Category Archives: Asia

Former CIA Deputy Director quits Harvard role in protest at Chelsea Manning's appointment

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell has resigned from Harvard over the school’s appointment of Chelsea Manning as a visting fellow. Mr Morell is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at the university. In a resignation letter obtained by CBS News, Mr Morell wrote that he “fully support[s] Ms Manning’s rights as a transgender American, including the right to serve our country in the US military”.

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Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire took effect on Sunday in an Islamic State enclave straddling the Syria-Lebanon border, where the militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front and Hezbollah with Syrian troops on the other. The Lebanese army announced that a ceasefire in its own offensive took effect at 7:00 a.m (12 a.m. ET) but did not mention Syria’s side of the frontier. Hezbollah and the Syrian army declared a ceasefire in their attack against Islamic State in Syria’s western Qalamoun region, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV said.

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Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire took effect on Sunday in an Islamic State enclave straddling the Syria-Lebanon border, where the militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front and Hezbollah with Syrian troops on the other. The Lebanese army announced that a ceasefire in its own offensive took effect at 7:00 a.m (12 a.m. ET) but did not mention Syria’s side of the frontier. Hezbollah and the Syrian army declared a ceasefire in their attack against Islamic State in Syria’s western Qalamoun region, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV said.

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Hezbollah seizes much of IS enclave on Syrian side of Lebanon border: Nasrallah

Hezbollah seizes much of IS enclave on Syrian side of Lebanon border: Nasrallah

Hezbollah has captured much of an Islamic State pocket on Syria’s side of the border with Lebanon in a joint offensive with the Syrian army, its leader said on Thursday. In parallel with the fighting, talks on a truce have begun with Islamic State but a military victory is more likely, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech. Iran-backed Shi’ite Hezbollah and Syrian troops have been fighting to oust Islamic State militants from Syria’s western Qalamoun region.

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US Navy to relieve 7th fleet commander of duty after collisions

US Navy to relieve 7th fleet commander of duty after collisions

The commander of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet will be relieved of duty after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest in a series of accidents, a defense official said Tuesday. The decision to remove Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin from the post in Japan comes as the Navy undertakes a fleet-wide global investigation after Monday’s incident involving the USS John S. McCain, which left 10 sailors missing and five injured. The Seventh Fleet, which compromises ships, submarines and aircraft, is the centrepiece of the US military presence in Asia, undertaking sensitive missions …read more

Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days

Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Manuel Mogato BALO-I, Philippines (Reuters) – The vice president of the Philippines expressed hope on Monday for a swift end to an urban siege by Islamist rebels, and offered support to displaced civilians during a visit normally conducted by a president not seen in public for six days. The trip by Leni Robredo to an evacuation center in Balo-i for residents who escaped a month-long conflict in nearby Marawi City adds to speculation about the health of 72-year-old President Rodrigo Duterte, whose absence this month from the public eye is the longest since he …read more

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