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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

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

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

LeBron among NBA stars supporting under-fire ESPN reporter

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Veteran NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski gets suspended by ESPN following his vulgar response to a US senator

SUPPORT. LeBron James joins the #FreeWoj movement. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

LeBron forgoes wearing social justice message on jersey

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:54 AM

‘I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey, but I'm OK with that,’ says LeBron James

JERSEY TALK. Lebron James decides to keep his family name on the back of his uniform. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

In House panel report, ABS-CBN accused of favoring Robredo in 2016

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:39 AM

But ABS-CBN denies backing any candidate in the 2016 elections, which saw Vice President Leni Robredo defeat Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 5 other male vice presidential bets

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the delivery of the personal protective equipment sets her office gave to hospitals in need on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

U.N. to vote on reduced extension of cross-border aid to Syria

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Saturday's vote will be on a new draft text submitted by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into Syria

WAR-TORN. Syrian gather on July 12, 2017 at a destroyed building in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, 100 days following a suspected toxic gas attack. File photo by Omar haj Kadour/AFP

All activities of PNPA Class of 2024 suspended following 2 deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Cadet Fourth Class Jiary Jasen Papa dies due to low potassium intake days after a fellow cadet died of heatstroke

PNPA. A file photo of the Philippine National Police Academy Homecoming on March 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Libya oil back online after months-long shutdown

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Libya's National Oil Corporation says crude production and exports will resume, but at lower levels due to major damage to energy infrastructure

A picture taken on June 3, 2020 shows an oil refinery in Libya's northern town of Ras Lanuf. - Libya's National Oil Company said Monday it had restarted production at Al-Fil oil field, closed since January by the forces of eastern military strongman Khalifa Haftar. The NOC's announcement came a day after output resumed at Al-Sharara oil field, the country's largest, following a string of victories against Haftar by forces backing Libya's Tripoli-based unity government. (Photo by - / AFP)

Rockets 2020 playoff preview: Innovative or insane?

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Riding on the star power of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets look to go deep by pushing small-ball style to the extreme

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty – U.N.

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United Nations foresees a 7% rise in Latin America's poverty rate in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the region's most vulnerable populations

Venezuelan migrants attempting to return to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic  remain in makeshift camps at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on July 7 , 2020. - Colombia has exceeded 4,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since it detected the first case on March 6, the Ministry of Health reported this Sunday. (Photo by Schneyder MENDOZA / AFP)

More than 1,000 Philippine cops infected with coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Some 455 police personnel have recovered, while 9 succumbed to the disease

FRONTLINERS. Members of the PNP-SAF attend a briefing on the implementation of the hard lockdown in the 1st district of Tondo, Manila on Monday midnight, May 4. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pacers 2020 playoff preview: Victor-y slipping away?

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The Indiana Pacers brace for a hellish run against topnotch teams, but it doesn’t mean they won’t give hell back

ON A ROLL. All-Star Domantas Sabonis (right) hopes to fuel again the Pacers’ restart campaign. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs guard Mills donates $1M to Aussie social justice causes

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Australian Patty Mills says he’s donating 'every cent earned' in the NBA restart to Black Lives Matter groups in his home country

ADVOCACY. San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills (right) has long been active in social justice movements. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Players reach Orlando 'bubble' ahead of NBA training camps

Jul 09, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Some players still feel skeptical of the quarantined games, with some saying likely not everyone will follow the rules

BACK TO WORK. Pelicans star Brandon Ingram (left) and Zion Williamson arrive at the Disney training camp. Photo from NBA

Kawhi Leonard postpones Orlando trip due to ‘family matter’

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The LA Clippers say league star Kawhi Leonard will join the team in a few days

RESTART. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers look to go deep in the playoffs. Photo from NBA

U.N. forecasts even warmer temperatures over next 5 years

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate organised by students, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Depleted Nets sign Jamal Crawford for season restart

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:37 AM

At 40, Jamal Crawford shows no signs of slowing down as he joins a Brooklyn Nets side that lost yet another key cog

STILL GOT IT. Jamal Crawford fires 51 points in a Suns game last season. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:56 PM

The offer receives short shrift from President Ivan Duque, who writes on Twitter: 'I will never stop complying with the constitutional duty to confront criminality throughout the territory'

COVID-19 IN COLOMBIA. Workers move the coffin of a COVID-19 victim to be cremated at Serafin cemetery in Bogota, on July 4, 2020. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Beal out for Wizards in NBA restart with shoulder injury

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Wizards absorb another major blow as Bradley Beal, the league’s second-best scorer, sits out the rest of the season

TOUGH RESTART. The Wizards face a grueling climb minus Bradley Beal. Photo from NBA

Slain Jolo soldier’s kin hopes ‘justice will prevail’ as AFP, PNP launch own inquiry

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The military and police will check for 'what went wrong' when cops gunned down 4 soldiers on an intelligence mission in Jolo

GRIEVING. A woman weeps at the casket of one of the 4 soldiers shot dead by police in Jolo, Sulu on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Maligayang KKK Day from Kidlat Tahimik

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'Tuloy ang labanan upang h’wag mamatay ang katutubong lakas-loob ng ating ninino — tungo as Liwanag'

2 Filipino artists featured in Vince Carter tribute

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Jayson Atienza and AJ Dimarucot showcase their artwork in NBA Canada’s tribute to Raptors legend Vince Carter

Howard will play for Lakers when NBA resumes in Orlando

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:49 PM

After initial apprehensions on the league restart, Lakers center Dwight Howard now plans to mix his team goals with his activism

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Dwight Howard says he’ll donate his restart salary to charity. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Nets star Dinwiddie still has virus, to miss NBA restart

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie won’t join the Brooklyn Nets in the Orlando ‘bubble’ after a second positive virus test

TOP FAN. Spencer Dinwiddie (left) says he’ll be supporting his teammates all the way.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Cops who killed soldiers in Sulu restricted to Camp Crame

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

The 9 Jolo cops who gunned down 4 intelligence officers are detained in Camp Crame as the National Bureau of Investigation continues its probe

CAMP CRAME. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

'Significant' virus spread could thwart NBA restart – Silver

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:24 AM

As teams start to arrive in the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando, commissioner Adam Silver admits a fresh virus outbreak may be more damaging

BUBBLE BATTLE. LeBron James’ Lakers and Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers resume their campaigns in the restart opener on July 30. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Ex-Lakers star Gasol celebrates birthday with Kobe’s kids

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Pau Gasol celebrates his 40th birthday without his partner-in-crime Kobe Bryant

UNCLE PAU. Pau Gasol (right) spends time with Bianka Bryant on his 40th birthday. Photo from Vanessa Bryant's Instagram

Rights group leader served arrest warrant by cop disguised as delivery man

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:31 PM

The warrant is served despite the rights leader already obtaining a recall order since April

MOOT WARRANT. Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay. Photo from Palabay's Facebook page

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

Deadlock? Gov't rejects revisions to NAIA rehab

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The NAIA Consortium says it can only move forward with the project 'under revised conditions' due to the coronavirus pandemic

NAIA REHAB. Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. AFP file photo

7 Women's NBA players positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Indiana Fever delays travel to the IMG Academy at Bradenton, Florida, by at least 5 days

China censors Hong Kong internet, U.S. tech giants resist

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Online censorship plans include giving authorities the ability to control and remove online information, seize equipment of internet firms, and force companies to provide identification records and decryption assistance

HONG KONG. Riot police stand guard during a clearance operation during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Duterte task force behind red-tagging is part of COVID-19 'strategic communications'

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Task force spokesman Major General Antonio Parlade Jr says their job is to counter 'communist propaganda' supposedly exploiting government lapses in dealing with the pandemic

ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70  ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70

After Sagada, Banaue bars entry of Joyce Bernal's SONA video team

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The Banaue municipal government strictly enforces its executive order on a week-long ban on travel to and from the town following the confirmation of a new COVID-19 case

BATAD. There are currently 1,600 hectares of cultivated rice terraces in the municipality of Banaue, the most popular of which are the Batad rice terraces. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Suspects in slay of soldier, 3 others surrender in Basilan

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The suspects – all barangay peacekeepers – surrender to the 4th Special Forces Battalion through the assistance of a village chief

SUSPECT. A suspect in the killing of a soldier, CAFGU members, and a civilian surrender with several others to the military on July 6, 2020. Photo courtesy of 4th Special Forces

ABS-CBN failed to air ads of many candidates, not just Duterte's

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:51 AM

ABS-CBN says presidential bet Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidates Leni Robredo, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes IV are among those who have unaired ads during the 2016 campaign

COVERAGE WOES. ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak defends his network's franchise application before House members on June 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Navotas PNP files complaint vs 17 residents for breaking quarantine, going to party

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The family’s utter disregard of safety regulations endangered their lives and all those living at H. Monroy,' says Mayor Toby Tiangco

Rappler Talk: Patricio Abinales on PNP's institutional weaknesses

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:56 PM

On Monday, July 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Asian studies professor Patricio Abinales about how the Philippine National Police can be reformed

House panels to seek NBI probe into ABS-CBN's 'deception' in hearings

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:20 PM

House Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin 'Boying' Remulla wants the National Bureau of Investigation to launch a probe into ABS-CBN, and also into the 'cyberbullying' against lawmakers

Screenshot from House of Representatives' Youtube accoun

Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must 'stand with Hong Kong'

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists and a figure loathed by Beijing, speaks outside a court where he and fellow activists are being prosecuted for involvement in last year's democracy protests

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal as he waits for fellow activists before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Bucks reportedly close practice facilities over virus concerns

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The Bucks close their practice facility after receiving results from coronavirus tests conducted, although it is not clear how many may have come back positive

DROUGHT. The Bucks will chase their first NBA title since 1971 when the NBA season resumes later in July. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Thunder 2020 playoff preview: Defying the odds

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Proving all predictions wrong, Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder plan to pull off more surprises in the playoffs

TRUE LEADER. Chris Paul (center) brings his winning ways to Oklahoma City. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers 2020 playoff preview: Rust the process

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:58 PM

After a heartbreaking end to last season’s run, the Philadelphia 76ers hope to get luckier this time

ANOTHER SHOT. Assured of a playoff berth, Joel Embid and the Sixers look to prove doubters wrong. Photo from NBA

Oladipo to continue rehab, plans to return next season

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:34 PM

'I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart,' says Pacers star Victor Oladipo

TOUGH DECISION. Opting to skip the NBA restart, Victor Oladipo admits he’s not ‘fully comfortable’ playing in the Orlando bubble. Photo by Ronald Martinez/AFP

Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Heat close practice facility after 2nd virus positive

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The Miami Heat continue to test players before leaving for the NBA 'bubble' in Orlando next week

MOMENTUM. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler (left) and Jae Crowder, look to stay in the top half of the league standings. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Ukraine central banker says gov't made job 'impossible'

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:25 AM

Resigned National Bank of Ukraine governor Yakiv Smoliy says he was told to let inflation rise and the national currency devalue to benefit exporters

Ukraine's Central Bank head Yakiv Smoliy looks on as he attends an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian parliament sitting in Kiev on July 3, 2020. - Ukrainian parliament on July 3, 2020 approved resignation of central bank chief Yakiv Smoliy who accused authorities of "systematic political pressure", raising concerns of the IMF and the business community. (Photo by Andriy NESTERENKO / POOL / AFP)

Europe radioactivity likely linked to nuclear reactor – U.N. watchdog

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The United Nations nuclear watchdog says the detected activity poses no risk

FLAMANVILLE PLANT. This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows the reactor Flamanville 3 in the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, northwestern France. File photo by Charly Triballeau / AFP