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What is bottom trawling and why is it destroying our oceans?

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Fortunately, the DILG and the DA-BFAR have released a Joint Memorandum Circular banning this destructive fishing practice

Tech leaders say killer robots would be 'dangerously destabilizing' force in the world

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

As nations such as the US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the UK develop automated weapons systems, tech leaders band together to pledge not to help in the development and use of these 'slaughterbots'

MUSK. Elon Musk is among the leaders of the 160 organizations that have signed the pledge against automated weapons. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Years after his hanging, Saddam Hussein mystery lives on

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:07 PM

US president George W. Bush personally authorized the immediate transfer of the dictator's body on an American military helicopter from Baghdad to the northern city of Tikrit, near Al-Awjah

DAMAGED. An Iraqi fighter from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) checks the severely damaged tomb of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the village of Al-Awja, on the outskirts of Tikrit on April 8, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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

Both sides in Marawi siege committed abuses – Amnesty Int'l

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:06 AM

An Amnesty International report says the civilian population in Marawi City suffered immensely from abuses of both members of the Maute Group and government forces

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Before victory, Marawi military commander explains tactics vs terrorists

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Lt Colonel Mon Almodovar, commander of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, walks Rappler through a former Maute stronghold turned Tactical Command Post of the military, and discusses the various tactics deployed by both sides

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Banggolo, heart of Marawi

Jun 29, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Lost in words It s beyond evil

Mosul minaret destruction 'deepens wounds' of Iraqis – UNESCO

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The head of the UN s cultural agency says This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy

BOKOVA ON IRAQ DESTRUCTION. Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova speaks during a session of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing on May 14, 2017. File photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

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. /

IN PHOTOS: Dark scenes from the Indonesia earthquake

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:51 AM

The 6 5 magnitude quake kills at least 97 and injures hundreds more

BROKEN MOSQUE. Many mosques were destroyed by the quake. Photo by Zian Muttaqien/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Floods, fallen trees in Ilocos Sur

Oct 20, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The national road in Ilocos Sur leading further north to Vigan City and Ilocos Norte is flooded Fallen trees and other debris also line the road

Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Baguio lawmaker faces charges for forest reserve destruction

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:27 PM

To build a road to the property of Baguio City Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr nearly 300 pine trees were uprooted and hundreds of saplings were damaged in Mount Sto Tomas a forest reserve and watershed in Benguet

INDICTED. Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr gives a speech at a campaign rally. Photo from Rep Nicasio Aliping Jr's Facebook page

ISIS publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:09 AM

The images also show a large explosion apparently as the temple was blown up and then a pile of rubble at its former location

UP’s gangland wars: A historical note

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:00 AM

A 1950 investigation of a hazing death suggests that rumbles became part of the fraternity routine after World War II There was general consensus within UP that the violence of the Japanese Occupation and the American Liberation Destruction of Manila took its toll on UP students

US provides P890M for facility monitoring PH waters

May 01, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The facility is built inside the headquarters of the Philippine Coast Guard

MARITIME DOMAIN AWARENESS: The National Coast Watch Center was inaugurated on April 28, 2014. Photo from the PH Coast Guard

Coast Guard trains in handling weapons of mass destruction

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:09 PM

This is part of the preparation of all countries and shipping nations in light of the challenges being brought by terrorism says the PCG spokesperson

Endangered virgin forests, threatened indigenous peoples in Mindanao

May 24, 2014 - 2:09 PM

The Talaingod Manobos renew call to defend their ancestral land from the entry of destructive corporate projects and to end the military operations in their area

WORK NEVER STOPS. At the break of sunrise, Manobos start to their production work. Photo from Kalikasan PNE

Destruction and hope after Haiyan

Feb 18, 2014 - 2:56 PM

Is it possible to do volunteer work for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan with nothing but passion and energy?

FRESH START. Sabina, a volunteer, teaches the local community in Batug, Tacloban how to start growing their own vegetables in an alternative way. Photo submitted by Carlos Quiles

2013 in Moods

Jan 02, 2014 - 12:55 PM

Your votes on the mood meter pinpointed 4 main moods for 2013

Photos of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, show Yolanda devastation

Nov 10, 2013 - 6:49 PM

Photos posted on Facebook by the AFP Central Command show flattened homes and scattered debris

Syria submitted chemical arms destruction plan on time: OPCW

Oct 27, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Syria handed over a detailed plan to destroy its chemical stockpile on time

Hope in Loon as rescue teams recover Church relics

Oct 20, 2013 - 8:17 PM

Relics from the damaged Our Lady of Light church were recovered and cleaned just as local priests heard mass on the street beside the Church s compound

RELICS. A statue was recovered and cleaned from the ruins of the centuries-old Church of Our Lady of Light that was destroyed by the recent earthquake. Photo by RAPPLER/Franz Lopez

The Internet: Creative destruction at work

Aug 22, 2013 - 1:00 PM

Any effort to resist the tide of technological progress will only prove to be an exercise in futility

Horrors of war in Spec Ops: The Line

May 14, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Spec Ops teaches us that there is a steep price to pay for using weapons of mass destruction

SANDBLASTED. The only way to fight a sandstorm is to wait it out. All images taken from the official Spec Ops: The Line ( website

Guitar legend Slash coming over at last

Apr 22, 2013 - 2:20 PM

Rock music’s ‘Cat in the Hat’ will be playing in Manila two Saturdays from now Here’s a warm up

SHADES OF GREATNESS. The top hat, the shades, the long, curly locks — and blistering rock licks — will be upon us when Slash plays at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 4. Photo from

The North-South Korea issue and possible scenarios

Apr 09, 2013 - 3:04 PM

As part of the regime of arms control international law prohibits unnecessary suffering

Duterte visits typhoon-ravaged NPA guerilla zone

Dec 29, 2012 - 10:50 AM

Duterte gives NPA unit an unspecified amount of money to assist typhoon victims and blames greediness of imperialist countries and big corporations for environmental destruction

POST-TYPHOON VISIT. Davao City vice-mayor Rodrigo Duterte during a visit to an NPA camp in Compostela Valley during the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

New York reemerges from Sandy's wreckage

Oct 31, 2012 - 11:47 PM

The Big Apple was reduced to a standstill by one of the biggest storms in its history

WASHED AWAY. The foundations to the historic Rockaway boardwalk are all that remain after it was washed away during Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP