The brutal new leader of the Philippines just compared himself to Hitler, saying he would be "happy to slaughter" the country's estimated 3 million drug addicts.
The spat began on Monday when a reporter asked how he planned to explain to Obama his support for more than 2,000 extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte's election, thousands have been killed, but nobody is quite sure what the accurate body count is.
President Rodrigo Duterte went on a tirade after UN officials expressed concern about hundreds of extrajudicial killings that have occurred since he took office.
Thee rocket launchers are now close enough to hit targets on Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed area, according to the military officers and diplomats who spoke to Reuters.
A court at The Hague rules China has no historic jurisdiction over the disputed waters that are home to major shipping routes, natural resources, and vital fishing grounds.
The Filipino militant group has already beheaded two Canadians who were held hostage alongside Kjartan Sekkingstad. "There is no more ultimatum, we are going to behead this Norwegian anytime today," a spokesman told the Mindanao Inquirer.
Duterte won the election in May on a platform of crushing crime, but his incendiary rhetoric and advocacy of extrajudicial killings have alarmed many who hear echoes of the country's authoritarian past.
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Philippine soldiers believe they have dug up the body of Canadian hostage Robert Hall, who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants last month after a June 13 ransom deadline lapsed.
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Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking former mayor of Davao, was officially sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines on Thursday
Five years ago, Warren Rodwell was kidnapped by the Islamist militants who held him hostage for 472 days. He shed light on what it's like to live under constant threat, and the people who were his caretakers.
"It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
By Tess Owen
Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking president-elect of the Philippines, campaigned on the single issue of crushing crime and the drug trade in the country.
The tough-talking Duterte, mayor of Davao City in the south, campaigned on the single issue of crushing crime and now faces a daunting task of fixing infrastructure, creating jobs and reducing poverty.
A "final message" video released this weekend by the Filipino militants demands a ransom payment for one of two remaining Canadian hostages, Robert Hall.
The president-elect plans to to fill his cabinet with women and ethnic minorities, but is also feared by those who document extrajudicial killings in the city he's governed.
In his first policy pronouncements since unofficially winning the Filipino presidency, Rodrigo "The Punisher" Duterte also said he would order police to shoot dead suspects who resisted arrest.
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The Moro National Liberation Front has fought for independence from the Philippine government for more than three decades. VICE News heads to the island of Jolo to meet the group’s founder, and discuss the future of the MNLF.
The destroyer sailed close to a disputed reef on an operation that the US said was undertaken to "challenge excessive maritime claims" in the region.