US forces fighting ISIS in the Philippines

US forces fighting ISIS in the Philippines

The forces have been deployed at the request of the Philippine government, the embassy said. The Philippine armed forces have been fighting the ISIS-linked Maute militants for control of the city of Marawi in the southern Mindanao region. Dozens of Philippine troops and militants have been reported killed in fighting, including more than a dozen marines Friday. Both the US Embassy and the Pentagon said they couldn’t give specifics on the nature of the American support for “security reasons.” The Pentagon noted that US Special Operations Forces “have been providing…

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One person dying every hour in Yemen's cholera epidemic

One person dying every hour in Yemen's cholera epidemic

Posted June 12, 2017 08:39:29 Video: Muhab’s father says he was behaving normally when he went to bed but within a matter of hours his condition deteriorated. (ABC News) Yemen is in the grip of an unprecedented cholera epidemic that is killing one person nearly every hour. The Saudi-led coalition has closed the country’s main airport and prevented many reporters and human rights workers from entering Yemen. But the evidence from local journalists and aid agencies on the ground is clear — more help is urgently needed. Abdo Ibrahim is…

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Meet the Aussies on this year's Queen's Birthday honours list

Meet the Aussies on this year's Queen's Birthday honours list

Updated June 12, 2017 00:27:12 Nearly 900 Australians have been recognised for their contributions to the community in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. The list recognises a diverse range of people — scientists, entertainers, lawyers, designers, community workers, performers — and a psephologist. “To all recipients, I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove said. Cate Blanchett (AC) Photo: Australian actress Cate Blanchett. (Mario Anzuoni: Reuters) The actress and theatre director has received international acclaim for her lengthy acting…

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Richard Hammond 'mostly OK' after fiery car crash while filming

Richard Hammond 'mostly OK' after fiery car crash while filming

Posted June 11, 2017 07:31:34 Photo: The electric supercar caught fire in the crash, reducing it to a twisted, blackened mess. (AP: Freuds) Related Story: Clarkson’s The Grand Tour could be the next illegal download victim Related Story: Classic car boom triggers theft Grand Tour presenter and former Top Gear host Richard Hammond has escaped serious injury in a fiery crash while filming in Switzerland. Hammond was airlifted to hospital with a fractured knee, program-makers said, after the Rimac Concept One electric supercar caught fire, reducing it to a twisted,…

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