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Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

Georgia parliament head quits after 240 injured in crackdown

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Opposition leaders have vowed to hold demonstrations until parliament is dissolved and snap elections are held

GEORGIA. People rally outside the parliament in Tbilisi on June 20, 2019. Photo by Vano Shlamov/AFP

Chinese human rights lawyer jailed for 'subversion'

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

A Chinese court sentences prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to 4 and a half years in prison for state subversion

Activists hold a placard (C) of detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang at a rally outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on December 26, 2018, as Wang's trial is set to begin in China. - Two rights activists were taken away on December 26 after protesting outside the tightly-guarded courthouse where the trial of Wang, a prominent human rights lawyer, is set to begin, witnesses saw. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

China confirms death of ex-gov't spokesman who denied Tiananmen deaths

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Yuan Mu defended the Chinese government after soldiers of the People's Liberation Army fired on unarmed pro-democracy protesters

MORE KILLED? An activist sits in front of a poster of the 'Tank Man' a popular figure related to the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. File photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

[OPINYON] Sa trolls na mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa FB crackdown

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

P'wede mo nang isiwalat na inuutusan kang sumumpa at murahin ang lahi ng binu-bully ninyong account, habang pinupuri mo ang karahasan at pagpatay, habang winawalang-bahala mo ang bumabagsak na ekonomiya

Nearly 400,000 undocumented OFWs warned of Malaysia crackdown

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:13 PM

'We request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,' says Ambassador Charles Jose

MALAYSIA CRACKDOWN. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose warns undocumented Filipinos about Malaysia's crackdown beginning August 31, 2018. File photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Malaysia

Twitter curbs access for 143,000 apps in new crackdown

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

They're also implementing a more thorough application process for third-party app developers


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Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities spread across the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses.

RELEASED. A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Loren Elliott / AFP

The big announcements from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Here’s a quick roundup of key announcements and some additional trailers shown off by Microsoft at its Xbox E3 conference on Monday, June 10 (June 11, Manila time)

XBOX @ E3 2018. Microsoft lets us jump in for an amazing ride. Screenshot from livestream.

Over 1,000 protesters held during anti-Putin rallies

May 05, 2018 - 5:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Craven old man Putin thinks he is a tsar,' Navalny says on Twitter ahead of the demonstrations. 'But he is not our tsar.'

At least 10,000 killed in 1989 Tiananmen crackdown – British cable

Dec 23, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The estimate is almost 10 times higher than the figure commonly accepted after the Chinese army's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing

An activist sits in front of a poster of the "Tank Man" photo at his stall in Hong Kong on June 4, 2016, ahead of the commemoration of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Australia is one of the world s top illegal downloaders of shows such as Game of Thrones


Thousands gather at Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:50 PM

But the commemoration of the brutal 1989 crackdown in China s Tiananmen Square is struggling for support among younger generations

Participants hold candles at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, 2017, during a candlelight vigil to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.  Thousands gathered at a candlelit vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 to mark 28 years since China's bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown but the annual event is struggling for support among younger generations. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Myanmar army chief compares Rohingya crackdown to N. Ireland

May 12, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The military campaign leaves hundreds of Rohingya dead and forced some 75 000 to flee across the border to Bangladesh bringing harrowing accounts of rape torture and mass killings by soldiers

File photo of Rohingya migrants AFP PHOTO/ Romeo Gacad

Over 200 ‘5-6’ lenders applying for registration – SEC

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:25 PM

SEC chair Teresita Herbosa gives Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III an update on the SEC s investigation into 5 6 lenders in the country

Crackdown on immigrants: How not to go nuts with Trump in charge

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The Trump administration insists it is only deporting criminals but those caught and booted out of the United States include scores of people with fake identity documents who are not violent

Fears of online crackdown after Pakistan bloggers vanish

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Rights groups say Pakistani activists and journalists often find themselves caught between the country s security establishment and militant groups including the Taliban

MISSING. Pakistani human rights activists hold images of bloggers who have gone missing during a protest in Peshawar on January 10, 2017. Photo by Rizwan Tabassum /AFP

Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:26 AM

The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House says a growing number of regimes are restricting or censoring messaging platforms such as WhatsApp in addition to popular social networks

INTERNET FREEDOM. Screen shot from Freedom House's 2016 'Freedom on the Net' report

Wynn bets big on new Macau mega-resort

Aug 18, 2016 - 10:25 AM

The sprawling Wynn Palace has more than 50 shops 13 restaurants and 1 700 rooms

This undated handout photograph released by Wynn on August 17, 2016. shows the Cafe Fontana entrance at the Wynn Palace in Macau. A giant lake with musical fountains and cable cars, dizzying mirrored halls of marble, mirrors and psychedelic floral sculptures -- welcome to casino enclave Macau's latest addition, the Wynn Palace. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / WYNN/BARBARA KRAFT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / WYNN / Barbara Kraft / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / WYNN/BARBARA KRAFT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

DMCI Mining to lay off 400 workers as DENR stops expansion

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The job cuts come after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspended the operations of DMCI Mining s companies in Palawan and Zambales

MINERS IN ACTION. A miner goes down to an underwater pit using a hose from a compressor as the only source of air. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Turkey dismisses nearly 1,400 troops as Erdogan tightens grip

Jul 31, 2016 - 9:45 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s aide de camp Ali Yazici is among those dismissed

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 12, 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) with aide-de-camp Ali Yazici (L) reviewing an honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential complex in Ankara. A military aide of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was taken into custody on Sunday after the July 15 attempted coup, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Ali Yazici is accused of involvement in the coup plot and was in Ankara during the putsch, CNN-Turk said. He had only begun working for the president in August last year, according to Anadolu.  / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Arrests in Bangladesh anti-militant drive top 8,000

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:36 PM

Bangladesh police say they have arrested more than 8 000 people in a nationwide crackdown launched after a wave of murders targeting minorities and secular activists

ARRESTED. A Bangladeshi man arrested in a nationwide crackdown on militants tries to talk from a prison van with relatives outside a court in Dhaka on June 13, 2016 / AFP

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

G20 embraces crackdown on tax havens, warns over 'Brexit'

Apr 16, 2016 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED Making the beneficial owners of companies trusts and foundations transparent is vital to protect the integrity of the international financial system according to G20 finance ministers and central bank governors

G20 EMBRACES TAX HAVEN CRACKDOWN. Mexico's Finance Minister Luis Videgaray Caso (R) arrives for a G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting during the annual International Monetary Fund, World Bank Spring Meetings at the IMF on April 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

China sentences 55 in mass trial at Xinjiang stadium

May 28, 2014 - 1:49 PM

About 7 000 people and Communist Party officials in Ili prefecture attend the gathering which include public sentencing public arrests and public criminal detention

31 dead in attack on market in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

May 22, 2014 - 10:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Explosives are hurled out of two cars as they plowed into people at a market

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Egypt court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death

Mar 24, 2014 - 5:05 PM

Islamist backers of the ousted Egyptian president are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military installed authorities since his ouster in July

Brace for Malaysia crackdown, OFWs warned

Jan 16, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Based on government estimates the crackdown will affect 6 out of 10 Filipinos in Malaysia

Resolve case of 78 Chinese, China asks PH

Dec 13, 2013 - 2:52 PM

China comes to the rescue of its citizens detained for alleged overstaying

Death toll in Egypt violence now at 525

Aug 15, 2013 - 6:03 PM

UPDATED The number of deaths from the nationwide crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi continues to rise

GRIEF. A man grieves as he looks at one of many bodies laid out in a make shift morgue after Egyptian security forces stormed two huge protest camps at the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares where supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were camped, in Cairo, on August 14, 2013. Photo by AFP / Mosaab el-Shamy

PH consulate offers shelter for Pinoys in Jeddah

Apr 24, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The shelters include two tents inside the Consulate a Saudi businessman s housing compound and a school gym

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

DFA appeals to OFWs in Jeddah camp site

Apr 17, 2013 - 10:43 AM

About 1 450 Filipinos have set up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah Migrante says

CAMP SITE. Overseas Filipino workers se up camp outside the Philippine Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Migrante-Jeddah.

Putin on topless protest: I liked it

Apr 08, 2013 - 7:20 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin jokes that he liked a topless protest against him in Hanover Germany

Bangladesh police arrests another atheist blogger

Apr 03, 2013 - 9:55 PM

The arrest of Asif Mohiuddin 29 comes a day after the detention of three other bloggers

PROTESTS. Bangladesh has started a crackdown on 'online atheists.' Photo by AFP

Gov’t ready to assist illegal OFWs in Saudi crackdown

Apr 03, 2013 - 6:21 PM

No OFW arrest has been confirmed

'Royal army' learned combat by watching movies

Mar 09, 2013 - 10:13 PM

The sultan s brother Raja Muda who led a few dozen royal army to Sabah is a teacher by profession without any experience in leading a war

60 dead in standoff - Malaysian police

Mar 07, 2013 - 6:36 PM

UPDATED The number includes 52 Filipinos while Malaysian security forces are still hunting down the rest of the sultan s men

FILIPINOS DEAD. This handout picture from Malaysia's Ministry of Defence taken on March 6, 2013 purportedly shows a dead gunmen from the Philippines on the ground after clashes in the village of Tanduo in Sabah. AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defence

Kirams declare ceasefire in Sabah

Mar 07, 2013 - 12:39 PM

2nd UPDATE The Kiram family says its followers will not take any more armed action from today

Fighter jets seen again over Sabah

Mar 07, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Fighter jets were seen again over Lahud Datu where the Sulu sultan s followers are holed up

HIGH ALERT. Sabah's east coast is now on alert following the crackdown on the Filipinos in Lahud Datu

13 bodies found in Sabah - report

Mar 07, 2013 - 8:53 AM

UPDATED 12 of the corpses were buried in shallow graves and the 13th was another Filipino killed in a shootout on Wednesday

SABAH SIEGE. An armed Malaysian policemen mans a security checkpoint in Lahad Datu on March 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

UN urges peaceful end to Sabah standoff

Mar 07, 2013 - 7:32 AM

The UN chief urges parties to facilitate humanitarian assistance and respect human rights

END STANDOFF PEACEFULLY. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the world body's General Assembly on 22 Jan. 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Malaysia hunts missing Filipinos as more fighters join

Mar 06, 2013 - 11:11 AM

UPDATE Malaysian forces searched house to house after armed Filipino invaders apparently escaped a military assault as the MNLF warned more fighters had arrived

I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari in Davao last Sunday, March 3. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Kiram refused PH, Malaysia deal

Mar 06, 2013 - 8:45 AM

The sultan turned down a deal for his men to go free if they agreed to stand down peacefully according to the Philippine government

DEFIANT SULTAN. Jamalul Kiram III turned down the offer of the Philippine and Malaysian governments to stand down in exchange for his men not to face charges

Sabah gunmen to face murder charges?

Mar 05, 2013 - 5:12 PM

If they have broken the laws of Malaysia they should be charged for whatever crime they have committed certainly murder a government official says

MURDER CHARGES? Malaysian minister for parliamentary affairs Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. Photo from the Malaysian government's official website

Malaysia mum on PH requests, says DFA

Mar 05, 2013 - 4:42 PM

The Philippines insists on giving medical and consular assistance to Filipinos affected by the standoff

MEETING IN KUALA LUMPUR. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert  del Rosario meets (L) meets with Malaysian foreign minister Anifah Aman  (R) in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, March 4. Photo courtesy of DFA

'Sulu army' defeated - report

Mar 05, 2013 - 1:40 PM

The Sulu armed group was totally routed by [the] Malaysian security forces overwhelming firepower local media reported

OPERATION SUCCESFUL? An army helicopter flies in Cenderawasih near the area where the stand-off with Filipino Sulu gunmen and Malaysian security forces was taking place in Tanduao village on March 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

No casualties yet in new Sabah crackdown

Mar 05, 2013 - 12:30 PM

The air and ground assault is ongoing against the Filipino terrorists Malaysian security forces say

AIR, GROUND ASSAULT. A Malaysian soldier secures the area as Malaysia's Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (not pictured) visits in Lahad Datu, near the location where suspected Philippine militants are holding off on March 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO

'No surrender' in Sabah - Kiram

Mar 05, 2013 - 11:48 AM

Followers of the Sulu Sultan s heirs will not capitulate to the Malaysian forces vowing to fight until the end to highlight their claim to Sabah

'God will help us' - Raja Muda

Mar 05, 2013 - 11:09 AM

The all out offensive using air and ground assets by the Malaysian military had caused Raja Muda s group to scatter

HISTORICAL CLAIM. Sabah was ruled by the Sulu sultanate until 1870, when it agreed to lease the territory to the British for a yearly fee. Graphic by Matt Hebrona