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China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea dispute

China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea disputeBEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) – China and the Philippines have agreed to avoid force to resolve their differences over the South China Sea, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday by China at the end of a visit to Manila by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. China and the Philippines have long sparred over the South China Sea, but relations have improved considerably under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.



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ISIS Threat Persists in Philippines

ISIS Threat Persists in PhilippinesThe Philippine army recently retook the city of Marawi after it was an ISIS stronghold for five months. However, while the battle may be over, the threat from ISIS is not.



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Trump Will Meet With Philippines’ Duterte Amid Human Rights Groups Concerns

Trump Will Meet With Philippines’ Duterte Amid Human Rights Groups ConcernsPresident Trump once praised the Philippines President for doing "an unbelievable job on the drug problem," but Duterte's actions have outraged human rights groups.



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Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi

Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in MarawiCLARK, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia.



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IS Southeast Asia chief killed in Philippines: govt

IS Southeast Asia chief killed in Philippines: govtThe head of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, who figures on the US “most wanted terrorists” list, was killed on Monday in the battle to reclaim a militant-held Philippines city, officials said. Isnilon Hapilon’s reported death came during a final push to end the nearly five-month siege of Marawi, a battle that has claimed more than 1,000 lives and raised fears that IS was seeking to set up a regional base in the southern Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte and security analysts say Hapilon has been a key figure in the jihadist outfit’s drive to establish a Southeast Asian caliphate as they suffer battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria.



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Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines 

Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines Islamic State’s emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon has been killed in offensive by Philippine troops, the country’s defence secretary claimed on Monday. His death deals a blow to Isil’s reported ambition to create a regional base to carry out terrorist activities across Asia. Minster Delfin Lorenza said Hapilon had been killed alongside Omar Maute, leader of the Isil-linked Maute group, during a final push to retake the southern Muslim city of Marawi, which has been besieged by Islamist militants since May. “We have received a report from AFP ground commanders in Marawi that the operation…has resulted in the death of the last terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, and that their bodies have been recovered by our operating units,” he said in a statement. He added that the “termination” of the five month battle would be confirmed when government forces were sure there were no more “terrorist-stragglers” and had cleared buildings of IEDs and booby traps. So far 822 militants, 162 troops and 47 civilians have been killed. FBI wanted poster for Isnilon Hapilon Credit: FBI Over 360,000 civilians have been forced to flee the fighting, with many currently living in temporary camps across the southern province of Mindanao. Over one third of the cities buildings have been destroyed by fierce fighting and military airstrikes. Hapilon, 51, rose to prominence when he was endorsed as Isil emir in 2016. He was already the commander of the local Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and wanted for piracy and beheadings. Abu Sayyaf is responsible for the beheadings of Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, and of German tourist Jurgen Kanter, 71, who was murdered earlier this year. Hapilon fought alongside the Isil-inspired Maute group to capture Marawi, with Isil appealing for Muslim brothers in East Asia to join the jihad. Both Hapilon and Omar Maute have been declared dead before. Maute was reportedly killed in June, but it was later discovered that he had only been injured. Hapilon was said to have died in battle in a battle in Basilan a few years ago, when, in fac,t it was his son. Meanwhile, the Philippines has announced it will join neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia in coordinated air patrols to combat the growing threat posed by Islamist militants.



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Philippines: NY 'plotter' was allegedly doctor to pro-IS gunmen

Philippines: NY 'plotter' was allegedly doctor to pro-IS gunmenA Filipino doctor wanted over a foiled jihadist plot targeting New York’s subway and Times Square previously treated pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants in the mountains of southern Philippines, the military said on Monday. Russell Salic, 37, had links to the Maute group, which since May had been occupying parts of the Philippines’ most important Islamic city of Marawi in a bid to establish an IS caliphate in Southeast Asia, Philippine authorities said. “He was among those who were treating wounded members of the Maute group,” military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo told AFP.



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Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists' says NY plotter

Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists' says NY plotterA Filipino suspect in a thwarted jihadist plot targetting New York City had boasted that his country was “a breeding ground for terrorists”, the US Justice Department said Saturday. Russell Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to carry out the attacks in the name of the Islamic State group during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2016. A statement released by the US embassy in Manila said Salic, 37, transferred money to the other suspects for the operation, saying he could safely do this from the Philippines without attracting attention.



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US shooter's girlfriend returns to US from Philippines: Manila

US shooter's girlfriend returns to US from Philippines: ManilaThe girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock returned to the United States on Wednesday from the Philippines, as authorities in Manila said they were looking into reports he transferred $ 100,000 to her. Marilou Danley flew out of Manila’s international airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP.



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Gunman’s Girlfriend Arrives to U.S. from Philippines

Gunman’s Girlfriend Arrives to U.S. from PhilippinesUnder police escort, Marilou Danley arrived late last night in Los Angeles from a family visit in the Philippines and was questioned for hours today at the FBI's Los Angeles office.



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