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6 decades of missions to Mars

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:44 PM

A look back at some key Mars missions over the last 60 years

A picture taken on July 5, 2020 shows the entrance of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), in the Gulf city of Dubai. The oil-rich United Arab Emirates has built a nuclear power programme and sent a man to space, and now plans to join another elite club by sending a probe to Mars. Only the United States, India, the former Soviet Union, and the European Space Agency have successfully sent missions to orbit the Red Planet, while China is preparing to launch its first Mars rover later this month. The UAE, a collection of sheikhdoms better known for its skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands and mega attractions, is now pushing to join their ranks in what will be a first for the Arab world.  GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

'About equality, not politics,' Hamilton says as 6 drivers refuse to take knee

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in Formula One, kneels before the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix while wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt

TAKING A STAND. Lewis Hamilton says taking a knee is an 'emotional and poignant chapter in the progress of making F1 a more diverse and inclusive sport.' Photo from Twitter/@F1

Elite UK school Eton apologizing to ex-pupil for racist abuse

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:47 PM

'We have made significant strides since Mr Onyeama was at Eton but... we have to have the institutional and personal humility to acknowledge that we still have more to do,' says the school head

APOLOGIZE. The faced of Eton College in England. Shutterstock.com

Emotional Wallace smiles on NASCAR return as noose probe launched

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Multiple drivers and crew show support for Bubba Wallace as NASCAR launches probe against a noose found in his garage

TOGETHER. Bubba Wallace posts a photo with him and his fellow drivers rallying behind in support of him. Photo from Bubba Wallace's Twitter

Outrage as noose found in garage of NASCAR driver Wallace

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Bubba Wallace is the only black driver who races full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series

SPEAK UP. Bubba Wallace has been outspoken about racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Klobuchar exits VP contention, says Biden should pick black woman

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:04 PM

US Senator Amy Klobuchar says the protests that erupted in the aftermath of a brutal police killing of a black man in her state of Minnesota helped her realize the need for greater diversity in the presidential contest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives her opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate committee gathered to vote on authorizing 35 subpoenas into the origins of the FBIs Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

America's original sin: Floyd death prompts historical soul-searching

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:16 PM

'We're seeing tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of Americans wrestling with fundamental questions of what do we do with the unsavory – and, let's be frank, even immoral – aspects of our past.'

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on June 10, 2020. The symbols of the Confederate States and its support for slavery are being targeted for removal following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in police custody. Parker Michels-Boyce / AFP

Trump nixes idea of renaming U.S. bases honoring Confederate heroes

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:47 PM

10 bases honoring generals from the secessionist South, which lost the Civil War and its struggle to preserve slavery, are in the spotlight

Fort Bragg, NC / US - May 20, 2020: Iron Mike Statue Commemorating Airborne Troops Throughout History Shutterstock.com

'Time for a change': Anti-racism protesters march across U.S.

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Protests took place from New York to Los Angeles with Washington as the epicenter

UNREST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. gears for weekend protests amid anger at new police abuses

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Massive street demonstrations are set including in Washington DC where tens of thousands of people are expected.

Protestors kneel and raise theirs fists during a vigil at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York, June 5, 2020 against the death of George Floyd and instances of police brutality. The United States has seen more than a week of nationwide protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd, captured in a shocking video showing white officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for his life. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

U.S. scrambles to stem anger as Trump faces backlash for violent crackdown

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Protests have been held in cities across the country, mostly peaceful but many descending into mayhem as night falls, with both activists and officials blaming rabble-rousers, and thousands arrested

A man with an upsidedown US flag walks during a demonstration for the end of police brutaity in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina on June 2, 2020. US President Donald Trump said June 2, 2020, that he was now looking for a state to host the Republican National Convention later this summer, after North Carolina said it could not do so as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte was the designated city to hold the Republican convention from August 24 until August 27. Logan Cyrus / AFP

[OPINION] Learning from Kagawad Jonjon Elago

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'

[OPINION] A reflection on Kap Mena, Estero de San Miguel, and the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'Anguished questions are raised again and again. How will they manage until the money arrives? How long must the money be made to last? And then what? When can they start working again? Will they still have jobs once the lockdown is lifted?'

Horror crash mars end of Daytona 500

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:19 PM

The crash leaves veteran driver Ryan Newman seriously injured and hospitalized

UNFORTUNATE. Celebrations in the Daytona 500 are muted by a last-lap crash that left Ryan Newman hospitalized. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos smash records at SEA Games 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The stellar performance of Filipino athletes leads to multiple shattered records in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Kristina Knott bags the gold for the 200m womens. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Olympic hopeful Daniel Caluag grabs BMX racing silver

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:22 PM

After a heartbreaking start to his SEA Games campaign, Filipino BMX star Daniel Caluag bounces back and clinches a silver

Daniel Patrick Caluag of the Philippines bags silver against Thailand during the finals of the BMX race cycling event of the 30th SEA Games at the BMX Track, Tagaytay City Centrum on December 10, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH dragonboat team paddles to SEA Games double bronze

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:19 AM

Thailand and Indonesia lord it over as the Philippines twice settle for 3rd in the traditional boat race

PODIUM FINISH. The Philippine dragonboat team adds to the country's medal haul. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Build, Build, Build? Evict, Evict, Evict!

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Is the public aware of the thousands of urban poor families facing demolition, eviction, and relocation to make way for tons of cement and steel?

Abahan, Guarte cap PH sweep of SEA Games obstacle course racing

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Sandi Abahan and Mervin Guarte rule the 5k x 20 obstacle category as the Philippines captures all 6 gold medals in the inaugural sport

FASTEST. Sandi Abahan adds another gold medal to the Philippines haul in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Former gymnast strikes SEA Games gold in obstacle course racing

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Kaizen dela Serna, a former member of the Philippine gymnastics team, finds success in obstacle course racing

CHAMP. Kaizen dela Serna is part of the Philippines' 4 gold-medal haul in SEA Games obstacle course racing. Photo from Instagram/@delasernakaizen

IN PHOTOS: Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Race for Water Foundation is organizing school visits and workshops to educate different individuals and organizations on the global plastic pollution challenge

Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa for school visits, workshops, September 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DENR suspends all dragon boat races in Boracay

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends all dragon boat race activities in Boracay in the wake of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of a local dragon boat group

These 'Drag Race' queens are bringing the 'Werq the World' tour to Manila

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:22 PM

From Violet Chachki to Miss Vanjie, these queens are giving Filipino fans a good dose of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent

WERQ THE WORLD. The 'Drag Race' queens take their show on the road for the 'Werq the World' tour. Photo from Facebook.com/WerqTheWorld

Racehorse trainer Baffert denies doping Triple Crown king Justify

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Triple Crown winner Justify fails a drug test, but racing officials say several horses tested positive at the same time, an indication that contaminated feed was involved

CASE DISMISSED. Horse racing officials say it would have been a 'complete miscarriage of justice' if horse Justify or trainer Bob Baffert had been penalized. Photo by Al Bello/ AFP

Race car driver Jessi Combs dies in high-speed crash

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:55 AM

The record-breaking attempt of 39-year-old American racer and Mythbusters star Jessi Combs turns fatal

TRAILBLAZER. Jessi Combs earned the title of 'the fastest woman on 4 wheels' in the male-dominated sport. Photo from Ultra4 Racing Facebook

‘Drag, beauty, fashion, glamour’: An interview with ‘Drag Race’ superstar Alaska Thunderfuck

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The extraterrestrial Glamazon talks about her music, Manila, ‘RuPaul,' and female empowerment – ‘whether they have a vagina or not'

Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Around 500 runners start running Saturday, August 17, for the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race meant to commemorate those who died trying to cross the wall during the Cold War

BERLIN WALL RACE. Participants of the so-called Friendship-Run run past a remaining section of the Berlin Wall on the eve of the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race on August 16, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Warren and Sanders vs moderates: Liberals under fire in 2nd debate

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The sharp ideological battle lines shines through immediately in the second debate of the 2020 Democratic primary race

LIBERALS. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

France's Macron announces creation of a new space force command

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'We will reinforce our knowledge of the situation in space, we will better protect our satellites, including in an active manner,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

SPACE COMMAND. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/Pool/AFP

Duterte 'refuses' to choose next House Speaker

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he asked House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to choose her successor but she supposedly declined

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sara Duterte throws big party after HNP poll victory

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Speaker hopefuls flock to the table of President Rodrigo Duterte, the 'thanksgiving dinner' guest of honor, as the homestretch of the speakership race approaches

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte performs a duet with his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Le Tour de Filipinas will be a tactical race

May 27, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The 10th Le Tour de Filipinas will cover 822.2 kilometers of paved road down south of Manila, split into 5 stages

GRUELING RACE. The 10th edition of Le Tour de Filipinas will run for 5 days. Photo from Le Tour de Filipinas' Facebook page

Former F1 champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

May 21, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The three-time Formula One world champion enthralled race fans worldwide for his track victories and comeback from a horrific crash

LEGEND. Austrian Niki Lauda has been hailed as a ‘role model for courage’ and ‘a benchmark’ for the sport. Photo by Erwin Scheriau/APA/AFP

The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines

May 17, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Only 1 in 10 entries survive this brutal 600-kilometer MacArthur competition of pigeon racing or karera ng kalapati from Leyte to Manila

n this photo taken on March 25, 2019, Jaime Lim, one of the Philippines' best-known pigeon fanciers, shows one of his racing pigeons at his home in Manila. It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. This is the MacArthur competition -- the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race. It's a tough challenge for the birds and a tense affair for the owners. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

Free-to-play: 'Forza' racing series coming to Android and iOS

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Forza Street marks the first time the franchise will be on mobile devices

Photo from Microsoft

Spartan Race to kick off Southeast Asian series in Batangas

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The race also aims to prepare the athletes who seek to compete in the first-ever obstacle race event in the 2019 SEA Games

RISING SPORT. The Spartan race aims to help develop obstacle course race athletes in the Philippines.

PH racer Daniel Miranda tops TCR series Asian category

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Daniel Miranda emerges as Asia's best and nabs 2nd overall right on his debut in the TCR Asia series

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT. Daniel Miranda proves that he is one of racers to beat in the TCR series. Photo from Eurasia Motorsport Facebook

‘Drag Race’ winner Bianca del Rio: ’If you can’t laugh at yourself, how can you laugh at someone else?’

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:28 PM

‘So long as you have a sense of humor about yourself, it works out well to have a sense of humor about other people,’ says the drag queen known for her biting brand of insult comedy

CLOWN IN A GOWN. The drag queen and stand-up comedian known for her sass and unapologetic, biting humor tells the Manila press that she’s one to never take herself seriously, so she’s able to poke irreverent fun at people. ‘You gotta laugh, and you gotta have a good time,’ she says. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Global arms control architecture 'collapsing' – U.N. chief

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,' says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as he asks the US and Russia to preserve a crucial nuclear treaty

UN CHIEF. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses an assembly in Africa in February 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/ AFP

[OPINION] What is racism?

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

'Race is a constitutive social construction because highly complex social structures, including habits and practices, are built firmly on the usefulness of race as a tool to keep those in power firmly in their positions in society.'

Photo from Shutterstock

Will China's moon landing launch a new space race?

Jan 05, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Because of the secrecy that surrounds many aspects of the Chinese space program, its exact capabilities are unknown. However, the program is likely on par with its counterparts.


The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Hanoi to host F1 race in 2020

Nov 01, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Vietnam will just be the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race after Malaysia and Singapore

HIGH SPEED. Drivers compete during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit last September. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Buffaloes plough through annual Thai racing festival

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:52 PM

This is the 147th year the Thai coastal town of Chonburi is celebrating its annual week-long water buffalo or carabao race

Thai farmers ride on buffalos during the annual buffalo racing festival in Chonburi province on October 29, 2012. The annual race takes place at the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent, before the full moon of the 11th lunar month. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP

Next stop F1? Mick Schumacher can be 'one of sport's greats'

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:14 AM

The teenage son of Michael Schumacher rules the Formula Three European Championship

NEXT GEN. Germany's Mick Schumacher of Prema Theodore Racing celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the Formula 3 European title on Germany's Hockenheim circuit. Photo by AFP

Brazil's Lula quits presidential race, Haddad to run instead

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence

After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Speed-crazed women drivers are bound to turn heads in the deeply conservative desert kingdom, which overturned the world's only ban on female motorists in June

SPEED. Rana Almimoni, a 30-year-old Saudi motor racing enthusiast, drifts a car on a track in Dirab motor park, on the southern outskirts of the capital Riyadh, on July 19, 2018. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Filipino bet misses jet ski race in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Billy Joseph Ang didn't get to see action at all as Indonesian customs refused to release his jet ski

Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Formula One icon Fernando Alonso says it's time for him to 'move on' after 17 years

MOVING ON. F1 racer Fernando Alonso looks forward to ‘new exciting challenges’ after the season. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

White supremacists set to rally outside White House a year after deadly clash

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

United States President Donald Trump tweets a generic condemnation of racism a year after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

FACE OF RACISM. A member of the Ku Klux Klan attends a rally on July 8, 2017 calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP