US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
Spain, data lead Europe higher after breakthrough for PM Rajoy
By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - Stock markets rose on Monday, led in Europe by a surge for Spain's IBEX index on signs of an end to 10 months of political deadlock that has paralyzed government in one of the countries worst-hit by the euro zone's debt crisis. The bond yields at which governments in Europe's debt-ridden southern countries fund their budget gaps were also sharply lower, 10-year bond yields falling 5 basis points in Spain and 15 in Portugal after a ratings decision seen as crucial to keeping the European Central Bank buying Lisbon's bonds.
Special Report: As death toll mounts, Duterte deploys dubious data in drugs war
By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. From July 1, when Duterte launched his "war on drugs," to Oct. 12, when he spoke in Manila, 13 police officers were killed. This is not the only dubious claim Duterte has used to justify his bloody anti-narcotics campaign, according to a Reuters review of official government data and interviews with the president's top anti-drug officials.
At odds over Brexit, UK nations discuss how to cooperate on terms
By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - The leaders of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales met British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday to discuss what part the three nations will play in the Brexit process, a thorny issue that risks triggering a constitutional crisis. May proposes setting up a new committee to give the three devolved governments, which have varying degrees of autonomy from London, a formal avenue to express views on how Britain's future relationship with the European Union should work. "The country is facing a negotiation of tremendous importance and it is imperative that the devolved administrations play their part in making it work," May said in a statement her office released before the meeting.
Israel defense chief gives interview to Palestinian dailyRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ? The main Palestinian newspaper is publishing a rare interview with Israel's ultranationalist defense minister where he threatened the militant group Hamas that rules Gaza and dismissed the Palestinian president.
Relief, shattered dreams, as migrants leave Calais
Hundreds of migrants packed their bags with a mixture of relief and despair on Monday as they left the notorious "Jungle" camp in the northern French city of Calais under grey skies. A 25-year-old Sudanese man, Abbas, was upbeat about leaving the insalubrious camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to reach Britain. Some migrants were still clinging to hopes of a new life across the Channel.
NBA TV host Kristen Ledlow says she was robbed at gunpoint
Oil prices fall as Iraq resists joining output cut
Oil prices fell on Monday as Iraq said it wanted to be exempt from an OPEC deal to cut production, though losses were capped by Iran saying it would encourage other members to join an output freeze. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 37 cents at $50.48. Falah al-Amiri, head of Iraqi state oil marketer SOMO, added that Iraq's market share had been compromised by the wars it has fought since the 1980s.
5 dead in wrong-way crash on Massachusetts highwayMIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? State police say five people have died in a wrong-way crash on a Massachusetts highway.
TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4B cash-and-stock deal
Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would tie up two major players in the day trading industry during an era when an increasingly large number of ...