World Briefs DUTERTE WON’T VISIT “LOUSY” UNITED STATES
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Donald Trump to come to the White House, said he won’t visit the United States during or after his term because the country is “lousy.”
Duterte’s remarks about one of the Philippines’ oldest allies was in response to Rep. James Mcgovern, D-mass., who recently said he would protest if the Filipino leader utilized Trump’s invitation.
“There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter. So what makes that guy think I’ll go to America? I’ve seen America and it’s lousy,” Duterte told reporters.
Hungarian leader denounces Soros, Muslims.
European Union leaders and Hungarian-american billionaire George Soros are seeking a “new, mixed, Muslimized Europe,” Hungary’s anti-migration prime minister said Saturday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during a visit to Romania that Hungary’s border fences, supported by other Central European countries, will block the Eu-soros effort to increase Muslim migration into Europe.
While Hungary opposed taking in migrants “who could change the country’s cultural identity,” Orban said under his leadership, Hungary would remain a place where “Western European Christians will always be able to find security.” Chinese ship monitors exercises. CANBERRA,
A high-tech Chinese spy ship in international waters off Australia’s northern coast has been monitoring joint military exercises between Australia and the U.S., the Australian defense force said.
The vessel’s presence has not detracted from the objectives of the allies’ regular Exercise Talisman Saber exercise, it said.
Afghan police killed by errant U.S. strike. KABUL» An errant U.S. airstrike confirmed by the Pentagon killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others, as another 11 police were killed and six wounded in clashes with the Taliban, Afghan officials said Saturday.
The death toll in Friday’s airstrike was determined after a site inspection of the compound in the Gereshk district, said Helmand provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi.
The United States in a statement confirmed that the airstrike on the Security Forces compound occurred during a U.s.-supported operation against Taliban insurgents.
Couple found in glacier buried after 7 decades. A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they went missing for nearly 75 years have been buried in Switzerland.
Swiss broadcaster SRF said the funeral of Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, took place Saturday in a church in Saviese in southwestern Switzerland.
They were 40 and 37 when they disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942. The couple’s daughter, Marceline Udrydumoulin, now 79, says her parents set off on foot to feed their animals but never returned.
Robot spots melted nuclear fuel. TOKYO» Images captured by an underwater robot on Saturday showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The robot found large amounts of solidified lavalike rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 3 feet on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor, said the plant’s operator.