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Romania's president names liberal as new premier

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Ludovic Orban, 56, a former transport minister, must now receive the backing from the fragmented parliament as the EU-member country struggles to overcome months of political instability

ORBAN. In this file photo, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (L) and president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban (R) wave to supporters during the presidential candidature launching meeting in Bucharest, Romania on May 18, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Facebook chief hosts conservative guests amid bias debate

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Zuckerberg confirms hosting a series of dinners with right-wing figures amid accusations that the social media platform stifles conservative voices

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


Ecuador protest talks set for Sunday as capital locks down

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Rolling demonstrations leave 6 people dead and nearly 2,100 wounded or detained

CLASHES. Peasants and indigenous people arrive at Santo Domingo square in Quito on October 7, 2019 following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by authorities' decision to scrap subsidies. Photo by Cristina Vega/AFP

Acting U.S. homeland security chief McAleenan resigns, says Trump

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,' says President Donald Trump in a tweet

RESIGNED. Kevin McAleenan steps down. Photo from US Department of Homeland Security.

Israel's parliament sworn in without new government

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Members of parliament elected in September 17 polls take their oaths of office in a ceremony that is to a large degree hollow due to deadlocked coalition talks

PARLIAMENT. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) addresses members of parliament during the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu faces graft hearing with Israeli coalition talks at dead end

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The hearing comes as deadlocked results from a September 17 general election threatens Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister

GRAFT HEARING. Ram Caspi, the prime minister's lawyer, arrives at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem on October 2, ahead of the pre-indictment hearing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Austria's far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Austria needs us,' says far-right leader Norbert Hofer

RUNNING AGAIN. Far-right leader Norbert Hofer also led a frustrated presidential bid in 2016. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988

Russia targets opposition leader Navalny with mass raids

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Top protest leader Alexei Navalny says the raids are the result of Kremlin 'hysteria' after allies of President Vladimir Putin suffered major losses in local elections in Moscow

NAVALNY. In this file photo, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny casts his vote at a polling station during to the Moscow city Duma election in Moscow on September 8, 2019. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

MAP: Major political families in PH after the 2019 elections

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler counts at least 163 families whose members include a senator, House representative, or governor, serving at the same time as relatives in other local positions

DR Congo unveils new government after months-long delay

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 PM

'The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,' says Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga

Italy's president begins talks aiming to solve political crisis

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) Political maneuvering to form a new coalition has already started with Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti saying that party members are 'united' in making a deal with Five Star Movement

Italy coalition in crisis after Salvini calls for snap polls

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:21 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who has held several rounds of talks to try to ease the crisis in the 14-month-old government, angrily calls on Matteo Salvini to justify his move

SNAP POLLS? Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Boy Saycon, political operator, dies at 69

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Friends called Pastor 'Boy' Saycon a true patriot while his foes deemed him a 'termite' of society

BOY SAYCON. Pastor 'Boy' Saycon in Malacanang in 2017. Presidential Photo

Pimentel on his way out? 'About time' PDP-Laban elects new leaders, senator says

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:00 AM

'We will call for a national assembly. We will listen to the voice of the members kung sino ang gusto nila (who they want). Definitely, there will be some changes,' says party president Aquilino Pimentel III

PATIENCE. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III asks his partymates to be patient. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pia Cayetano defends political clan: 'We're elected'

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano, who has 4 relatives in elected positions, says she keeps an 'open mind' regarding anti-dynasty bills

POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senator Pia Cayetano, who comes back to Senate for the 18th Congress, comes from a political dynasty. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to Cayetanos: When will our dynasties end?

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:08 PM

President Duterte also weighs in on his 3 older children – he approves of Sara, is happy Sebastian is into public service, but he doesn't see much of his eldest son Paolo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with his daughter, reelectionist Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, during his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HNP-HTL) campaign sortie at the Davao City Recreation Center on May 10, 2019. Also in the photo is his son, Sebastian Duterte, who is running unopposed for vice mayor. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Putin opponent Navalny 'poisoned' – lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been in jail since last week for calling an unauthorized rally

POISONED? Alexei Navalny has been in jail for calling an unauthorized rally. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

China's first 'cyber-dissident' given 12-year jail term – court

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

His sentence is one of the harshest meted out to a dissident since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, according to court records

DISSIDENT. In a picture taken on January 22, 2015, Chinese dissident Huang Qi poses in his apartment in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Spain PM loses confidence vote after coalition talks fail

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Pedro Sanchez now has another two months to find ways of getting support, either for a minority or coalition government. Without a deal Spain would have to go back to the polls in November.

CONFIDENCE VOTE. In this file photo taken on August 3, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Sudan protest leaders, rebels end rift over power deal

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The umbrella protest movement has signed a power-sharing accord with Sudan's ruling generals that provides for a transitional civilian administration, the key demand of demonstrators

RIFT ENDS. File photo shows a man taking a selfie during a rally in the village of Abraq, about 60 kilometers northwest of Khartoum. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Pedro Sanchez is currently caretaker premier after coming first in the April general election but without the majority he needed with just 123 seats, forcing him to look for support

SECOND DAY. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is running for a second term, delivers a speech on the second day of the parliamentary investiture debate to vote for a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on July 23, 2019.Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Ukraine president's party poised to win parliament vote

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky rise is viewed as a rejection of Ukraine's political elite for failing to improve living standards

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People'. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Meddling, collusion, obstruction: What the Mueller probe found

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will submit to questions before Congress for the first time on July 24, 2019. Here's what you need to know about his report on Russian meddling and obstruction allegations in the US presidential elections

MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington DC on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Washington girds for Mueller testimony

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, much-trusted in Washington circles but with a sphinx-like image, has already signalled he will be a tough nut to crack

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

Tear gas, rubber bullets fired as Hong Kong returns to chaos

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:28 AM

(UPDATED) Acrid clouds of tear gas waft through the city's densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters after another huge protest march, with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub

ACTION. People attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:27 PM

A new rule redefining asylum eligibility – to take effect on July 16 – is the latest attempt to stem the flow of undocumented migrants into the country, and comes amid White House frustration at Congress's failure to change asylum laws

ASYLUM APPLICATION. US Democratic Senator Cory Booker (C) stands at the Paso del Norte-Santa Fe International Bridge while helping a group of migrants to apply for political asylum in the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chiahuahua state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Algeria army chief renews support for president after interim term ends

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:56 PM

A presidential election planned for early July has been scrapped, de facto extending interim president Abdelkader Bensalah's presidency for an undetermined period

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Algerian speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is pictured during a parliamentary session at the Palais des Nations in the Algerian capital Algiers on April 9, 2019, after lawmakers named him as interim president. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Former Argentine president de la Rua dead at 81

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'I share in the pain of his family,' says President Mauricio Macri, in announcing his death. 'His democratic journey deserves recognition by all Argentinians.'

DE LA RUA. Argentine former head of state Fernando de la Rua – who was famously evacuated by helicopter from the presidential palace during the 2001 economic crisis – died on July 9, 2019, in Buenos Aires at the age of 81. File photo by Fabian Gredillas/AFP

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Thousands protest in Algeria capital, break police cordon

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Protesters continue to pressure regime insiders to step down, more than 3 months after forcing former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down

Algerians wave the national flag as they demonstrate to demand sweeping change to the country's whole political system, in Algiers on April 3, 2019, following the resignation of ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. - The 82-year-old president ceded power in the face of massive street demonstrations that have shaken the North African nation, with state media announcing late Tuesday he had submitted his resignation with immediate effect. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drilon brings back anti-political dynasty bill in 18th Congress

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'The Constitution entrusted to Congress the duty to end political dynasties. Unfortunately, we have failed in our duty and, hence, political dynasty still persists and so does poverty,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon files an anti-dynasty bill in the 18th Congress. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Putin says liberal, pro-LGBT views 'forced' on people

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams ideas of freedom of sexuality as he defends Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Russian President Vladimir Putin lashes out at the idea of freedom of sexuality and gender. File photo by AFP

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

More than 250 arrested after Ethiopia coup bid – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The country has been on high alert since the attack in the capital Addis Ababa and northern Amhara state left the national army chief, a retired general, and 3 senior regional officials dead

HIGH ALERT. A woman mourns among soldiers standing guard ahead of the National funeral service, at the millennium hole in Addis Ababa, of Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces Seare Mekonnen and of Major-General Geza'e Abera, a retired former senior official in the Ethiopian army on June 25, 2019. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:29 PM

With so many potential challengers to Trump, the Democratic party splits the top 20 candidates into debates on two nights in southern Florida, a key swing state in next year's election

DEBATES. Democratic presidential hopefuls participate in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why is Duterte still so popular?

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?

Zuckerberg says U.S. government inaction allowed fake news to spread

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Mark Zuckerberg calls on governments to further regulate private data, political advertising and step up efforts to prevent state actors from interfering in US elections

POINTING BLAME. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Warren leads U.S. Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against number two candidate Bernie Sanders and 8 others on Thursday

DEBATE TIME. Democratic presidential candidates take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINYON] Kaibigang putik sa social media

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Mga mungkahing script kapag ang kaibigan mo ay nagse-share ng fake 'news' sa social media

Georgia parliament head quits after 240 injured in crackdown

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Opposition leaders have vowed to hold demonstrations until parliament is dissolved and snap elections are held

GEORGIA. People rally outside the parliament in Tbilisi on June 20, 2019. Photo by Vano Shlamov/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Handpicked successor sweeps Kazakhstan vote criticized by monitor

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:27 PM

No vote in Kazakhstan has ever been recognized as fully democratic by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which sent more than 300 observers to monitor this election

VICTORY. Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

G20 says worsening trade wars pose risk to world economy

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:00 PM

IMF chief Christine Lagarde says trade conflicts pose the 'principal threat' to the global economic outlook

FINANCE EXPERTS. A woman walks past a banner for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Trump, Mexico's Obrador tout U.S.-Mexico deal to avert tariffs

Jun 09, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the bottom-line of the last-minute deal was simple: 'there will not be an economic or financial crisis in Mexico on Monday, June 10'

DEAL MADE. US President Donald Trump and Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reach a last minute deal to avert tariffs on Mexico. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

U.S. axes non-essential services for kids at migrant shelters

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:08 PM

President Donald Trump's administration cancels special care in the from of classroom, soccer fields, and art studios, citing a lack of funding

SERVICES CUT. This file handout photo courtesy of the US Department of Health and Human Services dated June 20, 2018 shows unaccompanied alien children at an Office of Refugee Resettlement funded shelter in Homestead, Florida. Handout/US Department of Health and Human Services/AFP

Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The resignations of 9 government legislators come after a Buddhist monk lawmaker supporting President Maithripala Sirisena demanded the sacking of 3 top Muslim politicians

EASTER BOMBINGS. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP