November, 2018


India's flashpoint temple, off limits to women

SABIRAMALA, India – The stage is set for a fresh showdown in India with traditionalists aiming to prevent women from gaining entry to the Sabarimala temple, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites. In September India’s top court ruled that women of all ages could enter. But when it re-opened in October, hardliners … Source: Politics

'Yellow vest' protests against Macron snarl traffic across France

PARIS, France – Thousands of people blocked roads across France Saturday, November 17 in a “yellow vest” movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron. Tempers flared as some drivers tried to force their way through demonstrators, and one protester … Source: Politics

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

BANGUI, Central African Republic – Central African Republic (CAR) lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom was extradited to The Hague Saturday, November 17 to stand trial in the International Criminal Court probing war crimes and crimes against humanity, a government source said. The source said the charges against Yekatom, a … Source: Politics

Thai authorities retrieve ship after fatal Phuket capsizing

BANGKOK, Thailand – A ship that capsized in July off the coast of Thailand’s tourist hotspot Phuket – leaving dozens of Chinese tourists dead – was plucked out of the sea on Saturday, immigration officials said. In July, the Phoenix was carrying 105 people when it sank on the way back from a popular snorkeling spot. Divers … Source: Politics

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa

BANGUI, Central African Republic – A peacekeeper died after an attack on a United Nations (UN) base in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) and a priest was burnt to death, the UN and Catholic Church said Saturday, November 18 after sectarian clashes claimed nearly 40 lives. The soldier died in … Source: Politics

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators – U.S.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The US has welcomed Cambodia’s landmark genocide verdict and said it served as a warning that perpetrators of mass atrocities, “even those at the highest levels”, will eventually face justice for their crimes. A war crimes tribunal in Cambodia found the Khmer Rouge’s former head of state … Source: Politics

Depleted Azkals halt Timor Leste for 2nd win

MANILA, Philippines – The undermanned Philippine Azkals rode on their opening win momentum to escape cellar-dweller Timor Leste, 3-2, in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup on Saturday, November 17 at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia.  The Philippines goes up to the 2nd place in Group B with … Source: Politics

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

BEIRUT,  Lebanon – Air strikes by the US-led coalition Saturday, November 17 killed 43 people, mostly civilians, in a holdout of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a Britain-based monitor said. Seventeen children were among 36 IS family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the … Source: Politics

Heartbreak healed: NU Pep Squad completes comeback

      MANILA, Philippines – In 2017, the NU Pep Squad was on top of the world of cheerdancing. The powerhouse crew was gunning for a rare UAAP Cheerdance Competition title five-peat and stood as heavy favorites to actually do it in Season 80. However, that all came crashing down – quite literally … Source: Politics

[Dear Lola Saturnina] Ex na text nang text, crush na hanggang 'hahaha' lang

Editor’s Note: Rappler’s Life & Style section will be publishing an advice (you can also call it an intervention) column penned by @LolaSaturnina of Twitter snark fame. So if you’re in the mood to snap out of your tanga, need re-affirmation, or just happen to like writing letters, do … Source: Politics