City clash fuels fear of Islamic State foothold in southern Philippines
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City clash fuels fear of Islamic State foothold in southern Philippines

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippines city had been planning a spate of attacks during the holy month of Ramadan to earn recognition as a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the military said Tuesday. Soldiers have taken control of about 70 percent of Marawi, where the … Continue reading

Manchester police hunt for accomplices; victims young as 8
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Manchester police hunt for accomplices; victims young as 8

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Investigators hunted Tuesday for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers, some still wearing the American pop star’s trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Monday … Continue reading

YouTube star PewDiePie back on Twitter after ISIS joke
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YouTube star PewDiePie back on Twitter after ISIS joke

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most popular YouTuber is back on Twitter after joking that his account became unverified because he joined ISIS. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s Twitter account was briefly suspended this week, and the blue check mark detonating his once-verified status was removed after the YouTube star changed his avatar to an image that … Continue reading

Russia claims killing IS Syria figure; group not confirming
International News / Middle East

Russia claims killing IS Syria figure; group not confirming

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group’s spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group’s attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group has announced. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was “martyred while surveying the operations to repel the … Continue reading

Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte
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Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group on Wednesday, May 18, released a report documenting atrocities by Libya’s Islamic State affiliate — including instances of “crucifixions” and shooting a man to death for “cursing God” — in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants. Human Rights Watch recounts “scenes of horror” that … Continue reading

Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao
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Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage. President Benigno Aquino III said the Muslim militants also wanted to explode bombs in … Continue reading

China strongly condemns Islamic State killing of hostage
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China strongly condemns Islamic State killing of hostage

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of a Chinese hostage by Islamic State extremists, saying such groups are enemies of mankind. Though President Xi Jinping expressed resolve to crack down on terrorism, there was no indication that China would change its consistent opposition to outside involvement in the conflict in … Continue reading

World leaders vow to step up anti-terror efforts after Paris
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World leaders vow to step up anti-terror efforts after Paris

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — World leaders vowed Monday to boost intelligence-sharing, cut off terrorist funding and strengthen border security in Europe, as they sought to show resolve and unity following the Islamic State’s deadly terror attacks in Paris. U.S. President Barack Obama said the militant group was “the face of evil” and urged other nations … Continue reading

US defense chief: Russia airstrikes targeted non-IS areas
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US defense chief: Russia airstrikes targeted non-IS areas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the Russian airstrikes in Syria appear to have targeted areas that do not include Islamic State fighters, a development which Secretary of State John Kerry said would cause “grave concern” for the United States. Kerry told the United Nations Security Council that the U.S. would … Continue reading

Russia launches airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
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Russia launches airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military jets carried out airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State group in Syria for the first time — a move that came after President Vladimir Putin received parliamentary approval to send Russian troops to Syria. The airstrikes targeted positions, vehicles and warehouses that Russia believes belong to IS militants, ministry spokesman … Continue reading

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The Latest: US seek talks with Russia about Syria air raids

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local: 5:00 p.m. Pentagon’s press secretary says Defense Secretary Ash Carter has instructed his staff to talk to Russian officials about how to keep each other’s air operations in Syria from colliding or getting in each … Continue reading