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Second COVID-19 infection in Itogon another jail officer in Bilibid

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The Itogon mayor says the town's 2 confirmed infections most likely contracted the disease in their workplace, the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa

NOT SO DISINFECTED. File photo of Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag personally disinfecting the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

New Zealand PM chides Black Lives Matter marchers over virus rule breach

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Jacinda Ardern is concerned that large crowds – estimated at about 2,000 in Auckland – could undermine New Zealand's success in fighting the virus

SAFETY FIRST. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellingto. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

'We're tired of being hurt': Rage in New York over George Floyd death

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

New York has its own long history of police violence involving African Americans, with few arrests for fatal incidents and even fewer convictions

PROTEST. Manhattan, New York protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

U.S. anti-racism protests stretch to distant New Zealand

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:16 PM

Thousands in New Zealand march in solidarity with US protesters over the death of George Floyd

IN SOLIDARITY. Some 4,000 New Zealand protesters demonstrate against the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd in a Black Lives Matter protest in Auckland on June 1, 2020. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

New record: 2nd otter species in PH spotted in Tawi-Tawi

May 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Otter specialists say the otters recently seen in Turtle Islands are of a species never before recorded in the Philippines

River Otters in Turtle Islands. Photo from Turtle Islands Municipal Police Station

#DuterteLive: Updates on Philippine community quarantine levels due to the coronavirus

May 28, 2020 - 7:43 PM

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News Corp to stop printing more than 100 Australian papers

May 28, 2020 - 2:23 PM

News Corp Australia says the permanent changes had been brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which had impacted the sustainability of local publishing

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2018: Retiree sitting on a bench reading a newspaper.

Floor trading resumes at NYSE, with masks and plexiglas

May 27, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The reopening of the New York Stock Exchange trading floor is an important one symbolically for Wall Street and the United States

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is pictures on May 26, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. - Wall Street stocks surged early May 26, 2020 on optimism about coronavirus vaccines as the New York Stock Exchange resumed physical floor trading for the first time since late March. About five minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 2.3 percent at 25,023.76. The broad-based S&P 500 gained 2.0 percent to 3,013.04, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 1.6 percent to 9,468.96.The gains came after a ceremony presided over by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wore a mask as he rung the opening bell to signal the start of the day for traders, also clad in masks and separated by plexiglas. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

NBA legend Patrick Ewing hospitalized with coronavirus

May 23, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Georgetown University says Patrick Ewing, the Knicks great now coaching his alma mater, is the only team member who tested positive

ICON. Patrick Ewing turns to coaching after a legendary basketball career. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images/AFP

In Bilibid, dozens die of unclear causes without being tested for coronavirus

May 22, 2020 - 8:31 PM

PART 2 | EXCLUSIVE: At least 60 die a month in the New Bilibid Prison since the coronavirus lockdown, some from unknown causes. They are not tested for the coronavirus.

PANDEMIC IN BILIBID. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the disinfection of the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

Glass only half full as New Zealand's bars reopen

May 21, 2020 - 5:15 PM

A pub owner in New Zealand says bars and nightclubs will face a difficult time adjusting to an era of physical distancing and contact tracing

A bartender works at the bar on the first day of re-opening after establishments were shut for two months due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wellington on May 21, 2020. - Bars across New Zealand reopened on May 21 following on from retailers and schools to complete the country's emergence from a strict COVID-19 lockdown that began in late March. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] 4 more years for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

May 19, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'While global turbulence might be ahead, Taiwanese people are steadfast and ready to join hands with our Filipino friends in facing these common challenges'

Central Luzon police arrest No. 1 most wanted in Zambales

May 19, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The suspect, whom police reports say operates as medic and supply officer of the rebel New People's Army, is also among the top 10 most wanted in Central Luzon

Photo from Regional Intelligence Unit provincial police force

Jacinda Ardern surges in polls on Kiwi virus success

May 18, 2020 - 5:53 PM

The survey indicates an overwhelming 91.6% backing for Ardern's COVID-19 response, which involved a strict seven-week lockdown that appears to have the virus under control

VIRUS SUCCESS. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellington. File photo by Mark Mitchell/Pool/AFP

4 NPA leaders, 11 fighters killed in Northern Mindanao

May 17, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says 186 communist rebels have been killed since January 2020

New Zealand's Ardern turned away from cafe under virus rules

May 17, 2020 - 9:28 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford, and their friends are turned away from a Wellington cafe because of social distancing rules

FIRST COUPLE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child  in Auckland on January 19, 2018. File photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

[OPINION] Stop the shooting war madness in this pandemic

May 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Let there be talks, but honest and sincere talks, on just the 'small' agenda of cooperation on public health

New York, New York? Prolonged shutdown raises doubts about future

May 15, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will have to wait until June before a decision can be made on when non-essential businesses, such as its world-renowned museums, can reopen

New York Stock Exchange to reopen trading floor, with limits

May 15, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Brokers will return to the New York Stock Exchange trading floor on May 26, but in fewer numbers and wearing masks

START OF TRADING. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the opening bell on March 10, 2020. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

New Zealand boosts budget spending amid virus downturn

May 14, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is the centerpiece of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's annual budget

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Crewcuts and catch-ups as New Zealand lockdown ends

May 14, 2020 - 2:21 PM

A long-awaited haircut is the top priority for many Kiwis after almost two months in isolation, with queues of tangle-headed customers forming at barbers before dawn

Virus 'eminently capable' of spreading through speech – study

May 14, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Scientists estimate that each minute of loudly speaking can generate more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets capable of remaining airborne for 8 minutes or more in a closed space

Military and police kill 17 NPA rebels in weeklong attacks

May 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

As the country battles a pandemic, 19 guerrillas surrender, and two are arrested in military and police operations against the New People’s Army from May 4 to 11

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lorenzana defends buying attack helicopters: It's to fight NPA

May 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'We would rather give [the money] to our people, kaya lang itigil niyo ang inyong armed struggle, ititigil din namin ang ganitong pagbili ng armas,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

US-PH RELATIONS. File photo of Defense Secrey Delfin Lorenzana in a Senate hearing on February 6, 2020 on the Philippines - United States (US) Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Senate PRIB

With prices down and jobs leaving, U.S. oil workers learn patience

May 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Many oil workers in Carlsbad, New Mexico, find themselves jobless as oil prices plunge

Jace Gentry, 21, from Hornbeck, Louisiana is pictured in front of his trailer on May 6, 2020 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. - Gentry lost his job in the oil fields and is headed back home to wait and see if jobs will come back. Waiting for an upturn or pulling out, a dilemma faced in recent weeks by oil industry workers in Carlsbad, in the southwestern United States, where the sharp drop in oil prices has dealt a blow to the local economy. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)

New Zealand to end coronavirus lockdown

May 11, 2020 - 2:06 PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that, from Thursday, shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds will reopen – with the country moving to Level Two on its four-tier system.

ENDING THE LOCKDOWN. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

New York leaders sound alarm over potential coronavirus-linked syndrome

May 11, 2020 - 1:45 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says 38 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome are detected in New York City, with an additional 9 suspected cases awaiting confirmation

BILL DE BLASIO. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a food shelf organized by The Campaign Against Hunger in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn on April 14, 2020 in New York City. File photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

New York's 'lifeline' subway halts 24-hour service

May 07, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The coronavirus outbreak brings 'the city that never sleeps' to its knees, halting the famed subway trains for the first time since 1904

A New York City police officer stands by after clearing a subway car of passengers at the last stop at the Coney Island station in Brooklyn, New York on May 6, 2020. The New York City subway system is being suspended between 1 AM and 5 AM EDT starting tonight so that trains may be cleaned to stop the spread of the coronavirus. COREY SIPKIN / AFP

New York reports 15 child cases of rare disease linked to coronavirus

May 06, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Kawasaki disease is a mysterious illness that primarily affects children up to the age of 5 and causes the walls of arteries to become inflamed, resulting in fever, skin peeling, and joint pain

SPRING. People keep their personal distance as they enjoy a spring afternoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park on April 28, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

New York Times leads the way at 2020 Pulitzers

May 05, 2020 - 8:02 AM

The Times collects 3 awards, including for Brian M. Rosenthal's investigative report into New York City's taxi industry that revealed predatory loans that took advantage of vulnerable drivers

THE TIMES. People walk past the New York Times building on July 27, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Press freedom takes a hit in PH during coronavirus pandemic

May 04, 2020 - 2:45 PM

The report outlines how the bureaucracy and laws are used to restrict freedom of the press

[OPINION] How Lighthouse gave us hope

May 04, 2020 - 7:23 AM

'Why Lighthouse? Because journalists shine the light, and a lighthouse is a beacon showing travelers the way to safe harbor.'

Netflix teams up with 'Orange is the New Black' creator for 'Social Distance' series

May 02, 2020 - 3:02 PM

True to its title, the show will be produced remotely with its director, producer, writers, and cast all working from home

JENJI KOHAN. The 'Orange is the New Black' creator teams up with Netflix for a new series called 'Social Distance.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Military hospital ship leaves New York as coronavirus cases decline

May 01, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The USNS Comfort sails out of a Manhattan pier shortly after midday in a low-key departure that contrasted sharply with the fanfare of its arrival

The hospital ship USNS Comfort passes the Statue of Liberty as its departs New York City April 30, 2020, after providing relief to the city's healthcare system, stressed by the surge of COVID-19 patients. Angela Weiss / AFP

CPP-NPA ends ceasefire, resumes offensives vs government forces

May 01, 2020 - 11:25 AM

(UPDATED) The truce failed to stop clashes between government troops and communist rebels, both sides admit

COMMUNIST REBELS. Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather in a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Concern over deaths in Bilibid mounts in the face of the pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 5:06 PM

PART 1 | EXCLUSIVE: A newly-transferred prisoner dies of pneumonia without being tested for coronavirus. Those who came in contact with the prisoner are in quarantine.

QUARANTINE. Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) staff transfer a batch of 27 new coronavirus-infected correctional inmates to the New Bilibid Prison quarantine facility on April 25, 2020. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Duterte rejects peace talks with CPP-NPA: 'No more talks to talk about'

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes the remark after expressing his sadness over the deaths of soldiers who were allegedly killed by communist rebels while delivering medical aid

TALKS OVER. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on April 27, 2020. Malacañang photo

New Zealand has won a battle against virus transmission – Prime Minister

Apr 27, 2020 - 2:11 PM

After nearly 5 weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions – with only essential services operating – due to the coronavirus, New Zealand will move to Level Three late on Monday

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

New York plans how to return to business amid pandemic

Apr 26, 2020 - 6:30 PM

New York – the financial, cultural, and tourism capital of the United States – is gingerly preparing to get back to business after more than a month of coronavirus shutdown

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 16, 2020 A view of downtown Manhattan seen on March 16, 2020 in New York. - New York -- the financial, cultural and tourism capital of the United States -- is gingerly preparing to get back to business after more than a month of coronavirus shutdown. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Duterte's martial law threat – and what he did not tell us

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:09 PM

In his taped Friday morning public address on the coronavirus, President Duterte blasts the communist rebels again and brings up an old peace proposal they submitted long before the pandemic

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Malacañang photo

Locked-down Delhi revels in fresh air and blue sky

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:55 PM

'We've never really experienced clean air like this,' says the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment

A motorist ride along a deserted street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in New Delhi on April 2, 2020

Overcrowded Bilibid records first coronavirus case

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The Bureau of Corrections says 40 other convicts are in isolation, while jail medical staff who had contact with the patient are considered suspected cases

DISINFECTION AT STATE PENITENTIARY. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the disinfection of the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

300 PH scientists, conservationists call for 'a culture of care for nature'

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:49 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 'Make nature a priority,' Philippine leaders told in an open letter from 300 scientists, conservationists ahead of Earth Day 2020

New Zealand to ease coronavirus lockdown next week

Apr 20, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Ardern says easing the lockdown would help the economy...with forecasts that unemployment could skyrocket to almost 26%

KITTY. A woman wearing a face mask waits for her flight at Wellington International Airport one day before the country goes on lockdown to stop any progress of the coronavirus, in Wellington on March 24, 2020. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New York passes virus 'high point' as Trump, governors feud

Apr 20, 2020 - 7:41 AM

The United States so far records more than 746,000 coronavirus cases and 40,000 deaths, far more than any other nation

HOMELESS. A homeless person asks for help on Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Michigan on March 30, 2020. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

4 soldiers killed in clashes with NPA in Negros Occidental, Masbate

Apr 19, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The military says 4 soldiers were also wounded in the Negros Occidental encounter on Sunday, April 19

Liberty take Ionescu with first pick in WNBA draft

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After finishing near-bottom last season, the New York Liberty beef up their roster with one of the most decorated players in women's college basketball

PRIZED ROOKIE. Sabrina Ionescu holds several NCAA women’s basketball records. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Military resumes offensives vs NPA, denies violating lapsed ceasefire

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:16 PM

The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler