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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony held in Beijing

Few options for U.S. on how to respond to Duterte

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has few good options and limited leverage as it struggles to craft a response to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's increasingly hostile rhetoric towards the United States and his warm embrace of China.


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Obama says his departure may fix what ails Obamacare

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