U.S.-backed force seizes 90% of Syria's Raqa from ISIS

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq

WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Japan deploys missile defense to Hokkaido – minister

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Japan deploys an additional missile defense system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island

In this file photo, a man watches a screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 15, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:50 PM

A top White House aide says Trump will take aim at 'rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace'

The UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its seventy-first session, 12 September 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Security Bank, RCBC add anti-fraud measures to debit cards

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Both banks add a remote lock/unlock feature to guard against unauthorized transactions

Protests over St Louis police shooting turn violent for third day

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) St. Louis remains on edge after at-times violent protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the shooting death of a black man

FRONT LINE. Police confront demonstrators who were protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Britain lowers threat level after 2nd arrest over London attack

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The terror threat is downgraded from critical to severe, which still means that 'an attack is highly likely'

Commuters walk outside Parsons Green station, which was re-opened in the early hours of the morning following a bomb attack on a packed underground train, in south-west London on September 16, 2017. Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

Police arrest teenager over London train attack

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:03 AM

British police are looking for more potential suspects on the loose

PROBE CONTINUES. Police stand guard during a police raid in Sunbury, Surrey near London on September 16, 2017.  Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

North Korea vows to boost weapons program after sanctions

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country s sovereignty and right to existence

HAPPY DAYS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Rights groups slam UN council inaction over Myanmar crisis

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:37 AM

HRW official: This is ethnic cleansing on a large scale it seems and the Security Council cannot open its doors and stand in front of the cameras? It s appalling frankly

ESCAPING MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

New UN sanctions on North Korea: What do they mean?

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Here are some key questions on UNSC resolution 2375 and its attempt to end the North s nuclear weapons and missile programs

A wide view of the UN Security Council emergency meeting to consider the hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, conducted by the Democratic People'€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on September 4, 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Some banks suspend operations due to Tropical Depression Maring

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Here s a list of banks with limited operations in areas affected by Tropical Depression Maring

No hint of threat to 2018 Olympics – Bach

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:49 AM

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach downplayed security fears surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics

NO HINT OF FEAR. "There is not even a hint that there is a threat for the security of the games in the context of the tensions between North Korea and some other countries." Photo from PyeongChang Olympics 2018

No 'Plan B' for 2018 Winter Olympics – Pyeongchang chief

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:04 AM

The head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics says there is no plan B to move the Games as nuclear tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula

This photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

UN unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The resolution caps tough negotiations during which the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a bid to win support from China and Russia

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2375 (2017), condemning the sixth nuclear test of the Democratic People'€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and extending the targets and scope of the sanctions regime imposed on that country, September 11, 2017 at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of UN vote

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED The new draft moderates the toughest parts of the original proposal with a potentially crippling oil embargo on North Korea to be introduced progressively diplomats say

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

PNA hit by cyber attack on day of viral blunders – Andanar

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The PCOO Secretary says an IP address was supposedly trying to access the PNA s old server and dashboard

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

How secure are RFID cards?

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Banks are coming out with new RFID enabled cards Here s a primer on how they work and what you can do to protect yourself from potential skimming

U.S. pushes oil embargo on North Korea, takes aim at Kim Jong-Un

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The draft UN Security Council resolution takes aim directly at North Korea s leadership proposing a freeze on Kim s assets as well as those of the ruling Worker s Party of Korea and the government

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

Lenovo to pay $3.5M in lawsuit involving 750,000 vulnerable laptops

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The laptops in question are from 2014 and 2015 and contain pre installed software that left users open to cyberattacks

North Korea 'begging for war' after nuke test – U.S.

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The US accuses North Korea of begging for war and pushes for the strongest possible measures on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test

A wide view of the UN Security Council emergency meeting to consider the hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 4 September 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

China, Russia at UN urge talks with North Korea

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Russia backs China s proposal for a freeze on North Korea s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US South Korea military drills

HYDROGEN BOMB. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

North Korea could be preparing new missile launch – Seoul

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The September 3 blast had a strength of 50 kilotons defense ministry officials tell a parliamentary briefing

BLAST SITE. Lee Mi-Seon, a director of the National Earthquake and Volcano Center, shows a map of a North Korean location during a briefing about the 'artificial earthquake' in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 3, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea and its nuclear test: What next?

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Here are some key questions around the blast and the isolated state s nuclear program

People watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea declares H-bomb test 'a perfect success'

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:12 PM

6th UPDATE It marks a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force says a Pyongyang newsreader

IN THE NEWS. People watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

How the war renamed the bridges in Marawi

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:09 AM

3 bridges separate the battle area from the so called safe zone – and they have been getting new names as the war progresses

'Blockbuster' WWII bomb forces evacuation of 60,000 in Frankfurt

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:05 AM

4th UPDATE The operation is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post war Germany says Frankfurt s security chief

UNCOVERED. Frank Bender (L) and Marco Ofenstein of Rhineland-Palatinate's bomb disposal team inspect on September 1, 2017 a US aerial bomb of World War II that was found in Koblenz, western Germany. Thomas Frey / dpa / AFP

United Nations to vote on Mali sanctions regime

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The move is backed by Mali s government which earlier told the council that repeated ceasefire violations by jihadists threatened to derail a 2015 peace agreement ending years of fighting with the insurgents in the north

North Korea warns Japan of 'imminent self-destruction'

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The North s official KCNA news agency decries the former colonial power in a commentary saying: Japan has now come out with its sleeves rolled up in supporting its master s anti DPRK war moves

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Over 2M Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:51 AM

More than two million Muslims from around the world begin the hajj pilgrimage at Islam s holiest sites

SPIRITUAL TREK. Muslim pilgrims walk and pray on Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on the eve of Arafat Day which is the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage on August 30, 2017. Karim Sahib/AFP

Myanmar villages burn as Rakhine unrest rages

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The violence which erupted 6 days ago after Rohingya militants staged surprise raids on police posts has shown little sign of abating leaving at least 110 confirmed dead and sending thousands fleeing

BURNING. Smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village in the area near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 30, 2017. Stringer/AFP

China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from standoff

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi: Of course we hope the Indian side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent similar things from happening again

BORDER SECURITY. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) gesturing next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. Diptendu Dutta/AFP

UN Security Council unanimously condemns North Korea missile test

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The 15 member body maintains its unity after Kim Jong Un s latest provocation with China and Russia agreeing to sign up to a statement condemning his isolated regime s action

A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting during which it adopted a statement on the recent launch of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), August 29, 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Hajj pilgrimage: Saudi Arabia says ready to welcome over two million pilgrims

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Pilgrims are to begin gathering from Tuesday evening August 29 in Mina Valley near Mecca to prepare to climb Mount Arafat considered the climax of the hajj on Thursday August 31

HOLY SITE. Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Karim Sahib/AFP

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED The launch of the Hwasong 12 intermediate range missile was supervised by leader Kim Jong Un the official Korean Central News Agency reports

ALERT. Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

China says North Korea tensions reached 'tipping point'

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterates Beijing s call for peace talks saying pressure and sanctions against North Korea cannot fundamentally solve the issue

HUA CHUNYING. Photo from

Suicide bomber kills 5 in Kabul bank blast

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED The blast happens outside a bank at a time when many security forces personnel are expected to be collecting their salaries ahead of this week s Eid holiday

Japan wakes up to North Korean missile warnings

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Millions of Japanese awake to ominous text messages warning them to take cover as a North Korean missile flies overhead

EMERGENCY BROADCAST. A woman looks at a television news displaying warnings via the 'J-alert' system in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Australia offers to train Philippine troops in ISIS fight

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Australia which has an extensive defense cooperation program with Manila has already deployed two high tech AP 3C Orion aircraft for surveillance and is keen to provide further help

In this file photo, smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, June 6, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Lies about foreign ownership a form of harassment - Rappler

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:56 AM

We don’t mind being criticized; we just ask that it be honest and factual

India says troops 'disengaging' after stand-off with China

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The foreign ministry says it has reached an understanding after talks with Beijing on the confrontation in an area near the Indian border that is claimed by both China and Bhutan

SECURE CROSSING. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. File photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Myanmar gov't, militants trade Rakhine atrocity accusations

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Myanmar s Aung San Suu Kyi accuses Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in troubled Rakhine state

In this file photo, fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. Sam Jahan/AFP

DW Capital faces SEC probe for P2.6B in 'unauthorized' trades

Aug 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM

This comes after the watchdog unit of the Philippine Stock Exchange sought the corporate regulator s nod to take over DW Capital

ANOTHER FIASCO. PSE issues preventive order after the lawyers of the clients of DWCI requested to prohibit DWCI from trading the shares of stock of their clients. Brokers, traders and staff at the Philippine Stock Exchange. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Netizens question cops' visit to Ateneo rally vs extrajudicial killings

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED Two policemen reportedly asked for the names of the leaders of the protest rally The Guidon reports Was this intended to intimidate?

INTIMIDATION? Two cops riding a police car without a license plate reportedly arrives at a mobilization held in the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo from The GUIDON

UN calls on South Sudan to stop impeding its peacekeepers

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Egypt s envoy to the world body Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta says that UN Security Council members have also asked all parties to the conflict to put a halt to offensive operations

U.S. warship collisions raise cyberattack fears

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:08 PM

A spate of incidents involving US warships in Asia including a deadly collision this week off Singapore has forced the navy to consider whether cyberattackers might be to blame

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

North Korea reveals missile plans as Kim orders production boost

Aug 23, 2017 - 10:41 AM

UPDATED North Korea s leader Kim Jong Un has ordered more production of rocket engines and intercontinental ballistic missile ICBM nosecones state media says

This photo taken on May 6, 2016 and released on May 7 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reporting works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/ AFP

Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Mohamed Houli Chemlal 21 says he knew of the plans two months ago as he and 3 other suspects appear in court for the first time since twin attacks killed 15 people and wounded more than 100

TO COURT. Mohamed Houli Chemlal, suspected of involvement in the terror cell that carried out twin attacks in Spain, is escorted by Spanish Civil Guards from a detention center in Tres Cantos, near Madrid, on August 22, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Tillerson says talks with North Korea may be close, notes 'restraint'

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:08 AM

UPDATED But in keeping with a dual track strategy of reaching out to the North diplomatically while increasing economic pressure Washington also imposed new sanctions on Chinese and Russian firms suspected of doing business with Pyongyang

MILITARY PARADE. Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP