Lebanon's PM Hariri says resignation on hold pending talks

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The new decision came hours after the premier landed back in Lebanon for the first time since announcing his resignation in a statement from Saudi Arabia on November 4

NOT YET LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 22, 2017 shows Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri delivering a speech at the presidential palace in Baadba, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Dalati and Nohra/AFP

Australia, SE Asia join forces to choke militant financing

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The new alliance aims to disrupt the funding of militant groups through enhanced financial intelligence sharing, Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan says

DESTRUCTION This photo taken on October 25, 2017, shows bombed-out buildings inside of what was the main battle area between government troops and ISIS-inspired Muslim militants in Marawi. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Ahead of a general election set for the spring, the 4-time premier is hoping the court will rule against the 6-year ban imposed over his 2012 conviction for tax fraud

HOPING FOR A COMEBACK. This file photo taken on December 10, 2016 shows Silvio Berlusconi on December 10, 2016 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59,000 Haitians

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle blasted the decision to repatriate the Haitians within 18 months, removing the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) they received after the devastating 2010 earthquake

BACKLASH OVER TPS DECISION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump attends an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Lap Dancing Senator

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Batangas allocates P200M to revive white elephant livelihood center

Nov 22, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The provincial government gives the green light to turn the unused Batangas Port Livelihood Center into a livelihood and commercial hub

Putin briefs Trump on Syria after surprise Assad talks

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:01 AM

During the phone call with Trump the Kremlin says Putin stressed the 'need to keep Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity intact'

TALKING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.  Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Last-ditch attempt to end Germany's political crisis

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Germany now faces weeks, if not months, of paralysis with a lame-duck government that is unlikely to take bold policy action at home or on the European stage

PEACE BROKER. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses a press conference in Berlin on November 20, 2017, after coalition talks to form a new government failed overnight. John Macdougall/AFP

Joy unleashed on streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Across the capital city, men danced, women sang and many were in tears, brandishing national flags

OUT. People remove, from the wall at the International Conference center, where parliament had their sitting, the portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after his resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe: Liberation hero turned hated despot

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Biographer Martin Meredith: 'His real obsession was not with personal wealth but with power... Year after year Mugabe sustained his rule through violence and repression'

FROM HERO TO DESPOT. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony / AFP

Backtracking? PDP-Laban denies Mamba took oath as Cagayan chair

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:48 AM

The party says the Cagayan governor only took oath as a member of the party, not as provincial party chairman

NOT PROVINCIAL CHAIR? Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba. Rappler screengrab

PM Hariri back in Lebanon after shock resignation

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:34 AM

Hariri had promised he would return to Lebanon in time to mark its 47th Independence Day on Wednesday, November 22, and would clarify his position there

IN EGYPT. A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on November 21, 2017 shows Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri delivering a speech following a meeting with the Egyptian President in Cairo. Egyptian Presidency/Handout/AFP

Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:26 AM

(UPDATED) On the streets, the news sparks wild celebrations, with car horns being honked and people erupting into ecstatic cheers and frenzied dancing.

JUBILATION. Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe's resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

UK ministers agree in principle to higher Brexit bill – sources

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Reports say leading Brexit campaigners have agreed to increase Britain's offer of a financial settlement in a bid to move the withdrawal negotiations onto trade

SIDE BY SIDE. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017. Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Palestinian factions start reconciliation talks in Cairo

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The United Nations has said the reconciliation bid 'must not be allowed to fail' or another round of conflict with Israel could break out

CELEBRATION. In this file photo, Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Duterte says he won't declare revolutionary gov't

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte tells the military not to believe reports that he wants to declare a revolutionary government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the Eastern Mindanao Command during the President's visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on November 18, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ousted Zimbabwe deputy president asks Mugabe to resign

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Emmerson Mnangagwa says he has rejected an invitation by Mugabe to return home to discuss the current political situation

FIRED DEPUTY. This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare.  Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin says

SOCHI MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), meets with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) in Sochi on November 20, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing 'apartheid' on Rohingya

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:25 PM

An Amnesty International report details how years of persecution have curated the current crisis

BURNING UP. In this file photo, smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village in the area near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 30, 2017.  Stringer/AFP

Trump to shut charitable foundation – reports

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:55 AM

US President Donald Trump will dissolve his charitable foundation – which acknowledged breaking federal rules on 'self-dealing' last year – once an investigation concludes

MR PRESIDENT. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Hi! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

U.S. sues to block $85-B AT&T-Time Warner merger

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:06 AM

'This merger would greatly harm American consumers,' says Makan Delrahim, head of the US Justice Department's antitrust division

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 21, 2016 shows AT&T cellphone store in Springfield, Virginia, on October 23, 2014, and the Time Warner company logo on the front of the headquarter building, 24 November, 2003, in New York. Saul Loeb and Stan Honda/AFP

Army appeals for calm as Mugabe faces impeachment test

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:49 AM

Lawmakers from his ruling ZANU-PF party say that they will take the first steps to force Mugabe from office after he ignored their ultimatum to resign

MILITARY LEADERS> Zimbabwe's Commander Defense Forces General Constatntino Guveya Chiwenga (C) speaks during a press conference at the Tongogara Barracks on November 20, 2017 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Amsterdam, Paris to host key EU agencies after Brexit

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:36 AM

From London, the European Medicines Agency will relocate to the Dutch city, while the French capital will be the new home of the European Banking Authority

MOVING TO AMSTERDAM. The logo of the European Medicines Agency is seen on the office building in Canary Wharf, east London on May 2, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Sonny Belmonte is Batanes' caretaker in House

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:22 AM

The Liberal Party vice chairman is appointed caretaker of the congressional district of Batanes, a seat left vacant by the passing of LP stalwart Dina Abad

Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terror

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:18 AM

(UPDATED) Trump promises a rapid ramp-up of US Treasury sanctions against the isolated pariah state, after adding its name to a terror blacklist previously led by Iran and Syria

'TERROR SPONSOR' This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Germany's Merkel battles to stay in power despite crisis

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader says she is 'very skeptical' about a minority government, stressing that Germany needed a stable government 'that does not need to seek a majority for every decision'

TRUMP MOMENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met the German President on November 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Iraq top court declares Kurd referendum unconstitutional

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:22 PM

It is the latest stage in a crisis sparked by the referendum, which resulted in a resounding 'yes' vote for independence in the Kurdish area

WANTING FREEDOM. Iraqi Kurds wave flags of Iraqi Kurdistan during a demonstration outside the UN Office in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region, on October 21, 2017, protesting against the escalating crisis with Baghdad. Safin Hamed/AFP

Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Robert Mugabe faces the threat of impeachment by his own party after his shock insistence he still holds power despite a military takeover and a deadline

HOLDING ON TO POWER. This photograph taken on November 19, 2017, shows a television broadcasting Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech in Harare, following a meeting with army chiefs who have seized power in Zimbabwe. Stringer/AFP

EU to vote on relocation of agencies after Brexit

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:36 PM

In a process only half-jokingly compared to the Eurovision Song Contest, ministers will vote on where to relocate the European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority

MOVING OUT SOON. The logo of the European Medicines Agency is seen on the office building after the visit of Spanish Health Secretary, Dolors Montserrat in Canary Wharf, east London on May 2, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Dionisio Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo

NZ PM Ardern denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Ardern says details of the encounter had become muddled in the retelling and there was actually no confusion on Trump's part

IN MANILA. In this file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) meet during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 14. Photo from New Zealand Labour Party's Twitter Page

ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the podium to deliver his keynote address during the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

Piñera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Billionaire conservative Sebastian Piñera and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month

COMEBACK. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera (C)speaks to the press during the national election, in Santiago, on November 19, 2017. Claudio Reyes/AFP

Germany in political crisis as coalition talks collapse

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:13 AM

(UPDATED) The talks, which turned increasingly acrimonious, stumbles on issues including the divisive matter of immigration

FACING A CRISIS. In this photo, German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Mugabe ousted as ruling party chief as end nears

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ZANU-PF party also says it will impeach Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe if he does not resign by Monday, November 20

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters to show support to Grace Mugabe becoming the party's next Vice President after the dismissal of Emerson Mnangagwa November 8 2017. Zimbabwe's sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on November 8, 2017, he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

Merkel in final push for coalition to avert crisis

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:11 AM

If coalition talks fail, Germany would have to hold new polls in 2018

STILL LOOKING FOR A TEAM. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Crunch time for Merkel to build coalition or face new polls

Nov 18, 2017 - 12:43 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 'now faces the most difficult task of her leadership so far,' judges the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

In this file photo, German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel arrives for a party board meeting in Berlin on August 15, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Madrid

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:44 AM

Fugitive Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has crossed the border into neighboring Colombia, saying he intends to fly to Europe to organize resistance against President Nicolas Maduro's rule

OPPOSITION. The mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, 62, greets followers at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on November 17, 2017, before embarking to Spain after escaping house arrest in the Venezuelan capital. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha Uson, Harry Roque on PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker of the House, makes the announcement during the mass oath taking of local allies in Cebu

One Cebu members, Liberal Party mayors transfer to Duterte's PDP-Laban

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, founder and president emeritus of One Cebu party, will lead members in the mass oath taking with PDP-Laban Friday, November 17

JUMPING SHIP. Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia leads their political clan from One Cebu Party to PDP-Laban.

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program

TRADE HUB. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The verdict was widely expected from a justice system heavily warped by the influence of long-standing premier Hun Sen, who is accused of ruthlessly targeting rivals in the run-up to 2018 polls

PARTY'S OVER. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sit at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

Maria Isabel Lopez appeals to LTO to grant her 'senior citizen discount'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Maria Isabel Lopez appears before the LTO but has yet to submit a formal written appeal for breaking into the special ASEAN lanes

Ex-LP stalwart Mamba to take oath as PDP-Laban chair in Cagayan

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:26 PM

The oath taking comes a year after the Cagayan governor transferred to President Rodrigo Duterte's party

NEW PROVINCIAL CHAIR. Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba will take his oath as PDP-Laban provincial chair on November 17, 2017, more than a year after he jumped ship from the Liberal Party. Photo by Rappler

North Korean defector stable after shooting, but riddled with parasites

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:47 PM

A North Korean soldier shot multiple times while defecting to the South is in a stable condition but riddled with parasites that could complicate his chances of survival

BRIEFING. South Korean doctor Lee Cook-Jong, who carried out surgery on gunshot wounds sustained by a North Korean soldier, speaks about the condition of the soldier during a briefing at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul, on November 15, 2017. Stringer/Yonhap/AFP

'Mounting evidence' of Myanmar genocide – watchdogs

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide

EXODUS. 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

Malacañang shrugs off Trump mispronouncing Duterte's name

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'No slight taken,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, adding that the Philippine President is himself prone to mistakes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO