Philippine leader Duterte says he wants foreign troops out
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in a country that is a staunch U.S. ally and hosts 50,000 American troops, said Wednesday that he wants his country to be free of foreign troops, possibly ...
US 9/11 law an international legal Pandora's Box
It's a hard scene to imagine, a Saudi Arabian king answering before a New York court for the 9/11 attacks, but a new US law threatens to become a Pandora's Box of diplomatic crises. Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, overcoming President Barack Obama's veto, to help the relatives of victims of the September 2001 outrage seek compensation.
Philippine's Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to rival China last week was only about economics, but had more harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might abrogate defense treaties. The volatile Philippine leader's visit to Japan comes amid jitters about his foreign policy goals after weeks of verbal attacks on ally the United States and overtures towards China. Duterte last week announced in China his "separation" from the United States, but then insisted ties were not being severed and that he was merely pursuing an independent foreign policy.
Egypt's Sisi says military's economic activity 1-1.5 pct of GDP
The Egyptian military's economic activities are equivalent to just 1 to 1.5 percent of GDP and it is not looking to compete with the private sector, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday. Sisi, a former military general, has promised to revive the economy after assuming office in 2014 and has called in the army to assist in major infrastructure projects and with distribution of subsidised commodities to keep a lid on rising prices. "In case you're wondering how large the economy of the armed forces is in terms of GDP, I'm going tell you so it's clear: 1 to 1.5 percent," Sisi said at a national youth conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Officers on leave after 2 suspects killed at Maryland motel
ELKTON, Md. (AP) ? Several Maryland law enforcement officers are on administrative leave after two people sought by Delaware authorities on gun and drug charges were shot to death at a Cecil County motel.
Turkey says barrel bombs have hit Syrian opposition fightersANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Turkey's state-run news agency says a helicopter believed to belong to Syrian government forces has dropped barrel bombs in a deadly attack on Turkey-backed opposition forces in the border area.
Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 20 peopleTaliban insurgents have killed at least 20 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said Wednesday. The slain civilians were from a group ...
Gambia announces withdrawal from International Criminal Court
The government of Gambia said on Tuesday it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing the world body of ignoring the "war crimes" of Western nations and seeking only to prosecute Africans. The decision by the tiny West African nation, whose president, Yahya Jammeh, has called on the court to investigate African migrant deaths on the Mediterranean, comes just days after South Africa said it was quitting The Hague-based tribunal. "This action is warranted by the fact that the ICC, despite being called the International Criminal Court, is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans," Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said on state television.
South Africa's Zuma admits he is "implicated" in graft report: eNCA TV
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed court papers to determine if an unreleased report into allegations of political interference by wealthy brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta is final, eNCA TV said on Wednesday. In the affidavit filed on Tuesday and published on the channel's website, Zuma also admitted he was "an implicated person" in the report by the former Public Protector, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft watchdog. Zuma has denied granting undue influence to the Guptas and they have denied seeking it. ...
Workplace shooting suspect described as 'perfect neighbor'
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) ? The man authorities say killed a former co-worker and wounding three others at a rail car factory in Virginia was described by neighbors as a good friend and hard worker who showed no signs of violence.