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Philippines intensifies security for APEC summit after Paris attacks

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The Philippines deploys 18,000 police to ensure security for APEC summit (Source: AFP)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippines on November 14 vowed higher security for world leaders at the upcoming 2015 APEC summit in the country after a series of bloody attacks in Paris in the previous day.

Foreign department spokesman Charles Jose stated that Philippine security officers are monitoring and assessing the situation and are taking necessary precautions to ensure safety, security and well-being of all delegates.

The country has evacuated about 20,000 homeless people from the streets, cancelled more than 1,000 flights, deployed 18,000 police and declared public holidays in Manila to ensure a safe and efficient summit.

Major streets in the usually chaotic capital are being closed to traffic to speed up the shuttling of delegates, with police asking building owners to close their windows to prevent their use by snipers.

US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan, Australia, Canada and 15 others at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Conference summit in Manila on November 18-19.-VNA
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