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US scales down anti-terror unit in PH, officials clarify

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After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaeda-linked militants, the United States is scaling down, not disbanding as reported, its anti-terror contingent of elite troops in Mindanao in a move that reflects shifting security strategies and focus in economically vibrant Asia, where new concerns such as multiple territorial conflicts involving China have alarmed Washington’s allies entangled in the disputes.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US proposes South China Sea provocation freeze

New assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs Daniel Russel. AFP FILE PHOTO

A US official proposed Wednesday that China and Southeast Asian nations call a moratorium on actions seen as provocative in a bid to cool tensions in the South China Sea.

Posted: June 12th, 2014 in Americas,Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China claims are nonsense – military chief

Philippine Military Chief Emmanuel Bautista. AP FILE PHOTO

The military chief on Thursday vowed to defend the country’s fishermen against any Chinese “terror or intimidation” in the South China Sea, the latest sign of sharpening tensions in what is a potential global flash point.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Trial of 27 Filipinos in Sabah standoff to start January

In this Thursday, March 14, 2013 photo released by Malaysia's Ministry of Defense, Malaysian soldiers discuss strategies at Sungai Nyamuk where a stand-off with Filipino gunmen took place, near Tanduo village in Lahad Datu, Borneo's Sabah state, Malaysia. INQUIRER file photo

The Malaysian high court will start hearing in January the case of 27 Filipino armed followers of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram III involved in a bloody clash with Malaysian forces in Sabah in February.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU gives P17-M aid for displaced civilians in Zamboanga

EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux   FILE PHOTO

he European Union (EU) has allocated P17 million (€300,000) to aid over 100,000 displaced civilians in the standoff between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »