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Philippines explosion: 12 dead, 60 injured in Davao City market blast

By Tim Hume, Christina Zdanowicz and Merieme Arif/CNN – At least 12 people have been killed and 60 injured in an explosion at a night market in Davao City in the Philippines, an official told CNN Philippines. Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, the director of Region 11 of the Philippine National Read more »

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Obama to meet Philippines President Duterte, raise human rights issues

By Ben Westcott/CNN – Human rights concerns will be on the agenda when US President Barack Obama meets controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte for the first time next week. The two leaders will talk on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Laos, starting on September 6. It will Read more »

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Henry Sy Tops Forbes Philippines Rich List for Nine Years in a Row

via – Henry Sy, takes the top spot on the Forbes Philippines Rich List for nine years in a row, with a net worth of US$13.7 billion. The complete Forbes Philippines Rich List is available here as well as in the latest issues of Forbes Asia and Forbes Read more »

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Is this the world’s largest pearl? It’s been under a bed for 10 years

By Ben Westcott/CNN – One of the world’s largest and most valuable pearls was left forgotten under a bed for more than 10 years, its owner told CNN. The enormous pearl, weighing 34 kilograms (75 lbs), was originally found inside a giant clam, said Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer, Aileen Read more »

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Baby girl born mid-air on flight to Philippines

via – A woman gave birth to a premature but healthy baby girl mid-flight while travelling from the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines, forcing the plane to carry out an emergency landing in India. The mother, whose due date was two months away, went into labour on board Read more »

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‘Not a hero’: Hundreds protest burial plan for former Filipino dictator

By Euan McKirdy/CNN – Hundreds crowded a park in the Philippines on Sunday to protest plans by President Rodrigo Duterte to bury former leader Ferdinand Marcos in the National Heroes’ Cemetery. The demonstration in Manila was held to protest the decision to re-inter Marcos, the dictator who ruled the Philippines Read more »