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Broke and broken: Working student recalls long journey to becoming a lawyer

May 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Christian Jay Millena, 30, shares how he fulfilled his dream of becoming a lawyer despite the number of times he changed jobs, incurred debts, and faced the tragedy of losing his loved ones

Austrian president calls for September poll in wake of scandal

May 19, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The president will hold further talks with other party leaders over the coming weeks in order to fix a date

Austrian far-right leader resigns over 'Ibiza affair'

May 18, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache is caught on hidden camera promising public contracts in return for campaign help from a fake Russian backer in a meeting in Ibiza before Austria's parliamentary elections in 2017

RESIGNED. Austria's Vice-Chancellor and chairman of the Freedom Party (FPOe) Heinz-Christian Strache gives a press conference in Vienna on May 18, 2019 after the publication of the 'Ibiza - Video' regarding Strache. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP/APA

U.S. says Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi 'safely reunited' with family

May 08, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear when Bibi may have left or where she may have gone, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada

More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

May 03, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hopes normality will return by Monday, May 6, when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation

#TheLeaderIWant: Christian Natividad on his big promises for Bulacan

May 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Rappler sits down with Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad on his plans for Bulacan

Building on gains vs new ideas in battle for Bulacan governor

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Vice Governor Daniel Fernando and Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad present their grand plans for the province in a forum organized by Victory Christian Fellowship

GUBERNATORIAL FORUM. The two leading Bulacan gubernatorial candidates face off in an election forum organized by the Victory Christian Fellowship Bulacan. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

5 killed in motorcycle crashes in Tarlac, La Union

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:47 PM

A truck swerves into a group of motorcycles in La Union on Thursday, killing 4. A fifth person dies after their motorcycle crashes into a tree

In Denmark, drop-in baptisms help boost Church numbers

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings

DROP-IN BAPTISM. In Denmark, its Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings. Screenshot from AFP video

PBA slaps Standhardinger, Abueva with hefty fines

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:42 PM

The San Miguel center incurs a flagrant foul penalty 2, while the Phoenix forward flashes the dirty finger on multiple occasions

FINED. Christian Standhardinger and Calvin Abueva do not go scot-free for their antics in Game 2 of the San Miguel-Phoenix semifinals duel. Photo from PBA images


Ejected Standhardinger says hit on Abueva an accident

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The Filipino-German is sent to the locker room early, but San Miguel gets the job done against Phoenix for a 2-0 semis lead

TOSSED OUT. Christian Standhardinger logs in only 9 minutes in San Miguel's Game 2 win over Phoenix due to his ejection. Photo from PBA Images


Computer technician gets life term for online trafficking in Pampanga

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Judge Katrina Nora Buan-Factora does not give merit to the defense of Christian Chaneco that he just did his job as a computer technician and acted upon the order of his clients

GUILTY. Christian Chaneco, 26, breaks down after hearing his life sentence. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Australian election rivals clash over links to Chinese billionaire

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The conservative government – facing revelations the home affairs minister had lunch with prolific political donor Huang Xiangmo to discuss his residency at a lobbyist's request – fires back with accusations of its own

BILL SHORTEN. Australia's leader of the opposition Bill Shorten speaks in The House of Representatives in Canberra on August 21, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

NYC chief asks Duterte to remove scholarships of ‘rebellious students’ | Midday wRap

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:12 PM

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Lady Gaga breaks up with fiance Christian Carino

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The singer ends her engagement to Carino

Actress Lady Gaga (L) and fiance Christian Carino attend the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The pope's highly publicized 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates will also include an open-air Mass on Tuesday, February 5, for 135,000 of the Muslim country's million Catholic residents

HISTORIC VISIT. Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince along with the Dubai ruler upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Muslims, Christians join forces vs terrorism in PH

Feb 03, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'We are showing the world that we Filipino Muslims and Christians are one,' says Imam Council of the Philippines Chairman Aleem Said Basher

PRAYER RALLY. Muslims and Christians hold a symbolic exchange of the Muslim Koran and the Christian Bible in a prayer rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle on Febuary 3, 2019. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice,' Amnesty International says in a statement

FREE. This file handout photograph taken on November 20, 2010 and released by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab shows Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi (C) sitting next to the then-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer (R) as she appealed her death sentence for blasphemy charges at the Central Jail in Sheikhupura. AFP PHOTO / Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik': Religious groups unite vs injustice, Duterte attack on Church

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik at hindi lang manindigan kundi sama-sama tayong manindigan,' says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

RESISTANCE. Church people hold placards to denounce injustices and to show their force during the interfaith rally at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila on Friday, January 25. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Christians have nothing to fear under BARMM, says priest

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Christians 'must engage positively' under the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, says Catholic priest Father Clifford Baira

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Moro women flash the peace sign in Cotabato City on January 18, 2019, during the final rally for a 'yes' vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte says Christian belief in Trinity is ‘silly’

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:33 PM

'There’s only one God, period. You cannot divide God into 3, that’s silly,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

ATTACKING THE CHURCH. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on December 29, 2018. Screenshot from RTVM's Facebook Page

UK launches review on global persecution of Christians

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Britain's foreign office cites a 'dramatic rise' in violence that saw 215 million Christians face persecution for their faith in 2018

Merkel gets boost with ally's party win

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:17 PM

The career politician dubbed "mini Merkel" by the media is now in pole position to lead Germany's biggest party into the next general election, set for 2021

WIN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, newly-elected leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel defends legacy as divided party picks new leader

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Pointing to the rise of populism worldwide and what she called a breakdown of shared Western values, Merkel says the order she had championed is at risk

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany looks beyond Merkel as party elects successor

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Widely seen as Angela Merkel's anointed crown princess is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the Christian Democrats' centrist general secretary and former premier of tiny Saarland state

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Child abuse complaint filed vs Sagay police over massacre case

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:08 PM

NUPL's Kathy Panguban claims that the police have been using an estranged father to get his son to testify that NPA rebels are behind the Sagay massacre

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

RED WEDNESDAY. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub leads prayers outside the Manila Cathedral, lit up in red on November 28, 2018, as Catholics mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler     TIMES OF TRIAL. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub urges Catholics not to lose hope in times of persecution, as the faithful mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Talent-laden Gilas should focus on chemistry, says Standhardinger

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:45 AM

In the first of a string of tuneup games to prepare for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers, Team Pilipinas falls to Jordan

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger paces Gilas Pilipinas against Jordan with 21 points. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


IN PHOTOS: Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani's Bali wedding

Nov 17, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

FIRST KISS. Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani share their first kiss as husband and wife. Screenshot from Instagram.com/iamfperez

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi leaves jail, flies out of Multan

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Asia Bibi's release comes a week after her acquittal in a landmark case that triggered angry Islamist protests in Muslim-majority Pakistan

FREE. This file handout photograph taken on November 20, 2010 and released by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab shows Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi (C) sitting next to the then-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer (R) as she appealed her death sentence for blasphemy charges at the Central Jail in Sheikhupura. AFP PHOTO / Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab

Favored Merkel successor vows to pursue chancellor's path

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:49 PM

The 56-year-old Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, usually dubbed 'AKK' or 'mini-Merkel,' is running in December to take over as head of the center-right Christian Democratic Union

Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers a press conference on her candidacy to lead the CDU party in Berlin, on November 7, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not stand for a re-election as party leader at the CDU Party conference in Hamburg from 6 to 8 December 2018. Twelve men and women applied for her successor. Opportunities are currently granted only to the prominent candidate - in addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer are the German Health Minister Jens Spahn and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Standhardinger leads Govs' Cup Best Player race

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:35 AM

The Filipino-German workhorse was the lone local to deliver double-double averages

TAKING OVER. With San Miguel missing the services of reigning four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger has risen to the occasion. Photo from PBA Images


Pakistan overturns Christian woman's blasphemy death sentence

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:52 PM

'The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside,' says Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar

Weakened Merkel to step down as chancellor in 2021

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) Often described as the world's most powerful woman and Europe's de facto leader, Angela Merkel says she hopes her planned departure will end fighting within her coalition and allow it to focus on governing

STEPPING DOWN. File photo of German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Boracay closure affected Christian Tio's Youth Olympics training

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The country's lone medalist in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games says the closure of Boracay prevented him from training in the island

BANNED. Water sports continue to be banned as Boracay Island opens on October 26. Photo courtesy of International Olympic Committe

Christian Tio eyes Olympic gold in 2024

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Fresh from bagging the Philippines' lone medal in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the 17-year-old kiteboarder aims for greater heights

WORK STARTS NOW. Christian Tio has 6 years to sharpen his skills before the Paris Olympics. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission


'God is faithful': Baron Geisler shares Gospel, advocates mental health

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Now a devoted Christian, Baron Geisler seems to have come a long way from his problematic past

RENEWED. Baron Geisler actively speaks to promote mental health. Screenshot from Instagram.com/baron.geisler

Lady Gaga engaged to Christian Carino

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The singer refers to the talent agent as her 'fiancé' in a speech

THE STAR IS ENGAGEG. Lady Gaga attends a red carper premiere for 'A Star Is Born.' Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Christian Tio bags PH's 1st 2018 Youth Olympic Games medal

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Kiteboarder Christian Tio rides to a silver medal finish in the junior Olympics

PODIUM FINISH. Christian Tio impresses as the Philippines crashes into the medal board of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Photo from Christian Tio's Facebook

Standhardinger fires back at Phelps over 'regular team' comment

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The Filipino-German hopes import Eugene Phelps 'doesn't feel too bad' after Phoenix got ripped by a 'regular' San Miguel squad

LAST LAUGH. Christian Standhardinger (left) gets the last laugh against Eugene Phelps as San Miguel rolls on to a 17-point win over Phoenix. Photos from PBA Images


Read your favorite Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales in Tagalog, as translated by Rizal

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Jose Rizal’s Filipino translations of classic Andersen tales will now be available for the public to read

Yuka Saso banners PH bets in 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Sep 28, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Seven Filipino athletes will see action in the junior Olympics this October in Buenos Aires, Argentina

CHALLENGE. Asian Games gold medalist Yuka Saso will be competing in the world stage this time around. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Can you be Christian and support the death penalty?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

For Pope Francis, the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of life are the core values of Christianity, regardless of the circumstances

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Gilas falls prey to Iran in World Cup qualifiers

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Gilas slides to a 4-3 record as Iran takes the Group F lead at 6-1

BIG GAME. The Iranians spoil Christian Standhardinger'€™s huge outing for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


2 dead after pick-up truck plunges into ravine in Mt. Province

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Driver Charlie Domao-il and passenger Johnson Faroden are both killed when the pick-up truck falls into the ravine. Two other passengers are in critical condition.

From Asiad to Araneta, Standhardinger delivers

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Barely a day since helping the Philippine men's basketball team to its best Asian Games finish in 16 years, the Filipino-German drops a career-high in points

NO REST. Christian Standhardinger returns from the Asian Games with all guns blazing. Photo from PBA Images


Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:34 PM

'Many bishops failed to listen, failed to believe, and failed to act,' says Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The findings suggest 'livestock species have very sophisticated minds to interpret their environment' and 'likely adapt their behavior' based on human facial expressions

Standhardinger rues missed medal: 'We all made mistakes'

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:27 AM

The Filipino-German workhorse believes everyone – and not just head coach Yeng Guiao – is responsible for the Philippines slipping to the consolation round

SCORING MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger vents his ire against Japan with a game-high 27 points as the Philippines secures at least a sixth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler