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Crunch time for Merkel to build coalition or face new polls

Nov 18, 2017 - 12:43 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 'now faces the most difficult task of her leadership so far,' judges the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

In this file photo, German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel arrives for a party board meeting in Berlin on August 15, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Madrid

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Fugitive Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has crossed the border into neighboring Colombia, saying he intends to fly to Europe to organize resistance against President Nicolas Maduro's rule

OPPOSITION. The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, 62, greets followers at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on November 17, 2017, before embarking to Spain after escaping house arrest in the Venezuelan capital. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha Uson, Harry Roque on PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker of the House, makes the announcement during the mass oath taking of local allies in Cebu

One Cebu members, Liberal Party mayors transfer to Duterte's PDP-Laban

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, founder and president emeritus of One Cebu party, will lead members in the mass oath taking with PDP-Laban Friday, November 17

JUMPING SHIP. Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia leads their political clan from One Cebu Party to PDP-Laban.

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program

TRADE HUB. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The verdict was widely expected from a justice system heavily warped by the influence of long-standing premier Hun Sen, who is accused of ruthlessly targeting rivals in the run-up to 2018 polls

PARTY'S OVER. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sit at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

Maria Isabel Lopez appeals to LTO to grant her 'senior citizen discount'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Maria Isabel Lopez appears before the LTO but has yet to submit a formal written appeal for breaking into the special ASEAN lanes

Ex-LP stalwart Mamba to take oath as PDP-Laban chair in Cagayan

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:26 PM

The oath taking comes a year after the Cagayan governor transferred to President Rodrigo Duterte's party

NEW PROVINCIAL CHAIR. Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba will take his oath as PDP-Laban provincial chair on November 17, 2017, more than a year after he jumped ship from the Liberal Party. Photo by Rappler

North Korean defector stable after shooting, but riddled with parasites

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:47 PM

A North Korean soldier shot multiple times while defecting to the South is in a stable condition but riddled with parasites that could complicate his chances of survival

BRIEFING. South Korean doctor Lee Cook-Jong, who carried out surgery on gunshot wounds sustained by a North Korean soldier, speaks about the condition of the soldier during a briefing at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul, on November 15, 2017. Stringer/Yonhap/AFP

'Mounting evidence' of Myanmar genocide – watchdogs

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide

EXODUS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Malacañang shrugs off Trump mispronouncing Duterte's name

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'No slight taken,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, adding that the Philippine President is himself prone to mistakes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's ASEAN chairmanship was a win for him and China

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:47 PM

The Summit hosting is a 'diplomatic gift' to Duterte and a win for China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, expresses the country's continuing commitment to building a strong and resilient ASEAN Community. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Stunned Zimbabweans face uncertain future without Mugabe

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Zimbabweans are weighing an uncertain future without President Robert Mugabe after the army took power and placed the 93-year-old veteran under house arrest

SPECIAL EDITION. A man reads the front page of a special edition of The Herald newspaper about the crisis in Zimbabwe with the headline 'No military takeover - ZDF' on November 15, 2017 in Harare. AFP photo

Malacañang says world's admiration gained from ASEAN Summit

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Opposition lawmakers who labeled the summit as a 'failed PR stunt' 'obviously did not know what happened behind closed doors,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Merkel faces crucial deadline on coalition talks

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left-leaning Greens are to announce whether they have found enough common ground to begin formal coalition negotiations

AT THE BUNDESTAG. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reflects in a window as she gives a speech at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on June 29, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Two more women accuse U.S. Senate hopeful of impropriety – report

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:08 AM

But the Alabama politician gives no sign of dropping out of the race as his campaign denies assault allegations

FACING TROUBLE. Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event at the Walker Springs Road Baptist Church on November 14, 2017 in Jackson, Alabama. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFP

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Daughter of Angola's ex-president sacked as state oil chief

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:55 AM

The sacking marks a watershed moment in Joao Lourenco's young presidency as he seeks to assert his authority and clear out the legacy of his controversial predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos

SACKED. This file photo taken on May 3, 2014 shows Isabel dos Santos attending an art exhibition in Porto, northern Portugal. Fernando Veludo/Publico/AFP

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

World leaders descend on Bonn to re-energize negotiations hamstrung by America's rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement

UNITED FRONT. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot (L) pose with youth as they visit the French stand during the UN conference on climate change (COP23) on November 15, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. John Macdougall/AFP

'Failed PR stunt': House opposition criticizes Duterte admin's ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The opposition bloc criticizes the administration for a costly 'photo op' and hits the regional bloc for its silence on human rights issues, including those in the Philippines itself

HOSTING DUTIES DONE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi exchange pleasantries following the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

'You're a woman, what do you know about cars?'

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, head of the Philippine arm of Korean carmaker Hyundai, shares her experience of male bosses intimidating her

TOP EXEC. Hyundai Asia Resources Inc's Maria Fe Perez-Agudo. Agudo's photo courtesy Hyundai Philippines

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) Military vehicles block roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers deliver a late-night television address to the nation

UNDER HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Sidelined at ASEAN Summit? No big deal for Robredo

Nov 15, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Despite not being invited to serve an official function, Vice President Leni Robredo believes the Philippine government was 'successful' in mounting the 31st ASEAN Summit

VP AT WORK. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, held on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by the OVP

Rubbing elbows with ASEAN business giants? Here's the price

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:36 PM

On the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, some of the region's most prominent businessmen get the chance to meet and network together

SEA OF ATTENDEES. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

Attacks targeted more countries in 2016 but fewer killed – report

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Global Terrorism Index calls the falling victim numbers the 'main positive finding' and 'a turning point in the fight against radical Islamist extremism'

This photo taken on July 15, 2016 in Nice, shows a French flag at a make-shift memorial for victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

No more ASEAN lanes along EDSA, Roxas Blvd – MMDA

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The MMDA ends the implementation of ASEAN lanes along EDSA and Roxas Boulevard Wednesday morning, November 15

Violence marks ASEAN 2017 protests in Manila

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:16 PM

More than a hundred protesters are injured from the protest actions during the 31st ASEAN Summit

Various protest groups roit near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident' Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on November 13, 2017

UN chief low-key in first Philippine visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the Philippines amid the tense dynamics of the international organization with President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines is last piece of ASEAN puzzle for CIMB

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Malaysian banking giant CIMB Group seeks a license to operate in the Philippines to complete its market positioning as an 'ASEAN bank'

The many ways ASEAN chair Duterte asked media to leave the room

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:10 AM

From asking cameramen to 'disappear' to saying the ASEAN Secretariat 'does not like' them, here are the ways President Rodrigo Duterte requested media to let country leaders discuss matters in private

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Power slips from Mugabe as military steps in

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions between the 93-year-old leader and the military that has been a key buttress to his reign have intensified in recent days

WHERE'S ROBERT? In this file photo, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters, November 8 2017. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

WATCH: PH hands over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Singapore's chairmanship for 2018 will have the tagline 'Resilient and Innovative'

NOW IN HIS HANDS. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holds up a symbolic gavel as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks on, during the turnover ceremony of the ASEAN Chairmanship, at the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, November 14, 2017. ASEAN Media Pool photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Hi! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

WATCH: Light moments at the 31st ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Trump and Medvedev's handshake bloopers, Trudeau and his screaming fans, Duterte's duet with Pilita Corrales, and more!

OOPS. (L-R) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, US President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong join hands for the family photo during the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Venezuela 'selective default' declared, govt insists it is paying up

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Standard & Poor's declares Venezuela in 'selective default' after it failed to make $200 million in payments on two global bond issues by the end of a 30-day grace period on November 12

LINING UP FOR CASH. People queue to withdraw money from an ATM in Caracas on November 14, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Sessions vows quick decision on possible Clinton prosecutor

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' comments indicate that Republicans are seeking to mount a counter-offensive to the probe into Russian election meddling – and whether or not Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the 2016 contest

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Senate panel debates U.S. president's nuclear authority

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The debate comes as tensions rise between an unpredictable Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un

PRESS HUDDLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One while departing Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

New Zealand's Ardern talks to Duterte about 'values' of peace

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 AM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the youngest leader at the ASEAN Summit, meets President Duterte, the septuagenarian ASEAN leader

Exhausted Duterte ends yearlong ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks forward to going home to his 'city by the sea' to be with his grandchildren and youngest daughter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the opening remarks of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO