Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority
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Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security brain trust faces Congress on the need for a new war authorization as the deadly ambush in Niger is igniting a push among many lawmakers to update the legal parameters for combat operations overseas. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are scheduled to … Continue reading

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City clash fuels fear of Islamic State foothold in southern Philippines
Australia & the Pacific / International News / Politics

City clash fuels fear of Islamic State foothold in southern Philippines

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippines city had been planning a spate of attacks during the holy month of Ramadan to earn recognition as a regional branch of the Islamic State group, the military said Tuesday. Soldiers have taken control of about 70 percent of Marawi, where the … Continue reading

Manchester police hunt for accomplices; victims young as 8
International News

Manchester police hunt for accomplices; victims young as 8

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Investigators hunted Tuesday for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers, some still wearing the American pop star’s trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Monday … Continue reading

YouTube star PewDiePie back on Twitter after ISIS joke
Arts/Entertainment / Celebrities / Lifestyle / Technology

YouTube star PewDiePie back on Twitter after ISIS joke

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most popular YouTuber is back on Twitter after joking that his account became unverified because he joined ISIS. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s Twitter account was briefly suspended this week, and the blue check mark detonating his once-verified status was removed after the YouTube star changed his avatar to an image that … Continue reading

Russia claims killing IS Syria figure; group not confirming
International News / Middle East

Russia claims killing IS Syria figure; group not confirming

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group’s spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group’s attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group has announced. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was “martyred while surveying the operations to repel the … Continue reading

Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte
Middle East

Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group on Wednesday, May 18, released a report documenting atrocities by Libya’s Islamic State affiliate — including instances of “crucifixions” and shooting a man to death for “cursing God” — in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants. Human Rights Watch recounts “scenes of horror” that … Continue reading

Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao
Asia / International News

Aquino: Canadian’s killers also plotted to kidnap Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage. President Benigno Aquino III said the Muslim militants also wanted to explode bombs in … Continue reading

China strongly condemns Islamic State killing of hostage
Asia / International News / Middle East

China strongly condemns Islamic State killing of hostage

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of a Chinese hostage by Islamic State extremists, saying such groups are enemies of mankind. Though President Xi Jinping expressed resolve to crack down on terrorism, there was no indication that China would change its consistent opposition to outside involvement in the conflict in … Continue reading