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September 24, 2017 4:20 PM U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military

WASHINGTON - Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday. U.S Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that was once its stronghold in Libya. The camp was used to move fighters 3

September 24, 2017 1:46 AM 'We must be very careful that we don't fall into trap of extremists': Vivian Balakrishnan in UN speech

SINGAPORE: Leaders should be "careful and measured" in their response to extremists, Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in his speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Saturday (Sep 23). "Extremists everywhere actually have a common playbook," he said. "First, commit an egregious act of violence 3

September 23, 2017 2:27 PM New quake sows panic in Mexico City

MEXICO (AFP) – A new quake sowed panic in Mexico City on Saturday (Sept 23), suspending rescue operations to free survivors from the earlier, more powerful earthquake this week that devastated parts of the capital. The seismic disturbance, with a magnitude of 6.1, was smaller and farther to the south than the 7.1-magnitude one that struck on Tuesday 3

September 23, 2017 5:18 AM Myanmar govt to set up working group for 'urgent repatriation' of refugees

YANGON: Myanmar's government will set up a working group to conduct a systematic verification process for "urgent repatriation" of refugees - hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh over the past few weeks, according to the office of the country's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The repatriation 3

September 23, 2017 5:04 AM Nuclear logic and logistics

If nuclear deterrence is a cardinal principle, why should it be a cardinal principle only for a few? Why should North Korea denuclearise when others are not doing so? When the others are testing and enhancing their nuclear capacity? When the US has militarised the Northern Pacific, with its self-declared Pivot to China? With its nuclear-armed submarines 3

September 22, 2017 8:47 PM Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea's leader personally before his fiery U.N. address

Senior aides to President Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea’s leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the nuclear crisis. Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket 2

September 22, 2017 1:35 PM Trump dismisses Facebook ads controversy as part of 'Russia hoax'

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday questioned Facebook Inc's decision to overhaul how it handles paid political advertisements amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections. "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook," Trump wrote on Twitter. "What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage 3

September 21, 2017 5:26 PM US-backed force ‘mopping up’ last ISIS holdouts in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syrian fighters backed by US special forces battled on Thursday (Sept 21) to clear the last remaining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group militants holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa. Across the border in Iraq, security forces were attacking all remaining territory held by the extremists, who are fighting to prevent 3

September 21, 2017 11:10 AM Myanmar army chief urges internally displaced to return to Rakhine

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar’s army chief called on Thursday for people internally displaced by violence in Rakhine State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his force’s operations. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, in a major speech on his plans for Rakhine state 3

September 21, 2017 4:28 AM South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe

During his presidential campaign, Mr. Moon promised to seek dialogue with North Korea, insisting that sanctions alone would not persuade it to give up its nuclear missile program. But as North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have accelerated since his election in May, Mr. Moon has aligned himself closely with the tough line espoused by Mr. Trump and Mr. Abe, while 4