Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pakistan tells UN won't be 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi does not explicitly criticize US President Donald Trump's new strategy on Afghanistan but makes clear his displeasure with the renewed onus on Pakistan

'NOT A SCAPEGOAT.' Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses the U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2017 in New York, New York. Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images/AFP

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

New Zealand heads for 'down to the wire' polls

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Conservative Prime Minister Bill English faces a challenge from charismatic young rival Jacinda Ardern

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her vote for the 2017 general election in Wellington on September 21, 2017. Marty Melville/AFP

Landmark EU, Canada trade deal enters into force

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Observers have said the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could set a model for future ties between Britain and the EU after Brexit

This file photo taken on September 20, 2016 shows a man holding a placard depicting a no entry sign with the TTIP and CETA logos, during a demonstration outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

Brazil court opens door for Congress to vote on Temer trial

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:02 AM

A 7-1 majority on the court voted against Temer's appeal to put the racketeering and obstruction of justice charges on hold

FACING CHARGES. In this photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the inauguration of the country's new Attorney General, Raquel Dodge, in Brasilia on September 18, 2017. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Special prosecutor ups pressure on Trump with broad data requests – reports

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The New York Times and Washington Post report that Robert Mueller recently asked the White House for records and communications covering 13 specific areas, particularly key actions by Trump since he became president in January

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Ombudsman indicts Floirendo for graft over Tadeco deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file graft charges against Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr for having financial interest in the government's deal with Tagum Agricultural Development Company

U.S., Iran meet as Trump threat looms over nuke deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:24 AM

(UPDATED) European ministers called the meeting to examine ways to save a deal that US President Trump is poised to denounce, but Tehran and Washington remain far apart

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Spain police search Catalan gov't headquarters amid referendum row

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The operation comes amid mounting tensions as Catalan leaders press ahead with preparations for an independence referendum on October 1 despite Madrid's ban and a court ruling deeming it illegal

Spanish Civil Guards and Catalan regional police officers 'Mossos D'Esquadra' stand in front of the Economy headquarters of Catalonia's regional government in Barcelona on September 20, 2019, during a search by Spain's Guardia Civil police. Josep Lago/AFP

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

CROSSING OVER. 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

FAST FACTS: How Germany's complex electoral system works

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' 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

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc is expected to fall short of a parliamentary majority and the kingmakers they choose could shake up Berlin

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) main candidate Angela Merkel (C) delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany, on September 19, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Trump's fiery UN address redefines U.S. role in the world

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Trump's first stint before the green marble rostrum was everything you might expect from the truculent, norm-shattering businessman-turned-politician

AT THE UN. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate, September 19, 2017. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Scandal-plagued Lula heads Brazil election survey

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Underlining the turmoil in Brazilian politics, the poll also confirmed plummeting support for the current center-right government, with 75.6% saying it is doing a bad job

In this file photo, former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Her speech fails to quell international anger at reports that the Rohingya are being burned out of their homes

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Pro-independence Catalan mayors appear before prosecutors

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Spain's public prosecutor have opened an investigation into more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed the referendum slated for October 1, which the country's Constitutional Court has ordered be suspended

'SI' A man holding a symbolic ballot marked with a 'Yes' attends a protest against a search for propaganda supporting Catalonia's independence referendum by the Spanish Guardia Civil at the private postal service company Unipost in Terrassa on September 19, 2017. Lluis Gene/AFP

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations,' the head of the fact-finding mission says

ARRIVALS. 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

Japan deploys missile defense to Hokkaido – minister

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Japan deploys an additional missile defense system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island

In this file photo, a man watches a screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 15, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:50 PM

A top White House aide says Trump will take aim at 'rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace'

The UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its seventy-first session, 12 September 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Suu Kyi rebuffs foreign criticism of Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York, Aung San Suu Kyi calls for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her 'fragile democracy'

FACING THE NATION. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. investigators wiretapped Trump campaign chief Manafort – CNN

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:22 AM

US investigators wiretapped Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, under secret court order before and after the 2016 US presidential elections, CNN reports

WIRETAPPED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort, then campaign manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as final preparations continue July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

All eyes on Suu Kyi as Myanmar leader breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Suu Kyi's refusal so far to defend the Rohingya over nearly a month of violence has baffled and enraged an international community, but inside Myanmar, supporters say the 72-year-old lacks authority to reign in the army

NOWHERE TO GO. Rohingya refugees sit under a shelter during rainfall at Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Britain's May downplays notion of party divisions over Brexit

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Her remarks in Ottawa come after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stirred up colleagues and put pressure on May by laying out his own vision for Brexit

MAY IN CANADA. British Prime Minister Theresa May inspects the honor guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, September 18, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The long-delayed poll has been seen as the final stage in Tunisia's transition to democracy following its uprising which sparked the Arab Spring revolutions

POLL CHIEF. The Acting President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), Anouar Ben Hassine, gives a speech during a meeting in the capital Tunis with all political parties to decide on the date of the next municipal elections on September 18, 2017. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Spain seizes more Catalan referendum posters, summons mayors

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:44 AM

Faced with a determined Catalan government, Spain has multiplied its efforts to try to block the vote

A picture taken on September 16, 2017 in Barcelona shows a balcony decorated with Esteladas (Pro-independence Catalan flags) and banners reading in Catalan "YES."  More than 700 Catalan mayors who face arrest over their support of an independence referendum banned by Madrid protested in Barcelona to shouts of "we will vote." / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warns that the violence in Rakhine state is 'a stain on the country's reputation' so soon after its transition to democratic rule

LIVING IN SQUALOR. Rohingya Muslim refugees look on as they stand near temporary shelters in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Supreme court steps in to block Iraq Kurd independence vote

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Iraq's supreme court orders the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional

Kurdish flags and a flag bearing the portrait of the president of Iraq's Kurdistan region hang above stalls near the citadel in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Safin Hamed/AFP

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals

MISERY. A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Trump, who once disparaged the world body as a 'club' for 'people to get together, talk and have a good time,' will lay out his views on how to improve the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly

#UNGA. A sign outside of the General Assembly building highlights the hash tag for attendees to use to promote the seventy-second session's debate, September 17, 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova tells a reporter that 'the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) exits the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on September 17, 2017 in New York. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Sean Spicer, mocked press secretary, wins laughs at Emmys

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:21 AM

Spicer, who resigned in July in one of the many shake-ups of Trump's White House, is the highlight of host Stephen Colbert's opening monologue which took a heavily political tone

EMMY LAUGHS. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks onstage during the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo

Japan PM eyes snap election this year – reports

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Abe floated the idea of holding a vote on October 22 or October 29 in meetings with senior ruling party officials, Jiji Press and the Asahi Shimbun report

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the media upon arrival at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

U.S. says no change in decision to pull out of Paris climate pact

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:32 AM

The remark come as environment ministers from some 30 countries gather in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris climate accord

In this file photo, US residents living in Japan and local residents hold a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/File/AFP

Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. People distribute relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 16, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Who posted the bomb threat? Police affidavit vs anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against President Rodrigo Duterte, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

No deal on DACA after meeting with Democrats, Trump says

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:44 PM

Trump tweets: No deal was made last night on DACA

FOR DACA. In this file photo, immigrants and supporters demonstrate during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Hotel on September 5, 2017 in Washington DC. Paul J Richards/AFP

UN urging temporary protection in LatAm for fleeing Venezuelans

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The UN migration agency is urging Latin American countries hosting growing numbers of Venezuelans fleeing economic crisis to give them temporary rights to stay

BORDER CROSSING. Venezuelan citizens cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela to Cucuta, Norte de Santander Department, Colombia, on July 25, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Who will tango with Merkel? German poll battle heats up

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The battle over the make up of Merkel s fourth government would potentially impact Berlin policy on everything from immigration and Russia relations to climate

IN SESSION. General view shows a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on September 5, 2017. John MacDougall/AFP

Venezuela rivals hold exploratory talks on crisis

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Jorge Rodriguez a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says some progress have been made towards face to face negotiations

PROGRESS IN TALKS. The president of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez (2nd-L) and Jorge Rodriguez (R), mayor of the Libertador municipality in Caracas and leader of the pro-government United Socialist Party of Venezuela speak during a press conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on September 13, 2017.  Erika Santelices/AFP

Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The move increases the pressure on Catalan officials just one day before the pro separatist camp officially kicks off its referendum campaign

'VOTE.' People walk past a billboard calling to vote in the October 1 referendum on independence in Catalonia, in a corridor of Barcelona's underground, on September 13, 2017. Lluis Gene/AFP

Juncker says 'wind is back in Europe's sails'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:56 PM

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker: We have now a window of opportunity but it will not stay open forever Let us make the most of the momentum catch the wind in our sails

UNITED EUROPE. European flags fly in front of the European Parliament on June 9, 2016 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Frederick Florin/AFP

Brazil's Lula faces new grilling by anti-corruption judge

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The testimony is part of 71 year old Lula s trial for alleged bribe taking from the scandal plagued Odebrecht construction giant

MULTIPLE CASES. In this file photo, Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Anger as Singapore gets first female president without a vote

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED Halimah Yacob a former speaker of parliament did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post originally due this month after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria

MADAME PRESIDENT. In this file photo, former parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob (R), named as the country's new president, waves to supporters with her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee as they arrive at the nomination centre in Singapore on September 13, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP