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Trump says Russia probe head acted honorably, but warns of retaliation

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:04 AM

President Donald Trump, who feels vindicated by the dropping of collusion allegations, says he will favor publication of the wider Mueller report

MUELLER REPORT. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump signs U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:39 AM

US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus

HANDSHAKE. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Founder of India's beleaguered Jet Airways quits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Jet Airways, which has debts of more than $1 billion, says in a statement that its creditors will inject up to $218 million of 'immediate funding support' into the airline

JET AIRWAYS. In this file photo taken on April 14, 2008 Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, addresses a launch ceremony in Hong Kong. File photo by Mike Clarke/AFP

British MPs bid to take control over Brexit

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The EU ramps up the pressure by announcing its full readiness to deal with the 'increasingly likely' event of a no-deal Brexit occurring in 3 weeks

NEXT STEPS. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) listen as opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in the House of Commons in London on March 25, 2019 after May outlined the next steps that parliament will take in the Brexit process. AFP PHOTO/PRU

Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez rule BVR Santa Fe Open

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Perlas' Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez sweep their way to their second consecutive championship

UNBEATEN. Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez stays unscathed to win the title. Photo from BVR

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:19 PM

LeBron notches his eighth triple-double of the season as the Lakers end a five-game dry spell

THE KING. LeBron James shows way for the Los Angeles Lakers anew. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Survey on Filipinos wanting non-corrupt candidates 'gives validation' to Otso Diretso

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Otso Diretso candidates say their respective track records already provide voters a glimpse of the things they can do should they be elected as senators

NOT CORRUPT. Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay, Erin Tañada, Samira Gutoc, and Chel Diokno pose with their slate's hand sign during a sortie in Mandaue City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Banaue car crash 'victims' arrested for possession of marijuana

Mar 25, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Ifugao police confiscate 7 packs of dried marijuana leaves from the occupants who tried to leave their car after figuring in a road accident at Sitio Baag in Tam-an, Banaue

ROAD ACCIDENT. Ifugao police respond to a road accident in Banaue, Ifugao on Sunday morning, March 24, only to arrest the occupants for possession of marijuana. Photo from Hingyon Municipality

Carpio raises alarm on so-called China debt trap in Chico river deal | Evening wRap

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:58 PM

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Malacañang orders Rappler correspondent kicked out of PDP-Laban’s CDO rally

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also documents how Bobby Lagsa was 'evicted' from the event hours before President Duterte arrived

1 out of 4 Filipinos want candidates who 'will not be corrupt' – SWS

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Other top qualities that Filipinos are looking for in senatorial candidates include concern for the poor and trustworthiness, says a Social Weather Stations survey

NO TO CORRUPTION. A December 2018 survey from the Social Weather Stations showed the top quality Filipinos wanted in a senatorial candidate was they "will not be corrupt."

French Muslim group sues internet giants over New Zealand massacre video

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The French Council of the Muslim Faith is suing Facebook and YouTube for 'broadcasting a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor'

CHRISTCHURCH REMEMBRANCE. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Recaptured Italian ex-militant Battisti admits 1970s murders

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Cesare Battisti, 64, admits all the charges brought against him 'in 4 murder cases' during Italy's so-called 'Years of Lead,' Milan's prosecutor Alberto Nobili is quoted as saying by Italian media

BATTISTI. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017, Italian ultra-leftist militant Cesare Battisti gestures during an interview with AFP in Cananeia, Sao Paulo state, Brazi. File photo by AFP

Alex Cabagnot all praises for NBTC All-Star Mark Nonoy

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The little-known guard steals the spotlight in an event that featured the likes of Jalen Green and Kai Sotto

TURNING HEADS. Mark Nonoy makes himself known in the NBTC All-Star Game. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Nintendo to release 2 new Switch models in 2019 – report

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:39 PM

One version is reportedly more powerful than the base Switch, while the other variant is said to be the next in line to the 3DS throne

NEW SWITCHES? People wait in line to play Nintendo Switch games at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles, California on on June 12, 2018.File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP)

Syria's Kurds call for international court to try ISIS jihadists

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:36 PM

(UPDATED) In this way, 'trials can be conducted fairly and in accordance with international law and human rights covenants and charters,' the Syria Kurdish administration says

ISIS IN SYRIA. Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the ISIS group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 22, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

DoubleDragon to breach 5,000-room target with Cebu airport hotel

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The planned Hotel101-Cebu is eyed to be the biggest airport hotel in the Visayas

TARGET ACHIEVED. DoubeDragon has reached its 5,000-room target by sealing the deal with U-Bix Group's Federated Realty Corp through its subsidiary Hotel of Asia Inc to develop Hotel101-Cebu. Image from DoubleDragon.

House-Senate meeting: ‘No more contentious points’ in proposed 2019 budget

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The negotiating teams of both chambers of Congress are hopeful an agreement on the stalled 2019 national budget will be reached this week

2019 BUDGET. The House of Representatives and Senate's initial meeting on the 2019 budget ends on an optimistic tone. File photos by Shutterstock, Senate PRIB,  Martin San Diego/Rappler

Shooter kills 5 in China's Inner Mongolia

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Gun violence is rare in China, where the government tightly restricts ownership of firearms

Anti-corruption body asks Duterte to probe Duty Free 'smuggling' scheme

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission recommends the filing of charges against Duty Free officials who are behind Supply and Delivery Agreements which allegedly allow private firms to use tax-free privileges to bring in high-end goods

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Gasoline prices to rise for 7th straight week on March 26

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The fuel price hike set for Tuesday, March 26, comes as prices in the global market surge to their highest level in months

DOH denies ordering hospitals to put up Bong Go posters

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asks the public to report campaign materials posted in public health centers, if they see any

MALASAKIT CENTER. Senatorial candidate Bong Go at the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City on February 6, 2019. Photo from Go

Death toll in China chemical blast rises to 78

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Local authorities say more than 500 people are still in hospital. Among them, 13 are critically injured and 66 are seriously injured.

DEADLY BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by STR/AFP

D-League: Santillan erupts for 29-10 in Marinero rout of Trinity

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The former La Salle big man credits his chemistry with a former teammate and a former collegiate rival for his explosive performance

SCORCHING HOT. Santi Santillan frolicks inside the paint for Marinerong Pilipino. Photo from PBA Images

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Dasmariñas, Salva to tackle formidable world champs

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The two fighters seek to join the growing list of Filipino world champions in their quest for IBF crowns

BIG NAMES. Michael Dasmarinas will face either Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez or Japanese Naoya Inoue for the IBF bantamweight belt. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ex-cop Acierto speaks out: Duterte, PNP ignored intel on Michael Yang's drug links

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:38 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Chief Aaron Aquino confirms he received the intelligence report against presidential adviser Michael Yang and submitted it to Malacañang

Photo by Rappler

China pursuing 'new world media order' to suppress criticism – RSF

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Reporters Without Borders says Beijing is 'exporting' its methods of censorship and control of information to other countries. Beijing dismisses the report as 'totally not in conformity with the facts, and not worth refuting.'

LOOK: Chavit Singson, Ed Zaragoza show who's fit enough to be mayor of Narvacan

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The two candidates for mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, agree to a dare made by a local radio station: who can walk kilometers long and not get exhausted?

‘PEACE WALK.’ Rivals for the mayoral post, Edgardo Zaragoza (left) and Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson, test each other’s stamina during a walk for peace on March 25, 2019. Singson, 77, and Zaragoza, who is turning, 68, both say they are not too old to serve as mayor. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

WATCH: Jalen Green steps up to pro dunker David Carlos in NBTC dunk-off

Mar 25, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The top-ranked 2020 prospect highlights his impressive NBTC stint with a slam dunk title

AIR UP THERE. Jalen Green delights Filipino basketball fans with his jaw-dropping dunks. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

WATCH: Dani Barretto, Xavi Panlilio's save the date video

Mar 25, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Check out their pre-wedding video here!

5-year-old girl found dead inside laundry bag in Cavite

Mar 25, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The girl was only in kindergarten

SCENE OF THE CRIME. The body of a girl is found inside a laundry bag in an unoccupied house in Naic, Cavite. PNP photo

Divine Lee expecting second baby

Mar 25, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Baz is going to be a big brother!

Marawi residents to get livelihood assistance

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Residents from Marawi City's most affected area will also receive additional cash aid of P53,000 instead of relief goods

MARAWI'S PLIGHT. A woman and child living in Sarmanok tent wait for their transfer to Bogabong relocation site also in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

China shooing away PH fishermen from Panatag Shoal? 'What can we do?' – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The claims of Zambales fishermen interviewed in a video for senatorial bet Neri Colmenares question the effectiveness of the Duterte administration's bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea

ROUTINE. Fisherfolk in Masinloc, Zambales, go on with their business despite the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coastguards in the disputed Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough). File photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

WATCH: Warriors find new NBA home in Chase Center

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:34 PM

The reigning two-time NBA champions will bid farewell to the Oracle Arena, which has been their home since the 1971-72 season

DYNASTY. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are favored to win their third straight NBA championship before they grace their new home. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Belarus opens as potential market for agricultural exports

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The opportunity for the Philippines to supply agricultural products to Belarus comes as a government delegation visits Eastern Europe

Workers files stock of round shape fruits at the Balintawak Market on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, six days before the Buena Noche to welcome the New Year. The Filipinos welcome the New Year's Eve by serving 12 kinds of round fruits on the table during Buena Noche, believed to welcome prosperity and abundance for the household. The 12 kinds of round fruits on the table represents each month in a year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Medtech board topnotchers: Hard work is key to success

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Two board topnotchers prove that there are different ways to achieve success

Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation summa cum laude, Zairah De Leon Monjardin, places first in the March 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Exam with a rating of 91.10%.

Boeing 787 diverted to New Caledonia with smoke from cockpit – official

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The aircraft flying 256 passengers from Melbourne, Australia, to Los Angeles, touches down safely at La Tontouta airport in New Caledonia's capital Noumea

BOEING 787. A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxis to a gate at O'Hare International Airport after taking off from Houston with United CEO Jeff Smisek, Boeing Company CEO Jim McNerney and more than 250 other passengers on board May 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

El Niño to have minimal effects on inflation – NEDA

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says planting and harvesting may be delayed, but there would be no major impact on rice production

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Patriots' Gronkowski retires from NFL

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:21 PM

The star tight end brings down the curtain on a nine-year career highlighted by 3 Super Bowl triumphs

RETIRED. Rob Gronkowski hangs up his spurs after an injury-plagued NFL career. Photo from Gronkowski's Instagram account (@gronk)

Otso Diretso: Don't use Silawan rape-slay to push for death penalty

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

While justice must be served, opposition candidates say the case of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan should not be used to drum up support for the death penalty

Thai military accused of 'rigged' election by former PM Thaksin

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The junta is primed to retain its grip on power despite only having a slight edge in the popular vote, after election officials released the first unofficial early results for seats in the lower house

THAILAND ELECTIONS. A vendor arranges newspapers at her newsstand in Bangkok on March 25, 2019 a day after Thailand's general election. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Philippines has no say in loan deals with China – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Duterte administration has no choice but to abide by China's terms since it is only the borrower while China is the lender, says Malacañang

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) during an exchange of agreements at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Jason Kidd mentioned as 'serious candidate' for Lakers coaching job

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Lakers reportedly are considering the Hall of Famer if ever Luke Walton is let go

EXPERIENCED. Jason Kidd has coached for the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. File Photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Escalation feared after rare rocket strike near Tel Aviv wounds Israelis

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The rocket from the Palestinian enclave and expected Israeli response come at a highly sensitive time just ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

ROCKET STRIKE. A general view shows a damaged house after it was hit by a rocket in the community of Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv on March 25, 2019.  Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

In Mikhail Red's horror flick 'Eerie,' faith and modern beliefs clash

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Red said the movie will show how modern beliefs and faith can be in conflict

North Korea returns to inter-Korean liaison office

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'Some of the North Korean staff members are working at the South-North Joint Liaison Office starting from today,' the unification ministry says in a statement

LIAISON OFFICE. South and North Korean officials attend an opening ceremony of a joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, on September 14, 2018. File photo by AFP

NDF consultant Frank Fernandez, wife arrested in Laguna

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The 71-year-old communist leader is the 6th National Democratic Front consultant arrested since talks between the Duterte government and communist insurgents broke down

ARRESTED. NDF consultant Frank Fernandez and his wife Cleofe Lagtapon are arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives in Laguna. PNP photo