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.
President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue but said that his country will continue to work with the international community to denuclearise the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had a meeting with Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi in Jakarta on January 6 as part of her visit to Indonesia, spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar twittered.
Former Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Le Luong Minh has called for more efforts and closer cooperation from the group’s member nations to promote intra-bloc development.
The ASEAN Consumer Index rose by 1.5 points to 69 points in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Financial Times Confidential Research (FTCR), an independent research service from the Financial Times newspaper.
Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Khamphau Onthavan and Chinese Ambassador to Laos Wang Wentian on January 2 signed an agreement on Lancang-Mekong cooperation funding for Lao projects, according to the Lao News Agency (KPL).
Malaysian authorities are worrying about an attempt to build bombs using radioactive materials by fighters and supporters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.