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Sudan protesters vow to press on after talks suspended

May 16, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The chief of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announces the talks have been suspended for 72 hours as security in Khartoum has deteriorated

SUDAN PROTESTS. Sudanese protesters are waving flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters after clashing with security forces in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

5 dead, 233 arrested in Venezuela protests – Attorney General

May 07, 2019 - 7:38 AM

Nicolas Maduro threatens to go after 'traitors' after crisis-wracked Venezuela's military leadership reaffirms its loyalty to the socialist president

PROTEST. A man flutters Venezuelan national flags in front of a line of police during an opposition demo calling for the armed forces to disobey Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro near La Carlota Air Base in Caracas on May 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela opposition leader calls for massive May Day protest

May 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says the opposition rally on May 1 will be 'the biggest in the history of Venezuela' as he presses his attempt to unseat the president

MAY DAY PROTEST. People walk past a burned bus in Caracas on May 1, 2019 after a day of violent clashes on the streets of the capital spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido's call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Protests on Labor Day 2019

May 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Thousands of workers march on Labor Day, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to listen to their pleas and fulfill his campaign promise

A protester in a Spiderman suit holds a poster during the Labor Day protest in Mendiola, Manila on May 1, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Tensions flare between Sudan military rulers, protesters

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Demonstrators reinforce their barricades outside the army headquarters in Khartoum after the two sides differed in talks Monday, April 29

TENSION. Sudanese protesters wave a national flag as they sit atop a makeshift barricade during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 30, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Sudan converge on army HQ for 'million-strong' protest

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:46 PM

The rally comes after Sudan's new military rulers and protest leaders agreed to set up a joint committee, to chart the way forward two weeks after the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir

PROTEST. A Sudanese protester, draped in the national flag, stands on a hill overlooking fellow demonstrators as they gather for a "million-strong" march outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:17 AM

At least 67 people have been arrested, says the opposition

PROTESTS. An opposition protester demonstrating against the government takes refuge in the premises of a parking lot upon the arrival of police officers who warned they will arrest anyone who 'alters peace and coexistence', in Managua on April 17, 2019. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

FALSE: 'PET recount done,' Bongbong Marcos defeated

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, has not yet declared the official results of the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest case

Algeria protests defy police to keep up pressure on regime

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The appointment of upper house speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as Algeria's first new president in 20 years has failed to meet the demands of demonstrators

MORE PROTESTS. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:04 PM

More than a hundred activists hold a Holy Week-themed protest to highlight the suffering of the urban poor, farmers, and students

STOP THE KILLINGS. A performance artist lay in the pavement to symbolize the peoples suffering during the Kalbaryo ng Mamamyan protest in Manila on April 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sudan: Months of protests lead to the ousting of Bashir

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The uprising in Sudan started with protests in December over a hike in bread prices. Here's a timeline of events.

PROTESTS. Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, immediately after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Sudan protesters rally outside army HQ for 2nd day – witnesses

Apr 07, 2019 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) 'We won't leave this area until he steps down," a protester says, referring to President Omar al-Bashir

TEAR GAS. Sudanese protesters run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by police outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 6, 2019. Photo by AFP

Bongbong Marcos presses Supreme Court to start probe into Mindanao votes

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo calls this a circumvention of the tribunal rules as the current process is contained so far to 3 pilot provinces – Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

VP POLL PROTEST. George Garcia, lawyer of former senator Bongbong Marcos, files a petition before Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on March 26, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

French police out in force to prevent 'yellow vest' violence

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government deploys soldiers from its Sentinelle anti-terror force to guard public buildings

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Paris police ban 'yellow vest' protests on Champs-Elysees March 23

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Protesters will also be stopped from entering streets surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, at the top of the avenue, as well as several nearby areas, including the presidential Elysee Palace and the National Assembly

BANNED. Paris police say 'yellow vest' protests will be banned on the Champs-Elysees on Saturday, March 23. File photo from Wikipedia

Thousands of Algerians protest despite Bouteflika vow not to run

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

The crowd at Algiers' landmark Grand Poste square is growing, hours before the scheduled start of a demonstration calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after two decades in power

PROTEST. A child holds a protest sign as Algerians prepare for the first Friday rallies since the president's surprise announcement this week that he would not seek re-election but was cancelling April polls, in central Algiers on March 15, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

[OPINION] Protests and university education

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM

To instruct the youth not to be involved in public and civic affairs is not only unconstitutional, but directly runs contrary to the various ways the youth can be involved in nation-building

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Sara Duterte alleges 'massive fraud' in 2016 elections, calls Robredo ‘fake VP’

Mar 09, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Robredo camp strikes back and accuses the presidential daughter of falling for fake news

CAMPAIGN HEAT. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo trade barbs on the issue of honesty as campaign season heats up.

Hanjin workers mark 5th day of protest amid tight security

Mar 05, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The protest has prompted authorities to secure a Hanjin gate that the workers have been picketing at since March 1

Israel rejects 'biased' U.N. probe into its response to Gaza unrest

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No institution can negate Israel's right to self-defense and its duty to defend its residents and borders from violent attacks,' says Foreign Minister Israel Katz

'BIASED.' Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

Haiti officials to lose perks in prime minister's response to violent unrest

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The unrest is the latest upsurge of discontent over corruption and poverty in the Caribbean half-island where protesters want the ouster of President Jovenel Moise

Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Children of all ages chant 'save our planet', cheer as flares are lit and clamber onto statues in the shadow of Big Ben to call for action, and to raise awareness

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila students hit admin over claims of repression

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

As students wear black shirts and armbands for a silent protest, they find themselves under fire by the school's administration.

PROTEST. Following the Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila adminstration's response to a silent protest in the morning, students organized a rally against student repression on February 15, 2019. Photo from Anakbayan-PLM

$100 million in humanitarian aid pledged to crisis-hit Venezuela

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Venezuela is plagued by hyperinflation and major shortages of basic goods, and two men – Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro – are vying for control of the country

BLOCKADE. This photo taken on February 14, 2019 shows a general view of the Tienditas International Bridge border with Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Residents oppose Amazon's plan to build 'HQ2' in New York, with one saying that the Amazon jobs might not be what people in the community need right now

RALLY. Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in celebration of Amazon's decision to pull out of the deal, in the Long Island City neighborhood, February 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump blasts Venezuela over blocked U.S. aid shipments

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Stressing he had not ruled out military options, Donald Trump says he was 'sad' about the 'turmoil' in the oil-rich Latin American nation

AID TROUBLES. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. File photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

United Nations chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United Nations calls for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in Venezuela

MEDIATION. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the "Africa leadership meeting, investing in health", ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

No word from Haiti's president as fear paralyzes capital

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Schools, shops and municipal offices close down for fear of more violence that has already left several people dead and an air of uncertainty hanging over the government of President Jovenel Moise

MARCHING ON THE STREETS. Demonstrators march on the streets on the fifth day of protests in Port-au-Prince, February 11, 2019, against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of Petrocaribe funds. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Venezuela opposition announces new aid hub, prepares protest

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Juan Guaido says 300,000 people risk death if the donated supplies, stockpiled at Venezuela's border with Colombia, are not brought in soon

BLOCKING AID. A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard patrols at Tienditas international bridge in Urena, Tachira state, Venezuela, in the border with Colombia, backdropped by containers placed by Venezuelan military forces to block the bridge, on February 11, 2019. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Italy to host Venezuela delegation at Guaido's request

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Matteo Salvini says he will meet the team on Monday, February 11, after Juan Guaido sends a letter requesting talks 'as soon as possible' to present 'the action plan to relaunch democracy in Venezuela through free and fair elections'

DELEGATION TO ITALY. Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido arrives at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on February 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president on January 23, claims that up to 300,000 people face death if the aid is not delivered

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Guaido boosted by Europe backing in Venezuela standoff

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Britain, France and Spain are among 19 EU nations to side with Juan Guaido, following in the footsteps of key regional powers and the United States

STANDOFF. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019. File phot by Yuri Cortez/AFP

After yellow vest protests, Macron eyes referendum in May

Feb 04, 2019 - 12:10 AM

A newspaper reported that the French will be asked whether they wanted to reduce the number of national lawmakers

REFERENDUM EYED. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 31, 2018. Photo by Michel Euler/AFP

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

Venezuela's opposition to up pressure on Maduro with new rally

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We must all take to the streets of Venezuela and the world with a clear goal: to accompany the ultimatum given by members of the European Union,' Juan Guaido says in an appeal to his countrymen

PRESSURING MADURO. Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido (C), marches surrounded by students during a protest he convened against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, outside Venezuela's Central University (UCV) in Caracas, on January 30, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

10,000 'red scarf' protesters march against 'yellow vest' violence

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Dubbed the 'red scarf' movement, the centrist initiative is the brainchild of an engineer from Toulouse who was horrified by the violence seen among more extremist 'yellow vest' demonstrators

AGAINST VIOLENCE. Demonstrators hold a sign during a rally of French 'red scarves' (foulards rouges), critics of violent 'yellow vest' (Gilets Jaunes) protests in Paris on January 27, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

'Yellow vests' back on France's streets to challenge Macron

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The local police reports 223 arrests in Paris alone

Zimbabwe pledges to probe abuse, rape claims against security forces

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:44 PM

The country's justice minister says complaints should be lodged with the police and also assures that they would be treated with 'impartiality and sensitivity,' but many Zimbabweans fear retribution and find reporting such cases daunting

PROTEST RESPONSE. A police officer fires a warning shot to disperse protesters during a 'stay-away' demonstration against the doubling of fuel prices on January 14, 2019 in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Venezuela's military backs Maduro, as standoff hardens with U.S.

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:32 AM

As the death toll from days of street protests jumps to 26, Nicolas Maduro announces the closure of Venezuela's embassy and consulates in the United States

MADURO AND VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro rallies military support as U.S. backs Venezuela challenger

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:06 PM

A furious Nicolas Maduro responds to the US move by breaking off diplomatic ties with the 'imperialist' US government, giving its diplomats 72 hours to leave

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president,' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

Supreme Court suspends ballot recount in VP protest

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawyers of the Marcos and Robredo camps say the Supreme Court did not give any reason behind the 'indefinite' suspension

RECOUNT SUSPENDED. The initial ballot recount in the election case ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed against Vice President Leni Robredo has been suspended.

Zimbabwe police erect road blocks to hunt protesters

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The police says the road blocks are aimed to catch suspected looters and recover property stolen during the protests

PROTEST. Zimbabwean anti-riot police forces watch men, arrested during violent protests triggered by a sudden rise in fuel prices announced by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa for their hearing at the Law Court in the capital Harare, on January 16, 2019. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Macron's debate put to test as 'yellow vests' stage 10th protest

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Many yellow vests have announced plans to boycott the discussions scheduled in dozens of towns and villages

Robredo to SC: Stop Marcos from skirting rules in his ‘dying’ VP protest

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos moves for the technical examination of election data from 3 ARMM provinces to be 'immediately' conducted

Death toll from Sudan protests rises to 24 – official

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:36 AM

But Human Rights Watch says at least 40 people have been killed in clashes during the demonstrations

RALLY. Crowds of supporters of the Sudanese President wave sticks as they gather in Sudan's easten city of Kassala on January 7, 2019. Photo by AFP

France vows tough response as new 'yellow vest' demos loom

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Officials have warned they expect this weekend's anti-government demonstrations to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as a movement which had shown signs of fatigue appeared to gain new momentum.

PROTEST. A demonstrator runs from a cloud of teargas in Paris on January 5, 2019, during an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Abdul Abeissa / AFP

France to crack down on unauthorized 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces plans to ban known 'troublemakers' from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans have been banned from stadiums in the past

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP