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Hoping for normalcy in Zamboanga

Sep 22, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Despite the ongoing hostilities the people of Zamboanga attempts to bring normalcy back to their lives

AT THE MARKET. A mother carries her child as she walks past makeshift stalls at Zamboanga's city market, September 21, 2013. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Top donor countries 'failing' Syrians: Oxfam

Sep 19, 2013 - 4:30 PM

Many donor countries are failing to provide their share of the urgently needed funding for the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis

EXODUS. A handout photo obtained from the UNHCR on August 18, 2013 shows thousands of Syrians streaming across a bridge over the Tigris River and entering the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on August 15. Photo by AFP /  UNHCR / Galiya Gubaeva

79 people leave Zambo City battle zone

Sep 17, 2013 - 6:59 AM

6th UPDATE The total number of people brought to safety from Monday night to Tuesday morning September 17 stands at 115

Bakwet: The darker side of the Zamboanga crisis

Sep 15, 2013 - 10:01 AM

I hope this war will soon end We want to go back to our community and rebuild our homes and lives

IN LIMBO. A child evacuee lies in a makeshift hammock at the Zamboanga City sports complex, September 14, 2014. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

UN in PH: End Zamboanga violence 'immediately'

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:10 PM

The UN team in the Philippines appeals to both sides to end standoff to avoid unecessary human suffering

MAKESHIFT HOME. A girl sits under the canopy of her temporary shelter at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Grandstand in Zamboanga City on Sept 11, 2013. Photo by Regine Mendoza/Rappler

Red Cross appeals to AFP, MNLF: Spare civilians

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Aid arrives in Zamboanga City for the evacuees

CRAMMED. Evacuees fleeing the fighting between tghe military and rebels cram the stands of the Zamboanga City sports complex, September 11, 2013. Photo by Regine Mendoza/Rappler

Obama gears up for all-out push on Syria

Sep 09, 2013 - 9:05 AM

US President Obama braced for a key week in his push to persuade skeptical Americans to back strikes against the Syrian regime

In this photo, US President Barack Obama arrives at Saint Petersburg's airport ahead of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013. AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev

Diplomatic offensive for Syria action

Sep 08, 2013 - 7:57 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry continues a diplomatic offensive in Europe to win backing for military strikes in Syria

FACING THE MEDIA. US Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius discuss Syria during a news conference at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France on September 7, 2013. US State Department photo/ Public Domain

US plans for 3 days of attacks on Syria: report

Sep 08, 2013 - 6:38 PM

War planners now aim to unleash a heavy barrage of missile strikes to be followed swiftly by additional attacks on targets that are missed

PH groups oppose US intervention in Syria

Sep 08, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Different Philippine groups oppose any US intervention in Syria and called on the Philippine government to do the same

CLOSER LOOK. Philippine groups condemn the US intervention in Syria.

White House presses case for Syria strike

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:05 PM

A US congressional panel posted videos of Syrian victims Saturday Sept 7 many of them children as the White House presses its case for a strike against Damascus

SYRIA DISCUSSIONS. Intelligence and diplomatic officials arrive at a members-only closed briefing on Syria for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives September 5, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Obama says US can't turn 'blind eye' to Syria

Sep 07, 2013 - 6:28 PM

Obama acknowledges convincing lawkmakers to back military action against the Syrian regime would be a heavy lift

SEEKING SUPPORT. US President Barack Obama answers a question on Syria during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister after their bilateral meeting at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm on September 4, 2013. AFP/Jewel Samad

UN's Ban warns Syria strikes could worsen sectarian violence

Sep 06, 2013 - 3:37 PM

UN chief Ban Ki Moon urged against military action in Syria to avoid the spread of sectarian violence in the country

WARNING AGAINST STRIKES. S President Barack Obama (L) talks with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2ndR) before a working dinner for G20 Summit members on September 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO/G20RUSSIA

US' Syria strike not in PH's national interest

Sep 05, 2013 - 10:00 AM

The Aquino administration must aggressively assert its opposition to such a regionally and globally destabilizing action

Rep Walden Bello. EPA/File/Mike Alquinto

Syria strike: Obama clears first hurdle

Sep 05, 2013 - 9:39 AM

As Obama s big hitters lobbied Congress in Washington the president used an appearance during a visit to Sweden to rally global support and to deny he is isolated

SEEKING SUPPORT. US President Barack Obama answers a question on Syria during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister after their bilateral meeting at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm on September 4, 2013. AFP/Jewel Samad

End Syria 'cycle of horror', swamped neighbors, UN say

Sep 05, 2013 - 8:45 AM

UN MidEast diplomats: A political solution to end this cycle of horror is urgently needed

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres flanked by the ministers from Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan at the start of today's meeting in Geneva. © UNHCR/J-M. Ferre

Syria debate moves to US Senate

Sep 05, 2013 - 6:52 AM

A divided US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved an amended resolution 10 7 that would authorize US military intervention with a 90 day deadline and bars American boots on the ground for combat purposes

SENATE HEARING. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, on congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Jesuit head slams US over Syria attack

Sep 05, 2013 - 6:15 AM

The head of the world s biggest religious order the Jesuits criticizes the US abuse of power

Putin warns West vs Syria attack

Sep 04, 2013 - 2:17 PM

Putin tells AP Russia doesn t exclude backing any action vs Syria at the UN as long as evidence shows the Syrian regime used chemical weapons

PUTIN SPEAKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a statement during a press conference in Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow, Russia, 03 September 2013. EPA/Maxim Shipenkov / Pool

The crisis in Syria: Latest updates

Sep 04, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Here are the latest updates on the conflict the international response and what s next for the strife torn country

US Senate measure has 90-day deadline on Syria action

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:26 AM

The Senate drafted a bipartisan measure that imposed a 90 day deadline for American military intervention in Syria and barred the use of US troops on the ground there

SENATE HEARING. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, on congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Kerry: No time for armchair isolationism

Sep 04, 2013 - 7:08 AM

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor key Republicans both said they would support Obama s plan

MAKING THE CASE. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Arabs urge UN, world to take 'deterrent' steps on Syria

Sep 02, 2013 - 7:32 AM

But they fell short of calling for military strikes as proposed by the United States amid divisions in Arab ranks with several countries opposed to foreign intervention in Syria

MEETING ON SYRIA. Arab countries Foreign ministers attend a meeting of the Arab League on Syria on September 1, 2013 at the body's Cairo headquarters. AFP/Gianluigi Guercia

Saudi FM urges Arabs to back Syria opposition on strikes

Sep 01, 2013 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal urged Arab countries to back calls by the Syrian opposition for strikes on the Damascus regime

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal. Photo from AFP

Assad defiant in face of US strikes threat

Sep 01, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Syria said US President Barack Obama has grown hesitant and confused after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress

DEFIANT. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 26, 2013 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia in Damascus. AFP / SANA

Sarin gas used in Syria attack - Kerry

Sep 01, 2013 - 9:17 PM

UPDATE The US has proof sarin gas was used in a Damascus attack Secretary of State John Kerry says as he pushes for military action against the Syrian regime

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" September 1, 2013. Courtesy NBC News