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Obama Traveling to Turkey, Philippines, Malaysia

President Barack Obama will travel to Turkey for a G20 summit, followed by stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for meetings with world leaders next month, the White House said Monday.

At the G20 summit, leaders from the world's major economies are due to give final approval to a new plan to crack down on tax evasion by multinational corporations that costs countries at least $100 billion a year.

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Philippine Soldier Kills 5 at Prayer Meeting

A Philippine soldier opened fire on a prayer meeting at a military base on Thursday, killing five of his comrades before troops intervened and shot him dead, an army spokesman said.

Nine other people were also wounded in the rampage at an army camp on the southern island of Basilan, a hotbed for Muslim extremist groups, said Colonel Benjamin Hao.

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Philippine Floods Ease but Typhoon Death Toll Hits 47

Widespread flooding in the Philippines caused by a powerful typhoon eased on Wednesday but the storm's death toll climbed to 47 and tens of thousands of people remained in evacuation centers.

As the weather improved three days after the onslaught of Typhoon Koppu, officials were also counting the cost of ruined crops and drowned livestock from heavy rain that flowed into the vast farming regions north of Manila.

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Flooded Residents on Rooftops as Koppu Pummels Philippines

Residents of flooded farming villages in the Philippines were trapped on their rooftops on Monday and animals floated down fast-rising rivers, as deadly Typhoon Koppu dumped more intense rain.

Koppu, the second strongest storm to hit the disaster-plagued Southeast Asian archipelago this year, has killed at least two people and forced more than 60,000 people from their homes, authorities said.

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7 Dead in Capsized Boat in Central Philippines

The coast guard says a passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsized in central Philippines in a storm, leaving seven dead and two others missing.

A coast guard report Monday said the boat Tawash was on its way to to Guimaras province with 36 passengers and five crew members when it capsized.

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One Dead, 23,000 Flee as Typhoon Koppu Pummels Philippines

A teenager was crushed to death as powerful Typhoon Koppu tore down trees and houses and unleashed landslides and floods across a wide area of the Philippines on Sunday, forcing thousands to flee.

At least eight other people have been reported missing and military and volunteer rescue teams were dispatched to the rice-farming province of Nueva Ecija where rivers burst their banks and flooded several villages, authorities said.

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Philippines Warns Typhoon Koppu Could Linger for Days

Philippine authorities on Saturday warned that a powerful typhoon will likely linger over the country for almost three days, bringing prolonged heavy rain, possible floods and sparking storm surges.

Hundreds of people have already been evacuated from the northeastern provinces in the face of the approaching Typhoon Koppu, possibly the second most powerful storm to strike the disaster-prone country this year, civil defense officials said.

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Four Dead, 23 Hurt in Philippine Blasts

A roadside bomb killed four people in a Filipino politician's convoy Thursday, while a separate bus blast left a dozen injured in the country's strife-torn south, authorities said.

The first explosion on Basilan island killed three bodyguards of local official Abdulbaki Ajibon and a fourth person, they said.

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Philippine Gunmen Haul Hostages into Remote Mountain Region

Gunmen holding three foreigners and one Filipina hostage have slipped past a naval cordon and escaped to remote mountains in the southern Philippines without making ransom demands, police said Wednesday.

Elite army troops were trying to track the bandits while air force helicopters were readied for a possible rescue as the abductors trekked into Davao Oriental province, a hotbed of Maoist and Islamic rebels, said Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino, the region's deputy police commander.

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Philippines Leader Pokes Fun at Beijing's South China Sea Claims, Praises Japan

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday joked about China's disputed maritime territorial claims and praised Beijing's regional rival Japan for passing new legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad.

Speaking in an interview with ABS-CBN television, Aquino said that China had proposed the joint development of the South China Sea while at the same time claiming almost all of the strategically sensitive waters.

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