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PAKISTAN – IS attack Sufi shrine: over 60 dead, 250 injured

PAKISTAN – IS attack Sufi shrine: over 60 dead, 250 injured

ISLAMABAD – At least 60 people were killed in a suicide attack Thursday at Pakistan’s packed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province, a police official said. As many as 250 others were injured, according to Khadim Hussain Rind, the Hyderabad Police inspector general. The Islamic State Khorasan, ISIS’ […]

TAIWAN – At least 32 dead, in tour bus crash

TAIWAN – At least 32 dead, in tour bus crash

TAIPEI – At least 32 people were killed when a tour bus crashed near Taipei on Monday night, with television footage showing the bus careening toward a road barrier before flipping on its side. Of 44 people on the bus, 30 were pronounced dead at the scene and two died in hospital, the fire department […]

Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan’s capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day across the country “with immediate effect”. The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine’s Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be […]

Japan, US condemn North Korea’s missile launch

Japan, US condemn North Korea’s missile launch

The United States and Japan held a joint press conference on Saturday night following reports that North Korea fired a ballistic missile in what would be its first such test of the year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch calling it, “absolutely intolerable.” President Donald Trump assured Japan that the […]

PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

MANILA  –– A presidential intervention to provide free contraceptives in the predominantly Catholic Philippines looked set to face hurdles, with conservatives and church leaders preparing possible challenges. Access to artificial birth control methods is difficult in the country of over 100 million people despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012 because of a […]

Mass prison escape in Philippines

Mass prison escape in Philippines

MANILA –– A manhunt continues in the Philippines after an armed raid led to a mass prison escape. As many as 158 inmates fled the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City in the southern Philippines early Wednesday after armed men attacked the compound, according to Xavier Solda, the spokesman for the Philippines Bureau of […]

NORTH KOREA – Claims that Kim Jong Un executed 340

NORTH KOREA – Claims that Kim Jong Un executed 340

PYONGYANG –– A new report claims North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered 340 people to be executed since he came to power in 2011. The Institute for National Security Strategy, a South Korean think tank, released “The misgoverning of Kim Jong Un’s five years in power” on Thursday, detailing how the North Korean leader […]

PHILIPPINES – President Duterte calls UN official an ‘idiot’

PHILIPPINES – President Duterte calls UN official an ‘idiot’

MANILA –– Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called a top UN official an “idiot” and “joker” on Thursday for urging that murder investigations be launched against the president after he admitted personally killing people. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday said Philippine judicial authorities should probe Duterte’s accounts of having […]

MANILA – President Duterte admits to killing men

MANILA – President Duterte admits to killing men

MANILA –– The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed to the BBC that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao. He said: “I killed about three of them . . . I don’t know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies. It happened and I cannot lie about it.” […]

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