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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

At least 23 killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan

Feb 24, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) In the biggest attack, Taliban militants storm an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers

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

Herbosa: SEC ruling not final but Malacañang's call to ban Rappler

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:22 PM

'We will not implement [the SEC ruling] until after the final and binding decision of the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court,' says Securities and Exchange Commission chairperson Teresita Herbosa

SEC CHIEF. Securities and Exchange Commission Teresita Herbosa attends a Senate hearing on February 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Hello! Here's the news you shouldn't miss this Friday!

Duterte on Malacañang ban, Alvarez on Sara Duterte, New charges vs Manafort | Midday wRap

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

UN bid for Syria ceasefire falters as Russia says no deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:32 AM

During a council meeting called by Russia, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia presents a new raft of amendments to a draft resolution that would allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations during the pause

UNSC ON SYRIA. Russia tells the UN Security Council that there is still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Duterte to lift ban on Rappler if SEC ruling overturned

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also revives his old claim that Rappler is 'CIA-sponsored'

'Some' missing Nigerian schoolgirls rescued after Boko Haram attack

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The disappearance sparks fears of a repeat of the 2014 mass kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a similar school in Chibok

Explosive device thrown into U.S. embassy compound in Montenegro

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Montenegrin government: 'An unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device' in front of the US embassy in Podgorica

SECURED. Police guard the entrance to the US Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. Savo Prelevic/AFP-Services/AFP

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Students turn up heat on Trump, lawmakers over gun control

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:22 AM

Students stage walkouts from high schools in Florida and elsewhere vowing to make the tragedy a turning point in America's deadlocked debate on gun control

NEVER AGAIN. Students of area High Schools rally at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after participating in a county wide school walk out in Parkland, Florida on February 21, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:11 AM

(UPDATED) Trump also promises 'very strong' background checks on gun owners during the poignant "listening session" on Wednesday, February 21, in which he heard first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives

LISTENING SESSION. US President Donald Trump takes part in a 'œlistening session' on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 21, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there

Rappler denounces PSG chief's threat vs reporter Pia Ranada

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) In response, Dagoy says, 'Me to apologize? In their dreams! Sila ang mag-apologize sa sundalo ko (They should be the one to apologize to my soldier).'

PRESIDENTIAL SECURITY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Security Group Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy at the change of command ceremony at the PSG Compound on March 23, 2017. Malacanang file photo

DOJ formally seeks court declaration of CPP-NPA as terrorists

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The DOJ says the CPP-NPA was 'merely buying time' when it entered in peace talks with the government

NPA GUERILLA - NPA guerillas inside their camp in Km. 15 barangay San isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

UNDER ASSAULT. 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. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and newly-appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Colonel Lope Dagoy witness the program proper during the Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park on March 23, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/ Presidential Photo

Medialdea on Rappler, PSG Commander on Ranada, Worldwide Threat Assessment | Midday wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

PSG chief's remark vs Rappler reporter 'uncalled for' – Lorenzana

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Whatever Rappler's offense, the PSG [has] no right to harm Rappler's people [or] threaten them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PSG commander to Rappler reporter: Be thankful Palace guard didn't hurt you

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:53 AM

'Pasalamat kayo hindi kayo sinaktan sa pagbabastos na ginawa 'nyo,' says PSG Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy

Trump backs ban on 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:34 AM

(UPDATED) Trump announces his support for the ban nearly a week after 14 students and 3 teachers were killed at a high school in Florida

DEADLY WEAPONS. Semi-automatic AR-15's are for sale at Good Guys Guns & Range on February 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte bans Rappler in Malacañang, Duterte on PH-China, MRT3 glitch | Evening wRap

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Rappler still allowed to cover Malacañang events – Medialdea

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:52 PM

But the Office of the President changes its tune a few hours later

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) The escalation comes as pro-government forces are also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

'Do not test Israel's resolve,' Netanyahu warns Iran

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:00 AM

'We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves. And we will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself,' adds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. Netanyahu warned Tehran over aggressions by what he called Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas KIENZLE

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Feb 17, 2018 - 7:59 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May also warns European partners not to put politics above cooperation against crime and terrorism

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on March 22, 2017. Photo by Richard Pohle/AFP

Sacked SSS exec 'demanded' P26-M budget for social media project

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Malacañang bares 4 grounds for sacking SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, including embarking on a 'vilification campaign against 4 SSS executives who crossed his path'

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña is the latest to be fired by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 'whiff of corruption' cleansing campaign.

PH starts 2018 with hot money net inflows of $162M

Feb 16, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The central bank attributes this to investor optimism over the passage of the first phase of the tax reform program, positive corporate earnings, and the expected infrastructure spending this year

Record number of Afghan civilian casualties in attacks in 2017 – UN

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The figures come as militants ramp up their assaults on urban areas following US President Donald Trump's announcement last August that the American presence in Afghanistan will remain open-ended

SECURITY. Afghan security personnel investigate the site of a suicide bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on October 31, 2017. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

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

A look back on the cyberattacks that threatened PH businesses

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Don’t let history repeat itself. Learn how to protect yourself and your business at PROTECT 2018

Duterte claims SSS execs Valdez, La Viña abused public funds

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'The president is replacing them (Valdez and La Viña) because he thinks the SSS will be more efficient if there is no rift in the SSS board,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during a meeting with the local chief executives from Visayas and Mindanao at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on February 12, 2018, tells the chief executives to inform him should they need assistance with their governance. Malacañang Photo

Duterte fires SSS chairman Valdez and commissioner La Viña

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte did not renew the terms of Social Security Sysytem chairman Amado Valdez and Commissioner Pompee La Viña

NOT RENEWED. Malacañang did not renew the terms of office of SSS Chair Amado Valdez and Commissioner Pompee La Viña. Screenshot from Facebook of Pompee La Viña.

Sudan's Bashir replaces intelligence chief – state media

Feb 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A presidential decree announces Salah Abdallah Mohammed Salih as the new head of the country's National Intelligence and Security Service

REPLACED. This file photo taken on March 27, 2012 shows the chief of Sudan's powerful intelligence service, Mohammed Atta, during a conference in Khartoum. Photo by Ebrahim Hamid/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

Ousted PH Navy chief welcomes transparent frigates probe

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The hearing will shed answers and more information on the Frigates Acquisition Project,' says former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

FLOATING. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado is put on a floating status after he was removed from his post. He retires in March 2018. Rappler photo

UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'He calls on all to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

'IMMEDIATE DE-ESCALATION'. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for the end to violence in war-torn Syria. File photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP

[OPINION] Hold the line for whom?

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Crossing the line is an experiment. It shows us what happens when the nation's sacred cows are shamed, and what happens when the Duterte regime raises sacred cows of their own.

UN Security Council considers demanding 30-day Syria truce

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Diplomats say it remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution proposing the ceasefire

UNSC ON SYRIA. The United Nations Security Council is considering a measure to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

US-led strikes kill 100 pro-regime personnel in Syria – military

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The strikes were to counter an 'unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,' the US Central Command says

All-time high levels of fraud and cyber issues plague industries today – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The 10th annual Kroll Global Fraud Risk Report outlines the risks industries and organizations now have to face

U.S. announces takedown of global cyber theft ring

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The US Justice Department announces that 13 members of the Infraud Organization, responsible for $530 million in losses among victims, have been arrested

Maldives Supreme Court in U-turn over freeing dissidents

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:42 AM

The remaining 3 judges of the Supreme Court say they are rescinding their February 1 order to release the prisoners 'in light of the concerns raised by the President'

PARADISE IN TROUBLE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows an aerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

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

Paris attacks suspect refuses to answer questions at Belgian trial

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Salah Abdeslam, who has declined to to speak to investigators since his arrest in March 2016, immediately signals his defiance by refusing to stand when asked by the judge and saying he would not cooperate

PARIS ATTACKS TRIAL. Prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam (2nd R) sits beside his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari (R) as they are surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the "Palais de Justice" courthouse in Brussels for the opening of his trial, on February 5, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

On mountain frontline, Yemen army makes push for Sanaa

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Sanaa, less than 30 miles (50 kilometers) away, remains stubbornly out of reach despite the recent gains, highlighting the complexities of Yemen’s tangled conflict

FRONTLINER. Yemeni commander Nasr al-Dibani from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, looks on as they hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in the Nihm district, on the eastern edges of the capital Sanaa, on January 30, 2018. Abdullah al-Qadry/AFP