Philippines president jokes about sex assault during speech

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has earned a reputation for incendiary rhetoric, drew widespread condemnation on Saturday after admitting that he sexually abused his housemaid when he was a teenager – despite his office later claiming it was a joke, The New York Times reported.

After Trump urging, Japan announces plan to bolster defense with purchase of 147 F-35s

Japan’s government on Tuesday approved its first aircraft carrier and various increases in its military defense capabilities amid pressure from the Trump administration to spend "massive amounts" on American military defense products to lower its trade surplus with the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported.

5 arrested, suspected extremist still on loose after Strasboug shooting: report

Five people have been detained in connection with a manhunt for a suspected extremist who fatally shot three and wounded 11 near a Christmas market in Strasbourg Tuesday evening before fleeing the scene.

Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes into the sea with 189 aboard, no survivors expected, official says

A jet airliner carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Indonesia's capital on Monday, prompting a major rescue effort in the region before officials disclosed that no survivors are expected.