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Iran says Trump 'main culprit' of oil price hikes

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:55 PM

'Mr Trump both tries to decrease Iran's oil exports significantly and also wants prices not to go up. These two can't happen together,' Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says.

ZANGENEH. Iran's Economy Minister Masoud Karbasian (L), Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh (C), and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), attend a parliament session in the capital Tehran on August 26, 2018 before a vote by lawmakers which saw Karbasian impeached. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Noynoy Aquino hits Makati judge for ‘confused decision’ on Trillanes arrest

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Aquino, who granted the amnesty to Trillanes in 2011, says the decision violates the rule against double jeopardy

AQUINO HITS TRILLANES DECISION.  Former president Benigno Aquino III talks to reporters on the sidelines of the commemmoration of the 35th death anniversary of his father, the late senator Ninoy Aquino on August 21, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trillanes says he has no special request if jailed

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The mutineer-turned-senator says he will surrender to authorities when the time comes: 'We are prepared for the worst. Yayakapin ko 'yang eventuality na 'yan.'

PREPARED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is prepared for the worst to come. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Saudi OFW shot, killed after allegedly stabbing manager

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The overseas Filipino worker allegedly stabbed his Saudi manager and Pakistani coworker, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

Sean Manganti breaks UP’s heart for second straight season

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Adamson game hero Sean Manganti reprises his role against the UP Fighting Maroons

COMPOSURE. Sean Manganti scores a go-ahead bucket for the win and Adamson's perfect 4-0 record. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Lee, Travis star as Magnolia keeps Rain or Shine winless

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The two cogs combine for 44 points as the Hotshots bounce back from their first loss in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

ON BOTH ENDS. Paul Lee churns out 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images

Election protest, Sara Duterte, Imee Marcos, Bong Go | Evening wRap

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Poy Erram a DNP in first Blackwater loss

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:11 PM

Coach Bong Ramos bared that the lanky center was rushed to the hospital the night before the Elite absorbed a 106-124 thrashing from NLEX

TRIUMPHANT. Poy Erram has been averaging 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in the three games he suited up for the Blackwater Elite this conference – all of which ended in victories. Photo from PBA Images

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The bill, which still has to go through the formality of a third reading and senate hearing, would see Russian men retire at 65 instead of 60 and has sparked rare national protest, with tens of thousands rallying across Russia in recent months.

PENSION REFORM. Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a rally to support his candidature in the upcoming presidential election at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 3, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Franz Pumaren rips Adamson’s complacency despite miracle win

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:12 PM

'We were probably reading too much on social media that we’re so great already,' says Adamson coach Franz Pumaren

ESCAPE. The Adamson Falcons celebrate their one-point escape over the UP Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Matt Nieto would rather have Joe Silva on Ateneo's side

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Pero pag papapiliin ako, gusto ko coach ko pa rin siya. Dito siya sa seniors team namin kasi family talaga kami dito.'

SENTIMENTAL. Matt Nieto is still absorbing the fact that his former mentor is coaching someone else now. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

19 out of 154 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several tests and studies still need to be done in the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Barrios ready to snatch Ancajas' title

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios thinks he's done enough to wrest the IBF super flyweight crown from Filipino fighter Jerwin Ancajas

WELL WISHES. Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas (left) and Mexican challenger Alejandro Santiago Barrios exchange pleasantries just days before slugging it out for the IBF belt. Photo by Roy Luarca/Rappler

Trillanes accuses Calida of 'stealing' his amnesty application documents

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also asks the Department of National Defense 'why they allowed' Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'steal' his amnesty application form

'MAGIC.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Duterte administration performed magic tricks on his amnesty application forms for it to be missing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Liberal Party forms task force to assist De Lima

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The task force is expected to closely coordinate with jailed Senator Leila de Lima to assist her in handling her legal, legislative, and other work-related concerns

LP HONORS DE LIMA. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Quezon City Region Trial Court to attend the hearing on her disobedience to summons case on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indian court upholds legality of world's largest biometric database

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The ruling of the Supreme Court draws a line under many years of legal challenges from critics, who said Aadhaar threatened individual privacy and risked turning the world's second-most populous nation into a surveillance state

BIOMETRICS. This photo taken on July 17, 2018 shows an Indian woman getting her fingerprints read during the registration process for Aadhaar cards (or unique identifier [UID] cards) in Amritsar. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Returning Guiao gets perfect gift as NLEX deals Blackwater first loss

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The Road Warriors snap the Elite's four-game winning streak just as coach Yeng Guiao returns from national team duties

ALL-AROUND. Kenneth Ighalo chips in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the NLEX Road Warriors. Photo from PBA Images

Zero harvest for Narvacan farmers due to Ompong

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Of the 5,667 registered rice farmers in Narvacan, none were able to harvest their rice because the earliest ones were supposed to be harvested next week

Philippine peso, stocks sink further

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The Philippine peso and the local bourse sink further on Wednesday, September 26, despite interest rate hike expectations

Newsbreak Chats: Trillanes' amnesty revocation and arrest

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, September 27, the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and its effect on the military, rule of law, and the opposition

Typhoon Paeng causing rough seas; monsoon to bring rain

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The southwest monsoon will affect parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday, September 27

Adamson rallies past feisty Maroons, stays perfect

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Sean Manganti buries the game-winner as the Falcons rally from a double-digit deficit to spoil UP's upset bid

Bright Akhuetie barrels his way past Conrad Catapusan. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Duterte to law enforcers: Do not nurture loyalty to me

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'Your loyalty should begin and end with the Republic of the Philippines,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he accuses soldiers of plotting against him

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the ceremonial turnover of caliber .45 pistols to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on September 24, 2018. Malacañang photo

There’s much reason to celebrate this September for McDonald’s Philippines

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:27 PM

For the famous food brand, celebrations are best shared with their employees and customers

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

Duterte slams communists amid supposed ouster plot

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is happy that the Commission on Appointments rejected leftists in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the surrenderees from the New People's Army during a dinner hosted by the President for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UE can win and contend without Alvin Pasaol, says Joe Silva

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:17 PM

The Red Warriors coach thinks more UE players can take charge

TOP WARRIOR. Alvin Pasaol topscores anew but the UE main man notes the marked improvement of his teammates. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Trump dismisses 'messed up' Kavanaugh accuser

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Despite the swirling controversy over the nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee schedules a preliminary vote for Friday at 9:30 am (1330 GMT). If approved by the panel, Kavanaugh would go on to face a vote in the full Senate.

KAVANAUGH. In this file photo Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

How Instagram may change after founders' departure

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

More and more, Facebook may try to funnel more Instagram users, known for being a younger demographic, onto its main platform

‘Habal-habal’ justice of Visayas tries luck at SC

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Delos Santos penned the lauded Writ of Kalikasan decision that shut down the controversial Inawayan Landfill in Cebu City

SUPREME COURT APPLICATION. Court of Appeals Justice Edgardo delos Santos applies for a Supreme Court post for the first time. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Raffy Verano hopes to play even after injury scare

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:59 PM

The Ateneo power forward hurt his right ankle late in the game against the University of the East

INJURY SCARE. Raffy Verano sprains his ankle in the fourth quarter after attaining his season high of 12 points. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'Signal Rock' is official PH entry to Oscars

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:39 PM

The film will be considered for a nomination along with entries from all over the world

OSCARS-BOUND. 'Signal Rock,' the country's official entry to the 91st Academy Awards, stars award-winning actor Christian Bables. File photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Different name, more star power: Why the Star Magic Ball is now the ABS-CBN Ball

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:36 PM

On its 11th year, this highly-anticipated showbiz event takes on a different name

Groups on Trillanes arrest: Part of crackdown on gov't critics

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sends a chilling effect among other critics of the Duterte administration, says Human Rights Watch

ARRESTED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gets on a  police vehicle to bring him to the Makati Police Station for booking procedures following his arrest on September 25, 2018. He was released after posting bail. Photo by Joseph Vidal Senate PRIB

Lawmaker’s joke to engineers: Say you know Bong Go or no PRC license

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:07 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz apologizes for his 'inappropriate' remark

ADMIN ALLIES. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz does and Special Assistant to the President bong Go does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Bertiz's Facebook account

HOAX: Cory Aquino, Sereno wear ‘Imelda Marcos’ necklace’

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:46 PM

According to the PCGG, Imelda Marcos’ jewelry are all kept in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

San Miguel to have backup import for injured AZ Reid

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Suffering from an ankle injury, the two-time Best Import of the Conference could take an early exit in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

ALL-AROUND. AZ Reid has been averaging 21.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals in four games for the San Miguel Beermen in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Saudi Arabia in November recalled its ambassador from Berlin following the eyebrow-raising resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister while visiting Riyadh

Only SC can decide on military trial for Trillanes – Lacson

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Senator Lacson also says President Duterte continues to enjoy the support of the military

WHAT'S LEGAL? Senator Panfilo Lacson weighs in on the Trillanes controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PETA theater goes political for its 51st season

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The Stage of the Nation campaign bridges art and politics

Experts: U.N. helped reverse AIDS epidemic. It now must do the same for TB.

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Health experts call for specific action steps to combat tuberculosis

Ateneo keeps UE winless, but loses Raffy Verano to injury

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The Blue Eagles streak to their third straight UAAP victory but lose a vital cog

ON A ROLL. Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena splits UE's defense in the match handily won by the defending champion Blue Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Trillanes, Palace clears Leni, Peso falls, Trump at United Nations | Midday wRap

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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Former X-ray chief: BOC did not follow SOP in scanning magnetic lifters

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The former X-ray chief of the Bureau of Customs says the current operators did not follow the SOP for X-rays that would have led to the physical examination of the magnetic lifters

LAPSES? Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

London to taste Jollibee's Chickenjoy starting October 20

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Jollibee will open its first London branch in the district of Earl's Court, a central hub of the Filipino community there

Guevarra: Logical to start amnesty review with 'most vocal' Trillanes

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:39 PM

‘We're not saying the government is picking on him and being selective.... Just so happened that he's the most vocal and he's the leader of the pack,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMNESTY. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says other amnesty grantees will be reviewed for compliance and may 'suffer the same situation' as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New Zealand PM makes U.N. history with first baby

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'I want to normalize it,' says Jacinda Ardern, the first woman leader in the history of the United Nations to take her newborn into the UN General Assembly hall

FIRST IN UN HISTORY. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and National Security and Intelligence of New Zealand holds her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as her partner Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018, one a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Twitter to ban 'dehumanizing' comments with user help

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The social network asks for feedback from users around the world regarding wording to be used in the policy amendment

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

Kris Aquino seeks 'justice' for apparent financial 'betrayal'

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The media mogul does not drop names, but says she was betrayed by someone she had 'complete trust and faith in'

KRIS AQUINO. The media mogul enlists the help of top lawyers to deal with apparent financial 'betrayal.' File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler