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Gunmen abduct foreigners in Philippines

Unidentified gunmen have abducted three foreigners and a Filipino woman on a southern island in the Philippines, officials say. The Philippines’ army said on Tuesday that a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians, and the Filipino were abducted at gunpoint on the Samal Island late Monday. The resort manager was identified ...

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5 Daesh militants killed in Afghan security operation in Nangarhar

Afghan forces have killed at least five Daesh Takfiri militants in a security operation in the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar. Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, the spokesman for the Nangarhar police headquarters, said on Sunday that the militants had been killed during an operation in the Kot district the previous ...

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At least 41 people poisoned in China chemical leak

At least 41 people have been poisoned in a chemical leak in central China, authorities say. All of the victims have been transferred to hospital, according to the Xinhua news agency. At least five of them were in serious condition. The accident occurred Saturday in the central province of Henan at ...

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30 killed in attack on northwest Pakistan airbase

At least 30 people are killed after pro-Taliban militants attack an air force base in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar. The militants struck the residential compound within the base on Friday, killing at least 17 people. Soldiers quickly surrounded the attackers, confining them to a small area and killing ...

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Japan legislative committee approves security bills in surprise vote

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has pushed a set of controversial security bills through a legislative committee, catching the opposition by surprise. On Thursday, the bills were moved through the committee despite refusal by the opposition, which says it will not accept the vote, as it took place without their ...

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Asia’s millionaires to become world’s richest: report

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Asia Pacific millionaires are set to become the world s richest next year, a report said Wednesday, driven largely by wealthy individuals in India and China. The combined wealth of Asia Pacific s super rich will surpass its 2014 total of $15.8 trillion and overtake that of their North ...

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Russia to continue military aid to Syria: President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will continue to supply the Syrian government with military assistance. Putin made the remarks at a Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, on Tuesday. He dismissed allegations that Russia’s support for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has resulted ...

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Helicopter crashes in southwest China, kills four

A helicopter has gone down under yet unknown circumstances in southwestern China, leaving four people dead. The deadly crash occurred in Chongqing municipality at around 1 p.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Sunday, when the Bell 407 GX aircraft lost contact with air traffic control after departing from Wanzhou District, ...

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Moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Tokyo

TOKYO (AFP) – A moderate earthquake hit Tokyo early Saturday, waking residents and shaking buildings in the Japanese capital, but there was no immediate report of any damage. At least 11 people were injured in the capital in connection with the jolt, “but no one was seriously injured,” said an ...

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