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Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

White House's Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison says, however, the summary of the July 25 call had been placed on a highly classified system due to a 'mistake' by White House staff

TESTIMONY. Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, arrives to review his testimony in the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump names hostage negotiator O'Brien national security advisor

Sep 18, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Robert O'Brien will become the fourth national security advisor in Trump's tumultuous first term

ROBERT O'BRIEN. President Donald Trump on September 18, 2019 names his pointman for hostage situations, Robert O'Brien, to replace his hawkish national security advisor sacked last week. File photo by Fredrik Persson /TT News Agency/AFP

Trump fires hawkish national security chief John Bolton

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Trump announces via Twitter: 'I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.' But Bolton denies being fired and insists he had resigned

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publishing memoir

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget. Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,' says Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The meeting will deal with the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US reconnaissance drone

(FILES) A file picture taken on May 10, 2019 shows Iranian demonstrators gesturing around a mask depicting US President Donald Trump during a rally in Tehran. - Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on May 19, 2019, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Iran says no talks with U.S. 'under any circumstances'

May 23, 2019 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council, says there has been an uptick in official delegations travelling to Tehran from various capitals, although 'most of them are coming on behalf of America'

World powers demand halt to Libya advance

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar launches an offensive to take the capital held by a UN-backed unity government and an array of militias

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Don't let Huawei help set up 5G, U.S. warns EU nations

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The US is strongly warning the EU because from the US perspective, strong alliances in the region make the individual security of each allied nation even more important

U.N. envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission

YEMEN TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is pictured upon his arrival at Sanaa International airport on January 5, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

White House sought military strike against Iran

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The report says the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September.

STRIKING IRAN. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

3rd telco Mislatel brushes off national security worries

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'We are a Filipino company. We will never allow our national security to be undermined,' says Udenna Corporation spokesperson Adel Tamano

Russia raises North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Russia requests for a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

Esperon: Martial law extension is last resort, unless Mindanaoans ask for it

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The national security adviser wants a comprehensive study on the sentiment of Mindanaoans on martial law extension and state of security to be completed first

ADVISING DUTERTE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. File photo by Manman Dejeto

U.S. says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

North Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearization

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:01 PM

State news agency KCNA says in a commentary that some US experts have suggested trading the end of the war for denuclearization.

BARGAIN. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ex-NSA hacker sentenced to jail over Kaspersky leak

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:57 AM

(UPDATED) Nghia Hoang Pho put the information on his home computer, which was protected by the popular Kaspersky anti-virus program. US authorities believe that Russian intelligence was able to access his computer through Kaspersky.

NSA. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Cyber Threat Alliance reports a 459% increase in the past year of illicit crypto mining – a technique used by hackers to steal the processing power of computers to create cryptocurrency

NSA leaker gets 5 years in jail under Trump crackdown

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:45 PM

It comes as the Trump administration ramps up pressure to deter the leaks of classified materials to journalists that have plagued it since last year

ELECTION. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Rappler Talk: Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

On Monday, August 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) Former Parañaque representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez was supposed to give an interview on maritime disputes when he died Monday, June 11, due heart attack

ADVOCATE. Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez explains the Philippines' territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at a rally in 2013. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

Ex-national security adviser, congressman Roilo Golez dies

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The former representative of the 2nd District of Parañaque City is rushed to the hospital due to vomiting. He died from an 'apparent heart attack,' according to his brother Ferdinand.

DEATH. Ex-national security adviser Roilo Golez dies on June 11, 2018. Photo of Roilo Golez from his Instagram account

Robredo gets national security briefing from military

May 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

A military spokesman confirms the command conference in Camp Aguinaldo but refuses to give details, saying it is a 'regular' activity with Vice President Leni Robredo

SECURITY BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo receives a national security briefing from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Photo by the OVP

China launches website to report foreign spies

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The website, www.12339.gov.cn, also urges anyone to report attempts by Chinese nationals or foreigners to bribe state or military officials, instigate armed riots or incite ethnic separatism

U.S. must act, but not rush decision on Syria – Haley

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:03 PM

'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria

NO RUSH. File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Trump names hawk Bolton as national security advisor

Mar 23, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes just days after US President Donald Trump moved to replace secretary of state Rex Tillerson with another Iran hawk, CIA director Mike Pompeo

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump to oust national security advisor HR McMaster – report

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

The Washington Post reports that US President Donald Trump is discussing potential replacements for National Security Adviser HR McMaster, but is willing to take his time

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Strikes, clashes rock Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:10 AM

Fresh regime air strikes and heavy clashes shake rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war

VICTIMS. Doctors tend to ten-year-old Omar who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family on their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as his father and 7-year-old sister, Manar, watch on at a make-shift hospital on February 25, 2018. Amer Almohibany/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

Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote

Feb 24, 2018 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) At least 29 civilians have been killed in fresh strikes on Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

FRESH STRIKES. 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. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

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

Shooting outside US NSA headquarters, one hurt

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:42 PM

A black SUV appears to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle's front windows.

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY. This undated handout NSA (National Security Agency)image received January 25, 2006 shows the National Security Agency(NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland. Handout by the NSA/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

Russian cyberfirm Kaspersky appeals ban in US court

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:17 AM

Kaspersky is appealing to a US federal court on the grounds the ban it was hit with is unconstitutional because it denied the company a right to due process regarding the validity of the accusation

Trump sends mixed message with 'America First' security strategy

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Previous national security strategies have been released without much fanfare and served as guideposts – but in this unorthodox administration, the document had taken on extra significance

'AMERICA FIRST' US President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, December 18, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Rappler Talk: U.S. national security adviser on Trump's PH visit

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines is the last leg of Trump's first Asia tour. US national security adviser HR McMaster talks to Rappler about US President Donald Trump and what he plans to discuss with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

RAPPLER TALK. US national security adviser H.R. McMaster speaks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa on President Donald Trump's visit to the Philippines. Rappler photo

Duterte's pivot from US will turn into a pirouette – Trump adviser

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster says President Donald Trump will want to continue active involvement in the region. 'He wants to hear from the leaders in the region about how they would like the US to engage from a security perspective and from an economic perspective.'

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Trump's top security aide hails global cooperation in Marawi

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM

'We saw with the recent campaign in the Philippines in Mindanao and Marawi how important it is to work together,' says US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

MARAWI WAR. The Philippine military fought urban warfare for 5 months against local armed groups linked with Islamic State. Rappler photo

Trump Asia tour to focus on actions 'short of war' vs North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:53 AM

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says countries should do more to increase the isolation of North Korea to send a message that 'they have no option but to denuclearize'

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster replaced Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Esperon favors extension of martial law in Mindanao

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Martial law may be still be needed even after December 31 to help the military crack down on other terror groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Kofi Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, says world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis

ROHINGYAS. Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Tomas Kienzle/AFP

Russians used Kaspersky program to hack US intel contractor's computer – report

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the 2015 hack led to the Russians obtaining information on how the NSA itself penetrates foreign computer networks and protects itself from cyberattacks

Germany drops probe into mass NSA surveillance

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Germany's federal prosecution service says it had ended its inquiry into 'the possible mass collection of telecommunication data of the German population by British and US intelligence services'

SURVEILLANCE. A picture taken on April 3, 2014 in Berlin shows a man carrying files before the first session of the committee of inquiry investigating into the possible data surveillance by British and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Photo by Daniel Naupold/dpa/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

Trump backs Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

In a surprise move against a key US ally Trump suggests Qatar is funding extremism as he tacitly backs the diplomatic blockade of the emirate

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP