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19 dead in Vietnam as floods rage on

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Floods and landslide from heavy rains have ranged far and wide and impacted rural and urban areas, including the capital Hanoi

UK to refuse payment of Brexit bill without trade deal

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:29 PM

UK earlier promised to pay £35 to £39 billion that ministers said depended on agreed trade ties with the EU

TRADE DEAL WANTED. New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab wants a trade deal before the UK pays for the divorce bill

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, July 23

Jul 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Monday, July 23

Josie-enhanced monsoon triggers intense rain

Jul 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Luzon and the Visayas are experiencing heavier rain from the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Depression Josie on Sunday, July 22

One dead, suspect surrenders after U.S. supermarket hostage drama

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:26 AM

(4th UPDATE) The lone fatality is a woman shot in the Trader Joe's supermarket who was declared dead on the spot

BARRICADE. Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018, A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. Robyn Beck / AFP

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

Tropical Depression Josie heads for Philippine Sea

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:40 AM

While Josie is moving away from land, it is still enhancing the southwest monsoon

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Tropical Depression Josie, monsoon dump heavy rain

Jul 22, 2018 - 5:50 AM

Josie is already over the Luzon Strait before dawn on Sunday, July 22, as it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon

Tropical Depression Josie crossing Babuyan Islands

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Josie also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which is triggering rain in other parts of Luzon

Tropical Depression Josie threatens Babuyan Islands

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Josie is 65 kilometers west southwest of Calayan, Cagayan as of late Saturday evening, July 21, heading for the Babuyan Group of Islands

U.S. calls on China, EU to make tariff concessions

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:29 PM

'We share a desire to have a more balanced relationship and the balanced relationship is by us selling more goods (to China),' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE. n this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on July 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Rebels reach north Syria after south evacuations

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Air strikes by regime ally Russia on a southern jihadist holdout kill 6 civilians

CONFLICT. Evacuated Syrians from the area of Fuaa and Kafraya in the Idlib province, look out of a broken bus window as it passes the al-Eis crossing south of Aleppo during the evacuation of several thousand residents from the two pro-regime towns in northern Syria on July 19, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The Wall Street Journal says government contracts of Crimson Hexagon, which pulls public data from Facebook, were not approved by Facebook in advance

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

DOLE gives P3.2M worth of business kits to skilled workers in Albay

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The business kits consist of tools and equipments that will help the beneficiaries to 'start a livelihood quickly and become self-employed,' says Acting DOLE Bicol Region Director Rovelinda dela Rosa

ASSISTANCE. Gertrudes Rosales receives cooking equipment from the Department of Labor and Employment Bicol region office. Photo by Mavic/Conde

Robredo: 'A good leader inspires, empowers, listens'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'More than a display of brute force and the use of strong language, we need leaders who will reach out and be one with the last, the lost, and the least of us,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in a speech where she alludes to President Rodrigo Duterte

ADDRESS TO YOUNG LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the 4th Young Professionals Summit at the De La Salle University on  July 21, 2018. Photo from OVP

State-actors likely behind Singapore cyberattack

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Singapore's health minister says the strike was 'a deliberate, targeted, and well-planned cyberattack and not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs'

Trump lashes ex-lawyer, says taping of client 'perhaps illegal'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!' US President Donald Trump tweets

EX-LAWYER. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Germany's foreign ministry also remove a warning on its website about its nationals facing a high risk of arrest when visiting Turkey

RELATIONS. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Tropical Depression Josie spares Ilocos from landfall

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Josie only comes close to Negra Point and Mayraira Point in Ilocos Norte. But moderate to heavy rain is expected to continue.

Hundreds protest in Hong Kong vs attempt to ban pro-independence party

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The protest comes after John Lee, Hong Kong's secretary for security, said he was considering a police request to ban the Hong Kong National Party

PROTEST. Protesters march during a demonstration against Article 23 and bans on freedom of association in Hong Kong on July 21, 2018. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Skyler Abatayo finally laid to rest

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

People surrounding the small casket chant for justice before 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is laid to rest nearly two weeks after he was killed

Photo from the Facebook page of Justice for Blayden Skyler Abatayo.

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Migrante demands apology from Kuwait celeb who ranted vs maids' day off

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'By projecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and false sense of superiority,' says Migrante

PUBLIC APOLOGY. Migrante International demands a public apology from Kuwaiti social media celebirty Sondos Al Qattan who ranted against Filipino workers having rest days. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Tropical Depression Josie nearing Ilocos Norte

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

PAGASA warns Josie is 'about to make a close approach' to the Burgos-Pagudpud area in Ilocos Norte, where it may or may not make landfall

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

Dagupan City under state of calamity

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The situation in the entire province of Pangasinan is being monitored as heavy rains continue

STATE OF CALAMITY. City officials of Dagupan meet on July 21, 2018, after the city was put under state of calamity following heavy rains. Photo from Mayor Belen Fernandez' Facebook Page

Tropical Depression Josie threatens Ilocos provinces

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Josie, which slightly intensified early Saturday afternoon, July 21, could make landfall in the vicinity of Ilocos Norte within the next 6 to 12 hours

Acting Chief Justice Carpio to attend Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The House Secretary General corrects his earlier statement that Carpio declined the invitation

Photo by Angie de Silva

Monsoon rains increase risk of landslides in Baguio, Benguet

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera records 17 landslide incidents, including 9 in Baguio and 4 in the rest of Benguet

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Federalism to worsen political violence in regions – PCIJ

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Political analyst Julio Teehankee says 'unintended consequences' of federalism include 'escalated political rivalry and electoral violence among political clans'

U.S. Senate Republicans drop bid to block Trump's ZTE deal

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Senators who pushed hard for tougher sanctions criticize Senate Republicans for agreeing to keep the watered-down version

Photo from Shutterstock

LPA now Tropical Depression Josie, enhancing monsoon

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:55 AM

There are 6 areas under signal no. 1 due to Tropical Depression Josie, which is also enhancing the southwest monsoon

Trump accuses China, EU of currency manipulation

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The outbursts are another crosswind for Wall Street, which struggled to find direction and finished Friday, July 20, a hair's breadth in negative territory

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ortega undercutting talks on Nicaragua crisis, analysts say

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Ortega, a 72-year-old former guerrilla seen as increasingly autocratic, has taken a hardline stance in 3 months of street demonstrations demanding his departure

EMBATTLED. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo (L), wave to supporters during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at 'La Fe' square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

4 things you need to know about PH's draft constitution

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

If you needed to know just 4 things about the draft constitution crafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's charter change committee, these would be it

Senate President Vicente Sotto III recieves from former Chief Justice and Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno the draft copy of the proposed Federal Constitution on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Also in photo are former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and some members of the consultative committee. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

SWS says Filipinos 'neutral' on proposed Bangsamoro law

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The Social Weather Stations survey also shows that Filipinos tend to believe the proposed Bangsamoro law will help bring peace in Mindanao

PROPOSED BBL. Members of the House and the Senate pose for a picture during the ceremonial signing of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law during a bicameral conference in the Senate on July 18, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Trump 'on tape' discussing hush money for Playboy model

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani confirms that the tape by ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen about model Karen McDougal existed, but claims the president had done nothing wrong

AFFAIR? President Donald Trump is accused of having a previous affair with former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Photo of Trump by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP, photo of McDougal from Wikimedia Commons

COA says children's council paid P1 million to dzMM reporter

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Radio dzMM vows to investigate the issue, saying it 'takes allegations of unethical practices by any member of our news organization seriously'

FLAGGED PAYMENT. The Commission on Audit flags the irregularity of the Council for the Welfare of Children or CWC's P1.05 payment to a radio reporter for the coverage of the national children's month.

Ex-Colombian rebels take up seats in congress hostile to them

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The ex-rebel delegation gets an icy reception from the party of newly-elected President Ivan Duque

IN CONGRESS. Colombian senator for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) Carlos Lozada (L), delivers a speech at the Capitol in Bogota during the installation of the new Congress, for the legislative period 2018-2022, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

At Trump summit, Putin made 'concrete' Ukraine offer, says envoy

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

A US State Department spokesperson tweets, 'To be clear: The Administration is not considering supporting a referendum in [eastern] Ukraine'

TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Deadly Israeli strikes pound Gaza after soldier killed

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:47 AM

A ceasefire agreement has been reached early Saturday, July 21

BOMBING. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows explosions from Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Severe Tropical Storm Inday out, potential Josie in

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:55 AM

Inday (Ampil) leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but a low pressure area which could become Tropical Depression Josie enters

Severe Tropical Storm Inday set to exit, but LPA may enter

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The low pressure area still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of Friday evening, July 20, is also enhancing the southwest monsoon

Knife attacker on Germany bus arrested, 9 injured

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) The suspect is due to appear before a judge on Saturday, July 21

KNIFE ATTACK. Passengers of a public service bus receive medical treatment in Kuecknitz near Luebeck northern Germany, after several people were injured in the bus in an assault by a man wielding a knife on July 20, 2018. Photo by dpa/AFP

17 dead as tourist boat sinks in U.S. lake

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:28 PM

(UPDATED) The accident is caused by heavy winds as a storm moved over the man-made lake in southern Missouri

This video grab taken from handout footage released by the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District shows crews working at the scene where a tourist boat capsized and sank on July 19, 2018. Photo by Southern Stone County Fire Protection District/AFP

Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

Netherlands, Turkey resume full diplomatic ties

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:50 PM

In a joint statement, the two countries say their foreign ministers met on the sidelines of last week's NATO summit in Brussels and 'agreed to normalize the diplomatic relations' between the Netherlands and Turkey.