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It's a hard scene to imagine, a Saudi Arabian king answering before a New York court for the 9/11 attacks, but a new US law threatens to become a Pandora's Box of diplomatic crises. Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, overcoming President Barack Obama's veto, to help the relatives of victims of the September 2001 outrage seek compensation.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to rival China last week was only about economics, but had more harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might abrogate defense treaties. The volatile Philippine leader's visit to Japan comes amid jitters about his foreign policy goals after weeks of verbal attacks on ally the United States and overtures towards China. Duterte last week announced in China his "separation" from the United States, but then insisted ties were not being severed and that he was merely pursuing an independent foreign policy.
The Egyptian military's economic activities are equivalent to just 1 to 1.5 percent of GDP and it is not looking to compete with the private sector, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday. Sisi, a former military general, has promised to revive the economy after assuming office in 2014 and has called in the army to assist in major infrastructure projects and with distribution of subsidised commodities to keep a lid on rising prices. "In case you're wondering how large the economy of the armed forces is in terms of GDP, I'm going tell you so it's clear: 1 to 1.5 percent," Sisi said at a national youth conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh.