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Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said today. Read More

Incoming Hawaii Navy commander to investigate fatal collision off Japan

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 9:20 am
A change of command for Navy Region Hawaii scheduled for today has been postponed with the selection of the incoming commander, Rear Adm. Brian Fort, to lead the investigation into the June 17 collision of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. Read More

U.S. releases photos of ‘unsafe’ Russian jet intercept

The U.S. European Command has released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe. Read More

U.S., Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers

The U.S. and Cuba are still cooperating to intercept drug smugglers even through the Trump administration has halted high-level meetings on stopping the flow of narcotics through the Caribbean, a top Cuban anti-drug official said today. Read More

Mexican president dismisses spying, wants fast investigation

President Enrique Pena Nieto said today he wants a rapid investigation into reports of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico, while he dismissed allegations that his government was responsible. Read More

Portugal brings 2nd wildfire under control after 64 died

Official reports into Portugal’s deadliest natural disaster in decades have described freak conditions that drove the wildfire that killed 64 people, while Portuguese authorities said today they have contained a second fire that raged for five days close by. Read More

Inside Yemen’s secret prisons: ‘We could hear the screams’

They call it the “grill”: The victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. It is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in Yemen who are routinely beaten with wires, kept in filthy shipping containers, and blindfolded for months — all by one of America’s closest counterterrorism allies. Read More

Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to rise to throne

Britain’s Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne — and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people. Read More

UN says world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050

Updated on  June 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm
India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said today. Read More

IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures tonight, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. Read More

U.S. warship clash site known for congested nighttime traffic

The site of a fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship off Japan’s coast is notorious for congested sea traffic, particularly during the night when merchant ships are trying to reach Tokyo’s port by daybreak. Read More

Taliban release video showing American, Australian captives

Updated on  June 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm
The Taliban released a new video today showing an American and an Australian captive they abducted last August, the second such footage of the hostages. Read More

Portugal tries to contain fatal fires, debunks plane crash

Emergency services in Portugal said today they were making good progress in controlling a major wildfire that killed 64 people in the central area of the country, while officials said reports that a water-dropping plane had crashed in the area of the blaze turned out to be false. Read More

Brazil federal police accuse president of getting bribes

Brazil’s federal police said today that investigators have found evidence President Michel Temer received bribes to help businesses, raising a new threat that the embattled leader could be suspended from office pending a corruption trial. Read More

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market will be remade, not destroyed

Tokyo’s huge, and hugely popular, Tsukiji fish market won’t be destroyed but will be closed for up to five years while it is modernized and turned into a “food theme park,” the capital’s governor said today. Read More