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September 6, 2016 

The president of the Philippines says he regrets calling US President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” Hillary Clinton joked she’s “allergic” to Donald Trump. And why a German regional election result matters to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

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Here’s some ~awkward~ diplomacy for you.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he regrets calling US President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” Obama was supposed to meet with Duterte on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference.

Duterte said in a statement on Tuesday his “strong comments … elicited concern and distress” and “we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US president,” the Associated Press reported. The White House cancelled a meeting between the two leaders after Duterte made the remark. Obama instead met with South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye.

At a press conference before he was set to fly to Laos to meet Obama and other leaders, reporters had asked Duterte how he might react if Obama questioned him over his war on drugs, which has killed some 2,400 people since he assumed office in June. He said he wasn’t an “American puppet” and that he would “curse” Obama at the forum.

And a little death stare.

This photo about sums up Russian President Vladimir Putin and Obama’s meeting about ending the Syrian civil war. Obama said they had “productive conversations” but “gaps of trust” prevented them from reaching a deal. Nope, not tense or awkward at all.

Obama death stare. Slight Putin smirk. Boy do they hate each other.

Obama death stare. Slight Putin smirk. Boy do they hate each other. Alexei Druzhinin / AFP / Getty Images

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Why a German regional election result matters to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel’s party — the Christian Democratic Union — fell into third place in regional elections Sunday evening, a sign of brewing trouble over the chancellor’s now-controversial refugee policy, German politicians and experts say.

It comes almost a year to the day since Merkel publicly opened Germany’s door to refugees, after photographs of dead toddler Alan Kurdi on a Turkish beach appeared. Since then, the country has taken in more than 1 million refugees.

While the move was celebrated internationally, there’ve been notable instances of rising anti-immigration sentiment across the country in the past few months.

An election poster for the right-wing party AfD (left).

An election poster for the right-wing party AfD (left). Stefanie Loos / Reuters

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS? 

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly died Sunday. She was 92. 

She was known for her work against the Equal Rights Amendment, critiquing the work of “radical feminists,” and calling on Americans to instead support her “pro-family” movement. Schlafly wrote 27 books and remained involved in politics through this year, endorsing Donald Trump in March.

Schlafly said making laws sex-neutral would harm women by forcing them to register for the draft and deny them other benefits, and told NPR in 2011 that “the main goal of the feminist movement was the status degradation of the full-time homemaker.”

Schlafly became a conservative icon for her views on gender roles and more recently endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Seth Perlman / AP Photo

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • US presidential election: Hillary Clinton started coughing and jokingly said it was because she’s allergic to her rival Donald Trump during a speech in Cleveland on Monday. There are 63 days to go until the election. And this Republican thinks Trump is playing too nice.

  • Colin Kaepernick: President Obama said the San Francisco 49ers quarterback had “a point around certain concerns around justice and equality” and that he was exercising his “constitutional right” when he refused to stand for the national anthem.

  • Black Lives Matter protesters chained themselves together on the runway of a London airport on Tuesday morning.

  • Mark Tromp, the father at the center of a bizarre Australian family road trip gone wrong, has apologized for the ordeal.

  • Malia Obama didn’t let the haters stop her from enjoying a music festival. The 18-year-old wore a shirt that said “Smoking Kills” to the Made in America festival on Sunday — after people shamed her for smoking at Lollapalooza last month.
Last month, video captured Obama smoking ~something~ at Lollapalooza in Chicago. People online began to shame the teen, who is headed to Harvard University next year after taking a gap year. Others responded with a simple message: Leave. Malia. Alone.

Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch

 

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