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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's air force is making its drills more realistic and less formulaic as it seeks to boost combat readiness, an official newspaper said on Friday, mapping out the latest step in the country's ambitious modernisation programme. Source: www.thestar.com.my

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains a favourite for the 2018 presidential election, according to a poll published Sunday, despite the five separate corruption trials he faces. The Datafolha survey published in the Source: www.thestar.com.my

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday. The Combined Joint Task Force, in its Source: www.thestar.com.my

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district. The battle should be completed "in a maximum of three weeks", the Iraqi army's chief of Source: www.thestar.com.my

KLUANG: The Malaysian Government has confirmed that one of the country's most wanted terrorists, Abu Sayyaf leader Al Habsi Misaya (pic), was killed in a gun battle with the Philippine security forces. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Source: www.thestar.com.my

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Sunday for the respect of human rights and an end to violence in Venezuela, where nearly 30 people were killed in unrest this month. Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his Source: www.thestar.com.my

ALOR SETAR: PKR members still keen on working with PAS should join the Islamist party in its Gagasan Sejahtera political pact, said a PAS Youth representative. Selangor PAS Youth information chief Mohamed Sukri Omar (pic) said that while the party was Source: www.thestar.com.my

BEIJING: A child novice monk in China who was reported missing after his morning run was found hours later safely napping on a mountain. The four-year-old boy set off alarms at his Shaolin martial arts school in Dengfeng, Henan province, when he briefly Source: www.thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will remain vigilant following threats by Abu Sayyaf to conduct more kidnappings in Sabah. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said police personnel in Sabah are always on the alert for any threat, especially Source: www.thestar.com.my

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea used Chinese-made trucks to display missiles at a massive military parade last week, according to photographs released by state media, underlining the difficulty in enforcing U.N. sanctions against the isolated state. Source: www.thestar.com.my

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