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Philippine leader appears in public as rumors of health woes swirl

MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte reappeared in public on Tuesday after an absence of a week, his longest disappearance from the spotlight as president, amid concerns about his health that the government insists are baseless.

US warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning, says container ship captain

TOKYO (Reuters) — A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship’s captain.

Appreciating and celebrating island dance

IN Micronesia, chants are usually accompanied by dancing performed mainly during special ceremonies. The movements are fluid and unhurried. Even the Palauan chacha and jitterbug, adaptations of the dances brought in by the U.S. military, are performed with a characteristic careful movement known as “matmatong.”

Stray cats, killers and no regrets: Duterte’s drug-war foe on life in jail

MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine police have arrested more than 80,000 people during President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, but few as prominent or defiant as Leila de Lima.

Caregivers complete training at Palau Community College

KOROR (PCC) — The fifth group of caregivers was certified after completing the Care-Giving Program at Palau Community College on June 16, 2017.

Abused children find Japan’s shelters provide little comfort

TOKYO (Reuters) — Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters.

Battle for Philippine town abates as troops mark Islamic holiday

MARAWI CITY (Reuters) — Fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels holed up in the heart of a southern Philippine town eased on Sunday as the military sought to enforce a temporary truce to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday.

American Samoa’s Amata invited to attend signing ceremony for VA accountability bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the American Samoa Congressional Delegate) — On Friday, U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s signing of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law.

High school students in Marshall Islands struggle to get into college courses

MAJURO — Only two high school seniors out of 596 who took the annual College of the Marshall Islands placement test for mathematics scored high enough to directly enter credit level courses at the college. The number, significantly down from the previous year, confirms the ongoing challenge Marshall Islands grade school students have with math.

Maritime organization blacklists Palau and Vanuatu

TOKYO, Japan (RNZI) — An international maritime administrative organization has placed Palau and Vanuatu in a black list, its lowest possible grade.