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August, 31, 2016

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Muslim extremists who support the Islamic State group staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 23 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday.
 
Dances with clappers
Participants perform a folk dance as they parade through Tokyo streets during an annual "Yosakoi" festival in Tokyo, Saturday, Aug. 27.
 
The father of a Briton fighting for his life after a deadly stabbing at an Australian backpacker hostel said Sunday he was proud of his son, who has been hailed as a hero by police.
 
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi faces what could be the toughest test of her leadership yet when she opens a major ethnic peace conference Wednesday aimed at ending wars that have blighted the country since its independence.
 
Oasis of calm in Kashmir
A Kashmiri man holding an umbrella fishes from a weed-covered portion of the Dal Lake standing on a wooden bridge as it rains in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Aug. 28.
 
Filipino militants free 8 comrades, 15 others in jail attack
Muslim extremists supporting the Islamic State group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.
 
N. Korea rejects UN council's condemnation
North Korea hit back on Sunday at a UN Security Council statement condemning its latest test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, and threatened to take further steps as "a full-fledged military power".
 
Japan pledges to invest US$30 bil. in Africa by '18
Japan will pour US$30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including US$10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi.
 
Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of a horrific attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month.
 
Calls for PM's arrest
Student activists hold up a caricature of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during a rally calling for the arrest of "Malaysian Official 1" in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday, Aug. 27. The rally came following the implication of Razak in a U.S. government probe examining massive fraud in a Malaysian investment fund.
 
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