The Republic of the Philippines in Southeast Asia is an island country made up of more than 7,000 islands and islets. With a population of roughly 100 million, the ethnically diverse country has 19 recognized languages.
The name Philippines hails from colonial power Spain, which named the territory after King Philip II of Spain. Manila is the capital city, Quezon City is the most populous. This page contains DW's most recent content on the Philippines.
A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer.
The powerful cyclone is beginning to weaken as it crosses land, but not before dumping a month's worth of rain in a day. The Philippines is no stranger to typhoons - the island nation is hit by about 20 each year.
In one of the most impoverished dumpsite communities in the Philippines, Australian street artist "Kaff-eine" dares to tread where others do not - in a place described as "dirty, crime-ridden, violent and godforsaken."