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Philippines urges Islamist rebels to surrender as battle enters eighth day

A politician involved in efforts to evacuate residents, Zia Alonto Adiong, said authorities had cleared 85 per cent of the city but reclaiming the rest would be a challenge because they were dense urban areas with trapped civilians. Helicopters fired rockets on a pocket of the city held by the militants throughout Tuesday morning, and black smoke rose from the buildings that were apparently hit, according to an AFP reporter in Marawi .


US interceptor missile hits target in South Pacific

US interceptor missile hits target in South Pacific

The test comes as North Korea continues to conduct missile tests of its own. Tuesday's ICBM target had never been tested before. The ground-based interceptor being tested Tuesday is different from the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system deployed in South Korea, which is created to intercept missiles at a lower altitude in their terminal stage.



Ex-national security advisor Brzezinski dies age 89

In December 1976, Mr. Carter offered Brzezinski the position of national security adviser. But the Carter years were also defined by the Iranian hostage crisis, which came to symbolise the administration's failures and frustrations. Brzezinski told MSNBC in 2015 that he was supportive of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran , one of Obama's signature foreign policy accomplishments.


Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

Cavusoglu added that no one among the Turkish Embassy personnel was hurt in the explosion. Pope Francis condemned the "abhorrent attack" in a message to Afghanistan's ambassador in Italy. A spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said the bomber's target was unknown. The attack was the second massive bombing in Kabul this month.


Germany: Some embassy staff hurt in Kabul attack

Germany: Some embassy staff hurt in Kabul attack

Taliban has denied responsibility for the blast. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said a security guard at the embassy was killed and some staff were wounded. Everyone around me was shocked. Switzerland said the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation had several windows broken but the staff were safe.



US ready for North Korea missiles

Missile Defense Agency Director Vice-Admiral Jim Syring described Tuesday's exercise as "a critical milestone for this program", one that "demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat". In the case of an intercontinental ballistic missile attack , the USA has two Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) systems. The last success occurred in June 2014; before that there'd been only failures since 2008.