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No Al Jefferson in Terrific 12 due to dental infection

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:35 PM

One of the biggest draws in the invitational tournament, the 14-year NBA veteran will not see action for China's Xinjiang Flying Tigers

ABSENT. Al Jefferson misses Xinjiang Flying Tigers' first game in the Asia League Terrific 12 and will not see action against Philippine bets iECO Green Warriors. Photo by Keith Allison/Wikimedia


Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Sudan ruling party unveils new, smaller cabinet

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The cabinet is due to be sworn in on Friday, September 14, and is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 16.

NEW CABINET. In this file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Syria war has killed more than 360,000 – monitor

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:54 PM

The toll represents an increase of about 13,000 people in the past 6 months

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Trump in Pennsylvania on 9/11 to honor Flight 93 heroes

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The White House says Trump will put the emphasis on 'remembering that horrific day... and certainly honoring the individuals who were not only lost that day, but also put their lives on the line to help in that process'

9/11. The Tower of Voices stands above visitors, dignitaries and family members of the victims of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 9, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

Workers still search for 9/11 remains, 17 years on

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:24 PM

In a New York lab, a team is still avidly working to identify the remains of than 1,000 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center

MISSING. In this file photo taken on May 26, 2014, Sally Regenhard, who lost her son on 9/11, speaks at a news conference with other family members on the steps of City Hall to criticize the placement of unidentified human remains beneath the newly opened National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Iraq's top two parliament groups demand PM Abadi resign

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:03 AM

This deals a severe blow to Abadi's hopes of holding onto his post through a parliamentary bloc unveiled just days earlier with cleric Moqtada Sadr

IRAQ PM. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq parliament holds emergency talks as Basra burns

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

'We're thirsty, we're hungry, we are sick and abandoned,' says a protester after another night of violence

UNREST. Iraqi protesters wave a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on September 7, 2018 during demonstrations over poor public services. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The warning comes as Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif meets with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive

WARNING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Egypt president approves law clamping down on social media

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The law allows the Egyptian government to suspend or block any personal account which 'publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred'

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Saudi-led coalition admits 'mistakes' in deadly Yemen bus strike

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Coalition spokesman Mansour al-Mansour also calls for those responsible for the errors to be 'punished'

PROTEST. In this file photo, thousands of Yemenis vent anger against Riyadh and Washington on August 13, 2018 as they take part in a mass funeral in the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, for children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition days prior. Photo by Stringer/AFP

Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

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Aug 23, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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ISIS chief Baghdadi urges 'jihad' in purported new recording

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:26 AM

The 'caliphate will remain, God willing,' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says in the recording, addressing followers in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa

Rohingya mark Eid, one year after Myanmar crisis began

Aug 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Prayers are offered in makeshift mosques across southern Bangladesh to celebrate the Islamic festival of sacrifice as cows are slaughtered in muddy fields across the sprawling camps

PRAYERS. Rohingya refugees offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 22, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Cairo bans street sheep slaughter for Eid holiday

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is marked by Muslims sacrificing animals according to religious traditions at the end of the hajj annual pilgrimage

SACRIFICE. Sheep like these in Syria, will be slaughtered when Muslims across the world will celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Israel closes people crossing with Gaza after border violence

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The move could prevent Gazans from travelling via the crossing for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Malacañang sees improved ties between Duterte, new UN rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine government welcomes the appointment of former Chile president Michelle Bachelet as new chief UN human rights commission

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Tensions have been high between the two countries since August 6, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments

ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country 'will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights.' File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Former Dagupan mayor Al Fernandez dies

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Alipio 'Al' Fernandez Jr was most at ease governing on the streets, meeting with fish vendors at the market, and discussing poetry with writers at Dagupeña Restaurant

FORMER DAGUPAN CHIEF. Former Daguan mayor Alipio Fernandez dies at age 75. Photo from JCI Senate Philippines

Chile's Bachelet picked to be U.N. rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Michelle Bachelet – a two-time president who ranks among the world's most powerful women in politics – will step into a position that has drawn much controversy under Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

NEW UN RIGHTS CHIEF. Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the next UN commissioner for human rights. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cop behind Tawi-Tawi vice mayor assassination – PNP

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

A Lamitan City policeman is suspected to have killed Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali

COP KILLER? The PNP believes a fellow cops killed Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali. Rappler file photo

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over 'interference'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia gives envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs

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Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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Will next UN rights chief treat Duterte, world leaders more gently?

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:56 AM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has acknowledged that his unvarnished criticism of world leaders has made it impossible for him to secure a second term

RIGHTS CHIEF. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks in Guatemala City on November 17, 2017. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

If choppers from Jordan do not arrive, Duterte vows resuming salvo of curses

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:54 PM

President threatens to revive his tirades against UN rights chief and Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein if a donation of choppers does not arrive soon

Kurds eye decentralized Syria in talks with government

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance says it it has agreed with the government to form joint committees and forge a 'roadmap leading to a democratic and decentralized Syria'

RUBBLE. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on August 7, 2016, as they comb the city in search of the last remaining jihadists, a day after they retook it from the Islamic State group. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Sondos Al-Qattan 'should be blacklisted' as foreign employer – PH commission

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Commission on Filipinos Overseas Undersecretary Astravel Pimenetel-Naik says the Kuwaiti social media influencer should be included in the POEA's 'list of undesirable foreign employers'

A BLACK MARK. The Commission for Filipinos Overseas says Sondos Al-Qattan should be blacklisted as a potential employer. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Arroyo meets with Alvarez, Duterte ratings, Kuwaiti blogger | Evening wRap

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM

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Majority of Filipinos find Duterte 'bastos' for insulting UN rights chief

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:01 PM

According to a Social Weather Stations survey, 52% of Filipinos also found as 'vulgar' President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial kiss on the lips with a married Filipina in South Korea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2018 Mindanao Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 13, 2018.

WATCH: UAE vlogger defends OFWs against Kuwaiti influencer

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'How would you feel if you worked for someone that didn't only not give you a day off but disagrees with the very ideology that you deserve a day-off?' Khalid Al Ameri asks Sondos Al Qattan

RESPONSE. "If I work for you, I would run so far away, the CIA won’t be able to find me," UAE vlogger Khalid Al Ameri tells Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Al Qattan. Photos from Al Ameri and Al Qattan's social media accounts.

MAC, Etude House cut ties with Kuwaiti beauty blogger after rants vs OFWs

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) MAC Cosmetics, one of the world’s largest makeup brands, joins the list of international companies that cut ties with controversial social media star Sondos Alqattan

Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers

BLACKLIST. OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center urges the Philippine government to include Kuwaiti social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan in its list of undesirable employers. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

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

Woman may face Saudi sex charge and jail for hugging pop star

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:56 PM

The woman, who is yet to be identified, jumped on stage to hug Iraqi singer Majid al-Muhandis whose love songs are hugely popular in the Gulf

Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Khalifa Haftar, head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, 'has ordered the re-arrest of commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli after his escape from the military prison' where he was detained, a statement reads

This undated and unlocated picture released on August 15, 2017 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) shows Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli. Photo by ICC-CPI/AFP

Politics eyed as motive in Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Ali slay

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali was 'being groomed' as the town's next mayor

AMBUSH. Vice mayor of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is shot dead Wednesday afternoon in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Syria state media confirms deal with rebels for Daraa city

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Under the deal for opposition-held areas of Daraa city, rebels are to hand over their heavy and medium-sized weapons

DEAL. Displaced Syrians from the Daraa province come back to their hometown in Bosra, southwestern Syria, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Yusuf/AFP

Tawi-Tawi town vice mayor shot dead

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is killed in Zamboanga City

POLICE LINE in Zamboanga City, where Vice Mayor Mohammad Ali of Sapa-Sapa was killed July 11, 2018. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

SBP: Why question PH’s 2023 FIBA hosting over brawl?

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:54 PM

SBP slams reports that the Philippines should be stripped of the 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting

OPTIMISTIC CROWD. SBP President Al Panlilio defends the fans that they tried to lighten up the situation instead. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brawl aftermath: 'No place on any basketball court'

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The Philippine and Australia basketball chiefs vow to cooperate in the bench-clearing brawl investigation

EMBARRASSING INCIDENT. The Philippine and Australian basketball officials apologize for the incident that brought disgrace to the sport. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

SBP president braces for suspensions, sanctions for FIBA brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The world basketball federation has previously fined and suspended a player for 3 games for figuring in a brawl

WAITING GAME. The Gilas Pilipinas members who participated in the brawl may face suspensions and fines from FIBA. Photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

FBI foils U.S. independence day attack by Al Qaeda sympathizer

Jul 02, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The FBI said Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, who also used the name Abdur Raheem Rafeeq, told an undercover agent that he wanted to load up a vehicle with explosives and blow it up during the US national day celebrations on Wednesday.

Iraq executes 12 death row jihadists in response to killings

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:43 PM

A statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi does not specify how they were executed, but death sentences in terrorism-related cases are usually carried out by hanging

ORDER. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. File photo by Haidar HAMDANI/AFP

Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:24 PM

British officials say it is the first time a member of the royal family had ever visited the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT. Britain's Prince William (right) visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

PH rules blitz chess, but Vietnam reclaims overall ASEAN crown

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Philippines collects 55 gold medals against Vietnam's 70 in the regional age group competition

WHIZ KID. Philippine bet Daniel Quizon rules the under-14 rapid and blitz events. File photo