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Awesome Nadal faces Tiafoe test as Tsitsipas eyes semifinal

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:18 PM

The Spanish great says he would be on his guard against the 21-year-old American, a man he had never played

CHASING HISTORY. Rafael Nadal looks to become the first player in the Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slams at least twice. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP


In lowering criminal liability age, ‘Congress becoming a bully’ – lawmakers

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the government should instead focus on addressing poverty and other issues that force children to be in conflict with the law

BULLIES? Members of the House committee on justice approve the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

France nears implementation of digital tax

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Qualified companies will be levied a maximum of 5% of its sales, representing around 500 million euros annually for France


France pushes Japan to accept Renault-Nissan merger – reports

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The French government is the biggest shareholder in Renault with a stake of more than 15%, while Renault owns 43.4% of Japanese carmaker Nissan with voting rights

FILES) In this file photo taken on October 20, 2016 Nissan Motors chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn answers a question during a joint press conference in Tokyo. Executives at Japanese car firm Mitsubishi Motors on November 26, 2018 decided to sack Carlos Ghosn as chairman as the once-revered tycoon faces allegations of financial misconduct that sparked his shock arrest. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP

Macron's debate put to test as 'yellow vests' stage 10th protest

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Many yellow vests have announced plans to boycott the discussions scheduled in dozens of towns and villages

Paris gas blast toll rises to 4 after body found in rubble

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Authorities say the building hit by the blast needed to be reinforced as clearing operations in the area could continue for about a week

France's 'yellow vests' mobilize for fresh round of protests

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Hundreds of officers are on guard on the Champs-Elysees, where banks, jewelry stores and other shops have boarded up windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence

NEW ROUND. People march in the streets of center Paris, on January 12, 2019 during an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Two firefighters killed as gas leak explosion rocks central Paris

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Besides the two dead firefighters, 47 people are injured in the blast, 10 of them seriously, the Paris prosecutor's office says

BLAST. A vehicle is overturned amid debris after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

France vows tough response as new 'yellow vest' demos loom

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Officials have warned they expect this weekend's anti-government demonstrations to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as a movement which had shown signs of fatigue appeared to gain new momentum.

PROTEST. A demonstrator runs from a cloud of teargas in Paris on January 5, 2019, during an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Abdul Abeissa / AFP

France to crack down on unauthorized 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces plans to ban known 'troublemakers' from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans have been banned from stadiums in the past

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

France's 'yellow vest' protestors back on the streets

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 PM

This is the 8th Saturday of protests called by the grassroots movement

YELLOW VESTS. Anti-government protesters kneel and stand on a road as smoke from a flare drifts towards them during a rally in Nantes on January 5, 2019, part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to stand trial along with five others from his diocese over allegations that they helped cover up abuse.

ON TRIAL. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Eric Drouet – who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon – is held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, according to a police source

ARRESTED. This file photo taken on December 23, 2018 shows Eric Drouet, a leader of the 'Yellow vests' (Gilets jaunes) movement, next to his lawyer Kheops Lara (R) as he leaves Paris' courthouse at the end of his custody after being detained by the police during a yellow vests demonstration in Paris. File photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

DR Congo curbs French radio station RFI in tension vote

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Authorities revoke Radio France Internationale correspondent Florence Morice for alleged violation of electoral law and code of good conduct for foreign journalists

REVOKED. The DR Congo government withdraws RFI correspondent Florence Maurice's coverage accreditation over alleged breach of election laws. Photo from Twitter

Federer gets bragging rights over Serena in hugely anticipated match

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Meeting each other on the court for the first time, the Swiss legend and partner Belinda Bencic overcome the American star and teammate Frances Tiafoe

DEEP ADORATION. Serena Williams (left) says her doubles duel against Roger Federer is the "match of my career." Photo by Tony Ashby


Federer beats Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The Swiss great says it is a 'thrill' to finally face the American star

GREATS COLLIDE. Roger Federer will meet Serena Williams on the court for the first time. File photo by William West/AFP


Revelers spend New Year stuck 50 meters up at French funfair

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Eight French people spend 9 hours atop a funfair after a technical incident

STUCK. A helicopter hovers over a giant funfair ride after eight people got stuck high in the air in the Brittany city of Rennes late on December 31, 2018. Photo by Antoine Agasse/AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Upbeat Macron vows to do better amid 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:56 AM

As French president Emmanuel Macron speaks, demonstrators clad in high-visibility yellow vests again gather in Paris and other big cities to demand more measures in favor of the working poor and a greater say for ordinary people in the running of the country

NEW YEAR ADDRESS. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 31, 2018. Photo by Michel Euler / POOL / AFP

12,000 police on duty in Paris as 'yellow vests' call protests

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The French capital will be on high alert after repeated clashes over the last month between security forces and the protesters

YELLOW VEST PROTEST. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

French prosecutors probe Macron ex-bodyguard over passports

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:16 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's office and Alexandre Benalla clash this week over accusations Benalla may have used diplomatic passports after he was dismissed in August, which the foreign ministry says would be a crime

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

'Yellow vest' protesters target Macron's vacation hideaway

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Despite failed attempts, some demonstrators may try to storm back into the medieval fort of Bregancon which serves as Macron's vacation retreat

MORE PROTESTS. Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. File Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Pair with fake guns spark panic at Paris airport

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Authorities say the guns are believed to be airsoft pistols

Macron calls for order after 'yellow vest' attack on police

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:59 PM

'It needs harmony, unity, sincere commitment to strong collective causes and we must heal the divisions,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

'Yellow vest' protest numbers fall in run-up to Christmas

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:50 PM

There are 10 deaths related to the protests since they began on November 17

Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. - The French government was on December 16 hoping the sharp drop in "yellow vest" demonstrators signalled an end to protests which have plunged the French President into the biggest crisis of his presidency. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

French authorities charge Strasbourg gunman's 'accomplice'

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The 37-year-old is ordered to be held in detention on charges of association with a terrorist conspiracy and weapons possession

Macron government hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Dec 17, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Around 66,000 people turn out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron – half the number of the previous weekend

YELLOW VESTS. Yellow vest protesters stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Strasbourg attack victims honored

Dec 16, 2018 - 8:46 PM

People, many in tears, gather around a makeshift shrine of flowers and candles at the foot of the enormous Christmas tree at Kleber Square in the city center

Macron's ratings fall further after month of protests

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Veteran sociologist Herve Le Bras says protests underline the depth of dislike for French President Emmanuel Macron's personality and style of governing, which critics see as arrogant and too distant

FALSE: Did Pope Francis bless the administration of President Duterte?

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

No, Pope Francis did not bless Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration

France's 'yellow vest' protests decline on decisive weekend

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Two polls published in the wake of President Macron's concessions suggest that France was now split broadly 50-50 on whether the protests should continue

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Movement figureheads call on the people to continue the protests to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into making further tax and wage concessions

MORE PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. File Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Strasbourg Christmas market gunman shot dead by French police

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:16 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner says 3 police tried to question Cherif Chekatt after spotting him on the street in the Neudorf area of the northeastern French city where he grew up, but he opened fire

SEARCH. French police officers and forensics search for evidences at the site where Cherif Chekatt – the alleged gunman who had been on the run since allegedly killing 3 people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market – has been shot dead by police on December 13, 2018 in the Neudorf neighborhood of Strasbourg. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Authorities say the suspects earlier 'took part in the double attack on March 2 in Ouagadougou' as well as the abduction of a Colombian nun in February 2017 in southern Mali

Castro: I’m proof of martial law abuses in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recalls her arrest in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and what she described as 'laughable' charges of child abuse, human trafficking, and kidnapping were filed against her

FAKE CHARGES. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recounts her brief detention in Talaingod, Davao del Norte during the joint session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hunt for gunman after Strasbourg market attack kills 3

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:44 AM

(UPDATED) France has raised its security alert level to 'emergency attack' with 'the implementation of reinforced border controls and tightened controls on all Christmas markets in France to avoid the risk of a copycat' attack

SHOOTING. An emergency worker walks next to the scene of a shooting near the Christmas market in Strasbourg, eastern France, on December 11, 2018. Photo by Abdesslam Mirdass/AFP

Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revolt

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

In a 15-minute televised speech, embattled French President Emmanuel Macron tells the nation, 'I accept my share of responsibility' for the crisis

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. Yellow vest (gilets jaunes) protestors take notes as thet watch French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on TV on December 10, 2018 at a restaurant with French deputy Richard Damos, in Fay-au-Loges, near Orleans, Center France. (Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Mandatory ROTC will expose students to corruption, says lawmaker

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

But both the education and defense departments are backing the proposal to require ROTC for senior high school students

CADETS IN FORMATION. Competing cadets in the Ultimate ROTC Challenge 2018 attend the opening ceremony prior to the start of their respective events. Photo by the Department of National Defense

[ANALYSIS] What Filipinos can learn from France’s yellow vest protests

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:24 AM

As in France, only popular protest in the streets will be able to stop the government’s stubbornly stupid plan

Trump must not interfere in French politics – foreign minister

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:33 PM

'I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be,' says Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

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

All eyes on Macron after fresh 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

More than 670 protesters are detained in the capital, many of them stopped as they arrived at train stations or meeting points carrying hammers, petanque balls and other potential missiles

RIOT. A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Where will France's 'yellow vest' protests lead?

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Who exactly makes up the 'yellow vest' movement, and will the government be able to quell their anger after a month of increasingly fiery protests?

PROTEST. A Yellow vest (Gilet jaune) protestor kicks a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018 during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Tear gas, mass arrests as new 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Shouts of 'Macron, resign' mingles with the tear gas near the famous Champs-Elysees Avenue

PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Paris on high alert as city shuts down for 'yellow vest' protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:22 AM

France's interior minister Christophe Castaner vows 'zero tolerance' towards yellow vest protesters who aim to wreak further destruction in the city

PROTEST. A man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Paris on knife-edge ahead of new 'yellow vest' protests

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:24 PM

On the eve of a fourth set of demonstrations in the capital in as many weeks, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner vows 'zero tolerance' towards those hoping to enact a repeat of last weekend's destruction and mayhem

THE YELLOW VESTS. A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

France to introduce digital tax if no EU deal

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:51 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says if the talks fail, 'we will do it at the national level in 2019: we will tax digital giants if European states do not take their responsibilities'

DIGITAL TAX. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire sits next to head of French Parliament Finance Commission, Eric Woerth (R), before a hearing by the committee on finance, economy and budgetary control at the Palais Bourbon in Paris on September 27, 2017.  File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Environment Minister Francois de Rugy announces that an increase scheduled for January is 'scrapped for the year 2019' in its entirety

YELLOW VEST. In this file photo, a man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest' (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. File photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Duterte accuses Satur Ocampo, France Castro of endangering Lumad children

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The accused – former and current party-list representatives – insist they were rescuing children from a food blockade imposed by the military and alleged attacks on Lumad schools in Davao del Norte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the San Beda Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at Club Filipino in San Juan City on November 23, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO