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The Philippines' police force has sacked 21 officers for being "co-conspirators" in the country's worst massacre six years ago, according to an official statement released Wednesday.
 
Inmates flee, thousands homeless in Manila slum fire
A huge fire chased hundreds of Philippine inmates out of their cells and razed a sprawling shantytown near a Manila prison Friday, leaving thousands of residents homeless, authorities said.
 
US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipina
A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipina last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country.
 
Philippines gets new supersonic jets
The Philippines on Saturday took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets -- the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade -- as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.
 
Eight members of a criminal gang that pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists were killed in a firefight with the military in the southern Philippines, officials said Friday.
 
The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, an official said Friday.
 
Thousands left homeless after fire in Manila district
A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said Thursday.
 
Philippine police deploy Katy Perry to disperse APEC protesters
Philippine police deployed Katy Perry pop songs to disperse protesters at an Asia-Pacific leaders' summit on Thursday, enraging some demonstrators but amusing others.
 
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that a man held for months by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines had been murdered, condemning what he called a "savage and barbaric" act.
 
Obama arrives in Asia with eyes on Middle East
President Barack Obama landed in Southeast Asia Tuesday for string of summits with Asian leaders, a visit he had hoped would highlight progress in his seven-year charm offensive in the region -- but was instead overshadowed by the fight against Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.
 
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