Philippines: Notorious Abu Sayyaf Kidnapper Dead

(VOA): Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday.   Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press that Alhabsy Misaya was..

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Pakistan PM Fires Key Officials Over Media Leaks

(VOA): Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, fired a key foreign policy aide Saturday, along with a senior information ministry bureaucrat, for their alleged roles in leaking details to the media on a top-level security meeting about counter-militancy efforts. An official announcement said..

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Major Earthquake Strikes Off Mindanao

(VOA): A major earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Friday, raising the risk of tsunami waves as far away as Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Hazardous waves could spread 300 kilometers (190 miles) away from the..

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India Minorities Face Increased Sectarian Attacks

(VOA): Muslim and Christian leaders in India are expressing concern over what they call a sudden rise in sectarian attacks against their communities across the Hindu-majority country. The minority community leaders have said the hate attacks, for which they blame right-wing Hindu groups, spiked..

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US: Top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan Likely Dead

(VOA): The emir of the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan is likely dead, targeted in a U.S.-Afghan raid on a cave-and-tunnel complex that left two U.S. special operations forces soldiers dead. Pentagon officials said Friday that they suspected IS Khorasan province leader Abdul Hasib was..

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North Korea Test-fires Ballistic Missile

(VOA): The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the latest North Korean missile test, which failed shortly after launch and broke up over an inland region of the country. A brief statement issued by the office of the press secretary said only that the Trump..

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Trump Invites Philippine President to White House

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington to discuss various issues, including the threat North Korea presents to regional security. After the two spoke by phone Saturday, a White House statement said, “It was a very friendly..

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Swiss Climber Steck Dies in Fall Near Everest Sunday, April 30th, 2017

(VOA): Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said.   Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp 1 of Mount Nuptse. His body has been recovered from the site and been taken to..

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Duterte Removes South China Sea From ASEAN Statement

(VOA): The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final communique Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China’s “militarization” of newly built islands in the disputed South China Sea, a major concession to Beijing.   The 25-page..

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