A fire breaks out on a ferry carrying more than 130 passengers and crew, leaving at least seven people dead and prompting a search for the missing.
Newly elected President Jose Ramos-Horta has focused on diversifying the country's economy and reducing high poverty rates in his pledges to the nation.
Chinese ambassador to the Philippines says bilateral relations between the two countries "will only become stronger" under the next administration.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr became the first candidate in recent history to win an outright majority in a Philippines presidential election, paving the way for his family to return to power after more than three decades.
Philippines wakes to a new but familiar political dawn after an election triumph by Ferdinand Marcos Jr paves the way for a once-unimaginable return to the country's highest office for its most notorious political dynasty.
With more than 60 percent of the country's precincts reporting, Ferdinand Marcos Jr had garnered over 20 million votes against liberal candidate Leni Robredo's 9.4 million.
Voting is under way in Philippines to elect a new president, with the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos the favourite to win the high-stakes race and restore his family to the pinnacle of power.
Philippines overall situation is 'relatively peaceful' ahead of the May 9 general election, say police, despite some shooting incidents and other poll-related offences that they consider to be isolated.
Experts warn fake news could upend the course of Philippine democracy with victory of former dictator Marcos' son.
Thailand hopes that the agreement facilitating the transfer of defence hardware and technology will help improve its national defence and support investment from Japan.
Housing fire in densely populated capital Manila leaves eight people dead and 80 homes destroyed, officials say.
As Ferdinand Marcos Junior emerges as the frontrunner in the upcoming election, the spectre of his father's iron-fisted rule becomes all too real.
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