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Army Vets Allegedly Became 'Ninja' Killers

Murder trial for 3 men begins in NY

(Newser) - Upon leaving the US Army, some seek a quiet life. That wasn't the case for Joseph Hunter, or two veterans he recruited for "ninja work," including hit jobs earning them $35,000 each, Assistant US Attorney Patrick Egan said Tuesday in opening statements at the men's... More »

In Philippines, 'Ludicrous' Claims From Government in Drug War

Human rights groups push back at Duterte rep's claim that they're assisting drug lords

(Newser) - Human rights groups shining a spotlight on mounting deaths in the Philippines' drug war now have the added chore of denying the government's claims they're involved. Following one of the bloodiest weeks in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs—13 people were killed in a single night,... More »

ICC Is Investigating Duterte, Who Suddenly Wants Out

He says Philippines is withdrawing from the ICC, 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has had a bumpy relationship with the International Criminal Court. He once described it as "bulls---," then in February said he welcomed its preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs. Now, he says he'll pull the... More »

Duterte Boasts of Order to Shoot Women 'in the Vagina'

Critic calls him 'the epitome of misogyny and fascism'

(Newser) - In addition to saying he "should have been first" to assault a "beautiful" rape victim , Rodrigo Duterte once told soldiers he'd protect them if they raped women. His misogynistic rhetoric only continued with comments last week, drawing outrage even as a spokesman claims the Philippine president shouldn'... More »

ICC Looks Into Claims Duterte Ordered Mass Murder

He welcomes preliminary investigation into crimes against humanity, rep says

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes a preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity now underway by the International Criminal Court, a spokesman said Thursday, marking an about-face for a man who once described the ICC as "bulls---." Duterte is "sick and tired of being accused" and... More »

Threat Level Raised as 'Violent' Volcanic Eruption Nears

Mayon volcano in the Philippines just spewed out a 4,300-foot ash plume

(Newser) - Residents of the island of Luzon in the Philippines have been lying in nervous wait after seismologists predicted last week that its Mayon volcano was exhibiting signs of an "imminent eruption." On Monday, the prospect of danger was raised further, with the threat level jumping from three to... More »

It's Seen Nearly 50 Eruptions in 400 Years. Now, Another Looms

Threat level raised to 3 amid indications Mayon volcano will soon blow

(Newser) - "Signs of imminent eruption" is not a phrase one living on the island of Luzon likely wants to hear. But, per CNN , that's what is being said about the Mayon volcano in the Philippines. On the heels of three steam eruptions Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and... More »

37 Call Center Workers Confirmed Dead in Mall Fire

They worked for US company in Philippines mall

(Newser) - Firefighters in the Philippines have found all 37 bodies of employees of a US-based company who were trapped in a blaze that gutted a shopping mall in southern Davao city. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that firefighters initially found one body at the NCCC Mall on Sunday, but that extreme heat... More »

'Zero' Chance of Survival for 36 Trapped in Mall Fire

Workers couldn't escape top floor of Philippine mall

(Newser) - Firefighters in the Philippines recovered one body from a burning shopping mall Sunday and there is "zero" chance of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city, an official said. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said firefighters told distraught relatives of the 36 trapped employees... More »

120 Dead, 160 Missing Amid Tropical Storm

Philippines hit by flash floods, landslides

(Newser) - A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, reportedly leaving more than 120 people dead and 160 others missing, officials said Saturday. Most of the deaths from Tropical Storm Tembin were in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao del... More »

Trump: 'It's Been a Really Great 12 Days'

He says Asia trip was 'tremendously succesful'

(Newser) - President Trump headed for home Tuesday following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been "tremendously successful" and had put the world on notice that the "rules have changed" for countries that want to trade with the US. Trump also teased a "major statement" on... More »

Trump Hails 'Great Relationship' With Duterte

Accounts differ on whether they talked about human rights in Philippines

(Newser) - His lengthy Asia trip nearing its end, President Trump once more pushed for equitable trade deals and opted to publicly prioritize strategic interests over human rights, declining to shine a spotlight on the violent drug war overseen by his Philippine host, reports the AP . Trump repeatedly praised Philippine President Rodrigo... More »

Last Stop in Asia: Trump Meets Duterte

Leaders dine, to hold more formal talks on Monday

(Newser) - President Trump arrived at the final stop on his five-country tour of Asia, attending a gala in the Philippines celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention center in... More »

Duterte Says He Killed Someone as a Teen Over a Look

A rep says the Philippines president was speaking 'in jest'

(Newser) - Will President Trump meet face-to-face with a killer while in Asia? Depends on how literally you take the word of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who on Thursday said, "At the age of 16, I already killed someone. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing. I was just 16 years... More »

Dozens of Bodies Found After Pro-ISIS Group's Last Stand

Siege in Philippine city is finally over

(Newser) - Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-ISIS militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security officials say. The officials say the seizure of the building and the defeat of the militants will allow the military to declare... More »

Duterte: US 'Toned Down' Its Human Rights Concerns

Pentagon may begin airstrikes in the Philippines against ISIS

(Newser) - The US already has a small military force in the Philippines to help in the fight against ISIS, but NBC News reports that the Pentagon might ramp things up by allowing US drones to conduct airstrikes. The strikes would be part of an official military mission that could be unveiled... More »

Philippines Law Would Require Anthem to Be Sung 'With Fervor'

Anyone who fails to do so would face stiff fines, even prison time

(Newser) - Singing the national anthem in the Philippines? You'd better do so enthusiastically. The country's House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would make the singing of the anthem mandatory whenever it is played in public—and also noting that said singing "must be done with fervor.... More »

Philippine Cops: Casino Attacker Was Indebted Gambler

Dismiss ISIS' claims that Friday attack was terror-related

(Newser) - The lone suspect behind a deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in Manila was a heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict, police said Sunday, bolstering their claim that the assault was not terrorism-related . The man's family confirmed his identity as Jessie Carlos—a married father of three and... More »

Gunman in Casino Attack to Guests: 'Get Out! Get Out!'

Security footage of Philippines rampage released, cops don't think it was terrorism

(Newser) - The gunman in a deadly casino rampage in the Philippines was seen on security camera footage firing his gun in the air, setting fires, and shooting at security forces as he moved through the building during an attack that left at least 38 people dead, the AP reports. ISIS has... More »

Dozens Suffocate in Attack on Philippine Casino

Police say victims suffocated from smoke after gambling tables were torched

(Newser) - A masked gunman stormed a hotel-casino complex in the Philippine capital of Manila early Friday, shooting up a TV screen, torching gambling tables, and stuffing a backpack with casino chips before fleeing, authorities say. Police say 36 people suffocated from smoke after the man set tables ablaze by pouring gasoline... More »

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