Philippines

5 Philippine soldiers killed in communist rebel ambush

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015 9:05PM UTC 5 Philippine soldiers killed in communist rebel ambush

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The military says five soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a communist rebel ambush in the northern Philippines. Capt. Mark Anthony Ruelos of the 7th Infantry Division says the soldiers were traveling in a convoy with police late Thursday when they were fired

China defends South China Sea activities after criticism from US

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015 7:00PM UTC China defends South China Sea activities after criticism from US

BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region an “aggressive” effort to assert sovereignty.

Mongolia pardons American, 2 Filipinos in tax case

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:47PM UTC Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia’s president says he has pardoned an American mining executive and two Filipinos sentenced to jail for tax evasion in a case that raised questions about the Asian nation’s reputation as an investment destination. A statement Thursday from Elbegdorj Tsakhia’s office said Justin Kapla, Hillarion

Philippine troops attack 300 Abu Sayyaf militants, 7 killed

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 7:56PM UTC Philippine troops attack 300 Abu Sayyaf militants, 7 killed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops backed by artillery and assault helicopters have clashed with about 300 Abu Sayyaf rebels in fighting that left two soldiers and five militants dead. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc says 16 other soldiers were wounded in the daylong fighting Wednesday in a jungle

Indonesian president says executions will go ahead

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:41PM UTC Indonesian president says executions will go ahead

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president has rejected any attempts by other countries to intervene in the execution of foreign drug traffickers.