Philippines says just doesn't want to be dependent on the U.S. and WestThe Philippines will not renege on treaties and agreements with established allies even as it pulls away from dependence on the United States and the West, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said on Friday. Ernesto Abella said Duterte's announcement that Manila would "separate" from the United States was a "restatement of his position on charting an independent foreign policy". Duterte wanted to "separate the nation from dependence on the U.S. and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbors," like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement.
Factbox: Duterte distances Philippines from ally U.S.(Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has grown increasingly hostile toward his country's traditional ally the United States since taking office on June 30, while seeking to court U.S. rivals China and Russia. Officials in Washington have been largely taken by surprise by Duterte's near-daily barrages, and have sought to avoid provoking him. The following are key comments that Duterte has made about the bilateral relationship, and U.S. responses: PIVOT TO CHINA - On a state visit to China this week, Duterte told a forum of Chinese and Philippine business people he wanted his country to separate from the United States and realign with China.
British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B deal
LONDON (AP) ? British American Tobacco is offering to take over Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and try to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.
Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops
By Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. The Church sources also told Reuters that China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican. A person with ties to the leadership in Beijing confirmed that these ordinations would go ahead.
Turkish Red Crescent says sending aid for 10,000 to Iraq's MosulBy Ercan Gurses and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have seized territory around Mosul in recent days in preparation for a long-anticipated offensive on the last major stronghold held by Islamic State in Iraq. "In the first stage, we are sending this aid to the nearly 30 villages around Mosul that have been liberated.
Leading tattoo artists help wounded Israelis with scars
Sweden's Ericsson posts Q3 loss, cites worsening industry
Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson said Friday that the decline across the industry has accelerated, contributing to a third-quarter loss for the company of 233 million kroner ($26.3 million). The ...
Truce holds in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations
The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held east of the city was intended to allow civilians and rebels to leave.
General Electric profit falls 20% on weak oil earnings
Net income for the industrial conglomerate fell 20.4 percent to $2.0 billion. General Electric scored higher net profit in several businesses, including power, renewable energy, aviation and health care.
Indian bank authorities say 3.2 million debit cards hackedNEW DELHI (AP) ? Indian banks are scrambling to contain the damage after more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked.