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Syria at UN says 'victory is now within reach'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:55 PM

'The liberation of Aleppo and Palmyra, the lifting of the seige of Deir Ezzor and the eradication of terrorism from many parts of Syria prove that victory is now within reach,' Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Muallem tells the General Assembly

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem arrives to meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on September 21, 2017 at the United Nations in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS

La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH rejects calls by UN member-states for probe into EJKs

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Philippine delegation insists that deaths from police operations 'are not EJKs'

HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) air a live webcast from Geneva, Switzerland of the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the CHR Central Office in Quezon City on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Strong 6.2 magnitude quake shakes central Mexico – quake monitors

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The quake struck at 12:53 GMT with an epicenter 19.3 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the city of Matias Romero, in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reports

3.5-magnitude earthquake rattles North Korea near nuclear test site

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:26 PM

It comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions

EARTHQUAKE IN NORTH KOREA. People watch a television news screen showing a map of the epicenter of an earthquake in North Korea, at a railway station in Seoul on September 23, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

Iran tests new medium-range missile, defying US warnings

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:59 PM

State television carries footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday

Rainshowers due to Nando in parts of Luzon on Sunday

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Tropical Depression Nando will bring moderate to occasional heavy rain to Zambales and Bataan on Sunday, September 24

Surface map analysis as of September 19, 4 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Bangladesh says Rohingya refugee influx over

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Bangladesh border guards says they have seen no boats carrying Rohingya on the Naf river, which marks the Myanmar border, or in the Bay of Bengal for at least 3 days

INFLUX. In this photograph taken on May 20, 2015, Bangladeshi migrants are transported on a bus in Langsa, Aceh province after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the eastern coast of Aceh. AFP File photo

Duterte's new matrix links Maute Group to drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this could explain how the ISIS-inspired Maute Group sustains its operations in Marawi City

NEW MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte presents a new matrix that links the terrorist Maute Group to illegal drugs.

New Zealand PM English makes strong start in early election count

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The major parties must forge coalitions to reach a majority under New Zealand's proportional voting system, meaning English would still need support from maverick Winston Peters' NZF to form government

POLLS. New Zealand goes to the polls on September 23, 2017 with New Zealand opposition Labour leader Jacinda Ardern conceded she needed more time to win over wavering voters as Prime Minister Bill English is seeking a fourth term for his conservative National Party. Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP

FB Messenger crashes for thousands of users

Sep 23, 2017 - 5:59 PM reports that most of the outages come from the Philippines, Australia, and parts of Europe

French left to stage street showdown over Macron reforms

Sep 23, 2017 - 5:48 PM

The 3rd in a series of nationwide protests comes a day after Macron signed his signature reforms into law

Duterte to reveal Trillanes bank account 'partners'

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:48 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also accuses Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of having multiple bank accounts

WARNING TO TRILLANES. President Rodrigo Duterte address members of the media during a gathering at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on September 22. Photo by Joey Dalumpines/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

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

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Black-clad armed men harass towns outside Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The military says it is investigating the presence of 5 to 7 armed men in the town of Bayang in Lanao del Sur

HARASSMENT. Mayor Aslani Pangarungan Balt says about 20 black-clad armed men harassed a military detachment in his town Bayang. Rappler photo

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban – monitors

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:35 PM

YouTube has cut off a vital supply of video used by open source researchers, which means there is now less visibility into what's happening in North Korea

Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respected

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The neighborhoods hit hardest are in the central Roma and Condesa zones, home to many charming buildings from the early part of the 20th century

SHAKEN. View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on September 8, 2017. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Malacañang defends Cabinet 'right to privacy' in SALN

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'those working in the government, such as members of the Cabinet, still have the right to privacy'

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) With the storm death toll standing at 33 across the Caribbean, Puerto Rico's National Weather Service issues a flash flood warning for people living along the Guajataca River in the northwest of the island, saying an earthen dam there was in danger of collapsing

Polls open in knife-edge New Zealand election

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The campaign has been the most volatile in recent memory, with momentum swinging from Prime Minister Bill English to Jacinda Ardern and then back again

NZ POLLS. A file combo taken in Wellington on December 5, 2016, shows New Zealand's National Party prime minister Bill English (L) and a file photo of opposition Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern (R) taken in Wellington on August 1, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

Duterte takes swipe at leftists: 'I don't get them'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:48 AM

'You are not a leftist or a socialist if you do not go against government by force of arms. That's what I don't like about them,' says the President

MEDIA NIGHT. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte talks casually to journalists during a dinner he hosts for them on November 15, 2016. Photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

Marawi bishop urges Catholics to adopt communities for rehabilitation

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña presents 'Duyog Marawi,' a rehabilitation program that focuses on healing and peace-building efforts in his city

DUYOG MARAWI. Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña (right) and Father Edwin Gariguez (left) present the 'Duyog Marawi' rehabilitation program in a press conference on September 19, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lavrov says U.S. has no proof of Russian vote meddling

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Instead, the Russian foreign minister suggests the allegations had been invented by ex-US president Barack Obama's 'small-hearted and vengeful' administration

'NO PROOF.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US doesn't have any proof that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections. File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Danilo Concepcion vows UP students can express ideas 'without fear'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'Let reason guide us, but not reason alone; let it be reason tempered with respect, responsibility, and collegiality,' says UP president Danilo Concepcion

THE VOW. Danilo Concepcion takes his oath as UP's 21st president during his investiture on September 20. Photo from UP

Mexico extends search for quake survivors

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:45 AM

President Enrique Pena Nieto promises that officials would prolong their delicate probing for survivors

SEARCH. Rescue workers take part in the search for survivors in Mexico City on September 22, 2017, 3 days after the powerful quake that hit central Mexico. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Marawi battle area shrinks as troops enclose 3rd bridge

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

The war marks its 4th month on Saturday, September 23. At least 887 have died including 151 soldiers, 689 enemies, and 47 civilians.

MARAWI BRIDGES. The Agus River separates the safe zone and the battle zone. Screenshot of a drone video by the Provincial Crisis Management Committee

McCain torpedos Republican effort to repeal Obamacare

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:14 AM

The senator says he could not 'support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it'

OPPOSING GRAHAM-CASSIDY. Senator John McCain is not voting for the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: 'Alien' ideology, not Islam, root of PH terror problem

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:47 PM

'It is not Islam. I should know. I would be the last person to condemn the Moro people,' Duterte says at a gathering with reporters on Friday evening, September 22

President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Duterte reiterates his commitment to rebuild much of the city which is destroyed by the ongoing conflict between terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups and government forces. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials recommend people stay at least 9 kilometers away from the crater

EVACUATION. A boy sits behind his parents and villagers after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

US-made bomb used in fatal strike on Yemen children – Amnesty

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:37 PM

'We can now conclusively say that the bomb that killed Buthaina's parents and siblings, and other civilians, was made in the USA,' says Amnesty's Middle East research director Lynn Maalouf.

AMERICAN BOMB. Yemenis stand on October 8, 2016 next to the rubble of a house that was hit the day before by a reported airstrike by Saudi-led coalition air-planes in Bajil, killing one family, in the western province of Houdieda.  Portion of background photo by AFP

Duterte’s hometown crafting 'non-politicized' tourism masterplan

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:19 PM

The 6-point 'Davao Turismo Agenda' covers plans for the city’s marketing, product development, tourism force, tourism budget, financing, government relations, and industry support

Uber license renewal in London rejected

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Uber is not a 'fit and proper' private car hire operator, says London's transport authority

ROADBLOCKS. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber.  Since its debut in 2010, Uber has grown into a worldwide phenomenon despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from traditional taxi operators. Photo by AFP/Lionel Bonaventure

DOH's tips to protect yourself against the common rainy season diseases

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Here's how you can prevent getting dengue, leptospirosis, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and influenza

All graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

4 more Aegis Juris fraternity members placed on immigration lookout list

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 20 the number of frat men on the lookout list as authorities probe the hazing death of UST student Horacio Castillo III

HAZING VICTIM. Horacio Castillo III died due to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing initiation rites by Aegis Juris fraternity. Photo of Castillo from his Facebook page

Suspect in Horacio Castillo killing flew to Chicago – TECO

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) Taiwan says Ralph Cabales Trangia, suspect in the death of UST law student Horacio Castillo III, was only a transit passenger and did not enter Taipei

HAZING CASE. A suspect in the killing of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III has reportedly left the country.

FULL TEXT: Facebook Messenger chat of alleged Aegis Juris fraternity members

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

An Aegis Juris fraternity member surfaces to confirm he is one of the 7 persons in the viral screenshots of a Facebook Messenger chat where the hazing of neophyte Horacio Castillo III was planned

Redactions in Duterte Cabinet's latest SALNs 'deal-breaker' for FOI – PCIJ

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:43 PM

PCIJ reports that significant details were blacked out in the copies of the December 2016 SALNs of Duterte Cabinet officials

REDACTED. The PCIJ reports that significant redactions were made on the SALNs of Cabinet officials filed in December 2016. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

'PH failed to detect signs that led to Marawi' – expert

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

The Marawi crisis 'is a failure of government to act based on sound and timely intelligence,' terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna says

MARAWI CRISIS. Smoke billows from houses after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on terrorist positions in Marawi City on September 17, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Mom of Horacio Castillo III wants to meet suspect in son's death

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:52 PM

'Ikuwento niya sa akin paano nila pinatay ang anak ko,' says Carmina Castillo

FAMILY IN MOURNING. Family, friends, and relatives of Horacio Castillo III at the 22-year-old's wake. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:49 PM

'For now our urgent, urgent matter is to get supplies to the affected people. We're going to need all of the helicopter help we can get, because we need to ferry the supplies to people,' Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says

DOMINICA. An aerial view of Roseau, capital of the Caribbean island Dominica, shows destruction September 21, 2017, three days after passage of Hurricane Maria.  Photo by Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

Vhong Navarro thankful for dismissal of rape complaints

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Director Chito Roño, Vhong's manager, and counsel Alma Mallonga say they are thankful to the DOJ for the dismissal of the complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo

Russia 'concerned' by escalation of Korea tensions after Trump, Kim exchange – Kremlin

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:12 PM

'Moscow still calls on all interested parties to display restraint so as not to provoke this escalation even further,' spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Here's what you need to know about tropical cyclones and other terms used in everyday weather forecasts

Spanish police arrest man over Barcelona attacks

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The 24-year-old man is close to several members of the group, especially Abdelbaki Es Satty, a Moroccan imam believed to have radicalized the youths that carried out the attacks, the interior ministry says in a statement

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub asked for a Bible and a rosary, among his first requests, according to the military that is still keeping custody of the priest

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

Big Western brands polluting oceans with cheap plastic in PH – report

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Greenpeace ranks the Philippines as the '3rd-worst polluter into the world's oceans' after China and Indonesia

Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler