Philippine president: Six months needed for drug war: Addressing critics assailing his crusade to rid drugs from his country, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte said six more months are needed to eradicate the drug trade plaguing the Philippines.
Duterte, a former mayor of Davo, has earned high praise from Filipino citizens for waging an aggressive war against drug cartels, but has drawn ire from the U.S. and UN, over 3,500 deaths related to the anti-drug campaign.
Rejecting foreign criticism for his methods, Duterte stated those who condemn his anti-drug efforts are unaware of the gravity of the situation and vowed to pursue the war on drugs until the “last pusher is out of the streets.”
Mexico president tells UN walls don’t work: Addressing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto told attendees at UN meeting on migrants and refugees no wall can prevent a mix of cultures.
Pena Nieto recently hosted Trump in Mexico and was criticized for meeting with the New York businessman over Trump’s proposed wall.
Japan pledges aid to migrants: Although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed a meeting on investment in Asia, the Japanese leader pledged $2.8 billion in global relief for refugees.
Abe told a meeting on migrants and refugees his country would provide the aid over the next three years.
Erdogan will expand Turkish military presence in Syria: One month into the Turkish military incursion into northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has announced his intent to create a safe zone in Syria of up to 5,000 square kilometers (3,100 sq miles) if needed.
Designed to eradicate Islamic State (ISIS) militants, Erdogan has not concealed the Turkish military operations are similarly designed to isolate Syrian Kurd forces which, Erdogan says, pose a threat to Turkey’s safety.
Afghani police killed in U.S. airstrike: Up to eight Afghan National Police (ANP) officers were killed at a Uruzgan province military post on Sunday. Over two runs, American aircraft allegedly struck a small mountain outpost killing one on the first run and killing up to seven more on a second run.
U.S. military officials have confirmed the strike and stated it was a legitimate response to threats posed to the outpost. The ANP says it is investigating the matter and is in contact with American-led coalition.
[RT News] [Reuters]