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Trump fires State Dept watchdog said to be probing Pompeo

May 16, 2020 - 5:52 PM

US President Donald Trump removes State Department Inspector General Steve Linick in his latest abrupt dismissal of an official tasked with monitoring wrongdoing inside a government agency

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol October 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Linick reportedly met with congressional officials to brief them on information related to the impeachment inquiry centered around U.S. President Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

5 die in fire at Russian coronavirus hospital

May 12, 2020 - 4:03 PM

A source in Russia's emergencies ministry says 5 patients had died and 150 had been evacuated after a fire broke out in the early morning on the sixth floor of Saint George hospital

HOSPITAL FIRE. Firefighters work at the site of a fire at the Saint George hospital in Saint Petersburg on May 12, 2020. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

19 dead as Iran warship hit by 'friendly fire' in tense Gulf

May 11, 2020 - 3:57 PM

(UPDATED) The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurs on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television says

DAMAGED SHIP. A handout picture provided by Iranian army official website on May 11, 2020 shows the damaged Konarak vessel, hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, docked at the Jask port, in southern Hormozgan province. Photo by Iranian Army Official Website/AFP

9 die in care home fire outside Moscow

May 11, 2020 - 3:08 PM

(UPDATED) Investigators say the victims whose burnt bodies were recovered were aged between 66 and 90.

25 dead in South Korea warehouse fire

Apr 29, 2020 - 6:44 PM

The blaze at the unfinished four-storey building in Icheon also injures 7, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports

WAREHOUSE BLAZE. This handout photo taken and released on April 29, 2020 by Gyeonggi Province Fire Services shows firefighters working at the scene of a fire at a warehouse in Icheon. A fire at a warehouse in South Korea killed 25 people on April 29, it was reported, while "all necessary" resources were being mobilised to save those still trapped inside. Handout / Gyeonggi Province Fire Services / AFP

19 killed in massive China forest fire

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Eighteen firefighters and one forestry guide die fighting a huge forest fire in southwestern China

FOREST FIRE. A firefighter battles a forest blaze in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on March 31, 2020. Photo by AFP

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The temblor strikes at 1:45 am with an epicenter 255 kilometers south of the town of Nusa Dua, reports the US Geological Service

DISINFECT. A health worker sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in a tourist area in Sanur on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 16, 2020. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Menu, prices: Bangkok’s Fire Tiger in Metro Manila

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Milk tea shop Fire Tiger by Seoulcial Club is now open at Bonifacio Global City

Fire leaves 23 families homeless in Orani, Bataan

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:33 PM

Residents suspect the fire started in the house of a couple who, because they had no electricity, used candles at night

BLAZE. A fire breaks out after midnight in Orani, Bataan. Photo from Orani Facebook page

Erupting Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Ash mixed with sand rains down on towns as far as 10 kilometers from the belching crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

Ash and smoke rise into the air from Mount Merapi volcano, seen from Sleman on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, on March 3, 2020. Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted on March 3, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) in the air which coated nearby communities with grey dust and forced an airport closure. RANTO KRESEK / AFP

Forest fires razed nearly 900 hectares of land in Benguet

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Damage caused by the fires is estimated at over P2 million

FOREST FIRE. Fire in Tublay. Photo courtesy if BFP Tublay

At least 259 homes destroyed in Cebu City fire

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Fire investigators blame faulty wiring for starting the fire that displaced hundreds of families. Damage is estimated at P1.5 million.

BLAZE. Cebu City firefighters battle a massive fire in Barangay Suba. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Mt Pulag to be closed due to forest fire threat

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:34 PM

The announcement is triggered more by the forest fires that hit the town of Kabayan in Benguet instead of the threat of the novel coronavirus

FOREST FIRES. Fire at Sitio Tinuping. Photo courtesy of Kabayan, Benguet police

IN PHOTOS: Forest fires hit parts of Baguio and Benguet

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:52 PM

Lack of rains and easterly winds fan these fires, which hit mostly uninhabited areas

Fire in Tublay. Photo courtesy if BFP Tublay

3 killed in fire near Mandaue City Hall

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Among those killed in the fire are a retired judge and his wife

ELDERLY KILLED. A retired judge is among the casualties of an early morning fire in Mandaue City, Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Fires contained in hard-hit Australia state, but now floods threaten

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control

CONTAINED. A car makes its way through rows of charred trees following bushfires in Budgong National Park in New South Wales on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

San Miguel still assessing full impact of Skyway Stage 3 fire

Feb 01, 2020 - 10:17 PM

The Skyway Stage 3 will not likely open by April, as previously planned. But San Miguel Corporation says it will resume construction 'at the soonest possible time, with the least delay.'

Pacio displays impressive ground game against Silva

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Known for his striking, Joshua Pacio manages to stand tall against BJJ champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury

STILL THE CHAMP. Joshua Pacio takes down another former strawweight titlist in Alex Silva. Photo from ONE Championship

LOOK: Fire hits Pandacan warehouse, damages Skyway Stage 3

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:32 PM

(5th UPDATE) The huge blaze causes a portion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, which is under construction, to collapse

DAMAGED. Part of the Metro Skyway Stage 3 being constructed collapsed due to the warehouse fire in Pandacan, Manila, on February 1, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappker

Pacio defends ONE strawweight title

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:39 AM

Joshua Pacio wraps up a near perfect night for Filipino fighters as he successfully defends his strawweight title against Alex Silva

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Kingad confident he can beat Johnson if given a rematch

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Danny Kingad looks to apply the lessons he learned from his loss to Demetrious Johnson when he faces Xie Wei in the ONE Championship: Fire and Fury

THE KING. Danny Kingad is determined to work his way back to title contention in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship


Pacio to showcase striking prowess against grappling master Silva

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Joshua Pacio will dangle his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Alex Silva as he looks to start the year on a high note

CHAMPION MENTALITY. Joshua Pacio has made sure to improve his all-around game for his title defense. File photo from ONE Championship


Pacio out to prove caliber in ONE title defense

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Filipino Joshua Pacio looks to retain his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Brazilian Alex Silva

TITLE DEFENSE. Joshua Pacio is determined not to let go of his ONE Championship belt. Photo from ONE Championship


Get a VIP experience at ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Win a Boodle Feast VIP Ticket Package for the ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Score free tickets to ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Get a chance to win tickets to the blockbuster ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Dazzling and deadly: 5 facts about volcanoes

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Here are facts about the mix of beauty and terror that volcanoes produce

Panoramic view of the afternoon sky following the Taal Volcano eruption as observed from Tanauan City, Batangas on Saturday afternoon, January 12. Photo by Shayne Macaisa

PARTLY FALSE: Pacific Ring of Fire 'now active'

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM

There can be several volcanic eruptions on any given day

Fire-hit Australia gets $1.4 billion recovery fund as troops deployed

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose government has been criticized for its slow response to the emergency, pledges Aus$2 billion – or about $1.4 billion – of taxpayer money for a national recovery fund

BURNT DOWN. A woodchip mill burnt by bushfires is seen as smoke rises in Eden in Australia's New South Wales state on January 6, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

More than $17 million raised for Australia's deadly bushfire crisis

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:41 AM

Experts on Kangaroo Island say half the koala population has been wiped out

The sky turns red from bushfires in Bemboka, in Australia's New South Wales state on January 5, 2020. Australians on January 5 counted the cost from a day of catastrophic bushfires that caused "extensive damage" across swathes of the country and took the death toll from the long-running crisis to 24. SAEED KHAN/AFP

Fire in Cebu City barangay burns down 40 houses

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The fire in Sitio Bucog also destroys properties worth P500,000

Australia calls up 3,000 military reserves to tackle bushfire crisis

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'Today's decision puts more boots on the ground, puts more planes in the sky, puts more ships at sea,' says Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been pilloried for his response to the deadly months-long disaster

IN NEED OF HELP. Firefighters tackle a bushfire near Batemans Bay in New South Wales on January 3, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Island national park 'taken out' by Australia fires

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Devastating conditions overnight help flames rip thorough the island's Flinders Chase National Park and threaten more heavily populated areas of the island

BURNT TREES. A general view shows burnt trees along the Great Alpine road in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. Photo by James Ross/AFP

Mother and daughters investigated over German zoo fire

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The tragedy sparks an outpouring of sympathy, with tearful visitors lighting candles and leaving flowers and soft toys at the entrance of the zoo

Flowers, candles, stuffed animals and placards are placed at a makeshift memorial for the animals that died in a fire at the zoo's monkey house on January 1, 2020 at the main entrance of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany. Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo on New Year's Eve, killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, the management said. Christoph Reichwein / dpa / AFP

LOOK: 300 families lose homes in New Year fire in Manila

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Fire hits a residential area in Sta Ana, Manila, during the New Year festivities

FIRE. Fire guts houses along Pasig Line St in Santa Ana, Manila,  in the wee hours of 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong

Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:32 AM

As many as 4,000 people are trapped on the foreshore of the encircled seaside town of Mallacoota, as smoke turned day to night and the authorities said nearby fires were causing extreme thunderstorms and 'ember attacks'

AUSTRALIA FIRE. A helicopter dumps water on a bushfire in the outer suburbs of Melbourne on December 30, 2019. Photo by
William West / AFP

Australia to compensate bushfire volunteers

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Volunteers who battled blazes can enjoy payments of up to Aus$300 per day for a maximum of Aus$6,000 per person

COMPENSATION. Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 35 kilometers north of Sydney on November 12, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

8 months later, Notre-Dame cathedral still broken

Dec 27, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Stabilization of the landmark cathedral is still the priority, with rebuilding only likely to start in 2021

STILL BROKEN. Engineers are set to embark on the most delicate operation of the rescue effort for the Notre-Dame cathedral. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Families in Tacloban affected by fire during Typhoon Ursula appeal for help

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The residents, whose houses were razed by the fire at the height of the typhoon, are sad because they have to start from scratch again. It was only 6 years ago, when Super Typhoon Yolanda made them homeless.

LOOK: In about the same time as Typhoon Ursula’s landfall, some houses in Brgy 66 Paseo de Legazpi in Tacloban City were also affected by the fire. A day after Christmas, affected families take time to repair their home as they hope to get back to their normal life. Photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Families homeless on Christmas after forest fire in Chilean port

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel says there are 'indications' the fire 'could be intentional'

NOW HOMELESS. Locals search for personal belongings after a forest fire at the Rocuant hill in Valparaiso, Chile, on December 25, 2019. Photo by Pablo Rojas/Mariadaga/AFP

No Christmas Mass at Notre-Dame for first time in 2 centuries

Dec 21, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Workers continue to repair and rebuild the Paris landmark 8 months after a devastating fire

Bangladesh plastics factory blaze kills 13

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Police say some 150 people were working in the tin-shed ground floor factory when a fire broke out with a loud bang in one of the rooms

Indonesia hit with $5.2 billion in forest fire losses – World Bank

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 AM

The World Bank's cost estimate does not include longer-term effects of repeated exposure to haze, such acute respiratory illnesses, or lost school time after students and teachers were advised to stay home

FUTILITY. A young boy tries to extinguish a fire at a peatland area near their neighborhood in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on October 4, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Screams and goodbyes as scores killed in devastating India factory fire

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) An assistant commissioner of police says most victims were sleeping when the fire broke out and died due to asphyxiation

FACTORY FIRE. Police personnel block a street leading to a factory site after a fire broke out, in Anaj Mandi area of New Delhi on December 8, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Tailender Knicks show coach David Fizdale the door

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:17 PM

After back-to-back blowout losses and wallowing in the cellar, Knicks management have had enough

PINK SLIP. File photo of David Fizdale ousted head coach of the New York Knicks. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP Maddie Meyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Faulty Pacific Gas & Electric powerlines are blamed for sparking Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state's history

PG&E. The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a hard hat at a work site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Displaced Star City workers get P4.8-M aid from DOLE

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The workers are getting help under DOLE's emergency employment program

AFTERMATH. The amusement center Star City and the Manila Broadcasting Company in Pasay City after being gutted by fire after midnight, October 2, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Early morning fire kills 6 in Bacolod

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Police say 4 others were injured, including an Australian

DEADLY BLAZE. An eary morning fire hit the Java Pension house in Bacolod City on November 26, 2019. Contributed photo

Israel intercepts rocket fire from Syria, reportedly hits back

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The flareup comes after a major escalation in and around Gaza following Israel's targeted killing of a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which is allied with Damascus

ISRAEL AND SYRIA. Israeli soldiers and armored vehicles are pictured on November 19, 2019, near the border with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights. Israel's anti-missile defense system intercepted four rockets fired from neighboring Syria, the army says. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Family of 3 dies in Olongapo fire

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The City Fire Marshall says the building was ringed with security grills and there was no fire exit in the upper floors

Bushfire threat still high as Australia cleanup begins

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Firefighters are still battling around 140 blazes across Australia's eastern seaboard, but a respite from 'catastrophic' weather conditions means the danger from many fires is downgraded

DEVASTATION. Resident Warren Smith inspects the damage after losing his house to the bushfires near the small town of Nana Glen, some 600 kilometers north of Sydney, on November 13, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP