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Philippines typhoon toll hits 81, expected to rise

MANILA: The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 81 and could hit triple digits as searchers dig through a landslide where dozens are presumed dead, authorities said Wednesday. Mangkhut swamped farm fields in the nation’s agricultural north and smashed houses when it tore through at the weekend with violent winds and heavy rains. Since then the toll has climbed mostly due to the corpses recovered from the massive landslide in the mining town of Itogon where dozens are still believed buried…

Super Typhoon Mangkhut with 180 MPH Winds Targets Philippines

MANILA: A super typhoon roared toward the Philippines on Thursday, packing fierce winds and heavy rains that are expected to strike the disaster-prone nation at the weekend before moving on to China. Typhoon Mangkhut, which has already blasted through the Northern Mariana Islands, is roaring across the Pacific with winds that can gust as high as 255 kilometres (160 miles) per hour. Authorities said some 10 million people in the Philippines are in the storm's path, not including millions more in heavily-populated…

Bomb at Philippines street festival kills two, wounds 37

MANILA: A homemade bomb hidden under a motorcycle killed two people, one a child, and wounded 37 at a local street festival in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, security officials said, the latest unrest in a region prone to militancy. The explosion occurred in front of a clothing stall along a highway in Isulan in Sultan Kudarat province, where a festival was taking place. An investigation was underway and there were no immediate claims of responsibility, according to police. The province is on the Philippines’…

Kuwait, Philippines sign deal to regulate domestic labour

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait and the Philippines signed a deal on Friday to regulate domestic workers, after a dispute between the two countries led to a ban on Filipino workers in the Gulf state. "A short time ago we signed an agreement between the two countries on the employment of domestic workers," Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah told a joint press conference with his Filipino counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano. In February Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a partial ban on workers travelling to Kuwait…

Philippines, Malaysia put Uber-Grab deal under anti-competition scrutiny

MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR: Philippines and Malaysia said on Monday they will look into whether Uber Technologies’ move to sell its Southeast Asian business to ride-hailing rival Grab hinders competition, days after Singapore began a probe into the deal on similar concerns. The expanded scrutiny of the deal in Southeast Asia could pose a major hurdle to the US firm’s attempt to improve profitability by exiting its loss-making regional operation. It also comes as Grab is set to face tougher competition from Indonesian rival…

Kuwait reaches deal with Philippines on domestic workers: KUNA

DUBAI: Kuwait and the Philippines have signed an agreement regulating some working conditions for domestic workers in the Gulf State, Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA reported on Saturday. The deal may end a two-month crisis sparked by reports that abuse by employers in Kuwait had driven several Filipinos to suicide. The Philippines stopped sending workers to Kuwait in January after a Filipino migrant worker was found dead in a freezer, the latest incident in what Manila called a pattern of abuse in the Gulf state.…

Philippines’ Duterte says he cannot be tried by war crimes court

DAVAO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday declared himself beyond the jurisdiction of an International Criminal Court probe into thousands of deaths in his "drugs war", claiming local laws do not specifically ban extrajudicial killings. In a typically bombastic speech on Friday, a day after the ICC announced a preliminary inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity, Duterte renewed an earlier threat to withdraw the country from the world's sole war crimes tribunal. Duterte, who has overseen the bloody…

VIDEO: Meet the ‘friendly’ crocodile that approaches fish cleaners for food

MANILA: A video of a "friendly" crocodile begging for scraps from villagers cleaning fish is going rounds on the internet and this is not terrifying one that usually happens in case of a wild predator encountering humans. A resident of a village in the Philippines recently shared video of a "friendly" crocodile begging for scraps from villagers cleaning fish. The video shows the crocodile's deadly jaws only feet away from the villagers as they sit on the dock cleaning fish. The crocodile does not show aggression…

Dengue vaccine not deadly, says maker

MANILA: A world-first dengue vaccination programme in the Philippines that was suspended over safety concerns will not cause anyone who was immunised to die, drug manufacturer Sanofi and local authorities said on Monday. The Philippines on Friday suspended the programme, after more than 733,000 people had been immunised, in response to a statement from Sanofi that its vaccine could cause "more cases of severe disease" for people who had not previously had the mosquito-borne ailment. After news outlets and some…