#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2018

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

THE LAST DANCE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP










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Boracay is now closed for a 6-month rehabilitation period, despite there not being a publicized written order yet for its closure.

Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders says press freedom is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia, and China's bid to crush dissent.

Also, the Kuwaiti government ordered Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa to leave within a week, declaring him persona non grata according to the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

These and more stories on today's wRap!

Boracay now closed

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte 'verbally' ordered the island's closure, saying Boracay has become a 'cesspool'

Trump, Russia, China media attacks 'threaten democracy'

Reporters Without Borders accuses the world's 3 superpowers – the US, China and Russia – of leading the charge against press freedom

France's Macron pushes back at 'America First' agenda

The French leader's feisty speech to lawmakers is a dramatic twist near the end of a 3-day visit that has showcased his warm personal relationship with US President Donald Trump, despite the gulf between their visions of world affairs

Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave

(4th UPDATE) Kuwait declares Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa 'persona non grata,' while the Philippines says Kuwait's action 'is deeply disturbing'

Calida won't file quo warranto vs Justice De Castro

Calida denies the request of a Sereno supporter to file a similar petition against Justice De Castro

Multi-nation operation takes down cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks

Britain's National Crime Agency says 'authorities in 5 countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted 6 members of the crime group behind webstresser.org'

Facebook Q1 2018 profits show growth, no impact from privacy scandal

Early signs show that the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has had little effect on Facebook's growth, but bigger effects may be seen in succeeding quarters

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