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Duterte placates Japan, pans US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday sought to assure Japan that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics not security, but he had more harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might end defense treaties. The volatile leader’s visit to Japan comes amidFULL STORY

Personal chefs of world leaders swap ideas at Delhi meet

The chefs who cook for the world’s leaders usually keep a low profile, leaving the limelight to their bosses. However, once a year it is their turn to be wined and dined and treated as honored guests in a foreign country. Billed as the world’s mostFULL STORY

Children lose mothers in theme park ride accident

Two young children are fortunate to be alive, police said yesterday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed four people, including their mothers on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia. Two men and two women died inFULL STORY

Afghan officials say IS kills 30

Militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group abducted and killed about 30 civilians, including children, in central Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, raising concerns about the group’s expanding presence beyond its eastern stronghold. The killings occurred late on Tuesday north of Firoz Koh, the capital ofFULL STORY

Gambia withdraws from international crime court

The Gambia has announced its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing the Hague, Netherlands-based tribunal of the “persecution and humiliation of people of color, especially Africans.” The announcement late on Tuesday came after similar decisions this month by South Africa and Burundi to abandonFULL STORY

Tourism overtakes dairy as top overseas earner for NZ

In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it is the hobbits that are really making hay. According to figures released yesterday, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation’s top earner of overseas dollars, aided in part by the success of theFULL STORY

National Geographic ‘Afghan girl’ cover arrested in Pakistan

An Afghan woman immortalized on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was yesterday arrested for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry, became the mostFULL STORY

Female MPs face violence, sexism at work: report

Female lawmakers in all regions face sexism, harassment and violence from male lawmakers and are increasingly targeted by online humiliation campaigns, a report said yesterday. The first study on the issue by the Inter-Parliamentary Union follows scandals in France and other countries where women have denouncedFULL STORY

Clinton warns against complacency

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday warned her supporters against complacency as opinion polls show her holding a clear lead over Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump with two weeks left until the Nov. 8 election. Clinton told voters in Florida, one ofFULL STORY

Gingrich and Kelly get into bizarre exchange on TV

Former US House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly got into a televised tiff on Tuesday night in which he accused her of being “fascinated with sex” for her reporting on allegations of unwanted advances and groping against Republican USFULL STORY

US says coalition laying groundwork to retake Raqqa

Even as it provides support for Iraq’s battle to retake Mosul, the US-led coalition is laying the groundwork to push Islamic State (IS) militants out of the Syrian city of Raqqa, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Tuesday. However, a senior military official saidFULL STORY

‘The Sellout’ gets Booker Prize nod

Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, a stinging satire of race and class in the US that has drawn comparisons to Richard Pryor and Mark Twain, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday — the first time an American has taken the prestigious fiction award. Judges said Beatty’sFULL STORY

FEATURE: Uruguay fish farm takes on caviar market

Under the gray waters of a lake in deepest Uruguay lurks a slimy treasure. While many farmers there labor to produce the nation’s famed beef and soya, one small company has turned its hand to a seemingly most un-Uruguayan product: caviar. Cutting tiny eggs from sturgeon fishFULL STORY

Venezuela’s Muduro says opposition staged ‘coup’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused the opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly of staging a “parliamentary coup” after lawmakers voted to put him on trial amid a tense political and economic crisis. Accused by the legislature of “abandoning his post” and “criminal and political responsibility” forFULL STORY

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Kyrgyzstan Government resigns The government resigned yesterday after the president’s party quit the ruling coalition, sparking fears the nation could plunge into instability. President Almazbek Atambayev’s Social Democratic Party left the four-party ruling coalition on Monday after its other members did not back constitutional reforms. A statementFULL STORY

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