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Philippines’ Duterte says Marawi city ‘liberated’ after ISIS siege

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared a southern city “liberated from terrorists” after a five-month battle against militants loyal to ISIS. Duterte made the declaration in a rain-soaked speech to troops in Marawi where they have been fighting the militants in clashes that have claimed more than 1,000 lives and displaced 400,000 people. “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi liberated from the terrorists,” Duterte said, speaking moments just ...

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the UN office for refugees. The UNHCR video shot Monday shows thousands upon thousands of Rohingya Muslims trudging along a narrow strip of land alongside what appears to a rain-swollen creek in the Palong Khali area in southern ...

Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist’s speech

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader later this week at the University of Florida, in order to free up resources to prepare for possible violence.Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. After the melee, as counter-protesters were dispersing, a 20-year-old man who is said by law enforcement to have harbored Nazi ...

Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country’s south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled. Also read: Freed Canadian hostage: Taliban murdered my daughter, raped ...

North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s - and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons ...

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes

Monday, 16 October 2017

Spain’s government set the clock ticking on Monday on imposing direct rule over Catalonia, after the region’s leader missed a deadline to clarify whether he had declared independence. The wealthy region threatened to break away following a referendum in Oct. 1 that Spain’s Constitutional Court said was illegal. That plunged the country into its worst political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont made a symbolic declaration of ...

Philippines: Last leaders of ISIS-tied siege killed in Marawi

Monday, 16 October 2017

The last two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of Marawi city still held by pro-ISIS militants, top security officials said. Four military and police officials told The Associated Press that Isnilon Hapilon, who is listed among the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects, and Omarkhayam Maute were killed in a gunbattle and their bodies were found ...

276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 276 people with more than 300 injured, a senator said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll could continue to rise. Abshir Abdi Ahmed cited doctors at overwhelmed hospitals he visited in Mogadishu a day after a truck bomb targeted a crowded street near key government ministries. Many of the bodies in mortuaries had not yet been identified, he said. As angry ...

Indian cross-border fire kills Pakistani child in Kashmir

Saturday, 14 October 2017

At least one Pakistani child was killed and five civilians including four children were wounded after Indian troops fired into Pakistani Kashmir Saturday, officials said. The incident took place in Nikial sector on the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border dividing Kashmir between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India. “An eight-year-old child... was martyred while five civilians including four children were injured due to Indian unprovoked firing targeting the civilian ...

At least 20 dead in ‘huge’ Mogadishu blast

Saturday, 14 October 2017

More than 20 people were killed when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a police official said.“Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the street and many more are under the wreckage of buildings destroyed by the blast”, said Ibrahim Mohamed, a senior police officer.Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city.“There was a huge ...

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