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Waste not: South Africa makes world's first human urine brick

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers create bricks using human urine

Dr Dyllon Randall, one of the developers of the world's first bio-brick which uses human urine as one of the binding components, shows off one of the bricks in the lab at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on November 2, 2018 in Cape Town. In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers have created bricks using human urine. The first of their kind in the world, the bio-bricks hold out the prospect of a sustainable alternative to standard clay and concrete bricks, they hope.  Rodger BOSCH / AFP

Acting Chief Justice Carpio: China does not own South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:28 PM

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‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

Balangiga Bells to make Korea stopover before arriving in PH

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The return of the Balangiga Bells 'brings to a close a part of our history, the Filipino-American War in the 1990s,' says Philippine Ambassador Babe Romualdez

BALANGIGA BELLS. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez (right) is shown one of the 3 bells of Balangiga being kept in Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row | Evening wRap

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Before attending the ASEAN-China Summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares his views on the much-awaited Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet upon his arrival at a hotel in Singapore on November 12, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Where is the arrest warrant vs Imelda Marcos? | Evening wRap

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Mushrooms and tangerines: North and South Korea swap food gifts

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The tangerines – a rarity in the North – are airlifted to Pyongyang from the southern island of Jeju, where they were grown, in 4 flights, the last one due Monday afternoon

SENDING TANGERINES. In this photo taken on November 11, 2018, a South Korean military transport aircraft loaded with tangerines bound for North Korea departs an airport on Jeju island. Photo by YONHAP/AFP

North and South Korea begin destroying border guard posts

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace

Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours'

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'I am privy to dialogue and talks within the executive department and slowly, we are realizing the fact that they do agree that those areas are ours,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Netflix's 'Kingdom' gets 2nd season go – even before 1st season airs

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Looks like the entertainment giant is more than confident about the success of this South Korean original

SOON ON NETFLIX. 'Kingdom' from South Korea get a 2nd season nod – even before the 1st season premieres. Still courtesy of Netflix

Seoul says North Korea asked to delay Pompeo talks – report

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'The US told us that it received a message from the North to postpone the meeting,' says South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

US-NORTH KOREA. This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) leaving after a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

South Korea apologizes for rapes by 1980 martial law troops

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'On behalf of the government and military, I bow deeply and offer my words of apology for the unspeakable, deep scars and pain inflicted on innocent victims,' says a public apology by defense minister Jeong Kyeong-doo

ON GUARD. A South Korean soldier stands on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong joint industrial complex at a military checkpoint in the border city of Paju on August 21, 2015. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

2 oil exploration contracts awaiting Duterte's signature – Cusi

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

One contract for oil exploration is likely to be signed with China state-owned oil producer China National Offshore Oil Corporation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Chinese businessmen at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on October 21 before leaving for Davao City. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

PH to protest China weather stations, if reports are true – Panelo

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:26 PM

But Malacañang says it still needs to 'validate' news reports quoting Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang about Beijing-controlled weather stations in the Spratlys

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

China builds weather stations in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:04 PM

China reportedly installs these weather stations on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef in the West Philippine Sea

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

South Korea president says North's Kim to visit Seoul 'soon'

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'Chairman Kim Jong-un's return visit to Seoul will happen soon,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

SEOUL VISIT? In this file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) walk together during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

South Korean court allows conscientious objection to military service

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is the majority opinion of the supreme court that conscientious objection is... a valid reason [to refuse conscription],' says chief Supreme Court justice Kim Myeong-su

MILITARY. New South Korean military officers salute during a military commissioning ceremony at Gyeryongdae, South Korea's main military compound, in Gyeryong on March 4, 2016. File photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Pool/AFP

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticizes a South Korean court ruling, saying it was 'impossible' under international law to order Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay compensation over forced wartime labor

LONE SURVIVOR. Lee Choon-shik (center), a victim of forced labur by Japan during its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, sits in the supreme court in Seoul on October 30, 2018.  Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

West Philippine Sea, Synagogue attack, plane crash in Indonesia | Evening wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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China to heed proposed sea code, binding or not – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'Whether or not it is legally binding, any document we have signed, we will strictly abide by it and firmly implement it,' says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TOP DIPLOMAT. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press after his meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PH, China can shelve claims for sake of joint dev't – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushes for joint development between the Philippines and China 'without prejudice to each other's sovereign claim'

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi share a light moment during the latter's official visit in Davao City, Philippines, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Joint exploration with China, AFP in BOC, typhoon Rosita | Midday wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

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China lost to PH in court. Will it win via joint exploration?

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The proposed joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea is a key issue expected during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's unprecedented trip to Davao City

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr pose for photographs during the opening of the Chinese consulate in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Two Koreas agree to remove some border guard posts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military

PANMUNJEOM. File photo shows a North Korean soldier (left) looking at the south side as a South Korean soldier stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Koreas remove guns from Cold War truce village

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The Joint Security Area – also known as the truce village of Panmunjeom – has historically been both a flashpoint and a key location for diplomacy between the two Koreas ever since their split in 1953

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on June 2, 2017, a North Korean soldier walks up steps toward Panmon hall on the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, before the South Korea and US-controlled Freedom House (rear) within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'Holy plant': Legalizing marijuana delights South African users

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:13 PM

For generations, cannabis, known in the country as dagga, has been used as a medicinal herb by traditional healers

Gogo Phephisile Maseko, 44, traditional healer and national coordinator of the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) of South Africa attends to patients on October 1, 2018 using a blend of cannabis and other herbs in a consultation room at their offices in Johannesburg. South Africa's top court decriminalised in September 2018 the private and personal use of cannabis in a landmark case that pitted law enforcement agencies against cannabis advocates. GULSHAN KHAN / AFP

One winner in record $1.6 billion US lotto jackpot

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A single ticket holder from South Carolina wins the mind-blowing $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot

MIND-BLOWING. Mega Millions lottery tickets sit inside a convenience store in Lower Manhattan, October 23, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Meghan takes spotlight amid royal fever in Fiji

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Meghan sends adoring Fijians into a frenzy, taking the center stage from husband Prince Harry to passionately promote women's rights

This handout from the Fijian Government taken and released on October 24, 2018 shows Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex (C) touring the municipal market in Suva. British royal Meghan Markle recounted her own struggles to afford university as she passionately promoted female education to Fijian students in her first speech of the Oceania royal tour on October 24. Handout / FIJIAN GOVERNMENT / AFP

Koreas, U.N. Command agree to demilitarize part of border

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agree 'to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,' says Seoul's defense ministry statement

In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face -- along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site on April 27. South Korean guards chosen for their height and looks, and sporting aviator sunglasses stand stern and unmoving outside the blue huts of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, only metres from North Korean positions. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH SKorea-Nkorea-US-conflict-diplomacy, FOCUS by Sunghee Hwang and Sebastien Berger

U.S., China back military air rules to avoid mishaps

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreeS to guidelines on managing air encounters at the annual meeting of the 10-member bloc's defense ministers

SECURITY. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security summit in Singapore on October 18, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Cinema as response to the nation: PH films at the Busan Intl Film Festival 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The centennial of Philippine cinema was celebrated at this year’s Busan International Film Festival in South Korea

PINOY PRIDE. Dwein Baltazar's 'Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus' is among the Filipino films showcased at the Busan International Film Festival 2018. Screenshot from Facebook.com/GKWAMHypothalamus

U.S., South Korea suspend additional military exercise

Oct 20, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The defense officials of the US and South Korea agree to suspend the drill to 'give the diplomatic process' with Pyongyang 'every opportunity to continue'

BLAST. A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China, ASEAN to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The navies of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are set to hold their first joint drills, which will take place in the South China Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

South Korea's last polar bear dies ahead of British retirement

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:09 PM

At 23 years old, Tongki's age was the equivalent of around 80 in human terms. Everland zoo authorities say he died of old age.

A polar bear, 23-year-old male named Tongki, eats iced fruits given out to help beat the summer heat at South Korea's Everland Amusement and Animal Park in Yongin, south of Seoul, on June 21, 2018. The last polar bear kept in South Korea will be sent to Britain to escape the country's stifling, humid summers and live out his days in more appropriate surroundings, zookeepers said on June 21. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Koreas and U.N. Command begin talks on demilitarizing border

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:14 AM

South and North Korea have agreed to take measures to ease military tensions on their border at a meeting in Pyongyang in September between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un

PANMUNJEOM. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Korean Air chief indicted for embezzlement

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Prosecutors charge Cho Yang-ho with embezzling more than 20 billion won ($18 million) and unfairly awarding contracts to companies controlled by his family members

INDICTED. Korean Air CEO Cho Yang-Ho (C) arrives for the trial of his daughter Hyun-Ah at a court in Seoul on January 30, 2015. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. urged to move towards formally ending Korean War

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North's demands for a declaration the Korean War is over

Plastic surgeon buys top South Korea Bitcoin exchange

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Singapore-based BK Global Consortium bought a 50% stake plus one share in Bithumb, the country's biggest virtual currency exchange, from shareholder BTC Holdings for about $353 million

Five men and the sea: huge marlin sinks Filipino fishing boat

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:33 PM

A 6-foot marlin punctures a fishing boat's wooden hull with its giant bill, vessel master Jimmy Batiller says

North Korea wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Moon Jae-in] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,' says Moon's spokesperson

POPE IN NORTH KOREA? In this file photo, Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

2 dead, 1 missing as Typhoon Kong-Rey hits South Korea

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:51 PM

The powerful typhoon dumps heavy rain across South Korea

TYPHOON. Waves crash into a sea wall during heavy swells from Typhoon Kong-rey on Jeju island on October 6, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

South Korea ex-president Lee Myung-bak jailed for 15 years over corruption

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Lee Myung-bak is found guilty on charges including bribery and embezzlement and ordered to pay a fine of 13 billion won by the Seoul Central District Court

LEE MYUNG-BAK. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 South Korea's former president Lee Myung-bak arrives at the prosecutors' office in Seoul on March 14, 2018. File photo by Kim Hong-ji/AFP

South Korean minister proposes U.S.-North Korea trade-off

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says demanding an inventory of North Korea's nuclear assets risks, at this stage, derailing the process

US-NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) delivers a statement during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministerial Meeting at the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 6, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/Pool/AFP

Chinese destroyer sails extremely close to U.S. warship

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

A Chinese Luyang destroyer has approached the USS Decatur in 'an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea,' says US Pacific Fleet spokesman Commander Nate Christensen

DISPUTED WATERS. This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the USS Decatur (DDG 73) as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) on October 13, 2016. File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/US Navy/AFP

Bertiz apologizes, North and South Korea, typhoon Queenie | Evening wRap

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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Two Koreas remove landmines at tense border

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:04 PM

The agreement between the nations – which are technically still at war – is reached at a meeting in Pyongyang last month between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un

DISARMING. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. File photo from Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP

South African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Scientists hope the technique can be used to save other endangered big cats

The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, northwest of the South African capital Pretoria, on September 14, 2018. They are a product of the successful pregnancy concieved via non-surgical artificial insemination of a lioness with freshly harvested semen from a male lion. Scientists hope that the technique could be applied elsewhere to save endangered wild felines globally. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe