Philippines

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

Rodrigo Duterte: US, Philippines alliance will remain

He also said there will be no joint military exercises with the US "next year" in a marked change from earlier statements where he insisted this year's drills would the last ever between the longtime allies.

After cursing Obama, Duterte expresses regret

Duterte, who cursed Obama as a "son of a bitch" Monday, said in a statement through his spokesman that he regretted "it came across as a personal attack on the US President."

"We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions," the statement released on Tuesday read.

Philippines: Soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf fighting

It means Monday was the deadliest day for Philippine troops since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in May.

Abu Sayyaf is one of the smallest and most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines.

Its name means "bearer of the sword" and it is notorious for kidnappings and attacking civilians and the army.

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte threatens to leave UN

Mr Duterte said he might ask China and African nations to form another body. He also accused the UN of failing on terrorism, hunger and ending conflicts.

Mr Duterte, elected in May, has sanctioned the killing of traffickers to try to wipe out the drugs trade.

The UN has repeatedly condemned the drive as a violation of human rights.

Some 900 suspected drug traffickers have been killed since Mr Duterte was elected on 9 May.

Duterte: 'Punisher' to president

Philippine President names top officials allegedly linked to drug trade

Among those named in a speech early Sunday in the southern city of Davao -- once President Rodrigo Duterte's mayoral stomping ground -- were government officials, members of the judiciary, congressmen and police officials.

While some are retired, many on his list were active officers, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

Philippines condemns Abu Sayyaf killing of Canadian Robert Hall

Robert Hall was kidnapped by the Islamist group in September along with three others from Canada, the Philippines and Norway.

Fellow Canadian John Ridsdel was killed by the group in April after a multi-million dollar ransom deadline expired.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had earlier said he believed it was "likely" Mr Hall was dead.

In a statement on Tuesday, outgoing Philippines President Benigno Aquino confirmed the killing.

Terror groups form Islamic State powerhouse in the Philippines: video

The video purports to show militants carrying IS flags and the heavily armed commanders of the groups that had declared their allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The groups have, in the past, separately claimed support for IS, but the video suggests they might have agreed to consolidate their forces, creating an even more potent threat from the lawless island region bordering Malaysia.

American couple found dead in central Philippines

Senior Inspector Lawrence Gerald Bathan said the body of Kelvin Fleischauer was retrieved on Sunday and that of his 60-year-old wife Lolly Mangilaya Fleischauer the next day in the well near their home in Murcia town in Negros Occidental province.

Police responded late Sunday to a report of robbery in their home, and found a group of church members already looking for the couple. The church members discovered the man's body that night, Bathan said.