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In Iraq, Angelina Jolie calls for focus on conflict prevention

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:25 AM

It is Jolie's third visit to the camp as UNHCR special envoy, after previous visits in 2012 and 2016

CONFLICT PREVENTION. UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie speaks during a news conference in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region on May 17, 2018. Photo by AFP

Colombian ELN rebels vow ceasefire for presidential vote

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The halt in military operations runs from Friday, June 15 to midnight Tuesday, June 19, the National Liberation Army said in its online publication 'Insurrection'

Thousands at funeral for Gaza volunteer killed on Israel border

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Razan al-Najjar's death brings the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123

FUNERAL. Palestinian mourners carry the body of 21 years old Razan al-Najjar during her funeral after she was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, in Khan Yunis on June 2, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia crown prince over 'sin'

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheads a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive

WARNING. A handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 15, 2018 shows Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Photo by  Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Calida and Vigilant, Cusi and Villar, Trump and Abe | Midday wRap

May 30, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Malacañang on Calida, Land Management Bureau fire, Sung Kim on U.S.-North Korea summit | Evening wRap

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Israel says first to use F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat

May 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'

FIRST RUN. An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

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

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP

Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

May 14, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war

US EMBASSY. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

11 Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria Thursday – monitor

May 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Among those killed are 6 Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters in Israeli strikes on Thursday, May 10

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

May 03, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Afghanistan was earlier ranked the 3rd most dangerous country in the world for journalists by Reporters Without Borders

IN MEMORY OF. An Indian photojournalist lights a candle during a vigil for 10 Afghan journalists who were killed in a targeted suicide bombing and on the eve of World Press Freedom Day in Kolkata on May 2, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Rebels set to leave new area outside Damascus

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The agreement is the latest in a string of deals that have seen opposition fighters and civilians bussed out of former opposition strongholds near Damascus

EVACUATION. Syrian civilians gather outside a vehicle during an evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 22, 2018, on their way to the government controlled Wafidin crossing. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

U.N. rejects Russia bid to condemn strikes on Syria

Apr 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The Russian measure would have condemned the 'aggression' against Syria and demanded that US, UK, and France refrain from any further strike

UN VOTE. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley vetoes a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the US and its allies' during a UN Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at the UN headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Blasts shake Damascus as U.S. and allies launch Syria strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 6:18 PM

As dawn broke, plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the city's north and east

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by HANDOUT / STR / SANA / AFP

Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion – state media

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Douma is the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday

CONFLICT. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows anti aircraft fire on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by Handout / STR / SANA / AFP

Syria: from 'chemical attack' to retaliatory strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Here is a recap of a week of high-stakes international drama

STRIKES. A photo released on April 14, 2018 on the Twitter page of Hezbollah's "Central War Media" account shows night footage of flares above Damascus seen through a night-vision device as Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around Syria's capital. Photo by Handout / STR / SYRIAN GOVERNMENT'S CENTRAL MILITARY MEDIA / AFP

Russia says 'no victims' among Syrian civilians, military

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Russian military says that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 cruise missiles

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by HANDOUT / STR / SANA / AFP

U.S.-led strikes on Syria justified – Israeli official

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Syria also serves as a base to carry out such action, namely on behalf of Iran, endangering its territory, its forces and its leadership,' an Israeli official says

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

Iran warns of 'regional consequences' of Syria strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Iran condemns the attacks, saying its a 'clear violation of international rules and laws'

Battalion commander settles land dispute in Central Mindanao

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army 33rd Infantry Battalion, says it's important to understand the root causes of conflict and address them properly

FORGING PEACE. Captain Bryan Baumol of barangay Baumol in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat and Captain Jerry Kautin of barangay Pidtiguian in GSKP, Maguindanao settle their land dispute. Photos courtesy of 33rd IB

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

U.S. blocks UN Security Council statement vs Gaza violence

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM

UN Security Council members call upon "all sides to exercise restraint and prevent a further escalation," the draft says

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Mar 31, 2018 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declares Saturday a day of national mourning. In a speech, he holds Israel fully responsible for the deaths.

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib / AFP

Yemen rebels stage show of force hours after missile attacks on Saudi

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The rebel Huthis confirm they launched the attack via their Al-Masirah television. Among the targets was Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

BOMBED. A picture taken March 26, 2018 in Um Al-Hammam district in Riyadh shows damages at a home hit by falling shrapnel from Yemeni rebel missiles that were intercepted over the Saudi capital. Photo by Fayez Nuireldine/AFP

Jabidah and Merdeka: The inside story

Mar 18, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The officers who participated in the Jabidah massacre have not fully come clean. In the end, it may have left a legacy of lying and cover-up in the military.

Thousands of Syrians flee raging assaults on two fronts

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Tens of thousands have taken to the roads, as Russia-backed regime fighters advance against rebels in Eastern Ghouta outside the capital and Turkey-led forces press an assault in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin

FLEE. Syrian civilians evacuate from the town of Jisreen in the southern Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on their way to areas under government control on March 17, 2018. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: March 3-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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

Men dismantle the symbolicly attached prosthetic arms from a replica of the Venus de Milo during an action led by Handicap International to raise awareness on the thousands of amputees worldwide in need of a prosthesis, at the Louvre-Rivoli metro station in Paris on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

Young Maranao advocate says empathy key to promoting peace, dev't

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:52 AM

After leaving his hometown to study in Cebu, 21-year-old peace advocate Jamil Faisal Adiong says he realized the potential of Mindanao to prosper if only peace reigns in the region

Germany, France urge Russia to pressure Syria for 'immediate' ceasefire

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Merkel and Macron stress that a ceasefire could be 'the basis to advance efforts toward a political solution in the context of the UN-led Geneva peace process'

STRIKES. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

New strikes hit Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Feb 25, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The bombing campaign on Eastern Ghouta has been one of the heaviest of the seven-year civil war that has pitted President Bashar al-Assad's regime against a range of rebel groups

STRIKE. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day killing 32 civilians, as the world struggled to reach a deal to stop the carnage. Photo by Anmar Suleiman/AFP

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

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

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

3 bombs rock capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) One is detonated in the compound of the state government secretary's home, while the two others explode in front of an office in the city and on a road leading to a beach

BOMBING. An earlier photo of people cleaning a damaged bulding after a bombing in Lashio in Myanmar's Shan state on February 22, 2018. Photo by AFP

U.S. to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel's 70th anniversary

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel's capital and say the embassy move could destroy a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict

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

Duque orders DOH employees to disclose, manage conflicts of interest

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The order of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III covers possible conflicts of interest of DOH employees concerning pharmaceutical products and medical services

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants health workers' possible conflicts of interest managed. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds 4 soldiers

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The explosion earlier Saturday is one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014

DESTROYED. Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after air strikes

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:41 PM

While several analysts say they do not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some speak of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase

WARNING. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

10 killed in attack on Indian army camp in Kashmir

Feb 11, 2018 - 6:02 PM

It is still unclear whether any gunmen remain on the compound

ARMY. An Indian soldier stands guard at the entrance of the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu on February 10, 2018, following an attack by militants. Photo by Rakesh Bakshi/AFP

Syria regime strikes kill 6 civilians in Ghouta – monitor

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensifies its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus

DESTROYED. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

'Game changer': Afghan conflict to intensify in 2018

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:54 PM

US aircraft dropped 4,361 munitions across Afghanistan in 2017 alone. They are deploying more troops and aircrafts to battle Islamist militants this year.

WORST YET TO COME? Afghan military personnel walk near the airport during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz. File photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

U.S.-backed Israel vows action vs Iran 'entrenchment' in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:29 AM

The United States supports Israel for its strikes in Syria, blaming Iran for escalating violence in the war-wracked country

FOR ISRAEL'S INTEREST. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

The week in photos: January 27-February 2, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 7:45 PM

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

A super blue blood moon behind a mountain is seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, on January 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Heiko JUNGE / Norway OUT

Janella Salvador seeks privacy amid 'rift' with mom Jenine Desiderio

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:10 PM

'Sana people talking about it will just respect my privacy,' Janella says of the reported conflict between her and her mom

PRIVACY. Janella Salvador says she would rather not comment much about the rift with her mom Jenine Desiderio

Yemen gov't warns of coup as separatists take over headquarters

Jan 28, 2018 - 6:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher warns that the events are headed towards 'total military confrontation'

CLASHES. Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghe pictured at the United Nations Office in Geneva last April 25, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Hamas says will not attend Palestinian meeting over Jerusalem

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

The decision not to take part in the meeting to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions

DOME OF THE ROCK. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

U.S. aid for Marawi rehab reaches more than P1B

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The additional P330 million will be used to provide livelihood trainings and opportunities for young people

LIFE IN AN EVACUATION CENTER. A Maranao child cuts open an icepop with a knife inside a dilapidated classroom that serves as their evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, neighbouring province of Marawi. The lack of water and sanitation facilities adds to their burden as they try to cope with life in crowded evacuation centers. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler