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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines set to launch joint maritime patrols

  Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will launch joint patrols in the Sulu Sea as soon as next month to safeguard ships’ crews from piracy and kidnappings, officials from the three countries said.   Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed the planned launch on Monday following similar statements last week from an Indonesian defense ministry spokesman and Philippine Defense Secretary ...

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Philippine troops kill sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf

  A notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf group was killed after resisting arrest of the military and police in Tawi-Tawi, an island province in northern Philippines on Tuesday. Buchoy Hassan, also known as Black or Bocoi, was neutralized following a law enforcement operation launched by the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and the police at his residence in Barangay Panglima Alari, Sitangkai, the military said. ...

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ISIS leader Baghdadi fled Mosul

 9th March, 2017   Military intelligence believes ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi abandoned Mosul prior to the battle to isolate the Iraqi city five months ago, a senior defense official confirmed.   The official said that they think Baghdadi, who called himself the ruler of all Muslims after taking Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014, is still alive but added that ...

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India issues notice to Zakir Naik to appear Mar 14

  8th March, 2017   The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India on Tuesday issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to join the investigation at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14, reports Times of India.   It is believed Naik is staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after perpetrators of the Dhaka terror ...

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Trump urged to back up claims his phones were tapped by Obama

5th March, 2017   US President Donald Trump has been urged to provide evidence to back his allegation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered his phones to be tapped during the election campaign.   Republican Senator Ben Sasse said Mr Trump’s comments were “serious” and he should explain the alleged wire-tapping and how he came to know about it. The Republican ...

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Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

1st March, 2017   King Salman Wednesday began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia in almost 50 years, seeking to strengthen economic ties with the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. The king — who is accompanied by about 1,000 people, including princes and ministers — disembarked from his official plane at a Jakarta airport and was welcomed ...

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Blasts, gunfire rock Afghan capital

  1st March, 2017 06:12:00   Explosions and gunfire echoed through Kabul in two separate Taliban assaults on security buildings Wednesday, officials said, as the insurgents ramp up attacks before the start of their annual spring offensive. A suicide car bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a gun battle ensued, the interior ministry said, in what appeared to be a complex ...

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Obama-era human rights envoy says U.N. must investigate Myanmar

27th February, 2017   The U.N. Human Rights Council must set up a commission of inquiry into Myanmar’s human rights record, as it has done for North Korea and Eritrea, and not spare its leader because of her iconic status, a former U.S. human rights envoy said on Monday.  Keith Harper, who served as U.S. President Barack Obama’s ambassador to ...

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Trump’s choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

   27th February, 2017   President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests, AP reports.  Bilden’s withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump’s nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier ...

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