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'The Punisher' appears headed to victory in Philippines presidential election

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

'The Punisher' headed to win in presidential vote

Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump, appeared to be headed to victory in the Philippines' presidential election Monday as his chief rival conceded defeat. An unofficial vote count showed Duterte winning by at least 5 million votes, according to the Philippine Star newspaper. The final vote count will be announced later this week. Supporters say Duterte, 71, has a proven track record in fighting drugs and crime, having transformed the city of Davao, which he led for 22 years, from a den of lawlessness into a rare bastion of security in a troubled region. His nickname is "the Punisher."

RIO DE JANEIRO

Vote to impeach president is annulled

The new speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress on Monday annulled the vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, throwing the power struggle in Latin America's largest country into confusion. The move came just two days before the Senate is expected to decide on whether to remove Rousseff from office and put her on trial. Rousseff is facing accusations that she borrowed money from state banks to plug budget holes, masking the depths of Brazil's economic troubles in order to bolster her re-election prospects. Until the surprise decision Monday, few expected her to survive the vote in the Senate this week on her suspension. Now politicians are scrambling to determine how the decision might affect the president's fate.

Washington

Sikh man ships out unshorn for Army

California resident Harpal Singh begins his Army training this week, unshorn and religiously intact. Facing legal and political heat, including from lawmakers, the Army is accommodating Singh and several other soldiers whose Sikh faith sets unique grooming and clothing requirements. But while Singh, 34, was scheduled to ship out Monday for Army basic combat training, the systemic policy that once impeded his enlistment remains in place. For now, Sikhs must request religious accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

OKLAHOMA CITY: Two people were killed by strong tornadoes that swept across portions of southern Oklahoma. Johnston County Sheriff's Sgt. Stacey Pulley says a man died Monday near the town of Connerville. A storm earlier in the day killed a man in a home near Wynnewood.

Times wires

'The Punisher' appears headed to victory in Philippines presidential election 05/09/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2016 10:59pm]
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