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Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics to be staged in Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Italy beats off a bid from Sweden to host the Winter Games for the third time

BACK IN ITALY. Cortina d'Ampezzo will be home to the Winter Olympics for the second time. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


U.S. teenager loses leg in shark attack

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:16 AM

Paige Winter, 17, encounters the shark around noon while she was spending the day at the Fort Macon beach in North Carolina

It's official. Arya is the Filipinos' favorite Stark (or is she?)

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Ahead of the season 8 premiere, we looked into the ‘Game of Thrones’ topics fans have been talking about online. Spoilers ahead!

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

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

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH skater Julian Macaraeg qualifies for 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Julian Macaraeg makes history as the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics

HISTORY. Julian Macaraeg becomes the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics. Photo from Philippine Skating Union

U.S. winter storms kill 7 – media

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The hardest hit areas are parts of the northern Plains, the upper Midwest, and a southwestern region from Arizona to western Texas

WINTER IS HERE. This December 28, 2018 satellite image obtained courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows severe weather in the US Midwest. Photo by NOAA/AFP

Winter storms batter large swaths of U.S.

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:08 PM

New Year travel plans are ruined for thousands of Americans

WINTER IS HERE. This December 28, 2018 satellite image obtained courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows severe weather in the US Midwest. Photo by NOAA/AFP

Marvel heroes Winter Soldier and Falcon to star in own TV show

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are expected to reprise their bad-ass roles for the TV series on Disney's upcoming streaming service

Notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger dead at 89

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:11 PM

According to The New York Times, Bulger, who was an FBI informant in addition to being a crime boss, is beaten 'unrecognizable' by fellow inmates

ARRESTED. In this file photo taken on June 23, 2011 Steven Martinez, the FBI speak during a news conference to discuss the arrest of Boston crime boss James "Whitey'' Bulger and his companion, Catherine Greig at the Los Angeles Federal Building in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America/AFP

Former NBA coach Tex Winter dies at 96

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Winter pioneered the triangle offense that the Bulls and Lakers both used to dominate the league for years

TRIANGLE OFFENSE. Tex Winter teamed up with Phil Jackson to pioneer the famed traingle offense. Photo from Wikipedia

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research harnessing evolution

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter win the Nobel Chemistry Prize

NOBEL LAUREATES. Screen displays portraits of Frances H Arnold and George P Smith, both of the US, and Gregory P Winter of Great Britain during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemestry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 3, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo by Jonas Ekstromer/ TT News Agency/AFP

US reporters fight back with words after colleagues gunned down

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Thursday's shooting was one of the worst attacks ever to target journalists in the United States, and local media said police had stepped up security at other news organizations

JOURNALISTS FIGHT BACK. A reporter buys a Capital Gazette newspaper on June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

May 26, 2018 - 7:58 PM

During a visit to Moscow, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe presents the puppy to Zagitova, who won gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics

George RR Martin: ‘Winds of Winter’ is not coming this year…but another book is

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:33 AM

The 'Game of Thrones' author announces the release of a new book on the Targaryen kings

FIRE AND BLOOD. The new book from George RR Martin details the history of Targaryen kings. Photo from Twitter.com/GRRMspeaking

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim meets IOC chief in Pyongyang

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Kim Jong-Un thanks International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for helping to bring about a 'dramatic thawing' of tensions on the Korean peninsula

IN PYONGYANG. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

I'm so sorry: 5 memorable sporting apologies

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Here are 5 high-profile incidents of athletes apologizing

ADMISSION. Photo illustration showing a woman watches on her computer as Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping while competing professionally in the sport, as seen from Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

53 dead, many missing in Siberia shopping mall fire

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) The preliminary findings of the inquiry says the fire started around 1100 GMT in one of the cinema halls and destroyed more than 1,000 square meters of the center, news agencies report

Red Velvet, Seohyun of Girls' Generation to perform in North Korea

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Seoul will send a total of 160 performers to Pyongyang for a 4-day visit from March 31 to April 3

RED VELVET. Kpop girl group Red Velvet is set perform in Pyeongyang, first time a South Korean artist holds a concert in since 2007. Screenshot from Instagram.com/redvelvet.smtown

USA win sledge hockey gold as Paralympics set to end

Mar 18, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Team USA tops the medals table, with a total of 36 medals including 13 golds

OLYMPIC GOLD. The US Paralympic hockey team players celebrate their victory over Canada, 2-1. Photo by Joel Marklund/AFP

Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

Mar 10, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Henrieta Farkasova reigned supreme in the women's vision impaired downhill skiing for her sixth Paralympic gold in the said event

CAN'T BE STOPPED. Henrieta Farkasova skis her way to the gold medal. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/AFP


South Korean envoys in historic trip to meet North's Kim

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:08 PM

In the latest step in an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula, the most senior South Koreans travel North to meet leader Kim Jong Un

PYONGYANG BOUND. A South Korean delegation boards an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on March 5, 2018. Photo Jung Yeon-je / pool / AFP

At least 5 dead as storm brings wind, floods and snow to U.S. Northeast

Mar 03, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Coastal flooding alerts are issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic

COLD. People brave cold weather as they walk on the street in New York on January 5, 2018. Photo by Jewel SAMAD/AFP

North Korea general wraps up controversial visit to South

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM

General Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for the ruling Workers' Party, made a rare trip to the South to attend the February 25 closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics

ARRIVAL. Kim Yong Chol (C), who leads a North Korean high-level delegation to attend the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, arrives at the inter-Korea transit office in Paju on February 25, 2018. Korea Pool/AFP

WATCH: EXO, CL electrify fans in 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:24 PM

K-pop fans all over the world go wild over EXO and CL in the Winter Games finale

MAIN HIGHLIGHT. EXO's performance makes headlines in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremonies. Photo from Twitter (@weareoneexo)

2 Koreas march apart as Winter Olympics close

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:38 PM

Unlike the Games' opening, the North and South Korean athletes march separately, although some North Koreans held the blue-and-white Korean Unification emblem

CLOSING. The Olympic flag is brought down ahead of the handover to the next Winter Olympics host Beijing during the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 25, 2018. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

IOC keeps Russia doping ban for Olympic closing ceremony

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

It means the Russians will not be able to march behind their flag at the ceremony

IOC BAN. People hold a placard with the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and flags during the 'Russia is in my heart!' rally in support of Russian athletes on February 3, 2018 in central Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov/OTO/AFP

High-level North Korean delegates arrive in the South

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:06 AM

(2nd UPDATE) The visit by a delegation led by North Korean general Kim Yong Chol is the final piece of the Games-led diplomacy that has dominated headlines from Pyeongchang

KIM YONG CHOL. This file picture taken on December 13, 2007 shows North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong Chol (C) and North Korean soldiers crossing the border which divides the two Koreas to attend the inter-Korean general talks at the South's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). File Photo by Jo Yong-hak/AFP

Relatives protest visit by N. Korea general blamed for warship sinking

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Kim Yong Chol will head an 8-member delegation at the Winter Olympics' closing ceremony Sunday at Pyeongchang, South Korea

PROTESTS. Anti-North Korean protesters march during a rally against an upcoming visit by Kim Yong Chol who will head an eight-member delegation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games' closing ceremony, in Seoul on February 24, 2018. Photo by Joseph Chung/AFP

Snowboard queen Ledecka fastest in Olympic history bid

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Ledecka is looking to become the first woman to win gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Olympics

OLYMPIC DOUBLE. Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic records the fastest time in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kim Yong Chol is widely blamed for a spate of attacks against the South including the torpedoing nearly 8 years ago of the Seoul's Cheonan corvette, with the loss of 46 lives

KIM YONG CHOL. This file picture taken on December 13, 2007 shows North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong Chol (C) and North Korean soldiers crossing the border which divides the two Koreas to attend the inter-Korean general talks at the South's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). File Photo by Jo Yong-hak/AFP

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

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Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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'Skated with our hearts': Virtue and Moir win stunning gold

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We knew today we'd put in a fantastic performance, gave it all we had, we skated with our hearts,' Scott Moir says of his record-breaking ice dance Winter Olympics win with fellow Canadian Tessa Virtue

HEARTS. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Canada's Scott Moir compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

2018 Winter Olympics: Philippines' Asa Miller lands 70th in giant slalom

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The 17-year-old Filipino-American, participating in his first Olympiad, clocks in a combined finish time of 2:49.95 in two runs

DREAM COME TRUE. Asa Miller dons the Philippine colors in his first Olympic appearance. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP


The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

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

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

Hanyu defends Olympic title, snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Hanyu and Ledecka rule the ice and snow, respectively

MAGIC. Ester Ledecka and Yuzuru Hanyu take home Olympic golds. Photo by Martin Bernetti (Ledecka) and Aris Messinis (Hanyu).

Oh my quad! US skater Chen makes history with 6 quads

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Chen breaks his own record of 5 quads set last year

Cybersecurity roundup: February 11 to 17, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Here's an overview of some of the major occurrences in the cybersecurity sector from February 11 to 17

Mexican Olympian gets hero's welcome – after finishing last

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After crossing the finish after 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of gruelling freestyle cross-country racing on Friday, February 16, German Madrazo is lifted high into the air and onto the shoulders of two other athletes

AN ACHEIVEMENT. Tonga's Pita Taufatofua (L) and Morocco's Samir Azzimani (R) lift Mexico's German Madrazo onto their shoulders as they celebrate at the finish line in the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the Alpensia cross country ski centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Wind causes alpine chaos as slalom postponed

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Strong winds buffet the Rainbow course in Yongpyong, making it unsafe to hold the race

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Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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Be my Olympic Valentine: Pyeongchang becomes dating hotspot

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Skeptics may say they should be concentrating more on winning medals, but with time to kill between their events, some male and female competitors appear to have gone looking for a match on Tinder

TOP FORM. Athletes practice during a speed skating training session at the Gangneung Oval Arena during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung on February 8, 2018. Aris Messinis/AFP

Olympic warmth splits views on divided Korean peninsula

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Despite the sudden thaw in ties, little has changed near the DMZ, which has split the peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty

BORDER ZONE. This photo taken on February 11, 2018 shows North Korean flags flying above a pavillion at the dividing line between North and South Korea within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), from the Goseong Unification Observatory on South Korea's northeast coast. Ed Jones/AFP