Philippine military forces foiled an attack of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the southern part of the country on January 7.
Philippine soldiers patrol in southern Marawi city, Mindanao.
Some 50 BIFF rebels attacked Maitumaig, a remote village in Datu Unsay town,
Maguindanao province in southern Philippines on January 6, triggering a
firefight that killed an army soldier and nine militants, said Army Captain
The government forces used aircraft and artillery to fight the BIFF until the
The Philippine army has cooperated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF) in stepping up operations against the BIFF since August last year.
The MILF signed a peace accord with the government in 2014 while the BIFF, a
MILF splinter group, opposed the pact. like Aby Sayyaf and Maute Group, the
BIFF has also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.
The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in sent his special envoys to visit China and Japan on March 12 after their recent visits to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and the Republic of Korea (RoK) is likely due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, RoK’s Ministry of Unification said on March 12.
Businessman-turned politician Sebastian Pinera was sworn in as Chile's president on March 11, beginning what will be his second term in office after a four-year absence.
The government of Chile has announced that the country’s President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Heraldo Munos will chair the signing ceremony of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on March 8 (local time).
The application of Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to restart the second reactor at its No. 2 nuclear plant has been approved by the island's atomic energy authority.
Taiwan's legislative body has the final say on the restart.
A Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria on March 6, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying, an incident that sharply raises the death toll from the Kremlin's Syria operation.