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  • Filipino killed, five wounded in Libya attack: security source
    Filipino killed, five wounded in Libya attack: security source

    A Filipino oil worker has been killed and five others wounded in a rocket attack on a coastal town west of the Libya capital, a Libyan security source said on Monday. "Our embassy in Tripoli confirmed that one Filipino died in (a) bombing in Zawiya," spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message to AFP. Libya has been wracked by conflict since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with rival militias and governments battling for its oil wealth. The …

  • Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels
    Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. …

  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Iraq PM declares 'liberation' of Tikrit from IS
    Iraq PM declares 'liberation' of Tikrit from IS

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday declared the "liberation" of Tikrit from the Islamic State group, after a weeks-long operation that was Baghdad's biggest yet against the jihadists. Abadi "announces the liberation of Tikrit and congratulates Iraqi security forces and popular volunteers on the historic milestone," his official Twitter account said, referring to allied paramilitaries who have played a major role in the fighting. Iraqi soldiers and police and Popular Mobilisation units …

  • Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran
    Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says an emerging deal from nuclear talks in Switzerland will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time. …

  • Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed
    Donors pledge $3.8B in Syria aid, far short of what's needed

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International donors committed $3.8 billion in aid for Syrians affected by the grinding civil war at a donors' conference in Kuwait on Tuesday, less than half of what the United Nations requested in its largest appeal yet for the country. …

  • Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels
    Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels

    Talks between Greece and its creditors have wrapped up for now without a deal to unlock remaining Greek bailout funds urgently needed to stave off a potential default. A Greek government official said ... …

  • Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he wants legislation clarifying that a new religious-freedom does not allow discrimination on his desk by the end of the week. …

  • US stocks slightly lower a day after big jump
    US stocks slightly lower a day after big jump

    Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in morning trading Tuesday, as investors balanced positive economic data on housing and consumers with concerns over the possibility of a deeper slide in oil prices. The market is coming off big gains from the day before as it rounds out the end of the month. …

  • Police: Prisoner takes guard's gun, escapes from hospital
    Police: Prisoner takes guard's gun, escapes from hospital

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said. …