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PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

MANILA  –– A presidential intervention to provide free contraceptives in the predominantly Catholic Philippines looked set to face hurdles, with conservatives and church leaders preparing possible challenges. Access to artificial birth control methods is difficult in the country of over 100 million people despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012 because of a […]

Mass prison escape in Philippines

Mass prison escape in Philippines

MANILA –– A manhunt continues in the Philippines after an armed raid led to a mass prison escape. As many as 158 inmates fled the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City in the southern Philippines early Wednesday after armed men attacked the compound, according to Xavier Solda, the spokesman for the Philippines Bureau of […]

NORTH KOREA – Claims that Kim Jong Un executed 340

NORTH KOREA – Claims that Kim Jong Un executed 340

PYONGYANG –– A new report claims North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered 340 people to be executed since he came to power in 2011. The Institute for National Security Strategy, a South Korean think tank, released “The misgoverning of Kim Jong Un’s five years in power” on Thursday, detailing how the North Korean leader […]

PHILIPPINES – President Duterte calls UN official an ‘idiot’

PHILIPPINES – President Duterte calls UN official an ‘idiot’

MANILA –– Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called a top UN official an “idiot” and “joker” on Thursday for urging that murder investigations be launched against the president after he admitted personally killing people. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday said Philippine judicial authorities should probe Duterte’s accounts of having […]

MANILA – President Duterte admits to killing men

MANILA – President Duterte admits to killing men

MANILA –– The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed to the BBC that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao. He said: “I killed about three of them . . . I don’t know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies. It happened and I cannot lie about it.” […]

Philippines war on drugs overcrowds jails

Philippines war on drugs overcrowds jails

MANILA – Jason Madarang, awaiting trial on a charge of drug use, is in a muggy, windowless cell in a Manila prison so overcrowded that inmates must sleep in halls and stairwells and share each toilet with 150 other men. But with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” raging beyond the walls of Quezon City […]

PHILIPPINES – Duterte lashes out after US halts rifle sale

PHILIPPINES – Duterte lashes out after US halts rifle sale

MANILA –– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chided the United States on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead. Duterte’s tirades against the former colonial power are routine during his speeches and he […]

Thais to confirm crown prince

Thais to confirm crown prince

BANGKOK – Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on December 1, a senior source has told the BBC. Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials. His father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s […]

China launches manned space mission

China launches manned space mission

BEIJING – China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. The Shenzhou 11 mission took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on […]

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