Australia increases support for poverty reduction

Australia is increasing its support to the Philippines to ensure that poor Filipinos can access essential social services. Deputy Secretary Ewen McDonald of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman today launched Australia’s support for improving access of poor municipalities to early learning and education through community-led approach by providing Php 487 million (A$12.2 million) to the Philippines National Community […]

PHL and Vietnamese foreign ministers discuss need to peacefully resolve rising South China Sea tensions

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday (July 3) the successful and fruitful visit of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario to Hanoi, Vietnam on July 2 where he and his Vietnamese counterpart discussed the urgent need to address peacefully the escalating challenges and tension in the South China Sea. Del Rosario  expressed his appreciation to the Government of Vietnam for its warm hospitality. In his meetings with Deputy Prime Minister […]

Iraq PM hopes for deal on new government in next parliament session

(Reuters) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliament’s first session ended without agreement on top government posts. “A state of weakness occurred but God willing in the next session (planned for next Tuesday) we will overcome it with cooperation and agreement and openness …in choosing the individuals and the mechanisms that will result […]

Thai military government looks to neighbours for support

(Reuters) – Thailand’s military government is shoring up diplomatic ties with Asian neighbours to provide a counterweight to criticism from the West about its seizure of power in May and its reluctance to set an early date for a return to civilian rule. In the latest move, acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow reassured Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday that Cambodian workers who had fled home after the coup, fearing a crackdown on immigrants, […]

Hong Kong protesters lifted kicking and screaming from downtown rally

By James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG Wed Jul 2, 2014 2:30am EDT (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police forcibly removed kicking and screaming protesters from the Central business district on Wednesday, holdouts of a mass rally demanding greater democracy from Communist Party rulers in Beijing. The pro-democracy march on Tuesday, which organisers said attracted more than 510,000 people, and a subsequent sit-in by mainly student groups could be the biggest challenge yet […]