The Philippines' top broadcaster ABS-CBN was forced off air on Tuesday over a stalled operating license renewal, drawing fresh accusations that the authorities are cracking down on press freedom. Rights and press freedom groups said the shutdown order was an assault on the right to free speech, as the conglomerate broadcasts news coverage watched by millions daily.
Taal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, leaving tens of thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption. The volcano has already left much of the surrounding area covered in ghostly layers of ash and mud.
Boats are capsized on a beach in Occidental Mindoro after Typhoon Phanfone, with wind gusts reaching 200 kilometres (125 miles) an hour, tore roofs off houses and toppled electric posts as it ripped through the central Philippines on Christmas day.