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U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:58 PM

In a side event of the ASEAN summit, Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar is 'Southeast Asia's final frontier market... we have land, we have (a) good young working population, we have unexplored resources'

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Sri Lanka president usurped powers of MPs – Speaker

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Sri Lanka's parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya calls upon all public servants 'to refuse to execute any illegal orders they may receive, no matter from whom'

USURPATION. Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena is accused by the parliamentary's speaker of usurpation. File photo by AFP

Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'We filed an appeal today on behalf of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo because the trial court's ruling was wrong,' says Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Fewer but deadlier conflicts in ARMM in 2017 – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:03 PM

A dramatic rise in the use of improvised explosive devices and shift to group-related attacks from individual attacks defined ARMM conflicts last year, according to the Conflict Alert 2018 report

A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City near Mapandi district. the Mapandi district is crucial to the military campaign to retake Marawi City from the IS-inspired Maute Group as this serves as the main supply route for the military. the military finally allowed the media after several request were turned down to see the Mapandi district. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for reporters' release

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:03 AM

"She knows that mass murder is not a state secret and that exposing it doesn't turn a journalist into a spy," says human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on the need for free press in Myanmar

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Duterte jokes: Blame rehabilitated drug addicts for rice crisis

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:36 PM

'Ngayon na marami nang na-rehab, kaya tayo nagkaroon ng rice crisis. Kumakain na ang mga ulol,' jokes President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte's administration faces rice supply problems and inflation. Malacañang photo

LP senate bets, Hontiveros on NFA, BTS | Midday wRap

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:14 PM

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Mar Roxas calls time-out from travel blog to talk about rice crisis

Sep 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

‘Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. Kaya time out muna,’ says Mar Roxas in a rare social media post to the President

DEAR PRESIDENT DUTERTE. Mar Roxas pens a rare political post on Facebook addressing President Rodrigo Duterte and suggesting solutions to the rice crisis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'They were not jailed because they were journalists' but because 'the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act,' says Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar rejects ICC decision over Rohingya crisis

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Myanmar's government says the decision was 'of dubious legal merit,' according to a statement released by the president's office, adding the country was 'under no obligation' to respect the court ruling.

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Google researchers say tech industry has fueled 'attention crisis'

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

A paper by Google's own user-experience researchers provides an overall picture of the reasons people feel the need to be in constant contact with their phones

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


Venezuela urged to accept migration crisis humanitarian aid

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Venezuela denies it has a migration problem and has accused the United Nations and 'enemy countries' of exaggerating the issue

VENEZUELA. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Rice hoarders, Israeli lawmaker on Duterte, Robredo on rape | Evening wRap

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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[OPINION] Solving our 'unli' rice crisis

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

If only half of the energy and focus given to the drug war were given to agriculture and rice production, we would already be better off

Ukraine rebel's murder a 'provocation' against peace, says Kremlin

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, is killed in a bombing at a cafe in Donetsk, becoming the 4-year conflict's most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side

SEPARATIST LEADER. In this file photo taken on November 4, 2014, the newly elected leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko (R), takes the oath during an inauguration ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Is China worsening the developing world's environmental crisis?

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:30 PM

China does not push its partners to strengthen environmental protections. For this reason, trading intensively with China is especially likely to generate high levels of pollution in developing countries.

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

Martial law in Mindanao, Xiamen air, Game of Thrones | Evening wRap

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:27 PM

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Venezuelans in Peru take up Maduro's offer to fly home

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The move is part of the socialist government's 'Return to the Homeland' scheme to counter a mass exodus and woo back young Venezuelans to work in the crisis-torn country

'RETURN TO THE HOMELAND.' Venezuelan migrants wait to enter the boarding area of the international airport in Lima after a group of Venezuelan nationals – who chose to return to their country after experiencing difficulties in Peru – received a plane ticket paid by their government, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Teo Bizca/AFP

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's presidential candidacy 'inadmissible'

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission rejects Jean-Pierre Bemba's candidacy on the basis of his previous war crime convictions by the International Criminal Court

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Yemen rebels say willing to attend UN talks

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The United Nations will invite Yemen's warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations

Spain rescues over 200 migrants at sea

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Spain's maritime rescue service saved 211 migrants from 21 different boats in the Strait of Gibraltar

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:22 PM

How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

Venezuela senior citizens block streets demanding pension checks

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Some 200 seniors block traffic near the presidential palace demanding payment in full of their monthly retirement pension

A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighbourhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to take control of popular markets in different states across the country, in the midst of an hyperinflationary spiral and severe shortage of staple foods.  Federico PARRA / AFP

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The new standoff kicks in just hours after 67 migrants were allowed to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says that the NGO's boat had reached the migrants' vessel before Libyan coastguards inside Libya's rescue operation zone

Austria's priorities as it takes European Union helm

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The presidency gives Austria the opportunity to chair meetings and set agendas as the EU grapples with the continuing migrant influx, management of its borders, and other issues such as Brexit

EU PRESIDENCY. Austria's new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives to meet the European Council president on December 19, 2017, at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

[OPINION] China’s economic time bomb

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There are 3 troubling signs that China is a prime candidate to be the site of the next financial crisis

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

EU split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Myanmar sacks top general involved in Rohingya crackdown

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The military says in a Facebook post that Major General Maung Maung Soe, the former head of the western command in Rakhine, has been 'purged' for poor performance

Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

France and Spain also declare support for the creation of closed reception centers where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered.

FRANCE AND SPAIN. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) gestures as he speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as they arrive for a joint press conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 23, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

NDF on peace talks postponement, Trump’s about face | Midday wRap

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:01 PM

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Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Trump says U.S. not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States,' President Donald Trump says. 'Not on my watch.'

US BORDER. People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images/AFP

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

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

[OPINION] Making sure opioids get lost in the mail

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Increased prevention and treatment efforts can curb demand; but it's going to take more enforcement to disrupt the supply chain

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The camp's mosques are full on Saturday morning as refugees pray for safety from flash floods and sudden landslides. Later, hundreds of refugees stage an hour-long protest.

PRAYERS. Rohingya Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at a camp mosque in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on June 16, 2018. Photo by AFP

Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:41 PM

"The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily," said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy.

WAITING. Migrants sit aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily on May 14, 2018. Some 73 migrants of various nationalities, including women and children were rescued by MV Aquarius on May 12. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

UN signs Myanmar access deal amid Rohingya repatriation fears

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:53 AM

United Nations agencies will initially carry out assessments in Rakhine state, which has been largely closed to outsiders since the Rohingya crisis began

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

'This will inflame another religious war – this time a religious war inside Syria and the consequences will be many, many more refugees and you know where exactly they will come,' says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

ON IRAN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a press conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 4, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

No North Korea relief until verifiable denuclearization steps – Mattis

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearization,' says US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

DEFENSE CHIEF. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP