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Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) Luis Abinader's rivals and the outgoing president also recognize his win, which ends 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left Dominican Liberation Party

BALLOT. People vote at a polling station during General Elections in Santo Domingo, on July 5, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by STR/AFP

Dominican Republic vote goes ahead despite virus threat

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The campaign is unlike any other in the Dominican Republic's history, overshadowed by a health crisis that has hit the country's population of 10 million hard

UPCOMING ELECTIONS. Handout photo released by Dominican presidential candidate for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) Gonzalo Castillo's press office as he (C) shakes hands with supporters during a motorcade in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Gonzalo Castillo's press office/AFP

Czechs to drop mandatory face masks from July

Jun 18, 2020 - 5:19 PM

'The blanket duty to wear face masks will be abandoned on July 1, 2020... with the exception of regions with a worse epidemiological situation,' Health Minister Adam Vojtech says

DROPPING THE MASKS. Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses a joint press conference a press conference following the Visegrad Group meeting on June 11, 2020 in Lednice, Czech Republic. File photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

World Bank earmarks $1 billion for DR Congo health, education

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Funds from the World Bank will be used to improve response to health emergencies and to support free primary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Demonstrators gather at the Kinshasa Grand market on June 9, 2020 to ask for the re-opening of the shops around there which has been closed by the government as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - At least three people were reported dead by local authorities. (Photo by ARSENE MPIANA / AFP)

Moscow expels 2 Czech diplomats in tit-for-tat move – ministry

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Russia retaliates after two of its own embassy workers were expelled over a poison plot hoax

A woman wears a protective face mask as she rides a bike along the Moskva river embankment in central Moscow on May 10, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite United Nations plea – aid group

May 22, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The Norwegian Refugee Council says its figures showed armed conflict around the world had continued during the pandemic, even as much of globe went into lockdown

JAN EGELAND. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland gestures during an interview after a meeting on Yemen at EU Commission in the NGOs headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 13, 2020. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Virus crisis adds to woes of Africa's oil producers

May 14, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Here is a look at how African oil-exporting countries are faring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

A view of the Kaombo Norte, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel(FPSO), a project operated by Total, the French multinational oil company, on November 8, 2018, about 250km off the coast of Angola in the Atlantic Ocean. - A column of flame emanates from the bow of the boat, illuminating the jet-black ocean for miles around. For three months now the Kaombo Norte has been anchored off the northern coast of Angola and has recently begun to pump up crude oil secreted in the depths below. The arrival of the platform ship which belongs to French oil giant Total has been a timely lifeline for the Angolan government. (Photo by Rodger BOSCH / AFP)

Congo seeking IMF loan of up to $500 million

May 07, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Republic of Congo, the 3rd biggest oil producer in Africa, is asking for aid from the International Monetary Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. - Reducing corruption allows governments to collect more in taxes, according to a study published on April 4, 2019, by the International Monetary Fund. The global crisis lender estimates that, among advanced economies, those that best combat graft collect on average 4.5 percent more in tax revenue as a share of GDP than those most beset by corruption. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

IMF approves $650 million in virus aid to Dominican Republic

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Money from the International Monetary Fund will be used to finance increased healthcare spending and to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in the Dominican Republic

A man and a dog walk along an empty street in Santo Domingo on April 12, 2020, amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. - The Dominican Republic has so far reported 2,967 infected people and 173 deaths due to the COVID-19. (Photo by Erika SANTELICES / AFP)

IMF approves $363 million in virus aid to DR Congo

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says the Democratic Republic of Congo is 'experiencing a severe shock' due to the coronavirus pandemic

Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. - One positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus was reported on March 30, 2020 in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province and a city of more than one million inhabitants, bringing the total for the Democratic Republic of Congo to 98 positive COVID-19 cases including 8 deaths. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP)

AI expert, medical professionals raise some concerns over Huawei diagnostic tool

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Radiologists and medical physicists ask for further examination of an AI-powered COVID-19 diagnostic tool

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Czechs close shops, pubs to stem virus spread

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The measure will be in effect until March 24

Czech health minister confirms first 3 coronavirus cases

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:21 AM

The coronavirus is found in two men and a woman who recently arrived from northern Italy

DR Congo signs 'peace' deal with armed group in east

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The peace deal is 'designed to restore peace, security and stability' in southern Ituri, following 'several aborted attempts'

WHO extends emergency status of Ebola in DR Congo

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:53 AM

This is the second worst outbreak of the disease since 2014 when it killed about 11,000 people

SUITS. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Czech uproar as Vietnamese restaurant bans Chinese guests

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:23 PM

The Prague Geezer reports that the said restaurant ' will temporarily not accept Chinese customers'

House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for

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Czechs detect bird flu as new Europe outbreak feared

Jan 18, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Authorities say the infection at the farm was most likely imported by wild water birds

DR Congo Ebola death toll 2,231 to date – monitoring agency

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Deadly unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo hampers the fight against Ebola during this latest epidemic, which broke out on August 1, 2018, with the eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri particularly badly hit

VACCINATION. A girl is getting inoculated with an Ebola vaccine on November 22, 2019 in Goma. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Duterte extends validity of 2019 budget

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:57 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte approves the extended validity of 'all appropriations' in this year's national budget until the end of 2020

BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte approves a law extending the 2019 budget's validity to December 31, 2020. File photo by Malacañang

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Gunman kills himself after deadly Czech hospital rampage

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) Four men and two women died during the assault, which lasted only a few seconds according to police

Body of United Nations peacekeeper found in DR Congo

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The nationality of the peacekeeper was not given

PEACE MISSION. File photo of Indian peacekeepers from the MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, stand guard during a press trip to the Masisi Territory, North Kivu province, eastern DRCongo, on April 11, 2019. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

Measles kills more than 5,000 in DR Congo this year – WHO

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The World Health Organization says, the 'outbreak is the largest outbreak worldwide. It is one of the largest that we have seen.' As of November 17, the country had registered 250,270 measles cases, including 5,110 deaths.

OUTBREAK. A child reacts as he receives an injection during the nationwide vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and polio targeting all children under 15 years old in Nkozi town.  Photo by Badru Katumba/AFP

5 PH-South Korea deals signed, but no free trade agreement yet

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Only a statement on an 'early achievement package' on the much-awaited FTA is signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Busan, South Korea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in witness the exchange of signed agreements between Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Minister of Trade Yoo Myung-hee following the successful bilateral meeting at The Westin Chosun Busan Hotel on November 25, 2019. The signed agreement is on the Joint Statement by the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea on the Early Achievement Package of the Negotiations of the Korea-Philippines Free Trade Agreement. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Plane crashes into homes in east DR Congo city, killing 29

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Busy Bee Dornier-228 smashes into two houses near the airport, deputy transport minister Jacques Yuma Kipuya says

PLANE CRASH. Residents react after a small aircraft carrying around 15 passengers crashed in a densely populated area in Goma on the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 24, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

MH17 calls 'show ties between Russian officials, rebels'

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

(UPDATED) The international probe says the communications raise questions about the possible involvement of top officials in Moscow in the deployment of the missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014, shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Second Ebola vaccine introduced in DR Congo

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Doctors Without Borders says the new vaccine, produced by a Belgian subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is aimed at protecting about 50,000 people over a period of 4 months

FIGHTING EBOLA. Photo from Johnson and Johnson at

Congolese 'Terminator' warlord gets harshest ever ICC sentence

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

While the judges gave Bosco Ntaganda the maximum sentence allowed by the ICC in terms of the number of years, they say that 'despite their gravity' his crimes do not warrant a full-life prison term

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. File photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

300 attacks on Ebola health workers in DR Congo this year – report

Nov 05, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Efforts to roll back the Ebola epidemic are hampered not only by fighting but also by resistance within communities to preventative measures, care facilities and safe burials

A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma. Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have appealed for calm after a preacher fell ill with Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, the first recorded case of the disease in the region's urban hub in a nearly year-old epidemic. Pamela TULIZO / 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

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

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

DR Congo ex-health exec nabbed for stealing Ebola funds

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Officials say former health minister Oly Ilunga was about to flee the country when he was arrested

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Australia surges into World Cup semis for first time

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Behind Patty Mills, Australia avoids becoming a surprise casualty against the Czech Republic in what has been an unpredictable World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Patty Mills and Australia hit Czech Republic with a reality check in the World Cup quarterfinal. Photo fro

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practitioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: South Korean warships on friendly visit to Manila

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Philippines is set to acquire several new warships from South Korea

Popovich says USA 'got a ways to go' after winning World Cup opener

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Team USA may not have the usual NBA sparkle, but it pulls off a comfortable win just the same at the start of its title defense

GETTING BETTER. The young US squad remains a work in progress, says coach Gregg Popovich. Photo from FIBA

DOE advisory board reevaluates renewable energy program

Sep 01, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'The target is by end of 2030, [renewable capacity] should be 15,000 megawatts. However, based on our assessment, around 7,000 MW was recorded from 2011 to 2017,' says Department of Energy official Mylene Capongcol

Guevarra: No backdoor for 'undeserving' convicts

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the review of the GCTA law's implementation was prompted by 'the very real danger posed to the peace of the community by the early release' of vindictive convicts

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra addresses the launch of the Bacolod City Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center on August 30, 2019 Photo by Marchel Espina/Rapler

BVR: Rondina, Pons lead stellar beach volley women's cast

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons headline a 10-team field in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Gran Ola, Lianga leg this weekend

POWER PAIR. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons jope to put on another solid showing. Photo release

Islamic banking now more accessible under new law

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Islamic banks differ from regular banks as they adhere to Shari’ah law and its economic principles

Camarines Norte State College converted into university

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The state college becomes the University of Camarines Norte through Republic Act No. 11399

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

DR Congo unveils new government after months-long delay

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 PM

'The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,' says Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga

First Ebola cases surface in DR Congo's South Kivu province

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August 2018

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, in Ituri province, a health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a Doctors Without Borders-supported Ebola Treatment Centre, where he will check up on patients.

CA declares Bataan city's anti-smoking ordinance unconstitutional

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'The City Council of Balanga [has] overstepped Congress by passing an ordinance which imposes more prohibited acts than those specified under [RA 9211],' says the CA

Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of an epidemic that has claimed more than 1,800 lives, stoking dread that the disease may spread from eastern DRC to vulnerable neighbors

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record

Health workers wear protective gear to mix water and chlorine in Goma on July 31, 2019. A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country's pointman for the epidemic told AFP on July 31, 2019. PAMELA TULIZO / AFP

Former Red Sox star Ortiz happy to be home after shooting

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:13 PM

'Big Papi will be back soon,' says David Ortiz who returns home from the hospital

BACK HOM. David Ortiz recovers in his family home after he was shot in the Dominican Republic. Photo from Ortiz's Twitter account (@davidortiz)