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Wanted terror leader may have fled Marawi

Hapilon has not been seen in battle zone MARAWI, Philippines: One of America’s most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city,…

Militants take hostages at Philippine school

MARAWI, Philippines: Islamic militants occupied a primary school and took hostages in a southern Philippine village yesterday, a few hours’ drive from a city where other jihadists were fighting a…

Rohingya seek new escape routes from Bangladesh

DHAKA: In squalid camps in Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence and persecution in neighboring Myanmar dream of a better life abroad – and rely on…

China’s dog meat festival opens despite ban rumors

YULIN: A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened yesterday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumors that authorities…

Philippines launches offensive in Marawi, aims to end battle

Police check for any Manila attack plan MARAWI CITY: Philippine aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants holed up in a southern city…

As Philippine battle grinds on, some displaced die in centers

Military seizes drugs worth millions in besieged city MARAWI CITY, Philippines: Four weeks since fierce fighting broke out in the southern Philippines, some people who fled the battle are dying…

IS threat in Southeast Asia raises alarm in Washington

Area becoming new hub for local, foreign fighters WASHINGTON: Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different…

Brothers who brought death and ruin to Philippine city

MARAWI, Philippines: Twenty years after obtaining Christian educations, Muslim brothers Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute returned to their southern Philippine city with the black flags of the Islamic State group and…

Philippine war babies to live with ‘Martial’ law legacy

MARAWI, Philippines: Raisah Labay gently cradles her newborn: A boy who was named Martial to mark her flight from a war-torn Philippine city and his birth under newly imposed military…

Thousands returning to shattered homes in Bangladesh

Rebuilding their thatched-roofs DHAKA: Thousands of people began returning yesterday to villages destroyed by massive landslides that killed at least 141 people in southeastern Bangladesh to begin rebuilding their thatched-roof…

Duterte taking a rest as city burns

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn from public duties this week because he is tired and needs to “rejuvenate”, his spokesman said yesterday as government forces battled Islamist militants…

Indonesians decry ISIS ‘lies’ after fleeing Raqqa

AIN ISSA, Syria: When Leefa set out from Indonesia for the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, she says she thought she was headed to an earthly paradise for…

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