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China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China has made "major strategic achievements" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / AFP)

U.S. indicts 2 Chinese for allegedly laundering around $100M in cryptocurrency

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:11 PM

Tian Yinyin and Li Jiadong are accused of working with Lazarus Group, which was blamed for an April 2018 cryptocurrency hack in which about $250 million was stolen


From dead, to alive, to dead again: How China handled virus doctor's death

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:43 AM

The hashtag 'Dr. Li Wenliang dead' was the most searched topic on Weibo late Thursday, with over a billion views, but by Friday morning it had dropped out of the top 20 trending topics

PORTRAIT. This photo taken on February 7, 2020 shows a sketch of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Death of Chinese doctor fuels anger, demands for change

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was among a group of people who sounded the alarm about the novel coronavirus in late December, only to be reprimanded and censored by the authorities in central Hubei province

HERO. A photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang is seen with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 7, 2020. AFP photo

China virus crisis deepens as whistleblower doctor dies

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:48 AM

(UPDATED) Li Wenliang's death has also highlighted the enormous risks that frontline doctors have taken to treat patients in overwhelmed and under-equipped hospitals in Wuhan

COVERED. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows a patient (R) covered with a bed sheet at an exhibition center converted into a hospital as it starts to accept patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Chinese premier visits city at epicenter of virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Li Keqiang is the most senior Chinese leader to visit Wuhan since the city was struck by the outbreak of a deadly virus

LI KEQIANG. People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang at the Malacañang Palace on November 15, 2017. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) China's premier Li Keqiang says the first reading of the code of conduct – a chance for all members to comment on the draft terms – is 'a very important landmark'

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and China's Premier Li Keqiang (5th from left) pose for a group photo during the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Merkel in Beijing says Hong Kong freedoms must be 'guaranteed'

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 PM

'In the current situation everything must be done to avoid violence.... And the solutions can only be found in a political process – meaning through dialogue,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

MERKEL ON HONG KONG. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L) gives a speech next to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 6, 2019. Photo by Andrea Verdelli/Pool/AFP

China flag flies at half-mast for Tiananmen crackdown leader

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Li Peng is reviled by activists as the 'Butcher of Beijing' for his role in the military's brutal suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations on June 4, 1989

TIANANMEN SQUARE. The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on July 29, 2019, in memory of China's former premier Li Peng, who died on July 22 at the age of 90. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Li Peng, the 'Butcher of Beijing', dies aged 90

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Li Peng dies of an unspecified illness in Beijing after he fails to respond to medical treatment late Monday, July 22

LI PENG. Former Chinese premier Li Peng – known as the 'Butcher of Beijing' for his role in the Tiananmen Square killings – died aged 91, the state broadcaster said on July 23, 2019. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

'Big Little Lies' season 2 back for another dive into the female psyche

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Who's ready for season 2?

Hong Kong independence activists granted refugee status in Germany

May 23, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Ray Wong and Alan Li – who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the "Fishball Revolution" which saw the Hong Kong's worst violence for decades – are the first dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city to receive such protection

This handout courtesy of Ray Wong taken in June 2018 and released on May 22, 2019 shows activists Ray Wong (L) and Alan Li posing for a photo in Berlin. The two former Hong Kong independence activists have been granted refugee status in Germany in what is one of the first cases of dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city receiving such protection. Ray Wong and Alan Li -- who took part in 2016 protests dubbed the "Fishball Revolution" which saw the city's worst violence for decades -- were due to stand trial on riot charges but fled Hong Kong in November 2017. Handout / COURTESY OF RAY WONG / AFP AFP

Beijing denounces U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The People's Liberation Army has organized air and naval forces to warn the USS Preble to leave after it entered waters near China-claimed Scarborough Shoal on Monday morning, May 20

USS PREBLE. This file photo released by the US Navy Visual News Service on March 14, 2011 shows an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off March 13, 2011 from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling. File photo by MC3 Alexander Tidd/Navy Visual News Service (NVNS)/AFP

Wife of jailed China rights lawyer pleads to see him

May 03, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'My concern is that from the time he was arrested, no one has seen Wang Quanzhang, not even the lawyers that we hired,' his wife Li Wenzu says

Papa roach: Chinese farmer breeds cockroaches for the table

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'A lot of people think they're pests, but to me, they are gold,' Li Bingcai says about his farm of 10 million cockroaches, which he breeds for food

The Monterey Five are coming back in 'Big Little Lies' season 2

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The series returns to HBO in June

MONTEREY FIVE. Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern return to 'Big Little Lies' season 2. Photo courtesy of HBO

4 arrested for human trafficking in Cagayan de Oro

Apr 03, 2019 - 3:33 PM

NBI Region 10 Director Patricio Bernales says 10 people – 7 of them minors – were rescued in an operation at a Cagayan de Oro hotel

Chinese human rights lawyer jailed for 'subversion'

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

A Chinese court sentences prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to 4 and a half years in prison for state subversion

Activists hold a placard (C) of detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang at a rally outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on December 26, 2018, as Wang's trial is set to begin in China. - Two rights activists were taken away on December 26 after protesting outside the tightly-guarded courthouse where the trial of Wang, a prominent human rights lawyer, is set to begin, witnesses saw. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Uzbek keeps WBC crown; Filipino wins vacant title

Nov 19, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The Philippines' Jonathan Almacen nabs the WBC Continental Asia minimumweight title

AND STILL. Azizbek Abdugofurov retains the WBC Silver world super middleweight championship. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Taiwanese puppet master fights to save dying art

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Taiwan's 87-year-old glove puppeteer is determined to revive the dying traditional craft, which a handful of youth find as 'cool'

PUPPETEER. This picture taken on October 13, 2018 shows Chen Hsi-huang, an 87-year-old Taiwanese glove puppeteer, demonstrating how to use a puppet during an interview at the Puppetry Art Center in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP/Pool

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for Southeast Asian companies to invest more in each others' markets and be more open to foreign competition

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

China leads the way as world's billionaires get richer

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) China minted two new billionaires a week in 2017, says Swiss banking giant UBS and auditors PwC

CHINA'S INTERNET POWERHOUSE. Jack Ma, Robin Li and Pony Ma. Photos from Wikipedia

Li Na says Naomi Osaka needs 'desire' to go further

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The 20-year-old Japanese has admitted feeling burdened by expectations after winning the US Open against superstar Serena Williams

MENTAL FORTITUDE. Chinese tennis great Li Na (left) believes Japanese Naomi Osaka can maintain her status as world champion if she matches her physical abilities with the will to become a winner. Photos by Fred Dufour/AFP (Li) and Nicolas Asfouri/AFP (Osaka)


China's Xi to send top official to North Korea anniversary

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party's 7-member politburo standing committee, is invited by the North Korean government and its ruling Workers Party, the official news agency Xinhua says

LI ZHANSHU. Newly elected Chairman of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu swears an oath after being elected during the fifth plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2018. File photo by nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Malaysian finance minister cleared in corruption case

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The High Court in the state cleared him of the charges on Monday after the attorney-general's office agreed to withdraw them, official news agency Bernama reports

LIM GUAN ENG. This picture taken on February 21, 2012, shows opposition politician Lim Guan Eng speaking during an interview at his office in Georgetown, some 330 kilometres north-east of Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Filipina importer in P6.4-B shabu case denied bail

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The 4 Chinese and 2 Taiwanese nationals charged are still at large

Eirene Mae Tatad, one of Mark Taguba's co-accused in the P6.4B shabu shipment from China is presented by members of National Bureau of Investigation during press briefing on February 2, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China's Baidu rolls out self-driving buses

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'2018 marks the first year of commercialisation for autonomous driving. From the mass production of Apolong, we can truly see that autonomous driving is making great strides – taking the industry from zero to one,' says CEO Robin Li

THE APOLONG. This file picture taken on June 13, 2018 shows an Apolong self-driving mini bus by King Long exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai. File photo by AFP.

LOOK: Chinese KOs Pinoy fighter Menchavez in 10 seconds

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Philippine bet Rodian Menchavez absorbs a devastating one-punch knockout from China’s Li Kai Wen

RECORD WIN. Chinese fighter Li Kai Wen improves his record to 8-4. Photo from ONE Championship

FACT CHECK: Jet Li death hoax

May 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Li assures fans through a Facebook post that he has not passed away as some blogs claimed. This is not the first time Li has been featured in a death hoax story.

Here's how Robredo debunks 'fake news' vs her

May 25, 2018 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo launches a series of videos where she addresses every false claim being spread about her online

NO TO 'FAKE NEWS.' Vice President Leni Robredo will no longer tolerate any lies being spread about her. Photo by OVP

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang show a united front on Iran and free trade during their meeting at the opulent Great Hall of the People in Beijing

IRAN DEAL & TRADE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 24, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Where are the Chinese middlemen in the P6.4B shabu case?

May 23, 2018 - 5:08 PM

It has been 4 months since arrest warrants were issued against the Chinese, and none of them have been caught yet

SHABU SHIPMENT. Chinese businessmen Richard Chen/Tan (left) and Kenneth Dong (right) are still at large four months since their arrest warrants were issued. Photo of Richard Chen/Tan by Joseph Vidal/PRIB and photo of Kenneth Dong by Rappler

Ex-FBI chief Comey: Trump ran White House like a 'mob boss'

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Former FBI director James Comey also says in a new book that President Donald Trump lives in 'a cocoon of alternative reality' that he tried to pull others around him into

COMEY. In this file photo, then FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Li is re-appointed with 2,964 votes in favor and two against during the annual session of the National People's Congress at Beijing's Great Hall of the People

SECOND TERM. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Malacañang Palace during his official visit to Manila. Malacañang photo

Gadon drops non-Sereno staff in new graft complaint at DOJ

Mar 12, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Officials from the fiscal management and budget office are excluded in the graft complaint pertaining to the alleged illegal hiring of an I.T. consultant in the SC

Atty. Ma. Lourdes Oliveros, Chief Justice Staff Head swear before the Committee on Justice during hearing of the Continuation of the determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, February 07, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Brexit haunts May as she seeks China trade post-EU

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Criticism in London over her domestic agenda and her handling of Britain's contentious divorce with the European Union looms large over her China trip

IN CHINA. British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 31, 2018. Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

Meryl Streep joins cast of HBO's 'Big Little Lies' season two

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The show gets another Oscar winner in its cast as Streep joins Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

MERYL STREEP. The multiple-Oscar winning actress joins the cast of the HBO hit series. Screengrab from Twitter.com/HBO

Your Hollywood 2018 awards season binge-watch list

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Did you catch all the films and TV shows lauded at the Golden Globes 2018?

LADY BIRD. In an award-winning performance, Saoirse Ronan plays an opinionated small-town teen in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film. Screengrab from YouTube.com/A24Films

Berita selebriti hari ini: Senin, 11 Desember 2017

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

Sereno impeachment: SC benefits committee sidelined 'Justice Midas'

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

House members gang up on Supreme Court personnel over a benefits committee that took away the powers of Court Administrator Midas Marquez

Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Premier Li tells Philippine media, China welcomes you

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:39 AM

In his visit to Manila, Premier Li Keqiang asks Filipino reporters to make a 'historic contribution' by writing positive things about China-Philippine relations

People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang reacts while discussing matters with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his cabinet during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

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Nov 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

LOOK: Chinese-Filipino cuisine, playlist at state banquet for Li

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Crispy fish skin and sliced suckling pig are served with hototay soup and coconut milk pudding at the dinner for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

GRAND DINNER. President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña sit at the presidential table with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the state banquet held in his honor. RTVM screenshot

Li says PH-China ties as warm as Manila temperature

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that he hopes to 'reciprocate' China's generosity one day

LIST: 14 deals signed during Chinese Premier Li's Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Li and Duterte also witness the launching of two bridges and a Mindanao drug rehabilitation center covered by a previously signed deal

China to donate P1.1 billion for Marawi rehabilitation

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The agreement for the provision of the grant is signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's official visit to the Philippines

China Premier's visit to Philippines is first in 10 years

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It's also the first overseas trip of Chinese Premier Li since President Xi introduced him in October as part of a team of new leaders who will usher in a 'new era' for China