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Killings, curse words can’t keep Duterte’s popularity down in the Philippines

The rest of the world may be horrified by the deadly drug war and colorful words of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, but his constituents think he’s doing an “excellent” job, according to the latest surveys.

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This video shows the horrifying destruction of the Syrian civil war on Aleppo

Bombings have devastated Aleppo. Rebels are the targets, but oftentimes it is Syrian civilians who bear the brunt of the attacks – losing their homes and family members in an instant.

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Africa’s complicated relationship with the International Criminal Court

South Africa announced on Thursday it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). It came days after Burundi’s president signed a bill to also leave the court. Years of threats to leave and attempts to organize the African Union behind a mass departure finally led two countries to take action.

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Death of Thailand’s ‘Development King’ tosses his legacy into unsteady hands

The death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has shrouded the “Land of Smiles” in grief and anxiety over its political future.

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Colombian peace negotiators urged to reconsider gender in next deal

The United Nations is urging Colombia’s government and FARC rebels to quickly reach a new peace deal, which women’s rights advocates are hoping will include a more progressive consideration of gender.

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Senators press U.S. to take stance on U.N. fault for cholera in Haiti

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a group of U.S. senators wants to know whether the government is willing to blame the U.N. for cholera in Haiti.

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No end to poverty without reducing inequality, World Bank says

Extreme poverty has declined worldwide while wealth inequality in many countries has increased, the World Bank reports, contending that these two conflicting trends cannot co-exist for long. Over the past two decades, the world has seen great progress made against the most extreme forms of poverty, defined as a person living on $1.90 per day

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Colombia’s Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize in boost for troubled talks

By Stine Jacobsen and Helen Murphy OSLO/BOGOTA (Reuters) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist guerrillas, a surprise choice and a show of support days after voters rejected a peace deal he signed with the rebels. The Norwegian

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Fury and shock as Colombians deal with voter rejection of peace deal

Colombians voted to reject a peace agreement with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) that would have brought an end to the country’s long-running civil war, prompting shock and criticism that voters’ desperation to see justice served has prevented the country from achieving peace. The process of reaching a formal peace agreement has, like

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Migration summit failed: 2 weeks later nothing has changed

President Barack Obama’s summit on refugees and migrants during the U.N. General Assembly was championed as a ‘bold’ show of commitment by the world’s leaders. And today, Reuters reported that the Italian Coast Guard had rescued 5,650 people from 40 boats, among the highest number of people rescued in a single day. Experts and advocates

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7 questions we’d like to ask in the next presidential debate

The dust is starting to settle after the first U.S. presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Moderator Lester Holt asked few questions, giving the candidates a lot of latitude. As a result, most of the 90-minute debate was spent trading barbs and evading deeper policy issues – especially foreign affairs. In a little

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Women’s voices heard loud and clear in Colombia peace deal

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Under a newly signed peace deal to end Colombia’s war, women who have been raped by military forces or rebel fighters may expect to have the crimes against them investigated by a special unit. The accord between the government and rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)

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Guterres extends lead in race for next U.N. Secretary-General

The fifth U.N. Security Council “straw poll” on Monday to pick the next secretary-general saw former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres hold steady at the top while the rest of the field fell further behind. He is on the brink of securing the job, but the next poll will provide some needed clarity. The 14 countries

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Obama and Ban deliver final U.N. speeches no holds barred

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered their final speeches to the U.N. General Assembly this week, and they didn’t hold back. Obama called out a long list of people and ideas; Ban owned up to some of the U.N.’s biggest scandals.

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