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ISIS-linked militants storm village, occupy school in south Philippines


The armed men slipped out of the public elementary school in the village of Malagakit as darkness fell, said Captain Arvin Encinas , an army spokesman. "If this is a diversionary move, it's not the first by these BIFF gunmen", Padilla said. They are Abu Sayyaf group leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was proclaimed by Islamic State previous year as its "emir" of Southeast Asia, and Abdullah Maute, whose followers accounted for a large number of the estimated 400-500 fighters who overran part of ... Read More »

Saudi Seeks Israeli Military Help To Support New Crown Prince?


But with his power comes the responsibility for managing the kingdom's affairs at a troubled time. And there may be some in Saudi Arabia who have their own doubts, too. Indeed, bin Salman has certainly been a key player in the administration. It is hard, to some degree at least, not to feel sorry for Muhammad bin Nayef. Read More »

Federal judges rule that Brendan Dassey's confession was coerced


Netflix's Making a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series that follows the case of Wisconsin natives Avery and Dassey. The state of Wisconsin now has three options: it can retry Dassey within 90 days, it can appeal to the U.S. Meanwhile a lawyer acting on behalf of Avery has called for a new trial , alleging Halbach may have been killed by her ex-boyfriend and not the man jailed for her death. Read More »

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman declared crown prince

Newly named Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the country Saudi Arabia is unlikely to make changes to the oil production policy, but his more aggressive foreign policy could at some point put a political risk premium back in the price of oil, according to RBC's Helima Croft. Read More »

At least 20 held hostage in Mogadishu


Witnesses said gunmen then entered the two restaurants and exchanged gunfire with security forces until early Thursday morning. Another picture showed relatives of the victims killed in the attack weeping outside the building. A member of Somalia's security forces walks past destroyed vehicles at the scene of a auto bomb blast and gun battle targeting a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, June 15, 2017. Read More »

IRGC kills three terrorists, arrests another in western Iran


It did not specify the name of the group but added that they have seized some weapons and ammunition in the clashes. According to the public relations department of the IRGC's Hamze Sayyid al-Shohada Base, the IRGC ground troops in Kurdistan Province clashed with a team of terrorists affiliated with the global arrogance on Friday morning. Read More »

Heller won't back Senate GOP health care bill

Since the bill may be passed through the budget reconciliation process - thus requiring a simple majority vote, rather than the normal 60 votes needed to bring it to the floor for a vote - its measures would need to be ruled as pertaining to the budget. Read More »

A majority of Americans now say they like Obamacare. That's a first


They crafted the bill without public hearings, and they've scheduled it for speedy debate and passage next week, because they want to short-circuit the anticipated public outcry. How? For the next two years, the Senate would also provide money that insurers use to help lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower income people. Read More »

Auto bomb kills at least 20 in Afghanistan

The bank was crowded by both civilians and security personnel, many of whom were waiting to receive their monthly salaries. Outside a hospital in Lashkar Gah , Esmatullah Khan, 34, said Friday he had donated blood to help some of the almost 70 wounded in the attack. Read More »

Nancy Pelosi is Now Officially on Cher's Bad Side


On June 20, Handel defeated Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff in a race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat. "The president is obviously happy with both of the wins", Trump spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said . "We were probably too optimistic". By next summer, it will be clear if voters are clamoring for change. "They are completely disconnected". The money numbers suggest why: In the 2016 election, Ryan's Penguin PAC donated just $13,000 to other Democrats. Read More »

France's Macron sees no clear successor for Assad


They are our enemies... "We need everybody's cooperation, especially Russian Federation, to eradicate them". But Merkel said that "for me, shaping the future of the 27 member states has priority over the question of the negotiations with Britain on its exit". Read More »

Juncker says Britain's plan for EU citizens 'not sufficient'


Apart from Gibraltar, where over 95 per cent of voters opted to stay in the European Union , the London borough of Lambeth was the most strongly pro-Remain in the country in last year's referendum. In some ways it is worse than being wasted, thanks to Theresa May's decision to call a needless election on Brexit which had the exact opposite effect to that which she intended. Read More »

US to announce travel ban for North Korea?

In Cincinnati, doctors said they performed a battery of tests on Warmbier, ranging from ordinary X-rays to more advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as well as skeletal surveys of the skull, ribs, pelvis and other areas to look for broken bones. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing Otto Warmbier

Warmbier's family declined to have an autopsy performed on him following his death Monday, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH said , deciding that only an "external examination" would be performed. A negotiator involved in Warmbier's release said his Jewishness was hidden as a tactic because he was accused by Pyongyang of acting on behalf of the United Methodist Church. Read More »

15 killed as explosion rocks Afghan bank


Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor, says the attack on Thursday outside the Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah , also wounded 60 people. Washington is expected to announce an increase in the United States military presence to bolster Afghan forces, who are struggling to contain the Taliban insurgency. Read More »

Mattis: US conflict with China is 'not inevitable'

Trump wrote on Twitter. A small aircraft, which South Korea's Military says is a drone from North Korea, is seen at the Defense Ministry in Seoul , South Korea, June 21, 2017. Warmbier, 22, was arrested while visiting the reclusive country as a tourist. No cause of death has been determined for Warmbier, who was detained for almost a year-and-a-half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma last week. Read More »

Turkey will stop teaching evolution in schools, education ministry says


The "Origin of Life and Evolution" section, which Durmus described as "controversial", will be removed from biology classes in high schools starting in 2019. "We have excluded controversial subjects for students that do not have the scientific background and are unable yet to understand such issues. It should provide them with an evolutionary point of view". Read More »

Saudi crown prince donates $66 million to fight Yemen cholera epidemic

The UNICEF representative in Yemen , Meritxell Relano, says despite the obstacles, aid agencies are making progress in reducing cholera cases and deaths in some parts of the country. Saudi Arabia has announced a donation of $66.7 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners to respond to the cholera outbreak in Yemen . Read More »

Tusk says British offer on expats' rights "below expectations"


Mrs May set her face against European Court of Justice involvement as she briefed her fellow leaders over dinner on Thursday, telling them: "The commitment that we make to EU citizens will be enshrined in United Kingdom law and will be enforced through our highly respected courts". Read More »

Democrats seethe after Georgia loss: "Our brand is worse than Trump's"


Democrats lost another race in SC that same night, and that followed previous disappointments in Montana and Kansas. The Carolina outcome was closer than in Georgia but drew little national attention. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet". "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". "We're not focusing on the economic messages". Read More »

Korea, terrorism expected to feature at US-China dialogue


He says, "We must step up our efforts to curtail these sources of revenue". Tillerson said Trump would make a state visit to China this year, and Mattis said both sides agreed to expand military-to-military ties, signaling the new administration's determination to continue efforts to improve relations between the world's two largest economies, despite frustration over North Korea. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing USA student Otto Warmbier

It's unclear how he came to be in that state. Mr Warmbier was released earlier this month and returned to the US, where he was described as being in a "state of unresponsive wakefulness". The spokesman did not describe how Mr Hunziker died, but claimed that the United States then "totally ignored" his death. He was released a week later. Read More »