These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Duterte's anti-US rhetoric
The president of the Philippines is increasingly projecting himself as a firebrand leader with a clear anti-US mentality. Rodrigo Duterte was on a state visit to China over the past few days. In what was perceived as a shock to many observers, he told his Chinese hosts that Manila has decided to separate from the United States. Duterte's comments drew an immediate reaction from Washington. He then has said that he didn't really mean 'separation' from US.
US: Decades of war to come
The US is going to be militarily involved around the world for decades to come. That’s according to David Goldfein, a United States Air Force Army General. "We've been deploying now for 15 years," Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said. "We've probably got 15, 20 years to go." Clearly, the US is going to send more troops and warplanes around the world for the coming years. The reasons? The US war against ISIL in the Middle East, a resurgent Russia, as Washington likes to put it, and China’s military activity in the South China Sea, just to name a few.
Choking alternative media?
A UK bank has withdrawn banking services from Russia's news channel RT, a move which has been condemned by the television station as being aimed at choking the alternative media. Meanwhile, in a case of media manipulation, the West has financed what's called AMC: Aleppo Media Center, a French-funded outlet which supplies the US, the UK, NATO members states, Qatar’s Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya and many more, with images which feed the western propaganda machine pushing for toppling the Syrian government.