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Duterte faced global condemnation in September 2016 when he likened his crackdown on drugs to Adolf Hitler's genocidal drive in World War II

Duterte Tells Catholic Bishops: ‘I Want to Kick Your Ass’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened violence against any Catholic bishop or priest present at remarks he delivered Tuesday, described by local media as “another directionless speech that targeted his usual enemies.”

Powerful bomb in van kills at least 10 in south Philippines

11 Killed in Islamic State Bombing in Philippines

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a van explosion early Tuesday morning at a military checkpoint in the Southern Philippines that killed 11 people, an army spokesperson confirmed.

Rodrigo Duterte

Thousands of Filipinos Arrested in Duterte’s War on Loitering

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs had already been a source of great controversy for years when he suddenly announced a new crusade in June: a war on loitering. Those who fear authoritarian rule were dismayed to discover squads of police combing the streets of Manila each night and rounding up thousands of people who couldn’t provide a good enough explanation for why they were out after dark.

Red tarpaulin banners with the words, in English: "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" mysteriously appeared on footbridges across the capital, Manila, on Thursday.

‘Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China’ Banners Appear in Manila

Large red banners reading “Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China” mysteriously appeared on bridges throughout the nation’s capital Manila on Thursday, the second anniversary of an international legal ruling that declared China’s presence in Philippine territory in the South China Sea was illegal.

Duterte said over the weekend that he would not seek to stay in office beyond his term's end in 2022

Duterte Attacks God 24 Hours After Promising Not To, Says ‘Sorry, God’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte once again warned on Tuesday that he would attack God if anyone invoked his name against him, less than a day after the president had come to an agreement with Philippine Catholic leaders to stop assailing the religion of most of his country.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sparked outrage on a recent trip to South Korea by kissing a woman on the lips during an event

Duterte’s Poll Numbers Crash After ‘God Is Stupid’ Tirade

The question of whether Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity could survive anything the colorful chief executive says appears to have been answered, as a survey by independent pollster Social Weather Stations published on Tuesday found Duterte sinking to his lowest approval rating since he assumed the office in 2016.

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine Bishops Call for Three-Day Fast After Duterte Says God Is a ‘Stupid Son of a Bitch’

The uneasy relationship between the Catholic Church and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a turn for the worse on two weeks ago when the notoriously foul-mouthed Duterte referred to God as a “stupid son of a bitch.” On Monday, the association of Philippine bishops called for three days of fasting and prayer in response to not only Duterte’s remarks but also the extreme violence of his drug war.

Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio in Nueva Ecija, Philippines, was pronounced dead Tuesday shortly after a gunman approached his car on a motorcycle and shot him dead in the town, the second assassination of a mayor in the country in as many days.

Second Mayor Killed in Philippines in as Many Days

Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio in Nueva Ecija, Philippines, was pronounced dead Tuesday shortly after a gunman approached his car on a motorcycle and shot him dead in the town, the second assassination of a mayor in the country in as many days.

China's President Xi Jinping has launched a massive anti-graft campaign that includes efforts to repatriate allegedly corrupt officials who have fled abroad

Chinese State Media: Multi-Party Democracy Has No Place in Asia

The Chinese state newspaper Global Times made the argument Monday that Western-style multi-party democracy has no place in Asia, citing numerous examples of Asian heads of state arrested for corruption. The newspaper does not mention the tens of thousands arrested on corruption charges under Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in China.

Reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in 2015

China Returns Missiles to South China Sea Island

Satellite images taken on Friday revealed that China has returned surface-to-air missiles to Woody Island in the Paracels, restoring them to exactly the same positions they occupied before tensions with the United States prompted Beijing to withdraw the weapons.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on …

China Slams U.S. for ‘Over-Interpreting’ Heavy Bomber Landing in South China Sea

China responded on Monday to criticism of its heavy bombers landing on a South China Sea airstrip by insisting it was all part of a routine training exercise and said the United States is the party that threatens regional stability by sending warships on freedom of navigation patrols through territory claimed by Beijing.

GUANGZHOU, Sept. 13, 2016 -- A Chinese Air Force H-6K bomber flies to the West Pacific, via the Bashi Strait, for a routine combat simulation drill, Sept. 12, 2016. The Chinese Air Force on Monday sent multiple aircraft models, including H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters, and air tankers, for the drill. …

China Lands Heavy Bombers on South China Sea Island

China reportedly landed one of its H-6K heavy bombers on Woody Island in the Paracels late last week, increasing concerns about Chinese militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea, prompting a complaint and “appropriate diplomatic action” from the Philippines.

A member of the Iraqi forces holds the Islamic State group flag upside down in Mosul on July 1, 2017

Former ISIS Fighter Warns Islamic State Ideology Will Make a Comeback

In an interview with Fox News conducted from a prison run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition, former ISIS fighter Hamza Nmeie warned that the Islamic State’s ideology will survive the collapse of the “caliphate” and inspire new groups obsessed with defeating the United States.