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Philippine troops kill 40 Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf militants

The Philippine army has killed at least 40 members of the Daesh-affiliated Abu Sayyaf militant group and injured 25 others in the country’s volatile south, a military official says. According to regional military spokesman, Major Filemon Tan, who was speaking on Monday, the casualties occurred in two battlefronts in the ...

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N Korea vows ‘physical response’ to US, South

North Korea has pledged “physical response” to US deployment of the sophisticated THAAD missile system in Korean Peninsula.  The strong reaction on Monday came after Russia warned South Korea and the US of “irreparable consequences” and China summoned ambassadors of the two countries to hear a protest against the controversial ...

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Why number of US troops in Afghanistan doesn’t matter much

President Barack Obama announced last week that the US strategy in Afghanistan has changed again, slowing the drawdown of US forces in the country. He even bragged about why he constantly reviews his strategy in Afghanistan, changes commanders, and makes adjustments, saying he is “guided by the facts, what’s happening ...

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230,000 evacuates as weakened Typhoon Nepartak hits China

Chinese authorities have evacuated hundreds of thousands of residents as weakened Typhoon Nepartak battered China’s eastern coastline with powerful winds and heavy rains. The water resources department of Fujian Province announced on Saturday that local authorities evacuated nearly 230,000 people living in risky areas and also ordered 33,200 fishing boats ...

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Curfew imposed in Indian Kashmir following militant cmdr. death

New Delhi has imposed an indefinite curfew in most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir after security forces shot dead a top militant commander in the disputed Himalayan region. On Saturday, thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear were deployed to the streets of many towns and villages across ...

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Russia denies Daesh claim on downing helicopter

The Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh has claimed it has downed a Russian helicopter in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, with Moscow denying the allegation. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cited media affiliated with Daesh as claiming that the copter was downed in the city’s Badiyah ...

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China to curb ‘fake news’ from social media

China says it plans to launch a crackdown on the reporting of “un-factual” news gathered from social media, punishing those online news portals that use such “rumors.” According to a statement by the Cyberspace Administration of China, online media are required to grant an approval before reporting any piece of news ...

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Tajikistan quake ruins 30 homes, school

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has destroyed at least 30 homes and a school in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan but has not caused any deaths or injuries, emergency officials say. The tremor took place in the remote Rasht region of the country, nearly 200 kilometers east of the capital, ...

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