Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Trump gains on Clinton, poll shows 'rigged' message resonates <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gained on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among American voters this week, cutting her lead nearly in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling released on Friday.<br /><br />The polling data showed Trump&#39;s argument that the Nov. 8 election is &quot;rigged&quot; against him has resonated with members of his party.<br /><br />&quot;Remember folks, it&#39;s a rigged system,&quot; Trump told a Pennsylvania rally on Friday. &quot;That&#39;s why you&#39;ve got to get out and vote, you&#39;ve got to watch. Because this system is totally rigged.&quot;<br /><br />Clinton led Trump 44 percent to 40 percent, according to the Oct. 14-20 Reuters/Ipsos poll, a 4-point lead. That compared with 44 percent for Clinton and 37 percent for Trump in the Oct. 7-13 poll released last week.<br /><br />An average of national opinion polls by RealClearPolitics shows Clinton 6.2 percentage points ahead at 48.1 percent support to Trump&#39;s 41.9 percent.<br /><br />Trump is slated to give a speech Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, best known as the site of a decisive Civil War battle and cemetery, and the place where Republican President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous address.<br /><br />Aides told reporters on Friday night that Trump would make his closing argument to voters in his speech, and preview what he would do in his first 100 days in the White House.<br /><br />&quot;I think this site is fitting in terms of understanding a positive vision for the Republican party,&quot; an aide said.<br /><br />Trump&#39;s campaign was thrown into crisis after a 2005 video released this month showed him bragging about groping and kissing women. He has since faced accusations - which he has said are &quot;absolutely false&quot; - that he made improper sexual advances to women over decades.<br /><br />The Reuters/Ipsos survey found 63 percent of Americans, including a third of Republicans, believe the New York real estate mogul has committed sexual assault in the past.<br /><br />Reuters contacted a few of the poll respondents who said they felt that Trump had likely &quot;committed sexual assault&quot; but were still supporting his candidacy. Their answers were generally the same: Whatever Trump did with women in the past is less important to them than what he may do as president.<br /><br />At a Trump rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, Harold Garren, 75, said he was sceptical of complaints from women about Trump&#39;s behaviour. &quot;I don&#39;t believe all of this 30 years later, no,&quot; Garren said.<br /><br />Garren also shrugged off Trump&#39;s lewd bragging about women, caught on the 2005 tape. &quot;I&#39;ve used that barnyard language myself,&quot; Garren said, clarifying that it was when he was younger and before he knew better.<br /><br />Both candidates spent Friday in battleground states, where the vote could swing either way. Clinton, 68, campaigned in Ohio, while Trump, 70, was in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.<br /><br />Trump, his voice lacking some of its usual energy in his third rally in one day, told voters in Newtown, Pennsylvania they had to vote or else he would have wasted a lot of &quot;time, energy and money.&quot;<br /><br /><strong>&#39;Rigged&#39; message finds support</strong><br /><br />Trump has been coy about whether he will accept the results of the election should Clinton beat him.<br /><br />The Reuters/Ipsos data showed only half of Republicans would accept Clinton as their president, and nearly 70 percent of them said a Clinton victory would be because of illegal voting or vote rigging.<br /><br />Trump&#39;s crowd chanted &quot;Lock her up!&quot; at a rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania after he declared Clinton a &quot;corrupt globalist,&quot; a reference to campaign documents released by WikiLeaks in which Clinton was quoted advocating free trade and open borders.<br /><br />After the chant went around the room for several seconds, Trump responded, &quot;Don&#39;t worry, that whole thing will be looked into.&quot;<br /><br />The New York businessman&#39;s assertion that the election is being rigged and his refusal to commit to accepting the outcome of the election if he loses has challenged a cornerstone of American democracy and outraged Democrats and many Republicans.<br /><br />Asked if he would commit to a peaceful transition of power during Wednesday&#39;s debate, Trump replied: &quot;What I&#39;m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I&#39;ll keep you in suspense. OK?&quot;</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:21:00 +0000 Reuters 2473673 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/09/07/504802/trump.jpg At least 19 killed in Siberia helicopter crash <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>At least 19 people were killed when a helicopter crashed in northwestern Siberia, a Russian investigative committee has said.<br /><br />Investigators said in a statement that an MI-8 helicopter carrying 22 people had crashed on Friday night outside the city of Novy Urengoy, and that &quot;19 people have died from multiple injuries at the scene, according to preliminary data&quot;.<br /><br />The helicopter was flying from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to the town of Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenetsky region when it crashed between 14:00 and 15:00 GMT, investigators said.<br /><br />The regional branch of the emergencies ministry said it had been informed that a helicopter made a hard landing some 80km outside Novy Urengoy, but did not initially report any casualties.<br /><br />Emergency workers were dispatched to the scene and managed to save three people from the wreckage, the ministry said.<br /><br />The survivors were transported to a hospital in Novy Urengoy.<br /><br />The investigative committee said that the crash could have been caused by a violation of flight safety regulations, a mechanical problem or difficult weather conditions.<br /><br />A criminal probe has been launched to investigate possible violations.<br /><br />The emergencies ministry said that fog and difficult visibility conditions had hindered the search for the crash site, as well as the rescue operation.<br /><br />A similar helicopter crash outside the western Siberian town of Igarka last year claimed 15 lives.</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:19:00 +0000 Reuters 2473663 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/22/504802/helicopter.jpg Over 50,000 evacuated in typhoon's path in southern China <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Typhoon Haima forced the evacuations of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.<br /><br />No deaths were immediately reported Saturday in China from the typhoon. Residents in the cities of Shanwei and Shantou, in China&#39;s Guangdong province, were forced to move to safer ground as the storm hit, local authorities and state media reported. Some villages experienced power outages and authorities remained on the lookout for possible landslides.<br /><br />Chinese meteorological services said the typhoon made landfall shortly after noon Friday in Shanwei in Guangdong province, packing winds of up to 166 kilometers (103 miles) per hour before weakening to a tropical storm.<br /><br />China suspended dozens of flights and rail services in several southern provinces. In the city of Shenzhen, authorities ordered schools, markets and factories to close, halted public transportation and evacuated some areas.<br /><br />Neighboring Hong Kong suspended trading on the stock market Friday and shut down schools, offices and commuter ferries as Haima lashed the financial hub with rain and wind gusts of up to 109 kph (68 mph). The third most serious storm signal was hoisted, leaving an eerie calm in the streets of the normally bustling city. More than 740 flights to and from the city&#39;s international airport were canceled or delayed.<br /><br />In the Philippines, Haima&#39;s blinding winds and rain on Thursday had rekindled fears of the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which left 7,300 dead, but there has been no report of any major damage. Large casualties appeared to have been averted after more than 100,000 people fled to safer ground. Several villages were cut off by fallen trees, landslides and floods, impeding communications and aid.<br /><br />At least 13 people were killed, mostly in landslides and floods, in the fast-moving storm, officials said. But the evacuations from high-risk communities helped prevent a larger number of casualties and thousands were still in emergency shelters due to a powerful that hit the north a few days.<br /><br />The extent of damage in Cagayan, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Manila, where the typhoon made landfall, was evident in overturned vans, toppled or leaning electric posts and debris blocking roads. Most stores, their window panes shattered and canopies shredded by the wind, were closed.</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:11:00 +0000 Reuters 2473661 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/22/504802/taiphoon_haima.jpg Duterte didn't really mean 'separation' from U.S., Philippine officials say <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Philippine officials sought on Friday to play down comments by President Rodrigo Duterte who announced his &quot;separation&quot; from the United States a day earlier, saying their country will maintain U.S. trade and economic ties.</span></p><div><p>Duterte made his comments in Beijing, where he was paving the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with long-time ally Washington deteriorate.</p><p>He told Chinese and Philippine business people at a forum in the Great Hall of the People that America had &quot;lost now&quot;.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world - China, Philippines and Russia. It&#39;s the only way.</p><p>&quot;With that, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States. Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also.&quot;</p><p>Duterte&#39;s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal in the Hague ruled that Beijing did not have historic rights to the South China Sea in a case brought by the previous administration in Manila, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30.</p><p>Trade Minister Ramon Lopez sought to explain Duterte&#39;s comments.</p><p>&quot;Let me clarify. The president did not talk about separation,&quot; Lopez told CNN Philippines in Beijing.</p><p>&quot;In terms of economic (ties), we are not stopping trade, investment with America. The president specifically mentioned his desire to strengthen further the ties with China and the ASEAN region which we have been trading with for centuries,&quot; he said, referring to the Association of South East Asian Nations.</p><p>He said the Philippines was &quot;breaking being too much dependent on one side&quot;.</p><p>&quot;But we definitely won&#39;t stop the trade and investment activities with the West, specifically the U.S.&quot;</p><p>Duterte&#39;s spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said the president&#39;s announcement was a &quot;restatement&quot; on his bid to chart an independent foreign policy.</p><p>Duterte wanted to &quot;separate the nation from dependence on the U.S. and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbors&quot; like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement.</p><p>Underscoring that, the Chinese and Philippines defense ministers meet in Beijing on the sidelines of Duterte&#39;s visit, and pledged to restore security ties, China&#39;s Defence Ministry said.</p><p>ANTI-U.S. PROTEST</p><p>Duterte&#39;s tone toward China is in stark contrast to the language he has used against the United States, after being infuriated by U.S. criticism of his bloody war on drugs.</p><p>He has called U.S. President Barack Obama a &quot;son of a bitch&quot; and told him to &quot;go to hell&quot;. On Wednesday, about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila calling for the removal of U.S. troops from a southern island.</p><p>Hundreds of left-wing demonstrators burned a replica of the U.S. flag at a rally in Manila on Friday as they called for an end to U.S. military agreements.</p><p>The United States, a former colonial power, has seen Manila as an important ally in its &quot;rebalance&quot; to Asia in the face of a rising China. The U.S. Embassy press attache in Manila, Molly Koscina, said Duterte&#39;s statements were creating uncertainty.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ve seen a lot of this sort of troubling rhetoric recently,&quot; she told Reuters in an email.</p><p>&quot;We have yet to hear from the Philippine government what Duterte&#39;s remarks on &#39;separation&#39; might mean, but it is creating unnecessary uncertainty.&quot;</p><p>She also said the United States would honor alliance commitments and treaty obligations with the Philippines.</p><p>&quot;And, of course, we expect the Philippines to do the same.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Washington intended to keep to its alliance commitments to the Philippines.</p><p>&quot;Obviously any relationship is one of mutuality and we will continue to discuss that with our Philippine counterparts,&quot; he told reporters on a flight to Turkey.</p><p>Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, asked in Beijing about Duterte&#39;s comments, said countries should not resort to win-lose mentalities.</p><p>&quot;We should not have Cold War thinking, it&#39;s either you or me, you win I lose, that kind of zero-sum game,&quot; she told a regular press briefing.</p><p>&quot;We have always developed relations with other countries in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, mutually win-win, not aimed at, not excluding and not affecting other countries developing normal relations with each other.&quot;</p><p>Wrangling over territory in the South China Sea, where Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims, has consumed China-Philippines relations in recent years.&nbsp;</p><p>China claims most of the waters through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and in 2012 it seized the disputed Scarborough Shoal and denied Philippine fishermen access to its fishing grounds.</p><p>In a statement issued by China&#39;s Xinhua news agency, China and the Philippines said it was important to address differences in the South China Sea &quot;without resorting to the threat or use of force&quot;.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:31:00 +0000 Reuters 2473659 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/18/504802/us_military.jpg