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Four ISIS militants killed near Philippine capital
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Four ISIS militants killed near Philippine capital

In a midnight raid on Friday, Philippine security officials killed four suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked militants in a city just south of Manila.They were killed during a raid on a house where they were staying inside a gated community in Don Bosco district in Paranaque city, just an hour's drive from the capital.Police reports identified those killed as Bensaudi Sali, 37, Ramin Hussin, Jamal Kalimming, and a woman in her 40s, Merhama Abdul Sawari.One of the men fired at the policemen and tried to lob a grenade that went off prematurely.An officer was injured when his legs were hit by shrapnel."The unwanted presence of (terrorists) in Metro Manila... proves that terrorist groups know no pandemic," said General Felimon Santos Jr, the military chief."Not even Covid-19...
Malaysia can’t take any more Rohingya refugees: PM Muhyiddin
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Malaysia can’t take any more Rohingya refugees: PM Muhyiddin

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday said that his country can no longer take in Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, saying that Malaysia is already struggling on an economical front due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.For persecuted Rohingya seeking a better life after fleeing a military-led crackdown in Myanmar and refugee camps in Bangladesh, Muslim-majority Malaysia is a favored destination.But Malaysia, which does not recognize refugee status, has recently turned away boats and detained hundreds of Rohingya, amid rising anger towards foreigners accused of spreading the coronavirus and taking up scarce state funds."We can no longer take more as our resources and capacity are already stretched, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic," Muhyiddin said in teleconference wi...
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Satellite images show new Chinese structures near site of border clash with India

Fresh satellite pictures have revealed that China have added new structures near the site of a deadly border clash with India in the western Himalayas, heightening concerns about further flare-ups between the nuclear-armed neighbours.Indian and Chinese military commanders agreed on June 22 to step back from a weeks-old standoff at several locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) following the June 15 clash in the Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.However, the satellite images showing new construction activity in the week following the brutal hand-to-hand combat underline the risk the accord could still fall apart because of overlapping claims in the arid territory.The pictures shot on June 22 by US-based space technology firm Maxar Technologies show what appear ...
Xi plays tough, but can China afford to make an enemy of India?
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Xi plays tough, but can China afford to make an enemy of India?

In the high-altitude Himalayan no man’s land claimed by India and China, both countries’ forces have agreed not to carry guns, to diminish the chance of the long-running territorial dispute flaring into open war.So the People’s Liberation Army had dammed up mountain streams, which they unblocked as the Indian troops approached. The rush of water knocked many off their feet, and then the Chinese soldiers swept down, brandishing sticks encrusted with nails.The units fought hand to hand for hours; several Indians tumbled down the mountain to their death. And when the battle was over, at least 20 Indian soldiers were dead, dozens more injured and several taken captive. China had losses too, although it has not revealed figures.Before last week’s battle, no soldier from either side had died in
Fragilities in the People’s Liberation Army
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Fragilities in the People’s Liberation Army

The Chinese leadership under the Communist Party of China (CPC) have mastered the art of deception. Under the supervision of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the display of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) marching columns, an array of armored vehicles followed by missile units, overhead waves of helicopters and planes above Tiananmen Square in Beijing have created the illusion of a creeping emergence of an invincible military force that is capable of dominating and decimating any battle.But the overriding focus on weaponry hides a major fragility of the PLA- a new generation of troops, protected at home on account of the country's disastrous one-child policy- who have never been at war.In 1979, the PLA, which had once taken over the forces of legendary American General, Douglas McCarther, ...
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Sino-Indian flare-up at Galwan dilutes bilateral ties: Report

The clash between Chinese and Indian Army personnel at the Galwan area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on June 15 have impacted the future trajectory of India-China relationship and diluted the arduously worked out rules of engagement along the border, a European think tank has said."The Chinese attack has led to China's most serious security situation with India in recent years, and flared emotions have meant that the potential for rapid escalation is rife," European Foundation for South Asian Studies said in a report published on Friday.The think tank said that the Chinese attack marks the "21st century turning point for India and China", and that the two countries face a future characterized by deepened distrust and potential fresh conflict."The attack on Indian troops comes on t...
After Ladakh face-off, satellite images reveal China diverting river course
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After Ladakh face-off, satellite images reveal China diverting river course

Days after a violent face-off between India and China in the Galwan valley leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers, satellite images have surfaced showing China diverting the course of the Galwan river.The satellite pictures, which show alterations in the landscape of the valley - widening tracks, moved earth and river crossings - were taken by the Earth-imaging company Planet Labs.“Looking at it in Planet, it looks like China is constructing roads in the valley and possibly damming the river,” Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Non-proliferation Programme at California's Middlebury Institute of International Studies, was quoted as saying.He said, “There are a tonne of vehicles on both sides - although there appear to be vastly more on the Chinese side. I counted 30-40 Indian vehi
Government will not allow any unilateral change of LAC, reiterates Centre
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Government will not allow any unilateral change of LAC, reiterates Centre

The Indian government has said that attempts are being made in to give mischievous interpretation to remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the all-party meeting, countering Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's claim that India "surrendered to the Chinese aggression".Prime Minister Modi had, after an all-party meeting on Friday about the LAC row with China, said that Chinese troops did not intrude into the Indian Territory.The Central government, in a statement, said that the Prime Minister was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC).In fact, he specifically said that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC.The all-party meeting was also informed that this time,...
BSF shoots down Pakistani drone carrying rifle, grenades near Jammu border
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BSF shoots down Pakistani drone carrying rifle, grenades near Jammu border

A Pakistani spy drone loaded with a highly sophisticated rifle and seven grenades was shot down by the Border Security Force (BSF) in India’s Hirangar sector of Kathua district on Saturday.A patrolling party of 19 Batallion of the BSF found the 8x8 (from blade to blade) Pakistani drone flying near the international border in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district at around 5 am and shot 8-9 rounds to bring it down, the officials said.They said it entered into this side from Pakistan and such attempts have been made in various sectors over the past one year.The drone was spotted at an approximate distance of 250 meters from the International Border at Rathua village in the vicinity of Border Out Post (BOP) Pansar.A highly sophisticated rifle, two magazines, 60 rounds and seven grenades were th
Kashmiri activists express concern over proposed amendments in Interim Constitution of PoK
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Kashmiri activists express concern over proposed amendments in Interim Constitution of PoK

Kashmiri political activists have raised concerns over the proposed amendments in the Interim Constitution of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by the Pakistani establishment saying that the 'unjust' law will give all authorities to directly-appointed officers from Pakistan, instead of the elected representatives in the illegally-occupied region.The provisions of the proposed 14th Amendment Bill in the Interim Constitution of PoK include laws which restrict any person to participate in political activity which does not believe accession with Pakistan.Activists have described it as a violation of the rights of “self-determination and fundamental human rights” of people of PoK."Pakistan has always imposed such laws through its facilitators on the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which comp