Philippine rebels warn of war A Muslim rebel commander behind deadly raids in the southern Philippines declared yesterday an "all-out war" against the government, saying his fighters were willing to die in battle. Abdurahman Macapaar of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF, also known as Commander Bravo, taunted the military and said his Mujahedeen, or holy warriors, were willing to engage them in firefights anytime.
MANILA - Agence France-Presse
Malaysia arrests 2 from Anwar's party
Malaysia's anti-corruption watchdog arrested two state lawmakers from opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's party for alleged bribery yesterday, complicating Anwar's bid to re-enter Parliament. Anwar has persistently accused Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's administration of rampant corruption and has pledged to seize power by mid-September.
KUALA LUMPUR - The Associated Press
Sri Lanka vows to capture rebel heartland
Sri Lanka's president has pledged to push ahead with a military onslaught against Tamil Tigers and dismantle the rebels' de facto separate state, a state-run daily reported yesterday. President Mahinda Rajapakse vowed that security forces would pursue their current offensive in the island's north and capture Kilinochchi, the political capital of the Tamil separatists.
COLOMBO - Agence France-Presse
Somali pirates seize Malaysian tanker
A Malaysian oil tanker, with 39 crew on board and laden with palm oil, has been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, its owner said yesterday, the latest in a wave of attacks in the region. The tanker was heading towards Rotterdam from Dumai in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and the crew include 29 Malaysians and 10 Filipinos, MISC Bhd said.
KUALA LUMPUR - Reuters
Nepalis flee after dam burst
Some 50,000 people have been forced to flee after monsoon rains washed away a dam in southern Nepal and were taking refuge in makeshift shelters, schools and temples, an official said yesterday. The dam on the Saptakoshi river burst Monday following heavy downpours, government disaster management official Suman Ghimire said, adding that rescue teams of locals and security personnel were helping victims.
KATHMANDU - Agence France-Presse
10 killed in Venezuela bus crash
Two passenger buses collided Tuesday in western Venezuela, killing 10 people and injuring 17, official media reported. The early morning crash occurred near the municipality of Socopo, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of the capital Caracas, and involved a local bus colliding with one en route from Caracas to San Cristobal, officials said.
CCAS - Agence France-Presse