Aussie traf­ficker Corby leaves Bali af­ter 12 years

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Woman mourner in fu­neral of Copts killed in Egypt the truth that IS ide­ol­ogy has taken hold in their coun­try. The lo­cal groups have trans­formed.”

Malaysians, In­done­sians and other for­eign­ers were among the gueril­las killed on Thurs­day.

The White House on Thurs­day said it backed the Philip­pine fight against “cow­ardly ter­ror­ists”.

Duterte has warned of “con­tam­i­na­tion” by IS, ex­ploit­ing the poverty, law­less­ness and por­ous borders of pre­dom­i­nantly-Mus­lim Min­danao is­land. He has pleaded with po­lit­i­cal and Is­lamic lead­ers to keep mil­i­tants at bay.

Months of air and ground of­fen­sives had not dented their re­solve.

Con­voys of ve­hi­cles packed with evac­uees and pro­tected by sol­diers streamed here. Mark An­gelou Siega, a Chris­tian, de­scribed how stu­dents fled their cam­pus.

“We were so scared and so were our Mus­lim brothers and sis­ters. We were sure they would get us. These ter­ror­ists are not real Mus­lims.”

Philip­pine So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Jose Cal­ida said the Maute group and IS were rad­i­cal­is­ing young Mus­lims and the gov­ern­ment was not their only tar­get.

“Peo­ple they con­sider in­fi­dels, whether Chris­tians or Mus­lims, are also tar­gets,” he said. Reuters KUTA (Bali): Aus­tralian Schapelle Corby bat­tled through a me­dia scrum yes­ter­day as she left a Bali villa to head home 12 years af­ter be­ing con­victed of drug traf­fick­ing on the hol­i­day is­land, a lon­gawaited re­turn that has cap­ti­vated pub­lic at­ten­tion.

The beauty school dropout cov­ered her face with a scarf as she was bus­tled out of her home here.

The 39-yearold, who was ar­rested in 2004 at Bali air­port, was bun­dled into a car with tinted win­dows that sped off in a con­voy that in­cluded ar­moured ve­hi­cles as cu­ri­ous on­look­ers gaw­ped at the spec­ta­cle.

Af­ter sign­ing doc­u­ments at a pa­role of­fice, her con­voy raced to­wards the air­port, from where she boarded a flight to Bris­bane.

“Good bye to this pa­role pa­per work,” she posted un­der a pic­ture of the doc­u­ments on an In­sta­gram ac­count, which had at­tracted 35,000 fol­low­ers within a few hours of be­ing set up.

Aus­tralian in­ter­est in Corby, which be­gan with her ar­rest, had in­ten­si­fied into an ob­ses­sion.

The dra­matic court­room scenes of her break­ing down in tears as she was con­victed and her sis­ter, Mercedes, scream­ing from the side­lines were watched live by mil­lions of Aus­tralians.

Po­lice de­ployed at least 100 of­fi­cers to se­cure Corby’s de­par­ture. Mercedes, had flown in to help her pre­pare to be de­ported back home. Au­thor­i­ties in Bali had pledged to en­sure that she de­parted safely. AFP

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A man car­ry­ing a rel­a­tive as they are evac­u­ated from their homes in Marawi yes­ter­day. Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces dropped more bombs on a south­ern city where they have been bat­tling mil­i­tants for five days, vow­ing no let up de­spite the start of Ra­madan.

Schapelle Corby

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