Humbled Merkel vows to win back hard-right voters

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Merkel says she would now seek exploratory talks on an alliance with two smaller parties, the pro-business Free Democrats and the ecologist Greens

MERKEL. In this September 19, 2017 photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

House adopts Senate version of bill postponing barangay elections

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The bill consolidating the versions of the Senate and the House — seeking to move the polls to May 2018 – will be sent for President Duterte's signature

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Japan's Abe triggers snap election amid North Korea crisis

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) The prime minister did not give a date for the election but it will reportedly be on October 22

In this file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waits for a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly September 21, 2017 in New York City. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in historic independence vote

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:16 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The non-binding vote on the Kurds' long-cherished dream of independence, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only the federal government but also neighboring Turkey and Iran

PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE. Iraqis drive past posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum for the Kurdistan region on September 24, 2017, in central Kirkuk. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

New Zealand PM says poll deadlock may last 3 weeks

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Maverick MP Winston Peters emerges as kingmaker after Bill English's conservative National Party and the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour both fail to win an outright majority

ELECTION DEADLOCK. Leader of the National Party Bill English speaks to supporters at the party's election event at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland on September 23, 2017. Michael Bradley/AFP

Dismay as Germany's hard-right AfD marches into parliament

Sep 25, 2017 - 8:56 AM

AfD will now send dozens of lawmakers to the Bundestag opposition benches, giving them a platform to spread their views, including challenging Germany's culture of atonement over World War II and the massacre of 6 million Jews and others in the Holocaust

NEW FORCE. Top candidate of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland (L) and top candidate of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alice Weidel celebrate on stage during an election night event in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. John MacDougall/AFP

Weakened Merkel wins 4th term, hit by nationalist 'earthquake'

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:20 AM

(UPDATED) In a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captures around 13% of the vote, catapulting it to become the country's third biggest political force

FOURTH TERM. German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel (C) addresses supporters after exit poll results were broadcasted on public television at an election night event at the party's headquarters in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Voting begins at 0600 GMT in Europe's biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting surprises given Merkel's double-digit poll lead

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Only 2 Comelec commissioners congratulate Bautista after impeach complaint junked

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00 PM

'Basta ano, dalawa nag-text sa 'kin ng congratulations. 'Di ko na sasabihin [kung sino],' says Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista

Polls open in knife-edge New Zealand election

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The campaign has been the most volatile in recent memory, with momentum swinging from Prime Minister Bill English to Jacinda Ardern and then back again

NZ POLLS. A file combo taken in Wellington on December 5, 2016, shows New Zealand's National Party prime minister Bill English (L) and a file photo of opposition Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern (R) taken in Wellington on August 1, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Comelec says no waste of money to reset brgy polls to 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Commission on Elections is considering two options – either to reuse the ballots dated October 23, 2017 for the May 2018 elections or to use stickers to cover the old dates

BALLOT PRINTING. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista inspects the printing of ballots for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections at the National Printing Office in Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

New Zealand heads for 'down to the wire' polls

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Conservative Prime Minister Bill English faces a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her vote for the 2017 general election in Wellington on September 21, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

Special prosecutor ups pressure on Trump with broad data requests – reports

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The New York Times and Washington Post report that Robert Mueller recently asked the White House for records and communications covering 13 specific areas, particularly key actions by Trump since he became president in January

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

LIST: Marcos and the number 7

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Here are 7 instances where the number 7 figured in the life (and post-death) of the former president and dictator

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Sep 20, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Senate OKs bill postponing barangay polls, rejects appointment of OICs

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Only minority Senator Risa Hontiveros opposes the measure, saying it is 'motivated only by the President's desire to have full control over the barangays'

Patricia Bautista 'disappointed but undeterred' by impeachment dismissal

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'I believe in the goodness, the goodwill, and the good sense of the Filipino people,' says the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'FIGHT CONTINUES.' Patricia Bautista, wife of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista maintains that resigning and taking a leave of absence 'are options that are always available'

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista hails the House justice committee on September 20, 2017, for junking the impeachment complaint filed against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FAST FACTS: How Germany's complex electoral system works

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

House panel junks Bautista impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complainants fail to indicate they have personal knowledge of their allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

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People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.  / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

WATCH: Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch Russia investigation campaign

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

'We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth,' says actor Morgan Freeman

Duterte wants someone else to appoint barangay OICs if polls postponed

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:35 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has sent this message to the House of Representatives through Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the heads of delegation from the member countries of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Makati Shangri-La Manila on September 19, 2017. Malacañan Photo

LOOK: Why petitioners want Comelec chairman Bautista impeached

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Will the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista pass the House panel's scrutiny?

BAUTISTA COMPLAINT. Impeachment endorsers (from right to center) Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Rep. Harry Roque, Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia show a copy of affidavit of verified complaint for impeachment filed by Atty. Ferdinand Topacio (extreme left) and former Rep. Jing Paras (2nd-left) against Comelec chairman Andy Bautista at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Sep 20, 2017 - 6:26 AM

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Roque: Bautista impeachment complaint will pass House panel scrutiny

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Patricia Bautista joins Kabayan Representative Harry Roque ahead of the House committee on justice's deliberations on the complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo courtesy of the office of Harry Roque

Comelec reschedules activities for 2017 barangay, SK elections

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:10 PM

This is to 'give the public more time to prepare' for the October 23 polls in case it wouldn't be postponed, says the Commission on Elections

U.S. investigators wiretapped Trump campaign chief Manafort – CNN

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:22 AM

US investigators wiretapped Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, under secret court order before and after the 2016 US presidential elections, CNN reports

WIRETAPPED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort, then campaign manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as final preparations continue July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The long-delayed poll has been seen as the final stage in Tunisia's transition to democracy following its uprising which sparked the Arab Spring revolutions

POLL CHIEF. The Acting President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), Anouar Ben Hassine, gives a speech during a meeting in the capital Tunis with all political parties to decide on the date of the next municipal elections on September 18, 2017. Fethi Belaid/AFP

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Supreme court steps in to block Iraq Kurd independence vote

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Iraq's supreme court orders the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional

Kurdish flags and a flag bearing the portrait of the president of Iraq's Kurdistan region hang above stalls near the citadel in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Safin Hamed/AFP

Ombudsman starts probe into Comelec chief's 'unexplained wealth'

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Ombudsman joins the list of government agencies investigating the wealth of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, after his estranged wife claimed he amassed P1 billion

EMBATTLED POLLS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista attends the House hearing on the polls agency budget as he faces his own predicaments following his wife's sensational exposé against him. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Catalonia to launch campaign for independence referendum

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:41 PM

The campaign kickoff will occur at 8:00 pm 1800 GMT at a 10 000 seat capacity bullring in the port of Tarragona attended by Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and representatives of Catalonia s main separatist parties and associations

REFERENDUM. A group of tourists sit in a terrace in front of a graffitti depicting a Catalan pro-independece flag 'Estelada' on September 13, 2017, in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Marcos drops witnesses for poll fraud claims in 36,465 clustered precincts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED Ferdinand Marcos Jr s lawyer George Garcia says this does not mean they are abandoning their accusations of electoral fraud against Vice President Leni Robredo which he said can be proven through a ballot recount

FOCUS ON THE BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Bongbong Marcos is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of Vice President on July 11. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gun ban for 2017 barangay, SK polls begins September 23

Sep 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Meanwhile the filing of certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan bets will be from September 23 to 30

GUN BAN. The Comelec schedules a gun ban in relation to the October 23 barangay and SK elections.

Spain prosecutors threaten to arrest Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:46 PM

The prosecutors office orders the mayors who agreed to help stage the vote to be summoned to court as official suspects and if they do not appear to order their arrest according to a copy of the ruling

Anger as Singapore gets first female president without a vote

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED Halimah Yacob a former speaker of parliament did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post originally due this month after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria

MADAME PRESIDENT. In this file photo, former parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob (R), named as the country's new president, waves to supporters with her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee as they arrive at the nomination centre in Singapore on September 13, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Norway's PM claims victory in close election

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Her Conservative Party along with its anti immigration junior coalition partner the Progress Party and two other center right allies is on track to win a slender majority of 89 of the 169 seats in parliament

Norway`s Prime Minister Erna Solberg cast her ballot flanked by her husband Sindre Finnes (L) at a polling station in Bergen during general election on September 11, 2017. NTB Scanpix / Marit Hommedal / AFP

Sotto, Gordon report allows Duterte to appoint barangay OICs

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The Senate committee report states that incumbent barangay officials inclusion in the President s drug list is a sufficient reason to appoint OICs

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista checks the printing machine during the start of the printing of ballots to be used in the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, at the NAtional Printing OFfice in Quezon City, August 9 2017. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

'Election thriller' gets underway in Norway

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg s coalition and the opposition led by Labour s Jonas Gahr Store are neck and neck in the latest opinion polls

Norway's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Erna Solberg, (C) greets youth at an election campaign event in Oslo, on September 7, 2017. NTB Scanpix / Heiko Junge/AFP

House approves bill postponing barangay, SK polls to May 2018

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The Senate s counterpart measure suggests a different date October 2018

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Hillary Clinton on 2016 loss: 'It hurts a lot'

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Ahead of the release of her campaign memoir the defeated US presidential bet also says she is done with being a candidate

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton plays blame game in new book

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:37 AM

In her campaign chronicle What Happened set for release on September 12 the veteran Democrat acknowledges her own role in her defeat writing: It was my campaign Those were my decisions

Donald Trump Jr questioned by Senate investigators

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:19 PM

I answered every question posed by the committee until both sides had exhausted their lines of questioning Trump Jr says in a statement posted on Twitter

THE TRUMPS. This file photo taken on September 26, 2016, shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Spain to charge Catalan leaders over independence vote

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Criminal charges are being prepared against the leaders of the Catalan parliament as well as officials in the regional government who prepared the referendum decree general prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza tells reporters

MARIANO RAJOY. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leaves after a press conference at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on September 7, 2017. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

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VP electoral protest 'exactly where we wanted it to be' – Marcos camp

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the latest SC decision on the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will not stop them from exposing the many sins of Smartmatic

UNFAZED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos believes the latest ruling of the PET on his electoral protest against the Vice President was in his favor. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Comelec postpones barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City

POLL BODY. Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attend a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler