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LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

SEARCH OPERATIONS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and retrieval operations for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH collapses vs Australia in Asian Volleyball Cup opener

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Filipina spikers blew a two-set advantage against the Aussies

Australia, Japan offer Typhoon Ompong assistance

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:08 PM

(UPDATED) The United States also says it is ready to help the Philippines deal with Typhoon Ompong's effects

SEEKING SHELTER. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-Australian PM seeks probe into man who ousted him

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests

BRUTAL POLITICS. Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests. Turnbull file photo by Saeed Khan/AFP; Dutton file photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Schoolgirl anthem protest sparks intense debate in Australia

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen is punished with detention for refusing to stand for the Australian national anthem, a song she says ignores the nation's indigenous people

Defiant Australian paper reprints 'racist' Serena cartoon

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Melbourne's Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight's caricature of Williams throwing a tantrum at the US Open – originally printed on Monday – attracts widespread condemnation from across the world

TANTRUM? This photo illustration shows the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper, featuring a cartoon of US tennis player Serena Williams, on sale at a newsstand in Melbourne on September 12, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Husband 'kills wife, toddler children' in Australia home

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) Police charge Anthony Robert Harvey with the murders of his two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his 3-year-old daughter Charlotte, his mother-in-law Beverly Quinn, and his wife Mara in the southwestern city of Perth

CRIME SCENE. A police forward command vehicle is seen outside a house from where police recovered 5 dead bodies in the suburb of Australia's western city of Perth on September 10, 2018. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Call for papers: 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines is on November 26 to 27 at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia

Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect Barrier Reef

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Software will enable the bot to detect crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and "instigate an injection which is fatal" to the predators. The injection is harmless to other reef creatures.

RANGERBOT. This undated handout photo received on August 31, 2018 from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows scientist Matthew Dunbabin with the new RangerBot on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Photo by Anthony Weate/ Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:34 PM

'Many bishops failed to listen, failed to believe, and failed to act,' says Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Deposed Australia PM Turnbull set to quit parliament this week

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:54 AM

His departure will trigger a by-election for his Sydney seat, potentially on October 6

TURNBULL. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 3, 2016. File photo by William West/AFP

Scott Morrison: Australia's latest PM

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The hardline former immigration minister bills himself as a man of faith and family who can get things done

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Scott Morrison sworn in as new Australian PM after bitter coup

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, wins a party vote 45-40

OATH-TAKING. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes part in an oath-taking ceremony to become the nation's new leader at Government House in Canberra on August 24, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

China's Huawei, ZTE blocked from Australia's 5G network

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) The 'involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law' poses a security risk, says the federal government


Ministers offer to quit as Australia political crisis deepens

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survives a move to unseat him by his populist Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Tuesday, August 21

Usain Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has given the Olympic track superstar a chance to prove his worth

NEW CHALLENGE. After a stellar track career, Usain Bolt hopes to make a mark in professional football. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

UK, Australia: Hague ruling binds Philippines, China

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Stressing the need for a rules-based system, the United Kingdom and Australia also 'regret' that the Philippines is leaving the International Criminal Court

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its first loss in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

FIRST SETBACK. Australia proved too strong for AJ Edu and Batang Gilas. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Fans remind the young players that there should be no repeat of the embarrassing ‘basketbrawl’

SOLID SHOWDOWN. Batang Gilas, already assured of a World Cup berth, vies for a title slot against fellow unbeaten team Australia. Photo credit from FIBA

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

Goulding agent to seek legal counsel, says Uichico ban ‘farcical’

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Chris Goulding's agent slams the FIBA ruling, says Gilas deputy coach Jong Uichico could've caused the Australian player's death

SUSPENDED. Christopher Goulding will serve a one-game suspension for his role in the infamous brawl between the Australia and the Philippines. Photo from PBA


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Jul 20, 2018 - 3:03 PM

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Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Aussie Maker slams FIBA ban

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM

NBA player Thon Maker disagrees with his 3-game suspension, noting that poor security led to the free-for-all between the Philippines and Australia

MOVING ON. Australia's Thon Maker hopes to move forward from the 'terrible event.' Photo by Ted Alijbe/AFP

Chot Reyes denies fanning unsportsmanlike actions

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas head coach says he never gave the Gilas Pilipinas players 'instructions to hurt'

PENALIZED. Chot Reyes gets suspended for one game and find by half a million pesos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Australia: Goulding ban 'tough to swallow'

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Basketball Australia says Chris Goulding got mauled as Australian star center Andrew Bogut also chimes in on the FIBA decision

SUSPENDED. Australia player Chris Goulding gets a one-game suspension.

10 Gilas players suspended, SBP fined for FIBA brawl

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) Basketball's world governing body comes down hard on the players and officials involved in the Gilas-Australia brawl during the FIBA World Cup qualifying game

 Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Australian prime minister tells Pope Francis to sack archbishop

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Malcolm Turnbull says now is the time for the Pope to take action against Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted for concealing abuse of a notorious pedophile

(FILES) A file photo taken on May 8, 2016, shows Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaking at a press conference calling the next federal election at Parliament House in Canberra. Turnbull is named in the Panama Papers, it emerged on May 12, 2016, causing an unwanted headache for the multi-millionaire former banker in the middle of an election campaign. He is listed as a former director of a British Virgin Islands company, Star Technology Services Limited, set up by Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca in the 1990s. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

Surfers mad at plan to curb boardriding on Sydney's Bondi beach

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The proposed rules force all surfers to the southern end of the 900-meter-long beach, where waves are usually bigger and dangerous rip tides more frequent

LIFE IS A BEACH. This file photo taken on February 24, 2016 shows a surfer heading into the sea on Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Scientists develop blood test to detect skin cancer before it spreads

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Australian scientists pioneer breakthrough blood test that could help doctors detect the early stages of skin cancer when it is still treatable

Australia legend Tim Cahill retires from international duty

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:58 PM

The 38-year-old striker finishes his Socceroo career with 50 international goals in 107 appearances

LEGENDARY. Australia's all-time leading goalscorer Tim Cahill announces his retirement from international football after representing the country in 4 FIFA World Cups. Photo by William West/AFP

Usain Bolt chases football dream in Australia

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The 8-time Olympic champion will try his luck in the A-League

NEWFOUND LOVE. Usain Bolt plays for the FIFA 98 team against France's 1998 World Cup national football team to mark the 20th anniversary of the country's first World Cup title. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Ruling from your home: Inside Australia's micronations boom

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Micronations – entities that have proclaimed independence but are not recognized by governments – are declared around the world

MICRO KING. This file photo shows Paul Delprat, 76, gesturing at his home as the self-appointed Prince of the Principality of Wy, a micronation spanning his home in the north Sydney suburb of Mosman.  Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

U.S., Japan, Australia most trusted by Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM

China ranks 4th in a list of countries most trusted by Filipinos, based on a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute

Photos in graphic courtesy of Shutterstock

Following data scandal fine in UK, Facebook may face penalty in Australia

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:04 AM

In Australia, the social network may face fines of up to US $2.2 billion for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

SCANDAL FALLOUT, The fines are starting to come for Facebook in several countries. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 2-8, 2018

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

A string of dead local officials, the bench-clearing Gilas-Boomers brawl, updates on the boys trapped in a Thai cave

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

PBA, SBP set to appeal if FIBA drops sweeping suspension

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Philippine basketball officials brace for the suspension of Gilas players in the PBA and 2018 Asian Games

CLOSED-DOOR MEETING. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial (left) summons the league players who figured in the free-for-all during the Philippine-Australia match. Photo from the PBA

‘Embarrassed’ Gilas triggered brawl, says Aussie Goulding

Jul 05, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The Australian guard caught in the middle of the melee says the scuffle felt like a 'hell of a long time'

MOBBED. Australian guard Chris Goulding got pounced on by a mad Philippine mob, but says he's proud his teammates managed to restrain themselves.

Brawl-breaker Troy Rike inspires Gilas patron to pay it forward

Jul 05, 2018 - 1:12 PM

A Philippine basketball team sponsor doubles Troy Rike's donation to Philippine and Australian charities

ROLE MODEL. Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas (left) says Gilas cadet player Troy Rike shows maturity beyond his years. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

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

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Jul 05, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Ex-national team coach Yeng Guiao backs Gilas after infamous brawl

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:03 AM

The firebrand tactician, who mentored the Philippine squad a decade ago, says the Australians should be blamed for the bench-clearing melee

DEFENSE. Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas players acted on their 'natural human instinct' when they figured in the full-blown skirmish with Australia. Photo from PBA Images


Fajardo says mom's presence kept him away from brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:09 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP gets praise for keeping himself in check during the bench-clearing melee that marred the Philippines-Australia matchup

KEEPING A COOL HEAD. June Mar Fajardo is one of the 3 Gilas Pilipinas players who were not ejected against Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas brawl pacifier Troy Rike donates incentive

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:32 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas cadet receives P100,000 for protecting Australia's Christopher Goulding during the fight-marred FIBA match

PACIFIER. Troy Rike protected Australia's Christopher Goulding from taking more beating. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


Chot Reyes hopes Gilas comes out 'better and stronger' after skirmish

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The national team coach offers an apology but also sends gratitude to those who backed Gilas amid criticisms

BLAMED. Chot Reyes is blamed by Australia assistant coach Luc Longley for the brawl. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler