Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics, not security, and vowed to stand on Tokyo's side over the disputed South China Sea when the time came. Earlier in the day, Duterte reiterated his harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might end 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 toward China.
Despite ratings drop, Olympics boosts Comcast in 3Q
Comcast's profit rose 12 percent in the July-September quarter thanks to the Olympics and the first third-quarter gains in video subscribers in a decade. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has said that the ...
Nigerian militants bomb Chevron oil export pipelineWARRI, Nigeria (AP) ? Nigerian militants say they have bombed an oil export pipeline operated by U.S.-based multinational Chevron, and are warning companies not to carry out repairs to sabotaged infrastructure that has reduced oil exports from this West African nation to a near 30-year low.
Police: 7-year-old gets pills instead of toy from dispenserROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? Police in New Hampshire say a 7-year-old girl inserted coins into a toy dispenser and received a plastic capsule filled with medications for blood pressure and kidney stones.
EU parliament refers scuffling UKIP MEPs to police
French police will look into a scuffle in the European Parliament between two members from the UK Independence Party, which left one in hospital with a head injury, the speaker of the EU legislature said on Wednesday. President Martin Schulz said an internal inquiry he commissioned had been unable to reconcile the accounts of Mike Hookem, UKIP's defence spokesman, and Steven Woolfe, who collapsed after the incident. "Given the seriousness of the reported facts and their possible criminal implications, further evidence is needed to clarify this matter," Schulz told the chamber.
Kids' 'miracle' survival as Australia probes theme park deaths
Two children had a "miracle" escape when a raft flipped at an Australian theme park killing four adults, police said on Wednesday, as claims emerged that safety concerns had been raised at Dreamworld last year. Two women and two men died when two rafts on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Gold Coast tourist attraction collided Tuesday, tipping one backwards, with police saying the victims were "caught in machinery". "It seems, from what I've seen, almost a miracle that anybody came out of that," Queensland Police assistant commissioner Brian Codd told reporters after viewing CCTV footage of the tragedy.
Southwest tops Street 3Q forecasts
Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $388 million. On a per-share basis, the Dallas-based company said it had net income of 62 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring ...
South Africa's Zuma files application challenging graft report: eNCA TV
South Africa's president has sought clarification from an anti-graft watchdog that he would be able to question witnesses himself before it finalised a report on accusations he allowed an Indian-born business family to interfere in state affairs. Zuma denies any impropriety, as do the three businessmen. "The only way to determine whether the report is final or not is for the Public Protector to say so in no uncertain terms.
Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC
The Gambia has become the latest African nation to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the war crimes tribunal of persecuting Africans. The move by the poor West African nation follows similar decisions this month by South Africa and Burundi to abandon the troubled institution, set up to try the world's worst crimes. Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said on state television that the ICC had been used "for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders" while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
Swedish industry laments new rules on drones with camerasSTOCKHOLM (AP) ? A Swedish industry group says a court ruling that drones with cameras must have a license under the country's surveillance laws "is a huge blow" to recreational and commercial users.