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Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Forty-four former US senators urge current and future members of the US Senate to make sure that 'partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest'

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Germany looks beyond Merkel as party elects successor

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Widely seen as Angela Merkel's anointed crown princess is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the Christian Democrats' centrist general secretary and former premier of tiny Saarland state

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Kodaline is coming to Manila in 2019

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The Irish rock band is returning to Manila a second time for a solo concert on February 2019

New president AMLO sets out Mexico's 'transformation'

Dec 04, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'We're at your disposal to answer your questions. There are no limits, no censorship... The media are instruments to keep the people informed,' Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tells reporters

NEW PRESIDENT. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his first press conference as president, at the National Palace in Mexico City on December 3, 2018. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Leftist Lopez Obrador sworn in as Mexico's new president

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The new president inherits a sticky set of problems from his unpopular predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto

NEW PRESIDENT. Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves after being sworn-in, at the Congress of the Union, in Mexico City on December 1, 2018. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Does Gen Z care about social and political issues?

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The picture that emerges is that the surveyed Gen Z have quick access to information online and are immersed in social media. But they are not diligent critical thinkers.

Ex-diplomat Zurabishvili elected Georgia's first woman president

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:50 PM

With all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat has taken 59.52% of the vote in the second round run-off

Pelosi nominated by Democrats to reclaim U.S. House speaker role

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:27 AM

Nancy Pelosi needs a simple majority on the House floor – 218 votes in the 435-member chamber – to prevail in January

NOMINATED. U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media at the lobby of Longworth House Office Building November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Democrats have nominated Pelosi to run for Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Why federalism won't work with political dynasties in power

Nov 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Dynastic politicians will not hesitate to hijack the federalism agenda to perpetuate themselves in their positions of power

Facebook rollout of political ad transparency report in PH uncertain

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook's political ad transparency reports are currently only active in the US, the United Kingdom, and Brazil

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Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, who rarely makes political statements, rebukes criticism of the courts by President Donald Trump, insisting that the judiciary is 'independent'

REBUKE. In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP

Muslim leaders reject Australia PM's terror comments

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Australian Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim figures in Australia say they are 'deeply concerned and disappointed' with comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. - Morrison on October 22 issued an emotive apology to children who suffered sexual abuse, saying the state had failed to protect them from "evil dark" crimes committed over decades. (Photo by SEAN DAVEY / AFP)

Nancy Binay airs ‘dark’ Christmas ad ahead of 2019 campaign

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:30 AM

‘Si Nancy Binay po ito. ’Di ’nyo man ako makita sa dilim, alam kong marami sa atin, madilim ang Pasko,’ says the reelectionist senator in her paid advertisement

EARLY CAMPAIGNING? Senator Nancy Binay airs a Christmas advertisement on national television. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte finally signs Faeldon’s appointment as BuCor Chief

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) Nicanor Faeldon will inherit the problem of alleged continuing drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison and the persistent illness of the national penitentiary which is over-congestion

NEW BUCOR CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the appointment of Nicanor Faeldon as the new chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Gwen Garcia after impasse

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The anti-graft court had to convene a special division, but the aspiring governor of Cebu still loses by a vote of 3-2

BALILI CHARGES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia loses her bid to throw out graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan which stemmed from the controversial Balili property. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Andaya: De Vera 'abandoned' ABS through Marikina congressional bid

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera is running for Marikina 2nd District congressman in the 2019 polls

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ivanka Trump used personal email for gov't business – report

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pilloried Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 presidential election, for her use of a private email server for government business while she was secretary of state

Bolsonaro says Brazilians 'don't know what dictatorship is'

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'The Brazilian people still do not know what dictatorship is, do not know what it is to suffer at the hands of these people,' says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says Brazilians do not know what a dictatorship is. File photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Minority leadership row triggers De Vera's removal from ABS party

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends ousted congressman Eugene de Vera, arguing that the latter's removal as House member is illegal

BATTLE FOR MINORITY. Expelled ABS Representative Eugene de Vera is questioning the post of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez before the Supreme Court. File photos by Rappler

House removes Eugene de Vera as ABS party-list congressman

Nov 19, 2018 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) Expelled Arts, Business, and Science Professionals Representative Eugene de Vera tags his removal as 'unconstitutional'

EXPELLED. Eugene de Vera is removed as a member of the ABS party-list and its representative to the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

U.S. mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty in New York

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The charges against Cesar Sayoc include 5 counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction, 5 counts of interstate transportation of explosives, and 5 counts of threatening interstate communications

CESAR SAYOC. Sayoc is accused of sending 16 pipe bombs to liberal critics. Photo from Getty Images North America/AFP

Coup-plagued Fiji goes to the polls

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Preliminary results will be released later Wednesday, November 14 but an election winner will not be known for 4 or 5 days as votes trickle in from polling stations on the archipelago's more remote islands

ELECTIONS. People arrive to vote in the general election in Suva on November 14, 2018. Long queues formed on November 14 as polling opened in Fiji for the Pacific island nation's second election since a 2006 military coup. Photo by Ivamere Rokovesa/AFP

Sri Lanka parliament votes out Rajapaksa's government

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya rules that a majority of the 225-member assembly supports the motion against Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26

OUT. This file photo shows Sri Lanka's former president and prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and President Maithripala Sirisena attending a rally in Colombo on November 5, 2018. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

U.S. lawmakers return to work, spending showdown ahead

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'The reality is that we still have a series of important, outstanding subjects to tackle between now and the end of this year,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

BACK TO WORK. In this file photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Nancy Pelosi: Former U.S. House speaker eyes gavel once more

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to become speaker of the House, a position she held for 4 years from 2007, when she made history as the first woman ever to rise to that post

PELOSI. In this file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club. File photo from Shutterstock

Colorado elects first openly gay governor in U.S.

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Jared Polis will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has been in office since 2011

COLORADO. Networks project that Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has won the governor's race in Colorado. File photo from Polis' official Facebook page

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women in U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42, are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities

ADVOCATES. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress. File photos from Facebook

2 Native American women break ground in election to U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The two are among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts

FIRST. Democrat candidates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids file photo from Twitter, Haaland file photo from Wikipedia

Ted Cruz reelected to Senate in Texas in win for Republicans

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Ted Cruz overcomes major deficits in fundraising to ultimately defeat his charismatic rival Beto O'Rourke, whose campaign electrified Democrats across the country

WIN FOR REPUBLICANS. In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Get Out The Vote Bus Tour rally at the Redneck Country Club on November 5, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY Democrat rock star makes history

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have made history tonight,' the grinning 29-year-old tells cheering supporters at her victory party in Queens

Democrats seize U.S. House but Trump averts 'blue wave'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Donald Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Democrats snatch first House seats from Republicans in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Democrats must gain 21 more seats in the 435-member House of Representatives to regain control of the chamber, which is currently led by President Donald Trump's Republicans

FIRST HOUSE SEATS. Democrats seize their first two Republican-held seats of the US midterm elections, as networks project the win of Jennifer Wexton (L) and Donna Shalala (R). Wexton file photo from Facebook, Shalala file photo from Twitter

Voters crowd polling stations as U.S. delivers verdict on Trump

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, November 6, in the first major voter test of Donald Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency

US VOTES. Voters fill out their ballots at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, United States. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Election Day test for Trump as America votes

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) With control of Congress and Trump's agenda at stake, early voting has hit record levels and turnout appears high across the country

ELECTIONS. California's multi-language 'I Voted' stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/

Trump says American dream at stake in U.S. midterms after polarizing campaign

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Hitting 3 states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Donald Trump hammers home his boast that 'the Republican agenda is the American dream'

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. President Donald Trump makes a final push across 3 states on Monday, November 5. File photo by Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse

Hong Kong art show cancelled after 'threats by China'

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'We are sorry to announce that the exhibition 'Gongle' by Chinese artist Badiucao has been cancelled out of safety concerns,' says the news website Hong Kong Free Press, one of the event organizers

Malaysian in 1MDB scandal denies wrongdoing after U.S. charges

Nov 02, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, is still at large. His current whereabouts are unknown, although reports have suggested he is in China.

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows a Malaysian woman walking past a billboard with the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange construction site in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Democrats favored to take House, Republicans to hold Senate

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:09 AM

All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs on November 6, while 35 seats in the 100-member Senate are at stake. Americans will choose new governors in 36 states.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Sri Lanka president's climbdown offers hope of end to political crisis

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The speaker Karu Jayasuriya has met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to force the concession

SIRISENA. In this file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Trump hits election trail threatening troop surge on Mexico border

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump makes the troop announcement before flying to Florida for the last stage of campaigning ahead of the midterm elections

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Peru court orders Fujimori detention in graft probe

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Keiko Fujimori is accused of accepting $1.2 million in illicit party funding from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for her 2011 presidential campaign

KEIKO FUJIMORI. In this file photo, Peruvian opposition party Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) leader Keiko Fujimori (R) and her husband Mark Vito leave after the hearing to decide whether or not she will be placed in preventive detention was postponed, in Lima on October 21, 2018. File photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Having channeled voters' anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, the man dubbed the 'Tropical Trump' will now get down to work seeking to 'change Brazil's destiny'

NEW ERA. Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference. File photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Zombie politics ng 2018

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:17 AM

9 na zombie na naglipana sa ating lipunan

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Facing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who is standing in for jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

WHO WILL WIN? This combination of file pictures created on October 08, 2018 shows Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (L) (PSL) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2018 and Fernando Haddad (PT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 04, 2018. Photos by Miguel Schincariol and Daniel Ramalho/AFP

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler