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Don’t ‘underestimate’ US, warns Trump as he kicks off Asia tour

TOKYO: President Donald Trump Sunday issued a stern warning that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States as he kicked off an Asian tour dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis. Speaking to cheering military personnel at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo minutes after landing, Trump donned a bomber jacket and said "no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate... American resolve". "Every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?" roared…

Angola swears in first new president for 38 years

LUANDA: Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda. Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed "on my honour to devote myself" to the role of president, as he took power after the ruling MPLA party won last month's election. Dos Santos, who was at the ceremony but is reportedly in poor health, surprised many by announcing his retirement earlier this year, saying he would not be a…

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

PANAMA CITY: Panama's former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, who died in Panama City late on Monday, was physically diminished after decades of imprisonment for crimes committed during his 1983-1989 rule. Noriega, 83, passed away in the Panama City public Santo Tomas hospital where he had been recovering from early March surgery to remove a brain tumor, and a subsequent operation to clean up cerebral bleeding. The announcement of his death was made by government communications secretary Manuel Dominguez. "Mr. Noriega…

Philippine dictator Marcos given hero’s burial

MANILA: Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the national heroes' cemetery in a secretive ceremony Friday, outraging opponents who said it whitewashed his brutal rule and tainted the famous 1986 "People Power" revolution that toppled him. The burial at the "Cemetery of Heroes" was another stunning development in the remarkable political comeback of the Marcos family, a phenomenon given fresh energy this year by the clan's strong alliance with new President Rodrigo Duterte. The Supreme Court last week…

Former Philippine dictator Marcos to get state burial three decades after death

MANILA: The Philippine Supreme Court cleared the way on Tuesday for a hero's burial for former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, resolving an issue that has divided the nation since his death in 1989 three years after he was ousted in a "people power" revolt. Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court threw out petitions filed by leftist activists and victims of human rights abuses, ruling that President Rodrigo Duterte was within his powers to order Marcos be buried in the heroes' cemetery, south of Manila. "The president committed no…

War of words escalates as Clinton knocks Trump

SAN BERNARDINO: Hillary Clinton launched stinging criticism of Donald Trump on Friday, even suggesting her likely Republican presidential opponent wants to be America's "dictator," as she proclaimed she will be the Democratic flag bearer once California votes next week.

Nisar terms Karachi operation ‘apolitical’

LONDON: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the Karachi operation is 'apolitical', yet a few people linked with political parties have been rounded up during the crackdown on criminals and terrorists in the metropolis, ARY News reported.