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MASHIKI, Japan (AP) — Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake that killed nine people and injured about 800. Rescue workers were combing through the wreckage in …

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The Philippines army defended its operations on Monday after 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 wounded in a jungle ambush by militants in the south of the country who have pledged allegiance to IS militant group.

Manila: The Philippines army defended its operations on Monday after 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 wounded in a jungle ambush by militants in the south of the country who have pledged allegiance to IS militant group.

Security experts and some media criticised …

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Philippines soldiers killed in clash with jihadists The Philippine army has suffered heavy loses during a daylong battle against Abu Sayyaf militants, military officials say. The group is known for kidnapping foreigners in the south of the country.

At least 18 soldiers were killed and 53 more wounded in the nine-hour clash with the Abu Sayyaf guerillas, Philippine army representatives said on Sunday.

The group was "responsible for the series of kidnappings and atrocities" in the Muslim-dominated south of Philippines, regional military spokesman …

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