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EU removes Switzerland, UAE from tax haven list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The European Union says Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries which have implemented tax reforms

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Philippines, UAE sign pact vs human trafficking

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The agreement seeks to combat human trafficking and ensure the protection, rescue, and rehabilitation of victims

SIGNED AGREEMENT. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan sign an MOU combatting human trafficking. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Yemen government accuses UAE of launching air strikes on its troops

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:18 AM

A tweet from a deputy foreign minister says: 'The Yemeni government condemns the Emirati air strikes against government forces in the interim capital Aden and in Zinjibar, which resulted in civilian and military casualties'

Fighters of the Fighters of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, ride atop a tank in Yemen's southern coastal town of Shuqrah, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on August 27, 2019. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call earlier this week for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes. AFP, dominated by members of the the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, ride atop a tank in Yemen's southern coastal town of Shuqrah, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on August 27, 2019. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates renewed a call earlier this week for peace talks between Yemen's government and southern separatists, urging a ceasefire following deadly clashes. AFP

UAE prince visits Saudi, urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia's King Salman near Mecca, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan says dialogue is 'the only way to resolve differences between Yemenis'

A handout picture provided by the Ministry of Presidential affairs-Abu Dhabi on August 12, 2019, shows Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz near the holy city of Mecca during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on today and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen, after deadly clashes there between government loyalists and UAE-backed forces. Mohammed Al-HAMMADI / Ministry of Presidential Affairs - Abu Dhabi / AFP

Saudi-led coalition launches strike after Aden 'coup'

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Meanwhile, both the Yemeni government and separatists say they back Riyadh's call for dialogue and a suspension of fighting

SEPARATISTS. Yemeni supporters of the southern separatist movement pose for a picture with a tank they confiscated from a nearby military base in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on August 10, 2019. Photo by Nabil Hasan/AFP

UAE says reducing troops in war-torn Yemen

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing,' says a senior UAE official

KHOKHA. A displaced Yemeni girl sits next to an armored military vehicle at a camp in the Khokha district of the western province of Hodeida, on January 21, 2019. File photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

UAE calls for talks to defuse US-Iran tensions

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The crisis in the Gulf region, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said, 'requires collective attention, primarily to de-escalate and to find political solutions through dialogue and negotiations'

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UAE paid businessman to spy on Trump admin – report

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Intercept reports Rashid al-Malik received tens of thousands of dollars a month for gleaning information on Trump administration policy toward the Middle East in 2017. The report cites a former US official and documents.

Saudi, UAE slam Doha for 'backtracking' on Mecca talks

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Doha, which attended the 3 meetings in the holy city, says the concluding statements of the summits 'were ready in advance and we were not consulted on them'

MECCA SUMMIT. This handout photo taken and released by the Jordanian Royal Palace shows a family picture with OIC leaders during a summit meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO/JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE/YOUSEF ALLAN

Iran 'almost certainly' behind ship attacks off UAE – Bolton

May 29, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The new war of words comes on the eve of emergency Arab and Gulf summits called by Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia to discuss the standoff and ways to isolate Tehran

Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

May 20, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Oil exporting countries are discussing how to stabilize a volatile oil market amid rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf, which threaten to disrupt global supply

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Energy and Oil Minister and Chairman of OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), speaks to journalists during the 10th JMMC meeting in Algiers on September 23, 2018.  Ryad KRAMDI / AFP

Two Saudi tankers damaged in 'sabotage attack' off UAE

May 13, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The incident comes amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States which has strengthened its military presence in the region

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UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

Filipino voters in UAE start casting their ballots

Apr 14, 2019 - 5:54 PM

'As overseas Filipinos, your vote is significant and important because this would have an impact on you and your families back home,' says Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana

OVERSEAS VOTING. Registered Filipino voters in Dubai start casting their ballots for the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of Philippine Consulate General in Dubai

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'This inclusion was made despite the UAE's close cooperation with the EU on this issue and ongoing efforts to fulfil all the EU's requirements,' an official statement says

UAE. A general view of cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Feb 05, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Francis, who has made outreach to Muslim communities a cornerstone of his papacy, wraps up his historic three-day visit with the mass

POPE FRANCIS IN UAE. Pope Francis delivers a speech during the Founders Memorial event in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The pope's highly publicized 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates will also include an open-air Mass on Tuesday, February 5, for 135,000 of the Muslim country's million Catholic residents

HISTORIC VISIT. Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince along with the Dubai ruler upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Pope Francis lands in UAE for historic visit

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:19 AM

The Pope is greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and is warmly embraced by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's prestigious seat of learning

Pope Francis smiles upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE capital on February 3, 2019. Pope Francis arrived in the UAE on February 3 for a 48-hour trip, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam, where he will meet leading Muslim clerics and hold an open-air mass for some 135,000 Catholics. Andrew Medichini / POOL / AFP

Mighty Sports holds off UAE national team, clinches Dubai quarters

Feb 03, 2019 - 1:43 AM

Justin Brownlee tallies a double-double as Mighty Sports-Philippines rolls to a second straight victory

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Pope Francis, who has made strengthening ties between the two largest religions a cornerstone of his papacy, will head to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, February 3

POPE FRANCIS. The faithful greet and take photos of Pope Francis (R) as he arrives for the weekly general audience at Paul-VI hall on January 30, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pinoy talent wins 'The One' singing competition in UAE

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Jovan Aquino is named the winner during the finals night held in Dubai

FEELING GOOD. Jovan Aquino wins 'The One' singing competition in Dubai. Photo from Instagram.com/jovanaquino

UAE pardons Briton sentenced to life for spying

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Matthew Hedges is among more than 700 prisoners pardoned by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for next month's National Day

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Saudi prince lands in UAE on first foreign tour since Khashoggi murder

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Prince Mohammed will visit a 'number of brotherly' Arab states at the request of his father, King Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

More than half of Filipino amnesty grantees prefer to stay in UAE

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Of the 6,810 OFWs who availed of the UAE's amnesty program, 4,343 or 64% have opted to stay, according to records of the Philippine Consulate General’s office

STAY. Many overstaying OFWs in the UAE preferred to not leave the country after being granted amnesty. Photo from The Filipino Times

OFW saved from UAE death row coming home to PH

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Jennifer Dalquez, who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for murder but later acquitted, is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, November 2

Iran warns UAE over 'offensive remarks' on Ahvaz attack

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The ministry did not disclose the advisor's name or the controversial comments

FIBA Asia U18: Batang Gilas rolls past UAE for 2nd win

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team shares the Group B lead with powerhouse China

YOUNG STALWARTS. AJ Edu and Kai Sotto power Batang Gilas to a second straight victory. Photo from FIBA

200 OFW 'baby cases' in Dubai in Q1 2018 – PH consulate

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:14 PM

'They know the culture. They know the rules. They know it’s illegal, yet they still do it,' says Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi

UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeida crisis talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:07 AM

Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops

CRISIS TALKS. Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

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

New Azkals coach on board next month as Asian Cup buildup gets going

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Team manager Dan Palami says the new Azkals coach succeeding Thomas Dooley will be introduced on June 14

SAME GOAL. The Azkals hope to sustain an impressive 2018 run under a new coach. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

SCHEDULE: PH Azkals in the AFC Asian Cup 2019

May 08, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The Azkals are set to go up against South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in January 2019

EXCITED. Despite the Azkals' uphill tasks, they are excited to make their runs in the two big tournaments ahead. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Tough draw for PH Azkals in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

May 05, 2018 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine men's football team lands in Group C with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in its maiden stint in the continental tournament

TOUGHER TASKS. The Philippine Azkals are set to compete among Asia's elite teams. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Younghusbands encourage positivity for Azkals' Asian Cup run, PH football growth

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The Younghusbands are confident of the Azkals’ chances in this year’s Suzuki Cup in preparation for the Asian Cup

OPTIMISTIC. After years in the Philippines, Phil and James Younghusband want to achieve more with the Azkals and for Philippine football. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Rappler Talk Sports: Younghusband brothers on Azkals' Asian Cup berth

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Brothers Phil and James Younghusband drop by the Rappler office to share their thoughts on this culminating experience as veterans of the Philippine Azkals

Azkals move forward with possible new recruits, 'bayanihan' initiatives – Palami

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Azkals will need the full support of their 12th man on their road to the Asian Cup UAE 2019

FULL THROTTLE. Azkals team manager Dan Palami proposes plans for the year in preparation for the Asian Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 26 - April 1, 2018

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:26 PM

From rolling away "stones of sin" to threats against media to an exclusive video on violent rituals in the police academy

No decision yet on Dooley's contract according to Azkals manager Palami

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Dooley's contract expired after the Tajikistan match

QUESTIONS. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley (L) in the post-match press conference with 'Man of the match' Kevin Ingreso (R). Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Phil Younghusband hopes Azkals' barging to Asian Cup will be 'catalyst' for PH football

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Hopefully, the events of that magical night – qualifying to the AFC Asian Cup, his 50th goal, the win over Tajikistan, the huge crowd – would lift Philippine football to new heights

3 BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. Aside from the victory and the Asian Cup, Phil Younghusband's game-winning goal is his 50th international goal for the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Philippines 2, Tajikistan 1: Postgame thoughts on a perfect night for Pinoy football

Mar 28, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Two inspirational defenders and a large and passionate crowd helped book the Azkals' ticket to the AFC Asian Cup

PERFECT NIGHT. The Philippines celebrates the Azkals' qualification to the AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Philippine Azkals clinch historic Asian Cup berth

Mar 27, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Phil Younghusband's 50th international goal for the Philippines catapults the Azkals to the 2019 UAE Asian Cup

HISTORY. The Philippine Azkals finally make it to Asian Cup for the first time. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Locked and loaded: Azkals in top shape for last 2019 Asian Cup qualifier vs Tajikistan

Mar 26, 2018 - 4:15 PM

'I think we have every right to feel confident going to this game,' says Phil Younghusband

GEARED UP. The Azkals are in their best form to take on Tajikistan for the Asian Cup berth. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Getting work permit just got harder for visit visa-holding job seekers in UAE

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:07 PM

A new law in the United Arab Emirates that took effect last February 4 requires Filipinos on visit visas to get a Certificate of Good Conduct from their home country

WORK PERMIT. Filipinos job-hunting in the UAE for the first time on visit visas will have to wait longer to get work permits. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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.

UAE 'deporting' Egypt presidential hopeful Shafiq to Cairo – aides

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:36 AM

The move comes days after Shafiq, in exile in the UAE since 2012, announced his candidacy in next year's election and then said he was being prevented from leaving the country, angering his Emirati hosts

AHMED SHAFIQ. An image grab obtained from a handout video provided by the aide of former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafiq on November 29, 2017, shows him speaking to the camera from the United Arab Emirates. Photo by Ahmed Shafiq's Aide/AFP

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

10 years in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:51 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron is attending the opening, along with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and leaders including Morocco's King Mohammed VI

LOUVRE ABU DHABI. Jean-Francois Charnier Scientific Director of the Agence France-Museums speaks during a press conference at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 7, 2017, on the eve of the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace

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

Mike Ott's equalizer allows Azkals to stay on top of Group F

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:01 AM

The Azkals leave a minimum of two points clear of both Yemen and Tajikistan in the standings

EQUALIZER. Mike Ott's last minute heroics save the Azkals from losing the top spot of the standings. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH officials laud new UAE law protecting household workers

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new law is signed in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns over human trafficking and illegal recruitment

REPATRIATION. OFWs to be repatriated back to the Philippines board the bus going to the airport. The embassy has repatriated around 1,600 OFWs since January 2017. Photo from the Philippine Embassy