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Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said …

Despite Trump lobby, only ‘some’ leaders condemn Pyongyang

MANILA, Philippines — Despite President Donald Trump’s lobby for stronger punitive actions against North Korea, only “some” Asia-Pacific leaders condemned Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles when they gathered for an annual summit in Manila last week. A statement issued belatedly by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday on behalf of 18 world …

Philippine court convicts bomber in congressman’s death

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine court has convicted a man for a daring 2007 motorcycle bombing that killed a Muslim rebel-turned-congressman and three other people and wounded 10, including two legislators. Judge Ralph Lee of the Regional Trial Court Branch 83 on Friday convicted Ikram Indama but acquitted two other key suspects in the Nov. …

Activists praise Trudeau’s comments about Duterte crackdown

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights advocates praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for publicly expressing concerns about the Philippine president’s deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, with Human Rights Watch saying the “quiet diplomacy” adopted by President Donald Trump and other world leaders won’t stop the killings. Trudeau told reporters in Manila on Tuesday that he …

ASEAN shuns mention of China’s new islands, arbitration loss

MANILA, Philippines—Southeast Asian nations avoided mention Thursday of China’s construction of islands in the South China Sea and a U.N.-linked arbitration ruling that invalidated Beijing’s claims in the disputed waters in the latest show of China’s regional clout. President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking on behalf of fellow heads of state of the Association of Southeast Asian …

Watchdog urges Asian summits to address rights crises

“Thailand was once one of Asia’s leading democracies, but now it is stagnating under military rule,” Adams said. MANILA, Philippines — Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged world leaders converging for annual summits in Southeast Asia to address the region’s human rights crises led by the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and what it …

Philippines backs down in S. China Sea after Beijing protest

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defence chief said Wednesday, disclosing details of the new territorial spat for the first time. The dispute over a string of sandbars called Sandy Cay emerged in August and prompted …

Filipino doctor denies he financed New York bombing plots

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino doctor accused by U.S. authorities of plotting attacks in New York City, including Times Square, appeared in a Manila court Tuesday and told reporters that money he sent to a charity was misconstrued as funds intended to finance the disrupted plots. Russell Salic smiled as he was led away in …

Philippines troops find dead, soon to declare end of siege

CLARK, Philippines— Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security officials told The Associated Press on Monday. The officials said the seizure of the building and the defeat of the militants would allow the military to …

US: DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead

MANILA, Philippines— DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said Saturday. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina told The Associated Press that DNA tests done in Virginia at …

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