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Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Peru ex-president Garcia dies after shooting himself

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Dismayed by the death of ex-president Alan Garcia. I send my condolences to his family and loved ones,' says Peru's current President Martin Vizcarra

ALAN GARCIA. Former Peru president Alan Garcia died in hospital on April 17, 2019 after shooting himself at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation. File photo by CrisBouroncle/AFP

Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:51 AM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country – one of the poorest in the world

PEACE DEAL. Members of armed groups, governments, UN and AU Agencies leave the Renaissance Palace after the signing ceremony of the so-called "Khartoum Agreement" peace agreement in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Peru president vetoes law that could have freed ex-leader Fujimori

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

Peru President Martin Vizcarra tells journalists that before such a law could be passed, it would need to be 'debated in depth to avoid' benefiting 'incarcerated people who are a danger to society'

MARTIN VIZCARRA. Image by Galería del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores from Wikipedia.

Peru court orders Keiko Fujimori release

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The 43-year-old Keiko Fujimori is earlier arrested on the orders of prosecutors investigating contributions to her campaign when she ran for president in 2011

KEIKO FUJIMORI. A handout picture distributed by the Peruvian Judiciary shows Keiko Fujimori, opposition leader and daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori, being escorted by police officers in a Judiciary office, in Lima, following her arrest on October 10, 2018. Photo by Juan Carlos Vivas/Peruvian Judiciary/AFP

Peruvian police arrest Keiko Fujimori in Odebrecht probe

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:47 AM

The 43-year-old is arrested on the orders of prosecutors investigating contributions to her campaign when she ran for president in 2011

ARRESTED. Handout picture distributed by Peruvian Judiciary showing Keiko Fujimori, opposition leader and daughter of disgraced ex-president Alberto Fujimori, being escorted by police officers in a Judiciary office, in Lima, following her arrest on October 10, 2018, for alleged money laundering involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. AFP PHOTO / PERUVIAN JUDICIARY-JUAN CARLOS VIVAS

Peru annuls ex-president Fujimori's pardon, orders arrest

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court has 'issued the arrest and detention orders against former president Fujimori so that he may be re-integrated into the prison establishment'

Academy shelves plans for 'popular' Oscar award

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:47 AM

'There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members,' says Dawn Hudson

NO POPULAR AWARD. The Academy says they will be shelving the   All eyes will be on the battle for Oscars supremacy between "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

Oscars to add 'best popular film' award, shorten gala

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:28 AM

For 2019, organizers are hoping to produce a 'more accessible' 3 hour show

Oscars statuettes stand on display during a preview for the Governors Ball during the 90th annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, California, March 1st, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

India's Modi twice as popular on Facebook as Trump – study

May 02, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million followers

MODI ON FACEBOOK. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

PANOORIN: Pag-uumapaw ng debosyon sa Nazareno

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Kahit mga pari, hirap pa ring maintindihan ang debosyon sa Poong Nazareno

NAZARENO DEVOTION. Devotees scramble to touch the rope pulling the carriage of the Black Nazarene in Binondo, Manila, on January 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

16 popular words, phrases loved by Filipinos on social media in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Never underestimate the werpa of online language, mga lodis

#PugadBaboy: Bright vs Popular

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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

Spanish PM takes stand as witness at political graft trial

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denies any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative Popular Party as he testifies as a witness at a major graft trial

AT THE STAND. A monitor shows Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declaring as a witness in a major graft trial involving members of his conservative Popular Party at Spain's High Court in San Fernando de Henares near Madrid on July 26, 2017. Gerard Julien/AFP

'Stranger Things' season 2 out in a few months

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:38 AM

The Netflix hit series is back soon – with Will struggling to return to school

STILL STRANGE. The kids of 'Stranger Things' face a sinister storm in the latest season two teaser from Netflix. Photo from Facebook.com/netflixus

Should Duterte worry about 12-point ratings drop in Mindanao?

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:43 PM

President Duterte s Senate allies say his high ratings in Luzon and the Visayas show staunch support for his martial law declaration in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's satisfaction rating steady – SWS survey

Apr 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte keeps a very good net satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

SATISFIED CONSTITUENTS. In this photo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the attendees of the 75th Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Veterans Week at the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan on April 9, 2017. Also in the photo is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacanang Photo

Venezuelans to protest for opposition leader's release

Feb 18, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez calls on his supporters to hold a massive protest Saturday February 18

FREEDOM. The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori chants slogans upon her arrival at the Simon Bolivar International Airport from the United States, in Maiquetia, Venezuela on February 16, 2017. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

83% of Filipinos trust, approve of Duterte – Pulse Asia

Jan 06, 2017 - 3:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sustains his high ratings in the face of some controversies

HIGH TRUST RATINGS. President Rodrigo Duterte bows to volunteers who have pledged support for his war against illegal drugs during the 'Convergence of Nanay Volunteers as Community Drugwatch' in Pampanga on December 22, 2016. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Most Filipinos satisfied with Duterte but worried by tirades vs leaders

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte experiences the biggest loss in public satisfaction in his home region where there is strong agreement that his tirades against foreign leaders may harm the country s international ties according to a new SWS survey

STILL POPULAR, CONTROVERSIAL. President Rodrigo Duterte does his signature clenched fist gesture during the celebration of the Urban Poor Solidarity Week held in Mandaluyong City on December 7, 2016. Photo by Rey Baniquet/ Presidential Photo

Scuffles as Ivory Coast votes on divisive constitution

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The proposed new constitution would see the creation of the post of vice president but critics say it is simply a monarchistic tactic by President Alassane Ouattara

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara casts his vote in the ballot box, at a polling station in Abidjan, on October 30, 2016, during a vote for a referendum on a new constitution. Voters in Ivory Coast went to the polls on October 30, 2016 to determine the fate of constitutional changes that President Alassane Ouattara says will help end years of instability and unrest linked to the vexed issue of national identity. / AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU

Spain's king asks acting PM Rajoy to form government

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED This means Spain should finally get a government next week capping a rollercoaster 10 months that saw the country go through two inconclusive elections

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on October 25, 2016 following a meeting with the Spanish King Felipe VI an obligatory stage in the post-election process and the fifth to take place since last December. Javier Soriano/AFP

Spain PM's bid to form new gov't rejected again, elections loom

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Political leaders now have two months to explore alternative alliances but if their efforts come to nothing election weary Spanish voters will be asked to return to the polls in December

Spanish interim Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy looks on in the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) on August 30, 2016, in Madrid. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Rajoy seeks support for second term as Spanish PM

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:17 AM

If there is no breakthrough two months after Wednesday s August 31 parliamentary ballot vote weary Spaniards will be asked to return to the polls on December 25 due to the timings set out in Spanish election law

Spanish interim Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy looks on in the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) on August 30, 2016, in Madrid. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Change or safety? Spain decides in repeat election

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Spaniards vote in repeat elections to decide if they too want a radical change as promised by a far left coalition led by on the rise Podemos

A woman looks at electoral campaign posters of left-wing party Podemos on the eve of Spanish general elections in Madrid on June 24, 2016. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Angola's dos Santos to quit after 36 years in office

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:30 PM

His mandate ends in late 2017 but he did not indicate why he would leave the year after

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos (2-R) listens to Chinese President Xi Jinping (not in picture) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 09 June 2015. Jose Eduardo Dos Santos is on a visit to China from June 8 to 13. EPA/WANG ZHAO / POOL

Rihanna, Beyonce rule women on Spotify

Mar 08, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Rihanna is the most popular female artist according to Spotify s list

RIHANNA. The singer is the most listened to female artist on Spotify. Photo from EPA/ANDREW COWIE

Spain ruling party official quits over graft scandal

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:57 AM

Esperanza Aguirre says the gravity of the allegations though not proven forced her to quit

epa05160480 Madrid Popular Party leader Esperanza Aguirre adresses to the media during a press conference held in Madrid, Spain on 14 February 2016 where she has announce her resigned after the search of the Spanish Civil Guard in the headquarters of the ruling party, Popula Party, in order to take the computer of the former manager of the party Beltran Gutierrez Moliner last 11 February. The operation was ordered by judge Javier Lopez during the operation 'Punica' , which began last October 2014 after investigated several Spanish mayors from four Spanish regions for their alleged involvement in a network for collecting commissions to award contracts, worth at 250 million euro. EPA/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

Spanish king in spotlight as he tries to end political logjam

Jan 20, 2016 - 12:58 PM

The political crisis is the biggest challenge Felipe 47 has faced since he took over the throne 18 months ago

In this file photo, Spanish King Felipe VI (R) delivers a speech during the military celebration of Epiphany Day at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 6, 2016. EPA/Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool

Cardinal Tagle on Nazareno: 'Siya ang humahawak sa atin'

Jan 09, 2016 - 7:12 AM

Hindi ka pabigat Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says in a homily for devotees of the Black Nazarene

SOURCE OF HOPE. Filipino devotees jostle to reach a statue of the Black Nazarene during a procession in Manila, Philippines, on January 9 2015. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Spain faces uphill struggle to form government after polls

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:12 PM

The results of the most closely fought elections in modern history create huge uncertainty for a country only just starting to recover from a devastating financial crisis

'UN PAIS CONTIGO' Supporters of left wing party Podemos leader and candidate for the upcoming December 20 general election, Pablo Iglesias celebrate the results of the Spain's general elections with other members in Madrid on December 20, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Spain votes in landmark polls

Dec 20, 2015 - 11:55 AM

3rd UPDATE The elections could end the two party grip on politics as new parties join the fray

SPAIN ELECTIONS. Ballot boxes are placed at a polling station in Madrid, Spain, on 19 December 2015, ready for the general elections the next day. Spain holds its electoral silence the day before the elections in which any kind of campaign is completely banned. Photo by Victor Lerena/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Thousands flee after church-burning, Ahok popularity

Oct 15, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the foreign death toll on the hajj stampede the murder trial date of a man accused of killing two Indonesian women and babies suffering from pneumonia due to the haze

FULL TEXT: Pope hits capitalism, says future 'in hands of people'

Jul 12, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Let s discuss the Pope s questions: Do we truly realize that something is wrong in a world where there are so many farmworkers without land so many families without a home so many laborers without rights so many persons whose dignity is not respected?

SERVICE. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) kissing the feet of a young offender after washing them during a Mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome as part of Holy Thursday. Photo by AFP/Osservatore Romano

Pope deplores 'genocide' of Christians

Jul 10, 2015 - 10:09 AM

The pope makes his comments in Bolivia the second stop on a 3 nation tour to his home continent of South America

POPE FRANCIS. A handout picture made available by the Bolivian Agency of Information (ABI) shows Pope Francis (L) being presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales (R) with a traditional hat from the region of Santa Cruz, during a meeting with social movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Photo by Bolivian Information Agency/EPA

'Outraged' mayors take power in Madrid and Barcelona

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Former judge Manuela Carmena a communist in her youth is sworn in as mayor of Madrid while activist Ada Colau is set to become Barcelona s first female mayor

NEW BARCELONA MAYOR. Ada Colau, then Protest party 'Barcelona en Comu' candidate for mayor of Barcelona, smiles during a press conference to evaluate election results on May 25, 2015. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

ISIS loses ground in Syria's Yarmuk camp

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:26 PM

Palestinian sources say jihadists from ISIS have lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria s Yarmuk camp

AFTERMATH. Graffiti on a wall in the Palestinian al-Yarmuk refugee camp south of Damascus, Syria, 09 April 2015. Photo by Youssef Badawi / EPA

Iraq PM says 'next battle' is retaking Anbar

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Iraqi forces have battled ISIS for months but made little progress in the massive province where the government only controls pockets scattered across territory broadly under ISIS control

NEXT STOP: ANBAR. A handout picture released by the Iraqi Prime Minister's office shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) delivering a spech to Iraqi soldiers and Sunni volunteers at Habbaniyah base in eastern Ramadi city, west of Iraq, 08 April 2015. Iraqi Prime Minister's Office/Handout/EPA

Spain's Podemos fails to break two-party hold in key Andalusia vote

Mar 23, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Podemos wins 14 8 of the vote in the southern region according to the regional government not enough to challenge the country s two traditional political heavyweights

Podemos candidate in the Andalusia regional election, Teresa Rodriguez (C), speaks to supporters after knowing the first counting for Andalusian regional elections in Sevilla, southern Spain, March 22, 2015. Rafa Alcaide/EPA

Minister says Iraq halts Tikrit operation to avoid losses

Mar 17, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Iraqi forces halt a massive operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State ISIS group to avoid casualties and protect infrastructure

A picture made available on 16 March 2015 shows Iraqi soldiers inspecting the scene of clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in eastern Tikrit city, north of Iraq, 15 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraqi forces enter ISIS-held Tikrit after 10-day push

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:55 AM

A combination of army police and volunteer forces move into northern and southern Tikrit the hometown of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a main ISIS stronghold

Fallujah residents inspect a house damaged in an apparent airstrike carried out by the Iraqi army on Fallujah, Iraq, 10 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Concern mount over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces are trying to trap Islamic State ISIS group jihadists

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance

Mar 04, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Outnumbered and outgunned the jihadists who have held Tikrit since June 2014 have been resorting to guerrilla tactics to disrupt the government s advance

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq forces take on Tikrit in biggest operation yet

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Iraqi government forces have been working their way north in recent months notching up key victories against ISIS but Tikrit is their toughest target yet

TAKING COVER. Volunteer Shiite fighters, known as the Popular Mobilisation units, who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (ISIS) group fire a Howitzer artillery canon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit on February 28, 2015. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

#RepostEDSA: Is 'People Power' dead?

Feb 23, 2015 - 7:48 PM

On the 29th anniversary of the uprising that toppled a dictator join the MovePH conversations on social media Tell us your EDSA story

Manaoag: Why Filipinos cry before 'Apo Baket'

Feb 22, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Described as a people s Catholicism popular piety as seen in Manaoag manifests a thirst for God which only the simple and poor can know

'APO BAKET.' It's the name devotees use to call the Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, whose centuries-old image is displayed at Manaoag Basilica in Pangasinan. Photo by Tony Rivera

Tagle on Manaoag Basilica: 'With honor comes mission'

Feb 19, 2015 - 4:49 PM

The Manila archbishop says We see God in the basilica but do we see God in our neighbors – the hungry the thirsty the naked the homeless the prisoners?

HIGH-RANKING. Cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle, Orlando Quevedo, and Gaudencio Rosales lead the Mass for the proclamation of Manaoag Shrine, Pangasinan, as a basilica. Photo by Vanie Fontanilla

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