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Shoot female rebels in their private parts – Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn condemnation from human rights watchdogs and women's groups, after he said that female communist rebels in the country should be shot in their private parts as punishment for fighting the government.

ICC to investigate Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte over extrajudicial killings

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has informed the Philippine government that it will start preliminary investigation into allegations of extrajudicial killings under its campaign against illegal drugs.

Shoot me if I become a dictator – Rodrigo Duterte tells troops

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines on Monday instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by his loyalists to change the constitution.

Philippine govt seeks to close news website

The Philippine government has sought to shut down an independent news website, which has published critical stories about President Rodrigo Duterte, a move observers and journalists say is an attack on press freedom and democracy.

Philippines president sacks government official over “excessive” foreign travels

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday sacked a ranking Philippines government official for making excessive foreign travels mostly at government expense, a government spokesman said.

Two dead in mistaken identity shooting by police

Philippine police have killed two people, including a woman on her way to hospital, after mistaking them for gunmen, authorities said Friday, the latest deaths at the hands of law enforcement under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Controversial Rodrigo Duterte’s son Paolo resigns from Philippine government post

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son resigned from his local government post on Monday, citing allegations of links to drug smugglers which he denies and a bitter social media dispute with his own daughter.

Philippines’s Duterte offers third telecom slot to China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China Telecom a slot to be the country's third telecom provider to break up the dominance of two local firms, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Philippines halts sale of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine

The Philippines has suspended the sale and distribution of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau bringing up killings, rights issues an “insult” – Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was a “personal and official insult” when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked to him on Tuesday about human rights and extrajudicial killings in the country.

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Lionel Messi is the ‘greatest ever’ – Eden Hazard

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has brushed off comparisons with Lionel Messi ahead of the Champions League clash against Barcelona.

SON commences nationwide mop-up of substandard tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has embarked on a nationwide mopping up of substandard tyres with the aim of destroying them in an operation code-named, ‘Operation Gbale’.

Lazio confirm departure of Manchester United target Stefan de Vrij

Stefan de Vrij will not be returning to Lazio after his contract expires this summer, the Serie A club have confirmed.

Ex-President Obasanjo is a pathological liar, betrayer – MASSOB

Movement for Actualization of Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) Monday berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his alleged hatred of Igbos and for claiming to be what he is not.

South-South PDP leaders vow to ‘liberate’ Nigeria from APC

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-south have resolved to work together to ensure that the party wins the 2019 presidential election.

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Nigeria, UN sign agreement on hosting of African tourism ministers’ meeting

Nigeria and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Friday in Madrid, Spain, signed an agreement on the hosting of the 61st UNWTO Commission for Africa (UNWTO CAF) Meeting 4-6 June 2018 in Abuja.

I sympathise with APC – Asiwaju Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has expressed sympathy with the ruling party.

NHRC urges federal govt to punish suspected killers in Zamfara, Benue

The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday urged the Federal Government “to carry out a massive scrutiny of the nation’s security architecture.”

Five feared dead as suspected rival cult groups clash in Anambra

Five persons have been feared dead in Ihiala, Anambra State, following clash by rival cult groups in the area, necessitating an emergency meeting by stakeholders and security operatives to find ways of stemming the tide.

18 new sexual abuse claims against UN peacekeepers in DR Congo

The United Nations said Wednesday it had registered 18 alleged cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers and civilian personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year.