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Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

South Africa ex-leader Zuma to face corruption trial

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) High Court Judge Willie Seriti agrees with the prosecution that parts of Jacob Zuma's arguments to have the case thrown out are 'scandalous and or vexatious'

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

U.S., Japan, South Korea discuss North Korean denuclearization

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun holds talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019, US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone release a statement on Twitter as China censors their show after an episode made fun of the country

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

Nigeria, South Africa pledge to stop xenophobic attacks

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The president of both countries agree to set up 'early warning systems' to prevent attacks on foreign nationals

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa shake hands following their opening remarks during his official state visit at Union Buildings in Pretoria, on October 3, 2019. Recent xenophobic attacks threaten to dominate Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's three-day official visit to South Africa and the presidency in Abuja has said he would use the state visit to discuss the "welfare of Nigerians". Phill Magakoe / AFP

9 killed as typhoon lashes South Korea

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:26 PM

(UPDATED) The storm hits the southern parts of South Korea, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas

TYPHOON MITAG. Cars are seen inundated by floodwaters from heavy rains caused by Typhoon Mitag in Gangneung on October 3, 2019. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

7.2 million HIV-positive in South Africa, says study

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:26 AM

South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, says The Lancet HIV Journal

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Analysts say Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners

This screen grab image taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on August 1, 2019 shows a ballistic missile being launched from an unknown location in North Korea early on July 31. Kim "guided a test-fire of newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system on July 31," state-run KCNA said. Handout / KCTV / AFP

Rappler editor, columnist finalists for 38th National Book Awards

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Shorlisted are Marites Dañguilan Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ as Best Book in Journalism and Joselito D. Delos Reyes’s ‘Finding Teo: Tula/Talambuhay’ as Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino

Huge tanker blast sparks fire injuring 12 in South Korea

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nine of the injured are from South Korea, while the nationality of the others is not yet known

Tolentino wants Filipino songs broadcast to China-occupied features in West PH Sea

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Science and Technology and it attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Last Australian state decriminalizes abortion

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Australian legislators from across the political spectrum vote to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and meant women seeking an abortion in Sydney or elsewhere in the state and their doctors could face up to 10 years in prison

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold a protest rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on August 6, 2019. Scores of protestors gathered outside the NSW Parliament ahead of debate on Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Royal baby Archie meets South Africa's Archbishop Tutu

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:26 AM

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan walk into the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation carrying a smiley Archie in blue dungarees

ROYAL BABY. Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. Photo by Henk Kruger/Pool/AFP

Harry and Meghan join South Africa's fight against gender violence

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex join campaigners in Cape Town fighting South Africa's stratospheric rates of violence against women on the first stage of a 10-day swing through southern Africa

Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex visit the District Six museum in Cape Town on the first afternoon of their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP

SC to Comelec: Proclaim Shirlyn Nograles as South Cotabato representative

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Commission on Elections' order to suspend the election for representative of South Cotabato's 1st District

NEW CONGRESSWOMAN. The Supreme Court orders Comelec to proclaim ex-General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato after winning in the 2019 polls. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

BTS member RM donates $83,000 to hearing-impaired students

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:29 AM

To celebrate his birthday, RM donates around 100 million won to the Seoul Samsung School for hearing-impaired students

1,500 flee homes in South Africa amid xenophobic violence – U.N.

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:56 PM

South Africa, the continent's second largest economy, is a major destination for other African migrants. But they are often targeted by some locals who blame them for a lack of jobs.

Kim Tae-hee, Rain welcome second daughter

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Congratulations to the couple!

PARENTS OF TWO. Rain and Kim Tae-hee welcome their second daughter. Screengrabs from Instagram.com/rain_oppa, and Instagram.com/taehee35

20 dead as truck plunges down ravine in South Cotabato

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The South Cotabato Provincial Police offices says 15 victims died on the spot, while 5 others died in hospitals

ROAD TRAGEDY. A truck falls plunges into a ravine in a mountain highway, leading to the death of over a dozen in T'boli, South Cotabato. South Cotabato Police photo

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

Sep 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul's agriculture ministry says 3,950 pigs from 3 farms in Paju are to be culled

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 10, 2018 shows pigs resting in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province. - China's pork industry has been left reeling from African swine fever, which has devastated its pig herd, sent pork prices soaring and forced the country to increase imports to satisfy demand -- and analysts warn worse is yet to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY: China-livestock-animals-pork, FOCUS by Sebastien RICCI

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

Sudan, South Sudan leaders vow to seek peace in their troubled nations

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Sudan's new prime minister Abdalla Hamdok meets with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on his first official visit since becoming premier, following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir

FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT. Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok (L) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit shake hands before meeting on September 12, 2019 in the capital city of Juba, South Sudan. Photo by Akuot Chol/AFP

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

South Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan's export curbs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:15 PM

South Korea accuses Japan of violating World Trade Organization principles

TRADE WAR. The trade dispute between South Korea and Japan heats up. Photo from Shutterstock

North Korea again tests 'super-large' rocket launcher – state media

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:02 AM

North Korea's state media says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised a fresh test of a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' system

A man watches a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. North Korea on September 10 fired projectiles toward the sea, South Korea's military said, hours after Pyongyang said it is willing to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'projectiles' after offering talks with U.S.

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:02 AM

No further details are immediately available but these are the latest to be fired since July. Previous launches have been identified as short-range missiles.

TEST FIRE. In this file photo taken on August 16, 2019 and released on August 17 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

6 new railways to look out for

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Will we see these railways completed within the lifetime of the current administration?

South Korean president appoints justice minister despite scandals

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Cho Kuk is appointed to the role by President Moon Jae-in

APPOINTMENT. A man watches a television news screen showing South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking after appointing law professor Cho Kuk as justice minister, in Seoul on September 9, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Filipino poet featured in South African literary festival

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin read some of his works at Poetry in McGregor, now on its 7th edition

POETRY FESTIVAL. Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin at Poetry in McGregor in Western Cape in South Africa. Photo courtesy of San Anselmo Publications Inc

Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

Cinemalaya winner 'John Denver Trending' heads to Busan International Film Festival 2019

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Cinemalaya 2019's Best Picture winner will be competing at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in October

BTS label to hold global auditions for K-pop girl group

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Big Hit Entertainment is scouting for new members for their upcoming 2021 K-pop girl group – why not give it a shot?

13,000 houses damaged in 'catastrophic' Bahamas hurricane – Red Cross

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:56 PM

There is no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands

DORIAN. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NOAA/RAMMB/HANDOUT

LOOK: South Korean warships on friendly visit to Manila

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Philippines is set to acquire several new warships from South Korea

South Korean lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Jeong Kab-yoon, a 5-time lawmaker from the Liberty Korea Party, sparks an outcry for scolding Joh Sung-wook, an unmarried academic who is in her mid-50s, for not having children

FIGHTING SOUTH KOREAN PATRIARCHY. This picture from June 9, 2018 shows South Korean women staging a monthly protest against secretly-filmed spycam pornography in Seoul. File photo by Jung Hawon/AFP

Lorenzana: 'No reason to believe' China will not honor agreements

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Retrials ordered for ex-South Korean leader Park, Samsung heir

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:08 PM

South Korea's Supreme Court sends their cases back for new proceedings, saying that errors had been made in the judgments

PROTEST FOR PARK. Supporters of South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a protest demanding her release from prison, outside the Supreme Court in Seoul on August 29, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Alden Richards receives Asian Star Prize at Seoul International Drama Awards 2019

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Alden is the latest Filipino actor to receive the award

K-pop star Seungri accused of illicit gambling

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The former BIGBANG member was questioned by police for illicit overseas gambling, the latest step after his retirement in March due to prostitution claims

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'multiple rocket launcher' – KCNA

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:46 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the 'newly developed' system was a 'great weapon'

ANOTHER TEST. This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

ASEAN, U.S. to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Washington's re-engagement with Southeast Asia comes as a deteriorating trade war with China threatens to engulf the global economy

NAVAL DRILLS. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

PH to buy 2 navy corvettes from South Korea, may receive 2 more

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the South Korean government plans to donate two of its navy’s old corvettes as the Philippines buys two brand new ones from Hyundai Heavy Industries

NAVY CORVETTE. The BRP Conrado Yap, a Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is welcomed in Manila on August 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Alternate lives: Korean orphans' quests for answers

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:30 PM

International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to local mothers and American GI fathers, from a country that emphasized ethnic homogeneity

This picture taken on July 31, 2019 shows Korean-American adoptee Glenn Morey during an interview with AFP at an exhibition hall for his latest film project on adoption in South Korea, Side x Side, in Seoul. International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to Korean mothers and American GI fathers, from an ethnically homogenous country with widespread racism. More recently the main driver has been babies born to unmarried women, who still face stigmatisation in a patriarchal society. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles' into sea – Seoul

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea says its military is 'tracking the movement in the North in case of additional launches, with firm readiness'

This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un discussed future talks with the US at a party meeting, state media reported on April 10, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump. KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

South Korea says will share military intel with Japan through U.S.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

South Korea will 'actively utilize the trilateral information-sharing channel with the United States as the intermediary' in place of the accord with Japan

TRILATERAL. In this file photo, Korean minister Kim Hyun-chong arrives in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 25, 2018. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

Britain, South Korea sign Brexit trade deal

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:41 AM

It is Britain's first post-Brexit trade deal in Asia and follows similar agreements with nations including Chile, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

Britain's International Trade Secretary Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing street after a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019 Britain's newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting today faced with the burning challenge of resolving the three-year Brexit crisis in three months. Isabel Infantes / AFP