Duterte to review order to shut down mines
MANILA • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will review his minister's order to close more than half of the country's mines for environmental violations, following an outcry from affected producers.
His comment on Friday was the first time he said he would review the decisions of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez to shut mines and cancel mining contracts.
The firebrand leader, angered by the environmental harm mining has caused, had initially thrown his support behind Ms Lopez's actions.
Iran defies US, plans three-day military drills
TEHERAN • Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test.
The manoeuvres called "Grand Prophet 11" will start tomorrow and last three days, General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force's ground units, told a news conference yesterday. He said rockets would be used, without specifying which kind.
Early this month, Iran conducted drills involving short-range missiles at a time of heightened tensions with the US.