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Philippine President Duterte justifies
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is waging a bloody war on crime, has justified the large-scale killing of drug users by suggesting the victims were not human.
 
Muslim extremists who support the Islamic State group staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 23 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said Sunday.
 
Filipino militants free 8 comrades, 15 others in jail attack
Muslim extremists supporting the Islamic State group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.
 
The Philippines' police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, escalating President Rodrigo Duterte's deeply controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives.
 
4 in 10 Filipinos caught in vicious cycle of poverty
Four in 10 Filipinos are "trapped in a vicious cycle" of slipping in and out of poverty whenever they are affected by external shocks, despite the fact that the Philippines has been enjoying a strong, sustained economic growth over the past several years.
 
President Rodrigo Duterte has said his threat to pull the Philippines out of the United Nations for criticizing his deadly crime war was just a "joke," while attempting a light-hearted wordplay on genocide.
 
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.
 
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