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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

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM

'I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.'

HAPPY IN CHILE. Pope Francis smiles at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

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Jan 01, 2018 - 8:06 PM

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Iran cuts social media access as unrest turns deadly

Dec 31, 2017 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) The interior minister warns protesters will 'pay the price' as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass demonstrations in 2009

PROTESTS. Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Stringer/AFP

U.S., South Korea 'discuss' military drills amid Olympic worries

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:33 PM

According to reports Seoul has asked Washington to delay the drills until after the Games to lower the chances of provocations by Pyongyang

PREPS. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / AFP

Trump due in Seoul amid North Korea tensions

Nov 07, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Trump flies in from Japan after securing Tokyo's full support for Washington's stance that 'all options are on the table' regarding North Korea

IN ASIA. US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to speak to US military personnel at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from standoff

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi: Of course we hope the Indian side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent similar things from happening again

BORDER SECURITY. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) gesturing next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Guam residents pray for peace as North Korea deadline looms

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The island s archbishop appeals for prudence amid an escalating war of words between the US and Pyongyang

CALM. Afternoon traffic passes in front of a wall painted with US and Guam flags in the Tumon district on the island of Guam on August 11, 2017. Virgilio Valencia/AFP

Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

Jun 08, 2017 - 3:40 PM

In a preliminary report the investigators did not say who they held responsible for the hack but said that both Britain and the United States were helping with their inquiry

The flag of Qatar at the UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Iran leader shrugs off ISIS attacks in Tehran

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:39 PM

The 6 attackers struck at Iran s most potent symbols: its parliament complex in central Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who led the 1979 Islamic revolution

TO SAFETY. Iranian policemen evacuate a child from the parliament building in Tehran on June 7, 2017 during an attack on the complex. Omid Vahabzadeh/Fars News/AFP

Morocco minister defends crackdown on protest movement

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The state had no choice but to enforce the law Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit says after more than a week of protests in the northern city of Al Hoceima and dozens of arrests

UNREST. Protestors march May 31, 2017 in Al-Hoceima during a demonstration demanding the release of Nasser Zefzafi, head of the grassroots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or 'Popular Movement.' Fadel Senna/AFP

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British parliament attack: What we know

Mar 23, 2017 - 12:59 AM

4th UPDATE Here is what we know about the deadliest attack in Britain since 2005

FIRST RESPONDERS. Members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017, during an emergency incident. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

4 killed in attack at UK Parliament

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:03 PM

UPDATED Four people are killed and 40 injured after being run over and stabbed in a lightning attack at the gates of British democracy attributed by police to Islamist related terrorism

LOCKDOWN. Armed police officers stand guard as forensics officers work around a grey vehicle that crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017, during an emergency incident. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Children and Duterte's drug war: Lessons from the past

Feb 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM

More than 30 children have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched his controversial war on drugs in June

VICTIM. Jose, now 16, shows his scars two months after being shot 7 times. Brennan Weiss/Al Jazeera

1/3 of ASEAN 2017 budget devoted to security

Feb 08, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Security is a top concern especially for April and November summits expected to be attended by up to 21 heads of state or heads of government

YEAR OF ASEAN. President Rodrigo Duterte launches the Philippines' hosting of ASEAN 2017 in Davao City in January 2017. Malacañang photo

Task force vs police scalawags: What we know so far

Feb 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Will the newly formed counter intel task force be enough to rid the Philippine National Police of its wayward members?

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Syrian forces retake Aleppo in major boost for Assad

Dec 23, 2016 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The announcement comes after a landmark evacuation deal that ended a ferocious month long offensive waged on east Aleppo by government forces and allied militia

CELEBRATION. Syrians celebrate on December 22, 2016 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, after the army said it has retaken full control of the country's second city. George Ourfalian/AFP

Merkel warns of ramped up Russia cyber attacks ahead of vote

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:37 PM

The warning comes as almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday November 27 with Germany s online security chief describing it as a hacking attack

Evening sun shines on the skyline of Berlin on July 11, 2013. Matthias Balk/DPA/AFP

16 dead, thousands displaced in Central Africa clashes – UN

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:09 AM

Clashes between rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have left at least 16 people dead and displaced several thousand civilians the UN says

NEW LEADER. After months of conflict, the Central African Republic searches for a peacemaker president

With help from Syrians, German police arrest bomb plot suspect

Oct 10, 2016 - 1:23 PM

UPDATED German police say they have arrested a Syrian man suspected of plotting a jihadist bomb attack after a massive manhunt

The police secures a residential area in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, on October 09, 2016, a day after the police found explosive material in the east German apartment of a Syrian man suspected of planning a bomb attack. Hendrik Schmidt / dpa / AFP

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Brussels hopes the revamped agency will not just increase security but also help heal the huge rifts that have emerged between western and eastern member states clashing over the EU s refugee policies

Turkey's border police personel patrols next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border near the town of Lesovo, on September 14, 2016. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Hajj pilgrims reach site of deadly 2015 stampede

Sep 12, 2016 - 3:12 PM

A number of safety measures have been introduced to prevent a repeat of last year s tragedy which killed around 2 300 people

An aerial picture shows the area where Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Hajj at high point a year after deadly stampede

Sep 11, 2016 - 8:19 AM

3rd UPDATE More than 1 8 million people gather at Mount Arafat praying and reading from the Koran

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Mount Arafat where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 11, 2016. Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Koran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed gave his last hajj sermon. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

UN council weighs condemnation of North Korea

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The UN Security Council meets to discuss North Korea s test firing of a missile from a submarine towards Japan and agrees to consider a statement condemning the launch

A man watches a television news showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on August 24, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

France to fall silent for Nice victims as politicians bicker

Jul 18, 2016 - 3:52 PM

While previous attacks saw grand displays of national unity any semblance of cohesion quickly unravelled after the Nice massacre

TRIBUTES. This photo taken on July 16, 2016 in Nice shows a make-shift memorial for victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack. Valery Hache/AFP

Funerals begin for slain Dallas police officers

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:29 PM

The funerals start one day after US President Barack Obama addressed a public memorial service honoring the slain police

People visit a growing memorial of flowers and balloons in front of the Dallas Police department headquarters on July 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

South Korea confirms anti-missile system site

Jul 13, 2016 - 3:22 PM

Seoul says an advanced US missile defense system will be deployed in a remote southern county and will have the capacity to protect 2 3 of the country against feared attacks from the North

This March 18, 2009 handout image courtesy of the US Missile Defense Agency shows the launch of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile during a test on March 17. US Missile Defense Agency/Handout/AFP

China extends military wings with new transport plane

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED The announcement comes with tensions mounting over territorial disputes between Beijing and its neighbors in the East and South China seas

This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows China's biggest military transport plane the Y-20 performs at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Iraqi minister tenders resignation after deadly blast

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:38 AM

As Iraqi politicians maneuvered to contain the fallout from the bombing family and friends were still waiting to learn the fate of the missing

MEMORIALS. Relatives of victims gather on July 5, 2016, at the site of a suicide-bombing attack which took place two days earlier in the Karrada neighborhood of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Sabah Arar/AFP

Beleaguered Brussels neighborhood struggles to fend off jihadist recruiters

Apr 03, 2016 - 12:17 PM

In Molenbeek residents are struggling to confront the threat of radicalism as recruiters increasingly go underground to prey on the area s youngsters

This file photo taken on November 16, 2015 shows the Molenbeek road sign in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean district in Brussels. Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP

North Korea slams Seoul's cyber attack accusations

Mar 13, 2016 - 1:07 PM

The North s state run Rodong Sinmun newspaper lashes out at the hacking accusations saying they were cooked up by Seoul to shore up support for controversial surveillance legislation

Turkey says it won't leave Syrian refugees to die

Feb 07, 2016 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED These people have nowhere else to go Either they will die beneath the bombings or we will open our borders

WAY OUT. A refugee holds his baby during a demonstration at Istanbul's Esenler Bus Terminal. Many of the refugees seek to leave Turkey, have been living in the country for months, sometimes years, after fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria. File photo by Ovan Kose/AFP

WATCH: Senate joint public hearing on Mamasapano

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

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5 killed, 39 wounded in PKK bomb attack in southeast Turkey

Jan 14, 2016 - 2:59 PM

A new upsurge of violence between the security forces and the PKK erupted in July in the wake of attacks blamed on Islamic extremists

US to go 'wherever' law allows in South China Sea

Nov 03, 2015 - 12:16 PM

UPDATED China blasts the US operation as a blatant provocation

In this file photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) is underway in formation with the Republic of Korea patrol craft Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise Foal Eagle 2015, off the coast of South Korea, March 12, 2015. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Wright/Released

Fury in China over US sail-by in disputed waters

Oct 28, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Commentary in Chinese state media is relatively restrained calling for China to keep a cool head in the face of American provocations

In this file photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) is underway in formation with the Republic of Korea patrol craft Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise Foal Eagle 2015, off the coast of South Korea, March 12, 2015. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Wright/Released

China slams US warship sail-by near artificial islands

Oct 27, 2015 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED The USS Lassen illegally entered the waters near the islands foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says in a statement

In this file photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) is underway in formation with the Republic of Korea patrol craft Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise Foal Eagle 2015, off the coast of South Korea, March 12, 2015. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Wright/Released

US warship sails near China's artificial islands – official

Oct 27, 2015 - 6:53 AM

UPDATED The USS Lassen sailed in waters surrounding at least one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain an official says

SPRATLY ISLANDS. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, 11 May 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Yemen PM unhurt in rocket attack on his hotel – minister

Oct 06, 2015 - 3:21 PM

A security source and witnesses say the building had been hit by two rockets

State of emergency in Ferguson as teen charged in police shootout

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:40 AM

St Louis County executive Steve Stenger says county police will immediately take charge of police emergency management in Ferguson and surrounding districts

ON GUARD. Officers from the St. Louis County Police, wearing riot gear, guard the perimeter of the scene of an officer-involved shooting on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, August 10, 2015. Sid Hastings/EPA

Attacks on police station, US consulate shake Istanbul

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:57 PM

The attacks come amid rising tensions on Turkey s streets as the government presses on with a campaign against militants of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party PKK in Turkey and northern Iraq

Turkish firefighters on the scene after an explosion in Istanbul, Turkey, August 10, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Suffocating security ahead of Obama's Kenya visit

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:49 PM

US and Kenyan officials are fixated on making sure Al Qaeda s Somali led affiliate the Shebab cannot violently disrupt the US presidential visit this week

WAITING FOR OBAMA. A handout photograph provided by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) on July 22, 2015 shows an artist holding a depiction of US President Barack Obama during the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Expo being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, July 22, 2015, ahead of US President Barack Obama's much-anticipated visit to the east African nation this weekend. Stuart Price/MEACCT/Handout/EPA

'Majority' of 'Oplan Exodus' survivors leave SAF 6 months later

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:15 AM

SAF chief Director Moro Lazo says those who opted to leave SAF have since been replenished

A PNP-SAF member during necrological service for the 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Rappler Talk: Leonardo Espina on leading the PNP post-Mamasapano

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:11 PM

PNP officer in charge Leonardo Espina saw through what is arguably the most gruesome encounter in police history – the bloody clash between 44 Special Action Force troops and Muslim rebels in Mamasapano Maguindanao

Canada IDs lapses that allowed parliament shooting

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:27 AM

A panicked bystander with a stroller and a breakdown in police communications allowed a gunman to breach Canada s parliament security last October a review reveals

The Canadian flag flies over the Parliament hill in Ottawa, Canada on October 22, 2014. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Finland contacts reservists, denies move due to security concerns

May 03, 2015 - 10:49 AM

The incident comes amid an increase in Russian military activity in the Baltic Sea area

Thousands protest in US over police 'injustices'

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:51 AM

Freddie Gray s death is the latest instance in the United States of a black man succumbing at the hands of police

Protestors participate in a demonstration held to support the protests in Baltimore against police brutality following the death of Freddie Gray, in New York, New York, USA, April 29, 2015. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Baltimore braced for new night of protest as Obama warns police

Apr 29, 2015 - 10:03 AM

Obama condemns the rioting but also says that a series of recent incidents – beginning last year with the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson Missouri – is worrying

TENSIONS. Demonstrators fill the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenue in the wake of protests for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 28, 2015. Noah Scialom/EPA

Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declares a state of emergency in the port city of 620 000 and activates the National Guard as rioters prowl

UNREST. Youths stand on a demolished police car as police respond to people protesting the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 27, 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA