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New Philippine leader seen as emancipator, looming dictator

Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern city, was heralded Tuesday as president-elect of the Philippines after an incendiary campaign that projected him alternatively as an emancipator and a looming dictator. READ

Suicide bomb kills at least 13 near Baghdad

An evening suicide bombing in a commercial area in a city northeast of Baghdad killed at least 13 people, Iraqi officials said Tuesday as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. READ

Germany stabbing suspect mentally unstable

A German man yelled "infidel, you must die" and "Allahu akbar" as he stabbed one person to death and wounded three others at a Bavarian train station Tuesday, but authorities said they've found no links to any Islamic extremist network. READ

Canadian doctor detained in Pakistan for 'political reasons,' supporters say

A former high-ranking Pakistani politician with Canadian citizenship is being held in Karachi on trumped-up political charges, supporters say. READ

Philippine mayor ahead in unofficial count for president

A brash mayor known for sex jokes and a pledge to end crime within six months — by killing suspected criminals if necessary -- strongly led an unofficial vote count in Monday's Philippine presidential election, while the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos led in the vice-presidential race. READ

On Victory Day, Putin calls for non-bloc security

Russia wants to help build an international security system that transcends military blocs, President Vladimir Putin said Monday at the annual elaborate Victory Day military parade in Red Square on Monday. READ

North Carolina governor digs in over transgender law

Digging in Monday in his fight with the federal government, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sued the U.S. Justice Department to preserve the state's new law restricting the use of public bathrooms by transgender people. READ

Iran issues vague denial about reported missile test

Iran's defence minister issued a vague denial after a media outlet close to the elite Revolutionary Guard said Monday that it had test-fired a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) two weeks ago. READ

Refugee sets herself alight at immigration camp on Nauru

A Somali refugee was critically injured when she set herself on fire at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru three days after an Iranian refugee died of injuries sustained in a similar apparent protest, officials said. READ

US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

The combat death Tuesday of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants. READ

Northern Syrian city of Aleppo dragged deeper into violence

A maternity hospital in a government-held section of Aleppo was struck by rocket fire Tuesday as battles killed 20 people and dragged the contested city in northern Syria deeper into chaos for a 12th straight day. READ

Terror group releases video of Canadian hostage's beheading in the Philippines

Muslim militants in the Philippines have a released a video showing the beheading of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel, an American group that monitors jihadi websites reported Tuesday. READ

Greek government asks for 3-year aid program, races to submit suitable reforms proposal

Greece requested a new three-year rescue program from its European partners on Wednesday and rushed to complete a detailed plan of economic reforms in time to avoid the country’s descent into financial chaos. READ

U.S. Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia, but information was not widely shared

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told health care workers on his initial hospital visit that he had recently been in an area affected by the deadly disease, but that information was not widely shared, a hospital official said Wednesday. READ

Canadian researcher Stephen Scherer among those predicted to win Nobel Prize

TORONTO — A Canadian researcher is being touted as a potential Nobel Prize winner by an organization that predicts which scientists are most likely to take home one of the coveted awards. READ

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 likely downed by “high energy objects” from outside

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded Tuesday. READ

Canadian dating site for married people seeking affairs sues South Korea

A dating website for married people seeking affairs is suing the government of South Korea after being blocked in that country over what it says are false allegations of illegal activity. READ

West Africa’s caseload tops all previous outbreaks combined

MONROVIA, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of slum residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets. READ

Ukraine says Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people is shot down over eastern Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft. READ

Iraq’s al-Maliki extends reconciliatory rhetoric to rival, but no solid measures

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces and Sunni militants battled fiercely for control of the nation’s largest oil refinery on Wednesday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went on a diplomatic offensive, reaching out in a televised address to try to regain support from the nation’s disaffected Sunnis and Kurds. READ

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