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Philippines police push for Muslim ID cards as counter-terrorism measure

Police from a region in the majority-Christian Philippines are considering issuing mandatory identification cards to thousands of Muslims living there – a proposal Human Rights Watch condemned as “collective punishment”. Via: theguardian.com Authorities in Central Luzon, a region north of the capital, were quoted in local media as saying the policy was a counter-terrorism measure after Islamist militants took over a city hundreds of kilometres ...

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US commander warns ISIS may spread as he urges Australia to end jihadi threat in Asia

A US commander has called on Australia to send troops to fight ISIS in the Asia-Pacific as he warned the the nation’s government not to underestimate the potential for jihadis to spread Down Under. Via: Nicole Stinson   Lieutenant General David Berger warned that “movement of violent extremist organisations” was a “very real problem” Australia’s neighbours in Asia-Pacific. General Berger said ...

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US special operation forces now assisting Filipino troops in Marawi City

US special forces are helping the Philippine military retake the southern city of Marawi from IS-linked militants, the Philippine army says. The forces are providing technical help and are not fighting, it said. Via: bbc.com President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier threatened to throw out US troops amid strained relations since taking office. Militants have been under siege since rampaging through the southern ...

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Explosion at hospital in Thailand leaves at least 24 injured

Thai police say 24 people have been injured in a bomb explosion at a hospital in Bangkok. Via: independent.co.uk It comes just weeks after a double explosion at a shopping centre in Pattani, southern Thailand, injured at least 50 people. A suspected car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the Big-C shopping centre in downtown Pattani on 9 May, a province that ...

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U.S. Antimissile System in South Korea Is Said to Be Nearly Operational

The antimissile system that the United States deployed in South Korea over China’s objections is close to becoming operational, giving the two allies the capability to defend against missile attacks by the North, the South’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday. Via: Gerry Mullany The United States deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as Thaad, in South Korea in ...

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Satellite images reveal Kim Jong-un decadent complex

He’s a man known for his lavish appetites – so it is perhaps no surprise that Kim Jong-un has a fully-equipped party palace where he likes to entertain visitors. Via: dailymail.co.uk The North Korea dictator has tricked the coastal compound out with a 200ft pool boat, a $7million yacht, water slides, theme park rides, and a full football pitch. It is the venue where former ...

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North Korea and its weapons programs

As speculation grows that North Korea could conduct a nuclear weapon test in conjunction with a major national holiday this weekend, here’s what we know about the country’s nuclear weapons programs. Via: Luis Martinez Who is in charge of North Korea’s military? Kim Jong Un is the 33-year-old “Supreme Leader” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, more commonly known as ...

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President says US will act unilaterally if China does not pressure Pyongyang

Donald Trump has warned that the US will take unilateral action to eliminate the nuclear threat from North Korea unless China increases pressure on the regime in Pyongyang. Via: ft.com In an interview with the Financial Times, the US president said he would discuss the growing threat from Kim Jong Un’s nuclear programme with Xi Jinping when he hosts the Chinese president ...

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North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans

The mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons. Via: thehill.com False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not “demonstrated” that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, ...

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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site shows that substantial tunnel excavation is continuing at the “North” Portal (previously the “West” Portal), which provided support for the last four of the five declared underground nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Via: 38north.org The North Portal tunnels provide direct access under Mt. Mantap, where up to ...

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