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Islamic State Chief in Afghanistan Killed

(VOA): The leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in a joint raid in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan and U.S. military officials confirmed Sunday.   “Sheikh Abdul Hasib, the Emir of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) in Afghanistan, was..

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US, Philippines Engage in Joint Military Exercises

(VOA): The U.S. and the Philippines Monday began a downsized version of their annual joint military exercises, as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stated he is looking to strengthen ties with China and Russia. This year's maneuvers in the Philippines will focus on disaster response..

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Pakistan: Recent Border Fight Killed 50 Afghan Troops

(VOA): Pakistan claims last week’s border clashes with Afghanistan left more than 50 Afghan security troops dead and scores of others wounded while five of their outposts were destroyed. Major-General Nadeem Anjum, commander of the provincial paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) shared the details..

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Taliban Again Threaten Key Northern Afghan City

(VOA): Heavy fighting is raging in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency has overrun several districts since launching its so-called yearly “spring offensive” more than a week ago. The battlefield advances have again brought insurgents close enough to threaten Kunduz, the..

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Indonesia to Disband Hard-line Islamic Group Hizbut

(VOA): The top Indonesian security minister said Monday the country's president has ordered the dissolution of a hard-line Islamic group that seeks a global caliphate for Muslim nations and was behind massive blasphemy protests in Jakarta. Wiranto, who goes by one name, announced the action..

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North Korea Detains Fourth US Citizen

(VOA): North Korea says it has detained another U.S. citizen, accusing him of committing "hostile acts." The North's official news agency KCNA said Kim Hak Song was detained on Saturday.  The report said he had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the only..

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Police: Malaysia's Top IS Operative Killed in Syria

(VOA): Malaysia's most-wanted member of the Islamic State militant group has been killed in Syria, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said Monday, citing intelligence information. Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, 26, who was on a U.S. list of global militants, was the alleged mastermind behind a..

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China to Strengthen Its Controls Over the Internet

(VOA): China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content. Xi has made China’s “cyber..

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Three Wounded in Peshawar Attacks

(VOA): Two separate blasts, occurring within an hour of each other, wounded three security officials in Pakistan’s city of Peshawar Monday morning. The first blast damaged the gate of a girls’ primary school but did not harm anyone. Local police said the site had two explosive devices but..

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Gunfight in Kashmir Leaves 5 Dead

(VOA): Police in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir say rebels have attacked a police squad, killing three civilians and a police officer. An assailant was also killed when officers returned fire. The unit came under fire Saturday night as it reached a road accident site on a key highway..

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Why are all those Racists so Terrified? Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Racism is not a new phenomenon and while it is an ongoing daily reality for vast numbers of people, it also often bursts from the shadows to remind us that just because..