Nine killed in Jolo bombing in southern Philippines

At least five soldiers and four civilians have been killed, and several others were wounded after two explosions struck the southern Philippine town of Jolo, according to authorities. Philippine Red Cross Chief Richard Gordon said the explosion hit at approximately noon (04:00 GMT) on Monday in the capital of Sulu,[…]

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150 freed in Philippines jailbreak

More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels have stormed a jail in the southern Philippines, killing a guard and allowing 158 inmates to escape, officials said. Six of the inmates were killed in firefights with pursuing police and army troops, while eight others have been caught and were being returned to[…]

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Philippines offers refuge to Rohingya migrants

The Philippines has signalled it is ready to take in thousands of migrants who are stranded on Asia’s seas, the first country to offer shelter after its south-east Asian neighbours blocked them from entering. Manila, a signatory to the United Nation’s refugee convention, said it would help as it denied[…]

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Philippines admits Libya evacuation a challenge

A Philippine plan to evacuate all 13,000 of its workers in strife-torn Libya is a “challenge”, with many reluctant to leave despite the dangers, the Filipino foreign ministry said Friday. The ministry announced a “mandatory” evacuation of all 13,000 of its nationals living in Libya last month after the beheading[…]

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