Philippines

Philippines counts cost of deadly typhoon

At least 25 people are known to have died but blocked roads and downed communications lines mean the true impact on rural areas is not yet clear.

Extensive crop damage is feared in the agricultural province of Cagayan.

The storm, which packs a 900km (550 mile) rain band and strong winds, is heading towards southern China.

It poses a "severe threat" to Hong Kong, the territory's observatory said, urging residents to stay on high alert.

Philippines wakes to storm destruction

 Almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao sustained some damage, a government official said, and communications were down in places.

However, there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

More than four million people are directly in the path of the storm, with sustained winds of 185km/h (115mph).

Thousands were evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges.

The typhoon is forecast to barrel toward China across the weekend.

The deadliest storm on record in the country was Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 7,000.

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills 180 on Mindanao

Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island.

Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders.

Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph), has passed across Mindanao and reached the resort islands of Palawan, and will now move further west.

The Philippines suffers regularly from deadly tropical storms, although Mindanao is not often hit.

Philippines launches probe into dengue vaccine scare

Last week French drug company Sanofi announced its vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected.

The public immunization programme was suspended on Friday.

Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people each year around the world.

The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bodies of civilians dumped near Philippines city

The death toll in a battle over the southern city of Marawi, 800 kilometres south of Manila, has reached more than 100, including 18 civilians.

Among the civilians killed, eight were men were believed to have been executed and then thrown into a ravine along a highway.

The eight dead men, most of them shot in the head and some with hands tied behind their backs, were labourers who were stopped by Islamic State-linked militants on the outskirts of Marawi City while trying to flee clashes, according to police.

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

 Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal.

The giant shipworm spends its life encased in a hard shell, submerged head-down in mud, which it feeds on.

Though its existence has been known for years, no living specimen had been studied until now.

Despite its name it is actually a bivalve, which is the same group as clams and mussels.

Nauru builds ties with Philippines and Korea

A $1 million deal was signed with RD Fisheries of Philippines, a new partner for Nauru, with more deals expected and a $3 million deal was inked with the Korea Overseas Fisheries Agency.

The Minister of Fisheries, reporting to Parliament on progress, said these deals had been secured despite low fish prices and La Nina favouring countries to the West.

Welcome to Duterte country

He was born and raised here. He served as the local mayor for seven terms. Even now, as President, he flies back and forth to Davao City, saying he prefers his own bed to sleeping in Manila's Malacanang Palace, the traditional home of Philippine leaders.

The President has captured the world's attention with his combative and at times vulgar comments. He told the EU they could f**k themselves and called US President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch."

Marcos: Former Philippines dictator buried at Heroes' Cemetery

The leader, who was ousted and forced into exile in 1986, died in the US in 1989. He had been embalmed and on display in his home city of Batac.

His burial follows a decision by the Supreme Court to allow him to be moved to the cemetery.

There have been protests against honouring a man blamed for thousands of killings, tortures and abductions.

Typhoon Haima slams Philippines in second storm in a week

Haima hit Cagayan province on the northeastern end of the archipelago about 11 p.m. local time. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded it from a super typhoon before it made landfall.

First heavy rain bands from super #typhoon #LawinPH #Haima drenching N Luzon nowpic.twitter.com/TGDIWI2ugK