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Without urgent reform, Iraq economy will face irreparable shocks – minister

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:05 PM

'If we do not amend the situation throughout the next year, we may face shocks we cannot fix,' warns Iraqi finance chief Ali Allawi

Iraq's Minister of Finance Ali Allawi listens during an interview at his residence in the capital Baghdad, on June 22, 2020. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

LOOKBACK: Top athletes who spoke out against oppression

Jun 07, 2020 - 8:52 PM

These superstar athletes bravely fought bigger battles outside their sport

THE GOOD FIGHT. NBA legend Bill Russell (left) and LeBron James prove to be champions even off the court. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Iran's Khamenei: Fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty'

May 22, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Khamenei lashes out at Western governments and their Arab 'puppets' for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Jerusalem Day

LOOKBACK: How 'Thrilla in Manila' changed Ali, Frazier forever

May 12, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Forty-five years ago, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought in the Philippines' daytime heat without a functioning air conditioning at The Big Dome

'LIKE DEATH'. Muhammad Ali (left) and Joe Frazier experienced one of their toughest fights in their careers. Screengrab from Youtube

Coronavirus, Taal eruption sink Ayala Land profits 41% in Q1 2020

May 11, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Ayala Land also slashes its capital expenditures by P40 billion due to the coronavirus crisis

Hollywood artist tutors Arabic-speaking kids during pandemic

May 03, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Reem Ali Adeeb and her sister Sandi set up 'Susupreemo,' a YouTube channel designed to help Arabic-speaking kids and their stressed-out parents weather the coronavirus lockdowns through various activities

Artist Reem Ali Adeeb works in her studio apartment in Los Angeles, California on April 29, 2020, where she is developing online tutorials in Arabic for children about art, including drawing and reading. - It was during a phone conversation with her sister back in Qatar that the idea clicked for Hollywood animation artist Reem Ali Adeeb. Like other regions across the world, young children in the Middle East were confined at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there was not nearly enough original content online in Arabic as far as fun tutorials and activities to keep them entertained. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Ex-Maguindanao budget officer sentenced to 8 years in prison for corruption

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The Sandiganbayan finds the former provincial budget officer guilty of facilitating the payment of a P14-million procurement from a nonexistent pharmacy

Sudan's post-uprising PM unharmed in assassination bid

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The attack on Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is staged in the Kober district of northeast Khartoum, in an apparent sign of the shakiness of Sudan's transition to civilian rule

UNHARMED. Sudanese rescue teams and security forces gather next to damaged vehicles at the site of an assassination attempt against Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who survived the attack with explosives unharmed, in the capital Khartoum on March 9, 2020. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Top Iraq cleric's sermon canceled over virus, a first since 2003

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:39 PM

Religious authorities have already closed the shrine of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, where the sermon is usually delivered, to mitigate the risk of contagion

IMAM HUSSEIN SHRINE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a view of the facade of the Bab al-Raja gate of the courtyard of the Imam Hussein shrine in the central Iraqi holy city of Karbala. File photo by Mohammed Sawaf/AFP

Iran accuses foreign media of using virus to 'discourage' voters

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says foreign media spread 'negative propaganda'

Iranians queue up to vote during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran on February 21, 2020. - Iranians began voting in a parliamentary election which conservatives are expected to dominate, capitalising on public anger against moderate conservative President Hassan Rouhani over a ravaged economy, corruption and multiple crises. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran votes in general election marred by disqualifications

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Voters form long queues at polling stations in south Tehran, where conservatives have a solid support base, but far fewer are seen waiting to vote in upmarket northern neighborhoods

ELECTIONS. Iranians queue up to vote during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran on February 21, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Rocket fire targets Syria oil facilities – state media

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Oil Minister Ali Ghanem says the targeted facilities were the Ebla and south central region gas plants, as well as the Al-Rayyan gas station and a refinery in the central province of Homs

Duterte names ex-Muslim affairs official as new Bangsamoro gov't member

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Ali Sangki is appointed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, making him the 79th member out of the required 80

NEW GOVERNMENT. BTA members gather for BARMM's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Iran's Khamenei ordered truth be told over downed airliner – report

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Fars News Agency says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that the outcome of investigations 'be made known to the people explicitly and honestly'

(FILES) A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him addressing a meeting in Teharn on January 8, 2020. Photo by HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE / AFP

Soleimani killing offers chance for Iran rulers to rally popular support

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:55 AM

There has been a genuine outpouring of emotion and anti-American sentiment among Iranians

PROTEST. Iranians march on January 5, 2020 in the streets of the northwestern city of Ahvaz to pay homage to top general Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. Photo by Hossein Mersadi/Fars news/AFP

Khamenei adviser says Iran response to U.S. to be military – CNN

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan says 'the response for sure will be military and against military sites'

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:02 AM

For the first time, Al-Shabaab apologizes to the civilian victims, but says the attack was necessary in its fight against the Somali State and its foreign backers

BOMBING. Somali soldiers secure the scene at a car bombing attack site in Mogadishu, on December 28, 2019. Photo by Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP

Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accuses Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of stopping the public from mourning the killed protesters

US-IRAN RELATIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Iran for attempting to stop the memorials for the killed protesters. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/POOL/AFP

Khamenei orders Iran unrest victims treated as 'martyrs'

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that families whose loved ones 'lost their lives in any way during the demonstrations' will be 'paid their blood money as restitution'

'MARTYRS.' Iran's supreme leader has agreed that people killed in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting it should be treated as 'martyrs' with their families compensated. Photo by AFP

Iran leader backs petrol price hike that sparked deadly unrest

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:08 PM

40 'disruptors' are arrested in the central city of Yazd after clashing with police

OIL PRICE HIKE. Iranian protesters rally amid burning tires during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan on November 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

Top Shiite cleric says protests will forever mark Iraq

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional,' says Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani

PROTESTS. In this file photo, Iraqi demonstrators gather in al-Khalani square in central Baghdad on November 9, 2019, during clashes with Iraqi forces. File photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Iran has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, says Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran

ENRICHED URANIUM. Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi gives a joint press point with the commissioner of the European Commission in charge of Climate Action and Energy, in Brussels on November 26, 2018. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

Iran's Khamenei rules out talks with United States

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that 'those who see negotiations with the US as the solution to every problem are certainly mistaken'

A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. (Photo by STRINGER / Iranian Supreme Leader's Website / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Iraq protests enter 2nd month, defying pledges of reform

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:08 PM

More than 250 people have died and 10,000 have been wounded in the past month as protests evolved into calls for the 'downfall of the regime'

SECOND MONTH. Iraqi protesters gather at Tahrir square during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Baghdad on November 1, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Top Iraq cleric says government responsible for protest deaths

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani gives authorities 'two weeks' to release the findings of an investigation into the more than 100 deaths recorded during the protests since October 1

PROTEST. This file photo shows smoke rising from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. File photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

Victoria's Secret features plus-size, transwoman models for campaign with UK brand Bluebella

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:18 PM

The brand is trying to keep up with the times with efforts to be more inclusive

DIVERSITY. UK lingerie brand Bluebella's latest campaign is Victoria's Secret's latest effort to be more inclusive. Screenshot from

U.S. boxing trainer suffers 'horrible attack' during weigh-in

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Renowned boxing trainer James Ali Bashir gets knocked unconscious during the weigh-in of the Habazin-Shields fight

CALLED OFF. The fight between Ivana Habazin (left) and Claressa Shields gets canceled following the attack on trainer James Ali Bashir (right). Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Baghdad clashes mount as top Shiite cleric endorses Iraq protests

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The endorsement from Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani prompts celebratory gunfire from protesters and piles new pressure on Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

IRAQ PROTESTS. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Ahmad Al-Safi, a representative of Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader, reading a statement in which Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged Iraq to heed protesters 'before it's too late' during a televised speech following the weekly Friday prayer at a mosque in the central shrine city of Karbala on October 4, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAQIYA TV

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks follow a failed European push to arrange a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

SUPREME LEADER. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies – foreign ministry

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Ben Ali, who ruled his North African country from 1987 until 2011, was viewed by some as a bulwark against Islamist extremism, but faced criticism for muzzling the opposition and his reluctance to embrace democracy

BEN ALI. Tunisia's all-powerful leader for two decades, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power and into exile by a landmark popular uprising in early 2011, sparking revolts across the Arab world. The man who once appeared in official portraits with a benevolent smile and jet black hair has died Thursday, September 19, aged 83, in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Iran leader rules out U.S. talks as tensions rise over Saudi attacks

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the US has adopted a policy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran because it believes it cannot bring the Islamic republic to its knees through other means

NO DEALS? A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. Handout photo from Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/AFP

Syrian court finds Joanna Demafelis' employer guilty of murder

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'There you go. Judge didn't buy the defense,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in response to the verdict over the gruesome murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis

JOANNA'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, broke down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrived at the cargo terminal of NAIA on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

French envoy in Tehran talks for nuclear deal salvage bid

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Emmanuel Bonne's mission is 'to try and open the discussion space to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Ali Shamkhani (R), the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran meets with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iraqi gets life in jail for teen rape-murder in Germany

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The accused, rejected asylum seeker Ali Bashar, is convicted of the killing and handed the maximum sentence of life in prison by the court in Wiesbaden, the city where the murder took place in May last year

ALI BASHAR. Ali Bashar (R) covers his face in front of the cameras upon entering the courtroom, as his lawyer Martin Reineke looks on, on July 10, 2019 in Wiesbaden, western Germany. Photo by Boris Roessler/AFP

Iran says new U.S. sanctions show talk offers hollow, block diplomacy

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says that the new sanctions meant 'permanent closure of the path to diplomacy with Trump's desperate government'

IRAN SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump signs with US Vice President Mike Pence(R) and US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24, 2019, 'hard-hitting sanctions' on Iran's supreme leader. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. hits Iran's supreme leader Khamenei with sanctions

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran,' Donald Trump says as he signs the order in the Oval Office. 'Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.'

IRAN SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order for sanctions on Iran's supreme leader in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japan PM's mission

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) Iran 'has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

ABE IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on June 13, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Iran leader pardons 691 on Eid'l Fitr, but Lebanese excluded

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Lebanese national Nizar Zakka is accused of having 'deep ties to military and intelligence services of the United States'

A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office on June 5, 2019 shows the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding a rifle as he delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

Iran leader condemns U.S. Mideast plan as 'great betrayal'

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Washington is gearing up to roll out economic aspects of its long-awaited plan for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians at a conference in Bahrain

IRAN LEADER. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office on June 5, 2019 shows the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding a rifle as he delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

5 great sporting comebacks

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Tiger Woods joins the likes of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and cyclist Greg LeMond with a comeback for the ages following his fifth Masters triumph

STILL GOT IT. Tiger Woods battles back from a two-year injury layoff for his first Masters Tournament title in 14 years. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Iran leader calls on Iraq to demand U.S. withdraw troops

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Wherever they (US troops) have had an enduring presence, forcing them out has become problematic,' Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

American trainers take a break as they train Iraqi soldier on approaching and clearing buildings at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops and is located north of the capital Baghdad, on January 7, 2015. Taji is one of an eventual five sites from which the US and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP/ PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Death toll in 'unprecedented' Iran floods rises to 21

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:37 PM

With 20 of Iran's 31 provinces experiencing floods or facing an imminent threat, the country's National Crisis Management Committee is activated at the cabinet level

IRAN FLOODS. An image made available by Iran's Mehr News agency on March 25, 2019, shows cars piling up in a street in the southern city of Shiraz. Photo by Amin Berenjkar/ Mehr News/AFP

Syria's Kurds criticize Damascus 'threats'

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub says his government will recapture all areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces 'in one of two ways: a reconciliation agreement force'

ON KURDS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 18, 2019 shows Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub speaking during a press conference with Iraq and Iran's Chiefs of Staff in the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Iran president keeps FM Zarif in post

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'I believe your resignation is against the country's interests and do not approve it,' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani writes in a letter to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Oscars 2019: Mahershala Ali wins Best Supporting Actor

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:29 AM

The actor wins for his role in the movie 'Green Book'

Screenshot from YouTube/Universal Pictures

Canadian jihadist says ISIS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Mohammad Ali begins doubting his decision to join ISIS in late 2016, as the jihadists start losing territory and turning against foreigners

'HUNG OUT TO DRY.' Mohammad Ali, a 28-year-old Canadian jihadist captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks to AFP at a detention center in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on February 10, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:51 AM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country – one of the poorest in the world

PEACE DEAL. Members of armed groups, governments, UN and AU Agencies leave the Renaissance Palace after the signing ceremony of the so-called "Khartoum Agreement" peace agreement in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Ali's 'golden touch' floors Japan as Qatar lifts Asian Cup

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Record-breaker Almoez Ali slots in a brilliant early goal as Qatar deals Japan its first loss in an Asian Cup final

CHAMPS. Qatar celebrates its historic title romp in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

‘Our day is here’: MILF member casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Former rebel Muhammad Ali, 74, says, 'Pantay-pantay na ang lahat ng tao. Kristyano, babae, mga IP, at pati rin kaming mga Muslim'

LONG ROAD TO PEACE. Muhammad Ali, 74, casts his vote at the Lugay-Lugay Central School in Cotabato City on January 21, 2019 – an act he waited for decades to do. Rappler photo