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U.S. aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conduct dual carrier operations in the waterway to 'support a free and open Indo-Pacific'

DRILLS. This US Navy photo obtained October 7, 2019 shows the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)(L), and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 6) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations on October 6, 2019 in the South China Sea. File photo Navy Office of Information/AFP

Sixers 2020 playoff preview: Rust the process

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:58 PM

After a heartbreaking end to last season’s run, the Philadelphia 76ers hope to get luckier this time

ANOTHER SHOT. Assured of a playoff berth, Joel Embid and the Sixers look to prove doubters wrong. Photo from NBA

Cops arrest 11 at anti-terrorism law rally in Laguna

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:22 PM

The police round up the protesters right after their program ended

DETAINED. 11 activists protesting against the signing of the Anti-Terorrism Law were arrested by the police on July 4, 2020. Photo from Kyle Salgado's Twitter account

Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:02 PM

'I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,' says businessman Shankar Kurhade

GOLD MASK. Businessman Shankar Kurhade wears a face mask made of gold and being worth 289,000 rupees amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Pune on July 4, 2020. Photo by Sanket Wankade/AFP

Only 1 in 5 Filipinos would miss local newspapers ‘a lot’ if these go bust

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:02 PM

Media advocates say collaboration and staying relevant can help community newspapers survive

IN PHOTOS: Binibining Pilipinas candidates 2020 model Bragais shoes

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The candidates wear shoes by designer Jojo Bragais for the shoot

'Gorgeous': Beer flows again in England's pubs

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Dubbed 'Super Saturday,' England finally allowed restaurants to open their doors to customers again and barbers and hairdressers also able to get their clippers out

A staff member wears a face mask as she serves customers at the The Shy Horse pub and restaurant in Chessington, Greater London on July 4, 2020, on the first day of a major relaxation of lockdown restrictions during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Pubs and restaurants reopen as part of a wider government plan to relaunch the hospitality, tourism and culture sectors and help the UK economy recover from more than three tough months of lockdown. Ben STANSALL / AFP

Casimero likely to fight Warren instead of Inoue

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Johnriel Casimero may just dangle his WBO bantamweight belt against a new American foe, three-time Olympian Rau'shee Warren

NEW PLAN. Johnriel Casimero is set to train for a new opponent with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue still unable to travel to the US. Photo from Team Casimero

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing tests positive for coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'I am now being taken cared of at the hospital of my choice and my body has been responding positively,' says DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III

PATIENT. DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III at the Senate. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu City promises P10,000 monthly incentive to private health workers

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:54 PM

The Cebu City Council will also hear two resolutions which would give P15,000 financial aid to nurses in the coronavirus ward, and financial aid to infected patients

INCENTIVES. Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China . Shutterstock.com

Oladipo to continue rehab, plans to return next season

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:34 PM

'I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,' says Pacers star Victor Oladipo

TOUGH DECISION. Opting to skip the NBA restart, Victor Oladipo admits he’s not ‘fully comfortable’ playing in the Orlando bubble. Photo by Ronald Martinez/AFP

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The teen was attacked on her way home from a police station where she had just filed a molestation complaint against cops from a neighboring town

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Where is the Supreme Court's full decision junking Duterte health case?

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Two months have passed, and even the petitioner has not yet received the full decision that would explain why the justices dismissed his petition

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before military commanders of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020, his first public event since the pandemic. Screenshot courtesy of RTVM

Game over: Harassment charges end gaming stars' careers

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More people from the gaming community have come forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment

DIVIDED. Offline TV’s Lily Ki (back row, right), Yvonne Ng and  Imane Anys (front row, second and third from left) accuse co-member Federico Gaytan (back row, center) of inappropriate behavior. Photo from Gaytan’s Twitter (@Fedmyster)

Filipinos take the streets to protest against anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:11 PM

In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law

Protesters from different groups stage a protest march against the new Anti-Terror Law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC on July 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Paris Louvre museum reopens July 6 after crippling losses

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Visitors will have to wear masks, there will be no snacks or cloakrooms available and the public will have to follow a guided path through the museum

CORONAVIRUS. Tourists walk at the Pyramide du louvre area on February 28, 2020 in Paris as fears over the novel coronavirus grow. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Ex-Wirecard COO was not in PH in June; immigration data fake

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) The immigration officers who encoded Jan Marsalek's supposed flight records have been fired

WIRECARD. Picture taken on September 18, 2018 shows the company logo at the headquarters of the technology and financial services company Wirecard in Aschheim near Munich, southern Germany. Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP


14 feared dead at flooded nursing home in Japan – governor

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Governor Ikuo Kabashima says the victims were found 'in cardio-respiratory arrest' at the facility for elderly people that was inundated after a nearby river broke its banks

A car passes through a flooded road caused by heavy rain in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto prefecture on July 4, 2020. - Some 75,000 people were ordered to evacuate in western Japan on July 4 as record heavy rain triggered floods and landslides, local media and officials said. The nation's weather agency issued the highest level of heavy rain warnings to Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Kyushu island. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

'Respect human rights': CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees decry anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Several awardees from 1970 to 2018 convey their 'collective disagreement and outrage' over the anti-terror law

Australia locks down high-rise apartments as virus cases spike

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The rise is driven almost entirely by 108 new cases in the southeast state of Victoria

DESERTED. A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on May 5, 2020. Photo by William WEST/AFP

Piolo Pascual recreates his old films in video series highlighting Filipinos abroad

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The actor recreates scenes from his iconic films 'Milan' and 'Starting Over Again'

THROWBACK. Piolo Pascual recreates scenes from his old films in an upcoming video series. Photo courtesy of BDO

Catalonia places 200,000 people under coronavirus lockdown

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:01 PM

We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections,' says Catalan President Quim Torra

FRESH CASES. A man wearing a face mask rides a scooter at Catalonia Square in Barcelona on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

DepEd ramps up online education platform ahead of new school year

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24

Russia announces virus deaths exceed 10,000

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The country's death toll is much lower than in other countries with large outbreaks, raising questions over possible underreporting of deaths

DISINFECTION. A serviceman of Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfects Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on May 19, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP

PH coronavirus cases surpass 41,000 with 1,494 new cases

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:37 PM

There were 1,091 late cases

MASS TESTS. The Land Transportation Office in Quezon City on June 18, 2020, holds a rapid test of all of its employees. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

North Korea says no need for talks with U.S.

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'The US is mistaken if it thinks things like negotiations would still work on us,' says North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Two top Ubisoft execs leave during sexual harassment probe

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:08 PM

CEO Yves Guillemot says Maxime Beland, vice-president of editorial in Toronto, resigned. Tommy Francois, vice-president of editorial and creative services based in Paris, was now on disciplinary leave 'pending the outcome of an investigation.'

UBISOFT. Gaming fans play Ubisoft games at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California on June 11, 2019. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

7 injured in car bombing at Mogadishu port

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:39 PM

'Two police officers and 5 civilians were wounded,' police officer Abdukadir Ahmed says. There is no immediate claim of responsibility.

'Ready to fight for civil rights': Sectoral leaders hold protest vs anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:36 PM

'The law aims to end terrorism, it says, yet it is the state forces that perpetrate fear and violence on the people,' says former human rights commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales in an online protest joined by other sectoral leaders

JUNK ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters from different groups hold a protest march at the University of the Philippines Diliman on July 4, 2020, a day after President Duterte signed the anti-terror law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] At the Buzzer: A La Salle lookback with Mike Cortez

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Former UAAP star Mike Cortez takes a trip down the La Salle memory lane with host Naveen Ganglani

'Too broad, worrisome': Chiz Escudero talks anti-terror law with Heart Evangelista

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:15 PM

In a conversation on Heart’s vlog, the former senator and Sorsogon governor explains his reservations on the new law

DISCUSSION. Actress Heart Evangelista interviews her politician husband Chiz Escudero on the anti-terror law. Screenshot from YouTube.com/LoveMarieEscudero

'Hidden language': Hong Kongers get creative against security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Faced with the threat of prosecution for anything promoting greater autonomy or independence for the restless city, residents are using wordplay and even subverting Chinese Communist Party dogma to express frustration

'REFUSE TO BE SLAVES.' A man walks past graffiti, a line from the Chinese national anthem that reads, 'Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves,' in Hong Kong on July 3, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

[OPINION] Stranded scholars: An inconvenient truth

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'As I wait for our repatriation flight to the Philippines (after 7 ticket cancellations), I remain hopeful and try to remember that day I arrived as a scholar'

Lawyers, civic leaders file 1st petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Law Professor Howie Calleja is joined by civic groups and La Sallian Brother Armin Luistro in filing the petition before the Supreme Court

FIRST PETITION. Law professor Howie Calleja leads lawyers and civic leaders in filing the first petition against the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of Calleja Law Firm Facebook Group


Dominican Republic vote goes ahead despite virus threat

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The campaign is unlike any other in the Dominican Republic's history, overshadowed by a health crisis that has hit the country's population of 10 million hard

UPCOMING ELECTIONS. Handout photo released by Dominican presidential candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) Gonzalo Castillo's press office as he (C) shakes hands with supporters during a motorcade in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Gonzalo Castillo's press office/AFP

New Philippine team to vie in Chess Olympiad

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:19 PM

As several foreign-based Filipino Grandmasters continue to impress, Philippine chess looks to assess its national roster

[OPINION] The coronavirus and the countryside

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The tragedy of those who fled is only part of a bigger story that COVID-19 is unraveling about the countryside'

Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China plans reforms to organ donation rules

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The draft rules published on Wednesday, July 1, by the National Health Commission allow people to donate the organs of relatives who have died and make it illegal to take organs from living minors

Surveillance of minority Muslims in southern Thailand powered by Chinese-style tech

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

Mandatory biometric registration has left many Malay Muslims distrustful of the state and concerned about how new technologies will impact their lives

Illustrations by Gogi Kamushadze

Heat close practice facility after 2nd virus positive

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The Miami Heat continue to test players before leaving for the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando next week

MOMENTUM. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler (left) and Jae Crowder, look to stay in the top half of the league standings. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Videoke sessions, birthday parties lead to rise in COVID-19 cases in QC

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

New coronavirus cases are traced to drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes, and even basketball and volleyball games

Members of the Quezon City Police District officers stand guard at the main entrance of Insurance St. in Barangay Sangandaan, Quezon City on Thursday, June 25, 2020, as residents undergo rapid-testing after the village is placed under a 14-day Special Concern Lockdown after recording 21 active cases of COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Kung tahimik ka, huwag mabahala,' says Esperon after anti-terror law signing

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Asked if a person can be tagged as a terrorist based on what they post on social media, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says it's 'possible'

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: LTNM

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Get ready for some rock ballads with this friendly neighborhood band

Father of MMA star Khabib dies of coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:33 PM

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been trained at an early age by his father Abdulmanap

FAMILY TRAGEDY. Khabib Nurmagomedov cancels a press conference scheduled Saturday. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Shake Shack introduces new chicken sandwich Chick'n Shack

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The new Chick’n Shack burger is coming to Shake Shack Philippines' branches at P250 each

Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend tests positive for coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News television personality who is dating Donald Trump Jr, is immediately isolated after discovering she had the virus in a routine test conducted on anyone expected to come in close contact with the president

THE TRUMP COUPLE. In this file photo taken on February 3, 2020 Donald Trump Jr. (R) and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle smile during a "Keep Iowa Great" press conference in Des Moines, IA. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The landslide in northern Myanmar kills over 170 people, most of them migrant workers. It is the worst accident in memory to befall Myanmar's notoriously dangerous jade mines.

MASS BURIAL. Volunteers bury bodies of miners in a mass grave while relatives look on during a funeral ceremony near Hpakant in Kachin state on July 3, 2020. Photo by Zaw Moe Htet/AFP

Child traffickers back on the streets as lockdown measures ease

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:57 AM

With Metro Manila's virus restrictions slowly easing, street pimps are wasting no time recouping losses from their COVID-induced slump

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