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Duterte's tongue the least of US-Philippines problem

Until now, people are being massacred by the thousands, by the hundreds. The U.S. has vowed to double spending on the cleanup operation to roughly $90 million over three years. "For most ASEAN leaders, Duterte represents a throwback to an uglier and more brutal form of Asian state, which taints ASEAN efforts to market itself as an increasingly progressive, modernizing trade block with a focus on trade data, rather than daily police-killing body counts", said Phelim Kine of New York-based ...

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IS loss of border area with Turkey sharply harms group

Recently, Turkey has hinted it may move to normalise relations with [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad. The success of the operation, led by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, means that Daesh lost vital supply routes through Turkey to its bases in Syria and Iraq.

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Clinton dismisses calls for congressional probe

The FBI in July closed the agency's yearlong investigation into whether Clinton and her top aides mishandled classified information that flowed through the private email server located in the basement of her NY home. Republican legislators have questioned that determination, waging an aggressive campaign to get the FBI to release more information about the probe while requesting new investigations.

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Philippines shows photos of Chinese ships in disputed sea

The ministry took the decision to release photographs taken on Saturday of what it said were more vessels than normal because China's ambassador had denied any new activity at the shoal, defence ministry spokesman, Arsenio Andolong, told reporters.

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Candidates Pointing Fingers On National Security

On that, Clinton and Trump voters agree even though the candidates don't, with 80 percent of Trump's backers saying they would support such a bill and 94 percent of Clinton's backers behind the idea. Her use of a private email server while secretary of state and questions about improper influence involving donors to the Clinton Foundation have been thorny topics for Clinton as the presidential campaign headed into its final months.

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South African Mayor Donates Luxury Car Fleet to Police

Msimanga also put a temporary stop to all global travel for politicians and officials of the metro, saying those looking to go on trips should submit applications to the mayoral committee for cost-benefit analysis, with each request treated on its merits.

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Truckers block Calais to demand closure of migrant camp

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced the United Kingdom was funding a "big new wall" when he appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday. At least three makeshift shelters were set ablaze by migrants and activists to disrupt a French government order to pull down around a third of the camp, which sits on the outskirts of the northern French port town of Calais.

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All Party Delegation for dialogue with all stake holders in Kashmir

A delegation of Muslim clerics of the Barelvi school met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday on the Kashmir issue and urged him to lead a delegation of Sufi scholars to the Valley while offering to take out a peace march there themselves.

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Trump on Illegals: 'Going Out So Fast Your Head Would Spin'

They are indeed tragic stories, but they are hardly representative. Clinton was asked about a letter signed by 88 retired military officials in support of Donald Trump during a briefing with reporters on her campaign plane Tuesday. It was unclear how aggressively Trump would pursue law-abiding immigrants, though they would be pushed further into the shadows, including those brought to the country as children who have never known another home.

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Philippines hopes for informal meeting between Obama, Duterte

While Barack Obama became the first sitting USA president to ever visit Laos, half a century after the U.S.'s "secret war" left it with the unfortunate distinction of being the most heavily bombed country in history, he stopped short of offering an apology to one of Southeast Asia's smallest countries.

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Obama Acknowledges CIA 'Secret War' in Laos but No Apology

He is in Laos to speak to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The outreach is a core element of his attempt to shift US diplomatic and military resources away from the Middle East and into Asia in order to counter China in the region and ensure a USA foothold in growing markets.

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Wave of ISIL-claimed bombings in Syria kills at least 40

Meanwhile, the observatory reported at least eight people killed in a blast targeting a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces in al-Hassakeh, the largest city in north-eastern Syria. The Ministry added that another suicidal terrorist detonated his auto bomb at the entrance of Tadmur door in Homs, killing 4 citizens and wounding 10 others, meanwhile, two terrorists also detonated themselves through two explosive belts in Damascus countryside, killing one citizen and injuring three ...

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Islam of Iranians different from what Wahhabi cleric preaches: Zarif

He lambasted Riyadh's response to last year's Hajj stampede that killed 2,297 pilgrims, according to a toll compiled from foreign officials. Tensions have flared between the regional rivals, with Iran's supreme leader recently saying Saudi "murdered" injured hajj pilgrims and Saudi's grand mufti countering by claiming that Iranians are "not Muslims".

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Arabia and Russian Federation sign oil agreement

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said Monday there's no need to freeze output now, though he's optimistic the Algiers meeting this month will lead to an agreement among producers. At the G20 meeting in Hangzhou , China he told reporters: "Russia and Saudi Arabia will benefit from their positions as oil market and production leaders".

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Zorro gets taken down by LAPD during false alarm at LAX

The shooting scare on Sunday night, which marked the worst security disruption in almost three years at the second-busiest USA airport, began with police receiving a call reporting gunshots fired at a United Airlines gate inside Terminal 8, police said.

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Philippines' President expresses 'regret' for calling Obama "son of a whore"

The Philippines has been a key USA ally in its dispute with China over the South China Sea , in which Washington blames Beijing for militarizing a vital global trade route and jeopardizing freedom of movement at sea and in the air. "You must be respectful". He referred to Mr Obama as a "son of a bitch" when asked by a reporter how he meant to explain extrajudicial killings to the U.S.

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Zuckerberg Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican City

He and Chan also discussed their namesake initiative, which made headlines past year after the couple announced they would be donating 99% of their Facebook shares to it. Zuckerberg can also control the lights inside and adjust the temperature using his voice, "much to the chagrin of my wife". Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his trip to Italy made sure he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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Turkish warplanes hit Islamic State, Kurdish militia sites in Syria

The Observatory said the bombardment targeted an area south of the former ISIS border stronghold of Jarabulus, which Turkish-led forces captured on the first day of the incursion. The Turkish armed forces are reported to have 50 tanks and 380 personnel on the ground in Syria after three days of operations. Turkey's state-run Anadolu agency reported that the army had carried out strikes against a weapons arsenal and command post belonging to "terror groups ".

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Asian shares edge up as investors await RBA

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.MIAPJ0000PUS extended gains to 0.6 percent. Australian shares slipped 0.3% ahead of the RBA's announcement at 4.30am GMT. Economist forecasts range from 0.5% to 0.6% growth on a quarter-on-quarter basis, compared to the first quarter's 1.1% increase - which was also the highest level of growth in three years.

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Black Lives Matter protesters close London runway

Flights resumed after six hours of delays from demonstrators blocking the runway, compounded by IT problems at British Airways in the United Kingdom and the US. Following a demonstration which lasted for around five hours and caused chaos for travellers, nine people were arrested by police on suspicion of "aggravated trespass, being unlawfully airside and breaching London City Airport bylaws".

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Up to 100 killed in Gabon's post-poll violence

France had joined the European Union and the U.S. in calling for the results to be published according to each polling station but, until now, had stopped short of demanding a recount. He said an Ivorian national had been arrested in Ping's headquarters on Monday, adding: "We are not saying that Ivory Coast is involved but some highly-placed Ivorians are".

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JKNPP to boycott talks with all-party delegation

He said that the Centre is providing all kinds of support to the state government to improve the situation. After the meet, Ram Madhav, BJP's key interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, said that a blueprint of action is being drawn and it will be discussed at the all-party meet on Wednesday.

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After insult, US and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect

The flap over Duterte's remarks started when a reporter asked him how he meant to explain the extrajudicial killings of drug dealers to Obama. Duterte was elected to office in a landslide this year after pledging to kill 100,000 people in an unprecedented war on crime.

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Ali Bongo criticizes European Union observer mission

Gabon's justice minister resigned on Monday, in the first high-level defection after days of violence following incumbent Ali Bongo's disputed re-election, as the opposition leader called for a general strike to "topple the tyrant". "In this regard, I have maintained a constant liaison with the Gabonese main actors, as well as with other stakeholders concerned, " he said. The Constitutional Court is expected to meet on Thursday to consider a challenge by Mr Ping.

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Iran president calls on Muslims to punish Saudi 'crimes'

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional rivals boasting two different majority Muslim populations, with Saudi Arabia being home to majority Sunni Muslims and Iran the world's largest majority-Shiite nation. Iran says it is not sending any pilgrims on this year's hajj beginning September 10 after talks with Saudi officials about security failed. Khamenei accused Saudi Arabia's ruling family, who are the custodians of Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, of politicising the pilgrimage, and ...

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Mexico: Gunmen shoot down police helicopter, killing 4

But in a later interview with CNN affiliate Televisa, he said he "cannot confirm that it was taken down, or shot down". The helicopter went down near Apatzingan, a city in a region called Tierra Caliente ("Hot Land"), where much of the state's violence occurs.

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Pope Proclaims 'Dispenser Of Mercy' Mother Teresa A Saint

It is estimated that there were 120,000 people in attendance at the Mass, according to the Vatican Press Office. Pope Francis is offering some 1,500 homeless people a pizza lunch at the Vatican after Mother Teresa's canonisation Mass.

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Carter says defense relationship with Philippines is strong

The issue has long dogged relations between the United States and Laos, a cloistered and impoverished communist nation. Obama plans to meet with injured survivors and be briefed by center officials. Manila also needs Washington's help in dealing with a more assertive China in the disputed South China Sea. Following an uproar from Anglo-American press outlets Tuesday, Duterte said he regretted that his comments to media "came across as a personal attack" on Obama.

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Donald Trump cranks up deportation threat

He has also vowed to deport millions of Mexican immigrants illegally living in the United States, and cancel trade agreements with Mexico. "Today was the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder between Mr. "Build a wall" has been an effective slogan over the years for many conservative opponents of immigration, and it doesn't require much cerebral heavy lifting.

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Ajay Devgn teams up with The Vamps for Shivaays title song

Shivaay which is Ajay Devgn's most ambitious project is leaving no stone unturned to make it the biggest blockbuster of the year! Not surprisingly, now, we hear that the actor-producer has chose to join hands with The Vamps for his ambitious project Shivaay .

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Computer glitch delays BA passengers

The company, which is part of the International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, says it would "encourage customers to check in online before they reach the airport". BA has previously experienced long delays with its check-in systems at Gatwick and Heathrow. "We are checking in customers at Heathrow and Gatwick Airport this morning as normal, although it may take longer than usual".

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Crisis growing in Syria's Kurdish areas as Turkish military moves in

The fighting between Turkey's military and the Kurdish forces has raised concern in the United States that it could detract them from the battle against the Islamic State group and frustrate anti-IS efforts by the USA -led coalition. While Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies have kept up the fight against IS, Ankara's bombardments of Kurdish-backed positions appeared to have eased, with no reports of any such strikes since Monday.

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It's Katrina Kaif opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Aanand Rai's 'Bandhua'?

It has come from a song shoot which SRK itself has shot giving him an intense expression. Behind the clapboard which has "tune 3" composed on it, SRK's face was concealed in the pic. SRK played the role of a treasurer's son trying to impress his king for a position in the castle in the film. Certainly this movie has a lot riding on Imtiaz's shoulders.

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Obama tour of Laos continues in Luang Prabang

He said if the White House had problems with him, it could have sent him a diplomatic note and let him respond. VIENTIANE, Laos (AP ) - As bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs, the Philippine president is making waves at his first summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations where he joins a diverse cast of leaders, including some who have found themselves in the crosshairs of human rights watchdogs.

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Uzbek President to be buried in home city

Reuters reported shortly after 4 a.m. ET that the 78-year-old had died of a stroke, citing three diplomatic sources. Many mourners held flowers, mostly red roses, which they laid on the road as the funeral convoy, which set out at 6am (01:00 GMT) drove by on its way to the airport.


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