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White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:27 PM

A new rule redefining asylum eligibility – to take effect on July 16 – is the latest attempt to stem the flow of undocumented migrants into the country, and comes amid White House frustration at Congress's failure to change asylum laws

ASYLUM APPLICATION. US Democratic Senator Cory Booker (C) stands at the Paso del Norte-Santa Fe International Bridge while helping a group of migrants to apply for political asylum in the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chiahuahua state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Algeria army chief renews support for president after interim term ends

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:56 PM

A presidential election planned for early July has been scrapped, de facto extending interim president Abdelkader Bensalah's presidency for an undetermined period

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Algerian speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is pictured during a parliamentary session at the Palais des Nations in the Algerian capital Algiers on April 9, 2019, after lawmakers named him as interim president. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Former Argentine president de la Rua dead at 81

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'I share in the pain of his family,' says President Mauricio Macri, in announcing his death. 'His democratic journey deserves recognition by all Argentinians.'

DE LA RUA. Argentine former head of state Fernando de la Rua – who was famously evacuated by helicopter from the presidential palace during the 2001 economic crisis – died on July 9, 2019, in Buenos Aires at the age of 81. File photo by Fabian Gredillas/AFP

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Thousands protest in Algeria capital, break police cordon

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Protesters continue to pressure regime insiders to step down, more than 3 months after forcing former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down

Algerians wave the national flag as they demonstrate to demand sweeping change to the country's whole political system, in Algiers on April 3, 2019, following the resignation of ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. - The 82-year-old president ceded power in the face of massive street demonstrations that have shaken the North African nation, with state media announcing late Tuesday he had submitted his resignation with immediate effect. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Osmeña’s running mate also leaves Cebu City councilor’s office bare

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who ran for vice mayor but lost, allegedly removes partition walls, cuts electrical wirings, and saws the newel caps of the railings leading to her former office

STRIPPED BARE. Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos removes fixtures from her former office before stepping down on June 30, 2019. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Drilon brings back anti-political dynasty bill in 18th Congress

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'The Constitution entrusted to Congress the duty to end political dynasties. Unfortunately, we have failed in our duty and, hence, political dynasty still persists and so does poverty,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon files an anti-dynasty bill in the 18th Congress. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Labella vows to solve flooding, waste disposal, traffic in Cebu City

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The new mayor says he will hold office in his old room as vice mayor after his predecessor, Tomas Osmeña, stripped bare the mayor's office before leaving

NEW MAYOR. Edgardo Labella (with wife Joycelyn) starts his term as mayor of Cebu City on June 30, 2019, asking other city officials to set aside politics and work with him for the city's welfare. Photo from Mayor Labella's FB

Putin says liberal, pro-LGBT views 'forced' on people

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams ideas of freedom of sexuality as he defends Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Russian President Vladimir Putin lashes out at the idea of freedom of sexuality and gender. File photo by AFP

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

More than 250 arrested after Ethiopia coup bid – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The country has been on high alert since the attack in the capital Addis Ababa and northern Amhara state left the national army chief, a retired general, and 3 senior regional officials dead

HIGH ALERT. A woman mourns among soldiers standing guard ahead of the National funeral service, at the millennium hole in Addis Ababa, of Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces Seare Mekonnen and of Major-General Geza'e Abera, a retired former senior official in the Ethiopian army on June 25, 2019. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:29 PM

With so many potential challengers to Trump, the Democratic party splits the top 20 candidates into debates on two nights in southern Florida, a key swing state in next year's election

DEBATES. Democratic presidential hopefuls participate in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why is Duterte still so popular?

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?

Zuckerberg says U.S. government inaction allowed fake news to spread

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Mark Zuckerberg calls on governments to further regulate private data, political advertising and step up efforts to prevent state actors from interfering in US elections

POINTING BLAME. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Warren leads U.S. Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against number two candidate Bernie Sanders and 8 others on Thursday

DEBATE TIME. Democratic presidential candidates take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINYON] Kaibigang putik sa social media

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Mga mungkahing script kapag ang kaibigan mo ay nagse-share ng fake 'news' sa social media

Georgia parliament head quits after 240 injured in crackdown

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Opposition leaders have vowed to hold demonstrations until parliament is dissolved and snap elections are held

GEORGIA. People rally outside the parliament in Tbilisi on June 20, 2019. Photo by Vano Shlamov/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Handpicked successor sweeps Kazakhstan vote criticized by monitor

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:27 PM

No vote in Kazakhstan has ever been recognized as fully democratic by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which sent more than 300 observers to monitor this election

VICTORY. Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

G20 says worsening trade wars pose risk to world economy

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:00 PM

IMF chief Christine Lagarde says trade conflicts pose the 'principal threat' to the global economic outlook

FINANCE EXPERTS. A woman walks past a banner for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Trump, Mexico's Obrador tout U.S.-Mexico deal to avert tariffs

Jun 09, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the bottom-line of the last-minute deal was simple: 'there will not be an economic or financial crisis in Mexico on Monday, June 10'

DEAL MADE. US President Donald Trump and Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reach a last minute deal to avert tariffs on Mexico. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

U.S. axes non-essential services for kids at migrant shelters

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:08 PM

President Donald Trump's administration cancels special care in the from of classroom, soccer fields, and art studios, citing a lack of funding

SERVICES CUT. This file handout photo courtesy of the US Department of Health and Human Services dated June 20, 2018 shows unaccompanied alien children at an Office of Refugee Resettlement funded shelter in Homestead, Florida. Handout/US Department of Health and Human Services/AFP

Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The resignations of 9 government legislators come after a Buddhist monk lawmaker supporting President Maithripala Sirisena demanded the sacking of 3 top Muslim politicians

EASTER BOMBINGS. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Tiananmen's key moments: Hope crushed by soldiers and tanks

Jun 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

3 decades on, the crackdown remains one of the most sensitive subjects in mainland China and any mention is strictly censored. Here are 5 key moments from that tumultuous spring

TIANANMEN SQUARE. Students and local people gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on May 14, 1989 after an over-night hunger strike as part of the mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. Photo by Catherine Henriette/AFP

Guaido renews call for Maduro resignation after Norway talks

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Representatives of Guaido and Maduro met face-to-face in Oslo as part of talks mediated by Norway aimed at resolving the country's political deadlock

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

[OPINION] Defending academic freedom from political extremism

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

On the persecution of the historian Lisandro Claudio by political extremists

India PM Modi makes major cabinet changes for new term

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Facing major challenges with the economy, job creation, and a farm debt crisis, Narendra Modi replaces around 3 dozen ministers and deputies from the last administration, bringing in many new lawmakers

NEW CABINET. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) waves as he arrives to attend a meeting with his newly-named cabinet in New Delhi on May 31, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Israel heads to new election after Netanyahu stumbles

May 30, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Israel will now head to the polls again on September 17, just over 5 months after an April election that saw Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing and religious allies win a majority

NETANYAHU. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Trump briefly acknowledges Russia helped him get elected

May 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

'And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,' says US President Donald Trump

ON ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

India's Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling new government

May 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Prime Minister walks up to take his oath of office to a standing ovation, with supporters in the crowd chanting 'Modi, Modi'

SECOND TERM. Indian designated Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term

May 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,' says reelected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who was reelected in February, has been in power since 2015. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Nigerian president vows corruption crackdown in second term

May 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he will push on with rooting out rampant corruption in Nigeria, saying the legal process is what has slowed progress so far

BUHARI. In this file photo, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari looks on as he attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea, in Jordan on April 6, 2019. File photo by KhalilMazraawi/AFP

Austrian chancellor loses no-confidence showdown

May 27, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The no-confidence vote against Sebastian Kurz and his government takes place in a special sitting of parliament with more than half of MPs withdrawing their support, making him the shortest-serving chancellor

SEBASTIAN KURZ. In this file photo, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during the conference of the CDU Economic Council, "Economy Day 2018" in Berlin, on June 12, 2018. File photo by Jens Büttner/dpa/AFP

Trump, Pelosi trade barbs as impeachment talk stirs anger

May 24, 2019 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump has ordered the US intelligence community to 'fully cooperate' with an investigation into what he has termed 'spying' on his 2016 election campaign

TRUMP AND PELOSI. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address, alongside Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Opposition leader Gandhi says gloomy Indian exit polls 'fake'

May 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'My dear Congress party workers. The next 24 hours are important. Stay alert and vigilant. Don't be afraid. You are fighting for the truth,' says Rahul Gandhi, head of the Congress party

GANDHI. Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Ukraine's Zelensky under fire over top appointment

May 22, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky issues a decree choosing as his top aide Andriy Bogdan, until now a personal lawyer of tycoon Igor Kolomoisky

CONTROVERSIAL APPOINTMENT. In this file photo, Ukrainian comedian and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at his campaign headquarters prior to the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine's presidential election, Kiev, April 21, 2019. File photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Norway pushes Venezuela mediation effort

May 17, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The mediation bid comes after a months-long power struggle between opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro, amid sometimes deadly street clashes

MEDIATION. This file photo shows a view of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela peace talks in Oslo provide glimmer of hope

May 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

It is the second time that such talks have been held in Oslo between Nicolas Maduro's regime and Juan Guaido's representatives, says Norway's NRK radio and television network

SHOWDOWN. A combination of file photos of Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (left) and President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

Sudan protesters vow to press on after talks suspended

May 16, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The chief of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announces the talks have been suspended for 72 hours as security in Khartoum has deteriorated

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese protesters are waving flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

May 16, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Never voted out by the public, which forgave him his faults, Bob Hawke won 4 elections on the run beginning in 1983, and only left office following a party room coup

BOB HAWKE. In this file photo taken on August 31, 2013, former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane. FIle photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

[OPINION] #PHVote 2019: Of upsets and surprises

May 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Where is the hope?

Vote buying complaint lodged vs ex-Zambales governor Ebdane

May 13, 2019 - 6:09 AM

Barangay chairman Noel Landero of Bato, Palauig accuses former governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr of violating the Omnibus Election Code

ALLEGATION OF VOTE BUYING. Zambales reelectionist Governor Jun Ebdane is accused of vote buying

[OPINYON] Pakibulong... sa mga wala pang iboboto

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Higit sa youth vote, ang pinakamahalagang magagawa isang araw bago ang eleksiyon ay youth campaign – kailangang padaluyin ang paghahangad sa pagbabago

Rights groups, family demand answers on missing Thai activists

May 11, 2019 - 5:42 PM

A Thailand deputy prime minister denies the missing activists are in government custody

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout photo released and taken by Royal Thai Government on February 11, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha presiding over a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Handout photo