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WATCH: What can you do to prevent suicide?

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Getting rid of the stigma towards mental illness starts with you

Death toll in Afghan suicide attack soars to 68

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

It is the deadliest attack since an ambulance packed with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the heart of Kabul in January

AFGHAN ATTACK. An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

A cry for help: Mental illness, suicide cases rising among youth

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rappler speaks to psychiatrists, psychologists, and life coaches who say mental health illnesses and suicide cases among the youth have drastically increased

Philippines condemns Kabul school terror attack

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The Philippines joins the international community in the call for all parties in Afghanistan to 'adhere to and respect humanitarian principles,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai: 'In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured.' Most, he added, were students.

SUICIDE ATTACK. An Afghan resident (R) weeps for his relative following a suicide attack in Kabul on August 15, 2018.  Photo by AFP

Amnesty International launches external probes after second staff suicide

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Roz McGregor, 28, from London, took her own life earlier this summer, following the May 26 death of Gaetan Mootoo, a well-known researcher for West Africa.

SUICIDE PROBES. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Death of 'Superman' actress Margot Kidder ruled suicide

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:54 AM

'Ms Kidder's family urges those suffering from mental illnesses, addiction and/or suicidal thoughts to seek appropriate counseling and treatment,' says Montana's Park County coroner's office

LOIS LANE. 'Superman' actress Lois Lane died at age 69 on May 15,2018. Photo by Eva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0

Basilan blast 'looks like a suicide bombing' – Lorenzana

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(4th UPDATE) The first reported suicide bombing in the Philippines occurred in Cotabato City in 1997

ON BASILAN BLAST. In this file photo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana delivers his speech during the flag raising ceremony at the DND headquarters on Monday, June 11, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Man blows himself up on empty Belgium football field

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The victim, 65, whose name was not made public, 'was quickly identified as a local resident and a former career soldier,' a statement from the public prosecutor's office says

Record suicides of elderly people in aging Singapore

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), which focuses on preventing suicides, says fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, physical impairment, and deteriorating mental health are the most common challenges faced by the elderly

Pakistan votes as suicide blast kills 30

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) '[The bomber] was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,' says a local administration official

ELECTIONS. Women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Kabul suicide attack death toll rises to 23

Jul 23, 2018 - 2:45 PM

At least 107 others are wounded in Sunday's powerful explosion

SUICIDE BOMBING. Afghan security forces place victims on the back of a pickup truck following a suicide attack in Kabul on July 22, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

(UPDATED) Newspapers brand the blast – one of the deadliest in Pakistan's history – a 'massacre'

MOURNING. Relatives identify the bodies after a bomb blast at a election rally, at a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018. Photo by Banaras Khan / AFP

12 killed in suicide attack on Afghan security forces – officials

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad also leaves at least 5 people wounded and sets a nearby gas station alight, provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani says

Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, as suicide attack kills 18

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Further dampening hopes for peace after jubilant scenes during the ceasefire over the Muslim holiday, the Taliban says they will not be extending the truce beyond Sunday night

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Suicide blasts in northeast Nigeria kill at least 31 – official, local militia

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:47 PM

(UPDATED) The suspected Boko Haram jihadists also fire rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, increasing the casualties

Locator map of Nigeria

At least 20 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack during ceasefire

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban

CEASEFIRE ATTACK. Afghan volunteers carry an injured man on a stretcher to an hospital following a suicide bomber blew himself in Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Prevention key to dealing with spike in suicide rate

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Countries torn apart by conflict, such as Sri Lanka, are among the most affected, while South Korea and Japan are on the top of the list of industrialized countries dealing with high suicide rates

Suicide blast near gathering of top clerics in Kabul – officials

Jun 04, 2018 - 3:51 PM

'Our initial information shows that the suicide attack took place when guests were exiting the hall" where the meeting was taking place at around 11.30 am (0700 GMT),' police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai tells local broadcaster Tolo News

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Davao City monitoring developments in Indonesia after suicide bombings

May 18, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The city has been on high alert since its own bombing incident in September 2016

HIGH ALERT. A military tank is parked near Davao City's oldest church, the San Pedro Cathedral. The historical landmark is also proximate to other public buildings, including the Sangguinang Panlungsod and the City Hall. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

6 killed, dozens hurt in Indonesia church attacks

May 13, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Three separate locations were hit by bombings around Surabaya on Sunday

Dozens killed in northeast Nigeria suicide blasts

May 01, 2018 - 11:37 PM

A medical source at the Mubi General Hospital says they had 'so far received 37 dead bodies and dozens of injured from the two blast scene'.

BBC reporter killed in eastern Afghanistan

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

It comes after two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul in the morning and killed at least 25 people, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer for Afghanistan Shah Marai and 8 other journalists

When hope is gone – AFP's Shah Marai in his own words

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among the journalists killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital. One tribute to his commitment comes in his own words: an essay from 2016 that he wrote for the AFP Correspondent blog that also reveals his loss of hope for Afghanistan.

KILLED IN ACTION. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2012 Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Shah Marai (center) embraces colleagues Massoud Hossaini (left) and Lawrence Bartlett, after Hossain had won the Pulitzer Prize, at the AFP office in Kabul. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

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

4 teen girl suicide bombers launch deadly attack in Nigeria

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The suspected Boko Haram attack highlights the challenge the government faces in reaching a ceasefire agreement with the fractionalized insurgents

Suicide bomber kills 26 in Kabul attack

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:43 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack – the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks – but the Taliban denies involvement on Twitter

SUICIDE BOMBING. Afghan policemen look on near the site of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul on March 21, 2018. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Fidel Castro's eldest son commits suicide – Cuba state media

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:19 PM

'Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,' Cuba's official newspaper Granma reports

File photo taken on June 1, 2016 of Cuban Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

WATCH: Logan Paul returns to YouTube with suicide prevention video

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Logan Paul is back after his much-criticized antics in Aokigahara forest in Japan

At least 6 killed in Pakistan suicide bombing

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) There are no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack

SUICIDE BOMBING. Pakistani security officials gather around a damaged police bus and truck at the site of suicide bomb attack in Quetta on January 9, 2018. Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP

YouTube star apologizes for viral suicide video

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Logan Paul films the video in Aokigahara, known as 'the Japanese Suicide Forest' because of its reputation

VLOGGER. Logan Paul poses in the press room during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images North America / AFP

6 killed in ISIS-claimed suicide attack near Afghan spy agency

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish says 6 civilians in a car were killed when the attacker blew himself up

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Dec 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

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Autopsy shows Chester Bennington not under influence of drugs

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The autopsy report sheds more light on the death of the Linkin Park vocalist

CHESTER BENNINGTON. The autopsy report on the late Linkin Park frontman is released. Instagram.com/chesterbe

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:02 AM

The attacks occur in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) south of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, which has been at the epicenter of Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency

Facebook launches AI to detect suicidal posts ahead of reports

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The artificial intelligence technology uses 'pattern recognition to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide'

SUPPORT DURING A LIVE VIDEO. Facebook's new AI can detect if you're contemplating suicide during a live video session and get you help if you need it. Image from Facebook.

Suicide bomber attacks Kabul's diplomatic zone, 5 dead – officials

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first attack targeting the Afghan capital's 'Green Zone' since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31

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

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Oct 17, 2017 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Taliban claims the more deadly of the two assaults, a coordinated attack on police in the southeast city of Gardez in Paktia province

AFGHANISTAN ATTACK. Wounded Afghan men receive treatment at a hospital after a suicide attack in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, on October 17, 2017. Photo by Farid Zahir/AFP

What it feels like: Suicide Girl

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

'Had I known that someone was out there, willing to listen to me, to reason with me, would it have made a difference? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding no.'

At least 16 dead as suicide bombings hit Damascus police station

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Syria's interior ministry says two suicide bombers had blown themselves up at the police station in the southern district of Midan

A picture shows the site of a double suicide bomb attack which hit the al-Midan police station in Syria's capital Damascus on October 2, 2017. Louai Beshara/AFP

Suicide bomber kills 6 near Kabul Shiite mosque

Sep 29, 2017 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) The bomber was grazing a herd of sheep and before reaching his target he detonated himself 140 meters from Hussainia mosque," General Salim Almas, Kabul's criminal investigative director, explains

Suicide bomber kills 3 near Kabul cricket stadium – police

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:16 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack the latest in a series of deadly assaults in the city

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – study

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Overall only a fifth of 37 health related targets set under the UN s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs adopted in 2015 are likely to be met

Indonesia's first female would-be suicide bomber jailed

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Dian Yulia Novi was arrested at her boarding house with a 3 kilogram bomb encased in a pressure cooker the night before the planned attack on the presidential palace last December

WATCH: Jared Leto pays tribute to Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell at MTV VMAs 2017

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:13 PM

You are not alone There is always a way forward Reach out share your thoughts do not give up the actor and singer also tells those with depression

Linkin Park plans public memorial for Chester Bennington

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:23 PM

The memorial will take place in Los Angeles

IN MEMORIAM. Over a month from Bennington’s death, fans and fellow artists continue to mourn. Photo from Facebook.com/LinkinPark

Online 'suicide' searches spiked after Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' – study

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Overall suicide related queries were 19 higher than expected following the show researchers say

A promotional image for the Netflix show '13 Reasons Why'. Image courtesy Netflix

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