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The Latest: End of Marawi siege is move against extremism

The Latest: End of Marawi siege is move against extremismCLARK, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the Philippine fight to end the militant siege of Marawi (all times local):



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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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Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siege

Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siegeTwo aggressive wild boars attacked and injured several people in the small German town of Heide on Friday morning, tearing through the town centre in a rampage which lasted for hours. Four people were injured, and one man’s fingertip was torn off, according to police reports. Others suffered leg injuries, as they were hit by the fully-grown animals in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein.  The boars tore through the streets and ran through the market square, before making their way into a local bank branch, according to police, who issued a warning at around 9am urging people to avoid the town centre and to stay in their houses or in shops. One eyewitness saw a woman lying on the ground, screaming, after her trousers had been torn, according to German radio station NDR 1 Welle Nord. Another said they were "completely bewildered" and that the boars had come "out of nowhere".  After a large-scale operation, during which police and hunters chased the boar with stun rifles, one was killed by huntsman Uwe Ingwersen at 11am – two hours after the animals were first spotted – with a targeted head shot. The second ran away from the centre and police say it is now outside the city area.  Terror in Ditmarschen���� pic.twitter.com/mheLOKa5RK— Daggi (@danishkeks) October 20, 2017 Customers in the bank, which was invaded by the boars, were evacuated through open windows using ladders, according to police reports. Several cars were also damaged. Wild boar still roam the forests of Germany and are seen as a menace by much of German society. Marcus Börner, press officer at the Country Hunting Association, told the Schleswig-Holstein newspaper that it is highly stressful for boars, which have spread extensively in the state in recent decades, to be caught between walls and among so many people, causing them to become aggressive.  Earlier this year, a herd of wild boars attacked several people, injuring three, near Berlin's Tegel airport. Local media reported that it took authorities 18 shots to down one 200-kilogram boar, while the rest of the herd escaped.



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Battle for Marawi: bitter siege that left a city in ruins

Battle for Marawi: bitter siege that left a city in ruinsThe death of top Islamist fighter Isnilon Hapilon is a rare celebratory moment for the Philippines military, which has been bogged down in a gruelling four-month battle to retake the southern city of Marawi. What began as a surprise takeover by militants that Manila said would be easily defeated, quickly descended into house-to-house fighting against a deceptively well-planned Islamist insurgency. The insurgents have withstood a relentless US-backed bombing campaign, raising awkward questions about the Philippines’ ability to defend itself from an increasingly assertive Islamist presence in its violence-plagued south.



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Philippines: 3 Marawi siege leaders dead, 2 still fighting

Philippines: 3 Marawi siege leaders dead, 2 still fightingMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief said Monday that three leaders of Islamic State-linked militants who besieged a southern city have been killed in months of fighting but two others, including one of Asia's most wanted terror suspects, were still alive and leading a final stand.



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Syria's Deir el-Zour coming back to life after 3-year siege

Syria's Deir el-Zour coming back to life after 3-year siegeDEIR EL-ZOUR, Syria (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in the Syrian city of Deir el-Zour, two dozen people patiently line up at Rashid Izghair's small shop, which only opened a few days earlier, to get basic supplies: milk, pasta and canned food. They had been deprived of such items for nearly three years.



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The Latest: Russia welcomes Syrian breach of IS siege

The Latest: Russia welcomes Syrian breach of IS siegeBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):



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Syrian forces break long Islamic State siege of eastern city

Syrian forces break long Islamic State siege of eastern cityBEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Russian and Iranian firepower, President Bashar Assad's forces reached besieged troops Tuesday at a garrison in Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, breaking a nearly three-year blockade by Islamic State militants and marking a significant advance against the extremists.



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Armed police shoot suspected gunman ending restaurant siege in Charleston, South Carolina

Armed police shoot suspected gunman ending restaurant siege in Charleston, South Carolina A fired dishwasher shot and killed a chef and held a "small number" of people hostage for about three hours before he was shot by police at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy area of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, authorities and one of the restaurant's owners said.  The hostages were freed with no injuries, Mayor John Tecklenburg said. The shooting took place at Virginia's restaurant on the usually crowded King Street, a line of shops and nice dining that caters to both tourists and residents in South Carolina's largest and most historic city.  Mr Tecklenburg quickly said the shooting was "the act of a disgruntled employee" and not a terrorist attack or a hate crime in a city where nine black church members were killed by a white man two years ago.  Bystanders wait at a police perimeter Credit: Reuters "This was a tragic case of a disturbed individual, I think, with a history of some mental health challenges," he said at a news conference.  Authorities did not release the names of the gunman or the employee he killed, and would not specify the number of hostages who had been held.  The shooting was reported shortly after noon Thursday.  Peter Siegert, 73, and his son Peter Siegert IV, 45, were quoted by The Post and Courier of Charleston as saying that just after several waitresses and kitchen workers walked out the door without saying a word, a man in an apron with a gun came out of the kitchen and locked the front door.  "'I am the new king of Charleston,"' the Siegerts quoted the man as saying.  The man told diners to get on the floor and move to the back of the restaurant. The Siegerts said they escaped out a back door and didn't know how many people were left behind.  One of the restaurant's owners, John Aquino, told WCSC-TV that a dishwasher who had been fired came back to the restaurant and shot a chef to get revenge.  The restaurant was packed with a lunchtime crowd and the first officers to arrive were able to get the man who was shot and a number of diners out safely, interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor said.    9:07PM Siege ends after police shoot suspected gunman The mayor says a hostage situation in a Charleston, South Carolina, restaurant has ended with the gunman being shot by police.  Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the restaurant employee shot by the gunman Thursday has died.  Interim Charleston Police Chief Jerome Taylor says all the hostages at Virginia's restaurant were rescued safely. He didn't say how many there were.  Mr Tecklenburg says the man who took the hostages is in critical condition.  Authorities did not release the names of the gunman or the man killed.  8:22PM Wounded person rushed to ambulance NEW video from the scene in downtown Charleston as medics rush someone to an ambulance. t.co/hqX7IdwrNy#chsnewspic.twitter.com/gKLZ66xa2I— WCBD (@WCBD) August 24, 2017   8:04PM Owner says suspect is 'fired dishwasher' An owner of a South Carolina restaurant where a gunman was holding hostages says he's been told the man is a dishwasher who was angry with and shot a male chef.  John Aquino told WCSC-TV that he thinks the gunman was fired and came back to Virginia's in downtown Charleston on Thursday to get revenge.  Aquino says he doesn't know how badly the chef was injured.  8:03PM 'Shooter down' Police breaking down perimeter, allowing people closer to scene. One officer told citizens shooter is down. #chsnews— Andrew Knapp (@offlede) August 24, 2017  Police have begun taking down the perimeter they put up to protect public. 7:37PM 'Loud bang' Reporters on the scene say they have heard some kind of loud bang. Loud bang heard at Charleston shooting site. #chsnews— Andrew Knapp (@offlede) August 24, 2017   7:21PM Police warn residents to avoid area King btwn Calhoun & Morris blocked to motorist & pedestrian traffic active shooter in 400 block of King people to avoid the area.— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) August 24, 2017   7:17PM 'Man came out of kitchen' Tom and Patsy Plant told The Post and Courier of Charleston they were eating at Virginia's restaurant and saw a man come out of the kitchen with a gun in his hand who said, "There's a new boss in town."  The man looked like "an ordinary grandpa, but he had a crazy look," the couple said. They were able to escape out a back door.  7:16PM Memories of a hate crime The location of the shooting immediately raised fears of a hate crime.  The site is a few blocks away from Emanuel AME church, where nine black members of a church were killed by a white man during a June 2015 Bible study. Dylann Roof was sentenced to death in the case.  7:09PM Bomb squad on scene Charleston PD bomb squad has arrived at shooting site on King Street. #chsnewspic.twitter.com/3eFpq6jYdK— Andrew Knapp (@offlede) August 24, 2017   7:05PM Two hostages Police say two hostages remain inside the restaurant and negotiators are moving into place. 7:02PM 'The new king of Charleston' The Post and Courier newspaper says the incident is centred on Virginia's restaurant. Peter Siegert, 73, and his son Peter Siegert IV, 45, both of Maryland, were eating at Virginia's when two waitresses and three kitchen staff members marched through the restaurant and out the front door without saying anything. An older black man wearing an apron and dressed like a kitchen staff member walked through the front door holding a small caliber revolver. He locked the door and said “I am the new king of Charleston.” 6:59PM Police have taken up positions in the street DEVELOPING: Police are responding to an active shooting in downtown Charleston, S.C.; reports of hostage situation t.co/ibtMQH9mzmpic.twitter.com/Q8kbQbMuN1— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 24, 2017   6:58PM One person wounded The mayor also confirmed at least one person was shot and taken to a local hospital.  6:57PM Suspect is 'disgruntled former employee' John Tecklenburg, Charleston mayor, said the gunman appeared to be a disgrunted former employee and that there was no suggestion of any terror connection.



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Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siegeMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help troops quell a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants and stamp out similar extremist plots in the volatile region.



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