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U.S., Russia arms talks start with little hope of accord

Jun 22, 2020 - 12:44 PM

The United States and Russia are meeting on June 22 in Vienna for talks on their last major nuclear weapons agreement against a backdrop of growing tensions over whether they see any value in arms control at all

ARMS TALKS. A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives through Red Square in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. launches 1st Taliban air strikes since Afghan ceasefire end

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:37 PM

US forces spokesman Sonny Leggett says the two assaults took place on Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, in separate provinces in Afghanistan

AFTER CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Stalemate after 4th round of post-Brexit talks

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier reports 'no significant progress this week,' accusing London of backtracking on divorce terms agreed in 2019

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Iran dismisses 'desperate' U.S. move to end nuclear waivers

May 28, 2020 - 11:47 PM

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says that with the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pulling the 'final plug' on the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018

'FINAL PLUG.' In this file photo, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi speaks to the media before a meeting with other UN members on the escalating situation with the United States at United Nation headquarters on June 24, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Stop the shooting war madness in this pandemic

May 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Let there be talks, but honest and sincere talks, on just the 'small' agenda of cooperation on public health

U.S. says Taliban fulfilling promises in Afghan withdrawal deal

May 16, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Recent violence violates the 'spirit' of the deal, says US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. - The United States has secured a seven-day reduction in violence in talks to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said February 13, 2020. The announcement came as NATO defence ministers met in Brussels and a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reported "notable progress" in negotiations with the Islamist insurgents."The United States and the Taliban have negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence," Esper told reporters, dubbing his meetings with NATO colleagues "productive." (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

EU, Britain restart push on post-Brexit ties amid virus gloom

May 11, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The EU side accuses Britain of focusing only on issues dear to them and ignoring those essential for EU members, such as fishing, or on agreeing on minimum standards for health and the environment

TRADE TALKS. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost speak at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks between the EU and the United Kingdom, in Brussels on March 2, 2020. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP

Open society, int'l cooperation are keys to fight coronavirus – Asia expert

Apr 27, 2020 - 7:22 AM

Meanwhile, the Chinese government's response to coronavirus was 'Orwellian,' says political economist Nicholas Eberstadt

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BreadTalk reopens for delivery from two branches

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:39 PM

These Metro Manila branches can deliver BreadTalk's pork floss, toast, and sweet and savory breads via GrabFood

Afghan government releases 100 Taliban prisoners

Apr 08, 2020 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Afghanistan's Office of the National Security Council says the 100 prisoners freed on Wednesday, April 8, were 'thoroughly vetted' and had all taken an oath never to return to the battlefield

TALKS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R), in Kabul April 5, 2020. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Rappler Talk: Chel Diokno on the Rule of Law in a pandemic

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Diokno shifts the focus on the rule of law a day after President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at him in a national address. 'I consider it a waste of time,' says Diokno of the President's speech

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Twitter 'titas' take over

Mar 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Who runs this episode? @mrsunlawyer, @econcepcion, at @margadeona!

Taliban attack Afghan army bases, throwing peace talks into doubt

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The halt to the limited truce, which began on February 22, ends what was a welcome reprieve for ordinary Afghans who have born the brunt of the deadly violence

PARTIAL TRUCE ENDS. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gestures as he speaks during a gathering to assess the general security situation in the in Jalalabad Province, in Jalalabad on March 3, 2020. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Taliban end partial truce as Afghan violence resumes

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'As per the (US-Taliban) agreement, our mujahideen will not attack foreign forces but our operations will continue against the Kabul administration forces,' says Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

AFTER DEAL. Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Madalas ka ba sa Camp Cramming?

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Pro ka ba pagdating sa procrastination?

U.S. prepares to sign withdrawal deal with Taliban on February 29

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban issue statements saying they have agreed to sign the accord on February 29 in Doha, following the one-week partial truce

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Sudan rebels, gov't extend peace talks for 3 weeks

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:17 PM

The Sudan Revolutionary Front and Khartoum representatives sign a deal to keep negotiations going after failing to wrap up talks by February 15

EXTENDED. Yasir Arman, deputy leader of rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, speaks during a press conference in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on December 2, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

U.S.-Taliban breakthrough appears closer as Ghani reports progress

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Washington and the insurgents have been locked in grueling talks that have stretched over more than a year for an agreement that would see the US pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan

TALKS. Afghan's President Ashraf Ghani looks on during a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at Bagram Air Field during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: True love in dating apps?

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Finding love sa Tinder, Bumble, atbp para sa Valentine’s Day and beyond

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Year of the Metal Rat horoscope

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Raratratan ba tayo ng suwerte o dadagain ng malas ngayong Year of the Metal Rat?

[OPINION] Last chance for peace

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Whatever the case, given the short period remaining in the President’s term, it would do well for him to seriously resume the talks. If, as Duterte says, this is his last card, he better play it.

U.S., China sign 'momentous' trade deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:40 AM

However, Trump says he will only remove the tariffs against China 'if we're able to do phase two' of the agreement

NEW TRADE DEAL. US President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He (L), the country's top trade negotiator, shake hands as they sign trade agreements between the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Libya's Haftar leaves Moscow without signing peace deal

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's abrupt departure on Tuesday is a setback for an international diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insists it would continue mediation efforts

NO DEAL? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu hold a joint press conference following the talks on a ceasefire deal between the warring sides in Libya, in Moscow on January 13, 2020. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: 2020

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Pagbabalik-tanaw sa 2010s, at New Year's resolutions para sa 2020

Joma Sison: Despite hiccups, CPP won’t back out of peace talks

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Tense encounters between government forces and communist guerrillas test a fragile holiday ceasefire, but the communist rebel leader says they are no reason to drop plans for negotiations

REBEL LEADER. Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison says recent tense encounters between the military and communist guerrillas are no reason to back out of planned peace talks with the government. File photo

North Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of U.S. deadline

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:33 AM

State media says Kim Jong-un presided over the meeting which discussed a new 'transparent, anti-imperialist independent stand'

MEETING. This picture taken on December 28, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 29 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (top, L) attending the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Joma Sison: Meeting Duterte in PH before reform agreement approval 'premature'

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founder says he is willing to meet with Duterte 'in a country near the Philippines' after the resumption of peace talks, among other conditions

NOT IN PH. Communist leader Jose Maria Sison says he is willing to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, but 'in a country near the Philippines.' Rappler file photo

How to resume talks with communist rebels? January meeting to set agenda

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The National Democratic Front welcomes 'Little President Salvador Medialdea' in the peace panel and expects to continue disrupted talks for an 'Interim Peace Agreement'

Duterte gives peace another chance, names Medialdea in panel with communists

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reconstitutes the government's peace panel with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reads a document from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Holiday ceasefire with CPP pushed after informal talks

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The proposed ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 will need the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Communist Party of the Philippines

QUIET HOLIDAY. The Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines agree to observe a holiday ceasefire. Photo from CPP's Joma Sison

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: MMFF 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Bibidang muli ang 8 pelikulang Pinoy dahil Metro Manila Film Festival na naman!

131 lawmakers call for resumption of peace talks

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The prospect of renewed peace talks seems bleak for now, as Duterte and communist leader Jose Maria Sison cannot agree on where to hold the negotiations

PEACE TALKS? Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

South Sudan rivals agree to form unity gov't by deadline – president

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'We...have said that after the 100 days we have to form the government,' says South Sudan President Salva Kiir

100-DAY DEADLINE. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (C), South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar (R) and Sudan's deputy head of the Transitional Military Council Mohamed Hamdan Daglo 'Hemeti' sit after their peace agreement meeting at the State House in Juba, South Sudan, on December 16, 2019. Photo by Majak Kuany/AFP

China says 'phase one' trade deal reached with U.S.

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Chinese vice commerce minister Wang Shouwen says Washington has agreed to a 'phasing out' of tariffs on Chinese goods

PHASE ONE. Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy International Trade Representative  Wang Shouwen speaks during the State Council Information Office press conference in Beijing on December 13, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China coy on 'BIG' trade deal announced by Trump

Dec 13, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Reports Washington and Beijing had struck a bargain at last send US stocks sailing to their first record closes of December

Duterte, Joma Sison can’t agree on venue for peace talks

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:43 AM

‘Ano siya, sinusuwerte?’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on communist party leader Jose Maria Sison’s insistence on a foreign venue for negotiations

DEADLOCK. The Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines could not agree on where to hold the next possible round of peace talks. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dela Rosa says rebels only using peace talks to recruit fighters

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Kapoy na. Pagod na tao 'dyan,' says the police general-turned-senator

NO TO PEACETALKS. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says there shouldn't be any peace talks with communist guerillas anymore. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:38 PM

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky

TALKS. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Pasko na, sinta ko, saan na regalo ko?

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Why don't we give love – and gifts – on Christmas day?

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Kumukulong usapang kaldero

Nov 22, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Sapat ba o sobra ang ginastos para sa cauldron ng 30th SEA Games?

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: OK Boomer

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Usapang 'generation gap' sa loob at labas ng social media

China says it agreed with U.S. to remove tariffs if trade deal progresses

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:53 PM

If confirmed by the US, the comments could be the latest positive signal in efforts by negotiators to formalize a partial trade deal – although details remain sparse

TRADE TALKS. Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng speaks at a press conference in Beijing, days ahead of an imminent US-China trade war, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Mayor Richard Gomez wants college grads to remain in Ormoc City

Nov 02, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez says he asked businesses to hire 70% of their staff from Ormoc

STUDENTS. Richard Gomez hopes young people in Ormoc will help and develop the city. Rappler Screenshot

WTO authorizes Chinese tariffs on $3.6B in U.S. goods in anti-dumping tiff

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The decision marks the first time the World Trade Organization has authorized China to impose tariffs in a trade dispute

WTO. A delegate leaves a World Trade Organization building during the 2018 edition of the WTO public forum on sustainable trade, on October 2, 2018 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Sibling rivalries

Oct 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Is it you? Or is it ate, kuya, or bunso? May ganitong experience na ba kayo?

Sudan agrees to aid, ceasefire, in peace talks with rebels

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'The political declaration will pave the way for political negotiations and is a step towards a just, comprehensive and final peace in Sudan,' says General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a key figure in Sudan's transitional government

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, Sudan's deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, attends the signing of the constitutional declaration with protest leaders, at a ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators in the capital Khartoum on August 4, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Global economic outlook 'precarious,' no room for mistakes, IMF warns

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:34 PM

The US-China trade war alone is estimated to shrink the world economy by 0.8% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund says

GLOBAL ECONOMY. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/AFP

EU and UK intensify Brexit talks ahead of key summit

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) European Union member states will review progress on Monday, October 14, following a meeting between influential leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 11, 2019 for a meeting with EU ambassadors. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: In a room full of art

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Where do Vincent’s fans go? Now I think I know.