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Crunch time as high-level U.S.-China trade talks resume

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Chinese trade envoy Liu He is leading Beijing's delegation in meetings with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and other American officials

TRADE TALKS RESUME. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (L) takes part in US-China trade talks with China's Vice Premier Liu He (R) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on February 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'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

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says the summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – is cancelled but that there will be bilateral talks

HOLOCAUST ROW. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a press statement at the coal mine at Stonava, near Karvina, Czech Republic on December 21, 2018. File photo by Radek Mica/AFP

U.S.-China trade talks: What's under debate

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:42 PM

The two sides are working towards a Memorandum of Understanding to detail their commitments ahead of a potential meeting between Trump and X

ENDING SOON? Talks on the US-China trade war are set to begin soon. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as ISIS fighters trapped

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'In a very short time, not longer than a few days, we will officially announce the end of ISIS' existence,' says Syrian Democratic Forces commander Jia Furat

CIVILIANS. Men believed to be civilians fleeing the battered Islamic State-held holdout of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor stand in the back of a truck on February 11, 2019. Photo . by Fadel Senna/AFP

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

IMF warns of global economic 'storm' as growth undershoots

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 PM

'The bottom line – we see an economy that is growing more slowly than we had anticipated,' says International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde (R) , Managing Director and Chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund, speaks to journalist Richard Quest, during the opening session of the World Government Summit in Dubai, on February 10, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

High-stakes U.S.-China trade talks resume as deadline approaches

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Financial markets worldwide have lost ground in recent days as comments about the status of the talks turned more cautious

VISIT. An official delegation from the United States will be visiting China. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Gutoc asks Dela Rosa: What if your son was drug war collateral damage?

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:51 AM

The former police chief says if drug war victims and their families don't get justice on earth, they will get it in heaven

11 dead as war-damaged flats collapse in Syria's Aleppo

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:00 PM

A child is the sole survivor of the collapse in the formerly rebel-held neighborhood of Salaheddin in Aleppo

RESCUE. Syrian civil defence workers rescue a child from under the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in the Salah al-Din district of the northern city of Aleppo on February 2, 2019. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

China vows increased U.S. imports, IP protection at trade talks

Feb 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

In a breakthrough, China agrees to increase imports of US goods and boost cooperation on protecting intellectual property

NEGOTIATIONS. US and China delegations during the trade talks in Washington DC on January 30, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks with a chill in the air

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The two sides have just a month remaining in a 90-day truce declared in December in the trade war

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He lead their delegations as they begin trade negotiations in the Diplomatic Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The top trade officials are beginning two days of face-to-face trade talks to end a monthslong trade war between the worlds two largest economies. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP  CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks with a chill in the air

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The world's two largest economies are battling for nothing less than future dominance in critical high-tech industries, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the lead US negotiator

TRADE TALKS. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (C) walks through a hotel lobby on his way to the Diaoyutai State Guest House to meet Chinese officials in Beijing on May 4, 2018. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

WTO to probe Trump's China tariffs

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Under WTO regulations, parties in a dispute can block a first request for the creation of an arbitration panel, but if the parties make a second request, it is all but guaranteed to go through

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen truce, prisoner swap timelines pushed back – U.N.

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Hodeida agreement stipulates a full ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal and redeployment of rival forces from the city – two clauses that have yet to be fulfilled

YEMEN TALKS. In this file photo, UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

TALKS. In this file photo, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Germany earmarks funds for Russian siege survivors

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:22 PM

While the initiative is 'important,' Russia says Germany should compensate all living survivors of the 1941-44 siege of Leningrad

Turkey expects creation of Syria 'security zone' in 'few months'

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'We expect the promise of a security zone, a buffer zone aimed at protecting our country from terrorists to be fulfilled in few months,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

SYRIA. This file photo shows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

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Jan 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

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Gov’t claims 9,999 barangays already cleared of illegal drugs

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:13 PM

This leaves 22,427 barangays still needing to be cleared of drugs to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's delayed promise of stopping illegal drugs within his term

MORE TO GO. The government claims it has cleared almost 10,000 barangays of illegal drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Russia wheels out key missile in bid to save U.S. arms treaty

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Russian artillery chief Mikhail Matveevsky says the 9M729 missile's maximum range is 480 kilometers. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty bans missiles with a range above 500 kilometers.

INF TREATY. Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the new Russia's 9M729 missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

China's economy grew at slowest pace in 28 years in 2018

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The 6.6% growth is above the official target of around 6.5%, but is down from the 6.8% chalked up in 2017, according to the National Bureau of Statistics

This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows workers transferring soybeans at a port in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. President Xi Jinping vowed on April 10 to take new steps to open China's economy "wider and wider" amid a broiling trade confrontation with the United States. / AFP PHOTO / - / China OUT

U.S. officials consider lifting China tariffs – report

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

American and Chinese trade officials have until March 1 to resolve their trade war, to prevent a sharp increase in punitive US duties on $200 billion in Chinese goods

Sri Lanka President Sirisena praises Duterte drug war as 'example to world'

Jan 17, 2019 - 2:28 PM

'I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard,' Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena tells President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena offer a toast to each other during the State Banquet at the Malacañan Palace on January 16, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gov't allows 'drug war' deaths to go unsolved

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The systematic delay in solving killings does not help the Duterte administration in a landmark legal battle before the International Criminal Court

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang photo

Filipino senior war veterans' pension raised to P20,000

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Republic Act No 11164 increases the monthly old-age pension of war veterans from P5,000 to P20,000

World Bank warns brewing trade storm jeopardizes global economy

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Growth of the world economy is expected to slow to 2.9% this year, and 2.8% in 2020, slightly below the previous forecast

U.S. negotiators in Beijing for trade war talks

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The American delegation in Beijing includes officials from the Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture and Energy departments

TRADE WAR TALKS. Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (C) leaves a hotel with his negotiation team in Beijing on January 7, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Duterte vows 'big fish' will die in last half of his term

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

In his first speech of 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte warns that big-time drug bosses will be killed in the remaining years of his presidency

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Xi, Trump vow cooperation on diplomatic anniversary – state media

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Trump hails his 'solid friendship' with China's Xi, despite the ongoing trade war between the two countries

FRIENDSHIP. China President Xi Jinping hopes 'to advance China-US relations featuring coordination, cooperation and stability.' File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

2018 death toll Syria war's lowest at under 20,000 – monitor

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:24 PM

(UPDATED) The war in Syria leaves 19,666 people dead in 2018, the lowest in nearly 8 years

ONGOING WAR. A picture taken early on March 23, 2018 shows flames erupting following regime bombardment in Douma, one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. File Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/ AFP

Duterte gov't tally: 'Drug war' deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records 5,050 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to November 2018

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Xi says China, U.S. want 'stable progress' on ties in Trump call – Xinhua

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:37 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping expresses hope that 'both teams can meet each other halfway and reach an agreement beneficial to both countries and the world as early as possible,' reports Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua

FIRST MEETING. File photo shows US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Benedict Cumberbatch to star in 'eye-opening' Brexit thriller

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'Brexit: The Uncivil War,' is set to air in the United Kingdom on January 7

Pompeo to meet Netanyahu in Brazil after Syria decision

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The meeting comes at the heels of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he would bring home all 2,000 American troops from Syria

DIPLOMACY TALKS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil. Photos by AFP

6 killed in Negros Oriental police operations

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The provincial police says those killed fought back and resisted arrest

U.N. convenes warring sides in Yemen's Hodeida

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels to oversee the truce

Gov't alone can't end illegal drugs in PH – Año

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says a 'whole-of-nation initiative' is needed against illegal drugs

NATION NEEDED. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says communities need to help the government out in its campaign against illegal drugs and corruption. Rappler screengrab

Pope Francis hopes for peace in Yemen, Syria, other flashpoints

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In his traditional 'Urbi and Orbi' address, Pope Francis appeals for 'fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture'

Trump decided on Syria troop pullout during Erdogan call – report

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:36 PM

US President Donald Trump's move comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch an operation against a Kurdish militia that is fighting against ISIS with American military assistance

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Turkey, Iran hold talks after U.S. Syria announcement

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Turkey has been working closely with Iran and Russia to find a political solution to the war in Syria

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Sphero discontinues Disney-licensed products

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Sphero says its Disney products would be labeled as legacy products, and stocks would no longer be replenished

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Pedro Pascal to lead cast of 'Star Wars' series

Dec 13, 2018 - 9:36 AM

'The Mandalorian' is scheduled to air on Disney + in the US late 2019