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U.S. brands Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's to change amid protests

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Aunt Jemima line of pancake syrup and batter will be renamed, while the Uncle Ben's brand of rice dishes will 'evolve'

Boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix are seen on a store shelf on June 17, 2020 in Washington,DC. - The Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancake mix will get a new name and image, Quaker Oats announced on June 17, 2020, saying that the company recognizes that "Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." The 130-year-old brand features a Black woman named Aunt Jemima, who was originally dressed as a minstrel character. Quaker, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, said removing the image and name is part of an effort by the company “to make progress toward racial equality.” (Photo by Eva HAMBACH / AFP)

Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

In a grim new landmark, infections in Latin America and the Caribbean surge past one million

TEST. A person walks past a pharmacy where COVID-19 tests are conducted in Recoleta commune in Santiago, Chile, on May 06, 2020. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

May 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The US Department of Homeland Security says the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire May 20, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days

US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. The United States agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries. Lars Hagberg / AFP

Canada aims to ratify trade deal after lifting of tariffs

May 19, 2019 - 9:28 AM

But Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it would be 'naive' to think US protectionism is no longer a threat

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP

U.S. nears metal tariffs deal with Canada, Mexico

May 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

'I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

'Crazy Rich Asians' sparkles at North America box office

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The movie, adapted from Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel of the same title rake in $34 million since its August 15 opening in the US

Dog gone: European canines replaced New World's ancient breeds

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'People in Europe and the Americas were genetically distinct, and so were their dogs,' says Greger Larson, senior author of the study

Trump would prefer separate deals with Canada, Mexico – White House

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:54 PM

'He prefers bilateral negotiations and he is looking at two much different countries,' says Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Fox News.

SEPARATE DEALS. US President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host to be revealed June 13

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:52 AM

There are speculations that the evaluation process in unfair on Morocco's part

JOINT BID. The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first 3-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA's showpiece tournament. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Case vs Trillanes, CPP vs Duterte, Trump on climate change | Evening wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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As cold wave sweeps North America, Trump makes light of climate change

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:52 AM

The National Weather Service says 'dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills' were pummeling much of the central and eastern part of the country

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. AFP FILE PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

U.S., Canada to host North Korea crisis talks

Dec 20, 2017 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe a diplomatic solution to the crisis is essential and possible,' says Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

TALKS SET. Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on March 6 in another challenge to President Donald Trump, with three landing provocatively close to America's ally Japan. AFP PHOTO

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' second-highest opening ever in North America

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) The latest installment of the epic space opera is bettered only by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took $248 million on its debut weekend

PREMIER NIGHT. Stormtroopers and Praetorian guards pose on the red carpet for the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

LIVE: August 21, 2017 North America solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent August 21 Watch it here courtesy of NASA

In this file photo, a total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia's Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016.  Bay Ismoyo/AFP

First eclipse in 99 years to sweep North America

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:58 AM

The last time an eclipse crossed from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean was on June 8 1918 when a total eclipse was visible from Washington to Florida

'Spider-Man' casts a wide web to top weekend box office

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:26 PM

The Spider Man opening is the 3rd largest this year behind Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

American Muslims decry Trump travel ban

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:09 AM

His statements and his rhetoric have caused a great amount of harm to the American Muslim community says Azhar Azeez president of the Islamic Society of North America

Faryal Khatri, spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of North America, introduces organizers of the ISNA annual convention, during a press conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 2017. Photo by Nova Safo/AFP

Trump agrees to NAFTA talks, no exit – for now

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Trump s unrelenting back and forth seemed certain to keep Washington s two closest trade partners on edge as they move to revamp one of the world s biggest trading blocs

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before Rex Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Top Twitter accounts hacked by Erdogan supporters

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:04 PM

The attack is tracked to a third party application called Twitter Counter which had been been hacked and used as a route into other accounts

At least 11 U.S. Jewish centers get bomb threats

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The latest phoned in threats at 11 separate sites bring to 69 the total number of such incidents – at 54 Jewish community centers in 27 US states and one Canadian province

End of an era: Last VCR rolling off factory line

Jul 22, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Funai Electric which says it is the world s last VCR manufacturer points to a sharp decline in demand and trouble sourcing parts for its decision to stop production at a plant in China by the end of this month

Toyota recalling 3.37 million vehicles over defects

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The vehicles are mostly sold in Japan North America and Europe

epa05397440 A general view of a Toyota dealer in the Hague, The Netherlands, 29 June 2016. Representatives of Toyota Motor Corp. stated that the company will recall 17.220 Prius cars in the Netherlands, due to a possible airbag inflator defect. Also another 41.334 Prius cars are recalled and will be checked for malfunction of the carbon filters. EPA/MARTEN VAN DIJL

JK Rowling reveals more about wizarding world in 'History of Magic in North America'

Mar 09, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The Harry Potter author releases stories about the history of the wizarding community in North America

'MAGIC IN NORTH AMERICA.' JK Rowling releases a series of new writing in anticipation of the upcoming 'Harry Potter' movie, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' Screengrab from YouTube/Warner Bros. Pictures

Toyota gives up on hipster brand Scion

Feb 04, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The car maker will stop selling its Scion line noting changes in buying habits of American millennials

The Toyota Scion tC is introduced at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, 05 January 2004. EPA/ROB WIDDIS

Despite poor sales in Indonesia, Toyota reports rise in profits

Nov 05, 2015 - 7:36 PM

The steady performance in North America is offsetting stagnant sales in emerging economies in Asia especially Indonesia and Thailand

A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Porn punchline 3

Aug 07, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Americas linked up 10 million years earlier than thought – study

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:12 AM

A deep strait called the Central American Seaway used to separate the two continents and at some point morphed into a land bridge – the Panama arc Previous research had found the hook up happened about 3 million years ago

Pacific Rim sky-gazers witness 'unusually brief' lunar eclipse

Apr 05, 2015 - 9:18 AM

UPDATED The eclipse is seen in northern Japan parts of Australia and parts of western North America

BLOOD MOON. A lunar eclipse is seen from Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, 04 April 2015. David Crosling/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Blood moon, April 4,2015

Apr 04, 2015 - 6:00 PM

UPDATED Watch the April 4 2015 lunar eclipse on Rappler courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory

LUNAR ECLIPSE. View of the blood moon total lunar eclipse behind the cathedral of the city of Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla, 08 October 2014. Francisco Guasco/EPA

Petraeus to plead guilty to spilling secrets to mistress

Mar 04, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Petraeus signs a plea deal and statement that indicate he will plead guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material

A file photo dated 13 September 2011 shows Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus appearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence & House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence joint hearing entitled, 'The State of Intelligence Reform 10 Years After 9/11', on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Total domination: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' scores at US box office

Feb 16, 2015 - 11:36 AM

The erotic tale of billionaire Christian Grey and his sadomasochistic relationship with college graduate Anastasia Steele pulls in 81 7 million over opening weekend

Scientists try to unravel warming's impact on jet stream

Feb 12, 2015 - 2:26 PM

The Arctic is warming faster than other parts of the world and scientists believe that is having a dramatic impact on the jet stream

A British Airways aircraft taxis on to the runway in preparation for take off while another comes in to land at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, 21 December 2010. Andy Rain/EPA

Muslim leaders to ISIS: Return to 'religion of mercy'

Sep 26, 2014 - 12:30 PM

In an open letter against the Islamic State Muslim leaders say Islam forbids the murder of innocent people including journalists and aid workers

NO TO ISIS. Indian Muslims shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi, India on June 21, 2014. Demonstrators protest against the killings of Shiite Muslims in Iraq. Many Indians from Punjab and Kerala are stuck in Iraq after Mosul and Tikrit were overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). File photo by Money Sharma/EPA

He was among us but few cared: When Ninoy was in the US

Aug 23, 2014 - 11:20 PM

There is talk of a generation gap – those in the Philippines born after martial law who know next to nothing about those years And those who can only understand the events of the 1980s through the generation that experienced it

Toronto's immigrants: The hidden homeless

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Racialized newcomers and recent immigrants are much more likely to live in overcrowded conditions while Canadian born and long term immigrant respondents are more likely to live in bad building conditions

The world in 2013: Chaos, disruption, surprises

Dec 31, 2013 - 8:17 PM

The world took a crazy chaotic ride in 2013 with conflicts leaks surprises and even a government shutting down for 16 days

US releases chilling Newtown massacre documents

Dec 28, 2013 - 8:45 AM

Disturbing details about last year s mass shooting surface

Gun control supporters take part in a candlelight vigil at Lafayette Square across from the White House on December 15, 2012 in Washington. Twenty-seven people, including the shooter, were killed on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

Pinoys abroad organize aid for typhoon victims

Nov 13, 2013 - 8:30 AM

We couldn’t just stand around and do nothing I can t even begin to imagine what they re going through

#YolandaPH (Haiyan): Filipinos worldwide heed call to action

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:35 PM

Learning about the storm through international news and social media Filipinos outside the country have heeded the call to help

Pressure mounts on Toronto mayor after crack admission

Nov 09, 2013 - 2:39 AM

The mayor s brothers urges him to take a short break

SMOKED CRACK. A cellphone video surfaces of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. EPA/Warren Toda

Toronto mayor admits he smoked crack

Nov 06, 2013 - 2:32 AM

Mayor Rob Ford says he must have done it about a year ago in one of my drunken stupors but says he is not an addict

Solar eclipse sweeps Africa, Europe and US

Nov 04, 2013 - 10:17 AM

A total eclipse could be seen over parts of Africa and one of the best views was in northern Kenya s Sibiloi national park

SOLAR ECLIPSE. A partial solar eclipse is seen behind the Haram el-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), or the Temple Mount, with the golden Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, 03 November 2013. EPA/Abir Sultan

'Gravity' stays top of N. America box office

Oct 15, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Hostage drama Captain Phillips at No 2 followed by animation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

'GRAVITY' STAYS AFLOAT. Sandra Bullock attends the film's screening in London. Photo: Carl Court/AFP

WikiLeaks source Manning sentenced to 35 years

Aug 21, 2013 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED US soldier Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged for the biggest breach of official secrets in American history

SORRY. In this file photo, US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning leaves a military court facility after hearing his verdict in the trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on July 30, 2013. Photo by  AFP/Saul Loeb

Britain's Harry 'irritated' by landmine inaction - charity

Aug 18, 2013 - 2:51 PM

HALO: [Prince Harry] is irritated about the countries that supplied these landmines not actually putting in any funds to clear them 25 years later

LANDMINE TALK. In this file photo, Britain's Prince Harry (R) is accompanied by US Senator John McCain as he tours a Senate photo exhibit on landmines and unexploded ordnances in the Rotunda of Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Growing up multi-ethnic: My awakening

Aug 15, 2013 - 7:52 PM

I don t think I even cared to learn about my Filipino side growing up But I ve started small Little by little I m getting a sense of what it s like to be Filipino

Sean Harris and his mother

EU among priority spy targets for NSA - report

Aug 11, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Documents: US secret services interested in gathering intelligence concerning the 28 member bloc s foreign policy international trade economic stability

The European Union flag at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 21 May 2013. Photo by EPA/Patrick Seeger

How to perform a bamboo dance

Jul 31, 2013 - 3:23 PM

The singkil looks beautifully regal to any audience but it says nothing of the effort and stress that tax the performers

Manning convicted of espionage, but not of aiding enemy

Jul 31, 2013 - 1:50 AM

UPDATE Tuesday s verdict follows an exhaustive two month court martial at the Fort Meade military base in Maryland near the US capital

GUILTY, AND NOT GUILTY. US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning leaves a military court facility after hearing his verdict in the trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on July 30, 2013. Photo by  AFP/Saul Loeb

Whistleblower or traitor? US judge to rule in Manning trial

Jul 30, 2013 - 4:07 PM

US military judge Denise Lind plans to issue her judgment at 1700 GMT as the trial which got under way in June draws to a close

U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted as he leaves a military court at the end of the first of a three-day motion hearing June 6, 2012 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP