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Brownlee gets Cone thumbs up for potential Gilas stint

May 26, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The Barangay Ginebra coach says the beloved import can 'change a team'

HEART OF A FILIPINO. Justin Brownlee hopes to represent the Philippines someday in the international stage. Photo from PBA Images

Isko Moreno: From the slums of Tondo to Manila’s throne

May 26, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Isko Moreno's journey to Manila City Hall is not just an overnight fairy tale

DOWN WITH THE PEOPLE. Isko Moreno speaks to a crowd during his 2019 campaign for Manila's mayoralty. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

3 dead, 6 injured in Nepal blasts

May 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place

Former manager of Marvel's Stan Lee arrested for elder abuse

May 26, 2019 - 9:47 PM

The Los Angeles Police Department say that Keya Morgan 'will go before a judge and eventually (be) extradited to Los Angeles to face charges'

REST IN PEACE. Marvel creator Stan Lee will be warmly remembered by the whole world for creating some of the best superhero comics around. Photo from Stan Lee's Instagram

Election violence continues in India's Bengal

May 26, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Authorities call on armed paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control

Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course on May 23 for a major victory in India's election, with early trends from the election commission showing a clear lead for his party. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)

Defending champ Ginebra turns back Meralco for maiden win

May 26, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The Gin Kings find redemption from a shock conference-opening loss by storming back from 15 points down to deck the Bolts

DEFEND THE CROWN. Scottie Thompson and Barangay Ginebra are now on the right track for their title defense. Photo from PBA images

LOOK: NBA Finals 2019 schedule, Philippine time

May 26, 2019 - 9:27 PM

The Warriors seek to become the fourth franchise in NBA history to complete a three-peat, while the Raptors eye their first title

Ray Parks says Blackwater 'for real' after unbeaten start

May 26, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Mired at the bottom last conference, the Elite get off to a hot start for a surprise early lead in the Commissioner's Cup

LIVING UP TO THE BILLING. Ray Parks has been tearing it up for the Blackwater Elite, averaging 23.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 steals in his first 3 PBA games. Photo from PBA Images

U.N. chief rejects Yemen president's accusation of bias

May 26, 2019 - 9:04 PM

"I would like to assure you that every effort will be made to maintain the impartial stance that is expected of the United Nations," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says

Yemenis sift the rubble of a heavily damaged building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. - Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa, today two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in the neighbouring kingdom. (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

May 26, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors rally past the No. 1 Bucks to reach their first NBA finals

ROARING RAPTORS. The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the NBA Eastern Conference Finals trophy after stunning the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

PetroGazz stuns reigning champion Creamline in PVL opener

May 26, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Imports fuel PetroGazz’s charge as Creamline suffers a major blow with the injury of MVP Alyssa Valdez

HOT START. PetroGazz makes a statement right in the opener with a huge upset of Creamline. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city

May 26, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Most of the people who tested positive for HIV in Rato Dero, Pakistan, are children 2 to 12 years old

In this image taken on May 8, 2019, Pakistani women hold their HIV infected children as they gather at a house at Wasayo village in Rato Dero in the district of Larkana of the southern Sindh province. - Parents nervously watch over their children as they jostle in line to be tested for HIV in a village near Pakistan’s Larkana amid a sudden outbreak among its young who have allegedly been infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM / AFP) / TO GO WITH: Pakistan-health-HIV-children, SCENE by Ashraf KHAN

COA: P49-M fund remains idle under National Anti-Poverty Commission

May 26, 2019 - 7:50 PM

State auditors urge the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation to extend the validity of their original agreement to properly use the funding

After 12 years, Sandiganbayan runs after 4 co-accused in Estrada case

May 26, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The Sandiganbayan says law enforcers should explain the non-arrest of 4 people implicated in the P4.1-billion plunder case of former president Joseph Estrada

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3 French ISIS members sentenced to death in Iraq

May 26, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The 3 sentenced are among 12 French citizens who were caught in Syria and transferred to Iraqi custody in February 2019

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

Sri Lanka detain nearly 100 in anti-Islamist swoops

May 26, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Some 3,000 military personnel are deployed in and around the capital as well as other key towns for cordon-and-search activities

UNREST. Sri Lankan security personnel stand guard after clashes erupted between Christian and Muslim communities in Negombo on May 6, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

2 Afghan youths get 30 years jail for killing of young girl

May 26, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Six-year-old Mahsa Ahmadi was snatched off a Kabul street in March 2019 and was killed after her parents were unable to pay a ransom of $300,000

Rare albino panda caught on camera in China

May 26, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The spotless, red-eyed animal is photographed while trekking through the forest in Sichuan province

This handout photograph taken on April 20, 2019 and released by the Wolong National Nature Reserve on May 26, 2019 shows a rare all-white giant panda in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan province. - A rare all-white panda was caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwestern Sichuan province, showing that albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, reported state media. (Photo by HANDOUT / Wolong National Nature Reserve / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Wolong National Nature Reserve" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE

Blackwater still spotless, keeps Columbian winless

May 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Alex Stepheson and Ray Parks deliver the one-two punch as the Elite claim an early lead in the standings

BIG PROBLEM. Alex Stepheson dominates on both ends of the floor for the Blackwater Elite. Photo from PBA Images

Egypt unfreezes assets of Mubarak-era interior minister

May 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Habib al-Adly was sentenced in April 2017 to 7 years in prison for embezzling about $122 million

Landbank wants to cover more agrarian reform beneficiaries

May 26, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The Land Bank of the Philippines eyes more farmer-beneficiaries after its loans for small farmers and fisherfolk went up to P13 billion in the first 3 months of 2019

Farmers from La Trinidad, Benguet maintain to water there strawberry and vegtetable because of summer heat where they use to get their daily living. The water was come from a water irrigation of the province. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Israel president says Jews unsafe in Germany after kippah warning

May 26, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says 'we will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism – and expect and demand our allies act in the same way'

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey

May 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Some 3,000 prisoners across different prisons are on hunger strike in solidarity with one of the party's lawmakers

Kurdish protesters demonstrate on their way to the Kurdish spring festival Newroz with placards reading "No to dictatorship" and the portrait of the leader of the Kurdistan PKK Workers' Party, Abdullah Ocalan in the city center of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2017. Some 30,000 demonstrators, who police said were mainly of Kurdish origin, rallied in Frankfurt on March 18 calling for "democracy in Turkey" and "freedom for Kurdistan". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT

Blast kills Chad soldiers, journalist after Boko Haram attack

May 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The group's vehicle hit a mine on the road while on their way to an army outpost

[Two Pronged] Choosing between my sister or my partner

May 26, 2019 - 6:00 PM

He gets an invite from his sister and kept it a secret – until his partner find out. What's Dan to do?

Iraq warns of 'danger of war' as Iranian foreign minister visits

May 26, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi pleads for the 'stability of the region and the upholding of the nuclear deal,' referring to a 2015 agreement between Iran and major powers

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on May 26, 2019.  SABAH ARAR / AFP

Duterte sits out diploma distribution of PMA Class of 2019

May 26, 2019 - 5:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hands out diplomas to only two of 261 Philippine Military Academy cadets during their graduation

SEATED. President Rodrigo Duterte spent most of the diploma distribution sitting. Screengrab from RTVM

Strong magnitude 8 earthquake hits Peru

May 26, 2019 - 4:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) Some injuries are reported, roads are blocked, and a bridge is damaged, according to a preliminary assessment cited by Peru's President Martin Vizcarra

Handout picture released by the Peruvian Fire Department showing a house damaged by an 8.0 earthquake in Yurimaguas, Peru, early on May 26. - A strong 8.0-earthquake struck northern Peru in the early hours of Sunday, sending residents fleeing their homes and cutting off power to at least one town, with the impact felt as far afield as neighbouring Ecuador. There were no immediate reports of injuries following the quake which the US Geological Survey said struck at a depth of 110 km (68 miles). (Photo by HO / Peru's Fire Department / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PERU'S FIRE DEPARTMENT / HO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Valedictorian of PMA Class 2019 honors mother in her speech

May 26, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Dionne Mae Umalla, 21, delivers a heartfelt valedictory speech, as she recounts the sacrifices of her mother, a retired teacher in Ilocos Sur

The Members 261 cadets of the “Mabalasik” Class of 2019 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill resigns amid gas deal tensions

May 26, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Peter O'Neill, who had been in power since 2011, hands over the reins to veteran politician Julius Chan, who has twice been prime minister

RESIGNATION. Peter O'Neill speaks at the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Second to none: Thirdy Ravena cops top Collegiate Player award

May 26, 2019 - 4:17 PM

After a finals series to remember, Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena snags this season’s Collegiate Player of the Year honor

BEST OF THE BEST. Thirdy Ravena proves yet again this season why he’s the King Eagle. Photo release

Gary Valenciano 'saddened' by Jimmy Bondoc's tirade against ABS-CBN

May 26, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'That doesn't seem like the Jimmy I once knew'

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Meet all 40 of the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates

May 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The beauty queens talk about their beauty essentials and the causes they believe in

LOOK: Justin Trudeau joins Twitter storm as Raptors clinch 1st NBA Finals

May 26, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells the Raptors to ‘bring that championship to Canada’

HISTORIC. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors rule the NBA Eastern Conference after stunning the No. 1 Bucks. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

LOOK: Kathryn Bernardo is 'extra cheesy' for Daniel Padilla on their 7th anniversary

May 26, 2019 - 2:52 PM

'Thank you for being my dream guy and my reality guy at the same time'

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Trump tees up Japan summit with Abe golf match

May 26, 2019 - 2:42 PM

While Abe and Trump are at the golf course, their wives Melania and Akie enjoy a display of 'digital art' at an exhibition that has been a smash hit in Tokyo

GOLF BUDDIES. US President Donald Trump (C) waits in a golf cart to board Marine One after playing a round of golf with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Mobara Country Club in Chiba on May 26, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

May 26, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes that underclassmen of the Philippine Military Academy committed rape. This is not the first time the President has joked about the serious crime.

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

Ireland votes overwhelmingly to relax strict divorce law

May 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Some 82% of voters cast their ballots in favor of removing a provision requiring couples to live separately for 4 out of the previous 5 years before dissolving their marriage

SUPPORT. Majority of Filipinos support the legalization of divorce according to latest figures from the SWS. Stock photo

Australia boots out Gilas women from FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup

May 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines ends its campaign as the women’s team bows to the Aussies in the quarterfinals

'Don't be too optimistic': Huawei employees fret at U.S. ban

May 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Some Huawei employees express fears for their future amid the dispute with the United States

Huawei employees work at their store's showroom in Beijing on January 29, 2019. - Asian markets fell on January 29 as the charging of Chinese giant Huawei in the US cast a shadow over upcoming trade talks, while investors were also tracking a Wall Street sell-off fuelled by concerns corporate profits. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

SC reiterates Filipino, Panitikan not required in college

May 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The Supreme Court will no longer accept further pleadings and motions on the case

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manila on November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates on what it takes to be Miss Universe Philippines

May 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The ladies share what qualities a Miss Universe Philippines representative should have

[OPINION] Disheartening but unsurprising: On the 2019 midterm elections

May 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM

With the rise of populism worldwide and growing assertiveness of authoritarian regimes everywhere, it is possible that we are now entering the reverse wave period – the Philippines included

Cleanup of Nairobi rivers uncovers grisly find of 14 bodies

May 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Most of the dead found are babies and children

A volunteer takes a break from cleaning out a section of Nairobi river that is adjascent to a micro-recreation park initiated by slum youth that is situated on a section of the bank reclaimed from the heavily polluted waters of the river in Nairobi's Korogocho shanty town on May 17, 2019 in Nairobi, where at least 69, mostly reforming hoodlums and dilinquents, are now eching out a livelyhood cleaning up the river and it's environs. - Slum youth in Korogocho, worn out of being in constant 'flee-mode' at the sight or sound of police in the ghetto decided in 2017 to create the park as part of their efforts to clean up the putrid environment thynhad grown up in and evidence to their local community of their decision to reform from crime and inspire younger generations from criminal ways. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

IN PHOTOS: Alba's newest Estancia branch is first of its kind

May 26, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Alba Restaurante Español serves up the same Spanish classics and a brand-new look!

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Boracay tricycle drivers asked to stop overcharging passengers

May 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'We have to put a stop to these reports of a handful of abusive drivers preying on foreign travelers and visitors in Boracay,' says Councilor Maylynn Aguirre Graft

ALLEGED OVERCHARGING. One of the perennial problems in Boracay is the case of tricycle drivers allegedly overcharging foreign and local tourists. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Raptors rally past Bucks, book first ever NBA Finals trip

May 26, 2019 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors arrange a title showdown versus the Warriors after dispatching Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

Why musical performances are not 'escapes'

May 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The science and art of the power of music to help us become better human beings are solid and irrefutable

South Korea's biting satirist Bong Joon-ho makes history at Cannes

May 26, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The Korean director picks ups the Palme d'Or for the movie 'Parasite'

South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho celebrates on stage with his trophy after he was awarded with the Palme d'Or for the film "Parasite (Gisaengchung)" on May 25, 2019 during the closing ceremony of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)