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[EXPLAINER] Manila Times 'exposé' grossly false about Gabby Lopez's citizenship

May 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Born in the United States to Filipino parents, ABS-CBN’s chairman emeritus is simultaneously considered a national by both the Philippines and the US. No law requires him to renounce either of them.

University rampage sparks new protests across India

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:53 PM

The unrest comes as nationwide protests continue against a citizenship law passed in December that bars Muslims from a measure granting nationality to minorities from 3 neighboring Islamic-majority countries

NEW PROTESTS. Students and supporters hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest against an attack on the students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in New Delhi a day before, at the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad on January 6, 2020. Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP

'Free Netflix,' chats with women used as lure in campaign for bill in India – reports

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Twitter users notice a growing number of what appear to be fake Indian accounts telling people to call a number supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act in exchange for free Netflix accounts or chats with lonely women

Sex, Hitler, and IKEA: Protesting Indians get creative

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

India protesters bear placards borrowing famous lines from the TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the Lindsay Lohan movie 'Mean Girls'

MODI LIKENED TO HITLER. In this file photo taken on December 18, 2019, protesters hold a poster comparing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to German chancellor and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Siliguri. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Thousands protest in rival demonstrations over new India law

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

At least 27 people have died in two weeks of violent demonstrations after Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government made it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be naturalized

Protesters hold placards and Indian flags during a rally in support of India's new citizenship law in Mumbai on December 27, 2019. - Mobile internet was cut on December 27 in parts of India's most populous state and thousands of riot police were deployed as authorities readied for fresh protests over a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

India ejects 2nd European 'for protesting'

Dec 27, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Janne-Mette Johansson says police gave her 'verbal assurances' that she could take part in peaceful demonstrations

ONGOING PROTESTS. The protests have left at least 27 people dead, and are set to continue after the cutting of mobile internet in places as well as riot police deployment. Photo by Dibyanshu Sarkar/AFP

Modi seeks to soothe India's Muslims as deadly protests swell

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

At least 25 people have died in 10 days of demonstrations and violence after Narendra Modi's government passed the law criticized as anti-Muslim. More protests took place on Sunday.

'NO NEED TO WORRY.' India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Death toll hits 21 as India protests rage on

Dec 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Among the fatalities is an 8-year-old boy who was trampled in a protest

ANGER. Indian youth congress (IYC) members hold torches as they shout slogans against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), during a demonstration in New Delhi on December 11, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

At least 10 killed in India citizenship law protests

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Three protesters were shot dead, police say

CLASHES. Supporters and activists of Trinamool Congress (TMC) shout slogans and hold placards as they participate in a rally against India's new citizenship law. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Gatherings banned in parts of India capital after citizenship law demos

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:49 PM

A day after intense protests rocked Delhi, police ban gatherings of more than 4 people in some Muslim-dominated areas in the megacity's northeast

FRESH PROTESTS. Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

India protests rage against citizenship law, but Modi defiant

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:25 AM

In a major challenge to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tens of thousands of people take to the streets for the 6th day against a new citizenship law critics say is anti-Muslim

Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Fresh protests against India's new citizenship law erupted December 17 as alleged police brutality fuelled fury against the legislation which critics say is anti-Muslim. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

6 dead in protests against Indian citizenship law

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Some 5,000 people take part in a fresh demonstration in Guwahati on Sunday, with hundreds of police watching on as they sang, chanted and carried banners with the words 'long live Assam'

PROTESTS. A soldier guards a street following violent protests against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Guwahati on December 13, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Protests rage as U.S., UK warn on travel to northeast India

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The All Assam Students Union says it would continue the fight against the Citizenship Amendment Act 'in the streets and in the court'

PROTEST. Protesters block a road after setting buses on fire during a demonstration against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Bill in Howrah, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 14, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

India passes contentious citizenship bill amid violent protests

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Opponents of the legislation have threatened to challenge it in the Supreme Court, saying it violates the principles of equality and secularism enshrined in the constitution

PROTESTS. Indian youth congress (IYC) members hold torches as they shout slogans against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), during a demonstration in New Delhi on December 11, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Protests rage in northeast India over citizenship bill

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, set to go before the upper house on Wednesday, will fast-track citizenship claims from refugees from 3 neighboring countries – but not if they are Muslim

PROTEST. Demonstrators shout slogans to protest against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10, 2019.Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

U.S. says will deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Announcing a new definition of the longstanding 'public charge' law, the White House says migrants will be blocked from entering the country if they are likely to need public assistance

SUNRISE. In this file photo, Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the United States, walk at sunrise in Escuintla, Guatemala, on November 1, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Trail Blazers guard Lillard wins NBA Citizenship Award

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Blazers star Damian Lillard gets honored for supporting high school students and boosting an anti-bullying message in Portland

 BEYOND BASKETBALL. Damian Lillard pushes for a positive school culture in Portland. Photo from NBA

U.S. immigration agency to close Manila field office

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) The US embassy in Manila 'will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided' by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

FIELD OFFICE. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is set to close its field office in Manila. Image from Shutterstock

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

King restores citizenship of 551 Bahrainis

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Bahrain's King Hamad instructs authorities to take into account 'the nature of crimes committed' by 551 Bahrainis whose citizenship had earlier been revoked

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa takes part in a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Quito withdraws Assange's Ecuador citizenship

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Minister Jose Valencia says the Ecuadoran government withdrew the citizenship it had granted Assange in 2017 'due to various irregularities found in his paperwork'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Australia proposes stripping native-born extremists of citizenship

Nov 22, 2018 - 8:13 PM

'People who commit acts of terrorism have rejected absolutely everything that this country stands for,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) India Business Summit in Sydney on November 22, 2018.  Saeed KHAN / POOL / AFP

Trump says he plans to scrap birthright citizenship

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:03 PM

President Donald Trump say he will scrap a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported September 15, 2018. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

The move is made official after Canada's Senate votes to revoke the symbolic honor

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Aung San Suu Kyi's international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal to call out the atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslims minority

CRITICIZED. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Manila on November 13, 2017. File photo by Athith Perawongmetha/AFP

Stateless footballers rescued from Thai cave granted citizenship

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'Today all of you get Thai citizenship,' Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham says in a ceremony, as they are handed national ID cards

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

4 million in Indian state risk losing citizenship

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A new draft register of citizens includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh's war of independence into the state, and their descendants

INDIA CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. File photo by Biju Boro/AFP

France's 'Spiderman' joins fire brigade as citizenship awaits

May 29, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Video footage of Mamoudou Gassama scaling 4 storeys of the building with his bare hands sends the young man to global fame, and earns him the promise of citizenship from French President Emmanuel Macron

REWARD. Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama (center) flanked by his older brother (right) holds his temporary residence permit after receiving it at the Prefecture of Bobigny, northeast of Paris on May 29, 2018. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Bahrain deports 8 after revoking their citizenship – HRW

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Under Bahrain's citizenship law individuals who engage in acts deemed "disloyal" to the state can be stripped of their nationality

DEPORTED. Human Rights Watch reported 8 civilians were deported to Iraq after Bahrain revoked their citizenship. Photo by Rappler

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says the 46-year-old Australian, who has been holed up at the embassy for 5 years to avoid arrest, became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became an Ecuadoran citizen on December 12. File photo

Fancy living in Europe? Try citizenship by investment

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:49 PM

You can acquire a Cyprus passport, and have access to the wider EU, in as little as 6 to 12 months with a 2-million euro investment

Australian politicians told to prove citizenship

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces a set of measures making it compulsory for MPs formally to declare they are not dual citizens and provide evidence to support it

DUAL CITIZEN. Barnaby Joyce, pictured here during a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016 when he was still Deputy Prime Minister, is the highest-profile casualty of the citizenship issue. William West/AFP

DFA denies 'allegiance fee' to regain PH citizenship

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

It's not an 'allegiance fee' but a 'one-time fee for the processing of the application' for dual citizenship, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

NO 'ALLEGIANCE FEE.' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar denies that the DFA collects an 'allegiance fee' from dual citizenship applicants. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Drilon asks DFA to stop collecting allegiance fees

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the collection of allegiance fees will not convince Filipinos who have lost their citizenship to reacquire it

PH CITIZENSHIP. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the foreign affairs department to stop the collection of allegiance fee. File photo from Malacañang

[OPINION] Peke at totoo

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling

Nervous wait for Australia government over citizenship crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:40 PM

There is an obscure constitutional rule in Australia which bars dual citizens from parliament The High Court will hear 5 cases related to this in October

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016.  Three days after polls closed the result is still too close to call, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal/National coalition and the opposition Labor party each short of the 76 seats needed to govern, raising the prospect of a hung parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Australia Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Australia s top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government

In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

Poe bill seeks to allow dual citizen appointees in UP, SUCs

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:37 PM

If amended the law would enable Filipino professors and experts of foreign citizenship to return home and impart their hard earned wisdom says Senator Grace Poe

Italy delays citizenship rights bill under migrant pressure

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni gives his personal commitment to ensure the bill is approved in the autumn

The decline of critical thinking

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Without us realizing it this atmosphere that limits critical thinking takes away from us our greatest facility as a people: our intellect

Ariana Grande to receive honorary citizenship from Manchester

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The city council proposes giving the singer an honorary citizenship for organizing the One Love Manchester for the victims of the attack on her own concert earlier

Citizenship, identity and global Filipinos

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In a world where Filipinos are everywhere where our diaspora has no boundaries it is time to take a liberal approach to Filipino citizenship

Enes Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport

May 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

OKC s Enes Kanter says his next move is to become an American citizen amid death threats he says he received for comparing Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler

DEATH THREATS. Enes Kanter says he has been receiving death threats because of expressing his political views towards Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

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Is Cayetano American? No, he says

May 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Cayetano was born in 1970 to a Filipino father former senator Rene Cayetano and American mother Sandra Schramm He renounced his US citizenship in 1998 he says

File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:50 AM

She is the youngest to receive honorary Canadian citizenship – a privilege previously granted to 5 others including Nelson Mandela the Dalai Lama and Myanmar s Aung San Suu Kyi

HONORARY CITIZENSHIP. Malala Yousafzai is the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. File Photo by AFP

Duterte, Grace Poe 'happy, comfortable' in 1st meeting after polls

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

I think I ve proven to be a principled ally of whoever has the right intentions for the country says the senator

Ex-DFA chief Yasay writes farewell: 'I did not lie'

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

When politicians accuse you of not telling the truth be of good cheer for they are lying lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr quotes a friend as saying

'I DID NOT LIE.' Former Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says in a farewell message on March 9, 2017, that he 'did not lie' before the Commission on Appointments when he faced the CA (in photo) on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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