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Foreign Militants In Deadly Philippine Urban Battle

Foreigners are among Islamist gunmen battling security forces in a southern Philippine city, the government said Friday as soldiers tore down black IS flags...

Egypt’s Targeted Christian Copts

Egypt's Copts, targeted by gunmen Friday as they travelled in a bus to a monastery south of Cairo, are the Middle East's largest Christian...

Fifty Years of Lagos. But What About the Next 50?

The Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with its 20 million inhabitants, is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. But how do...

Half-A-Century of Urban Chaos

It's only when the thick smog of humidity and pollution lifts that the size of Lagos becomes clear: from above, the megacity of some...

UN Urges Anti-IS Coalition To Protect Civilians

The UN on Friday urged all nations bombing jihadist targets in Syria to better distinguish between civilian and military targets, following reports that US-led...

Syria Army Takes Control of Damascus-Palmyra Road

The Syrian army is in full control of the highway from Damascus to ancient Palmyra for the first time since 2014 after driving out...

Paralysed Argentinian Man Flies A Drone Using Virtual Reality

Agustin Zanoli had always been an adrenaline junkie, racing across rough terrain on motorbikes and hurtling himself down mountain sides mounted on skis. And when...

Nepal Lets Everest Permit Dodger Off $22,000 Fine

Nepal said Friday a South African who tried to climb Mount Everest without a permit can go home without paying a $22,000 fine, but...

China-Backed Militia New Powerbrokers In Myanmar Peace Process

Branded as Asia's most heavily-armed drug dealers, the China-backed ethnic Wa rebels have emerged as key players in Myanmar's peace process, a development seen...

New Taliban Attack On Afghan Base Kills At Least 15 Soldiers

At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said...

Rival Militias Clash In Libya Capital

Fierce clashes erupted on Friday between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of the country's UN-backed unity government. Tripoli has been gripped...

Cannes Satire Takes Jab At African ‘witchcraft’ Accusations

Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what...

Attack On Egypt Christians Kills 24

Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Egyptian Christians south of the capital on Friday, killing at least 24 people, state media and the health ministry...

Taliban Attack On Afghan Base Kills At Least 15 Soldiers

At least 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said...

Tunisia Opens Trial Over 2015 Beach Massacre

A Tunisian court held its first public hearing on Friday in the trial of 33 people in connection with a 2015 jihadist beach massacre...

Taiwan’s ‘forest Bus’ Charms Passengers

With moss-covered seats and an explosion of lush plants and flowers throughout its interior the "forest bus" offers a fragrant leafy ride for passengers...

Monsoon Rains Kill At Least 25 In Sri Lanka

Landslides and floods killed at least 25 people and left another 42 missing in Sri Lanka following heavy monsoon rains on Friday, the Disaster...

Trump Says N. Korea Problem ‘will Be Solved’

US President Donald Trump said Friday the "problem" of an increasingly belligerent North Korea would be "solved", as he met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo...

Tendulkar Fans Rave Over Movie of Cricket Hero Despite Mixed Reviews

Critics called the new Sachin Tendulkar biopic "hagiographic" but fans of the Indian cricket legend loved the work that hit screens amid nationwide fanfare...

Ex-Philippine President Fidel Ramos Slams Martial Law

Ex-Philippine leader and democracy hero Fidel Ramos on Friday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's threats to impose martial law, warning against inevitable abuses under military...

Trump Says North Korea Problem ‘will Be Solved’

US President Donald Trump said Friday the "problem" of an increasingly belligerent North Korea would be "solved", as he met with his Japanese counterpart...

Qatar ‘hacking’ Revives Gulf Tensions

The alleged hack on Qatar's state news agency may have lasted just four hours, but the impact on already tense ties between Gulf rivals...

Security Beefed Up As Millions Expected At Sydney’s Vivid Festival

One of Australia's biggest draw cards, the Sydney Vivid light show, got underway Friday with police vowing to take to the skies, streets and...

Hong Kong Independence Duo Plead Not Guilty Over Parliament Chaos

Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers last year pleaded not guilty Friday to charges over chaos at...

Greek Goddess of Justice Statue Is Removed In Bangladesh

Religious hardliners in Bangladesh removed a controversial statue depicting the blindfolded Greek goddess of justice from outside the nation's supreme court because the artwork...

Israel PM Has Kidney Stones Removed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to work on Friday after surgery to remove kidney stones, his office said. The operation came just days after...

Last Message To South Korea Ferry Victim

The last messages to a victim of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster were revealed Friday after their mobile phone was recovered from the salvaged...

‘Captain Underpants’ To Save Planet

Step aside, Spiderman. Move over, Man of Steel. Cool it, Caped Crusader, because there's a new superhero in town -- and he doesn't need...

Foreigners Involved In Deadly Philippine Urban Battle

Foreigners are among Islamist gunmen battling security forces in a southern Philippine city, the government said Friday as the reported death toll from four...

Rescue Drill Turns Real As US Coast Guard Finds Missing Tongans

A search and rescue exercise turned real for a US Coast Guard crew who found six Tongan fishermen missing at sea for a week,...

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