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The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

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

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

Syrian refugee return must be voluntary – UN

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:08 PM

'It is up to people to... no one should be forced to return,' UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says following an agreement between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to work together on the safe return of Syrian refugees

GOING HOME. In this file photo, a Syrian refugee rests on the side of the road as he returns to Syria with his family after crossing the Jordanian border near the town of Nasib, in the southern province of Daraa, on August 29, 2017. File photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

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

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Syrian teen sentenced in Germany over bomb plot

Apr 10, 2017 - 11:37 PM

The suspect is brought to police attention after residents and employees at the refugee shelter where he was staying voiced concerns that he had been radicalized as did a local mosque

Amid war, Syrian PBA import proud of countrymen competing in Rio

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Basketball player Michael Madanly may be in the Philippines but his heart is with his fellow Syrian athletes who competed in the Rio Olympics under the first ever Refugee Team

PROUD. Syrian basketball player Michael Madanly, who plays as an Asian import in the PBA, is proud to see fellow athletes compete at the Rio Olympics. Photo from PBA Images

Syrians harness Pokemon frenzy to depict their plight

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Social media campaigns use Pokemon Go to raise awareness about the situation in Syria

POKEMON GO IN SYRIA. Social media campaigns latch onto the Pokemon Go craze to raise awareness about the situation in Syria. Screengrab from Facebook/rfsmediaoffice2

LOOK: 'Game of Thrones' stars visit Syrian refugees in Greece

Jul 02, 2016 - 12:17 PM

They just want a voice That s what they all said to each of us – tell my story tell my story – and that s what we re going to do says Lena Headey who went to visit Syrian refugee camps in Greece with Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham

Photo by Kathleen Prior/International Rescue Committee via Twitter (@KathleenAPrior)

Turk gets 108 years for refugee sex assaults

Jun 04, 2016 - 6:14 PM

He is found guilty of sexually abusing 8 Syrian children in the toilets at a refugee camp

REFUGEE CAMP. A general view shows Syrian refugees at Harran Refugee Camp in Sanliurfa, southeast of Turkey, 23 September 2015. Photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Malaysia accepts 68 Syrian refugees

May 28, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi says the Syrian migrants who flew into Malaysia via Lebanon will be allowed to work while the children will be able to attend public schools

REFUGE. A Syrian man hugs his son after arriving at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) airbase in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 May 2016. Photo by Fazry Ismail/ EPA

Millions in US aid to Syrians suspended over graft probe

May 11, 2016 - 2:41 AM

USAID discovers a network of commercial vendors NGO employees and others allegedly engaged in bribery and kickback schemes

epa05145883 Syrian refugees gather in a building as they wait for food near a refugee camp in Bab Al-Salama city, northern Syria, 06 February 2016. A new wave of Syrian refugees leaving the country is expected to reach Turkey, according to local news. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 40,000 people were on the move in Aleppo province, after the Syrian army entered two pro-government Shiite towns outside of Aleppo and advanced against rebel forces in the northern province a day earlier, threatening to entirely encircle the opposition-held parts of the key city. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Pope Francis set to visit refugees in Greece as deportations stall

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The trip by the pope who will be accompanied by the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is likely to pile pressure on European leaders already criticized for the deal with Turkey

IN LIMBO. Migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest against deportations in the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention centre, in Moria, Lesvos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

First wave of migrants returned to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED The European Union also keeps its side of the pact with 16 Syrian asylum seekers flying into Germany

BACK IN TURKEY. Refugees escorted by Turkish police walk pass a banner reading: 'Migration directorate of the Izmir Governor' as they arrive by ferry from the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos) at the Dikili harbour in Izmir, Turkey, April 4, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

EU set for new row over asylum rules overhaul

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:11 PM

The vast majority of the record 1 25 million asylum seekers arriving in Europe last year entered Greece after taking the dangerous sea route from Turkey

REFUGEE CRISIS. A woman screams as migrants and refugees demonstrate behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greece-Macedonia border, near Gevgelija on March 2, 2016. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

Syria's Assad says willing to hold early presidential vote

Apr 01, 2016 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Is there popular will to hold early presidential elections? If there is I don t have a problem with it says Assad

Assad insists on unity gov't despite opposition demands

Mar 30, 2016 - 11:25 PM

UPDATED Syrian President Bashar al Assad also estimates that the 5 year civil war has caused over 200 billion in economic and infrastructure damage

epa04963726 A handout picture made available by Syria's official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 04 October 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview to the Iranian Khabar TV channel in the Presidential Palace in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2015. The Middle East would face destruction if a regional alliance led by Russia against militants failed, al-Assad said in his first remarks since Moscow started an air campaign portraying it as aimed at fighting terrorism in his war-torn country on 30 September. Several Western powers backing rebels in Syria have repeatedly called for al-Assad - who has been in power since 2000 - to step down to end the country's conflict, which has claimed the lives of at least 250,000, according to the UN estimates. EPA/SANA / HANDOUT

Syrian refugee crisis demands united global action – UN chief

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Attempts to demonize [refugees] are not only offensive; they are factually incorrect says UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon

epa05235865 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The UNHCR is hosting a high-level Conference in Geneva that will focus on refugees from Syria, and the need to generate a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight. EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

Cardinal Tagle visits Syrian refugees, abused OFWs

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:46 PM

Cardinal Tagle president of Caritas Internationalis urges countries to set aside greed and self interest for the sake of the suffering

GLOBAL PASTOR. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who heads Caritas Internationalis, visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon and later describes their plight as 'upsetting.' Photo courtesy of Caritas Internationalis

Tusk tells economic migrants: 'Do not come to Europe'

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:28 PM

EU President Donald Tusk also lashes out at unilateral actions by EU members as the bloc grapples with the migrant crisis

President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists prior to visiting a Migrants Reception Centre in Dobova, Slovenia, on March 2, 2016. After visiting Austria and Slovenia on March 1 and 2, Croatia and Macedonia on March 2, Tusk was expected in Athens and then Ankara on March 3, to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Tusk said on March 1, 2016 he would press Turkey this week for more "intensive" help in the migrant crisis, while urging EU states to coordinate better to restore trust. / AFP / Jure Makovec/AFP

EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

epa05190538 Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, northern Greece, 02 March 2016. The refugees camp of Idomeni, at the borders between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), changes shape almost every hour of the day. Less than an hour a ship docks at the port, or a train arrives at the station of Thessalonica, more people flow to every available space in the fields near the frontier where more than 10,000 people have arrived and only 300 of them managed to pass the borders on 02 March. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED When one insists on his border the other suffers That s not my Europe says Germany s Angela Merkel lashing out at Austria and Balkan states for introducing tight limits on migrant entries

A Syrian refugee leans against the fence as she waits for the opening of the border to cross into Macedonia, at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on February 28, 2016. Greece warned on February 28, 2016 the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a Balkan cap on border crossings left thousands "trapped" in the country. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be 'trapped' next month

Feb 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia as well as Serbia and Macedonia impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

epa05182244 Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 26 February 2016. The Greek government will proceed with a temporary plan to limit the refugee flow from the islands for the weekend. The aim is to give the necessary time in order to develop new temporary hosting facilities for refugees and migrants in Attica and other regions of the country. EPA/NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

EU 'gives Greece 3 months' to strengthen border against migrants

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:05 AM

The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

'STRENGTHEN BORDER.' Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Aleppo

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop

FENCED OUT. Syrian refugees wait to go back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, February 8, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

Camps full as tens of thousands flee Syria's Aleppo

Feb 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Up to 20 people are forced to stay inside each tent – meant for 7 only – at refugee camps

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate.  Nearly 40,000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor said, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. / AFP / BULENT KILIC

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Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher give $1m for Syrian refugees

Dec 28, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The Borat star and his wife donate to Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee

HELPING OUT. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher donate $1 million to Syrian refugees. File photo by Nina Prommer/EPA

First Canadian plane with Syrian refugees arrives in Toronto

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:48 PM

The government hopes to bring in 10 000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year

Mass brawls erupt in crowded migrant shelters in Germany

Nov 29, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Tensions escalate quickly as often traumatized people from different cultures share spaces

ESCAPE. Migrants walk to a train at the central railway station in Passau, southern Germany, on November 18, 2015. Photo by Christof Stache / AFP

US filmmaker Michael Moore opens home to Syrian refugees

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:30 AM

This is a response to the Michigan governor s decision to turn away refugees in light of the Paris attacks

MICHAEL MOORE. The director opens up his home to Syrian refugees. In the photo, Moore is at a Workers' Union rally in Portugal in May 2015. File photo by Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

House votes to suspend US refugee program after Paris attacks

Nov 20, 2015 - 10:25 PM

If our law enforcement and our intelligence community cannot verify that each and every person is not a security threat then they shouldn t be allowed in says House Speaker Paul Ryan

US White House hopeful compares Syrian refugees to rabid dogs

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:02 AM

Carson calls for immigration screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are

BEN CARSON. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the North Texas Presidential Forum presented by Faith & Freedom Coalition at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, USA, 18 October 2015. File Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Syrian refugees brace for backlash after Paris attacks

Nov 15, 2015 - 10:13 PM

The discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one attacker has sparked concerns that some assailants might have entered Europe as part of the huge influx of people fleeing Syria s civil war

MORE EVACUATIONS. People are evacuated by bus, near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 14, 2015. Photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

US is immigrant nation, should welcome refugees – Kerry

Oct 10, 2015 - 11:52 AM

It is rightly a point of pride that the American people have a history of welcoming those who are in urgent need of a safe haven That s part of who we are It s the American DNA It s how most of this country came to be here

REFUGEES IN US? Migrants, who want to reach EU countries, wait for their registration near the Greek border at the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, October 7, 2015. Photo by Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, 17 Syrians dead – report

Sep 27, 2015 - 6:51 PM

Another 20 migrants who were on the boat s deck survived and swam back to the Turkish coast

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Sep 24, 2015 - 5:00 AM

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Sep 21, 2015 - 12:47 PM

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Palace on Syrian refugees: Filipinos are our priority

Sep 20, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Malacañang does not give a categorical answer on whether or not the Philippines will admit Syrian refugees We need to ensure that what we are doing for our fellow Filipinos is enough because they are our priority

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. Photo by Ovan Kose/AFP

Hungary has completed barbed-wire barrier on border with Croatia – ministry

Sep 19, 2015 - 4:52 PM

The country s defense ministry says they finished placing 41 kilometers of barbed wire along its border with Croatia

Croatia will continue to redirect migrants to Hungary border – PM

Sep 19, 2015 - 4:42 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic says Croatia will not be the refugee center of Europe

Syrian girl dies in new migrant boat sinking off Greece

Sep 19, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The girl is believed to be part of the group on board a boat that went missing in an attempt to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece


UN to Aquino: Save desperate Syrian refugees

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The UN s refugee agency asks Aquino: Can daang matuwid also be extended in offering solutions to victims of persecution outside of this country?

PATH BLOCKED. A boy pushes against a police barricade as Syrian refugees and migrants march along the highway towards the Turkish-Greek border at Edirne on September 18, 2015. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Climate change, the Syrian refugee crisis, and PH governance

Sep 19, 2015 - 8:58 AM

The millions of refugees displaced in Syria should be enough a lesson to shock the Philippines into climate action

British PM visits Syria refugee camps in Mideast to pledge aid

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:03 PM

The surprise visits which included talks with Lebanon s prime minister and the king of Jordan come as Cameron appointed a minister to oversee the resettlement of 20 000 Syrian refugees in Britain over the next 5 years

Lebanese honor guards keep position as British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives to meet his Lebanese counterpart Tammam Salam (unseen) in Beirut on September 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BILAL HUSSEIN

Hungary rushes to complete anti-migrant barrier

Sep 13, 2015 - 10:27 AM

The four meter high barrier being built along Hungary s 175 kilometer 110 mile border with Serbia is aimed at stopping the several thousand migrants who enter Hungary

Some migrant people cross through a hole in a barbed-wire fence an they run into the forest at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, on September 10, 2015. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/ AFP

With open arms, German cities struggle with migrant surge

Sep 13, 2015 - 8:29 AM

This year 450 000 refugees have arrived in Germany including 37 000 in the first eight days of September

Syrian refugees line up as they wait for a bus after disembarking from the ferry 'Eletherios Venizelos', at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 09 September 2015. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Canada creates matching fund to aid Syria refugees

Sep 13, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Christian Paradis minister for international development says the matching funds would ensure their donations can have the greatest impact

Syrian refugees arrive at Jordan Syria border point of Al-Rugban area at the north east of Jordan, 10 September 2015. Photo by Jamal Nasrallah/EPA

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Sep 11, 2015 - 7:04 PM

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EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors

The Philippines and the crisis in Europe

Sep 06, 2015 - 1:03 PM

Why our government must help the Syrian refugees abroad

German industries make economic case to welcome refugees

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:36 PM

Europe s top economy expects to receive 800 000 asylum seekers this – a record figure