Philippines

  • A boy carries a toy gun while riding a pick-up truck with other boys during a demonstration calling for aid to reach Aleppo near Castello road in Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTSNR2I
    September 15, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the U.N. blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for delays in getting humanitarian aid into his country despite the cease-fire. The U.N. wants to deliver convoys into Aleppo, but says Syria is not providing permits. Also, a self-described hit man in the Philippines says that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings by death squads when he was mayor of Davao. Continue reading

  • Children play along a street in the rebel-held al-Sheikh Said neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2NT94
    September 13, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the cease-fire in Syria seemed to be holding. The war torn city of Aleppo was markedly quiet, and some ventured outdoors. Also, Russian-backed rebels in Eastern Ukraine announced a unilateral cease-fire. The change came as Ukraine’s president said parliament will soon vote on granting autonomy to eastern provinces. Continue reading

  • Rebel fighters rest with their weapons in Quneitra countryside, Syria. Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters
    September 12, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, a cease-fire in Syria, negotiated by the United States and Russia, took effect at sunset, despite government attacks in Aleppo. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared in a recaptured Damascus suburb to say that he means to control the country again. Also, China rejected U.S. requests that it do more to intervene in North Korea after its latest nuclear test. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama visits the Wat Xieng Thong Buddhist temple, alongside his participation in the ASEAN Summit, in Luang Prabang, Laos September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2OFOY
    September 7, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama toured a centuries-old Buddhist Temple during his visit to Laos and held a town hall with youth leaders from across Southeast Asia. The president urged Americans to learn about the world and reject isolationism. Also, Donald Trump campaigned in Philadelphia, calling for big increases in military funding ahead of a televised forum Wednesday night. Continue reading

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte walks between meetings at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva - RTX2OBFQ
    September 6, 2016  

    More than 2,000 people have been killed in the Philippines as part of a sweeping drug crackdown whipped up by President Rodrigo Duterte. Both the United States and the United Nations have expressed criticism, and back in his own country, residents are torn over the wave of violence. William Brangham reports on the diplomatic fallout. Continue reading

  • President Barack Obama delivers an address at the Lao National Cultural Hall, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, in Vientiane, Laos, on Sept. 6, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    Declaring a “moral obligation” to heal the wounds of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged help to clear away the 80 million unexploded bombs the U.S. dropped on Laos a generation ago. Continue reading

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the wake of a soldier killed in an encounter with communist rebels at a military Camp Panacan in Davao city, in southern Philippines August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr - RTSLIJ7
    August 28, 2016  

    In the two months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the Philippines with a promise to crack down on illegal drugs, police said they have gunned down more than 700 suspected dealers and users who resisted arrest. For more on the drug war, Paul Henson, the North America bureau chief of ABS-CBN International The Filipino Channel, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
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  • A Syrian army soldier stands at the entrance of the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, before the start of evacuation of residents and insurgents of Daraya, Syria August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2N47A
    August 26, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, hundreds of Syrian residents and fighters were allowed to leave Daraya, a suburb of Damascus that had been under siege since 2012. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Russian counterpart in Geneva to discuss increasing cooperation in Syria. Also, in Turkey, a suicide truck bombing killed at least 11 people and wounded 78. Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility. Continue reading

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks on stage during a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S., August 20, 2016.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX2ME92
    August 22, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, Donald Trump insisted that he is not flip-flopping on his plan to deport some 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He appeared to shift his policy over the weekend. Also, Russia has stopped using an Iranian military base to launch airstrikes in Syria for now, though strikes continue across that nation. Continue reading

  • Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government prepare to capture university buildings during a battle with IS fighters in Sirte, Libya, August 10, 2016. Picture taken August 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.  - RTSMQ6Q
    August 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, U.S.-backed militias achieved new progress in capturing the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Libya. Forces say they have now liberated 70 percent of Sirte. Also, the Australian government suggested asylum seekers complaining of sexual abuse in detention camps might be motivated to lie. The country’s immigration minister made a statement to that effect today. Continue reading

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