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By Jim Gomez The Associated Press

Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

MANILA, Philippines — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said Thursday they plan more diggings and called for better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the remains were unearthed.

Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a “game-changer” in blossoming relations, although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea.

South China Sea ruling hailed as equalizing small countries

MANILA, Philippines — In one of the world’s most disputed waters, the puny Philippine navy doesn’t stand a chance against China’s flotilla of combat ships. So when diplomacy went nowhere and Beijing’s ships seized a disputed shoal and surrounded another reef, Filipino officials took a desperate step: They went to court.