Philippines' Duterte ditches peace process with Maoist rebels

Asia Pacific Nov 24, 2017

Philippines' Duterte ditches peace process with Maoist rebels

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the on-again, off-again peace talks with Maoist-led rebels as hostilities have continued despite the negotiations, the president's spokesman said on Friday. Ending the nearly half-century long conflict, in which more than 40,000 people have been killed, was among Duterte's ...

Asia Pacific Jun 24, 2016

Seven Indonesian sailors kidnapped in Philippines: Jakarta

Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia's foreign minister said on Friday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbors. "We got confirmation of an incident of kidnapping ...

NATO ponders future of Afghan mission as fatigue, frustration mount

World Nov 9, 2015

NATO ponders future of Afghan mission as fatigue, frustration mount

NATO partners are considering ways of beefing up their training and assistance mission in Afghanistan as concern grows over the ability of local forces to fight an escalating insurgency by Taliban militants, according to officials in Brussels and Kabul. The Taliban's success in seizing the ...

Asia Pacific May 5, 2015

Philippine rebels kill chief for $1 million bounty: sources

Abdul Basit Usman, the Philippine terror suspect whom the military blames for bombings in the nation's south, was killed in a shootout Sunday, the military said. Usman, who is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most-wanted terrorists list with a $1 million bounty, died in ...