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IMF predicts worst Middle East downturn in half century

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the Middle East and North Africa regional economy shrinking by 5.7% in 2020

Cars drive down King Fahad boulevard after the authorities eased some of the lockdown measures that had been imposed in a bid to slow down the spead of the novel coronavirus, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2020. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Israel court rejects Amnesty petition against spyware firm NSO

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Judge Rachel Barkai rejects the Amnesty International petition, claiming there was 'no evidence that an attempt has been made to monitor a human rights activist while trying to gain access to his telephone,' in a ruling on Monday

NSO. An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:36 PM

This error 'initiated a hazard chain' that saw further errors committed in the minutes before the plane was accidentally shot down in January, says a report by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization

WRECKAGE. In this file photo, people stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Without IMF bailout, is Lebanon heading for 'hell'?

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:00 AM

A Lebanese source says an International Monetary Fund rescue would help Lebanon avoid the worst, but negotiations are stalling

Lebanese anti-government protesters take part in a symbolic funeral for the country in the downtown area of the capital Beirut, on June 13, 2020, on the third consecutive day of demonstrations due to a deepening economic crisis. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

U.S. bans Pakistan International Airlines over pilot license scandal

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:15 AM

The United States announces the ban on Pakistan International Airlines after learning that 'nearly one-third of Pakistani pilots are not properly certificated'

PIA AIRCRAFT. A man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

IMF warns cutting spending too soon could derail recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) The 'massive fiscal response' to the coronavirus pandemic leads to 'global public debt reaching its highest level in recorded history.' But the International Monetary Fund says the spending shouldn't be stopped too soon.

REFUGEES. Two boys play with a kite near the refugee camp of Moria in the island of Lesbos, Greece, on June 21, 2020. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Bottom of the barrel: IEA sees oil output recovery

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:55 PM

While the International Energy Agency warns that the resurgence of the coronavirus in some regions is 'casting a shadow over the outlook,' it sees the oil market turning a corner

OIL. A worker takes a break beneath the natural gas storage tanks at an exploration site in the Longgang gas field in Lishan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, May 17, 2007. File photo by Liu Jin/AFP

IMF and World Bank to hold fall meetings virtually

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The 2020 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings set for October 12 to 18 will be held 'in a primarily virtual format'

IMF. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2017, a logo for the 2017 Annual Meetings is seen inside the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, DC. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trapped for 110 days in NAIA, Estonian finally flies home

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:47 AM

'To the travelers who might get stuck like me, don’t be afraid or don’t be ashamed to go public with the problem. You have to make the situation known…because I believe this is a violation of my rights,' says Estonian Roman Trofimov

STRANDED. Estonain Roman Trofimov boards a flight departing the Philippines after being trapped in NAIA for 110 days due to grounded flights and lockdown restrictions. Photo from Trofimov's Facebook

NAIA rehab talks fail as PH withdraws consortium's proponent status

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The NAIA Consortium is out. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says there are two other potential proponents for the upgrade project.

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Chipmaker SMIC plans China's biggest IPO in a decade

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Details of the planned offers are released in a statement on Monday, July 6, on the website of the Shanghai exchange, sending the company's Hong Kong-listed stock soaring more than 20% to a record high

Ukraine central bank chief's resignation sparks global outcry

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Business leaders are alarmed over the resignation of National Bank of Ukraine Governor Yakiv Smoliy, who said 'systematic political pressure' triggered his move

RESIGNATION. National Bank of Ukraine Governor Yakiv Smoliy. Photo from NBU website

Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

Pakistan Int'l Airlines suspended in Europe over fake pilot license scandal

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency tells Pakistan International Airlines 'they have lost their confidence' in the carrier

PLANE. A man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. Photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

Gulf economies to shrink 7.6% over virus, oil slump – IMF

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The International Monetary Fund's 2020 projection for the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council dramatically worsens

EMPTY. An aerial view shows a deserted highway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 24, 2020. Photo by Faisal al-Nasser/AFP

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost – U.N.

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The International Labour Organization also says the coronavirus crisis has hit women harder, threatening decades of progress

In this picture taken on June 9, 2020, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers (2L to R) Nirmala, Alka and Meenkashi talk to a woman during a door-to-door survey to check on residents after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bahadarpur village in Meerut district. - Unprotected and poorly paid, an all-women army of health workers confront suspicion, anger and the threat of infection as they go door to door searching for coronavirus sufferers in India's poor communities. (Photo by XAVIER GALIANA / AFP) / TO GO WITH 'India-health-virus-social',FOCUS by Aishwarya KUMAR

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

IMF warns pandemic set to undo decade of progress in Africa

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:05 PM

The International Monetary Fund sees the economy of sub-Saharan Africa contracting by 3.2% in 2020

Sparse visitors walk on a warm winter day at the marina of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, on June 15, 2020. - Usually busy throughout the year and bustling with patrons and tourists both local and international, the eateries and restaurants of this prime shopping centre have been hit hard by the lockdown and are currently closed. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Ninoy Aquino’s sister says renaming airport is denial of country’s history

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:33 PM

'The blood he shed on the airport’s tarmac symbolized the ultimate sacrifice he made as he fought for a return to democracy in the Philippines,' says Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

IMF approves emergency funding for pandemic-hit Myanmar

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Myanmar will receive $356.5 million in emergency financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund

People work at a tailor training centre, recently reopened with new plastic dividers to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Yangon on June 9, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

IMF approves $5.2-billion, 1-year loan program for Egypt

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund's new loan for Egypt comes on top of $2.8 billion in emergency aid approved in May 2020

NEARLY EMPTY. A view of the area around Bab Zuweila (background), one of the remaining gates in the walls of the old medieval city of Egypt's capital Cairo, on April 24, 2020. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Robredo hits 'ill-timed' proposal to rename NAIA: 'We're in the middle of a pandemic'

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alam naman natin why it was named Ninoy Aquino International Airport. So 'yung tanong: Where is our sense of history?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

PANDEMIC. A face mask-wearing Vice President Leni Robredo visits the partners, volunteers, and drivers of her office's free shuttle service for frontliners on April 14, 2020. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Pakistan airline grounds about 150 pilots in license probe – official

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:21 AM

A review finds more than 260 of the country's 860 active pilots had fake licenses or had cheated on exams

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 08, 2016 a man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. - A Pakistan passenger plane with more than 100 people believed to be on board crashed in the southern city of Karachi on May 22, 2020, the country's aviation authority said. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP)

Market 'disconnect' could worsen virus downturn – IMF

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'Investors seem to be betting that lasting strong support from central banks will sustain a quick recovery even as economic data point to a deeper-than-expected downturn,' says the International Monetary Fund

JAPAN STOCKS. Pedestrians walk past an electronic quotation board displaying share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on June 15, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

In the middle of pandemic, Paolo Duterte, 2 other lawmakers want to rename NAIA

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The Duterte-allied congressmen want to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to 'Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas'

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Democracy under threat during pandemic, global leaders warn

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it,' says the open letter signed by political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups

Madeleine Albright, actor Richard Gere and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Shirin Ebadi, Lech Walesa and Jose Ramos-Horta

Coronavirus crisis exacerbates globalization worries – IMF economist

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:00 AM

International Monetary Fund chief economist Gita Gopinath urges countries to be 'collaborative' amid the global crisis

Shoppers wear walk outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2020, as sectors of the economy are being reopened following restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

IMF sharply cuts Saudi forecast as oil, virus hit economy

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The International Monetary Fund predicts Saudi Arabia's economy will contract by 6.8% in 2020

A picture taken on March 23, 2020, shows the empty King Fahd road in the Saudi capital Riyadh after authorities imposed a curfew for 21 days to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Amid grim outlook, IMF says things could get better, or worse

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) The International Monetary Fund acknowledges the high levels of uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the global economy

Children sell facemasks on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on May 16, 2020. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP)

Coronavirus sinks global economy in 2020, collapsing GDP 4.9% – IMF

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Monetary Fund estimates the coronavirus crisis will destroy $12 trillion over two years, leaving lasting scars on employment, businesses, and trade

An employee clears a tray at a food court in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands shopping mall in Singapore on June 19, 2020 as retail shops reopen in Singapore following the further easing of restrictions that were in place due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Millions of migrant workers head home due to virus – U.N.

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Migrant workers were left exceptionally exposed to the virus and the economic shutdown it triggered, says the United Nations' International Labour Organization

'SOCIAL DISTANCING.' In this file photo, migrant workers eat in the dining area onboard the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship, used to accommodate foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19, at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre terminal in Singapore on May 23, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Report blames human error for Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:22 PM

'The pilot, as well as the [air traffic] controller, didn't follow the standard rules,' says Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the country's aviation minister

WRECKAGE. Rescue workers gather at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed in a residential area in Karachi on May 22, 2020. File photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Over 6,000 false claims about COVID-19 debunked by global fact-checking alliance

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:01 PM

There have been two phases in the surge of false information surrounding COVID-19: misinformation mostly from 'well-meaning people' and then disinformation, such as posts containing conspiracy theories

Amnesty PH slams PDEA for seeking info on 'drug suspects' via Facebook

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to get tips on drug suspects through a Facebook page. Amnesty International Philippines hits the 'dangerous' move.

OPEN FOR TIPS. The 'Isumbong mo kay Wilkins' Facebook page. Rappler screenshot

Spyware by Israel's NSO used against journalist – Amnesty International

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Amnesty International says the Moroccan authorities used NSO's Pegasus software to insert spyware onto the cellphone of Omar Radi, a journalist convicted in March over a social media post

NSO GROUP. An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

PH again lands on global top 10 worst countries for workers

Jun 20, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'In the Philippines, union members are particularly at risk of violence, intimidation and murder,' says the International Trade union Confederation

Members of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod ( BMP-KPML) stage a Labor Day Protest in front of their houses in Caloocan City on May 1, 2020, calling on the goverment for more benefits and assistance to workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite coronavirus

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.N. nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticizing Iran

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The resolution urges Tehran to provide inspectors from the IAEA with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

Austrian low-cost airline Level Europe files for insolvency

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:55 PM

An Austrian court will appoint an administrator, says IAG-owned Level Europe

LEVEL. A plane of the Austrian low-cost airline. Photo from International Airlines Group website

Hontiveros urges BIR to 'withdraw, review, rewrite' online seller memo

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the exemption on small-time online vendors should be included in the Bureau of Internal Revenue guidelines

REISSUE. Senator Risa Hontiveros urges the Bureau of Internal Revenue to reissue its memorandum circular on taxing online sellers. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

BIR: Online sellers earning less than P250,000 a year won't be taxed

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:39 PM

But they still need to register, or else face penalties, says the Bureau of Internal Revenue


Service-dependent economies feel coronavirus pain – IMF

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Advanced and emerging market economies are seeing a larger impact in services, says International Monetary Fund chief economist Gita Gopinath

REOPENING. A staff member wearing a face mask works at the welcome desk of a hotel in central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

IEA says aviation to hold back oil recovery

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:20 PM

'Unlike gasoline and diesel, which are likely to recover to close to pre-crisis levels by the end of 2020, the outlook for jet fuel is more uncertain,' says the International Energy Agency

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Iran warns against U.N. nuclear watchdog resolution

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Diplomats say the resolution will call on Iran to provide access to two locations where past nuclear activity may have occurred – sites to which the IAEA has been trying to gain access for months

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

BIR extends application for tax amnesty to December 31

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue extends amnesty application for tax delinquents from June 22 to the end of the year

EXTENDED. Application for tax amnesty is extended. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Spend more, keep receipts – IMF's Georgieva

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:30 PM

International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva warns countries not to withdraw stimulus measures 'too quickly'

IMF. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP