Raffy Tulfo vows to be ‘independent’ in Senate dominated by Marcos-Duterte allies

But the soon-to-be senator also promises not to criticize presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in public MANILA, Philippines – Broadcaster and soon-to-be senator Raffy Tulfo is confident that despite there being only one opposition senator in the upper chamber, it will still be able to fulfill its job as a check on the awesome powers … Read more

Faced with criticism, Le Pen allies tone down rhetoric on hijab ban

The far-right core of Marine Le Pen’s program has come under closer scrutiny as campaigning in France enters its final days PARIS, France – A planned hijab ban if French presidential candidate Le Pen is elected would come “little by little” and be determined by lawmakers, her allies said on Monday, April 18, marking a … Read more

Easy Russia sanctions exhausted, US and allies face economic bite

The United States has been pushing European allies to inflict more pain on Russia while trying to make sure that the alliance against President Vladimir Putin does not fray, a balance that only gets tougher WASHINGTON, USA – As the world’s wealthy democratic powers roll out new sanctions against Russia in response to horrifying images … Read more

US, allies ready new Russia sanctions after Bucha killings

LVIV, Ukraine – The United States and its allies were set on Wednesday, April 6, to impose new sanctions on Moscow over civilian killings in northern Ukraine, which President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described as “war crimes” demanding commensurate punishment. Western sanctions on Russia over its nearly six-week invasion of its neighbor gained new impetus this week … Read more

North Korea may be preparing new nuclear tests to improve arsenal, US and allies say

Two US officials say there are indications, including activity near the Punggye-ri nuclear site, that Pyongyang may be preparing for some sort of test, though an exact timing is unclear SEOUL, South Korea – There are increasing signs that North Korea could soon test a nuclear weapon for the first time since 2017 in a … Read more

US and allies may find tapping stockpiles inadequate to plug Russian oil gap

Top oil-consuming nations may find that one of their main tools to fight high global oil prices – the release of strategic stockpiles – will prove inadequate to soothe markets starved of Russian supply since its invasion of Ukraine. The 31-member International Energy Agency (IEA), representing industrialized nations but not Russia, presided over the fourth … Read more

Russia’s G20 membership under fire from US, Western allies

The likelihood that any bid to exclude Russia outright would be vetoed by others in the G20 – which includes China, India, Saudi Arabia and others – raises the prospect of some countries skipping G20 meetings instead WASHINGTON, DC, USA – The United States and its Western allies are assessing whether Russia should remain within … Read more

Allies push Robredo-Duterte 2022 tandem

MANILA, Philippines – Three incumbent government officials, allies of Vice President Leni Robredo and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, launched on Monday, March 21, are pushing for an all-women tandem for 2022. Dubbed “RoSa,” a portmanteau of “Robredo” and “Sara,” the group calls itself a “volunteer-driven people’s campaign” with Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda as … Read more

US, European allies intensify economic pressure on Russia

The United States, European Union, and other Group of Seven allies target Russian trade in a new set of sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine The United States, European Union, and other allies on Friday, March 11, escalated their economic pressure on Russia, moving to strip Moscow of privileged trade and economic treatment among other … Read more

North Korea to launch satellites to monitor US and its allies

North Korea appears to be preparing to launch a reconnaissance satellite, which could prove as controversial as the nuclear-armed country’s weapons tests because they use the same banned ballistic missile technology, experts say SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea will launch a number of reconnaissance satellites in coming years to provide real-time information on military … Read more