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U.S. attorney general seconds Trump warning on mail-in voting

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Some Democratic critics speculate that Trump was laying the groundwork for a legal battle in case he loses to Democrat Joe Biden

TRUMP AND BARR. Composite photo of US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Not fade away: Venus Williams still dreaming at 40

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Venus Williams reveals she wants to challenge for the French and Australian Opens in a bid to complete a 'Golden Slam'

PASSIONATE. Venus Williams says she loves winning just as much as she did when she started her professional career in 1994. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Serena set for U.S. Open as officials vow safety, star power

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:48 PM

As the first Grand Slam event to be staged since the deadly virus outbreak, the US Open assures top players a safety ‘bubble’

BACK TO THE CHASE. Serena Williams resumes her bid for a record 24th Grand Slam title. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. streetwear designer Matthew M. Williams takes over at French label Givenchy

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Matthew replaces British designer Clare Waight Keller, who stepped down in April after 3 years with Givenchy

NBA return plan not a 'break' from reality, says Suns coach

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams hopes the resumption of sports 'does not take the attention and focus off the things that need to change'

REALITY CHECK. Former NBA player Monty Williams, who now mentors Devin Booker and the Suns, continues to call for social change. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Tabuk City government in Kalinga allows churches to reopen

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Tabuk City has no confirmed coronavirus cases to date. Churches in the city can hold public masses at 50% seating capacity and mass attendees should observe social distancing and other precautionary measures.

KALINGA CATHEDRAL. The altar of the Saint William's Cathedral in Tabuk, Kalinga. Photo from the Facebook page of Saint William's Cathedral-Tabuk

Venezuela attorney general seeks to declare Guaido party 'terrorist organization'

May 26, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab says his office had asked the Supreme Court 'to determine if the Voluntad Popular political organization is a terrorist organization'

JUAN GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks to members of members of the media as he arrives for a plenary session of the National Assembly at Bolivar square, in Caracas, on February 12, 2020. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Osaka tops Serena as world's highest-paid female athlete

May 23, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams shatter the women’s record for single-year earnings

FRESH FACE. Naomi Osaka has become a popular endorser in Japan. Photo by  Jose Jordan/AFP

Going into agriculture? DA has P2.5B in loans for MSMEs, returning OFWs

May 18, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the loans are zero interest, with technical assistance from the government

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Serena eager to return after lockdown break

May 13, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn't want it,' says Serena Williams as tennis remains on hiatus

TOP FORM. Serena Williams joins sister Venus in an online workout. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Venezuela charges Americans with terrorism, conspiracy

May 09, 2020 - 9:59 AM

President Maduro accuses US President Donald Trump of being behind the invasion

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. - The United States on November 5, 2019 vowed to maintain maximum pressure to topple Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as it slapped sanctions on five more officials."While Maduro and his associates continue to enrich themselves, the Venezuelan people suffer brutality, violence and oppression at the hands of the intelligence, security and armed forces," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

Fritz bests Serena, Sharapova for $1M in 'Stay at Home Slam'

May 05, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Taylor Fritz earns $1 million for hungry children in the US in a star-studded online tennis tournament

FOR CHARITY. America's Taylor Fritz will donate his $1 million earnings to the hungry children in his country. Photo from Taylor Fritz' Instagram

Venezuela prosecutor's office summoned Guaido for 'attempted coup'

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The opposition leader is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries, including the United States, that refuse to recognize socialist President Nicolas Maduro after his disputed 2018 reelection

SUMMONED. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Age concern: Olympics 2021 may come too late for 6 stars

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Pushing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 may be an issue for some aging athletes

epa08072485 Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the USA team tees off from sixth tee during the Sunday singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, 15 December 2019. EPA-EFE/TIM CARRAFA EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Social distancing has Serena 'on edge' amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 22, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams admits the worldwide health crisis has put her under 'a ton of stress'

Serena Williams of the US hits the ball to Caty McNally of the US during Round Two Women's Singles match of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2019. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

PH tracksters pursue Olympic dream despite coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Filipino tracksters, including Tokyo qualifier EJ Obiena, have to tweak their plans following the postponement of several events due to the coronavirus outbreak

GETTING STRONGER. EJ Obiena will compete in the USA and Europe as he prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Masses suspended in Singapore, Hong Kong due to coronavirus

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:53 AM

'As Catholics, we need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus,' says Singapore Archbishop William Goh

HOLY MASS. Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

U.S. adds hacktivists, social media manipulators to top intel threats

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:31 PM

The biennial National Counterintelligence Strategy singles out anti-secrecy organizations, independent hackers, and Islamic extremist groups as espionage threats requiring close attention

China hits out at Taiwan VP's visit to White House

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The White House meeting angers Beijing, which sees self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary

VEEP. Taiwan Vice President William Lai in a file photo taken April 17, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

LOOK: Leni Robredo meets ‘The Kingmaker’ consulting producer William Mellor

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:41 AM

'The Kingmaker' covers the legacy – and continuing influence – of the late dictator's wife and family

'Not cool' but Serena vows to continue 24th Grand Slam quest

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Serena Williams crashes out of the Australian Open following an upset loss to China's Wang Qiang in the third round

TITLE DROUGHT. Serena Williams has been stuck at 23 Grand Slams won since ruling the Australian Open in 2017. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Gauff, 15, stuns Venus in Australian Open first round

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Tennis prodigy Coco Gauff dumps Venus Williams out in the first round of a Grand Slam for the second time

TENNIS WHIZ. Coco Gauff continues to impress at 15 years old. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Talk show host Wendy Williams sorry for mocking Joaquin Phoenix 'cleft lip'

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM

On live television, the 'Wendy Williams Show' host pulls up her lip with her finger while joking about how she found Phoenix's 'cleft lip scar' attractive

Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Facing a set of young challengers, Serena Williams goes for another shot at tying Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Ominous Serena ends 3-year title drought with Auckland win

Jan 12, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Serena Williams captures her first crown since 2017 – and her first as a mother – since winning the Australian Open while pregnant

DOMINANT. Serena Williams arranges a title showdown against upset-conscious Jessica Pegula. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Queen Elizabeth II wants a 'workable solution' that would take into account Prince Harry and wife Meghan's demands for more freedom

ROYAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018, Members of the Royal Family (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force RAF. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Serena Williams donates signed dress to Australian bushfire appeal

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Serena Williams joins a slate of sports stars from around the world who have stumped up memorabilia and cash to help pay for firefighting efforts

UP FOR AUCTION. Serena Williams donates her signed dress to help the Australian Bushfire relief operations. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena, Wozniacki march into Auckland semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:24 PM

'The body's feeling great,' says Serena Williams as the former world No. 1 chases her first title in 3 years

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Laura Siegemund of Germany during their women's singles quarter-final match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 10, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

New Customs chief? 'No specific instructions yet,' says Nograles

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:43 PM

'No orders have been issued as of the moment,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, in response to reports that Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero has been replaced by Special Envoy to China William Lima, a Davao-based businessman

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS. The entrance to the Bureau of Customs compound in Manila. Photo by Rappler

Serena powers past Giorgi for 1st win of 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Serena Williams relishes her 1st victory of 2020 over qualifier Camila Giorgi in the Auckland WTA Classic

STATEMENT. Serena Williams kicks off the 2020 season with a victory. File photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Teenage star Gauff makes flying start to new year

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Coco Gauff, 15, breezes past Viktoria Kuzmova in the WTA Auckland Classic and could face Serena Williams down the road

PRODIGY. Coco Gauff continues to impress at a young age. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP


No longer angry Serena glad to be back in New Zealand

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Serena Williams will play in the Auckland WTA Classic for the first time since 2017, a time she was unaware she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia

WARM-UP. Serena Williams is banking on Auckland to set her up for an unprecedented 24th major title at the Australian Open later in the month. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Serena, Kuznetsova to resume rivalry in Auckland

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova rekindle their 16-year rivalry in the Auckland WTA Classic

Serena Williams  Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International

Jan 01, 2020 - 5:28 PM

An 'unexpected setback' in training forces Venus Williams out of the season-opening Brisbane International

Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Britain's Prince William unveils prize for climate innovation

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:07 PM

The Earthshot Prize will be awarded to 5 people every year over the next decade, and aims to provide at least 50 answers to some of the greatest problems facing the planet by 2030

MIDDLE EAST TRIP. File photo of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Photo by Oli Scarff/pool/AFP

Agriculture Secretary Dar urges Aklan to intensify biosecurity vs ASF

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says authorities must raise biosecurity measures in Kalibo and Caticlan airports to contain and prevent the entry of African swine fever in the province

WILLIAM DAR. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dollente Dar holds a press briefing at the DA Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CA confirms William Dar as agriculture secretary

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'It could not have come at the most opportune time. The department in this junction of time needs a leader like him,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture

SECRETARY. William Dar gets the nod of Commission on Appointments as agriculture secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robbie Williams equals Elvis Presley's UK album chart record

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:45 AM

British singer Robbie Williams and music icon Elvis Presley share the same record for the most UK number one albums by a solo artist

Rappler Talk: Bill Browder on 'Red Notice' and his fight for justice

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Browder published 'Red Notice' in February 2015 – an account of his experience in Russia and his ongoing fight for justice for his former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

China says defector to Australia is 'unemployed' fugitive

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The defector, Wang 'William' Liqiang, says he was involved in infiltration operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

Stricter requirements, but no rice import ban – agriculture chief

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar says the Philippine government will make it more difficult for rice imports to enter the country to help local farmers, but will not totally ban importation

U.S. officials tell impeachment probe of concerns over Trump-Ukraine call

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:14 AM

'It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent,' says Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, one of the witnesses

DAY 3. National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, into President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:56 AM

The President says he opted to stop the importation of rice as he could not stop rice tariffication, which was needed to 'erase corruption'

NEW ORDER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders Agriculture Secretary William Dar to stop the importation of rice. Malacañang photo

Malacañang says no order to suspend rice importation

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo deny that President Rodrigo Duterte gave an order to stop the importation of rice

FARMERS IN NEED. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

White House's Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison says, however, the summary of the July 25 call had been placed on a highly classified system due to a 'mistake' by White House staff

TESTIMONY. Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, arrives to review his testimony in the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

5 key moments in Trump impeachment hearing, Day 1

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Witnesses in Day 1 of the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump are Washington's top envoy to Kiev William Taylor, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent

Top US diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies during the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 13, 2019, at the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Donald Trump faces the most perilous challenge of his three-year presidency as public hearings convened as part of the impeachment probe against him open under the glare of television cameras on Wednesday. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Pressure builds as Trump impeachment probe hears new claims

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:37 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump dismisses the probe in the Democratic-led House of Representatives as a 'witch hunt' and says he is 'too busy' to watch the first public hearings

WITNESSES. Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor(R) and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent (L) testify during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

Backlash as U.S. justice department opens criminal probe into Russia investigation

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) The inquiry could further muddy the political waters in Washington, raising questions about the now-ended Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

TRUMP AND BARR. Composite photo of US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP