#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 2, 2018

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EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

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In his Easter message, Pope Francis urged an end to the 'carnage' in Syria. The pontiff also prayed for peace and harmony in the Korean Peninsula. (WATCH: the Pope's Easter sermon)

Defunct Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 plunged back to Earth on Monday morning, April 2, breaking apart as it headed towards a watery grave in the South Pacific.

Meanwhile, the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, both ooze with confidence as the ballot recount for the vice presidency begins today.

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Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

The Tiangong-1 'mostly' burns up above the vast ocean's central region at 8:15 am (0015 GMT), China's Manned Space Engineering Office says, moments after predicting a slightly later re-entry over the Atlantic

Robredo, Marcos 'confident' as ballot recount set to begin

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Sunday Mass

Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) after the Easter Sunday Mass

Kuwait court sentences couple to death for Demafelis murder – source

(UPDATED) The death sentence against the employers of slain Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis can still be appealed if the couple returns to Kuwait, according to a source

Construction of NLEX-SLEX Connector Road to start by July

Back in July 2016, NLEX Corporation secured a P23.2-billion deal to build, operate, and maintain the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

Knowing how the model is built helps explain Cambridge Analytica’s apparently contradictory statements about the role – or lack thereof – that personality profiling and psychographics played in its modeling

[EDITORIAL]#AnimatED: Dear Facebook, it’s truly complicated

If you think that what is happening to Facebook is going to go away soon and does not have far-reaching consequences down the line, think again

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