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To President Obama, with love

Jan 19, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Obama didn’t teach me how to transcend my race Instead he taught me how to embrace it

A portrait of US President Barack Obama as he listened during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden, October 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

China's Xi warns against 'empty talk' as G20 summit opens

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED President Xi Jinping urges his fellow world leaders to steer the global economy back to the road of strong balanced comprehensive and sustainable growth

(Front row L-R) Brazil's President Michel Temer, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's President Xi Jinping, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi; (2nd Row L-R) Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Laos' President Bounnhang Vorachith, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chad's President Idriss Deby, Senegal's President Macky Sall, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker; (3rd row L-R) Argentina's President Mauricio Macri, (unknown), IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and three others pose for family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5. / AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER

Obama to press China on steel at G20, Lew says

Sep 01, 2016 - 5:30 PM

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Excess capacity distorts markets and the environment harms our workers and runs counter to our efforts to achieve strong sustainable and balanced growth

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 31: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks about his upcoming trip to China, at the Brookings Institute, on August 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Lew will be traveling to later today to Hangzhou, China to attend the G20 Summit. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Terror returns to US with gay club massacre

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:02 PM

US anti terror strategy comes under fresh scrutiny after a gunman previously cleared of jihadist ties launched a hate fueled rampage in a Florida gay club that left 50 people dead

VIGIL. People gather to mourn, honor and remember the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting at Newtown, in Sydney, Australia, 13 June 2016. Photo by Sam Mooy / Australia and New Zealand Out / EPA

Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima

May 27, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world s first nuclear strike seven decades ago come face to face with the present day commander in chief of the country that launched the attack And one of them gets a hug

HUG. US President Barack Obama hugs Shigeaki Moria, survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016. Photo by Jim Watson / AFP

US states sue federal government over transgender bathroom use

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Texas and 10 other states accuse the Obama administration of running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights

epa05303100 (FILE) A file picture dated 16 april 2016 shows an 'All Gender' bathroom sign at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, USA. According to reports from 13 May 2016, the US administration plans to direct public schools to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they prefer to match their gender identity. EPA/JASON SZENES

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

May 24, 2016 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama urges Vietnam to abandon authoritarianism saying that bolstering rights actually reinforces stability

epa05325943 US President Barack Obama addresses his speech to the Vietnamese people at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 24 May 2016. EPA/KHAM/POOL

Obama calls for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes

May 24, 2016 - 4:15 PM

US President Barack Obama who is on a visit to Vietnam says big nations should not bully smaller ones

CHINA’S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May of China’s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Chinese media slam US lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

May 24, 2016 - 2:55 PM

US President Barack Obama had said that the lifting of the embargo was not based on China but Chinese media say that is a very poor lie

epa05324583 US President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) review an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. During the first day of his visit Obama announced that the US will lift its arms embargo on weapon sales to Vietnam. EPA/MINH HOANG

Obama, Anthony Bourdain drop-in for pork soup stuns Vietnam street shop owner

May 24, 2016 - 2:45 PM

US President Barack Obama squeezes in a visit to the Bun Cha Huong Lien eatery while on his first visit to Vietnam

US President Barack Obama (C) departs after eating dinner at Bun cha Huong Lien with CNN's Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi late on May 23, 2016. Obama praised "strengthening ties" between the United States and Vietnam at the start of a landmark visit on May 23, as the former wartime foes deepen trade links and share concerns over Chinese actions in disputed seas. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

Apr 20, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The visit is for alliance building but an analyst says it will also likely highlight how far Washington and Riyadh have drifted apart

epa05268861 A handout photograph released by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) meeting with US President Barack Obama (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20 April 2016. Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and participate on 21 April in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit. HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

White House tax moves sink massive Pfizer-Allergan merger

Apr 06, 2016 - 11:40 PM

Pfizer and Allergan cancel their huge merger as US President Barack Obama hits businesses for using legal loopholes to avoid taxes

epa05054872 A logo outside Pfizer headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 04 December 2015. New York-based Pfizer Inc. and Dublin, Ireland-based Allergan plc on 23 November 2015 announced that the two companies have entered a 160 billion USD merger agreement, creating world's largest pharmaceutical company. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

US Planned Parenthood shooter spoke of 'no more baby parts'

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:02 PM

The alleged shooter was arrested after a deadly attack on a family planning clinic in Colorado Springs

Obama says 'enough is enough' after latest deadly shooting

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:56 PM

3rd UPDATE US President Barack Obama denounces America s epidemic of gun violence after yet another deadly shooting saying enough is enough

ROBERT DEAR. This booking photo released by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Robert L. Dear, 57, the suspect in the November 27, 2015, shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by the Colorado Springs Police Department / AFP

Hollande, Cameron to meet for Syria, anti-terrorism talks

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The meeting opens a week of intense diplomatic exchanges in which Hollande will meet with US President Barack Obama Russia s Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the wake of France s worst ever terror attack

MEETING ON TERROR ATTACKS. French President Francois Hollande will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris  to discuss the Syrian crisis

Filipina startup founder shares stage with Obama, Jack Ma

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:28 PM

Aisa Mijeno seizes the moment and tells US President Obama and Alibaba s Jack Ma that her company needs support

PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Aisa Mijeno, founder of Sustainable Alternative Lighting tells US President Barack Obama and Alibaba founder Jack Ma what innovators like her need to make positive changes in the world.

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

Mamasapano probe, MILF to return weapons, Obama delays Ukraine arms | The wRap

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano links the MILF to terrorist groups Rebel group vows to return the weapons of 44 cops Obama holds off supplying weapons to Ukraine

Obama telephones Pakistan's Sharif

Nov 22, 2014 - 4:18 PM

US Pesident Barack Obama informs Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of his forthcoming trip to India and says he would visit Pakistan as soon as the situation normalizes in the country

Obama takes responsibility for Democrats' election rout

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:30 AM

The message that I took from this election and we ve seen this in a number of elections successive elections is people want to see this city Washington work

EXECUTIVE POWER. Obama renewes his vow to use his executive powers to make changes to the immigration system – unless Republicans approve legislation by the end of the year. File photo by AFP/Saul Loeb

North Korea prisoner release 'move to ease rights pressure'

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The surprise release of two jailed American citizens is proof that North Korea is genuinely rattled by United Nation s move to charge their leadership analysts say

Ratify UNCLOS, Philippines' lawyer tells US

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Ratifying it will remove China s excuse for not following UNCLOS says the Philippines lawyer in its case against China Paul Reichler

DISPUTED WATERS. US Navy personnel raise their flag during the bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and US Navy dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2014) aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing on June 28, 2014. Photo by Noel Celis/Pool/EPA

Britain launching global superbug fight

Jul 03, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine back into the dark ages

AFP file photo

PH-US military deal won't offend China – Trillanes

Apr 29, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Trillanes has done back channeling negotiations between the Philippines and China regarding the West Philippine Sea dispute

BACK-CHANNELING: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Philippines should be less hostile to China

Obama: U.S. commitment to PH 'ironclad'

Apr 29, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Our commitment to defend the Philippines is ironclad and the United States will keep that commitment because allies never stand alone Obama tells an audience of US and Filipino soldiers

Rappler Newscast | April 28, 2014

Apr 28, 2014 - 9:52 PM

Obama makes no categorical commitment to defend the Philippines against China the Philippines and the US sign a military deal a survey says the government isn’t doing enough vs poverty and inflation

Obama announces sanctions on Russia as Ukraine tensions mount

Apr 28, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Speaking in the Philippines the US President said the sanctions would include export restrictions on high tech goods in a bid to ratchet up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin

Obama courts Malaysia while nudging on rights

Apr 27, 2014 - 7:57 PM

The US President also offered continued US support in the search for missing flight MH370

OBAMA IN MALAYSIA. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) and US President Barrack Obama attend a joint press conference at the Seri Perdana Building official residence in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 27 April 2014. Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Barack Obama is a-coming

Apr 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

President Aquino would be wise to study the accomplishments his guest the US president has achieved and maybe take some cues in creating for his administration a legacy which we can be proud of

John L. Silva

Obama to spend Day 2 of PH visit with Filipino soldiers

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:06 PM

Malacañang says defense is the top agenda of Obama s visit next week April 28 29

North Korea slams Obama's 'dangerous' Asia tour

Apr 21, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Recent Asia visits by US officials had sought to demonize N Korea s nuclear and missile programs and justify a growing US military presence in the region says the country s foreign ministry

Japan, S. Korea to discuss 'comfort women' before Obama visit

Apr 13, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The issue will be discussed by the two governments in intensive discussions to improve conditions surrounding relations the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement

Pope, Obama agree to combat human trafficking

Mar 27, 2014 - 5:47 PM

2nd UPDATE I m a great admirer US President Barack Obama says

PH 'won't rush defense accord' for Obama visit

Mar 08, 2014 - 6:52 PM

For the government it is not deadlines but the quality and content of the agreement that is more worthy of attention

Obama sends handwritten apology to art historian

Feb 20, 2014 - 6:03 PM

US President Barack Obama issues a handwritten note to an art historian who got offended over an unprovoked remark

FIRST VISIT TO PH. US President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines on October. Photo by AFP

Obama grasps for momentum in 2014 State of the Union address

Jan 26, 2014 - 8:42 PM

Obama will seize one of his diminishing windows to command the domestic political stage and literally talk over the heads of lawmakers blocking his agenda to speak directly to the American people

OBAMA'S FIFTH SOTU. US President Barack Obama will deliver his 5th State of the Union (SOTU) Address on Tuesday, January 28 (Wednesday, January 29, in the Philippines). File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Rappler Newscast | January 20, 2013

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:39 PM

Bong Revilla slams Aquino administration in pork speech Palace says Aquino didn t beg Revilla to vote vs Corona Obama trims powers of NSA

Obama calls Philippine president in wake of typhoon

Nov 13, 2013 - 3:10 AM

The US president expresses deep condolences once more as he discusses as well how to coordinate US help

File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Obama to visit the Philippines in October

Sep 14, 2013 - 12:58 AM

The American president will be in Manila October 11 12 the last stop of his 4 nation Southeast Asian tour

Why 3,300 Pinoys refuse to leave Syria

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Higher wages hold back potential repatriates the DFA says

Flee Syria, Pinoys warned amid planned attack

Sep 02, 2013 - 5:55 PM

Get out of harm s way DFA tells Filipinos in Syria

No need for Mandela 'photo op' - Obama

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:59 PM

US President Barack Obama says there is no need for a photo op with the beloved South African icon Nelson Mandela as it may affect his condition

NO NEED. US President Barack Obama says there is no need for a 'photo op' with the beloved South African icon, Nelson Mandela, as it may affect his condition. Photo by AFP

Obama to meet Merkel's main rival in Berlin

Jun 14, 2013 - 9:45 PM

US president Barack Obama will meet with Angela Merkel s chief opposition rival in Berlin on June 19

POLITICAL MEETING. US president Barack Obama will meet with Angela Merkel's chief opposition rival next week. Photo by AFP

Sarah Jessica Parker arrives in Manila

May 14, 2013 - 8:40 PM

Carrie Bradshaw is finally in Manila

FASHION IN THE CITY. Hollywood A-lister and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker of 'Sex and the City' fame is now in Manila. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

Sarah Jessica Parker coming to Manila

May 13, 2013 - 9:52 PM

The fashionista will grace the grand opening of a new mall in Taguig City

MANILA-BOUND. 'Sex and the City' fans will finally see Carrie Bradshaw in the flesh. Photo from the Sarah Jessica Parker Facebook page

Obama launches brain mapping initiative

Apr 02, 2013 - 11:04 PM

US President Barack Obama announces a 100 million project to map the intricate inner mysteries of the human brain targeting cures for diseases like Alzheimer s

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett at final Obama ball

Jan 23, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Lady Gaga helps close the Inauguration by performing at the staff ball

SINGING FOR YOUNG OBAMA SUPPORTERS. Lady Gaga, pop culture icon and role model for the youth, performed 'Born This Way' at the final Inauguration ball of Pres Barack Obama. Photo from the Lady Gaga Facebook page

Choose America's future

Sep 16, 2012 - 6:12 PM

The path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place And I’m asking you to choose that future

'Tested and proven' Obama asks for second term

Sep 07, 2012 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama warns of the starkest election choice in a generation

Jessica Sanchez, Longoria support Obama

Sep 06, 2012 - 9:54 AM

As the Democratic convention moves to its second day celebrities continue to show support for US President Barack Obama

ACTRESS EVA LONGORIA IS co-chair of Obama's national re-election campaign. Image from Facebook