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Blame for mass rapes points to South Sudan army – U.N. report

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:59 PM

'Collected evidence seems to suggest that the perpetrators of rapes in the Bentiu area are men who have the opportunity to come and go at ease within [Sudanese People's Liberation Army],' the report says

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

[OPINION] How to give China pause in the South China Sea

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:40 AM

What we can do is try to make China's occupation of the South China Sea a direct threat to other great powers

UK finance minister forced to axe trip to China

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:52 PM

A spokesperson for the British finance ministry tells several media outlets earlier Saturday, February 16: 'No trip was ever announced or confirmed'

NO TRIP? A spokesperson says no trip to China with British finance minister Philip Hammond was ever 'announced nor confirmed'. AFP file photo

Rescue of 200 dogs destined for slaughterhouse begins in South Korea

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:53 AM

About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat – invariably boiled for tenderness – believed to increase energy

Members of the Humane Society International (HSI) carry dogs in crates for transport at a dog farm during a rescue event, involving the closure of the farm organised by the HSI, in Hongseong on February 13, 2019. This farm is a combined dog meat and puppy mill business with almost 200 dogs and puppies on site. HSI provides a solution to help dog meat farmers give up their business as a growing number of South Koreans oppose the cruelty of the dog meat industry.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Seoul picked for joint Korean bid to host 2032 Olympics

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Seoul edges out its rival Busan as South Korea's chosen city to host the 2032 Summer Olympics

UNIFIED KOREA. South Korea and North Korea join forces in team sports in the 2018 Asian Games. Rappler Screenshot

China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Kim-Trump summit a 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace – Moon

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM

'For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,' says President Moon Jae-in in his first comments since the summit was announced

'BREAKTHROUGH.' 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) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong (2nd L) at 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

U.S., North Korea to continue summit talks next week – Seoul

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 this year following their landmark first summit in Singapore in June 2018

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korea announces hike in payment for U.S. troops

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the expense of keeping American forces on the peninsula

FOAL EAGLE. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper/AFP

Pimentel: Don't fear China, focus on legality of joint exploration

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:26 AM

What matters is not who the Philippines is engaging in joint exploration with but whether or not the agreement abides by the Constitution, says administration bet Koko Pimentel

Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH –Año | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

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China deploys militia as Philippines builds on Pag-asa Island

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show 'a high of 95' Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

U.S., South Korea meet on eve of Trump-Kim II preparatory talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:08 PM

A senior South Korean presidential official says 'South Korea and the US have been working well together, and we have high expectations for the meeting between Pyongyang and Washington'

PREPARATION. US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun (centre R) arrives at Incheon international airport on February 3, 2019. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Lorenzana wants PH to protest China 'rescue center' in Spratlys

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. envoy on North Korea in Seoul for Trump-Kim II talks

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:23 PM

He met with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon and discussed 'pending issues including working-level talks with North Korea'

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China opens 'rescue center' in West Philippine Sea | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2019 - 10:01 PM

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Carpio says PH should protest China 'rescue center'

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:10 PM

In contrast, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'maybe we should be thankful' for China's new 'maritime rescue center' in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum,' in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH 'should thank' China for 'rescue center' in West PH Sea – Panelo

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Does Malacañang believe China when it says the 'rescue center' will not be used for other purposes? 'We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on October 8, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China opens 'rescue center' in West Philippine Sea

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:18 AM

China claims it will use its artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea for humanitarian purposes, while experts warn that China aims for militarization

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

South Korea in airborne fight against 'Chinese' pollution

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Air quality in South Korea is generally better than in China, its giant neighbor and the world's biggest polluter

AIR POLLUTION. South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves against a wave of fine dust that has hit the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan on January 14, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

South Korean prosecutor jailed in #MeToo case

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:55 PM

After suffering in silence for years, a female junior colleague went public and accused Ahn Tae-geun of groping her

Former senior South Korean prosecutor Ahn Tae-geun arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on January 23, 2019. Ahn Tae-geun was convicted of abuse of power on January 23 in connection with a high-profile case that triggered the country's #MeToo movement and jailed for two years. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Philippines, Japan sign $1.54-billion loan deal on North-South Railway

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The North-South Commuter Railway project will 'seamlessly' connect Philippine National Railways lines in Clark, Pampanga to Calamba, Laguna

RAILWAY DEAL. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency Director General Shigenori Ogawa sign the loan agreement for the North-South Commuter Railway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

About to adjourn, Senate yet to probe China deals, other controversial contracts

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The Senate has only 35 days if it wants to initiate investigations into contracts bagged by relatives of Solicitor General Jose Calida and former presidential assistant Bong Go

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

South Korea taking back trash dumped in PH, Canada's plans still murky

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

'Sending the garbage back to its origin is only just, moral, and lawful,' says EcoWaste Coalition

North Korea should take 'bold' steps toward denuclearization – South Korea's Moon

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Moon Jae-in says Kim Jong-un's trip to China this week is a sign a second Trump-Kim summit is 'imminent'

ON DENUCLEARIZATION. 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

Suspect in Cotabato mall bombing surrenders to police

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Salipudin Pasandalan surrendered to deny his involvement in the December 31 bombing

LOOKOUT? Salipudin Pasandalan surrenders to police after he was tagged as a suspect in the New Year's Eve bombing of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City. PNP photo

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:50 AM

The Philippine men's football team impresses in its tournament debut as other minnows pull off shockers in the 2019 Asian Cup

KEEPING PACE. Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals give powerhouse South Korea a scare at the start of their campaigns in the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippine Azkals surpass expectations by holding the Asian powerhouse to a scoreless first half

GALLANT STAND. South Korean forward Jaesung Lee heads the ball against an underdog Philippine side that surprisingly put up a fight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

'Asylum-seeking' North Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'I worked with Jo in the same department at Pyongyang's foreign ministry for so long but never imagined that he would seek asylum,' says Thae Yong-ho

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones / AFP

South Korean forced laborers seek Japanese asset seizure

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The court order comes after Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal displayed an 'inhumane attitude and indifference' with the Supreme Court ruling last October and failed to comply with the provisions

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

Garbage from South Korea to be sent back

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) January 9 is the target date for the return of the trash shipment to Pyeongtaek City in South Korea, says a Customs official

REPATRIATION OF GARBAGE. The 51 cases of trash that were misdeclared as 'plastic synthetic flakes' are set to be sent back to South Korea. Photo from Shutterstock

Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:39 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the US should stick to its promise and lift the sanctions held against them

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Africa launches minimum wage ahead of election

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'Millions of South African workers will benefit. This is the result of many decades of tireless struggle and is a powerful demonstration of the shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality,' says South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

NEW YEAR. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa gives his new year's address. Screengrab from the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Youtube

PNP suspects ISIS-inspired local terror group behind Cotabato blast

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The Philippine National Police says bomb experts prevent a second bomb from exploding inside the mall

BOMB SITE. Police scour the area where a bomb exploded outside the South Seas Mall in Cotabato City Cotabato bombing on December  31, 2018. Rappler photo

North Korea's Kim vows more summits with South next year – Seoul

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong Un 'expressed an intention to meet with Moon frequently in 2019' to pursue peace and 'solve the issue of denuclearizing the peninsula together,' says Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line. Photo from AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool

If someone hurt you this year, forgiving them may improve your health (as long as you're safe, too)

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Research shows forgiveness helps us feel better and may help us live longer. But forgiving others is only beneficial if the advantages exceed the potential costs.

IDEAL APOLOGY. Promising not to repeat hurtful actions makes an ideal apology. priscilla du preez unsplash, CC BY

Weapons radar row flares up between South Korea and Japan

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Japan claims a South Korean warship aimed its weapons targeting system towards their plane – an allegation South Korea denies

North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

Starbucks' expansion runs out of steam in South Africa

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Taste Holdings, the local licensee of Starbucks in South Africa, struggles to control operational costs and debt

Hundreds of people queue during the official opening of South Africa's first Starbucks store, also the US coffeehouse chain's first store in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Johannesburg on April 21, 2016. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

2018: Year of China military deployments in South China Sea – U.S. think tank

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In 2018, China entered a new 'phase' in its militarization of the South China Sea, including the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea, says AMTI director Gregory Poling

South Korea fines BMW $10 million over engine fires

Dec 24, 2018 - 2:12 PM

BMW vehicles bursting into flames made headlines in South Korea earlier this year, with local media reporting more than 40 cases in 2018

Japan rebukes South Korea for weapons radar lock on war plane

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Ties between Japan and South Korea remain icy for decades due to the legacy of Japan's brutal 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula

SMC South highways will be toll-free on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Fees won’t be collected at the toll gates of the following highways: NAIAx, Skyway, SLEX, and Star Tollway

K-pop's BTS 'worth $3.6 billion a year' to South Korea

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The boyband's contribution to their country's economy is worth 26 mid-size companies

NATIONAL TREASURES. BTS is expected to generate an economic value in the trillions if they maintain their popularity. Photo from

Koreas verify removal of frontline bunkers

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'This marks the first time since the division that the soldiers of the North and South... are peacefully crossing the military demarcation line,' says Seoul's defense ministry

NORTH AND SOUTH. North Korean soldiers (C) take photos toward a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) separating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom on July 27, 2014. File photo by /Ed Jones

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Oil deal with China may be solution to sea dispute – Carpio

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:24 PM

That is, if China agrees to the terms in the template petroleum service contract of the Department of Energy, governed by Philippine laws

Maritime Disputes in South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Del Rosario: PH should seek U.N. resolution asking China to follow Hague ruling

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:46 AM

The country's former top diplomat says the United Nations gives the Philippines a forum where its views can be heard in the face of a much more powerful country

Photo by Angie de Silva

SC clears ex-governor Ayong Maliksi in P26M Cavite LRT case

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The Ombudsman indictment against the former governor is set aside

CAVITE EXTENSION. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is a P64.9 billion deal for private firm Light Rail Manila Corporation. Photo from the PPP Center