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US thaws frozen aid to PHL

$15-M military assistance withheld earlier due to human rights abuses Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The United States has lifted restrictions on a small portion of its military assistance to the Philippines that was withheld over human rights concerns, […]
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Pope ends record-setting Asia tour

By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday 1/19/2015 - Masses of cheering believers in the Philippines turned out to bid farewell to Pope Francis Monday,a fitting end to a week in Asia that saw him draw record […]
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Francis thrills in ‘jeepney’ popemobile

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 1/18/2015 – Pope Francis made a triumphant entrance for a mass with millions in the Philippines on Sunday aboard a “popemobile” styled after the nation’s iconic, flamboyant and much-loved “jeepney” minibus. The pontiff, standing […]
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Weeping young Pinay challenges pope on prostitution

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – A weeping 12-year-old Philippine girl, asking how God could allow children to become prostitutes, moved Pope Francis on Sunday to hug her and appeal for everyone to show more compassion. Glyzelle Palomar, a one-time […]
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Don’t insult other religions: Pope

But cleric says ‘To kill in the name of God is an absurdity’ By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Pope Francis on Thursday condemned killing in God’s name but warned religion could not be insulted, […]
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Pope calls for more courage on climate change

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Pope Francis called on world leaders Thursday to show more courage in negotiations to seal a global pact on climate change at a summit in Paris this year. “Let’s hope that governments will be […]
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Muslims in Marawi march against Charlie Hebdo

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Around 1,500 people protested in one of the Philippines’ main Muslim-majority cities on Wednesday against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, police said. Local politicians, teenaged students and women...
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Pope to travel in ‘jeepney’ during PHL visit

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday – Pope Francis will travel in a different kind of “popemobile” during his visit to the Philippines later this week – an open “jeepney”, organisers said Monday. One of the three vehicles Francis will […]
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Aquino warns public of dangers during papal visit

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday  – President Benigno Aquino urged the Philippine people on Monday to be alert against panic, stampedes or any attempts to sow chaos during this week’s visit by Pope Francis. Aquino said the large number […]
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Rains threaten papal mass on storm-hit Leyte

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The Philippines was watching nervously on Sunday as a tropical storm threatened a typhoon-prone central island that Pope Francis will visit this week on his tour of the fervently Catholic nation. The country’s weather […]