Afghanistan Taliban suicide attacks kill dozens

Afghanistan Taliban suicide attacks kill dozens

Image copyright EPA Image caption Afghan men injured in the bomb attack on a police training school Suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 41 people. Some 110 civilians and 48 police were injured. The interior ministry said the local police chief […]

Philippine conflict: Duterte says Marawi is militant-free

Philippine conflict: Duterte says Marawi is militant-free

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gunfire could be heard in the city just moments before Mr Duterte declared Marawi liberated Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the city of Marawi “liberated” from militants, even as fighting continues. The army said it was battling up to 30 militants left in the city, who were holding about […]

Afghanistan Taliban ‘suicide attack’ on police centre

Afghanistan Taliban ‘suicide attack’ on police centre

Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 12 people, officials say. Another 70 were injured in the assault. The Interior Ministry confirmed the local police chief is among the dead. “At first a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives […]

Australia risks ‘chipping away’ at gun laws, ex-deputy PM says

Australia risks ‘chipping away’ at gun laws, ex-deputy PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s gun laws must be maintained, Tim Fischer says One of the architects of Australia’s strict gun control laws has warned the nation against loosening them. The Australian government brought in sweeping gun ownership reforms following the deaths of 35 people in a mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. […]

US soldier pleads guilty to desertion

US soldier pleads guilty to desertion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bergdahl arrives at the courthouse on Monday Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan for five years, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The 31-year-old Army sergeant entered his plea on Monday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, North […]

Philippines strike: Filipinos rally around iconic jeepney drivers

Philippines strike: Filipinos rally around iconic jeepney drivers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Once hailed as Kings of the Road, colourful traditional Filipino jeepneys may soon vanish A public transport strike has sparked fierce debate in the Philippines, as Filipinos rally around the iconic mini-buses, called jeepneys. Earlier this year, authorities launched a controversial programme to modernise the public transport system, including […]

Philippines military ‘kills Islamist Isnilon Hapilon’

Philippines military ‘kills Islamist Isnilon Hapilon’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The military had spent years trying to find militant Isnilon Hapilon Troops in the southern Philippines say they have killed Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant seen as Islamic State group’s leader in southeast Asia. Hapilon, who is on the US list of “most wanted terrorists”, was killed in Marawi […]

AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The plane (not pictured) experienced problems about 25 minutes after take-off An AirAsia Indonesia flight has been forced to turn back to Australia after pilots were alerted to a possible loss of cabin pressure, airport officials say. Flight QZ535, bound for the Indonesian island of Bali, changed course about […]

Indian politician: ‘Taj Mahal built by traitors’

Indian politician: ‘Taj Mahal built by traitors’

Image copyright Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images Image caption The Taj Mahal was built by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in 1643 A controversial Indian politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has called the Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”. Sangeet Som, a lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, […]

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