Fri Jun 2, 2017 6:44AM
Government troops aboard their truck arrive to reinforce their colleagues in Marawi, in southern island of Mindanao on June 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Government troops aboard their truck arrive to reinforce their colleagues in Marawi, in southern island of Mindanao on June 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Daesh emerges in Southeast Asia

The world may have recently been witnessing the demise of Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria. But concerns have been rising lately that the terror group is already developing a strong foothold in an unlikely place in South East Asia. In the Philippines, armed groups that have vowed allegiance to the Daesh had been clashing with the army in the country’s southern city of Marawi for several days.The clashes have already left many casualties on both sides and forced hundreds to flee. While the army says it has Marawi under control, many fear that an all-out insurgency in southern Philippines would take place sooner or later. 

Putin meets Macron in Paris

Emmanel Macron, the new French president, received his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin earlier this week. In spite of the allegations that the Russians were involved in the pre-election build up to Macron’s win, with the leak of documents etc., it appears that Macron was willing to forgive and forget in order to build relations. Furthermore, the meeting was seen as part of a strategy by Paris to move closer to Moscow. This is what Germany’s Angela Merkel also appears to have already adopted. In fact, many are now speculating that Europe is distancing itself from Washington after the election of US President Donald Trump. What justifies this are not only geopolitical issues but also certain economic benefits for Europe.