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Afghanistan presidential election delayed to September 28

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The Independent Election Commission says the vote has faced 'numerous problems and challenges...therefore holding the elections based on the timelines previously announced is not possible'

DELAY. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announces that the Afghanistan presidential election will be delayed until September 28. Image from IEC's Twitter account

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Central Asian nation's senate also appoints ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's eldest daughter Dariga as speaker, setting her up as a potential contender to succeed her father

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Kazakhstan's Senate chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Gov't critic on track to become Slovakia's first woman president

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The liberal environmental lawyer Zuzana Caputova secures 40 percent of the vote, and is almost certain to win the March 30 run-off against European Commission vice-president Sefcovic, who receives just 19 percent

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT? Leading presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova takes part in a television debate with candidate Maros Sefcovic at TV Markiza in Bratislava on March 17, 2019, one day after the first round of the presidential elections. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido vows he would 'very soon' take up office in Miraflores, the presidential palace

PROTEST. Venezuelan opposition leader and self declared acting president Juan Guaido is expected to tour the country in a bid to spark a citizen movement. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

After reporter's murder, gov't critic tipped to win Slovak poll

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Frontrunner Zuzana Caputova, 45, is among tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Slovakia over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee

AGAINST EVIL. A picture taken on March 13, 2019 in Bratislava shows a billboard bearing a portrait of presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova and reading "Stand up against evil, together we can do it". Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Imane Fadil is one of the witnesses who testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic 'bunga-bunga' parties

DEAD. Italian newspapers reported on March 16, 2019 that the March 1, 2019 death of ex-model Imane Fadil, a witness in trials against Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties, may have been caused by poisoning with radioactive substances. Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

Thousands of Algerians protest despite Bouteflika vow not to run

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

The crowd at Algiers' landmark Grand Poste square is growing, hours before the scheduled start of a demonstration calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after two decades in power

PROTEST. A child holds a protest sign as Algerians prepare for the first Friday rallies since the president's surprise announcement this week that he would not seek re-election but was cancelling April polls, in central Algiers on March 15, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

[OPINION] Return of the clans

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Political clans have not disappeared. Duterte has made them stronger. Duterte’s shoot-from-the-hip style of governance and more pervasive incompetence has weakened the central government.

Sudan parliament shortens state of emergency to 6 months

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:48 PM

'A six-month state of emergency has been approved by a majority,' the speaker of parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer says after lawmakers voted on the decree issued by President Omar al-Bashir

EXPLAINER: Where is the Venezuelan crisis heading?

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Experts agree on one major factor that will decide Venezuela's fate: the military

MOVING FORWARD. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido take part in a march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido calls for nationwide march vs Maduro

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Juan Guaido tells thousands of supporters he will embark on a tour of the country before leading a nationwide march in the capital Caracas

CALL FOR ACTION. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures as he speaks during a press conference after a meeting with union leaders in Caracas on March 5, 2019. Federico Parra/AFP

Guaido, Maduro rallies set as Venezuela emerges from blackout

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Both opposition leader Juan Guaido and Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro ask their supporters to fill the streets of Caracas and other cities

PROTEST. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, demonstrate in Caracas on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Trump communications director Bill Shine abruptly resigns

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The White House did not go into Bill Shine's resignation but says he will still support Donald Trump's agenda and will even be a senior advisor for the 2020 polls

STILL IN TRUMP TEAM. Bill Shine will continue to back President Trump and will work for his 2020 reelection bid. Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images / AFP

30 out of 44 PH politicians' websites insecure – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Comparitech checks the personal websites of over 7,500 politicians in 37 countries to see if they were using HTTPS to secure their sites

Trump warns conservatives against 'socialist nightmare'

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe in the American dream, not in the socialist nightmare,' says United States President Donald Trump

'SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE.' President Donald Trump says the US will never be a socialist country. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Iran says British Hezbollah ban 'irresponsible'

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Britain says would seek to make membership of the Shiite movement or inviting support for it a crime

LONDON RALLY. This file photo shows pro-Palestinian demonstrators with Palestinian flags, placards, and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah at a rally in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Manny Pacquiao: 'Too much democracy is bad for the Philippines'

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:55 PM

But at the same time, Senator Manny Pacquiao uses democracy to defend his stance against laws banning political dynasties and turncoatism

Sen. Manny Pacquiao during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Netanyahu defiant after decision to indict him ahead of polls

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames his political opponents for what he calls a 'witch hunt' intended to force him from office – though he appointed the attorney general who issued the decision

'WITCH HUNT.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press on February 28, 2019, at his residency in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Former Trump lawyer back in Congress for third day of testimony

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Unlike the riveting nationally televised public testimony on February 27, Michael Cohen's appearance on February 28 before the House Intelligence Committee is being held behind closed doors

THIRD DAY. In this file photo, Michael Cohen exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Decision on Netanyahu indictments imminent – reports

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The reports come with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the midst of a tough reelection campaign ahead of April 9 polls

Trump on Cohen's testimony: 'He lied' and 'no collusion'

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:49 PM

President Donald Trump insists that Michael Cohen's testimony has provided no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia in the 2016 US election

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

Trump ex-lawyer has no proof of Russia collusion but 'suspicions'

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump had advance knowledge of a June 2016 meeting between campaign members, including his son, and Russians peddling 'dirt' on election rival Hillary Clinton

TESTIMONY. Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Iran president keeps FM Zarif in post

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'I believe your resignation is against the country's interests and do not approve it,' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani writes in a letter to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Trump branded a 'conman' as ex-lawyer savages him in U.S. Congress

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) Michael Cohen says Trump directed him in an illegal scheme to pay hush money to a porn star, and knew in advance in 2016 that WikiLeaks would publish dirt on Hillary Clinton

Challengers unite in Israel election threat to Netanyahu

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:26 PM

While polls have consistently shown Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to win the April 9 election, the combined power of his two main challengers from the political center will at minimum shake up the campaign

CHALLENGERS. Benny Gantz (L), a respected former military chief of staff, and centrist politician Yair Lapid (R) said in statements they would form a joint list for the April 9 elections and rotate as prime minister if they won. Photos by Thomas Coex and Jack Guez/AFP

Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat says she and fellow visiting congressmen are asserting the role of their legislative branch as co-equal to the executive

US BACKING. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Bernie Sanders announces he is running for U.S. president

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, makes the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with candidate Hillary Clinton at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:34 PM

At an emergency meeting of his ruling All Progressives Congress party in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the rescheduled ballot proceeds without a hitch

ELECTIONS. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the February 23 ballot proceeds without a hitch. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

[OPINION] Term limits: Should we abolish them?

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.

No decision made on spending for Trump's wall – Pentagon chief

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:11 AM

'We have not made any decisions. ... There has been no determination by me,' says Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

BORDER WALL? A US Customs and Border Protection helicopter flies over the border wall during a safety drill in the Anapra area in Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States, across from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on January 31, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Top poll ad spender? Alejano says he spent less than '3%' of PCIJ estimate

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'I cannot imagine myself having that amount,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who has been named by the PCIJ as the top 10 ad spender so far for the 2019 polls

TOP SPENDER? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano at the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming 2019 in Baguio City. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Ilocos Norte vice gubernatorial candidate dies

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Provincial board member Mariano Marcos II was found unconscious in the men’s room at the Laoag City International Airport

ILOCOS NORTE POLITICIAN. Provincial Board Member Mariano Marcos II died on February 16, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mariano 'Nonong' Marcos II

New law provides bigger discounts for political ads

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:22 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs a law designed to benefit candidates with smaller budgets, in time for the 2019 elections

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Protocol errors are the responsibility of the organizers, as is always the case in international conferences,' Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani writes on Twitter

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, or...giving Spaniards their say – I choose the second,' says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

SNAP POLLS. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Thai court to hear case against party behind princess political bid

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Party officials fear the case is being hustled through ahead of the March 24 election, which is already stacked in favor of the ruling junta, whose leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha wants to return as a civilian premier

THAI ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. File photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn / Thai News Pix/AFP

London denies plotting last-minute Brexit vote

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:47 AM

The British government insists it is working towards leaving the EU on time, with a deal in place

BREXIT. In this file photo, Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London on September 9, 2017. File photo by Niclas Hallen/AFP

Political ads of top spenders worth more than their declared wealth

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Racism and redemption: Virginia blackface row sparks national debate

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:46 PM

It's a question the state of Virginia has been grappling with since last week when its governor, Ralph Northam, was caught up in a row over blackface

DIVIDED. A flag of the Confederate States of America flies at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia were state politics are in a state of upheaval after leaders were associated with the use of blackface. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro-Guaido conflict

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Maduro insists shortages plaguing the country are caused by Washington's punitive sections, and he has vowed to stop the 'spectacle of fake humanitarian aid'

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Mangudadatu refutes study linking poverty, political dynasties in Mindanao

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Other senatorial candidates who come from political families – JV Ejercito and Francis Tolentino – have opposing views on creating a law to ban dynasties

Rep. Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu of 2nd District of Maguindanao at a Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, on Friday, August 24, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Long-serving U.S. lawmaker John Dingell dead at 92

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:40 PM

In recent years, in retirement, John Dingell was known for stinging criticism of President Donald Trump

JOHN DINGELL. Former US Representative John Dingell died on February 7, 2019 at the age of 92, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer confirms on Twitter. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump says Democrat probes into him should 'never be allowed'

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Adam Schiff, the congressman heading the House intelligence committee, says it will look into suspicions of collusion between Trump and Russia and also broader allegations of financial wrongdoing in Trump's inner circle

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. AFP file photo

Malaysia politician urged to quit over 'Cambridge degree'

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Marzuki Yahya's educational background is under scrutiny after doubts were raised on social media that he has a distance-learning degree in business administration from the British institution

File photos from Shutterstock, website of Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

LIST: Political clans, powerful figures among 2019 party-list nominees

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) At least 46 party-list groups participating in the 2019 polls have at least one nominee linked to a political clan or a powerful figure in the country

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Here is a summary of whom key players are backing, after Juan Guaido declared himself acting president on January 23 in defiance of the leftist President Nicolas Maduro

POLITICS. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R). File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Politicos register for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The registration is marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they enter a stadium in central Bangkok

REGISTRATION. A supporter displays a placard of Action Coalition for Thailand party candidate Man Charoenwan, depicted as 'Superman' during registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP