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Trump calls former aide Omarosa a 'dog'

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:48 PM

President Donald Trump ratchets up the war of words to a level of nastiness rarely seen, even from a president who has shown he does not pull punches when insulting his critics

BREACH OF TRUST? US President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The rebels' chief negotiator Pablo Beltran says the group is discussing how to carry out the releases with the International Committee of the Red Cross

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. 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

U.S. denies China policy change after Taiwan leader speech in LA

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Beijing says that it has lodged an official protest with the United States over Tsai Ing-wen's August 13 speech in Los Angeles where she says Taiwan's freedom and future is not negotiable

POLITICAL SPEECH. This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on August 12, 2018 shows Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaking during her visit to Los Angeles, California during a stopover en route to allies Paraguay and Belize. AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO

Omarosa's White House recordings fuel Trump woes

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The recording by former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman represents another stunning breach of presidential trust

Pimentel downplays Hugpong alliance with political parties

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'Congrats to them all. No implication on us,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte to seek reelection in 2019

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'She is saying she can’t leave Davao City. There’s so much she wants to do that she hasn’t accomplished yet,' says Anthony del Rosario, secretary general of the mayor's Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

2019 PLANS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has been floating the idea of a Senate run to ‘annoy' her father’s critics. File photo from the Davao City Facebook page.

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Politicians involved in murder of Brazilian activist Marielle Franco

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Colleagues say the leftist politician was killed because she had angered police and underground paramilitary groups known as militias

ACTIVIST. Brazilian lawmaker and Black human rights activist Marielle Franco speaking at a campaign in August 2016. Photo from Wiki Commons

Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows help in 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with party leaders again in September, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the two warring factions of ruling party PDP-Laban at Diamond Hotel. Photo from SAP Bong Go

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.

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

Duterte's PDP-Laban inks deal with North Korea's party

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:10 AM

PDP-Laban and the Workers' Party of Korea sign a deal on party cooperation, youth development, as well as 'promotion of world peace'

Photo from Ron Munsayac/PDP Laban

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Equanimity belongs to Jho Low, an international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak

EQUANIMITY. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is pictured at Benoa harbour on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 13, 2018. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Venezuela vows to eradicate plots after Maduro 'assassination' bid

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) In a video posted on Twitter shortly before midnight, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says police and the military have captured some of the conspirators and are now hunting the masterminds

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Kusog Bicolandia forms in Bicol as new breed of regional political party

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

Kusog Bicolandia aims to champion genuine social equality, where every Bicolano shall be given access to the same basic needs: quality health services, education, livelihood, emergency assistance, pension and shelter (HELPS)

KUSOG BICOLANDIA. The party introduces itself at the 1st Bicol All Media Convergence held in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

She dreams to be first Muslim woman in U.S. Congress

Aug 05, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary for US Congress in Massachusetts’ First District, goes on a door-knocking and voter registration drive in Chicopee, Massachusetts, July 21, 2018. Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan. Now aged 44, she faces the biggest hurdle of her life: asking a majority white constituency, where Catholics are the biggest religious group, to make her the first Muslim woman elected into Congress. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Italy to probe creation of anti-Mattarella Twitter accounts

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where did these nearly 400 Twitter accounts come from?

ITALIAN LEADER. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) attends a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Italian Republic (Republic Day) on June 2, 2018, in Piazza Venezia in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Zimbabwe opposition in court over post-vote violence

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Newly-elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa accused the opposition of instigating Wednesday's protests over alleged vote fraud where troops opened fire on demonstrators, killing 6

A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw.  / AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY

Carandang dismissal, Ivanka Trump, CJ Ramos arrest | Evening wRap

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:38 PM

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Ivanka Trump: Family separations a 'low point,' media not the enemy

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Ivanka Trump takes a decidedly different approach than her combative father to stress that the immigration crisis has caused her anxiety. She also distances herself from her father's relentless condemnation of the media.

IVANKA. US President Special advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump participates in a conversation on workforce development and news of the day at the Newseum in Washington on August 2, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe's 1st post-Mugabe election

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:38 AM

Moments before the official announcement, MDC spokesman Morgan Komichi denounces the vote count as 'fake' as he took to the stage at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results center before being removed by police

WINNER. In this file photo, Zimbabwe President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa stands after casting his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during Zimbabwe's 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Pimentel, Alvarez call for unity in PDP-Laban amid infighting

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III urges PDP-Laban members to trust in the party leadership, while Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez says he 'remains friends' with party mates even after his ouster as Speaker

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zimbabwe warns of crackdown after opposition vote protests

Aug 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Police confirm the death toll of 3, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa issues a statement blaming the opposition for the unrest and fatalities

PROTEST. A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's election. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Madrid begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Representatives of both executives meet for almost 4 hours at the headquarters of the regional government in Barcelona as part of a bilateral commission that has not met since 2011

TALKS. Catalan regional government Transparency Foreign, Institutional Relations and Affairs chief Ernest Maragall (3L) and Spanish minister of terrirorial administration Meritxell Batet (3R) attend a Catalan-Spanish bilateral commission on August 1, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

HOAX: 'Unpaid SONA protesters' swarm Liberal Party headquarters

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The blog post was published in February 2018, 4 months before the 2018 SONA and the alleged gathering outside the LP headquarters

Counting under way after Mali's violence-marred poll

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Candidates and authorities praise the first round of voting on Sunday, July 29, relieved that the violence caused no casualties

ELECTIONS. Malians watch newspapers in a street of Bamako on July 30, 2018 a day after conutry's presidential election. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

LP, Makabayan lawmakers join forces in bid for House minority

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bloc led by Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo now has 22 members

Imee Marcos blocking Fariñas’ bid to retain House leadership

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:02 PM

His vicious conflict with Ilocos Norte's Governor Imee Marcos could cost Representative Rodolfo Farñas his position as House majority leader

CLASH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

Malaysia drops sedition cases against political cartoonist

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Zunar says he would not be 'absolutely happy until the government abolishes the Sedition Act'

ZUNAR. File photo shows Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, poses with handcuffs prior to a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur on February 14, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Rappler CA decision, Arroyo on elections, Gilas update | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Pimentel, Alvarez 'unseated' as PDP-Laban leaders

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban President, says the 'expelled rogue members' who held the 'unauthorized' assembly will be dealt with under party rules

FACTION. A group within PDP-Laban is seeking to unseat Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as party leaders. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-lawyer says Trump knew of 2016 meeting with Russians – report

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

According to CNN and NBC, Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen claims he was present when Donald Jr told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Trump approved it

COHEN. This file photo taken on December 16, 2016 shows attorney Michael Cohen as he arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with US President Donald Trump in New York. File photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Lawmakers ‘left out in the cold’ now eyeing to leave PDP-Laban

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya, himself a Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan member, says the 'tipping point' for the looming exodus is Gloria Arroyo's rise as Speaker

ARROYO ALLIES. Lawmakers applaud after they led a House coup that installed former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new Speaker. Photo by Mara Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Pakistan election body rejects 'rigging' accusations

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party flat out rejects the pending results of the election on July 25, citing 'outright rigging' and accusing officials of preventing its representatives from overseeing the count

AFTER ELECTIONS. A Pakistani resident looks at morning newspapers at a stall a day after the general election in Islamabad on July 26, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Venezuela to remove 5 zeroes from currency

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The measure, according to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, seeks to 'protect' local currency

HYPERINFLATION. A man counts 1000-Bolivar-bills to buy groceries at the municipal market of Coche, a neighborhood of Caracas, on June 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Liberal Party lawmakers claim they're real House minority

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They say Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez can no longer be minority leader since he voted for new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Pakistan votes as suicide blast kills 30

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) '[The bomber] was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,' says a local administration official

ELECTIONS. Women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

[OPINION] Charlatan changes

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:37 AM

What is most sinister in the proposal lies in the transitory provisions, which essentially empower a select few to rearrange the whole of government

Nicaragua's Ortega refuses protest demands to step down

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights says 292 people have been killed in 3 months of protests and repression by police and paramilitaries using firearms

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. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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'