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Gauff, 15, stuns Venus in Australian Open first round

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Tennis prodigy Coco Gauff dumps Venus Williams out in the first round of a Grand Slam for the second time

TENNIS WHIZ. Coco Gauff continues to impress at 15 years old. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Talk show host Wendy Williams sorry for mocking Joaquin Phoenix 'cleft lip'

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM

On live television, the 'Wendy Williams Show' host pulls up her lip with her finger while joking about how she found Phoenix's 'cleft lip scar' attractive

Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Facing a set of young challengers, Serena Williams goes for another shot at tying Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Ominous Serena ends 3-year title drought with Auckland win

Jan 12, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Serena Williams captures her first crown since 2017 – and her first as a mother – since winning the Australian Open while pregnant

DOMINANT. Serena Williams arranges a title showdown against upset-conscious Jessica Pegula. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Queen Elizabeth II wants a 'workable solution' that would take into account Prince Harry and wife Meghan's demands for more freedom

ROYAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018, Members of the Royal Family (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force RAF. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Serena Williams donates signed dress to Australian bushfire appeal

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Serena Williams joins a slate of sports stars from around the world who have stumped up memorabilia and cash to help pay for firefighting efforts

UP FOR AUCTION. Serena Williams donates her signed dress to help the Australian Bushfire relief operations. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena, Wozniacki march into Auckland semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:24 PM

'The body's feeling great,' says Serena Williams as the former world No. 1 chases her first title in 3 years

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Laura Siegemund of Germany during their women's singles quarter-final match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 10, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

New Customs chief? 'No specific instructions yet,' says Nograles

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:43 PM

'No orders have been issued as of the moment,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, in response to reports that Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero has been replaced by Special Envoy to China William Lima, a Davao-based businessman

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS. The entrance to the Bureau of Customs compound in Manila. Photo by Rappler

Serena powers past Giorgi for 1st win of 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Serena Williams relishes her 1st victory of 2020 over qualifier Camila Giorgi in the Auckland WTA Classic

STATEMENT. Serena Williams kicks off the 2020 season with a victory. File photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Teenage star Gauff makes flying start to new year

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Coco Gauff, 15, breezes past Viktoria Kuzmova in the WTA Auckland Classic and could face Serena Williams down the road

PRODIGY. Coco Gauff continues to impress at a young age. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP


No longer angry Serena glad to be back in New Zealand

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Serena Williams will play in the Auckland WTA Classic for the first time since 2017, a time she was unaware she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia

WARM-UP. Serena Williams is banking on Auckland to set her up for an unprecedented 24th major title at the Australian Open later in the month. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Serena, Kuznetsova to resume rivalry in Auckland

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova rekindle their 16-year rivalry in the Auckland WTA Classic

Serena Williams  Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International

Jan 01, 2020 - 5:28 PM

An 'unexpected setback' in training forces Venus Williams out of the season-opening Brisbane International

Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Britain's Prince William unveils prize for climate innovation

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:07 PM

The Earthshot Prize will be awarded to 5 people every year over the next decade, and aims to provide at least 50 answers to some of the greatest problems facing the planet by 2030

MIDDLE EAST TRIP. File photo of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Photo by Oli Scarff/pool/AFP

Agriculture Secretary Dar urges Aklan to intensify biosecurity vs ASF

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says authorities must raise biosecurity measures in Kalibo and Caticlan airports to contain and prevent the entry of African swine fever in the province

WILLIAM DAR. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dollente Dar holds a press briefing at the DA Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CA confirms William Dar as agriculture secretary

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'It could not have come at the most opportune time. The department in this junction of time needs a leader like him,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture

SECRETARY. William Dar gets the nod of Commission on Appointments as agriculture secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robbie Williams equals Elvis Presley's UK album chart record

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:45 AM

British singer Robbie Williams and music icon Elvis Presley share the same record for the most UK number one albums by a solo artist

Rappler Talk: Bill Browder on 'Red Notice' and his fight for justice

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Browder published 'Red Notice' in February 2015 – an account of his experience in Russia and his ongoing fight for justice for his former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

China says defector to Australia is 'unemployed' fugitive

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The defector, Wang 'William' Liqiang, says he was involved in infiltration operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

Stricter requirements, but no rice import ban – agriculture chief

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar says the Philippine government will make it more difficult for rice imports to enter the country to help local farmers, but will not totally ban importation

U.S. officials tell impeachment probe of concerns over Trump-Ukraine call

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:14 AM

'It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent,' says Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, one of the witnesses

DAY 3. National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, into President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:56 AM

The President says he opted to stop the importation of rice as he could not stop rice tariffication, which was needed to 'erase corruption'

NEW ORDER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders Agriculture Secretary William Dar to stop the importation of rice. Malacañang photo

Malacañang says no order to suspend rice importation

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo deny that President Rodrigo Duterte gave an order to stop the importation of rice

FARMERS IN NEED. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

White House's Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison says, however, the summary of the July 25 call had been placed on a highly classified system due to a 'mistake' by White House staff

TESTIMONY. Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, arrives to review his testimony in the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

5 key moments in Trump impeachment hearing, Day 1

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Witnesses in Day 1 of the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump are Washington's top envoy to Kiev William Taylor, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent

Top US diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies during the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 13, 2019, at the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Donald Trump faces the most perilous challenge of his three-year presidency as public hearings convened as part of the impeachment probe against him open under the glare of television cameras on Wednesday. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Pressure builds as Trump impeachment probe hears new claims

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:37 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump dismisses the probe in the Democratic-led House of Representatives as a 'witch hunt' and says he is 'too busy' to watch the first public hearings

WITNESSES. Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor(R) and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent (L) testify during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

Backlash as U.S. justice department opens criminal probe into Russia investigation

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) The inquiry could further muddy the political waters in Washington, raising questions about the now-ended Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

TRUMP AND BARR. Composite photo of US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Prince Harry admits he and Prince William are 'on different paths'

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Speaking during a recent tour of southern Africa, Prince Harry says, 'We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me'

Trio win 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,' the jury says

NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE. Nobel Assembly member, Randall Johnson (R), speaks to announce the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Gregg Semenza of the US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain and William Kaelin of the US, seen on a screen during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Kawhi Leonard's sister charged with murder

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Kimesha Monae Williams, the older sister of NBA star Kawhi Leonard, has been arrested for robbing and killing an 84-year-old woman at a casino

Kawhi Leonard. Photo from NBA

Canadian teen Andreescu topples Serena in U.S. Open final

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Bianca Andreescu denies Serena Williams a record-equaling 24th title to become Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion

YOUNG CHAMP. Nineteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu celebrates as the youngest Grand Slam winner in 13 years. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Motherhood helps Serena reach brink of history as 38 looms

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Aside from matching the all-time record of 24 crowns, Serena Williams could become only the fourth mother in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Record-chasing Serena powers into 10th U.S. Open final

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Serena Williams moves within a win of matching the all-time Grand Slam singles title record of 24

RUNAWAY WINNER. Serena Williams quickly disposes of Elina Svitolina to tie Chris Evert for most wins in tournament history. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Serena 'fine' after ankle scare at U.S. Open

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Still on track of her record bid, Serena Williams brushes off injury heading into the quarterfinals

NO WORRIES. Serena Williams says she’s 'good' even after injuring her ankle. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Federer, Serena breeze into U.S. Open last 16 but Nishikori out

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:56 AM

Roger Federer plays 'no-error tennis' as Serena Williams continues her quest for a 24th career Grand Slam title

Serena survives U.S. Open challenge from teen McNally

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'I'm not too pleased with the way I played at all,' says Serena Williams after getting a scare from 17-year-old wildcard Caty McNally

NO FEAR. Serena Williams withstands a brave challenge in the second round. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Serena on banned umpire Ramos: 'I don't know who that is'

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Serena Williams prefers to move on from last year's controversial officiating in the final against top seed Naomi Osaka

THROWBACK. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos in the 2018 US Open final against eventual winner Naomi Osaka. File photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena Williams rips Sharapova in U.S. Open 1st round

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Serena Williams cruises through the opening round against five-time major Sharapova

HOT START. Serena Williams is optimistic in her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title in the 2019 US Open. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Serena-Sharapova showdown seizes spotlight at US Open

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova 18 consecutive times dating to 2005, but that has not prevented their rivalry from being the talk of the tourney

LONG-TIME RIVALS. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet again. Photos by Christophe Archambault/AFP and Thomas Samson/AFP


Williams ban for US Open umpire after Serena-Osaka furor

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Umpire Carlos Ramos won't officiate matches involving Serena or Venus Williams in the wake of last year's final controversy

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during last year's controversial US Open final match. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena, Sharapova to clash in early U.S. Open blockbuster

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Serena Williams kicks off her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam versus long-time rival Maria Sharapova

RIVALS. Serena Williams (right) looks to extend her winning record over Maria Sharapova. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Serena to return to Auckland for Aussie Open warm-up

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:32 PM

'Oh man, I want to win that title so bad,' says Serena Williams who is gunning for her 24th Grand Slam

SERIOUS. Serena Williams is already preparing 5 months before the 2020 Australian Open. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Ramirez wants more buzz as 2019 SEA Games nears

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:45 PM

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez says there's a lack of promotion on the country's hosting of the SEA Games less than 4 months before the regional meet unfolds

PROMOTION. PSC chairman William Ramirez wants to spread awareness on the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Djokovic advances as Serena pulls out in Cincinnati

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:04 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic competes for the first time since his Wimbledon title romp as Serena Williams withdraws

QUICK WIN. Novak Djokovic hopes to perform better in the next round after a ‘nervy’ start. Photo from ATP Tour

Serena's US Open plans upended as injury hands Andreescu Toronto crown

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Back spasms prevent Serena Williams from clinching her first WTA title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017

REGRETS. Serena Williams says she should have undergone treatment before the match. Photo from Twitter/@WTA


Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,' Serena Williams on facing Naomi Osaka for the first time since their controversial US Open title match

TAKE TWO. Naomi Osaka (left) says she's excited to face her idol Serena Williams again despite their ugly first meeting. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena again tops Forbes list of highest-paid sports women

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

American superstar Serena Williams leads the women's sports rich list dominated by tennis players

TOP GUN. Serena Williams heads the pack for the fourth straight year. Photo from Wimbledon