Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrest

Defiant Duterte threatens harsh measures as thousands flee Philippines unrestBy Romeo Ranoco PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops sought to contain Islamic State-linked militants who took over large parts of a city, set building ablaze and captured a Catholic priest and other Christians. President Rodrigo Duterte said he had no choice but to declare martial law on his native island of Mindanao following a failed raid by soldiers on Tuesday on a hideout of the Maute militant group, which triggered clashes and chaos across the largely Muslim city of Marawi. Duterte said Islamic State could not be allowed to gain a foothold in the Christian-majority Philippines and he would do whatever it took to rebuff extremists from the Maute group and the allied Abu Sayyaf, even if it meant many would die.


After Maryland student's speech, mockery and anger in China

After Maryland student's speech, mockery and anger in ChinaWhen Chinese student Yang Shuping described how she ditched her five pollution masks upon discovering the "oddly luxurious" air of the United States, she drew a fierce online backlash, indignant newspaper columns and even a rebuttal from her hometown. On Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency's English-language Twitter account broadcast a live-stream from Kunming, with two reporters interviewing passersby about air quality and whether they wore pollution masks. China's foreign ministry also weighed in, saying it was aware the issue was being widely discussed online, and that any Chinese citizen should "make remarks responsibly".


Newark Airport reopens after plane engine catches fire

Newark Airport reopens after plane engine catches fireNew Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened after a plane engine caught fire, prompting a temporarily closure.


UK 'irritated' by US leaks in Manchester attack

UK 'irritated' by US leaks in Manchester attackA British minister said Wednesday it was "irritating" that details about the Manchester concert bombing had been leaked to US media before being released in Britain, saying she had spoken to US authorities. "The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity... the element of surprise," Interior Minister Amber Rudd told BBC radio. At least 22 people were killed on Monday night when a bomb went off at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England, among them children.


'Controlled chaos' aboard SFO-bound plane engine catches fire at NJ airport

'Controlled chaos' aboard SFO-bound plane engine catches fire at NJ airportNewark Airport closed after a reported engine fire on an SFO-bound plane Tuesday night. The plane was still on the tarmac and all passengers were evacuated safely.


Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coastA pod of killer whales appears to charge at blue whale off the coast of Monterey, California, in a rare encounter captured by a drone camera on May 18.


Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines

Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that he'll be harsh in enforcing martial law in his country's south as he abruptly left Moscow to deal with a crisis at home sparked by a Muslim extremist siege on a city, where militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have taken hostages.


Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'

Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'Samsung Electronics is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device, the firm said Wednesday. The launch of the Galaxy S8 was a key step for the world's largest smartphone maker as it sought to move on from last year's humiliating withdrawal of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7s, which hammered the firm's once-stellar reputation.


Newark airport reopens after engine fire prompts plane evacuation

Newark airport reopens after engine fire prompts plane evacuationNewark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has reopened after temporarily shutting down late Tuesday, following an engine fire that prompted the evacuation of an airplane, officials said. There were reports of five minor injuries, according to a statement posted on the airport's official Twitter account, with delays expected to persist through the night. "Newark Airport is temporarily closed due to deployment of emergency chutes on a plane with an apparent engine fire," an earlier post on the airport's official Twitter account had said.


Father angered by United Airlines' accusation at RDU

Father angered by United Airlines' accusation at RDUA police report shows a flight attendant saw the dad comforting his young son, but the airline worker thought his hand rested too close to the boy's genitals. What ensued amounted to an embarrassing yet fearful incident at the airport.