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U.N. calls for '2 state' solution to be respected in Middle East

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'

UNREST. Palestinians shout slogans against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. Photo by Mohammed Abad/AFP

New clashes in Libya despite U.N. ceasefire call

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Despite the truce, there has been sporadic fighting almost every day near Tripoli, and arms continue to flow into the country

CLASHES. A man checks a shell-pocked wall in a street that was reportedly hit during shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Batata neighbourhood on February 13, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

China virus threatens to hobble Gulf economies

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The 6 Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates – count China as their main trading partner and crude buyer

Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. - The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Without reforms, Gulf oil wealth could vanish by 2034 – IMF

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says Gulf states have no choice but to accelerate and widen economic reforms

OIL PRODUCTION. A picture taken on May 10, 2016, shows Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ian Timberlake/AFP

Judy Ann Santos, Maja Salvador, Bea Alonzo among awardees in Film Ambassadors Night 2020

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The Film Development Council of the Philippines will recognize 64 industry members on February 9

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Crackdown on environmental defenders 'may lead to P1-T ecological damage yearly'

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment submits to the United Nations its own report on the human rights situation under the Duterte administration

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. The Philippines is the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist, according to the latest report of international nongovernmental organization Global Witness. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Jalad says better to make NDRRMC chief a 'Cabinet-level' position

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Stakeholders have pointed out that since the NDRRMC is merely a council, it doesn't have the budget nor the power to make decisions on situations that require a Cabinet rank

CABINET-LEVEL. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, says it's better to make NDRRMC chief a secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva

Tripoli airport hit by rocket fire as U.N. slams Libya arms violations

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Libyan capital's sole functioning airport comes under renewed fire as fighting breaks out hours after the UN mission in the country condemned ongoing violations of an arms embargo

PROTEST. Libyans take part in a demonstration against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, and in support of the UN-recognized government of national accord (GNA), in the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on January 24, 2020. Photo by AFP

Tagaytay Sky Ranch still vulnerable to 'heavy ashfall' – NDRRMC

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Tagaytay Sky Ranch is safe from a possible base surge, but still vulnerable to heavy ashfall. The business still decides to open.

VULNERABLE. Taal Volcano eruption as seen from Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City. Photo by Zark Del Mundo

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Security officials are called in multiple times to force out pro-democracy lawmakers who shouted slogans and held placards, including one that portrayed the city's chief executive Carrie Lam as a vampire with bat wings

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki holds a sign as he is removed from the legislature during a question and answer session with Hong Kong’s Cheif Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) in Hong Kong on January 16, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Tinder, Grindr accused of illegally sharing user data

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) The report, titled 'Out of Control,' examines the collection and use of personal data by 10 popular apps and concludes that the advertising industry is 'systematically breaking the law'

Filipino youth named 'Engagement Leader of the Year' by ACEEU

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Salonga is the only Filipino finalist out of over 300 nominations across 12 categories from 20 participating countries

Liberians rally in anti-government protest

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:34 PM

President George Weah is under growing pressure to revive Liberia's dire economy, which is flailing after back-to-back civil wars and the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis

'LEAD OR LEAVE.' A man holds up a placard as members of the Council of Patriots protest against the deepening economic crisis under Liberian President George Weah, in Monrovia on January 6, 2020. File photo by Zoom Dosso/AFP

5 wounded in stabbing at New York rabbi's house

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 2 of the victims are in critical condition, says the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council

Typhoon Ursula death toll rises to 28

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

(4th UPDATE) Two people are injured in Iloilo, while 12 people across 3 regions in the Visayas remain missing

AFTERMATH. Barangay Liloa in Ormoc City, Leyte suffers from ankle-deep flooding due to Typhoon Ursula's strong rainfall. Photo courtesy of @juanmarkomoko on Twitter

Charlo stops Harrison to reclaim super welterweight title

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:19 PM

'I got that belt back,' says Charlo after winning the bout in 11 rounds

REDEMPTION. Jermell Charlo takes back the world title with no judges needed. Photo from Instagram (@twincharlo)

Cebu City passes ‘Bawal Bastos’ ordinance

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance covers acts like unwanted invitations, sexual comments or gestures, stalking, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and even intrusive gazing or leering

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Philippine gov't finds stopping pangolin trade challenging

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Part 2: An environmental lawyer says not only is wildlife enforcement in the Philippines 'very limited to only a few people,' it is also not well-funded

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. This file photo shows a Palawan pangolin rolled up into a ball. File photo courtesy of Emerson Y. Sy/PCTAR

'Justice prevailed': Youth groups hail Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Today we are a step ahead in our fight against impunity,' says College Editors Guild of the Philippines national president Daryl Angelo Baybado

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Qatar emir skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:48 PM

In a sign of the changing mood, the Doha delegation receives a warm welcome in Riyadh, with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the Qatari prime minister exchanging smiles and pleasantries

THAW? Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, is seen waiting for a family picture during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Call for submissions: 11th International Conference on Philippine Studies

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for submission is on January 31, 2020

U.S., North Korea on collision course as New Year deadline looms

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The United States calls a UN Security Council meeting on North Korea's series of rocket launches, the latest return to antagonism as diplomacy languishes

DEADLINE. File photo of people watching a television news showing a file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un which washeld at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on July 25, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

At least 13 dead due to Tisoy in Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Tisoy (Kammuri) also causes P811.5 million worth of damage to agriculture in Bicol and Oriental Mindoro

The municipality of Naujan, Mindoro Oriental conducted clearing operations due to severe weather conditions from Typhoon Tisoy. National roads of Naujan are now passable for motorists. #TisoyPH. Photos from Mdrrmo Naujan

Annoyed by NDRRMC alerts about Typhoon Tisoy? Twitter users sound off

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:58 PM

You're not alone. But these alerts are helpful!

Private and public sector leaders gather for disaster risk reduction and management forum

Nov 26, 2019 - 8:14 PM

This is the 8th Top Leaders Forum organized by the National Resilience Council and ARISE Philippines

HANS SY. All Photos by Lisa David/Rappler

In nearly 3-year drug trial, DOJ yet to submit AMLC report vs De Lima

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'Either the AMLC report is being manufactured...or the DOJ is simply engaged in a drawn-out fishing expedition,' says the camp of detained Senator Leila de Lima

DRUG TRIAL. Opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her almost three-year running drug trial at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 on November 8, 2019. Photo by Office of Senator Leila De Lima

Iran leader backs petrol price hike that sparked deadly unrest

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:08 PM

40 'disruptors' are arrested in the central city of Yazd after clashing with police

OIL PRICE HIKE. Iranian protesters rally amid burning tires during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan on November 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

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

NDRRMC's Jalad says one department for disasters can be 'overwhelming'

Nov 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The department cannot be the implementing agency of all interventions for rehabilitation,' NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad tells senators

LUKEWARM. NDRRM Executive Director Ricardo Jalad attends the first Senate hearing on the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Yemen gov't, southern separatists sign power-sharing deal

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:05 AM

The deal will reportedly see the secessionist Southern Transitional Council handed a number of ministries, and the government return to the southern city of Aden

DEAL. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 5, 2019, shows (behind, L to R) Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi applauding as (front, L to R) Yemeni Southern Transitional Council (STC) member and former Aden governor Nasser al-Khabji shakes hands and kisses Yemen's deputy prime minister Salem al-Khanbashi during a peace-signing ceremony between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the southern separatists in the capital Riyadh. AFP PHOTO/SAUDI ROYAL PALACE/BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Don't donate infant formula milk to disaster victims – nutrition council

Nov 04, 2019 - 3:38 PM

This is to avoid diarrhea among evacuees. In cases when it's absolutely necessary to feed babies with formula milk, these must be prepared by health and nutrition workers.

BREAST MILK ONLY. The Department of Health and National Nutrition Council discourage donations of infant formula milk to disaster and crisis victims. Photo by AFP

FALSE: Magnitude 8.0 earthquake next to hit Mindanao – NDRRMC

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:46 AM

The council did not release the warning and says they do not have technology to predict earthquakes

Yemen government strikes power-sharing deal with southern rebels

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The deal would see the secessionist Southern Transitional Council handed a number of ministries, and the government return to the southern city of Aden

DEAL. A fighter of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, dominated by members of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, walks with a separatist flag past an oil tanker set ablaze during clashes between the separatists and the Saudi-backed government forces at the Fayush-Alam crossroads on the eastern entrance Aden from the Abyan province in southern Yemen on August 30, 2019. File photo by Nabil Hasan/AFP

Manila bans roadside laundry, 'visual clutter' in new ordinance

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Manila's Tapat Ko-Linis Ko Ordinance also prohibits hanging laundry outside windows and using sidewalks for plants, trees, and planters

DAILY CHORE. A woman hangs laundry from a window outside her shanty in Manila. A new city ordinance bans hanging clothes to dry on windows and other areas that cause ‘visual clutter.’ File photo by Luis Liwanag/AFP

Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) To applause in the chamber, Venezuela gets the nod in a vote by the UN General Assembly to choose 14 new members for the 47-member body based in Geneva

UNHRC. File photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Peralta, Bernabe get top votes in chief justice short list

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Justice Jose Reyes Jr, getting only one vote, is dropped from the list

#CJSEARCH2019. Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Diosdado Peralta get top votes for the chief justice shortlist. Photos from the Supreme Court

Andy Reyes makes last pitch for chief justice: 'I served with honesty'

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:28 PM

If he's not appointed in this round, the justice will say goodbye to his chances of being top magistrate

LAST CHANCE. Supreme Court Justice Andres Reyes Jr applies to be chief justice for the last time. Photo from JBC

Bernabe: Chief justice should be loyal to Constitution, people

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'The chief justice is not a position of superiority but an opportunity to lead the judiciary,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe tells the Judicial and Bar Council during her interview for the top magistrate position

CHIEF JUSTICE SEARCH. Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for the position of chief justice. Photo from JBC

Premarital sex 'immoral,' says Justice Reyes

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, for her part, says banning premarital sex would violate the Constitution

#CJSEARCH2019. Junior Supreme Court Justice Jose Reyes Jr applies for chief justice. Photo from JBC

Amid 'alarming' acquittals of drug suspects, Peralta clarifies SC ruling

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The chief justice applicant says judges should not acquit suspects, but dismiss cases only without prejudice to refiling

DRUG CASES. Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta defends his ponencia on weak drug cases during his JBC interview for the position of chief justice. Photo by SC PIO

Justice Peralta tears up: 'I deserve to be chief justice'

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'I’m not a topnotcher, I'm not an honor student, but I think I was able to compensate with the work that I had done,' Justice Diosdado Peralta tells the Judicial and Bar Council

EMOTIONAL. Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta turns emotional during the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interview for the position of chief justice. Photo from JBC

WATCH: JBC interviews of Supreme Court chief justice applicants

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Watch the public interview of the applicants for the Philippines' next chief justice

Trade union welcomes creation of anti-child labor council

Sep 28, 2019 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs EO 92, which establishes the National Council Against Child Labor

FIGHTING CHILD LABOR. Duterte's EO 92 establishes the National Council Against Child Labor. Photo from Shutterstock

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Imee Marcos questions need for children's welfare body

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Imee Marcos asks: 'Relevant pa ba 'yan?'

ACCOMPLISHMENT? Senator Imee Marcos presses the Council for the Welfare of the Children to tell the committee about its 'most important accomplishment.' Photo by Angie de Silva

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler