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Mongolia confirms ruling party's landslide election win

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The Mongolian People's Party takes 62 out of 76 parliamentary seats in its first consecutive victory

Mongolians vote for parliament in shadow of coronavirus

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Voters queue two meters apart to enter, with medical staff checking temperatures, passing out hand disinfectant and masks, and providing single-use plastic gloves to fill out ballot papers

ELECTIONS. People wearing face masks vote at a polling station in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on June 24, 2020. Photo by Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFP

Mongolia locks down cities after reporting 1st coronavirus case

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The move means people are not allowed to enter or leave the capital or rural cities for almost a week

LITTLE GIRL. A child walks with her mother in Bornuur Sum, a village 135 kilometers away from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Photo by Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFP

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Asian nations try to shield against deadly coronavirus outbreak

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The outbreak is sending shock waves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors

TEMPERATURE. A private school in Manila suspends classes and takes precautionary measures on January 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus emergency. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Mongolia closes China border to cars, shuts schools over virus fears

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The measures announced by Mongolia are the most drastic steps taken by any nation so far over concerns about the coronavirus which has rapidly spread across China

PROTECTION. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows workers producing facemasks at a factory in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, to support the supply of medical materials during a deadly virus outbreak which began in Wuhan. Photo by AFP

Putin promises infrastructure investment in Mongolia

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga and Vladimir Putin sign a series of agreements including joint investment funds to finance Mongolia's infrastructure developments

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Powerhouses Mongolia, China join PH in 1st Chooks 3X3 Super Quest

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:14 PM

The inaugural Chooks-to-Go 3X3 Asia-Pacific Super Quest will kick off on Saturday, April 6

INTERNATIONAL. Joshua Munzon takes his talents against international powerhouses. Photo from release.

Shooter kills 5 in China's Inner Mongolia

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Gun violence is rare in China, where the government tightly restricts ownership of firearms

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, regularly exceeds World Health Organization recommendations for air quality

This picture taken on February 23, 2019 shows 5-year-old Amina walking with her mother in Bornuur Sum, a village 135 kilometres away from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside. BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP

PH surrenders early lead, bows to Mongolia in 3x3 World Cup

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The nationals drop into a three-way tie at 1-1 with Mongolia and Russia in Pool C of the men's division

SPLIT. Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas wind up splitting their first two assignments. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Release your inner Mongol: Camping in the Gobi Desert

Jan 02, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Camp under the same stars that lit the nights of Genghis Khan

Travel Guide: Camping in Mongolia

Dec 24, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Here's how you can make the most of this beautifully rugged destination

WHITE. The snow-capped mountains, hills and rocks make for a beautiful landscape. All photos by Joshua Berida

Mongolians pick president after scandal-plagued campaign

Jun 26, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The next president will inherit a 5 5 billion International Monetary Fund led bailout designed to stabilize its economy and lessen its dependence on China which purchases 80 of Mongolian exports

THE VOTE. A Mongolian military soldier prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station during the Mongolian presidential election in Ulan Bator on June 26, 2017. Photo by Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFP

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May 16, 2017 - 7:28 PM

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Duterte on Turkey, Mongolia joining ASEAN: 'Yes, why not?'

May 16, 2017 - 3:54 PM

They wanted me to sponsor that entry says President Rodrigo Duterte recalling his conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdeneba

MORE ASEAN MEMBERS? President Rodrigo says he sees nothing wrong with expanding the membership of ASEAn to include Turkey and Mongolia. Presidential Photo

Mongolian women wrestlers grapple with tradition

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Mongolian freestyle women wrestlers eye Rio Olympic medals but they are still forbidden from participating in their country s own traditional grappling festivals

CELEBRATED. Mongolia's Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg has become a recognizable figure back home after her London Olympics success. She is seen here celebrating with the national flag after defeating Canada's Martine Dugrenier in their Women's 63kg Freestyle bronze medal match during the 2012 Games. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Tokyo seeks to pressure Beijing on South China Sea ruling

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells assembled leaders in Ulan Bator that the rule of law was a universal principle that the international community must firmly maintain

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator on July 15, 2016. Wu Hong/Pool/AFP

PH defies China, raises sea row at ASEM

Jul 15, 2016 - 2:45 PM

China insists that the Asia Europe Meeting ASEM in Mongolia is not an appropriate venue to discuss the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (left) shakes hands with Mongolia's former vice foreign minister Choinkhor Jalbuu (right) at Chinggis Khaan International Airport for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on July 14, 2016. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/EPA/Pool

Philippines to raise West PH Sea issue at regional summit

Jul 14, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay will attend the two day Asia Europe Summit in Mongolia along with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay delivers a brief statement at the DFA head office in Pasay City, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kelly vs Jadambaa winner will get title shot, says ONE FC top brass

Jun 22, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Both men will fight in the main event of ONE Championship s Dynasty of Champions 6 card on July 2

REWARD. The winner of the featherweight showdown between Filipino fighter Erick Kelly (R) and Mongolia's Jadambaa Narantungalag will get a shot at the ONE Championship featherweight title. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kerry warns on South China Sea during Mongolia visit

Jun 05, 2016 - 12:34 PM

UPDATED Kerry said such a move would raise tensions and call into a serious question China s commitment to diplomatically manage the territorial dispute

US Secretary of State John Kerry in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on June 5, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

Kerry praises Mongolia as 'oasis of democracy'

Jun 05, 2016 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED Mongolia has made remarkable progress for a young democracy says US Secretary of State John Kerry

MONGOLIAN WELCOME. US Secretary of State John Kerry samples cheese curds alongside a woman in traditional attire as he disembarks from his airplane upon arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 5, 2016. Photo by Saul Loeb/ Pool/ AFP

Satellite imagery: China staging mock invasion of Taiwan?

Aug 17, 2015 - 5:11 PM

A video briefly shows People s Liberation Army troops practicing an assault on a building which closely resembles Taiwan s Presidential Office Building in Taipei

Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee, Digital Globe and Airbus Defense & Space

India's Modi in Mongolia seeking stronger ties in China's backyard

May 17, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Modi praises the resource rich nation as the new bright light of democracy in our world and says the two are closely linked to the future of the Asia Pacific region

IN HIGH SPIRITS. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg (R) smile during a signing ceremony and press conference in Parliament Hall of the State Palace, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, May 17, 2015. Davaanyam Delgerjargal/EPA

Mongolian president to pardon jailed Filipino, US miners – reports

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj will pardon 3 foreign mining executives including two Filipinos jailed on tax evasion charges

A general view of a coal mine in Banganuur city, Mongolia, 01 July 2012. How Hwee Young/EPA

Asia rings in Year of the Sheep with fireworks, festivities

Feb 19, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Millions around Asia usher in the Year of the Sheep with China kicking off festivities with an annual televised gala

EVENING SHOWCASE. Fireworks light up the sky during the Chinese New Year eve celebrations at the Pak Pie Hut Cou temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 19 February 2015. Dedi Sahputra/EPA

Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

Dec 15, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The Chinese teenager named Hugjiltu was found guilty and put to death in Inner Mongolia in 1996 but doubt was cast on the verdict when another man confessed to the crime in 2005

Will PH win an Asian Games basketball gold in our lifetime?

Oct 01, 2014 - 10:59 PM

After the heartbreak of the Gilas Pilipinas campaign at the 2014 Asian Games the question remains: will this basketball crazy country experience Asiad gold in our lives?

Gilas Pilipinas entered the Asiad with lots of promise but ultimately fell short of expectations. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas closes chapter with victory over Mongolia at Asiad

Oct 01, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Gilas Pilipinas closed a chapter in its basketball history with a victory over Mongolia to finish seventh place in the Asian Games tournament

Gilas Pilipinas closed the Asian Games with a seventh place finish. File photo by Josh Albelda

China's Xi reassures Mongolia over 'independence, integrity'

Aug 22, 2014 - 8:59 PM

The Chinese president concludes a visit that looks to forge closer ties with China s resource rich but often suspicious neighbor

Dinosaur trafficker gets 3 months in prison in US

Jun 04, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Prokopi is accused of illegally importing in 2010 and 2012 several dinosaur bones for 200 000 dollars from an Asian seller

DINOSAUR. A 70 million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that will be repatriated to the government of Mongolia on May 6, 2013 in New York. Stan Honda/AFP

Iraq downs Mongolia, pushes PH to Asian men's volley QFs

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Iraq s win over Mongolia in the Asian men s volleyball pushes the Power Pinoys into the quarterfinals

IRAQ HELPS PH. Iraq's Itaftov Aleksandar and Mustafa Gani Hussein attempt to block a shot by Philippines' Cedric Legrand in their match on Thursday. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hagel pushes US military ties with China's neighbor Mongolia

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:03 PM

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel endorses stronger military ties with Mongolia as it seeks a US partnership as a counterweight to its powerful neighbors Russia and China

PH sweeps Mongolia in Asian Men's Volleyball debut

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Philippines is off to a great start in the FIBR Asian Men s Volleyball Championship playing in home soil and conquering their first assignment

FIRST WIN DOWN. The Philippines immediately put up a scintillating performance to overpower Mongolia and bag their first win in the Asian Men's Volleyball Championship. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

North Korea and Mongolia: A new partnership for two old friends?

Nov 15, 2013 - 8:13 AM

Mongolia s primary benefit from its relationship with North Korea is the support this provides to Mongolia s third neighbor partners

Mongolians go to polls hoping for mining spoils

Jun 26, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Mongolians voted in a presidential election amid calls for a fairer distribution of the former Soviet satellite s spectacular mining wealth

Ulrike Ottinger at the Yuchengco Museum

Apr 20, 2013 - 11:14 AM

The works of German filmmaker and photographer Ulrike Ottinger are on exhibit in the Yuchengco Museum

HER VISION. German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger is known for her non-linear story-telling and compelling cinematography. Photo from

Giant copper mine offers Mongolia a cash bonanza

Nov 04, 2012 - 1:36 PM

Deep in the heart of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia amid a landscape of sand dunes and ice canyons one of the world s biggest copper mines is about to come on stream

Brady takes oath as PH envoy to China

Jun 19, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Brady goes to China as the Philippines remains locked in a diplomatic standoff with China over the disputed Scarborough Shoal for more than two months now

NEW ENVOY TO CHINA. President Benigno Aquino III administers the Oath of Office to Sonia Cataumber-Brady as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang Palace, June 18, 2012. Photo courtesy of Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau