China alarmed by PHL military officials’ visit to Pagasa Island

BEIJING, April 22 — China has lodged representations with the Philippine side following a visit by the Filipino defense and military officials in Pagasa Island, according to the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. ”Gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this, China has lodged representations with the Philippine side,” Lu Kang said in a press […]

Muslim rebels confirm ongoing recruitment of ISIS in southern Philippines

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao, Jan. 27 – The Philippines largest Muslim rebels, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), confirmed Wednesday the ongoing widespread recruitment of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Central Mindanao in the southern Philippines, prompting their central committee to form a task force to look into the serious problem. MILF chief negotiator […]

OIC concern about delay of BBL passage

COTABATO CITY, Philippines, December 13 — Leaders of the powerful Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed grave concern on the latest development of the peace process in Mindanao, particularly the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law which will give Muslims autonomy in the restive south. Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, formerly the […]

Foreign militant, seven others killed in Sultan Kudarat clash

KORONADAL CITY, Nov. 27 — Government security forces have killed a foreign bomb maker and seven other sympathisers of the Islamic State group as they clashed Thursday in the town of Palembang in Sultan Kudarat province. Brigadier General Emmanuel Salamat, commander of 1st Marine Brigade, said Friday among the fatalities in the four-hour gun battle […]

2,700 evacuees in Surigao del Sur receive aid

SURIGAO, Philippines – Around 2,700 people fled their homes in Surigao del Sur, Eastern Mindanao, in the aftermath of armed violence last week. To support them, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided relief items on 8 September. The displaced families, mostly from Lianga and San Miguel […]

Greenpeace India faces shutdown in one month

New Delhi, May 13 – Greenpeace India has one month left to fight for its survival following a wider government crackdown on civil society. The environmental NGO has been left with funds for staff salaries and office costs that will last for just about 30 days, its executive director has said. Calling it ‘strangulation by […]

Australia vows to continue support of Iraq in fighting IS

CANBERRA, February 12 — Australia will continue to support the Iraqi government in its fight against the Islamic State (IS), Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday. “Obviously, Australia is making a strong contribution to the campaign against the Daesh (IS) death cult,” Abbott said when meetings with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari. “We’re […]

Seven killed in southern Philippines clashes

TACURONG, Philippines, January 3 – The death toll in fresh clashes in the southern Philippines reached seven, two of the government troops, a military official said. The fighting in the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat erupted after members of breakaway Muslim rebels attacked government military detachments, leaving two soldiers and five rebels dead. Col. […]

Two soldiers killed, four wounded as rebels attack military detachments in southern Philippines

TACURONG, Philippines, January 3 — A soldier was killed while four others were wounded in separate fresh attacks staged by breakaway Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines, a military official said. A group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked a military post 12:00 midnight of Friday in the town of General SK Pendatun, Maguindanao. The […]

AirAsia confirms flight QZ8501 lost contact

Manila — AirAsia said Sunday in a statement that it confirmed flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore had lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 this morning. It said that there was no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board. The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the […]

The case for including migration in the post-2015 agenda

BANGKOK — As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire at the end of 2015, campaigners are calling for the inclusion of migrant worker protections in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that migrants contribute billions to reducing poverty – often at great cost to their personal safety and well-being. The world’s estimated 232 million […]

Malaysian PM to visit Netherlands for talks on MH17

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak would start a visit to the Netherlands on Wednesday and would meet his counterpart Mark Rutte there for talks on MH17, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday. It said that the two leaders would discuss the MH17 incident, especially whether Malaysian […]

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