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Libya unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

Six of Khalifa Haftar's officers were also named in the warrant issued by the Libya military's prosecutor general

ARREST WARRANT OUT. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is now sought for arrest by the Libyan government. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Redacted Mueller report released by U.S. Justice Department

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The report focuses on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign helped in that effort and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'No collusion. No obstruction,' a triumphant President Donald Trump writes in a Game of Thrones pastiche tweet

HAPPY TRUMP. US President Donald Trump celebrates being cleared of collusion, and so far, of obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Canada reunites Syrian refugee family after fire claims 7 kids

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:24 PM

After the traumatizing experience of losing her 7 children, a Syrian refugee is set to be reunited with her siblings and other family members in Canada

CULTURE OF HELP. Canadians welcome refugees in a protest in Toronto. Photo by arindambanerjee / Shutterstock

'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame,' says 'Assassin's Creed' game maker Ubisoft

FREE FOR A WEEK. The Assassin's Creed Unity game is set in Paris and uses the Notre-Dame Cathedral as one of its main game backdrops. Photo from Assassin's Creed Facebook page

DR Congo declares mourning as 127 feared dead in boat sinking

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:25 PM

13 are confirmed dead, while 114 are still missing after a boat capsized in Lake Kivu

Facebook bans UK far-right groups

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Facebook bans groups for "terrorist activity, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking or organized violence or criminal activity"

BANNED. Far-right groups are weeded out of Facebook for forbidden content. Shutterstock photo

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe – attorney general

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:51 PM

'The president took no act that in fact deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation,' says Attorney General Bill Barr

MUELLER REPORT. US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

IOC pledges 500,000 euros to ensure Notre-Dame ready for Paris 2024

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,' says International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Breaking Bad: Japan professor 'made students produce ecstasy'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The professor apparently told investigators he was aiming to further the 'education' of his pharmaceutical sciences students

Cardinal Tagle warns vs cell phone addiction: 'Parang alipin na tayo'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'Our imprisonments are very subtle,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Holy Thursday 2019

BLOWING ON OIL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blows on holy oil to bless it during the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday, April 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Nazi guard, 92, charged for complicity in WWII killings

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Despite his senior age, the accused will be tried by a juvenile court in Hamburg, because he was 17 when he worked at the Nazi concentration camp

CHARGED. A 92-year-old ex-Nazi guard is set to face trial for his alleged complicity in deaths in the concentration camp he guarded in Poland during World War II. Shutterstock photos

Populists hold gains in 'No Brexit' EU vote poll

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Projections confirm the rise of Eurosceptic or Europhobic groups, reinforced by the rise of Italy's far-right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini and German far-right party, Alternative for Germany

PROTESTS. An anti-Brexit activist holds a placard as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the debate leading to the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Pakistan's finance minister resigns ahead of IMF deal

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Asad Umar resigns as the Pakistan government faces growing pressure with the rupee losing 30% of its value since 2018

RESIGNED. Asad Umar announces his resignation through Twitter on April 18. Photo from Umar's Facebook Page

Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday: Guide the youth, don't abuse them

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:05 PM

'Para sa mga may responsibilidad sa lipunan, ang mga kabataan ay dapat gabayan, hindi dapat pagsamantalahan,' says Cardinal Tagle before washing the feet of 12 young persons

Heavy security as India's mega vote enters second round

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

More than 157 million of India's 900 million voters are eligible to cast ballots on the second of seven days of voting in the world's biggest election

MEGA ELECTION. An Indian voter (C) gestures before casting her vote at a polling station during the second phase of India's general election in Rayat village near Aligarh, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on April 18, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Lorenzana meets with Japan defense minister in Tokyo

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana 'reaffirms' the Philippine defense department's partnership with Japan

TIES AFFIRMED. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds talks with Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on 17 April 2019 in Tokyo. DND photo

North Korea's Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April – Kremlin

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin...Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,' the Kremlin says in a statement on its website

KIM-PUTIN MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in late April to meet President Vladimir Putin. Putin file photo by Aris Messinis/AFP; Kim file photo by AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Self-confessed Cebu drug lord shot dead in Quezon City

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Police say Franz Sabalones was shot in the head upon leaving his car in Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Central Visayas' alleged number 2 in the drug trade Franz Sabalones has surrendered to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

At least 200 dead in battle for Libya's Tripoli – WHO

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Some 205 have been killed and 913 have been wounded in the ongoing battle for Libyan capital Tripoli, says the World Health Organization

CONFLICT AT CITY. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia / AFP

IN PHOTOS: For his children’s sake

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Eric Marcelino prays that his annual devotion will keep his family safe from illness

New York police arrest man carrying gasoline into St Patrick's Cathedral

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Days after a fire damages the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, a man walks in another historic cathedral carrying gasoline, claiming he was taking a shortcut after his car ran out of fuel

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Abra vice governor bet Bersamin reports harassment by Bangued mayor

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Ana Marie Bersamin tells police that she and her team were harassed by some 40 supporters of incumbent Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera

North Korea demands Pompeo's removal from U.S. nuclear talks

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The rogue state's foreign ministry wants US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replaced as interlocutor between the two countries, describing him as 'reckless' and immature

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo backs the idea of a 'wooden cathedral' that will host priests who will address tourists and visitors

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. - Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists -- some crying, others offering prayers -- watched in horror in central Paris on April 15 night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

In Denmark, drop-in baptisms help boost Church numbers

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings

DROP-IN BAPTISM. In Denmark, its Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings. Screenshot from AFP video

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The step comes after Japan launched new visa statuses to attract more foreign workers and ease the impact of the nation's shrinking workforce and population

DANGEROUS. In this file photo, a staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Quezon City to set up youth desk

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The new Quezon City ordinance provides for a Sangguniang Kabataan desk where information on youth-related projects and programs can be obtained

File photo of QC City Hall

Indonesia warns against protests as Widodo rival rejects results

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While official results are not due until next month, 'quick counts' show President Joko Widodo between 9 and 11 percentage points ahead of ex-general Prabowo Subianto

INDONESIA POLLS. Indonesians stand next to a poster of Indonesia president candidates in front of a pooling center during the presidential election in Kuta on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 17, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Separatist gunmen kill 14 bus passengers in Pakistan

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) A naval official and a coast guard member are among those killed

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

Boracay draws 619,000 tourists in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The figure is slightly higher than the number of visitors during the 1st quarter of 2018. A little over half of tourists are foreigners, mostly from China and South Korea.

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Strong 6.1 quake hits Taiwan, shakes buildings in Taipei

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) There are no immediate reports of casualties

DFA begins evacuating Filipinos from Libya

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Of the over 1,000 Filipinos in the Libyan capital, only 20 have so far requested to be repatriated

Philippines down 1 spot in 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Reporters Without Borders says harassment against Rappler and Maria Ressa is the 'most emblematic case' of the threats against Filipino journalists. Turkey is also listed as among the world's worst countries for press freedom.

PRESS FREEDOM. A total of 11 cases have been filed against Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:49 AM

CEO Dennis Muilenberg also says test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for its planes' anti-stall system

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

Scammers preying on Notre-Dame donors, France warns

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The French Heritage Foundation says it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Guatemala presidential candidate hit with U.S. drug charges

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has been investigating the alleged conspiracy since December 2018

LOOK: Clark airport opens new facilities in time for Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:49 AM

As many as 12,000 passengers use the airport daily during Holy Week

Cardinal Tagle hits hate speech, fake news

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

'Those consecrated by the Spirit will proclaim liberty to the captive. Those consecrated by the Spirit will not lead others to further captivity,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

'DO NOT ENSLAVE OTHERS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle Blesses the oil at the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

North Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:37 AM

State media says the 'advantages' of the weapon were 'the peculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead'

KIM JONG UN. This file photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Daig pa ang penitensiya,' says an old lady as she leaves the venue of a campaign rally that lasted 7 hours

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene as he addressed supporters in the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in Batangas City. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:17 AM

At least 67 people have been arrested, says the opposition

PROTESTS. An opposition protester demonstrating against the government takes refuge in the premises of a parking lot upon the arrival of police officers who warned they will arrest anyone who 'alters peace and coexistence', in Managua on April 17, 2019. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Trump ramps up pressure on Cuba in Latin America offensive

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:52 AM

National security advisor John Bolton says the new measures imposed on Cuba were meant to 'reverse the consequences of disastrous Obama-era policies'

PRESSURE. US President Donald Trump continues to put pressure on Latin America, reversing policies set by his predecessor Barack Obama. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Archbishop Villegas: Ignorance killing PH 'softly, slowly'

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Ignorance 'has made us a nation that glees in murder' and 'votes for incorrigible liars,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

BLASTING IGNORANCE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates says the ignorance that killed Jesus more than 2,000 years ago is killing the Philippines softly and slowly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Woman arrested in Mandaue City for trafficking own children

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Authorities catch the mother offering her two youngest daughters, ages 6 and 7, to child predators online

CAUGHT. Police arrest Mandaue online trafficker and rescue 5 children from her. Photo courtesy of IJM Philippines

WATCH: Exodus to provinces starts for Holy Week 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The transportation department sets up help desks at terminals and opens hotlines

EXODUS. Thousands of passengers line up for buses at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal to go home to provinces for the Holy Week. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Peru ex-president Garcia dies after shooting himself

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,' says Peru's current President Martin Vizcarra

ALAN GARCIA. Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on April 17, 2019 after shooting himself at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation. File photo by CrisBouroncle/AFP