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Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

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Israel called off police deal signing due to drug war? Malacañang silent

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says Malacañang did not expect any police cooperation agreement to be signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's Israel visit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte boards a flight bound for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv after capping off a successful official visit to the State of Israel on September 5, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's Israel trip shows consequences of his loose tongue

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations

IN NUMBERS: OFWs in Israel and Jordan

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Overall, there are an estimated 76,000 overseas Filipino workers residing in Israel and Jordan

PH, Israeli businessmen sign 21 deals during Duterte trip

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The agreements signed between Philippine and Israeli companies and business groups represent $82.9 million in possible investments. Six of the deals are security-related.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu witness the signing of Memorandum of Intent on the Collaboration on Promotion of Bilateral Direct Investment between Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and State of Israel Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen following a successful bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Lasting friendship': Philippines-Israel relations

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Philippines and Israel share a deep history as allied countries, beginning as early as the 1930s

Israeli President tells Duterte: Hitler was 'the devil on earth'

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:58 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, protesters outside the presidential residence hold signs saying 'Stop genocide' addressed to the Philippine leader

Philippines to sign exploration deal with Israeli oil company

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Philippines offers Ratio Petroleum an area east of Palawan to explore for oil resources

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with Armed Forces of the Philippines Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Salvador Mison Jr. as the President was accorded foyer honors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on September 2, 2018 before heading off to his official visits to the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Sep 04, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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Israeli company boycotts Duterte meeting with businessmen

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The CEO of an Israeli company says Duterte 'offended our people several times in a public way by comparing himself to Hitler'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds as he witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipino community in Israel at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, dubbed 'Hitler admirer,' visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Never again' to mass murder, writes President Rodrigo Duterte in a message he leaves at Yad Vashem, a memorial for Holocaust victims

Duterte meets Netanyahu: 'We share same passion for human beings'

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We also share the same passion of not allowing our country to be destroyed by those who have corrupt ideologies,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israelis need 'pill against nausea' to receive Duterte – Israeli lawmaker

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Here’s why some Israelis cannot stomach Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the Filipinos based in Israel as he met with them at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte in Israel: Activities, deals, delegation members

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:46 AM

The Philippine President will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and lay wreaths at Holocaust memorial sites

Duterte to Obama: Forgive me, I forgive you

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:35 AM

'I am sorry for uttering those words,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells former US president Barack Obama, who he has cursed in past speeches

[OPINION] Duterte and Israel: Why visit a rogue state?

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Israeli government of Netanyahu is one of the worst human rights violators in the world. I suppose one could cynically call Duterte's visit a gathering of human rights violators.

Duterte leaves for historic trips to Israel, Jordan

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:36 PM

It is the first time for a Philippine president to visit Israel and Jordan – home to a combined number of 76,000 Filipinos

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Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The Philippines emerged as a significant new customer in 2017 for Israel, with sales of radar and anti-tank equipment worth $21 million

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of the State of Israel to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz during a ceremony held at the Malacañan Palace on August 31, 2018. Also in the photo is Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Rights activists to Israeli President Rivlin: Don't meet 'mass murderer' Duterte

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'We believe that his visit to the Israeli Presidential Residence will bring President Rivlin, and the very institution of the Israeli presidency, into disrepute,' says the group represented by lawyer Eitay Mack

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a surge of violence brought about by Palestinian protests against Israel that began in March

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

Top Trump adviser arrives for talks in Israel

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:45 PM

A US embassy official says John Bolton's discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will include 'regional security issues'

Israel closes people crossing with Gaza after border violence

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The move could prevent Gazans from travelling via the crossing for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'The report's suggestions will only enable the Palestinians' continued rejectionism,' says Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon

CONFLICT. In this file photo, Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary for the proposals to work, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Duterte to make historic Israel trip September 2-5

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:02 PM

This is the first trip of a Philippine president to Israel since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1957

PHILIPPINES-ISRAEL TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and outgoing Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau exchange pleasantries after the President conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu on the Israeli ambassador, who paid a farewell call on the President in Malacañang on August 6, 2018. Malacañang photo

Wave of Israeli strikes hit Gaza after rocket barrage

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Israel's military says the country was targeted with around 150 rockets from late Wednesday, August 8, into Thursday, August 9

ISRAELI STRIKES. A picture taken on August 8, 2018 in Gaza City shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Netanyahu defends controversial Jewish nation law

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The new legislation speaks of Israel as the historic homeland of the Jews and says they have a 'unique' right to self-determination there.

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

De Lima's family receives Prize for Freedom award on her behalf

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima is the second Filipino to be conferred the award, after former president Corazon Aquino in 1987

'PRIZE FOR FREEDOM.' Liberal International gives the 'Prize for Freedom' award to detained Senator Leila de Lima. Her family receives the award on her behalf. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Israel says it shot down a Syrian warplane

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Israel signals the plane's infiltration may have been the result of internal fighting in Syria's civil war, but stresses it will enforce the ceasefire lines between the two countries

MISSILES. In this file photo taken on November 8, 2017, a Patriot missile launcher is pictured during the "Blue Flag" multinational air defence exercise at the Ovda air force base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Erdogan calls Israel world's 'most fascist, racist' state

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims there is 'no difference between Hitler's obsession with the Aryan race and Israel's understanding that these ancient lands are meant only for Jews'

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

If calm holds, Israel to reopen Gaza Strip for goods crossing

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:28 AM

United Nations officials call for restrictions to be lifted as Gaza Strip faces serious fuel shortages affecting hospitals as well as water and sanitation facilities

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israelis protest law denying surrogacy for gay couples

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The protest comes after parliament approved surrogacy for single women or those unable to bear children – without granting the same right to same-sex couples or single men

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Gaza truce largely holds after Israeli strikes over soldier death

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) There are no reports of injuries in that strike and there is no major Israeli bombing campaign overnight or mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Deadly Israeli strikes pound Gaza after soldier killed

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:47 AM

A ceasefire agreement has been reached early Saturday, July 21

BOMBING. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows explosions from Israeli bombardment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

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Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip after border protest bloodshed

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Army 'fighter jets targeted an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip,' says Israeli military

STRIKE. Smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel.  Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Holocaust center slams Poland, Israel over controversial law

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:03 AM

'A thorough review by Yad Vashem historians shows that the historical assertions, presented as unchallenged facts, in the joint statement contain grave errors and deceptions,' the statement from the research center says

AUSCHWITZ. In this file photo taken on April 12, 2018 participants are wrapped into an Israeli flag as they arrive to the memorial site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim to attend the annual "March of the Living." File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:24 PM

British officials say it is the first time a member of the royal family had ever visited the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT. Britain's Prince William (right) visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

In Israel, Prince William tastes somber and lighter sides

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Wearing an open-necked shirt and sunglasses, Prince William strolls along the sunny Mediterranean shoreline in Tel Aviv chatting with surfers about marine pollution

LIGHT CHAT. Britain's Prince William speaks with Israeli 2018 Eurovision song contest winner Netta Barzilai at Tel Aviv's first kiosk founded in 1910, during a tour of Rothschild Boulevard on June 27, 2018. Photo by Amir Cohen/Pool/AFP

Britain's Prince William visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, wearing a black skullcap, rekindled the eternal flame and laid a wreath at Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem as a youth choir sang

FIRST VISIT. Britain's Prince William visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on June 26, 2018. Photo by Debbie Hill/Pool/ AFP

Prince William arrives in Israel as part of regional tour

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Prince William's plane from Jordan landed on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

FIRST STOP. Britain's Prince William visits the Luminus Technical University College in Amman on June 25, 2018. William arrived in Jordan at the start of a Middle East tour. Photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

British royals' enduring Middle East ties

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Prince William leaves Britain for a tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories

MIDDLE EAST TRIP. File photo of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Photo by Oli Scarff/pool/AFP

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Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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Israeli planes hit 25 targets in response to Gaza rocket fire – army

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The fresh hostilities come with tensions high in Gaza after mass protests and clashes broke out along the border on March 30. At least 132 Palestinians have been killed. There have been no Israeli fatalities.

AIRSTRIKE.An explosion is seen at Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip after an airstrike by Israeli forces on June 20, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.S. withdraws from 'cesspool' UN rights body

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:13 AM

Officials insist the United States will remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect President Donald Trump's general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general

'CESSPOOL'. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP