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Trump aide's 'Russia ties' alleged in secret U.S. documents

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it believes Carter Page, a former foreign policy advisor to the campaign of Donald Trump 'has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.'

RUSSIA TIES. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2017 showing Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

Federalism to worsen political violence in regions – PCIJ

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Political analyst Julio Teehankee says 'unintended consequences' of federalism include 'escalated political rivalry and electoral violence among political clans'

Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Nicaragua government forces regain control of opposition stronghold

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The taking of Masaya by forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega was a significant development in 3 months of unrest that has left at least 280 people dead

CRACKDOWN. Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets of Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 18, 2018, following clashes with anti-government demonstrators. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

U.S. arrests Russian agent for conspiring to influence American politics

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:56 AM

The US justice department says the charges are conspiring to act as an agent of Russia 'by developing relationships with US persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics'

[OPINION] 2019 elections the real battle for the opposition

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

It is in the voting precincts, not on Twitter or Facebook, where voters shake things up. Will the 2019 elections be game changing or make us slide faster to the kangkungan?

Haiti prime minister resigns after deadly unrest

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The unrest was sparked by the government's plans for major fuel price hikes — 38% for gasoline, 47% for diesel, and 51% for kerosene

RESIGNED. Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant during his speech to the deputies at the interpellation session in Port au Prince, Haiti, July 14, 2018. He confessed to having given earlier in the day his resignation to the President of the Republic who accepted it. Photo by Pierre Michel Jean/AFP

Robredo taking lead vs Duterte admin a ‘morale boost' for opposition

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Administration critic Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is willing to take a step back and give Vice President Leni Robredo 'the space that she needs to deliver the message to the people'

THE OPPOSITION. Vice President Leni Robredo shakes the hand of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the GenWe: Tambayan event. Joining them are Kaya Natin! Movement lead convenor Harvey Keh and ex-Quezon representative Erin Tañanda. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mexico's president-elect unveils legislative agenda

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The anti-establishment leftist announces a 12-point plan for legislation to deliver the 'true change' he has promised Mexicans fed up with crime and corruption

PLANS. Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Attorney General Raquel Dodge says there is evidence that when appeals judge Rogerio Favreto acted professionally, he did so 'motivated by personal feelings and interests'

Czech gov't wins confidence vote backed by Communists

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:28 AM

It takes Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis 9 months to form a government after he won last October's election, with potential partners initially shunning him over allegations of EU subsidy fraud among other concerns

CONFIDENCE VOTE. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis delivers his speech in the Czech Parliament in Prague, Czech Republic on July 11, 2018. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo arrives in Berlin

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:11 PM

In an emotional phone call with Liao Yiwu recently, Liu Xia says, 'They should add a line to the constitution: 'Loving Liu Xiaobo is a serious crime – it's a life sentence'.'

IN GERMANY. Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, smiles as she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, on July 10, 2018. Photo by Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP

Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, takes his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime

2ND TERM. This hand out picture taken and released on July 9, 2018 by Turkish President Office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, next to his wife Emine Erdogan, gesturing while he makes a speech at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Turkish President Office/AFP

Why Drilon didn't push for anti-dynasty in BBL bicam

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'As a form of protest, I did not argue and push for its adoption anymore because the provision, as crafted, is useless,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, proponent of the anti-political dynasty provision

Sen. Frankin Drilon Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

May stares down Brexit plan backlash as ministers quit

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's dramatic resignation follows those of Brexit minister David Davis and his deputy Steve Baker overnight over May's plans to keep Britain economically close to the bloc

DOWNING STREET. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018 Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves from 10 Downing street after attending a National Security Council meeting in London. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Bicam drops anti-dynasty provision in Bangsamoro bill

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, some members of which belong to political families, has strongly opposed the ban on dynasties, saying it is a 'clear violation' of a person's right to vote and be voted

Bicameral Committee. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Lula remains in jail as Brazil judge voids shock release order

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturns a shock order to free Lula, which dropped hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in the southern city of Porto Alegre

IMPRISONMENT. In this file photo, Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. File photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

Macedonia MPs ratify Greece deal, paving way for referendum

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says the referendum on the name change would take place 'probably at the end of September'

Mexico president-elect meets predecessor to ready 'transformation'

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:51 AM

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's victory is the first time in Mexico's modern democracy that a candidate has won more than half the vote

MEETING. Handout picture released by the Mexican Presidency showing President Enrique Peña Nieto (L) and newly elected Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City on July 3, 2018. Handout photo by Mexican Presidency/AFP

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear before a judge, Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of criminal breach of trust and a separate charge that he abused his position to pocket 42 million ringgit

CHARGED. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

The art of dissent in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Under the Duterte administration, artists have become among the strongest voices of resistance

POLITICAL ART. The Duterte administration has given rise to new work by artists criticizing the government's moves. File photos by Leanne Jazul/ Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

Thousands march against U.S. immigration policy

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol

OUTCRY. Demonstrators rally against the Trump administration's immigration policies outside of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images/AFP

133 politicians murdered ahead of Mexico elections – study

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The victims include 48 candidates running for office – 28 who are killed during the primary campaigns and 20 during the general election campaign, says Etellekt

VIOLENCE. Relatives grieve next to the coffin of mayoral candidate and member of the National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA), Jose Remedios Aguirre, during his funeral in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato, Mexico, on May 12, 2018. File photo by Gustavo Becerra/AFP

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273M

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'I think this is the biggest seizure in Malaysian history,' says Amar Singh, the police's head of commercial crime investigations

'BIGGEST SEIZURE.' Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Democrat Crowley ousted by political novice in U.S. shocker

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:33 PM

According to a detailed profile this week in Vogue, just months ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was still working as a server in a restaurant. She identifies as a Democratic socialist.

VICTORY PARTY. Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

Nicaragua unrest mounts as gov't-opposition talks resume

Jun 26, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Nicaragua's influential Catholic bishops say delegates from both sides are evaluating a proposal to organize new elections for March 2019 rather than at the end of 2021 as scheduled

IN PROTEST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities spread across the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses.

RELEASED. A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Loren Elliott / AFP

U.S. Navy planning new camps to support immigration crackdown – report

Jun 23, 2018 - 1:00 PM

According to a draft memo obtained by Time magazine, the navy plans to build 'temporary and austere' tent cities to house 25,000 migrants across 3 abandoned air fields in Alabama, 47,000 people at a facility near San Francisco, and another 47,000 at a training center in southern California

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

'Not one more death': Nicaraguan bishops stand with Ortega's opponents

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Thousands of people welcome several prominent bishops, who leads them through Masaya in procession behind a statue of Jesus

'NOT ONE MORE DEATH.' People celebrate behind a barricade after the arrival of bishops of the Episcopal Conference and members of the Civic Alliance in Masaya, Nicaragua on June 21, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Political milestones for women after New Zealand PM gives birth

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Here are some of the other historic moments for women in government.

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand prime minister gives birth to healthy baby girl

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:43 PM

It is the first child for the 37-year-old and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, with the new arrival weighing in at 3.3 kilograms

MOTHER. In this file photo, 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

Trump urges Republicans to fix family separation crisis

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of House Democrats yell out at Donald Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress

US IMMIGRATION. (R-L) U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) hold signs as they stage a protest outside a meeting between US President Donald Trump and House Republicans at the US Capitol June 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

New Spain PM to move Catalan, Basque prisoners closer to home

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Moving the prisoners will satisfy demands made by Catalonia's two separatist parties and the Basque Nationalist Party which helped Pedro Sanchez topple his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy

MEETING DEMANDS. In this file photo, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Officials in Athens insist that the deal will help stabilize the historically volatile Balkan region, permitting Greece to focus on other regional challenges

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

NEW POLICY? Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP photo

PDP-Laban offers to help improve PH-North Korea ties

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The ruling party also plans to send a delegation to Pyongyang 'to meet with their counterparts from the Workers' Party of Korea'

Trump threatens to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump described migration as a big problem for Europe. He then told Japan's Abe: "Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon."

ALLIES. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Robredo swears in new Liberal Party members in Negros Occidental

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'It is much better to open the party membership to non-politicians because we are assured that they join the party not to win the election but because we have the same principles,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NEW MEMBERS. Some of the new members of the Liberal Party from Negros Occidental who took their oath before Vice President Leni Robredo on June 14, 2018. Contributed photo

Watchdog faults Comey over Clinton probe, but says no bias

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The report reviews one of the most controversial chapters of the 2016 election battle between the Republican Trump and his Democratic rival Clinton.

CLINTON PROBE. In this file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Deadly clashes persist amid Nicaragua national strike

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Fierce unrest in other areas persists, leaving at least 4 dead during pro-government attacks on activists guarding barricades

ARRESTED. People ask for information about their relatives arrested during protests against President Ortega's government, at "El Chipote" prison in Managua on June 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Sereno and the opposition, Trump-Kim summit, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

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Iraq's Sadr announces alliance with pro-Iranian Ameri

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr hails the formation of 'a true alliance to accelerate the formation of a national government away from any dogmatism'

ALLIANCE. In this file photo, Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-L) shows his ink-stained index finger and holds a national flag while surrounded by people outside a polling station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the 1st parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The ousted chief justice calls on Tindig Pilipinas to join with other forces, but Senator Hontiveros says they still have a fundamental difference with the Left

TINDIG PILIPINAS. Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers the key address of the biggest general assembly yet of Tindig Pilipinas, a coalition of opposition groups. Photo by Rappler

Standing ovation for Robert De Niro's expletive at Trump

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:39 PM

CBS television network, which broadcast the Tony Awards Sunday night, bleeped out De Niro's expletive

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kris vs Mocha: Lessons for the catatonic opposition

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

That Kris – once the Aquino clan's loose cannon – could outgun, outtalk and outmessage the 'Yellows' indicates something wrong with the opposition

Trillanes hits Duterte for saying 'someone will shoot him' someday

Jun 10, 2018 - 1:18 PM

'Go ahead, Mr Duterte, order somebody to shoot me and, I assure you, it would lead to your end,' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV dares President Rodrigo Duterte

TOUGH TALK. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV speaks at the Senate. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 U.S. diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma.

CUBA. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United State of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque / AFP

U.S.-North Korea: 70 years of high tension

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a recap of the decades of tensions between the two countries

LOOKOUTS. A North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier (R) stand opposite each other at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on February 4, 2015.  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File