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Philippines' Duterte: bye-bye America and we don't need your money MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for repeal of an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises, declaring "bye-bye America", and we don't need your money. But Duterte suggested relations could improve under a President Donald Trump. "I like your mouth, it's like mine, yes Mr President.We are similar and people with the same feathers flock together." Returning his focus to the present US administration which has criticised him over reports of extra-judicial killings in his campaign against drugs, he said: "We do not need you," Duterte said in a news conference after arriving from visits to Cambodia and Singapore. "Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA." The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), signed in 1998, accorded legal status to thousands of US troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and ...

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India police arrest driver over rape charge NEW DELHI: Police in New Delhi said Friday they have arrested a driver for allegedly raping a woman in his car, as the Indian capital marks the fourth anniversary of the fatal gang-rape of a student.The woman told police that she was waiting for a bus on Wednesday night when the man offered her a lift and she got into his car."We have recorded her statement. She has told us that the driver raped her ...

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Philippines' Duterte says he may not be around till end of term PHNOM PENH: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he might not "be around" until the end of his term, and that, after winning the presidency at 71, he had found out late in the day that "I don't need it at my age". The previous day he had told a gathering of business leaders in the Philippines that he suffered from back pains, migraines and Buerger's disease, a cause of blockages in the ...

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Two die as cyclone hits coastal India CHENNAI: Two people were killed Monday after Cyclone Vardah pounded India's southeastern coast at speeds of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour, forcing thousands to flee their homes.Heavy rains accompanied by high-velocity winds hit the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply lines.With a high alert issued in several affected districts, flight operations were suspended and educational institutions shut as a precaution.K. Satyagopal, a senior ...

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India's southeast coast braces as cyclone approaches MUMBAI: India's weather office called on Sunday for fishermen to stay ashore hours before a very severe cyclone storm was due to strike the southeast coast, including Chennai, one of the most populous Indian cities. The cyclone "Vardah" is moving in from the Bay of Bengal and will landfall along and off Chennai on Monday afternoon with wind speed of 100 kmph, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. From Sunday evening ...

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US defence chief makes surprise visit to Afghanistan KABUL: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter landed in Afghanistan Friday on an unannounced visit, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump's strategy on America's longest war with no end in sight.Carter is expected to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and American troops on his last official trip to Afghanistan before he hands over the reins to Trump's pick for Pentagon chief, the hardline retired general James Mattis.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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China BEIJING: China will increase environmental inspections and punish polluters, President Xi Jinping said, vowing more effort to tackle the pollution that blights the lives of millions of Chinese.In a bid to defuse potential sources of unrest, China's leaders have been desperate to show they are firmly on the side of the public in the battle against pollution, setting up hotlines, task forces and rapid response teams, and encouraging the public to participate in campaigns against violators."The goal of achieving an ecological civilization ...