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Seeking re-election, Imelda extends Marcos dynasty

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Twenty-seven years after a public revolt ousted her dictator husband, Imelda Marcos is the Philippines’ ultimate political survivor: She dazzled voters with her bouffant hairstyle, oversized jewelry and big talk on the campaign trail this week bidding to keep her seat in Congress.

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Filipino extremists face new foe: fellow rebels

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MNLF leader Nur Misuari.  FILE PHOTO

After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Filipino extremists face new foe: fellow rebels

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In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, thousands of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members, who signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government in 1996, display their weapons during a rally on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines. After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely-condemned terrorist group. The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia. AP/Nickee Butlangan, File

After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

ASEAN leaders to adopt rights pact despite protest

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A Cambodian worker sprays water on flowers in front of the Peace Palace, the place for the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and Related summits in Phnom Penh on November 15, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY

Southeast Asian leaders plan to adopt a human rights declaration aimed at fighting torture and illegal arrests in a region notorious for violations, despite criticism that the pact falls short of international standards.

Posted: November 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

4 marines, 2 militants killed in Sulu clash

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Philippine marines who were searching for long-held hostages battled al-Qaida-linked militants in a fierce clash that killed four marines and at least two insurgents in the country’s south, officials said.

Posted: October 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

200 Muslim rebels arrive in Manila to sign pact

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Ahud (aka Murad) Ebrahim. FILE PHOTO/MALACANANG PHOTO BUREAU

Philippine officials and rebels say about 200 Muslim guerrillas led by their elusive chief have arrived in Manila for the signing of a preliminary peace pact to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

Posted: October 14th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists

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Abu Sayyaf leader Albader Parad, who was killed in an encounter with Philippine Marines in 2010. INQUIRER

Hunted by US-backed Filipino troops in 2005, Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other al-Qaeda-linked militants sought refuge in the mountainous stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Government, MILF agree on peace pact

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President Benigno S. Aquino III. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU FILE PHOTO

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Sunday that his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency in the country’s south.

Posted: October 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Neglect ruins Imelda Marcos’ prized shoes

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In this photo taken Sept. 19, 2012, a branded high heel shoe, once worn by flamboyant former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, sits among equally-damaged shoes in a section of the National Museum in Manila, Philippine. Termites, storms and government neglect have damaged some of Imelda Marcos's legendary stash of shoes, expensive gowns and other vanity possessions, which were left to oblivion after she and her dictator husband were driven to U.S exile by a 1986 popular revolt. AP PHOTO/Bullit Marquez

Termites, storms and neglect have damaged part of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos’ legendary stash of shoes and other vanity possessions, left behind after she and her dictator husband were driven into US exile by a 1986 popular revolt.

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Filipino troops free kidnapped Chinese in clash

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Philippine security forces rescued a Chinese hostage and killed five suspected militants in a daylight raid on a terrorist training camp in the south, officials said Friday.Kidnapping, Military, Armed Conflict, Crime

Posted: September 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Over 200 rescuers searching for Robredo, 2 pilots

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More than 200 rescuers were searching Sunday for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an emergency landing.

Posted: August 19th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Breakaway Muslim rebel group turns to bombs to divert assaults

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Armored Personnel Carriers stand guard in Maguindanao province, southern Philippines on Thursday. Hundreds of troops, backed by assault helicopters, launched offensives on two strongholds of a breakaway Muslim guerrilla group in southern Philippines after they attacked at least 14 military camps and outposts, officials said Thursday. AP FILE Photo

Suspected militants from a breakaway Muslim rebel group have set off bombs in the southern Philippines but failed to inflict injuries or disrupt army assaults against its fighters, who went on a rampage last week and sparked clashes that killed 28 people.

Posted: August 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Fighting with rebels rages in southern Philippines

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Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu. AP FILE PHOTO

Troops were pursuing a group of Muslim rebels Tuesday who attacked multiple army outposts in the southern Philippines, leaving seven people dead and paralyzing a major highway that was in the path of rebel sniper fire.

Posted: August 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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