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Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

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RED WEDNESDAY. Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines Gabriele Giordano Caccia leads the prayers outside the Manila Cathedral for Red Wednesday on November 22, 2017, a day to support persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East…would come to the Philippines,’ Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 22, 2017) — The mother church of the Philippines, the Manila Cathedral, was bathed in red lights on Wednesday evening, November 22, as Filipinos marked a day to support persecuted Christians around the world. Continue reading Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

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The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire on May 23, 2017 that triggered the war in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The bullet holes that riddled the freshly painted walls of the 4-storey house in the village of Basak Malutlut tell the story of an intense firefight that erupted not too far away from the military headquarters here. Continue reading Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

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ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Syrian army and allied fighters drove the Islamic State group (ISIS) from their last positions in the central province of Hama on Wednesday, October 4, after heavy fighting, a monitor said. Continue reading Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

Iraq forces push into ISIS bastion Hawija

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The town of Hawija is among the final holdouts from the territory seized by ISIS in 2014 and its recapture would leave only a handful of remote outposts in ISIS hands

HAWIJA, Iraq (Oct. 4, 2017) — Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Hawija on Wednesday, October 4, commanders said, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists’ last enclaves in the country. Continue reading Iraq forces push into ISIS bastion Hawija

At least 59 killed at Las Vegas concert in deadliest US shooting

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RUNNING FOR COVER. People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

President Donald Trump denounces what he called ‘an act of pure evil’

LOS ANGELES, USA (Oct. 3, 2017) — Fifty-nine people are now known to have been killed in a mass shooting at an open air concert in Las Vegas while another 515 were wounded, police said Monday, October 2. Continue reading At least 59 killed at Las Vegas concert in deadliest US shooting

Martial law will be lifted after clearing operations in Marawi – Duterte

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DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘It will lifted anytime after things are all ready. There’s a clean up,’ says Duterte on Thursday afternoon, September 21

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (Sept. 22, 2017) — On his 5th visit to Marawi, President Rodrigo Duterte said martial law in Mindanao will be lifted as soon as the military clearing operations in Marawi is done. Continue reading Martial law will be lifted after clearing operations in Marawi – Duterte

US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

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WELCOME. Children flash the victory gesture as a military convoy carrying US-made Oshkosh armored vehicles, bulldozers, and arms headed for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting in Raqa, passes through the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 19, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Under siege in the northern city for 3 months, ISIS is struggling to defend its one-time bastion under a barrage of air strikes by the US-led coalition battling the jihadists in Syria and Iraq

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Sept. 21, 2017) — US-backed fighters have seized 90% of Raqa from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, a monitor said Wednesday, September 20, as they announced they were in the “final stages” of capturing the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold. Continue reading US-backed force seizes 90% of Syria’s Raqa from ISIS

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

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SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they’re towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia’s East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Some 74% of the 31,000 millennials surveyed says they are emphatic with the situation of the refugees, data from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 29, 2017) — Millennials are more emphatic of refugees’ situation and would want their governments to welcome them in their countries, an international survey said. Continue reading 7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

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3RD VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte is back in conflict-torn Marawi City on August 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 25, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte again visited troops inside the battle zone in Marawi City on Thursday, August 24, as government clashes with local terrorists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) entered their 4th month. Continue reading Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups

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WADING INTO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a government police officer along with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-back) wading through a flooded farm on their way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/ AFP

Fighting in Mindanao and extreme weather events combine to make a ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ in the Philippines, says Thibault Henry of the charity Acted

PARIS, France (Aug. 24, 2017) — Fighting in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe”, French aid groups said Wednesday. Continue reading ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups