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Philippine police defused a bomb found in a rubbish bin near the U.S. Embassy in Manila Monday, authorities said, with officials blaming Islamic militants for what they called an attempted terrorist act.
 
Who deserves the Marcos regime's art?
A multimillion-dollar trove of seized Impressionist art believed to have been owned by the regime of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has sat for five years in a climate-controlled Brooklyn warehouse, the subject of a bitter legal fight.
 
Philippine troops, backed by bomber aircraft, have assaulted local sympathizers of the Islamic State group, including dozens of militants who took cover Saturday in an unoccupied Islamic school in the south, military officials said.
 
Marcos critics strip naked, parade coffins in Philippines
Critics of the Ferdinand Marcos regime staged a naked protest Friday, while others marched through the streets with a mock coffin to denounce the late dictator's burial at the Philippines' cemetery for heroes.
 
Communist rebels want end to Philippine-US ties
Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte's government is unlikely to be reached if he won't end the Philippines' treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he's trying to befriend, like China and Russia.
 
Philippines drug dealer says he gave money to senator, police officials
A self-confessed drug dealer, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money.
 
The chiefs of the Philippine armed forces and the United States Pacific Command said Tuesday the two countries' military ties remain robust, with both sides committed to their alliance and cooperation on maritime security, counterterrorism and humanitarian aid.
 
Children as young as nine could be jailed in the Philippines for certain crimes under a proposed law backed by the president, sparking concern Monday from the United Nations and rights groups.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to issue a formal order declaring a sprawling lagoon in a disputed South China Sea shoal a maritime sanctuary where Filipinos and Chinese will be prohibited from fishing, officials said in a statement Monday.
 
Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secretive ceremony at the national heroes' cemetery Friday, triggering street protests as opponents denounced what they said was the whitewashing of his brutal and corrupt rule.
 
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