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Al Pacino signs up for Nazi hunter TV series

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Amazon Prime's 'The Hunt' is about Nazi hunters in the 1970s and is produced by Jordan Peele of 'Get Out' fame

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Protocol errors are the responsibility of the organizers, as is always the case in international conferences,' Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani writes on Twitter

Egypt parliament votes to extend Sisi presidency

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The key amendment endorsed Wednesday calls for extending the president's term in office from 4 years to 6, parliament says on its website

EXTENDING THE PRESIDENCY. Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term, on April 2, 2018.  File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:03 AM

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, says the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was carried out by Saudi officials 'acting outside their scope of authority.' Asked where Khashoggi's body is, he says, 'We don't know.'

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks with journalist during an European Union-Leagues Arab States ministerial meeting on February 4, 2019.  JOHN THYS / AFP

Police disperse protest march on Sudan women's prison

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:30 PM

The protesters call for the release of women arrested in ongoing demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's 3-decade rule


The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

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

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

Al Riyadi-Lebanon eliminates Mighty Sports-PH in Dubai tilt

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Mighty Sports-Philippines' blistering run falls short against six-time champion Al Riyadi-Lebanon in the knockout semifinal duel

NEEXT BEST THING. Juan Gomez de Liaño (right) and Mighty Sports try to wrap up their campaign with a third-place finish. Photo from Mighty Sports

Mighty Sports-PH clinches Dubai semis berth

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Behind Justin Brownlee and Juan Gomez de Liaño, Mighty Sports-Philippines drubs Iraq to march to the Final Four versus Al Riyadi

TEEN SENSATION. UP standout guard Juan Gomez de Liaño pumps in 21 points in Mighty Sports-Philippines’ do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from Mighty Sports

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Former hostage Nicolas Henin describes Mehdi Nemmouche as a 'sadistic, playful and narcissistic' man

TRIAL. A file court sketch made on January 10, 2019 shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), accused of the terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, during his trial at the Brussels Justice Palace. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

Francis in Arabia, the Muslim-friendly pope

Jan 31, 2019 - 3:48 PM

When Francis goes to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, he becomes the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula and he takes another important step in his efforts to build bridges with Islam

Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the first World Day of the Poor, on November 19, 2017 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Ethiopia says billionaire al-Amoudi freed from Saudi jail

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes in 2017 at $8.3 billion, was arrested in November 2017 as part of a vast anti-corruption campaign

FREED. Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi.

Sudan opposition head backs protester calls for Bashir to go

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:10 PM

"This regime has to go immediately," opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi Mahdi tells hundreds of worshippers at a mosque in Omdurman, after nearly daily anti-government protests.

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Erdogan in Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria safe zone

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss with Vladimir Putin the creation of a Turkish-controlled 'security zone' in northern Syria, suggested by Donald Trump

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Immigration chief Surachate Hakparn says he will take a new approach and that under his supervision 'there will be no one involuntarily sent back to the country if they don't want to go back'

Kenyan president says Nairobi attack over as 'terrorists' killed

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'I can confirm that... the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,' says Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan special forces take position outside a hotel complex following an explosion in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya. The Al-Shabaab Islamist group in Somalia claimed responsibility for an ongoing attack in the Kenyan capital, according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activities. Luis TATO / AFP

In Al Barka, MILF members train to keep the peace

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:48 PM

These new members are not trained to fight, but they are trained to understand the Bangsamoro law, says a veteran commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Former MILF rebels in Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan

15 killed in ongoing Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We still believe there are two or 3 attackers in specific locations,' the first police officer says. 'The situation is far from over.'

DEADLY ATTACK. A man walks past bullet marks on a glass outside the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya, after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel and office complex. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Somalia's Shabaab Islamist group claims attack in Nairobi

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The Al-Qaeda-linked group says it is behind the attack, which has seen a blast and gunfire at the DusitD2 hotel and office compound in a Nairobi suburb

Egypt university expels female student for hugging male friend

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:24 PM

The university says hugging between unmarried men and women violates 'the values and principles of society'

Death toll from Sudan protests rises to 24 – official

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:36 AM

But Human Rights Watch says at least 40 people have been killed in clashes during the demonstrations

RALLY. Crowds of supporters of the Sudanese President wave sticks as they gather in Sudan's easten city of Kassala on January 7, 2019. Photo by AFP

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto while wearing a gray hoodie emblazoned with the red word 'CANADA' and a blue cap with the UNHCR's logo

ASYLUM. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport alongside Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) on January 12, 2019. Photo by Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Saudi teen asylum seeker expected in Canada

Jan 12, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The move is sure to further strain Canada's relations with the kingdom that went sideways last August over Ottawa's human rights criticism of Saudi Arabia

SEEKING. This handout picture taken by the Thai Immigration Bureau on January 7, 2019 Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun being escorted by a Thai immigration officer and UNHCR officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Handout / Thai Immigration Bureau / AFP

Saudi teen's asylum case being judged at lightning speed

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Rahaf Mohammed Qunun's savvy use of Twitter throughout her ordeal at Bangkok airport galvanizes a global campaign and calls for her to be granted asylum

SEEKING ASYLUM. File photo of a screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Australia to 'consider' Saudi woman's asylum plea

Jan 08, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Australia says it will 'carefully consider' the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun

This handout picture taken and released by the Thai Immigration Bureau on January 7, 2019 shows 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun (C) being escorted by a Thai immigration officer (R) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, seeking asylum has left Bangkok airport "under the care" of the UN refugee agency, a Thai official said on January 7, following her desperate plea against deportation. Handout / Thai Immigration Bureau / AFP

Saudi woman seeking asylum 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse

ASYLUM-SEEKER. This screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun on January 7, 2019 shows a still of Qunun speaking in Bangkok on January 7. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Somalia orders top U.N. envoy to leave

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome in Somalia and cannot operate in the country,' the foreign ministry says in a statement

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Police fire tear gas as protesters rally in Sudan capital

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters urge Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to step down amid rising prices of bread and violent crackdown on opposition

RESIGN. President Omar al-Bashir is in hot water amid high prices of bread and increasing violence in protests. Photo from Shutterstock

New Iraq minister quits over videos linking her brother to ISIS

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Shaima al-Hayali announces her decision in a tweet on Saturday, December 29, saying she had handed her resignation to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA

Trump declares end to U.S. 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump's surprise visit prompts criticism from Iraqi authorities, noting that it was 'not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states'

TRUMP IN IRAQ. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive

Qatar says Gulf alliance needs replacing

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Gulf Cooperation Council 'has been undermined by the crisis' between the emirate and its neighbors, says Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

DOHA FORUM. Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaks at the opening session of the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 15, 2018. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Yemen's warring parties agree Hodeida ceasefire at U.N. talks

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:24 AM

If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine

CEASEFIRE. Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C), during peace consultations taking place at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Yemen government team heads to crunch peace talks with rebels

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, Yemeni government sources say they could begin as early as Thursday, December 6

PEACE TALKS. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on December 4, 2018 in Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Qatar to quit Saudi-dominated OPEC in 2019

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Gas production remains the top the priority for Qatar, which is the world's the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas

LEAVING OPEC. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs, speaks during a press conference in the capital Doha on December 3, 2018. Photo by Anne Levasseur/AFP

Syria coalition targets ISIS leader linked to decapitation of American

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

'The coalition forces carried out specific strikes against a high-ranking ISIS leader, Abou al Oumarayn... in the desert' in Syria, says Sean Ryan, spokesman for an international anti-jihadist coalition.

PETER KASSIG. This Kassig Family released handout photo on October 4, 2014 shows Peter Kassig in front of a truck somewhere along the Syrian border between late 2012 and autumn 2013 delivering supplies to refugees. File photo handout by Kassig Family/AFP

U.N. chief tempers hopes on Yemen as rebels back peace talks

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

'I don't want to raise too much expectations, but we are working hard in order to make sure that we can start meaningful peace talks still this year,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN CHIEF. This file photo shows Antonio Guterres during a press conference on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UAE pardons Briton sentenced to life for spying

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Matthew Hedges is among more than 700 prisoners pardoned by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for next month's National Day

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 23, 2018 A handout photo taken in January 2017 and released by the family of Matthew Hedges in London on November 23, 2018, shows British student Matthew Hedges (R) and his wife Daniela Tejada posing in London after Daniela's MA Graduation ceremony. - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed gratitude to the United Arab Emirates on November 26, 2018 for pardoning a British academic sentenced to life in prison on spying charges. (Photo by HO / Daniela Tejada / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Daniela Tejada" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

9 dead in suspected ISIS attack in Libya

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:35 PM

11 other people are 'kidnapped' by the extremist group

Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi on May 7, 2018, during which he announced a military offensive to take from "terrorists" the city of Derna, the only part of eastern Libya outside his forces' control. / AFP PHOTO / Abdullah DOMA

Military, MILF prepare to secure Bangsamoro vote vs violence

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Military officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders discuss security preparations for the January 2019 plebiscite during the historic Camp Aguinaldo visit of MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

END OF WAR. Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr and MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces chief Sammy Al Mansour at a news briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Crown prince a 'red line' in Khashoggi probe – Saudi FM

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir insists that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is not involved in the killing

'RED LINE.' In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference held at Saudi Foreign Ministry press hall, on January 3, 2016 in Riyadh. File photo by Ahmed Farwan/AFP

Yemen peace push gathers pace ahead of U.N. envoy's visit

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:34 AM

A UN draft resolution on Yemen presented to the Security Council calls for an immediate truce in the battleground port city of Hodeida

CRISIS TALKS. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Military rolls out red carpet for Murad before crucial plebiscite

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In a historic first, the military welcomes MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to Camp Aguinaldo two months before the January 21 Bangsamoro plebiscite

HISTORIC FIRST. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr welcomes MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, November 19. This is a return visit after MILF welcomed Galvez in Camp Darapanan in October. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena / Rappler

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Latest vice mayor killed: Who is Balaoan's Al-fred Concepcion?

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:19 PM

The killing of Balaoan Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion ends his more than two decades of working in government

La Union vice mayor, security escort killed in ambush

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion of Balaoan, La Union, dies as unknown assailants open fire on their convoy. His daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion, is undergoing medical treatment.

Photo from Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion's Facebook account

Saudi Arabia ready to boost oil output, spare capacity

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih says his country is ready to boost its crude oil production

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Energy and Oil Minister and Chairman of OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), speaks to journalists during the 10th JMMC meeting in Algiers on September 23, 2018.  Ryad KRAMDI / AFP

Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Turkish police also carry out a search of the residence of the Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, a day after he flew out of Istanbul for Riyadh

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Godson to challenge reelectionist Governor Bichara in Albay in 2019

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Vice Governor Harold Imperial of the Liberal Party is running for governor against his godfather, reelectionist Al Francis Bichara of the Nacionalista Party

FACE OFF. Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara (left) and Vice Governor Harold Imperial will run against each other in the province's gubernatorial race in May 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Al Francis Bichara