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Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances

Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city’s hospitals, medics warn. Special lanes for emergency vehicles are not enforced, the infrastructure is outdated, and local drivers are often unwilling or unable to make way — a situation experts say is causing patients to die ... Read More »

Iraqi forces launch push to drive IS from Mosul

Khazer — Iraqi government and Kurdish forces, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, launched coordinated military operations early on Monday as the long-awaited fight to wrest the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters got underway. Convoys of Iraqi, Kurdish and US forces could be seen moving east of Mosul into the early hours of the day. ... Read More »

US strike on Syrian army not an honest mistake: Churkin

The US’ sudden attempt to “help” the Syrian army fighting ISIS in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, which resulted in a strike that killed and injured dozens of soldiers, does not look like an honest mistake, Russia’s UN envoy told journalists at the UNSC meeting. “It is highly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular air ... Read More »

Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador recall ambassadors over Rousseff impeachment

Following Brazilian senators’ vote to strip Dilma Rousseff of her presidency, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador announced that they are recalling their ambassadors in protest against what they said was a “coup against democracy.” On Wednesday senators voted to impeach Rousseff, who had been temporarily suspended in May on corruption allegations and illegal manipulations of the national budget. Following the vote ... Read More »

Guterres tops 3rd poll for UN chief: UN diplomat

United Nations — Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the third successive poll of candidates seeking to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, making him the clear front-runner for the job as the world’s top diplomat, U.N. diplomats said Monday. Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak was the big surprise of the informal vote — jumping to second ... Read More »

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 8 police; 45 hurt

Ankara —Turkey’s state-run news agency says at least eight police officers have been killed in a car-bomb attack targeting a checkpoint in southeast Turkey. Anadolu Agency says 45 people were wounded Friday in the attack that was carried out with a truck laden with explosives near the town of Cizre, in Sirnak province. Read More »

Russia could use Incirlik airbase ‘if necessary’: Turkish PM

Ankara wouldn’t mind it if Russia used the Incirlik airbase for its anti-terror missions against Islamic State terrorists in Syria, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hinted on Saturday, but acknowledged that no such requests have been made., RT reported today. “Turkey opened Incirlik airbase to fight Daesh [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] terrorists. It is being used by the US and ... Read More »

Naked Trump statues pop up in cities across US

New York — It’s Donald Trump like you’ve never seen him before. Life-size naked statues of the Republican presidential nominee greeted passers-by in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland on Thursday. They are the brainchild of an activist collective called INDECLINE, which has spoken out against Trump before. In a statement, the collective said the hope is ... Read More »

White suicide bomber suspect killed near Toronto

Canadian police reportedly killed a lone suspect in a major anti-terrorist takedown operation on Wednesday. The suspect was linked to Islamic State and believed to be behind a suicide bomb plot on a major Canadian city. The suspect was identified as Aaron Driver, 24, according to Canadian media. Read More »

Putin meets Erdogan since downing of Russian jet

Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is meeting with “his friend” Vladimir Putin in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations. It is their first meeting since Turkey downed a Russian bomber over Syria last November. Ankara appears to expect much from the meeting, which is taking place in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Read More »

US heavy weapons found in terrorist-held Aleppo district

Footage has emerged online allegedly showing mortars, anti-tank missiles and grenades being uncovered along with a quantity of western (mostly US)-made weapons and ammunition in territories abandoned by terrorists in Syrian Aleppo. The video appeared online on Thursday and purported to show the discovery of a large cache of western arms and ammunition in a house in Aleppo’s eastern Bani ... Read More »

Trump under fire for saying Crimea people want to be with Russia

Senior current and former officials in Ukraine were outraged with US presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called their country “a mess” and said the people of Crimea would rather be with Russia than with Ukraine. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’, Trump said he would look into how Crimea broke away from Ukraine after a 2013 armed ... Read More »

Fury as Trump mocks US Muslim soldier’s mother

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has attracted outrage by mocking a dead US Muslim soldier’s mother. Khizr Khan — whose son died in Iraq — accused the Republican presidential nominee of vilifying US Muslims in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention on Thursday. Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in 2004 in Iraq at the age ... Read More »

Turkish forces surround Incirlik air base for ‘inspection’

Some 7,000 armed police in heavy vehicles surrounded the Incirlik air base used by NATO forces in Adana in what a Turkish minister called a “security check.” With no official explanation, speculations have arisen about a new coup attempt or VIP visit. Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were ... Read More »

Three-month state of emergency in Turkey

Ankara — Turkey’s president on Wednesday declared a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt, declaring he would rid the military of the “virus” of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was accused of autocratic ... Read More »

US imported terrorism to Middle East, says Duterte

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the US of importing terror to the Middle East through its interventions, pointing to Iraq, Libya and Syria as examples. Speaking at an event being held in honour of the holy Islamic day of Eid’l Fit’r in Davao City on Friday, the leader challenged the narrative that the Middle East is the root of ... Read More »

Typhoon drenches Taiwan, kills 2 people; floods hit Manila

Power was partially restored in Taiwan on Friday after a powerful typhoon slammed into the island’s eastern coast with ferocious winds and torrential rains, killing two people and injuring 72. Typhoon Nepartak made landfall early morning in Taitung county, grounding planes and fishing boats. More than 15,000 people were evacuated. In the Philippine capital Manila and outlying provinces, government work ... Read More »

Iraq’s interior minister resigns after bombing

The Latest on the aftermath of Sunday’s Islamic State bombing in Baghdad (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Iraq’s interior minister says he submitted his resignation in the wake of Sunday’s devastating suicide bombing in central Baghdad, which killed at least 175 people. Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban told reporters Tuesday that the government “has failed in having the different array of security ... Read More »

Michelle Obama urges Liberian girls to stay in school

US First Lady Michelle Obama urged girls in Liberia on Monday to fight to stay in school, as she visited the west African country where the vast majority drop out due to financial pressures. Obama launched her “Let Girls Learn” education initiative in March 2015, and has since travelled the globe to call for greater support for the millions of ... Read More »

At least 14 killed in Somalia hotel attack; police say ended

Mogadishu, June 25 (AP/UNB) – At least 14 people were killed when gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital and took an unknown number of hotel guests hostage, police and medical workers said Saturday, before security forces hunted down the attackers and ended an hours-long assault that began with an explosives-laden vehicle blowing up at the hotel gate. Read More »

David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU

Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union.Mr Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced.He said he would attempt to “steady the ship” over the coming weeks and months but that “fresh leadership” was needed.The PM had urged the country ... Read More »