Philippines

  • October 20, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Russian and Syrian forces began a “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which could last as long as four days. Using loudspeakers and pamphlets, the Syrian army urged residents to leave and fighters to put down their weapons. Also, in Iraq, the battle for Mosul has claimed its first American casualty: A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb. Continue reading

  • October 19, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a top Iraqi commander called for the surrender of Mosul on the third day of an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State. An estimated 6,000 ISIS fighters remain in the city. Also, a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform killed a U.S. service member and an American civilian in Kabul. The attack took place during exercises with Afghan security forces. Continue reading

  • October 14, 2016  

    As smoking rates have fallen in the U.S. and Europe, tobacco companies have focused their advertising elsewhere, especially Asia. In the Philippines, 25 percent of the population smokes, and cigarettes are a leading cause of death. But one former smoker is cultivating a grassroots campaign to influence legislation and publicize the dangers — especially to children. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. formally accused the Russian government of hacking Democratic political websites and state voting systems in an effort to interfere with elections. Also, Russia moved to keep its troops in Syria. Lawmakers in Moscow ratified a treaty with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that permits Russia to use a major base on the Syrian coast indefinitely. Continue reading

  • September 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a disciplinary court in Alabama removed Chief Justice Roy Moore from office after a panel found he encouraged probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. After his suspended term ends, he will be too old to run again. Also, federal investigators in Hoboken, New Jersey, have recovered one of the two recorders from the commuter train that crashed Thursday. Continue reading

  • September 30, 2016   BY  

    After arriving in Davao City, his hometown where he was once mayor, Duterte gave a rambling speech telling reporters he had been “portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler” by critics, Reuters reported. Continue reading

  • September 15, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the U.N. blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for delays in getting humanitarian aid into his country despite the cease-fire. The U.N. wants to deliver convoys into Aleppo, but says Syria is not providing permits. Also, a self-described hit man in the Philippines says that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings by death squads when he was mayor of Davao. Continue reading

  • September 13, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the cease-fire in Syria seemed to be holding. The war torn city of Aleppo was markedly quiet, and some ventured outdoors. Also, Russian-backed rebels in Eastern Ukraine announced a unilateral cease-fire. The change came as Ukraine’s president said parliament will soon vote on granting autonomy to eastern provinces. Continue reading

  • September 12, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, a cease-fire in Syria, negotiated by the United States and Russia, took effect at sunset, despite government attacks in Aleppo. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared in a recaptured Damascus suburb to say that he means to control the country again. Also, China rejected U.S. requests that it do more to intervene in North Korea after its latest nuclear test. Continue reading

  • September 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama toured a centuries-old Buddhist Temple during his visit to Laos and held a town hall with youth leaders from across Southeast Asia. The president urged Americans to learn about the world and reject isolationism. Also, Donald Trump campaigned in Philadelphia, calling for big increases in military funding ahead of a televised forum Wednesday night. Continue reading

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