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Ukraine's Mariupol holds its breath for next rebel move

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Scanning the sky for incoming artillery fire has become a force of habit for Ukrainian beetroot-seller Svetlana Kumurzhi, who dived under her wooden stall in government-held Mariupol when shells rained down a month ago.


Ukraine military says rebels using truce to regroup

KIEV(Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Sunday a ceasefire had been fully observed in eastern separatist territories overnight, but warned that pro-Russian rebels were using the truce to regroup for new attacks on government positions.

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Philippine military hunts ‘coddled’ most-wanted bombmaker

MANILA: The Philippine military is trying to capture a bombmaker it believes is being “coddled” by Filipino militants who have pledged loyalty to Islamic State, authorities said Sunday.


Philippines military hot on the heels of Abu Sayyaf, Malaysian militants

PETALING JAYA: The Philippines military is on the hunt for Abu Sayyaf militants including five Malaysians who are aligned to the al-Qaeda linked group.


China questions U.S. threat of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China on Friday questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a United Nations sanctions regime for South Sudan while warring parties there negotiate a power-sharing deal to end the conflict in the country, the world's newest state.


British PM Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London.


Congo army drives rebels from eastern hills in fierce fighting

KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict.


Penang Hokkien folk celebrate CNY with great fervour

THE Thnee Kong Seh or Jade Emperor’s birthday, also known as the Hokkien New Year was celebrated on a grand scale by the Hokkien community in Penang.


Lesotho prepares for early vote in bid to ease political crisis

MASERU (Reuters) - Feuding parties in Lesotho's ruling coalition will face off on Saturday in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup.


Thai junta chief may testify on 2010 crackdown

BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta chief said he is willing to provide testimony about his involvement in a deadly 2010 military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok that left more than 90 dead.