Robredo hits culture of violence in fraternities

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:45 PM

'Mahirap talagang intindihin... Maraming paraan para masukat mo kung gaano ka-desidido iyong isang tao na sumali [sa grupo],' says Vice President Leni Robredo on hazing

DIP. Vice President Leni Robredo's satisfaction ratings dropped by 11 points from 37% in Deecember to 26% in April, based on a survey by the Social Weather Stations. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Only a moron would say I 'surrendered' to Marcoses – Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Anti-martial law groups launch protests on Thursday comparing President Rodrigo Duterte to Marcos, who is also notorious for human rights violations under his regime

5TH VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Inside the brotherhood: Thoughts on fraternity violence

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

So many young promising men had been put to waste. So many dreams had been shattered. So many families had been broken.

Protests over St Louis police shooting turn violent for third day

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) St. Louis remains on edge after at-times violent protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the shooting death of a black man

FRONT LINE. Police confront demonstrators who were protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Myanmar villages burn as Rakhine unrest rages

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The violence which erupted 6 days ago after Rohingya militants staged surprise raids on police posts has shown little sign of abating leaving at least 110 confirmed dead and sending thousands fleeing

BURNING. Smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village in the area near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 30, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Fresh violence kills 71 in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED The office of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says 12 security officials had been killed alongside 59 militants – the highest declared single day toll since fighting broke out last year

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Kenya's Odinga calls strike as he mulls options

Aug 14, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Kenya s opposition leader Raila Odinga urges his supporters to stay home from work Monday August 14 to mourn those killed in protests over what he claims was a rigged election while he mulls his next move

A portrait of embattled Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is carried by a crowd waiting for his arrival in Nairobi, on August 13, 2017 in Mathare, a neighborhood of the capital. Marco Longari/AFP

Charlottesville: Race drags town into a fight it does not seek

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:41 AM

A pretty university town imbued with American history Charlottesville Virginia has been thrust into the news by right wing extremists whose views are deeply at odds with the city s sense of its own values

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

White House defends Trump's response to Virginia violence

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED But Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer blames US President Donald Trump for creating an atmosphere of coarseness cynicism [and] bullying in America

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press about protests in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. A picturesque Virginia city braced Saturday for a flood of white nationalist demonstrators as well as counter-protesters, declaring a local emergency as law enforcement attempted to quell early violent clashes.  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Pressure mounts on Kenya opposition to quell deadly protests

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Kenya s defeated opposition faces mounting calls at home and abroad to calm their supporters

UNREST. A man runs away from Kenyan security forces patrolling in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on August 12, 2017, following overnight protests against the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by opposition supporters. Simon Maina/AFP

One dead at U.S. far-right rally, Trump blames 'many sides'

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED The FBI and federal prosecutors have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident that killed one woman and wounded 19 in Charlottesville Virginia

CRIME SCENE. People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Jittery Kenya awaits final election results after disputed poll

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The east African nation keenly aware of post poll violence a decade ago that left 1 100 dead in on a knife edge after a day of isolated protests in opposition strongholds

POST-POLL VIOLENCE. Protesters set up a burning barricade using tyres in Kibera slum in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, during protests against Kenya's national election results. Tony Karumba/AFP

Venezuela government fights growing isolation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Meanwhile Caracas steps up moves against the opposition whose protest movement appears to be losing steam as repression against it increases

TRICOLOR. Anti-government activists demonstrate against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a barricade set up on a road in Caracas on August 8, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

SC justices express outrage over killing of Butuan judge

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III calls the attack an insult to the Philippine National Police and calls for the immediate arrest of the killers

OUTRAGE. Supreme Court justices issue a statement expressing outrage over the killing of a Butuan City regional trial court judge

Kenya on a knife edge ahead of high-stakes elections

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The August 8 election is seen as a crucial test of Kenya s progress since a disputed poll a decade ago led to two months of politically motivated ethnic clashes

POSTERS EVERYWHERE. A man looks at his phone as he sits at a bus stop decorated with election campaign posters of Kenya's National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Nairobi on August 2, 2017. Simon Maina/AFP

Venezuela sends two top opposition leaders back to jail

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:18 PM

UPDATED Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were both already under house arrest when they were picked up by the intelligence service their relatives say

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gives a message at this house in Caracas on July 26, 2017. Leopoldo Lopez/handout/AFP

Venezuela protest ban dampens street opposition to Maduro

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED President Nicolas Maduro warns that anyone taking part in new protests against the election to choose a Constituent Assembly tasked with rewriting Venezuela s constitution risk up to 10 years in prison

UNREST. Anti-government activists take shelter during clashes with riot police in a protest in Caracas on July 28, 2017. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Israel police brace for new violence at Jerusalem holy site

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Friday prayers typically draw thousands to Al Aqsa and according to police there are indications that disturbances and demonstrations will take place today

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on July 27, 2017 shows a general view of Jerusalem's Old City skyline from the west, with the Golden Dome of the Rock seen in the center of Al-Aqsa mosque compound, also known as the Haram al-Sharif or to Jews as the Temple Mount. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Fears of open civil conflict have prompted an exodus of thousands of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia

PROTESTS. Anti-government activists burn tires during clashes with the National Guard in Caracas on July 27, 2017 on the second day of a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:55 AM

4th UPDATE The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

TIMELINE: Jerusalem holy site crisis

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:48 PM

The series of events that led to the violence that killed 8 people in Jerusalem s Haram al Sharif compound

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills 8

Jul 23, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Israeli officials signaled they may be open to changing the measures at the Haram al Sharif mosque compound after the violence that killed 8 people two policemen included

THREAT. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces pressure over violence in Jerusalem holy site that killed 8 people. File photo by Menahem Kahana /AFP

Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

Jul 23, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The UN Security Council will hold closed door talks Monday July 24 about the spiraling violence after Egypt France and Sweden sought a meeting to discuss the issue

Palestinian demonstrators attempt the block the road ahead of Israeli police cars outside Lions' Gate, a main entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 22, 2017. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Venezuelan opposition readies another strike

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Venezuela s opposition calls a fresh 48 hour general strike against embattled President Nicolas Maduro s plans to have the constitution rewritten

Opposition activists clash with riot police during a march towards the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in an offensive against President Maduro and his call for Constituent Assembly in Caracas on July 22, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:59 PM

According to the International Rescue Committee internally displaced people are extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse

Iraqi PM hails victory over 'brutality and terrorism' in Mosul

Jul 10, 2017 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Haider al Abadi hails the retaking of Mosul – where ISIS dealt Iraqi troops a devastating defeat three years ago – as a key moment in the war against the jihadists

SHATTERED CITY. A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows a general view of the destruction in Mosul's Old City. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

When hope fights back amid conflict in Marawi

Jul 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Violence may have become the new normal but people are not letting it get in the way of their lives

10-year jail time for 'Pastor Hokage' FB group members sought

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:54 PM

These people have no right to enjoy our Internet freedom only to abuse our women and children says Senator Risa Hontiveros in pushing for Senate Bill 1251 or the Anti Gender Based Electronic Violence bill

Venezuela gov't supporters beat opposition lawmakers in congress

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The armed group broke through the gates of the only state institution still nominally controlled by the opposition in another episode of political violence

ATTACKED. Opposition deputy Americo De Grazia (C) is assisted after being injured by supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who stormed into the National Assembly building in Caracas on July 5, 2017 when opposition deputies were holding a special session to mark Independence Day. Francisco Bruzco/AFP

More than 50 people killed in multiple Pakistan attacks

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:45 AM

A top government official in Parachinar says that the twin blasts that tore through a market in the area were carried out by two suicide bombers

MULTIPLE ATTACKS. Pakistani residents gather along a road as smoke billows after a twin blasts at a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram tribal district, on June 23, 2017. Photo by STR/AFP

Gov't-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The Catholic Church puts the death toll in the troubled Kasai region at more than 3 300

DISPLACED.This file photo taken on June 7, 2017 in Kikwit shows a volunteer bringing daily food rations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at a camp for IDPs fleeing the conflict in the Kasai region. John Wessels/AFP

'Peace-loving' Muslims included in Calida terror list – expert

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Balik Islam Group in the Philippines is very peaceful very democratic and very tolerant and linking them with ISIS is in fact providing them an injustice says terror expert Rommel Banlaoi

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on May 26, 2017, announces that the state of Marital Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate Mindanao. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

As Venezuela burns, a divided region proves short on solutions

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Ministers from the Organization of American States meet to seek elusive solutions to the crisis in Venezuela as the death toll from weeks of clashes at anti government protests rises

VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Opposition activists clash with riot police during a demonstration against the government of President Nicolas Maduro along the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas on June 19, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

LGUs hold key to ending sexual harassment in PH

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:03 PM

Local governments should enforce ordinances penalizing sexual harassment in public spaces says an expert on women empowerment

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. UN Women Asia-Pacific Consultant Katherine Belen stressed that local government executives need to step up in creating policies that promote safety in public spaces. Photo by Rambo Talabong

I met a former Maute soldier. He’s a child.

Jun 14, 2017 - 5:36 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Rappler talks to a former Maute Group child soldier Cayamora and Farhana Maute promise his parents he will study Koran but they turn him into a fighter instead

TRAINING. Child soldiers are taught to kill early on. Rappler sourced photo

Why the needless and remorseless violence?

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

What the fundamentalist seeks is something we must all heed because it is something common to our quest: stability

Teen killed in Venezuela as general urges troops not to hurt protesters

Jun 08, 2017 - 9:57 AM

The warning by General Vladimir Padrino Lopez who is also Maduro s defense minister comes after more than two months of violent clashes between protesters and security forces

FIGHT GOES ON. Opposition demonstrators protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on June 7, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

French police shoot attacker outside Notre Dame in Paris

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:26 PM

UPDATED The suspect claims to be a soldier of the caliphate of the Islamic State group according to a source close to the investigation

SECURITY INCIDENT. French police officials gather at the entrance to Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on June 6, 2017. Bertrand Guay/AFP

Clashes as Venezuela opposition turns up heat on government

May 30, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Monday s May 29 rally is the first since the weekend announcement of the stepping up of pressure on Nicolas Maduro

DEFIANCE. Opposition activists and riot police clash during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on May 29, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

CHR to Duterte: Rape is never a joke

May 28, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Women especially those poor and vulnerable who bear the brunt of the ongoing violence on the ground are not objects of ridicule either says the Commission on Human Rights

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Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

May 27, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Although for many Ramadan is a time for families to gather and break the fast with an iftar meal at sunset and socialize this year it has been marked by violence

HOLY MONTH. Filipino muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan at the Quiapo Islamic Center on May 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ISIS claims deadly attack on Egypt Christians

May 27, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The jihadist group claims in a statement that its fighters set up a checkpoint for the Christians as they headed to the monastery then killing them and setting one of their vehicles on fire

ISIS CLAIMS ATTACK. An image grab taken from Egypt's state-run Nile News TV channel on May 26, 2017 shows the remains of a bus that was attacked while carrying Egyptian Christians in Minya province, some 260 kms south of the capital Cairo, killing dozens people according to state media and the health ministry. TV Grab from Nile News/AFP

Ramadan in Libya: little cash and too much violence

May 27, 2017 - 5:16 PM

There s no point in praying and fasting when a neighbor goes hungry says a fast food restaurant owner in Tripoli

RAMADAN STARTS. A butcher cuts meat for clients at a market in the center of the capital Tripoli, as the faithful prepare for the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, on May 25, 2017. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

13 dead as Taliban car bomber hits CIA-funded Afghan militia

May 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED Provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat says members of the elite Khost Provincial Force were the target of the attack

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

May 27, 2017 - 2:50 PM

US President Donald Trump vows to stand with Muslim leaders to counter terrorism and the ideology that fuels it

VISIT. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Clashes as Venezuela protesters target military base

May 27, 2017 - 10:05 AM

The opposition is trying to sway the support of the armed forces a key pillar of the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro who is resisting opposition calls for early elections