Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Philippines Marks South China Sea Legal Win with Chinese Consulate Protest

Philippine protesters, including some members of the nation’s Congress, surrounded the Chinese consulate in Manila and burned Chinese flags to protest Beijing’s disregard for the 2016 international tribunal ruling finding the Communist Party’s colonization of the South China Sea, which turned three years old Friday.

Protesters hold placards as motorists speed past during a rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on July 13, 2019, to coincide with anniversarry of arbitral ruling by United nations on the South China sea. - Protesters decended on the Chinese consulate in Manila, to oppose the Asian …

South Korean Report: Trump Considering Year of Sanctions Relief for North Korea

The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Thursday that President Donald Trump’s negotiation team is mulling a short term plan to relieve sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang agrees to dismantle the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, it’s main nuclear enrichment site.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un stand on North Korean soil while walking to South Korea in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombian Town of Armenia Confused by Turkish-Funded Ottoman Mural

Armenia, the capital city of Quindío, Colombia, is boasting a new mural of a man wearing Ottoman-era garb on the side of its city council building, an image with no historical correlation to the city that is confusing, and angering, many residents, Colombian media reported Tuesday.

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Chinese Media: ‘Taiwan Will Be the First to Flinch’ in War

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper threatened a swift war with Taiwan in response to the island nation’s inking a $2.2 billion arms deal with America, warning Tuesday “a price must be paid” if the two countries “step out of line.”

An anti-submarine rocket (ASROC) is fired from a Knox-class frigate during a military drill at sea near eastern Hualien on May 22, 2019. (Photo by HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP) (Photo credit should read HSU TSUN-HSU/AFP/Getty Images)

‘I Am Not Proud of Myself’: K-Pop Star Apologizes After Concluding Military Service

Singer/rapper T.O.P of the internationally successful K-pop group Big Bang ended his mandatory military service this weekend, posting a lament on Instagram stating he was “not proud” of the controversies that occurred during his service and vowing to “repay” fans for their loyalty, Australian broadcaster SBS reported Monday.

Actor T.O.P of Bigbang award a Rookie prize at Asia Star Awards during the 18th Busan International Film Festival on October 5, 2013 in Busan, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders Campaign Co-Chair Refuses to Condemn Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

San Juan mayor and Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Carmen Yulín Cruz refused to condemn the violent dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela in an interview with Univisión on Sunday, comparing the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela to poverty in Puerto Rico and referring to a radical leftist terrorist as a “political prisoner.”

Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders (R) and former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. participate in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, …

Dissidents: Cuba Selling Rotten Meat to Diabetics, Pregnant Women

The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), one of the island’s largest dissident groups, published evidence of the Castro regime selling rotten meat to locals in eastern Santiago de Cuba at a market that has no functioning refrigeration, the Spanish newspaper Diario de Cuba reported on Sunday.

A butcher cuts pork into pieces 28 November 2006 in Havana, Cuba. The military parade Saturday at which Fidel Castro is widely expected -- though his attendance is not officially confirmed -- is the climax of almost a week of festivities. Some 300,000 people are expected to march, and 2,000 …

Starved Cuban Regime Takes Out Tourism Ads in Major Chinese Cities

Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism has bought ads plastered across buses in Shanghai, Beijing, and Ghangzhou encouraging Chinese tourists to visit the communist island, the Spain-based Diario de Cuba reported Friday, in an attempt to replace the millions lost in tourism revenue following President Donald Trump’s decision to ban cruise ship voyages from America to Cuba.

Tourists sit next to the swimming pool on the rooftop of the Gran Manzana Hotel in Havana, on February 11, 2019. - Cuba attracts wealthy tourists with five-stars hotels, spas and luxury brands. (Photo by Yamil LAGE / AFP) (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hong Kong Police Arrest 12, Promise More for Siege of Legislature

Police in Hong Kong announced early Thursday they had arrested 12 people in connection to the wave of anti-China protesters that destroyed the Legislative Council (LegCo) headquarters on Monday, shattering its exterior and spray-painting the legislative floor with anti-China slogans.


Manny Pacquiao Files Senate Bill to Restore Death Penalty in the Philippines

Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao, more commonly known outside of the Philippines as one of the most successful boxing champions in modern history, introduced a bill in his nation’s legislature Wednesday to return capital punishment to the country for major drug trafficking convictions.

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao listens to a question during a press conference shortly after arriving at the international airport in Manila on January 24, 2019, days after defeating US boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)