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Afghanistan hit by suicide bomb attacks on mosques leaving 63 dead

Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation. The Afghan president issued a...

Fighters in Syria’s Raqa prepare for civilian handover

RAQA, Syria - US-backed forces who captured Raqa from the Islamic State group prepared Thursday to hand the Syrian city over to a civilian authority, with some of their fighters already headed to the next battle. Inside the city, positions that had long been manned...

DFA Sec’ Alan Cayetano confirms PH no longer accepting EU grants

Manila, Philippines - The Foreign Affairs Department on Thursday confirmed the country will no longer accept new aid from the European Union, as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said both sides have been trying to iron out differences in...

#Fighters celebrate Raqa victory on ‘Roundabout of Hell’

RAQA, Syria - With his only hand, Hazem Kobane planted the yellow flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday in the notorious roundabout in Raqa where Islamic State group jihadists carried out gruesome beheadings. "This is the moment we were waiting for," said the 23-year-old...

President DUTERTE declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

MARAWI, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. In a rousing address to soldiers a day after the killing of two commanders...

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 15 in attack on Afghan police trainees

An ongoing suicide and gun attack on a police training centre in a southeast Afghan city has killed at least 15 people and wounded over 40, a hospital official said Tuesday. The victims of the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban in a tweet,...

Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26

The death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network has risen to 26, officials said Tuesday, less than a week after a US-Canadian family held captive by the militants was rescued. The barrage on Monday targeted a...

#Wildfires kill 34 in Portugal and Spain

At least 31 people have died in fires ravaging forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday afternoon, after three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia. In Portugal, Prime Minister...

Iraqi forces drive back Kurdish fighters in independence standoff

Iraqi forces seized a key military base, an airport and an oil field from Kurdish fighters Monday in disputed Kirkuk province in a major operation sparked by a controversial independence referendum. The rapid advance, which follows weeks of soaring tensions between two US allies in...

Somalia’s deadliest #bombing kills 276, injures 300+

Desperate Somalis searched for news of missing loved-ones on Monday, after a massive truck bomb in Mogadishu killed at least 276 people and left 300 injured in the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation. Residents of the Somali capital, while wearily accustomed to...

Philippine survey shows big support for Duterte’s drugs war

MANILA, Philippines - Nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and almost three quarters believe extrajudicial killings are taking place in the bloody crackdown, an opinion poll showed on Monday. Duterte’s signature campaign has killed thousands of Filipinos...

Death toll in Somalia bombing jumps to 263

MOGADISHU - At least 263 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, doctors said on Monday, confirming the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. Local officials had put the death toll at over 200 on...

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