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Philippines President Aquino makes an emotional appeal

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 7:33AM UTC Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers  his 5th State of the Nation Adress, Monday. Pic: AP.

Many have conceded that Monday’s State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III was by far his best since he was elected president of the Philippines.

Filipino hostages’ release raises hope for talks

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 4:28PM UTC New People's Army rebels. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says a communist guerrillas’ move to free four abducted police officers has sparked hopes for resuming stalled peace talks but a major obstacle remains.

Pope Francis to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 10:24AM UTC Pope Francis. Pic: AP.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis’ second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Philippines: Death toll rises to 24 after extremists attack villagers

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 4:45PM UTC Philippines: Death toll rises to 24 after extremists attack villagers

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say the death toll in a brazen road attack by Abu Sayyaf extremists on some 50 villagers traveling in the southern Philippines to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families has climbed to 23 after a 3-year-old boy and his father died from their injuries.

Extremists kill at least 16 villagers southern Philippines

By Mon, Jul 28, 2014 2:30PM UTC Extremists kill at least 16 villagers southern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military officials say Abu Sayyaf gunmen have killed at least 16 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack as the civilians traveled in two vans to visit relatives at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the south of the

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