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Donald Trump (above) is said to be skipping the East Asia Summit to go home a day earlier. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Donald Trump to skip key Asia summit in Philippines to go home earlier

Leaders of more than a dozen countries will meet for a major summit in the Philippines in mid-November, but President Donald Trump won't be there. He is planning to skip it and leave the Philippines the day before.

It's a bad signal to send to the region, and it could undermine the overall goal of his Asia tour by calling American regional leadership into question, said a report.

A National Security Council spokesman told the Washington Post that Trump will be in Manila Nov 12 and 13 and will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and others.

But he will not travel the additional 80km to the Filipino city of Angeles on Nov 14 for the East Asia Summit, an annual conference of Asian and world leaders that focuses on the strategic future of the region.


Protester throws Russian flags at Donald Trump

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A liberal protester threw small Russian flags at Donald Trump on Tuesday and repeatedly shouted "Trump is treason" as the US President arrived on Capitol Hill for lunch with Republican lawmakers.

The man was just metres from Trump and standing among a pool of reporters in a Senate hallway.

Trump ignored the man, although he did give the thumbs-up sign as the red white and blue flags of Russia fell at his feet, and kept walking along with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.


New wave of cyber attacks hits Russia, other nations

Cyber attacks using malware called "BadRabbit" hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine's Odessa airport.

While no major outages were reported, the US government issued a warning on the attack, which followed campaigns in May and June that used similar malware and resulted in what some economists estimated are billions of dollars in losses.

The attacks are disturbing because attackers quickly infected critical infrastructure, including transportation operators, indicating it was a "well-coordinated" campaign, said Robert Lipovsky, a researcher with cyber firm ESET.


Einstein note on happy living sells for $2 million

A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday for US$1.56 million (S$2.1 million), the auction house said.

The winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimated price of between US$5,000 and US$8,000, according to the Winner's auction house website.

The buyer was a European who wished to remain anonymous, a spokesman for the auction house said.


Tennis: Federer crushes Tiafoe in Basel opener

Roger Federer thrashed American teenager Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 on Tuesday as the top seed began his week at the Swiss Indoors with a resounding first-round victory.

Federer, who won in a stroll over Rafael Nadal just over a week ago in the Shanghai final, continued his top form in front of the local crowd at an event he has won seven times.

The 36-year-old Swiss, who has competed in a dozen Basel finals, made quick work of his 19-year-old opponent, who had taken him to five sets in this year's US Open first round.


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