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Stories of sailors killed in destroyer container ship crash

Among the seven U.S. Navy sailors who died in the Saturday collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged container ship off Japan were an Ohio man expecting to retire soon, a Maryland man who was his father’s best friend and a former volunteer firefighter in his Virginia hometown. Here are snapshots of them taken …

US student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at age 22

CINCINNATI—Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said. The 22-year-old “has completed his journey home,” relatives said in a statement. They did not cite a specific cause of death. “Unfortunately, the awful, …

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint sea patrols

TARAKAN, Indonesia—Southeast Asian neighbours Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines launched co-ordinated maritime patrols on Monday to intensify their fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city. Defence ministers and military chiefs from the three countries launched the patrols in the Indonesian city of Tarakan in northern Borneo, just across the …

Islamic State poses a growing threat to Southeast Asia

WASHINGTON—Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the southern Philippines. It’s a scenario raising significant alarm in Washington. The recent assault by IS-aligned fighters on the Philippine city of Marawi has left more than 300 people …

Vehicle hits people near London mosque, causing casualties

LONDON—A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, causing several casualties, police said. One person has been arrested. The London Ambulance Service says the injured are being taken to hospitals. Eyewitnesses reported seeing police give emergency medical treatment to at least one of the injured. The Muslim Council tweeted that …

Philippines eyes truce with communist rebels amid siege

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government said Sunday that it would suspend offensives against communist guerrillas to reciprocate a similar plan by the insurgents and allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has dragged on for nearly a month in a southern city. Philippine negotiator Silvestre Bello III said …

Philippine rebels storm police station, seize assault rifles

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine police say communist guerrillas have stormed a police station in a central province and seized a dozen assault rifles and pistols, two-way radios, cash, jewelry and a patrol car. Regional police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag condemned the attack by about 50 New People’s Army guerrillas Sunday in Iloilo province’s Maasin town, saying …

A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Dems

WASHINGTON—Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honour of their grievously wounded colleague. The game at Nationals Park on Thursday evening carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one …

Somali survivors tell of restaurant siege by rebels; 31 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia—Islamic extremists attacked a popular Somalia restaurant in an overnight siege and killed 31 people — many at point-blank range — before they were slain by security forces, police said Thursday. Survivors described harrowing scenes of hiding under tables and behind curtains as the five gunmen hunted for victims in the darkened Pizza House …

London fire may have destroyed DNA needed to ID victims

LONDON—The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims. As firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing complex with sniffer dogs and drones, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said there was …

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