferry that sank after colliding with a cargo ship, raising the death toll from the incident to 108.

Death toll in Philippine ferry sinking now at 108
Facebook rallies thousands to Philippines graft protest
Facebook rallies thousands to Philippines graft protest

Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Manila park on Monday to protest against embedded corruption in the Philippine political system after a rallying call on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook rallies thousands to Philippines graft protest
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US, Philippines vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows

The United States and the Philippines have vowed to maintain freedom of navigation in a Southeast Asia increasingly beset by maritime territorial rows.

US, Philippines vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows
600,000 still homeless after Philippine floods
600,000 still homeless after Philippine floods

An estimated 600,000 people in the Philippines remained at temporary shelters or with relatives on Friday after days of heavy rain that killed 20.

600,000 still homeless after Philippine floods
7 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines
7 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines

Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas appealed for help Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have claimed at least seven lives..

7 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines
Philippine capital shuts down amid floods
Philippine capital shuts down amid floods

Heavy rain in the Philippine capital of Manila forced all schools, government offices and the stock exchange to close on Monday, as waist-deep water flooded parts of the city.

Philippine capital shuts down amid floods
Two hundred missing in Philippine ferry disaster
Two hundred missing in Philippine ferry disaster

Philippine rescuers searched Saturday for more than 200 people missing after a ferry collided with a cargo ship in thick darkness and sank almost instantly

Two hundred missing in Philippine ferry disaster
Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong
Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong

Hong Kong battened down Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city's financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights after leaving six dead in the Philippines.

Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong