Taking over US agrochemicals giant Monsanto will take time, the head of German chemicals and pharmaceuticals group Bayer said in a magazine interview Wednesday. "Our planned takeover of Monsanto will be a marathon rather than a sprint," chief executive Werner Baumann told the weekly WirtschaftsWoche in an interview to be published on Friday. In particular, getting the deal past the cartel authorities could be a long haul, Baumann said.
Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters. Duterte, who won last month's elections in a landslide after pledging to kill tens of thousands of criminals, told reporters on Tuesday that there was justification for killing journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities. "Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a bitch," Duterte said when asked how he would address the problem of media killings in the Philippines after a reporter was shot dead in Manila last week.