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Abu Sayyaf kidnapper killed – Chief backs ‘secret cell’

MANILA, April 29, (Agencies): The Philippines’ police chief has defended the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs. The government’s human rights commission discovered a dozen men and women packed …

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British police hold knifeman – ‘Terror act’

LONDON, April 27, (Agencies): Police swooped on a man armed with knives metres away from the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday, arresting him on suspicion of preparing “acts of terrorism”. The 27-year-old man was pinned to the ground in the middle of the road close to the Treasury …

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Two Saudi soldiers killed on Yemen border

RIYADH, April 27, (AFP): Two Saudi soldiers were killed Thursday in a rocket attack near the border with war-torn Yemen, the interior ministry said. They died in a simultaneous landmine explosion and rocket attack while on duty patrolling the border around Jazan, the ministry said in a statement carried by …

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Trump in shift on troop limits

WASHINGTON, April 27, (RTRS): US President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of US forces. The Pentagon, which confirmed …

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China ‘bans’ list of Islamic names

BEIJING, April 27, (AP): Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. “Muhammad”, “Jihad” and “Islam” are among at least 29 names now banned in the …

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35 soldiers held after base attack – Children pay the price

KABUL, April 27, (Agencies): Children account for one-third of civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s grinding conflict in the first three months of 2017, and are paying an increasingly high price in the fighting, a UN report said Thursday in Kabul. From January to March, 210 children were killed — up 17 …

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Trump plan ‘largest tax reform’

Massive cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts WASHINGTON, April 26, (AP): President Donald Trump is proposing “the biggest tax cut” ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class. White House officials on Wednesday …

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Air Force launches unarmed missile for test in California

An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile has been launched from a US Air Force Base in California on a flight to a target in the Pacific Ocean. The missile lifted off at 12:03 am Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. An Air Force …

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China launches 1st home-built aircraft carrier amid Sea row

BEIJING, April 26, (RTRS): China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, China’s second and built in the northeastern port of Dalian, …

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IS developing ‘new weapons’ despite losses: arms monitor

ERBIL, Iraq, April 26, (Agencies): Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was “promoting the development of ‘own-brand’ weapons” …

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