Five suspected communist rebels die in clash with Philippine troops May 16, 2019 0 726 12345 dpaManilaFive suspected communist rebels were killed in a firefight with government troops in the central Philippines on Wednesday, a military spokeswoman said.Three soldiers were also injured in the clash in Calatrava town in Negros Occidental province, 515 kilometres south of Manila, said First Lieutenant Revella Roperos, an army brigade spokeswoman.The firefight erupted when troops encountered a group of about 30 guerrillas when they were dispatched to a village where residents had reported the presence of armed men, Roperos said.“The firefight lasted for about an hour, after which the enemy scampered to different directions,” Roperos said. Soldiers recovered a rifle with ammunition, mobile phones and other personal items from the site of the fighting, she added.Communist rebels have been fighting the Philippine government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.President Rodrigo Duterte terminated peace talks with the communist rebels in November 2017. Efforts to resume the talks have failed amid escalating attacks by the guerrillas. RELATED ARTICLES Alleged Rohingya traffickers shot by Bangladesh police May 16, 2019 0 410 Sri Lanka limps to normalcy amid fresh night curfew in some areas May 16, 2019 0 415 Clashes in Indian state of Kolkata spark election row May 16, 2019 0 952 German girl of Pakistani parents disappears in Islamabad Islamabad: Police in Islamabad are conducting raids to trace the German-born teenage daughter of Pakistani parents who disappeared from her uncle’s house at the weekend, officials said on Wednesday.The parents, who .. Kabul election results announced almost 7 months after election dpa Kabul Nine women are among 33 lawmakers who will represent Kabul in parliament, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday, announcing the final results of the elections that took place .. ‘People are dying’: UN official urges aid access for Myanmar’s Rakhine state YANGON: A UN official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last .. Search on for 11 Niger soldiers missing after ambush killed 17 AFP Niamey A search was under way Wednesday for 11 Niger soldiers missing since an ambush by armed men the day before left 17 of their colleagues dead and several injured, security sources said. A military patrol was ..