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Duterte on USA alliance: 'Do you really think we need it?'

An eight-day combat exercise between USA and Philippine forces ended a day early Tuesday in an air of uncertainty because Duterte wanted to end such drills, saying the maneuvers only benefit the US military. The joint drills that ended on Tuesday in an austere ceremony were held in an air of uncertainty because of President Duterte's warning that they would be the last under his rule.

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India's Modi, at summit, calls Pakistan 'mother-ship of terrorism'

Pakistan calls upon the global community and especially the BRICS Leaders to ask India to stop bloodshed of Kashmiris immediately, release Kashmiri Leaders and thousands of Kashmiris taken away forcibly with their fate unknown and address the humanitarian crisis, caused by India through creation of shortage of basic amenities.

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Migrant children to arrive in United Kingdom from Calais

Reasons being that they have family ties here under the so-called Dublin regulations, or through the Dubs amendment. Clare Moseley, founder of refugee support charity Care4Calais, said: "While we are pleased to see the first group of children arriving in the United Kingdom, there are still hundreds of unaccompanied and vulnerable young people in the camp facing the fast-approaching demolitions".

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Syria's Dabiq under full control of Turkish-backed rebels - minister

The explosion took place shortly after Turkish-backed rebels captured the emblematic northern Syrian town of Dabiq from ISIL fighters on Sunday, dealing a major blow to the armed group. The Pentagon said USA and coalition forces carried out six strikes near Mosul on Friday. IS, which seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq in mid-2014 and declared an Islamic "caliphate", has been dealt a series of military defeats this year and is bracing for an assault on its key Iraqi stronghold ...

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WikiLeaks Says Ecuador Shut Down Julian Assange's Internet Access

In view of recent speculations, the Government of Ecuador reaffirms the validity of the asylum granted four years ago to Julian Assange . Had there been some other kind of confrontation? The anti-secrecy website added it had "activated the appropriate contingency plans" to keep Assange in touch with the global public.

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ECOWAS congratulates Nigeria over release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls

At least 20 such girls are being educated in the US. According to BBC's report, one girl survived 40 days without food and narrowly escaped death at least once. "It is hard to describe the feeling", he says, searching for the words to convey his emotions, adding "they look leaner than [before] they were abducted".

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China says Duterte's visit restores trust

Brunei is the first country that the President has visited since he was elected president, marking the beginning of his ASEAN tour. Arriving at his hotel in Beijing , Duterte told reporters he expected to achieve "plenty of happiness for my country" during his trip to China .

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Russian, Syrian planes halt Aleppo airstrikes ahead of truce

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the bombing had been halted early on Tuesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the initiative was meant to help rebuild some trust lost between Russian Federation and the West after a failed cease-fire and peace plan plunged ties between the parties to a recent low.

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What we've learned from Clinton's hacked emails

Assuming the WikiLeaks emails are accurate, Clinton portrayed herself to bankers as more supportive of free trade, and more flexible on industry regulation, than she has been during her drive for the presidency. Assange's article provided a bit of new information on this scandal from the newly-leaked emails. And if Chris from MA can do it, so can more sophisticated players.

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Thai minister urges 'social sanctions' as mobs hunt royal critics

As she exits the bus, the woman is slapped in the face by another woman dressed in black. The move comes a day after Thailand's telecommunications regulator said it had sent letters to the local offices of Facebook , Twitter, YouTube and Line asking them to block access to websites deemed insulting to the monarchy, according to local reports .

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Thai King will prove an irreplaceable loss

Having been on the throne for 70 years, King Bhumibol was the world's longest-reigning monarch. The royal palace in a statement announced that King Bhumibol passed away peacefully at 3:52 p.m. Palace guards outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok waiting for the body of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday. The crown prince travelled in the convoy carrying the king's body to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Royal Palace.

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Former Alberta Premier among four killed in BC plane crash

When Mr. Prentice became Alberta's premier in September, 2014, he was the seventh in a dynasty of PC leaders that had governed the province since the 1970s - but after a disastrous early election the following year, he would turn out to be the last.

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Misinformation led to Saudi coalition attack on Yemen funeral, officials say

Hours after the USA attack on the Houthis , Iran announced it would deploy two warships into the Bab el-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden. A Defense Department official said this week that those who fire on USA vessels do so at their peril.

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UN announces agreement on 72-hour Yemen cease-fire

Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The Iran-backed Houthis, who also are supported by troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have taken control of much of northern and western Yemen .

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Rebel seizure of Dabiq strikes symbolic blow against ISIL

Since the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, who also receive USA military aid, launched the offensive in August, the Kurds' own battle against Islamic State has stalled as the YPG has been ordered to withdraw west of the Euphrates River. The Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, took Dabiq and neighbouring Soran after clashes on Sunday morning. Four of those wounded were Syrians while some of the others were police officers, hospital sources said.

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Ethiopian PM says police do not use violence against protesters

Human Rights Watch , a research and advocacy-based NGO, says more than 500 people have been killed and tens of thousands have been detained since previous year, but the Ethiopian government says those numbers are inflated. The government linked two attacks on foreign-owned businesses to the protests. The Oromia region is home to the country's largest ethnic group. The government dismisses such charges.

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NZ provides aid as fight to free Mosul from IS continues

Christian forces in Iraq have sworn to "fight relentlessly" to free Mosul and the surrounding areas from ISIS control. "Daesh are on the back foot". "We have to prepare ourselves", he added. Barzani, speaking near the front line and surrounded by several key officials, said he believes revenge attacks could be prevented and that the Kurdish and Iraqi forces would work "to ensure Mosul will not be another Aleppo", referring to the besieged Syrian city.

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United States asks India, Pak to look for ways to resolve differences

United States has been able to "confront successfully" in the war against terrorism, but the Obama Administration believes there is more that Islamabad needs to do, he said. India's main opposition Congress party was quick to discern. The Congress Party on Monday appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his veiled attack on Pakistan at the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit, saying a holistic approach is required to isolate Islamabad on the global stage.

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Syrian rebels capture symbolic ISIS-held Dabiq town

He was identified as Mehmet Kadir Cabael, chief of the IS group's "bomb cells" in the Gaziantep region and who was believed to be supplying logistical support to the organisation, according to the governor. Turkish authorities acknowledge that IS jihadists have built up a presence in the southeastern city with the aim of staging attacks, and Sunday's raid was part of a wider crackdown on sleeper cells across the country.

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Chibok Girls : PMB Commends Red Cross

Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, with 57 escaping nearly immediately afterwards. It's reported the the International Committee of the Red Cross and Swiss government helped oversee the deal between the Nigerian government and now ISIS-pledged militant group Boko Haram that allowed these young ladies to come home.

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Iran sentences Iranian-American, his father each to 10 years

Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor, served as UNICEF representative in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and elsewhere, and for a time ran Hamyaran, an umbrella agency for Iranian non-governmental organisations. The United States has called for the release of the two men. At the time of his arrest previous year, he was working for Crescent Petroleum, an energy firm based in the United Arab Emirates, which is involved in an ongoing legal dispute with Iran over a failed gas deal, and is ...

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Moscow says Russian Federation and Syria are halting Aleppo air strikes for now

Military experts will meet in Geneva on Wednesday to begin work on separating "terrorists" from Syria's opposition, Russia's state Rossiya 24 channel showed Shoigu saying. Al-Hajj put the toll of the eastern Aleppo strikes at 14, including eight children. The EU "strongly condemns the excessive and disproportionate attacks by the regime and its allies", it said.

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Mosul Residents Warned Clash With ISIS is Imminent

Now he's preparing to help Iraqi soldiers liberate the city from ISIS. Iraqi Army Brigadier General Firas Bashar said that "all the troop movements now are related to the Mosul operation". '"We are the real Muslims, Daesh are not Muslims, no religion does what they did", said a young Kurdish fighter in battle dress as he scanned the plain east if Mosul from his position on the heights of Mount Zerlik.

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Govt won't go back on steel flyover project, says CM

A day after a mammoth show of protest by citizen groups, experts and rival political parties against the R1,791 crore steel flyover project, the state government has declared that it will go ahead with it. A global tender was called for the project earlier this year. According to the government contract, the flyover will be built by the Mumbai-based conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

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Rockstar announce Red Dead Redemption 2

Interestingly, all the Red Dead Redemption 2 promotional art that's been released so far, shows seven characters. The game is described as follows... The company rarely shows early preview builds at E3 or other major trade shows where press (and fans) gather, nearly never grants interviews with its executives or designers, and barely sends out early review copies of their games before launch.

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Julian Assange Confirms No #OctoberSurprise, Trump Stans React

Julian Assange has disappointed WikiLeaks fans after failing to release any new documents at all at the much-hyped WikiLeaks 10th Anniversary press conference , which was streamed live on the internet from Berlin at 9am BST on Tuesday 4 October.

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Taliban restart secret talks with Afghanistan in Qatar

The two rounds of talks are the first known to have taken place since a Pakistan-brokered process broke down following the death of Mullah Omar's successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, in May 2016. The Afghan government is appearing more upbeat about the fighting, of late, claiming that they've killed hundreds of fighters in the last 24 hours .

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Iraqi forces 'ahead of schedule' in push to retake IS stronghold Mosul

Christian forces in Iraq have sworn to "fight relentlessly" to free Mosul and the surrounding areas from ISIS control. The Iraqi government says this long-awaited operation could take awhile. "You can not sleep well without the fear... the fear is you can not guess when they will take you from your bed and kill you", he told CBS News of life under ISIS.

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United Kingdom officials: Calais children expected in Britain 'within days'

They went to register with the Home Office in Croydon, with their families waiting for them in nearby churches opened up for the reunions. Rudd estimated that some 100 children would be transferred from Calais to Britain. Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England, estimates that about 300 children at the Jungle are eligible to be settled in Britain. Dave Hill, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, said unaccompanied asylum-seeking children ...

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Hillary Clinton 48%, Donald Trump 44% in new poll

But it's impossible to argue that something similar is happening to Trump, Murphy says. While Trump's vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, have tried to reshape the candidate's comments as being aimed at an unfair news media, Trump's own words have targeted the legitimacy of the election system.

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Philippines evacuates thousands as typhoon slams northern region

Typhoon Sarika could hit northern Vietnam early next week, according to the country's weather bureau . In the worst-hit province of Quang Binh, 18 people died and authorities are searching for three others who are missing, disaster official Tran Le Dang Hung said.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari calls PM Modi 'butcher'

He said that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would visit Lahore on November 16 and lead a public rally like Karachi . Taking a jibe at the Indian PM, the PPP chairman said Modi is levelling allegations against Pakistan to hide his own crimes.

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Foreign media under pressure as Thailand mourns for king

That depends on how successfully Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn ultimately fills his father's shoes, how the ruling military regime shapes the vacuum left by the politically powerful king and whether Thais translate some of Bhumibol's admonitions - like not succumbing to rampant greed, corruption and environmental exploitation - into practice.

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Blue Jays still waiting for bats to break out in ALCS

Bauer tossed only 21 pitches in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night before the blood started gushing. The Indians needed several bullpen games to get through September following injures to starters Danny Salazar (right forearm) and Carlos Carrasco (broken right hand).

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Thai Netizens Express Their Grief for King's Death on Social Media

Several cities in Taiwan announced Saturday the establishment of public altars for Thai workers and immigrants to mourn the death of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej , who died on Thursday at the age of 88. Buhari acknowledged that under the monarch's reign, Thailand witnessed remarkable transformation in every sphere of life, including making agriculture the bedrock of economic development.


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