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Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque

Jul 14, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says current data does not indicate quarantine restrictions can be relaxed further in the coming weeks

CASES RISE. Personnel from the North Avenue MRT 3 Station in Quezon City check passengers on July 6, 2020, after 186 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises – U.N.

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Nearly 690 million people or 8.9% of people around the globe are hungry

SBMA extends grace period for rents, business fees

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, meanwhile, thinks the government could better help businesses by not imposing rent during the lockdown period

Kosovo's Thaci quizzed by war crimes prosecutors

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'I am ready to face the new challenge and succeed for my son, my family, my people and my country. Nobody can rewrite history. This is a price of freedom,' says President Hashim Thaci, who was charged for war crimes in June

Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan quits

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:18 PM

The announcement comes after the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly on July 8

Three things we learned from the Premier League weekend

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Chelsea falls prey to Sheffield United while Manchester City secures its place in the top 4 with a beating of Brighton

DOMINANT. Manchester City hands Brighton a 5-0 thrashing. Photo from Instagram/@mancity

China rejects Philippines' call to comply with Hague ruling

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:04 PM

China says its 'territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea will under no circumstances be affected' by the historic award

SEA DISPUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang file photo

AFP renames key positions, military chief gets additional designation

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:30 PM

With these changes, the defense department wants 'to instill the culture of jointness within the AFP and strictly implement the ‘force provider-force employer’ concept between the major services and the unified commands'

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Special Force. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies in South Africa

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi, who was involved in the liberation struggle like her parents, dies at the age of 59

Jazz 2020 playoff preview: Spida's tangled web

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:01 PM

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert need to settle their differences as the Jazz eye to make a splash when the NBA season resumes

DUO. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were two of the first NBA players to test positive for the coronavirus. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

IMF predicts worst Middle East downturn in half century

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa regional economy shrinking by 5.7% in 2020

Cars drive down King Fahad boulevard after the authorities eased some of the lockdown measures that had been imposed in a bid to slow down the spead of the novel coronavirus, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Coronavirus immunity may disappear within months – study

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Researchers find that 90 days after infection, several confirmed COVID-19 patients who were part of their test subjects had no detectable antibodies in their bloodstream

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 8, 2020 a woman walks in front of a mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on coronavirus with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's face, at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - Brazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on July 10, 2020, the health ministry said, although the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilizing. The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths. Brazil is the second worst affected country in the world after the United States. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

Israel court rejects Amnesty petition against spyware firm NSO

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Judge Rachel Barkai rejects the Amnesty International petition, claiming there was 'no evidence that an attempt has been made to monitor a human rights activist while trying to gain access to his telephone,' in a ruling on Monday

NSO. An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Cavite town reimposes liquor ban to prevent coronavirus spread

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

(UPDATED) The liquor ban in Carmona starts on Monday, July 13, as it reports more COVID-19 cases

WELCOME arch of Carmona, Cavite, at its boundary with Biñan City, Laguna. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Analog Devices to acquire Maxim Integrated, form $68-billion firm – statement

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The acquisition, one of the biggest deals of the year, would create an enterprise with a combined worth of $68 billion and estimated revenues of $8.2 billion

New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to 'radically’ change PH contact tracing system

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong plans to bring his tested contact tracing strategy nationwide as he trains more tracers in interviewing and using a new digital 'contract tracing e-system'

INVESTIGATOR. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong is the Philippines' new tracing czar. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The barriers required by the national government’s lockdown implementers raise serious concerns for their safety and effectiveness in containing the coronavirus

'Rematch King' Eustaquio wants another shot at Wakamatsu

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Former ONE Championship flyweight titlist Geje Eustaquio aims to face Yuya Wakamatsu, the only man to knock him out

CHAMP. Geje Eustaquio seeks to reclaim the ONE flyweight world title. Photo from ONE Championship

International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Mali's European allies and regional partners are anxious, given the country's poverty, ethnic mix, and strategic location at the heart of the Sahel

CLASHES. In this file photo, protesters gestures on a barricade put up in front of the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, where the influent Imam Mahmoud Dicko led a prayer dedicated to the victims of the clashes of the past two days in Bamako on July 12, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

Revealed: New videos expose China’s forced migration of Uyghurs during the pandemic

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Dozens of Chinese TikTok videos show Uyghurs being transported to work in involuntary labor schemes during the Covid-19 outbreak

FORCED MIGRATION. Screenshots from TikTok videos taken and stitched by Coda Story.

Global super-rich call for wealthy to face coronavirus tax

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:45 PM

In an open letter, over 80 millionaires say they 'have a critical role to play in healing our world'

What you need to know about people's initiative

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:23 PM

At least 13 leading activists appear in court on Monday, July 13, to be formally charged with 'inciting' an unlawful assembly, which carries up to 5 years in jail

VIGIL. In this file photo, activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

FALSE: Photo shows cleaned up Pasig River during Duterte's term

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:18 PM

The photo was posted in 2011, years before Duterte was elected president

Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health notes the rise in cases is 'gradual,' and that the country's health system is able to cope with the increasing number of cases

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Tropical Depression Carina heads for Luzon Strait, landfall still possible

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Tropical Depression Carina is 165 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, as of Monday afternoon, July 13

St Luke’s, Makati Med declare full capacity of COVID-19 beds

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reached the 'danger zone' – meaning, it's nearing full capacity of its designated beds for COVID-19 patients

FULL CAPACITY. St Luke's Medical Center says its COVID-19 beds are now full. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks 'subjective' definition of terroristic dissent

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective

8TH PETITION. Progressive group Sanlakas files the 8th petition vs the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court on July 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sanlakas

CSC issues hiring, online interview guidelines

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

PRESS RELEASE: In recruiting and selecting candidates, agencies shall adopt internal guidelines that will allow online recruitment and selection processes such as online competency assessments and video conferencing for interviews

Hamilton calls for better anti-racism focus and unity in F1

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton feels some teams are not doing enough to show solidarity with the anti-racism movement

FOR A CAUSE. Lewis Hamilton has been at the forefront of Formula One's advocacy against racism. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:31 PM

It is the first time that a speaker has been removed in such a fashion in Malaysia, and sparks fury from the opposition

PARLIAMENTARY TEST. This handout photo from Malaysia's Department of Information taken and released on May 18, 2020 shows Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (bottom R) wearing a face mask during the opening ceremony of the third term of the 14th parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Fuad Abdullah/Malaysia's Department of Information/AFP

Top PBA stars from each UAAP school

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:26 PM

Each UAAP school has contributed its share of players who established themselves as PBA all-time greats

BIG J. It would be foolhardy not to bestow the honor of the top PBA player from UE to Robert Jaworski. Photo from 1995 PBA Annual

CSC eases rules in filling up health, medical positions

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The CSC says that reassignment, detail, and transfer for healthcare workers are also allowed

Inside the Industry: Dance and entertainment with UPeepz

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Advancing to the semifinals on NBC's World of Dance, UPeepz coaches Chips Beltran and Phim Villanueva tell us what it takes to impress J. Lo on the big stage

China slaps tit-for-tat sanctions on U.S. lawmakers, envoy over Xinjiang

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Some of the most outspoken critics of China – Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith – are targeted by the action, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback

XINJIANG CAMPS. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/ AFP

Malacañang names 3 more 'anti-COVID czars'

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar is 'isolation czar,' Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong is 'tracing czar,' and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega is 'treatment czar'

CASES FOUND. Commuters board augmentation buses along EDSA-Taft on July 7, 2020, avoiding the MRT as its personnel undergo testing. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

MLS tournament game postponed one day after new virus case

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM

It is the latest setback to hit the MLS is Back Tournament, which marks the return of top-flight soccer in the United States following a four-month shutdown

Things to know: Malaysiakini and what its case means for press freedom

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:27 PM

Malaysiakini and editor-in-chief Steven Gan, who could face imprisonment if found guilty of contempt of court, await the Malaysian Federal Court's judgment

PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

Elvis Presley's only grandson Benjamin Keough dies aged 27

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Lisa Marie Presley's manager Roger Widynowski confirms the news, saying the daughter of Elvis Presley is 'heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated'

DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Health continues to urge the public to follow health standards, like mask wearing and physical distancing to prevent deaths from returning to the high numbers seen in March

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Market goers seen at the Pritil Public Market on May 2, 2020, a day before the implementation of the 48 hours Hard Lockdown at District 1 Tondo, Manila. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

LOOK: Approved motorcycle barriers for protection vs COVID-19

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Have a look at some of the motorcycle safety dividers approved by government to help protect riders against COVID-19

Populist president wins re-election in Poland

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) Incumbent Andrzej Duda won a new 5-year term with 51% in Sunday's vote against 49% for Warsaw's liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski

POLISH ELECTIONS. Polish President Andrzej Duda addresses supporters as exit poll results were announced during the presidential election in Pultusk, Poland, on July 12, 2020. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

[OPINION] Honoring the predecessors of the #HijaAko movement

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'We should recognize that the #HijaAko Movement is not merely a Filipinized incarnation of the #MeToo Movement, because it is organically built upon the pioneering initiatives of early activists...the comfort women'

Malaysian news site faces contempt of court case

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The case against Malaysiakini and editor-in-chief Steven Gan relates to 5 readers' comments posted under an article that were critical of the judiciary, with the attorney general saying they had eroded public confidence in the courts

STEVEN GAN. Malaysian news site Malaysiakini's editor-in-chief Steven Gan gestures as he arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya on July 13, 2020, as the site faces contempt of court proceedings. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds of rivers swell as China summer flood season revs up

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Summer flooding is an annual scourge in China, often focused along the vast Yangtze basin that drains much of the central part of the country

FIGHTING FLOODS. This photo taken on July 11, 2020 shows workers preparing anti-flood measures at a gate of a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

Alliance of Concerned Teachers hits DepEd as 7 million students still unenrolled

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:05 PM

'One child left behind is one too many, and the government is duty-bound to ensure each and every Filipino’s exercise of all of their constitutionally guaranteed rights,' says the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. Public school students attend flag ceremony during the opening of classes in 2017. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Actress Kelly Preston, 57, dies

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Kelly's husband, actor John Travolta, confirms her death

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2018 US actress Kelly Preston poses during a photocall for the film "Gotti" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. - Kelly Preston, US actress and wife of US actor John Travolta, died after a battle with breast cancer at the age of 57, US media reported on July 12, 2020. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

[OPINION | Just Saying] Constitutional prerogative gone wrong

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise application resonates with all of us: our job security, our freedom of information, expression, and the press and, our fundamental right to know and be happy'