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Philippines Duterte tells U.S. to forget about defense deal 'if I stay longer'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the United States on Tuesday, saying he did not start a fight with Washington and it could forget about a military agreement between both countries if he were to be in power longer. Duterte said he was against the presence of any foreign troops in his country and the United States could "forget" an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the Philippines, if he stayed longer, without elaborating. The United States, he said, should not treat the Philippines "like a dog with a leash", adding to confusion about the future the longtime allies' ties.

Gunmen kill 59 in attack on police academy in Pakistani city of Quetta

By Gul Yusufzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 59 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta and took hostages, government officials said on Tuesday. Most of the dead were police cadets. Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, said the gunmen attacked a dormitory inside the training facility while cadets rested and slept.

San Diego to South China Sea: U.S. Navy tested new command in latest challenge to China

By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy destroyer that sailed near Chinese-claimed islands in South China Sea last week was under orders from the Third Fleet headquarters in San Diego, a first aimed at bolstering U.S. maritime power in the region, two sources said. The USS Decatur on Friday challenged China's "excessive maritime claims" near the Paracel Islands, part of a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which Beijing has territorial disputes with its neighbors. It was the first time such a freedom of navigation operation has been conducted without the Japan-based Seventh Fleet in command and was a test of changes aimed to allow the U.S. Navy to conduct maritime operations on two fronts in Asia at the same time, two sources told Reuters.

Islamic State takes control of half Iraqi town near Jordan-Syria border: sources

Islamic State fighters expanded the area under their control in a remote western Iraqi town near the borders with Syria and Jordan from a third to about half, security sources said on Tuesday. The insurgents attacked the town of Rutba on Sunday in a bid to relieve pressure on the northern city of Mosul where they are fighting off an offensive by the Iraqi army and Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S.-led coalition. The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters remained in control of the other half, at the town's entrances from the express highway that links Baghdad and the western border, they said.

Explosion hits southern Turkey's Antalya, some casualties: CNN Turk

An explosion rocked the car park of a chamber of commerce building in the resort province of Antalya in southern Turkey on Tuesday, causing some casualties and ambulances were sent to the area, broadcaster CNN Turk reported. The Dogan news agency broadcast footage showing five ambulances in front of the building, where dozens of people looked on. An eyewitness who was at the building told CNN Turk the blast smashed windows and left people bloodied and a Dogan reporter said one vehicle was blown apart.

Al Shabaab gunmen kill intelligence officer in Somali capital

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen from Somalia's al Shabaab militant group shot dead a senior intelligence officer as he walked to a mosque in Mogadishu late on Monday, police and the group said. Colonel Abdiasis Araye was killed in the capital's Waberi district, police officer Ismail Hussein told Reuters. "We reached the scene but the militants had already escaped," Hussein added. Al Shabaab launches regular attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and impose its version of Islam. ...

Islamist militants kill 60 in Pakistan police attack

Heavily-armed Islamist militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Tuesday, in one of the deadliest extremist attacks this year. The attack on the Balochistan Police College, around 20 kilometres east of provincial capital Quetta, began at around 11:10 pm (1810 GMT) Monday, with gunfire continuing to ring out at the site for several hours. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province, told reporters there had been three attackers.

Top Asian News 6:25 a.m. GMT

SYDNEY (AP) ? Four people have been killed in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast. Miche Paterson, a spokeswoman for Dreamworld, says two men and two women died Tuesday while on a river rapids ride at the park, located on Queensland state's Gold Coast. She had no information on how the accident occurred. Paterson says the park was closed following the accident. Queensland police spokesman Kieran Self said police also did not yet have information on how the injuries occurred. Aerial footage of the park showed paramedics at the Thunder River Rapids ride, which whisks riders in circular rafts along a fast-moving, man-made river.

Report: Iranian-American held in Iran gets 18-year sentence

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? An Iranian-American held in Tehran reportedly has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, the latest dual national convicted in secret trials since Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

4 killed on river rapids ride at Australian theme park

SYDNEY (AP) ? Four people have been killed in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast.

At least three killed on ride at Australia's biggest theme park

At least three people have been killed on a ride at Australia's biggest theme park, the organization said on Tuesday. The incident took place at Dreamworld, on the Gold Coast tourist district in Queensland state, police said on their official account on social network Twitter. "Dreamworld is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts around the incident," theme park officials said in a statement, adding that they were working closely with emergency authorities and police.

Turkish media: explosion in Mediterranean resort of Antalya

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ? Turkish media reports say an explosion has occurred in the parking lot of the local chamber of trade in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya.

Hong Kong jury sees British banker's torture video in murder trial

By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - The jury in the trial of a British investment banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment on Tuesday watched a horrific video that he filmed while sexually torturing and killing his first victim. Rurik Jutting, 31, has admitted killing the two women but has pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of "diminished responsibility", while pleading guilty to the lesser crime of manslaughter. Bespectacled and wearing pale blue shirt, Jutting was flanked by three policemen as he watched what he had done on a video recording a judge said had been found on his iPhone.

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