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The U.S. Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a U.S. Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar.

A Muslim separatist rebel leader who sacked a string of southern Philippine towns in 2008, leaving about 400 dead and more than half a million homeless, is dead, the military said Wednesday.

China has wrought widespread environmental damage in the South China Sea with its construction of artificial islands on disputed reefs, the Philippines said Monday.
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Philippine troops, backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, battled with at least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants Thursday in the country's restive south, leaving two soldiers and six militants dead, the military said.

A super typhoon dissolved into a tropical depression and made landfall in the Philippines Sunday, forecasters said, easing fears after thousands of residents fled remote coastal villages to avoid potential giant waves.

Farmer Lot Pangaoilan gazes towards a vast cornfield in the Philippines' rebel-infested south, hoping that one day he will be able to farm his land without fear of being killed.
Farmers plough in fear of violent MILF attacks in Philippine killing fields


Around 24,000 coastal residents of the Philippines were being evacuated as a precaution from approaching Tropical Storm Maysak on Saturday, officials said, even as experts downgraded the threat from what was at one point a super typhoon.

Devotees in the fervently Catholic Philippines marked Good Friday by being nailed to crosses and whipping their backs bloody, in extreme acts of devotion that attracted thousands of spectators.
Philippines carries out bloody Good Friday rituals


A passenger boat overloaded with 55 people and heavy cargo has capsized in the southern Philippines, leaving at least five dead and one missing, officials said Friday.

The FBI confirmed Thursday that a senior Malaysian militant believed to have been involved in the 2002 Bali bombings was killed in a January raid in the Philippines that also left 44 police commandos dead.

A month-long Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said.

The Philippines' struggling flag carrier said Sunday it has purchased an additional two Airbus jets as part of its re-fleeting program.

The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters.

Most Filipinos back divorce and support is growing in the largely Catholic nation, the only one in the world alongside the Vatican that does not allow the dissolution of failed marriages, a survey has found.
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