26 Jun 2017

Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning – container ship captain

“A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship’s captain.” Source: Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly

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26 Jun 2017

8-hour Eid al-Fitr ceasefire in Marawi ends with gunfire, mortar blasts

“An eight-hour ceasefire declared by the Philippine military Sunday (June 25) in the war-torn city of Marawi to allow residents to celebrate the end of Ramadan has ended with automatic rifle and machine gun fire, along with mortar round explosions.” Source: 8-hour Eid al-Fitr ceasefire in Marawi ends with gunfire, mortar

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26 Jun 2017

Turkish military buildup in northern Syria threatens Raqqa operation

“Kurdish activists claim Turkey is building up its military forces in northern Syria for an assault on the Kurdish held district of Afrin, a development that could cause serious setbacks in the ongoing American-backed operation to liberate the defacto capital of ISIS, Raqqa.” Source: Turkish military buildup in northern Syria

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26 Jun 2017

Israel attacks Syrian posts after cross-border fire from Syria

“Israel said it had attacked Syrian military targets on Sunday after stray shells from fighting in Syria’s civil war landed inside the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.” Source: Israel attacks Syrian posts after cross-border fire from Syria | Reuters

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26 Jun 2017

Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran

“As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key allies of President Donald Trump are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government.” Source: Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran – POLITICO

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26 Jun 2017

House panel takes up $658B defense spending bill

“House appropriators plan to consider a proposed $658.1 billion Pentagon spending bill for 2018 made public Sunday, which kicks off a week packed with defense policy and appropriations action on Capitol Hill.” Source: House panel takes up $658B defense spending bill

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26 Jun 2017

Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia and its allies have issued a threatening 13-point ultimatum to Qatar as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo of the country, in a marked escalation of the Gulf’s worst diplomatic dispute in decades.” Source: Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by

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26 Jun 2017

Attacks in three Pakistani cities leave at least 85 people dead, many injured

“A series of attacks in three Pakistani cities Friday left at least 61 people dead and many injured, authorities said.” Source: Attacks in three Pakistani cities leave at least 85 people dead, many injured – LA Times

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26 Jun 2017

Malaysia’s most-wanted militant Mahmud Ahmad has escaped from Marawi

“Former university lecturer-turned-militant Mahmud Ahmad is believed to have escaped from Marawi, Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Sunday (June 25).” Source: Malaysia’s most-wanted militant Mahmud Ahmad has escaped from Marawi: Police chief, SE Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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26 Jun 2017

Pakistan deploys force of 15,000 to protect Chinese nationals

“Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects in the country, the president said on Sunday, after the abduction of a Chinese couple raised safety concerns.” Source: Pakistan deploys force of 15,000 to protect Chinese nationals | South China Morning Post

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