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PH charges social media-savvy widow of terrorist with inciting to rebellion

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Karen Aizha Hamidon, the wife of slain Ansar Khalifa Philippines leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, has recruited fighters to join the siege in Marawi City

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[ANALYSIS] What Islamic State East Asia looks like post-Marawi

Oct 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The siege of Marawi, in its 143rd day, has opened a door for the Islamic State that the eventual retaking of Marawi by government forces cannot shut

AFTERMATH. Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on June 6, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Calida, Dalquez, Fisher | Midday wRap

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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'Peace-loving' Muslims included in Calida terror list – expert

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Balik Islam Group in the Philippines is very peaceful very democratic and very tolerant and linking them with ISIS is in fact providing them an injustice says terror expert Rommel Banlaoi

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on May 26, 2017, announces that the state of Marital Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate Mindanao. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

20 ISIS cell groups operate in Mindanao – Calida

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:25 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says however that these cell groups have been degraded to almost an insignificant number

REBELLION? Solicitor General Jose Calida takes the ISIS flag to the Supreme Court (SC) on June 14, 2017 as part of evidence to say that ISIS links to local terror groups is proof that the Marawi City siege is a case of rebellion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Turkey's AKP to hold extraordinary congress May 21 –media

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AKP party officials confirm Erdogan will be a candidate for party leader at the congress the Hurriyet daily and the NTV television channel report

ERDOGAN AND THE AKP. Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference with the Latvian President during Erdogan's visit to Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/ AFP

Turkey set for watershed poll on expanding Erdogan powers

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The referendum will shape its political system for the next generation and determine the key NATO member s future relationship with the West

In this file photo, 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

Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:13 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Classified documents obtained by Rappler identify the Filipino millennial who beheaded a Caucasian in an ISIS video released in June 2016

Counterterrorism: Why the death of AKP's Tokboy matters

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Maguid s death also spells the death of his group Ansar Khalifa Philippines feared for having the closest connection among local terror groups to ISIS fighters in Syria

RED CAR. Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwang Maguid was intercepted on board a red Toyota Wigo in the vicinity of Angel Beach Resort in Barangay Kitagas of Kiamba town on January 5, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 6, 2017

Jan 06, 2017 - 10:20 AM

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Nazareno, Bautista, Uson | Evening wRap

Jan 05, 2017 - 8:51 PM

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National Privacy Commission, AKP, Russian ambassador | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:22 PM

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Top leader of pro-ISIS PH terror group killed

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:03 AM

UPDATED National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr confirms that Mohammad Jaafar Maguid leader of the Ansar Khalifa Philippines is dead

KILLED TERROR LEADER. Authorities circulate this mug shot of Mohammad Jafar Maguid in Sarangani province in 2010 after he escaped from his jail cell. (Photo from the Sarangani Information Office)

Duterte in Japan, citizens’ hotline, Vatican on cremation | 6PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Pro-ISIS groups in PH, gender equality, Apple sales | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

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4 PH terror groups link up with pro-ISIS fighters in region

Oct 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

A Jakarta based think tank warns of cross border extremist operations citing the Davao City bombing in September as proof of these linkages in Southeast Asia

EVIDENCE OF LINKAGES. Jakarta-based think tank IPAC says the bombing of a night market in Davao City is evidence of linkages between Mindanao extremist groups with foreign jihadists. Rappler file photo

48 wounded in eastern Turkey car bombing

Sep 12, 2016 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Turkish officials blame the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party PKK which is listed as a terror group by Turkey and much of the international community

Two mortar rounds used in Davao blast – police

Sep 06, 2016 - 5:12 PM

The IED used in the blast was made out of 2 mortar rounds says the Davao region police chief

BODY BAGS. Davao's 911 volunteers carry a body bag of one of the 14 people who died in the explosion.

Who's behind the Davao bombing?

Sep 05, 2016 - 4:22 PM

In 2016 the Abu Sayyaf s senior ideological leader pledged allegiance to ISIS and videos and statements about PH are spread by ISIS central propaganda groups

Turkey arrests ex-envoy who brokered secret Gulen meeting

Aug 27, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Gurcan Balik s arrest is one of the first times a figure linked to the political leadership in the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP has been implicated in the July 15 coup

Mass unity rally against Turkey coup plotters

Aug 08, 2016 - 1:10 AM

UPDATED Erdogan says the movement run by US based preacher Fethullah Gulen – blamed by Ankara for the July 15 coup attempt – will pay a price for what they have done

epa05461298 People wave Turkish flags during a rally to protest at the failed coup attempt of 15th July 2016 and mourn the 240 people killed including civilians, policemen, and soldiers, in Istanbul, Turkey 07 August 2016. Thousands of people attend a democracy rally in Istanbul to protest the 15th July coup attempt. The president, Prime Minister, main opposition head and the leader of the country?s foremost nationalist party joined the rally. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Have 'at least 3 kids', Erdogan tells Turkish women

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:20 AM

A woman who rejects motherhood who refrains from being around the house however successful her working life is is deficient is incomplete says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

epa05342146 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, 02 June 2016. Erdogan and the Turkish delegation are visiting Kenya to strengthen diplomatic and economic relations with the East African country. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

New Turkish PM wins parliament confidence vote

May 29, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Binali Yildirim gets the backing of 315 lawmakers while 138 vote against him

Turkey's new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (Foreground) takes to the podium at the general session at Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on May 29, 2016.  Turkey’s new government won a parliamentary vote of confidence with ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chairman and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s government receiving 315 votes, while 138 lawmakers voted against the administration. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Erdogan loyalist chosen as ruling party chief, set to be Turkey PM

May 22, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Analysts expect Binali Yildirim to be a more pliant figure for Recep Tayyip Erdogan than Ahmet Davutoglu as the head of state presses on with his plan to create the presidential system

AKP LEADER. Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication and new chairman candidate for ruling AK Party Binali Yildirim (C), flanked by wife Semiha Yildirim (L), throws red carnations to supports as he arrives for the second extraordinary congress of the AK Party at the Ankara Arena in Ankara, on May 22, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey names new PM as Erdogan tightens grip

May 19, 2016 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED Binali Yildirim is poised to replace Ahmet Davutoglu who stepped down after a power struggle with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

AKP TOP BRASS. A picture made avaliable on 18 May 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and Binali Yildirim (R), Minister of Transport pose attend a ceremony for welding the last bridge floor of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the Third Bosphorus Bridge during a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, March 6, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Two ISIS-allied militants killed in Philippines

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Security forces in the southern Philippines kill two members of a local extremist organization sympathetic to ISIS

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vows to ensure that the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey election authority denies being source of data leak – report

Apr 09, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The head of Turkey s election authority says there was no leak in their system even though the information released is compatible with their records

Erdogan's AKP regains majority in stunning election comeback

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:17 AM

UPDATED The result is a huge personal victory for 61 year old Erdogan Turkey s divisive strongman who may now be able to secure enough support for his controversial ambitions to expand his role into a powerful US style executive presidency

PARLIAMENTARY POLLS. Officials count votes after the close of voting in Diyarbakir, Turkey on November 1. Photo from Sedat Suna/EPA

Divided Turkey votes in critical election as violence spirals

Nov 01, 2015 - 11:18 AM

The poll is the second in only five months called after the Justice and Development Party lost its parliamentary majority in June

AHEAD OF THE POLLS. Supporters of the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cheer and wave Turkish and party flags during a general election rally in Ankara, Turkey, 31 October 2015. Turkey's general elections will be held on 01 November 2015. EPA/UMIT BEKTAS / POOL

Turkey's Erdogan calls snap polls

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:13 AM

A presidential statement released after a meeting between Erdogan and parliament speaker Ismet Yilmaz gives no date for the elections but the president had previously said he expected the polls to be held on November 1

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey's new-look parliament opens as coalition nears

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:20 PM

The meeting also fires a starting shot for the parties formal efforts to agree a coalition after an election seen as one of the seismic events in Turkish politics in recent decades

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

With wary eye, Turkey readies for return of coalition rule

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:46 AM

AKP leader and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that the party will work to form a coalition while warning that early elections cannot be ruled out should the discussions fail

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Erdogan breaks silence as Turkey PM seeks coalition

Jun 11, 2015 - 1:08 PM

The ruling Justice and Development Party is set to talk to the opposition on forming a coalition after it lost its parliamentary majority in the poll

LOSING POWER? Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), waves to supporters as he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 2015. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

Turkey ruling party loses majority in blow for Erdogan

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The results wreck Recep Tayyip Erdogan s dream of agreeing a new constitution to switch Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system that he had made a fundamental issue in the campaign

STRONG SUPPORT. Supporters of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wait for Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (not pictured) in front of the party's headquarter in Ankara, Turkey, June 7, 2015. Depo Photos/EPA

Turkey votes in crunch test for Erdogan

Jun 07, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The legislative elections is a crucial test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s plan for a new constitution to give him greater powers

CAMPAIGN FIESTA. People walk under campaign flags and posters in Istanbul, Turkey, June 5, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Hamas chief lauds Turkey as 'source of power' for Muslims

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:13 PM

A democratic stable and developed Turkey is a source of power for all Muslims says Khaled Meshaal in an address to the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP annual congress

File photo of Khaled Meshaal from AFP

At least 14 dead as protests rage in Turkey over Kobane

Oct 08, 2014 - 4:02 PM

UPDATED At least 14 people were killed as pro Kurdish protests raged across Turkey over the government s failure to act against jihadists attacking the majority Kurdish Syrian border city of Kobane

A picture available on 08 October 2014 shows protestors clashing with riot police during a demonstration against Islamic State (ISIS) in Diyarbakir, southeast of Turkey, 07 October 2014. Sertac Kayar/EPA

Erdogan vows no change ahead of Turkey handover

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:34 PM

The Turkish strongman rejected suggestions that Ahmet Davutoglu would simply be a puppet premier and said that the AKP would never be a one man party

TURKEY'S MOST POWERFUL. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands during meeting in Ankara, Turkey 21 August 2014. Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/EPA

Turkey's Erdogan risks bumpier economic ride during presidency

Aug 24, 2014 - 11:06 PM

A tricky external environment and concerns about the wisdom of some policies means Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have a bumpier ride ahead as Turkey s president

MR PRESIDENT. Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged cheers of supporters during an election rally in Konya, Turkey, 09 August 2014. Kayhan Ozer/EPA

From PM to president: What next after Erdogan victory?

Aug 13, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Here are the next steps as Recep Tayyip Erdogan moves from the prime minister s offices in Ankara to the Cankaya presidential palace

Supporters of newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan listen to his speech from the balcony of the AKP party headquarters in Ankara on August 10, 2014. Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan wins Turkish presidency, vows 'new era'

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:09 AM

UPDATED With Turkey still deeply polarized after bitter 2013 protests Erdogan has vowed to shake up the country s political system to make the president its number one figure

MISTER PRESIDENT. Turkish president elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) cheers his supporters next to his wife Emine (2-R) and Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev (2-L) after results of the elections at the headquarter of Turkey's Ruling Party Justice and Developmant Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, 10 August 2014. EPA/Stringer

Erdogan seeking place in history alongside Ataturk

Aug 04, 2014 - 10:51 AM

If he becomes Turkey s president it remains to be seen whether the famously combative Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take a conciliatory tone towards secular Turks and avoid the increasingly polarized politics of recent years

NEXT PRESIDENT? Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters during an election rally in Istanbul, Turkey, 03 August 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

PH groups: Obama should lead fight vs climate change

Apr 26, 2014 - 4:40 PM

Climate action groups hope the US president will show leadership in climate issues during his visit to the Philippines

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP. Philippine environmentalists want US President Barack Obama to make ambitious commitments to combat climate change. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Turkey PM 'ready to quit' if party loses local polls

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:55 AM

But the opposition slammed Erdogan s remarks as a show of defiance

'STOP MEDDLING' In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of the Turkish community at Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, 04 February 2014. Rainer Jensen/EPA

Turkey PM tells former ally to stop meddling

Mar 03, 2014 - 9:55 AM

Erdogan has blamed Gulen and his supporters in Turkey of launching a major corruption probe targeting key members of his inner circle

'STOP MEDDLING' In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of the Turkish community at Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, 04 February 2014. Rainer Jensen/EPA

New protests as Turkey president signs judiciary curbs

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The latest protests were organized by the main opposition Republican People s Party CHP after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was allegedly recorded discussing how to hide large sums of money

'THEY ARE THIEVES' Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) shout slogans against the government as they hold placards reading 'there are thieves' during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, 26 February 2014. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Turkey PM vows action against 'fake' leaked recordings

Feb 26, 2014 - 8:18 AM

The phone conversations posted on YouTube allegedly reveal Erdogan asking his son Bilal to make millions of euros stashed in several houses disappear

TO BRUSSELS. In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to journalists in Ankara, December 25, 2013. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey president signs controversial Internet law into force

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Abdullah Gul said on his Twitter feed he promulgated the law after the government assured him it would soften parts of it through later amendments

Embattled Turkey PM faces tough visit to EU

Jan 21, 2014 - 8:20 AM

European officials have voiced deep concern about the state of democracy in Turkey and the independence of its institutions

TO BRUSSELS. In this file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to journalists in Ankara, December 25, 2013. Adem Altan/AFP