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Damage to coral reefs in disputed sea 'close to catastrophic' - expert

CHINA's island-building activities in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) have posed a significant threat to the marine environment.

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Duterte formalizes presidential bid

(Updated) DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte filed on Friday his certificate of candidacy for president, days after he announced that he is seeking the highest post in the land.

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White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence

WASHINGTON -- A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.

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Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

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8 suspected ISIS sympathizers killed in Sultan Kudarat

MANILA -- Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State (IS) group in a clash in Sultan Kudarat on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.

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