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Obama cancels meeting with Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte after Duterte called him a "son of a bitch," Clinton turns down Mexico trip invite, Freddie Mercury gets his own comet, and more.
September 6, 2016, 1:05pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/NurPhoto via Getty Images

US News

Obama Cancels Meeting with Duterte After Insult
President Obama has canceled a meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte after Duterte described him as a "son of a bitch." In a speech on Monday, the Philippines leader said: "Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet… Son of a bitch, I will swear at you." A Duterte spokesman said Tuesday morning he regretted that "it came across as a personal attack." —CNN

Clinton Turns Down Mexico Trip Invite
Hillary Clinton said she will not take up an invitation from Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto to visit Mexico, describing Donald Trump's recent visit to the country as a "diplomatic incident." "We understand and respect her decision to propose the time to hold a meeting," said Mexican foreign minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu in a tweet. —Reuters


Cincinnati Overdose Spike Caused by Carfentanil
Police officials believe an unprecedented spike in overdoses in Cincinnati has been caused by synthetic drug carfentanil. More than 200 people in the area have overdosed in the past two weeks. Law enforcement is worried enough about this new danger that they've begun carrying overdose-reversing naloxone sprays in case they accidentally inhale some of the drug. —The New York Times

Black Lives Matter Forms Financial Partnership
The Black Lives Matter movement has established a legal and financial partnership with a California charity. The San Francisco–based International Development Exchange, also known as IDEX, now acts as the financial arm of the Black Lives Matter network, with the ability to receive grants and donations on the group's behalf. —ABC News

International News

Kabul Charity Hit by Gun Attack
Afghan security forces have ended an 11-hour siege at the offices of an aid group, Care International, in Kabul, killing all three attackers. The gunmen launched the attack late Monday night, just hours after a Taliban double-suicide bombing near the defense ministry building killed 35 people and a car bomb exploded in a different neighborhood. —Reuters

Protestors Block Calais Access Over Migrant Camp
French demonstrators blocked access to the port of Calais in France throughout Monday, protesting the government's failure to close the migrant camp known as the "Jungle." A blockade of 40 trucks, 50 tractors, and several hundred people forming a human chain across the roads came to an end on Monday night. —The Guardian


Ethiopia Prison Fire Leaves 23 Dead
At least 23 people died when a fire broke out at a prison in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The blaze erupted at the high-security Qilinto prison, where many anti-government activists are held. According to a government statement, 21 died of suffocation in a stampede, while two others were killed as they tried to escape. —Al Jazeera

El Salvador Refuses Bribe to Fix World Cup Match
El Salvador's national football team claims to have refused a bribe ahead of Tuesday's World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada. The team members played an audio recording of the alleged match-fixer making the indecent proposal at a press conference. —BBC News

Everything Else

Beyoncé Postpones NJ Show to Rest Her Voice
The singer has been forced to postpone the next stop on her Formation World Tour after being told to rest her voice by a doctor. Wednesday's show at New Jersey's Metlife Stadium is now scheduled for October 7. —TIME

San Francisco 49ers Fire Bruce Miller After Arrest
The San Francisco 49ers have released fullback Bruce Miller after he was arrested on suspicion of assault. Miller was detained in connection with an alleged attack on a 70-year-old man and his son at a hotel in San Francisco on Sunday. —USA Today

Lost Robot Found on Comet
The European Space Agency has discovered Philae, the lost robot that landed on a comet two years ago before its batteries ran out. Images from a space probe camera have revealed the exact location of the Philae lander on comet 67P. —The Guardian

Italy Pulls Fertility Campaign After Outrage
The Italian government was forced to pull a poster campaign that encouraged women in Italy to keep an eye on their biological clock after it sparked outrage online. Featuring an anxious-looking woman holding an hourglass, the campaign was intended to encourage people to procreate in order to drive up the birth rate. —Broadly

Asteroid Named After Freddie Mercury
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially changed named the name of Asteroid 17473, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, to "Freddiemercury." The former Queen frontman would have turned 70 this week. —Motherboard

Don't Ban Ketamine, Say Anesthesiologists
The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists has demanded that ketamine is not placed under UN illicit drug restrictions. WFSA president Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen said ketamine remains an essential anesthetic in countries "with limited options." — VICE

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