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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.