Philippines' Duterte mulls leaving international court

Published: Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 4:23 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 4:21 AM


            FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Philippine Economic Forum in Tokyo. Duterte, who has lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama for criticizing his deadly crackdown on drugs, said his ties with the United States are likely to improve under Donald Trump, but that he is also excited to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an upcoming Asia-Pacific summit. Duterte made upbeat remarks about both the president-elect and Putin at a news conference late Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in Manila. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Philippine Economic Forum in Tokyo. Duterte, who has lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama for criticizing his deadly crackdown on drugs, said his ties with the United States are likely to improve under Donald Trump, but that he is also excited to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an upcoming Asia-Pacific summit. Duterte made upbeat remarks about both the president-elect and Putin at a news conference late Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in Manila. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia's example and withdraw from the International Criminal Court, where his critics say he could be charged over the thousands killed in his war on drugs.

In a statement before flying to Peru to attend the annual summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, Duterte also said the United Nations has been unsuccessful in stopping wars. He said if China and Russia decide to create a new world order, he would be the first to join them and leave the U.N., which he said is dominated by the U.S.

"You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I would be the first to join," he said, adding that he would quit the U.N.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said the U.N. is aware of reports that Duterte is considering withdrawing his country from the ICC but that the world body has not yet received any formal communication from the Philippines. He urged them and other nations to reconsider.

Duterte also criticized the global agreement to fight climate change, saying there are no penalties for violators and it is not clear which industrialized countries will contribute money to support developing countries' efforts against global warming. He said that was the reason why President-elect Donald Trump does not want the U.S. to spend on fighting climate change.

During his campaign, Trump said he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris pact on climate change.

The foul-mouthed Duterte said that like Russia, he might withdraw from the ICC "because we the small ones are the only ones being beaten up," but nothing has been done for the thousands of children and women dying in bombings in Syria and Iraq.

Duterte is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the summit in Lima. He requested for the bilateral meeting because he wants to meet and be friends with Putin, whom he said was his idol.

Human rights advocates have criticized Duterte's anti-drug campaign that has left more than 4,000 suspected addicts and pushers dead since July. They said the killings can be a basis to charge him for crimes against humanity before the Netherlands-based court.

Duterte said he has intentionally used foul language — including calling Obama a "son of a bitch" — because Obama has trivialized the Philippines' drug problem when there are already around 4 million Filipinos addicted to drugs. The country has a population of more than 103 million.

Prince William shared what he is looking forward to when little brother gets married

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 7:48 AM

What Prince William Said He's Most Looking Forward To After Prince Harry Marries

Prince William is so, so happy Prince Harry will be staying out of his fridge once he marries Meghan Markle.

On Wednesday, William joked with reporters in Helsinki, Finland about his little brother’s upcoming spring wedding and the one hope he has for Harry after the “I do’s.”

“We are very excited and delighted for them both. And, we are wishing them all of the happiness at this exciting time,” William said. “And, for me, personally, I hope this means he stays out of my fridge. He’s often been found scrounging off of my food over the last few years.”

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William took a more serious tone when it came to his actual feelings about the upcoming royal wedding, “it’s a fantastic process to go through. The engagement and the build up to the wedding. They have a lot of happy times ahead of them. They are very caught up in the moment and I wish them all of the happiness and success in planning the wedding. I hope it goes very well.”

On Tuesday, Duchess Catherine shared her excitement during an event in London.

“William and I are absolutely thrilled,” the duchess said. “It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”

On Nov. 27, the couple announced they were engaged in a statement shared on Kensington Palace’s official social media pages.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

The couple are planning for a May 2018 wedding.

Must see: Dog interrupts tied soccer match

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

A dog runs onto the pitch during the Europa League group L soccer match between Vardar and Rosenborg, at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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A dog runs onto the pitch during the Europa League group L soccer match between Vardar and Rosenborg, at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)(Boris Grdanoski/AP)

It’s not every day that a tied soccer game gets interrupted by a fan running on the pitch, especially when that fan is a four-footed furry one.

A husky appeared on the field during a match between teams from Macedonia and Norway, Business Insider reported.

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The game was tied 1-1 at the 73rd minute mark when the dog dropped in front of the Macedonian team’s goalkeeper to have its belly rubbed.

Vardar's goalkeeper Filip Gacevski, left, tries to catch a dog that entered the pitch during the Europa League group L soccer match between Vardar and Rosenborg, at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)(Boris Grdanoski/AP)

The entire event was caught on video.

Eventually, security was able to herd the dog to the tunnel so the game could continue and the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

Vardar's goalkeeper Filip Gacevski, left, tries to catch a dog that entered the pitch during the Europa League group L soccer match between Vardar and Rosenborg, at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)(Boris Grdanoski/AP)

Check this list of the 10 worst toys of 2017 before you finish holiday shopping

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

Consumer Group Releases List of Most Dangerous Toys

Christmas morning can be an exciting time for families. While parents want to see their children happy as they open presents, they also want to make sure they’re safe. 

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That’s easier to do thanks to the World Against Toys Causing Harm, an organization that monitors toy safety, because it has just released its annual “10 Worst Toys” list. 

To determine the results, researchers examined products with “poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices” that have the “potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” the site read. 

They also scouted “toys with inconsistent and inadequate warnings, cautions and age recommendations as well as other classic safety hazards that continue to re-appear year after year,” they said. 

The Hallmark “Itty Bittys” stacking toy was a part of the round-up. While it was recalled over the summer due to fabric pieces to could pose a choking hazard, it is still available online. 

The group also also highlighted Tolo Toys’ Pull Along Pony. It’s marketed for kids over age 1, but the chord is 19-inches-long. 

Nerf’s Zombie Strike Zone was the list, too. It’s pull back lever is dangerous, because it could cause injuries to the face and eyes. 

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Want to know what other toys were on the list? Take a look at the top 10 below.

1. Hallmark “Itty Bittys” Baby Stacking Toy

2. Tolo Toys Pull-Along Pony

3. Mattel Wonder Woman Battle Action Sword

4. Hand Fidgetz Spinners

5. Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming

6. Hasbro Nerf Zombie Strike Drone, Official Movie Edition

7. Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit

8. Oval XYLOPHONE

9. Razor Jetts Heel Wheels

10. Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Brianna Babydoll

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Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 2:04 AM

WATCH: Police Search For Recruits In Hilarious Video

Looking for a job? New Zealand police are hiring – and they're pulling out all the stops to attract new recruits in a hilarious viral video.

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"Freeze! NZ Police's most entertaining recruitment video, yet!" the police department's recruiting website says of the action movie-style video. "With over 70 real cops, the police band, police cats, helicopters and stunts, we're here to encourage a range of New Zealanders to join our team."

(And yes, you read that right: police cats.)

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The video, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube since it was posted Saturday, touts the department's starting salary – $55,000 NZ, or about $38,000 US – and variety of jobs.

"You can choose from over 30 different careers, like underwater business or youth work or police commissioner stuff," officers say while diving, swimming, dancing and sitting behind a cluster of microphones.

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Another officer running at full speed stops abruptly to help an elderly man slowly cross the street as a local internet celebrity, William "Waiirua" Cribb, entertains a stopped driver with some interesting dance moves.

"Do you care enough to be a cop?" one officer shouts through a bullhorn after coaxing a furry, four-legged thief into dropping a woman's purse. "Take the first step and visit newcops.co.nz."