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Dutch short track world champion Lara van Ruijven dead at 27

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:51 PM

In 2019, Lara van Ruijven became the first Dutch woman to win a world speed skating title

SHOCK DEATH. Lara van Ruijven dies just two weeks after falling ill. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

After backlash, WHO clarifies COVID-19 'very rare' transmission remarks

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's COVID-19 technical lead, says: 'I was not stating a policy of WHO'

World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove talks during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on March 11, 2020. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on March 11, 2020 that the new coronavirus outbreak can now be characterised as a pandemic. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Austrian president sorry for breaching virus curfew at restaurant

May 25, 2020 - 12:41 PM

'I went out for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife,' Van der Bellen tweets Sunday, adding: 'We then lost track of time while chatting.'

ALEXANDER VAN DER BELLEN. Austria's President Alexander van der Bellen and Switzerland's President Simonetta Sommaruga inspect a military honor guard on January 30, 2020 in Vienna. File photo by HANS Punz/APA/AFP

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch gallery– museum director

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) The 1884 painting, titled the 'Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring" has been taken during a pre-dawn break-in at the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam

This handout picture released on March 30, 2020 by the Groningen Museum shows Vincent van Gogh's 1884 painting "Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring" which was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in Laren, about 30 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam, closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum's director said Monday. - The painting has an estimated value of between one to six million euros, local media said. The criminals entered the museum at around 3.15 am (0115 GMT) by breaking open a front glass door, police and Dutch news reports said. (Photo by Marten de Leeuw / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GRONINGER MUSEUM / MARTEN DE LEEUW" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Coronavirus 'no joke,' Olympic gold medalist warns

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:08 PM

Cameron van der Burgh, the 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke world champion, reveals he battles with coronavirus

INFECTED. Retired swimmer Cameron van der Burgh says activities like walking "leaves me exhausted for hours." Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Quake in Iran kills 8 in neighboring Turkey

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) 21 people are injured after the magnitude 5.7 quake, with 8 of them in critical condition

Doubted Van Gogh self-portrait is real, say experts

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'The Self Portrait (1889)' uses less vibrant colours to other works from the same period, including muted blues and sickly yellows, and some of the paintwork looks less finished

VAN GOGH LEGACY. Guests attend a modern-day Van Gogh exhibit in Manila. File photo by Rappler

LOOK BACK: Beauty queens who've become Filipinas at heart

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

These foreign beauty queens captured the Filipino hearts during – and even after – their respective reigns

Australian citizen jailed in Vietnam for 'terrorism'

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Chau Van Kham is jailed alongside Nguyen Van Vien, who got 11 years, and Tran Van Quyen, who is sentenced to 10 years, for 'terrorism against the People's Administration'

CHAU VAN KHAM. This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken and released on November 11, 2019 shows Australian citizen Chau Van Kham (L) escorted for trial in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

What it's like to 'experience' Van Gogh Alive in Manila

Oct 26, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The much-talked about exhibit finally arrives on Philippine shores

VAN GOGH IN MANILA. The world-famous 'multi-sensory' experience is in Manila. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

[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.

Hong Kong protesters boycott Vans over sneaker design controversy

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Vans says that they 'have never taken a political position and therefore review designs to ensure they are in line with our company’s long-held values of respect and tolerance, as well as with our clearly communicated guidelines for this competition'

The 'Van Gogh Alive’ exhibit is coming to Manila

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:37 PM

(UPDATED) Experience Vincent Van Gogh's art like never before at the global 'Van Gogh Alive' multi-sensory art exhibit, which will run from October to December 2019

Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is HIV-positive

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The grooming guru of ’Queer Eye’ opens up about living with the condition in his new memoir

OPENING UP. Jonathan Van Ness dances with cheerleaders from his former high school on an episode of 'Queer Eye' season 4. The grooming guru has opened up about living with HIV in his upcoming memoir. Photo courtesy of Netflix

'More players that come out, the better,' says Van Uytvanck

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Alison Van Uytvanck, one of the few openly gay tennis players, calls for support to give more athletes the confidence to come out

OUT. After bowing to world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in singles action, Alison Van Uytvanck (left) focuses on her doubles campaign with girlfriend and playing partner Greet Minnen. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Austrian president calls for September poll in wake of scandal

May 19, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The president will hold further talks with other party leaders over the coming weeks in order to fix a date

Co-founder of Sundance Film Festival pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Sterling Van Wagenen faces between 6 years and life in prison

Stolen Van Gogh paintings back on display after 16 years

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Van Gogh's masterpieces 'View of the Sea at Scheveningen' and 'Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen' have been recovered and restored in Amsterdam

How does the Fab Five stay so positive? ‘Don’t burn the candle at both ends’

Mar 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In ‘Queer Eye’ season 3, the boys still have so much love to give, one wonders where it all comes from

QUEER EYE. The Fab Five works their magic on Jody, one of their heroes in the show's new season. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Australian democracy activist 'detained' in Vietnam

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) Australian citizen Chau Van Kham is said to have been detained by Vietnamese authorities

THE VIET TAN. Image from Facebook.

Travel ban for 'fragile' Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:53 PM

'It is therefore important that the painting is moved as little as possible and in a stable climate,' says Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger

Van Gogh Museum's senior paintings conservator Rene Boitelle explains the restoration process of De Zonnebloemen (The Sunflowers) by Vincent van Gogh, on January 24, 2019, in Amsterdam. - The world famous painting undergoes restoration work over the course of six weeks in the restoration studio of the Van Gogh Museum. (Photo by Olaf Kraak / ANP / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Rare Van Gogh photo is of Vincent's brother, say experts

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announces the shock discovery about what was previously thought to be one of only two photos of Vincent, and which has appeared in dozens of books

NOT VINCENT. A handout picture released by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam on November 29, 2018 shows a black and white image of Theo Van Gogh, aged 15, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's brother.  Handout/Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam/AFP

‘Extremely Beethoven’ evening at U.P. College of Music

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:01 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Pianist April Merced-Misa pays homage to Ludwig van Beethoven

EU recalls envoy from Tanzania

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:03 PM

EU chief representative in Tanzania to Brussels Roeland van de Geer has been recalled to discuss the situation in the country

ENVOY. Roeland van de Geer, EU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, speaks to the press, 20 March 2007, in Kinshasa. AFP file photo

Fil-Italian rider triumphs in 2018 Batang Pinoy cycling

Sep 18, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Marc Van Louie Baluyut hopes to surpass the records of his father who was a former national rider

DEBUT. Fil-Italian Marc Van Louie Baluyut claims his first Batang Pinoy gold. Photo courtesy of Philippine Sports Commission

Willem Dafoe: 'I flirted with Van Gogh's ghost'

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The actor stars as Vincent Van Gogh in 'At Eternity's Gate'

Actor Willem Dafoe arrives for the premiere of the film "At Eternity's Gate" presented in competition on September 3, 2018 during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI

Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:52 PM

French organizers Sun Trip have started such races in 2013 to promote renewable energy

SOLAR BIKE RACE. Raf van Hulle of Belgium celebrates after arriving in Guangzhou, in China's southern Guangdong province, after riding 12,000 kilometers from Lyon, on August 3, 2018. Photo by AFP

YAAAAS! Queer Eye is coming back for a third season

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:51 AM

This time, the Fab 5 will be working their magic on the people of Kansas City, Missouri

OFF TO MISSOURI. The Fab 5 are headed to Kansas City for 'Queer Eye' season 3. Screenshot from Instagram.com/queerye

How do LGUs decide on localized class suspensions?

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Local disaster risk reduction and management offices use scientific data to decide whether it is worth it and safe to send students to school and government employees to work

Floodwaters rose around the Manila City Hall as the afternoon heavy downpour brought about by the effect of Typhoon Maria stranded commuters trying to catch their ride home. July 7, 2018

Wimbledon giant slayer happy to come out as gay

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Belgian journeywoman Alison van Uytvanck says she wants to 'to be free' after stunning defending champion Garbine Muguruza

SHOCKER. Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck posts her first triumph over a top 10 opponent. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Wrestling legend Vader dies at 63

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:18 AM

'The Man They Call Vader' died on Monday night due to heart failure, says one of his children in a tweet

THE MASTODON. Vader makes a one-off return to the WWE in 2012. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Trump salute to North Korean general sparks controversy

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The interaction prompts disbelief among some Trump critics, who already have said the president appeared too accommodating to Kim and his autocratic regime

AGREEMENT. US President Donald Trump holds up a document signed by him and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

WATCH: 'Queer Eye' season 2 trailer a total feels fest

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Fab 5 are back!

QUEER EYE. The Fab 5 share a moment with their first female makeover. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Queer and facing rejection? The Fab 5 have something to tell you

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The stars of 'Queer Eye' talk about coming out, religion, and keeping the faith

FAB 5. Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown continue to inspire in a new season of 'Queer Eye.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Pistons dump Stan Van Gundy as coach, team director

May 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Detroit team owner Tom Gores says 'change is necessary to regain momentum'

DISMAL DETROIT. The Detroit Pistons wind up with a woeful 39-43 record this NBA season under coach Stan Van Gundy. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Canada van massacre driver charged with murder, most victims women

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:46 AM

Lead investigator Detective-Sergeant Graham Gibson says the victims of the Toronto attack were 'predominantly women' and they ranged in age from the mid-20s to 80s

AFTERMATH. A hazmat worker scrubs the sidewalk of blood and debris after a mass killing on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

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Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

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Van plows into Toronto crowd in 'deliberate' act, leaving 10 dead

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Police have arrested a suspect at the scene of the attack, whose initial death toll of 9 jumped to 10 after one person succumbed to injuries

VAN ATTACK. Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least 8 people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in – study

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:28 PM

'This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored,' says study co-author Malcolm van Schantz, who argues that 'night types' should be allowed to start and finish work later in the day

LOOK: 'Dawson's Creek' cast reunites after 20 years

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams pose for 'Entertainment Weekly,' 20 years after the show aired

First Van Gogh in 20 years to go under hammer in Paris

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'Women Mending Nets in the Dunes,' which the Dutch artist painted early in his career at Scheveningen near The Hague, is expected to go for around $6 million when it is auctioned in June

AUCTION. The painting "Raccommodeuses de filet dans les dunes" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is presented at Artcurial auction house in Paris on March 28, 2018. The painting will be auctioned off on June 4. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Oxfam faces fresh Haiti sexual misconduct allegations

Mar 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Internal documents reported by The Times says Oxfam attempted to "contain" sexual harassment allegations involving Raphael Mutiku, who led Oxfam's installation of water supplies after the 2010 earthquake

UNDER REVIEW. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP

World Cup of Pool set in Shanghai May 15 to 20

Mar 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Philippines is the winningest country in the World Cup of Pool with 3 championships

BATTLE. 32 two-man teams will vie for the 2018 World Cup of Pool and the prize fund of $250,000.


He's back: 'Arnie' to coach Socceroos after World Cup

Mar 08, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Graham Arnold will be Bert van Marwijk's long-term successor after the World Cup

LONG-TERM SUCCESSOR. Sydney FC's coach Coach Graham Arnold watches a friendly football match against Arsenal in Sydney. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Aicelle Santos wins role of Gigi Van Tranh in UK production of ‘Miss Saigon’

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The actress currently stars as Elsa in 'Himala: The Musical'

AICELLE SANTOS.The actress is headed to the ‘Miss Saigon’ stage. Screenshot from Instagram.com/aicellesantos

U.S. prosecutor Mueller charges lawyer with lying in Russia probe

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Robert Mueller's powerful team of investigators accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of knowingly making false statements about his communications with Richard Gates

CHARGED. Attorney Alex van der Zwaan leaves U.S District Court after pleading guilty during a scheduled appearance February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of 3 staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young sex workers following the devastating 2010 earthquake there

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

WATCH: 13-year-old Pinay wows judges on 'Ireland's Got Talent'

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Young Shaniah Rollo gets a standing ovation for her rendition of Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors'