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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT 26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. Army-backed police and villagers also helped take 11 wounded members of the national police's elite Special Action Forces away from the battle scene in and around the village of Tukanalipao in Mamasapano township, where the government suffered its biggest single-day combat loss in many years, officials said.

  • Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday, Jan 26 26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am

    Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday: - - - - TENNIS Australian Open, Melbourne (to Feb 1) Serena avenges French Open loss to reach quarter-finals MELBOURNE - Serena Williams avenged last year's French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open, overhauling the hard-hitting Spaniard 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals. Later on, Novak Djokovic also continues his quest for a fifth title against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller. ...

  • 30 Philippine police feared dead after clash with rebels 25 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm

    Philippine soldiers are seen during a patrol near the village of Ganta, southern Maguindanao province, on January 29, 2014Thirty police commandoes were feared dead after Philippine security forces clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, in rare violence that tested a nearly one-year-old peace accord, officials said on Monday. The eleven-hour gun battle took place when police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), around 3:00 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) without coordinating with the rebels as required under a ceasefire agreement. "This is going to be a big problem," the MILF's chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told AFP when asked how the fighting would affect the peace process. Tahirodin Benzar Ampatuan, mayor of Mamasapano, told AFP the bodies of 14 policemen had been removed and at least 16 others had been found.


  • Hackers target Malaysia Airlines, threaten data dump 25 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm

    Malaysia Airlines ground staff unload luggage from a plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, on December 11, 2014The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered on Monday by hackers who referenced Islamic State jihadists and claimed to be from the "Lizard Squad", a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks. It was not clear why the troubled airline was targeted but the hacking group said on its Twitter feed that it was "Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon." Visitors to the website were re-directed to another page bearing an image of a tuxedo-wearing lizard and reading "Hacked by LIZARD SQUAD -- OFFICIAL CYBER CALIPHATE". Malaysia Airlines released a statement confirming its Internet domain name had been compromised, re-directing users. "At this stage, Malaysia Airlines' web servers are intact," it said, but added it could take nearly 24 hours to fully resolve the issue, which it had reported to Malaysian authorities.


  • Box Office: 'American Sniper' Quickly Becoming No. 1 War Film of All Time 25 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm

    Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film is days away from eclipsing Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan.'

  • Today in History 25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm

    Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2015. There are 339 days left in the year.

  • Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected 25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm

    Protesters hold posters against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they hold a demonstration in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. Arabic writing on the banner at right reads, "Militias do not build a country." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country.


  • Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected 25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm

    Protesters hold posters against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they hold a demonstration in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. Arabic writing on the banner at right reads, "Militias do not build a country." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country.


  • Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected 25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm

    Protesters hold posters against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they hold a demonstration in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. Arabic writing on the banner at right reads, "Militias do not build a country." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al-Qaida affiliate there would not be affected by the political vacuum in the country.


  • IS claims it executed Japanese hostage 25 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm

    Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the IS group through Al-Furqan Media allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knifeThe Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world. The claim, made Sunday, came a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor Haruna Yukawa by the jihadist group, which has beheaded five Western hostages since August last year. It sought to raise the pressure on Japan by saying the fate of the other captive, freelance journalist Kenji Goto, depended on the release of an Iraqi would-be female bomber who is on death row in Jordan. "The Islamic State has carried out its threat... it has executed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after the expiry of the deadline given," the jihadist group said on its Al-Bayan radio.


  • Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video 25 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after he signed a book of condolence for the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Abe said earlier in the day he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other. The Associated Press has not verified the contents of the video, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group. It holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.


  • Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video 25 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after he signed a book of condolence for the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Abe said earlier in the day he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other. The Associated Press has not verified the contents of the video, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group. It holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.


  • Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling 25 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in LawrenceBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast. The proposal, unveiled by the Interior Department on Sunday, ran into instant criticism from Republicans and will likely face an uphill battle in Congress, where Republicans now control both chambers. The wilderness designation, the highest level of federal protection under which oil and gas drilling is banned, would be extended to a total of 19.8 million acres (8 million hectares) under the proposal, the Interior Department said. Republicans kicked off the new Congress earlier this month with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to help move Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.


  • Morocco arrests suspected Algerian militant tied to Frenchman's murder 25 Jan 2015 | 7:36 pm

    A portrait of mountain guide Frenchman Gourdel hangs near a French flag outside the town hall in Saint-Martin-VesubieMoroccan authorities said on Sunday they arrested a suspected Algerian member of the militant group responsible for kidnapping and beheading French tourist Herve Gourdel east of Algiers in September. An al Qaeda splinter group known as Caliphate Soldiers kidnapped Gourdel when he was hiking in the Algerian mountains. The suspect, who was with another individual still on the run, was arrested in Beni Drar, near the Moroccan city of Oujda, a statement from the Moroccan interior ministry said. Oujda is located a few kilometers from the Algerian border.


  • Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen 25 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm

    Yemeni protesters burn representations of American, French and Israeli flags during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special operations forces to hotspots around the Middle East.


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