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1 dead, nearly 800 families homeless in Navotas fire

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Mayor Toby Tiangco says the city government is accepting donations for the victims

GUTTED. Firefighters take cover as explosions happen when the fire in Market 3, Navotas, reached 5th alarm at dawn on October 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After a week, BFP allows LRTA to probe fire damage

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority has yet to determine the replacement parts needed to be purchased

CLEARED. The Light Rail Transit Authority has been given clearance by the Bureau of Fire Protection to assess the damage incurred by the rectifiers, after getting criticism from the House committee on transportation. File photo by Sky Author/Wikimedia

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

In the middle of the House hearing, the BFP relays confirmation that it will fast-track and release its investigation report on October 10

NO FINDINGS YET. Six days after two LRT2 rectifiers tripped and caught fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has not been able to identify the cause, slowing down the LRTA's assesment of damaged parts. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Aftermath of the Star City fire

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The once vibrant Star City amusement park is now dark and lifeless

SKELETONS. Majority of the Star City structures are now mere skeletons of the  rides and attractions they used to be. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Tenants eyed as suspects for possible arson of Star City

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The owners will be summoned along with the tenants as part of the investigation

GASOLINE TRACES. Investigators of the Star City fire already consider it as a case of arson due to the presence of gasoline in an attraction that does not require it. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOLE allocates P5.5-M aid for Star City workers

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The aid will be provided for two months, but the workers' displacement may last 6 months

DISPLACED. Around 500 workers, who mostly performed administrative jobs, will be displaced for as long as 6 months. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ballet Manila's 'Giselle' moves to CCP Main Theater after Star City fire

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:17 PM

The show's original home, the Aliw Theater, was damaged in the blaze

On 55th birthday, Lisa Macuja Elizalde reminisces on 'gifts' destroyed in Star City fire

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Star and Aliw theaters are among the locations damaged by the fire

Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:29 PM

James Cook University mycologist Matt Barrett, who confirmed the identity of the toxic mushroom in Australia, says the discovery extends its known distribution 'considerably'

POISON FIRE CORAL FUNGUS. This undated handout picture taken by Ray Palmer and released by James Cook University Australia on October 3, 2019 shows Poison Fire Coral fungus growing in Redlynch Valley, a suburb of Cairns. Photo by Ray Palmer/James Cook University Australia/AFP

Char pattern hints arson as possible cause of Star City fire

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The Pasay City fire marshal says they were still looking at other angles

ARSON? Pasay City fire marshal Supt. Paul Pili said the char pattern and irregular bend of metal elements inside the structure could have been a result of arson. Photo by Ben Nabong

'It's our happy place': Netizens recall favorite memories of Star City

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:25 PM

One of Metro Manila's most beloved attractions is in ashes, and Filipinos take to social media to mourn and reminisce

LOOK: Fire guts Star City complex in Pasay City

Oct 02, 2019 - 7:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The dawn blaze guts 80% of the Star City theme park

Firefighters ward off the extreme heat emanating from one of the buildings being gutted by the Task Force Bravo blaze inside an amusement park in Pasay City on Wednesday, October 2. Photo by Ben Nabong

Factory fire kills 19 in east China

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The fire breaks out on Sunday, September 29, at a factory in Ninghai county, eastern Zhejiang province

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind – Bolsonaro

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

'It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,' says Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

'FALLACY.' Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil,  speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Residents urge mayor to block coal plant in Palawan town

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'I am not here to say 'yes' or 'no' to coal. What I'm trying to say is if it's advantageous for us, then I'll give it a go signal. But, if not, we'll stop it,' says Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao

CONSULTATION. Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao talks to residents about the planned construction of the 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the municipality. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

7 Filipinos safe from Maldives buildings fire – DFA

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh is 'closely monitoring' the aftermath of the blaze in Malè City, Maldives

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Indonesia forest fire haze reaches the Philippines

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Haze from the forest fires raging in Indonesia drifts across central and southern Philippines

HAZE.  Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Fire hits Kalibo public market

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The initial cost of damage is pegged at P35 million. No casualties are reported.

A four-hour fire that razed market stalls inside the Kalibo public market in Kalibo, Aklan early Sunday morning, September 15, was declared out at 11:37 a.m. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Large forest fire blazing near Athens

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Greek fire department says it had been called to nearly 80 fires over the past 24 hours

At least 11 dead in Rio hospital blaze

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The city's forensic institute says most of the dead were aged 66 or over, many of whom were in the intensive care unit

BADIM HOSPITAL FIRE. Firefighters work on September 13, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire in the Badim private Hospital at the Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Preschool panic in Sweden: Child brings grenade to class

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Police officers say it was a 'dangerous' grenade the boy had picked up this summer at the Rinkaby firing range, located outside Kristianstad

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

H&M suspends Brazil leather purchases over Amazon fires

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The retail giant responds to the fires destroying the world's largest rainforest

NO BRAZIL LEATHER. Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says they are temporary freezing leather orders from Brazil following the Amazon fires. File photo by EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

8 dead, 26 missing as dive boat sinks in flames off California

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) Fire crews in helicopters, small boats and a Coast Guard cutter battle the fierce pre-dawn fire on the 75-foot Conception, which had been on a diving excursion around Santa Cruz Island

FIRE. In this photo released by the Ventura County Fire Department on September 2, 2019, firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire on a boat off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California. AFP PHOTO / Ventura County Fire Department/ HO

2 Filipino seafarers killed in Mexico bar fire

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:21 PM

The two Filipinos were among the 26 killed when gunmen barged into a bar at the Port of Coatzacoalcos, shot at customers, and set the place on fire, says the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs

AFTERMATH. People gather outside a bar where at least 26 people were killed by a fire in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angel Hernandez/AFP

Attackers kill 26 in Mexico bar fire

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Survivors say gunmen sprayed bullets as they descended on the bar, the Caballo Blanco, then blocked the exits and set the club alight

AFTERMATH. People react outside a bar where at least 26 people were killed by a fire in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angel Hernandez/AFP

G7 pledges millions to fight Amazon fires

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Nearly 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year – just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin

FOREST FIRES. Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

G7 to help nations hit by Amazon fires – Macron

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Our teams are making contact with all the Amazon countries so we can finalize some very concrete commitments involving technical resources and funding,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

Photo from NOAA

Pope Francis fears for Amazon, planet's 'vital lung'

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:08 PM

He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible

POPE'S MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Official figures show 78,383 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far in 2019, the highest number of any year since 2013

DEFORESTED LAND. Aerial picture showing a deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near an area affected by fires, about 65 km from Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on August 23, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Why is part of the Amazon burning?

Aug 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Amazon deforestation began in the 1970s, reaching its peak rate at the end of the 1990s and the start of the 2000s

Photo from NOAA

The Amazon is on fire: Here are 5 things you need to know

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The fires are emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometers away

AMAZON FIRE. Photo from NASA

Brazil's Bolsonaro authorizes army to help fight Amazon fires

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's decision comes as demonstrations are held around the world over the fires in the Amazon forest

WORD WAR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blasts his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as having a 'colonialist mentality' for rallying G-7 countries to address wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest. File photo by Jacques Witt/Pool/AFP

Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Singers, actors, and world leaders share misleading photos of Amazon fires taken years ago on social media

U.N., France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

French president Emmanuel Macron tweets: 'Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning'

CHARRED. File photo of the result of practice of slash-and-burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Photo by guentermanaus/Shutterstock.com

Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'No matter how successful we are, if our Earth dies, we all die,' says one Twitter post

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Fires have been concentrated in states occupying the Amazon. Thick smoke has blanketed several cities in recent days and even caused a commercial flight to be diverted.

FOREST FIRES. In this image, taken by NOAA-20, the smoke from the fires in the Amazon rainforest can be clearly seen. File photo from NOAA

10,000 left homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The fire breaks out in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday, razing around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain says

FIRE. A Bangladeshi man tries to extinguish a fire as it blazes through a slum in Dhaka on August 16, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

North Korea fires missiles, rejects further talks with South

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:38 AM

(UPDATED) The South Korean military says the projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon of Kangwon Province into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan

TEST FIRE. This early August 10, 2019 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 11, 2019, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (seated) supervising the test-fire of a new weapon at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP