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World leaders mark 100 years since end of World War I

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Around 70 leaders including US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital

REMEMBERING. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

Macron's office says Trump anger based on misunderstanding

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:46 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's office acknowledges that his remarks 'could create confusion' but stressed: 'He never said we need a European army against the United States'

MISINTERPRETED? US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for bilateral talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018 on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by ludovic Marin/AFP

Trump in Paris slams Macron's 'insulting' EU army proposals

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:04 AM

French President Macron proposes a joint EU army to protect them from China, Russia, and the US

WWI event may have been target for suspected plot against Macron – sources

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The attack plot did not seem to have been fully worked out, but the November 11 commemorations appear to have been its background,' a source says

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron attends a dinner on June 20, 2017. File photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Anger grows after deadly French building collapse

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:51 AM

As many as 8 people are feared to have been killed when the buildings crumbled in a matter of seconds on Monday morning, November 5, in Noailles

BUILDING COLLAPSE. This handout photo released by BMPM/SM shows firemEn and a dog searching at the site where two buildings collapsed, on November 5, 2018 in Marseille, southern France. AFP PHOTO / BMPM/SM / Loic AEDO

France's 'Pacific pebble' New Caledonia rejects independence

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) On the final count, 56.4 percent of people has rejected the proposition that New Caledonia become independent, a clear but smaller-than-expected victory for loyalists to mainland France

VOTE. People cast their ballots for or against the independence of New Caledonia, November 4, 2018 in Noumea, New Caledonia. Photo by Theo Rouby/AFP

New Caledonia votes on independence from France

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Some 175,000 people are eligible to vote in the remote islands fringed by spectacular beaches, with opinion polls predicting a large majority in favor of staying French

Painful past unearthed as French PM visits Dien Bien Phu battle site

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who is in Vietnam for a 3-day visit, is the second senior French leader to visit Dien Bien Phu

VISIT. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tours a former French military command bunker in Dien Bien Phu on November 3, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

LIKE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. File pohoto by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte 'recycled' Lapeña to prevent shabu probe backlash – lawmakers

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Opposition lawmakers say President Duterte has given government positions to former military and police officers 'not suited for the jobs they are rewarded with'

ON TO TESDA. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena attends the September 27, 2018 House probe into the multi-billion pesos worth of missing shabu smuggled into the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Father of 2 jailed in France for feeding them only cake and Coca-Cola

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'There was no fridge, the children slept on a mattress without covers and there were no toys... Their father fed them on cakes and coke,' says a deputy public prosecutor

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

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

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Griezmann double plunges Germany's Loew into deeper trouble

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:26 AM

France comes from behind to beat Germany in a UEFA Nations League result that casts further doubt on Joachim Loew's future

POWERHOUSE. Antoine Griezmann (left) celebrates with his teammates after scoring France's second goal during their UEFA Nations League football match against Germany. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Deschamps: Mbappe is no bighead

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:25 AM

French football star Kylian Mbappe continues to flash his stellar form

BREAKTHROUGH. Kylian Mbappe's breakthrough stint in Russia earns him a place as one of the 2018 World Cup stars. Photo from FIFA.com

13 dead as flooding hits southwestern France

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:01 PM

(UPDATED) The Aude department, which includes the fortress city of Carcassonne, is particularly badly hit

FRANCE FLOODING. A resident shows on a house the level reached by water during floods on October 15, 2018 in Villegailhenc, near Carcassone, southern France. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP

French prosecutors move to drop probe into 1994 Rwanda presidential attack

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:30 AM

Lawyers for former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana's widow Agathe call the prosecutors' move 'unacceptable' and 'largely politically motivated'

GENOCIDE. Rwanda's former president Juvenal Habyarimana's brother-in-law, Protais Zigiranyirazo, consults his counsel on December 18, 2008 in Arusha at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he was convicted to 20 years in prison for aiding and encouraging the killing of Tutsi's during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. AFP file photo

Mbappe cameo helps France avoid shock Iceland defeat

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:40 AM

World champion France rallies behind Kylian Mbappe to forge a draw against upset-conscious Iceland

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (right) tries to slot one past Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson during the friendly football match. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Mbappe is Time magazine's 'Future of Soccer'

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Football's teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe sustains his rapid rise to global fame

TEENAGE TITAN. Kylian Mbappe’s stock skyrocketed this year when he played a major role in France’s World Cup title romp. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

More Britons seeking French nationality

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:54 PM

A result of Brexit is the sharp increase in the number of British citizens acquiring French nationality, says France's interior ministry

France-Italy tensions as ministers meet on immigration

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Italian leader Matteo Salvini has singled out French President Emmanuel Macron for criticism in recent weeks, as well as other EU leaders he considers too soft on immigration

ON IMMIGRATION. French Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe urges far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini to drop his 'posturing' on immigration. File photo from Philippe's Twitter account

France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Australia, Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States are now in a coordinated pushback against a series of hacking attempts said to be of Russian origin


Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research harnessing evolution

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter win the Nobel Chemistry Prize

NOBEL LAUREATES. Screen displays portraits of Frances H Arnold and George P Smith, both of the US, and Gregory P Winter of Great Britain during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemestry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 3, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo by Jonas Ekstromer/ TT News Agency/AFP

France accuses Iran over bomb plot near Paris

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

France's decision to take retaliatory measures and go public with the accusations is taken 3 months after the alleged plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran in a suburb of Paris

DENIAL. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on August 22, 2016 in Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Syria calls on U.S., French, Turkish forces to 'withdraw immediately'

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem says Damascus would continue 'fighting this sacred battle until we purge all Syrian territories' of both terror groups and 'any illegal foreign presence'

Macron at UN rebukes Trump's 'law of the strongest'

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:07 AM

'Some have chosen the law of the most powerful, but it cannot protect any people,' says French President Emmanuel Macron, who reaffirms his strong backing for multilateralism

AT UN. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Father of boy saved in Paris 'Spiderman' drama to face court

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The 4-year-old's father, who has not been named, faces a potential criminal conviction for leaving the child unattended in their sixth-floor apartment, popping out to buy groceries

Makabayan bloc wants annual commemoration of First Quarter Storm

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:42 PM

House Bill 8271 seeks to commemorate the turbulent period in Philippine history marked by mostly student-led mass demonstrations and protests against the Marcos dictatorship

NEVER FORGET. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives pushes for a bill to commemorate the First Quarter Storm. Photo courtesy of Makabayan

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