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International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Mali's European allies and regional partners are anxious, given the country's poverty, ethnic mix, and strategic location at the heart of the Sahel

CLASHES. In this file photo, protesters gestures on a barricade put up in front of the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, where the influent Imam Mahmoud Dicko led a prayer dedicated to the victims of the clashes of the past two days in Bamako on July 12, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

3 months on, families still waiting for SC to act on prisoners' release

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:35 PM

'Three months of waiting is beyond enough. Yet we are still waiting for the Court to deliver what the Chief Justice vowed,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim

Kanye West says he's running for U.S. president

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,' the rapper and fashion designer tweets

2024? Kanye West again tweets about plans to run for president of the US. Photo from Kim Kardashian's Instagram

UK historian quits Cambridge over slavery claim

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Professor David Starkey is also dropped by his publisher HarperCollins

RESIGNED. British royal historian Professor David Starkey resigns from Cambridge. File photo from AFP

French ex-PM Fillon given 5-year sentence in fraud trial

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Francois Fillon is found guilty of orchestrating a fake job for his wife – a scheme that saw her paid over a million euros in public funds over a 15-year period

Rappler Talk: Steven Rood on populism in Philippine politics

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:40 PM

On Tuesday, June 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to political scientist Steven Rood about populism as a recurrent thread in the Philippines

Facebook lets users block political ads, aiming to quell outcry

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Users will have the option to turn off all paid political ads in the US and in 'countries where we have enforcement on ads about social issues, elections and politics,' says Facebook

This illustration picture, taken on January 12, 2020 shows Facebook social network logo reflected on a eye in Rennes, western France.  Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

'Vote for life': Kapatid urges SC to act on petition for prisoners' release

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

'We pray that the Supreme Court will choose to vote for life in favor of the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic now invading prison facilities,' says Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim

VOTE FOR LIFE. Families of political prisoners troop to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 17, to ask justices to immediately act on the petition filed for the release of prisoners most at risk to the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of KAPATID

Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination in Florida

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The most visible portions of the Republican National Convention will be moved to the city of Jacksonville following a row over coronavirus restrictions with the governor of North Carolina


[OPINION] Who are the people in your neighborhood? On voluntarism and politics

May 05, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'No wonder we end up with bad leaders! You just offer a bit of help and smile nicely, and everyone thinks you can be a government official.'

Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz agree to form unity government

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The three-year agreement allows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay in office for 18 months. Parliament speaker Benny Gantz will then take over as premier for the remaining 18 months.

UNITY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival, parliament speaker Benny Gantz, agree to form an emergency unity government on April 20, 2020, ending the worst political crisis in the country's history. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel MPs tasked with ending deadlock over unity gov't

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Israel's deeply divided 120-member parliament has no clear path towards a stable governing coalition, so the move risks prolonging the country's worst-ever political crisis

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Israel rivals resume unity gov't talks with 2-day deadline

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:34 PM

A deal would give Israel its first fully functioning government since December 2018, stability that could prove crucial as it confronts the coronavirus pandemic

RIVALS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), President Reuven Rivlin (C), and Benny Gantz attend a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. File hoto by Yonatan Sindel/AFP

Spy chief named Iraq's 3rd PM-designate this year

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Mustafa Kadhemi has ascended to the role as Iraq faces a budget crisis brought on by the collapse in world oil prices and the spread of the novel coronavirus

THIRD. A handout picture released by the media office of the Iraqi Presidency on April 9, 2020 shows President Barham Saleh (3rd R) and his new prime minister-designate spy chief Mustafa Kadhemi (R) along with other members of their government during a meeting in Baghdad. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAQI PRESIDENCY MEDIA OFFICE

In Venezuela shift, U.S. asks Guaido to renounce power – for now

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Nicolas Maduro and Juan Guaido should set up a transitional government to arrange elections in 6 to 12 months.

SHIFT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado (L) during a meeting at the Department of State on February 6, 2020 in Washington,DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Venezuela prosecutor's office summoned Guaido for 'attempted coup'

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The opposition leader is recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries, including the United States, that refuse to recognize socialist President Nicolas Maduro after his disputed 2018 reelection

SUMMONED. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Israel's Gantz calls for 'emergency unity government'

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:37 AM

Israel's ex-military chief Benny Gantz wins the speakership vote with 74 lawmakers voting in favor and 18 against in the 120-seat chamber

BENNY GANTZ. In this file photo, Benny Gantz delivers a statement in the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan, on March 7, 2020. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Yuli Edelstein's resignation paves the way for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz, who is trying to form a government, to place an ally in the powerful post

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018, Israeli parliament (Knesset) speaker Yuli Edelstein gestures prior to attend a session of Questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris, as part of his state visit to France. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

[OPINION] If you don't like being criticized so much, then do your damn job properly

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'There would be a lot less flak being hurled at public officials if there was a stronger perception of focused leadership from the top. Hell, ANY kind of leadership from the top.'

Pompeo in Kabul to try to break political deadlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The visit comes just a day after the Afghan government and Taliban held their first discussion on prisoner exchanges – a key step in a broader push for peace

BREAK DEADLOCK. In this handout photograph taken and released by Press Office of President of Afghanistan on March 23, 2020, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) during their meeting in Kabul. AFP PHOTO/Press Office of President of Afghanistan

Hong Kong political rivals woo voters with free face masks

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Politicians from both the pro-democracy camp and its pro-Beijing rivals have seized on the face mask shortage, beginning a charm offensive with voters even before official campaigning kicks off

FACE MASK POLITICS. Hong Kong pro-democracy district councillor Eason Chan gives a resident face masks and cleaning products at a public housing estate in Lam Tin in Hong Kong on March 14, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

KAPATID appeals for release of low-level offenders, elderly, sick prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM

'This is not only an urgent matter of life and death but also of justice,' KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim writes in an open letter to the Duterte administration

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Ex-NPA chair Salas Supreme Court case tests political offense doctrine

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex-CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020. Photo by Rappler

Putin lays out path to staying in power

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Vladimir Putin says Russia needs evolutionary change, 'because we have had enough of revolutions' while suggesting that Russia may not yet be ready for a new leader

POWER. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses lawmakers debating on the second reading of the constitutional reform bill during a session of the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, in Moscow on March 10, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Attendee at conservatives' political summit has coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:57 PM

This attendee 'had no interaction' with President Trump or Vice President Pence and 'never attended the events in the main hall' at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC, says the organizer

CPAC 2020. Members of set up crew work on the final setup during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] The problem with 'pointing out bias' and 'demanding objectivity'

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Have you ever been told to 'be objective,' or that you're 'too biased in your political views'?

A review of Joel Rocamora’s 'Impossible is Not So Easy: A Life in Politics'

Mar 01, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The book raises important questions like: Can a reformist be considered a leftist or a revolutionary? Can good people thrive in bad governments?'

Malaysian king hits back at Mahathir amid crisis

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:56 PM

He rejects Mahathir Mohamad's plan to convene parliament to vote on the country's next prime minister, after it was widely criticized as against the constitution

POLITICAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on January 31, 2019, the incoming 16th King of Malaysia, the sixth Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah (R) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) pray during the welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Malaysia in turmoil as Mahathir, Anwar vie for power

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'Party politics must be put aside for now. If allowed, I will try to form an inclusive government, not siding with any political parties,' says Mahathir Mohamad.

AFTER RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's Office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018. File photo by AFP

Malaysia's political machinations: What happens next?

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Here are some details about the political crisis and what could happen next

CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 1, 2018, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (R) and politician Anwar Ibrahim leave after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Thai court dissolves key pro-democracy party

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The nine-member constitutional court dissolves the Future Forward Party, ruling a $6-million loan by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit breached the law governing political parties

DISSOLVED. Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks with fellow members and MPs at the political party's headquarters in Bangkok on February 21, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Trillanes turns down political asylum offers: Fight is here

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'Parang abandonment 'yun e, andirito 'yung laban e so we have to be here,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV

POLITICAL ASYLUM? Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he turned down offers of political asylum. Photo by Rappler

Romania's liberal government falls after 3 months in office

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 PM

A total of 261 of 465 MPs vote in favor of a motion against the minority government led by Ludovic Orban, which took over in November

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban looks on during a no-confidence vote initiated by the Social Democrat Party at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on February 5, 2020. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano

YES TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano (2nd from L) and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel (1st from R) oppose the anti-dynasty are against the proposed anti-dynasty amendment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Putin sends political plan to MPs in quick-fire Russia reform push

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Putin of wanting to remain 'leader for life'

CHANGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido gains access to parliament speaker's seat

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Earlier, dozens of National Guard troops wearing helmets and carrying riot shields blocked Juan Guaido from entering Congress

ACCESS. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido speaks at the National Assembly, in Caracas, on January 7, 2020. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

Austria's Kurz returns as world's youngest chancellor

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Sebastian Kurz, 33, vows to 'protect the climate and the borders' as he becomes chancellor of Austria

CHANCELLOR. Austria's President Alexander van der Bellen (R) looks on as Austria's designated Chancellor Sebastian Kurz signs a document during a swearing-in ceremony of their new coalition government on January 7, 2020 at the President's office in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Spain PM awaits backing from Catalan separatists for new term

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Such support from the ERC, Catalonia's oldest and biggest pro-independence party, would be a clear sign that months of political deadlock in the major European Union country will be coming to an end

Dozens of South Korean MPs charged over parliamentary standoff

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Seoul prosecutors indict Liberty Korea party leader Hwang Kyo-ahn and 23 of his MPs on charges including causing a commotion at the national assembly and illegal detention

INDICTED. This picture taken on April 26, 2019 and received on January 2, 2020 by Yonhap News Agency shows South Korea's opposition party members lying on the floor linking arms to block access to a committee room in an attempt to stop legislation being passed, at the National Assembly in Seoul. File photo by STR/Yonhap/AFP

In 2020, we will tell more people stories

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Rappler reporters share the most-read stories they’re proudest of

Goodbye, 2019: Five reasons this year stands out

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Journalists who speak truth to power, citizens who turn rage into action – these are among the 5 things that make 2019 stand out

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The results are not expected until next week

ELECTIONS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. File photo by John Wessels/AFPJOHN WESSELS / AFP

Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Rage, rage, rage: The world in 2019

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Here are 2019's most unforgettable moments from the trenches

A YEAR OF PROTEST. A Lebanese demonstrator kicks back a tear-gas canister during clashes with riot police in the capital Beirut on December 15, 2019. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Rappler Jealousy List 2019

Dec 27, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Our reporters and researchers pay tribute to colleagues from other news organizations who delivered stories they wish they pursued in 2019

#PHVote 2019 wRap: New faces bring changes to governance

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Here's a quick lookback at the results of the 2019 midterm elections

A new bayanihan: Filipinos use social media to help people in 2019

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:57 PM

At a time when polarizing issues and disinformation muddle conversations on digital platforms, people have shown that social media remains to be a means to engage communities for social good