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Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

US sending 4 OV-10B planes to PH for anti-terror campaign

Aug 06, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana makes the announcement 5 days after the Basilan car blast that killed 10

A Philippine Airforce Bronco OV-10 is seen during a bombing sortie in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on June 20, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte apologized on June 20 for aerial bombings that have destroyed a large part of the Philippines' main Muslim city but said it was necessary to crush self-styled Islamic State followers. / AFP PHOTO / Ted ALJIBE

Lawmakers warn anti-terrorism bill seeks to 'normalize' martial law in PH

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago says the proposed bill expands the definition of terrorism to include 'simple' acts of protest like workers' strikes and flash mobs

'DRACONIAN' BILL? Activists stage a protest against the anti-terrorism bill outside the House of Representatives on June 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP preparing intel-driven 'Oplan' vs terrorism

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Oplan is confidential as publishing will predictably compromise the counterterrorism operations it organizes

COUNTERTERROR PLAN. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they've been busy preparing a campaign plan against terrorism

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

IN PHOTOS: Police simulate terror attack on Cubao bus terminal

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Quezon City police prepare for the possibility of a terror attack on the public transportation hub

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Suspect B takes a woman as hostage. Photo by Angie de Silva

Investigators probe deadly twin attacks in Ouagadougou

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) The government says the attack on the military HQ was a suicide car bombing and that the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force may have been the target

UNREST. People watch as black smoke rises, as the capital of Burkina Faso came under multiple attacks on March 2, 2018, targeting the French embassy, the French cultural centre and the country's military headquarters. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba/AFP

Davao City does anti-terror drills for possible Maute attacks

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:18 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the terrorist Maute group wants to retaliate for the setback it got in Marawi City, that's why it is targeting other cities in Mindanao

SIMULATED HOSTAGE-TAKING. The Philippine National Police launches Southern Storm, a series of an anti-terror drills, in Davao City on February 28, 2018. The drills, which will be done in other Mindanao cities, aims to strengthen inter-agency cooperation. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Kremlin praises U.S.-Russia 'exemplary cooperation' on terror fight

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Donald Trump on Sunday to express his gratitude for intelligence which allowed Russia's FSB security service to prevent attacks in Saint Petersburg

THANKS. This file photo taken on November 11, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vitenam. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

French parliament adopts controversial anti-terror law

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:39 PM

The new law, which will replace the state of emergency imposed after the 2015 Paris attacks, is approved by the French Senate on its second reading, despite campaigners warning of a threat to civil liberties

LAWMAKING. Lawmakers attend a session of Questions to the Government on October 18, 2017 at the National Assembly in Paris.  Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

U.S. tech giants join forces against terror content

Jun 27, 2017 - 4:17 PM

We believe that by working together sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online a joint statement on Twitter reads

Negros Occidental creates anti-terrorism task force

Jun 13, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr says Task Force Buglas will ensure coordination down to the barangay level to fend off any terrorist threat in the province

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Dec 02, 2016 - 9:49 AM

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Dela Rosa: PNP under 'terror alert level 3'

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:36 PM

2ND UPDATE PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa who says checkpoints around the country will be restored makes the announcement days after the bomb try on the US Embassy

SUSPECTS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa presents 2 suspects in the US embassy bomb try at Camp Crame on December 1, 2106. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Belgium anti-terror sweep over 'imminent' attack fears

Jun 18, 2016 - 11:30 PM

UPDATED The alert comes as thousands of people gathered across the country in fan zones for Belgium s Euro 2016 match against Ireland

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Mar 29, 2016 - 12:15 PM

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Army chiefs of 'anti-terror' coalition meet in Saudi

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed al Assiri says the coalition is laying the foundations and would operate within UN limits

Chiefs of staff of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition pose for a picture during a meeting in the capital Riyadh on March 27, 2016. / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE

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Mar 16, 2016 - 7:22 PM

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Indonesia gets new anti-terror chief as threats rise

Mar 16, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Tito Karnavian s promotion to head of the National Counter Terrorism Agency came two months after a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta claimed by the Islamic State

NEW CHIEF. The new chief of the national counter-terrorism agency Tito Karnavian is sworn in during an official ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Photo by AFP

Indonesia adamant terror mastermind won't return from Guantanamo

Mar 11, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Indonesia does not want one of the country s most notorious terrorists Hambali returned home should the United States close the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention center

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

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Feb 16, 2016 - 12:37 PM

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Uyghur militants in Southeast Asia: Should PH be worried?

Jan 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The presence of some foreign terrorists in Mindanao can facilitate the entry of Uyghur militants to the country particularly in the context of China’s new anti terrorism law

France looks to enshrine emergency anti-terror laws in constitution

Dec 24, 2015 - 12:10 AM

In the wake of the Paris attacks President Francois Hollande calls for emergency powers to be protected from litigation

French President Francois Hollande (L) and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R). File photo by Bertrand Langlois/Pool/EPA

Japan to launch international anti-terrorism information unit

Dec 07, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The unit will focus on Southeast Asia South Asia the Middle East and North and West Africa

YOSHIHIDE SUGA. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, January 25, 2015. File Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Belgian police give virtual cat food for terror tweet paws

Nov 23, 2015 - 9:19 PM

BrusselsLockdown went viral when netizens posted pictures of cats – a light hearted response to a request from police not to put information about their operation online

LOCKDOWN. With Brussels in lockdown, residents post photos of cats in response to a police request not to tweet information about a major anti-terrorism operation. Screenshot from Twitter @Ewaf88

Russian police foil 'terror attack' planned on Moscow

Oct 12, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Investigators find about 4 kilograms 9 pounds of homemade explosives in the suspects apartment

Egypt adopts anti-terror law critics say may muzzle media – official

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi ratifies an anti terrorism law which stipulates exorbitant fines and possible suspension from employment for false reporting on militant attacks

In this file photo, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 3, 2015. Rainer Jense/EPA

Canada passes law expanding spy agency powers, reach

May 07, 2015 - 7:50 AM

The act is written in response to attacks on Canadian soil last October

PH, France to 'intensify' anti-terror cooperation

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:54 PM

UPDATED We have decided to intensify our cooperation in the fight against terrorism because terrorism can strike everywhere We can exchange information says French President Francois Hollande

COOPERATION. President Benigno Aquino III and French President Francois Hollande shake hands after witnessing the signing of various agreements between their countries. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Anti-terror law grants Egypt sweeping powers

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:53 PM

The law allows authorities to ban activities and meetings and to freeze funds of individuals identified as terrorists though the definition of a terror group in the law is broad

ANTI-TERROR LAW. A supporter of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, stands beside the relative of a martyr during events commemorating of the anniversary day of the 2011 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, 25 January 2015. Photo by Almasry Alyoum /Osama Said/ EPA

Context: The US in PH anti-terror campaigns

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Let’s start with a basic fact: the US has been involved in counterterrorism operations in the Philippines for more than a decade

#AnimatED: Country needs light, not heat

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:30 AM

It is offensive to build presidential ambitions from the deaths of 44 police officers

Pakistan stops execution of man convicted as teen

Jan 06, 2015 - 11:03 PM

Shafqat Hussain 23 was convicted of the 2004 murder of a seven year old boy when he was just 15 years old and was working as a watchman in Karachi Pakistan s sprawling and violent port metropolis

French lower house approves bill to crack down on jihadists

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:01 PM

A political party abstained on the vote because they believe there are not enough legal guarantees in the bill that freedoms will be respected

AGAINST JIHADISTS. A protester holds a poster stating 'Beware of the Jihadist plague', during a Kurds protest against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds, in Paris, France, 09 August 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

France detains 6 people suspected of recruiting jihadists

Sep 17, 2014 - 6:48 PM

According to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve around 930 French citizens have travelled to and from the two violence ridden countries recently a 74 increase in 8 months

AGAINST JIHADISTS. A protester holds a poster stating 'Beware of the Jihadist plague', during a Kurds protest against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds, in Paris, France, 09 August 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Saudi arrests 88 in 'anti-terrorism' drive

Sep 02, 2014 - 11:07 PM

More than half of them are ex Qaeda detainees who had previously been released

Doubts raised over British PM's anti-jihadist plans

Sep 02, 2014 - 7:46 PM

Cameron said that among the measures envisaged was a plan to give border police powers to seize passports from departing would be jihadists and restricting the movement of suspects

COUNTERTERRORISM. An armed London Metropolitan policeman on duty at the entrance to Downing Street in central London, England, 01 September 2014. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Indonesia releases 2005 Bali bombing convict

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:52 PM

Sentences are routinely cut in Indonesia to mark major celebrations such as Eid al Fitr Muslim holiday and the country s independence day

BOMBING. Tourists look at a shaltered restaurant at Jimbaran Beach in Bali, Indonesia in 2005. Photo from EPA

Coast Guard trains in handling weapons of mass destruction

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:09 PM

This is part of the preparation of all countries and shipping nations in light of the challenges being brought by terrorism says the PCG spokesperson

Nine wounded in Egypt's Sinai bomb attack

May 22, 2014 - 8:09 AM

On the day of the attack an anti terror court slaps life terms on 54 more supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi for taking part in violent protests


Russian lawmakers approve new anti-terrorist bill

Oct 26, 2013 - 7:38 PM

The bill also introduces punishment of up to six years in prison to people who participate in terrorist groups abroad if such activities harm Russia s interests

SECURITY. Russian lawmakers pass the anti-terrorist bill as the country prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. File photo by EPA/HANS KLAUS TECHT

'Female suicide bomber' kills at least 5 on bus in Russia

Oct 21, 2013 - 9:46 PM

A suspected female suicide bomber set off an explosion on a bus with students in Volgograd Russia

BUS BOMB. At least 5 people died when an explosive device tore through a passenger bus in southern Russia. AFP PHOTO / RUSSIAN EMERGENCIES MINISTRY

Obama demands Hezbollah be named a terrorist group

Mar 21, 2013 - 11:04 PM

Obama urges foreign governments to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Secret report warns of skewed US intelligence priorities

Mar 21, 2013 - 9:12 PM

White House advisors warns that US spy agencies are too focused on anti terror operations and pay inadequate attention to China the Middle East

US drone strikes go down in Pakistan, up in Yemen

Dec 28, 2012 - 6:47 AM

46 drone strikes were carried out in Pakistan this year while Yemen witnessed 53