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Filipino cardinal stirs papal talk with rapid rise

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Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, makes a sign of the cross on the foreheads of devotees during a mass in observance of Ash Wednesday which ushers the 45-day Lenten Season Wednesday February 13, 2013 in Manila. AP FILE PHOTO

Asia’s most prominent Roman Catholic leader knows how to reach the masses: He sings on stage, preaches on TV, brings churchgoers to laughter and tears with his homilies. And he’s on Facebook.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Filipino sultan’s quest sparks crisis in Malaysia

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Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III: Defiant. AP FILE PHOTO

Unlike many other Muslim royalties basking in grand palaces and opulent lifestyles, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s kingdom sits in a rundown two-story house in a poor Islamic community in Manila, the only hint of power and glory is the title attached to his name.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino Catholics pray for smooth succession

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Pope Benedict XVI AP PHOTO

Filipinos in Asia’s largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation on Sunday went to church that awkwardly had no pope for the first time in 600 years and prayed for the smooth rise of a successor to Benedict XVI who can lead an embattled church.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Navy ship goes to Malaysia trying to get Filipinos

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In this photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, a policeman closes a gate of their base at a village of Sahabat 16, near Lahad Datu, Sabab, Malaysia.  AP FILE PHOTO

A Philippine navy ship was sailing to waters off eastern Malaysia on Monday to try to bring back some members of a Filipino clan who became locked in a territorial standoff after going there and claiming land as their own.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Al-Qaida-linked militants free 2 Filipino hostages

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Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist’s crew believed to have been kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked militants in June last year as they set out to interview the extremists in their jungle lairs in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippine port operator pulls out of Syria

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A Philippine container port operator has decided to pull out of Syria and withdrew all its Filipino workers from a key port due to increasing dangers from the country’s civil war, company officials said Wednesday.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Southeast Asian leaders to ask China to start talks over islands

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From right, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Philippines' President Benigno Aquino III and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak arrive for a singing ceremony of adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration during the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.  AP /Vincent Thian

Southeast Asian leaders decided to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding accord aimed at preventing violence over disputed South China Sea territories.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines rolls out welcome mat for US warship

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US sailors from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington board a ferry for a short liberty off Manila Bay  Thursday . AP PHOTO

A US Navy aircraft carrier strike force’s visit to Manila is the latest show of American military might partly aimed at countering China’s grip in Asia. But it also provides hundreds of Filipino American sailors a chance to briefly soak in the warm embrace of a second home.

Posted: October 25th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Workers demand pay hikes at Asia’s May Day marches

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Workers march during a rally to mark May Day in Jakarta, Indonesia(left), Bangkok, Thailand (top), and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AP

May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers’ holiday to a day of international protest Tuesday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures.

Posted: May 1st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manila seeks int’l support in standoff with China

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The Philippines warned Monday that China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea may eventually threaten freedom of navigation in the busy region and called on Western and Asian countries to take a stand against any such potential threat.

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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