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Syria attack deals fresh blow to faltering peace talks

Feb 26, 2017 - 1:03 AM

The regime s envoy to the talks in Geneva says Syria would retaliate following the deadly assault claimed by former Al Qaeda affiliate Fateh al Sham Front

Syrian government forces man a checkpoint at the President square in Homs, the country's third city, on February 25, 2017 as security measures were tightened following a number of suicide attacks. Stringer/AFP

In Syria's Homs, war-ravaged ancient market slowly reemerges

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:51 AM

A UN backed project is trying to restore the ancient souk or market in the heart of the historic city of Homs

UNDER REPAIR. Members of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) work in a damaged alley of the ancient market in the heart of the mostly government-controlled Syrian city of Homs, on August 14, 2016 as part of the UNDP's renovation project. Louai Beshara/AFP

String of bomb blasts hit across Syria, 23 killed

Sep 05, 2016 - 3:34 PM

UPDATED The blasts hit government held Tartus and Homs as well as Hasakeh which is mostly controlled by Kurdish forces but where the regime maintains a presence

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 5, 2016 reportedly shows Syrian army soldiers inspecting the damage at the site of a suspected car bombing in a government-held area in the city of Homs. SANA/Handout/AFP

Car bomb near hospital in Syria's Homs kills 16, wounds dozens

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:13 PM

The attack comes just 3 days after hundreds of rebel fighters and civilians were evacuated from the city following a deal with the Syrian regime

CAR BOMB. Syrians gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in al-Zahra neighborhood in Homs on December 12, 2015. Phto by AFP

Typhoon Chan-hom grounds domestic flights in South Korea

Jul 12, 2015 - 2:07 PM

A strong wind alert is issued along South Korea s southern and western coastal areas which received up to 197 millimeters 7 7 inches of rain as of 11 am local time 0200 GMT

Typhoon Chan-hom makes landfall in eastern China

Jul 11, 2015 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED Zhejiang evacuates around 960 000 people and calls its entire fishing fleet back to port because of Chan hom

China evacuates over 865,000 as typhoon nears

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:52 AM

2nd UPDATE The powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Zhejiang province since 1949 according to China s National Meteorological Center

'STRONGEST TYPHOON.' Huge waves are seen as super typhoon Chan-hom comes near Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on July 10, 2015. Photo by AFP

Typhoon Falcon now outside PAR

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:32 AM

The typhoon will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Luzon and Visayas

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 7:01 am, July 10. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Typhoon Falcon intensifies further; leaving PAR by Friday

Jul 09, 2015 - 5:26 PM

UPDATED The typhoon picks up speed but is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday July 10

Typhoon Falcon maintains strength

Jul 09, 2015 - 6:24 AM

UPDATED The typhoon will enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Luzon and Visayas

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 10:32 am, July 9. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Parts of Luzon warned of floods, landslides on Thursday

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Metro Manila Ilocos region Central Luzon Mimaropa and Calabarzon should be ready for flash floods and landslides due to rains from the Southwest Monsoon on Thursday July 9

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Binay’s aide, PH vs China, typhoon Falcon | 12PM wRap

Jul 08, 2015 - 12:26 PM

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Typhoon Falcon enters PAR

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:31 AM

The typhoon is still far from the Philippine landmass No public storm warning signals have been raised

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Parts of Luzon warned of floods, landslides on Wednesday

Jul 07, 2015 - 6:08 PM

The Southwest Monsoon will bring moderate to heavy rains in Luzon on Wednesday July 8 Typhoon Chan Hom is expected to enter the Philippines Tuesday evening

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Typhoon Chan-Hom to enter PAR as Egay makes exit

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Four areas remain under Storm Signal No 1 due to Tropical Storm Egay but a typhoon comes at its heels

TWO STORMS. Tropical Storm Egay (left) makes its way outside of PAR as Typhoon Chan-Hom makes its way in on July 7, 2015. Image courtesy of PAGASA

PH vs China, Egay, Princess Charlotte | 6PM wRap

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:38 PM

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Syria presidential campaign launches despite war

May 12, 2014 - 12:43 AM

The June 3 presidential election is expected to return Bashar al Assad to power

File photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Last Syria rebels quit Homs Old City, civilians return to ruins

May 09, 2014 - 10:36 PM

It is the first time that Syrian rebel fighters have withdrawn from an area they controlled after an accord

Evacuation of Syria's Homs districts to start Wednesday

May 07, 2014 - 2:44 PM

The injured who are trapped in the Old City and surrounding areas who have been trapped due to the siege are set to be the first to leave

IN SYRIA. Syrian policemen and citizens at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood, Homs province, Syria, 29 April 2014. Photo by EPA

Deal for Syria rebels to withdraw from Homs bastion

May 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The agreement comes after government forces began an assault against the few remaining rebel held areas in the city last month

WITHDRAW FROM HOMS. Syrian policemen and citizens inspect the damage at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood, Homs province, Syria, April 29, 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

Dozens killed in Syria, watchdog to probe chlorine claims

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The regime and rebels have blamed each other for using chlorine in at least one attack

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Apr 07, 2014 - 9:18 PM

A man came into Father Frans van der Lugt s house on Monday took him outside and shot him twice in the head said the secretary of the Dutch Jesuit Order

KILLED. Dutch Roman Catholic priest, Father Frans van der Lugt, was killed by an unknown gunman on Monday, April 8. Photo by Mohammed Abu Hamza/AFP

Syria army captures town in strategic Homs province

Mar 09, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Syrian forces captured a rebel held town after nearly a month of fighting

Syria aid teams prepare to renew Homs evacuations

Feb 10, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Discussions were underway as to whether the 3 day truce would be extended to allow for further humanitarian operations

EVACUATION. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 9, 2014, shows civilians on a bus as they are evacuated from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Hundreds evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED State television said the operation – the second evacuation in 3 days – took place under fire from armed terrorist groups

DISPLACED. An image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hangs on the partially destroyed wall of a house belonging to a Christian family in a neighbourhood besieged by government forces in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. Photo by AFP

UN aid to enter Syria's Homs after first evacuations

Feb 08, 2014 - 9:54 AM

According to the United Nations 83 civilians were evacuated under a 3 day humanitarian pause

Civilians evacuated from Syria's besieged Homs

Feb 07, 2014 - 11:29 PM

Those leaving have mixed feelings – they are happy to escape but worried about what comes next and are afraid they might be detained by the regime

DISPLACED. An image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hangs on the partially destroyed wall of a house belonging to a Christian family in a neighbourhood besieged by government forces in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. Photo by AFP

Syria, UN in Homs aid deal as Aleppo fighting heats up

Feb 07, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Aid operations begin in Homs following a humanitarian pause on fighting in the city

ALEPPO FIGHTING. Smoke rises from Aleppo's central prison following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces during fighting with Syrian rebels on February 6, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Al-Khatieb/AFP

Aid deliveries in Homs to start Friday, US says

Feb 07, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The deal should allow the delivery of supplies to around 2 500 trapped civilians

A Syrian man looks for herbs to eat with his family in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. AFP Photo

UN, Syria reach deal for civilians to leave Homs

Feb 06, 2014 - 10:39 PM

The UN and Syria reach a deal to allow civilians to leave areas of Homs that have been under army siege for more than 18 months

UNDER SIEGE. A man uses crutches as he walks past damaged buildings in a neighborhood, besieged by government forces, in the central Syrian city of Homs. Photo by AFP

Syria talks end with accusations, next round uncertain

Feb 01, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Negotiations end with the opposing sides continuing to spar over who is to blame for the bloody conflict that has claimed 130 000 lives

WHAT'S NEXT? UN Arab League Special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference after closing a round of the negotiations at the European headquarters of the UN, in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 31 2014. Martial Trezzini/EPA

Hezbollah-backed Syria troops rout rebels in Qusayr

Jun 05, 2013 - 7:21 PM

Qusayr is strategic because is located just 10 kilometers six miles from Lebanon and links Damascus to the coast

More than 100 killed in new Syria 'massacre'

Jan 18, 2013 - 7:08 AM

The deaths came when the army swept through farmlands north of Homs city says a watchdog

The secret life of Google doodles

Dec 29, 2012 - 11:30 AM

What happens to the Google logo on special days and holidays? Rappler finds out

INTERACTIVE. Little Nemo in Slumberland celebrates his 107th anniversary. All images from www.google.com/doodles

Warplanes batter Syria's Homs as Turkey returns fire

Oct 06, 2012 - 9:54 AM

Warplanes pound rebel held areas of Homs in the Syrian city s heaviest onslaught for months as Turkey reportedly returned cross border shellfire for the second time this week

Syria troops kill civilian week into ceasefire: watchdog

Apr 19, 2012 - 5:40 PM

Syrian government troops killed at least one civilian on Thursday April 19 as clashes erupted in a string of protests centers a week into a fragile UN backed truce a Britain based watchdog said

Russia, China join UN demand for Syria peace move

Mar 22, 2012 - 1:30 PM

Russia and China which have blocked two resolutions on Syria backed a western drafted statement that called on President Bashar al Assad to work toward a cessation of hostilities and a democratic transition

SYRIA WARNED. Mark Lyall Grant (left), Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN and President of the Security Council for March, delivers a presidential statement on behalf of the Council, expressing grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Syria and calling on its Government to immediately implement the plan proposed by the Joint Special Envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan. Pictured next to Mr. Lyall Grant is B. Lynn Pascoe, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Photo taken March 21, 2012 at the UN Headquarters in New York.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

PH abstains from UN Vote on Syria

Mar 02, 2012 - 8:57 AM

The Philippines abstained in a resolution passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning violation of human rights by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was one of 3 countries, including India and Ecuador, that abstained in the voting. China, Russia and Cuba opposed it, while 37 voted in favor. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels withdrew on Thursday, March 1, from the Baba Amr district of the central city of Homs, handing what seemed like victory to loyal troops of the Syrian President.

Journalists among latest casualties in Syria strife

Feb 23, 2012 - 1:31 PM

Shelling on makeshift media center kills 2 foreign journalists injures 3 others on Wednesday; Citizen journalist whose live video streams from Homs provided first hand account of violence died in separate incident Tuesday