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Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call | Reuters

By Martin Petty and David Brunnstrom | MANILA/WASHINGTON MANILA/WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries.A statement issued by Trump's transition team, however, made no mention of an invitation.Trump's brief chat with the firebrand Philippine president follows a period of uncertainty about one of Washington's most important Asian alliances, stoked by Duterte's hostility towards President Barack Obama and repeated threats to sever decades-old defence ties.The call lasted just over seven minutes, Duterte's special adviser, Christopher Go, said in a text message to media, which gave few details.Duterte congratulated the U.S. president-elect, the Trump team's statement said, and the two men "noted the long history of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, and agreed that the two governments would continue to work together closely on matters of shared interest and concern."In five months in office, Duterte has upended Philippine foreign policy by berating the United States, making overtures towards historic rival China and pursuing a new alliance with Russia.His diplomacy has created jitters among Asian countries wary about Beijing's rising influence and Washington's staying power as a regional counterbalance.Duterte has praised China and told Obama to "go to hell" and called him a "son of a bitch" whom he would humiliate if he visited the Philippines.The anger was unleashed after Democrat Obama expressed concern about possible human rights abuses in Duterte's war on drugs, during which more than 2,000 people have been killed.Duterte initially expressed optimism about having Trump in the Oval Office, saying he no longer wanted quarrels #facebook #follow #follow-reuters #twitter-follow #reuters-news #reuters-news-agency #adchoices
One dead in Peru after angry mob tries to lynch pollsters | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

One dead in Peru after angry mob tries to lynch pollsters | Reuters

LIMA One woman has been killed and some 40 people were arrested in a Peruvian shantytown after an angry mob tried to lynch two pollsters whom residents believed were butchering local children to take their organs, authorities said Friday.False rumours on social media claiming dead children had been found with their organs missing fanned mass hysteria in the shantytown Huaycan on the outskirts of Lima, prompting residents to target two employees of a polling company who had been conducting door-to-door marketing surveys, said Police General Hugo Begazo."From one second to the next, people started to surround us," said visibly shaken Luis Nunez with polling firm Quantum in broadcast comments. "They nearly lynched us and set us on fire."Police managed to pry Nunez and his colleague from the mob, which then attacked the police station in Huaycan where they were being held for their protection, Begazo said.Police are investigating the death of a Huaycan woman who died from a bullet wound following the unrest late on Thursday, Begazo said.Footage of the clashes showed police launching tear gas at a crowd and firing bullets in the air as people ran screaming and men threw rocks. Begazo said more than a dozen police were injured and that Molotov cocktails were thrown and cars set on fire.The clashes in Huaycan underscore the deep mistrust that often exists between authorities and residents of poverty-stricken areas across Peru where policing is scant and residents regularly band together to fight crime. #facebook #twitter-follow #newsletters #corrections #reuters-news-agency
Renzi makes final appeal to Italians ahead of referendum | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Renzi makes final appeal to Italians ahead of referendum | Reuters

By Gavin Jones and Philip Pullella | ROME ROME With his career on the line, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a final appeal to Italians on Friday to support a crucial referendum to change the constitution, saying Italy could become Europe's strongest nation if it wins."(This Sunday) could change the lives of our children," he told a large rally in his home city of Florence."It is not for us, it is not for a political party, it is for them," he said at the end of a frenetic day of campaigning that included numerous media events and public rallies.Financial markets and European political leaders fear victory for the opposition "No" camp in Sunday's vote could trigger political instability and renewed turmoil for Italy's battered banks, pushing the euro zone towards a fresh crisis.Renzi has promised to resign if Italians reject his plan to drastically reduce the role of the upper house Senate and claw back powers from regional authorities. The opposition says the reform will reduce vital democratic checks and balances.Renzi, who has been trying to turn around a plethora of opinion polls showing a lead for "No", said voting "Yes" would "give Italians the possibility to write a page of history"."If 'Yes' wins, Italy will become the leader of Europe," said Renzi, who has pledged to immediately veto the European Union's budget to force Italy's partners to give it more help in handling an influx of migrants arriving on its shores.If Renzi is defeated, he is expected to go to President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace, a ritual for a prime minister about to resign. Mattarella might try to convince him to stay in office to guarantee political stability, officials have said.Hours before Renzi spoke in Florence, Beppe Grillo, founder of the anti-euro 5-star Movement which backs a "No" vote, thundered against the political establishment at a rally in the northern industrial city of Turin."We are a country that is stuck in the mud," the former comedian told thousands of people.MOST BETS ON "NO" A blackout on the publication of surveys was imposed on Nov. #facebook #follow #corrections #reuters-news-agency #adchoices
Russian ship runs aground in Istanbul - Dogan news agency | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russian ship runs aground in Istanbul - Dogan news agency | Reuters

ISTANBUL Heavy winds forced a Russian ship to run aground off the coast of Istanbul on Friday, Turkey's Dogan news agency reported.It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured, although footage from Dogan showed men sitting in a lifeboat on the deck of the ship, waiting to be brought down while rescue workers gathered nearby at the coast. The ship ran aground just off Istanbul's Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city on the coast of the Sea of Marmara #facebook #twitter-follow #newsletters #corrections #reuters-news #reuters-info-channel #adchoices
On final trip, Carter looks to reassure Asia allies | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

On final trip, Carter looks to reassure Asia allies | Reuters

By Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes his last scheduled trip to Asia next week, and he will try to sooth anxieties caused by Donald Trump's election, U.S. #facebook #follow #follow-reuters #corrections #reuters-news #reuters-info-channel #adchoices
INTERVIEW: Europe must brace for new, varied IS attacks - security chief | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

INTERVIEW: Europe must brace for new, varied IS attacks - security chief | Reuters

By Alastair Macdonald | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS Islamic State will attack Europe again, security chiefs warned on Friday, and may add car bombs, cyber and chemical warfare to its local arsenal as European militants drift home after reverses in Syria and Iraq.Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, said it was impossible to know for sure how many militants were already in Europe plotting. A report on Friday by the EU's Europol policy agency referred to dozens. #facebook #Thomson Reuters #follow #follow-reuters #corrections #reuters-info-channel
Residents alarmed as Iraqi soldiers spray Shi'ite graffiti in Mosul | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Residents alarmed as Iraqi soldiers spray Shi'ite graffiti in Mosul | Reuters

By Ulf Laessing | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq "We answer your call, O Hussein!"The traditional battle cry of Shi'ite Muslims, expressing loyalty to the 7th century martyred hero of their sect, has been spraypainted across buildings in Mosul by soldiers as they push out the hardline Sunni fighters of Islamic State. #facebook #follow #follow-reuters #corrections #reuters-news-agency
Syrian rebels and families leave another town near Damascus | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Syrian rebels and families leave another town near Damascus | Reuters

BEIRUT Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left al-Tal near Damascus on Friday under a deal with the government, the latest in a number of such evacuations as the army and its allies consolidate their control over the outskirts of the capital. While the fiercest recent battles in Syria's civil war have taken place in the northern city of Aleppo, the government and allied forces have also been steadily advancing in the area around Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group, said around 2,000 rebels and family members had left al-Tal on Friday in more than 40 buses and some ambulances. #facebook #follow-reuters #twitter-follow #reuters-news #reuters-info-channel
Dual U.S.-Iranian national, wife jailed in Iran without charge since July - rights group | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Dual U.S.-Iranian national, wife jailed in Iran without charge since July - rights group | Reuters

DUBAI An American-Iranian dual national and his wife have been in detention in Iran without charge or access to lawyers since their arrest by elite Revolutionary Guards in July, a New York-based rights group said on Friday.The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said Karan Vafadari and his wife Afarin Niasari, who run an art gallery in Tehran, were being held in Tehran’s Evin Prison.The Islamic Republic does not recognise dual nationality, a position that prevents Western embassy officials from visiting such detainees."Yet another case of a dual national snatched and held without charge or access to a lawyer represents an alarming continuation of a judicial system run by intelligence agencies with no respect for the law and no accountability,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the ICHRI.The statement said families of the arrested couple decided not to publicize their cases, hoping it would be resolved. "Then when the family started receiving anonymous phone threats and demands for money, they decided to go public and write a letter to Iran’s supreme leader," the statement said.In the letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Vafadari's Washington-based sister Kateh said that her sister-in-law was detained at Tehran airport as she was about to board a flight to attend a family wedding abroad, the statement said. "She was told to call her husband and ask him to come to the airport. #facebook #follow #twitter-follow #newsletters #reuters-news #reuters-news-agency #adchoices
Trump says will have most Cabinet posts filled next week | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump says will have most Cabinet posts filled next week | Reuters

By Emily Stephenson | NEW YORK NEW YORK U.S. #facebook #follow #follow-reuters #newsletters #corrections #reuters-info-channel