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Kenya mourns Moi with state funeral

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:01 PM

Mourners begin gathering at a national athletics stadium before dawn to pay their respects

STATE FUNERAL. Military officers carrying the coffin of the late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi on February 11, 2020. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya to hold state funeral for Moi

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:58 PM

Daniel arap Moi's body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday, February 8, until Monday, February 10

STATE FUNERAL. A person reads a newspaper article the death of former Kenya's president Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi on February 4, 2020. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

China virus death toll surges past 300

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:15 AM

With public anger mounting in China, Wuhan's top official admits authorities there acted too slowly

2019 CORONAVIUS. This file photo taken on January 18, 2020 shows medical staff members carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by the 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province are being treated. Photo by STR/AFP

China virus death toll spikes to 80, over 2,700 cases confirmed

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:03 AM

461 of the 769 infected in Hubei, the epicenter province, are in serious condition

CORONAVIRUS CHECK. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows a medical staff member wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan, checking the temperature of a driver at a highway check point in Tengzhou in China's eastern Shandong province Photo by AFP

U.S. prison guards request clemency for heroic death row inmate

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The prison guards claim the inmate saved the lives of 3 staff members

This undated photograph shows the holding cell at San Quentin Prison where Stanley "Tookie Williams" will be held prior to his scheduled execution by lethal injection early 13 December 2005. (Photo by California Department of Corrections/AFP)

Neil Peart, star drummer and lyricist of Rush, dies at 67

Jan 11, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Neil Peart of Canadian rock group Rush dies at 67 after a battle with brain cancer

Oman Sultan Qaboos dies – state media

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:04 AM

(UPDATED) 'With sadness ... the Omani Sultanate court mourns ... our Sultan Qaboos bin Said ... who God chose to be by his side on Friday evening,' the Omani news agency says

OMAN'S SULTAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2010 Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said salutes at the start of a military parade at a stadium in Muscat on the occasion of the Sultanate's 40th National Day. File photo by Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP

Typhoon Ursula death toll rises to 50

Dec 31, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Nearly 85,000 Filipinos displaced by the storm will spend New Year's Eve in temporary shelters

URSULA AFTERMATH. The Biliran provincial government declared a state of calamity on Friday, December 27, following the trail of destruction that Typhoon Ursula left in the province. Photo by Jeremiah Orobia Vertulfo

Typhoon Ursula death toll climbs to 47

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Among the fatalities are fishermen caught at sea when the storm hit on Christmas Day

CAUGHT AT SEA. Some of the fatalities from Typhoon Ursula were fishermen whose boats capsized in the waters off Mindoro. Photo of the storm's aftermath in Biliran by Jeremiah Orobia Vertulfo

Typhoon Ursula death toll rises to 28

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

(4th UPDATE) Two people are injured in Iloilo, while 12 people across 3 regions in the Visayas remain missing

AFTERMATH. Barangay Liloa in Ormoc City, Leyte suffers from ankle-deep flooding due to Typhoon Ursula's strong rainfall. Photo courtesy of @juanmarkomoko on Twitter

At least 16 people dead due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) The fatalities are from Iloilo, Capiz, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran, where the storm caused heavy floods and destruction

DEADLY STORM. Typhoon Ursula hit the central islands of the Philippines as the country celebrated Christmas. Photo courtesy of Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Sambo Yaokasin

Naked Dutch model's death plunge was murder, say Malaysian police

Nov 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Malaysian police say that the death of Ivana Smit in December 2017, who reportedly lived in Malaysia since childhood, had been reclassified as murder and they were re-opening investigations

MURDERED. File photo of Dutch model Ivana Smit

UK police make new arrest in Vietnamese migrants case

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Essex Police says a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland had been held on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration

MIGRANT DEATHS. A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

'Death Stranding' review: A litmus test for the curious

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:59 PM

With 'Death Stranding,' you have a divisive game that brings about curious onlookers. Check out our reviewer's thoughts on the title.

UK truck victim families take on loans to repatriate remains to Vietnam

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Vietnam's foreign ministry says they would help to bring either the ashes or the bodies of the victims back – but that families would have to cover the cost of repatriation

REPATRIATING REMAINS. Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

UK police name 39 Vietnamese in truck deaths

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:58 PM

The British and Vietnamese governments are working together to repatriate the bodies, the police say

CONFIRMED. Hoang Lanh, father of 18-year old Hoang Van Tiep who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, looks at his son's photograph on his phone at their house in Dien Thinh commune of Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 28, 2019. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam arrests 8 over UK truck deaths

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Many of the suspected victims came from just two provinces in central Vietnam, including Nghe An province where 8 people have been arrested in connection with the deaths

MORE ARRESTS. Major General Nguyen Huu Cau, director of police for Nghe An province, speaks to the media, in relation to the 39 migrants found dead in a truck in Britain, during a parliamentary break in Hanoi on November 4, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

The cost of dying in the Philippines: Can you afford it?

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:49 PM

While death is said to be the great equalizer, the divide between the rich and the poor is still evident in how they are sent off


[OPINION] An Undas reflection on Lolo-Dad, who left us a living piece of himself

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'It was definitely a shock to everyone in the family that my mom had a newborn half-sister, and that my brother and I had an aunt younger than us'

[OPINION] Understanding grief: How to deal with those who want to be left alone

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Sometimes, normalcy is the best you could offer someone in mourning, not sympathy

List: 6 Filipino pamahiins we just can't ignore

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:23 PM

What pamahiins do you follow when someone passes away?

Trump says Baghdadi's top replacement also killed

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:27 PM

But US President Donald Trump does not identify the person or give more detail on how he was killed

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

9 celebrity deaths that have been proven false

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Gary Valenciano, Claudine Barretto, and Bamboo are still alive – don't fall for these celebrity death hoaxes!

Vietnam collects DNA samples from relatives of UK missing

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities say they would try to fast track DNA testing, but warned results would not be immediately available

Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

3 held over UK truck deaths freed on police bail

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Authorities say the 3 suspects were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

At least 15 dead in Syria clashes between pro-Turkish forces, Kurds

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:13 AM

9 pro-Turkish fighters and 6 members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are killed in a zone between the towns of Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ain

FLASHPOINT. This picture taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

[OPINION] Divorce, death penalty, and the dangers of religious fundamentalism

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Violence exists in households around the country. The death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime.

In Brooklyn catacombs, classical music rises among the dead

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:34 PM

'The music is not dead; it's the creativity of the approach in getting to audiences that feels more the issue to me,' says the founder of the cheekily named 'Death of Classical' series

People listen to a concert of the "Death of Classical" series at the Greenwood Cemetery on October 8, 2019 in New York City. Deep in one of New York's most prestigious cemeteries the eerie vibrations of a string concerto ricochet off catacomb walls, a seance of sorts invigorating the spirit of classical music. Media reports regularly warn of the genre's impending doom, but Andrew Ousley, who founded the cheekily named "Death of Classical" series, says the obituaries are beyond premature.  Johannes EISELE / AFP

First man to conduct spacewalk, Alexei Leonov, dies

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Russian space agency Roscosmos says it is saddened to announce the death of 'cosmonaut No 11' who was twice decorated with the country's top honor, the Hero of the Soviet Union

'SPACEWALKER.' In this file photo taken on April 11, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with cosmonautics veteran Alexei Leonov during a screening of the film 'The Spacewalker' in Moscow. File photo by Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

CHR: Reviving death penalty will lead to cycle of violence in PH

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:00 PM

On the World Day Against the Death Penalty, CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit notes the suffering of 'unseen victims' of capital punishment, including the children of people sentenced to death

REVIVAL? The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006. File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Isko Moreno: City mourns death of Manila 'promoter, advocate' Carlos Celdran

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'Nawalan na naman kami ng isang promoter, isang tagapagtaguyod ng kasaysayan ng mga magagandang aral na puwedeng matutunan sa ating mahal na Lungsod,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

MANILA CHIEF. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno mourns the death of 'Manila's son,' Carlos Celdran. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

South Asia region Al-Qaeda chief killed in Afghanistan – officials

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Afghan officials confirm that Asim Umar, who led Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent from its inception in 2014, was killed during a September 23 raid on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province

Carlos Celdran: Activist, performance artist

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:03 PM

From Manila man to Madrid exile, the controversial performer leaves behind a spirit of activism among those who knew him

CARLOS CELDRAN. The performance artist is remembered for his unrelenting activism. Photo from Facebook.com/realCARLOSCELDRAN

Carlos Celdran dies at 46

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Carlos Celdran's wife, Tesa, says he died of natural causes

CARLOS CELDRAN. Carlos Celdran dies aged 46. Image from Carlos Celdran's Instagram

Performer Diahann Carroll dies at 84

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The Oscar-nominated TV and Broadway actress dies after a years-long battle with breast cancer

Veteran actor Tony Mabesa dies at 84

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:38 AM

The film and theater veteran is remembered by his colleagues in the industry.

TONY MABESA. The actor, seen here receiving the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival, has died. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PMA’s record of hazing deaths

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) On the flipside of the Philippine Military Academy’s proud history of churning out military and police generals is a list of cadets who died as a result of hazing

COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY. Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City are now honor-bound to tell if they have experienced or perpetrated hazing. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Calls for U.N. investigation on anniversary of Khashoggi murder

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'I still seek justice. I want to know what happened to his body. I want his friends to be released from jail. I want those in power to be held accountable for their actions,' says Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

ONE YEAR AFTER. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018, in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

World leaders pay final tribute to France's Chirac

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin, former US president Bill Clinton, and other dignitaries join President Emmanuel Macron for a funeral service at Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

RESPECT. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte (2nd R) and other French officials attend the funeral service of late French president Jacques Chirac at the Saint Sulpice church in the French capital Paris on September 30, 2019. Photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

Polish climber dies on Nepal's Mount Manaslu

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

A 50-year-old Polish woman becomes the first fatality of the autumn climbing season in the Himalayas

DEATH IN THE HIMALAYAS. A 50-year-old Polish woman dies attempting to summit Mt. Manaslu. Photo from Shuttershock

French prepare for final farewell to ex-president Chirac

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Chirac is remembered for opposing the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and acknowledging France's role in the deportation of Jews in World War II

PAYING RESPECTS. People wait to attend a public ceremony in homage to former French President Jacques Chirac outside the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral in Paris on September 29, 2019. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Mugabe finally laid to rest in rural Zimbabwe village

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:30 AM

Hundreds of mourners assemble for the burial, which was initially intended to be a private family event

HOME. The coffin of former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe arrives for his burial at his home village in Kutama, on 28 September 2019. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

French queue to remember Chirac ahead of national mourning

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ahead of a national day of mourning, the French presidency throws open the doors of the Elysee Palace for anyone wanting to sign a book of condolences

LINING UP. French public queue to pay tribute in front of a picture of the late French president Jacques Chirac displayed at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on September 27, 2019. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Mugabe's body moved to rural home ahead of weekend burial

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:43 PM

After weeks of wrangling between government and his family over the final resting place for the country's founding leader, the Mugabes have opted to entomb him at his birthplace and rural home

HOME. Villagers look at the coffin of late former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe lying in state at Murombedzi Growth Point, about 107 km northwest of Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 16, 2019, as people have been accorded the opportunity to view Mugabe's body a week after his death. File photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Former French president Jacques Chirac dead at 86

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The center-right Jacques Chirac rose to prominence as mayor of Paris before becoming prime minister and then serving as head of state from 1995-2007

JACQUES CHIRAC. In this file photo taken on August 14, 2011 France's former President Jacques Chirac sits at a table outside the famous Le Senequier cafe in the French Riviera searesort of Saint-Tropez. File photo by Sebastien Nogier/AFP

Death penalty for retribution? 'Not all victims want revenge' – CHR

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit says reviving the death penalty will not deter criminals, and revenge as motivation would only 'perpetuate a culture of violence'

PMA identifies suspects in cadet's hazing death

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Cadets 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial and Felix Lumbag – Darwin Dormitorio’s superiors – are expelled from the Philippine Military Academy

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

LIVE: House hearing on the death penalty bill

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:24 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies – foreign ministry

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Ben Ali, who ruled his North African country from 1987 until 2011, was viewed by some as a bulwark against Islamist extremism, but faced criticism for muzzling the opposition and his reluctance to embrace democracy

BEN ALI. Tunisia's all-powerful leader for two decades, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power and into exile by a landmark popular uprising in early 2011, sparking revolts across the Arab world. The man who once appeared in official portraits with a benevolent smile and jet black hair has died Thursday, September 19, aged 83, in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP