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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

European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others versus the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, says the interception of journalistic material also violates the right to freedom of information

France keeper Lloris to face court over drink-driving charge

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:33 AM

The maximum punishment for drink-driving in Britain is a 6-month jail term, although fines and temporary driving bans are more common

CAUGHT. Les Bleus' World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has since apologized for the incident. File photo by Gabriel Bouys


Driver rams French airport terminal before runway chase

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Nobody was injured in the incident, which led to the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, France's third largest

BUSTED. In this picture taken with a mobile phone through the window of a plane, French gendarmes and police arrest a man on the tarmac of Lyon's Saint-Exupery airport, on September 10, 2018 in Colombier-Saugnieu.  Photo by Jean Decotte/AFP

7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian tourists

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) Though the suspect targeted foreigners, 'nothing at this stage suggests a terrorist attack,' a source close to the inquiry says

KNIFE ATTACK. French police are on the scene where a man attacked and injured people with a knife in the streets of Paris in the 19th arrondissement on September 9, 2018. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Fil-French Areola saves France blushes in Germany stalemate

Sep 07, 2018 - 3:37 PM

France’s third-choice goalkeeper proves his worth in the UEFA Nations League opener against Germany

France's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola catches the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Germany and France. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The importance of literature

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:25 AM

Leloy Claudio talks to Harry Potter professor Frances Sangil about the importance of literature in our lives

'Victim-blaming’ Duterte should apologize for rape remark

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rape because there is a rapist, not because of anything about the victim,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is again under fire for making another rape joke. Malacanang photo

Blow for France's Macron as star minister quits

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:54 PM

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot takes his interviewers and government colleagues by surprise by announcing his resignation on France Inter radio

NICOLAS HULOT. French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot attends a press conference at the end of a G7 summit on the environment in Bologna on June 12, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

World Cup champ Lloris sorry after drunk driving charge

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:03 PM

French team captain Hugo Lloris has been released on bail after spending seven hours in jail

UNACCEPTABLE. France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says his actions were 'completely unacceptable' and takes full responsibility of the incident. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Knifeman kills mother and sister near Paris

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) The man, who police said had been on a terror watch list since 2016, is later shot and killed after confronting police in Trappes.

KNIFE ATTACK IN TRAPPES. A French police official stands alert at a cordoned-off road in Trappes, south-west of Paris on August 23, 2018, following a knife attack.  Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Western trio warns Syria over chemical weapons use

Aug 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

In a joint statement, the 3 powers say they are 'gravely concerned' over the military offensive in Idlib and the resulting humanitarian consequences

IDLIB. A Syrian fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade as he attends a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by the regime on Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, during a graduation of new Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members at a camp in the countryside of the northern Idlib province on August 14, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

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

No Canadians: Air France unions insist on a French CEO

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:53 PM

Nine out of 10 Air France unions say it is 'inconceivable' that the company falls into the hands of a foreign executive

NO WAY. File photo of Air France-KLM planes. AFP Photo

Lawmakers want probe on DepEd's Results-Based Performance Management System

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:33 PM

ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro say the system has resulted in the loss of benefits and continued rejection of decent salaries for teachers

OVERWORKED. Lawmakers say teachers are often burdened by excessive paperwork from the Department of Education's  Results-Based Performance Management System. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former Tour champ Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The German cycling star, who has been suffering from drug and alcohol problems, is under investigation for attempted manslaughter

FALL FROM GRACE. Jan Ullrich (in pink) used to be a sporting hero as the only German to have won the Tour de France in 1997. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Colorful parade opens 10th Gay Games in Paris

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The aim of the games is to combat discrimination, promote the recognition and freedoms of LGBT people

UNIFIED. More than 10,000 participants from 90 countries around the world, including some where homosexuality is illegal or repressed, gather in Paris, France for the Gay Games. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP


Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:52 PM

French organizers Sun Trip have started such races in 2013 to promote renewable energy

SOLAR BIKE RACE. Raf van Hulle of Belgium celebrates after arriving in Guangzhou, in China's southern Guangdong province, after riding 12,000 kilometers from Lyon, on August 3, 2018. Photo by AFP

Paris prosecutors hunting man in viral video who assaulted woman

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Marie Laguerre posts a video on Facebook of man punching her in broad daylight outside a cafe after she angrily responded to his sexual harassment

French woman Marie Laguerre who posted online a video in which she is seen being hit by a man in the street, poses for pictures on August 1, 2018, in Paris. Paris prosecutors have opened an inquiry after a young woman posted a shocking video of a man punching her in broad daylight outside a cafe after she angrily responded to his sexual harassment, legal sources said on July 30, 2018. Marie Laguerre, a 22-year-old student, wrote on Facebook last week that she was returning home when the man started making lewd comments -- "not the first time it had happened to me that day".  / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD

U.S., France slam Basilan car blast as terror act

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We join the Philippine government in condemning this terrorist act in the strongest terms,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

COUNTERTERRORISM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks in a press conference on September 26, 2017, about a counterterrorism drill with the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Service resumes on key Paris metro line after evacuation

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:19 PM

A police source says 3,200 to 3,800 people on at least 8 trains needed to be evacuated in an operation which lasted more than two hours

PARIS METRO PROBLEMS. A picture taken at the railway station gare Montparnasse in Paris on July 28, 2018 shows a red strap preventing access to the metro as rail operator SNCF warned disruptions would continue into the weekend following a fire of an electric transformer a the nearby city.  Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

World slots up in Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Age-group berths for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in France are up for grabs in the Cebu race

FAVORITE. Three-time world champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia hopes to flash her winning Ironman form in Cebu.

French World Cup glory costs China firm $9 million and counting

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The total payout of kitchen appliance maker Vatti's marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million

CHAMPS. France raises the World Cup trophy for the first time in 20 years. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Thomas fulfills childhood dream of winning Tour de France

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Geraint Thomas, a 32-year-old Welshman, became the third Briton to win the fabled race after four-time and defending champion Chris and Bradley Wiggins

CHAMP. Tour de France 2018 winner Great Britain's Geraint Thomas (center), wearing a Welsh flag and the overall leader's yellow jersey, second-placed Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin (left) and third-placed Great Britain's Christopher Froome celebrate on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. Photo by Stephane Mantey/pool/AFP photo

'Great guy' Thomas takes over Tour mantle

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:21 AM

Former Olympic champion Geraint Thomas virtually secures the Tour de France title

HISTORIC. Geraint Thomas is set to become the first Welshman to rule the grueling multi-stage cycling event. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Fire blocks major Paris station at height of holiday exodus

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The blaze, just next door to Microsoft's main French offices, prompts an evacuation of 2,500 people and causes a power cut to some 16,000 homes in the Paris suburbs, authorities say

FRENCH FIRE. Firefighters try to extinguish a fire of an electric transformer in Issy-les-Moulineaux, west of Paris, on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Stephane Delfour/AFP

Macron's disgraced ex-bodyguard admits 'mistake'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Alexandre Benalla also denounces what he says is a 'desire to get at the president' over the scandal

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. A picture taken on October 11, 2016 shows Head of Security Alexandre Benalla (R) looking on next to then French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron during a campaign meeting in Le Mans, western France. File photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

France's Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Fans pick Benjamin Pavard's spectacular half-volley against Argentina as best goal

STUNNING. France's Benjamin Pavard celebrates after scoring an incredible goal  against Argentina during the last 16 round of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Heat rises on Macron as security aide scandal upends parliament

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:06 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron is yet to address the potential charges against his security aide who was seen in a video beating up a protester

Tour de France: Yellow jersey in sight, but Thomas still in doubt

Jul 22, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Britain's Geraint Thomas retains the leader's yellow jersey but Sky teammate Chris Froome remains in hot pursuit of a 5th title

RACE LEADERS. Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, cross the finish line of the 14th stage along with Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin and Great Britain's Christopher Froome. Photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

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

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Macron under fire as security aide detained in assault inquiry

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) The Elysee Palace says Alexandre Benalla will be dismissed after 'new elements' emerge in the case, namely that he is suspected of unlawfully receiving police surveillance footage in a bid to clear his name

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. A picture taken on October 11, 2016 shows Head of Security Alexandre Benalla (R) looking on next to then French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron during a campaign meeting in Le Mans, western France.  File photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

France closes in on phone ban in schools from September

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:17 PM

French Senators and National Assembly deputies reach an agreement late on Wednesday, July 18, on the ban for all 3 tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for educational purposes

Macron security official filmed hitting protester

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Le Monde newspaper publishes a video showing Alexandre Benalla hitting and then stamping on a young man while wearing a police visor during a demonstration in central Paris on May 1

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. In this file picture taken on February 24, 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron (C) is flanked by security officer Alexandre Benalla (2ndR), at the 55th International Agriculture Fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris. File photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Heroes' welcome for France World Cup winners

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The Paris metro system temporarily renames 6 of its stations in honor of key players

GLORIFIED. France's national football team players parade down Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP

YAAAAS! Queer Eye is coming back for a third season

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:51 AM

This time, the Fab 5 will be working their magic on the people of Kansas City, Missouri

OFF TO MISSOURI. The Fab 5 are headed to Kansas City for 'Queer Eye' season 3. Screenshot from Instagram.com/queerye

LOOK: Alphonse Areola is the first Filipino World Cup champion

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The 25-year-old goalkeeper is one of the 18 players in Les Bleus' young 24-man roster with immigrant backgrounds

CHAMPION. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, born to Filipino parents, is a member of the France team that won the 2018 World Cup. Photo from Areola's Instagram (@areolaofficiel)


IN PHOTOS: The highest scoring FIFA World Cup finals since 1966

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:57 AM

France joins Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for a second time

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

France frustrates Croatia, bags 2nd World Cup crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 AM

Kylian Mbappe becomes only the second teenager to score in the World Cup

FRENCH LOVE. Teen sensation Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his teammates France's title romp over Croatia. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

France goes big on Japan with multi-million cultural program

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'The French, more than any other nation (in Europe), who know Japanese culture the best,' says Korehito Masuda, director of the 'Japonismes 2018' program

BIG IN JAPAN. A visitor looks at paintings at the Soulages museum in Rodez, as part of an exhibition on the Gutai artistic movement created ib Japan in 1995 by Japanese artist Yoshihara. Photo by  Eric Cabanis/AFP

Croatia optimistic it can make World Cup history

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The small Balkan nation swells with pride as its football squad gears up for the World Cup final against fancied France

ECSTATIC. The World Cup fever is rampant in Croatia, one of the smallest nations to reach the World Cup final. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

Croatia stands between France and World Cup glory

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A young but fancied France side hopes to avoid an upset from one of the smallest nations to reach the final

FOR ALL THE MARBLES. Kylian Mbappe (right) leads France's young charge against Domagoj Vida's Croatia. Photo by Gabriel Bouys and Adrian Dennis/AFP

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Deep striker: FIFA World Cup 2018 best scorers

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Check out the top 5 contenders for the Golden Boot award

FRONTUNNER. England's Harry Kane leads the top Golden Boot candidates. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The French midfielder says the young Thai football players rescued from a flooded cave are the 'heroes of the day'

CELEBRATION. French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates as France wins over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Paris erupts as France struts to World Cup final

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

A header from Samuel Umtiti seals France's semifinal triumph over Belgium

GAME HERO. French defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the opening goal during France's semifinal match against Belgium. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

France aims to return to the final for the first time since 2006 while Belgium looks to make history with its first

CLASH. Kylian Mbappe's (left) and Eden Hazard's teams will go head-to-head in the World Cup semifinal. Photos by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Mbappe) and Benjamin Cremel (Hazard)

Sanofi shuts down factory over toxic waste outcry

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:10 AM

France Nature Environment, a federation of some 3,500 environmental associations, says the Mourenx site has been emitting 'dangerous material at astronomical levels'

HALT IN PRODUCTION. French pharmaceuticals group Sanofi shut down a chemical factory in southwest France, in the wake of media reports that toxic waste emissions exceeded the norms. File photo of Mourenx site from Sanofi's official website