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U.S. raises military assistance to the Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Washington will raise its military assistance to the Philippines by about two-thirds, Manila's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, helping its oldest security ally in Asia defend vast maritime borders against what it sees as Chinese assertiveness.Full story

Philippines likely to stay in Golan Heights for another six months

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will likely keep its peacekeeping forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for six more months after securing U.N. assurances for the safety of its 342 soldiers in the ceasefire zone, Manila's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Full story

Blast kills six, wounds dozens in Philippine southern city

MANILA (Reuters) - A powerful blast ripped through a crowded popular nightclub in a southern Philippine city late on Friday, killing six people and wounding dozens, police said on Saturday, a reminder of the security challenges despite rising economic growth. Full story

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Japan's PM Abe gestures during a news conference at a hotel in Makati city, metro Manila
Japan's PM Abe gestures during a news conference at a hotel in Makati city, metro Manila

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a news conference at a hotel in Makati city, metro Manila July 27, 2013. Abe arrived on Friday on a two-day official visit in Manila and met President Aquino on Saturday to discuss bilateral cooperation and regional issues. REUTERS/Al Falcon (PHIL

Japan's PM Abe and former president and current Manila mayor Estrada take part in a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila
Japan's PM Abe and former president and current Manila mayor Estrada take part in a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former president and current Manila mayor Joseph Estrada take part in a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila July 27, 2013. Abe arrived on Friday in Manila for a two-day official visit as part of his t

Japan's PM Abe and former president and current Manila mayor Estrada stand at attention during a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila
Japan's PM Abe and former president and current Manila mayor Estrada stand at attention during a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former president and current Manila mayor Joseph Estrada stand at attention during a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila July 27, 2013. Abe arrived on Friday in Manila for a two-day official visit as

Japan's PM Abe stands at attention during a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila
Japan's PM Abe stands at attention during a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands at attention during a ceremonial wreath laying at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal at Rizal park, metro Manila July 27, 2013. Abe arrived on Friday in Manila for a two-day official visit as part of his three-nation Southeast Asian visit which include

Philippine President Aquino prepares to shake hands with Japanese PM Abe after their joint press statement at the presidential palace in Manila
Philippine President Aquino prepares to shake hands with Japanese PM Abe after their joint press statement at the presidential palace in Manila

Philippine President Benigno Aquino prepares to shake hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after their joint press statement at the presidential palace in Manila July 27, 2013. Abe arrived on Friday for a two-day official visit in Manila, met Aquino on Saturday to discuss bilateral coopera