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54 Muslim rebels killed in south: military

MANILA, Philippines, May 30, (Agencies): Intense fighting between Philippine troops and a littleknown Muslim group apparently inspired by the Islamic State group has killed 54 militants and two soldiers, officials said Monday. Regional military spokesman Maj Filemon Tan said the operations against the Maute group began last Thursday in southern …

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Iraqi forces poised for Falluja fight – Syrian rebels counter DAESH offensive

BAGHDAD, May 29, (Agencies): Elite Iraqi troops were poised Sunday to assault one of the Islamic State group’s most emblematic bastions, Falluja, as the jihadists counterattacked in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria. The fighting prompted a new exodus of thousands of desperate civilians and deep concern for the many more …

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Niger says kills 12 Boko Haram fighters in gun battle

NIAMEY, May 29, (RTRS): Security forces in Niger killed around 12 fighters of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram who launched an attack in the southeastern region of Bosso close to the border with Nigeria, according to an army statement on Saturday. Three members of the security forces were lightly …

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Shipwrecks claim 700 lives: survivors

ROME, May 29, (Agencies): A week of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with 700 migrants feared dead and survivors giving harrowing testimony of dozens of small children drowned. Survivors brought to safety in the Italian ports of Taranto and Pozzallo told the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) and Save the …

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Brazil arrests suspect after gang-rape video

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 29, (AFP): Brazilian police on Saturday said they had arrested the first of more than 30 suspects wanted over the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers posted a graphic video online showing the aftermath of their brutal attack. The arrest came as some 70 military …

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FEARS FOR TRAPPED CIVILIANS IN STRIFE-HIT IRAQ, SYRIA – Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces deployed on the edge of Falluja

BAGHDAD, May 28, (Agencies): Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces deployed on the edge of Falluja Saturday for the first time since an operation was launched to retake the jihadist-held city, top commanders said. The counter-terrorism service (CTS), Iraq’s best-trained and most battle-tested fighting unit, moved into position on the boundaries of Falluja, …

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Islamic State eyes on Euro ’16

BERLIN, May 28, (RTRS): Islamic State militants have the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in their sights though there is no concrete evidence at the moment of an attack being planned, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has said. The comments from Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany’s Federal Office for …

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Syria rebels under fire from IS militants and govt troops

BEIRUT, May 28, (AP): Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country’s north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years — even as it loses …

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Gang-rape video shocks Brazil

Brazilian police on Friday were investigating the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers boasted about it by posting an online video that has horrified the country. Online social networks erupted with outrage over the video posted on Wednesday featuring the girl naked on a bed and the apparent rapists …

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Coalition pounds DAESH in Raqa – IS offensive gains near Turkish border

BEIRUT, May 27, (Agencies): Warplanes from the US-led coalition have pounded the Islamic State group with at least 150 strikes to bolster a major offensive on the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold of Raqa, a monitor said Friday. The US is backing twin assaults against IS — one in Raqa province and …

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