Martial law extended on Philippine island

Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao. Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May. President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is […]

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Why is the India-China border stand-off escalating?

If you browse through the latest headlines about the now month-long border stand-off between India and China, you might think the Asian rivals are teetering on the brink of an armed conflict. The rhetoric is full of foreboding and menace. A Delhi newspaper says China is warning that the stand-off “could escalate into full-scale conflict”. Another echoes a similar sentiment, […]

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Iran’s president threatens response to new U.S. sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would “respond appropriately” to new U.S. sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments,” Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting. But if the U.S. wants “to press forward with new sanctions under any pretext […]

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Israel opposes Syria truce deal over Iran presence: official

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the southwest Syria ceasefire agreed by Russia and the US since it would enable Iran to solidify its presence there, an official said Monday. The July 9 accord creating a de-escalation zone in the Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida regions includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate over stray fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights […]

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German host tells G-20 leaders they must reach compromises

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers Friday that millions of people are hoping they can help solve the world’s problems, and warned them that they must be prepared to make compromises. As the leaders discussed terrorism, trade and climate change, protests against their gathering continued in various parts of Hamburg. Anti-globalization activists set […]

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