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Philippines' Duterte sworn as president, rails against crime

Wednesday, 9:29 PM

MANILA (Reuters) - Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, and minutes later he told the nation that he would wage a "relentless" and "sustained" battle against crime and warned officials that he would not tolerate corruption. In an acceptance speech at the president's palace, Duterte said there had been an erosion of trust in the country's leaders and people were hungry for change.

Top Asian News 4:23 a.m. GMT

Wednesday, 9:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with some hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he will undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid threats to kill criminals en masse. The 71-year-old former prosecutor and longtime mayor of southern Davao city won a resounding victory in May's elections in his first foray into national politics. Duterte, who begins a six-year term as president, captured attention with promises to cleanse the poor Southeast Asian nation of criminals and government crooks within six months — an audacious pledge that was welcomed by many crime-weary Filipinos but alarmed human rights watchdogs and the influential Roman Catholic church.

Puerto Rico still seen defaulting on debt even with rescue law

Wednesday, 9:07 PM

U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew and Puerto Rico's Governor Garcia Padilla listen to kindergarden teacher Rivera during their visit to the elementary school Eleonor Roosevelt in San JuanInvestors in Puerto Rico's debt-burdened economy still face risks of default on some of the island's $70 billion in debt even after the U.S. Congress on Wednesday created a powerful federal oversight board to manage credit restructurings. U.S. President Barack Obama says he will quickly sign the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) before the U.S. territory faces a possible default on July 1 on $1.9 billion worth of debt payments. While the government of Puerto Rico says it cannot honor all of its debts, and will likely default for a fourth time in the last year on some of its bonds, some creditors could get their payments via insurers or reserve funds.

Politicians battle to lead Brexit aftermath

Wednesday, 8:44 PM

The two main political parties were embroiled in leadership battles Thursday to decide who will lead the country through turbulent times in the wake of a vote to leave the European Union. Home Secretary Theresa May, who had been a low-key supporter of remaining in the bloc, announced her bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron after he resigned in the wake of the referendum. "Following last week's referendum, our country needs strong, proven leadership to steer us through this period of economic and political uncertainty, and to negotiate the best possible terms as we leave the European Union," May wrote in The Times.

Teen Henderson defends LPGA breakthrough title

Wednesday, 3:16 PM

Brooke Henderson of Canada during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic on August 16, 2015Second-ranked Brooke Henderson defends her first LPGA title this week at the Portland Classic, her breakthrough victory last year helping the Canadian teen return as a major champion. The 18-year-old qualified for the event on Monday then rolled to an eight-stroke victory, the largest LPGA victory margin since 2012, to become the tour's third-youngest winner ever. Henderson became the first Canadian to win an LPGA event since Lori Kane in 2001 and only the second Monday qualifier to ever take a title after Laurel Kean in 2000.

NFL players union wants to see evidence in league probe

Wednesday, 2:57 PM

The NFL has been looking into the Al-Jazeera America report alleging the use of performance-enhancing drugsThe NFL Players Association wants to see evidence supporting the league's investigation into charges of dope cheating made in a December report by Al-Jazeera America on performance-enhancing drugs. The union's formal request was revealed Wednesday in letters sent to Adolpho Birch, the NFL vice president who sent letters to the union last week asking to investigate the four remaining active NFL players mentioned in the report -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and free agent linebacker Mike Neal. "On behalf of Mr. Harrison, we have repeatedly requested that the NFL inform him and the NFLPA whether the NFL possesses any credible evidence (e.g., verified documents or verified testimony of witnesses) that warrants an interview of Mr. Harrison regarding a potential violation of the Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances (PES Policy)," the union's letter on behalf of Harrison said, according to a copy obtained by USA Today.

New York's FDR Library to mark 75th anniversary

Wednesday, 9:15 PM

FILE - This Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, file photo shows the bust of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in front of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y. The library and museum is marking its 75th anniversary, being celebrated Thursday, June 30, 2016, with a ceremony for library members and invited guests only, followed by the public opening of the library exhibit "Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History." (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in New York is marking its 75th anniversary this week with a series of events.

Ex-Navy serviceman admits to enticing minors online

Wednesday, 9:11 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Navy serviceman from Connecticut has admitted to recording underage girls performing sex acts during video chats.

Netflix CEO says firm continues to look into entering China

Wednesday, 8:54 PM

Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, poses on the red carpet at the French premiere of Netflix's TV series "Marseille" in MarseilleNetflix Inc will continue to look into the possibility of entering China, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said on Thursday, as the video streaming service seeks to grow its subscriber base outside its home of the United States. "Since China is a great opportunity, we continue to look into China," Hastings said at a media event in Seoul, without elaborating. Netflix is trying to counter slowing growth in the U.S. with its move in January to launch in 130 new markets worldwide.

Regulator probing Canon on $6.5 billion Toshiba unit purchase: source

Wednesday, 8:13 PM

People are silhouetted against a display of the Canon brand logo at the CP+ camera and photo trade fair in YokohamaJapan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating Canon Inc over a possible breach of disclosure rules in the company's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. Canon, which agreed in mid-March to buy Toshiba Medical for 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion), declined to comment on the matter. Toshiba, in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the sale of its medical equipment business to Canon in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before the deal was approved by regulators.

'Come home and help', urges Central African Republic doctor

Wednesday, 5:08 PM

By Paula Dear BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When violence erupted in the Central African Republic three years ago, hundreds of thousands of people fled the capital Bangui, including most doctors and medical students at the main children's hospital. As the city descended into chaos, 58-year-old Jean Gody was one of the few doctors who chose to stay behind and help. "I would have been ashamed to leave people suffering and then have to come back and look them in the eyes," the hospital director told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.