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Philippines: Clock Expires On Mindanao Autonomy Law

Philippine officials say the country’s Congress has run out of time to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law in President Benigno Aquino’s administration, a setback to peace efforts in predominantly Muslim areas of the southern island of Mindanao, the Manila Times and Rappler reported. Read more…

Indonesia: Foreign Ownership Rules To Be Relaxed In Several Sectors

Indonesia will relax foreign ownership rules in its power, e-commerce and retail sectors, the head of the investment board, Franky Sibarani, said Feb. 3, the Jakarta Post and Reuters reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Economy Minister Tenders Resignation

Ukrainian Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius tendered his resignation Feb. 2, UNIAN reported Feb. 3. Read more…

South China Sea: U.S. Says Open To Patrols With The Philippines

The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines through disputed waters in the South China Sea, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said Feb. 3, Reuters reported. Read more…

North Korea: U.N. Confirms Pyongyang's Launch Warning

The United Nations confirmed Feb. 3 that North Korea had informed it of its intentions to launch an earth observation satellite between Feb. 8-25, an indication that the North is planning to test a long-range ballistic missile, Yonhap and Xinhua reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Air Force Strikes Militant Logistics Base

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) owned by the Nigerian air force has destroyed a logistics base used by members of Wilayat al Sudan al Gharbi, the Islamic State-affiliated militant group once known as Boko Haram, Premium Times reported Feb. 2. Read more…

Spain: King Asks Spanish Socialist Party Leader To Form New Government

Spain's King Felipe VI has asked center-left Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez to form a new government, Congress of Deputies Speaker Patxi Lopez announced, The Spain Report reported Feb. 2. Read more…

Colombia: National Liberation Army Leader Arrested

Colombian authorities arrested the head of the National Liberation Army's (ELN) "Domingo Lain Saenz Front" known under the alias "Javier," W Radio reported Feb. 2. Read more…

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