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Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Evo Morales leaves the country on a military plane sent for him by Mexico, which granted him political asylum for his safety

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

PHISGOC urges SEA Games 2019 spectators to take P2P buses, not cars

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:46 PM

However, the designated areas where spectators can ride point-to-point buses to the venue have yet to be identified

BUSES, NOT CARS. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee discouraged spectators from bringing their cars to the Philippine Arena, and advised them to leave early for the opening ceremony. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/Rappler

Bolivian president says will call new elections

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The opposition claims that the October 20 polls, where President Evo Morales won a fourth consecutive term, were fraudulent

PRESIDENT MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at the Casa Grande del Pueblo (Great House of the People) in La Paz, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Iran has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, says Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

ENRICHED URANIUM. Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi gives a joint press point with the commissioner of the European Commission in charge of Climate Action and Energy, in Brussels on November 26, 2018. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

[OPINION] Building social capital with the Bangsamoro is a must

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Civil society must do its part by offering much-needed support, because we all know that criticizing from a distance can only do so much

WTO authorizes Chinese tariffs on $3.6B in U.S. goods in anti-dumping tiff

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The decision marks the first time the World Trade Organization has authorized China to impose tariffs in a trade dispute

WTO. A delegate leaves a World Trade Organization building during the 2018 edition of the WTO public forum on sustainable trade, on October 2, 2018 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PHISGOC to 'defend' 2019 SEA Games vs IT firm seeking TRO

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:46 PM

'We are prepared to defend this monumental event against those who believe they are above the law or exempt from legal requirements,' says the PHISGOC

PREPARED. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee is prepared to defend the hosting from legal controversies.

Strain of wild poliovirus eradicated – World Health Organization

Oct 24, 2019 - 5:53 PM

An independent panel, chaired by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, concludes the required criteria has been met to 'verify that this strain is truly gone,' the United Nations health agency says

POLIO FIGHT. Pakistani children shows her finger marked with ink on a fingertip that shows she received a polio vaccine at a school slum in Lahore, Pakistan, April 18, 2016. Photo from Shutterstock

Ramos-Shahani resigns as UNESCO Philippines secretary-general

Oct 23, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Lila Ramos-Shahani will also no longer serve as Department of Foreign Affairs assistant secretary

Photos of Lila Ramos-Shahani, UNESCO site from UNESCO Philippines website

Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

WTO approves U.S. tariffs worth $7.5B on EU goods in Airbus retaliation

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The ruling is the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization history and a landmark moment in the 15-year long Airbus-Boeing battle

US TARIFFS. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PH needs to strengthen routine immunization system – WHO official

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says that in the Philippines, nearly 3 of 5 kids under the age of 5 are not fully protected against polio.

STRENGTHEN IMMUNIZATION. World Health Organization representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe stresses the need to strengthen routine immunization systems amid concurrent outbreaks in the Philippines.

Rappler Talk: WHO's Rabindra Abeyasinghe on polio and health in the Philippines

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rappler sits down with World Health Organization's Rabindra Abeyasinghe to talk about the return of polio in the Philippines, how the government and its partners are responding to it, and other health issues in the country

WHO, health orgs seek public participation in vaccination campaign

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Distribution planning and fighting disinformation are essential to helping the immunization campaign for the country, says a health panel

HIGH HOPES. WHO representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says they are ‘convinced’ the Philippines can eradicate polio, since it has been done before. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

Suzara stays with 2019 SEA Games organizing committee

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee decides to let Ramon 'Tats' Suzara keep his position

FAST-TRACKING. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games is slated to happen on November 30. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The preelection promise draws immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Keeping a uniform typeface below graphic depictions of smoking-related illnesses will make the products less attractive to buyers, says Prakit Vathesatogkit, vice chair of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

PLAIN PACKAGING. This photo illustration shows new generic packaging for cigarettes in Bangkok on September 10, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

With one suicide every 40 seconds, WHO urges action

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:21 AM

'Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,' says the World Health Organization, insisting that 'every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues'

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Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step

Sep 07, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The country's Atomic Energy Organization says it would give UN inspectors access to monitor its nuclear sites

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. - Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States' reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on July 17. The complaint came in response to Washington's decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

[OPINION] Our languages are in trouble, so what?

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The education system has reinforced the narrow definition of success in terms of proficiency in two dominant languages: English and Filipino

China lodges WTO trade complaint against U.S.

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:34 PM

'These American tariffs seriously violate the consensus reached by the leaders of our two countries in Osaka,' Beijing's commerce ministry says, referring to trade discussions in the Japanese city in June

TRADE WAR. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

EXPLAINER: What is polio?

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The DOH says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission. Why so? And how do we prevent the long dormant disease from coming back?

HIGH RISK FOR POLIO. The Department of Health says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission and advices parents to get children under 5 vaccinated to prevent the disease.

BARMM adopts official flag as region’s first law

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The Bangsamoro flag embodies its people’s 'identity, history, heritage, struggles, and aspiration,' reads the law

BANGSAMORO FLAG. The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao establishes the region's official flag. Photo from the Facebook page of Majority Leader MP Atty. Lanang Ali Jr.

Stronger PH-Japan economic ties create more demand for MBA holders

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:15 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Studying and working in Japan enable Filipino students to learn necessary skills that their careers demand and open doors to more opportunities

Amazon fires a 'tipping point' – forestry group chief

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The situation in the Amazon is 'very urgent,' stresses Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organization

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet / AFP)

WHO urges investment drive as malaria fight stalls

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The World Health Organization says $34 billion must be invested between now and 2030 to fight malaria

MALARIA-STRICKEN. Yukpa natives surround a friend suffering from malaria at his house near Los Angeles del Tukuko mission, near Machiques, Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 11, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now – WHO

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The World Health Organization says: 'We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere – including in our drinking water'

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100-day countdown: Is PH all set for the 2019 SEA Games?

Aug 21, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Check out the major developments 100 days before the country hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

COUNTING DOWN. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games is set to unfold in 100 days. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

CFO launches 2020 Presidential Awards for overseas Filipinos

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Original copies of the endorsed nominations and supporting documents must be submitted not later than July 31, 2020

CA declares Bataan city's anti-smoking ordinance unconstitutional

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'The City Council of Balanga [has] overstepped Congress by passing an ordinance which imposes more prohibited acts than those specified under [RA 9211],' says the CA

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / sea-eye.org / AFP

PHISGOC saga: Medialdea blasts 'noisy' people questioning his authority

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea's rant comes after special envoy Ramon Tulfo writes a column accusing him of issuing a memorandum circular in support of PHISGOC Foundation without the President's knowledge

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea gives a message during the courtesy call of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) at the Presidential Guest House on July 17, 2019. A send-off ceremony was also held for the delegates of the BSP who are set to participate in the 24th World Scout Jamboree on July 22, 2019 in West Virginia, USA. Malacañang Photo

Cayetano suspects PHISGOC allegations linked to speakership race

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano again debunks corruption allegations against PHISGOC, which he chairs

JUST MUDSLINGING? PHISGOC chairman turned Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano takes his oath as new leader of the House of Representatives on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

SEA Games committee stays as corruption claims 'deemed false'

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Philippine sports officials vow to be 'united in one leadership' as the 2019 SEA Games hosting preparation gets back on track

HOSTING DUTIES. With the SEA Games just 4 months away, Philippine sports officials try to get things back in order. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

WHO warns against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines, serum

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health

RABIES. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from Shutterstock

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

HMOs told not to discriminate against people living with HIV

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The Insurance Commission sets guidelines for health maintenance organizations on the assessment of risks of persons with HIV or perceived to have HIV

Suzara hopes Duterte gives the SEA Games committee a chance

Jul 17, 2019 - 3:08 PM

PHISGOC executive director Ramon Suzara thinks it's unfair to put the SEA Games organizing committee out of the picture

CLEARING THE AIR. PHISGOC executive director Ramon Suzara clears up misleading claims versus PHISGOC. Rappler screenshot

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected – United Nations

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Getting to a world where no one is suffering from hunger by then remains an 'immense challenge,' the report says

FIGHTING WORLD HUNGER. FIAN-Philippines and the National Food Coalition celebrate the 2018 World Food Day in Payatas, Quezon City on October 24, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

20 million children not vaccinated in 2018: U.N. warns against 'stagnation'

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Last year, 19.4 million children were 'not fully vaccinated,' the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children's agency says in an annual report – up from 18.7 million in 2017 and about 18.5 million the year before

VACCINATION. A DOH health worker performs a dengue vaccination during a Dengue School-Based Immunization at Parang Marikina Elementary School on Monday. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

LTFRB urges ACTO to cancel July 15 transport strike

Jul 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations is set to hold a transport strike on Monday, July 15

AUTOMATED. The transportation department is going to modernize the way PUVs operate through an automated fare collection system. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Groups call on gov't to assert Hague ruling 3 years after victory

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Protests with calls to defend the Philippines' sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea mark the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling

Protesters on Friday, July 12, burn a Chinese flag to condemn China's harassment against the Philippines in forcibly reclaiming parts of the West Philippine Sea. Today was the third anniversary of the Philippines' historic victory against China in The Hague. Photo by John Philip Bravo/Rappler

PH urges Thailand to comply with customs valuation reforms on cigarette exports

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the Philippines a third time in its decade-long cigarette export dispute against Thailand

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Interpol says among the animals seized were 23 primates, 30 big cats, more than 4,300 birds, nearly 1,500 live reptiles, and close to 10,000 turtles and tortoises

[OPINION] Agriculture graduates should try working with an NGO

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:29 PM

You may decide not to stay long, but the lessons will stay with you forever

300 migrants 'still held in Libya center' hit by deadly raid

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:32 PM

The International Organization for Migration says its teams have 'located' and transferred to hospital 'a group of injured migrants who left Tajoura after the attack in the surrounding neighborhood'

AFTERMATH. Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

2019 SEA Games: Rizal Memorial, Philsports to finish renovations in October

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The PSC promises that the two key venues will be ready in time for the 2019 SEA Games

CLOSED FOR RENOVATION. The Rizal Memorial Stadium will be closed for rehabilitation until October 30. Photo from Wikipedia