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Nadal, Federer on French Open collision course

May 24, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Rafael Nadal chases a 12th title in Paris as Roger Federer returns to the tournament for the first time since 2015

RIVALS. Roger Federer bids to become the oldest Grand Slam title winner as Rafael Nadal vies to sustain his dominance on clay. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

LOOK: Dress up like Roger Federer with UNIQLO’s new game wear collection

May 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Check out these Federer-approved items you can wear to your next sports game!

Philippines holds midterm polls seen as final step in Duterte consolidation

May 13, 2019 - 5:54 AM

'This could be a watershed moment in Philippine politics and governance, the final step of consolidation by the Duterte family of its dominance over the political elite,' says political analyst Antonio La Viña

President Rodrigo attends the Miting de Avance of the PDP Laban at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City on Saturday, May 11, as he again endorses the senatorial slate which composes of Raffy Alunan, JV Ejercito, Imee marcos, Dong Mangudadatu, Bato Dela Rosa, Duterte, Bong Go, Koko Pimentel, Francis Tolentino, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, and artists Freddie Aguilar. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IBF gives Jerwin Ancajas highest honor

May 09, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The pride of Panabo City remains as the longest reigning 115-pound champion among boxing’s major governing bodies.

TOP MAN. After a systematic demolition of Japanese Ryuichi Funai, Jerwin Ancajas gets the Jersey Joe Walcott plum from IBF. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Federer back to 3rd in world rankings

May 06, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will be making his return to clay after 3 years of absence

LEGENDS LEADING. Roger Federer trails rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the world rankings. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)


Ancajas stops Funai in 7th title defense

May 05, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Filipino champion rediscovers his deadly form after settling for a split draw in his previous title defense

FINE FORM. Jerwin Ancajas proves too powerful and skillful for Ryuichi Funai. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Ancajas to weigh at least 128 on fight vs Funai

May 04, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The Filipino boxer breezes through the scales in the official weigh-in for the seventh title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown

ASIAN CLASH. Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (left) and Japanese Ryuichi Funai tangle for the IBF super flyweight belt. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Philippine Premier League folds after opening weekend

May 04, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The country’s top-tier football league reverts to its old name, the Philippines Football League, and plans to resume mid-May

ILL-FATED. Air Force and Mendiola battle into a draw in the short-lived Philippine Premier League.

U.S. Federal Reserve leaves key rate unchanged amid mixed economic signals

May 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The United States Federal Reserve votes unanimously to keep the benchmark interest rate in a range of 2.25% to 2.5%

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, DC, on May1, 2019. - The US Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged amid mixed signals about the direction of the US economy. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers

May 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Labor groups with varying political ideologies gather to express support for pro-worker senatorial candidates – a show of unity that they describe as 'historic'

LABOR DAY. Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno march to Mendiola, Manila as part of their Labor Day activity on May 1, 2019. Phoyo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Federal Land invests in earthquake technology for new BGC property

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Federal Land says this technology would provide an 'extra safeguard' for The Seasons Residences, which will rise in Bonifacio Global City

(1.TSR at night): EXTRA PROTECTION. Federal Land's The Seasons Residences will be the company's second development which will be making use of Nippon Steel Engineering Group's visco-elastic dampening system. Photo from Federal Land Caption (Damper): Federal Land taps Nippon Steel for its visco-elastic damper system to act as a shock absorber for their new BGC development to lessen the dizzying effect from eathquakes. Photo from Federal Land

Malacañang respects Sara Duterte's opposition to federalism

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the presidential daughter's stance will not affect the administration's push for a shift to a federal system of government

Sara Duterte opposes federalism

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The President's daughter takes a different stance from her father, saying federalism in Mindanao may only empower 'warlords'

Hugpong ng Pagbabago chair Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte during kicked off of its campaign in San Fernado Pampanga on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:49 AM

CEO Dennis Muilenberg also says test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for its planes' anti-stall system

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

2 million in need of aid after Iran floods – Red Crescent

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the 'largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years'

IRAN FLOODS. Barricades are set up to contain water in a flooded street in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, on April 10, 2019. Photo by atta Kenar/AFP

PH eSports group targets international exposure for amateurs

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:10 AM

eSports World Federation aims to hold the eSports World Cup in the Philippines

ROAD TO OLYMPICS. eSports is still vying to be included in the 2024 Paris Olympics. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP


[ANALYSIS] 6 economic issues senatorial bets ought to be talking about

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her

Federer rises to world No. 4 after Miami triumph

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Roger Federer's sweep of John Isner catapults him to No. 4 in the ATP rankings

TRIUMPHANT. Roger Federer takes home a double as he bags the 2019 Miami Crown and rises in the ATP rankings. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)

Boeing must do more work on proposed 737 fix – U.S. regulator

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Additional work is needed 'to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues,' says a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman

BOEING 737. Boeing 737 airplanes are pictured on the company's production line, on March 27, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFPÂ

Federer refutes Tsitsipas preferential treatment claim

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Stefanos Tsitsipas says that more experienced players like Roger Federer receive preferential treatment from officials

VETERAN. Roger Federer says umpires might interact differently with players they are more familiar with. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)


WATCH: Federer sweeps Isner in Miami Open 2019 for 101st title

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Having skipped the whole clay court season for the past two years, the Swiss great launches his French Open bid in rousing fashion

LEGEND. Roger Federer savors the 101st title of his remarkable career. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)


Federer wary of Medvedev after Miami victory

Mar 26, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Roger Federer faces Daniil Medvedev in the last 8 of the 2019 Miami Open

THREATENING. Roger Federer believes that the streaking Daniil Medvedev is a threat to his bid for a 101st career title. File photo by David Gray/AFP

Pimentel sees hope for federalism shift in Senate after 2019 elections

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

With administration-allied senatorial bets dominating pre-election surveys, Koko Pimentel expects more federalism supporters in the Senate after the May 13 polls

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Novak says all good with Roger, Rafa despite reported rift

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

'We are rivals of course so it's hard to be friends,' says Novak Djokovic, who has been ripped by fellow superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over tennis politics

NO FALLOUT. Novak Djokovic (left) says there’s no need to ‘create any tensions or divisions’ between him and fellow tennis superstars Rafael Nadal (center) and Roger Federer. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Fed now expects no rate hikes in 2019

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The United States Federal Reserve's surprising change of direction follows the 4 rate increases in 2018

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during a press briefing following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting March 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. - Powell said Wednesday it could be "some time" before the US central bank will have to change the key lending rate. The Fed kept the benchmark borrowing rate unchanged and forecast no more increases this year. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Duterte: Misuari threatened war if federalism doesn't happen

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:09 PM

President Duterte says negotiations with Misuari about the federalism that the MNLF wants should be done in public, through a panel to be formed by the Palace

TALKING FEDERALISM. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari in Malacañang on March 19, 2019. Malacañang photo by Toto Lozano

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

No trophy, no regrets: Federer departs Indian Wells for Miami

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:33 AM

'I'm going to Miami. The body is perfectly fine. That also always keeps me upbeat,' says Federer after falling to Dominic Thiem in the final

MOVING ON. Roger Federer fails to clinch his record 6th Indian Wells title. File photo by David Gray/AFP

Federer denied by Thiem of sixth Indian Wells title

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Swiss great misses a chance of breaking his tie with Novak Djokovic for most Indian Wells championships

STREAK OVER. Roger Federer sees his streak of 20 straight finals triumphs when winning the opening set. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter


Fed to hold fire on interest rates as world economy slows

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Economists also expect the United States Federal Reserve to once again lower the number of rate hikes projected in 2019

U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE. Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2018. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Nadal explains pullout before Federer clash

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem march into the Indian Wells final as Rafael Nadal hobbles out

LOOKING AHEAD. Sidelined by a recurring knee injury, Rafael Nadal says he plans to recover and prepare for the claycourt season. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

After completing century, Federer rises in rankings

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Federer's Dubai Championship title catapults him to 4th place in the ATP rankings

BACK ON TRACK. Roger Federer relishes on his recent victories after a lackluster Australian Open bid. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Farmers contest rice tariffication law hours before IRR signing

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Rice farmers are questioning if the law will be properly implemented

Peasant groups continue to protest the recently enacted Rice Tariffication Law for two consecutive days in front of the Department of Agriculture central office in Quezon City The law will literally smash down the country's value of palay production, that reached last year to more than P350 to P380 billion. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Mar 04, 2019 - 8:42 PM

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Hail centurion: 'Special, magical' Federer reaches 100-title landmark

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Roger Federer joins Jimmy Connors as the only other man to have won 100 titles

LEGEND. Tennis great Roger Federer makes history yet again. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

'Still far away': Relaxed Federer one win from 100th title

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Roger Federer vies to become just the second man to win 100 career titles after Jimmy Connors

CLOSING IN. Another young standount stands in the way of Roger Federer’s record bid. Photo by William West/AFP

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

Vote on Micronesia state breakaway postponed

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Eliesa Tuiloma, chief legal counsel for the Chuuk state legislature, says the vote, originally meant to take place in March 2015, had been put off again until a date yet to be determined

MICRONESIA'S STATUS. Micronesia's President Peter Christian attends a press conference after the Small Island States meeting in Aiwo on September 3, 2018, ahead of the start of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Photo by Mike Leyral/AFP

Federer to play on clay at Madrid Open

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:07 AM

After skipping the clay-court season for two years, Roger Federer returns to action at the Madrid Open

FOR FUN. Roger Federer says he’ll just enjoy playing in the clay courts, his least favorite surface. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Philippine pork safe, not affected by African swine fever – hog producers

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:05 PM

There's no need to rely on imports amid fears of African swine fever reaching the country, as there is enough pork in the Philippines

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Top U.S. official discussed Trump removal in 2017, says ex-FBI chief

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Former FBI chief Andrew McCabe says invoking the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution was raised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. The US Justice Department on Thursday announced fresh indictments of Chinese government hackers who allegedly targeted scores of companies in a dozen countries, which US officials said showed Beijing had not fulfilled its pledge to stop such actions. In an operation coordinated with US allies in Europe and Asia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the move was being made to rebuff "China's economic aggression."  NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

Senate bets oppose removal of term limits, cha-cha for Duterte reelection

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Senatorial candidates, however, are divided on the issue of federalism

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and some members of the House and Senate before delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

U.S. Federal Reserve assists Bangladesh over cyberheist case vs RCBC

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'This agreement demonstrates that the New York Fed and Bangladesh Bank are aligned in the pursuit of recovering the funds and directing litigation against those who were complicit in or benefitted from the fraud,' says the US Federal Reserve Bank and Bangladesh's central bank

CENTRAL BANK. A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building is seen on July 29, 2011 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. hands bank accounts to Venezuela's Guaido

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off on the order for Juan Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and federally insured banks

INTERIM. In this file photo, Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Djokovic’s target: Matching Federer's 20 Grand Slams

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he's motivated to 'have a shot' at Roger Federer's record

NEXT GOAL. After ruling the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic heads to the French Open where he seeks to become the only man in the Open Era to win all 4 majors twice. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Federer to play Roland Garros for first time since 2015

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Roger Federer returns to the clay courts of the French Open this year

'FOR FUN'. Roger Federer just wants to have fun in the 2019 Roland Garros. Photo by William West/AFP

Defending champion Federer out of Australian Open

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Stefanos Tsitsipas shocks Roger Federer to become the first Greek to reach the quarterfinals of a Slam

KNOCKED OUT. Roger Federer fails to repeat his bid for a third straight Australian Open title as he exits the tournament in the last 16. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Federer relieved after getting past 'mirror' Evans

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:04 PM

'Playing a player like Dan Evans is like facing myself,' says Roger Federer after battling Britain's world No. 189 for more than two hours

TOUGH TEST. Roger Federer admits that disposing of Dan Evans – was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in 2017 – prove to be a challenge. Photo by David Gray/AFP