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The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

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

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Man shoots dead 9 in drunken Russian village quarrel

Jun 04, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Investigators say the 45 year old man returned with a hunting rifle following a domestic dispute between the guests

UK blast, Duterte in Russia, Rebel Wilson | Midday wRap

May 23, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017 - 9:59 AM

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CONCERT EXPLOSION. Police deployed at the scene of a reported explosion during a concert in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017. Photo by Paul Ellis/Agence France-Presse

Duterte arrives in Russia for official visit

May 23, 2017 - 4:38 AM

UPDATED Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives with his official delegation and contingent of businessmen for a 4 day visit to Russia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Vladimirovich Morgulov as he is accorded military honors upon his arrival at Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow for his official visit to the Russian Federation on May 23, 2016. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte foreign policy, Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mike Pence | Evening wRap

May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Impeachment complaint, Duterte honorary doctorate, North Korea | Midday wRap

May 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Acor Arceo

Duterte to receive honorary degree from Russian institute

May 22, 2017 - 9:46 AM

A month after declining an honorary doctorate degree from the University of the Philippines UP Duterte is expected to accept one from Russia s elite school for diplomats

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Napoles, Dela Rosa, U.S. and Russia | Midday wRap

May 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

US Secretary of State Tillerson to visit Russia April 11-12 –Moscow

Apr 05, 2017 - 10:49 PM

The State Department confirms the visit and says Tillerson will discuss Ukraine counterterrorism efforts bilateral relations and other issues including the DPRK North Korea and Syria

VISITING RUSSIA. Rex Tillerson smiles during a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington on the energy innovations that have led to a new era of energy abundance for North America in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days in jail after protest

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:58 PM

UPDATED A Moscow district court orders Navalny to serve 15 days in jail after having found him guilty of disobeying police orders

OPPOSITION LEADER. In this file photo, Russian anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) listens to his brother and co-defendant Oleg as they attend the verdict announcement of their fraud trial at a court in Moscow on December 30, 2014. Photo by Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

National Privacy Commission, AKP, Russian ambassador | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Watch Rappler s midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte, Robredo, Dureza | Evening wRap

Dec 30, 2016 - 8:59 PM

Watch Rappler s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

Duterte on martial law, Sammy Uy, Obama on Russia | Midday wRap

Dec 30, 2016 - 3:36 PM

Watch Rappler s midday newscast with Pia Ranada

Rebels in Aleppo attack, Putin cautious on new Russian raids

Oct 29, 2016 - 1:03 PM

The rebel assault on Friday October 28 comes more than 3 months into a government siege of eastern Aleppo where more than 250 000 people live

WAR. A Rebel fighter from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades takes cover while firing a mortar launcher during a major assault on Syrian government forces West of Aleppo city on October 28, 2016. Photo by Omar haj kadour/AFP

New Syria talks to open in Switzerland

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

With no let up in Syrian President Bashar al Assad s onslaught on eastern Aleppo the sides will look at how to revive the short lived ceasefire

NEW TALKS. Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 12, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Syria army bids to recover losses to IS after deadly US-led raid

Sep 18, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The Syrian Observatory for human rights says 90 soldiers were killed in the US led air strikes

TRUCE. US-led air strikes attacked Syria on Saturday, September 17, amid the deal with Russia.

Ukraine and Russia wage war – in global courts

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Kiev is also facing various lawsuits that add up to tens of billions of dollars and may take months or years to resolve

IN COURT. Ukraine and Russia face off in a court in The Hague as the latter is keen on over one of Ukraine's largest banks as well as shipyards and hotels.

Award-winning teen star Therese Malvar talks acting; shares John Lloyd Cruz, Sid Lucero's advice

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Teri talks about what projects she would like to do and acting in Hamog

PH teen actress Therese Malvar wins Best Actress at Moscow film festival

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Fifteen year old Therese Teri Malvar wins Best Actress for her performance in the movie Hamog directed by Ralston Jover

13 children drown in Russia lake tragedy

Jun 19, 2016 - 9:25 PM

UPDATED One adult also drowns in the incident in Lake Syamozero while 4 others are missing

Poland accuses Russia of 'terrorism' over 2010 jet crash

Mar 14, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Poland accuses Russia of downing a Polish presidential jet in 2010 in what it calls an act of terrorism sparking an immediate retort from Moscow

AFTERMATH. A Russian policemen walks near the wreckage of a Polish government Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft that crashed near Smolensk airport on April 10, 2010. Photo by Maxim Malinovsky / AFP

Doubts over planned polls in restive east Ukraine

Mar 04, 2016 - 8:25 AM

UPDATED Kiev has long insisted there must be a total cessation of hostilities in the country s restive east before holding the polls

UKRAINE VOTE. Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkine (L) and German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2-R) discuss with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault during the Normandy Four meeting at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France, March 3, 2016. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Tens of thousands flee as Syria regime advances near Aleppo

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and activists say 300 000 people are isolated in Aleppo after the rebels main supply route from Turkey was severed by regime forces backed by Russian warplanes

'CATASTROPHIC.' Abdallah, 12, and Dania, 10, whose school was bombed in Aleppo in Syria sit in a mock up of a destroyed classroom outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain February 3, 2016. Activists say the situation in the north countryside of Aleppo is 'catastrophic'. File photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Ide akhir pekan: Nonton ‘Star Wars’ terbaru hingga makan kepiting di Rasane

Dec 18, 2015 - 3:13 PM

Kamu bisa juga melihat ikan ikan di SeaWorld atau nonton sirkus kelas dunia di Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

KEPITING ASAP. Salah satu menu andalan di restoran Rasane. Foto dari Facebook/Rasane Seafood & Ikan Bakar

AS IT HAPPENED: VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United - Liga Champions

Dec 08, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Inilah duel hidup mati penentuan siapa yang akan lolos dari grup B Wolfsburg atau Manchester United?

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:09 PM

Relations between Moscow and Tokyo have been strained for decades because of some islands in the Kuril chain known as the Northern Territories in Japan

Russia to send 44 planes to Egypt Saturday to repatriate tourists

Nov 08, 2015 - 12:31 AM

Thirty empty planes would be sent to Hurghada and another 14 to Sharm El Sheikh where a total of 78 000 Russian tourists are staying

PH hunger, disaster funds, Myanmar elections | 6PM wRap

Nov 02, 2015 - 7:53 PM

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‘Laglag bala’ probe, Roxas’ cabinet, Russian plane crash | 12PM wRap

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:40 PM

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Russia skeptical of ISIS claim it shot down airliner over Egypt

Nov 01, 2015 - 12:29 AM

This information cannot be considered accurate according to the Russian transport minister

WAITING FOR THE BODIES. Members of the Egyptian security services stand guard as they await the bodies of the victims of the Russian passenger flight crash at Zeinhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt, October 31. Photo by Mohammed Hossam/EPA

Russia says airforce hit 1,623 'terrorist targets' in Syria over past month

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Russia says its airforce had destroyed 1 623 terrorist targets in Syria since it launched a bombing campaign a month ago to support forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad

SUPPORT. Several hundred people, holding up portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L), gather near the Russian embassy in Damascus on October 13, 2015 to express their support for Moscow's air war in Syria, just before two rockets struck the embassy compound sparking panic among the crowd. Photo by Louai Beshara / AFP

Russia denies 'collusion' in 2018 World Cup bid

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Moscow denies it had colluded to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup after suspended FIFA head Sepp Blatter alleged a backroom deal saw Russia scoop the tournament

SUSPENDED. FIFA President, Swiss Joseph Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference during the 18th edition of the "Sepp Blatter Fussballturnier" in Ulrichen, Switzerland, Saturday, August 22, 2015. Photo by Laurent Gillieron / EPA

Russia says air force hit record 94 targets in Syria in 24 hours

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:53 PM

Russian jets struck 94 targets in war torn Syria over the past 24 hours the highest one day tally since the Kremlin began its month old bombing campaign the Russian defense ministry said Monday October 26

STRIKE. A video grab made on October 15, 2015, shows an image taken from a footage made available on the Russian Defense Ministry's official website, purporting to show an explosion after airstrikes carried out by Russian air force on what Russia says was an Islamic State facility in the Syrian province of Idlib. Photo from the Russian Defense Ministry / AFP

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Erdogan: Russia making 'grave mistake' in Syria

Oct 04, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyid Erdogan calls Moscow s bombing campaign in Syria unacceptable and a grave mistake

Putin says seeking 'coordinated framework' to fight IS

Sep 27, 2015 - 8:53 PM

We would welcome a common platform for collective action against the terrorists says Russian President Vladimir Putin

PRESS CONFERENCE. Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a press conference after a summit in Minsk, Belarus, August 27, 2014. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

US open to talks with Russia on Syria

Sep 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

The decision signals a newfound willingness to engage with Russia after months of giving Vladimir Putin the cold shoulder over his actions in Ukraine and Syria

'LIMITED TALKS.' In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the daily news conference at the White House following votes on trade legislation in the US House of Representatives, in Washington DC, USA, June 12, 2015. File photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Poroshenko says Ukraine truce holding despite Russia 'threat'

Sep 11, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns that Russia is harboring imperialist ambitions under Putin and trying to seize back former tsarist and Soviet lands

RUSSIA A 'THREAT'. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a pro-Ukraine Rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during Poroshenko's first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014. File photo by Goeff Robins/AFP

Truce upheld for first time in war-torn eastern Ukraine – president

Sep 05, 2015 - 8:31 PM

I have some good news There has been no shooting on the front for a week says Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko in televised remarks This is the first week that the Minsk agreements are being implemented

File photo of Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko by John Thys/AFP

Fierce Ukraine clashes kill 10

Aug 18, 2015 - 2:20 AM

Ukraine s foreign minister says forces were intensifying their activities in Shyrokine a flashpoint village 10 kilometers 6 miles from the government held port

MH17 investigators say 'possible' BUK missile parts found

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Investigators probing the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 say they had identified pieces that possibly come from a Russian made BUK missile from eastern Ukraine where the plane crashed

INVESTIGATION. Debris of the MH17 plane crash brought back from the crash site in eastern Ukraine is on display for friends and family of the flight's victims at airbase Gilze-Rijen in Rijen, The Netherlands, 03 March 2015. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / EPA

Georgia accuses Russia of 'land grab' near breakaway region

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Georgia decries Moscow s creeping annexation of its territory after Russian border guards moved border markers further into Tbilisi controlled area leaving a portion of an international oil pipeline in territory under Russian control

‘CREEPING ANNEXATION.’ David Vanishvili, 80, talks to journalists as he stands behind a wire barricade erected by Russian and Ossetian troops along Georgia's de-facto border with its breakaway region of South Ossetia in the village of Khurvaleti on July 14, 2015. Photo by Vano Shlamov / AFP

Putin watches on as Europe flounders over Greek crisis

Jul 07, 2015 - 10:41 PM

Russin President Vladimir Putin is among the first leaders that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called to discuss his country s resounding No vote to a bailout plan

File photo by Alexey Nikolsky/RIS Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

Jul 04, 2015 - 11:43 AM

But separatists warn that unilateral demilitarization by their side may not be enough to establish a lasting peace

REBELS WITHDRAW. A Ukrainian serviceman walks along boards used as protection against snipers in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region on June 29, 2015. Photo by Anatoli Stepanov/AFP

Nearly half of MH17's wreckage still in Ukraine

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:24 AM

The rebels and Moscow accuse the Ukrainian military of shooting the jet out of the sky

US weighs missiles in Europe to counter Russia – officials

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Installing land missiles in Europe is a more aggressive step at the far end of the spectrum a defense official says

OPTIONS. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has told lawmakers earlier this year that the arms control agreement was a 'two-way street,' and Washington might take its own steps if Russia did not back off. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

UN seeks to shore up Ukraine truce as fighting flares

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:13 AM

We are either looking at a return to a deepening intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict zone We cannot afford either scenario says UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman

CEASEFIRE? Ukrainian servicemen patrol the area in the town of Marinka, near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, June 5, 2015. This week has seen the deadliest fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since a ceasefire deal was signed in February. Photo by Alex Rom/EPA

Ukraine court orders arrest of two 'Russian soldiers'

May 23, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Russia s defense ministry says the two were once members of the armed forces but had been demobilized by the time they crossed into the Ukrainian war zone nearly two months ago

VOLUNTEERS? Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Yerofeyev is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. File photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Fighters captured in Ukraine admit to serving in Russia's army – OSCE

May 22, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Ukraine has charged the captured men with involvement in terrorist activity and promised to release them should they fully confess during a public trial

CAPTURED. Alexander Alexandrov lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 19 May 2015. Ukraine claims that Alexandrov is one of two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. File photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA