Aug 27, 2016

Taliban seize district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan

An Afghan official says the Taliban have overrun a district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan. Naqib Ahmad Atal, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, says Afghan security forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters Saturday to prevent civilian casualties. He says at least five ...

Aug 20, 2016

Philippine government agrees new truce with Maoist-led rebels

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to a new cease-fire with Maoist-led guerrillas, who declared a truce several hours before, ahead of fresh peace talks in Norway next week, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The cease-fire will come into effect from Sunday ...

Aug 20, 2016

Taliban seize district in Kunduz province: Afghan officials

The Taliban seized a district on Saturday in the northeastern Kunduz province, where the insurgents briefly overran the provincial capital last year before being driven out by a counteroffensive, an official said. Mohammadullah Bahej, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the insurgents launched ...

Aug 13, 2016

Philippines, Muslim rebels relaunch peace talks

The Philippines on Saturday restarted peace talks with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the first under President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at ending decades of violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Negotiators for the two sides said the weekend talks in ...

Aug 13, 2016

U.S.-backed Syrian force captures key IS stronghold

U.S.-backed fighters have seized a key Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria after two months of heavy fighting and freed hundreds of civilians the extremists had used as human shields, Syrian Kurdish officials and an opposition activist group said Saturday. Nasser Haj Mansour, of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Philippine president calls off truce after communist rebel attack

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called off a weeklong cease-fire after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline he had imposed. It was the first irritant in what has been a blossoming relationship between Duterte, ...

Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies after alleged torture: family

Jul 9, 2016

Dhaka cafe attack suspect dies after alleged torture: family

A Bangladeshi teenager who police say was a suspect in last week’s deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe has died in custody, with his family insisting he was a hostage and alleging torture by security forces. Zakir Hossain Shawon, 18, a kitchen assistant at ...