Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc

GOODBYE MAJORITY. The Makabayan bloc officially ends its membership in the House majority bloc. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Residents return to storm-ravaged Florida Keys

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:24 AM

European leaders visited the storm ravaged Caribbean meanwhile amid criticism over relief efforts

DECIMATED. Debris from trailer homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma litters the Seabreeze Trailer Park in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, September 12, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Millions without power in Florida in deadly Irma's wake

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED Most of the Sunshine State however appears to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings

POST-IRMA DOCUMENTATION. A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Labor protests hit France in key challenge for Macron

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:49 PM

More than 180 street protests are planned nationwide against the reforms which are intended to tackle stubbornly high unemployment by loosening the rules that govern how businesses hire and fire people

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the Round Table on 'Housing First' in Toulouse, southern France, on September 11, 2017. Pascal Pavani/Pool/AFP

Proposed Paris 2024 Games sites

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Paris will still have to spend around 3 billion on building and renovating sites with half of the amount to go to the construction of the Olympic village alone

CITY-WIDE HISTORIC CONCEPT. "The historic concept of the Olympic park can be applied to the whole city thanks to the proximity of the sites to each other." Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Hurricane Jose: Top alert for St Martin, St Barts

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:33 AM

France s meteorological agency issues its highest warning for the Caribbean islands of St Martin and St Barts as Hurricane Jose bears down 3 days after Hurricane Irma

Macron outlines plan for Europe revival from Athens

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Choosing a symbol of ancient Athenian democracy – Pnyx Hill – for his speech French President Emmanuel Macron says he intends to present fellow European leaders with a roadmap to fix Europe for the next decade

REVIVAL. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the Pnyx hill in Athens on September 7, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit to Greece. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

9 dead as Hurricane Irma rips through Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:22 AM

UPDATED St Martin – a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife – suffered the full fury of the storm with rescuers on the French side of the island saying at least 8 people had died there

DECIMATED. A picture released by Facebook user Kevin Barralon on September 7, 2017 shows a damaged street of Gustavia on the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Barthelemy in the Caribbean following hurricane Irma. Kevin Barrallon / Facebook / AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on November 11 – French minister

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first establishment outside of the original Louvre in Paris which houses the world s largest collection of art to carry the famed French name

OPENING SOON. This file handout photo taken on May 24, 2016 and made available on June 15, 2016, by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) shows Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water. TDIC/Handout/AFP

Malacañang does U-turn on Duterte's 'French law' remarks

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Contrary to Duterte s statement the Palace says the Philippine government believes France also accords primacy to the presumption of innocence

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'Sama-sama, Tulong-tulong sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong' program at the Heroes Hall in San Fernando City, Pampanga on August 28, 2017, assures that the government will assist the poultry raisers that were affected by the outbreak of the Avian Influenza. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

France refutes Duterte claim on 'French law' vs Callamard

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:10 PM

In slamming UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claims that the accused is guilty until proven innocent under French law

HITTING CALLAMARD. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slams United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard in an event in San Fernando, Pampanga, on August 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

WATCH: Surviving baby panda closely monitored at French zoo

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The first baby panda born in France is now nearly a month old and in good health growing under the watchful eyes of his mother and zookeepers

MOTHER AND CHILD. This photograph taken on August 28, 2017, shows female panda Huan Huan holding her cub inside her enclosure at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Macron says fighting 'Islamist terror' top foreign priority

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Providing security for our citizens means that the fight against Islamist terrorism is our first priority Macron tells some 200 French diplomats gathered in Paris

MACRON ON FIGHTING TERROR. French President Emmanuel Macron looks on as he addresses French ambassadors during the annual gathering of French diplomatic corps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on August 29, 2017. Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP

France's Macron sees popularity fall to 40%

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED French President Emmanuel Macron is under fire for his monarchical style in office and attempts to cut public spending

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive to attend a concert by the Pierre Claver Association at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2017. Photo by Julien de Rosa/AFP

French ministers visit Iraq in support of ISIS fight

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Their visit comes as Iraqi forces battle to seize the northern city of Tal Afar from ISIS following their July victory

FIGHT ISIS. Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived with Defence Minister Florence Parly in Baghdad, Iraq. File photo by AFP

How technology helped blind singer Alienette Coldfire see the world, dream big

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:43 PM

I may not be one whom you can consider a celebrity but I can proudly say I m a person with a clear vision big dreams and definite plans for the future thanks to technology says the Filipina singer

Brigitte Macron to work on charities, as unofficial 'first lady'

Aug 21, 2017 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED A statement from the presidency says she would represent France at her husband s side during international summits and meetings and would also organize meetings at the Elysee Palace

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive to attend a concert by the Pierre Claver Association at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2017. Photo by Julien de Rosa/AFP

Brigitte Macron says will take on informal role as first lady

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:06 PM

Speaking to Elle magazine in her first interview since her husband s election in May she also jokes about the young leader s age – 25 years less than her – and spoke glowingly of their marriage

This file photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows Brigitte Macron (C), wife of French President, smiling ahead of the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP

Consumers 'left in lurch' over Europe egg scandal

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Every single actor has committed serious mistakes says Daniel Sarmadi of Foodwatch in Germany

EGGS SCANDAL. Eggs are destroyed at a chicken farm in Nadrin, Houffalize, on August 9, 2017. Dutch and Belgian investigators launched joint raids on August 10, 2017 over Europe's insecticide-tainted egg scare. Photo by Koen Blanckaert/ Belga / AFP

Hundreds flee as fire rages in southern France

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained after ravaging 500 hectares 1 250 acres of pine forest and bush 40 kilometers 25 miles southwest of Montpellier the fire service says


French police arrest man over soldier car attack – security sources

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The man aged in his late 30s is intercepted on a motorway north of the French capital in the vehicle used to drive into the soldiers

INVESTIGATION. An armed French soldier patrols next to a forensic police officer near the site where a car slammed into soldiers in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, on August 9, 2017. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Manhunt after Paris car ramming of anti-terror soldiers

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:41 PM

3rd UPDATE Defence Minister Florence Parly condemns the car ramming as a cowardly act saying it did nothing to dent soldiers determination to work for the security of the French people

CAR ATTACK. French soldiers gather at the site where a car slammed into soldiers on patrol in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, on August 9, 2017. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/ AFP

Macron to backpedal on creating First Lady status

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The issue has become a new political headache for Macron after an online petition against creating the role garners around 285 000 signatures and an opinion poll showed a majority of French people are also opposed

FIRST COUPLE. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive to attend a concert by the Pierre Claver Association at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2017. Julien de Rosa/EPA/AFP

Hometown girl Erediano wins Ironkids title in Cebu

Aug 05, 2017 - 5:41 PM

After back to back second place finishes Moira France Erediano finishes atop the Alaska Ironkids 11 12 years old girls race

FRONT OF THE PACK. Moira Frances Erediano, a 12-year-old student at Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, crossed the finish line at 34 minutes and 25 seconds. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

French parliament approves Macron's labor reform drive

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Liberalizing France s labor market – long a demand of its eurozone partners led by Germany – was one of the central planks of the centrist Macron s election manifesto

Workers build a scaffolding in front of the Eiffel tower, on June 12, 2017, in Paris. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Olympics: LA agrees to host 2028 Games, Paris set for 2024

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:43 AM

UPDATED Los Angeles announces its intent to host the 2028 Summer Olympics after agreeing a deal with Games officials that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

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

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

West hardens tone on Iran

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:19 PM

We call on Iran not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities says a joint statement of Britain France Germany and the US

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Macron courts the stars; meets Rihanna on education

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:05 AM

The meeting comes as Macron tries to fend off accusations of sacrificing French students with controversial plans to trim a housing subsidy on which many students rely to pay the rent

WELCOME TO THE ELYSEE. Brigitte Macron (L), wife of the French president, welcomes Barbadian musician and Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education Rihanna at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 26, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

10,000 evacuated over new wildfire in France

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED The new fire comes a day after France asked for Europe s help to tackle the flames already raging in the tinder dry south including near the popular resort of Saint Tropez

People sit on the beach as they look at Canadair aircraft flying to drop water over a fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, southern France on July 25, 2017. Valery Hache/AFP

Libyan rivals voice joint support for ceasefire, elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:17 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron says Libya s UN backed Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country have shown historic courage in talks outside Paris

TALKS IN FRANCE. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) and General Khalifa Haftar (L), commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), before talks aimed at easing tensions in Libya, in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris, on July 25, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

UN-backed Libya PM to meet eastern strongman in France

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:39 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron will host the meeting

MEETING SOON. Self-styled Libyan National Army's chief Khalifa Haftar (L) and Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Khalil Mazraawi and Fethi Belaid/Files/AFP

'Draconian' US funding cuts would cost lives – AIDS meeting

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Leaders in the fight against HIV urges the US government the largest donor to global AIDS research and treatment to reject draconian funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump

International AIDS Society president Linda-Gail Bekker (L) and President of the French National Ethics Advisory Committee (CCNE - Comite consultatif national d'ethique) and conference chairman Jean-Francois Delfraissy (R) attend the opening of the 9th International AIDS Society conference on HIV Science on July 23, 2017, in Paris. Francois Guillot/AFP

French military chief resigns after row with Macron

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:10 PM

The row between Macron and General Pierre de Villiers erupted last week over budget cuts testing the new president s authority

OUT. This file photo taken on July 13, 2017 shows Chief of the Defense Staff of the French Army General Pierre de Villiers arriving for an annual Franco-German Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris.  Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Macron, Netanyahu mark 75 years since Paris roundup of Jews

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s presence at the ceremony sparks controversy with the Union of French Jews for Peace calling it shocking and unacceptable

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R) pay their respects after laying wreaths during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris on July 16, 2017.  French President Emmanuel Macron on July 16 marked 75 years since the roundup of some 13,000 Jews to be sent to Nazi death camps, calling France's responsibility a "stark truth" at a ceremony attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kamil Zihnioglu

France aims to be 'facilitator' in Gulf crisis talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Qatar s foreign minister welcomes France s support for mediation aimed at finding a solution based on constructive dialogue and respect of state sovereignty and international law

FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET. French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani pose for a photo after a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on July 15, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Pomp and mourning as Macron, Trump mark France's Bastille Day

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Macron invites Trump to be his guest of honor at the pomp filled military parade down the Champs Elysees which the two men watched with their wives

BASTILLE DAY. US President Donald Trump (C), flanked by (from L) French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, US First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

France, Germany signal ambitions with joint cabinet meeting

Jul 12, 2017 - 11:37 PM

The arrival of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet in Paris on Thursday is a step towards creating what Macron hopes will be a common roadmap for the club of countries which is preparing for a future without Britain

Olympics: Paris, LA both poised to win race to host Games

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The International Olympic Committee is poised to hand the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles with a landmark double hosting deal set to be approved

This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows journalists visiting the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the IOC Evaluation Commission continues with its visit to Los Angeles, California, before a visit to Paris and the September vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Frederick J Brown/AFP

7 attacks foiled in France in 2017 – minister

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Since the start of the year we ve stopped 7 plots which could have caused many deaths Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says

COLLOMB ON TERROR. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb addresses deputies during a session of questions to the Government at the French National Assembly in Paris, on July 5, 2017.  Photo by Martin Bureau/ AFP

Macron plans to slash France's MPs by a third

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED In his first address to members of the National Assembly and Senate since his election in May Macron delivers a US style state of the nation speech in the Versailles palace

LANDMARK SPEECH. French President Emmanuel Macron (at the platform) speaks during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3, 2017. Martin Bureau/AFP

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Tanker, freighter collide off Britain

Jul 01, 2017 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED No injuries or spills have been reported in the collision at the Strait of Dover authorities say

COLLISION. This handout picture taken and released by the French National Marine - Marine Nationale, on July 1, 2017 shows the damaged tanker Seafrontier following a collision with the cargo ship Huayan Endeavour in the waters between France and Britain. Marine Nationale/AFP

Trump accepts Macron invite to July 14 parade – France

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:54 PM

Trump will attend the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue where US soldiers will march alongside French troops to commemorate the centenary of America joining World War I Macron s office says

MACRON AND TRUMP. The two leaders, both neophytes, are set to meet once again in July. File photos from Mandel Ngan and Eric Feferberg/AFP

Tourist bus hits Paris bridge, at least 4 injured – fire service

Jun 23, 2017 - 8:29 PM

UPDATED The double decker bus crashes into the Alexandre III bridge becoming stuck under it

Marine Le Pen to meet judges over party funding claims

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:53 PM

The meeting has already been arranged says Le Pen who had refused to answer any questions over the accusations while she was running in this year s presidential election

MARINE LE PEN. Head of the far-right party FN and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) smiles as she arrives to visit the Salon des Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurship fair) in Paris on February 1, 2017. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills fitness blogger

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:21 PM

Rebecca Burger who had a large following on the social media site where she posted regular pictures of herself promoting fitness products is killed in eastern France in what the family says is a domestic incident

FREAK ACCIDENT. Social media celebrity Rebecca Burger (L) was killed in a freak accident involving a whipped cream dispenser. Photos courtesy Rebecca Burger's Instagram account @rebeccablikes