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Families of 57 of the dead in the Philippines' worst factory fire have dropped their claims against the company in exchange for a 151,200-peso (US$3,360) settlement, a company lawyer said Tuesday.

The Philippine capital's decrepit train network will start issuing certificates of delay to tens of thousands who are late for work because of daily breakdowns, the government said Tuesday.

The Philippines' largest rebel group retired nearly 150 guerrillas and handed over 75 firearms for decommissioning Tuesday to encourage parliament to pass a proposed law giving minority Muslims self-rule.
Philippine Muslim rebels hand over weapons in push for peace


A Philippine court has ordered the release of nine Chinese fishermen who served a year in prison for poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles from a disputed South China Sea shoal, a court staffer said Tuesday.

After a high-profile stint as the Philippines' top climate envoy, demanding world powers do more to fight global warming, Yeb Sano is embarking on an epic pilgrimage to force change.

An impoverished Philippine farmer's teenage son will fly to Sudan next week for potentially life-saving open heart surgery thanks to an Oscar-nominated film and an Italian charity, his sister said Friday.

Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a mosque at police camp on a remote Philippine island long plagued by Islamic militancy, officials said Saturday.
15 wounded in Philippines mosque attack


Philippine officials called Sunday for criminal penalties for factory owners who violate safety standards days after a deadly fire at a footwear plant claimed 72 lives.
Philippines pushes safety laws after deadly factory fire


Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang looks worried as he surveys the rusted cranes and eroded runway on the tiny island of Thitu, now on the front line of a rapidly intensifying construction war in the South China Sea.
Philippines outgunned in island-building


The Philippines' labor chief on Friday described the owners of a footwear factory where a fire claimed 72 lives this week as "immoral," telling AFP they illegally exploited their workers.

Police will open a criminal investigation into a Philippine factory fire that killed at least 72 workers who became trapped in the building's second floor, where iron grills on windows prevented their escape, a victims' relative said Thursday.

Seventy-two people died in a huge blaze at a footwear factory in the Philippine capital, authorities said Thursday, as angry relatives and workers described sweatshop conditions including dismal fire safety standards.
Anger as Philippine factory fire death kills 72


Dozens of people were feared dead after a fire swept through a footwear factory in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday, with rescuers reporting "piles" of bodies inside.
Dozens feared dead in Philippines fire


Two Japanese destroyers and one of the Philippines' newest warships began historic naval exercises in the flashpoint South China Sea on Tuesday, showcasing a deepening alliance aimed at countering a rising China.
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