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Military proposes island quarantine for Filipinos stranded in vessels from Sabah

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:32 PM

More than 100 passengers remain on two vessels after they were turned away by some Mindanao ports for fear of the novel coronavirus

UNINHABITED. Sibakil Island in Lantawan, Basilan. Photo from AFP Westmincom

Kuwait PM, cabinet quit after disputes with parliament

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah 'submitted the resignation of the cabinet to the order to allow for a cabinet reshuffle,' says a government spokesman

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on September 25, 2019 in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Kuwait ruler in U.S. hospital for 'tests', Trump meeting postponed

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:48 AM

A meeting with US President Donald Trump set for September 12 is postponed due to the hospital stay of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

IN THE HOSPITAL. In this file photo taken on March 31, 2019 Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (C) attends the opening session of the 30th Arab League summit in the Tunisian capital Tunis. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Abu Sayyaf frees 9 fishermen seized off Borneo

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The Abu Sayyaf group releases the fishermen off the coast of Jolo island on Friday, June 21

Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino dies – officials

May 27, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The cause of the animal's death is not immediately clear, but previous media reports have suggested it was suffering from kidney and liver problems

ENDANGERED. Once found as far away as eastern India and throughout Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino has been almost wiped out, with fewer than 80 left, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Rhino file photo from Shutterstock

Duterte wants ancient barter trade to tame inflation

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash

RICE WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to revive barter trade with Sabah to bring rice prices down. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak.

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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Con-Com's proposed charter firms up West PH Sea stance, Sabah claim

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Consultative Committee's proposed Article 1 confers 'constitutional status' on the Hague ruling and introduces the concept of 'sovereign rights' to the constitution

Jabidah and Merdeka: The inside story

Mar 18, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The officers who participated in the Jabidah massacre have not fully come clean. In the end, it may have left a legacy of lying and cover-up in the military.

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there

Zubiri, Angara lukewarm on Sabah inclusion in proposed BBL

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The two senators leading discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law say they'd rather keep the measure 'less controversial' and remain 'silent' on the issue

Malaysia slams bid to make Sabah the 13th PH state

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Malaysia warns that this proposal, bared by former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr, can harm ties between Manila and Kuala Lumpur

TOP DIPLOMAT. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman speaks during a trilateral meeting on security in Manila on June 22, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

New ISIS emir? Get to know Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The alleged new head of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia is a former member of Darul Islam Sabah network, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah says Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

MEDIATOR. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Day of National Protest, Dela Rosa, Abu Sayyaf | Evening wRap

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:50 PM

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Egypt to end visas on arrival for Qataris

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The measure which goes into effect on Thursday July 20 will not include spouses of Egyptians or university students who will be granted tourist visas on arrival foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid says

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

TILLERSON IN KUWAIT. A photo provided by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA on July 10, 2017 shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) receiving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City. KUNA / Handout / AFP

UK foreign minister urges Arab states to end Qatar boycott

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:46 PM

The blockade is unwelcome and we hope there will be a de escalation says Boris Johnson

'END QATAR BOYCOTT.' British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an interview at the British embassy in Kuwait City on July 8, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Qatar to respond after Arab nations extend deadline

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Saudi Arabia and its allies say they have decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade

CALM. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Philippines to appeal Malaysia death sentence on 9 Filipinos

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The 9 Filipinos face Malaysia s death row over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will appeal the death sentence imposed on 9 Filipinos in Malaysia. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for waging war against Malaysia s head of state in 2013

SIEGE IN SABAH. This picture taken on March 8, 2013, shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen were locked down in a standoff in the surrounding villages of Tanduao in Sabah. File photo by Malaysian Ministry of Defense/AFP

Sabah kidnap-free since December due to PH-Malaysia cooperation

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya also cites the heightened interest of Malaysian companies in investment opportunities in the Philippines

PH ENVOY. Ambassador J Eduardo Malaya giving his remarks aboard the BRP Andres Bonifacio, March 31, 2017. Photo from KLPE

Nearly 2,000 Filipinos deported from Sabah – DSWD

Mar 24, 2017 - 10:22 PM

Out of the 1 987 deportees from Sabah from January to March 1 706 have been sent back to their places of origin mostly in Mindanao

Lopez, Calida vs Hilbay, ISIS | Midday wRap

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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PH asks Malaysia for proof 5 ISIS-linked suspects are Filipinos

Mar 14, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The Philippines is also investigating the supposed links of the 5 suspects to militants in Mindanao

Duterte, peace talks, Benham Rise | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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5 Filipinos arrested in Sabah over alleged ISIS links

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Three of the arrested Filipinos are permanent residents of Sabah

DSWD readies 'action plan' for 7,000 PH deportees from Sabah

Jan 31, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Thousands of undocumented Filipino workers are expected to be brought back to the Philippines in February

3 dead, 22 rescued in Malaysia shipwreck

Jan 29, 2017 - 12:44 PM

5th UPDATE Search operations are suspended on Sunday night January 29 due to bad weather

Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:13 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Classified documents obtained by Rappler identify the Filipino millennial who beheaded a Caucasian in an ISIS video released in June 2016

3 suspected ASG members killed in kidnap attempt off Sabah

Dec 10, 2016 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED Little did the abductors know that the fishermen they wanted to kidnap were Malaysian maritime policemen

Kuwait opposition in strong election showing

Nov 27, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED The opposition and its allies won 24 seats according to official results announced by the election authority

A Kuwaiti judge (C) and his aides count the ballots at a polling station at the end of the vote in the Sabah al-Salem district on the outskirts of Kuwait city on November 26, 2016. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

PH, Malaysia agree on repatriation of Filipinos in Sabah

Nov 11, 2016 - 9:54 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also discuss the possibility of a Philippine consular office in Sabah a territory being claimed by the Philippines

TALKS ON SABAH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Prime Minister's Office in Perdana square, Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 10, 2016. Photo by Robinson Ninall/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: What binds the Philippines and Malaysia?

Nov 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The two countries' bilateral relations span 6 decades

Dua nelayan Indonesia kembali diculik di perairan Malaysia

Nov 06, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Kedua nelayan diculik saat pemerintah tiga negara sudah sepakat melakukan patroli terkoordinasi

DICULIK. Dua nelayan Indonesia kembali diculik oleh kelompok bersenjata di Perairan Kertam, Sabah, Malaysia pada Sabtu, 5 November. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

Kuwait emir dissolves parliament

Oct 16, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED The move comes less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al Ghanem called for snap elections in the face of mounting security and economic challenges

In this file photo, Kuwaiti MPs take part in a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Armed men kidnap fisherman off Malaysia

Sep 28, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Malaysian authorities say the kidnappers came in a fast craft and headed in the direction of southern Philippine waters after the incident

3 ABK Indonesia dibebaskan oleh kelompok Abu Sayyaf

Sep 18, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Ketiga ABK itu diculik ketika tengah berada di Lahad Datu Sabah Malaysia pada tanggal 9 Juli lalu

SANDERA INDONESIA DIBEBASKAN. Ketiga ABK Indonesia yang sempat diculik oleh kelompok Abu Sayyaf di Lahad Datu, Sabah, dibebaskan pada Minggu, 18 September. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

3 nelayan kembali diculik oleh kelompok bersenjata di perairan Sabah

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Aksi penculikan terjadi usai kunjungan kerja Presiden Filipina Rodrigo Duterte ke Jakarta untuk membahas isu keamanan di wilayah perairan Sulu

Another Indonesian kidnapped in Sulu Sea

Aug 07, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The kidnapping took place August 3 in waters off the northeast of Sabah state on the Malaysian side of Borneo island Indonesia s ambassador to Malaysia says

Lagi, ABK Indonesia diculik kelompok bersenjata di perairan Malaysia

Aug 07, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Pelaku menculik kapten kapal yang merupakan WNI karena menolak untuk memberikan uang sebesar RM 10 ribu atau setara Rp 32 juta

KEMBALI DICULIK. Kapten kapal penangkap udang yang merupakan WNI diculik di perairan Sabah pada Rabu, 3 Agustus. Kejadian bermula karena saat bekerja kapal mereka didatangi sebuah boat yang berisi 4 pria bersenjata. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

5 Malaysians missing from tugboat traversing Sabah

Jul 20, 2016 - 1:15 PM

According to a July 20 report Malaysian authorities recover the tugboat finding it unmanned near Lahad Datu

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

4 Malaysian kidnap victims released by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The victims who were kidnapped more than two months ago are now in Sandakan

Unprecedented rice price hike in Tawi-Tawi due to Sabah embargo

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Most of the goods in Tawi Tawi come from Sabah due to its proximity and cheaper cost but a trade embargo is causing prices to spike

PRICE HIKE. Prices of rice from Sabah almost double in Tawi-Tawi after a trade embargo from Malaysia. Photo by Shamad Unding/ Rappler

Time to stop kidnap for ransom in Sulu

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Clearly the strategy the Philippine government has adopted with regard to the ASG is not working It is time to take more aggressive measures

Group urges Malaysia to end suspension of barter trade

Apr 16, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The Malaysian government s response to kidnapping cases in the area between the Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia is also causing locals in Tawi Tawi and Sulu to face a spike in food prices

Gunmen kidnap Malaysian ship crew – reports

Apr 02, 2016 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED A spokesman from the Philippine regional army says the military was verifying reports after Malaysian authorities informed them but have yet to confirm Abu Sayyaf involvement