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Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, JapanBy 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:10:33 -0400
Despite ratings drop, Olympics boosts Comcast in 3Q

Despite ratings drop, Olympics boosts Comcast in 3QComcast'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 ...

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:09:00 -0400
Nigerian militants bomb Chevron oil export pipeline

WARRI, 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:08:36 -0400
Police: 7-year-old gets pills instead of toy from dispenser

ROCHESTER, 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:06:24 -0400
EU parliament refers scuffling UKIP MEPs to police

United Kingdom Independence Party defence spokeperson Mike Hookem speaks after unveiling a new campaign poster in DudleyFrench 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:02:33 -0400
Kids' 'miracle' survival as Australia probes theme park deaths

Visitors lay flowers at a makeshift floral tribute at the Dreamworld theme park in Gold Coast on October 26, 2016, a day after four people were killed when a raft flipped at one of the park's attractionsTwo 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:01:40 -0400
Southwest tops Street 3Q forecasts

Southwest tops Street 3Q forecastsSouthwest 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 ...

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:59 -0400
South Africa's Zuma files application challenging graft report: eNCA TV

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa speaks during a high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New YorkSouth 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:58:16 -0400
Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC

Gambia has been trying without success to use the ICC to punish the European Union for deaths of thousands of African migrants trying to reach its shoresThe 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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:53:29 -0400
Swedish industry laments new rules on drones with cameras

STOCKHOLM (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.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:49:57 -0400
Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Tuesday that the dozens of protesters who have camped on company-owned land since the weekend are trespassing and that "lawless behavior will not be tolerated."

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:46:54 -0400
AP EXPLAINS: What we know about S. Korean political scandal

In this Oct. 25, 2016 photo, people watch a TV screen showing the news program about South Korean President Park Geun-hye's apology, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. To outsiders, the frenzy that has erupted here may not seem to match this weeks acknowledgment by South Korean President Park that she got help, including the editing of some of her speeches, from a mysterious woman outside of the government. But Parks surprise televised address has created one of the biggest challenges of her four years in power - and touched a deep chord in this divided nation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) President Park Geun-hye's acknowledgment this week that she got help, including the editing of some of her speeches, from a mysterious woman outside of government has caused an uproar in South Korea.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:43:47 -0400
The Latest: Pope calls for generosity in Italy over migrants

In this picture made available Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, protesters try blocking a road with pallets to prevent a bus carrying migrants from passing, in Goro, near Ferrara, Italy. Residents in an Adriatic coastal town posted a blockade overnight to prevent the arrival of 12 female migrants, one of them pregnant, who were to be housed in a hostel, in a sign of growing tension amid persistent migrant arrivals. (Filippo Rubin/ANSA via AP)CALAIS, France (AP) The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants to Europe (all times local):

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:42:35 -0400
EU chief says trade deal with Canada still possible

Belgium Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, speaks with the media after a meeting at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Belgium is stretching talks to convince its region of Wallonia to give the necessary backing to a trade deal between the European Union and Canada into the eve of a summit to sign the landmark agreement.(AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)BRUSSELS (AP) In a race against the clock, the European Union was edging closer to being able to sign a free trade deal with Canada on Thursday after Belgium made progress in lifting the veto of one of its region.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:40:38 -0400
Police disperse crowd protesting detentions in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) Turkish police on Wednesday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting the detentions of two leading politicians in the largest city in the country's mainly-Kurdish southeast.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:40:18 -0400
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