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South Korean megachurch leader's rape term extended

May 17, 2019 - 11:29 PM

A Seoul appeals court has sentenced Pastor Lee Jaerock to 16 years behind bars

SENTENCED. In this file photo, South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Allison Mack can face up to 40 years in prison for pleading guilty to recruiting women to join a cult-like society of 'sex slaves'

South Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Pastor Lee Jaerock's victims were 'unable to resist as they were subject to the accused's absolute religious authority,' says a judge of the Seoul Central District Court

ARRESTED.South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Japan executes last sarin attack cult members on death row

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) The execution of the 6 Aum Shinrikyo members draws a line under the horrific attack which shocked the world and prompted national soul-searching over the group and its crimes

1995 SARIN ATTACK. A woman walks past a screen flashing a TV news channel showing a picture of Masato Yokoyama, a member of the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult behind the deadly 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway, in Tokyo on July 26, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan executes sarin attack cult leader, 6 followers

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(UPDATED) Japan's Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa confirms the 7 executions, saying the Aum members were responsible for 'extremely atrocious and grave acts that were unprecedented and should never happen again'

CULT LEADER. In this file picture taken on July 19, 1995, Shoko Asahara (C), head of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, is transferred from Tokyo police headquarters to Tokyo District Court for questioning. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang battered-wife syndrome ng Inang Bayan

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nagiging depensa ng mga biktima ang pagbubulag-bulagan. Nagiging kanlungan nila ang katahimikan

As religious cults emerge in Indonesia, how should gov't deal?

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:39 AM

The Indonesian government should guarantee religious freedom to anyone including members of religious minorities Perpetrators of violence including those who attacked the Gafatar camp should be brought to justice

DIBAKAR. Seorang prajurit TNI menyaksikan permukiman eks-Gafatar yang dibakar massa di kawasan Monton Panjang, Mempawah Timur, Kalbar, Selasa (19/1). ANTARA/Jessica Helena Wuysang

China court jails religious 'cult' leader for life

Oct 31, 2015 - 3:28 PM

Wu seduced dozens of women by telling them sex with him could give them supernatural power

#PugadBaboy: Cursed by Charm

Jun 30, 2014 - 5:00 AM

'Breaking Bad' finale tops ratings, downloads

Oct 02, 2013 - 12:45 PM

10 3 million viewers 500 000 illegal downloads; Australia leads Top 10 in online piracy Philippines at No 8

FINALE. 'All bad things must come to an end.' Photo from the show's Facebook

Rappler Newscast | August 23, 2013

Aug 24, 2013 - 12:14 PM

Aquino: ‘overhauled’ pork barrel will replace PDAF Keen says Internet has been an “epic failure ” Trials for the gang rape of an Indian student move towards conclusions

#ThinkPH: Internet an 'epic failure,' says author

Aug 23, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Internet entrepreneur Andrew Keen criticizes the Internet in the ThinkPH summit organized by Rappler Google and Social Good

#ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You

Aug 06, 2013 - 4:42 PM

Andrew Keen author of the Cult of the Amateur and other international experts will challenge the way you see the world today and help you imagine the potential applications of big data in your business and personal life

Dinagat: The hands that heal hold power

May 05, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Nearly half a century after their patriarch transformed his faith healing organization into a vote delivery machine the Ecleos are still ruling one of the poorest provinces

Ecleos clash as sentiment for change grows in Dinagat

May 03, 2013 - 10:58 PM

New province Dinagat Islands is among the provinces in the country with the lowest income The politics is dominated by the Ecleo clan regarded as royalty by the locals because of the family’s alleged healing powers

North Korea mourns late Dear Leader

Dec 17, 2012 - 11:41 AM

Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack on December 17 2011

DEAR LEADER. Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died a year ago in Pyongyang. Photo from Facebook

[Fashion] A stylish extravaganza

May 09, 2012 - 6:59 PM

A smorgasbord of fresh fashion ideas for the season highlight Rustan s fashion collections

KIDDOS IN GYPSY ROSE. Little girls just love to dress up. All photos by Joulo Visabella