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Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

Simone Biles claims record 13th world gold medal

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The American superstar makes history after winning another gold in the individual vault competition of the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships

SPECTACULAR. Simone Biles has a shot at sweeping all her events in the world championships. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Unstoppable Biles claims record 4th all around world title

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Despite taking a year off, gymnastics superstar Simone Biles makes history yet again in the 2018 World Championships

INCREDIBLE. Team USA's Simone Biles picks up her 12th world title. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

PH gymnast Yulo fails to medal, but makes history in World Championships

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The 18-year-old Filipino finishes 23rd out of the 24 competitors in the men's individual all-around final

HISTORIC. Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo is the first Filipino to qualify in an all-around final of a world championship. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

Japeth makes it up to Yeng in Gilas 9 years after PBA breakup

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Aguilar admits he wishes he could have handled his exit from Burger King, which was then mentored by Guiao, a little bit better

CATALYST. Japeth Aguilar powers Gilas Pilipinas to a come-from-behind win over Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas pulls off comeback win over Qatar in closed-door match

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team unleashes a third-quarter storm to rally past Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifier

COME-FROM-BEHIND. Alex Cabagnot and Gilas Pilipinas recover from a slow start to topple Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Matthew Wright eager to shake off suspension 'stigma'

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Known for his outside sniping and scoring, Wright will be a welcome addition for Team Pilipinas against Qatar in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

BACK AT IT. Matthew Wright returns to national team duty after serving a one-game suspension from FIBA. Photo from

Yeng, Gilas bracing for unusual environment in closed-door game

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The Filipinos will not have their usual 'sixth man' at their disposal

UNUSUAL ENVIRONMENT. Yeng Guiao says he has already briefed his Gilas Pilipinas wards to prepare for the closed-door game against Qatar. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2019

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to capitalize on the return of Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright and the debut of Stanley Pringle in the qualifiers

Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright back in Gilas final 12 vs Qatar

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The two Team Pilipinas mainstays finish serving their respective one-game suspensions from FIBA

BACK AT IT. Japeth Aguilar (second to the right) and Matthew Wright (rightmost) return to national team duties. Photo from FIBA

Qatar says Saudi blocking hajj access to its citizens

Aug 19, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar remains closed and residents of Qatar cannot be granted visas as there are no diplomatic missions,' says a Qatari official

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Qatar says 'stronger' despite year-long Gulf dispute

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'One year on and Qatar and its people are stronger,' says Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, one of the most prominent voices in the region's worst diplomatic crisis for years,

Qatar: a year of crisis in the Gulf

Jun 03, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A year ago, Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years. What's happened since?

Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

May 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Qatar's Government Communications Office says it is trying to 'protect the safety of consumers,' amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis

CLOSED BORDER. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

Qatar Airways includes Davao, Cebu in its 2018-2019 expansion

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Cebu and Davao flights are part of the new destinations detailed, apart from other Southeast Asian destinations: Langkawi in Malaysia and Da Nang in Vietnam. More frequent flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam will also be mounted.

QATAR AIRWAYS. A visitor walks past a likeness of a Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on March 7, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Malacañang Photo

UAE accuses Qatar of 'intercepting' 2 passenger planes

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:38 PM

(UPDATED) A spokeswoman for Qatar's foreign ministry denied the accusations. 'The state of Qatar announces that the claims of Qatari fighter planes intercepting a UAE civil aircraft (are) completely false,' Lulwa al-Khater says on Twitter.

Fourth time the charm as Gael Monfils finally wins Qatar Open

Jan 07, 2018 - 2:03 AM

France's Gael Monfils brushes aside Russia's Andrey Rublev in a one-sided final

CHAMPION. It took him 4 attempts over a decade but Gael Monfils finally is the Qatar Open champ. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

$1.2 million jewels owned by Qatar royal family stolen in Venice heist

Jan 05, 2018 - 7:52 PM

'We are clearly dealing here with two skilled professionals who managed to pull off their feat despite all the display rooms being fitted with technologically highly sophisticated (alarm) systems,' said the police commissioner

SKILLED PROS. These are some of the items of Indian maharajahs' treasures owned by a member of the Qatari royal family stolen while on exhibit at the Palazzo Ducale in Italy. Image grabbed from AFP video.

Saudi, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The other Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar – are also committed to introducing VAT but have delayed the move until early 2019

Qatar Open kicks off 2018 season without big stars

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:34 PM

The Qatar Open will be without their usual A-list headline acts

NUMBER ONE SEED. With Djokovic pulling out of the tournament, the number one seed is handed over to world number 5 Dominic Thiem. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Rappler journalists win ILO global media awards

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Rappler journalists Camille Elemia, Ana Santos, and Sofia Tomacruz win the International Labour Organization 2017 Global Media Competition on Labor Migration for coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers

Gulf states skip Qatar crisis, blast Huthis as summit ends

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:53 AM

The 6-nation regional alliance affirms in a joint declaration the importance of preserving the GCC's existence which is threatened by a bitter dispute between its members

GCC SUMMIT. A man walks past the flags of the countries attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Ketika minyak dan gas habis, pendidikan jadi senjata utama Qatar

Dec 04, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Di tengah blokade negara-negara Arab, Qatar meyakini pentingnya pendidikan untuk bertahan di atas kaki sendiri

Salah satu sudut di Qatar National Library yang baru diresmikan pada Oktober 2017. Foto oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian/Rappler

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The World Trade Organization agrees to hear Qatar's complaint against the United Arab Emirates over a 5-month old blockade that has triggered a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Di balik viralnya wajah Emir Qatar

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:38 AM

Qatar diblokir, wajah Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani ada di mana-mana

Gambar wajah Emir Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani menjadi viral. Ini adalah hasil karya salah satu seniman Qatar yang dipajang di galeri Fire Station, Doha, pada 15 November 2017. Foto oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian

Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:23 AM

Qatar's government communication office says an unnamed global financial institution had been instructed to stop trading Qatari riyals across Europe and Asia

Angry woman discovers husband's affair mid-flight, forces emergency landing

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:20 PM

As her husband slept, she used his hand to unlock his fingerprint-protected phone, revealing the alleged affair in all its sordid detail

EMERGENCY LANDING. A Qatar airways flight gets diverted over a mid-flight marital spat.

UAE and Qatar stake billions in 'soft power' showdown

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition

OPENING SOON. This file handout photo taken on May 24, 2016 and made available on June 15, 2016, by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) shows Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water. TDIC/Handout/AFP

IMF tells Gulf states to speed up switch from oil

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The IMF advises energy-rich Gulf economies to speed up their diversification away from oil after projecting the worst growth for the region since the global financial crisis

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Oct 30, 2017 - 4:10 PM

GCC members are supposed to meet before the end of the year, but the crisis could see the bloc's annual meeting postponed or cancelled

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar emir accuses blockade countries of wanting 'regime change'

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani: 'They want a regime change. It's... so obvious.'

QATAR LEADER. In this file photo, Qatar's Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses a joint press conference with the German Chancellor after talks at the Chancellery, in Berlin, on September 15, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Far from home, Filipino workers share stories of delayed wages, maltreatment, and challenges they face under the kafala system in Qatar. Yet they persist – seeking opportunities for a better future and a better life.

Qatar 'to introduce' minimum wage for workers

Oct 25, 2017 - 11:42 PM

The announcements of the reforms come on the eve of an International Labor Organization meeting that could open an investigation by the UN agency into Qatar's treatment of migrant workers

WATCH: Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Qatar's population is made up mostly of migrant workers

AWAY. Workers sacrifice being away from their families to provide for them. Graphics by Emil Mercado

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, in an address to parliament, also says that Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

KUWAITI LEADER. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah attends the opening ceremony of the new legislative year in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah says Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

MEDIATOR. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Imprisoned: Raising my baby behind bars

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 PM

In much of the Gulf countries like Qatar, pregnancy out of wedlock is a crime punishable by imprisonment

Tillerson woos Gulf allies in push to undercut Iran

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:01 AM

Tillerson's visit to the Gulf, his third as secretary of state, also aims at persuading Qatar and a rival Saudi-led alliance to open the door to dialogue – a goal he said had come to a deadlock

IN RIYADH. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) speaks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of his deprature in Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP

Tillerson woos Gulf allies in push to undercut Iran

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) The question of Iranian influence in the region is at the center of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar

IN RIYADH. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off his plane as he arrives at King Salman Air Base on October 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP

The hanging fate of OFWs buried in debt

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The burden of reporting illegal recruitment falls on workers. But with little to no legal recourse, what comes next?

OFW debt trap: Less money, more problems

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Workers whose jobs abroad are secured through murky loans and payment schemes leave hopes for a better life buried deep in debt

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

Terima kunjungan Emir Qatar, Jokowi titipkan 30 ribu WNI

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Jokowi juga menawarkan agar Emir Qatar bersedia menanamkan investasinya di Indonesia

INVESTASI. Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo mengajak Emir Qatar untuk berinvestasi di Indonesia. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @Setkabgoid

Kunjungan senyap Emir Qatar ke Indonesia

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Emir Qatar akan berada di Indonesia selama dua hari

KE INDONESIA. Emir Qatar Syekih Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani dijadwalkan tiba di Indonesia pada Selasa sore, 17 Oktober. Foto oleh AFP

Filipino entrepreneur brings a taste of Pinoy food to Qatar

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Entrepreneur Dahlia Agbanlog opens her first restaurant knowing that for Filipinos working abroad, there’s nothing like a cooked meal reminiscent of home

NEW BUSINESS. Dahlia Agbanlog in JKCMom cafe, which she opened last summer. Photo by OM

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity