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Trump tells evangelical voters they have God on their side

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'I really do believe we have God on our side,' Donald Trump tells the crowd at the King Jesus International Ministry mega church in Miami

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump hits out at evangelical magazine that called for his ouster

Dec 21, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The son of the magazine's late founder blasts the opinion piece and supports Trump

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE. US President Donald Trump calls as "far left" a leading evangelical Christian publication after the magazine published an opinion peace calling his Ukraine acts "profoundly immoral." File photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP

PNP: Arrest of columnist Margarita Valle a case of mistaken identity

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Philippine National Police spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac cites a witness as saying that 61-year-old Margarita Valle only has a 'major resemblance' to the actual suspect

Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle arrested at Laguindingan Airport

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Police serve 61-year-old journalist Margarita Valle with warrants for alleged murder, destruction of government property, and arson, which her son says are 'trumped-up charges'

Facebook expands 'local news' to 400 U.S. cities

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Unveiled in January, Facebook's 'Today In' feature shows 'local alerts from relevant government pages' which may include information city council meetings, crime or weather, for example

LOCAL NEWS. In the areas above in the US, the social network will be rolling out its 'Today In' local news feature. Photo from Facebook

Marawi evacuees rally to be allowed to return home for good

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers secure a permit from Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra but he says he didn’t know they planned to enter the ground zero. The military says it was generally peaceful.

PEACE RALLY. Security forces block Muslim residents of Marawi who attempt to hold Friday prayers inside ground zero on March 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of Baishora Ace

Aceh kini dalam bingkai pasca 13 tahun tsunami

Dec 23, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Pameran fotografi ‘Aceh Today’ dipamerkan di Museum Tsunami, menggambarkan kondisi Aceh hari-hari ini, 13 tahun setelah diterpa tsunami

Seorang pengunjung melihat foto-foto di pameran 'Aceh Today' di Museum Tsunami Aceh, pada 22 Desember 2017. Foto oleh Habil Razali/Rappler

Putin: U.S. pressure on RT an 'attack', will get 'proper response'

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Meanwhile, RT says it would comply with USA's demand to register its American operations as a 'foreign agent,' but would also go to court to challenge the measure

PUTIN IN VIETNAM. Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Russia to make U.S. media register as 'foreign agents'

Nov 11, 2017 - 7:11 AM

Russian lawmakers are drafting such measures after state-controlled Russia Today (RT) television was ordered by Washington to register as a 'foreign agent'

KREMLIN. A file photo shows the Kremlin's towers and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour at sunset in Moscow. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Julia Roberts set to star in her first TV show

Dec 16, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Julia Roberts will star in the TV adaptation of novel Today Will be Different

JULIA ROBERTS. The Hollywood star is set to star in her first TV series. File photo shows Julia at the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 21, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for GLSEN/AFP

FAKE: Reports on US bilateral visa policy after Duterte's complaint

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The fake post asserts the US would consider a bilateral visa policy with Asia after Duterte slammed the US for restrictive visa policies asking why those visa policies were not bilateral

TV host Billy Bush leaves NBC after Trump's lewd remarks video

Oct 18, 2016 - 12:43 PM

I am deeply grateful for the conversations I ve had with my daughters and for all of the support from family friends and colleagues says Billy following his exit

BILLY BUSH. The 'Today' show co-host leaves 'Today' after a leaked lewd conversation between him and Donald Trump. File photo shows Billy in conversation with Jeff Rossen for SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio at SiriusXM Studios on August 22, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

6 million Americans have lead-tainted water in homes, schools – report

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Tainted water is supplied to hundreds of daycare centers and schools the report from the USA Today says

WATER CRISIS. An undated handout made available on 16 January 2016 by the US Army National Guard shows Master Sgt. Brandon Post and Staff Sgt. Stephen Robel assist carrying water as part of Michigan National Guard support to water distribution mission in Flint, Michigan. US Army National Guard photo by Spc. Eric Bandy/EPA

Israel raids Palestinian TV station accused over unrest

Mar 11, 2016 - 4:45 PM

3rd UPDATE A Palestinian leader accuses the extremist Israeli government of silencing every Palestinian voice while Israel blames Palestinian leaders and media for inciting violence

Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Given low poll ratings, is it game over for Miriam Santiago?

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:00 AM

People who are very much active on social media are not really voters that has not been tested as much says an analyst referring to presidential bet Miriam Defensor Santiago s online popularity

Charlie Sheen reveals he is HIV-positive

Nov 17, 2015 - 9:18 PM

I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive the actor says on Today

Screengrab from YouTube/Today Show

Charlie Sheen to reveal HIV positive status – US media

Nov 17, 2015 - 9:59 AM

TMZ says that Charlie Sheen is making his HIV status public because he is being threatened with lawsuits

CHARLIE SHEEN. The actor is set to reveal his HIV status on NBC's 'Today' show. Screengrab from Facebook/CharlieSheen

Charleston shooting suspect confesses

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:01 PM

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she believes Roof should face the death penalty

Philippine print media erroneously kill Mary Jane

May 01, 2015 - 6:50 PM

Death comes early for Filipina worker on death row Mary Jane Veloso after Philippine newspapers kill her on their headlines ahead of Indonesia announcing a stay of her execution

Listen to Elsa and Anna sing new 'Frozen Fever' original song

Mar 13, 2015 - 6:51 PM

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell lend their vocals to the track as princesses Elsa and Anna

MAKING TODAY A PERFECT DAY. Will this birthday be successful? Screengrab from YouTube

Roxas: I didn’t ask Aquino to sack Ochoa, PNP chief

Feb 05, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Interior chief and Liberal Party stalwart Manuel Roxas II denies a report that he had asked the President to sack Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr and suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas (L) and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima (R) flank President Benigno Aquino III during an April 2014 command conference in Camp Crame.

Pacquiao tells Mayweather: 'It's time to say yes' to fight

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:38 AM

Manny Pacquiao made an appearance on The Today Show to promote his documentary but he didn t shy away from speaking on the negotiations for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr

PACMAN TALKS. Manny Pacquiao, seen here after beating Chris Algieri in November 2014, spoke about his documentary film 'Manny' and a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo by Xaume Olleros/AFP

The accidental journalist

Jul 05, 2014 - 8:41 AM

A college professor once advised me against joining the media industry To this day it still surprises friends and even family members to learn that I almost didn t

'Media irresponsibility killing us softly'

May 23, 2014 - 8:40 AM

A media personality believes that the death of media credibility due to irresponsible reporting is a bigger problem than media killings

CREDIBILITY. ABS-CBN's Anthony Taberna (L), Inquirer's Raul Pangalangan (C), and Manila Standard Today's Jojo Robles (R) talk about media responsibility during Rotary Club of Manila's annual Journalism Awards. Photos by Rappler

Russian state media turns to 'Soviet style' Ukraine offensive

Mar 06, 2014 - 8:24 PM

The propaganda overdrive to convince Russians rolled out after the state polling agency found early last month that 73 of Russians thought Moscow should not intervene in Ukraine

PROPAGANDA OVERDRIVE. A report on Moscow-backed Russia Today (RT) channel, part of the Russian state media propaganda drive to convince its citizens that their actions in Ukraine is just. Frame grab courtesy

Crimean parliament asks to join Russia as EU leaders meet

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:50 PM

UPDATED The local parliament in Crimea took another step towards seceding from Ukraine asking to become part of Russia as EU leaders held an emergency summit to deal with the worst East West crisis since the Cold War

UNREST IN CRIMEA. Unidentified armed men patrol outside of Simferopol airport in the autonomous republic of Crimea in Ukraine on February 28, 2014. Photo by AFP

Russia Today anchor quits on air over Ukraine

Mar 06, 2014 - 8:57 AM

UPDATED Liz Wahl who describes herself as a Filipina Hungarian American says she could no longer work for a Moscow funded network which she accuses of whitewashing the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin

'I QUIT.' Washington DC-based Russia Today (RT) anchor Liz Wahl announces her resignation from the network live on air, 5 March 2014. Frame grab courtesy RT

Marian Rivera bags artist awards in Vietnam

Jan 09, 2014 - 10:59 PM

Vietnamese audiences vote Marian Rivera Best Foreign Artist of the Year and Face of the Year

BEST FOREIGN ARTIST. Marian Rivera's following has reached Vietnam. Photo from her Instagram (@therealmarian)

Former employer gets 18 months for trafficking Filipina caregiver

Oct 17, 2013 - 3:33 AM

Franco Yiu Kwan Orr is the first person to ever be convicted and sentenced in the Canadian province of British Columbia of human trafficking His wife Oi Ling Nicole Huen was acquitted on all charges

SENTENCED.Leticia Sarmiento faces reporters after sentencing of her former employer. Photo by Stuart Lyster.

News that counts: Journalism after Aquino's assassination

Sep 07, 2013 - 11:51 PM

The architects of Martial Law knew that their success depended on silencing the press journalist Melinda Quintos de Jesus says

Floods, blackouts hit Toronto

Jul 10, 2013 - 8:12 AM

Flooding in Canada s largest city came less than 3 weeks after the western city of Calgary was devastated by floods

Filipina wins human trafficking case

Jul 08, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The employer who maltreated Filipino caregiver Leticia Sarmiento in Vancouver could face a maximum life sentence or a 1 million fine or both

Celeb chef Paula Deen sorry yet defiant over scandal

Jun 27, 2013 - 11:02 AM

The self proclaimed queen of US Southern cooking has faced a backlash over her comments in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee

SORRY BUT DEFIANT. Celebrity chef Paula Deen speaks during an interview on NBC's "Today" show June 26, 2013. Frame grab courtesy of NBC

Barbara Walters to announce retirement

May 13, 2013 - 9:06 PM

Veteran TV journalist Barbara Walters to announce 2014 retirement

MOST FASCINATING JOURNALIST. Veteran TV anchor Barbara Walters will retire in 2014. Photo from

Google to help fight human trafficking

Apr 12, 2013 - 3:21 AM

Google offers a 3 million grant to organizations aiming to help stop human trafficking

FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Google provided a grant to a number of organizations to fight human trafficking. Screen shot from YouTube

Immigrants can get residency in Obama plan: report

Feb 17, 2013 - 11:04 AM

The White House is drafting an immigration plan that would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent US residents within eight years

Immigrants wait for their citizenship interviews at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), district office on January 29, 2013 in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

VIDEO: Arthur Boorman: The man who never gave up

Jan 16, 2013 - 12:54 PM

It s WellnessWed at Rappler and we thought this story might inspire you to go for wellness now

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Arthur Boorman's story shows that nothing can stand in the way of determination and persistence. Screen grab from YouTube (Diamond Dallas Page)

Ryan Lochte on Prince Harry

Aug 24, 2012 - 11:15 AM

Lochte says he is thankful to have NOT been invited to the prince s hotel room

RYAN LOCHTE's 'RACE' WITH Prince Harry has re-ignited the athlete's competitive edge. Image from the Ryan Lochte Official Facebook Fan Page

[Wellness] More than fat: the truth behind cellulite

Jun 11, 2012 - 3:23 PM

The fight against cellulite begins now No more staying under wraps

Bobby Brown clears his name

May 02, 2012 - 10:47 AM

Bobby Brown clears himself of any responsibility over what was Whitney s drug habit

THERE WERE HAPPY TIMES. Brown says that the last time he saw Whitney, "she glowed." Photo from