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'Recognition for frontliners': Pinay nurse in UAE inspired by conversation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

May 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Jessa Dawn Ubag says she considered her video conference with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a 'recognition of the Filipino community in the UAE, along with all frontliners'

PINAY NURSE. Jessa Dawn Ubag is among the lucky few who had a chance to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, through a virtual chat. Photo courtesy of the Emirates News Agency

InterContinental Hotels sees sales collapse

May 07, 2020 - 8:30 PM

InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel operator by number of rooms, has around 1,000 hotels or 15% of its estate shut at the end of April 2020

HOTEL CHAIN. The InterContinental Madrid in Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

'The Crown' to end after 5th season

Feb 01, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Netflix's Emmy-winning period drama starring Olivia Colman and Claire Foy is bowing out after 5 seasons

Aramco declares $1.71-trillion valuation in blockbuster IPO

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aramco will sell 1.5% of the company in an initial public offering worth at least $24 billion

SET FOR IPO. A general view of Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing plant on September 20, 2019. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II's former press secretary not amused with 'The Crown'

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:58 PM

'This is distasteful and totally unfounded,' the Queen's former press secretary fumes, pertaining to the new season of history drama 'The Crown'

Global leaders, tycoons flock to Saudi 'Davos in desert'

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Organizers say 300 speakers from over 30 countries, including American officials and heads of global banks and sovereign wealth funds, attend the Future Investment Initiative (FII), nicknamed 'Davos in the desert'

DAVOS IN DESERT. Delegates wait in line ahead of a session during the Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum at the King Abdulaziz Conference Centre in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, on October 29, 2019.  Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

One year on, Saudi struggles to turn page on Khashoggi murder

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The global fallout over the October 2, 2018 killing renders Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pariah, casting a shadow on his reforms and putting the kingdom's human rights record under the microscope

KILLED. File photo of a man passing in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

WATCH: Bow down to Olivia Colman in new ’The Crown’ season 3 teaser

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:41 PM

‘One just has to get on with it’

QUEEN. Olivia Colman plays Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of 'The Crown.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Racehorse trainer Baffert denies doping Triple Crown king Justify

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Triple Crown winner Justify fails a drug test, but racing officials say several horses tested positive at the same time, an indication that contaminated feed was involved

CASE DISMISSED. Horse racing officials say it would have been a 'complete miscarriage of justice' if horse Justify or trainer Bob Baffert had been penalized. Photo by Al Bello/ AFP

Miss Universe Organization announces new crown for 2019

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Mouawad is the new crown provider for the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Australia orders probe into treatment of Chinese high rollers

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'These sensational claims are an attempt to discredit China. I think such tactics are despicable,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says

Aurora Pijuan withdraws Miss International crown from auction

Jul 20, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The beauty queen and activist initially put the crown up for auction for the benefit of the Filipino fishermen whose boat was sunk by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea

THE CROWN. Aurora Pijuan's gold and pearl-encrusted crown by Mikimoto is a smaller version of the one she wore after winning the 1970 Miss International pageant. Photo courtesy of the Leon Gallery

Villanueva targets world bantam crown in Kazakhstan

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Arthur Villanueva tangles with Frenchman Nordine Ooubali for the WBC bantamweight crown

POSSIBLY HIS LAST Arthur Villanueva hopes a third time will be a charm after his last two unsuccessful world title bids. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

U.N. Khashoggi report piles pressure on Saudi crown prince

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:05 AM

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard's report insists there is 'credible evidence' to warrant further investigation and financial sanctions against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi's murder last October

This combination of pictures created on June 20, 2019 shows a file photo taken on December 15, 2014 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (L) during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama and a file photo taken on April 12, 2018 of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman poses at La Moncloa palace in Madrid. There is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said on June 19, 2019 calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets. The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His dismembered body has not been found. Riyadh initially said it had no knowledge of his fate, but later blamed the murder on rogue agents.  MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH, OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

Japan's emperor to step down in 200-year first

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

In a set of solemn ceremonies, Emperor Akihito will abdicate in favor of 59-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito, also kicking off the new imperial "Reiwa" era that will last throughout the new monarch's reign

Your summer binge list for 2019

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

From historical K-dramas, to zombie comedies, here's what to binge watch over this hot, sticky summer (hopefully, with the A/C on!)

SANTA CLARITA DIET. Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore star in the Netflix zombie comedy, which released its 3rd season this summer. Screenshot from

Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The Holy Crown of Thorns and a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis, two irreplaceable artifacts, have been rescued

NOTRE-DAME. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

'The Crown' casts Emma Corrin as Princess Diana

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The actress takes on the role of the beloved royal, known as 'The People's Princess'

EMMA CORRIN. The actress is set to play Princess Diana in Netflix's 'The Crown.' Photo from

Japan's new imperial couple face heavy burden of tradition

Apr 01, 2019 - 7:39 AM

Japan's incoming emperor Crown Prince Naruhito faces the delicate task of balancing tradition within the world's oldest monarchy and his own modern values

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito delivers a speech at the opening session of the Board of Governors at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on May 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI

Einstein 'puzzle' solved as missing page emerges in new trove

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The handwritten page is discovered among the 110-page trove the university's Albert Einstein archives received some two weeks ago

SOLVED. A picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows some of Albert Einstein'€™s manuscript pages, currently on display in the Givat Ram Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Emperor urges Japan to be 'open to the outside'

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Ahead of his abdication on April 30, Emperor Akihito calls on Japan to 'build relations with other countries sincerely'

Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) leave the stage after a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the monarch's coronation to the throne at the National Theatre in Tokyo on February 24, 2019. - Current Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will abdicate on April 30, 2019 from the Chrysanthemum Throne after a three-decade reign. (Photo by Nicolas Datiche / POOL / AFP)

Japan crown prince vows close public ties as Akihito abdication looms

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will abdicate on April 30 from the Chrysanthemum Throne after a three-decade reign, making way for Naruhito and Masako to replace them the following day

FATHER AND SON. Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Crown Prince Naruhito (L) wave to the crowd during the New Year's greeting ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Saudi prince starts Asia tour with deals to invest $20B in Pakistan

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The Asia tour of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is a timely demonstration to the West that he still has friends in rising Asia

In this handout photograph taken and released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) upon his arrival at the military Nur Khan Air Force base in Islamabad. The crown prince, widely known as "MBS", launched his diplomatic trip in the capital Islamabad, where he was set to sign a raft of investment deals believed to be worth billions that Pakistan hopes will provide welcome relief to its teetering economy. HANDOUT / PID / AFP

Ethiopia says billionaire al-Amoudi freed from Saudi jail

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes in 2017 at $8.3 billion, was arrested in November 2017 as part of a vast anti-corruption campaign

FREED. Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The public prosecutor... is seeking capital punishment for 5 of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder,' the prosecution says in a statement

KILLED? This file photo taken on December 15, 2014, shows Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government and has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Saudi Arabia seeks to boost intelligence oversight after Khashoggi murder

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:45 AM

A committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approves the creation of 3 departments to ensure intelligence operations are in line with international human rights law and 'approved procedures'

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. (Photo by BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Trump thanks Saudi Arabia for lower oil prices

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The US President tweets: 'Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let's go lower!'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 20, 2018 US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. - US President Donald Trump has accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, his strongest comments to date on the affair as pressure builds on the administration to strike a tougher line. In an interview with the Washington Post published late October 20, 2018, Trump stepped back from his stance that Saudi Arabia's latest explanation for the death of the journalist inside their consulate in Istanbul was credible, but said he remained confident in the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

U.S. to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:51 AM

'We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,' says President Donald Trump

PARTNERS. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2018 US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. to make final conclusions on Saudi killing in days – Trump

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The U.S State Department also appears to contradict reports that the CIA had determined Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

RAW Deal: A mad November for WWE

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The WWE pushes through with the controversial Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia

KING OF THE RING. Brock Lesnar is the new WWE Universal Champion. Photo from

Turkey's Erdogan shares Khashoggi tapes

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recordings linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi were sent to Saudi, but were not accompanied by any written documents

MURDERED. In this file photo taken on November 2, 2018 Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message (upper R) during a remembrance ceremony for her fiancée in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Murder of Khashoggi 'premeditated,' says Saudi prosecutor

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A statement from Saudi Arabia public prosecutor says: 'Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated'

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi and U.S.: A friendship based on security and oil

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Though bound together by security considerations and oil, the ties and friendship between the US and Saudi Arabia have not always been smooth.

US-SAUDI RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). Photo by Mandel Nga/AFP

Saudi's young heir apparent, between reforms and crackdown

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:39 PM

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has tarnished the global image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Mohammed bin Salman (tengah). Foto oleh AFP

Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi family

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi

MEETING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. AFP Photo

Turkey says Khashoggi murder in Saudi consulate 'savagely planned'

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:17 PM

The spokesman of Turkey's ruling party says the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'was planned in an extremely savage manner'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Saudi's young crown prince: Reformer or authoritarian?

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Riyadh's admission that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul risks jeopardizing the reformist image that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has so carefully cultivated

PRINCE. This handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on July 10, 2017, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) speaking with Interior Minister Prince Abdelaziz bin Saud bin Nayef during a cabinet meeting chaired by the king at Al-Safa palace in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia. File photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia: Storms and reforms under new crown prince

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salem has brought reforms on ultra-conservative policies, but has also begun a crackdown on political dissent

MONARCHS. A foreign labourer walks past a banner with portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulazziz al-Saudm on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Journalists' group seeks punishment for those who 'ordered' Khashoggi death

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Turk-Arab Media Association demands that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body be given back for a proper funeral

COMPLEX MAN. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman to seek answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on October 16, 2018. Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP

Trump floats 'rogue killers' in Khashoggi case, Pompeo heads to Saudi

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish police searches the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since Jamal Khashoggi went missing

SEARCH. A Turkish forensic stands next to the Saudi flag, on the roof of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

LOOK: Rachelle Ann Go meets Claire Foy

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Rachelle gushes over 'The Crown' star, calling her 'The QUEEN'

FAN GIRL. Rachelle Ann Go meets Claire Foy at 'Hamilton' West End. Screenshot from

‘The Crown’ season 3 first look: Olivia Colman as the queen

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

The actress takes over Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II

NEW QUEEN. Olivia Colman takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown' season 3. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) But much of the initial optimism over reforms appears to have been dented by a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the driving ban

Saudi Samar Al-Moqren drives her car through the streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018, when the law allowing women to drive took effect.  Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from June 24, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate.   / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia crown prince over 'sin'

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheads a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive

WARNING. A handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 15, 2018 shows Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Photo by  Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

May 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban

WOMEN DRIVERS. A Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in the summer. Photo by Yousef Doubisi/AFP

Netflix royal drama 'The Crown' apologizes over pay furor

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Left Bank Pictures issues a statement after producers admit actress Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith in the show

The Crown (L to R) Prince Philip, Elizabeth Philip and Elizabeth share an intimate moment

Netflix admits Claire Foy's 'The Crown' salary is less than Matt Smith's

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The show's producers confirm that Matt Smith, Claire's co-star in the show negotiated a better deal because of his perceived higher profile

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Saudi crown prince says reforms aimed at 'cancer' of corruption

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: 'You have a body that has cancer everywhere, the cancer of corruption. You need to have chemo, the shock of chemo, or the cancer will eat the body'

INFLUENTIAL. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) The prince had been among those rounded up in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite

FREED. In this file photo, Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud waves at the Elysee Presidential Palace after a meeting with then-French President Francois Hollande in Paris on September 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP