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Duterte threatens to pull Philippines out of UN
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened on Sunday to withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations, as he launched another profanity-laced tirade against the organization for criticizing his bloody war on crime.
 
Philippines rebuffs visit by UN rights investigator
The U.N. human rights investigator has told AFP she hopes to visit the Philippines to probe alleged extrajudicial killings, but President Rodrigo Duterte's government bluntly declared she was unwelcome.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not raise long-simmering maritime disputes with mainland China at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos next month, preferring to talk quietly with Chinese officials.
 
A woman gave birth to a premature but healthy baby girl mid-flight while traveling from the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines, forcing the plane to carry out an emergency landing in India.
 
A rising tide lifts all spirits
A boy swimming in the fountain at Logan Circle uses a frisbee to shoot the water from one of the smaller fountains to direct the water anywhere he wishes in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 15.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a sharp increase in next year's national budget to fund his controversial war on crime, with security forces to get big pay rises.
 
Hundreds protest hero's burial for Philippine dictator
Hundreds of Filipinos rallied in stormy weather Sunday against President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of dictator Ferdinand Marcos' burial in a heroes' cemetery, but he remained steadfast on his decision despite growing opposition.
 
Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday.
 
The Philippines and mainland China discussed setting up a "two-track" system that would allow them to cooperate in some areas while separately handling "contentious issues" such as their South China Sea territorial dispute, a Manila envoy said Saturday.
 
The Philippines' firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a fresh diplomatic row with his colorful language, calling the U.S. ambassador "gay" in comments that prompted Washington to summon Manila's envoy to complain.
 
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