PHILIPPINE ARMY KILLS 20 MILITANTS IN MARAWI

PHILIPPINE ARMY KILLS 20 MILITANTS IN MARAWI. Filipino soldiers conduct patrol next to bombed-out buildings in the ruined city of Marawi, southern Philippines on Oct 19, 2017. The Philippine army announced Thursday that it had killed 20 militants affiliated with the Daesh terror group in Marawi. Philippine troops killed 13 militants on Wednesday and seven on Thursday in the city - on the island... Read More

NEW ZEALAND: JACINDA ARDERN BECOMES COUNTRY'S YOUNGEST EVER FEMALE PRIME MINISTER

NEW ZEALAND: JACINDA ARDERN BECOMES COUNTRY'S YOUNGEST EVER FEMALE PRIME MINISTER. New Zealand has its youngest Prime Minister for 161 years less than three months after she took charge of her party. Jacinda Ardern, 37, dramatically clinched a coalition to become the country's third female PM and first Labour leader for almost a decade.She became Labour leader on August 1 before her party's ra... Read More

MEXICO CITY HOSTS LATIN AMERICAN CLOWN CONVENTION

MEXICO CITY HOSTS LATIN AMERICAN CLOWN CONVENTION. A clown holds a stuffed toy representing Mexican rescue dog Frida during the 22nd Latin American clown convention at Revolucion Monument in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct 19, 2017. Hundreds of clowns marched merrily through Mexico City on to mark the 22nd Annual International Clown Convention, aimed at honing their craft and supporting the industry... Read More

QUEENS BATON RELAY: GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

QUEENS BATON RELAY: GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018. Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (left) receives the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Baton 2018 (GC2018) from former Malaysian speed king and representative of the Commonwealth Games Federation Dr M. Jegathesan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 19, 017. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be the largest ... Read More

MYANMAR HISTORIC TEAKWOOD HOTEL IN YANGON IS GUTTED BY FIRE

MYANMAR HISTORIC TEAKWOOD HOTEL IN YANGON IS GUTTED BY FIRE. A firefighter walks at the burnt hotel building following a fire at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on Oct 19, 2017. The fire gutted the 5-star lakefront luxury teakwood hotel built by the British as an exclusive rowing club in 1934 popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon before dawn Thursday, causing on... Read More

FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE IN MOROCCO

FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE IN MOROCCO. Traditional Moroccan riders fire their guns in an equestrian show during the Festival of Tbourida, a competition between the Moroccan tribes, in Al-Jadidah, Morocco on Oct 19, 2017. Tbourida is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in Maghreb performed during cultural festivals and to close Maghrebi wedding celebrations. The performance consists of a group ... Read More

US: GIANT PILOTED HUMANOID FIGHTING ROBOTS

US: GIANT PILOTED HUMANOID FIGHTING ROBOTS. Eagle Prime (MK3), a giant robot by MegaBots Inc. which manufactures giant piloted humanoid fighting robots headquartered in Berkeley, California, U.S. is shown in Japan on Oct 17, 2017. In scenes reminiscent of films like "Transformers", a giant US robot fighting machine swung a "chainsaw sword" to chop a Japanese opponent into submission in a batt... Read More

GITANJALI RAO: GIRL OF 11 TAKES US YOUNG SCIENTIST PRIZE

GITANJALI RAO: GIRL OF 11 TAKES US YOUNG SCIENTIST PRIZE. Gitanjali Rao pose with her award in 3M young scientist Challenge in United States on Oct 19, 2027. The schoolgirl aged 11 has been honoured as "America's top young scientist" for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water. Gitanjali Rao was selected from 10 finalists who had spent three months collaborating with ... Read More

PAKISTAN BEATEN 3-2 BY MALAYSIA IN ASIA CUP 2017

PAKISTAN BEATEN 3-2 BY MALAYSIA IN ASIA CUP 2017. Pakistan and Malaysian players in a tackle at the Super Four hockey match in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Oct 18, 2017. Malaysia have a good chance to advance to the Asian Cup finals after beating Pakistan 3-2 in a hotly contested match. Pakistan drew first blood when Umar Bhutta scored a goal as early as the first minute but the Malaysian squad under ... Read More

VENEZUELA'S NEW GOVERNORS

VENEZUELA'S NEW GOVERNORS. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro poses for a picture with newly elected governors after a press conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Oct 18, 2017. The placard reads, "Popular victory, 54%, we are joy, we are majority". Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

SYRIAN MILITARY TAKES FULL CONTROL OF RAQA FROM DAESH MILITANTS

SYRIAN MILITARY TAKES FULL CONTROL OF RAQA FROM DAESH MILITANTS. Rojda Felat, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, waves her group's flag at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa on Oct 18, 2017. US-backed forces said they had taken full control of Raqa from Daesh or IS militants group, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". ... Read More

KELLIE'S CASTLE IN MALAYSIA

KELLIE'S CASTLE IN MALAYSIA. Tourists visit Kellie's Castle near Batu Gajah in Perak state, Malaysia on Oct 18, 2017. The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith who died at the age of 56 of pneumonia during a short trip to Lisbon, Portugal in 1926. William's wife was devastated and decided to move back to Scotland; construction on the castle was ... Read More

KENYA ELECTION RALLY

KENYA ELECTION RALLY. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto address residents during an election rally in Nanyuki, Laikipia County on Oct 18, 2017. Kenya will hold presidential elections on Oct 26, 2017. Photo courtesy nation.co.ke ... Read More

DIWALI CELEBRATION IN INDIAN BORDER

DIWALI CELEBRATION IN INDIAN BORDER. Indian Border security force (BSF) soldiers light candles near the International border fence at Pargwal about 40 kms from Jammu on Oct 18, 2017 for Diwali celebration, or Festival of Lights, which was celebrated by Hindus worldwide on Wed. Photo courtesy PTI Photo ... Read More

SQUASH: MALAYSIAN IVAN YUEN HEADS MEN'S SQUASH CHALLENGE AT MALAYSIA OPEN

SQUASH: MALAYSIAN IVAN YUEN HEADS MEN'S SQUASH CHALLENGE AT MALAYSIA OPEN. Malaysian squash player, Ivan Yuen, front, during match with Jaymie Haycocks of England, behind during Malaysia Open Squash Championship at Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 18, 2017. Ivan heads the national men's squash challenge to the quarter-finals when he easily beat Haycocks in a... Read More

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ASIA
INDIA WELCOMES US CALL FOR DEEPER TIES TO COUNTER CHINA

NEW DELHI, Oct 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- India welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments that Washington would rather work with New Delhi than Beijing over the next century, saying it shared his optimism about their burgeoning relationship.

Speaking ahead of a visit to India next week, Tillerson called ...

MIDDLE EAST
IRAQ: OIL MINISTRY WARNS FOREIGN COMPANIES AGAINST CONTRACTS WITH KURDISTAN

BAGHDAD, Oct 21 (NNN-FNA/XINHUA) -- Iraq warned international companies that signing contracts without coordinating them with the authorities constituted "gross interference in Iraq's internal affairs, the violation of its ...

AFRICA
KENYAN PRESIDENT WRITES PERSONAL LETTER TO KENYANS, SEEKS SUPPORT IN OCT 26 FRESH ELECTION

NAIROBI, Oct 21 (NNN-KBC) -- President Uhuru Kenyatta has written a personal letter to Kenyans seeking their vote for the Supreme Court-mandated repeat Oct 26 presidential election.
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LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
CAMPAIGNING FOR CHILEAN ELECTIONS GETS UNDERWAY

SANTIAGO, Oct 21 (NNN-XINHUA) -- Chilean presidential hopefuls, as well as those aspiring to be legislators and regional councillors, launched their electoral campaigns on Friday for the country's Nov 19 ...

EUROPE
EU OKAYS 2ND PHASE OF BREXIT TALKS AMID MAY CHARM OFFENSIVE

By Tian Dongdong BRUSSELS, Oct 21 (NNN-XINHUA) -- Despite lacking sufficient progress in the lengthy and loose Bexit negotiation, the European Council has given the green light to internal ...