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Trail Blazers guard Lillard wins NBA Citizenship Award

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Blazers star Damian Lillard gets honored for supporting high school students and boosting an anti-bullying message in Portland

 BEYOND BASKETBALL. Damian Lillard pushes for a positive school culture in Portland. Photo from NBA

U.S. immigration agency to close Manila field office

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) The US embassy in Manila 'will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided' by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

FIELD OFFICE. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is set to close its field office in Manila. Image from Shutterstock

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

King restores citizenship of 551 Bahrainis

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Bahrain's King Hamad instructs authorities to take into account 'the nature of crimes committed' by 551 Bahrainis whose citizenship had earlier been revoked

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa takes part in a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Quito withdraws Assange's Ecuador citizenship

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Minister Jose Valencia says the Ecuadoran government withdrew the citizenship it had granted Assange in 2017 'due to various irregularities found in his paperwork'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Australia proposes stripping native-born extremists of citizenship

Nov 22, 2018 - 8:13 PM

'People who commit acts of terrorism have rejected absolutely everything that this country stands for,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) India Business Summit in Sydney on November 22, 2018.  Saeed KHAN / POOL / AFP

Trump says he plans to scrap birthright citizenship

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:03 PM

President Donald Trump say he will scrap a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported September 15, 2018. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

The move is made official after Canada's Senate votes to revoke the symbolic honor

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Aung San Suu Kyi's international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal to call out the atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslims minority

CRITICIZED. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Manila on November 13, 2017. File photo by Athith Perawongmetha/AFP

Stateless footballers rescued from Thai cave granted citizenship

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'Today all of you get Thai citizenship,' Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham says in a ceremony, as they are handed national ID cards

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

4 million in Indian state risk losing citizenship

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A new draft register of citizens includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh's war of independence into the state, and their descendants

INDIA CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. File photo by Biju Boro/AFP

France's 'Spiderman' joins fire brigade as citizenship awaits

May 29, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Video footage of Mamoudou Gassama scaling 4 storeys of the building with his bare hands sends the young man to global fame, and earns him the promise of citizenship from French President Emmanuel Macron

REWARD. Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama (center) flanked by his older brother (right) holds his temporary residence permit after receiving it at the Prefecture of Bobigny, northeast of Paris on May 29, 2018. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Bahrain deports 8 after revoking their citizenship – HRW

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Under Bahrain's citizenship law individuals who engage in acts deemed "disloyal" to the state can be stripped of their nationality

DEPORTED. Human Rights Watch reported 8 civilians were deported to Iraq after Bahrain revoked their citizenship. Photo by Rappler

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the 46-year-old Australian, who has been holed up at the embassy for 5 years to avoid arrest, became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12. File photo

Fancy living in Europe? Try citizenship by investment

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:49 PM

You can acquire a Cyprus passport, and have access to the wider EU, in as little as 6 to 12 months with a 2-million euro investment

Australian politicians told to prove citizenship

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces a set of measures making it compulsory for MPs formally to declare they are not dual citizens and provide evidence to support it

DUAL CITIZEN. Barnaby Joyce, pictured here during a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016 when he was still Deputy Prime Minister, is the highest-profile casualty of the citizenship issue. William West/AFP

DFA denies 'allegiance fee' to regain PH citizenship

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

It's not an 'allegiance fee' but a 'one-time fee for the processing of the application' for dual citizenship, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

NO 'ALLEGIANCE FEE.' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar denies that the DFA collects an 'allegiance fee' from dual citizenship applicants. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Drilon asks DFA to stop collecting allegiance fees

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the collection of allegiance fees will not convince Filipinos who have lost their citizenship to reacquire it

PH CITIZENSHIP. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the foreign affairs department to stop the collection of allegiance fee. File photo from Malacañang

[OPINION] Peke at totoo

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling

Nervous wait for Australia government over citizenship crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:40 PM

There is an obscure constitutional rule in Australia which bars dual citizens from parliament The High Court will hear 5 cases related to this in October

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016.  Three days after polls closed the result is still too close to call, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal/National coalition and the opposition Labor party each short of the 76 seats needed to govern, raising the prospect of a hung parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Australia Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Australia s top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government

In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

Poe bill seeks to allow dual citizen appointees in UP, SUCs

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:37 PM

If amended the law would enable Filipino professors and experts of foreign citizenship to return home and impart their hard earned wisdom says Senator Grace Poe

Italy delays citizenship rights bill under migrant pressure

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni gives his personal commitment to ensure the bill is approved in the autumn

The decline of critical thinking

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Without us realizing it this atmosphere that limits critical thinking takes away from us our greatest facility as a people: our intellect

Ariana Grande to receive honorary citizenship from Manchester

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The city council proposes giving the singer an honorary citizenship for organizing the One Love Manchester for the victims of the attack on her own concert earlier

Citizenship, identity and global Filipinos

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In a world where Filipinos are everywhere where our diaspora has no boundaries it is time to take a liberal approach to Filipino citizenship

Enes Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport

May 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

OKC s Enes Kanter says his next move is to become an American citizen amid death threats he says he received for comparing Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler

DEATH THREATS. Enes Kanter says he has been receiving death threats because of expressing his political views towards Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

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May 12, 2017 - 10:07 PM

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Is Cayetano American? No, he says

May 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Cayetano was born in 1970 to a Filipino father former senator Rene Cayetano and American mother Sandra Schramm He renounced his US citizenship in 1998 he says

File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:50 AM

She is the youngest to receive honorary Canadian citizenship – a privilege previously granted to 5 others including Nelson Mandela the Dalai Lama and Myanmar s Aung San Suu Kyi

HONORARY CITIZENSHIP. Malala Yousafzai is the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. File Photo by AFP

Duterte, Grace Poe 'happy, comfortable' in 1st meeting after polls

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

I think I ve proven to be a principled ally of whoever has the right intentions for the country says the senator

Ex-DFA chief Yasay writes farewell: 'I did not lie'

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

When politicians accuse you of not telling the truth be of good cheer for they are lying lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr quotes a friend as saying

'I DID NOT LIE.' Former Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says in a farewell message on March 9, 2017, that he 'did not lie' before the Commission on Appointments when he faced the CA (in photo) on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Yasay rejection shows CA not Duterte 'rubber stamp'

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Perfecto Yasay Jr s closeness to President Rodrigo Duterte did not deter the commission from acting independently

NOT 'RUBBER STAMP.' Senator Panfilo Lacson says the rejection of Perfecto Yasay Jr as foreign secretary shows that the Commission on Appointments is not the 'rubber stamp' of the executive. Screen grab from Rappler video

FACT CHECK: Did Rappler say Yasay got U.S. passport in 2006?

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Rappler never reported that Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr was issued a passport in 2006 as Yasay claimed

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Commission on Appointments foreign affairs committee, chats with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr before Yasay's confirmation hearing on March 8, 2017. Photo by Romeo Bugante/PRIB

CA rejects Yasay appointment as foreign secretary

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:03 PM

3rd UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte can no longer reappoint Perfecto Yasay Jr as foreign secretary after the CA rejected him over citizenship issues

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr answers questions at his confirmation hearing at the Senate on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

U.S. citizen before? Yasay refuses to say yes or no

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:55 AM

I cannot understand why the Honorable Secretary cannot answer that simple question with a yes or no says Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato

DFA Sec. Perfecto Yasay gestures during the deliberation of his interim appointment at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City on Wednesday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Why Yasay can't nullify U.S. citizenship on his own

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Immigration lawyers sought by Rappler say one cannot unilaterally declare through an affidavit that one s US citizenship is nullified as Perfecto Yasay Jr did

Did Yasay run for Philippine VP as an American?

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perfecto Yasay Jr relied on implicit evidence that he was not a US citizen when he chaired SEC and ran for senator as well as vice president

CITIZENSHIP WOES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr is under public scrutiny for denying he was ever a US citizen. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

After flip-flop on U.S. passport, Yasay says he 'never lied' before CA

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr admits having a naturalization certificate but insists he was never a US citizen

Palace defends Yasay: He has been 'open, transparent'

Mar 07, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang stands by what it calls Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr s logical and credible assertion that he was never a US citizen

STANDING BY YASAY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr welcome ambassadors to Malacañang during the Vin D'Honneur on January 11, 2017. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

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Yasay lied under oath, now admits owning U.S. passport

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Is the Philippines foreign secretary an American citizen? Perfecto Yasay Jr backtracks on his earlier statements – one of these under oath – that he never owned a US passport

EARLIER DENIAL. This screen shot comes from a Rappler video on November 28, 2016, where Foreign Secretary Yasay Jr denied ever owning a US passport. Months later, he admits used to have one. Photo by Rappler

Refuting Yasay: No oath of allegiance for green card holders or NY Bar passers

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

To be clear taking an oath of allegiance to the United States is not a requirement to obtain LPR green card status But it is a requirement to become a naturalized citizen of the US

Criminal charges filed by Central Bank still haunt Yasay

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:51 PM

The Commission on Appointments CA is set to grill Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr over 4 criminal charges pending before the Department of Justice DOJ

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TIMELINE: When Foreign Secretary Yasay was a foreigner

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:32 PM

From becoming a foreigner after Ferdinand Marcos is toppled Perfecto Yasay Jr is appointed foreign secretary under President Rodrigo Duterte

ONCE AN AMERICAN. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr becomes an American in November 1986 and renounces his US citizenship in June 2016. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

On U.S. citizenship: Did Yasay commit perjury?

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:32 PM

I am so sad that he could lie under oath before the members of the Commission on Appointments Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato tells Rappler