Extremists carrying the Islamic State group insignia have staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday (Aug 28).
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"With the presence and dominance of winds blowing eastwards, there is an indication that the haze will potentially continue to spread to neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore," says Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
Indonesian police were investigating a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday (Aug 28) service at a church, and a bomb squad had been deployed to determine whether the attacker's backpack contained explosives.
Nearly a thousand protesters marched in the heart of the Malaysian capital on Saturday calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking government official who U.S. investigators say received US$700 million skimmed from a sovereign fund.
Bangladesh security forces killed three Islamist militants on Saturday including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen alleged to have masterminded an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, police said.
President Tsai Ing-wen, who was voted into power following a wave of discontent towards the previous government in Taiwan, has faced a tough start in office.