• Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of the 17th Congress Monday, July 25, 2016, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine leader declares ceasefire with communist rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effective immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace talks.

  • People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Asian shares were higher Thursday as Japan's benchmark rose on hopes of Japanese government stimulus spending and better-than-expected earnings lifted Wall Street. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Asian shares down as central banks wait and see

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets turned higher on Friday after surveys suggested the eurozone economy is proving resilient to the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s Brexit vote. A big drop in business activity in the U.K. raised expectations of more central bank stimulus there.

  • In this Feb. 23, 2012 file photo, former Philippine President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, center, arrives at a Pasay City Court for her arraignment on electoral fraud charges in Manila. The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed the plunder charge against former PresidentArroyo, ordering her immediate release from nearly five years of hospital detention.  Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said Tuesday, July 19, 2016,  the 15 justices voted 11-4 granting Arroyo’s petition seeking the dismissal of the remaining plunder case against her before an anti-graft court for lack of evidence. The case is about the alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office fund. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    Philippine court clears Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly five years of hospital detention — a decision the grateful ex-leader indicated can help her deal with those who “through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law” made her suffer.