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Philippine's Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S.

TOKYO Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to rival China last week was only about economics, but had more harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might abrogate defense treaties.

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Suspected Syrian government air strike kills Turkey-backed rebels: Turkish army

ANKARA A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels on Tuesday, the Turkish military said, in what appeared to be the first direct clash with Syrian forces since Turkey launched a cross-border incursion in August.

Turkey, Syria 2:53am EDT

Venezuela opposition to protest Maduro 'dictatorship'

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition was to hold nationwide rallies on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of morphing into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him.

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Australian police examine theme park ride that killed four

SYDNEY Australian forensic police were examining a river rapids ride at the country's biggest theme park on Wednesday where four people were trapped beneath an upturned raft and killed.

Australia 3:27am EDT

Chaos erupts as Hong Kong independence activists fight ban to enter legislative chamber

HONG KONG Hong Kong's legislature descended into chaos on Wednesday as two pro-independence lawmakers defied a barring order and barged into the chamber as democrats formed a human chain around them, forcing the session to be adjourned.

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Montenegro's ruling party nominates successor for long-serving PM

Podgorica Montenegro’s prime minister Milo Djukanovic will be replaced by his deputy and closest ally Dusko Markovic as Prime Minister-Designate to try to form the new government, the presidency of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) said late on Tuesday.

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