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Frank Lloyd Wright buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:55 AM

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is among the creations of the late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright which were selected as UNESCO World Heritage sites

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

NUP lawmakers to back Cayetano for House speaker

Jun 03, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The National Unity Party's incoming 25 lawmakers in the 18th Congress are expected to vote as a bloc

SPEAKERSHIP BET. Incoming Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is among the candidates for Speaker in the 18th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

10,000 motorcycle riders stage EDSA protest vs bigger plates

Mar 24, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We are not criminals,' say protesters, as they hold a 'Unity Ride' against the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act

'UNITY RIDE.' Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of bigger plates. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:51 AM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country – one of the poorest in the world

PEACE DEAL. Members of armed groups, governments, UN and AU Agencies leave the Renaissance Palace after the signing ceremony of the so-called "Khartoum Agreement" peace agreement in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik': Religious groups unite vs injustice, Duterte attack on Church

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Hindi na tayo tatahimik at hindi lang manindigan kundi sama-sama tayong manindigan,' says Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

RESISTANCE. Church people hold placards to denounce injustices and to show their force during the interfaith rally at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila on Friday, January 25. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Virgin Galactic's new flight test to soar closer to edge of space

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The US company run by British tycoon Richard Branson is aiming to be the first to take tourists on brief trips into microgravity

VSS UNITY. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity. AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC

With rose petals and guns, India inaugurates world's tallest statue

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Controversies abound amid the fanfare of the inauguration of the 182-meter statue of India's independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

TALLEST. A reflection of the 'Statue Of Unity,' the world's tallest statue dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is pictured during its inauguration overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India's western Gujarat state on October 31, 2018. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Pimentel downplays Hugpong alliance with political parties

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'Congrats to them all. No implication on us,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago seals alliance with NP, NPC, NUP

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Three national political parties and 6 local parties vow to support the senatorial candidates endorsed by the regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Right to ride: Over 2,000 riders join ‘Unity Ride’ to call for motorcycle taxi regulation

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Motorcycle groups are protesting against ‘unfair’ policies by the government

Support the right to ride, join unity ride against unfair motorcycle policies

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The unity ride will assemble at CP Garcia cor UP Ave on August 9, 8 am

The rockets that are pushing the boundaries of space travel

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Today, NASA is so dependent on the private sector that the US space agency has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to send astronauts to space beginning next year, as soon as their capsules are ready

Unity game engine learning center launched in PH by Unity, ArthaLand

May 02, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The center offers a place for Filipino designers, artists, programmers, and project managers to learn the 3D development platform, Unity

PARTNERS. (L-R) General Manager of CREATOR Center of Excellence with Arthaland's Jaime Enrique Gonzalez, and Leo Po, and Unity Technologies' Hubert Larenaudie, Ramesh Anumukonda, and Gerard Cerutti at the launch of the learning center. Photo from Arthaland/Unity


Venezuelan opposition says won't contest April 22 polls without guarantees

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Opposition leader: 'Do not count on the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), or the people, to endorse what until now is only a fraudulent and illegitimate simulation of the presidential election'

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. Juan Baretto/AFP

ASEAN Unity Park to rise in Batangas

Nov 24, 2017 - 4:02 PM

The ASEAN Unity Park will be located in the future 40-hectare campus of FAITH Colleges in Balete, Batangas, an area near Lake Taal, one of the country's premier tourism destinations

ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE. The planned ASEAN Unity Park in Balete, Batangas, will showcase trees and plant species common to the 10 ASEAN countries.

Duterte to meet lawmakers before martial law expires

Jul 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The agenda is expected to include martial law in Mindanao and the newly drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law

MEETING LAWMAKERS. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with lawmakers on July 17, 2017, days before martial law in Mindanao expires. Malacañang file photo

The week in photos: June 10-16, 2017

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:11 AM

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

VEGAN ZOMBIES. Protestors dressed as zombies demonstrate in front of a KFC outlet in Sydney, Australia on June 15, 2017. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

International quartet backs Libya's unity government

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:02 AM

The Cairo meeting by representatives of the United Nations European Union Arab League and African Union comes a day after gunmen opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Libya s capital

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

THE WHIP. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas gestures as his colleagues vote on HB 4727 on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

House panel approves reso urging Duterte to continue peace talks

Feb 21, 2017 - 6:40 PM

130 congressmen want the Philippine government and communists to return to the negotiating table

APPROVED. 130 congressmen sign a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace negotiations. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Anti-graft court allows Tawi-Tawi rep to go to Rome for peace talks

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The congresswoman faces charges for filing her statement of assets 3 months beyond deadline for 4 consecutive years when she was vice governor

The rise of the Indonesian conservatives

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:34 PM

To those of you who are wondering what’s going on with the Ahok rallies and trial here’s my simple explanation: The Indonesian conservatives are on the rise

PROTESTS. Protesters have staged a series of demonstrations against Jakarta governor Ahok, including this one pictured in Jakarta on December 2. ANTARA FOTO/Hermanus Prihatna

Anti-Marcos rally, De Lima-Dayan affair, Rodrigo Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:48 PM

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Nationwide protests today vs Marcos hero's burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

2ND UPDATE Protest rallies against the hero s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos begin across the country on Friday November 25 to mark the National Day of Rage and Unity

ANTI-MARCOS PROTEST. Various groups hold protest actions against the hero's burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Labor groups vs burial: Marcos started contractualization

Nov 22, 2016 - 4:06 PM

The plight of the labor sector started during Marcos time says labor group All Workers Unity at a rally protesting the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

NOT A HERO. Various labor groups stage a protest rally against the unannounced burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at Mendiola in Manila on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Venezuela rivals seek to ease political crisis

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro remain wary while the opposition itself is divided over the strategy with some groups refusing to sit down with the government

General view of the meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis, in Caracas on October 30, 2016. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela govt, mistrustful rivals in crisis talks

Oct 31, 2016 - 10:38 AM

The landmark gathering aims to defuse an increasingly tense political crisis

This handout picture released by Venezuelan Presidency shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) shaking hands with Venezuelan opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba, before a meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to settle the country's deepening political crisis, in Caracas on October 30, 2016. Venezuelan Presidency/Handout/AFP

David Guetta is coming to Manila

Oct 17, 2016 - 9:43 PM

David Guetta is set to hold a one night concert for his Unity tour

Facebook aims for better games with new partner Unity

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The team up might just change the social media platform s reputation as a casual gaming hub

Supporters to Robredo: Work with Duterte despite differences

Jun 30, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Despite the notable common goals and platforms shared by President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo the two have yet to meet since getting elected

UNITY. Supporters and former schoolmates of Robredo want her to work with Duterte despite their differences. Photo by Glee Jalea and Renzo Acosta

Belmonte backs emergency powers for Duterte vs traffic

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives says waiving the bidding for transportation contracts is fine as long as all information are made public

LP LEADER. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he might lead the members of the LP who will join the majority coalition if their members won't be asked to jump ship to PDP-Laban. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

NUP seals alliance with PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The National Unity Party is the latest political party to express support for President elect Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban

NEW ALLIES. The National Unity Party joins forces with the incoming ruling party, PDP-Laban. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Belmonte: 'Sizeable number of LP members still on my side'

May 31, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the party leadership s preferred scenario is for the LP to remain intact even as some of its members coalesce with the new majority bloc in the House

HOUSE LEADER. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte opens the 3rd regular session of the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Venezuelan officials and opposition meet mediators over standoff

May 29, 2016 - 10:48 AM

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez says President Nicolas Maduro initiated the meetings

PRO-GOVERNMENT. A handout picture made available by the Miraflores Press office shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) and his wife Cilia Flores arriving to join to a large crowd at a march in Caracas, Venezuela, 26 May 2016. Photo by Miraflores Press/EPA

3 Mindanao lawmakers shift to Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 24, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Peter Unabia and Mylene Albano of the Liberal Party along with Rogelio Pacquiao take their oath as PDP Laban members

NEW ALLIANCES. Several members of the House of Representatives have deflected to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LP lawmakers told: Support PDP-Laban, but stay with party

May 23, 2016 - 6:02 PM

More realignments in the House of Representatives: the National Unity Party reunites with Lakas CMD before entering into a coalition with PDP Laban

'I'm sure Alvarez will be next Speaker' – Belmonte

May 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

UPDATED He has or will soon have the numbers longtime House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says of newly elected Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

NPC to form alliance with Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition is the latest political party to express support for the incoming administration of president elect Rodrigo Duterte

COALITION. The Nationalist People's Coalition - the country's second largest political party - is now allied with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

Incumbent Antique governor defeated after 3 decades in power

May 12, 2016 - 9:34 PM

In a one on one race for the gubernatorial seat of Antique province incumbent Vice Governor Rhodora Dodod Cadiao defeats long time governor Exequiel Javier

Rappler file photo of Exequiel Javier (left) and new Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao (right)

Why Grace Poe quickly rejected Roxas’ call for unity talk

May 08, 2016 - 11:55 PM

It was because Mar Roxas was saying one thing and Liberal Party spokesman Edgar Erice was saying another says Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian

POE SPOKESMAN. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian makes a final pitch for presidential candidate Grace Poe. Rappler screengrab

Withdrawal of bets: Votes not transferrable – Comelec

May 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Votes for a candidate who withdraws will still be counted but will be declared as stray votes

WITHDRAWAL OF BETS. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says votes for candidates who withdrew will still be counted, but will be declared as stray votes. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

South Sudan forms unity government

Apr 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED Under an August 2015 peace deal the 30 posts of ministers are split between South Sudan President Salva Kiir former rebel chief turned first vice president Riek Machar opposition and other parties

UNITY GOVERNMENT A handout photograph released on April 27, 2016 by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) showing South Sudan first Vice-President-Designate Riek Machar disembarking from a plane at Juba International Airport, Juba, South Sudan, April 26, 2016. Handout photo by Isaac Billy/UNMISS/EPA

IN PHOTOS: 2016 Palarong Pambansa comes to an end

Apr 17, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Take a look at the scenes from the 2016 Palarong Pambansa closing ceremony

BALLOONS EVERYWHERE. A student-athlete happily plays with balloons during the Palaro 2016 closing ceremony. Photo by Roy Secretario/ Rappler

French, German FMs in Libya to back unity government

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The visit comes two days before a crucial vote by the country s recognized parliament on whether to endorse the Government of National Accord

Venezuelan protests seek Maduro's ouster

Mar 13, 2016 - 8:48 AM

Thousands of Venezuelans demonstrate against Maduro in northeast Caracas as the socialist president gathered thousands of his own red clad supporters in the center of the capital

MADURO OUT. Supporters of 'Justice First' party wave flags during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, March 12, 2016. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

100 Libya MPs back unity government, demand new vote

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:47 AM

Oil rich Libya has had two rival administrations since mid 2014 when the recognized government is forced from Tripoli after a militia alliance overran the capital The United Nations has been pushing both sides to back a unity government