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Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:23 PM

At least 13 leading activists appear in court on Monday, July 13, to be formally charged with 'inciting' an unlawful assembly, which carries up to 5 years in jail

VIGIL. In this file photo, activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan urges Beijing to acknowledge Tiananmen crackdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Hundreds of people, mostly students, were killed on June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square during the Chinese Communist Party's suppression of demonstrations calling for democratic reforms

A man wearing a face mask walks in front of Tiananmen during the 31st anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests, in Beijing on June 4, 2020. NOEL CELIS / AFP

Pope to resume window addresses to faithful

May 26, 2020 - 11:04 PM

With the pontiff now set to return to the window, police will be on hand to ensure that believers and onlookers observe social distancing rules, says the Holy See

WINDOW ADDRESSES. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Macau bans Tiananmen exhibition for first time in 30 years, says activist group

May 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM

'For 30 years, we've been the organizer of the exhibition and we have always been happy to cooperate with the bureau and follow instructions,' says a Facebook post by the Democratic Development Union

Police officers patrol an area outside Beijing's Tiananmen Square (back) on World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2020. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

'FFVII Remake' in screenshots: 25 hours into the game

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:35 PM

For those who have already played the game, relive some of the game's moments with our 'FFVII Remake' visual diary here

Screenshot from Final Fantasy VII Remake/Square Enix

Saint Peter's Square, basilica closed to tourists until April 3

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The Holy See says the measures will remain in place until April 3 'in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus'

CLOSED. People gather at Saint Peter's square during Pope's Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace on December 29, 2019 at the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

'Final Fantasy VII Remake' demo out now

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Gamers can now play the first chapter of 'Final Fantasy VII' – the Mako Reactor bombing mission

CLOUD STRIFE. Cloud is the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Photo from Square Enix

Mourners pack Iran city as top general's remains return

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Qasem Soleimani's remains and those of 5 other Iranians killed in the US drone strike are expected to be flown to Tehran for more tributes on Sunday evening, January 5

MOURNING. A large crowd surrounds the coffins of slain top commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as they are transported atop a vehicle after their arrival at Ahvaz International Airport in southwestern Iran on January 5, 2020. Photo by Fatemeh Rahimavian/Fars news/AFP

Iraqis keep up sit-ins amid fears of 'bloodbath'

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:57 PM

(UPDATED) 12 protesters die on Saturday, November 9, when security forces cleared out protest sites, medical sources say

PROTESTERS MOURN. Mourners carry the casket of an Iraqi protester, who was killed the day before during protests in the capital, during his funeral in the central Iraqi city of Najaf on November 10, 2019. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq students join protests as pressure on government swells

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The protests are unprecedented in recent Iraqi history for their ire at the entire political class, including Abdel Mahdi, parliament speaker Mohammed Al-Halbussi and even traditionally revered religious leaders

PROTESTS. Iraqis demonstrators wave a national flag (L) and another bearing the words 'O Hussein' in Arabic, referring to the prophet Mohamed's grandson Imam Hussein ibn Ali, in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

More than a dozen dead in renewed Iraq protests as thousands rally

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The demonstrations represent a second phase of a weeklong movement in early October demanding an end to widespread corruption, unemployment and an overhaul of the political system

NEW PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters march with national flags and pictures of people who were killed before in previous protests earlier in the month, during an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 25, 2019. AFP photo

Protests multiply in Iraqi capital after 3 killed

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:29 PM

(UPDATED) The demonstrations are the first major challenge to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, who formed his government a year ago this month and who controversially blamed the violence on 'aggressors' among the protesters

PROTEST. Smoke rises from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. Photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

Tiananmen Square 'Tank Man' photographer dies

Sep 14, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Charlie Cole's photograph of 'Tank Man' has become one of the defining images of the 20th century

TANK MAN. An unidentified man stands in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square. File photo from Wikipedia

China flag flies at half-mast for Tiananmen crackdown leader

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Li Peng is reviled by activists as the 'Butcher of Beijing' for his role in the military's brutal suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations on June 4, 1989

TIANANMEN SQUARE. The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on July 29, 2019, in memory of China's former premier Li Peng, who died on July 22 at the age of 90. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Bethlehem's Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

UNESCO notes the high-quality work of Church and Palestinian officials in restoring 'roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors'

A view of a stained glass window at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank holy city of Bethlehem on July 2, 2019. Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, was removed from UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites on today following restorations there. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list the same year due to its poor condition. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

‘Final Fantasy VIII Remastered’ announced

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The game comes out this year

Photo from Square Enix

'Final Fantasy VII Remake' gets a release date

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Expect March 2020 to have some buster sword-swinging action in Midgar!

CLOUD STRIFE. Cloud's coming back next year! Screenshot from YouTube

Silence, U.S. tensions mark Tiananmen 30th anniversary in China

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) In Hong Kong, thousands of people are gathering Tuesday night, June 4, for a candlelight vigil tinged with symbolism as the city struggles to preserve its cherished freedoms.

SILENT, SECURED. Police officers patrol and secure an area on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 3, 2019. China marks 30 years since the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4, 1989. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

30 years after Tiananmen, U.S. says hopes dashed as China defends crackdown

Jun 04, 2019 - 12:29 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salutes the 'heroic protest movement,' which he says still stirs 'the conscience of freedom-loving people around the world'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on warned that Russia would seek to interfere in elections for decades ahead and vowed that Washington would try to thwart its efforts. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

From 1989 to '1984': Generation Tiananmen lament China's descent

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'It is no longer just the Chinese democracy activists' responsibility to bring China to freedom and democracy, nowadays the whole world share a piece of blame and responsibility,' says Wu'er Kaixi, a student leader during the 1989 protests

TIANANMEN SQUARE. This file photo taken on May 14, 1989 shows students and people gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, after an over-night hunger strike as part of the mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government. Photo by Catherine Henriette/AFP

Hong Kong's alienated youngsters split over Tiananmen vigil

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Hong Kong is the only place inside China where public commemorations, like the Tiananmen vigil, can be safely held. Yet youngsters are becoming a rarer sight.

This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows 21-year-old student William Chan posing in front of a replica of the "Goddess of Democracy" statue from the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's youth are shunning their city's annual Tiananmen vigil, focused on fighting their own pro-democracy battles instead of commemorating a historical atrocity against compatriots from whom they feel steadily more alienated. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

'Unimaginable:' Families of Tiananmen dead demand truth

May 31, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Thirty years after the killings of June 4, 1989, the Chinese government still keeps a lid on what really happened and how many died on that fateful day.

A handout photograph taken in March 2019, and released on May 29, 2019 by the Tiananmen Mothers via Human Rights in China. Handout photo by Tiananmen Mothers via Human Rights in China/AFP

China detains activists, mutes livestreams ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

May 31, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Discussions of the 1989 pro-democracy protests and its military suppression are taboo in China, and authorities have rounded up or warned activists, lawyers and journalists ahead of the anniversary each year

HONG KONG REMEMBERS. Pro-democracy activists attend a march in Hong Kong on May 26, 2019 to commemorate the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China is 'threat to world' says dissident writer

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'My dream is that China splits up into 10 or so countries. Because China as it is today is a threat for the whole world,' Liao Yiwu says as his latest book, 'Bullets and Opium', is published in France

PATRIOT. File photo of Chinese dissident poet Liao Yiwu. Photo from wikipedia.org

'Kingdom Hearts 3' review: Buckle up for an insane roller-coaster ride

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How strong is your love for animated Disney action and Square Enix storytelling? Check out our review of Kingdom Hearts 3!

Mammoth crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran... means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,' says President Hassan Rouhani, decrying a 'conspiracy' involving Washington

40TH ANNIVERSARY. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on February 11, 2019 shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing crowds during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

High-flying Harden makes history at the fabled Garden

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

James Harden dazzles with 61 points to continue a scoring pace the NBA hasn't seen since the heyday of Wilt Chamberlain

LEGACY. James Harden says he intends to sustain his record-breaking scoring show. Photo from NBA Twitter

Duterte’s New Year message: Reflect, learn from past lessons | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:49 PM

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Big Apple joins in ringing in New Year after rough 2018

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Rain-soaked New York joins the new year festivities with the annual Times Square ball drop and performances from various artists

WATCH: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:47 AM

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa urges journalists to 'stand together' against disinformation

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:08 PM

Ressa, who is among the journalists to be honored at the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, calls on journalists to 'move away from competition' in the face of disinformation and attacks to press freedom

UNITE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa calls on fellow journalists to stand united against disinformation in an interview with CNN on Monday, December 31. Rappler file photo

China confirms death of ex-gov't spokesman who denied Tiananmen deaths

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Yuan Mu defended the Chinese government after soldiers of the People's Liberation Army fired on unarmed pro-democracy protesters

MORE KILLED? An activist sits in front of a poster of the 'Tank Man' a popular figure related to the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. File photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

3 'Final Fantasy XV' DLC cancelled as director leaves company

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Game director Hajime Tabata leaves following a statement from Square Enix reporting a loss of 3.73 billion yen

UNHAPPY ENDING. Final Fantasy XV's DLC production ends. Screen shot from livestream.

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,' says Pope Francis

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

One dead, scores injured in grenade blast at Ethiopia PM's rally

Jun 23, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The health minister says 154 people were injured and another had died, without giving further details

RALLY. Ethiopians cheer on stage during a rally called by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018. A small blast sparked panic at a public rally for Ethiopia's new Prime Minister attended by tens of thousands of people on June 23, 2018. Photo by Yonas Tadese / AFP

WATCH: BLACKPINK is back with music video for ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The video shows the girls all glammed up – atop a diamond-encrusted tank at one point because why not?

THEY'RE BACK. The girls of Black Pink continue to amaze. Screenshot from Black Pink's official Instagram account

Fresh produce, Filipino food take spotlight at 8th Philippine Harvest

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The fair takes place from June 14 to 17 at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street

That Disney charm remains strong in 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:18 AM

The mega-popular Square Enix-Disney mashup is still a charmer

TOY STORY. 'Kingdom Hearts 3'  is set to feature Pixar worlds. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

WATCH: E3 2018's South Hall featuring Square Enix, Capcom, Ubisoft booths

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Get a load of what these game makers have in store for fans at E3 2018!

RESIDENT EVIL 2. Capcom's booth was highlighted by the remake of the Playstation classic and a new Megaman game. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Square Enix's E3 2018 showcase is short and sweet

Jun 12, 2018 - 1:49 AM

Here's a roundup of the major things from the Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase

'Kingdom Hearts 3' and 'Nier Automata' coming to Xbox One

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kingdom Hearts 3' will arrive on Xbox One on January 29, 2019, while 'Nier Automata: Become as Gods Edition' arrives on June 26, 2018

KINGDOM HEARTS 3 ON XBOX. Microsoft confirms both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Nier Automata as Xbox One-bound. Screenshot from livestream.

Crowds gather for Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has seen tens of thousands gather at the candlelit vigil in Victoria Park since 1990, while any mention of Beijing's brutal crackdown on students calling for democracy on June 4, 1989, remains strictly censored in the mainland

REMEMBRANCE. People arrive in Victoria Park ahead of a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, 2018, to mark the 29th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

This is the E3 2018 press conference schedule

May 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Here's a full schedule of press conference times for this year's E3 at Los Angeles, along with a shareable Manila timezone graphic

E3. E3 2018 promises its own brand of surprises. File photo of E3 2017 by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Women's vote campaigner statue unveiled in London

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:42 PM

This is first statue of a woman in London's Parliament Square and coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Britain

SUFFRAGIST. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (center) speaks as London Mayor Sadiq Khan listens during the unveiling of a statue of suffragist and women's rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett by British artist Gillian Wearing in Parliament Square in London on April 24, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Even Fardous Square, where a giant effigy of dictator Saddam Hussein was symbolically pulled down with the help of US Marines, remains to be revamped

A picture taken on April 5, 2018, Baghdad's Fardoos Square where the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein formerly stood.  After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Firecracker ban, Tropical Depression Agaton, New Year in New York | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Freezing New York City welcomes 2018 with tightest security

Jan 01, 2018 - 1:56 PM

With most dressed in thick coats and snow gear, New Yorkers and tourists face a night tipped to be the coldest since 1962 – with temperatures of 14 F (-10 C) that felt like 4 F with the wind chill

BALL DROP. A view of Times Square during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Dick Clark productions/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 10 Christmas trees in Manila that will put you in a festive mood

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The holiday spirit is in the metro with these bright, beautiful Christmas trees

O, CHRISTMAS TREE. Christmas trees all over the city put people in a festive mood. Photos by Precious del Valle and courtesy of Sofitel Manila

Dengvaxia issue, Sereno acquittal, Cotto retirement | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Miguel Cotto retires from boxing with loss to Sadam Ali

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:02 PM

'It is,' says Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto when asked if the bout is his last. 'I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family.'

HIS LAST. Miguel Cotto reacts after losing to Sadaam Ali in their Junior Middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 02, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP