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PHILIPPINES – At least 36 dead in Manila casino attack

PHILIPPINES – At least 36 dead in Manila casino attack

MANILA — Philippine police say the attacker was a tall, English-speaking white man with a moustache. They say he carried an assault rifle, and that he used gasoline to start a casino fire that caused clouds of smoke that left at least 36 people dead Friday morning in a sprawling entertainment complex in Manila. But […]

THE PHILIPPINES – Gunman storms casino in Manila

THE PHILIPPINES – Gunman storms casino in Manila

MANILA –– Police in the Philippines have taken control of a hotel and entertainment complex in Manila after it was stormed by a masked gunman. The gunman is dead, officials said, although it is not clear how he died. It is believed he acted alone and was staging a robbery, police said. Resorts World Manila was […]

Series of bombs in Bangladesh kill close to 40

Series of bombs in Bangladesh kill close to 40

BAGHDAD — A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream parlour in central Baghdad and a rush- hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people. The attacks […]

THE PHILIPPINES – Air strikes launched

THE PHILIPPINES – Air strikes launched

MARAWI –– The Philippines military has unleashed a series of air strikes in a push to regain full control of a largely Muslim city that was overrun last week by ISIS-affiliated fighters. More than a hundred residents of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, have died and 70,000 have fled the town of 200,000 […]

THE PHILIPPINES – City under siege

THE PHILIPPINES – City under siege

MARAWI — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched “precision attacks” Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia’s most-wanted militants. Rebels have torn through the streets of Marawi since Tuesday night, torching […]

Trump fears ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

Trump fears ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has said he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a “major, major conflict” is possible. In an interview with Reuters, he praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loved his country. Mr Trump also said […]

Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

KATHMANDU – A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing. A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) near Tipling village in Nepal’s Dhading district. The body of his companion, 19-year-old Liu Chen […]

Thai man kills self, baby, on Facebook Live

Thai man kills self, baby, on Facebook Live

PHUKET – A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife. Facebook sent condolences to the family for the “appalling” incident […]

North Korea holds artillery drill as tension spikes

North Korea holds artillery drill as tension spikes

SEOUL – North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a US submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North’s nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a US aircraft carrier strike […]