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Piracy: Abductors of 13 seamen demands ransom

The Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria revealed that it is currently in touch with abductors of the 13 seafarers who were taken hostage by pirates two weeks ago, saying the abductors have demanded a ransom.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 19, 2019 Pigs are pictured at Poetterhof, a species-appropriate pig farm in Brueggen, western Germany. – The Philippines on Monday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from Slovakia to China, pushing up pork prices worldwide. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP)

Philippines confirms first swine fever cases

The Philippines on Monday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from Slovakia to China, pushing up pork prices worldwide.
A Rodrigo Duterte impersonator (C), who goes by the name Cresencio Extreme, poses for photos as he attends a church service in the Central district of Hong Kong on February 3, 2019. ISAAC LAWRENCE - AFP

Rodrigo Duterte impersonator sparks frenzy at Hong Kong church

A Rodrigo Duterte impersonator sparked frenzy and confusion during Sunday mass when he walked into a Hong Kong church popular with the city’s Filipino community.

Filipina domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia

The 39-year-old was put to death on Tuesday and her family was notified the following day, said Elmer Cato from the Philippines department of foreign affairs.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 120th Philippine navy anniversary celebration in Manila on May 22, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - TED ALJIBE

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte under fire for saying he ‘touched’ maid

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte drew outrage Sunday after saying he “touched” his maid when he was a teenager, with women’s rights groups accusing him of attempted rape and encouraging sexual abuse.

Polish sailors kidnapped off Nigeria’s coast freed

The Polish government has confirmed the release of the crew of a container ship, who were kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria in October.
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US returns Church bells taken from Philippines 117 years ago

After 117 years, the U.S. returned the three original church bells taken by American soldiers as war booty during the Philippine-American war in 1901.
Xi Jinping walks past a guard of honour on his arrival in Manila, the first state visit by a Chinese president to the Philippines in 13 years [Erik De Castro-Reuters]

China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Philippines with focus on infrastructure pledges

Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for the first state visit by a Chinese president in 13 years, with the administration of Rodrigo Duterte under pressure to show there is value in its "pivot" to China.

Pirates attack vessel in Port Harcourt

The ARX Maritime said a gang of Pirates attacked a sea vessel near Bonny Island in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday.
Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight has caused international outrage with a cartoon of tennis great Serena Williams

Serena Williams cartoon fuels debate about ‘racist’ Australia

Australia is by most measures one of the world’s most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist.
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Police arrest 34 moviegoers for not standing up for national anthem

Philippines police have arrested 34 Filipino moviegoers for sitting out when the Philippine national anthem was played in a cinema, an official report on Friday said.

Philippines spokesman defends President for kissing married woman on lips

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman on Tuesday defended the 73-year-old leader from criticism after he kissed a married woman on the lips in front of thousands of cheering Filipinos in South Korea.

President Duterte’s critic Maria Sereno removed as Philippine chief justice

The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to expel its chief justice in a vote that activists said signals "the death of democracy" in the Southeast Asian country.

Housemaid undergoes emergency surgery after employer made her drink bleach

A maid has had to undergo emergency surgery after her abusive Saudi employer forced her to drink household bleach.

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte now targets fake drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines has opened a new front in his war on drugs, targeting fake over-the-counter medicines to try to stem the spread of counterfeit paracetamol, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Philippines withdraws from international criminal court

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of the country’s ratification of the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Philippines’ Duterte attends wake of Filipino maid found in Kuwait freezer

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines on Thursday attended the wake of a Filipino domestic helper whose death prompted him to declare a ban on citizens working in Kuwait.

Kuwait condemns Philippine president’s call to evacuate workers

A top Kuwaiti official condemned on Tuesday a call by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to evacuate his country’s workers from Kuwait, suggesting Duterte could damage ties between the two countries.

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A woman was killed and at least 65 people were wounded, including five Georgian soldiers, in a complex attack that hit a medical facility near the largest US military base in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, officials said.

Olivier Giroud wanted by Inter, Atletico in January transfer

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House of Reps summons ministers over power sector crisis

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Chris Ngige, to explain why nothing was done regarding the 21 days ultimatum given by Electricity Workers Union over unpaid benefits to disengaged employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), as well as improved condition of services by their current employers.
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A$AP Rocky back in Sweden four months after assault conviction

New York rapper A$AP Rocky was back in Sweden on Wednesday for a concert, four months after receiving a suspended sentence over a Stockholm street fight.