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November 9, 2017 6:40 AM Bomb kills three, including senior police official, in restive southwestern Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan - A bomb killed a senior Pakistani police official on his way to work and two others on Thursday in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, an official said. Baluchistan was rocked by a series of attacks late last year that claimed over 180 lives and raised concerns about a growing militant presence, including fighters affiliated 635

October 22, 2017 7:50 AM Death toll from Malaysia construction site landslide at 11

KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said. Earlier estimates had put the George Town death toll at 14, but three workers had managed to escape, said Ervin Galen Teruki, deputy operations head of the Fire and Rescue Department in Penang state. Fire officials 61

October 20, 2017 8:35 AM Pakistan militant group finds likely replacement after U.S. drone strike kills leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new leader of a deadly Pakistani Taliban faction, militant sources said on Friday, days after a U.S. drone strike killed the group's chief. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has killed hundreds of people in bomb attacks 60

October 20, 2017 7:40 AM Attack on workers at key Pakistan port for Chinese project; 26 hurt

QUETTA, Pakistan - Unidentified men threw a grenade into a laborers' hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them, police said on Friday, in an attack likely to raise concern about security for the Pakistani section of China's "Belt and Road" initiative. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, one of three on Thursday in the gas-rich 71

October 20, 2017 12:14 AM US-Canadian family were held in Pakistan: CIA chief

A North American family who were kidnapped by a Taliban faction in Afghanistan were held for five years in Pakistan before their release last week, CIA director Mike Pompeo said Thursday. The account is at odds with the Pakistani military's version of events, which said it rescued the couple and their three children born in custody after a tip-off that the family 69

October 19, 2017 2:06 PM Duterte confirms Malaysia's most wanted terrorist Mahmud Ahmad dead: Reports

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military, according to local news reports. The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Duterte as saying in a speech in Manila that "there were three": "Hapilon, Omar, at iyong 67

October 19, 2017 4:20 AM Philippines says 'big possibility' Malaysian militant leader killed

MARAWI CITY, Philippines - The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a "big possibility" that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia has been killed in an overnight battle. Thirteen rebels among the few dozen Islamic State loyalists holed up in the decimated heart of Marawi City were killed in the operation 199

October 19, 2017 2:22 AM Rex Tillerson To Visit Both Pakistan And India, Says Senior US Official

Washington: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Islamabad to implement the South Asia strategy of President Donald Trump, a State Department official has said while he urged Pakistan to take "decisive action" against militant groups based inside the country. "We are breaking from the status quo on US-Pakistan relations and the Secretary by going 60

October 17, 2017 7:20 AM Philippine troops hunt for Malaysian militant tipped to be next IS regional leader

MARAWI — Philippine troops on Tuesday (Oct 17) stepped up its hunt for a Malaysian militant tipped to take over as the head of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, after the killing of the organisation’s former leader. Mahmud Ahmad is the top remaining target for Philippine forces battling to end the nearly five-month siege of Marawi that has claimed 52

October 16, 2017 11:03 AM If Trump doesn’t want a nuclear war with North Korea, a ‘No First Use’ pledge might work better than threats

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea with “fire and fury” should it cross some ambiguous tripwire. By being vague about where that tripwire lies, Trump seems to believe that his threat, coupled with harsher economic sanctions, will force Kim Jong Un to back down. But just the opposite seems to have occurred. Instead, a war of words 50