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The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of about 4,200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats.
An Islamist militant suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up outside a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing himself and three other people, the second attack of its kind in the world's top oil exporter in one week.
The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China's reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions.
President Benigno Aquino III will likely certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in keeping with the timetable for its enactment, a palace official said Saturday.
Unsure whether the Senate could meet its self-imposed deadline for the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Senate President Franklin Drilon on Saturday stressed the importance of having the measure enacted before October this year.
President Benigno Aquino III is also set to meet with Japan's business leaders during his state visit to the East Asian nation next week to strengthen cooperation in efforts to maintain security in the region.