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Philippine police say a detained town mayor has been killed in his jail cell in a purported gunbattle with officers in the second killing in a week of a politician linked to illegal drugs under the president's brutal crackdown.
 
New US ambassador to the Philippines sworn in
Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence Thursday that the U.S. relationship with the Philippines can survive recent turbulence as he swore in a new U.S. ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation.
 
All Saints Day
A man, bottom right, shields himself with an inverted umbrella as thousands of Filipinos throng to Manila's North Cemetery, under a slight downpour, to pay tribute to their departed loved ones in observance of All Saints Day in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 1.
 
China's Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed a decision to allow Philippine fishermen access to a disputed shoal following a visit to Beijing by the Philippine president.
 
Chinese vessels leave disputed shoal: Philippine official
Chinese vessels have left the contested Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, a Philippine official said Saturday, less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte visited Beijing pledging closer ties.
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Filipino mayor killed in clash with anti-drug police
Two months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly read out the names of a town mayor and more than 150 other officials he accused of involvement in drug trafficking.
 
The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a "son of a bitch" and told Barack Obama to "go to hell," says he has promised to God he won't spew expletives again.
 
Duterte's meet with Emperor Akihito canceled
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Japan on Thursday without meeting Emperor Akihito as their scheduled meeting had to be canceled because of the death of the emperor's uncle.
 
Duterte wants US troops out in two years
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wants U.S. troops out of his country in the next two years and is willing to scrap defense pacts with longtime ally Washington if necessary.
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America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
 
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