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China flag flies at half-mast for Tiananmen crackdown leader

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Li Peng is reviled by activists as the 'Butcher of Beijing' for his role in the military's brutal suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations on June 4, 1989

TIANANMEN SQUARE. The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on July 29, 2019, in memory of China's former premier Li Peng, who died on July 22 at the age of 90. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Bethlehem's Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

UNESCO notes the high-quality work of Church and Palestinian officials in restoring 'roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors'

A view of a stained glass window at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank holy city of Bethlehem on July 2, 2019. Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, was removed from UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites on today following restorations there. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list the same year due to its poor condition. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

‘Final Fantasy VIII Remastered’ announced

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The game comes out this year

Photo from Square Enix


'Final Fantasy VII Remake' gets a release date

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Expect March 2020 to have some buster sword-swinging action in Midgar!

CLOUD STRIFE. Cloud's coming back next year! Screenshot from YouTube

Silence, U.S. tensions mark Tiananmen 30th anniversary in China

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) In Hong Kong, thousands of people are gathering Tuesday night, June 4, for a candlelight vigil tinged with symbolism as the city struggles to preserve its cherished freedoms.

SILENT, SECURED. Police officers patrol and secure an area on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 3, 2019. China marks 30 years since the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4, 1989. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

30 years after Tiananmen, U.S. says hopes dashed as China defends crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 12:29 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salutes the 'heroic protest movement,' which he says still stirs 'the conscience of freedom-loving people around the world'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on warned that Russia would seek to interfere in elections for decades ahead and vowed that Washington would try to thwart its efforts. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

From 1989 to '1984': Generation Tiananmen lament China's descent

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'It is no longer just the Chinese democracy activists' responsibility to bring China to freedom and democracy, nowadays the whole world share a piece of blame and responsibility,' says Wu'er Kaixi, a student leader during the 1989 protests

TIANANMEN SQUARE. This file photo taken on May 14, 1989 shows students and people gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, after an over-night hunger strike as part of the mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. Photo by Catherine Henriette/AFP

Hong Kong's alienated youngsters split over Tiananmen vigil

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Hong Kong is the only place inside China where public commemorations, like the Tiananmen vigil, can be safely held. Yet youngsters are becoming a rarer sight.

This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows 21-year-old student William Chan posing in front of a replica of the "Goddess of Democracy" statue from the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's youth are shunning their city's annual Tiananmen vigil, focused on fighting their own pro-democracy battles instead of commemorating a historical atrocity against compatriots from whom they feel steadily more alienated. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

'Unimaginable:' Families of Tiananmen dead demand truth

May 31, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Thirty years after the killings of June 4, 1989, the Chinese government still keeps a lid on what really happened and how many died on that fateful day.

A handout photograph taken in March 2019, and released on May 29, 2019 by the Tiananmen Mothers via Human Rights in China. Handout photo by Tiananmen Mothers via Human Rights in China/AFP

China detains activists, mutes livestreams ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

May 31, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Discussions of the 1989 pro-democracy protests and its military suppression are taboo in China, and authorities have rounded up or warned activists, lawyers and journalists ahead of the anniversary each year

HONG KONG REMEMBERS. Pro-democracy activists attend a march in Hong Kong on May 26, 2019 to commemorate the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China is 'threat to world' says dissident writer

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'My dream is that China splits up into 10 or so countries. Because China as it is today is a threat for the whole world,' Liao Yiwu says as his latest book, 'Bullets and Opium', is published in France

PATRIOT. File photo of Chinese dissident poet Liao Yiwu. Photo from wikipedia.org

'Kingdom Hearts 3' review: Buckle up for an insane roller-coaster ride

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How strong is your love for animated Disney action and Square Enix storytelling? Check out our review of Kingdom Hearts 3!

Mammoth crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran... means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,' says President Hassan Rouhani, decrying a 'conspiracy' involving Washington

40TH ANNIVERSARY. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on February 11, 2019 shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing crowds during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

High-flying Harden makes history at the fabled Garden

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

James Harden dazzles with 61 points to continue a scoring pace the NBA hasn't seen since the heyday of Wilt Chamberlain

LEGACY. James Harden says he intends to sustain his record-breaking scoring show. Photo from NBA Twitter

Duterte’s New Year message: Reflect, learn from past lessons | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening newscast with Lian Buan

Big Apple joins in ringing in New Year after rough 2018

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Rain-soaked New York joins the new year festivities with the annual Times Square ball drop and performances from various artists

WATCH: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:47 AM

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa urges journalists to 'stand together' against disinformation

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:08 PM

Ressa, who is among the journalists to be honored at the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, calls on journalists to 'move away from competition' in the face of disinformation and attacks to press freedom

UNITE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa calls on fellow journalists to stand united against disinformation in an interview with CNN on Monday, December 31. Rappler file photo

China confirms death of ex-gov't spokesman who denied Tiananmen deaths

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Yuan Mu defended the Chinese government after soldiers of the People's Liberation Army fired on unarmed pro-democracy protesters

MORE KILLED? An activist sits in front of a poster of the 'Tank Man' a popular figure related to the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. File photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

3 'Final Fantasy XV' DLC cancelled as director leaves company

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Game director Hajime Tabata leaves following a statement from Square Enix reporting a loss of 3.73 billion yen

UNHAPPY ENDING. Final Fantasy XV's DLC production ends. Screen shot from livestream.

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,' says Pope Francis

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

One dead, scores injured in grenade blast at Ethiopia PM's rally

Jun 23, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The health minister says 154 people were injured and another had died, without giving further details

RALLY. Ethiopians cheer on stage during a rally called by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018. A small blast sparked panic at a public rally for Ethiopia's new Prime Minister attended by tens of thousands of people on June 23, 2018. Photo by Yonas Tadese / AFP

WATCH: BLACKPINK is back with music video for ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The video shows the girls all glammed up – atop a diamond-encrusted tank at one point because why not?

THEY'RE BACK. The girls of Black Pink continue to amaze. Screenshot from Black Pink's official Instagram account

Fresh produce, Filipino food take spotlight at 8th Philippine Harvest

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The fair takes place from June 14 to 17 at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street

That Disney charm remains strong in 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:18 AM

The mega-popular Square Enix-Disney mashup is still a charmer

TOY STORY. 'Kingdom Hearts 3'  is set to feature Pixar worlds. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


WATCH: E3 2018's South Hall featuring Square Enix, Capcom, Ubisoft booths

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Get a load of what these game makers have in store for fans at E3 2018!

RESIDENT EVIL 2. Capcom's booth was highlighted by the remake of the Playstation classic and a new Megaman game. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Square Enix's E3 2018 showcase is short and sweet

Jun 12, 2018 - 1:49 AM

Here's a roundup of the major things from the Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase

'Kingdom Hearts 3' and 'Nier Automata' coming to Xbox One

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kingdom Hearts 3' will arrive on Xbox One on January 29, 2019, while 'Nier Automata: Become as Gods Edition' arrives on June 26, 2018

KINGDOM HEARTS 3 ON XBOX. Microsoft confirms both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Nier Automata as Xbox One-bound. Screenshot from livestream.

Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has seen tens of thousands gather at the candlelit vigil in Victoria Park since 1990, while any mention of Beijing's brutal crackdown on students calling for democracy on June 4, 1989, remains strictly censored in the mainland

REMEMBRANCE. People arrive in Victoria Park ahead of a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, 2018, to mark the 29th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

This is the E3 2018 press conference schedule

May 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Here's a full schedule of press conference times for this year's E3 at Los Angeles, along with a shareable Manila timezone graphic

E3. E3 2018 promises its own brand of surprises. File photo of E3 2017 by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Women's vote campaigner statue unveiled in London

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:42 PM

This is first statue of a woman in London's Parliament Square and coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Britain

SUFFRAGIST. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (center) speaks as London Mayor Sadiq Khan listens during the unveiling of a statue of suffragist and women's rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett by British artist Gillian Wearing in Parliament Square in London on April 24, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Even Fardous Square, where a giant effigy of dictator Saddam Hussein was symbolically pulled down with the help of US Marines, remains to be revamped

A picture taken on April 5, 2018, Baghdad's Fardoos Square where the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein formerly stood.  After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Firecracker ban, Tropical Depression Agaton, New Year in New York | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Freezing New York City welcomes 2018 with tightest security

Jan 01, 2018 - 1:56 PM

With most dressed in thick coats and snow gear, New Yorkers and tourists face a night tipped to be the coldest since 1962 – with temperatures of 14 F (-10 C) that felt like 4 F with the wind chill

BALL DROP. A view of Times Square during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Dick Clark productions/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 10 Christmas trees in Manila that will put you in a festive mood

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The holiday spirit is in the metro with these bright, beautiful Christmas trees

O, CHRISTMAS TREE. Christmas trees all over the city put people in a festive mood. Photos by Precious del Valle and courtesy of Sofitel Manila

Dengvaxia issue, Sereno acquittal, Cotto retirement | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Miguel Cotto retires from boxing with loss to Sadam Ali

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:02 PM

'It is,' says Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto when asked if the bout is his last. 'I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family.'

HIS LAST. Miguel Cotto reacts after losing to Sadaam Ali in their Junior Middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 02, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Final Fantasy XV's Noctis joins Tekken 7 as DLC

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Noctis will join the King of Iron Fist tournament in the second quarter of 2018

A NEW KING. Will Noctis become the King of Iron Fist? Screen shot from YouTube.

'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

ENOUGH SNAPS. Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience at St.Peter's Square in Vatican city, on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Filipino charged for plotting NY attacks in name of ISIS

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Authorities say 37-year-old Russell Salic of the Philippines allegedly provided funds for the planned attacks that were thwarted by an undercover FBI agent

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

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

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'Final Fantasy XV' coming to PCs in 2018

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Set to run at 4K resolution and with fancy Nvidia tech the port is set to be the definitive version visually

WINDOWS EDITION. Image from Square Enix/YouTube


Georgina Wilson's communist cap photo gets backlash online

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Georgina sister Jessica and cousin Martine Cajucom get mixed reactions for wearing the cap at Tiananmen Square

The week in photos: June 3-9, 2017

Jun 10, 2017 - 11:51 AM

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

CLASSES SUSPENDED. Philippine Army Scout Rangers crouch in a classroom during a mission to flush out Islamist militant snipers in Marawi on June 6, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Thousands gather at Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:50 PM

But the commemoration of the brutal 1989 crackdown in China s Tiananmen Square is struggling for support among younger generations

Participants hold candles at Hong Kong's Victoria Park on June 4, 2017, during a candlelight vigil to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.  Thousands gathered at a candlelit vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 to mark 28 years since China's bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown but the annual event is struggling for support among younger generations. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Travel through time in Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea

May 31, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Heads up history buffs Gyeongsangbuk do is the perfect destination for you

Swedish comedy 'The Square' is surprise Cannes winner

May 29, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Joaquin Phoenix Diane Kruger win Best Actor and Best Actress at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2017

U.S. veteran charged over deadly Times Square crash

May 19, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Richard Rojas 26 is arrested at the scene and later charged with murder in the second degree 20 counts of attempted murder and 5 counts of aggravated vehicular homicide police say

CHARGED OVER CAR CRASH. Firefighters walk past a wrecked car in the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square, May 18, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

One dead as car hits crowd in Times Square, police say accident

May 19, 2017 - 1:34 AM

It is believed to be an isolated incident it remains under investigation New York police say on Twitter

ACCIDENT. According to reports there were multiple injuries and one fatality after the car plowed into a crowd of people. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

Kim oversees North Korea display of military strength

Apr 15, 2017 - 9:56 PM

After inspecting an honor guard Kim Jong Un in a black suit watches the parade pour into Kim Il Sung Square accompanied by top military and party leaders

LEADER. Kim Jong-Un oversees a parade during an event that marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of North's founder Kim Il-Sung. File photo by AFP