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Coronavirus delays Athens mosque opening

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The Greek government says works on the mosque were delayed due to the pandemic

FIRST MOSQUE. A picture taken in Athens on June 7, 2019 shows a view of the interior of a mosque, the first official place of worship for Athens Muslims in over a century. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Saudi Arabia to allow around 1,000 pilgrims in scaled-down hajj

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) The pilgrimage, scheduled for the end of July, will be limited to those below 65 years of age and with no chronic illnesses

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Namirah mosquee at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches on August 10, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Jihadists kill dozens in Nigeria attacks

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The killings are the latest in a spike of assaults by fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction

Violence flares in Afghanistan as hospital, funeral attacked

May 12, 2020 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Gunmen storm a hospital in Kabul, as a funeral in Afghanistan's restive east is hit by a suicide bomber

ATTACKED. Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an attack outside a hospital in Kabul on May 12, 2020. Photo by AFP.

Iraq gets new government amid fiscal, coronavirus crises

May 07, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The new PM appears to have brought Iran-aligned factions on board

CHECK. The body temperature of an Iraqi child returning from Iran is measured upon her arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Islamic State exploits virus, political crisis to boost Iraq attacks

May 04, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'Combat operations have reached a level we haven't seen in a while,' says Iraqi security expert Hisham al-Hashemi

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

Muslims start Ramadan under lockdown as U.S. beefs up virus support

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:57 PM

The virus upends life around the planet as nations try to stop the spread of the disease which has so far claimed nearly 190,000 lives, infected close to 2.7 million people and hammered the global economy

SUPPORT FOR FRONTLINERS. View of images of health workers combating the COVID-19 coronavirus projected by the CCBI Islamic Cultural Center on the roof of the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil on April 23, 2020. Photo by Christian Rizzi/AFP

[OPINION] The pandemic's forgotten faces: The plight of Muslims, women, and other minorities

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'Plans and programs to address this pandemic should be evidence-based and sensitive to culture, conflict, and context'

Ramadan on collision course with virus for Asia's Muslims

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Asia is home to some of the world's largest Muslim populations stretching from the Indonesian archipelago to the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, and close to a billion Muslims live in the region

An Indonesian soldier from the Raider 112 infantry battalion puts a face mask on a woman during a distribution amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Darul Imarah, Aceh province on April 19, 2020. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Middle East braces for bleak Ramadan as virus threat lingers

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:50 AM

'Our hearts are crying,' says Ali Mulla, the muezzin at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

SACRED. Muslim worshippers circumambulate the sacred Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site, on March 7, 2020. Photo by Abdel Ghani Bashir/AFP

[OPINION] Islamic lessons on quarantine during coronavirus crisis

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Quarantine is ordained in Islam. History shows that it is a crucial prevention method in a pandemic that crosses international boundaries.

4 soldiers killed in Maguindanao clashes with pro-ISIS militants

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Government troops recover the bodies of 5 militants, and are verifying reports of 9 other casualties from the terrorist Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group

3 pro-ISIS militants killed in Maguindanao clashes – military

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Separatist terror groups pose a challenge to the newly established regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which marks its first anniversary this month

VIOLENCE LINGERS. Firearms and ammunition recovered from fleeing members of an ISIS-linked group in Maguindanao. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

Duterte names MILF founder's son as BTA member, completing Bangsamoro gov't

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Abdullah Hashim's appointment to the Bangamoro Transition Authority completes the interim government's required 80 members nearly a year after it was formed in March 2019

NEW GOVERNMENT. Bangsamoro Transition Authority members gather for the region's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Calm returns after 2-day flare-up in and around Gaza

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Israeli military reports no rocket fire from the territory and Agence France-Presse correspondents in Gaza report no Israeli strikes

AFTERMATH. Palestinians salvage belongings from the site of an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza, Syria after Palestinian rocket barrage

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The Israeli military says it had struck 'dozens' of Islamic Jihad targets throughout Gaza

EXPLOSION. A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike at Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early on February 23, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Turkey arrests suspected ex-ISIS executioner

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The 50-year-old Syrian, known by his nickname 'Abu Taki al-Shami,' is arrested at a construction site in the Bursa province of northwest Turkey

Indonesia says won't repatriate hundreds of ISIS recruits

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Indonesian president Jokowi says he was not in favor of bringing back suspected militants and their families who went to Syria and other countries to fight for the group's now crumbled caliphate

NOT ACCEPTING. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during a visit to the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on February 10, 2020. Photo by Rick Rycroft/Pool/AFP

Pan-Islamic body O.I.C. rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The pan-Islamic body represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

UK vows action after police kill 'convicted extremist' in terror stabbing

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:14 AM

Police say Sudesh Amman, 20, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot on the busy Streatham High Road packed with shoppers at about 2 pm

GUARDS. Police officers guard a cordon, set up on Streatham High Road, at the junction of Prentis Road, in south London on February 2, 2020, after a man is shot dead by police following reports of people being stabbed in the street. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

ISIS vows 'new phase' of attacks focused on Israel – audio message

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:44 AM

In a purported audio message by its spokesman Abu Hamza al-Quraishi, the jihadist organization calls for sabotaging a so-called peace plan US President Donald Trump is due to unveil

'NEW PHASE.' An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

5 Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Indonesia's foreign ministry says it is working closely with Malaysian and Philippine authorities to rescue the crew, while urging other fishermen to avoid the area

INDONESIAN Indonesian fishermen push their boat after a fishing trip at Banda Aceh beach on October 22, 2018. Photo by  CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Duterte names ex-Muslim affairs official as new Bangsamoro gov't member

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Ali Sangki is appointed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, making him the 79th member out of the required 80

NEW GOVERNMENT. BTA members gather for BARMM's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

King of Jordan warns Islamic State on rise again

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Jordan, whose stability is seen as vital for the volatile Middle East, hosts some 1.3 million refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria

KING. A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 21, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II speaking during a meeting with local political figures in the capital Amman. (Yousef Allan/Jordanian Royal Palace/AFP)

ISIS claims deadly attack on police in Russian Caucasus

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The Amaq statement on Telegram says the men are 'two fighters from Islamic state' who killed two officers and injured others

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

ISIS claims attack that killed 7 Burkina soldiers

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:47 AM

But the Islamic State does not claim responsibility for a simultaneous assault on Arbinda City that left 35 civilians dead

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

Ampatuans' scramble after massacre turns loyal househelp against them

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:02 PM

A thoughtless comment to kill Saliao for knowing 'so many things' led the loyal househelp to squeal

JUDGMENT. Clerk of Court Aissa Sto Domingo reads the verdict of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes on the 2009 Ampatuan massacre inside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

SUMMARY: Why many were acquitted, some convicted in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Take a look at Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes' reasoning for the acquittals of the Ampatuan clan scions despite their participation in the plotting of the massacre

MASSACRE. Datu Andal Jr (utmost left in orange) and Zaldy Ampatuan (2nd to last from right in yellow) talk to each other before the promulgation of judgment in the 10-year Ampatuan massacre case on December 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of SC PIO

Ampatuan verdict 'a big win' for victims, families – human rights lawyer

Dec 19, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te says Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes' conviction of the Ampatuan brothers is a 'brave statement'

VICTIMS. Family members, counsel, and journalists hold photos of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre at a press conference held after the verdict was announced. They Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sajid Ampatuan acquitted despite 'knowledge of murder plot'

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) A meeting is held in Sajid's house a day after the massacre to discuss 'how to save the backhoe' but Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes says 'it is of no moment'

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes hands out the verdict of the 10-year Ampatuan Massacre case. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

DOJ: Acquittals in Ampatuan massacre 'expected'

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We knew from the beginning where our strength lies and where certain gaps in our evidence exist,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Toto Mangudadatu: No closure yet, will appeal Sajid Ampatuan’s acquittal

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Mangudadatu says he is thankful for the guilty verdict on most of the suspects in the murder of his wife and sisters, but he will still go after the ones acquitted

NO CLOSURE. Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Toto Mangudadatu said he will appeal the acquittal of Sajid Islam Ampatuan and Akmad "Tato" Ampatuan Sr in the muder of his wife and sisters in the Maguindanao massacre. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Grieving families find ‘closure’ in guilty Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

For one grieving victim, the guilty verdict is an early Christmas gift from God

V FOR VICTORY. Relatives of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre flash the 'V' sign for victory at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, after the masterminds of the case were found guilty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

56 acquitted, 28 convicted in Ampatuan massacre

Dec 19, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) An additional 15 are convicted for being accessories to the crime, and are sentenced to 6-10 years in prison

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. 28 are convicted, 55 are acquitted, and 15 others are sentenced to lesser sentence in the Ampatuan massacre. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

A day of reckoning: Netizens celebrate guilty verdict in Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Twitter users thank Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes for her 'courage and sacrifices' while others wish for her safety

Sajid Islam Ampatuan acquitted in Ampatuan massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:49 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan is found not guilty

Sajid Ampatuan (at the back) arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, March 22, 2019, during promulgation of his case. Ampatuan was convicted of Graft, Malversation, and Falsification in connection with the purchases of construction and lumber materials and was sentenced for reclusion perpetua. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Ampatuan brothers convicted in 10-year massacre case

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:37 AM

(4th UPDATE) Datu Andal Jr, Zaldy, and Anwar Sr Ampatuan are sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole

DECISION. Among the accused who await the judgment of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes are the Ampatuan brothers. Supreme Court PIO photo

Sajid Islam skips Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) One of the principal accused but earlier granted bail, Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan does not attend the promulgation of the judgment on him and his brothers

SKIPPED. Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan skips the promulgation of judgment of the Ampatuan massacre on December 19, 2019.

WATCH: Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Watch the Ampatuan Massacre verdict live on Rappler

Ampatuan massacre victims' families could each receive P20M

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Lawyer Ted Te says the families should receive at least P50,000 in civil damages, though prosecution lawyers have asked the court to order the accused to each pay P20 million

Relatives of victims in the Maguindanao massacre arrive at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, for the verdict of the decade long Ampatuan trial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Did prosecution do enough? Ampatuan massacre verdict out today

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:58 AM

Here's a summary of the prosecution's evidence for the 10-year trial compared to the alibis and witnesses of the Ampatuans

VERDICT. Ampatuan brothers Datu Andal Jr, Zaldy and Datu Sajid Islam will have their verdict read before them on December 19, 2019, or after 10 years on trial.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:38 PM

News, analyses, live broadcast, and videos on the Ampatuan massacre decision on December 19, 2019 at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig

Duterte appoints Misuari economic envoy to Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The government and Misuari's Moro National Liberation Front agree to implement remaining items from the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, after the former rebel leader complained of being left out of the Bangsamoro peace process

NUR MISUARI. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari prior to their meeting at the Malacanan Palace on July 9, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Traumatized by the sound of bombs and guns, at least 2,000 families caught in the battle between terrorists and the military are staying in makeshift booths in open spaces, a Moro community leader tells Rappler

DRIVEN OUT. Skirmishes between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters including the pro-ISIS Abu Torayfie Group in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, over the past week have driven some 800 families to flee their homes and stay in makeshift booths. Photo sourced by Rappler

Jihadists kill 8 in Kenya bus attack

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 7 police officers are among the victims

Ampatuan massacre verdict out December 19

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes will hand down the judgment 9 am at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig

#FIGHTFOR58. Groups and members of the media march towards Mendiola to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler