• Philippines' Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law. "For this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible. If you rape three (women), I will say that I did it." Duterte imposed martial law on Tuesday across the southern region of Mindanao in response to militants going on a deadly rampage through a city in the south and flying the black flags of the Islamic State group.

  • Pochettino dismisses 'rumours' after friendly win

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was unconcerned over speculation Eric Dier and Kyle Walker are due to move away from the London club in the upcoming summer transfer window. The England internationals have been linked with moves to Manchester United and Manchester City respectively in the English media this week, but the Argentinian dismissed reports the two would leave Spurs ahead of next season. "There's a lot of rumours," said Pochettino, who himself has been linked with a move to Barcelona to replace the departing Luis Enrique.

  • Expert in escaping North Korea has a message for Trump

    "I'm good at escaping," says Grace Jo, a slender 25-year-old who managed to flee North Korea and its authoritarian regime not just once but three times, though most of her family was not so lucky. Such was Jo's fate the first time she fled North Korea, when she was about seven years old. "We walked on unpaved roads, and we crossed many mountains until we reached the Tumen River" which separates North Korea from China.

  • U.S. takes "full responsibility" for Manchester intelligence leaks - Tillerson

    The United States government takes full responsibility for leaks of the British police investigation into Monday's deadly bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday. Appearing alongside British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in London, Tillerson said that "all across America, hearts are broken" at news of the attack on people attending a concert by U.S. pop singer Ariana Grande.

  • Former top Chinese cop executed for murder

    A former regional police chief in China was executed for murder, state media said Friday, after reports described his victim as a lover more than three decades his junior. Zhao Liping, 65, was found guilty of murder, bribery and possession of firearms and explosives by a court in Taiyuan, the capital of the northern province of Shanxi, in November. China's supreme court announced Friday that Zhao had been executed after it approved the sentence, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

  • U.S. warship drill meant to defy China's claim over artificial island - officials

    By Idrees Ali and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. warship carried out a "maneuvering drill" when it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, to show Beijing it was not entitled to a territorial sea around it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The operation near Mischief Reef on Thursday, Pacific time, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has disputes with its neighbors, was the boldest U.S. challenge yet to Chinese island-building in the strategic waterway.

  • Steffi stepped in after Agassi said 'no' to Djokovic

    Andre Agassi revealed on Thursday that his wife and fellow tennis legend Steffi Graf encouraged him to become Novak Djokovic's new coach after he had originally turned down the job. The 47-year-old Agassi will work with Djokovic at the forthcoming French Open where the Serbian star is the defending champion. "Novak called me about three weeks ago and I said no at the start," Agassi, the 1999 Roland Garros champion, told French television programme Tout le Sport.