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Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, smiles as he answers questions from reporters during a forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Tuesday July 24, 2018. Ebrahim, leader of the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines says 30,000 to 40,000 armed fighters will have to be "decommissioned" if an autonomy deal that is expected to be signed by the president is fully enforced.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
July 26, 2018 - 8:38 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into...
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July 26, 2018 - 12:21 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria now faces a deadlier threat than its own Boko Haram insurgency, with fighting between farmers and herdsmen over scare resources killing far more people this year, a new report said Thursday. The violence "threatens to become even deadlier" and could undermine national...
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In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 11:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-threatened sanctions on Turkey over a detained American pastor (all times local): 11:37 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will hit Turkey with "large sanctions" over a American pastor detained on terror and espionage charges, and he called for the pastor...
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Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 An American pastor who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released Wednesday and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. Andrew Craig Brunson, 50, an evangelical pastor originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was let out of jail to serve home detention because of "health problems," Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is threatening NATO ally Turkey with economic sanctions over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges. Pence said Thursday that if Turkey does not take immediate action to free Andrew Craig Brunson, "the United States of America...
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In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 photo, Asmina Bano, wife of Rakbar Khan, is comforted by family members and neighbors as she lies on a cot outside her home in Kolgaon village, India. Khan, a cattle trader, died after being thrashed by a mob last week on suspicion of cattle smuggling. A series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade have occurred since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept elections in 2014. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and slaughtering them or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of the country. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
July 26, 2018 - 4:45 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — When a mob of Hindu villagers thrashed a Muslim cattle trader last week in western India, police rushed to the scene. First, they took his two cows to an animal shed, then kept him for about three hours in the police station. When they finally took 28-year-old Rakbar Khan to the...
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In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 photo, Asmina Bano, wife of Rakbar Khan, is comforted by family members and neighbors as she lies on a cot outside her home in Kolgaon village, India. Khan, a cattle trader, died after being thrashed by a mob last week on suspicion of cattle smuggling. A series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade have occurred since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept elections in 2014. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and slaughtering them or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of the country. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
July 26, 2018 - 4:35 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Outrage is growing in India over a series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade. In the latest case, a mob of Hindu villagers thrashed a Muslim cattle trader last week in western India. When police rushed to the scene, they first took his two cows to an animal...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians inspect the site of a suicide attack in Sweida, Syria, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Syrian state media say dozens of people have been killed in a suicide attack in the country's south, blaming the bombing on Islamic State militants. (SANA via AP)
July 26, 2018 - 3:58 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government official says the death toll from coordinated attacks the previous day by the Islamic State group on a usually peaceful southern city and surrounding countryside has climbed to 216. It's the worst violence to hit the area since the country's conflict began. Mass...
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July 25, 2018 - 10:36 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The last six members of a Japanese doomsday cult who remained on death row were executed Thursday for a series of crimes in the 1990s including a sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways that killed 13 people. Thirteen members of the group had received death sentences. The first seven,...
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July 25, 2018 - 10:20 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has executed all six members of a doomsday cult who remained on death row for a series of crimes in the 1990s including a sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways that killed 13 people. Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said the six men were hanged Thursday morning. Thirteen members of the...
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Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, celebrate projected unofficial results that were announced by television channels indicating their candidates' success in the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
July 25, 2018 - 6:41 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistanis voted for a new government Wednesday in an election marred by violence and allegations of fraud. The winner will face a crumbling economy and bloodshed by militants whose latest attack saw a suicide bomber kill 31 people outside a polling station. Electoral authorities...
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