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Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo claims President Duterte 'doesn't have to consult' anyone about this because he 'is the chief architect of foreign policy'

ICC CONTROVERSY. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is grilled by lawyer Emerlynne Gil about President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court. Screenshot from Rappler video

Duterte congratulates Putin for landslide reelection

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'President Duterte extends the warmest congratulations of the Filipino people to President Vladimir Putin on his reelection'

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Ano ang Rome Statute ng International Criminal Court?

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Dinidinig ng International Criminal Court ang mga kaso gaya ng genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, at crimes of aggression

ICC. Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, and Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan of the Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court. Photo from the ICC-CPI

Landmark PH, EU agreement enters into force

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:00 PM

A top EU official, Director-General Stefano Manservisi, also visits the Philippines for a series of meetings this week

TOP OFFICIALS. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen (center) looks on as Director-General Stefano Manservisi engages in a discussion with Special Envoy Edgardo Angara. Photo courtesy of EU Delegation

U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a 'regional threat' in Southeast Asia

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The CIA and 16 other US intelligence agencies cite President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion to declare a 'revolutionary government' and impose nationwide martial law as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

Review of 'Fire and Fury': The international implications

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:20 PM

'Fire and Fury does not diminish the presidency. The occupants of the White House did this on their own with damage to their own reputations'

FIRE AND FURY. Michael Wolff's book on the Trump administration is unflattering and controversial. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Newsmakers who died in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Many prominent – and infamous – personalities in news, politics, business, sports, and showbiz have passed away in 2017

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

7 times Cayetano contradicted even himself in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

In 2017, the Duterte administration's foreign policy remains what it is: consistently inconsistent

CONTRADICTING HIMSELF. The Philippines' top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, contradicted even himself in a number of statements in 2017. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

2017: The year the 'caliphate' collapsed

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The jihadist group lost its two main hubs, Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria, earlier this year and is now only clinging to the dregs of a 'caliphate'

VICTORY IN MOSUL. This file photo taken on July 10, 2017 shows members of the Iraqi federal police celebrating in the Old City of Mosul after the government's announcement of the "liberation" of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Rappler Talk: Parag Khanna on the future of democracy

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:25 PM

How can democracy thrive in the era of post truth? Geopolitical analyst and author Parag Khanna explains

Africa balks at UN small arms measure

May 22, 2015 - 11:43 PM

The resolution builds on an Australian led text adopted in 2013 and calls on member states to take action to prevent illegal supplies of arms to armed groups

Vatican to recognize Palestinian state

May 14, 2015 - 2:30 AM

The agreement may be signed this weekend by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican for the canonization of two new Palestinian saints

VATICAN CITY. Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

Fidel Castro meets Japan's foreign minister in Havana

May 03, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida says Japan supports US and Cuban efforts to normalize relations

RARE APPEARANCES. This handout picture by the official Cuban website shows Randy Garcia Perdomo (L), the leader of a students' union, speaking with former Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) during a visit to Castro's residence on January 23, 2015 in Havana. Photo by

Muslim leaders to ISIS: Return to 'religion of mercy'

Sep 26, 2014 - 12:30 PM

In an open letter against the Islamic State Muslim leaders say Islam forbids the murder of innocent people including journalists and aid workers

NO TO ISIS. Indian Muslims shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi, India on June 21, 2014. Demonstrators protest against the killings of Shiite Muslims in Iraq. Many Indians from Punjab and Kerala are stuck in Iraq after Mosul and Tikrit were overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). File photo by Money Sharma/EPA