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

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at Philippines Economic Forum in Tokyo, JapanBy Minami Funakoshi and Elaine Lies 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 he had more 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 towards China. Duterte last week announced in China his "separation" from the United States, but then insisted ties were not being severed and that he was merely pursuing an independent foreign policy.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:19:24 -0400
Oil price declines weigh on European markets

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in LondonMixed results from the continent's banking sector and losses in the mining sector pushed the pan-European STOXX 600 index down 0.6 percent. The losses came after oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday as a report showing a surge in U.S. crude stocks, rising production in Nigeria and squabbling among producers about a planned output cut re-ignited concerns about oversupply. "The recent drop in oil prices is partially responsible but also indices continue to struggle for momentum as they attempt to break above their recent highs," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:18:14 -0400
Angola's President faces court inquiry over naming daughter to head state oil firm

Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos talks to journalists after a ceremony held at Sao Bento Palace in LisbonAngola's Supreme Court has asked President Jos Eduardo dos Santos to respond to an inquiry on why he appointed his daughter as head of the state oil firm, according to court documents seen by Reuters. Dos Santos appointed his billionaire daughter Isabel as chief executive of state oil firm Sonangol in June. Angola, a member of OPEC, is currently Africa's largest oil producer because of militant attacks and other problems that have cut output in Nigeria.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:12:20 -0400
Al Shabaab takes Somali town from Ethiopian, govt troops; no resistance

By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militant group al Shabaab took control on Wednesday of a town in southern Somalia after African Union peacekeepers and government troops abandoned it, residents and the group said. Ethiopian troops in the peacekeeping force known as AMISOM, government soldiers and al Shabaab have fought many times this year over control of Tiyeeglow district. When troops secured it, al Shabaab has strived to isolate it.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:11:02 -0400
Pope Francis the manager - surprising, secretive, shrewd

Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to RomeBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Father Ernest Simoni, a 88-year-old Albanian, was watching Pope Francis on television this month when, to his astonishment, he heard the pontiff mention his name. Francis announced that the simple, white-haired Roman Catholic priest, who had spent many years in jail during Albania's communist dictatorship, was to become a cardinal. It was the first that Simoni, or any of the other 16 new cardinals named by Francis at the same time, had heard of their elevation to the prestigious rank.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:10:51 -0400
Dazed migrants recount ordeal after 'Jungle' blaze

People look at smoke rising during the demolition of the Calais "Jungle" camp in northern France on October 25, 2016Huddled under blankets, migrants in the Calais "Jungle" recounted Wednesday how they fled a fire that ripped through tents and shacks in the night after the death knell had sounded for the notorious camp. A French spokesman said desperate migrants had started the blaze, which occurred just hours after the authorities began to demolish the settlement on Tuesday, although camp residents denied the claim. The trio queued outside a registration centre where they hoped to be interviewed later to make their case for being allowed into Britain.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:09:20 -0400
New Clinton ads lay out closing arguments for campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Hillary Clinton is out with two new ads in the final days of the presidential race.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:03:38 -0400
Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

Soldiers give the first aid to a boy injured during the clashes between Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces and Islamic State militiants in the village of Tob Zawa, about 9 kilometers (5 miles) from Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of "spoiler attacks" had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq's second-largest city. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)KHAZER, Iraq (AP) Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and surrounding areas, where the U.N. says militants have committed a number of atrocities in recent days, officials said Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:03:24 -0400
Police: 2 children lucky to survive accident at Aussie park

Queensland Emergency Services personnel are seen at the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Four people died after a malfunction caused two people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride at the popular theme park. (Dan Peled/AAP via AP)SYDNEY (AP) Two children are fortunate to be alive, police said Wednesday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed their mothers and two other people on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:59:54 -0400
Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academy

Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academyPakistan's city of Quetta was completely shut down Wednesday following a militant rampage at a police academy the day before while families buried 60 police cadets and an army officer killed in the attack ...

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:59:14 -0400
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