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Kanye West says he's running for U.S. president

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,' the rapper and fashion designer tweets

2024? Kanye West again tweets about plans to run for president of the US. Photo from Kim Kardashian's Instagram

[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

U.S. Treasury agrees on loan terms with 5 airlines

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The United States Treasury says American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky West Airlines, and Spirit Airlines agreed to the government's terms

Image from American Airlines website

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Filipino-American journalists send letter of support for Ressa, Santos, and Rappler

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:12 PM

A letter from Filipino-American journalists says the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr 'poses threats to freedom of the press and democracy'

Fil-Ams on the frontlines: New York healthcare workers look after each other

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:01 PM

In New York and New Jersey alone, 1 in every 4 Filipinos works in healthcare. They create their own resources to take care of their mental health amid the pandemic.

Black-owned eateries buoyed by grassroots support since virus hit

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Numerous studies show that black business owners, and in particular those in the food industry, are among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States

Oji Abbott "Chef O" sits in front of his restaurant Oohh's and Aahh's, one of the many on U Street, June 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. - Media, activist and business initiatives to support African-American restaurant owners have been stepping up in recent weeks in the wake of the historic anti-racism movement in the US since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in his forties who was killed by a white policeman on 25 May. Numerous studies have shown that African-American entrepreneurs, particularly in the service sector such as restaurants, have suffered most severely from the economic and health crisis caused by Covid-19. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Black Americans suffer from generations of economic marginalization

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:30 AM

From lower wages to longer commute times, the structure of the world's largest economy deeply marginalizes black people

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: People gather in the rain outside of the White House for a peaceful protest against police brutality on June 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests in cities throughout the country have been largely peaceful following the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

Hundreds of troops deployed as angry U.S. anti-racism protests spread

May 29, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Overnight demonstrators break through law enforcement barriers to overtake the Minneapolis police station where the 4 officers blamed for George Floyd's death are based

PROTESTS. Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

British American Tobacco contests South African lockdown ban

May 29, 2020 - 10:15 PM

British American Tobacco South Africa says a continued ban on legal cigarette sales threatens the sector and the livelihoods it supports

TRADITIONAL TOBACCO. A packet of Dunhill cigarettes made by British American Tobacco is photographed in London. File photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

American Airlines to cut 30% of management staff

May 28, 2020 - 10:55 PM

American Airlines currently has a team of 17,000 people in management and support, meaning the actions planned will cut about 5,100 jobs

AMERICAN AIRLINES. The carrier's planes in Chicago. Photo from Shutterstock

Fil-Am contestant Francisco Martin finishes in 'American Idol' Top 5

May 18, 2020 - 4:13 PM

Just Sam wins the competition

WATCH: Lionel Richie sings 'We Are the World' with 'American Idol' contestants, alumni

May 18, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Lionel, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan are joined by the current crop of 'American Idol' contestants and past winners

Till their last breath, Fil-Am health care workers give all vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 9:05 AM

At least 60 Filipino health care workers have died from the novel coronavirus disease, as the United States continues to grapple with the pandemic

Filipino-American Francisco Martin enters 'American Idol's' Top 7

May 11, 2020 - 7:28 PM

The San Francisco native performs two songs during the show's Sunday episode

Frontliners, too: Meet some young Fil-Ams braving the coronavirus pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Outside of the health care profession, these young Filipino-Americans work silently day in and out, putting their lives on the line to serve others

United, American Airlines report large losses on coronavirus hit

May 01, 2020 - 9:45 AM

United Airlines reports a loss of $1.7 billion in the 1st quarter of 2020, while American Airlines posts a loss of $2.2 billion

U.S. airlines desperate for cash but fear government involvement

Apr 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Industry sources say a behind-the-scenes tug of war has begun between airline executives and the United States Treasury

BADLY HIT SECTOR. An American Airlines plane is seen from a terminal of Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 17, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

American Airlines to apply for $12 billion in gov't relief

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:45 PM

American Airlines also plans to institute 'enhanced voluntary leave and early retirement options' to deal with the coronavirus fallout

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 03, 2020 American Airlines planes are seen at Miami International Airport (MIA) in Miami, Florida. - American Airlines will seek $12 billion in government assistance to steer the carrier through the global aviation downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal has reported March 31, 2020. The airline industry is one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, with US airlines suspending most transatlantic flights and many domestic routes. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)

Immigration lawyers sue U.S. government over coronavirus risks

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The American Immigration Lawyers Association says the government has refused to guarantee the safety of their members as well as due process for immigrants

U.S. airlines slash flights over coronavirus crisis

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The situation worsens for airline companies in the United States

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. airlines ground more planes as travel crisis deepens

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Demand is 'declining at an accelerated pace daily, driving an unprecedented revenue impact,' says Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian

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U.S. airlines to trim capacity as coronavirus hits demand

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines announce broader capacity cuts, while Southwest Airlines says it would lower its chief executive officer's salary

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Attendee at conservatives' political summit has coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:57 PM

This attendee 'had no interaction' with President Trump or Vice President Pence and 'never attended the events in the main hall' at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC, says the organizer

CPAC 2020. Members of set up crew work on the final setup during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. court suspends its block on Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'We will continue working to permanently end this unspeakably cruel policy,' says American Civil Liberties Union on the court order

'REMAIN IN MEXICO'. Migrants part of the 'Remain in Mexico' policy wait at the entrance to the Paso del Norte International Bridge on February 28, 2020, in Ciudad Juárez. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Coronavirus fears loom over giant U.S. toy show

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:40 PM

China manufactures about 85% of United States toys, and there is widespread worry in the industry over the novel coronavirus outbreak

Toys of the company American Plastic Toys Inc are on display during the annual New York Toy Fair, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on February 16 in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Trump signs long-awaited North American trade deal

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:00 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, crafted over years of negotiation between the the 3 countries, replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA

SIGNED. US President Donald Trump signs the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iranians report being stopped, facing delays at U.S. border

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:51 AM

More than 60 travelers who were detained at length over the weekend and questioned about their political views at Washington state's border with Canada

DEMONSTRATION. Iranian women take part in a demonstration against American "crimes" in the capital Tehran on January 3, 2020 Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Neutral pronoun 'they' chosen as word of the decade

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:43 PM

US language experts choose the neutral pronoun they over words like 'climate' and 'meme'

U.S., Mexico, Canada to sign deal finalizing trade agreement

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'There is an initial deal between the governments,' says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

USMCA. In this file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on November 21, 2019. File photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Washington airspace alert sparks White House lockdown

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The North American Aerospace Defense Command deploys a US Coast Guard helicopter to investigate what appeared to be an unidentified aircraft nearing tightly controlled Washington airspace but found nothing

U.N. rights chief warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control'

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The latest toll takes the total number killed in the political crisis to 23, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

PRO-MORALES PROTEST. View of the road linking El Alto and La Paz blocked by supporters of the ex-President Evo Morales, as seen from El Alto, Bolivia on November 16, 2019. Supporters of Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales are blocking roads leading to La Paz, causing shortages of products at markets. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Evo Morales leaves the country on a military plane sent for him by Mexico, which granted him political asylum for his safety

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

Bolivian president says will call new elections

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The opposition claims that the October 20 polls, where President Evo Morales won a fourth consecutive term, were fraudulent

PRESIDENT MORALES. In this file photo, Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales speaks during a press conference at the Casa Grande del Pueblo (Great House of the People) in La Paz, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

'Fearless' Charlize Theron honored by Hollywood

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The South African actress is honored for playing 'fearless' roles, including her 2004 Oscar winning role in 'Monster'

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Charlize Theron speaks onstage during the 33rd American Cinematheque Award Presentation Honoring Charlize Theron at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 08, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

Taylor Swift to receive 'Artist of the Decade' title at American Music Awards 2019

Nov 02, 2019 - 4:03 PM

T-Swift will be the first woman to receive the Artist of the Decade title

Altuve stars as Astros outgun Yankees to reach World Series

Oct 20, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Jose Altuve hits the game-winner as the Houston Astros book their ticket to the World Series for the second time in 3 years

GAME HEROES. Before Jose Altuve (left) gets to finish the job, Yuli Gurriel also smashes a three-run homer for the Astros. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Catriona Gray is a presenter at Latin America Music Awards 2019

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The Latin America Music Awards is scheduled on October 17

Singer Sia reveals neurological disease, urges those in pain to ‘keep going’

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The 'Chandelier' singer reveals her battle with Ehlers-Danlos, a neurological disease that causes chronic pain

Director Martin Scorsese slams Marvel films: 'That's not cinema'

Oct 05, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'I don't see them. I tried, you know? But that's not cinema,' the Oscar-winning 'Irishman' director says about the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies

'The Kingmaker': A poignant reminder of the fragility of democracy

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examines the political resurgence of the Marcoses under Duterte

MARCOS. The Kingmaker documents the improbable return to power of Former first Lady Imelda Marcos and her family's attempts to rewrite history and regain Malacañang Palace. Photo by Lauren Greenfield

British American Tobacco stubs out 2,300 jobs, as vaping casts cloud

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

British American Tobacco, the maker of Dunhill and Lucky Strike cigarettes, says the job cuts would ensure savings which can be reinvested in new product categories

A packet of Dunhill cigarettes made by British American Tobacco is photographed in London, 28 February 2006. Cigarette giant British American Tobacco reported on Tuesday a 29-percent drop in pre-tax profits to £2.588 billion pounds (3.796 billion euros, 4.503 billion dollars) in 2005, but the results were skewed by big deals in 2004. BAT also expressed "regret" at a decision earlier this month by Britain's parliament to approve a total ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces in England, following similar moves in Ireland and other European countries. The group, which makes Kent and Dunhill cigarettes, said in its official earnings release that revenue sank 13 percent to 9.325 billion pounds last year, compared with 2004. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

U.S. judge blocks Trump move on asylum-seekers

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 AM

The ruling by District Court Judge Jon Tigar is the latest setback for Trump's immigration policies, which have been the subject of numerous court challenges

DROPPED OFF. In this file photo taken on June 17, 2018 immigrants wait to head to a nearby Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through 'catch and release' immigration policy in McAllen, Texas. File photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Scientists teleport qutrits in new step towards quantum computing

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Qutrits carry more data through quantum teleportation – the act of transferring the state of a quantum particle over a distance without physically moving that particle

Trump accuses Jewish Democratic voters of 'great disloyalty'

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Donald Trump's comments prompt condemnation from Jewish groups, which charge the president with anti-Semitism by questioning the loyalty of Jewish citizens

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Obamas' first film charts life in US factory under China bosses

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The former first couple acquires 'American Factory,' a film shown during the Sundance Festival in January, which will be shown in select theaters and Netflix starting August 21

'American Crime Story' 3rd season to follow Lewinsky-Clinton scandal

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:35 PM

FX renews the true crime series for a 3rd season, which will be produced by Monica Lewinsky herself

Nilo Alcala wins American Prize 2019 music competition

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The Philippine-born composer bags the American Prize in Composition 2019 for his work, 'Manga Pakalagian'

American Airlines says Boeing 737 MAX grounding hit Q2 profits by $185M

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:21 PM

American Airlines, which has 24 of the MAX planes in its portfolio, have previously estimated that the grounding will hit 2019 earnings by $350 million

AMERICAN AIRLINES. A Boeing 737 flown by American Airlines takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 11, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP