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A Jordanian TV reporter on Thursday described escaping captivity by Islamic militants in the southern Philippine jungle following an 18-month kidnap ordeal that saw him lose a third of his body weight.
Jordanian reporter recovering after Philippine kidnap ordeal


Gunmen shot dead an outspoken radio broadcaster in the Philippines, worsening the country's record as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, press and human rights groups said on Saturday.

Philippines authorities demanded Wednesday that boxing great Manny Pacquiao pay a US$50 million tax bill or risk having assets seized, but the national hero vowed to take the fight to court.

Thousands of Filipino survivors of Typhoon Haiyan erupted into wild cheers Sunday to celebrate their boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's victory, which gave them a brief respite from the enormous destruction and rebuilding that lies ahead.
Filipino typhoon survivors bask in euphoria of Pacquiao triumph


The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.

Kyrie Boniface is only a few hours old and seven weeks early, born before dawn in an under-equipped and overcrowded hospital in the typhoon-ravaged Philippine city of Tacloban.
Philippines struggles to provide natal care


The Philippines will divide up the typhoon-ravaged central Visayas between countries to maximize relief efforts, a senior officer said, as President Benigno Aquino won guarded praise for improving aid distribution 11 days after the storm hit.
Philippines to split up typhoon relief zone country by country


The United Nations expressed fear on Monday that some Philippine islands hit by a giant typhoon have not been reached 10 days after disaster struck and President Benigno Aquino said the scale of suffering “tempted him to despair.”
Aquino 'tempted to despair' at typhoon's toll


Mobbed by hungry villagers, U.S. military helicopters dropped desperately needed aid into remote areas of the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, as survivors of the disaster flocked to ruined churches on Sunday to pray for their uncertain future.

Grieving survivors of a monster typhoon in the mainly Catholic Philippines flocked to shattered churches Sunday, listening to soothing sermons and asking questions of God nine days after the storm ripped their communities apart.
Grieving typhoon survivors take solace in Sunday prayer

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