Muslim protesters participate in an anti-LGBT rally in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Feb. 2, 2018. (Reuters)

More than 100 people rallied in Indonesia’s Aceh province Friday in support of the police chief who sought permission from Islamic scholars before raiding five beauty salons and detaining 12 transgender people last weekend. The rally following Friday prayers came days after national Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian ordered an investigation into the raids, according […]

Reporter’s Notebook: What I Saw in Cox’s Bazar


Usually it takes an hour to travel from the port city of Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf, the southernmost town in Bangladesh, on a road that runs along the sea. But these days, buses plying Marine Drive take at least four hours to reach Teknaf. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have flooded the roadside spaces. […]

China’s Leader Urges Restraint on North Korea in Call With Trump


BEIJING — China’s president, Xi Jinping, has urged President Trump to show restraint toward North Korea despite signs that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Mr. Xi made the appeal in a phone call with Mr. Trump on Monday that reflected growing alarm over North Korea’s plans, which could tip the region into […]

Obama Faults F.B.I. on Emails, Citing ‘Incomplete Information’ – New York Times

President Obama greeted supporters after speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton to a crowd of about 16,000 people in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — President Obama threw the power of the White House behind Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. He faulted how the F.B.I.director, James B. Comey, handled new emails related to the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private server, and then shouted out to college students here in a pivotal battleground state that it was crucial that they vote […]

U.S. Embassy in New Delhi Warns of Possible Islamic State Attacks in India


The U.S. embassy in New Delhi has warned American citizens of possible Islamic State related terrorist attacks in India. “Recent Indian media reports indicate ISIL’s desire to attack targets in India,” said the embassy in a travel advisory posted on its website Tuesday. It said there was an increased threat in places such as religious sites, markets […]

‘D​on’t get distracted, don’t get diverted’: Hillary Clinton pulls out all the stops in Florida


Hillary Clinton is throwing everything she has got at Florida to try to change the national conversation. It was gone 10.30pm when she finally finished the third rally of a gruelling flying visit on Tuesday, the fifth day spent here in the last week alone. The skies over the sunshine state are filling with campaign charter […]

Rebel attacks in Aleppo kill 84 civilians – Xinhua


DAMASCUS, Nov. 1 — At least 84 civilians have been killed and 280 others wounded since the rebels unleashed a major offensive in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian army said in a statement Monday. The high number of causalities came as the rebels fired over a hundred mortar shells, 50 Grad missiles, and […]

DSWD holds dialogue with delegates of 3,500-strong Lakabayan 2016; Sec. Taguiwalo aims to get feedback from IPs regarding government services and projects


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, OCT. 19 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo reaffirmed her support to the country’s national minority groups and defenders of Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) rights as they secure the collective rights of Lumad, Moros, and other indigenous peoples. “For hundreds of years, our indigenous peoples struggled to safeguard […]

El Nino begins decline after ‘powerful’ impact: UN

El Nino hit North Upi, Maguindanao.

GENEVA – The 2015-2016 El Nino weather phenomenon, one of the most powerful on record, has begun its decline but continues to have a strong influence on global climate patterns, the UN’s weather agency said Thursday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said El Nino, which occurs every two to seven years, has “passed its peak” […]

ISIS officially recognizes oath of allegiance from PH militant groups- The Star


PETALING JAYA, Malaysia—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has officially recognized the bai’ah or oath of allegiance from southern Philippines-based militant groups although it has yet to make an official “wilayat” or province in the South-East Asian region. According to American anti-terror blog, The Long War Journal, recognition of the bai’ah could pave the […]

5.8-magnitude quake hits New Zealand city — USGS

This photo taken by 11-year-old Karina Croitoru shows Christchurch’s Sacred Heart Cathedral after the quake of 2011.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch Sunday, seismologists said, sending goods flying off shelves. A report from AFP says Sirens could be heard going off around the South Island city and at least one building was evacuated, according to media reports. The quake struck a week before […]

News Analysis: Road ahead for Clinton’s nomination bid could be more smooth despite defeat in New Hampshire


WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  — Leading U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was soundly defeated in the primary vote in New Hampshire Tuesday, but the path ahead for her bid to win party nomination could be more favorable, experts said. In a surprise development, Clinton’s only rival Senator Bernie Sanders won a resounding victory over the […]

International outcry for Canada to take back their illegal shipment

Ban Toxics, Basel Action Network, IPEN, Pesticide Action Network and EarthJustice demonstrates in front of the Permanent Mission of Canada's in Geneva for Canada to take back their waste. (John Wickens/IPEN)

Geneva, Switzerland, May 13 – International environmental organisations, discontent with Canada’s refusal to re-export the 50 shipment containers filled with household and toxic wastes dumped in the Philippines two years ago, conducts demonstrations in front of Palais des Nations, Permanent Mission of Canada, and CICG (Centre International de Conférences Genève) in Geneva, Switzerland. Environmental justice […]

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