Upgraded EU visa information database to increase security

The improvements to the Visa Information System (VIS), agreed on Wednesday by MEPs, would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. The Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to check non-EU nationals who need a visa to travel to the Schengen area. The reform would enable the […]

Taliban leader optimistic about peace, tries to reassure Afghans

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban political chief, who headed the Islamist militants’ delegation during the most recent round of peace talks with the United States, said on Thursday that he was optimistic and assured Afghans that they had no reason to fear a settlement. To read the entire article, please click here. Source: reuters.com

Islamic State loses ground in final Syria enclave, hundreds surrender

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – Islamic State militants accompanied by relatives surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by the hundreds on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground to a U.S.-backed assault aimed seizing the last shred of IS territory, the SDF said. To read the entire article, please click here. Source: reuters.com

20 BIFF members killed in Maguindanao clashes with troops

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — At least 20 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in a series of clashes with government troops in Maguindanao. The members of the BIFF as well as the Daesh-inspired terror group were neutralized Tuesday following an intensive operation of military on ground in Salibu, Pagatin, […]

Nine dead, including five children, in Brazil shooting; 17 others also shot

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – At least nine people were killed at a Brazilian elementary school where two young men were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday, according to Sao Paulo police. Among the dead were five school children, one adult who worked at the building, one person who was standing just […]