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The recent abductions of three Westerners and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine resort are the latest reminder of the long-running security problems that have hounded a region with bountiful resources and promises, but hamstrung by stark poverty and an array of insurgents and outlaws.

MANILA, Philippines -- Unidentified gunmen have abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine island, the military and police said Tuesday.
Gunmen abduct 3 foreigners, Filipino from Philippine resort


A Taiwanese fishing boat that was detained in the Philippines for more than three months left for home Thursday after completing all legal procedures.

A Muslim extremist group known for beheading some victims has released a group of kidnapped road workers following an intense police and military pursuit in the southern Philippines, an official said Tuesday.

The Philippines has suspended macaque exports after an Ebola virus strain that is non-fatal to humans struck 20 monkeys, killing 11, officials said Thursday.

The Philippines and Vietnam will sign a "strategic partnership" agreement by the end of the year, officials have said, as common neighbor and rival China flexes its military muscle in disputed waters.

Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.
Influential Christian sect ends 5-day protest in Philippines


Leaders of the Philippines' dominant Catholic church have called on individuals and politicians to actively oppose same-sex marriage, after new efforts by activists to have same-sex unions legalized in the conservative nation.

The Philippine defense chief said he asked the visiting U.S. Pacific commander on Wednesday to help protect the transport of Filipino troops and supplies to Philippine-occupied reefs in the disputed South China Sea by deploying American patrol planes to discourage mainland Chinese moves to block the resupply missions.

The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday he may run for president in next year's elections, offering his once-exiled family the chance of the ultimate political comeback.

An 83-year-old Catholic cardinal in the Philippines came to the rescue of thousands of stranded motorists over the weekend after single-handedly untangling a traffic jam in Manila during a typhoon.
'Hand of God' untangles Philippine traffic chaos on major highway during typhoon


Typhoon Goni lashed the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa with heavy rains and winds on Monday, as the death toll rose to 19 in the northern Philippines. The latest victims include a 9-month-old boy and his 2-year-old sister who drowned in flash floods.

Typhoon Goni blew out of the northern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least 15 people dead and several others missing, including in a gold-mining village where more than 100 rescuers dug through a huge mudslide in a frantic search for a dozen miners, officials said.

Two Philippine coast guard men on Friday trembled and cried as they recalled their harrowing four-month captivity under Islamic extremists who beheaded one of their fellow hostages.
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