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Think tank: Philippines one of most dangerous places for civilians

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:04 PM

The government’s anti-drug war and political rivalries triggered 'a wave of targeted attacks' in the first half of the year, says the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project

CIVILIANS TARGETED. Activist Neptali Morada is shot and killed on June 17, 2019. Image from PNP regional command in Bicol

Israel arrests Palestinian minister in Jerusalem

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Fadi al-Hadami was detained questioned for 'activities in Jerusalem,' according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld

SENSITIVE SITE. In his file photo, Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

U.S., Taliban resume talks on ending war

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The talks mark the 7th round of negotiations aimed at ending America's longest war

SHORAB CAMP. In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits; Iran targets CIA network

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Foreign powers are watching the situation in the Middle East with growing concern as Tehran and Washington exchange warnings about an escalation in their conflict

QUITS. In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump (right) is briefed by senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2019, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Israel to attend U.S. Mideast peace conference – minister

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,' Foreign Minister Israel Katz writes on Twitter

PEACE CONFERENCE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to Israel Katz at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on May 12, 2019. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, 10 civilians

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The flare-up comes as Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by jihadists and allied rebels earlier in June

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria's Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Germany says 2 states 'only solution' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Heiko Maas reaffirms his country's support for a two-state solution ahead of a long-awaited United States peace plan

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

U.S. envoy's annexation comments show 'extremist' approach – Palestinian leaders

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Bringing settlements under Israeli sovereignty on a large-scale could end any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians

DISPUTED. A picture taken on May 14, 2019 shows the Israeli settlement of Neve Yaakov in the northern area of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian district of Hizma (background) in the West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

World Food Programme gains access to vital Yemen food aid

May 05, 2019 - 8:56 PM

The Red Sea mills hold 51,000 tons of grain which was enough to feed more than 3.7 million people for a month

Afghanistan loya jirga demands 'immediate and permanent' ceasefire

May 03, 2019 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Delegates of a historic 'loya jirga' peace summit say the ceasefire should start at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, which gets underway in the coming days

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Over 120 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Libya fighting – WHO

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The World Health Organization denounces 'repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles' during the fighting which erupted on April 4

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Controversial retired colonel to head anti-insurgency office

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Retired colonel Allen Capuyan is accused of involvement in the 6.4-billion shabu smuggling controversy

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

9 cops killed in attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Mar 10, 2019 - 1:45 PM

One cop is injured, while another one is missing

Bangsamoro gov't success 'most important goal' vs terrorism in PH – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict urges close cooperation between officials of the Bangsamoro region, the national government, and the military as 'consequences of failure could be devastating'

PROMISES OF PEACE. Supporters of the new Bangsamoro region gathered in Cotabato City for a peace gathering before the January 21, 2019 plebiscite. Photo by Rappler

5 children killed in attack in Yemen's Hodeida – U.N.

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Unicef says the 5 children were "playing at home" when they were killed. It did not give details on the nature of the attack or the perpetrators.

Al Qaeda-linked Syria group kills 21 regime forces – monitor

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:22 PM

It is one of the deadliest breaches of a 6-month-old truce deal, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Israel hits Hamas sites after balloons with 'explosive device'

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Israeli aircraft targeted several militant sites in Gaza after an 'explosive balloon' launched from the Palestinian enclave damaged a house in Israel

TARGETS. This file photo taken from Gaza City on May 29, 2018, shows a smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Pakistan returns Indian pilot in 'peace gesture'

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Indian pilot shot down by a Pakistani aircraft is returned as a 'peace gesture'

ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN. The Indian pilot is returned to his home country as a 'peace gesture' by Pakistan. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows the captured Indian pilot in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

Libya rivals agree to hold polls – U.N.

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011

Pakistan says will free Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, has become the face of the crisis since he was shot down in a rare aerial engagement between the South Asian neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir

'PEACE GESTURE.' This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows captured Indian pilot looking on as holding a cup of tea in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

U.S. envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The participation of Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the talks seen as a sign that both sides are serious in the negotiations

In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on "The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. A senior US diplomat is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour, including Afghanistan, to boost that country's peace process and bring "all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue," the State Department said Sunday, February 10, 2019. JIM WATSON / AFP

Children in conflict with the law: On finding hope and fighting fate

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:21 PM

As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law

French guns on Iraq border aim to pin down ISIS diehards inside Syria

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Since the launch of its operations, French forces have fired off more than 18,000 shells and conducted 1,500 air strikes in support of anti-Islamic State fighters on the ground

Yemen foes in new talks on troubled prisoner swap deal

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:46 PM

UN envoy Martin Griffiths says he hopes the warring sides will be more successful this time as he opens 3 days of talks in Amman

NEW TALKS. In this file photo, United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Turkey captures ISIS suspects on Syria border

Feb 02, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Border units from the Turkish armed forces capture the ISIS suspects on Friday, February 1 in the Akcakale district of Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey

Turkey denounces Israel's decision over Hebron monitoring

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Turkey has observers in the Norway-led team tasked with promoting security for Palestinians in Hebron, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

LOOK: The Communist Party of the Philippines at 50

Dec 27, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Communists in Quezon Province hold an intimate celebration

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte creates task force to address causes of communist insurgency

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The task force, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, seeks to improve the quality of life in areas experiencing clashes with communist rebels

Palawan police recover body of fisherman attacked by crocodile

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles

At least 61 killed in clashes in Yemen's Hodeida

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:01 PM

The World Health Organization estimates nearly 10,000 people have been killed since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government's war against the Huthis

United Kingdom to urge Security Council action over Yemen

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Conflict-ravaged Yemen is now a 'living hell' for children with thousands dying every year from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases, a top UN official says

YEMEN'S CHILDREN. Yemeni children suffering from a diphtheria infection receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on October 31, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Palestinian-American author detained at Tel Aviv airport

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Susan Abulhawa, author of 'Mornings in Jenin,' is detained on arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and, Israeli officials say, will be deported

Susan Abulhawa

Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Under a deal reached by opposition backer Turkey and regime ally Russia last month, rebels and jihadists alike should have pulled out all heavy arms from the horseshoe-shaped zone by October 10

Rappler VR documentary on Marawi wins innovation award

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Rappler collaborated with Group of Five Creative Concepts to produce Asia's first-ever VR war documentary

Martial law helped lessen violence in ARMM – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

But the Conflict Alert 2018 report also points out that the Duterte administration's heavy security approach will not be enough to address violent conflicts in the southern region

Policemen check a car boot of a resident fleeing from Marawi city, where gunmen who had declared allegiance to the Islamic State group rampaged through the city, at a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fewer but deadlier conflicts in ARMM in 2017 – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:03 PM

A dramatic rise in the use of improvised explosive devices and shift to group-related attacks from individual attacks defined ARMM conflicts last year, according to the Conflict Alert 2018 report

A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City near Mapandi district. the Mapandi district is crucial to the military campaign to retake Marawi City from the IS-inspired Maute Group as this serves as the main supply route for the military. the military finally allowed the media after several request were turned down to see the Mapandi district. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

An NGO says girls in refugee camps suffer abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are '14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict'

Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018.  The Nigerian president promised on March 23, 2018 to free the remaining Christian schoolgirl still held by the Islamist militants Boko Haram, as he prepared to meet the other released Dapchi students. A total of 104 of the 110 students seized from the school in Dapchi on February 19 were released on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by PHILIP OJISUA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [school girls ] instead of [Christian school girls ]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

No face-to-face meetings at Yemen peace talks

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Yemen's warring parties confirm they are sending high-level delegations to the talks but officials say expectations of a breakthrough are low

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

UN probe reports possible 'war crimes' by all sides in Yemen conflict

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In its first report, a team of UN-mandated investigators said they had 'reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law'

ARMED FORCES. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. File photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a surge of violence brought about by Palestinian protests against Israel that began in March

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER