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August 16, 2017 12:16 AM Here’s what a permanent treaty with North Korea might look like

After weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday. But where is the mercurial Kim Jong Un headed next? U.S. officials are debating whether he may want direct talks with Washington about a formal treaty to replace the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. The United States has been pursuing a dual path, threatening military 5

August 15, 2017 7:07 PM China ships massing near Pag-asa sandbars?

MANILA, Philippines - China is massing Navy and Coast Guard ships near Pag-asa Island in Palawan, which is occupied by a few hundred Filipino soldiers and civilians, Rep. Gary Alejano of party-list group Magdalo said yesterday. “I received information from my sources in the military stating that since three days ago, China has deployed two frigates 8

August 15, 2017 5:16 AM Consumer safety assured amid avian flu outbreak

The government has vowed to ensure the safety of consumers and support the local poultry industry in the wake of the avian flu outbreak that hit Pampanga province. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the government is committed to take precautions to prevent the spread of avian flu and eliminate the problem “soonest.” “Our first concern is the safety 16

August 14, 2017 11:28 PM Palace says bird flu strain not harmful

The avian flu strain that hit poultry in Pampanga province is not harmful to humans, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it was up to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to decide on the request of Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda to lift the quarantine in San Luis town, where the virus struck, because it was affecting 16

August 14, 2017 5:05 PM Government moves to prevent bird flu jump to humans

MANILA, Philippines - Three days after confirming an avian flu outbreak, government agencies are scrambling to keep the virus from spreading and especially from jumping to humans. Apart from the ongoing culling of thousands of chickens and ducks and quarantine of an area in San Luis town in Pampanga where the outbreak was first reported, the government 10

August 11, 2017 7:19 AM AFP: Debris from North Korea missile strike of Guam could reach PH

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Restituto Padilla said the country could be affected if North Korea makes good its threat to launch missiles at Guam. "If ever it disintegrates in the atmosphere, potentially, it would have shattered debris that may scatter around in the area or its trajectory 3

August 8, 2017 10:41 AM ASEAN economic outlook still upbeat

Economic forecast for ASEAN in the near-term remains optimistic, IHS Markit Asia Pacific Chief Economist Rajiv Biswas said Monday. Biswas attributed the optimistic outlook for the region to the continuous robust economic growth of Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, which are expected to increase their gross domestic product by more than 6.0 percent 8

August 8, 2017 8:05 AM IMF cuts Philippines' 2017 growth forecast to 6.6 pct

MANILA - The Philippine economy will likely grow 6.6 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday, slower than its 6.8 percent growth forecast announced in February. The downgrade stems from slower than expected economic growth in the first quarter, Luis Breuer, who led the IMF mission that just completed a review of the Southeast 10

August 7, 2017 10:49 PM Stop missile tests before we talk – Tillerson to North Korea

MANILA/WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a door open for dialogue with North Korea on Monday, saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted a series of recent missile test launches. But North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho maintained they would not give up a nuclear program he described as a legal option to defend 11

August 7, 2017 10:11 PM Analysis: Sanctions may not halt North Korea nuclear program

WASHINGTON — The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country’s relentless nuclear weapons ambitions. While the United States hails a new package of U.N. penalties that could cut a third of North Korea’s exports, the sanctions themselves aren’t the American objective. They’re only a tactic for getting 11