Duterte allies dominate Philippine midterm election campaign
The Philippines is in the thick of final preparations for the 2019 elections. At stake are 12 senate seats, out of 24, and all of the seats in the House of Representatives, as well as provincial, city and municipal offices. The election is scheduled for May 13, and campaigning will officially commence on February 12.
Iran ready to ‘eliminate Israel from Earth,’ air force commander warns
The head of Iran’s air force has warned that Tehran is ready to “confront” and “eliminate” Israel. His fighting words come after Israel launched air raids on alleged Iranian targets inside Syria, killing 4 Syrian soldiers.Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), issued the provocative statement to the Young Journalist Club news agency, according Iranian media.
Derry car bomb: Dissident Republican group New IRA ‘main line of inquiry’ after explosion, police say
Dissident republican group the New IRA is suspected of being behind Saturday’s car bomb attack in Derry in Northern Ireland.The attack came shortly after 8pm when a vehicle stolen from a pizza delivery driver by two armed men exploded on Bishop Street.Two men in their 20s were arrested in the city in the early hours of Sunday by detectives investigating the blast.
Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will present an image of Brazil in the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos which will attempt to lure foreign investment in the country.This will be the maiden foreign visit of the president who took office on Jan. 1. He is scheduled to arrive in Switzerland Monday for the forum which will take place from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25.
Northern Ireland: masked men hijack two vehicles in Derry
Masked men have hijacked two vehicles in separate incidents in Derry in Northern Ireland, causing fresh security alerts and disruption two days after a car bomb exploded outside the city’s courthouse.
Afghanistan attack: More than 100 security officers killed in Taliban assault on military base
More than 100 security forces members have been killed in a Taliban assault on a military base in eastern Afghanistan, authorities said.An interior ministry spokesperson said a suicide car bomber struck the base first, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces in Maidan Shar, the capital of Maidan Wardak province.
Turkey prepared to take Syria’s Manbij, won’t let it turn into ‘swamp’ like N. Iraq – Erdogan
Ankara has “almost completed” preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if “promises” made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort
Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.
Colombia's ELN rebels say deadly car bomb was legitimate act of war
Colombia’s ELN rebel group on Monday claimed responsibility for last week’s car bomb attack against a police academy that killed 21 as a legitimate act of war and urged President Ivan Duque to return to the negotiating table