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Duterte to pull Philippines from International Criminal Court

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Activists burn an effigy during a protest against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila. Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images.

Rodrigo Duterte announced his intent to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court as the investigative body continues its preliminary inquiry into his gruesome war on drugs. In a 15-page statement, Duterte railed against The Hague for its "baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks" on his character, claiming the organization had foregone the principles of due process and presumption of innocence.

Why it matters: Per The Guardian, it takes a year for a country's withdrawal from the ICC to officially go into effect, and the move will not protect Duterte from being prosecuted if the inquiry finds evidence of crimes against humanity.

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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

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Meet John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday that national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who's resigning, will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hawkish former United States ambassador to the United Nations.