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U.S. killing of Iran's top general 'unlawful' – U.N. expert

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concludes it is an 'arbitrary killing' that violated the UN charter

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

Matt Barnes on 2017 NBA title with Warriors: 'I got a free ride'

May 25, 2020 - 9:43 PM

Matt Barnes says he does not count himself as an NBA champion after playing sparingly in the playoffs of the Warriors' title run in 2017

ONE AND ONLY. Matt Barnes won his lone NBA championship in 2017 with the Warriors. Photo from Instagram/@warriors

U.S., China block U.N. resolution in spat over WHO handling of pandemic

May 01, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Washington and Beijing remain at loggerheads over how to refer to the World Health Organization in the text. China 'insists on a mention of the World Health Organization' in the text, while the United States does not want it.

Photo from Shutterstock

Remy Martin 'always wanted to play' for Gilas Pilipinas

Apr 05, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Filipino-American NBA hopeful Remy Martin says he is going to give 'everything I have' for the national team

HOOP DREAMS. Filipino-American Remy Martin decides to leave Arizona State to declare for the NBA. Photo from Instagram/@sundevilhoops

Lillard notches career-high of 61 in OT escape of Golden State

Jan 21, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Lillard drains 11 three-pointers to spoil the Golden State Warriors' groove

HOT NIGHT. Damian Lillard drops a career high of 61 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an overtime win. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: After major losses, Kerr says Warriors need to 'work much harder'

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The Warriors will head into the NBA season without Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston – all key players in their 5 straight trips to the finals

NEW-LOOK. Steve Kerr says the Warriors are back into experimenting, just like what they did during the beginning of their five-year dominance. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Rouhani heads to U.N. in bid to win Iran support against 'cruel' U.S.

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says his delegation is heading to the UN gathering despite reluctance from President Donald Trump's administration to issue them visas

HEADED TO UN. In this file photo, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry finances college golf team for 6 years

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

'I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University and look forward to building their first men's and women's golf teams with them,' says Steph Curry

AVID GOLFER. Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry commits to help Howard University build its golf program. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

SONA 2019 review: Paint-by-numbers, a rehash

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM

We review the latest SONA as a cinematic experience – because why not?

Applause, curses, other Duterte SONA 2019 tidbits

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:11 PM

We count the number of times President Duterte was applauded, the number of times he cursed, and list other notable tidbits during his 4th SONA

Makabayan lawmakers' protest materials confiscated before SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Progressive lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, and Ferdinand Gaite get in trouble for using their Filipiniana attire as protest materials for the SONA

CONFISCATED. Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other youth leaders wear sashes calling for the protection of national sovereignty and the end to the drug war killings. Photo from Kabataan

Duterte again pushes for disaster resilience dep't, 'warns' of Batasan quake

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about a psychic's prediction that a big earthquake will devastate Batasang Pambansa and wipe out all the country's top officials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Address at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte seeks passage of coco levy bill after vetoing it

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:20 PM

'I also have not forgotten my commitment,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the coco levy funds

To Go With Philippines-weather-storm-poverty,FEATURE by Cecil Morella This photo taken on December 10, 2014, a coconut farmer preparing coconuts to be made of copra, at a coconut farm just next to the seashore in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the gateway for many of East Asia's deadliest storms. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

FULL TEXT: President Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The first thing the President asks Congress in his speech is to restore the death penalty for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder

4TH SONA. President Duterte says, 'I'll end my term fighting' during his State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No charter change, federalism push in Duterte’s SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The President instead focuses on other priority bills, which are less controversial than charter change

Duterte: Teachers to get salary increase in new Salary Standardization Law

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Senators of the 18th Congress have also filed bills seeking to raise public school teachers’ salaries

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants salary increase for public school teachers. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Halfway through: Duterte's midterm, in charts

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:50 PM

From the economy to the country's standing in the world, here's how President Duterte and his administration fared in many areas in his first 3 years in office

[OPINION] Duterte's best and worst

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Duterte administration has achieved some successes that many Filipino appreciate, but it has also done very badly in some other areas as well

Filipinos share #StoryOfTheNation ahead of SONA 2019

Jul 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Rappler goes around various cities and provinces and asks Filipinos what they would like to hear from President Duterte in his fourth SONA to get the #StoryOfTheNation

Populist-authoritarian rulers present 'simplistic' solutions, weaken institutions

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Political scientist Temario Rivera says leaders like President Rodrigo Duterte present themselves as a savior of the country’s ills

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

What will future Philippines look like? Wait for Duterte's 4th SONA, says Andanar

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:42 PM

'This Monday will be the day that you will know the future and how the future will look like in the Philippines,' says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech at the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacanang on July 8, 2019. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

CAAP declares 'no-fly zone' over Batasan for SONA 2019

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines prohibits airmen from flying up to 10 kilometers near Plaridel, Bulacan, where aviation schools are located, ahead of the 2019 State of the Nation Address

Filipinos' top SONA 2019 issues: Pay hike, lower prices, Philippine sovereignty

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated polls Filipinos on the topics they want President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss or mention in his 4th State of the Nation Address

ASSERT PH VICTORY VS CHINA. Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the third anniversary of Philippines' victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, in Julu 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] LEAKED: Director's notes for Duterte's 4th SONA

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:00 PM

If Duterte's SONA could be directed like a mainstream blockbuster, what would it look like? This satire piece goes full-budget – with a lot of twists and turns.

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte’s SONA for the 4th time

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also skipped the first 3 SONAs of his successor Rodrigo Duterte

STILL A NO-SHOW. Former president Noynoy Aquino III once again has no plans of attending President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA this year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After Sulu bombings, House working with intel units for SONA 2019 security

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

House Sergeant at Arms Romeo Prestoza says they have yet to detect any 'substantial' security threats for SONA 2019

SONA PREPS. House acting secretary-general Roberto Maling and sergeant-at-arms Romeo Prestoza hold a press conference on July 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Joyce Bernal wants ‘hopeful’ SONA 2019 after last year's House coup

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:37 AM

'Actually gusto ko po. I want to do something for him,' says Joyce Bernal on pro bono directing President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA for the second time

'HOPEFUL.' Director Joyce Bernal grants a media interview after her walkthrough at the Batasang Pambansa on July 8, 2019. Photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH invests in infrastructure to lure businesses amid U.S.-China trade war

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Philippine officials are seeing the silver lining in the US-China trade war and are building the necessary infrastructure to reap the benefits

Joyce Bernal is directing Duterte's 4th SONA

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:55 PM

It's the second year in a row for the director to be at the helm of the State of the Nation Address

AGAIN. Joyce Bernal will be directing President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA for the second year in a row. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kerr speaks out on US shootings, Obama White House visits

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The Warriors champion coach hopes a younger US generation that has lived under the fear of mass shootings might force change in gun-ownership laws

WINNER. Steve Kerr looks to win a fourth NBA title in 5 years with the Golden State Warriors. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Warriors find new NBA home in Chase Center

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:34 PM

The reigning two-time NBA champions will bid farewell to the Oracle Arena, which has been their home since the 1971-72 season

DYNASTY. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are favored to win their third straight NBA championship before they grace their new home. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Syria force to resume evacuations after piercing last ISIS redoubt

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The latest evacuees also include relatives of jihadists, as well as civilians who had been held by the group as 'human shields'

SEARCH. A man (C) suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to AFP journalists in French, sits in the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) just after leaving ISIS' last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Cousins to start for Warriors in injury return next week

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start right away for the Warriors despite getting sidelined by injury for nearly a year

COMEBACK. DeMarcus Cousins, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury, has made progress in his rehabilitation. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Harden hits game-winner to lift Rockets past Warriors

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Houston clinches their sixth straight win as Golden State slips to 3rd place in the West

MVP-WORTHY. James Harden makes another case for the Most Valuable Player award. Photo from NBA

Without LeBron, Lakers trounce Warriors on Christmas Day

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers take home the win from the NBA's biggest game on December 25

STEPPING UP. Ivica Zubac makes the most out of his third consecutive start in the season. Photo from the Los Angeles Lakers Twitter

Steph Curry's moon theory leaves NASA baffled

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:20 AM

NASA invites NBA superstar Steph Curry to a tour of its facilities after the two-time MVP said the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax

CONSPIRACY THEORY. In one interview, Steph Curry doubts that a man landed on the moon in 1969. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. fails in U.N. bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The proposed measure wins 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. Fifty-eight countries oppose the measure and 32 abstain.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. In this file photo, the UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its session on September 12, 2017. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Trump to pick State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert as U.N. envoy – reports

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:24 PM

If confirmed by the Senate, she will take over from Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October without offering details on why

NEXT UN ENVOY? In this file screenshot, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from

LeBron, Warriors top key rankings in GMs survey

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:13 AM

A whopping 87% of NBA general manager expect the Golden State Warriors to keep their title while Lakers superstar LeBron James emerge as top MVP pick

EXPECTATIONS. LeBron James may be bringing his MVP form to Los Angeles but warns that it will take time for the Lakers to transform into a contender. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. documents systematic violence against Myanmar Rohingya

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The State Department releases the report just as the United States announces $185 million in new funding for Rohingya refugees during a meeting on Myanmar at the United Nations

ROHINGYA WOMEN. File photo shows Rohingya women holding children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Robredo hits Duterte for 'untruth' on human rights

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo challenges human rights advocates, 'Beyond speaking truth to power, we must speak truth to the heart of every Filipino'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the fight for human rights must be made relevant to the hearts of Filipinos. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

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

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

What you need to know about what Duterte said in 2018 SONA

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Here's context and a fact-check on President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during his 3rd State of the Nation Address

#BabaeAko movement: Arroyo as Speaker won't champion women's status

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:48 PM

At the forefront of #BabaeAko movement's SONA 2018 protest is its call to abolish the 'regressive' TRAIN Act

#BabaeAko SONA protest. Photo by Sheila May Advincula/Rappler

[OPINION] With love, from Deadpoor

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'People tend to come together to comfort each other, to affirm each other, and give each other hope. This is a simple practice of empathy. To many of us, it is called solidarity.'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives

Quick point-by-point summary of Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Here's a brief guide to all the important points in President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some members of the 17th Congress upon his arrival at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

People's SONA unites opposition in 'true' state of the nation

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The protest action, which had about 15,000 at its height according to police, is the historic union of nearly 330 opposition groups tackling different, problematic issues facing the Duterte administration

MARCH. Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte's 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Jul 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Thousands hold SONA 2018 protests around PH

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters come from various groups of women, students, indigenous peoples, farmers, workers, urban poor, religious groups, business leaders, and academics

#SONA2018 PROTEST. As of 4:30 pm of Monday, July 23, 2018, thousands of anti-Duterte protesters gather along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City for the 'United People's SONA'. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler