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India, China agree to 'complete disengagement' from deadly border flashpoint

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Brutal hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15 left 20 Indian soldiers dead and sent tensions between the countries soaring

China, India agree to reduce tensions after deadly clash

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says that after talks between the top regional military commanders on Monday, June 22, both sides 'agreed to take necessary measures to promote a cooling of the situation'

ON THE BORDER. In this file photo, Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India, China hold talks to de-escalate deadly border tensions

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:43 PM

The two nations' foreign ministers speak by telephone to calm nerves after a high-altitude melee involving fists, rocks, and clubs

'DEAL FAIRLY.' An Indian army convoy makes way towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Chinese state media downplay deadly India border skirmish

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:00 PM

China's defense ministry confirms there had been casualties, without giving a number, while state media stay relatively quiet on the skirmish, the most violent in years

ON THE BORDER. Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir on June 17, 2020. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Indian and Chinese troops in deadly border clash

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Brawls erupt regularly between the two nuclear-armed giants across their disputed 3,500-kilometer frontier, but no one has been killed in decades

BORDER CLASH. This file photo taken on September 14, 2018 shows a general view of the Pangong Lake in Leh district of Union territory of Ladakh bordering India and China.File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

International media groups denounce Ressa, Santos' conviction

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:24 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, and International Federation of Journalists say the conviction is a crime against press freedom

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa leaves after the press conference  after she attend the promulgation for the case of cyber libel file against rappler by business man wilfredo keng. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

China sees 'consensus' with India over border tensions

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:11 PM

'Currently both sides are taking appropriate actions to ease the border situation based on this consensus,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

BORDER TENSIONS. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. File photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Tragic yarn: India-China border spat hits global cashmere production

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Wool from pashmina goats is the most expensive and coveted cashmere in the world. But the shaggy creatures that provide the yarn are being pushed out of their grazing lands.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 30, 2019, Changpa nomad Sonam Yangzom ties pashmina goats before milking them in a nomadic camp, about one kilometre from Korzok village in the Leh district of Ladakh. - The world is heading for a shortage of the highly prized and super-soft cashmere wool as pashmina goats that live on the "roof of the world" become caught up in the fractious border dispute between nuclear neighbours India and China. (Photo by Noemi CASSANELLI / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-China-diplomacy-goats-textile,FOCUS by Parvaiz BUKHARI

U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

May 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The US Department of Homeland Security says the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire May 20, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days

US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. The United States agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries. Lars Hagberg / AFP

Rappler Talk with Edward Snowden: Journalism’s role when global systems fail

May 18, 2020 - 5:39 PM

Whistleblower and President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Edward Snowden talks about the rolling back of freedoms under pandemic emergency powers

Rappler Talk: Joseph Stiglitz on press freedom in a 'mafia market'

May 17, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz talks about how journalism and democracy can survive the information ecosystem created by the tech platforms

Afghan hospital attackers 'came to kill mothers' – MSF

May 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The assailants who entered the facility through the main gate moved straight to the maternity ward, Doctors Without Borders says

KABUL HOSPITAL ATTACK. Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack outside a hospital in Kabul on May 12, 2020. File photo by AFP

Philippines slips 2 places in World Press Freedom Index

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The Philippines, now ranked 136th, is cited as having state troll armies which weaponize disinformation on social media, as well as having some intolerance towards critical journalism

PRESS FREEDOM. Silent protest for Maria Ressa at the UP Fair 2019. Photos by Kurt Dela Pena/Rappler

Coronavirus pandemic 'amplifies press freedom threats'

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the pandemic was 'highlighting and amplifying the many crises' already casting a shadow on press freedom

RSF urges PH to drop complaint vs 2 journalists reporting on coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020 - 6:45 PM

'During the coronavirus crisis, when information is especially crucial, the authorities must let journalists do their work, regardless of the kind of media they report for,' says Daniel Bastard of Reporters Without Borders

BATUIGAS AND VIRATA. A Philippine National Police complaint says Mario Batuigas and Amor Virata spread false information. Screenshots from Facebook.

Reporters Without Borders tracking coronavirus effects on press freedom

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Tracker-19 'aims to evaluate the pandemic’s impacts on journalism' and 'document state censorship and deliberate disinformation, and their impact on the right to reliable news and information'

TRACKER-19. The new tracker by Reporters Without Borders aims to determine the coronavirus pandemic's impacts on journalism. Image adapted from RSF.

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

Kai Sotto glad to have pursued U.S. stint: 'Dami kong natutunan'

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Kai Sotto, who seeks to become the first Filipino-born player to reach the NBA, has come a long way since deciding to train in the United States

BIG ACHIEVEMENT. Kai Sotto is the only Filipino in the 64-player selection in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Pentagon shifts $3.8 billion to Mexico border wall construction

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:35 AM

The move takes to $9.9 billion the total the Pentagon has been forced by President Donald Trump to reallocate to the barrier, after Congress repeatedly blocked funding

THE WALL. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kai Sotto selected for Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:27 PM

Basketball Without Borders has produced a number of up-and-coming NBA players, among them Pascal Siakam, Deande Ayton, and Jamal Murray

PRODIGY. Kai Sotto has been selected by the NBA and FIBA among the top 64 high school players from 32 countries. File photo from

Migrant slits own throat on U.S.-Mexico border

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The suicide occurred after the man was denied entry to the US at the bridge between the Mexican city of Reynosa and Pharr, Texas, says officials in Mexico

BORDER. A construction crew works on the US side of the US-Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump welcomes court decision allowing $3.6 B in military funds for border wall

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!' the president tweets

BUILDING THE WALL. US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)

Saudis' Khashoggi verdict 'far from' justice– Turkey

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Turkey says the decision announced by the Saudi court 'is far from meeting the expectations of both our country and the international community to shed light on the murder with all its dimensions and deliver justice'

Justice 'trampled' in Jamal Khashoggi murder trial

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders says the death sentence for 5 culprits 'did not respect international standards of justice'

FIGHT CONTINUES. A man passes 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

At the US-Mexican border, migrants give up hope of crossing

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:31 AM

60% of displaced people in camps wait their turn in tents, but more than a quarter are sleeping in the open air

LOSING HOPE. In the mud and biting cold of a makeshift camp in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, more than 1,000 Mexican migrants had been waiting for weeks, some for months, for a chance to file for asylum in the United States. Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP

49 journalists murdered in 2019

Dec 17, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The 'historically low' number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders says, which warned 'journalism remains a dangerous profession'

Mexico shootout leaves at least 14 dead

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The shootout in Coahuila state near the US border is between suspected drug traffickers and police

Trump brushes off report of smugglers cutting through border wall

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:37 AM

A cordless reciprocating saw that sells for as little as $100 can slice through the wall in minutes, the Washington Post reports

CUTTING THROUGH. Mexican security forces patrol the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana Baja California state, Mexico, on September 18, 2019, in preparation for US President Donald Trump's visit to the border wall in Otay area following a rally in San Diego, California. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

'Beautiful' moments as Mexican migrants meet families on U.S. border

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Ciudad Juarez-El Paso bridge becomes neutral territory for 4 hours during the event, held for the 7th time, to allow undocumented migrants to the US to see their Mexican families

HUGS, NOT WALLS. Mexican families separated by the border wall are reunited for 3hree minutes in the 7th edition of the Hugs Not Walls event organized by the Border Network for Human Rights, in front of the border wall on the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on October 26, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

America's endless battle against lethal drug fentanyl

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

US authorities have been fighting the drug trade for half a century, but in fentanyl, they are facing the deadliest drug yet

K9 PATROL. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) K-9 agent checks automobiles for contraband in the line to enter the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on October 2, 2019 in San Ysidro, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP

Living on the edge: Life in the U.S.-Mexico border

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

A tricky act: Low-income town Douglas in Arizona tries to balance federal and local concerns, as it aims to banish 'myths' about border communities

WALL. The border separating Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it 'Operation Peace Spring'

SYRIA KURDS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Iraq, Syria reopen major border crossing retaken from ISIS

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:07 PM

It is the only crossing between the two countries controlled by Syrian regime forces on one side and Iraqi federal authorities on the other

Members of the Syrian security forces gather at the border-crossing between Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, taken from the Syrian side in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor, on September 30, 2019. Photo by AFP

Sudan shuts border with Libya, Central Africa over security concerns

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'The sovereign council...ordered the closure of the border with Libya and Central African Republic as it threatened the security and economy of the country,' says a statement by the ruling body

SECURITY CONCERNS. Sudanese paramilitaries say they have captured 138 Africans, including dozens of Sudanese, trying to enter neighboring Libya illegally. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

In victory for Trump, top U.S. court permits asylum restrictions

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The US Supreme Court's decision – temporarily in effect while lower court proceedings play out – is a victory for Trump's restrictive immigration policies

SEPARATED. Asylum seeker children from Mexico and Central America play at Juventud 2000 migrant shelter in Tijuana on June 20, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Robredo camp on attack vs Abante: 'Brazen assault on our free press'

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'This attempt to intimidate and silence Abante...must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos,' says the spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo

RSF announces nominees for Press Freedom Awards 2019

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'These journalists refused to be silenced and continue to raise their voices against the abuse of power, corruption and other crimes,' says Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire

Journalist killed in Mexico

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Nevith Condes Jaramillo is the 10th journalist killed in Mexico in 2019

Filipino named All-Star MVP in Basketball Without Borders Asia

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Harold Alarcon helps steer the East All-Stars to a win over the West All-Stars to beat out his 7 teammates for the special award

RISING STAR. Harold Alarcon impresses in the Basketball Without Borders Asia. Photo from NBA Philippines

Employees urge Google not to work with U.S. immigration officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:40 AM

More than 600 'Googlers' sign a petition prompted by word that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract

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Laure leads 5 Filipinos in NBA-FIBA camp

Aug 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Standouts from the national youth team and Jr NBA get to represent the Philippines in the Basketball Without Borders Asia

REPRESENT. Echo Laure and 4 other young Filipinos head to to Japan to join other campers from 18 countries. Photo from Laure's Facebook account

U.S. Supreme Court says Trump can spend military funds on wall

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:54 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top congressional Democrats, denounce the ruling

TRIUMPH. Donald Trump gets the greenlight to spend military funds for building a wall at the US-Mexico border. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / / AFP

As U.S. agents prepare to arrest 'thousands,' migrants live in fear

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Thousands of undocumented migrants wait in fear ahead of nationwide raids that could have them expelled from the United States

JUSTICE FOR KIDS. People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Press rights group in secret Riyadh mission to urge journalists' release

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The RSF delegation went to Riyadh in late April and urged Saudi authorities to release 30 journalists who it says are imprisoned in the kingdom for their work

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

GoPro video reveals last moments of doomed Himalayan climbers

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 AM

An officer of the rescuing Indo-Tibetan Border Police says, the 'GoPro has proved to be like the black box of an aircraft giving an insight into the last few moments of the climbers'

In this handout photo taken and released by the Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) on July 3, 2019, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel line up the bodies of mountaineers retrieved from Nanda Devi after landing in a helicopter in Pithoragarh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on July 3, 2019. - Indian rescuers brought down on July 3 the bodies of four out of eight climbers killed in an avalanche almost six weeks ago on the country's second-highest mountain. The four Britons, two Americans, one Indian and one Australian went missing in the last week of May trying to summit a virgin peak on Nanda Devi in the Himalayas. (Photo by Handout / Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDO TIBETAN BORDER PATROL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Team Philippines triumphs at Mathematics Without Borders

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:05 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Eight Pinoy whiz kids win multiple awards at the Mathematics Without Borders Tournament Finals in Nessebar, Bulgaria

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

A shocking photo of the lifeless bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in the Rio Grande has fueled concern and outrage around the world

FATHER-DAUGHTER. The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (left) and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. Photo by Marco Rodriguez/AFP