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Zimbabwe elections in '4 to 5' months – president

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM

It points to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe

In this file photo, Zimbabwean newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa gestures during the Inauguration ceremony at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, on November 24, 2017. Mujahid Safodien/AFP

HRW report hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

In its annual report, Human Rights Watch tracks unchecked abuse in unstable states like Syria and Myanmar, authoritarian trends in powers like Turkey and China – and also weighs in on year one of Trump's White House

RESIST. In this file photo, NYC Coalition to Resist US President Donald Trump holds Inauguration Day protest and march to the Trump Building on Wall Street, January 20, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

May agrees to extra £44.5M for Calais before Macron summit

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:37 PM

British and French leaders also aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism at the meeting, as Britain tries to strengthen ties before leaving the European Union next year

In this file photo, migrants, carrying their luggage, walk past a Calais city limit sign as they head towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016.  Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Japan, Australia push for defense pact amid regional tension

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Diplomats are putting the finishing touches to the proposed defense pact, which would be the first of its kind for Japan and would make Australia Tokyo's closest military partner after the United States

INSPECTING HARDWARE. Visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (2nd L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) listen to a briefing on the PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launcher while visiting the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces' Narashino camp in Funabashi, Chiba on January 18, 2018. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

‘Con-Ass without Senate won’t pass legal, constitutional, logical test’

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Tony La Viña: 'The only way a Constituent Assembly can be convened is if there is a joint resolution by both Houses'

JOINT SESSION. In this file photo, members of the Senate and House of Representatives attend a special joint session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Former CIA agent's arrest follows U.S. spying debacle in China

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:52 AM

According to The New York Times, US counter-intelligence has been working overtime since at least 2012 to uncover a possible pro-Beijing mole within the ranks of America's espionage services

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. In this file photo, a man walks across the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at the lobby of the Original Headquarters Building at the CIA headquarters February 19, 2009 in McLean, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

British MPs approve landmark Brexit bill

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

However, the unelected upper House of Lords may insist on further changes when peers begin their scrutiny on January 30, while ministers still face opposition from the devolved Scottish and Welsh administrations

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons in central London on January 17, 2018. Paul Ellis/PRU and AFP

Pope denounces violence in visit to restive region of Chile

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

The Argentine-born pontiff was shining the spotlight on the simmering conflict between the Chilean state and the Mapuche people

AMONG THE PEOPLE. Pope Francis waves crowds from the popemobile on his way to Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago on January 17, 2018. Pablo Vera Lisperguer/AFP

House reps question SC lawyer's faith, intentions at Sereno impeach hearing

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:04 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Jocelyn Fabian is questioned on her competence, and at times mocked for her Christian faith, during the continuation of the impeachment hearing vs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Resource person Atty. Jocelyn Fabian Head of the Two technical working group of Supreme Court testifying before the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno o Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Republican senator accuses Trump of Stalin-like attacks on media

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Flake slams what he calls the president's dangerous disregard for the truth, and his designation of the mainstream news media as an 'enemy of the people'

NOT BUDDIES. This file photo taken on December 5, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch meeting with Republican members of the Senate, including US Senator Jeff Flake (R), Republican of Arizona, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Two Koreas in talks on 2018 Winter Olympics athletes

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Seoul has long sought to proclaim the event a 'peace Olympics' in the face of tensions over the North's weapons programs

NEGOTIATIONS. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows North Korean delegation members (R) talking with South Korean delegation members (L) during their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 17, 2018. South Korean Unification Ministry/AFP

UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'We believe it would be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operation abides by international standards'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

House sub-committee also proposes to clip powers of judiciary

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government

JUDICIAL OVERREACH? A House sub-committee on constitutional amendments want to remove the judiciary's power to determine grave abuse of discretion of the other branches of government, citing judicial overreach.

U.S. and allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, hosts of talks in Vancouver, urge world powers to support 'maritime interdiction' measures

AGENDA: KOREA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives his opening remarks as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens at the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 2018. Don MacKinnon/AFP

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong jailed for 2014 protest

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Joshua Wong is already on bail pending an appeal over a 6-month sentence for another protest-related offense

GOING TO JAIL. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Kabayan reps want Philippine capital moved to Davao City

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Kabayan Representatives Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang file a bill that aims to move the country's seat of government from Manila to Davao

Bannon says under White House orders not to answer House committee

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:16 AM

It is the first time Bannon has testified in the probe of whether campaign associates of the president colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US elections

BANNON IN CAPITOL HILL. Steve Bannon, former advisor to President Trump, arrives at a House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting, on January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:59 AM

US authorities arrest a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

Hong Kong democracy activists appeal jail terms

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Hong Kong's leading democracy activists appeal against their jail terms in a case seen as a litmus test for the independence of the city's judiciary

APPEALING. Bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow chant slogans as they meet the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees 'within 2 years'

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The deal outlines the first clear timeline for a return of hundreds of thousands of refugees

SEEKING HELP. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

U.S., allies meet to find diplomatic way out of North Korea crisis

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The two-day Vancouver meeting hosted by Canada and the United States comes amid signs of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

UNDER ATTACK. This photo illustration shows a woman reading the website of online news portal Rappler in Manila on January 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM

'I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.'

HAPPY IN CHILE. Pope Francis smiles at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:54 AM

While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organization's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it is unclear whether the vote of the Palestinian Central Council is binding

ANNOUNCEMENT. Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun (L) reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 16, 2018. Abbas Momani/AFP

Duterte claims he fired CHED's Licuanan

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Duterte: 'I have dismissed Licuanan today, 'yung sa Marina, and many will follow'

FIRED? President Duterte (L) claims he fired CHED chair Patricia Licuanan (R), while she says she resigned. File photos

Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Tokyo's statement comes on the same day that China announced 3 of its 'Coast Guard vessels conducted a patrol in territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands'

DISPUTED. This photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Japan pool via Jiji Press / File /AFP

Trump: 'I'm not a racist'

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump: 'I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.'

'NOT RACIST' US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. official defends early-warning systems after Hawaii 'failure'

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:05 AM

The erroneous missile alert message comes after months of soaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang

NOT A TARGET. A morning view of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen on January 13, 2018. Eugene Tanner/AFP

Whistleblower Manning seeks U.S. Senate seat

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Chelsea Manning has now gone from prison to US senatorial candidate in less than a year during which she often made headlines

RUNNING FOR SENATE. In this file photo, Chelsea Manning attends the OUT Magazine #OUT100 Event at the the Altman Building on November 9, 2017 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for OUT Magazine/AFP

Tunisian government announces social reforms after week of unrest

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The announcement came after President Beji Caid Essebsi consulted with political parties, unions and employers

TALKS. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a meeting with political parties, unions and employers on January 13, 2018 in Tunis, following unrest triggered by austerity measures. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions

DOME OF THE ROCK. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Thousands call for Peru leader to step down over Fujimori pardon

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Relatives of those killed under Alberto Fujimori's rule – all dressed in black – lead the cortege for the rally in central Lima, under the watchful eye of police

PROTEST. Demonstrators march during a protest against the pardon granted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to former President Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Merkel's new gov't push goes down to wire as parties dig heels in

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is battling to form a new government to salvage her political future, has warned that it would be a 'tough day' of talks

NEW GOVERNMENT? German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Venezuela government, opposition in fresh talks on crisis

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:27 AM

The two-day meeting, on the neutral ground of the Dominican Republic, comes after the government of President Nicolas Maduro threatened to ban key opposition parties from the election

FRESH TALKS. A person's shadow is cast on a Venezuelan national flag in Caracas on July 10, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Merkel in last-ditch push for German coalition

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Along the way, negotiators need to compromise on policy differences – the SPD is seeking welfare gains while the conservatives are pushing for tax cuts as Germany's public coffers bulge

CHIT-CHAT. The leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk as they wait to be introduced to the German President during a New Year's reception at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin on January 9, 2018. John MacDougall/AFP

Trump says U.S. could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Trump's comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. revamps travel warning system, ranks countries

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:51 AM

Officials insist the change is to make advice clearer to US travelers, but the travel warning system has long been controversial and often offends foreign capitals

U.S. immigration agents raid 7-11 stores

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:27 AM

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 21 undocumented immigrants in the raids of 7-Eleven franchises in 17 states and the capital

TARGETED. People walk into a 7-Eleven store in Washington, DC on January 10, 2018. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Moon calls for 'heartfelt' Japan apology for WWII sex slavery

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In calls for a 'heartfelt apology;' from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemns a 2015 agreement as a 'wrongful' solution

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. Protestors sit next ot the statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump calls US courts 'unfair' after 'Dreamers' ruling

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The White House calls the Tuesday ruling by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco 'outrageous,' coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both camps on the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

ENDING DACA. Immigrants and supporters demonstrate during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in front of the White House on September 5, 2017 in Washington DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Fresh unrest in Tunisia after death at price rise demos

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Tunisia has seen several days of protests after activists and politicians denounce hikes in value-added tax and social contributions introduced at the start of the year as a tough new budget is implemented

FACE OFF. Tunisian protesters clash with security forces in the town of Tebourba on January 9, 2018, following the funeral of a man who was killed the previous day in a demonstration over rising costs and government austerity. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Trump to make surprise appearance at Davos

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The gathering might seem antithetical to Trump's brand of politics, but the White House insists his message will be the same surrounded by chalets as it would be in Washington

ON TRUMP'S AGENDA. A file picture taken on January 25, 2012 shows participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting standing under a sign reading 'World Economic Forum' at the Congress Center in Davos. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart News in post-book storm

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:11 AM

The announcement comes just days after the 64-year-old news executive at the provocative right-wing site publicly split with Trump over explosive comments he made about the president's fitness for office and members of his family

OUT. In this file photo, Stephen Bannon arrives for a joint press conference between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump on pissing on Pyongyang, evolution and Genesis, and getting advice from Duterte

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:31 PM

[Satire] When you attend a Donald Trump news conference....

Detained De Lima wants to learn how to paint

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is taking on new hobbies to cope with her daily struggles inside detention

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS. Senator Leila de Lima speaks during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the Jack Lam bribery scandal at the Senate on January 23, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Merkel in new bid to end Germany political impasse

Jan 07, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The week of meetings between Merkel's conservative alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) will examine whether both sides have enough common ground to begin formal coalition negotiations towards a new government

SEAT OF POWER. The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Macron pursues ambitious agenda on first official China visit

Jan 07, 2018 - 11:44 AM

During the 3-day trip which begins Monday, January 8, Macron plans to seek a 'strategic partnership' with Beijing, notably on terrorism and climate change

TO CHINA. French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, on June 20, 2017. Benjamin Cremel/File/AFP

South Korea's Park 'took money from spy agency' – reports

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Park Geun-Hye allegedly received between 50 and 200 million won (now $47,000 to $188,000) from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) every month from soon after her swearing-in in early 2013 until mid-2016

ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION. In this file photo, then South Korea's President Park Geun-hye answers a reporter's question during her New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on January 13, 2016. Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/AFP

France's Macron vows law vs fake news, eyeing Russia

Jan 04, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Macron: 'We are going to develop our legal means of protecting democracy against fake news'

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech on the European Union in the amphitheater of the Sorbonne University in Paris on September 26, 2017. Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP