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Philippine forces pound militants – ‘Surrender or die’

MARAWI, Philippines, May 30, (Agencies): Philippine authorities on Tuesday warned Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern city to surrender or die, as attack helicopters pounded the gunmen’s strongholds where up to 2,000 residents were feared trapped. More than 100 people have been confirmed killed in the conflict, which began …

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‘INTERPOL-led’ operation identifies new drug trafficking routes, methods

‘Smugglers swallow condoms packed with liquid cocaine’ SINGAPORE, May 30: An INTERPOL coordinated operation targeting drug trafficking across Asia and the Pacific has identified emerging smuggling routes and concealment methods. Operation Lionfish – ASEAN, which involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials across 14 countries, revealed a network of …

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UK’s ‘Big Brother’ anti-terror strategy is flawed: UN expert

GENEVA, May 30, (RTRS): Britain is undergoing a subtle but alarming shift towards criminalising peaceful protest and free expression, said a UN report on Monday that likened it to a “Big Brother” state of surveillance and suspicion. The highly critical report covers many policies overseen by Prime Minister Theresa May …

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Merkel hosts India’s Modi, looks to broaden world ties

BERLIN, May 30, (AP): The leaders of Germany and India heaped mutual praise upon each other Tuesday — each referring to the other as a “reliable partner” in a notable contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent public doubts about Germany’s ties with the United States. Merkel suggested that Europe’s relationship …

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Rouhani faces pressure to improve rights

‘Expectations are running high’ BEIRUT, May 30, (Agencies): In the week before the May 19 presidential election in Iran, the eventual victor, Hassan Rouhani, criticised the judiciary and the powerful Revolutionary Guards with rhetoric rarely heard in public in the Islamic republic. Now, in the eyes of his supporters, it …

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Gulf alliance in crisis: UAE – ‘Urgent need to rebuild trust’

DUBAI, May 29, (RTRS): A United Arab Emirates government minister has warned that an alliance of Gulf Arab states was facing a major crisis and he said there was an urgent need to rebuild trust. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, made his comments on Twitter less …

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Warplanes carry out strikes on Libya’s Derna

Security chief moved BENGHAZI, Libya, May 29, (RTRS): Warplanes launched three air strikes on the eastern Libyan city of Derna on Monday, a witness said, an apparent continuation of Egyptian raids on the city that began last week after militants ambushed a bus and killed Egyptian Christians. There was no …

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MI5 launches internal probe – Manchester marks week since attack

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 29, (AFP): Britain’s MI5 intelligence service has launched an internal probe into whether vital clues were missed ahead of the Manchester attack, as the city marked on Monday a week since the carnage that claimed 22 lives. Manchester City Council called a vigil in the centre …

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‘Chemical arms a red line’ – Macron, Putin meet

VERSAILLES, France, May 29, (Agencies): The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a red line for France and would result in reprisals, Emmanuel Macron said on Monday during his first meeting as president of France with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. “Any use of chemical weapons would results in …

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Philippine forces make gains against militants – 605 kg of meth seized

MARAWI, Philippines, May 29, (Agencies): Philippine forces control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday, as the army launched airstrikes and went house-to-house to crush areas of resistance. More than 100 people, including …

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