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Philippines confirms second Canadian beheading
Philippine authorities on Tuesday confirmed that Muslim extremist guerrillas had beheaded a second Canadian hostage, as they defended their inability to save him despite months of pursuit.
 
Philippines gets taste of Duterte anti-crime war
Armed police are detaining crying children, bewildered drunks and shirtless men throughout the Philippine capital in a nighttime blitz that is offering an authoritarian taste of life under incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.
 
Philippine authorities have arrested a man accused of kidnapping an Italian businessman who was held hostage for six months by Islamic militants, the military said Sunday.
 
Defend freedom, Philippines' Aquino says ahead of Duterte handover
Philippine leader Benigno Aquino called on his countrymen Sunday to fight attempts to take away their freedoms as he prepared to hand over power to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who has vowed to kill tens of thousands of criminals.
 
Pink Ramadan
Muslim women walk outside the Pink Mosque after the first Friday of Ramadan in Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao province, on the southern island of Mindanao on Friday, June 10. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is calculated on the sighting of the new moon and sees Muslims all over the world fasting from dawn to dusk.
 
Philippines' Duterte does not endorse summary killings: spokesman
Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not endorse extrajudicial killings, his spokesman said Saturday after scathing criticism from the UN chief over his plans for thousands of people to die in an unprecedented war on crime.
 
The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods.
 
Mainland Chinese construction on a South China Sea islet claimed by the Philippines would prompt "actions being taken" by the United States and other nations, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Saturday.
 
Philippines' Duterte vents anger at United Nations
Controversial Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has launched a profanity-laced tirade against the United Nations while criticizing it for being too weak to fix problems in the Middle East and Africa.
 
A Philippine politician said he had given more than US$3,000 to police officers for killing drug traffickers, the first such rewards since President-elect Rodrigo Duterte promoted bounties for slain criminals.
 
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