By Minami Funakoshi YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday his country could join naval exercises with Japan, but repeated there would be no more war games with long-time ally the United States and again gave vent to his anger against Washington. Duterte also
China's latest drill in the South China Sea was a normal search and rescue exercise, the defense ministry said on Thursday, less than a week after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, provoking a warning from Chinese warships to leave. China routinely holds drills in the busy waterway
By Andrew Cawthorne and Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests. The government
Bilingual education is back on the ballot in California. At present, the Golden State public schools are required to teach most English learners in English-only programs. By voting "yes" on Proposition 58, California voters would make it easier for schools to decide how they teach English
Students at Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States, have petitioned to have the dress code changed, claiming that it shamed girls’ bodies and perpetuated rape culture. As it stands, the school's dress code bans see-through garments, spaghetti straps, hats, and gang-related
Two roadblocks threaten President Obama’s pivot to Asia. The first is the Philippines’ mercurial president, Rodrigo Duterte, who on Wednesday announced he would seek the departure of all US troops in his country within two years. The second is the US election campaign, in which both Democrat Hillary
A Wisconsin city clerk raised concerns about opening an early voting site on the state university’s Green Bay campus in part because she feared it would encourage more Democratic-leaning students to vote, a move that some say could suppress the vote along partisan ties. As early voting becomes a more
By Michael Georgy FADILIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighter Germad Yihya stood on a small berm overlooking a village where he said Islamic State militants had taken a beating. A day earlier, a suicide bomber had rushed out of the thick green vegetation and killed five of his comrades after
A three-year-old female polar bear kept in a shopping mall aquarium in southwestern China, at the center of an animal rights controversy, is showing signs of mental decline, animal welfare groups said. The bear, named Pizza, attracted the attention of international news media after Hong Kong-based Animals
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N.'s public health agency said Thursday it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in "mass casualty management," with a special focus on chemical attacks, as part of its preparations for Iraq's operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group.
Japanese scientists are getting an up-close lesson on how volcanic islands are formed. Last week, they landed on Nishinoshima, which was just a rocky outcropping in the Pacific Ocean until two years ago, when spectacular eruptions spewed lava and ash, expanding it to 12 times its size. Researchers
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Three female weightlifters from Kazakhstan have been stripped of gold medals from the 2012 London Olympics after failing retests of their doping samples.
Italy was counting the cost Thursday after twin earthquake in the centre of the country forced thousands to flee their homes in terror but "miraculously" did not cause any fatalities. The national civil protection agency described the damage as "very significant" but said they were
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league is off to a tight race atop the standings, with five teams separated by only three points. Yet, most of the talk entering the weekend is about whether Cristiano Ronaldo will end his scoring slump.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, a confidential Philippine government
TOKYO (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Japan on Thursday without meeting Emperor Akihito as the scheduled meeting had to be canceled because of the death of the emperor's uncle.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Two Eritrean pilots have defected with their fighter jets to neighboring Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group confirmed Thursday, in a dramatic exit from one of the world's most closed-off states.
America's top intelligence official echoed what many U.S. experts have long argued when he said this week there was little chance North Korea would agree to shut down its nuclear weapons program.
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. Children's agency called the airstrikes in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province a day earlier an "outrage," suggesting it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the country's war began nearly six years ago. The attack, according to UNICEF, killed
By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament on Thursday awarded its Sakharov Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two Iraqi Yazidi women who were held as sex slaves by Islamic State militants and have campaigned for human rights since escaping. Murad and Bashar were among
A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada could be signed within days after the Belgian government overcame an impasse with its regional authorities on Thursday. Belgian Prime ...
England have won the right to stage the 2021 World Cup, the Rugby League International Federation announced on Thursday. England, who hosted the event in 2013 when they reached the semi-finals, were chosen ahead of rival bidders the United States and Canada. RLIF chief executive David Collier said:
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian official says authorities are working on a request from Thailand's government to extradite three Thais accused of insulting the monarchy.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil-rich Gulf countries face further economic strain as crude prices remain low, requiring them to cut back spending and raise money other ways, the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury have said in recent visits to the region.
LONDON (AP) — Global wildlife populations have fallen an average of 58 percent from 1970 levels, with human activity reducing the numbers of elephants in Tanzania, maned wolves in Brazil, salamanders in the United States and orcas in the waters of Europe, researchers say.