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USS Lassen (DDG 82) patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean.

US disregards Beijing’s nonsense, says it can take down South China Sea islands

China's Foreign Ministry called US claims that Beijing was militarizing its artificial islands "ridiculous." But on the same day, Chinese state media said it would prepare a forceful response to US interference with its grand plans.

A vape pen killed a 38-year-old man — and it’s a type of e-cig that’s wildly popular among one group of vapers

In the first recorded US death from a vape pen, a 38-year-old man in Florida has died after an e-cigarette exploded, pierced his skull, and set a room on fire. The type of pen he was using is called a mechanical mod, or "mech mod."

It’s been 76 years since one of World War II’s worst atrocities — the Bataan Death March

Japanese abuse of thousands of US and Filipino soldiers who surrendered in April 1942 was one of the most brutal events in the US's war in the Pacific.
President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company claimed it invented the tough guy image that got Rodrigo Duterte elected

Cambridge Analytica's disgraced CEO Alexander Nix said the firm could win elections for "fundamentally flawed" candidates using the right strategies.

Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte slammed the International Criminal Court as backed by a bunch of ‘white idiots’

Duterte also urged other nations to "get out" of their membership with the ICC because it is a "rude" organization.
Activists march towards the Chinese consulate for a protest in Manila on February 10, 2018, against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.

China’s debt-trap diplomacy reaches the Philippines, which is likely to accept Chinese loans 1,100% more expensive than other options

The Philippines' chief economist said his country needs "more friends," as relations with China finally warm.

Philippines’ Duterte tells personnel not to cooperate with any investigation into his bloody war on drugs

In 2017, Duterte said he would "slap" UN rights rapporteur Agnes Callamard if she probed his controversial policy.

Trump reportedly told friends he wanted to execute every drug dealer in America

Several White House sources told the news website Axios that President Donald Trump wanted drug dealers to fear for their lives.

Philippine president makes misogynistic threat to women who rebel against his regime

"Tell the soldiers, there's a new order coming from Mayor. We won't kill you. We will just shoot your vagina," Duterte said.