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World 02 Aug 2017 | 8:14 PM

Philippine president to ask Congress for 20,000 new troops to fight extremists

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress for funds to recruit 20,000 new soldiers to battle rising threats from pro-Islamic State militants in the country's restive south, senators said on Wednesday.

World 02 Aug 2017 | 4:05 PM

Pakistan's new PM consults with ousted boss Nawaz Sharif on cabinet

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday began his first full day in office by meeting with his ousted former boss Nawaz Sharif, a signal the ex-premier would continue to wield influence after the Supreme Court disqualified him.

Nation 02 Aug 2017 | 4:14 AM

Malaysia condemns Al-Aqsa Mosque closure at OIC meet

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has condemned the recent closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli authorities and the violence against the Palestinian people.

World 02 Aug 2017 | 12:15 AM

Hundreds flee Saudi town as security forces clash with gunmen

DUBAI (Reuters) - Hundreds of people have fled a town in eastern Saudi Arabia where government forces are fighting Shi'ite Muslim gunmen, activists and Saudi media reported on Tuesday.

Brave New World 02 Aug 2017 | 12:00 AM

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World 01 Aug 2017 | 8:59 PM

Pakistani lawmakers elect ousted PM Nawaz Sharif's ally as replacement

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the new premier immediately sought to project an image of stability.

World 01 Aug 2017 | 8:46 PM

Pakistan lawmakers chant name of ousted leader Sharif after electing new PM

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani ruling party lawmakers on Tuesday waved posters of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and chanted his name after electing a close ally to replace the leader removed in a Supreme Court ruling last week.

World 01 Aug 2017 | 7:36 PM

Pakistan extends house arrest of Islamist blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has extended by two months the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States of masterminding 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people, a government document reviewed by Reuters showed.

World 01 Aug 2017 | 7:17 PM

Indonesia to lift ban on Telegram message service over security

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia and encrypted messaging service Telegram have agreed to establish better procedures to stamp out distribution of terrorist propaganda on the platform, the app's founder and the communications minister said on Tuesday.

World 01 Aug 2017 | 4:23 PM

Indian police kill militant commander in Kashmir; protests erupt

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - The top commander of an Islamist group was killed in Indian-ruled Kashmir on Tuesday, a police official said, triggering protests and prompting the authorities to suspend internet and train services.