Bangladesh says head of group blamed for cafe siege dead
Philippine minister 'clarifies' Duterte comments, says trade with U.S. safe
The Philippines will maintain trade and economic ties with the United States, Trade Minister Ramon Lopez said on Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from Washington. Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he was paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally Washington deteriorate. "With that, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States," Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people to applause at a forum in the Great Hall of the People.
South Africa to quit war crimes court - justice ministerSouth Africa is pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday. Pretoria said last year it planned to leave the ICC after it was criticised for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited last year. Bashir has denied the accusations.
Germany: 1 killed as train hits truck at crossingBERLIN (AP) ? Police say a train has hit a truck at a road crossing in southwestern Germany, killing the truck driver. Seven people on the train were lightly injured.
The Latest: UN rights chief says Aleppo a 'slaughterhouse'BEIRUT (AP) ? The Latest on developments in Syria where a Russia-announced pause in the fighting is underway to allow civilians, rebels to leave besieged areas of Aleppo (all times local):
50 years on, UK marks mine disaster that killed 128 children
LONDON (AP) ? People across Britain fell silent to mark 50 years since a mountain of coal sludge collapsed onto a Welsh village, killing more than 140 people in one of the country's worst mining disasters.
World stocks drift as investors factor in Fed rate hike
South Africa to withdraw from International Criminal Court
South Africa says a bill to withdraw from the International Criminal Court will soon be submitted in parliament, making it the second country after Burundi to move this week to pull out. Justice Minister ...
British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in $47B dealLONDON (AP) ? British American Tobacco offered Friday to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and bring together brands like Camel, Dunhill, and Newport.
Syrian government opens corridor in Aleppo for evacuationsBEIRUT (AP) ? The Syrian government has opened a corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo.