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Philippine President Duterte announces separation from U.S.

Philippine president Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday that he’s breaking from the United States, saying that he is strengthening ties with China and that America “lost.”

“I announce my separation from the United States," said Duterte in Beijing, where he’s meeting with business leaders and elected official. "I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help as you help us."


200 women demand peace agreement on Israel's Lebanese border

Women Wage HeatMore than 200 women and several men took part in a rally on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border on Tuesday. The rally was organized by Women Wage Peace, a social movement working "to bring about a viable peace agreement," as their Facebook page states. The group has already organized peace rallies and marches throughout the country.

Tuesday's rally was located outside the now closed Good Fence, through which Lebanese Maronites would regularly pass into Israel for work and medical care until Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon in 2000. Israel absorbed some 15,000 Maronites, who were predicted to have been massacred by Hezbollah on charges of collaboration with Israel were they to have stayed in Lebanon.




Brazil impeachment leader arrested in corruption probe

Eduardo CunhaThe man who spearheaded the ouster of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been arrested as part of a sprawling probe into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

The office of Judge Sergio Moro confirms Wednesday's arrest of former Congressman Eduardo Cunha. He's accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes — accusations he denies.


Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years prison: official website

Iran sentences two Americans to ten yearsAn Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, the Iranian judiciary's official news website reported on Tuesday.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps detained Siamak Namazi, a businessman with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship in his mid-40s, in October 2015, while he was visiting family in Tehran. The IRGC arrested his father, Baquer Namazi, 80, a former UNICEF official and also a dual citizen, in February.


Mexico: Judge whose court handled cartel cases killed

Mexican judge assssinatedA federal judge whose court handled some cases related to drug cartels has been killed near Mexico City.

Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was murdered in Metepec, a town in the state of Mexico, the Supreme Court said in a statement on Monday.

President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the murder and ordered the attorney general's office to take over the investigation.


Iraqi forces take 20 villages from ISIL in Mosul push

Mosul battleArmed forces closing in on Mosul say they have secured about 20 villages on the outskirts of the city in the first 24 hours of an operation to retake the last major stronghold in Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

With air support from the US-led coalition, government and Kurdish forces edged closer to the city on Monday as smoke darkened the blue sky above one ISIL position, apparently from oil fires ignited to hamper the incursion and make it harder to land air strikes.


25 inmates killed -- some beheaded, burned -- in Brazil prison gang fight

Boa Vista prison riotAt least 25 inmates were killed, including seven who were beheaded and six who were burned to death, in Brazil's Monte Cristo Rural Penitentiary on Sunday after two rival gangs clashed.

The killings at the prison in Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima state, were preceded by a riot, prison director João Paulo Passos said, O Globo reports. About 100 relatives of prison inmates were taken hostage during the riot, according to Brazil's Secretary of State for Justice and Citizenship, or SECJUC.


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