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The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Wildfires rage in California and in British Columbia due to searing temperatures and high winds

A helicopter drops water on an 80 acre spot fire that broke out in Butte County, California on July 10, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

Tom Hardy dipastikan akan berakting sebagai Venom

May 22, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Menurut Columbia Pictures Tom Hardy akan memerankan musuh Spider Man ini

Aktor Tom Hardy bersiap memerankan tokoh Eddie Brock di film 'Venom' terbaru. Foto oleh Columbia Pictures.

Rappler Talk: Dr. Carl Hart on drug war and public health

May 08, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Neuropharmacologist Dr Carl Hart debunks prevalent myths on drug use and the human brain

Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states condemn Trump travel ban

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The 16 attorneys general all Democrats whose states are home to nearly a third of the US population issued a joint statement in opposition

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

Most illegal ivory from recently killed elephants – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:33 PM

International trade in ivory from elephants killed after 1989 has long been banned

Clinton wins final 2016 primary as debate turns to terror fight

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:50 AM

UPDATED But as the most controversial primary season in decades draws to a close the attention of the candidates – and the nation – is elsewhere: grappling with the aftermath of the Orlando shooting

Presumptive Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Hall on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: OFW in Canada gives food to homeless on Christmas

Dec 27, 2015 - 2:54 PM

I did that because that is what God told [us] to do It felt good after I helped them says the 18 year old Filipino who works as a cook in British Columbia

Screen grabs of the video posted by Paul Ivan Torio.

Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista bags Ochberg Fellowship

Nov 12, 2015 - 2:25 PM

The newly selected Ochberg Fellows from 9 countries represent the best of trauma aware journalism worldwide

Radiation from Fukushima detected off Canada west coast

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:39 AM

It is the first time traces of Cesium 134 had been detected off North American coasts the isotope characteristic of the 2011 Fukushima disaster

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Fraternity to sue over Rolling Stone 'rape' story

Apr 07, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed But more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some sexual assault victims to remain in the shadows fearful to confront their attackers

Western Canada's glaciers to shrink by 70% by 2100

Apr 07, 2015 - 1:16 PM

The loss will hit many sectors from agriculture forestry and tourism to ecosystems and water quality the investigators warn

epa04681937 An aerial view taken through a passenger plane window dated 06 October 2003 showing a glacier in a snow-covered landscape at western coast in northern Canada. EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN

Rolling Stone apologizes and retracts college 'gang rape expose'

Apr 06, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The review finds lapses in journalism standards at the pop culture magazine from start to finish of the purported expose on rape

Filipina 'virtual slave' awarded $55k in Canada case

Apr 03, 2015 - 1:03 PM

She was isolated underfed and treated like she was sub human; all because she was a young Filipino mother who needed the job to take care of her own children

When fake news goes viral, blame the media – study

Feb 15, 2015 - 11:20 AM

A study by media researchers finds out that many news organizations fail to do enough to separate fact from fiction and often help unverified rumors and reports to go viral online

Canada top court allows doctor-assisted suicide

Feb 06, 2015 - 11:23 PM

UPDATED The ruling is however suspended for one year to allow lawmakers an opportunity to enact new rules surrounding the divisive issue

Rolling Stone asks Columbia to probe flawed rape story

Dec 23, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The highly regarded journalism school will investigate the editorial process of the 9000 word story on sexual assault at the University of Virginia the US magazine says

Pot hits new ballot high, as America votes

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED Ballots were held on issues ranging from gay marriage to bear baiting on the sidelines of midterm polls

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

Q and A: Sheila Coronel on diversity and the digital ‘eruption’

Oct 27, 2014 - 8:44 PM

Sheila Coronel talks to Rappler about the need for diversity in newsrooms and how the changing media landscape affects news and investigative journalism

'POST-ERUPTION.' As academic dean of the Columbia Journalism School, Sheila Coronel explores ways to promote diversity in a changing media landscape. Photo courtesy of Columbia University

Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss

Oct 27, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Scientists say bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reverse age related memory decline

Best of both worlds: Studying in Canada

Sep 27, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines Neil Redder says Canada enjoys one of the strongest and highest quality education systems in the world

BACK TO SCHOOL. Outside Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Photo from Joyce Realon

5 highlights of Aquino’s US trip

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:00 AM

From his first visit to Boston in 31 years to a stop at a gun shop in San Francisco Rappler lists the top 5 highlights of President Benigno Aquino III s US trip

HOMECOMING. President Benigno Aquino III is warmly welcomed by Filipino Americans in his first return to Boston after 31 years. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Protesters interrupt Aquino forum at US university

Sep 24, 2014 - 8:46 AM

Youth activists interrupt a forum with President Benigno Aquino III at New York s Columbia University They stood up to protest his alleged inaction on impunity in the Philippines and the supposed corruption of aid for Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan victims

'ANSWER QUESTIONS.' An activist stands up and begins shouting at President Benigno Aquino III at a forum in New York City on September 23, 2014, blasting him for alleged corruption in the use of Yolanda aid.

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

Aug 23, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Researchers at New York s University of Columbia were able to re establish the brain s pruning mechanism in mice which were genetically modified to simulate autism using a drug called rapamycin

Filipino Columbia Law grad to peers: Begin with excellence in mind

May 25, 2014 - 9:22 AM

Excellence is found not in doing extraordinary things but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well

BE EXCELLENT. Patrick Perillo speaks at the graduation ceremony at Columbia Law School in New York City. Photo contributed by the author

Canada vending machines pop out marijuana

May 17, 2014 - 10:13 AM

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was effectively legalized in Canada in 1999 and its use has been expanded through a series of court challenges

VENDING MACHINES. Medical dispensaries in Canada are relatively new. Screenshot from Global News

Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits P112.6M on first 2 days

May 04, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Spider man takes off in the Philippines earning impressive figures in its first two days at the theaters

RHINO TALK. Spider-Man has a talk with a friendly neighborhood villain, which eventually takes a violent turn. Picture courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

Deadly Middle East respiratory virus strikes in US

May 03, 2014 - 7:43 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 401 people in 12 countries have been confirmed to have MERS including the US patient

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Scientists: Scroll that mentions Jesus' wife genuine

Apr 12, 2014 - 9:57 AM

Discovery of the scroll renews debates over celibacy and the role of women in the Church since Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married

Word lovers rejoice as OK celebrates 175 years‎

Mar 22, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Oxford Dictionaries favors a theory that OK is an abbreviation of orl korrekt a derivative of all correct from the 1830s

Sheila Coronel is new Columbia Journalism School academic dean

Jan 22, 2014 - 1:04 PM

Veteran journalist Sheila Coronel starts her tenure as the school s new dean of academic affairs on July 1

File photo from the Columbia Journalism School website

Ex-AG&P chairman released on $4.4-M bail

Jan 09, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Joseph Sigelman is released on a 4 4 million bail but must stay in the home of his parents

New Bruce Springsteen album 'High Hopes' goes online

Jan 06, 2014 - 11:16 AM

UPDATED The Internet only pre release was tied to a new episode of the hit CBS legal drama The Good Wife

HIGH HOPES. Cover art for Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album "High Hopes." Image courtesy Columbia Records

Former employer gets 18 months for trafficking Filipina caregiver

Oct 17, 2013 - 3:33 AM

Franco Yiu Kwan Orr is the first person to ever be convicted and sentenced in the Canadian province of British Columbia of human trafficking His wife Oi Ling Nicole Huen was acquitted on all charges

SENTENCED.Leticia Sarmiento faces reporters after sentencing of her former employer. Photo by Stuart Lyster.

Cory Monteith cremated

Jul 18, 2013 - 7:27 PM

Private affair for the star s family but dad Joe Monteith not present

FAREWELL. It was a private ceremony for Monteith's partner Lea Michele and family, but the father was not present

'Glee' star Monteith died from heroin, alcohol mix - coroner

Jul 17, 2013 - 6:48 AM

UPDATE Cory Monteith died of an apparent overdose of heroin and alcohol the British Columbia coroner s office said Tuesday

GONE TOO SOON. Actor Cory Monteith arrives for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, California in this January 30, 2011 file photo. Photo by AFP / Valerie Macon / file

Filipina wins human trafficking case

Jul 08, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The employer who maltreated Filipino caregiver Leticia Sarmiento in Vancouver could face a maximum life sentence or a 1 million fine or both

Scientists reveal new way to track illegal ivory

Jul 02, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Study reveals a new tool for analyzing ivory that uses nuclear test residue to determine the age of a tusk

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

A different sip: Alternative coffee shops

Jun 28, 2013 - 10:05 AM

This rainy season try out 3 coffee shops that offer something different

COFFEE BLISS. Rainy days make you want to tuck in with a cup of hot coffee. All photos by Pia Ranada

Youngest Oscar nominee Wallis to play 'Annie'

Feb 26, 2013 - 9:33 AM

The nine year old who drew praise for her amazingly mature performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild will play the title role in Annie also a remake of the Oscar nominated 1982 movie

Actress Quvenzhané Wallis in a scene from "Beast of the Southern Wild." Photo from the film's official Facebook page.

Journalism's creative destruction

Dec 01, 2012 - 6:24 PM

The phoenix rising out of the ashes will bring greater transparency and the journalist’s role will be as essential in the future as it is today

INFOGRAPHIC: 2012 U.S. Electoral Map

Nov 11, 2012 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED Here is the 2012 US Election Map showing the distribution of the electoral votes as of Saturday November 10

#USvote: Electoral College tally

Nov 11, 2012 - 9:02 AM

UPDATED Nov 11 Here is the Electoral College tally for the 2012 US presidential election based on projections from the major US networks ABC NBC CBS CNN FOX and the New York Times

Marie Alonzo-Snyder: Dance is for everyone

Nov 07, 2012 - 5:07 PM

How do you use dance to help others? This Filipina dance artist shows us how

MORE THAN DANCE. Marie Alonzo-Snyder at the Zouk-Lambada flash mob in Princeton. All photos from Marie Alonzo-Snyder

LIVE: Obama wins, say U.S. media

Nov 07, 2012 - 8:19 AM

LIVE COVERAGE of the 2012 US presidential election November 6 2012

Voters in full force for U.S. poll finale

Nov 07, 2012 - 6:44 AM

Freezing temperatures in the northeast light drizzle in Chicago and a threat of thunderstorms in Florida did little to deter citizens from lining up at polling stations

Obama, Romney end tumultuous White House campaign

Nov 06, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made their final cases to Americans on election eve Monday November 5 capping a grueling negative multi billion dollar campaign and handing their fates to voters

THE BATTLE IS ON. This combination of file pictures shows US President Barack Obama (L) speaking during a campaign event at Prime Osborn Convention Center July 19, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida, and US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (R) addressing the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington on October 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN /Nicholas KAMM/FILES

U.S. East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy

Oct 29, 2012 - 8:47 AM

Residents of the US East Coast home to 50 million Americans stocked up on emergency provisions as forecasters warned of widespread damage mass power outages and disastrous flooding

NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of the massive Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front that Sandy is merging with. Sandy's western cloud edge is already over the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. (Credit: NASA GOES Project)

Tsunami warning for Hawaii following Canadian earthquake

Oct 28, 2012 - 4:24 PM

A tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along the coastline of all islands in the state of Hawaii the center warned

Location of the epicenter of the magnitude 7.7 quake off British Columbia, Canada, 27 October 2012. Map courtesy of Natural Resources Canada.

Magnitude 7.7 Canada quake: No tsunami threat for PH

Oct 28, 2012 - 2:44 PM

There is no tsunami threat to the Philippines Sunday October 28 following the 7 7 earthquake in the west coast of Canada

Location of the epicenter of the magnitude 7.7 quake off British Columbia, Canada, 27 October 2012. Map courtesy of Natural Resources Canada.