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China to help resolve Rohingya crisis – Bangladesh

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:51 AM

No details were given on what concrete steps Beijing might take

HELP ON THE WAY? Rohingya people are escaping their own land due to alleged state violence. File photo by Mahmood Noor/Rappler

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumors

Nov 18, 2017 - 4:08 PM

(UPDATED) PM Saad Hariri says he would be back in Lebanon for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday

NO HOLD-UP. Embattled Lebanese Prime Minister lands in Paris. Rappler file photo

China, North Korea talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:44 PM

A brief report by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency says China wants to 'develop the traditional friendly relations between the two parties and countries'

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) It is the 11th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action targeting its ally Syria

A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program

TRADE HUB. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

Maria Isabel Lopez appeals to LTO to grant her 'senior citizen discount'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Maria Isabel Lopez appears before the LTO but has yet to submit a formal written appeal for breaking into the special ASEAN lanes

Malacañang shrugs off Trump mispronouncing Duterte's name

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'No slight taken,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, adding that the Philippine President is himself prone to mistakes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's ASEAN chairmanship was a win for him and China

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:47 PM

The Summit hosting is a 'diplomatic gift' to Duterte and a win for China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, expresses the country's continuing commitment to building a strong and resilient ASEAN Community. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang says world's admiration gained from ASEAN Summit

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Opposition lawmakers who labeled the summit as a 'failed PR stunt' 'obviously did not know what happened behind closed doors,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

World leaders descend on Bonn to re-energize negotiations hamstrung by America's rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement

UNITED FRONT. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot (L) pose with youth as they visit the French stand during the UN conference on climate change (COP23) on November 15, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. John Macdougall/AFP

'Failed PR stunt': House opposition criticizes Duterte admin's ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The opposition bloc criticizes the administration for a costly 'photo op' and hits the regional bloc for its silence on human rights issues, including those in the Philippines itself

HOSTING DUTIES DONE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi exchange pleasantries following the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

'You're a woman, what do you know about cars?'

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, head of the Philippine arm of Korean carmaker Hyundai, shares her experience of male bosses intimidating her

TOP EXEC. Hyundai Asia Resources Inc's Maria Fe Perez-Agudo. Agudo's photo courtesy Hyundai Philippines

Sidelined at ASEAN Summit? No big deal for Robredo

Nov 15, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Despite not being invited to serve an official function, Vice President Leni Robredo believes the Philippine government was 'successful' in mounting the 31st ASEAN Summit

VP AT WORK. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, held on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by the OVP

Rubbing elbows with ASEAN business giants? Here's the price

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:36 PM

On the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, some of the region's most prominent businessmen get the chance to meet and network together

SEA OF ATTENDEES. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

No more ASEAN lanes along EDSA, Roxas Blvd – MMDA

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The MMDA ends the implementation of ASEAN lanes along EDSA and Roxas Boulevard Wednesday morning, November 15

Violence marks ASEAN 2017 protests in Manila

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:16 PM

More than a hundred protesters are injured from the protest actions during the 31st ASEAN Summit

Various protest groups roit near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident' Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on November 13, 2017

UN chief low-key in first Philippine visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the Philippines amid the tense dynamics of the international organization with President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines is last piece of ASEAN puzzle for CIMB

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Malaysian banking giant CIMB Group seeks a license to operate in the Philippines to complete its market positioning as an 'ASEAN bank'

ASEAN anti-cybercrime declaration calls for united front

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:22 AM

ASEAN adopts the ASEAN Declaration to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime, a vow to unify anti-cybercrime measures among ASEAN member states and organizations like the ASEANAPOL, EUROPOL, and INTERPOL

The many ways ASEAN chair Duterte asked media to leave the room

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:10 AM

From asking cameramen to 'disappear' to saying the ASEAN Secretariat 'does not like' them, here are the ways President Rodrigo Duterte requested media to let country leaders discuss matters in private

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: PH hands over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Singapore's chairmanship for 2018 will have the tagline 'Resilient and Innovative'

NOW IN HIS HANDS. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holds up a symbolic gavel as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks on, during the turnover ceremony of the ASEAN Chairmanship, at the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, November 14, 2017. ASEAN Media Pool photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Hi! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

WATCH: Light moments at the 31st ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Trump and Medvedev's handshake bloopers, Trudeau and his screaming fans, Duterte's duet with Pilita Corrales, and more!

OOPS. (L-R) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, US President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong join hands for the family photo during the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

New Zealand's Ardern talks to Duterte about 'values' of peace

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 AM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the youngest leader at the ASEAN Summit, meets President Duterte, the septuagenarian ASEAN leader

Exhausted Duterte ends yearlong ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks forward to going home to his 'city by the sea' to be with his grandchildren and youngest daughter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the opening remarks of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says Trudeau raising EJKs 'an official insult'

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:12 PM

(UPDATED) When asked about Trudeau's comment, Duterte says: 'I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult. That’s why you hear me throwing out curses and epithets.'

INSULT. President Duterte said he didn't like foreigners making comments on how he runs the country. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

East Asia Summit: 'Unprecedented sense of crisis' over North Korea

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:44 PM

The Japanese prime minister urges the international community to put the pressure on North Korea and force it to end its nuclear and missile tests

PRESSURE ON PYONGYANG. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is among the many world leaders who want the international community to put the pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: 31st ASEAN Summit, November 14

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Watch the 31st ASEAN Summit live on Rappler

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

South Korean president elated that Filipinos love Korean culture

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Filipinos riding the 'Korean wave' help improve ties between the Philippines and his country, says South Korean President Moon Jae-In

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for a photo prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

India's Modi hails the Philippines as 'services powerhouse'

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The Philippines challenges India's dominance as the top business process outsourcing destination in the world

INDIA'S ACT EAST POLICY. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitches India to business leaders at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit as part of his Act East Policy. Photo from RTVM feed

Bette Midler calls Duterte a 'murderous dictator' on Twitter

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The actress comments on Duterte singing to US President Trump at the ASEAN Summit gala dinner

BETTE MIDLER. The actress is known to be outspoken against US president Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and now president Rodrigo Duterte. Screengrab from Facebook.com/BetteMidler

ASEAN leaders sign commitment protecting migrant workers

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

The consensus is a followup document to the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers adopted in January 2007 in Cebu

ASEAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacañang

Environmental group slams Trudeau's 'inaction' on Canada trash in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

EcoWaste Coalition hopes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response on the issue is not another empty promise

ASEAN SUMMIT ROCKSTAR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sends many Filipinos into frenzy during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

MSMEs must benefit from free trade, Robredo tells ASEAN businessmen

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says technology is a 'wild card' that both rich and poor countries must learn to decode to help small-scale entrepreneurs

INCLUSIVE GROWTH. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pangilinan still optimistic over oil hunt in West Philippine Sea

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:15 PM

As ASEAN countries and China prepare to craft a Code of Conduct, Filipino tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is hopeful potential oil and gas reserves in the disputed waters can eventually be tapped

HOPEFUL. 'We are quite optimistic that something could happen, but that is entirely beyond our control,' PXP Energy chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police defend use of ear-piercing sonic alarm at ASEAN rally

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Cops use a long-range audio device (LRAD), considered as a sonic weapon applied for crowd control

Trump leaves PH earlier than planned, skips important summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump previously decided to extend his stay in the Philippines for the East Asia Summit, but decided to leave early, abruptly ending his 5-country, 12-day Asia trip

'BYE, ASIA. US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One after attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trudeau: Reducing coal use 'greatest challenge' in climate change

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:31 PM

'Let me be very blunt about this: Coal represents perhaps the greatest challenge to the world not meeting its climate change targets,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit

FOSSIL FUELS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about Canada's commitment to reduce coal consumption. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang