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Duterte, Faeldon, West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:53 PM

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Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell – official

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The row comes at a time when Kuwait is trying to mediate an end to the Gulf s worst diplomatic crisis in years after Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar over accusations it is too close to Shiite Iran and funds extremists

U.S. looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:21 AM

But the initiative has met a dismissive reaction from the Arab countries that imposed sanctions on Qatar last month

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Qatar slams 'unrealistic' demands as deadline looms

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:04 AM

It s not about terrorism it s talking about shutting down the freedom of speech says Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Qatar OFWs not rattled by diplomatic crisis

Jun 13, 2017 - 5:09 PM

But Ressie Fos who chairs the United Filipino Organizations in Qatar expressed fears that prices of basic goods and commodities might shoot up

Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Iran meanwhile announces it has sent tons of vegetables to Qatar since the diplomatic crisis began

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Bas/AFP

Moscow says zero proof Russian hackers involved in Qatar crisis

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:19 PM

We re getting tired of reacting to unsubstantiated banalities Andrei Krutskikh a Kremlin advisor on cybersecurity says

QATAR CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Arab nations cut ties with Qatar in major diplomatic crisis

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Qatar denies any support for extremists and accuses its Gulf neighbors of seeking to put the country under guardianship

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Yemen cuts ties with Qatar following Gulf backers

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Yemen accused Doha of dealing with the insurgent militias and supporting extremist groups in Yemen which contradicts the aims agreed upon by states supporting Yemen s legitimate government

Menlu Retno: Kualitas perempuan tidak boleh kalah dari laki-laki

Apr 21, 2017 - 4:33 PM

Jika harus mengeluarkan usaha dua sampai tiga kali lebih besar kenapa tidak? Kalau memang itu yang perlu dilakukan kejarlah

DIPLOMAT PEREMPUAN. Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi mengatakan jumlah diplomat perempuan di Indonesia baru mencapai 35 persen. Namun, dia mendorong agar perempuan tidak takut dan siap bersaing dengan kaum laki-laki. Foto oleh Roslan Rahman/AFP

What women worldwide owe Leticia Ramos-Shahani

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

If the women of the world today enjoy what is known as the bill of human rights for women the whole world owes it to Leticia Ramos Shahani Ambassador Rosario Manalo says

WOMEN'S WARRIOR. A portrait of the late Leticia Ramos Shahani is displayed at the Department of Foreign Affairs on March 24, 2017, to pay tribute to the veteran diplomat who fought for women's rights. Screen grab from Rappler video

A eulogy for Mom

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Lila Shahani on mother Leticia: I wanted to birth her into the afterlife the way she had birthed me into this life My only sentiment throughout it all was the deepest gratitude

DIPLOMAT, POLITICIAN, MOTHER. An undated photo of the late former senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani. Photo courtesy of the Shahani family

Australia vs Duterte? 'Just difference in perspective,' Abella says

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:12 PM

There was no contradiction between President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

COURTESY CALL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Davao City on March 17, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: The woman who competed with the best

Mar 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Letty made a name for herself in diplomacy and politics and championed culture and women s rights

North Korea orders expulsion of Malaysian ambassador – KCNA

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK North Korea notifies that the Malaysian ambassador to the DPRK is labeled as a persona non grata and demands he leave the country in 48 hours

Ceasefire, war on drugs, diplomats vs Trump | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2017 - 12:25 PM

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PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Foreign Secretary Yasay says he filed the little known protests due to Chinese activities on Scarborough Shoal and its reported installation of weapons on reefs turned islands in the Kalayaan Group of Islands

QUIET ACTIONS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the government is protecting Philippine interests in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH sends 'very strong' protest vs UN envoy

Nov 29, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr hits an irresponsible statement of UN envoy David Scheffer who warned the Philippines over human rights abuses

UN ENVOY. David Scheffer, the UN secretary-general's envoy to a UN-backed court in Cambodia, is the subject of a 'very strong' protest note recently sent by the Philippines to the UN. Photo courtesy of William and Mary Law School

Philippines at UN tells world not to interfere

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Extrajudicial killings have no place in our society and in our criminal justice system says the country s top diplomat

PHILIPPINES' TOP DIPLOMAT. Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks before the United Nations General Assembly

Japan protests as China ships sail near disputed isles

Aug 21, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Despite Japan s repeated strong protests the Chinese side has continued to take unilateral actions that raise tensions on the ground says Tokyo s foreign ministry

epa05233131 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, Taiwan and Japan. According to media reports on 28 March 2016 Japan is opening a new radar station near the disputed East China Sea islands in order to expand its surveillance in the East China Sea. EPA/HIROYA SHIMOJI

Filipinos celebrate own fiesta in Japan

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Now on its 5th year the 2016 Philippine Festival is aimed to reach out to the over 240 000 Filipinos in Japan appreciating Filipino culture in a Japanese society

FILIPINO CULTURE. More than 100,000 visitors were present to witness the best in Philippine culture, craft, music, dance, and food. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Obama on gun control, ASEAN, Growler planes | 12PM wRap

Jun 17, 2016 - 1:22 PM

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'Deeper' PH-Japan ties as Japanese emperor, empress end visit

Jan 30, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Malacañang describes Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as models of humility who brought the two countries even closer during their 5 day visit

IMPERIAL COUPLE. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko conduct a state visit to the Philippines from January 26-30, 2016. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

PH military hits Napeñas, Sereno on foundlings, Carlos Loyzaga | 6PM wRap

Jan 27, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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Mamasapano probe, Customs apology, Apple sales drop | 12PM wRap

Jan 27, 2016 - 1:24 PM

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ISIS recruitment in PH, Trillanes vs Binay, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Jan 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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Customs apologizes to Japanese embassy for opening diplomatic shipment

Jan 26, 2016 - 4:08 PM

The customs examiner at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport gets a reprimand and stern warning for his honest mistake

Iran accuses Saudi of air strike on Yemen embassy

Jan 07, 2016 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED This follows the bitter fallout of the two nation s diplomatic ties that escalated with Saudi s execution of a Shiite leader last Saturday January 2

Smoke rises above the military academy following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance, in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 April 2015. According to reports, the Saudi-led alliance's airstrikes which began 25 March, have continued to target various Houthi military positions in the impoverished Arab state, but have so far done little to halt the Houthi military advances as they continue to make gains. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Russia ready to act as 'intermediary' between Saudi Arabia, Iran

Jan 04, 2016 - 9:05 PM

If our partners Saudi Arabia and Iran show they are ready and willing to meet our initiative will remain on the table says an anonymous Russian diplomat quoted by Agence France Presse

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference held at Saudi Foreign Ministry press hall, on January 3, 2016 in Riyadh. Ahmed Farwan/AFP

Asia stocks, currencies sink, oil surges on Mideast woes

Jan 04, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Oil prices in Asia increase after crude kingpin Saudi Arabia ended diplomatic ties with Iran following a flared up tension over Tehran s execution of a Shiite cleric

OIL-RICH. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest exporter of oil

Kebakaran, diplomat loncat dari gedung KBRI Roma

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:22 PM

Seorang diplomat terpaksa melompat ke luar jendela setelah gagal memadamkan api sendirian

KEBAKARAN KBRI. Gedung KBRI Roma terbakar. Foto oleh Wakil Dubes RI di Roma Des Alwi.

Aquino gives 6 PH envoys additional jurisdictions

Nov 01, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Malacañang also announces new appointments in the DOLE DA DOTC and the DBP Data Center Inc

ADDITIONAL JURISDICTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III gives several Philippine ambassadors additional jurisdictions. File photo by Lauro Montellano Jr/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Mayor in Spratlys: Philippines ‘caught between 2 lovers’

Oct 02, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Kalayaan Mayor Eugenio Bito onon says that while it helps to have a dependable ally ‘in this world there’s no such thing as a free meal’

PENTAGON MEETING. Kalayaan Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon (3rd from left) meets with Dennis McGinn (4th), the US Navy's assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment, accompanied by members of the US Pinoys for Good Governance on September 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of Eric Lachica/USPGG   US Navy assistant secretary for Energy & Environment Admiral Dennis McGINN

Palestinian flag flies at UN, Abbas seeks full status

Oct 01, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The symbolic gesture occurs against a backdrop of stalemate in the peace process and escalating tensions at holy sites in Jerusalem

HISTORIC. Mahmud Abbas (right), President of the State of Palestine, watch as the Palestinian flag is raised for the first time at UN Headquarters in New York, 30 September 2015.  Mark Garten/UN Photo

Baguio landmark now has love locks a la Paris

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:28 AM

The century old Dominican Hill and Retreat House in Baguio City has a fence where lovers can put that symbolic pledge of lifetime love to their partners

CENTURY-OLD. The Dominican Hill and Retreat House in Baguio City now has love lock fence to attract more tourists and earn enough for its 100-year-old structure's restoration. Photo by Jessa Polonio/ Rappler

DFA to send diplomatic protest to Canada over illegal trash

Jul 30, 2015 - 4:06 PM

Did the Philippine government bow to pressure from Canada? We are primarily pushing for our own national interests first says the DFA spokesman

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of 103 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Thank you, Ambassador Doy

May 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Lawyer Randy Salazar calls the late Domingo Lucenario a daring devoted public servant who was both a lawyer and a leader

Diplomats speak of Pakistan helicopter crash terror

May 10, 2015 - 1:23 AM

Testimonies of diplomats from Malaysia Argentina and the Netherlands unequivocally bolster government and eyewitness statements that the disaster was an accident rather than an act of terrorism

VIGIL. Pakistani Muslims and Christians hold candles during a vigil for the victims of an army helicopter crash, in Islamabad on May 9, 2015. Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Obama advised to take Cuba off terror list

Apr 10, 2015 - 8:19 AM

Obama arrives in Panama on Thursday April 9 for a historic gathering with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas

HEADING TO PANAMA. US President Barack Obama (R) walks across the South Lawn of the White House behind a member of the Uniform Division of the US Secret Service, before departing by Marine One, in Washington DC, USA, 08 April 2015. Obama travels to Jamaica and Panama. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Kerry seeks to boost French support for Iran deal

Mar 07, 2015 - 4:48 PM

US seeks to boost European support for an emerging nuclear deal with Iran

NEGOTIATIONS. US Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Paris from London on the last stop of his latest diplomatic trip, to brief his French, German and British counterparts on the nuclear negotiations. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Pope names Bicolano as envoy to Australia

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Born in Naga the new apostolic nuncio to Australia is 67 year old Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana

VATICAN ENVOY. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Australia, used to serve as the nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo. File photo courtesy of www.cenco.cd

Aquino, Jokowi sign agreement on illegal drug-trafficking

Feb 09, 2015 - 6:31 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo sign 4 agreements during the latter s first state visit to the Philippines

President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, witnessed the signing of agreements at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace during the State Visit to the Philippines on Monday (February 09, 2015). This is President Widodo’s first State Visit to the Philippines. In the spirit of ASEAN solidarity, it is tradition on the part of a new head of state to immediately conduct introductory visits to fellow ASEAN Member States. Indonesia was the Philippines’ 11th largest trade partner in 2013, with total trade amounting to US$3.62billion. The Philippines and Indonesia enjoy excellent bilateral relations and cooperate extensively in numerous areas.

Jokowi praised on economy, but criticized on human rights

Jan 25, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Jokowi s unapologetic stance against clemency for convicted drug peddlers earns criticism from human rights groups

INDONESIA'S PRESIDENT. Joko Widodo will mark his first 100 days in power on Tuesday, January 27, after elected as president of the world's largest Muslim-majority country in July 2014, following a meteoric rise from a childhood in a riverbank slum. File photo by EPA

Aquino on terrorism: ‘Time to act is now’

Jan 12, 2015 - 12:58 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says with evolving global challenges unity among world leaders is more crucial now more than ever

UNITY. President Benigno Aquino III opens 2015 with the diplomatic corps whom he encouraged to unite to combat global problems. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Obama meets with Mexican leader on immigration, Cuba

Jan 06, 2015 - 11:56 PM

President Barack Obama prepares to welcome his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto for talks centering on immigration and US plans to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

US calls movie studio hack a national security breach

Dec 19, 2014 - 10:41 AM

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the attack which sees hackers gaining access to a trove of internal Sony documents was carried out by a sophisticated actor

AFTER THE HACK. A file photo dated 25 May 2004 showing cars seen entering and exiting the gates of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Studios in Culver City, California, USA. File Photo by Brendan McDermid/EPA

Japan PM wants more defense ties with US, Australia

Nov 14, 2014 - 9:23 AM

The prospect of a stronger three way alliance may stoke fears in Beijing that Japan the United States and Australia are ganging up to limit China s increasingly assertive expansion in the region

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech during the photo call sessions of the 17th ASEAN-Plus Three Summit as part of the ASEAN Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, 13 November 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Algerian diplomats freed after two years' captivity in Mali

Aug 31, 2014 - 1:36 AM

Three jihadist groups Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb AQIM Ansar Dine and MUJAO in 2012 took control of much of the desert north of Mali including the three main towns of Kidal Gao and Timbuktu

RELEASED. The Algerian diplomats were released 'after intense and tireless efforts' by authorities in 'the utmost discretion', the Algerian foreign ministry says. File photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Chinese jet 'intercepts' US plane in S. China Sea

Aug 23, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby says the incident which occurred in international airspace threatens the relationship between the militaries of the 2 countries

Canada to send 1st 'dedicated' envoy to ASEAN

Aug 05, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Canada s mission to ASEAN will significantly bolster our diplomatic footprint in the region and will build on the momentum of the Canada ASEAN relationship

CANADA WITH ASEAN. John Baird (C), foreign minister of Canada, greets his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Nations ahead of the Post Ministerial Conference with Canada in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 11, 2012. Canada wants to increase both trade and ties between ASEAN member nations. Photo by Stephen Morrison/EPA