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Church blasts Duterte
A suspected drug pusher lies dead as police crime scene operatives gather evidence after three suspected drug pushers were killed when a drug bust operation ended in a shootout with authorities in Manila, Saturday, June 25.
 
Mud people festival
A villager, donning capes mostly of dried banana leaves and covered in mud, attends a mass in a bizarre annual ritual to venerate their patron saint, John the Baptist, Friday, June 24, at Bibiclat, Aliaga township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines.
 
MANILA - A Filipina held hostage by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines was released from captivity Friday, police said, a week after her Canadian boyfriend was beheaded by the gunmen.
 
Filipino police take tough stance on drug use
Philippine police killed 11 suspected drug dealers during operations at the weekend, police said on Monday, adding to a surge of drugs-related killings since Rodrigo Duterte swept an election last month on promises to wipe out crime.
 
China is restricting TV shows that use formats from abroad such as "The Voice of China," which is based on a Dutch talent show, in a move it says is intended to lead to more innovation and original programming among Chinese TV channels.
 
Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte will resume stalled peace talks with communist rebels next month, negotiators said, a step toward ending one of Asia's longest insurgencies that has killed tens of thousands of people.
 
Relatives of a Canadian man beheaded by Islamic militants in the Philippines said Tuesday that they agree with Canada's policy of not paying ransom for hostages.
 
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.
 
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