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Duterte, 'the punisher', sworn in as Philippines' president

MANILA Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, capping the unlikely journey of a provincial city mayor whose brash man-of-the-people style and pledges to crush crime swamped establishment rivals in last month's election.


In Jerusalem, a cracked soccer pitch reflects wider fissures

JERUSALEM It is dry, grey and uneven, but to the boys of Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood clinging to a hill behind Jerusalem's Old City, their pint-sized football pitch, with its cracked surface and simple goalposts, was a precious refuge.


Beijing slams South China Sea case as court ruling nears

BEIJING/AMSTERDAM An international court said it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal's jurisdiction.

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