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PH coronavirus cases climb to 14,319, deaths at 873

May 25, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The Department of Health counts 284 new cases, 5 more deaths, and 74 more recoveries

QUARANTINE. Vendors sells face masks in the Noveleta Public Market in Cavite on May 16, 2020.  Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Bushfire-hit Australians still in tents as virus slows recovery

May 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Six months after Australia's bushfire crisis and some 6 hours away from Sydney, scores of people still live in limbo

SCORCHED. This picture taken on May 21, 2020 shows scorched mailboxes on Quinlans street in Quaama in New South Wales state, months after Australia's bushfire crisis. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Lance Armstrong admits to first doping 'probably at 21'

May 25, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France 7 years in a row, but was later stripped of those titles and received a lifetime ban from cycling in 2012

DOPING. Lance Armstrong is one of the most controversial athletes of all time. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP Photo

PH's actual coronavirus tests far behind 'estimated capacity' of 32,000

May 25, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque boasts some 32,000 tests can now be conducted. But in reality, only over 8,000 tests are being done per day.

TESTING. Health workers of Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City, swab the nose and mouth of suspected COVID-19 patients for PCR tests on May 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Salons may reopen soon, but health measures must be in place

May 25, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Barbershop and salon employees show that they can safely cut hair by wearing protective wear. The government, however, is still assessing the risks.

China space program targets July launch for Mars mission

May 25, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Called 'Tianwen,' the Chinese mission will put a probe into orbit around Mars and land the robotic rover to explore and analyze the surface.

MARS MISSION. This undated handout picture released by the China National Space Administration on November 14, 2019 shows a view of an exploration lander for China's Mars mission before a hovering and obstacle avoidance test at a facility in Huailai inChina's Hebei province. Photo by Wan Ke/China National Space Administration/AFP

EJ Obiena aims for August athletics restart

May 25, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena gets a chance to compete in one of sports' first international events amid the pandemic

SETTING THE BAR HIGH. EJ Obiena believes he can vault to a height of 6.0m as he returns to pole vault action. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

China media seize on video of Hong Kong protesters beating lawyer

May 25, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Video shot on Sunday shows a man with blood on his face scrambling to escape some half a dozen protesters who were kicking and hitting him with umbrellas

RIOT POLICE. Riot police clear up debris left by protesters attending a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Professional clubs can return to New York facilities

May 25, 2020 - 2:16 PM

New York serves as home to several professional sports teams, among them the New York Knicks, New York Yankees, New York Rangers, and Buffalo Bills

RESTART. The New York Knicks will be allowed to return to their facilities. Photo from Instagram/@nyknicks

Suriname votes with convicted-killer president's future at stake

May 25, 2020 - 2:01 PM

With a partial lockdown in effect due to the coronavirus, Suriname's 380,000 eligible voters will head to the polls to elect the 51 members of the National Assembly, which will then elect its president

DESI BOUTERSE. Suriname's President Desi Bouterse (L) attends a meeting with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 27, 2019. File photo by Florence Lo/AFP

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

A video of a student demonstration in the UPLB campus is included in a military propaganda about progressive organizations being 'recruiters' of communists

Binibining Pilipinas postpones 2020 pageant

May 25, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The organization says they will hold the 2020 edition of the pageant once the government announces clear guidelines

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Qatar virus tracing app stirs rare privacy backlash

May 25, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Qatar's contact tracing app goes considerably further – it forces Android users to permit access to their picture and video galleries, while also allowing the app to make unprompted calls

QATAR'S APP TROUBLES. A man wearing a protective mask checks his phone as he walks by at Qatar's touristic Souq Waqif bazar in the capital Doha, on May 17, 2020. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Duterte orders OFWs stuck in Metro Manila to be brought home this week

May 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release of test results and certificates

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOST’s rewashable face masks ready for commercialization

May 25, 2020 - 1:01 PM

REwear face masks are designed to be washable for up to 50 times

Woods-Manning prevail in star-studded match, raised $20m for charity

May 25, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in an 18-hole golf match that raised money for coronavirus relief efforts

ICONS. PGA stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and NFL quarterback legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady square off in an entertaining made-for-television charity golf event. Photo from Twitter/@TigerWoods

Cotabato City mayor's top aide shot dead

May 25, 2020 - 12:46 PM

Police are investigating the motive behind the killing of Aniceto 'Boy' Rasalan, the executive secretary and spokesperson of Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi

Austrian president sorry for breaching virus curfew at restaurant

May 25, 2020 - 12:41 PM

'I went out for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife,' Van der Bellen tweets Sunday, adding: 'We then lost track of time while chatting.'

ALEXANDER VAN DER BELLEN. Austria's President Alexander van der Bellen and Switzerland's President Simonetta Sommaruga inspect a military honor guard on January 30, 2020 in Vienna. File photo by HANS Punz/APA/AFP

Heart Evangelista denies pregnancy talk: 'It is a sensitive topic'

May 25, 2020 - 12:23 PM

Maybe stop assuming people are pregnant?

HEART. The actress asks followers to be more sensitive when it comes to pregnancy rumors. Photo from Heart's Instagram

FAST FACTS: What's the difference between PCR, rapid antibody tests?

May 25, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Rappler speaks to a microbiologist professor from the University of the Philippines and reviews past DOH pronouncements to explain the difference between the two COVID-19 tests

TESTING. Government workers line up for a rapid test for COVID-19 at the City Hall of Sta. Rosa City in Laguna on May 21, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] General Sinas, Pangulong Duterte, huwag n'yo kaming kutyain

May 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Ginoong Presidente, malinaw na hindi mo naiintindihan ang konsepto ng command responsibility, tulad ng maraming bagay na may kinalaman sa dangal

[OPINION] Breaking the wheel: The rise of bicycle-riding

May 25, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'LGUs must avoid building bicycle infrastructures just for the sake of doing it. It is not enough to create bikeways by just laying down paint on the road.'

Lies and disinformation cover up environmental assault on the Baltic Sea

May 25, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Pollution linked to animal farming in northwestern Russia contaminates rivers and kills large areas of seabed

[ANALYSIS] Why make the poor pay for the coronavirus response?

May 25, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'It’s all a bizarre repeat of TRAIN where the poor are made to pay more so the rich can pay less. This time around, amid the COVID-19 crisis, the rich will benefit from the biggest corporate tax break in Philippine history.'

Spain to reopen to tourists as South America named virus hotspot

May 25, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Brazil saw its death toll passing 22,000 on Saturday from more than 347,000 infections, the second biggest caseload of any country in a pandemic

FREE. People walk on a road turned into a pedestrian street on weekends in Barcelona on May 24, 2020 as the country slowly loosens a strict coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims

May 25, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Johnson rejects calls to sack Dominic Cummings after he came under fire for traveling across the country with his wife while she was suffering from symptoms of the disease

PROTEST. A woman wears a face mask with a message written on it that reads 'nobody is above the law' outside the home of Number 10 Downing Street special advisor Dominic Cummings in London on May 24, 2020. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Bolsonaro rallies with supporters amid coronavirus surge, takes off mask

May 25, 2020 - 9:38 AM

At one point, Brazil's president even hoists a young boy onto his shoulders

MASK-LESS. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters upon arrival at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 24, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Sinas’ sins in Central Visayas: Killings rampant, investigations incomplete

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) While President Rodrigo Duterte called him a 'good officer,' the CHR characterizes Sinas’ time as Central Visayas chief as one when violence intensified

POLICE CHIEF. Debold Sinas takes his oath as Metro Manila's police director. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy

May 25, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in

BEIRUT. A picture taken on January 25, 2020, shows Lebanese soldiers standing guard beneath a giant national flag in the capital Beirut with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Pandemic Response | May 25-31, 2020

May 25, 2020 - 8:23 AM

Bookmark this page for May 25 to 31 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

How an in-game ‘Animal Crossing’ wedding came to be

May 25, 2020 - 8:11 AM

The wedding event includes an ‘SDE’ to the tune of Ben&Ben’s 'Fall'

ACNH WEDDING. The popular game's played host to many social gatherings – including a wedding. Image from rosalunaacnh on Instagram

White House economist sees double-digit jobless rate through U.S. elections

May 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Kevin Hassett says the United States' unemployment rate could still be in double digits in November 2020 when US presidential elections are held

MANHATTAN. The Manhattan skyline stands in the distance as people try to get some time outside in Brooklyn, New York City, on April 4, 2020. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Provincial gov't urges doctors to avoid referring patients to Cebu City

May 24, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Referrals for major procedures will continue, especially if provincial hospitals are unable to perform them

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

U.S. poised to ban travel from Brazil – White House aide

May 24, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The United States previously bans travel from China, Europe, and Britain

Aerial view of gravediggers working during the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic at the Vila Formosa Cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 22, 2020. Brazil raised its record number of coronavirus deaths over to 20.000, as the pandemic that has swept across the world begins to hit Latin America with its full force. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

After Ghosn and coronavirus, Renault and Nissan weigh future

May 24, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The outlook for the Renault-Nissan alliance already looked bleak enough in 2019. Then along comes the coronavirus.

COA to Digos City LGU: Penalize contractor for project delays

May 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that the contractor of a P12.26-million public market building requested for an extension 5 times

[Two Pronged] How to let go of long-distance love

May 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'While I still feel very sad over the idea of cutting the connection, I also want to move on and love again.'

Wesley So hopes to topple Carlsen in Lindores chess q’finals

May 24, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Months after stunning world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So tries to pull off a repeat

KNOCKOUT. Norwegian chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (right) and Filipino-American GM Wesley So battle in the last 8 of the online tournament featuring the world’s best chess players. Photo by Berit Roald/AFP

As donor fatigue hits volunteers amid prolonged lockdown, they keep going

May 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Where government falls short of providing aid to the poor and vulnerable, private donors step in

China exporters look inwards as virus hits overseas markets

May 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

As the coronavirus hits trade across the globe, exporters in China are forced to look to domestic markets after years of selling overseas

This photo taken on May 20, 2020, shows a worker assembling toy cars at the Mendiss toy factory in Shantou, southern China's Guangdong province. - Cancelled shipments, returned goods and a dearth of new orders have left China exporters in crisis as the coronavirus hits its trading partners worldwide -- accelerating a long-standing push towards domestic consumption. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY "CHINA-TRADE-EXPORTS" FOCUS by Beiyi SEOW

Love in lockdown: Dating for the single and quarantined

May 24, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Is this truly the worst time to be single?

3 more Pinoy chess players suspended, Labog ban reversed

May 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Former Palarong Pambansa champion Eric Labog Jr clears his name, but 3 more Filipino players get suspended from online chess tournaments

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 2,523

May 24, 2020 - 7:25 PM

There are 3 new deaths recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities among overseas Filipinos to 294

Two Hundred Fifty Three repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) return to Cebu City from Manila as they arrive in Pier 5 aboard 2go Passenger Ship on May 23, 2020. The OFWs already received their negative result after a swab test was done to them administered by the Sub-Task Group for the repatriation of OFWs as they will still render 14-days quarantine in the City. Photo by Gelo Litonjuan/Rappler

WATCH: Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen remembers historic pageant win 26 years later

May 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

In 1994, Sushmita made history, becoming India's first Miss Universe titleholder

Football return: League-by-league guide around Europe

May 24, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Some of the world’s top football leagues look to complete their season with Spain’s La Liga the latest to announce its comeback in June

BACK SOON. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (left) challenges Real Sociedad's goalkeeper Alex Remiro during their La Liga match last March. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

The trader who called the 2020 oil crisis

May 24, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Pierre Andurand correctly predicts that the coronavirus pandemic would send oil prices into negative territory

Pierre Andurand photo from Andurand Capital/AFP; oil rig photo from Shutterstock

Filipina nurse wounded in Libya blast

May 24, 2020 - 6:20 PM

The 60-year-old nurse sustains a shrapnel wound after an artillery round exploded outside her housing compound in the outskirts of Tripoli

Catriona Gray and Sam Milby: A timeline

May 24, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Sam confirms he's dating the Filipino-Australian beauty queen and singer

Netanyahu attacks 'fabricated' graft charges as trial begins

May 24, 2020 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) Fresh from forming a new government after over a year of electoral deadlock, Netanyahu begins a new battle in the Jerusalem District Court – to stay out of prison

EMBATTLED. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP