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The week in photos: September 30-October 6, 2017

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:54 PM

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

SLUTWALK. Women's rights activists march against gender inequalities during what the organizers called 'the third annual Amber Rose SlutWalk' in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Still no 'clear motive' in Las Vegas mass shooting – police

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:50 AM

'At this time I'll tell you we have no credible information to report to you as to motivation,' says Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

STILL NO CLEAR MOTIVE. People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Las Vegas shooter booked Chicago hotel during Lollapalooza

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:18 AM

The revelations raise the chilling prospect that Stephen Paddock has been planning an attack for at least two months before he launched the assault on Sunday, October 1, on a country music festival in Las Vegas

The Blackstone hotel, with rooms facing a downtown city park where the hugely-popular Lollapalooza music festival was held, says a man of the same name Stephen Paddock had a reservation there in August. File photo from Wikipedia

[OPINION] Investigating Duterte: Pinochet and Nuremberg as precedents

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Perpetrators of horrendous crimes are considered enemies of humanity, and can be tried and punished anywhere in the world by virtue of the principle of universal jurisdiction

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Unapologetic' fake news spreaders an 'insult' to gov't officials – Robredo

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:22 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says of government officials spreading false information online: 'Papayagan ba natin na iyong kasamaang ganito iyong magpe-prevail?'

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech  before the Healthtech Challenge Philippines in Makati City on October 4. Photo by the OVP

36 human remains laid to rest in mass burial in Marawi

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:35 PM

This is the third batch of remains buried in the area. They were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi City.

Bongbong Marcos: 'My family has been suffering from fake news'

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos believes bloggers, regardless of their affiliations, should not be suppressed. Instead, he thinks it's the readers' responsibility to stop reading blogs they believe are making false claims.

FAKE NEWS VICTIMS? Former senator Bongbong Marcos (right), his sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (left) and their mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos attend a House hearing on August 9. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on fake news online

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Watch the hearing held last Wednesday, October 4 on Rappler

Vegas shooter wired $100,000 to partner in PH – NBI

Oct 04, 2017 - 12:03 PM

This information comes as Marilou Danley departs Manila for the US, where authorities still consider her a 'person of interest' in the probe on the October 1 mass shooting

CLEARED. First named as a 'person of interest,' Marilou Danley is cleared in the Las Vegas mass shooting incident. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department

The Las Vegas shooting victims: Who they were

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Here is a look at some of those who died in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history

IN MOURNING. Mourners light candles during a vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Ombudsman has the power to probe President Duterte for mass murders

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The President does not have real immunity from criminal prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity penalized under Republic Act 9851

Republicans freeze as Democrats demand action on gun violence

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Lawmakers in US President Donald Trump's party appear stymied over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain US gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. mourns Vegas massacre victims as shooter motive sought

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:27 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities are at a loss as to why a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant hauled a vast arsenal of weapons to the hotel and launched his assault

FOR THE VICTIMS. Candles are placed at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 3, 2017, after a gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire from the Mandalay Hotel on a country music festival. Mark Ralston/AFP

Vegas shooter's 'companion' ID'd as Fil-Australian who moved to U.S.

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Marilou Danley, 62, was initially said to be a 'person of interest' but has since been cleared of any involvement in the shocking shooting that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured

CLEARED. First named as a 'person of interest,' Marilou Danley is cleared in the Las Vegas mass shooting incident. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department

Marilou Danley cleared in Las Vegas mass shooting

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:18 AM

Marilou Danley, whose citizenship remains unconfirmed, 'was not in the US at the time of the incident,' the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says

CLEARED. First named as a 'person of interest,' Marilou Danley is cleared in the Las Vegas mass shooting incident. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 3, 2017

Oct 03, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

Gaga, Grande urge gun control amid artist shock at Vegas carnage

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:57 AM

While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the assault on a country music festival, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande use their social media power to press politicians

MAD SCRAMBLE. People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

After Las Vegas massacre, Trump silent on gun control

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:50 AM

While the gunman's motive remains unclear, the shooting instantly rekindles the divisive national debate on gun control

MOMENT OF SILENCE. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take part in a moment of silence with White House staff for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Sports stars, teams grieve after Vegas shooting horror

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:42 AM

Athletes, teams and leagues react in disbelief as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history hit home

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Investigators search for motive in Las Vegas massacre

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:35 AM

(UPDATED) The death toll from the October 1 assault on an open-air concert on the Vegas Strip rises to 59, while 527 people have been injured

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION. Crime scene tape surrounds the Mandalay Hotel (background with shooters window damage top right) after a gunman killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

ON THE SCENE: Las Vegas mass shooting aftermath

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Here are the scenes from the incident, as captured by Agence France-Presse photographers

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Two wartime mass graves discovered in Bosnia

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Since the beginning of the exhumation at Koricanske Stijene on September 7 about 30 clusters of human bones have been exhumed essentially incomplete skeletons says Lejla Cengic a spokeswoman for the Missing Persons Institute

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

28 unidentified bodies retrieved from Marawi battle zone laid to rest

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:09 PM

UPDATED Residents looking for missing family members are encouraged to submit their DNA samples to see if they will match the specimen retrieved from the cadavers

28 cadavers were buried today by the Lanao del Sur Provincial disaster risk reduction and management office in Maqbara, Marawi City. The bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city were IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Some of the bodies were recovered last August 30-31,2017. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Mass burial for bodies recovered in Marawi battle zone

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The remains of 27 unidentified bodies recovered in the battle zone in Marawi are finally buried in a mass burial

MASS BURIAL. The remains of 27 bodies recovered from the Marawi battle zone are finally buried. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler MASS BURIAL. The remains of 27 bodies recovered from the Marawi battle zone are finally buried. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler MASS BURIAL. The remains of 27 bodies recovered from the Marawi battle zone are finally buried. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

So far we humans have done such a sweeping job of causing other species to vanish

Man pleads guilty to killing 19 people in China

Jul 19, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Yang Qingpei murdered his parents when they refused to give him money the Qujing City Intermediate People s Court says on its official microblog account Fearing he would be discovered Yang then killed 17 of his neighbors and fled

UN identifies 38 new probable mass graves in DR Congo

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:08 AM

At least 80 mass graves have now been identified in the region that has seen a major spike in violence between security forces and a tribal militia since September

One-stop online portal eyed to speed up mass housing projects

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council is eyeing an online portal to handle processing of all needed documents for mass housing projects

HOUSING. A project site of the National Housing Authority in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Man shoots dead 9 in drunken Russian village quarrel

Jun 04, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Investigators say the 45 year old man returned with a hunting rifle following a domestic dispute between the guests

Coming in 2018: LRT2's Masinag and Emerald stations

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Set to be completed in August 2018 the two additional stations are designed to accommodate 80 000 more passengers daily during the first 5 years of operations

France cracks down on super-skinny models

May 06, 2017 - 9:23 PM

The government will be enacting a law requiring models to provide a doctor s note certifying their BMI is not too low while a second law will mandate disclaimers on altered models photos

NO MORE SUPER-SKINNY MODELS? The French government passed laws concerning the fashion industry that are targeted to protect the youth from anorexia. Photo from Wikipedia

Pulse nightclub in Florida to become museum after 2016 massacre

May 05, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The club will serve as a memorial and museum to help comfort those who lost someone in the attack and promote tolerance

MUSEUM. In this file photo, people look out at the Pulse nightclub on June 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

New York Times editorial calls Duterte 'man who must be stopped'

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:27 PM

If the International Criminal Court starts an investigation in allegations of mass killing against Philippine Presidentn Duterte it would encourage governments to take measures against him such as imposing tariffs on Philippine goods

DUTERTE. This file photo taken on October 16, 2016 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he gestures delivering his speech prior to departing for a visit to Brunei and China at Davao airport. File photo by Manman Dejeto/ AFP

The bigger hurdles to having ICC prosecute Duterte

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Jude Sabio’s complaint has to prove the supposed unwillingness or inability of the Philippine government to prosecute President Duterte for the crimes he allegedly committed

COMPLAINT VS DUTERTE. Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio files a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. Photo courtesy of Jude Sabio.

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Apr 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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WATCH: Commemoration of the Lord's Passion with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Watch the Good Friday mass live here on Rappler

Can masses be held inside courts? SC says yes

Apr 09, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The High Court decided that holding a Mass inside court premises does not amount to a union of Church and State

Why P600-a-month housing is still a burden to the poor

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Poor families look forward to moving to their government subsidized homes only to realize it s a burden

RESETTLEMENT. A housing project of the National Housing Authority in Caloocan City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

North Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile – Seoul

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Pyongyang is believed to have up to 5 000 tons of chemical weapons including the VX nerve agent allegedly used to kill Kim Jong Nam

This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Dela Rosa tells cops' wives: 'Don't concentrate on material things'

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Instead of pressuring your husbands to buy this or that pressure your husbands to become a good policeman says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

VDAY IN CRAME. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to newly-weds during a mass wedding in Camp Crame. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tokyo Metro: It's time to build a subway in PH

Feb 12, 2017 - 5:10 PM

But before the Philippines builds its first subway the operator of Tokyo s 9 subway lines says the country should fix the congested MRT3 first

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited. Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler

Australian envoy to PH: Fake news 'a threat to democracy'

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely hails the mainstream media s very important role in a democracy in this era of so called fake news

HITTING FAKE NEWS. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely criticizes fake news as she addresses journalists on January 24, 2017. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

11 most anticipated video games of 2017

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:51 PM

From highly anticipated sequels to awesome new franchises gamers will have their hands full this year Here are our top picks

BARGING IN. There's no dearth of quality games coming this year such as 'For Honor,'pictured here. Screengrab from Ubisoft

VLOG: Cardinal Tagle nanguna sa binyag ng 400 mahihirap na bata

Jan 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the baptism of 400 children from the slums of Manila

MANILA'S SHEPHERD. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle baptizes one of the 400 indigent children at the Manila Cathedral on January 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle, priests baptize 400 kids from Manila slums

Jan 14, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Ituro kung papa no si Hesus tumanggap sa iba t ibang tao lalo na sa mga hindi minamahal ng lipunan Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says

MASS BAPTISM. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle baptizes 400 children from the slums of Manila on January 14, 2017, at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Facebook page critical of Duterte and supporters taken down

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED Madam Claudia an anonymous page known to be critical of Duterte and his staunch supporters is taken down by Facebook more than once

WATCH: Pope urges peace, comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2016 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics says he hopes for peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism

WATCH: Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:39 AM

The Mass is livestreamed straight from St Peter s Basiica on midnight Vatican time 4 am Manila time