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Marawi standoff enters third month

Two months after Islamic militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting is dragging on, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is prepared to wait a year for it to end. The defense top brass admits itFULL STORY

IS corpses await return from Libya

Seven months after Libyan forces defeated the Islamic State (IS) group in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpsesFULL STORY

Official sues billionaire Guo for defamation

A Chinese government housing vice minister has lodged a US$10 million defamation lawsuit against controversial billionaire Guo Wengui (郭文貴) in New York over claims made by the exiled tycoon that she had engaged in corruption and provided sexual favors. Chinese Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-RuralFULL STORY

Aboriginal Australians export carbon farming

Australia’s world-leading indigenous land management and carbon farming programs are spreading internationally, with a formal agreement signed to help build a similar program in Canada. A chance meeting between Aboriginal Carbon Fund general manager Rowen Foley and a Canadian carbon credit businessperson at the 2015 ParisFULL STORY

S Africa’s Sisulu launches succession bid with vow to return to ANC roots

South African Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu on Saturday launched her bid to succeed scandal-hit South African President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption. Sisulu, a veteran Cabinet ministerFULL STORY

Australian minister calls for postal vote on marriage equality

One of Australia’s most senior ministers yesterday reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized, proposing a national postal vote on the issue. Conservative Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s policy is for a national vote, or plebiscite, but that proposal was defeated in the SenateFULL STORY

US lawmakers tout Russia sanctions

Congressional Republicans and Democrats on Saturday announced they had reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives,FULL STORY

Quiet Russia probe unsettles White House

For two months, special council Robert Mueller — the lanky, 72-year-old independent prosecutor investigating the Russia scandal — has worked in virtual silence in a nondescript government office building in downtown Washington. However, even without saying a word, the former FBI director and no-nonsenseFULL STORY

Trump hails ‘100,000-tonne message to the world’

With praise and a blessing for the military, US President Donald Trump on Saturday helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the US Navy and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier would send a “100,000-tonne message to the world” about the US’ military mightFULL STORY

Trump said ruinous for Republicans, billionaires

US President Donald Trump’s performance in the White House would make it harder for Republicans — and billionaires — in the coming elections, two of his most prominent critics said on Saturday. Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban and former Florida governor Jeb Bush lashed out at theFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

EAST TIMOR Main party loses votes Preliminary results from East Timor’s parliamentary election show the largest party in the national unity government has lost support and the leftist Fretilin emerging as the biggest beneficiary, but neither winning enough votes to govern alone. With 78 percent of votesFULL STORY

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