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Day of National Protest, Dela Rosa, Abu Sayyaf | Evening wRap

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:50 PM

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Egypt to end visas on arrival for Qataris

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The measure which goes into effect on Thursday July 20 will not include spouses of Egyptians or university students who will be granted tourist visas on arrival foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid says

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

TILLERSON IN KUWAIT. A photo provided by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA on July 10, 2017 shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) receiving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City. KUNA / Handout / AFP

UK foreign minister urges Arab states to end Qatar boycott

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:46 PM

The blockade is unwelcome and we hope there will be a de escalation says Boris Johnson

'END QATAR BOYCOTT.' British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an interview at the British embassy in Kuwait City on July 8, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Qatar to respond after Arab nations extend deadline

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Saudi Arabia and its allies say they have decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade

CALM. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Philippines to appeal Malaysia death sentence on 9 Filipinos

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The 9 Filipinos face Malaysia s death row over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will appeal the death sentence imposed on 9 Filipinos in Malaysia. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for waging war against Malaysia s head of state in 2013

SIEGE IN SABAH. This picture taken on March 8, 2013, shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen were locked down in a standoff in the surrounding villages of Tanduao in Sabah. File photo by Malaysian Ministry of Defense/AFP

Sabah kidnap-free since December due to PH-Malaysia cooperation

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya also cites the heightened interest of Malaysian companies in investment opportunities in the Philippines

PH ENVOY. Ambassador J Eduardo Malaya giving his remarks aboard the BRP Andres Bonifacio, March 31, 2017. Photo from KLPE

Nearly 2,000 Filipinos deported from Sabah – DSWD

Mar 24, 2017 - 10:22 PM

Out of the 1 987 deportees from Sabah from January to March 1 706 have been sent back to their places of origin mostly in Mindanao

Lopez, Calida vs Hilbay, ISIS | Midday wRap

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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PH asks Malaysia for proof 5 ISIS-linked suspects are Filipinos

Mar 14, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The Philippines is also investigating the supposed links of the 5 suspects to militants in Mindanao

Duterte, peace talks, Benham Rise | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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5 Filipinos arrested in Sabah over alleged ISIS links

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Three of the arrested Filipinos are permanent residents of Sabah

DSWD readies 'action plan' for 7,000 PH deportees from Sabah

Jan 31, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Thousands of undocumented Filipino workers are expected to be brought back to the Philippines in February

3 dead, 22 rescued in Malaysia shipwreck

Jan 29, 2017 - 12:44 PM

5th UPDATE Search operations are suspended on Sunday night January 29 due to bad weather

Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:13 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Classified documents obtained by Rappler identify the Filipino millennial who beheaded a Caucasian in an ISIS video released in June 2016

3 suspected ASG members killed in kidnap attempt off Sabah

Dec 10, 2016 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED Little did the abductors know that the fishermen they wanted to kidnap were Malaysian maritime policemen

Kuwait opposition in strong election showing

Nov 27, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED The opposition and its allies won 24 seats according to official results announced by the election authority

A Kuwaiti judge (C) and his aides count the ballots at a polling station at the end of the vote in the Sabah al-Salem district on the outskirts of Kuwait city on November 26, 2016. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

PH, Malaysia agree on repatriation of Filipinos in Sabah

Nov 11, 2016 - 9:54 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also discuss the possibility of a Philippine consular office in Sabah a territory being claimed by the Philippines

TALKS ON SABAH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Prime Minister's Office in Perdana square, Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 10, 2016. Photo by Robinson Ninall/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: What binds the Philippines and Malaysia?

Nov 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte leaves for Malaysia Wednesday November 9 Here s an overview of bilateral relations that span almost 6 decades

Dua nelayan Indonesia kembali diculik di perairan Malaysia

Nov 06, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Kedua nelayan diculik saat pemerintah tiga negara sudah sepakat melakukan patroli terkoordinasi

DICULIK. Dua nelayan Indonesia kembali diculik oleh kelompok bersenjata di Perairan Kertam, Sabah, Malaysia pada Sabtu, 5 November. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

Kuwait emir dissolves parliament

Oct 16, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED The move comes less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al Ghanem called for snap elections in the face of mounting security and economic challenges

In this file photo, Kuwaiti MPs take part in a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Armed men kidnap fisherman off Malaysia

Sep 28, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Malaysian authorities say the kidnappers came in a fast craft and headed in the direction of southern Philippine waters after the incident

3 ABK Indonesia dibebaskan oleh kelompok Abu Sayyaf

Sep 18, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Ketiga ABK itu diculik ketika tengah berada di Lahad Datu Sabah Malaysia pada tanggal 9 Juli lalu

SANDERA INDONESIA DIBEBASKAN. Ketiga ABK Indonesia yang sempat diculik oleh kelompok Abu Sayyaf di Lahad Datu, Sabah, dibebaskan pada Minggu, 18 September. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

3 nelayan kembali diculik oleh kelompok bersenjata di perairan Sabah

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Aksi penculikan terjadi usai kunjungan kerja Presiden Filipina Rodrigo Duterte ke Jakarta untuk membahas isu keamanan di wilayah perairan Sulu

Another Indonesian kidnapped in Sulu Sea

Aug 07, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The kidnapping took place August 3 in waters off the northeast of Sabah state on the Malaysian side of Borneo island Indonesia s ambassador to Malaysia says

Lagi, ABK Indonesia diculik kelompok bersenjata di perairan Malaysia

Aug 07, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Pelaku menculik kapten kapal yang merupakan WNI karena menolak untuk memberikan uang sebesar RM 10 ribu atau setara Rp 32 juta

KEMBALI DICULIK. Kapten kapal penangkap udang yang merupakan WNI diculik di perairan Sabah pada Rabu, 3 Agustus. Kejadian bermula karena saat bekerja kapal mereka didatangi sebuah boat yang berisi 4 pria bersenjata. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

5 Malaysians missing from tugboat traversing Sabah

Jul 20, 2016 - 1:15 PM

According to a July 20 report Malaysian authorities recover the tugboat finding it unmanned near Lahad Datu

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

4 Malaysian kidnap victims released by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The victims who were kidnapped more than two months ago are now in Sandakan

Unprecedented rice price hike in Tawi-Tawi due to Sabah embargo

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Most of the goods in Tawi Tawi come from Sabah due to its proximity and cheaper cost but a trade embargo is causing prices to spike

PRICE HIKE. Prices of rice from Sabah almost double in Tawi-Tawi after a trade embargo from Malaysia. Photo by Shamad Unding/ Rappler

Time to stop kidnap for ransom in Sulu

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Clearly the strategy the Philippine government has adopted with regard to the ASG is not working It is time to take more aggressive measures

Group urges Malaysia to end suspension of barter trade

Apr 16, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The Malaysian government s response to kidnapping cases in the area between the Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia is also causing locals in Tawi Tawi and Sulu to face a spike in food prices

Gunmen kidnap Malaysian ship crew – reports

Apr 02, 2016 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED A spokesman from the Philippine regional army says the military was verifying reports after Malaysian authorities informed them but have yet to confirm Abu Sayyaf involvement

Philippine VP's vow to claim Sabah angers Malaysia

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Jejomar Binay is quoted by Manila newspapers last week as saying he would pursue a claim over the area in the north of Borneo island

Vice President and presidential candidate Jejomar Binay addresses the crowd during a campaign rally inside the San Rafael Municipal Gymnasium in San Rafael, Bulacan on Thursday, March 3. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

How an ex-jihadist thinks Indonesia can deradicalize terrorists

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Ayub Abdurrahman a former jihadist warns against underestimating the Jakarta attacks as it could only be the beginning

EX-JIHADIST. Abdul Rhamna Ayub says deradicalization is effective when ex-jihadists like him speak to current radicals because they can relate to him. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Human trafficking: A game of cat and mouse in a vast Celebes sea

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines is a source country while Tawi Tawi serves as the transshipment point for most trafficking cases

Historic ASEAN summit opens under shadow of terror

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Here s what s on the table and what s at stake for the Southeast Asian bloc

ASEAN SUMMIT OPENS. Armed Malaysian soldiers and police officers secure the area outside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the venue of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 19, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Maritime security, Obama’s speech, Russia vs ISIS | 6PM wRap

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:22 PM

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Laglag-bala scheme, transportation woes, released hostage | 12PM wRap

Nov 10, 2015 - 1:06 PM

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Abu Sayyaf release Malaysian hostage – police

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:06 PM

Thien Nyuk Fun and a Malaysian man were abducted in May from a restaurant in Sabah with investigators blaming Philippine group Abu Sayyaf

ABDUCTED. Thien Nyuk Fun and a Malaysian man were abducted in May from a restaurant in Sabah.

'Naked' tourists fly to KL for deportation from Malaysia

Jun 13, 2015 - 10:32 PM

The 4 are among a larger group of tourists believed by authorities to have stripped on a popular mountain on Borneo island with police still hunting for 5 others

TO BE DEPORTED. British and Canadian tourists arrive at a court in Kota Kinabalu on June 12, 2015 after being detained by Malaysian authorities regarding nude photos taken on Mount Kinabalu. Photo by Malaysia Out/AFP

Last two missing in Malaysian quake confirmed dead

Jun 10, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Malaysian authorities say they will end their search and rescue operations

DISASTER ZONE. A general view of a landslide on the side of the Kinabalu Mountain as a rescue mission continues for more than 130 climbers stranded on one of Southeast Asia's highest mountains after an earthquake, Sabah, in Kundasang, June 6, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia nabs foreigner over nude pix on quake-hit peak

Jun 08, 2015 - 9:13 PM

A newspaper report says the man arrested at the city s airport as he sought to fly to the Philippines is believed to have been among a group of 10 foreign tourists who had stripped naked and posed for photos on the summit of the peak on May 30

SABAH PEAK. At least 16 people are killed in the June 5 earthquake near Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Flags at half-mast as Singapore mourns Malaysia quake victims

Jun 08, 2015 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED The day of national remembrance declared by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes place as the remains of the victims are flown by military plane from an airport near Mount Kinabalu to the stunned city state

MINUTE OF SILENCE. Participants pause for a minute's silence during the start of the gymnastic events at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 8, 2015. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Filipina among fatalities in Malaysia quake

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Filipina Karyl Mitzi Higuit Matahom 12 years old is among the Tanjong Katong Primary School students on their excursion in Malaysia s Mount Kinabalu when a 6 0 magnitude quake hit

RESCUE. A Singaporean student is being carried by local people during a rescue mission for more than 130 climbers stranded by an earthquake that rocked Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. Photo from EPA/MALAYSIA INFORMATION MINISTRY OF SABAH

Singapore says 5 school students, 1 teacher killed in Sabah quake

Jun 07, 2015 - 1:56 PM

UPDATED Singapore also confirms that an adventure guide who accompanied a school excursion to the popular climbing destination was killed

DEADLY BACKDROP. The Malaysian flag hangs with a back drop of the Kinabalu Mountain as a rescue mission continues for more than 130 climbers stranded on one of Southeast Asia's highest mountains after an earthquake, Sabah, in Kundasang, Malaysia, 06 June 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Hopes fade as crews search 'river of stones' on Mount Kinabalu

Jun 07, 2015 - 11:42 AM

An 80 member rescue team is dispatched to search a section of trail on the popular climbing peak that was obliterated in thunderous rockfalls set loose by Friday s June 5 6 0 magnitude quake

DISASTER ZONE. A general view of a landslide on the side of the Kinabalu Mountain as a rescue mission continues for more than 130 climbers stranded on one of Southeast Asia's highest mountains after an earthquake, Sabah, in Kundasang, June 6, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysian rescuers bring quake-stranded climbers to safety

Jun 06, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Malaysian media reports say that a local tour guide and a woman believed to be Singaporean had been killed on Mount Kinabalu