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In rare U.S. criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:13 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence says, in 'Saudi Arabia, blogger Raif Badawi is still in prison for the alleged crime of criticizing Islam through electronic means'

US Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Top Oman diplomat meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Oman's state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah to discuss bilateral relations and regional security

Robredo's net worth rises to P2.3 million in 2018

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:36 PM

This is the first time since the Vice President took office that her net worth increased

VP ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo gives a message before the graduates of the Sonia R. Lorenzo Fellowship Program for Women Leaders in an awarding ceremony held at the Quezon City Reception House on February 22, 2019. Photo by Office of the Vice President

Fisherfolk group to file impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya says they will file an impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte over the verbal deal for 'violating the Constitution, committing treason, and betraying public trust'

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

US president Donald Trump says he wants to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence presence there to counter what he terms the 'Harvard of terrorists'

DISPLACED. In this photo taken on February 9, 2019, internally displaced Afghan men talk in Kandahar city, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP

Taiwan leader plans U.S. stopover on diplomatic tour

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen plans to transit through the US when she visits 4 Caribbean diplomatic allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R) chats with press after a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Trump: Iran 'playing with fire' after nuclear deal limit breached

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:34 AM

US president Donald Trump says: 'They know what they're doing. They know what they're playing with and I think they're playing with fire'

EXCEEDED. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on June 26, 2019 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) attending a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Office of the President spent over P1B on salaries, benefits in 2018 – COA

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Commission on Audit attributes the higher spending on salaries and perks to the implementation of the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law

Leni Robredo calls for equality, respect for all ahead of Pride March

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'Like all of you, I continue to dream of a Philippines, and a world, where all of us, regardless of differences, can act with respect, walk free from fear, and stand with pride and dignity,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo holds a mutisectoral meeting in San Pablo City, Laguna, on March 6, 2019. Photo by OVP

[ANALYSIS] China, the patron, is Duterte's reality check

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Duterte the patron knows what a patron expects – debt of gratitude, acquiescence despite being wronged, and the unconditional acceptance that the patron will make up for mistakes, one way or the other

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte silent on PH boat sinking 'because he is studying'

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't want to take steps based on the wrong information, says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

DUTERTE'S REPRESENTATIVE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi talks to the fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver during a consultation in Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo's Angat Buhay program flagged for poor planning, lack of docs

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Vice President's lack of a 'clear-cut procedure' in choosing local beneficiaries 'defeats the purpose' of its Angat Buhay program, says the Commission on Audit

ANGAT BUHAY. A file photo of Vice President Leni Robredo  at an Angat Buhay Program project in Romblon on April 12, 2019, where the Office of the Vice President (OVP) gave kitchen tools and equipment to the Santa Maria National High School for senior high Home Economics. Photo by Arnold Almacen/Office of the Vice President

LOOK: President Duterte now a great grandfather

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Presidential son Paolo Duterte says his grandson will be named after the President

Villarin: Money, power won vs sectoral advocacies in 2019 party-list race

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the results of the 2019 party-list elections show that 'the party-list terrain has dramatically changed'

WINNING GROUPS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the winners of the party-list race on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OVP gets highest COA rating in 2018 audit

May 25, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Commission on Audit's sterling opinion of the 2018 financial report of the Office of the Vice President is an improvement from previous years when the state auditors flagged some of its expenses

VP ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during a youth forum in January 2017. File photo by OVP

Trump attacks Fox News in latest sign of strain

May 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

In a flurry of tweets, the US president takes the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana

NOT FAVORED. File photo of Fox News bureau in Washington, DC. Shutterstock Image

Ex-FDA chief Puno denies corruption allegations

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'I served as the Director General of the FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,' says former Food and Drug Director General Nela Charade Puno

EX-FDA CHIEF. Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy as Food and Drug Administration Director General in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

US, Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling Wrap US | Russia | diplomacy associated with x

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Briones denies Duterte ordered bombing of Lumad schools

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:56 PM

'You did not order the bombing of any school,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones as she introduces President Rodrigo Duterte at Palarong Pambansa 2019

EDUCATION CHIEF. Education Secretary Leonor Briones speaks during the Congress budget briefing on August 28, 2018, about the 2019 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Biden spars with Trump on age, faces questions on women

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:35 AM

"If he looks young and vibrant compared to me I should probably go home," Biden says of the president.

CHALLENGER. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2019 Former US vice president Joe Biden leaves a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees on strike throughout the region in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP

Trump: we paid North Korea nothing for Warmbier's release

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:34 AM

The Washington Post quotes unidentified sources as saying that a US official was made to sign a pledge to pay $2 million in medical costs before being allowed to fly Warmbier back home from Pyongyang in 2017

MOURNING. This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows a mourner signing a guest book at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017, during the funeral for Otto Warmbier. Photo from the Warmbier Family / AFP Handout / FAMILY HANDOUT / AFP

St Scholastica's Sister Mary John calls journalists an 'endangered species'

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'I think they are inspiring so many people to also have courage, and to stand out and speak out against corruption, against all the injustices that we are experiencing in our times,' says Sister Mary John Mananzan

AWARDEES. Recipients of the 2019 Hildegarde Awards pose for photos after the awarding ceremony on April 24, 2019. From left to right: Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig and Minerva Generalao of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala of ICanServe Foundation, Patricia Evangelista of Rappler, St. Scholastica’s College Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Lara Quintos de Jesus, who accepted the award on behalf of CMFR’s Melinda Quintos De Jesus, “She Talks Asia” Project Manager Mara Gollena, trophy designer Veronica Peralejo and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca Cacho.

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018

Forensic experts and investigators of the prosecution office work at the crime scene next to a man's corpse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 20, 2019. Violence in Mexico, besieged by bloodthirsty drug cartels that also engage in fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping, reached a new record during the first quarter of 2019 with 8,493 murders, according to official figures released on the weekend of April 20-21. HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP

The Mueller report is out, but the probes continue

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The final report from the probe makes clear that more than a dozen other cases, most of them secret, remain in the pipeline

RELEASED. An illustration shows printed pages of the Mueller Report at an office on April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach / AFP

With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border

MEETING. This combination of files pictures made on April 18, 2019, shows portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) taken on December 31, 2014 in Moscow, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un taken on February 27, 2019 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin, Saul Loeb / AFP / RIA NOVOSTI

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to,' Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

'THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY.' A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP  WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Mueller report details Trump's efforts to halt probe

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Trump's efforts to remove Mueller began after press reports indicated that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had widened to include whether the president had committed obstruction of justice

RESIGNED. In this file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP

Israeli president starts process of selecting next Prime Minister

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Rivlin appears to have little choice but to pick incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his party won the most seats in the April 9 vote leaving it best placed to form a coalition government

NEW GOVERNMENT. File photo of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (center left) reviews the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Ribbon/AFP

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: 'Unshelve' Hague ruling

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

'Now is the best time' to address the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea, says foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Duterte government to 'unshelve' the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

350 migrants force their way into into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:15 PM

"Today at 3:30 am," says the National Migration Institute, "a group of approximately 350 people broke violently across the Mexican border from Guatemala."

CARAVAN. Central American migrants heading in caravan to the US rest at the park Hidalgo in Tapachula in Mexico on April 12, 2019. Photo by Pep Companys / AFP

Trump says could send illegal migrants to 'sanctuary cities'

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities," tweets President Trump

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2017 migrant rights groups look on during a vigil to protest against US President Donald Trump's new crackdown on "sanctuary cities", outside the City Hall in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mark Ralston / AFP

Julian Assange lawyer accuses U.S. of 'persecution'

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:13 AM

'The threats against Julian Assange for political reasons, persecution on the part of the United States, are more current than ever,' says Assange lawyer Baltasar Garzon

ARRESTED. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Duterte wants suspension of law ordering two license plates on motorcycles

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

(UPDATED) The President also says he will negotiate for a lower fine for violations of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law

PROTEST VS DOBLE PLAKA. Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.S. senators urge Philippines to drop charges vs De Lima, Maria Ressa

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:13 PM

US senator Marsha Blackburn says of the bipartisan resolution: '...while we value our relationship with the Philippines, the US Congress expects to see real change to the current practices of the Duterte government'

UNDER SIEGE. Composite file photos of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (left), and Senator Leila de Lima. Photo of Ressa by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NATO anniversary party turns ugly as US rips Germany, Turkey

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Hours before foreign ministers from the 29-member Western alliance opens talks in Washington, US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a stinging rebuke

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a forum about NATO at The Anthem on April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Pasig routs rival Bataan to bag 3x3 crown, P1 million prize

Mar 31, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Joshua Munzon powers Pasig Grindhouse to the inaugural crown of the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 basketball tournament

TOP RANKED. Pasig stalwart Joshua Munzon cops the tournament’s best player plum. Photo release

Taylor Statham wills Pasig to FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The Pasig Grindhouse Kings earn the right to represent the Philippines in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Doha

SEMIS SHOWDOWN. Taylor Statham’s Pasig Grindhouse Kings slip past Mac Cardona’s San Juan Knights in a grueling semis encounter. Photo release

Local campaigns start: Duterte, ex-mayor, sets the tone for 2019 polls

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Around 43,000 candidates are vying for nearly 18,000 local positions across the country

CAMPAIGNING. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with guests at the PDP-Laban senatorial bets’ rally at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City on March 24, 2019, 5 days before the start of the local campaigns. Malacañang Photo

Anger in Spain, eyerolls in Mexico over conquest row

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tears open a 500-year-old wound when he said he had sent letters to the king of Spain and the pope urging them to apologize for the conquest of the Americas

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on March 26, 2019. The 500-year-old wounds of the Spanish conquest have been ripped open afresh with Mexico's president urging Spain and the Vatican to apologise for their "abuses" -- a request Madrid said it "firmly rejects". A folksy populist, he pulls no punches in going after elites and has sought to cast himself as a champion of indigenous peoples. Pedro PARDO / AFP

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Egypt slams BBC for 'insulting' anti-Sisi report

Mar 25, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The BBC's coverage is branded 'insulting' by the Egypt's State Information Service, accusing the broadcaster of inciting 'violence' and being a 'propaganda tool' for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

EU leaders offer 2 options for short Brexit delay

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Union president Donald Tusk says the UK accepts EU's extension scenarios

BENDS BACK. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Australian PM slams Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns 'reckless' and 'highly offensive' comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre

MAD. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP