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Candles are placed at a makeshift memorial near the former PMC Wagner Center, associated with the founder of the Wagner Group and Yevgeny Prigozhin, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

REUTERS/Anastasia Barashkova

Wagner and Russia’s next moves

Russia has confirmed the identities of the 10 people who died in a plane crash last Wednesday northwest of Moscow. They included Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner Group, as well key associates Dmitry Utkin and Valery Chekalov.

The question now turns to what happens to Wagner forces and the group’s clients, particularly African nations that are of strategic importance to Russia. Can President Vladimir Putin pick up where Prigozhin left off?

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Three-year-old Ukrainian refugee Karolina from Nikopol looks through a fence on the platform at a train station in Poland.

REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Hard Numbers: US to take in 100K refugees, cost of living surges in Russia, North Korea tests ICBM, polio scare hits Malawi, militants surrender in Nigeria

100,000: The Biden administration announced Thursday that the US will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and others fleeing Russian aggression. This will happen over the “long term” and therefore will not require raising the annual refugee cap.

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Indonesian agency freezes bank accounts related to outlawed hardline group FPI

January 07, 2021 3:45 PM

(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesia's anti-money laundering agency has temporarily frozen bank accounts belonging to the recently outlawed Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and its affiliated groups on suspicion of money laundering.

2 militants linked to Philippine church blast shot dead

January 07, 2021 5:00 AM

JAKARTA • Two Indonesian militants linked to a church blast in the Philippines in 2019 have been shot dead by police, the authorities said yesterday, as officers arrested scores of radicals who support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group.

7 suspected Abu Sayyaf militants killed in clash

November 05, 2020 5:00 AM

MANILA • Seven suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group were killed in a clash with government troops near a remote island in the Philippines' southern province of Sulu before dawn on Tuesday, the military said.

Indonesian woman planning suicide attack arrested in Philippines: Military

October 10, 2020 12:35 PM

MANILA (AFP) - An Indonesian woman suspected of planning a suicide bomb attack in the southern Philippines was arrested Saturday (Oct 10) in a pre-dawn raid, the military said.

Philippine security forces on 'alert' for reprisals after arresting Abu Sayyaf militant

August 15, 2020 1:24 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine security forces were on alert Saturday (Aug 15) for possible reprisal attacks after arresting a key leader of an Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)-linked militant group accused of kidnapping and beheading several foreigners.

Malaysian police seeks info from Philippines on arrested Abu Sayyaf militant

August 15, 2020 10:23 AM

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police are keen to work with their Filipino counterparts following the arrest of notorious Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Idang Susukan in Davao City, the Philippines.

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