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1st Thailand pro-democracy march since 2014 coup

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Discontent with the administration of ex-army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seething, with a progressive opposition party disbanded and the country's economy faltering

PROTEST. A man holds a sign that reads, 'We are tired of Prayut, stop the 2017 constitution' during a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

More than 250 arrested after Ethiopia coup bid – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The country has been on high alert since the attack in the capital Addis Ababa and northern Amhara state left the national army chief, a retired general, and 3 senior regional officials dead

HIGH ALERT. A woman mourns among soldiers standing guard ahead of the National funeral service, at the millennium hole in Addis Ababa, of Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces Seare Mekonnen and of Major-General Geza'e Abera, a retired former senior official in the Ethiopian army on June 25, 2019. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

Rioting breaks out in Venezuela amid 'attempted coup'

May 01, 2019 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says he has defeated an attempted coup – congratulating the armed forces for having 'defeated this small group that intended to spread violence through putschist skirmishes'

RIOT. Opposition demonstrators clash with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after troops joined opposition leader Juan Guaido in his campaign to oust Maduro's government, in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Venezuela opposition's Lopez leaves Chile embassy for Spanish consulate

May 01, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Chile's foreign minister tweets: 'Lilian Tintori and Leopold Lopez – who are of Spanish descent – moved to the Spanish embassy. They made a personal decision.'

CRISIS. Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivering a message at the Miraflores presidential palace. Handout photo/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Politicos register for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The registration is marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they enter a stadium in central Bangkok

REGISTRATION. A supporter displays a placard of Action Coalition for Thailand party candidate Man Charoenwan, depicted as 'Superman' during registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Thailand to hold first election since coup on March 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) The poll date is set to ignite campaign season in a country where colorful and boisterous political rallies have often tipped into deadly violence

South Korea apologizes for rapes by 1980 martial law troops

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'On behalf of the government and military, I bow deeply and offer my words of apology for the unspeakable, deep scars and pain inflicted on innocent victims,' says a public apology by defense minister Jeong Kyeong-doo

ON GUARD. A South Korean soldier stands on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong joint industrial complex at a military checkpoint in the border city of Paju on August 21, 2015. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trillanes scores victory, Sagay massacre, social media users | Evening wRap

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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Trillanes scores victory, court junks arrest warrant

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(5th UPDATE) Saying his court is 'powerless' to undo an earlier ruling dismissing the coup charges against the opposition senator, Makati Judge Andres Soriano rejects a justice department plea to arrest President Duterte's chief critic

Sen. Antonio Trillanes at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Judge Soriano of Makati is at 'last stage’ of deciding Trillanes case

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Makati judge skips a conference in Tagaytay to finish what is arguably the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE MAN. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano stands to decide on the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Guevarra: Up to Duterte if he wants to review other amnesties

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'For now, the focus is on Senator Trillanes,' says the justice secretary

Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agency on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reporter testifies with amnesty officials: I saw Trillanes apply

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

GMA News Online news editor Mark Merueñas, who was a defense reporter in 2011, takes the stand before Makati Judge Andres Soriano

TRILLANES AMNESTY. Former DND ad hoc committee secretariat head Colonel Josefa Berbigal is the one of the main defense witnesses to attest that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed his application form for amnesty. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Trillanes says he has no special request if jailed

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The mutineer-turned-senator says he will surrender to authorities when the time comes: 'We are prepared for the worst. Yayakapin ko 'yang eventuality na 'yan.'

PREPARED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is prepared for the worst to come. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Scott Morrison sworn in as new Australian PM after bitter coup

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, wins a party vote 45-40

OATH-TAKING. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes part in an oath-taking ceremony to become the nation's new leader at Government House in Canberra on August 24, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Turkey sacks 18,500 staff before expected end of coup emergency

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Official Gazette says 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers over suspected links to terror organizations that 'act against national security'

LEADER. Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour as he arrives to the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Venezuela sends 'coup plotters' to jail

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The group Foro Penal announces that a military court has handed down sentences of between 3 and 6 years

Turkey releases 2 more journalists in newspaper trial

Mar 10, 2018 - 1:04 PM

'Turkey's problems are not resolved just because we are set free. As journalists, our mission is to do our job fearlessly as we did before,' says Sabuncu

EDSA 3? Alejano says Duterte critics tap legal processes

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:55 PM

'We're not [taking] the law into our own hands,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who was once part of two failed coups d'état

NO COUPS. Gary Alejano, a former soldier and mutineer, says the opposition resorts to legal remedies and not coups. Photo by Rappler

Yemen gov't warns of coup as separatists take over headquarters

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher warns that the events are headed towards 'total military confrontation'

CLASHES. Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghe pictured at the United Nations Office in Geneva last April 25, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Turkey dismisses over 2,700 in post-coup purges

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 2,756 people were removed from different bodies including the interior, foreign and defense ministries

Zimbabwe war veterans at heart of Mugabe's downfall

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:57 PM

Just before the president stepped down, war veterans' leader Christopher Mutsvangwa called further street protests, telling Mugabe "Smell the coffee. Your time is up."

WELCOME. Supporters hold a banner, wave the Zimbabwean national flag and cheer as they gather to welcome Zimbabwe's incoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa upon his arrival at Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on November 22, 2017. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana / AFP

Sedition, coup, graft complaints filed vs Trillanes

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the complaints will not stop him from 'exposing' President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces several complaints filed by lawyers allied with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. Photo from Senate PRIB

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) Military vehicles block roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers deliver a late-night television address to the nation

UNDER HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony/AFP

4 lessons in creativity from design master Kenneth Cobonpue

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Kenneth talks about the importance of hard work and how inspiration can strike anytime

Almost 500 go on trial in Turkey's biggest coup case

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The suspects are accused of running the coup bid from the Akinci air base northwest of the capital which the authorities regard as the headquarters of the plotters

FACING TRIAL. Defendants Kemal Batmaz (first row, C) and Akin Ozturk (second row, C) and other defendants are accompanied by gendarmerie as they arrive for their trial at Sincan Penal Institution at the 4th Heavy Penal Court near Ankara on August 1, 2017.  Adem Altan/AFP

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

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

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Turkey marks coup defeat with rallies, Erdogan warning to 'traitors'

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:14 AM

UPDATED The authorities have declared July 15 an annual national holiday of democracy and unity billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy

UNITE. The mass rally will also be joined by pro-Erdogan supporters (pictured above) to show unity during the aftermath of the failed coup. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey marks failed coup that changed country

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The country is in the throes of the biggest purge in its history against alleged coup supporters while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seen his grip on power tightened rather than weakened

HANDS UP. In this file photo, a man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the partially shut down Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. File photo by Gurcan/AFP

Where does the military stand with Duterte?

Apr 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

In the last 9 months the military has been acting like the adult in its complex relationship with the commander in chief

President Rodrigo Duterte salutes to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Venezuela president rejects coup claims in crisis

Mar 31, 2017 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED Maduro s opponents and political analysts allege a coup after the Supreme Court took over powers from the legislature and removed lawmakers immunity

MADURO. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro waves next to former president of Spanish government Jose Luis Rodriguez (L) former president of Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez (C) in the Presidential Palace in Caracas on July 21, 2016. File photo by Juan Barretto/AFP

Turkey threatens migrant deal after Greek coup ruling

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Turkey could not look favorably on a country which protects terrorists traitors coup plotters says Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

'POLITICAL' DECISION? Turkish army officers leave the Supreme Court building in Athens escorted by Greek police, after judges block their extradition to Turkey to face trial over their alleged involvement in the July attempted coup, on January 26, 2017. Photo by Eleftherios Elis/AFP

Turkey dismisses over 8,000 in new wave of post-coup purges

Jan 07, 2017 - 8:35 PM

According to 3 new decrees published within the state of emergency imposed after the coup 8 390 more civil servants are to lose their jobs from 63 different state institutions

Turkey coup suspects trial begins in Istanbul

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:57 PM

The trials following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to be the most far reaching legal process in Turkish history

Turkish special force soldiers stand guard at the courthouse on December 27, 2016 at Silivri district in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey fires 15,000, shuts 375 NGOs in latest coup purge

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:39 AM

More than 100 000 people have already been suspended or sacked so far in a crackdown on those alleged to have links to coup plotters while dozens of media outlets have been shut down

PURGE CONTINUES. In this file photo, people walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The prime political concern of Erdogan following the failure of the coup has been winning support to change the existing constitution to create a presidential system

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Centre in Ankara on November 3, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Duterte: 'No need to stage coup vs me. I myself will swear you in.'

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The President also offers dinner and Cabinet posts to his human rights critics

President Rodrigo Duterte accommodates the press at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Davao City on November 1. The President, accompanied by his youngest son Sebastian Duterte, visits his parents' grave in the traditional observance of Undas (All Saints' Day) . SIMEON CELI/ Presidential Photo

Over 35,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe – minister

Oct 23, 2016 - 3:57 PM

More than 35 000 people have been arrested over alleged links to the group said to be behind the failed coup in July

With coup defeated, Erdogan eyes vote on revamped powers

Oct 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The plan to create a presidential system means Turkey is likely to be heading to a referendum in the first half of next year analysts say

MORE POWERS SOON? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech during the draw ceremony for judges and public prosecutors at the Bestepe National Congress And Culture Center in Ankara, on October 12, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

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Oct 04, 2016 - 8:17 PM

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Trillanes: No need for coup vs 'self-destructing' Duterte

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Alam nyo di na kailangan mag coup sa gobyernong ito dahil nagsasarili naman says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on allegations he is among those behind an ouster plot against the President

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Turkey suspends 12,800 police, shuts TV channel

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Of the 12 801 suspended from duty as part of the investigation into the coup attempt 2 523 were police chiefs the police authorities say in a statement

Turkey police detain Gulen's brother in coup probe

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:20 AM

Kutbettin Gulen is accused of membership of an armed terror group says the state run Anadolu news agency

Evasco: LP members, Trillanes plotting coup

Oct 01, 2016 - 3:47 PM

UPDATED Senator Trillanes dismisses the allegation saying it is absolutely not true

COUP PLOT. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco says plotters are out to oust President Duterte. Photo by Bert Laput/Rappler

Turkey set to extend state of emergency, 32,000 jailed

Sep 29, 2016 - 7:39 AM

The state of emergency has provided the legal framework for the biggest crackdown in Turkey s modern history but also raised alarm among its partners in the European Union and United States

Turkish police arrest a teacher wearing a T-shirt reading 'Don't touch my teacher!' in Diyarbakir on September 24, 2016, during a protest against the suspension of teachers for suspected links with militants. Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Sep 27, 2016 - 8:16 PM

The National Intelligence Organization has suspended 141 personnel in an internal probe over links to US based preacher Fethullah Gulen

FAILED COUP. People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

Back to school in Turkey after post-coup teacher purge

Sep 20, 2016 - 9:07 AM

Students arriving at school were handed pamphlets from the education ministry commemorating the triumph of democracy on July 15 and in memory of the martyrs

School children leave their class two-by-two during their first day back at school on September 19, 2016 in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey detains prominent journalist in coup probe

Sep 10, 2016 - 6:59 PM

Journalist Ahmet Altan and his brother Professor Mehmet Altan were detained early in the morning by Istanbul anti terror police the state run Anadolu news agency reported

Turkey, EU agree to ease tensions after failed coup

Sep 09, 2016 - 8:33 PM

Several Turkish and EU officials had engaged in a war of words after the attempted putsch

FAILED COUP. People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP