The US and Philippines can claim many successes since joining forces in counterterrorism after 9/11, but uprooting militancy altogether remains elusive.
A government-appointed group began working Thursday to disband 132 militias used by politicians to intimidate rivals, after one allegedly killed 57 people in a southern Philippines massacre. Critics worry that only opposition figures' armies will be broken up.
Malabon Zoo owner Manny Tangco blows a horn with children outside a Bengal tiger glass enclosure as they celebrate the coming Year of the Tiger in Manila, Philippines, on Dec. 31.
A young Pakistani Christian girl eats a piece of bread while playing with her friends (not shown) in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday.
German Bundeswehr army soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wear Santa Claus hats as they attend a Christmas celebration at Camp Marmal in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, on Dec. 22.
The Mayon volcano in the Philippines is expected to erupt imminently. But some residents are slow to leave their farms and homes, despite evacuation pleas.
Festive lights cover a house on 34th St in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood.
The eye of a goose is pictured at the Schwarzbauer geese farm in Hohenried near Ingolstadt, Germany on Friday. Geese are traditional food in Germany during the Christmas season.
Philippines authorities are struggling to move nearly 50,000 people to safety as the Mayon volcano showed activity that could presage a major eruption.
Wearing a holiday hat and leash, Pistache, a yellow Labrador retriever, waits for the start of the ASPCA's Blessing of the Animals on Dec. 13 at Christ Church in New York.