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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

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

Trump confirms death of Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:31 AM

US President Donald Trump makes the announcement 3 days after the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by Al-Qaeda

HEIR. An undated file video grab released by the Central Intelligence Agency on November 1, 2017 and taken by researchers from the Federation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal, shows an image of Hamza bin Laden, son of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Handout photo/AFP

U.S. rocker Eddie Money dies at 70

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Money – whose smashes included 'Two Tickets to Paradise' and 'Baby Hold On' – had been in poor health in recent years and revealed in August that he was battling stage 4 esophageal cancer

DEAD AT 70. In this file photo, musician Eddie Money performs onstage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. File photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/AFP

Mugabe's family agree to burial at 'heroes' monument

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Robert Mugabe's nephew says the traditional chiefs in Mugabe's homestead have made the decision

PAYING TRIBUTE. The sons of Zimbabwe's former President, the late Robert Mugabe, Robert Junior (L), Chatunga (2R) and her sister Regina Gata stand near the helicopter carrying the casket of Mugabe at Rufaro stadium on September 13, 2019 where his body lays in state for a second day. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

From 'Death Stranding' to Olympic Mario at Tokyo Game Show

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:24 PM

A new trailer for 'Death Stranding' comes out at Tokyo Game Show 2019

HIDEO KOJIMA. Japanese video game designer, writer, director and producer Hideo Kojima speaks on stage to present his new video game 'Death Stranding' during the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture on September 12, 2019.  Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at 83

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:25 AM

Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie dies at a military hospital in the capital after suffering from heart failure

HABIBIE. This file photo shows former Indonesian president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie waving to supporters as he sits with the audience to hear US President Barack Obama deliver his keynote speech at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta on November 10, 2010. File photo by Barbara Walton/Pool/AFP

Bahamas Dorian toll climbs to 50, as thousands evacuated

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The news comes as the UN's International Organization for Migration reports 'particularly startling' devastation in places like Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, particularly in its shantytowns

EVACUATION. An evacuee looks on from a ferry after leaving Marsh Harbour in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian in Nassau, Bahamas on September 9, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Allies hail Mugabe, UK brands him 'autocrat'

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Here is a selection of top world reactions to the death of Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe

WORLD REACTION. A Kenyan woman watches news with the headline on the death of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, at an electronics shop in Nairobi on September 6, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Cancer now 'leading cause of death' in rich countries

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:52 PM

In richer countries, cancer now kills more people than heart disease, according to the twin studies published in The Lancet medical journal

Veteran actress Mona Lisa dies at 97

Aug 25, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The actress' daughter confirms her death

Britain's Prince Andrew denies witnessing Epstein abuse

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

'At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction,' says the British prince

'MISTAKEN.' Britain's Prince Andrew says of Jeffrey Epstein: 'I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know.' Photo by Swen Pfortner/DPA/AFP

Pentagon chief confirms death of Qaeda's Hamza bin Laden

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:31 AM

'That's my understanding,' US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says when asked if Hamza bin Laden is dead

Britain's Prince Andrew 'appalled' by Epstein abuse claims – report

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent,' the Buckingham Palace says

'APPALLED.' In this file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visits the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, western Germany on June 3, 2014. File photo by Swen Pfortner/DPA/AFP

Environmental groups mourn death of 'eco-warrior' Gina Lopez

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:17 PM

'It is rare to have an oligarch wage a battle against her own class. This reflects how clear the mission was to her,' Alyansa Tigil Mina says about the anti-mining advocate

Malacañang mourns death of 'warrior' Gina Lopez

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:53 AM

The Palace calls Lopez one of President Duterte's 'most passionate Cabinet members whose environmental advocacy and legacy remains unparalleled to this day'

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, a longtime environment advocate, talks to Rappler about what it's like to be on the other side of the fence. Screenshot from Rappler

Former environment secretary Gina Lopez dies

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) Philanthropist and environmental champion Gina Lopez was 65

ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION. Former environment secretary Gina Lopez led a crackdown on erring mining companies during her 10-month stint in the Duterte Cabinet. Photo from the Facebook page of Gina Lopez

Shadows still loom around Epstein after sexual predator's death

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:40 AM

His suicide on August 10 in a federal jail in Manhattan provided the latest jolt – but no final closure – to his disturbing story

JEFFREY EPSTEIN. The billionaire accused of trafficking young girls for sex is found to have killed himself in a high security prison. File photo by New York State Sex Offender Registry/AFP

Coroner rules that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The coroner's ruling comes days after Epstein was accused of trafficking minors for sex

(FILES) In this file undated handout photo obtained July 11, 2019 courtesy of the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Jeffrey Epstein is on suicide watch after he was found semi-concious in his cell on the evening of July 24. Epstein, 66, was charged on July 8, 2019 by prosecutors in New York with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. HO / New York State Sex Offender Registry / AFP

Parents claim body of Franco-Irish teen found dead in Malaysia

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The girl's family says their daughter 'died in extremely complex circumstances' and they are still hoping to have 'more answers to our many questions'

FOUND. Family members arrive at a hospital where rescuers brought a body during a search operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 13, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

'Serious irregularities' at prison where Epstein died – U.S. attorney general

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:25 AM

'I was appalled...and frankly angry, to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center's failure to adequately secure this prison,' says US Attorney General Bill Barr as he demands a 'thorough investigation'

'SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES.' A New York Medical Examiner's car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held, on August 10, 2019, in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

At least 13 dead, 16 missing as Typhoon Lekima slams east China

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Waves several meters high hit the coastline as the storm made landfall in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai

DESTRUCTION. Damaged worker accommodation buildings are seen at a construction site in Wenling City, in China's eastern Zhejiang province after being hit by Typhoon Lekima on August 10, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Myanmar landslide kills 41, many more feared missing

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) Search and rescue teams work through the night trying to find survivors and recover bodies from the deep sludge

DEADLY MONSOON. A rescue worker points to the body of a landslide victim found amid mangled vehicles in Paung township, Mon state on August 10, 2019. At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured when a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains struck a village in eastern Myanmar, as emergency workers continued the search on August 10 for the many feared missing. Sai Aung MAIN / AFP

Pacquiao: Trust Supreme Court justices in deciding death penalty cases

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says: 'In this imperfect world, death can be imposed. And this imposition of death penalty is irrevocable because you can't bring back the life.'

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Manny Pacquiao, a Born-again Christian, gives a privilege speech on his proposal to reimposition of death penalty for high-level drug traffickers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mystery deaths of dolphins, whales off Tuscany

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Autopsies suggest they had been hit by a virus, possibly measles

Duterte criticizes Cory legacy a day after her death anniversary

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte zeroes in on Corazon Aquino's controversial land reform program to question her legacy as president

Bishop Socrates Villegas lead the mass during the 10th death anniversary of former president Corazon Aquino at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque on August 1, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pulitika ng death penalty sa ilalim ni Duterte

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:16 AM

This is true immortality – the antidote against all the gossip that it will all end soon

State funeral for Tunisia's Essebsi as new polls loom

Jul 27, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur, who was sworn in as interim president hours after Beji Caid Essebsi's death, pays tribute to the late leader describing him as 'the architect of national reconciliation'

TRIBUTE. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the state funeral of late president Essebsi at the presidential palace in the capital's eastern suburb of Carthage on July 27, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/Pool/AFP

Tunisia prepares for polls after death of president

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Within hours of Beji Caid Essebsi's death, parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur is sworn in as interim president, who under the constitution has 90 days to organize a presidential election

SNAP ELECTIONS. A man lowers the Tunisian national flag to half-mast in honor of late president Beji Caid Essebsi, in Tunis on July 26, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP