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IS duo captured

WASHINGTON – Two British Islamic State militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters on Thursday. The men were the last of a group of four militants known as the “Beatles” for their English accents, to remain at large.

‘No US talks’

SEOUL – North Korea has no intention of meeting US officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday. However, the North’s high-ranking delegation, including the younger sister of its leader Kim Jong Un, will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday.

Border control

CUCUTA – Colombia has strengthened immigration controls and will give aid to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing an economic crisis, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday, as his country spends millions of dollars to support the migrants. The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia increased 62 per cent in the last half of 2017 to more than 550,000.

Hague court

MANILA – International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors have opened a preliminary examination into Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”, which has led to the death of thousands since it began in July 2016. Prosecutor Fatou Bensou said on Thursday the examination was a review of whether crimes against humanity had been committed.

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