ASEAN officials begin talks to battle terrorism, illegal drugs

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Other crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and intellectual property theft are also on the agenda of the officials' meeting in the Philippines

ALL AGAINST CRIME. ASEAN senior officials join hands in a show of solidarity against transnational crime during the preparatory meeting for the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). ASEAN photo

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Jose strengthens, but set to bypass land – weather service

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Hurricane Jose a Category 1 storm packing winds of about 135 kilometers per hour 85 miles per hour is approaching the Caribbean hot on the heels of Irma but will likely bypass land

Hurricane Irma shatters multiple records

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The Category Five super storm has generated winds averaging 295 kilometers per hour 183 miles per hour for more than 33 hours longer than any cyclone of comparable power ever recorded

Hurricane Irma damage has left Dutch St Martin 'unreachable' – PM

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The hurricane has devastated the island s airport and port leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says

DESTROYED. An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry / AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:54 AM

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Second storm hits Hong Kong and Macau amid typhoon recovery

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:07 AM

UPDATED Both cities raise a Typhoon 8 signal the third highest warning level as severe tropical storm Pakhar makes landfall in the region

SECOND STORM. Tropical storm Pakhar in a satellite image from NOAA August 27, 2017. Image courtesy NOAA

French ministers visit Iraq in support of ISIS fight

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Their visit comes as Iraqi forces battle to seize the northern city of Tal Afar from ISIS following their July victory

FIGHT ISIS. Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, arrived with Defence Minister Florence Parly in Baghdad, Iraq. File photo by AFP

4 Spain attacks suspects to go before judge, 8 others killed

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Four suspects detained during the investigation into the deadly Catalonia attacks will appear before a judge for the first time after the 8 other members of the jihadist terror cell are killed

People display flowers, candles, balloons and many objects to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 21, 2017, four days after the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks that killed 15 people. Javier Soriano/AFP

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Spain to identify attack victims as manhunt for suspect deepens

Aug 21, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED The suspected jihadists had been preparing bombs for one or more attacks in Barcelona regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero tells reporters

People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, three days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100 on August 20, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:24 AM

As investigators scramble to piece together the attacks Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says the cell behind the carnage has been dismantled though local authorities take a more cautious tone

PAYING TRIBUTE. Spain's King Felipe VI (L) and Spain's Queen Letizia (2ndL) lay a wreath of flowers for the victims of the Barcelona attack on Las Ramblas boulevard, in Barcelona on August 19, 2017, two days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Josep Lago/AFP

Trump slams 'evil' racism, singles out KKK, neo-Nazis

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Trump has taken heat from Democrats and Republicans alike for his initial response to Saturday s August 12 violence in Charlottesville Virginia

RAGE. Hundreds of protesters gather outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 14, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

UK minister to meet Silicon Valley over online extremism

Aug 01, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Amber Rudd Britain s interior minister is expected to meet with social media sites and web giants including YouTube after she flies into San Francisco

AMBER RUDD. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd leaves the weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing street in London on November 23, 2016. File photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

Rappler Talk: Sidney Jones on the effect of the Marawi siege on terrorism in Southeast Asia

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live interview with the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict s director at 4:30 pm Tuesday July 25

Marawi inspired, strengthened pro-ISIS fighters in region – report

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says the Marawi conflict has long term repercussions for extremism in Southeast Asia including greater cooperation among extremists and more violent attacks

More dangerous union: Abu Sayyaf Sulu and ISIS East Asia finally align

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Why is this significant?

Claims for the 25 May 2017 Sulu attack. Image courtesy TRAC

When hope fights back amid conflict in Marawi

Jul 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Violence may have become the new normal but people are not letting it get in the way of their lives

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MILF commits to implement fatwa vs radical extremism

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:05 PM

They extremists are creating intrigues and are sowing terror They are also thriving on the sufferings and hardships of people says MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

Tougher fighting, more suicide attacks as ISIS hits back in Mosul

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Iraqi forces are facing increasingly difficult fighting and a rising number of suicide attacks including some by female bombers in the final stages of the battle for Mosul

WAR-TORN. Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) members carry food as they walk in the Old City of Mosul on July 3, 2017 during an ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Fadel Senna/AFP

ISIS 'sanctioned, if not directed' Resorts World attack – expert

Jul 02, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Philippines now serves as an inspiration for global jihadists say terrorism experts who asked the government to investigate an ISIS claim the Resorts World gunman converted to Islam

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines

Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism

Jun 23, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Facebook says it will seek to educate charities and other organizations on how to fight hate speech in the wake of recent terror attacks in Belgium Britain and France

Google steps up efforts to block extremism, following Facebook

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Google general counsel Kent Walker says the company will use a combination of machine learning and human monitoring to keep extremist and terrorism related videos off its services

GOOGLE FIGHTS EXTREMISM. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Londoners hold vigil for Muslim terror attack victims

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:57 AM

London police chief Cressida Dick says the incident is quite clearly an attack on Muslims and promises a stepped up police presence near mosques

UNITED. People gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London on June 19, 2017. Isabel Infantes/AFP

Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:49 PM

In a joint blog post the social network s global policy management director Monika Bickert and counterterrorism policy manager Brian Fishman say Facebook is committed to tackling the issue head on

MONIKA BICKERT. Facebook Head of Policy Managment Monika Bickert participates in a discussion and question-and-answer session about 'Internet Security and Privacy in the Age of Islamic State' at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy February 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

RAW Deal: Important takeaways from Extreme Rules

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:08 PM

It was unexpected but having Samoa Joe wrestle Brock Lesnar was the most logical booking

UP NEXT. Samoa Joe came from out of nowhere, from a pack of better-known would-be contenders higher on the totem pole, to earn a shot at Brock Lesnar. Photo from WWE.com

Part 2: The Moro-Filipina will stand in the way of fanatics

Jun 10, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Moro Filipinas are often independent of their men assertive vocal see the hijab as just another way of projecting their identity and definitely are major players in the locality

U.S., Australian officials warn of returning foreign fighters

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:40 AM

UPDATED Top US and Australian officials warn battle hardened and angry foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries

HIGH-LEVEL MEETING. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) and US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (2nd-R) hold talks with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) and Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne during a meeting at Government House in Sydney on June 5, 2017. Mark Metcalfe/Pool/AFP

12 arrested after 'evil' London terror attack

Jun 04, 2017 - 7:56 PM

3rd UPDATE British Prime Minister Theresa May says the rampage is driven by the same evil ideology of Islamist extremism behind recent attacks

THE MORNING AFTER. Police vehicles block the access to London Bridge in London on June 4, 2017, as police continue their investigations following the June 3 terror attack. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Regional intel: ISIS fighters in Mindanao triple PH's estimate

Jun 04, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says intelligence pegs the number of ISIS fighters in the Philippines at 1 200 including 40 Indonesians a stark contrast from the Philippines 250 400 estimate

Intel unveils 18-core Core i9 chip from new high-end X-series

May 30, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The chip will retail for 1 999 or roughly around P100 000 and is one of the 9 new Intel chips designed for the enthusiast market

THE CORE X FAMILY. Intel announces its slate of new processors at Computex. Image from Intel.

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

May 30, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Bangladesh had raised its highest number 10 weather danger alert as the storm approached with officials quickly evacuating more than 300 000 people to cyclone shelters

TAKING SHELTER. Bangladeshi villagers take refuge in a cyclone shelter following an evacuation by authorities in the coastal villages of the Cox's Bazar district on May 29, 2017 as Cyclone 'Mora' gradually approaches towards the coastline. Stringer/AFP

Caritas Philippines appeals for donations for Marawi

May 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Caritas Philippines the social action arm of the Catholic Church initially releases P300 000 to support the relief operations of the Diocese of Iligan social action center

Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing

May 29, 2017 - 3:13 PM

The arrest now brings to 14 the number of people they have in custody over the attack

SECURITY CORDON. A police officer guards the entrance to a street in the Moss Side area of Manchester on May 28, 2017 during an operation. John Super/AFP

13 dead as Taliban car bomber hits CIA-funded Afghan militia

May 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED Provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat says members of the elite Khost Provincial Force were the target of the attack

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

May 27, 2017 - 2:50 PM

US President Donald Trump vows to stand with Muslim leaders to counter terrorism and the ideology that fuels it

VISIT. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump urges Muslim leaders to confront extremism

May 21, 2017 - 5:08 PM

4th UPDATE This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it says US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Iran's Rouhani draws fire from U.S. after election win

May 21, 2017 - 7:51 AM

He faces a stark challenge from US President Donald Trump who is currently visiting Iran s bitter regional rival Saudi Arabia and has threatened to tear up the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions

RE-ELECTED. Majority of Iranian voters choose Iran President Hassan Rouhani over hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

WATCH: Ragnarok Online's publishers on why they revived RO in PH

May 13, 2017 - 11:44 AM

The new publishers biggest goal is to help the popular MMORPG become a viable e sports title

RAGNAROK REVIVED. Extreme Electronics and Elite Global Sourcing are the new publishers of Ragnarok Online in the Philippines. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Ragnarok Online PH closed beta starts mid-June

May 12, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Players can now register on the official Ragnarok Online PH website

RESTART. The popular MMORPG returns to the Philippines. Screenshot from PH Ragnarok Online website

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U.S. embassy warns citizens against traveling to Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 1:42 AM

UPDATED It has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

U.S. State Department proposes social media screening for visa applicants

May 08, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Those who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security related visa ineligibilities will be required to submit their social media names in past 5 years

Malaysia's Najib: Prosperity for all crucial in fight vs extremism

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:11 PM

In his first address on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the region can avoid the wave of populism felt in other parts of the world by making sure its people benefit from economic growth

PROSPERITY FOR ALL. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers his keynote address to government and industry leaders. Photo from ASEAN video

2 alleged jihadists admit being at Brussels airport during attack – official

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:49 PM

The men who are charged with belonging to a terrorist organization admit that while in Brussels they visited the cousin of the two brothers who blew themselves up in the coordinated attack

In this file photo, passengers and airport staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. File photo by Laurent Dubrule/AFP