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[ANALYSIS] Sieg Heil deja vu? Understanding the extreme right's global rise

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The extremist movements in Asia, while benefiting the elites, enjoy the support of the middle classes

‘Madrasah is not a breeding ground for extremism’

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'I studied Madrasah and I grew up in a Madrasah, but I am not a terrorist, I am not an extremist,' says Ustadz Alzad Sattar

IN PRAYER. Muslims inside the Masjid Ibnu Abbas mosque in Caloocan hold prayers in preparation for the Eid Al Adha celebration tomorrow. August 20, 2018 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Creation of PH homeland security department eyed as key vs terrorism

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The department is seen to consolidate security agencies like the Philippine National Police to focus on internal security

SECURITY CRISIS. A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

681 barangays to undergo anti-violent extremism training

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'Preventing and countering violent extremism does not primarily call for a military or police response,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Manuel Felix

PEACE. Children with Down syndrome in super hero costumes talk with members of the Philippine Army who fought in the Marawi Siege while viewing some artworks by artist Nemesio “Nemi” Miranda Jr. in the Marawi: The Homecoming exhibit to mark the National Heroes Day celebration of the Sm City Masinag dubbed "HEROiSM" in Antipolo City, Rizal on August 27, 2018. The paintings depict the 5 months battles between the government forces against Islamic State Maute group and the affected people of Marawi. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Militants attack Afghan midwife training center

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:21 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack, but most of the recent assaults in the city have been carried out by the Islamic State group (ISIS), which has a stronghold in Nangarhar.

TARGETED. Afghan volunteers carry an injured youth on a stretcher to a hospital following an attack that targeted an education department compound in Jalalabad on July 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada / AFP

Facebook disputes claims they retain extreme content for money

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In a new documentary by Channel 4 in the UK, former Facebook investor Roger McNamee says it's the extreme, dangerous content that's the most engaging – something he says Facebook stands to profit from

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Duterte, Mahathir discuss violent extremism, sea piracy in meeting

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysia's longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad spend a bulk of their meeting discussing security concerns

A life at high altitude shapes human body, but how?

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The findings raise a host of questions, starting with this one: What is it about an high-altitude living that makes the body shape-shift?

[OPINION] Women and violent extremism

May 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

By empowering women, we, in turn, empower their communities and change the dynamics of these spaces, leading to the promotion of peace, tolerance, and respect

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Apr 26, 2018 - 2:34 PM

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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration center kills 57

Apr 22, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Concerns about security grow in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20

Afghan residents inspect the site of a suicide bombing outside a voter registration centre in Kabul on April 22, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on April 22, killing four people and wounding at least 15 in the latest attack on the centres. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20.   / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI

France pays tribute to victims of jihadist attack

Mar 25, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'The [Muslim] community has been stabbed, Islam itself has been stabbed... by people who use symbols that are dear to our hearts,' says Carcassonne imam Mohamed Belmihoub

Mourners attend a service of remembrance from outside the Saint Etienne Church in Trebes in southwest France, on March 25, 2018, two days after a man carried out an attack in which four people were killed.  Mourners in this rural French town rocked by a deadly Islamist attack held a mass on Palm Sunday to pay tribute to the victims, including a policeman hailed a hero for offering himself in place of a hostage. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after taking the place of a woman whom Radouane Lakdim had been using as a human shield during his attack Friday on a supermarket in the small town of Trebes.  / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on global security, threats in Southeast Asia

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Maria Ressa talks to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna

Paris suspect Abdeslam refuses to return to Brussels trial

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:18 AM

The fresh show of defiance comes after Abdeslam berated judges for being anti-Muslim, refused to stand and said that he put his 'trust in Allah' on the first day of the trial

COURT SCENE. A courtroom sketch made on February 5, 2018 shows prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam prior to the opening of his trial at the "Palais de Justice" courthouse in Brussels. Benoit Peyruco/AFP

Last surviving 2015 Paris attacks suspect faces trial in Belgium

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:05 PM

It will be the first public glimpse of the 28-year-old who led police on a 4-month international manhunt following the attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people

COURTHOUSE. In this file photo, soldiers stand guard at the Brussels' courthouse, on December 18, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Dogs, cats slaughtered: 'Extreme' markets horrify activists

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Animal activists urge for the shut down of markets in Indonesia, where live dogs and cats are butchered and blow-torched alive

ANIMAL CRUELTY. A dog waits for slaughter at the Langowan market, before he was rescued by DMFI. Photo from DMFI

Spanish 'militant sympathizer' arrested in Basilan

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, 20, who described himself as a tourist, was detained Monday, January 22, at an army checkpoint in Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, authorities say

ARRESTED. Abdelhakim Labidi Adib (C) is escorted by Philippine soldiers as he arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Manila on January 24, 2018. AFP photo

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:22 AM

'Social media companies continue to get beat in part because they rely too heavily on technologists and technical detection to catch bad actors,' says an expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the use of the internet by terror groups.

TERROR HEARING. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management, Juniper Downs, YouTube's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, and Carlos Monje, Director of Twitter's North America Public Policy and Philanthropy, listen during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Landslide in CamSur causes traffic jams along major highway

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy rain across the Bicol Region prompts the regional Office of Civil Defense to warn citizens to be on guard for floods and landslides

HIGHWAY CLEARING. Clearing operations along the Andaya Highway in Camarines Sur after a landslide, December 27, 2017. Photo courtesy Lucy Castaneda / DPWH Bicol

Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:30 AM

The heaviest snowfall in 4 years in Britain causes travel mayhem, while flights get cancelled in Germany and a ferry runs aground in France

SNOWY DAY. Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul's Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls over central London on December 10, 2017. Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Why security in the Middle East matters to Southeast Asia

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Eyewitness to the Marawi siege

Nov 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

May 23, 2017 starts as a normal day for residents living on Abu Musa al-Ashari Street in Marawi City. Little do they know their street will be the site of the city's biggest crisis.

GROUND ZERO. Residents of Abu Musa Al-ashari Street shared their stories on the day the Marawi siege began. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi rehab: 'Build communities resilient to threat of extremism'

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:45 PM

'Are they treating this simply as a matter of building, constructing infrastructure? I hope not,' says International Alert Philippines country manager Francisco Lara Jr

MARAWI CITY. This screenshot shows the battle area inside Marawi City. Screenshot from Rappler

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ASEAN highlights need to reintegrate radicals to counter terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:52 PM

There will be an ad-hoc experts working group under the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) to carry out the plans

COUNTER-TERRORISM. Commitments to fight radicalization as counterinsurgency measures are one of the outputs of the 31st ASEAN Summit. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UN vows to help ASEAN in counter-terrorism efforts

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Security is a major issue in the region with the rising threat brought by extremism and ISIS

FIGHTING TERRORISM. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vows to help ASEAN countries in fighting terrorism. Screengrab by Rappler

Russia faces 'very real' threat of attack at World Cup

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The world's most high profile sporting event, along with the Olympic Games, makes an ideal terrorist target

SHOWCASE. In this file photo, people watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. charges suspect who 'felt good' about NYC attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) Prosecutors unveil the terrorism charges against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, saying he had waived his rights and openly confessed to the attack while being questioned in custody at a hospital after being shot

PRIME SUSPECT. A picture of suspect Sayfullo Saipov is displayed during a news conference about yesterday's attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan that is being called a terrorist incident on November 1, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

Oct 31, 2017 - 1:09 PM

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 'extreme' events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

G7, tech giants agree on plan to block jihadist content online

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Senior executives from the internet giants and Microsoft attended the ministerial session devoted to the issue but did not offer any explanation of how they might go about clamping down on web extremists

G7. EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, US Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti, France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission from Japan Achiro Hoconogi address a press conference at the end of the G7 summit of Interior Ministers in Ischia island, on October 20, 2017. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The outages mainly affect the south and west of Ireland

AFTER OPHELIA. Residents look at fallen trees that were blown down by Storm Ophelia blocking a road in Ireland’s southwest city of Cork, on October 17, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

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Thousands without power in Ireland as freak storm hits

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, is downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless poses enough of a threat

Top Marawi siege leaders killed in clashes

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute are killed as troops assault enemy position past midnight on Monday

KILLED. Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed Monday, October 16, as troops assault enemy position.

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