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October 29, 2017 10:29 PM Syrian army, allies step up attacks on Deir al-Zor city

The Syrian army, supported by Russian jets and Iranian-backed militias, escalated bombing Sunday of areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor still held by Daesh (ISIS). The intensified effort came as Damascus said it still considers Raqqa an occupied city, less than two weeks after a U.S.-backed alliance drove Daesh out of its de facto Syrian capital 4

October 29, 2017 2:05 AM Mogadishu Hotel Blast Kills at Least 23, Latest in Wave of Violence

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest. Speaking to The Associated 5

October 29, 2017 1:17 AM Mogadishu hotel attack leaves 23 dead, al-Shabab takes responsibility

A suicide truck bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued other attackers inside the building, police said. Two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest. Speaking by telephone from the scene 4

October 27, 2017 6:46 PM Nobel prize money will no longer be 'invested' in nuclear weapons

OSLO: The Nobel Foundation said on Friday (Oct 27) its prizes will no longer be funded with investments from nuclear arms producers, just weeks after awarding the peace prize to a nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group. The private institution, based in Stockholm, is responsible for managing the fund left by the prizes' founder, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish 6

October 23, 2017 11:35 AM As triumphant Philippine soldiers return from Marawi, Duterte says treat them well as other fights loom

TACLOBAN CITY, PHILIPPINES (THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Soldiers have started to return to their mother units in the Visayas as the fighting in Marawi City winds down. He told a crowd of 5,000 gathered at the Bacolod public plaza on Sunday (Oct 22) night for the culmination of the MassKara Festival that returning soldiers must be welcomed 3

October 23, 2017 8:31 AM Philippines declares battle with Islamist rebels over in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY/CLARK, Philippines - The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that has marked the country's biggest security crisis in years. Offensive combat operations were terminated after troops put a stop to the last stand 3

October 21, 2017 6:48 AM The Latest: IS claims responsibility for Kabul bomb attack

The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul that killed at least 39 and wounded at least 41. The group in a statement on its website late Friday says its fighter “Abu Ammar al-Turkmani detonated his explosive vest among the apostates” in the Imam Zaman mosque in western Kabul earlier in the day. The so-called 4

October 20, 2017 6:11 AM Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'

SHANGHAI (AFP) - The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small 7

October 19, 2017 6:37 PM With loss of its caliphate, the Islamic State may return to its guerrilla roots

RAQQA — Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shriveled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run. But rather than declare the Islamic State and its virulent ideology conquered, many Western and Arab counterterrorism officials are bracing for a new, lethal incarnation of the militant group 4

October 19, 2017 6:37 PM Putin dials ups anti-U.S. rhetoric, keeps mum on re-election

SOCHI/MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin launched one of his most stinging critiques of U.S. foreign policy on Thursday, listing what he called some of the biggest betrayals in U.S.-Russia relations. He declined to say if he would run for a fourth presidential term in an election set for March though he is expected to stand after dominating Russian politics 12