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Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'

BANNED. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, during which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, gave a talk. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Facebook aims to quell new storm over Russian efforts, lobbying

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:27 AM

A new report claims that the social network employed a firm that used smear tactics to fight back against critics, opponents

FACEBOOK. Facebook said Thursday, November 15, 2018 it was severing ties with a political consultancy that sought to discredit critics of the social networking giant using questionable campaign-style tactics. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP


Facebook refuses to delete post critical of Singapore gov't

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Singapore's government agencies slam the posted Facebook article as 'clearly false, defamatory, and attacks Singapore'

FACEBOOK. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Exiled China author in Hong Kong as arts center agrees to host talks

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:31 PM

The director of Tai Kwun arts complex, host of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, says it has reconsidered and would host the two talks of Ma Jian

Photo from the Twitter of Ma Jian

Backlash over FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:28 PM

British citizens are usually allowed into Hong Kong without a visa and are permitted to stay for 180 days under immigration rules

INDEPENDENCE TALK. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (right) shakes hands with Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Pipe bombs sent to Trump foes Obama, Clinton, CNN

Oct 24, 2018 - 10:14 PM

(4th UPDATE) New York police chief James O'Neill says he expects those responsible to be identified and arrested within the next few days

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands with President Barack Obama during an election eve rally on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As the historic race for the presidency of the United States comes to a conclusion, both Clinton and her rival Donald Trump are making their last appearances before voting begins tomorrow. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince – report

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:27 PM

One suspect is a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 3 other suspects are linked to his security detail, and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, The New York Times reports

STILL MISSING. Saudi Arabia has dismissed accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as 'lies and baseless allegations,' as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Mbappe is Time magazine's 'Future of Soccer'

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Football's teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe sustains his rapid rise to global fame

TEENAGE TITAN. Kylian Mbappe’s stock skyrocketed this year when he played a major role in France’s World Cup title romp. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Hong Kong leader refuses to explain journalist visa denial

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Facing questions for the first time since the visa denial emerged last week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the decision has been handed down by immigration authorities

EU condemns Hong Kong's expulsion of British reporter

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:00 AM

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's office says the expulsion of FT editor Victor Mallet is "a worrying precedent"

PRESS FREEDOM.  Demonstrator hold placards that read "freedom of the press, not allowed to be deprived" during a protest after Hong Kong immigration authorities declined a visa renewal for senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Financial Times journalist given 7 days to leave Hong Kong

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Victor Mallet, the Financial Times' Asia news editor and a British national, angers authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong by hosting a speech at the city's press club by Andy Chan, the leader of a tiny pro-independence political party

PROTEST. Chris Yeung (C), Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalist Association, stands next to Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) president Florence de Changy (2nd R) and legislator Claudia Mo (R) as they speak to journalists outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 8, 2018, before handing over petitions calling for an explanation of the visa rejection of Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

UK seeks 'urgent explanation' as Hong Kong bans journalist

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:43 PM

'Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and its press freedoms are central to its way of life, and must be fully respected,' UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office says in a statement

BANNED. Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng (C) tears a symbolic 'political red line' during a protest after Hong Kong immigration authorities declined a visa renewal for senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet, outside the immigration department building in Hong Kong on October 6, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong denies Financial Times journalist visa after independence talk

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Hong Kong refuses to renew the visa of Victor Mallet, the FT's Asia news editor who hosted a speech by Andy Chan, the leader of a tiny pro-independence political party

In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) (R) shakes hands with Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has refused to renew the visa of a senior Financial Times journalist who hosted a talk by an activist advocating the city's independence from China, the newspaper said on October 5, 2018. Paul Yeung / POOL / AFP

Trump shrugs off report revealing a fortune in tax dodges, parental gifts

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

'They used the concept of 'time value of money' in doing a very old, boring and often told hit piece on me,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP. This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

New York investigating Trump tax dodging report

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The New York Times says its own exhaustive probe of a vast trove of tax returns and confidential records show Trump had engaged in suspect tax tactics

TRUMP AND TAX. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

DLSU joins U.P. in latest world university rankings

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The De La Salle University makes its Times Higher Education World University Rankings debut in the 801-1,000 bracket, while the University of the Philippines climbs in rank and is now in the 501-600 bracket

PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITIES. The University of the Philippines and De La Salle University make it to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook-owned company

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'Mike and I are grateful for the last 8 years at Instagram and 6 years with the Facebook team,' Systrom says in a statement on September 24, following a report on the departure in The New York Times

INSTAGRAM. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger attend the 16th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 21, 2012 in New York City. File photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images/AFP

Top justice official denies discussing removing Trump from office

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:08 AM

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dubs the New York Times report as 'inaccurate and factually incorrect', suggesting that the remarks have only been made 'jokingly'

INACCURATE. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the remarks were made jokingly in the presence of other senior Justice Department officials weeks after he took office on April 29, 2017. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff, wife buy Time magazine

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Benioffs will not be involved in operations or journalistic decisions, 'which will continue to be led by TIME's current executive leadership team,' a statement says

TIME. An AFP journalist reads a copy of Time Magazine with a front cover using a combination of pictures showing a crying child taken at the US Border Mexico and a picture of US President Donald Trump looking down, on June 22, 2018 in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Parents will be able to impose time limits on apps from games and news to social media and messaging that children use, and will able to designate "down time" for themselves too

APP LIMITS. Apple's app limitation system combines with its parental controls to provide everyone with a means of controlling their usage, or that of a loved one's obsession with technoloy. Screen shot from WWDC 2018 livestream


Trump urges U.S. attorney general to probe anonymous op-ed

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

US President Donald Trump urges an investigation into the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed to protect 'national security', deeming the publication of the piece as an act of treason

INVITATION. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Delay breakfast, eat dinner early if you want to lose body fat – new study

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

There is, indeed, increasing evidence supporting the idea that our metabolic health is not just regulated by what we eat, but also when we eat

TIMING. A new study suggests timing meals to lose weight. Image from junpinzon/Shutterstock.com

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Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

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Trump calls on Times to reveal 'coward' behind critical op-ed

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Unidentified deep state operatives who defy voters to push their secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself,' says US President Donald Trump

ON NEW YORK TIMES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by AFP

Officials rush to assure Trump they didn't pen op-ed criticizing him

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Amid frenzied speculation about who is hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, Vice President Mike Pence is the first to assert that he did not pen the New York Times piece

ASSURANCE. Senior officials rush to assure US President Donald Trump they didn't write the New York Times 'resistance' op-ed published on Wednesday, September 5. AFP file photo

Tencent to check IDs to enforce game limits for minors

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The measure comes on the heels of new efforts by the government to regulate China's highly popular video game industry, including restrictions on the number of new releases to address concerns over children's eyesight

TENCENT'S GAME LIMITS. Tencent chairman and CEO Pony Ma speaks during a philanthropy forum in Hong Kong on September 23, 2016. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump slams 'gutless' New York Times 'resistance' op-ed

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

But Donald Trump insists his administration is 'doing a great job.' He also unloads on the 'failing New York Times' for running an 'anonymous - meaning gutless - a gutless editorial.'

Screenshot of New York Times op-ed; Trump file photo by AFP

Trump insists White House a 'smooth-running machine'

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:12 AM

President Donald Trump also brands the Mueller probe as 'illegal' – despite the fact his own Justice Department says the opposite

MUELLER PROBE. In this file photo US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. File photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

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Aug 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

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Lawmakers seek House probe into lawyers' arrest in Makati bar raid

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two lawmakers say the 'irregular' arrest has 'serious implication on the observance of basic constitutional rights'

BUILDUP. Videos show the lawyers and the searching party of the Makati bar engaging in a spat before the arrest. Screenshot from sourced video.

Makati bar owner no longer client of arrested lawyers

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Diane Desierto, a senior partner of the lawyers' firm, says it was just a 'temporary engagement' with the Time in Manila bar

FREE. Lawyers Lenie Rocha (L) and Jan Vincent Soliven (R) walk out of the Makati City police station after securing a release order. Romulo Bernard Alarkon is not in the photo but was also released. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Robredo condemns arrest of lawyers: ‘Alarming erosion of rule of law’

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:14 PM

'If even lawyers... can be treated with such official disdain, then we can only imagine how much worse less informed, less empowered Filipinos will fare when subjected to abusive behavior,' says the Vice President

TAKING A STAND. Vice President Leni Robredo calls on members of the Philippine Bar to continue condemning the arrest of 3 lawyers in a Makati bar. File photo by OVP

No 'special treatment' for lawyers who break the law

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'Hindi tayo pwedeng magbigay ng special treatment kahit kanino,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NO 'FEAR OR FAVOR.' PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at the Camp Crame press briefing on Monday, August 20. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP awards medals to Makati police for Time in Manila bar raids

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:47 AM

The award is given to cops who accomplish 'a single act of heroism or series of heroic acts'

AWARDED. Makati city police officials attend the Camp Crame flag ceremony on Monday, August 20. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Trump lashes out at Russia probe as 'McCarthyism'

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:43 PM

United States President Donald Trump's latest Twitter storm is set off by a front-page report in the New York Times

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 8, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. President Donald Trump said on August 9, 2017 the United States' nuclear arsenal was now "more powerful than ever before" in a fresh warning to North Korea over its missile tests. "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before," Trump wrote on Twitter before adding that "hopefully we will never have to use this power."  / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

'Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the greatest cheat of them all?'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While money is behind many things that are good and progressive about human lives, it is more notoriously known for being the root of unethical behavior

Videos show arrest of lawyers in Makati bar raid

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Rappler obtains videos showing what happened inside the Makati bar where 3 lawyers were arrested

BUILDUP. Videos show the lawyers and the searching party of the Makati bar engaging in a spat before the arrest. Screenshot from sourced video.

CHR probes arrest of lawyers in Makati bar raid

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The commission says it is 'deeply alarmed' by the arrest of the 3 lawyers 'who were only fulfilling their obligation as counsels of their client'

OBSTRUCTION? Cops detain lawyers at the Makati Police Station on August 16, 2018, for taking notes and photos during a police inventory of a raided bar. Photo courtesy of the Southern Police District

'Lawyers now targets of drug war'

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'Maybe it is only ironic that the mastermind of this breakdown in the rule of law, where even lawyers are no longer safe, is a lawyer himself,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte

TARGETS? Senator Leila de Lima is surrounded by a platoon of cops as she attends her drug trade hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC. File photo by the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

Police release lawyers arrested in Makati bar raid

Aug 17, 2018 - 8:24 PM

(UPDATED) They walk out of the Makati City police station at past 8 pm after securing a release order from the prosecutor’s office

RELEASED. The 3 lawyers arrested at a Makati City bar raid are let go by cops after they secured a release order. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Arrest of lawyers in Makati bar 'very grave cause for concern' – IBP

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajardo reminds the police that lawyers too 'are officers of the court'

OBSTRUCTION? Cops detain lawyers at the Makati Police Station on August 16, 2018, for taking notes and photos during a police inventory of a raided bar. Photo courtesy of the Southern Police District

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Aug 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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Cops in Makati bar arrest say lawyers 'harassed' them

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:06 AM

'Pakiramdam na ng mga pulis ay pressured na sila sa ginagawang search,' says Southern Police District director Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario

SOUTH POLICE CHIEF. SPD head Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario says his cops were harassed by the 3 lawyers during the Times Bar raid in Makati City. Photo courtesy of the Southern Police District

Cops detain lawyers monitoring inventory of raided Makati bar

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Policemen arrest the young lawyers as they were documenting what the cops were doing in the bar

OBSTRUCTION? Cops detain lawyers at the Makati Police Station on August 16, 2018, for taking notes and photos during a police inventory of a raided bar. Photo courtesy of the Southern Police District

Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Among the tools are a way to limit notifications, and a dashboard that allows users to keep track of how much time they have spent on the platforms

Trump anti-press attacks 'dangerous and harmful'

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:51 AM

A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, says he told US President Donald Trump during their meeting that escalating attacks on news media 'will lead to violence'

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: People walk past the New York Times building on July 27, 2017 in New York City. The New York Times Company shares have surged to a nine-year high after posting strong earnings on Thursday. Partly due to new digital subscriptions following the election of Donald Trump as president, the company reported a profit of $27.7 million in the second quarter, up from $9.1 million in the same period last year. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

#BabaeAko among Time’s 25 'Most Influential People on the Internet'

Jun 29, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Filipino movement that began as a social media campaign gets global recognition

Babae Ako groups march from Luneta to Liwasang Bonifacio to join the Hindipendence Protest Rally today in celebration of the Independence Day. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' first look: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt exude '70s swag

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The movie, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is set for release in 2019

Facebook may soon tell you how much time you spend on it

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Uncovered code reveals the social media giant is working on a feature that can track how much time you use Facebook each day over a week

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

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Jun 24, 2018 - 11:55 AM

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