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With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border

MEETING. This combination of files pictures made on April 18, 2019, shows portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) taken on December 31, 2014 in Moscow, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un taken on February 27, 2019 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin, Saul Loeb / AFP / RIA NOVOSTI

350 migrants force their way into into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:15 PM

"Today at 3:30 am," says the National Migration Institute, "a group of approximately 350 people broke violently across the Mexican border from Guatemala."

CARAVAN. Central American migrants heading in caravan to the US rest at the park Hidalgo in Tapachula in Mexico on April 12, 2019. Photo by Pep Companys / AFP

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Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Aug 26, 2018 - 9:16 AM

To the end, John McCain remained convinced that America's values should be shared and defended worldwide

Trump administration says longstanding court decree allows detaining migrant families

Jun 30, 2018 - 5:43 PM

In Los Angeles, a decades-old federal court settlement known as the Flores Agreement mandates immigration officials release detained minors if they are held more than 20 days.

PROTEST. Demonstrators hold a rally in the Little village neighborhood calling for the elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and an end to family detentions on June 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities spread across the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses.

RELEASED. A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Loren Elliott / AFP

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Abe also expressed a readiness to finance denuclearization costs in North Korea.

PUBLIC INTEREST. This photo illustration taken in Tokyo on June 13, 2018 shows Japanese daily newspapers with front page coverage of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Trump threatens to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump described migration as a big problem for Europe. He then told Japan's Abe: "Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon."

ALLIES. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

U.S. fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 U.S. diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma.

CUBA. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United State of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque / AFP

EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Brussels and Ottawa filed legal challenges at the WTO against Washington's decision. The EU, Canada and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against Trump's moves.

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. warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

May 26, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Reports concern US State Department that the Daraa was within the boundaries of a de-escalation zone it had negotiated with Russia and Jordan last year

REBEL. Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Trump outraged over Mexico migrant 'caravan'

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:15 PM

President Donald Trump threatens to abrogate NAFTA while demanding Congress to pass tougher immigration legislation and support his plan for a wall along the Mexican frontier

IMMIGRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8, 2017. File photo by Laurent Fievet and Lee Jin-man/AFP

Trump's campaign slogan for 2020: 'Keep America Great!'

Mar 11, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'Our new slogan when we start running — can you believe it, in two years from now — is going to be: 'Keep America great, exclamation point,' says Trump

MORE GREATNESS? US President Donald Trump smiles during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/AFP

Trump to EU: We'll drop our tariffs if you drop yours

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The EU's top trade official says the US failed to provide full clarity on how Europe and Japan could be spared set to continue next week

TIT-FOR-TAT. US trades tariff threats with the EU. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump predicts 'tremendous success' in North Korea talks

Mar 11, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The comments come after the American leader said he received encouragement from the leaders of China and Japan

SMOOTH TALKS? US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on January 25, 2018 in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'China doesn't want a trade war with the United States,' says China National People's Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui

CHINA RESPONDS. China leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

U.S. shrinks Cuba mission after mystery 'attacks'

Mar 03, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The Havana embassy has been operating with a reduced staff since September 2017, when diplomats and family members were evacuated after suffering brain injuries

'MINIMUM PERSONNEL.' In this file photo taken on October 3, 2017 a car drives by the US embassy in Havana,Cuba. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

Second White House aide resigns over domestic abuse claims

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(2nd UPDATE) President Donald Trump says that lives were being 'shattered' by allegations that may be false, hoping the aides are given 'due process'

CHIEF. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

US immigration agents crack down on 'sanctuary state' California

Feb 03, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The raids took place in cities including San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in the north of California

PROTEST. A marcher passes the tents of homeless people at an encampment as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Activists protest Trump's visit in PH

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Militant groups and youth organizations sneak past police security to burn a flag near the US Embassy and hold a lightning rally at the in SM Mall of Asia

BAN TRUMP. Various protest groups held a rally near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident Donad Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on Sunday, November 12. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

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Sudan eyes economic revival as U.S. lifts sanctions

Oct 07, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The financial sanctions had put restrictions on international banking transactions, exchange of technology and spare parts, and other cumbersome trade regulations have hampered economic growth.

END TO SANCTIONS. A picture taken on October 2, 2017 shows a man walking outside a butchers' shop in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Deadly Hurricane Nate approaches U.S. Gulf Coast

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:43 AM

(5th UPDATE) President Donald Trump says federal officials are prepared for the storm. He also urges residents of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida to 'listen to your local authorities and be safe.'

NATE. Hotel staffers collect beach loungers and sunshades before the arrival of tropical storm Nate, in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on October 6, 2017. Photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

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

PH prepares for possible North Korea missile debris

Aug 12, 2017 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says the Philippine Embassy in Seoul and Consulate General in Agana are closely monitoring the situation to prepare for any eventuality

Climate groups hit Trump for quitting Paris climate deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Grassroots communities shall link arms together and vulnerable countries like the Philippines shall continue demanding for climate justice says The Climate Reality Project Philippines

After ban, Turkish Airlines to offer laptops to VIP travelers

May 06, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Passengers may now request for laptop from the cabin crew for in flight use

LAPTOP SERVICE. Turkish Airlines offers laptops to business-class travelers after the ban on large electronic devices from certain countries. Photo from Turkish Airlines

Trump says 'things will work out fine' with Russia

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:18 PM

United States President Donald Trump faces crucial tests regarding US Russia relations

White House restrictions on media trigger outcry

Feb 25, 2017 - 12:07 PM

UPDATED By restricting the access of certain media Donald Trump s White House takes things one step further triggering an outcry

BARRED. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on February 23, 2017 in the Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump attempts reset with American jobs pitch

Feb 18, 2017 - 7:44 AM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump visits North Charleston to renew his campaign vow to champion jobs and industry

RESET. This file photo taken on December 9, 2016 shows then US President-elect Donald Trump speaking during the USA Thank You Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Studying in the US alone and at 15

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:16 PM

It was my vulnerability which forced me to be braver and more independent than I was

Obama signs law honoring Filipino WWII veterans

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:33 PM

The US is set to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 260 000 Filipino veterans as a fitting tribute to their dedicated service during the last war

Filipino in Trump's America

Nov 10, 2016 - 1:26 PM

The sad truth is that this is just another symptom of what has been going on in the rest of the world

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Aug 12, 2016 - 7:59 PM

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Queen protests Trump use of 'We Are the Champions'

Jul 20, 2016 - 10:38 AM

An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes says a band statement on Twitter

'UNAUTHORIZED USE.' The iconic British band Queen has protested the use of their hit, 'We Are the Champions' at the Republican National Convention. In this file photo, Brian May performs next to singer Adam Lambert during a concert with British band Queen as part of their tour 'Don't Stop Them Now' in Chile, 2015. File photo by Felipe Trueba/EPA

Kerry praises Mongolia as 'oasis of democracy'

Jun 05, 2016 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED Mongolia has made remarkable progress for a young democracy says US Secretary of State John Kerry

MONGOLIAN WELCOME. US Secretary of State John Kerry samples cheese curds alongside a woman in traditional attire as he disembarks from his airplane upon arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 5, 2016. Photo by Saul Loeb/ Pool/ AFP

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

Clinton, Trump must choose a VP: Who is in the running?

May 15, 2016 - 10:48 AM

Democrat Hillary Clinton s presidential bid is positively lackluster when compared to the Donald Trump spectacle but the ex secretary of state could give her campaign a jolt with an inspired choice of running mate

FRONTRUNNERS. Leading candidates Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party (L) and Donald Trump of the Republican Party (R). Clinton photo by Jim Lo Scalzo, Trump photo by Cristobal Herrera / EPA

Protests loom as Venezuela enters state of emergency

May 15, 2016 - 12:57 AM

Venezuela braces for protests after President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency to combat the foreign aggression he blamed for an economic crisis that has pushed the country to the brink of collapse

PROTEST. Government supporters participate in a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, 12 March 2016. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in a protest against a renewed decree by US president Obama that lists Venezuela as a threat to US security policy and foreign policy. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez / EPA

Puerto Rico declares first case of Zika-related microcephaly

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Puerto Rico says it has counted 925 cases of Zika so far 18 of which involve pregnant women

Cuba clears way for cruise ship resumption

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:46 PM

Cuba clears the way for the resumption of cruise voyages from the United States lifting a restriction on Cubans entering or leaving the country by sea

HOLA, CUBA. US and other foreign University students and professors arrive to Havana's Harbor on board the "Semester at Sea" cruise ship, on December 9, 2013. The ship, with 600 University students, in Havana after Washington gave permission to go to the island after nine years. File photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana in major shift

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto s decision to send landmark legislation to Congress is the result of a national debate on cannabis laws

MEDICAL MARIJUANAN. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto holds up a bill during an event in which he announced a proposal to legalize medical marijuana and further ease restrictions on personal consumption, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 21, 2016. Photo by Alex Cruz/EPA

Clinton: Next US president cannot be 'neutral' on Israel

Mar 22, 2016 - 12:18 AM

Hillary Clinton launches a withering attack on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump at an appearance before thousands of Jewish voters saying America s next president cannot be neutral when it comes to Israel

NO NEUTRALITY. Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the American Israel Political Action Committee Policy Conference in Washington, DC, USA, 21 March 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew / EPA

Senior Saudi royal criticizes Obama

Mar 14, 2016 - 9:50 PM

Senior Saudi royal Prince Turki al Faisal criticizes President Barack Obama for comments accusing the longtime US ally of feeding Middle East conflicts

US Christmas lights use more energy than entire countries

Dec 24, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Christmas lights in American homes consume more electricity than many developing nations

BRIGHT AND SHINING. Christmas decorations adorn a house in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, USA, 08 December 2015. Photo by Andrew Gombert / EPA

Jokowi to visit Obama for first time since presidency

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:55 PM

As leaders of two of the largest democracies in the world the President and President Widodo will discuss plans to expand existing areas of bilateral cooperation

VISIT. President Joko Widodo is set to visit the White House in October. Romeo Gacad/AFP

Gunman opens fire in 'terrorist attack' on Amsterdam-Paris train

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:14 AM

A heavily armed man opens fire in a terrorist attack on a high speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris injuring at least two people before being overpowered by two American passengers

INSPECTION. Police inspect a crime scene inside a Thalys train of French national railway operator SNCF at the main train station in Arras, northern France, on August 21, 2015Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP