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Duterte wants Marawi conflict to end before his second SONA

Wanting to be at the Batasan Complex for his second State of the Nation Address free of the Marawi conflict baggage, President Duterte expressed his wishful command to end it sooner between 10 to 15 days. During his personal appearance gracing the 10th anniversary listing of the Phoenix Petroleum at […]

Laptop ban reduce passenger demand on US-bound flights from ME

The prevailing ban on laptops for passengers traveling specific routes from Middle Eastern countries to the United States has a negative impact on airlines in the region. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) confirmed Sunday that passenger demand for flights by Middle East airlines to the United States fell in […]

Bomb threat hoax stings Albay police

LEGAZPI CITY — It was the second incident this year. A bomb threat circulated by text message on Sunday kept the Albay police force on their toes. The message specifically said that “Our attack sa Nov. 9-11, 2016, nagpakalat na kami ng bomba sa mga malls ng Legazpi at Daraga. […]

ASG frees kidnap victim in Sulu, Duterte warns day of reckoning

DAVAO CITY — Kidnap victim Marites Flor was finally released in Sulu by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). This as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned the ASG against continuing its kidnapping activities, saying the day of reckoning is coming. Duterte’s statement was issued after receiving the kidnap victim from […]

Kidnapped Italian pizza restaurant owner freed in Jolo

Kidnapped former Italian priest and pizza restaurant operator Rolando del Torchio was released by his abductors on Friday evening, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has confirmed. This was disclosed by AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, citing reports coming from Police Regional Office-ARMM. Del Torchio was recovered by the […]

Al-Qaeda’s terrorist attack on Burkina Faso ends with hostages freed

126 rescued, 3 attackers killed as operation at Burkina Faso Hotel ends OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Update. A total of 126 hostages were freed and three attackers killed Saturday as security operation at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital ended, a senior official has said. The attackers are one […]

No fly zone, Rome tightens security for special Catholic Jubillee

The Italian capital gears up for the Catholic Jubilee to kick off on Tuesday, media reported Monday. A no-fly zone was earlier declared over its skies and 3,000 army and police officers are deployed throughout Rome. The event is expected to draw 25 to 30 million pilgrims adding to 16 […]

Brussels heightened security measures cost Belgium US $55M daily

Brussels heightened security measures cost Belgium US $55M daily. The heightened security measures in the Belgian capital of Brussels, which were in place earlier this week due to the terror threat, cost the country 51.7 million euros (nearly USD 55 million) daily, local media reported. The measures were in place […]

Islamic State elements now operating in the Philippines?

Are elements of the dreaded Jihadist Islamic State now operating in the Philippines? According to Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan, marine elements have shot and kllled eight self-proclaimed members of the jihadist group Islamic State in an operation in Sultan Kudarat Thursday morning. The government troops from […]

Russia ramps up defense measures after Turkey downs Russian fighter jet

[flexiblemap title=”Latakia, Syria” address=”Latakia, Syria” region=”Middle East Asia” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”8″] Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday announced new measures to step up protection of the country’s military personnel and aircraft stationed at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. New-generation S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems would be deployed in Hmeimim […]

Regional powers criticize PRC over South China Sea conduct

China on Sunday found itself on the receiving end of criticism from many Asia-Pacific leaders over its recent aggressive actions to enforce territorial claims to the South China Sea. While leaders from the region, who gathered for an annual regional summit in Kuala Lumpur, spoke with one voice against terrorism, […]

UN body adopts resolution against IS terrorist attacks

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday, calling on all countries to coordinate efforts to prevent further terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) and similar groups. The unanimously-adopted resolution calls upon member states that have the capacity to do so to “take all necessary measures” to “redouble […]

APEC Declaration: Int’l cooperation urgent in fight against terrorism

Leaders of 21 member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) said it strongly condemned all acts of terrorism and stressed that there is urgent need to increase international cooperation to fight it. “Under the shadow cast by the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and against Russian aircraft over the […]

US offers $5-M bounty for info on key Islamic State leader

Five million U.S. dollars is being offered as reward money by the US State Department for information on a key Islamic State leader. In a press release, the State Department said Wednesday it offers a reward worth 5 million dollars for “information leading to the location or identification of Tirad […]

French warplanes carry massive airstrikes over IS de facto capital

French warplanes carried out over 30 airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State (IS) de facto capital of al-Raqqa in northern Syria late Sunday, a monitor group reported. The strikes targeted the city of al-Raqqa and its surroundings, amid a state of alert among IS militants in the city, according […]

Two incidents of grenade bombings in Cotabato injures 8 persons

[flexiblemap title=”Kabacan, North Cotabato” address=”Kabakan, North Cotabato, Philippines” region=”South East Asia” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”8″] Two incidents of grenade bombings over the weekend in Cotabato City and North Cotabato province by still unknown suspects injures 8 persons. Police authorities have launched a manhunt against four men who carried out bombing […]

Paris Attack ‘Act of War,’ says French President Hollande

PARIS, Nov. 15 (PNA/Xinhua) — French President Francois Hollande announced a national mourning for three days after attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) radical cell that struck the French capital, causing 129 dead and 352 injured among whom at least 99 are in very critical situations, Paris Prosecutor Francois […]

Turkey heightens G-20 leaders summit venue

[flexiblemap title=”Anatalya-Turkey” address=”Anatalya, Turkey” region=”Middle East Asia” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”8″] Ahead of the G20 summit, Turkish police detained 20 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Antalya province as part of the crack down on extremist group. Twin bombings in Ankara on Oct. 10 that killed 102 people, the worst […]

Islamic State claims responsibility as 150 killed in attacks across Paris

Islamic State claims responsibility of Paris attacks that took place Friday night in an online press release Saturday. “Eight brothers carrying explosive belts and assault rifles targeted the places previously carefully selected,” it said. “They triggered their belts amid these disbelievers after having used up their ammunitions,” continued the statement. […]

Russian Emergency Ministry on alert mode, Moscow suspends Egypt flights

[flexiblemap title=”Moscow” address=”Moscow, Russian Federation” region=”Russian Federation” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”10″] The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Moscow unit is currently on a high alert mode amid Moscow’s suspension of flights to and from Egypt, the ministry’s press service said Saturday. The ministry has also organized the 24-hour work of the task […]

Report: US intelligence suggest Islamic State bomb cause Russian plane crash

Report: US intelligence suggest Islamic State bomb cause Russian plane crash U.S. cable news network CNN reported Wednesday that latest U.S. intelligence suggests the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt was most likely caused by a bomb planted by the terror group Islamic State (IS) or its affiliate. […]

Bottomline: Philippines rank low in 2015 Global Peace Index

According to the 2015 rankings by the Global Peace Index among 162 countries worldwide, the Philippines is on the 141st. Hugging the bottom line is North Korea. A dismal result, and perhaps, the true prevailing state in the country under the stewardship of President Benigno S. Aquino, III, despite its […]

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Kidnapped Italian pizza restaurant owner freed in Jolo

Kidnapped former Italian priest and pizza restaurant operator Rolando del Torchio was released by his abductors on Friday evening, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has confirmed. This was disclosed by AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, citing reports coming from Police Regional Office-ARMM. Del Torchio was recovered by the […]

Bomb threat hoax stings Albay police

LEGAZPI CITY — It was the second incident this year. A bomb threat circulated by text message on Sunday kept the Albay police force on their toes. The message specifically said that “Our attack sa Nov. 9-11, 2016, nagpakalat na kami ng bomba sa mga malls ng Legazpi at Daraga. […]

Two incidents of grenade bombings in Cotabato injures 8 persons

[flexiblemap title=”Kabacan, North Cotabato” address=”Kabakan, North Cotabato, Philippines” region=”South East Asia” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”8″] Two incidents of grenade bombings over the weekend in Cotabato City and North Cotabato province by still unknown suspects injures 8 persons. Police authorities have launched a manhunt against four men who carried out bombing […]

Duterte wants Marawi conflict to end before his second SONA

Wanting to be at the Batasan Complex for his second State of the Nation Address free of the Marawi conflict baggage, President Duterte expressed his wishful command to end it sooner between 10 to 15 days. During his personal appearance gracing the 10th anniversary listing of the Phoenix Petroleum at […]

Al-Qaeda’s terrorist attack on Burkina Faso ends with hostages freed

126 rescued, 3 attackers killed as operation at Burkina Faso Hotel ends OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Update. A total of 126 hostages were freed and three attackers killed Saturday as security operation at the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital ended, a senior official has said. The attackers are one […]

Russia ramps up defense measures after Turkey downs Russian fighter jet

[flexiblemap title=”Latakia, Syria” address=”Latakia, Syria” region=”Middle East Asia” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”8″] Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday announced new measures to step up protection of the country’s military personnel and aircraft stationed at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. New-generation S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems would be deployed in Hmeimim […]

UN body adopts resolution against IS terrorist attacks

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday, calling on all countries to coordinate efforts to prevent further terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) and similar groups. The unanimously-adopted resolution calls upon member states that have the capacity to do so to “take all necessary measures” to “redouble […]

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Islamic State elements now operating in the Philippines?

Are elements of the dreaded Jihadist Islamic State now operating in the Philippines? According to Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan, marine elements have shot and kllled eight self-proclaimed members of the jihadist group Islamic State in an operation in Sultan Kudarat Thursday morning. The government troops from […]

Laguna native Filipino-American get 25 years for terrorism

Filipino-American Ralph Kenneth de leon of Ontario, California was sentenced to 25 years in the slammer by a U. S. Federal Court on February 23. Federal Judge Virginia A. Philips handed down the sentence on the 26 year old De Leon for “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.” At […]

Brussels heightened security measures cost Belgium US $55M daily

Brussels heightened security measures cost Belgium US $55M daily. The heightened security measures in the Belgian capital of Brussels, which were in place earlier this week due to the terror threat, cost the country 51.7 million euros (nearly USD 55 million) daily, local media reported. The measures were in place […]

Powerful explosions kill 95, injures many at peace rally in Ankara

At least 95 people were killed and 246 injured after two suspected suicide bombings struck a peace rally Saturday in Turkey’s capital Ankara, the Turkish prime minister’s office said. Some of the wounded are in intensive care, the office said. [flexiblemap address=”Ankara, Turkey” region=”EU” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”200px” zoom=”9″ ] The […]