Philippine prez to drug suspects
"You want to live longer? Stay in jail."
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines told drug suspects in a central province Tuesday in his latest televised threats in his bloody anti-drug crackdown. But jails arenít quite safe: Police killed town Mayor Rolando Espinosa, a high-profile drug suspect, inside a jail in Leyte province in 2016 in what police said was a gunbattle, but government investigators declared it a murder. The officers were reinstated into the force. On Tuesday, Duterte also threatened police and said the national force has been infiltrated by criminals. "Iím just warning them that if you are into (drugs), you will be the first to go," he said. More than 4,000 mostly poor drug suspects have been killed in clashes with police that officials say erupted because the suspects fought back. Concerned human rights watchdogs have cited much higher death tolls, which the government disputes.
Canít call it, but itís a comeback
Sometimes itís hard to let go. For many Britons, that can apply to institutions and objects that represent their countryís past power and glory ó like red phone boxes. Battered first by the march of technology and lately by the elements in junkyards, the iconic phone boxes are now staging something of a comeback. Many have reappeared on city streets and village greens housing tiny cafes, cellphone repair shops or even defibrillator machines. The original cast-iron boxes with the domed roofs, called Kiosk No. 2 or K2, first appeared in 1926 and were designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. As they began disappearing in the 1980s, Tony Inglisí engineering and transport company got the job to remove phone boxes from streets and auction them. But he ended up buying hundreds himself. Inglis was convinced he could make a business of restoring them. He eventually was right. After all, Britain has a penchant for conserving its heritage. Thatís in part because it drives tourism to the country. Nostalgia plays a role, too.
Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape
For the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a violent crackdown in Myanmar, a new crisis looms: The babies conceived in rape are due soon. Doctors Without Borders has recorded 160 cases of pregnant rape victims between August and February in the vast refugee camps in Bangladesh. That number is expected to rise dramatically, though it is common for rape victims to hide their pregnancy due to the stigma. Some 13,500 Rohingya women suffered sexual violence as they fled from their homes in Myanmar, according to the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA. Already struggling to meet the basic needs of the growing Rohingya population ó and grappling with aid shortages and the impending monsoon season ó groups like Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children are scrambling to prepare for the births. A Muslim minority, the Rohingya refugees allege Myanmarís military burned down whole villages, torturing people and raping women and girls last year. In November, Myanmar denied all accusations.
104 sentenced life for failed coup
A court has sentenced 104 people to life in prison for involvement in the failed military coup of 2016, handing down the heaviest penalties possible, with very little chance of parole. The defendants were part of a group trial of 280 people, mostly military personnel, accused of participating in an attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Scuffles broke out at the sentencing Monday as some of the defendants tried to attack two witnesses. An additional 21 people were given 20 years in prison for their part in the coup attempt, and 31 others were sentenced to 10 years and six months for "membership of a terrorist organization.".
Temer wonít seek re-election
President Michel Temer ended speculation that he might seek re-election despite single-digit approval ratings. On Tuesday he said heís instead endorsing his finance minister, Henrique Meirelles, in Octoberís election, after months of weighing whether to run for re-election. Temerís mounting legal troubles made a competitive candidacy unlikely. He was vice president when he came to power in 2016 after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office for illegally managing the federal budget. While overseeing a handful of reforms, Temerís government has suffered numerous scandals. ó tbt* wires