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Hopes Fade for Scores Buried in Landslides Caused by Philippines Quake

Philippine rescue officials said Wednesday they are losing hope of finding anyone alive among 71 people still buried in landslides set off by a powerful earthquake. So far, 26 bodies have been recovered and identified.

President Benigno Aquino III flew to the disaster area in central Negros Oriental province and gave orders to speed up the reconstruction of roads and bridges that collapsed when the magnitude-6.9 quake struck Monday.

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6.0-Magnitude Quake Hits off Philippines

A 6.0-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued.

The quake hit at 9:09 pm local time (13:09 GMT) off the island of Samar, at a depth of 60 kilometers around 100 kilometers north of the city of Guiuan, USGS said.

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Search Efforts Fail to Find Kidnapped Europeans in Philippines

Philippine authorities said Thursday they had failed to find two European birdwatchers in the crucial 24 hours after their abduction and warned Islamic militants may be holding them.

Hundreds of Marines quickly joined the search for Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 47, and Dutchman Ewold Horn, 52, who were seized by armed men on a tiny island in the lawless south of the country on Wednesday.

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Philippine Army Kills 3 Top Regional Islamic Militants

The Philippine army said it killed three senior leaders from the al-Qaida linked Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah militant organizations in an air raid on a remote southern island on Thursday.

The three were among 15 militants killed on Jolo, a jungle-infested island where Abu Sayyaf members are suspected to be holding kidnapped foreigners, regional military commander Major General Noel Coballes told Agence France Presse by phone.

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Death Toll in Philippine Landslide Rises to 28

The number of dead from a landslide in a remote gold-mining community in the southern Philippines hit 28 Saturday but rescuers said they expected the toll to rise with about 35 people unaccounted for.

Heavy equipment has arrived at the scene but there was continued confusion over exactly how many people might have been buried alive in Pantukan town before dawn on Thursday.

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25 Dead, 150 Missing in Philippine Landslide

At least 25 people were killed in the southern Philippines on Thursday when a landslide buried gold prospectors who had refused to leave an area declared too dangerous for habitation.

Officials said up to 150 people were missing on Mindanao Island after the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside that had been settled by thousands of migrants in search of instant riches.

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‘PrivateX’ Attacks Philippine Vice President's Website

Hackers launched a series of New Year's day attacks that temporarily shut down several Philippine government websites including the office of the vice-president, officials said Monday.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said hackers calling themselves the PrivateX group brought down his official website for 15 hours Sunday and denied access to mostly migrant Filipinos checking on his office's activities.

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Philippines Sends Coffins to Flooded Areas, Toll Nears 1,000 Dead

The Philippine government shipped more than 400 coffins Tuesday to two flood-stricken cities in the south where the death toll neared 1,000 as President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity and relief agencies rushed to help.

The latest count listed 957 dead and 49 missing and is set to climb further as additional bodies are being recovered from the sea and mud in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities.

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Battle for Philippine Flood Rescuers, More than 650 Dead

Philippine rescuers struggled against mud, fatigue and the stench of death Sunday to help dazed survivors of devastating flash floods that have killed more than 650 people.

Entire villages were washed away when tropical storm Washi whipped the south as people slept in the early hours of Saturday, leaving a trail of flattened homes, broken bridges and upended vehicles in the poverty-stricken country.

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440 Dead, 200 Missing in Philippines Storm Floods

Tropical storm Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas that left 440 people dead and nearly 200 missing, relief workers said Saturday.

About 20,000 soldiers had been mobilized in a huge rescue and relief operation across the stricken north coast of the island of Mindanao, where the major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were worst hit.

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