Seven former Muslim rebels have been killed in the southern Philippines, military and police authorities said Saturday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. They said the dead were all members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), formerly the country’s largest guerrilla group but which began decommissioningContinue Reading

The US state of Massachusetts upheld a ban on e-cigarettes Friday amid a spate of deaths and injuries linked to vaping across the country. Eighteen deaths in 15 states had now been positively linked to vaping since March, from a total of 1,080 illness, according to the Centers for DiseaseContinue Reading

When the sight of plastic bags, bottles and other debris littering the seabed becomes too much, there’s just one thing to do: don your diving suit, strap on an air tank and fish out the stuff yourself. That is the solution adopted by Oceanium, an association of amateur divers inContinue Reading

A prominent US boxing trainer was in hospital Friday night with head injuries after allegedly being assaulted at a weigh-in in Flint, Michigan. James Ali Bashir was punched from behind and knocked unconscious during the weigh-in at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, US media reported. The TMZ.com website saidContinue Reading

Czech deputy Foreign Minister, Martin Tlapa, affirmed his country’s support to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and Czech willingness to boost cooperation with Syria in all domains. “It is very important for the work of the constitutional committee to be independent, Tlapa said during a meeting with Acting de’Continue Reading

The Abkhaz opposition party Amtsakhara (Ancestral Lights) has demanded cancelling the inauguration ceremony of Raul Khadjimba, whom the Abkhaz Central Elections Commission (CEC) has recognized as president elect. Khadjimba’s inauguration is scheduled for October 9. “We demand that the authorities cancel the inauguration of the not-elected president of Abkhazia setContinue Reading