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Thousands sign petition backing ICC complaint vs China's Xi

Mar 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Petitioners support two former Philippine officials for bringing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

BACKED. Press conference by former SFA Albert del Rosario and former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales at the Manila Polo club, Makati. March 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

10,000 motorcycle riders stage EDSA protest vs bigger plates

Mar 24, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We are not criminals,' say protesters, as they hold a 'Unity Ride' against the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act

'UNITY RIDE.' Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of bigger plates. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang: Ex-PH officials' ICC case vs Xi 'a futile exercise'

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo provides reasons why the complaint of former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales may not prosper at the International Criminal Court

PIVOT TO CHINA. Philippine relations with  China warmed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, seen in this photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials: ICC complaint vs China 'to check impunity'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are certainly doing it for the marginalized fishermen, for us as a whole, and for other countries,' says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

XI JINPING CASE. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (left) speak at a press conference at the complaint they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says ICC case won’t threaten PH relations with China

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte downplays the impact of a case filed by former officials from the Philippines against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials bring China's Xi to Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Netflix dramatizes notorious India gang-rape murder case

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The 7-part series will be released on the streaming platform on March 22

'DELHI CRIME.' In the upcoming series, Shefali Shah plays an officer investigating the rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi. Screenshot from YouTube.com/NewonNetflix

British police get $130 million to tackle knife crime surge

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Just this week, a teenager is the 17th person knifed to death in London alone in 2019

Maute terrorist convicted in Taguig court over Marawi siege

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Junaid Macauyag Awal is found guilty of rebellion and violating the law on crimes against humanity

SIEGE. Marawi City was razed by a siege that lasted for 148 days. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

New law requires readable, color-coded number plates for motorcycles

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The new number plates, to be issued by LTO, is meant to prevent crimes committed with the use of motorcycles

Messaging app dope-dealing ring busted in Israel

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:57 PM

The suspects trade drugs through the encrypted messaging app Telegram

Shabu in Southeast Asia at record high – U.N.

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Seizures of methamphetamine in 2018 were once again a record, yet street prices of the drug decreased in many parts of the region,' says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:32 PM

But President Maithripala Sirisena's cohabitation government seeks to distance itself from his stance, saying the administration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain engaged with the UN on war crimes

U-TURN. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will formally ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. File photo by AFP

Russian bank linked to $470-B offshore network – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and 23 other news groups expose how billions of money were sent out of Russia to bank accounts registered in Lithuania

U.N. probe accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The investigators specify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli troops killed and injured Palestinians 'who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat'

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib / AFP

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

Murder of Indian politician sets stage for election bloodshed

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Data from India's National Crime Bureau says there were more than 100 political murders in 2016 but political experts said the figure is much higher

Bangladesh makes record drugs seizure amid crackdown

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The country has struggled to control a surge in yaba imports crossing the border from Myanmar, where the pills are manufactured by the millions

British man jailed for sex with funeral home corpse

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Defense lawyer Joseph Keating says Kasim Khuram is 'deeply sorry' for what he has done and that his actions are 'out of character'

GUILTY. A 23-year-old pleads guilty of having sex with corpse. Photo from Shutterstock

Black, gay U.S. TV actor attacked in 'possible hate crime'

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Two assailants violently attacked openly-gay 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett while yelling 'racial and homophobic slurs' at him

Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

ICC halts release of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Prosecutors file a last-ditch challenge to keep Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude behind bars while the ICC looks at an overall appeal against the decision to acquit them

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

UK gov't mulls limiting jail sentences of 6 months or less

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'The public are safer if we have a good community sentence... and it will relieve a lot of pressure on prisons,' says British prisons minister Rory Stewart

POLICE. British Police officers wait in their Police van as anti-Brexit activists deonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking – U.N. report

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:54 AM

The report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says people traffickers are getting away with a range of crimes, from sexual exploitation to organ removal

PEOPLE TRAFFICKING. Image from https://twitter.com/UNODC

10-year-old girl found dead, hogtied in Negros Occidental

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Police catch the suspects – a 17-year-old boy and his 20-year-old brother – in a follow-up operation

SUSPECTS. These brothers allegedly killed the 10-year-old girl in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on Friday, January 4. Photo courtesy of Frances Doren Balboa of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

Japan hangs 2 for murder, bringing executions in 2018 to 15

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, and public support for it remains high despite international criticism

EXECUTION. Japan is among the few developed nations to retain the death penalty. Photo from Shutterstock

Pope Francis cautions against materialism | Midday wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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PH taekwondo bans Ateneo bully ‘indefinitely’ | Evening wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:21 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Batocabe murder crime scene

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:45 PM

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is killed while waiting to be picked up by his vehicle after a gift-giving program in Daraga, Albay

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

1.4 million Filipino families fell victim to common crimes in Q3 – SWS

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:47 PM

This is higher than in June 2018, when 5.3% or around 1.2 million families reported their members were victims of common crimes

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China bars U.S. citizens from leaving over 'economic crimes'

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The New York Times says, Chinese-born mother Sandra Han and her children, Cynthia and Victor Liu, were prevented from leaving the country after they arrived in June

STOP. File photo of Chinese police officer. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Home 'most dangerous place' for women – United Nations study

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculates that of a total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 – or 58% – were committed by the victims' intimate partners or family members

6 members of notorious robbery gang killed in Cagayan police operation

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cagayan police say the group's leader is among those killed in the operation

POLICE OPERATON. One of the alleged members of a robbery gang in Lal-lo town, Cagayan, is sprawled beside the gang's van after the shootout with police on November 20, 2018. All photos courtesy of PNP

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' review: Grounding the magic

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Crimes of Grindenwald is a film that stumbles more than it flows.

WIZARDING WORLD. 'Crimes of Grindenwald' is a film that stumbles more than it flows. Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

Thieves in Boracay prey on tourists

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) Two weeks after the reopening of Boracay Island, police receive reports of tourists falling victim to pickpockets

SERENE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Filipina fatally stabbed in Japan

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese media identify the 48-year-old victim as Rowena Haga, who was reportedly attacked by her former boyfriend. Japanese police have the suspect in custody, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.

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#TruthNeverDies: 'Killing a journalist does not kill the truth'

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Media from around the world take part in a global campaign calling for the end of impunity against journalist

Photo courtesy of UNESCO

[OPINION] A new level of audacity for impunity and journalist murders

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The world marks November 2, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, at a time when threats to journalistic endeavor are more widespread than ever

END IMPUNITY. Photo from Shutterstock

Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bill Cosby sent to prison for 3 to 10 years

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:33 AM

Found guilty on April 26 of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, Cosby is impassive as Judge Steven O'Neill hands down the sentence on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania

SENTENCED. Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least 3 years in prison and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MULLING CASES. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting on September 25, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The final 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' trailer has finally dropped

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Ready to see Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp battle it out in the wizarding world?

Fewer families fell victim to common crimes in Q2– SWS

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:39 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey held in June also shows that the number of families with members hurt by physical violence fell to a 'record low' 45,000 in the second quarter of the year

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

New Thai political party charged under draconian old law

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is charged under the Computer Crime Act alongside two other members of the "Future Forward" party over a weekly broadcast on Facebook in June

CHARGED. This photo taken on March 13, 2018 shows Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of new Thai political party Future Forward. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP