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Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, address the Security Council after a Western-backed U.N. resolution imposing sanctions on Syria was vetoed by his vote and China's, Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Manila Bulletin

Russia and China veto new UN sanctions on Syria

By Associated Press Russia and China vetoed new U.N. sanctions on Syria Tuesday and the U.S. ambassador accused both countries of refusing to hold President…

Tanks and armoured vehicles of the Iraqi forces (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP File Photo) | Manila Bulletin

Iraq launches assault on IS-held west Mosul

By Agence France-Presse Iraqi forces launched an offensive Sunday, February 19 on jihadists defending Mosul’s west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the…

In this Dec. 1, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with heads of state from small island nations most at risk from the harmful effects of climate change, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File | Manila Bulletin)

Paris climate agreement to take effect Nov. 4

by AP UNITED NATIONS — The landmark Paris agreement on climate change will enter into force on Nov. 4, after a coalition of the world’s…