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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on donor nations Sunday to ramp up aid to typhoon-battered Philippines as it grapples with a funding shortfall on the long road to recovery.
 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday visited central Philippine villages that were decimated by Typhoon Haiyan, and promised to try to raise at least US$800 million in aid to help the region recover from last month's devastating storm.
UN chief visits typhoon-hit communities

 

A Taiwanese tourist has reportedly been rescued from kidnappers who abducted her and killed her husband on a small Malaysian island last month, Taiwanese police said yesterday.
 

A Taiwanese tourist who was kidnapped from Pom Pom island off Sabah on Nov. 15 has been rescued by Philippines security forces, said IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
 

Gunmen opened fire outside Manila international airport Friday, officials said, killing four people including the mayor of a town in the southern Philippines, where political violence is endemic.
Philippine mayor, family killed at airport

 

A stunned Secretary of State John Kerry toured a typhoon-devastated Philippine city on Wednesday, pledging more U.S. aid as its Asian ally appealed for international help to fund an US$8.17 billion rebuilding plan.
Kerry reaffirms US commitment to Philippines

 

The Philippine economy should grow 7.0 percent this year and between 6.5 and 7.5 percent next year despite the devastation caused by a killer typhoon and an earthquake, the government said Tuesday.
 

A passenger bus plunged off a wet, elevated highway in suburban Manila and fell onto a van passing below Monday morning, killing at least 17 people and injuring some 16 others, police, hospital and mortuary staff said, revising higher tolls.
17 killed as bus falls from Manila highway onto van

 

The Philippine government and the main Muslim rebel group on Sunday signed a crucial power-sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement, government statements said.
 

A raggedy cloth banner in a Philippine town torn apart by one of the most powerful typhoons on record declares that its residents are “roofless, homeless, but not hopeless.”
Philippines typhoon survivors determined to hope

 
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