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Philippine air and ground assault kills 12 Islamist militants in south

MANILA, April 11 (Reuters) – Philippine troops killed about a dozen members of a pro-Islamic State group in air and ground assaults this week on the southern island of Mindanao, the army said on Wednesday, in what it called preemptive moves to thwart militant attacks on cities. Helicopters fired rockets …

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Algerian military plane crashes, killing at least 100 people

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — At least 100 people were killed when a military plane crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, officials said. The cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, according to a Defense Ministry statement. Emergency services …

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Japanese man lured to Philippines for kidnapping

Manila, April 10, 2018 (AFP) -aA Japanese man has been freed after being lured to Manila and kidnapped as part of a complex plot organised by a business partner he had fallen out with, the Philippines’ police chief said Tuesday. Philippine police rescued the 32-year-old victim on April 5 and …

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Philippines’ top resort island Boracay may reopen in four months

MANILA, April 11 (Reuters) – The Philippines is looking to shorten the closure period for its most popular holiday hotspot Boracay to four months from six, but the number of visitors allowed when it reopens will be slashed, the tourism minister said on Wednesday. A masterplan to redevelop Boracay, which …

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20 killed during attempted prison break in northern Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities say a police gunbattle with inmates and their supporters trying to stage a mass escape from a prison in the country’s north has left 20 people dead. Public security officials in Para state have identified 19 of the dead as prisoners or their supporters …

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Kuwait condemns attack on Douma

NEW YORK, April 10, (Agencies): The State of Kuwait strongly condemns the horrifying attacks, by rockets and explosive barrels, on civilian areas of eastern Ghouta, including the latest attack on the city of Douma last Saturday, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi has stated. “These attacks, whether …

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Nearly 80 dead from tainted liquor in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say more people have died from toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll this month to nearly 80 and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol appear to have tragically backfired. West Java police spokesman Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko said Tuesday that deaths from three locations …

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France vows ‘response’ if ‘red line’ of chemical arms crossed in Syria

Paris, April 10, 2018 (AFP) -France will retaliate against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if evidence emerges that it was behind a recent suspected chlorine gas attack in a rebel-held enclave, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Tuesday. “If the red line has been crossed, there will be a …

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India says shelling by Pakistan kills 2 soldiers in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two Indian soldiers were killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the highly militarized frontier that divides disputed Kashmir between the two rivals, India’s army said Tuesday. Pakistani soldiers used mortars and automatic gunfire overnight to strike at Indian positions in Sunderbani sector along the Line …

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Feud heats on ‘island’ Qatar

DUBAI, April 9, (AP): Saudi Arabia could consider a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom’s border with Qatar, turning the peninsula- nation into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site, state-linked Saudi newspapers reported Monday. The project has …

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