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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Asia's 'Trump,' Eyes Closer China Ties

The new Philipines president said the U.S. ally "will not be dependent on America," while signaling his readiness to expand economic ties with Beijing

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    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Asia's 'Trump,' Eyes Closer China Ties
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    In this file photo taken April 29, 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions from the media in Manila, Philippines. Duterte, who was sworn in as president of the U.S. ally on Thursday, has vowed to reassess his country's close allegiance with Washington.

    Rodrigo Duterte, a firebrand who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump for his coarse defiance of the traditional ruling class, was sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday.

    The 71-year-old said the U.S. ally "will not be dependent on America," while signaling his readiness to expand economic ties with Beijing, citing a Chinese offer to build a railway project in the Philippines.

    Duterte wants to bring back the country's death penalty and said he would pardon himself for mass murder and kill any of his children if they were involved with drugs. He also jokingly threatened to cut off the penises of men who don't use birth control.

    He has been likened to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, although he detests the comparison and says the American billionaire is a bigot and he's not.

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    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)