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Philippines says to keep U.S. ties but will not be subservient
By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The United States remains the "closest friend" of the Philippines but Manila wants to break away from a "mindset of dependency and subservience" and forge closer ties with other nations, the Philippine foreign minister said on Saturday. The comments by Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay came two days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from Washington, though he went on to strike a more conciliatory tone on Friday. Yasay said in a Facebook posting that Duterte had "unmistakably" stated that severing ties with Washington was not in the nation's interest.
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Cyber attacks cripple Twitter, Netflix, other websites
Cyber attacks pounded the underpinnings of the internet Friday, crippling Twitter, Netflix and other major websites with the help of once-dumb devices made smart with online connections. Waves of attacks incapacitated a crucial piece of internet infrastructure, hampering or outright blocking access to popular online venues. "When I see something like this, I have to think state actor," said Carbon Black national security strategist Eric O'Neill, a former "spy hunter" on the FBI counter-intelligence force.
Remembering war, grateful Bosnians rally for Hillary Clinton
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) ? Residents of Sarajevo are expressing their support for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming U.S. presidential election based in part on the role her husband's administration had in ending Bosnia's devastating war during the 1990s.
Iraq pushes into town near Mosul after IS assault on Kirkuk
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) ? Iraqi forces pushed into a town near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul on Saturday after a wave of militant attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk set off more than 24 hours of heavy clashes, with ongoing skirmishes in some areas.
Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul after meeting CarterIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Baghdad Saturday. "I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle," Abadi told reporters traveling with Carter. "If help is needed, we will ask for it from Turkey or from other regional countries." During a visit to Turkey on Friday, Carter had signaled conditional support for a possible Turkish role in the campaign and said there was an agreement in principle that could allow for eventual Turkish participation.
Iraqi leader resists US push for Turkish role in Mosul fight
BAGHDAD (AP) ? U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's push for Iraq to let Turkey play a role in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group encountered stiff resistance Saturday from Iraq's prime's minister, who said his country's forces will oust the militants from the northern city.
Turkey 'obliged' to press on to Syria's al Bab, Erdogan saysTurkish-backed forces will press on to the Islamic State-held town of al Bab in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, emphasizing Ankara's drive to sweep militants and Syrian Kurdish fighters from territory near its border. Erdogan also said in a speech that Turkey would do what was necessary with its coalition partners in Syria's Raqqa, but would not work with the Syrian Kurdish PYD. "We are obliged to, we will go there," he said after mentioning al Bab.
Spain busts sex trafficking ring based on victim hotline tipMADRID (AP) ? Police in Spain say they have arrested 21 people and freed four women while breaking up an alleged human trafficking ring.