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A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies.

At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said.
At least 36 dead after Philippine ferry capsizes: official


The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War.
US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen


The Philippines has halted the repair of its airstrip in the disputed Spratly islands due to its pending suit at The Hague challenging the People's Republic of China's (PRC) claim over the waters, a presidential spokesman said Sunday.

China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in the increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said Friday, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon.

One of the Philippines' top nightclubs has issued an apology after its bouncers barred a transgender fashion designer from entering, triggering outrage in celebrity circles.

Families of 57 of the dead in the Philippines' worst factory fire have dropped their claims against the company in exchange for a 151,200-peso (US$3,360) settlement, a company lawyer said Tuesday.

The Philippine capital's decrepit train network will start issuing certificates of delay to tens of thousands who are late for work because of daily breakdowns, the government said Tuesday.

The Philippines' largest rebel group retired nearly 150 guerrillas and handed over 75 firearms for decommissioning Tuesday to encourage parliament to pass a proposed law giving minority Muslims self-rule.
Philippine Muslim rebels hand over weapons in push for peace


A Philippine court has ordered the release of nine Chinese fishermen who served a year in prison for poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles from a disputed South China Sea shoal, a court staffer said Tuesday.

After a high-profile stint as the Philippines' top climate envoy, demanding world powers do more to fight global warming, Yeb Sano is embarking on an epic pilgrimage to force change.

An impoverished Philippine farmer's teenage son will fly to Sudan next week for potentially life-saving open heart surgery thanks to an Oscar-nominated film and an Italian charity, his sister said Friday.

Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday.
15 wounded in Philippines mosque attack


Philippine officials called Sunday for criminal penalties for factory owners who violate safety standards days after a deadly fire at a footwear plant claimed 72 lives.
Philippines pushes safety laws after deadly factory fire

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