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Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Body of missing Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Her family believes the teen, who had learning difficulties, had been abducted but police classified it as a missing person case.

(FILES) This file handout of a recent picture released by the Quoirin family on August 5, 2019 shows Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old Franco Irish teenager who has been missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort since August 4. A body was found on August 13 in the hunt for the Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia with a charity saying it is likely the missing girl, 10 days after she disappeared from a rainforest resort. FAMILY HANDOUT / Quoirin Family / AFP

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong-nam murder case freed

May 03, 2019 - 10:07 AM

(UPDATED) After a lengthy trial, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong is freed after she pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge of 'causing injury' over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam

Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong boards a car after appearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2019. - A Vietnamese woman charged with assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother lost her bid for immediate release March 14 as Malaysian authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysia ex-PM Najib goes on trial over 1MDB mega-scandal

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak faces the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation

TRIAL. File photo of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case loses bid for release

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Doan Thi Huong breaks down in tears as a prosecutor tells a court the attorney-general rejects a request to free her

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (L), 28, is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance with Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, 25, at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017, for their alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Malaysia files charges against Goldman over 1MDB scandal

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Goldman subsidiaries and ex-bankers Tim Leissner and Ng Chong Hwa are accused of misappropriating $2.7 billion, bribing officials and giving false statements

Malaysian leader Mahathir, 93, feeling his age

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:25 PM

The nonagenarian leader jokes during an interview: 'I should be dead now, actually'

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Putrajaya on November 1, 2018. Six months after winning power in a shock election victory, Mahathir, the world's oldest leader at 93, concedes he's exhausted as he battles to rebuild a "destroyed" government. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Malaysian police seeking pair to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The police says Raisa Rinda Salma and Dessy Meyrisinta, whose last addresses were recorded in Ampanga City, could not not be reached

ASSASSINATION. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Mahathir to renegotiate or cancel mega-projects during China trip

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian leader rails against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Najib Razak

Mantan PM Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad. FOTO oleh Regina Safri/ANTARA

Lucas Matthysse retires after TKO loss to Pacquiao

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Argentinian boxing star says he's already proud to have fulfilled his dream of being a world champion

RETIRED. Lucas Matthysse decides to hang up his gloves less than 3 weeks after losing his WBA regular welterweight title to Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

MH370 families hope for closure from official report

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Malaysia transport ministry gives to relatives aboard the missing Flight MH370 the official investigation team's report

FINAL REPORT. File photo shows a young girl holding a balloon with a message during a memorial event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur 4th anniversary of the ill-fated plane's disappearance. Photo by  Manan Vatsayana/AFP

PH completes ASEAN Schools Games basketball sweep

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine boys and girls' basketball teams overwhelm their opponents in the regional competition for student-athletes

UNBEATEN. The Philippine boys team represented by the National University Bullpups cap their perfect run with a 22-point rout of host Malaysia in the final. Photo from Nazareth School-NU Bullpups Facebook page

PH picks up 4 ASEAN Schools Games golds

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Four members of the Philippine athletics girls’ team deliver in the opening weekend of the regional competition for student-athletes

RECORD-BREAKER. Evangelene Caminong  sets a new Philippine junior record in high jump. Photo from PH girls coach Addy Arca's Facebook account

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

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Jul 20, 2018 - 3:03 PM

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Pacquiao fought Matthysse despite secret heart ailment

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The Filipino boxing legend got diagnosed with an 'inborn heart ailment' just a week before his bout with Lucas Matthysse

SECRET. Manny Pacquiao kept his heart condition and defied doctors' orders. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pacquiao provides blueprint to athletic excellence

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Filipino athletes set to compete in the Asiad only need to look at the boxing icon to know the true meaning of focus and discipline

FOCUSED. Manny Pacquiao showcases his athletic excellence yet again in his systematic demolition of Argentine Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

LOOK: Jeff Horn calls for Pacquiao rematch after Matthysse TKO

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The Australian boxer issued a rematch challenge over Twitter and Instagram

UPSET. Jeff Horn stunned Manny Pacquiao to become the new WBO welterweight champion in their 2017 bout in Brisbane. Photo by AFP

Matthysse got scared, says Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The Filipino champion didn’t expect the power-punching Matthysse to become his first knockout victim in 9 years

STRATEGY. Manny Pacquiao says he needed to be focused and patient against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pacquiao sparmate Kambosos stops Filipino Magboo

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australian George Kambosos makes short work of Batangas native Jay Ar Magboo in the Pacquiao-Matthysse undercard

STILL PERFECT. Lightweight prospect George Kambosos stretches his unbeaten run to 15. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Punch stats back up Pacquiao dominance

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Manny Pacquiao lands 79 of 181 power punches, more than twice as many as Lucas Matthysse's record

Pacquiao on new trainer Buboy: ‘He’s effective’

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Freddie Roach may no longer be in his corner, but Manny Pacquiao manages to debunk notions that he’s a washout

SUPERIOR. Manny Pacquiao caps his dominant performance with a left uppercut that sends Lucas Matthysse to his knees. Photo by Mohd Rafsan/AFP

Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:41 PM

Manny Pacquiao is the 'hottest property in boxing again' after his TKO win over Argentine Lucas Matthysse

JUBILANT. Manny Pacquiao's rags-to-riches story remains a huge source of pride for Filipinos. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

With TKO of Matthysse, Pacquiao reclaims adulation of Filipinos

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Manny Pacquiao also heaps praises on President Duterte who flew to Malaysia to watch him fight

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (C) celebrates his victory against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse after their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

Pacquiao vows to keep fighting: 'Do I look 39?'

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The Filipino boxing great plans to defend the WBA regular welterweight belt after snatching it from Argentine Lucas Matthysse

DEADLY FORM. Manny Pacquiao claims his first stoppage win in almost a decade with a technical knockout triumph over Argentina's Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Duterte hails Pacquiao after watching bout beside Mahathir

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad joins President Rodrigo Duterte in doing the Philippine leader's trademark fist pump for Senator Manny Pacquiao

WATCHING PACQUIAO. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (5th from left), beside Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (4th), watches the boxing match of Senator Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse to steal WBA title

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) The Filipino boxing legend hikes his number of wins to 60 against 7 losses and two draws

REDEMPTION. Manny Pacquiao proves he can still slug it out. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Filipino Tepora stops Mexican foe to claim featherweight world crown

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Waiting for his opening throughout, the pride of Cebu City pounced in the 9th round and forced the referee to stop the bout

SPOTLESS. Filipino Jhack Tepora (left) keeps his record unscathed at 22-0 with a technical knockout win of Mexican Edivaldo Ortega. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse fight

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:51 AM

The Filipino boxing legend and the Argentine champion duke it out at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, July 15

Tepora guns for world title, 5 other Filipinos see action

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Cebuano pride Jhack Tepora takes on Mexican Edivaldo Ortega for the WBA featherweight title

CONFIDENT. Filipino Jhack Tepora (left) believes he holds advantage over Mexican foe Edivaldo Ortega. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ex-world champs give Pacquiao 50-50 chance vs Matthysse

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Former world champions Rodel Mayol and Marlon Tapales think Lucas Matthysse is a solid fighter

FAVORED. Manny Pacquiao is a 2-1 favorite to dethrone Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Brace for secret Pacquiao punch

Jul 14, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Chief Pacquiao trainer Buboy Fernandez hints at strategies that may just stop Lucas Matthysse in his tracks

FLURRY. Expect Manny Pacquiao to throw a lot of punches. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao wants early KO as Matthysse aims to hurt

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Manny Pacquiao boasts he feels like in his 20s again but Lucas Matthysse also looks poised to end the Filipino's 23-year career in a flicker

QUICK END. Both Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse vow to finish the fight early. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao-Matthysse: No weight problems

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The Filipino boxing legend and the Argentine champion slug it out for the WBA regular welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on July 15

LOCKED AND LOADED. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse tip the scales in the official weigh-in ahead of their bout for the WBA regular welterweight championship. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP


Pacquiao right on target, chips Fernandez's tooth

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

In a burst of adrenaline rush during training, Pacquiao flicks his fist a bit too fast and hits trainer Buboy Fernandez

LAST DAY. Manny Pacquiao wraps up training and chief trainer Buboy Fernandez thinks his ward is all set for Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Cancer survivor conjures up 'the old Pacquiao'

Jul 13, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Trainer Justin Fortune, the Australian trainer who has had chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, and is now in remission, says the 39-year-old went through a 'shorter, faster and more intense' training

Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Matthysse out to cement ring legacy vs Pacquiao

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The trainer of the Argentine boxer predicts Lucas Matthysse will stop Manny Pacquiao in the 6th or 7th round

ALL SET. Lucas Matthysse believes he’s primed to defend his welterweight crown. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

De La Hoya calls Pacquiao best fighter ever

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The former poster boy of boxing admits, though, that Pacquiao has lost a step or two due to his age

TOPNOTCH. Oscar De La Hoya, chief executive officer of Golden Boy Promotions, describes the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse bout as the best against the best. File photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas: Agility, speed key to Pacquiao victory over Matthysse

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas thinks Lucas Matthysse’s onrushing style is tailor-made for Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao punishes the double-end bag during his afternoon training at the Pacman Wildcard Gym in General Santos City, Philippines. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao beware! I'm going home with my belt, says Matthysse

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Knockout specialist Lucas Matthysse is better than Pacquiao conqueror Jeff Horn, the Filipino's conditioning coach admits

ACTION-PACKED. Manny Pacquiao is chasing a 60th win against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao sparring partner: Kambosos reaps rewards

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Australian boxer George Kambosos Jr. gets to climb the ring against JR Magboo as one of the Pacquiao-Matthysse undercards

CONFIDENT. George Kambosos Jr. says he’s ready for his own fight after getting to ‘spar and learn from a legend.’ Photo by Roy Luarca/Rappler

Tepora aims for world acclaim like Pacquiao

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Unbeaten Filipino boxer Jhack Tepora will clash with Mexican Edivaldo Ortega for the WBA featherweight title

UNDEFEATED. Cebuano Jhack Tepora is described as a scientific boxer with power. Photo by Roy Luarca/Rappler

Pacquiao sweats it out, Matthysse holds back

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Filipino boxing superstar gives a glimpse of what he can do against the Argentinian champion

OPPOSITE SIDES. While Manny Pacquiao looks lean and mean, Lucas Matthysse still appears to be on the heavy side. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Minus Roach, Pacquiao gets a jolt

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:43 PM

The Filipino boxing icon is in better shape after a change in training pattern, insists conditioning coach Fortune

SATISFIED. Manny Pacquiao likes the changes that his new coaching team brings. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao now locked, loaded, ready to fire

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Pacquiao is eager to reclaim his place among world boxing's elite

Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao is now like a monster, a superstorm – Buboy

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez says the Filipino boxing icon is in his sharpest form in recent years

MONSTER. Senator Manny Pacquiao trainer entirely in his Wildcard Gym in General Santos City, Philippines. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions