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Indonesia massacres: Declassified US files shed new light

Indonesia massacres: Declassified US files shed new light

Image copyright EPA Image caption Relatives visit a site believed to be the burial ground for victims The US knew people were being “delivered for slaughter” during a political purge in Indonesia during the 1960s, declassified documents reveal. At least 500,000 people were killed between 1965 and 1966, after the army and local Muslim militia […]

Afghanistan Taliban twin attacks kill dozens

Afghanistan Taliban twin attacks kill dozens

Image copyright EPA Image caption Afghan men injured in the bomb attack on a police training school Suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 41 people. Some 110 civilians and 48 police were injured. The interior ministry said the local police chief […]

Philippine conflict: Duterte says Marawi is militant-free

Philippine conflict: Duterte says Marawi is militant-free

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gunfire could be heard in the city just moments before Mr Duterte declared Marawi liberated Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the city of Marawi “liberated” from militants, even as fighting continues. The army said it was battling up to 30 militants left in the city, who were holding about […]

Afghanistan Taliban ‘suicide attack’ kills dozens

Afghanistan Taliban ‘suicide attack’ kills dozens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Smoke rises from the police headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 33 people, officials say. Another 160 were injured in the assault. The Interior Ministry said the […]

Australia rejects chief scientist’s clean energy proposal

Australia rejects chief scientist’s clean energy proposal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Australian government has been criticised over its commitment to renewables The Australian government has rejected a Clean Energy Target (CET) recommended by the nation’s chief scientist, opting for a plan focusing on energy security. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the alternative would still lower emissions and ensure Australia […]

Australia risks ‘chipping away’ at gun laws, ex-deputy PM says

Australia risks ‘chipping away’ at gun laws, ex-deputy PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s gun laws must be maintained, Tim Fischer says One of the architects of Australia’s strict gun control laws has warned the nation against loosening them. The Australian government brought in sweeping gun ownership reforms following the deaths of 35 people in a mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. […]

China congress: Why Beijing has banned hot air balloons

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US soldier pleads guilty to desertion

US soldier pleads guilty to desertion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bergdahl arrives at the courthouse on Monday Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan for five years, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The 31-year-old Army sergeant entered his plea on Monday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, North […]

Philippines strike: Filipinos rally around iconic jeepney drivers

Philippines strike: Filipinos rally around iconic jeepney drivers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Once hailed as Kings of the Road, colourful traditional Filipino jeepneys may soon vanish A public transport strike has sparked fierce debate in the Philippines, as Filipinos rally around the iconic mini-buses, called jeepneys. Earlier this year, authorities launched a controversial programme to modernise the public transport system, including […]

Philippines military ‘kills Islamist Isnilon Hapilon’

Philippines military ‘kills Islamist Isnilon Hapilon’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The military had spent years trying to find the militant Philippine troops say they have killed Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant who is seen as Islamic State group’s leader in southeast Asia. Isnilon Hapilon, who is on the US’s list of “most wanted terrorists”, was killed in fighting in […]

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