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Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in new 'First Ladies' series

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The upcoming White House drama anthology series will focus on the personal and political lives of America's First Ladies

'We are fine': Melania Trump dismisses gossip about marriage

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:52 PM

'I'm a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do,' US First Lady Melania Trump says during an interview with ABC News

THEY'RE FINE. File photo of US President Donald Trump kissing First Lady Melania Trump after disembarking form Air Force One. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The US First Lady attempts to step out of her husband's shadow, this Africa trip has been seen as an attempt for her to carve her own diplomatic path

AFRICA TOUR. File photo shows US First Lady Melania Trump. AFP Photo.

Meet Ri Sol Ju, wife of North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:29 PM

North Korea state media refers to her as the 'respected First Lady' – the first time the title has been used in more than 40 years, and with the addition of an adjective usually reserved for the country's leaders

FIRST LADY. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju waving goodbye as they depart by car following a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. CCTV / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Duterte's 2 'First Ladies' join him in China, Hong Kong

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:59 AM

Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joins her father for the first time in an official trip abroad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio make their way inside the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Ubial, De Lima, Trangia | Evening wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Ivana vs Melania: First wife is 'self-serving' – First Lady

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:05 PM

US First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman responds after Ivana Trump quipped in an interview that she is the 'first lady'

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 9, 2017 shows, a file photo taken on September 15, 2014 with Ivana Trump attending The Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York. A file photo taken on September 1, 2017 showing US First Lady Melania Trump looking on as President Donald Trump speaks after receiving an update from disaster relief organizations on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  Ivana Trump may have been Donald Trump's first wife, but Melania Trump left the world in no doubt on October 9, 2017 that there is only one first lady of the United States / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA AND AFP PHOTO / Dave Kotinsky AND NICHOLAS KAMM

Melania Trump invited Honeylet Avanceña to New York event – Malacañang

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife previously said she is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly

Macron to backpedal on creating First Lady status

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The issue has become a new political headache for Macron after an online petition against creating the role garners around 285 000 signatures and an opinion poll showed a majority of French people are also opposed

FIRST COUPLE. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive to attend a concert by the Pierre Claver Association at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2017. Julien de Rosa/EPA/AFP

Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

US President Donald Trump remains at loggerheads with fellow leaders over climate change as the most fractious and violent G20 summit to date drew to a close ahead of fresh mass protests

ON FIRE. Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP

The evolution of Duterte’s First Lady: Honeylet Avanceña

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

From Rodrigo Duterte s quiet companion on the campaign trail to his stunning red carpet partner during his presidency Honeylet Avanceña has come a long way First Lady or not

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña welcome Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong upon his arrival at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines on April 29, 2017 for the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. ASEAN PHOTO

Honeylet as ‘First Lady’ or ‘partner’? Palace comms confused too

May 12, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Palace communications team amends a photo caption that identifies Honeylet Avanceña as Duterte s First Lady and uses the term longtime partner instead

BY DUTERTE'S SIDE. President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña wave to the reception party upon their arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on May 10, 2017. Presidential photo

Duterte, De Lima, Samsung Note7 | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2017 - 10:47 PM

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Duterte: 'Beautiful' Melania is Donald Trump's 'ace'

Jan 23, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Naging bilyonaryo ka ganyan ang bunganga mo tapos ganyan kay ganda ng asawa mo Diyan ako naalasan says President Duterte

Melania Trump channels Jackie O in Ralph Lauren

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:49 AM

Melania Trump s look wins gushing praise online and earned comparisons with Jacqueline Kennedy wife of Democratic president John F Kennedy and considered one of America s most stylish first ladies

INAUGURAL FASHION. US President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania leave St. John's Episcopal Church on January 20, 2017, before Trump's inauguration. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Michelle Obama: uber-mom, style icon, political force

Jan 19, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Once a reluctant mom in chief the tall toned Princeton and Harvard graduate – America s first black first lady – has evolved becoming a singular voice for women and a political dynamo

THE OBAMAS. US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) hugs US President Barack Obama as daughter Malia looks on after the President delivered his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP

First lady Melania Trump and the political fashion police

Jan 19, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Melania Trump becomes US First Lady at a time when an unprecedented number of designers are saying she simply isn t their style or urging each other not to dress her because of her husband s insult dishing divisive campaign

CENTER STAGE. This file photo taken on July 17, 2016 shows Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, arriving on stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Nancy Reagan, former US first lady, dies at 94

Mar 07, 2016 - 1:16 AM

UPDATED The former first lady who suffered heart failure at her home in Los Angeles will be buried next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley California

Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan speaks before the unveiling of a statue of her husband, US President Ronald Reagan on June 3, 2009 during ceremonies in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER / AFP / KAREN BLEIER

Kris Aquino announces performers, co-host at luncheon for APEC leaders' spouses

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Derek Ramsay Ogie Alcasid and Matteo Guidicielli are among the celebrities who will attend the event

Warna-warni kebaya Iriana Jokowi

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Pilihan kebaya Iriana Jokowi yang selalu berwarna dapat menjadi inspirasi kamu para wanita

CIUM PIPI. Ibu Iriana Jokowi dan Ibu Negara Singapura Mary Tan saat pertemuan kedua negara di Istana Presiden Singapura, 28 Juli 2015. Foto oleh Wallace Woon/EPA

The Scrum: Of First Ladies and a VP

Aug 07, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Korina Sanchez Elenita Binay and Chiz Escudero may be campaign issues

EMOTIONAL. Korina Sanchez, wife of presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, says she's not worried about the survey numbers

Rappler Explains: Can Grace Poe sit on the Iron Throne?

Aug 06, 2015 - 6:02 PM

In the first part of this video explainer series Rappler takes a look at the residency issues against the neophyte senator

Kenya protesters warn Obama against bringing up gay rights during visit

Jul 06, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Kenyan anti gay protesters march in Nairobi warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits the country of his ancestors later this month

NO TO ‘OBAMA AND OBAMA.’ Kenyan anti-gay activists led by church leaders and members of parliament shout slogans in front of the Supreme Court during an anti-gay demonstration in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 06 July 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / AFP

Michelle Obama first US First Lady to visit Cambodia

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:37 PM

Obama is using the trip to highlight what she described in a speech in Japan as a crisis in female education

Imelda Marcos spotted in Tacloban on eve of Pope's arrival

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:05 PM

The wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos seen in a wheel chair but in good spirits will join the Romualdez clan at the papal mass on Saturday January 17

US, China first ladies in Beijing's Forbidden City

Mar 21, 2014 - 10:29 PM

Michelle Obama her mother and daughters tour the Forbidden City with Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in hospital

Jan 01, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush is hospitalized for a respiratory problem but her husband’s office says she is in great spirits

Hillary Clinton miniseries in the works

Jul 29, 2013 - 3:15 PM

Hillary will portray the politician s life from 2nd Bill Clinton term to the present

'HILLARY'. 'One of the most fascinating women of our time,' says NBC Chairman

President Obama revives broccoli-gate

Jul 10, 2013 - 8:14 AM

The president with his wife close by stayed faithful to the First Lady s Let s Move campaign

BROCCOLI'S BEST FRIEND. The slim line Obama was asked by a guest at a 'Kids State Dinner' event at the White House to name his favorite food

Michelle Obama draws flak for Oscars appearance

Mar 03, 2013 - 6:27 PM

We all know that Michelle Obama is the first lady but is she overdoing it?