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Thai court dissolves key pro-democracy party

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The nine-member constitutional court dissolves the Future Forward Party, ruling a $6-million loan by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit breached the law governing political parties

DISSOLVED. Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks with fellow members and MPs at the political party's headquarters in Bangkok on February 21, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Trillanes turns down political asylum offers: Fight is here

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'Parang abandonment 'yun e, andirito 'yung laban e so we have to be here,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV

POLITICAL ASYLUM? Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he turned down offers of political asylum. Photo by Rappler

Romania's liberal government falls after 3 months in office

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 PM

A total of 261 of 465 MPs vote in favor of a motion against the minority government led by Ludovic Orban, which took over in November

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban looks on during a no-confidence vote initiated by the Social Democrat Party at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on February 5, 2020. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano

YES TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano (2nd from L) and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel (1st from R) oppose the anti-dynasty are against the proposed anti-dynasty amendment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Putin sends political plan to MPs in quick-fire Russia reform push

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Putin of wanting to remain 'leader for life'

CHANGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido gains access to parliament speaker's seat

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Earlier, dozens of National Guard troops wearing helmets and carrying riot shields blocked Juan Guaido from entering Congress

ACCESS. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks at the National Assembly, in Caracas, on January 7, 2020. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

Austria's Kurz returns as world's youngest chancellor

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Sebastian Kurz, 33, vows to 'protect the climate and the borders' as he becomes chancellor of Austria

CHANCELLOR. Austria's President Alexander van der Bellen (R) looks on as Austria's designated Chancellor Sebastian Kurz signs a document during a swearing-in ceremony of their new coalition government on January 7, 2020 at the President's office in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Spain PM awaits backing from Catalan separatists for new term

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Such support from the ERC, Catalonia's oldest and biggest pro-independence party, would be a clear sign that months of political deadlock in the major European Union country will be coming to an end

Dozens of South Korean MPs charged over parliamentary standoff

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Seoul prosecutors indict Liberty Korea party leader Hwang Kyo-ahn and 23 of his MPs on charges including causing a commotion at the national assembly and illegal detention

INDICTED. This picture taken on April 26, 2019 and received on January 2, 2020 by Yonhap News Agency shows South Korea's opposition party members lying on the floor linking arms to block access to a committee room in an attempt to stop legislation being passed, at the National Assembly in Seoul. File photo by STR/Yonhap/AFP

In 2020, we will tell more people stories

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Rappler reporters share the most-read stories they’re proudest of

Goodbye, 2019: Five reasons this year stands out

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Journalists who speak truth to power, citizens who turn rage into action – these are among the 5 things that make 2019 stand out

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The results are not expected until next week

ELECTIONS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. File photo by John Wessels/AFPJOHN WESSELS / AFP

Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Rage, rage, rage: The world in 2019

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Here are 2019's most unforgettable moments from the trenches

A YEAR OF PROTEST. A Lebanese demonstrator kicks back a tear-gas canister during clashes with riot police in the capital Beirut on December 15, 2019. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Rappler Jealousy List 2019

Dec 27, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Our reporters and researchers pay tribute to colleagues from other news organizations who delivered stories they wish they pursued in 2019

#PHVote 2019 wRap: New faces bring changes to governance

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Here's a quick lookback at the results of the 2019 midterm elections

A new bayanihan: Filipinos use social media to help people in 2019

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:57 PM

At a time when polarizing issues and disinformation muddle conversations on digital platforms, people have shown that social media remains to be a means to engage communities for social good

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Most-read stories on Rappler every week of 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) From the midterm elections to viral stories, from personal feats and feuds to natural disasters, these are the most-read stories on Rappler in 2019

Filipinos tackle PH's pressing issues in 2019 through #StoryOfTheNation

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Throughout 2019, we ask Filipinos to tell the #StoryOfTheNation in their own words

Xi to lead Macau handover party as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Festivities center around the inauguration of a new leader for a city that China views as a shining example of its 'one country, two systems' mode

HANDOVER CELEBRATION. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

Biggest controversies Duterte faced in 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:36 AM

How did Duterte fare in 2019? Here's how he handled major controversies – from a murder-rapist's early release to the critical midterm elections.

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

#WhatDid2019TeachYou: Netizens wrap up 2019 with lessons of hope

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Looking for a positive note to end 2019 with? Read how the rest of the internet is doing so, here.

Newsmakers who died in 2019

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) We remember the Filipino icons and newsmakers who have left their mark in their respective fields

How huddles moved conversation into action in 2019

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Throughout 2019, different people – from students to professionals – have gone beyond conversations by taking part in crafting solutions to issues that matter to them through huddles organized by MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement arm

[PODCAST] Ang mga isyung hinarap ni Duterte sa 2019

Dec 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Paano tinugunan ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga kontrobersiyang hinarap ng kanyang administrasyon noong 2019?

2019: A bad year to be in the opposition

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Here are the 6 times the political opposition took a major hit from the Duterte administration in 2019

With 2 days left, deadlocked Israel faces repeat vote

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:08 PM

Right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu and former army general Benny Gantz trade blame over the impasse ahead of Wednesday, December 11, the last opportunity to form a coalition and avoid fresh polls

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

On my bookshelf, China and dictators steal the spotlight

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Three books on the changing world

Google bans political ads in Singapore as elections loom

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The ban is imposed under controversial new rules aimed at fighting disinformation in the city-state, which critics fear could be used to stifle dissent

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google limits ad targeting to general categories such as age, gender or postal code location


Google tightens political ads policy to thwart abuse

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Though its rules already ban any advertiser, from lying in ads, Google is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video

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Snapchat checks for deception in political ads

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Snapchat's strategy seems to be a middle ground between Facebook's controversial tolerance of proven lies in political ads and Twitter's decision to ban them all together

SNAPCHAT. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Snapchat displayed on a tablet. (Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed,' Twitter says in its new policy.

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Trump aide said Ukraine behind Democratic party hack, documents show

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Trump and his surrogates have suggested that Kiev hacked Democratic National Committee servers and planted evidence to frame Russia

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2019. File photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Chief executive Jack Dorsey says the new policy, details of which will be unveiled next month and enforced from November 22, would ban ads on political issues as well as from candidates

Facebook slammed by own employees for political ad policy

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Facebook's policy which lets politicians lie in ads is 'a threat to what FB stands for,' says an employee letter signed by hundreds of Facebook workers

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Japan trade minister resigns over donation scandal

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:15 AM

'I bear responsibility in having appointed him. I deeply apologize to the Japanese people,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after accepting the resignation of the official accused of violating election law by offering voters money and gifts

Japan's Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara speaks to the media at the parliament in Tokyo on October 25, 2019. - Sugawara has submitted his resignation after being accused of violating election law by offering voters money and gifts, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on October 25, 2019. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

Trudeau environment policy disappoints young Canada activists

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

For activists, Justin Trudeau, who was a symbol of hope when he took office in 2015, is no longer a change agent but the man who didn't do enough for the environment

CRITICISM. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media representatives at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Romania's president names liberal as new premier

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Ludovic Orban, 56, a former transport minister, must now receive the backing from the fragmented parliament as the EU-member country struggles to overcome months of political instability

ORBAN. In this file photo, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (L) and president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban (R) wave to supporters during the presidential candidature launching meeting in Bucharest, Romania on May 18, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Facebook chief hosts conservative guests amid bias debate

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Zuckerberg confirms hosting a series of dinners with right-wing figures amid accusations that the social media platform stifles conservative voices

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


Ecuador protest talks set for Sunday as capital locks down

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Rolling demonstrations leave 6 people dead and nearly 2,100 wounded or detained

CLASHES. Peasants and indigenous people arrive at Santo Domingo square in Quito on October 7, 2019 following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by authorities' decision to scrap subsidies. Photo by Cristina Vega/AFP

Acting U.S. homeland security chief McAleenan resigns, says Trump

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,' says President Donald Trump in a tweet

RESIGNED. Kevin McAleenan steps down. Photo from US Department of Homeland Security.

Israel's parliament sworn in without new government

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Members of parliament elected in September 17 polls take their oaths of office in a ceremony that is to a large degree hollow due to deadlocked coalition talks

PARLIAMENT. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) addresses members of parliament during the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu faces graft hearing with Israeli coalition talks at dead end

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The hearing comes as deadlocked results from a September 17 general election threatens Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister

GRAFT HEARING. Ram Caspi, the prime minister's lawyer, arrives at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem on October 2, ahead of the pre-indictment hearing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Austria's far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Austria needs us,' says far-right leader Norbert Hofer

RUNNING AGAIN. Far-right leader Norbert Hofer also led a frustrated presidential bid in 2016. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP