Martin Petty

Explainer: Asia-Pacific closes in on world's biggest trade deal

Nov 13 2020

Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies are set to conclude talks on Sunday and sign what could become the world's largest free trade agreement, covering nearly a third of the global population and about 30% of its global gross domestic product.

Opponents dismayed as Philippines' Duterte approves 'monstrous' anti-terror bill

Jul 03 2020

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved tough anti-terrorism legislation on Friday that rights groups condemned as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.

Philippines extends lockdown in capital beyond 11 weeks

May 12 2020

MANILA The Philippines on Tuesday announced an extension of a lockdown of its capital, Manila, to 11 weeks, stretching one of the world's strictest and longest community quarantines to June to try to contain coronavirus outbreaks.

Philippines extends capital's coronavirus lockdown to May 15

Apr 23 2020

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended until May 15 a lockdown in the capital Manila, his spokesman said on Friday, stretching to eight weeks one of the world's strictest community quarantines to curb coronavirus infections.

'As long as necessary': Coronavirus holdout Palau opts for self-isolation

Apr 15 2020

The Pacific island nation of Palau is one of the world's last countries still free of the coronavirus, and it's doing all it can to stay that way.

South East Asians consider emergency powers as coronavirus spreads

Mar 23 2020

MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asian countries considered more emergency powers on Monday to tackle the threat of the coronavirus as the biggest daily jump in cases in Malaysia took the number of infections in the region above 4,000.

SE Asians consider emergency powers, Singapore carrier grounds fleet

Mar 23 2020

MANILA, March 23 Southeast Asian countries considered more emergency powers on Monday to tackle the threat of the coronavirus as Singapore Airlines said it was grounding almost all of fleet in the face of the "greatest challenge" it has ever faced.

Philippine president seeks powers over firms, supplies, funds to avert crisis

Mar 23 2020

MANILA The Philippine Congress held a special session over the internet on Monday to debate a push by the country's strongman leader to adopt sweeping emergency powers, in a bid to avert chaos from a rapid spread of coronavirus.

Confusion, concern as locked-down Philippines starts coronavirus quarantine

Mar 17 2020

MANILA Millions of people woke up confused, confined and frustrated in the Philippines on Tuesday, as a sweeping home quarantine order kicked in with just a few hours of warning, and Southeast Asia prepared tighter measures against a surge in coronavirus cases.

Duterte puts Philippines under quarantine, says 'we are in the fight of our lives'

Mar 16 2020

MANILA The Philippines announced strict home quarantine measures on Monday for half of its population, shut down transport networks and ordered businesses to close or operate remotely in a bid to quell rising coronavirus cases.

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