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Marines repel BIFF from Maguindanao village, 1 dead

Marines repel BIFF from Maguindanao village, 1 dead

By John Unson | Updated March 15, 2016 - 5:00pm MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - A Marine private was killed and an officer was injured Monday night when the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked a farming community west of Salibo town in Maguindanao on Monday night.

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Soldier, 7 Abus slain in firefight

Soldier, 7 Abus slain in firefight

Seven suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists and a soldier were killed during a fierce firefight that erupted in a village of Patikul town in Sulu, the military reported.

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Brussels attack: Suicide bomber kills 13 at airport, 10 dead in additional metro blast

Brussels attack: Suicide bomber kills 13 at airport, 10 dead in additional metro blast

Shots were fired and words in Arabic shouted before the two explosions were heard, according to Belgian media.

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Ateneo declared safe as second sweep found no bomb in campus

Ateneo declared safe as second sweep found no bomb in campus

@inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 03:54 PM March 28th, 2016 The Ateneo de Manila University campus in Loyola Heights in Quezon City was declared safe after a bomb threat rattled the university on Monday morning, forcing the students and faculty members to evacuate and causing the suspension of work and classes for the day.

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Abu Sayyaf demands P50 M for Indonesia-flagged vessel taken hostage

Abu Sayyaf demands P50 M for Indonesia-flagged vessel taken hostage

@inquirerdotnet The Straits Times/Asia News Network 03:56 PM March 29th, 2016 An Abu Sayyaf fighter (left) poses with Malaysian militants and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag in 2015. PHOTO: BUKIT AMAN SPECIAL BRANCH COUNTER TERRORISM DIVISION/THE STRAITS TIMES/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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Abu Sayyaf gunmen abduct 10 Indonesians, demand P50M  Read

Abu Sayyaf gunmen abduct 10 Indonesians, demand P50M Read

Julie M. Aurelio, Julie S. Alipala Inquirer Mindanao, Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:15 AM March 30th, 2016 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Ten Indonesians were abducted by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Sulu waters, and a Philippine military source said the gunmen had demanded a ransom of P50 million.

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3 students hurt as bomb explodes in Cotabato City college

3 students hurt as bomb explodes in Cotabato City college

By: Edwin O. Fernandez @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 09:22 AM April 5th, 2016 COTABATO CITY — Three students were injured when an improvised explosive device went off inside the premier college here, police said Tuesday.

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Release of 9 Pinoy fishermen in Eritrea sought

Release of 9 Pinoy fishermen in Eritrea sought

By Ding Cervantes (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 4, 2016 - 12:00am ANGELES CITY, Philippines – The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) appealed yesterday to the Eritrean government to release immediately nine Filipino fishermen who were arrested for straying into the country’s waters.

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Military says Abu Sayyaf death toll in Basilan clashes now 13

Military says Abu Sayyaf death toll in Basilan clashes now 13

Published April 11, 2016 6:58pm Updated April 11, 2016 9:16pm The number of Abu Sayyaf terrorists killed in continuous operations by the military in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, has climbed from five to 13, a Mindanao-based military official said Monday.

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Military ops vs. Abu Sayyaf in Basilan reach fifth day

Military ops vs. Abu Sayyaf in Basilan reach fifth day

Published April 13, 2016 8:52pm Military operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, reached its fifth day on Wednesday, with three more terrorists killed, a military official said.

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Canadian hostage decapitated by Abu Sayyaf group

Canadian hostage decapitated by Abu Sayyaf group

MANILA, Philippines — Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday night in the southern Philippines belongs to one of two Canadians taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September.

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Military continues assault on Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Military continues assault on Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A military offensive in Sulu against the Abu Sayyaf continued Tuesday after the bandit group beheaded one Canadian captive in the hinterlands of Patikul town.

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50 dead in Florida nightclub shooting, worst in US history

50 dead in Florida nightclub shooting, worst in US history

ORLANDO, Florida – A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the worst mass shooting in American history.

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3 Police Officers Dead, Several Injured In Baton Rouge Shooting In Louisiana

3 Police Officers Dead, Several Injured In Baton Rouge Shooting In Louisiana

World | Reuters | Updated: July 17, 2016 22:09 IST Police said that the shooting took place a mile from police headquarters in Baton Rouge. (Reuters)

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8 BIFF members killed in Maguindanao clash

8 BIFF members killed in Maguindanao clash

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters reportedly provoked the hostilities, which displaced more than 500 ethnic Maguindanaon families

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3,400 families displaced as govt presses offensive vs Abu Sayyaf

3,400 families displaced as govt presses offensive vs Abu Sayyaf

By: Philippine News Agency July 30, 2016 9:27 AM AMP NAVARRO, Zamboanga City -- At least 3,400 families, or more than 17,000 persons, have been displaced by fighting between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

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Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strike, shells

Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strike, shells

Published August 22, 2016 4:02am JERUSALEM - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said.

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Duterte declares ‘state of lawlessness’

Duterte declares ‘state of lawlessness’

By: Totel V. de Jesus @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 05:22 AM September 3rd, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte early Saturday declared “a state of lawlessness” or “a state of lawless violence” to counter terrorism and strengthen the campaign against illegal-drug trade.

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Sara Duterte welcomes arrests of Davao blast suspects

Sara Duterte welcomes arrests of Davao blast suspects

By: Allan Nawal, Germelina Lacorte / @inquirerdotnetInquirer Mindanao / 04:17 PM October 07, 2016 DAVAO CITY—Mayor Sara Duterte on Friday welcomed the arrests of the suspects in the September 2 night market explosion here that killed 15 people and injured 69 others. “It is, however, important for us to remember that the arrest must ultimately lead us to the dismantling of terror groups in our midst or result in the failure of more senseless acts of violence and extremism,” Duterte said in a staterment.

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3 killed, 1 injured in Baguio shooting

3 killed, 1 injured in Baguio shooting

By: Kimberlie Quitasol / @inquirerdotnetInquirer Northern Luzon / 12:44 PM October 07, 2016 BAGUIO CITY–Three men were killed while another was injured when they were attacked by a gunman at a carwash on Thursday night (Oct. 6) along Naguilian Road.

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Makati shooting victim's brother shot dead

Makati shooting victim's brother shot dead

Published October 26, 2016 5:29am A man was shot dead by outside a bar and restaurant in Barangay San Antonio, Makati City early Wednesday morning, GMA's Vonne Aquino reported on "Unang Balita."

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Russian-declared ceasefire goes into effect in Aleppo

Russian-declared ceasefire goes into effect in Aleppo

(UPDATED) The so-called 'humanitarian pause' is the second time Russia and its regime ally have declared passages open for evacuations By Agence France-Presse Published: Fri, Nov 4, 2016 3:07 PM ALEPPO, Syria (UPDATED) – A 10-hour Russian-declared ceasefire for opposition-held areas of Syria's second city Aleppo began on Friday morning, November 4, with the goal of encouraging civilians and surrendering rebels to leave.

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1 dead, 30 injured as blast hits Turkey's Diyarbakir: medical sources

1 dead, 30 injured as blast hits Turkey's Diyarbakir: medical sources

Agence France-Presse Posted at Nov 04 2016 04:17 PM People walk past a damaged car after a blast in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

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Ecija town mayor, vice mayor survive ambush in Arayat; 1 hurt

Ecija town mayor, vice mayor survive ambush in Arayat; 1 hurt

By: Tonette Orejas - Bureau Chief / @ttorejasINQInquirer Central Luzon / 08:50 AM November 10, 2016 CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The mayor and vice mayor of a Nueva Ecija town survived an ambush by armed men in Arayat town in Pampanga province on Wednesday (Nov. 9), police said.

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Dynamite blast kills father and 4-yr-old son in Camarines Norte

Dynamite blast kills father and 4-yr-old son in Camarines Norte

Published November 20, 2016 9:20am A man and his four-year-old son were killed in a dynamite explosion inside their house in Vinzons, Camarines Norte on Saturday.

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Firefight erupts in North Cotabato due to 'rido'

Firefight erupts in North Cotabato due to 'rido'

Jasper Acosta, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao Posted at Nov 20 2016 09:21 AM NORTH COTABATO – A ten-hour, sporadic firefight erupted in Barangay Lumupog in Midsayap, North Cotabato starting 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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Philippine Army Says 14 Killed in Battle With Abu Sayyaf

Philippine Army Says 14 Killed in Battle With Abu Sayyaf

MANILA, Philippines — Fierce clashes erupted Friday between government troops and Muslim extremists in southern Philippines, leaving at least 14 combatants dead, the military said.

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Before foiled Roxas Blvd. attack, terrorists also tried to bomb Luneta

Before foiled Roxas Blvd. attack, terrorists also tried to bomb Luneta

MANILA - (UPDATED) Terror alert 3 has been raised in the entire country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday, a day after two suspected terrorists declaring allegiance to the Islamic State were arrested for the foiled bomb attack on Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

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Terror Alert Level 3 up after foiled bombing near US Embassy

Terror Alert Level 3 up after foiled bombing near US Embassy

MANILA, Philippines – The whole country is under Terror Alert Level 3 after authorities nabbed persons of interest in the planting of an improvised bomb explosive near the US Embassy this week.

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PH Army suffers 1st death in 'Butig 3'

The military says 63 members of the Maute Group were killed while 17 others are wounded

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3 troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf leader Sahiron’s group in Sulu

3 troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf leader Sahiron’s group in Sulu

Published December 11, 2016 10:38am Three troops were killed while 17 more were wounded in a clash with the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Rdaullan Sahiron in Patikul, Sulu Saturday morning.

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29 killed, 166 hurt in Istanbul blasts; police hold 10 suspects

29 killed, 166 hurt in Istanbul blasts; police hold 10 suspects

Published December 11, 2016 9:32am By FULYA OZERKAN, AFP Twenty-nine people were killed, mainly police officers, and 166 wounded in double bombings that struck Istanbul Saturday after a home football match hosted by top side Besiktas, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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'Black day for history:' Berliners mourn victims of market attack

'Black day for history:' Berliners mourn victims of market attack

Berlin (CNN)Streets that would normally be bustling with shoppers and friends meeting over steaming mugs of mulled wine five days before Christmas are eerily quiet.

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13 killed in blasts outside Istanbul soccer stadium —security sources

13 killed in blasts outside Istanbul soccer stadium —security sources

Published December 11, 2016 7:34am By HUMEYRA PAMUK and MURAD SEZER, Reuters ISTANBUL—Two explosions, one thought to have been a suicide bomb, killed 13 people outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday, security sources said, in an attack that appeared to target police hours after a match between two of Turkey's top teams.

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At least 20 injured in Istanbul twin blasts

At least 20 injured in Istanbul twin blasts

Published December 11, 2016 3:59am By FULYA OZERKAN, AFP Twin blasts rocked Istanbul on Saturday, with a car bomb detonating at a football stadium injuring at least 20 people as a suicide attacker struck a nearby park, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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Government welcomes Reds’ readiness to sign ceasefire pact

Government welcomes Reds’ readiness to sign ceasefire pact

By Edith Regalado and Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 13, 2016 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines - The government peace negotiating panel welcomed yesterday the readiness of communist rebels to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the government even before the release of political prisoners.

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4 victims shot to death in alleged Pasig City drug den

4 victims shot to death in alleged Pasig City drug den

Published December 13, 2016 4:51am Some four victims were shot to death late Monday night in a home on Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City that allegedly functioned as a drug den, Super Radyo James Agustin reported.

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4 people hurt in Marawi City roadside explosion

4 people hurt in Marawi City roadside explosion

December 15, 2016 7:49am Four people were hurt, one critically, in a roadside blast in Marawi City late Wednesday afternoon.

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Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

Syria rebels announce new evacuation deal for Aleppo

By Agence France-Presse Published Thu, Dec 15, 2016 7:17 AM ALEPPO, Syria – Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured on Wednesday, December 14, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city's streets.

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Signing of permanent ceasefire with Reds seen before yearend

Signing of permanent ceasefire with Reds seen before yearend

By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 15, 2016 - 12:00am PHNOM PENH – The Philippine government is holding informal talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines before yearend to craft the terms of a permanent ceasefire between the two parties before the next round of peace talks in January.

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Aleppo battle: Hundreds leave Syria city as evacuations resume

Aleppo battle: Hundreds leave Syria city as evacuations resume

Evacuations have resumed from east Aleppo, with buses and ambulances leaving rebel areas of the Syrian city, a UN official says.

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Jordan says 10 killed in 'cowardly terrorist attack'

Jordan says 10 killed in 'cowardly terrorist attack'

Amman, Jordan (CNN)Ten people were killed and 34 were wounded Sunday in what a Jordanian official called a "cowardly terrorist attack."

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DSWD chief clarifies: No deaths in Leyte blast

DSWD chief clarifies: No deaths in Leyte blast

(7TH UPDATE) 'The initial investigation shows that the suspected IED was cellphone detonated,' the military says of the blast that hurt at least 33 people MANILA, Philippines (7th UPDATE) – Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo clarified on Thursday, December 29, that there are no deaths in the blast at a Leyte town plaza the night before.

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Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 18 —police

Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 18 —police

Two bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, Iraqi police said.

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Istanbul nightclub attack kills 39 in New Year carnage

Istanbul nightclub attack kills 39 in New Year carnage

Stuart Williams with Raziye Akkoc, Agence France-Presse Posted at Jan 01 2017 03:07 PM Thirty-nine people, including many foreigners, were killed when a gunman reportedly dressed as Santa Claus stormed an Istanbul nightclub as revelers were celebrating the New Year, the latest carnage to rock Turkey after a bloody 2016.

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Suspect in Leyte bomb attack identified: mayor

Suspect in Leyte bomb attack identified: mayor

ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 01 2017 04:28 PM One of the suspects in the bomb attack on a Leyte town fiesta that wounded 34 people has been identified, officials said Sunday.

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Mandaue City fires raze 200 homes, warehouse

Mandaue City fires raze 200 homes, warehouse

Leleth Rumaguera, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 01 2017 03:16 PM MANDAUE CITY - Some 200 houses and an electronics warehouse were damaged in three separate fires in this southern city during the New Year's Day revelries on Sunday, authorities said.

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PNP, AFP: No threats monitored ahead of Nazarene feast

PNP, AFP: No threats monitored ahead of Nazarene feast

Published January 5, 2017 8:19pm By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News Neither the Philippine National Police nor the Armed Forces of the Philippines have monitored any threats in connection with the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene next week so far.

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PNP on full alert for Maute in Metro Manila

PNP on full alert for Maute in Metro Manila

By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 6, 2017 - 12:00am Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno stressed the threat is real, citing reports from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) of possible retaliatory attacks from the Maute group and Ansarul Khilafa, whose founding leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid was killed during an encounter with police in Sarangani early yesterday. File photo

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Nigerian air force kills 50 and wounds 120 in northeast - MSF

Nigeria's air force killed 50 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the northeast on Tuesday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. The military said the strike had targeted Boko Haram.

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Bomb blast kills 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Bomb blast kills 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Associated Press / 04:28 AM January 22, 2017 PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.

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Soldiers, NPA break ceasefire in Cotabato clash

Soldiers, NPA break ceasefire in Cotabato clash

A New People's Army rebel is killed in Makilala, North Cotabato, in the first fatal encounter to disrupt the 5-month-old ceasefire

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Lorenzana: Militants still holding 25 hostages

The Philippine defense chief said Monday that 25 hostages are still being held by militants in the southern Philippines but urged that no ransom be paid for their release.

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Abu Sayyaf leader Hapilon seriously hurt in military ops —AFP chief

Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon has been seriously wounded as military artillery pounded suspected bandit hideouts in Butig, Lanao Del Sur.

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Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

Classified documents obtained by Rappler identify the Filipino millennial who beheaded a Caucasian in an ISIS video released in June 2016

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Twin explosions rock Lamitan city, vice mayor says

Twin explosions rock Lamitan city, vice mayor says

Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 29 2017 02:24 AM Lamitan city Vice Mayor Orick Furigay confirmed twin explosions in Calle Flores, and Visaya minutes ago.

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5 Abu members killed in clash with gov't troops in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Five members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were killed while seven others were wounded in a clash between the armed group and troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu in Barangay Pugad Manaul, Panamao, Sulu on Tuesday, the military confirmed.

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Bomb scare jolts AdMU

MANILA - The Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday received a bomb threat that prompted authorities to scour its campus, school officials confirmed.

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NPA ends ceasefire but still wants peace talks

MANILA - The New People's Army announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn its unilateral ceasefire with the government, but promised to continue supporting ongoing peace negotiations between the state and communist rebels.

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UN peace talks on Syria delayed until February 20 – diplomats

The talks in Geneva had been scheduled to begin on February 8 but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week announced they would be delayed, without providing reasons

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Civilians likely killed in Yemen raid: U.S. military

A deadly dawn raid on the al Qaeda militant group in southern Yemen earlier this week "likely killed" civilians and could include children, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

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Young army officer killed hours after NPA ends ceasefire

MANILA, Philippines – A young officer of the Philippine Army was killed in an alleged ambush by the New People's Army (NPA) in Davao Oriental on Wednesday, February 1, only hours after the communist group terminated its ceasefire with the government.

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Violence seen to persist in Mindanao due to IS

Violence seen to persist in Mindanao due to IS

By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 4, 2017 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines - Government peace initiatives with Muslim rebels remain on track, but the Duterte administration foresees more violence as the military continues offensive operations against the Abu Sayyaf and those affiliated with the terrorist Islamic State (IS).

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Duterte fumes over ‘pay per kill’ report

Duterte fumes over ‘pay per kill’ report

By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 4, 2017 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines - Saying he is not in the business of paying policemen for every drug suspect killed, President Duterte blasted Amnesty International (AI) yesterday for its report on how the killing of drug offenders had become a state-sanctioned source of income for law enforcers.

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DND: NPA's 'lawless' activities caused lifting of ceasefire

DND: NPA's 'lawless' activities caused lifting of ceasefire

By Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) | Updated February 4, 2017 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines—The Department of National Defense on Friday blamed communist rebels for a hitch in peace talks, which were resumed last year after breaking down during the Aquino administration.

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Russia, Turkey, Iran discuss Syria ceasefire implementation in Astana

Mon Feb 6, 2017 | 12:42am EST Experts from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations have started a technical meeting in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, to discuss in detail the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire agreement, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

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AFP spokesman: No all-out war vs. CPP-NPA

Published February 7, 2017 8:46am- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte has not declared an all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) despite tagging the group as terrorists.

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Israel hits Hamas after 'projectile' fired – army

Published Mon, Feb 6, 2017 11:07 PM-Two Hamas posts were targeted by Israeli tank fire, a Palestinian security source says, while air strikes later hit targets in northern Gaza, sending a column of black smoke into the air

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Russia denies involvement in airstrike on Idlib

Russia denies involvement in airstrike on Idlib

(Associated Press) | Updated February 8, 2017 - 3:00am BEIRUT — Airstrikes on a rebel-held city in Syria early yesterday killed at least 15 people, wounded dozens more and demolished several buildings, in one of the deadliest attacks since a cease-fire went into effect last year, Syrian activists and medics said.

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3 more Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu ops: military

Posted at Feb 08 2017 04:56 PM Three more members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed as military troops continued its operations against the terrorists in Sulu, military officials said Wednesday.

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6 Red Cross staff killed, 2 missing in Afghanistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - Suspected Islamic State gunmen killed six Afghan employees of the Red Cross delivering relief supplies in snowbound northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, underscoring the dangers faced by aid workers in the war-battered country.

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More than 1,000 feared killed in Myanmar army crackdown on Rohingya - UN officials

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown, according to two senior United Nations officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence, suggesting the death toll has been a far greater than previously reported.

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Over 100 dead in Brazil as police strike spurs anarchy

More than 100 people have been reported killed during a six-day strike by police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, as hundreds of troops patrolled streets attempting to keep order with schools and businesses closed and public transport frozen.

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Military urges rebels not to attack quake-hit Surigao

Military urges rebels not to attack quake-hit Surigao

ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 11 2017 03:35 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2017 05:42 PM "Hayaan muna ng mga rebeldeng NPA ang mga sundalo na tumulong muna sa rescue at rehabilitation sa Surigao," AFP Public Affairs chief Col. Edgar Arevalo said.

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Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine claimed by Islamic State kills 72

Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine claimed by Islamic State kills 72

Published February 16, 2017 11:50pm Updated February 17, 2017 9:33am BY SYED RAZA HASSAN, Reuters KARACHI, Pakistan - A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 72 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week.

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Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Tawi-Tawi pirate attack

Vietnamese sailor killed, 7 abducted in Tawi-Tawi pirate attack

Reuters Posted at Feb 20 2017 05:06 PM MANILA - Gunmen in southern Philippine waters killed one crewman of a Vietnamese vessel and abducted seven in what appeared to be the latest attack by pirates in the area, the Philippine coastguard said on Monday.

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Grenade attack kills 11 members of Afghan family

Grenade attack kills 11 members of Afghan family

BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published Mon, Feb 20, 2017 4:54 PM JALALABAD, Afghanistan – Eleven members of an Afghan family, including women and children, were killed in a grenade attack on their home in the country's volatile east, officials said on Monday, February 20.

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Iraq forces attack ISIS-held Mosul airport

Iraq forces attack ISIS-held Mosul airport

BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4:03 PM Forces including federal police and the interior ministry's elite Rapid Response moved in convoys towards the disused airport

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Syria peace talks stumble over meeting format

Syria peace talks stumble over meeting format

BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published Thu, Feb 23, 2017 11:37 PM GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN's Syria envoy met rival negotiators gathered for peace talks in Geneva on Thursday, February 23, but even getting them into the same room appeared uncertain as hopes remained slim for a breakthrough.

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Israel to deny Human Rights Watch visas over 'bias'

Israel to deny Human Rights Watch visas over 'bias'

BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published Fri, Feb 24, 2017 12:15 PM JERUSALEM – Israel will stop issuing work visas to Human Rights Watch staff, the NGO said Friday, February 24, with the Jewish state accusing the group of being "fundamentally biased" against it.

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Pakistan launches terrorism crackdown after spate of bloody attacks

Pakistan launches terrorism crackdown after spate of bloody attacks

By Sophia Saifi Updated 0620 GMT (1420 HKT) February 24, 2017 CNN)Pakistan's military has announced a major new nationwide operation to deal with militancy in the country in the wake of a string of terrorist attacks.

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Iraq retakes Mosul airport; 'ISIS is now trapped,' US envoy says

Iraq retakes Mosul airport; 'ISIS is now trapped,' US envoy says

By Hamdi Alkashali, Ingrid Formanek, Euan McKirdy and Angela Dewan, CNN Updated 0322 GMT (1122 HKT) February 24, 2017 (CNN)Iraqi forces have regained control of the airport in Mosul, part of a monthslong operation to push ISIS militants from the key city.

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Suicide bomber kills 51 near Syria town taken from ISIS

Suicide bomber kills 51 near Syria town taken from ISIS

By Agence France-Presse Published Fri, Feb 24, 2017 6:25 PM BEIRUT, Lebanon (3rd UPDATE) – A suicide bomber attacked Turkish-backed rebels outside the Syrian town of Al-Bab Friday, February 24, killing 51 people in a major blow just hours after they hailed its capture from the Islamic State group.

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2 Maute members killed in Iligan City

2 Maute members killed in Iligan City

Carmela Fonbuena MANILA, Philippines – Two suspected members of the local terrorist group Maute were killed and one was arrested in Iligan City on Friday, February 24, after state forces foiled a carnapping attempt in one of Mindanao's industrial hubs.Published 10:33 AM, February 25, 2017

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300 families flee homes in Davao del Sur as troops, NPA clash

300 families flee homes in Davao del Sur as troops, NPA clash

ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 25 2017 09:13 PM DAVAO DEL SUR — About 300 families in Bansalan municipality here were evacuated as fighting between government troops and the New People's Army (NPA) continued.

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13 umano’y miyembro ng NPA sumuko sa militar

13 umano’y miyembro ng NPA sumuko sa militar

ABS-CBN Posted at Feb 25 2017 10:08 PM Ipinresenta ng 73rd Infantry Battalion ang 13 umano’y miyembro ng New People’s Army (NPA) na sumuko.

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Syria attack deals fresh blow to faltering peace talks

Syria attack deals fresh blow to faltering peace talks

By Agence France-Presse Published Sun, Feb 26, 2017 1:03 AM GENEVA, Switzerland (UPDATED) – A suicide assault which killed dozens in Syria Saturday, February 25, dealt a further blow to already sputtering UN efforts to launch a new round of talks to end the 6-year conflict.

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NPA open to hold talks with Sara Duterte

NPA open to hold talks with Sara Duterte

ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 26 2017 10:19 PM MANILA -- The Regional Operations Command of the New People's Army (NPA) in southern Mindanao expressed its intention to hold talks with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

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AFP verifying info on alleged beheading of German hostage

AFP verifying info on alleged beheading of German hostage

ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 26 2017 10:42 PM MANILA -- The Philippine military is still verifying reports that the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf allegedly beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner on Sunday.

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2 NPA rebels killed in Davao del Norte clash

2 NPA rebels killed in Davao del Norte clash

ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 26 2017 11:45 PM DAVAO DEL NORTE - Elements of the 60th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army conducting a focused military operation encountered around 22 New People's Army rebels under Guerilla Front 33 at Sitio Magdao and Sitio Alongan in Barangay Sagayen, Asuncion, Davao Del Norte Sunday morning.

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