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Philippine president Duterte appears on Facebook Live to dispel rumors he’s dead

Duterte's spokesman said critics couldn't accept the fact that the president is "indestructible and apparently immune from serious illness".
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Even after two years, China doesn’t fulfill $24 billion investment commitments in Philippines

Sparks concerns in the country that President Rodrigo Duterte may have undermined its sovereignty without anything to show in return. 
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Are we facing an oil shock? These signs say yes

Surging fuel prices have led to discontent in India & Brazil and compensatory measures in Thailand, Vietnam. A 2011 analysis of previous such oil shocks suggests they are strong predictors of downturns.
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Global Pulse: The International Criminal Court has begun investigating killings in the Philippines

Meanwhile in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda are about to have an extremely odd election. 
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Global Pulse: All eyes are on Mohammed bin Salman and his pending meeting with Trump

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is looking for American investments to help diversify the Saudi economy, but the main goal of the visit is to apparently improve Saudi Arabia's image in the West.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte | Commons

Philippines’ extrajudicial killings in war on drugs now under international legal scrutiny

Since the election of President Duterte in the Philippines in May 2016, there has been a state sanctioned crackdown on the drug trade. Police has been accused of actively ordering extrajudicial killings, or ‘rub-outs’. 

Deadly Delhi fireworks factory was making crackers named after Filipino boxer Pacquiao

Investigators suspect Bawana factory used to supply a deadly cracker, ‘Pacquiao Ultramaa’, to Philippines illegally due to high demand.

ISIS threat to Phillippines President Duterte on Republic Day worries Indian agencies

Ten heads of state are set to attend the celebrations in New Delhi, including Rodrigo Duterte, and agencies are scrambling to bolster security.
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Global Pulse: Press freedom is at stake in the Philippines

The Iranian regime acknowledging the protesters' demands is "new and significant because it signals a willingness to open up in order to stay in power."
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Global Pulse: North and South Korea will march under one flag at the Olympics next month

Meanwhile, hyperinflation in Venezuela has worsened, leaving the economy crippled.

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Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

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China sends fighters for Pakistan Day parade, days after thwarting Masood Azhar terror tag

China had last week placed a technical hold on a proposal moved by France, the US, and the UK at the UN Security Council for sanctions against Masood Azhar.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?