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He has been accused of using death squads to eliminate suspected criminals. He has cursed the Pope and made shocking comments about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary. And he has promised to jet-ski to an island disputed with China to plant his country’s flag. Meet Rodrigo Duterte, the next president of the Philippines.
Early results from an elections watchdog, based on an unofficial count of 90 per cent of the ballots, suggest the strongman is on course for a landslide victory with 15m votes so far — 6m ahead of his closest rival.
Everything you should know about Rodrigo Duterte (FT, Vice)
In the news
US warship sails close to contested reef An American warship on Tuesday morning sailed close to Fiery Cross Reef, a contested feature in the South China Sea, in the latest US pushback against Chinese claims in the disputed maritime region. The move comes as the Obama administration takes a tougher stance on China over its activities in the South China Sea. (FT)
Warren proves effective sparring partner for Trump Hillary Clinton hopes to hover at least slightly above the fray, and refrain from sharp attacks on her rival Donald Trump, who has so far proved an elusive target. But Elizabeth Warren, a first-term Democratic senator from Massachusetts, seems to have come up with an answer — or at least a way to rattle the New York billionaire. (NYT)
Facebook denies ‘liberal bias’ Facebook says it is taking “very seriously” allegations that employees routinely suppressed trending news stories of interest to conservative readers after the website Gizmodo published a report citing several former “news curators” who claimed they were instructed to “inject” certain stories into the influential “trending” section — even if they weren’t actually trending — and to suppress others, usually catering to a liberal bias. Responding to the allegations, the network’s head of search Tom Stocky wrote that the site “found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true”. (Gizmodo, BuzzFeed, BBC)
Hedge fund chiefs cash in The 25 best-paid hedge fund managers took home a collective $12.94bn in income last year, according to an annual ranking published on Tuesday by Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine. Those riches came during a year of tremendous market volatility that was so bad for some Wall Street investors that the billionaire manager Daniel S. Loeb called it a “hedge fund killing field”.(NYT)
Panama Papers expose dozens of Americans A review of the internal files of Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm, has identified offshore companies created by the firm that were connected to at least 36 Americans accused of fraud or other serious financial misconduct. (WaPo)
Berlin opens way to Greek debt relief Germany eased its objections to debt relief talks for Greece as eurozone finance ministers sought to narrow their differences with the International Monetary Fund over Athens’ €86bn bailout. With Greece facing €3.5bn in debt payments in July that it will be unable to meet without support, ministers said they were ready for a political push to break a stalemate between creditors over austerity measures and Athens’ debt burden. (FT)
One in five plant species ‘facing extinction’ A giant, insect-eating carnivore discovered recently in Brazil is one of 2,000 new plants found in the past year, bringing the total of known plant species around the world to 391,000, according to the first scientific report of its kind. But the report, compiled by a team of 80 scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, also showed 21 per cent of species threatened by extinction. (FT)
It’s a big day for
UK telecoms European commissioners are meeting in Strasbourg to discuss CK Hutchison’s proposed £10.5bn takeover of mobile operator Telefónica’s O2 in the UK. The deal, which would create the largest mobile operator in the UK, is expected to be rejected. (FT)
Led Zeppelin The rock band’s founders, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, face a lawsuit to decide whether they ripped off the opening notes of “Stairway to Heaven”. It’s a sign of the times in the music industry, where an age of declining revenues has sent disgruntled artists to the courts. (Guardian)
Food for thought
How Donald Trump has changed the world The former reality TV star has taken over the Republican party — but he has also become the standard-bearer for the far right throughout the west, argues Gideon Rachman. Sign up for our daily US politics newsletter here. (FT)
Temer’s tough task In all likelihood, Brazil will shortly have a new head of state when Michel Temer, the vice-president from the opposition PMDB party, takes Dilma Rousseff’s place as interim president. Mr Temer has a forbidding to-do list, but perhaps can take heart from Argentina’s experience, writes John Paul Rathbone. Five months into his own presidency, Mauricio Macri, who also lacks a congressional majority, has launched a stiff macroeconomic adjustment programme, yet his approval ratings remain above 60 per cent. “Against the odds, Mr Temer has a fair chance of stabilising Brazil’s rocky situation.” (FT)
Transforming green spaces “Not quite a jungle, but it was hard to believe that we were seven minutes from lower Manhattan, deposited by ferry on Governors Island.” Alexandra Lange talks to Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze about reinventing the park across cities in Europe and the US (New Yorker)
China’s emotion-sharing economy In Shanghai’s endless traffic jams, there is plenty of time for a therapy session, with your Uber driver playing the shrink, writes Patti Waldmeir. (FT)
Something in the air If you thought we reached the limits of 21st-century romance with the advent of Tinder and other dating apps, you’d be wrong. Cities across the globe are hosting “Pheromone Parties”, where guests choose partners based on whether they like the smell of an unwashed T-shirt. So far, so classy. But are we really sending out airborne aphrodisiacs? Are pheromones actually a thing? (BBC)
Video of the day
New era for Saudi oil explained Neil Hume, the FT’s commodities editor, explains how Saudi Arabia’s recent government reshuffle will bring greater volatility in the oil market. (FT)