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Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

Damascus to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The Idlib region, which sits on the Turkish border, is now the last major stronghold of opposition to the Russia-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad

OPEN. Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Anti-Boko Haram militia frees 900 children in Nigeria – U.N.

May 10, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The freed children will be enrolled into a reintegration program with education and training to help them return to civilian life

FREE. This file photo shows released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May military junta ba sa Pilipinas?

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mahimbing pa rin ba ang tulog natin kapag nakopo na ng mga sundalo ang pagpapalakad ng gobyerno?

Coins, nails used as shrapnel for Maute bombs in Marawi

Sep 29, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Crisis spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong hits the Maute Group for using the Bato Mosque to manufacture IEDs

Japan wakes up to North Korean missile warnings

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Millions of Japanese awake to ominous text messages warning them to take cover as a North Korean missile flies overhead

EMERGENCY BROADCAST. A woman looks at a television news displaying warnings via the 'J-alert' system in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Afghan civilian deaths hit new high – UN

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:23 PM

In the first half of the year 1 662 civilians are killed and more than 3 500 injured with deaths in the capital Kabul accounting for nearly 20 of the toll according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA report

Marawi death toll: 82 gov't troops killed, 39 civilians slain

Jun 30, 2017 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the Scene of the Crime Operatives corrected an earlier report on the number of cadavers recovered by government troops

DESTRUCTION. Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesman of the Crisis Management Committee, shares these photoso from Banggolo, Marawi City. File photo from Zia Alonto Adiong/Marawi Crisis Management Committee

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Banggolo, heart of Marawi

Jun 29, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Lost in words It s beyond evil

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Jun 28, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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The day Marawi died

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Dear President please do not blame the Meranaos

Hundreds still trapped in Marawi as crisis enters 3rd week

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Air strikes looting and daily gun battles that do not seem to be ending soon take their toll on Marawi residents

BURNED HOUSES. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Mortar fire kills 11 in Iraq's Mosul – UN

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:45 PM

4 aid workers and at least 7 civilians lining up for emergency assistance were killed says the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 26, 2016 shows ammunition and mortar launchers confiscated from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, in the town of Qaraqosh (also known as Hamdaniya), 30 kms east of Mosul, after Iraqi forces recaptured it from the group. Factories churning out tens of thousands of munitions and an entire street turned into a conveyor belt for car bombs: advances by Iraqi forces around Mosul have laid bare the scale of the Islamic State group's arms industry. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MAX DELANY

US strikes may have killed 119 civilians in Iraq, Syria – Pentagon

Nov 10, 2016 - 9:19 AM

The United States which carries out 80 of the coalition bombing says it uses precision guided munitions that limit civilian casualties

AIR STRIKES. A picture taken on April 28, 2016 shows a general view of the damaged Al-Quds hospital building (R) following reported airstrikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Sukkari in the northern city of Aleppo. File photo by Karam Al-masri/AFP

AFP: Matobato not militiaman, didn't take Scout Ranger course

Oct 03, 2016 - 6:20 PM

The Philippine military rejects Edgar Matobato s claim that he was a militiaman who underwent Scout Ranger training

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes its public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016.

Philippines must get rid of its militias now

Sep 22, 2016 - 12:59 PM

If the Senate hearings would result in abolishing militias and demobilizing their members it would be an important step towards ending abuses committed by these government sponsored death squads

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Mar 30, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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US-led strikes kill 15 civilians in northeast Syria – monitor

Feb 19, 2016 - 9:13 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the latest civilian casualties came after two days of civilian deaths in US led strikes in Hasakeh

Mamasapano widow, 20, to work as domestic helper in Oman

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:45 PM

While politicians and various government and non governmental organizations granted the families of the dead SAF troopers cash and scholarships the widows in Mamasapano have barely enough to survive

FAR FROM HOME. Sarah Langayen will work as a house help in the Middle East

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Dec 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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The wRap Indonesia: #IStandWithAhmed, Bali gay marriage

Sep 18, 2015 - 6:00 AM

A Muslim teen is handcuffed in Texas for bringing a clock mistaken as a bomb to school Indonesians react to gay marriage in Bali and other top news in Indonesia and around the world

ARRESTED. Ahmed Mohamed is arrested for bringing a 'suspicious' looking clock to school. Photo from @anildash

Governor wants Cafgu despite Army assurances

Jun 26, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Residents fear that the civilian armed force may be used for the elections next year

Kerry insists world powers united in Iran talks

Mar 21, 2015 - 8:48 PM

The complex deal on the table is aimed at convincing the world that Iran will not build nuclear weapons under the guise of its ongoing civilian program

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. A file picture dated 21 August 2010 shows a general view of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran. Photo by EPA

Tabang Sibilyan: Help internally displaced people in Mindanao

Mar 16, 2015 - 6:25 PM

More than 123 000 people displaced by military offensives against Moro rebels need your support

Hundreds of families from villages on the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao fill makeshift evacuation centers while fighting rages between elements of the MILF's 108th Base Command anf BIFF fighters.

Imagine: 31,400 people now displaced in Maguindanao

Mar 03, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The peace process was a way out of this violent madness Where is all this taking us in Mindanao?

The widow of Mamasapano

Feb 13, 2015 - 2:54 PM

While the country celebrates its soldier’s bravery the Moro civilians’ pleas for justice almost always go unheard

Sarah Langalen, 19, mother of 2 and widow of Badrudin Langalen.

The front lines of Mamasapano

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM

When he is found on the cornfield where elite cops clashed with rebel forces in Mamasapano town farmer Badrudin Langalan was lifeless face down on the ground his arms bound behind him

MAMASAPANO WIDOW. Sarah Lawani-Langalan, wife of Basrudin. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

5-year-old girl, 6 civilians died in Maguindanao clash – report

Jan 30, 2015 - 4:43 PM

The girl s parents sustain wounds but survive the January 25 attack

Policemen closed the highway leading to Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

US strike kills 7 civilians in Syria: watchdog

Sep 28, 2014 - 8:41 PM

Watchdog group Human Rights Watch calls for a probe into possible violations of the laws of war with claims apparent US missile strikes have killed at least 7 civilians in northwestern Syria

PRAYER. Fighters from the Islamic State (IS) organization pray at the spot where the jihadist group said a US drone crashed into a communications tower in the Syrian city of Raqqa early on September 23, 2014. Photo by AFP/ RMC / STR

US airdrops food to Iraq civilians threatened by IS – Pentagon

Aug 09, 2014 - 12:32 PM

US military aircrafts have delivered 36 224 meals and 6 822 gallons of fresh drinking water to Iraqis who urgently require emergency assistance

Iraqis who fled the violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq, 11 June 2014. Kamal Akrayi/EPA

French PM defends ban on pro-Gaza rally after violence

Jul 21, 2014 - 1:10 AM

The initially peaceful rally turned violent as men clashed with riot police

Thousands join Pro-Palestinian rallies in London, Paris

Jul 20, 2014 - 12:16 AM

Twelve days of violence between Israeli forces and Hamas have led to more than 335 deaths the majority of them Palestinian civilians

Protesters hold pictures of dead children and Palestinian flags as they gather near the Barbes-Rochechouart aerial metro station prior to the departure of a demonstration, banned by French police, in Paris on July 19, 2014 to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. Photo by AFP/Francois Guillot

Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to battle militants

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:04 PM

With security forces seemingly unable to halt the advance Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki announces the government would arm civilian volunteers

Russia: Ukraine breaches Geneva Convention on civilian protection

May 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Ukraine is accused of killing innocent civilians while at war with pro Russian insurgents

US 'collecting data' of PH phone users – report

May 22, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Leaked documents reveal the NSA is collecting cellphone metadata from users in the Philippines Kenya and Mexico as well as voice calls in the Bahamas and one unidentified country

S. Korea ferry disaster a grim test for civilian divers

Apr 21, 2014 - 7:51 PM

The conditions were extremely challenging with powerful currents and heavy swells buffeting the divers as they sought a way into the inverted submerged ferry in near zero visibility

HELPING IN SEARCH. Civilian divers jump into the sea to search for missing passengers in the sinking of the ferry Sewol. Photo by EPA/Yonhap News Agency

UN cites evidence of rebel abuses in South Sudan

Feb 22, 2014 - 8:53 AM

According to eyewitnesses armed opposition forces targeted and killed 10 unarmed civilians on the basis of their ethnic background

Afghan civilian casualties rise as NATO pulls out: UN

Feb 08, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The deaths almost reached the record in 2011 said the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan The rise in deaths and injuries reverses the decline recorded last year

152 Bangladeshi soldiers sentenced to death over mutiny

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Several of those convicted screamed at the judge in anger: I don t need a life term Hang me hang me

VERDICT. Policemen patrol as Bangladeshi people accused in the 2009 Peelkhana murder case look through the window of a bus. Photo by EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo

Oct 19, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Dozens die including 12 Kurds in the northern province of Aleppo in Syria on Friday October 18

Drones used for agriculture, archeology in Peru

Aug 17, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Hand held drones are used to map ancient civilizations and monitor crops

SKY'S THE LIMIT. Drones like this offer many possibilities for civilian use

112,000 civilians dead in a decade in Iraq: report

Mar 17, 2013 - 3:06 PM

At least 112 000 civilians were killed in the 10 years since the US led 2003 invasion of Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein a new report said

PH says Filipinos not 'human shields' in Gaza

Nov 21, 2012 - 3:28 PM

4 Filipinos have requested to leave the Gaza Strip and return to the Philippines according to the DFA

GAZA ATTACKED. A Palestinian woman cries after she evacuated her home to take shelter at a United Nations (UN) school in Gaza City on November 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED

Loyalist militia execute 16 people in Damascus

Sep 26, 2012 - 5:07 PM

Pro government militiamen executed at least 16 civilians in their homes in Damascus before dawn

OUT OF CONTROL VIOLENCE. The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA