Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort by the government in

Afghanistan braces for rematch between political rivals

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday registered to run for president later this year, setting up a rematch after a bitterly disputed 2014 vote led to a power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States. They are the front-runners among at least 14 candidates who registered to run in the July

Uyghur refugee tells of death and fear inside China’s Xinjiang camps

“Moez!” three-year old Moez says, pointing at the infant version of himself. “Elina!” says his sister Elina. But when it comes to the third baby in the photograph, the siblings become confused. When they grow older, their mother Mihrigul Tursun says, she will tell her children about their missing brother Mohaned. “I will tell them

Canada says it won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure

Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks, highlighting the growing rift between America’s neighbor and the emerging superpower. There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg: China sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling

The Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in northeastern China said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given a death sentence based on the nature and severity of his crime and in accordance with the Chinese criminal code. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the ruling, which comes as relations have strained between the two countries following the arrest

Runaway Saudi woman reaches her new home in Canada

Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. “This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said arm-in-arm with the

5 killed in Afghanistan attack

The victims were three policemen and two civilians, according to the regional hospital in Herat, in the far west of the country. Herat provincial spokesman Jelany Farhad confirmed that one of the civilians killed was a child. Four other people were wounded in the attack and brought to the hospital. There was no immediate claim

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

Interested in Saudi Arabia? Add Saudi Arabia as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Saudi Arabia news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un arrives in Beijing for talks

Interested in North Korea? Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday at the start of a four-day visit, in what’s likely an effort to coordinate with his only

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen in Bangkok airport hotel

The 18-year-old identified herself as Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Al-Qunun on an unverified Twitter account. She posted photographs of herself and her passport, and said she was seeking refugee status from “any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family.” Al-Qunun said that on

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