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Black U.S. State Dept official quits after Trump race response

Jun 19, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The Washington Post says, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, submits her resignation

RESIGNS. File photo of Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs. Wiki Commons

U.S. approves sale of 18 torpedoes to Taiwan

May 21, 2020 - 11:19 AM

It's a move that could further strain Washington's already tense relationship with Beijing

In first, U.S. brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:46 AM

The Russian Imperial Movement and 3 of its leaders are blacklisted as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, meaning that they will not be admitted to the United States and that any US assets they hold will be blocked

RUSSIAN IMPERIAL MOVEMENT. A picture taken on February 28, 2015, shows a member of the 'Russian Imperial Movement'€, a nationalist group in Russia, walking close to a banner reading 'God. Tsar. Nation. We are Russians, God with us' at a training base in Saint-Petersburg. File photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Washington says Baghdad failed to 'protect' Americans

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:54 AM

But Iraqi demonstrators torched US flags across 3 cities in Baghdad after the deadly air strikes that targeted bases of the Hezbollah Brigades

PROTEST VS US. Iraqis burns the American flag in the southern city of Basra on December 30, 2019, during a demonstration to denounce the previous night's attacks by US planes on several bases belonging to the Hezbollah brigades near Al-Qaim, an Iraqi district bordering Syria. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

China tells U.S. diplomats in Hong Kong to stop interfering

Aug 09, 2019 - 7:28 AM

A State Department official says representatives of the US government 'meet regularly with a wide cross section of people across Hong Kong and Macau... This is what American diplomats do every single day around the world.'

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows a protester throwing a brick back at the police after they fired tear gas in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Hong Kong protesters who have taken to the streets for nearly two months are harnessing everything from traffic cones to kitchenware to battle tear gas as demonstrations escalate. Isaac Lawrence / AFP

U.S. bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The US State Department says it is taking action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seasonal rainfall in Bago region on August 29, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. / AFP PHOTO / Thet AUNG

U.S. starts requiring social media details for visas

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The United States now requires visa applicants to disclose the social media platforms and usernames they have used in the past 5 years

MORE VETTING. The United States wants to add another layer of security for its visa application. Shutterstock photos, Rappler screenshot

U.S. urges Philippines to let Rappler 'operate freely'

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The United States says it is 'concerned' about the arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa

FREE AGAIN. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa leaves the court room after posting bail for anti-dummy charges. Photo y LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Haiti president breaks silence after week of violent unrest

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,' says Haiti President Jovenel Moise in a pre-recorded address broadcast on state television

Elected President Jovenel Moise of PHTK political party, gives a speech, in the commune of Petion Ville, in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 3, 2017.  The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) confirmed the win of Jovenel Moise as the newly elected President of Haiti. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

Don't let Huawei help set up 5G, U.S. warns EU nations

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The US is strongly warning the EU because from the US perspective, strong alliances in the region make the individual security of each allied nation even more important

U.S. hands bank accounts to Venezuela's Guaido

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off on the order for Juan Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and federally insured banks

INTERIM. In this file photo, Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Seoul says North Korea asked to delay Pompeo talks – report

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'The US told us that it received a message from the North to postpone the meeting,' says South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

US-NORTH KOREA. This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) leaving after a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

Easing tensions, U.S., China to hold top-level security talks

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host their Chinese counterparts in Washington for the second US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags before the start of a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting between China and the US. Pool/AFP

U.S. documents systematic violence against Myanmar Rohingya

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The State Department releases the report just as the United States announces $185 million in new funding for Rohingya refugees during a meeting on Myanmar at the United Nations

ROHINGYA WOMEN. File photo shows Rohingya women holding children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

U.S. to shut Palestinian mission over lack of peace talks

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The State Department says the Palestinians had refused to engage with either the United States or Israel and of rejecting outright a still unseen US peace plan

POWER CUT. A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Russia blasts 'unacceptable' new U.S. sanctions

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between the rival powers, and comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP

PH meets U.S. standards vs human trafficking for 3rd consecutive year

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Philippines retains its Tier 1 status in the US State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warmly greet each other at the US Department of State on 21 June 2018. Looking on are Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez and Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Maria Lumen Isleta.

PH, U.S. reaffirm, reinforce alliance in top diplomats' first meeting

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, delivers a personal letter from President Rodrigo Duterte congratulating US President Donald Trump for the successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

PH-US ALLIANCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State on June 21, 2018.  Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Washington

U.S. demands 2 Venezuelan diplomats leave within 48 hours

May 24, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Venezuela's move to expel US diplomats earlier this week follows a US tightening of sanctions over President Nicolas Maduro's controversial re-election as president over the weekend

File photo of Venezuela embassy in US from Wikimedia Commons

Pompeo vows to put U.S. diplomatic power at Trump's service

May 02, 2018 - 8:42 AM

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says each member of his new staff is critical to the department's 'ultimate objective, which is to deliver President Trump's and America's foreign policy around the world'

NEW SECRETARY. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) delivers remarks during a welcome ceremony in the lobby of the Harry S. Truman Building May 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Pompeo sworn in as U.S. secretary of state

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Former CIA director Mike Pompeo has overcome stiff opposition in the Senate from Democrats who warned he would add fuel to President Donald Trump's aggressive foreign policy

SWORN IN. In this file photo taken on April 12, 2018 US Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Campaign vs crime, drugs 'protects human rights of Filipinos' – Cayetano

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:34 PM

'We do not need others who think they know better than us Filipinos to tell us what to do,' says Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in reaction to the US State Department's latest human rights report on the Philippines

HUMAN RIGHTS IN PH. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano reacts to a US State Department report on the human rights situation in the Philippines. Malacañang file photo

EJKs still 'chief human rights concern' in PH, says U.S.

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The US State Department notes that concerns about police impunity in the Philippines 'increased significantly following the sharp increase in police killings'

UNEXPLAINED KILLING. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.S. takes aim at Russia over alleged Syria chemical attack

Apr 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The US State Department says Russia, 'with its unwavering support' for the Syrian regime, would be ultimately responsible

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 7, 2018, shows a wounded woman arriving at a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus, after rockets fired from Douma killed at least four civilians in various neighbourhoods across the capital. / AFP PHOTO / SANA AND AFP PHOTO / STRINGER / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

U.S. State Department has deal with under-fire UK data-miner

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:11 PM

A State Department official says the agency's Global Engagement Center has a contract with Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) Group, the parent company of the under-fire data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica

U.S. offers $5-M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the identification or location of Maulana Fazlullah, the head of the outlawed Tehreek–e-Taliban Pakistan militant group

MAULANA FAZLULLAH. A 2010 video shows Maulana Fazlullah in Peshawar. File photo by A. Majeed/AFP

U.S. accuses Russia of breaching treaties with 'invincible' weapons

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The State Department expresses outrage at Russian President Vladimir Putin's presentation and his 'cheesy' animated video of warheads over US soil – and says the Russian leader had confirmed long-held allegations about his program

US STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from

U.S. tags 'ISIS-Philippines' as foreign terrorist group

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) The US State Department cites videos showing the late Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon and the leaders of the Maute Group pledging allegiance to ISIS

This file photo shows Filipino extremists who are allegedly linked to ISIS. File/Rappler

U.S.-backed Israel vows action vs Iran 'entrenchment' in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:29 AM

The United States supports Israel for its strikes in Syria, blaming Iran for escalating violence in the war-wracked country

FOR ISRAEL'S INTEREST. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Havana protests U.S. move to boost internet access in Cuba

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The communist-ruled island is one of the least connected countries in the world

INTERNET IN CUBA. A woman uses public WiFi to connect her phone in a street of Havana, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Tillerson's future as top American diplomat in doubt

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) Amid reports of a plan to replace Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo, US President Donald Trump passes up an opportunity to publicly back his embattled top diplomat

IN & OUT. This combination of pictures created on November 30, 2017 shows US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) and CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC. The White House has a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo within weeks, the New York Times reported. Photo combo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Under fire Tillerson denies rift with Trump

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I serve at the appointment of the president and I am here for as long as the president feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives,' says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pauses before speaking during a briefing at the Department of State in Washington, DC. US officials on October 3, 2017 kicked out 15 Cuban diplomats following mysterious acoustic attacks that have sickened US diplomats in Havana. "The decision was made due to Cuba's failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention. This order will ensure equity in our respective diplomatic operations," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

PH open to drug war probe, Cayetano tells Tillerson

Sep 28, 2017 - 10:01 AM

'We made it clear that we have nothing to hide,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says after meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meet in Washington DC on September 27, 2017 (Washington time). Photo courtesy of US State Department

U.S. eyes closure of American embassy in Cuba

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the possible closure is 'under review' after a 'sonic attack' that affected the health of 16 embassy employees

View of the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. Yamil Lage/AFP

U.S. agents close Russian trade mission, Moscow protests

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The spat between the two nuclear armed powers is another blow to US President Donald Trump s pledge to try to improve relations with Russia s Vladimir Putin

CLOSURE. Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian consulate on September 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

PH meets U.S. standards vs trafficking for 2nd straight year

Jun 28, 2017 - 12:49 PM

The Philippines remains in Tier 1 of the US State Department s annual Trafficking in Persons TIP report

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosts the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

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Jun 28, 2017 - 10:25 AM

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INSIDE MARAWI. The street named after the late Philippine Senator Domocao Alonto Sr is in ruins after being targeted military airstrikes after terrorists occupied the area. This photo was taken on Sunday, June 25, 2017, when rescuers took advantage of the Eid'l Fitr ceasefire to save trapped civilians. Photo courtesy of the Marawi city government

U.S. ends role of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Laurel Miller s responsibilities will now fall under the department s South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau which has a much bigger footprint that includes India

US expresses concern over Erdogan guards' attack on protesters

May 18, 2017 - 9:53 AM

Turkish bodyguards of visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan push past a Washington police cordon outside the Turkish ambassador s residence and set about the protesters with their fists and feet

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert says the US is concerned over the incident. Screengrab from

U.S. top diplomat to push NATO pay up in first talks

Mar 31, 2017 - 11:26 AM

US officials say US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will push the allies to do more to reach the goal of boosting defense spending to 2 of gross domestic product by 2024 which they set during a summit in Wales in 2014

NO-SHOW. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson draws flak for not personally releasing his department's global human rights report for 2016. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

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U.S. labels Philippines as major money laundering site again

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

For the US State Department money laundering remains a serious concern in the Philippines due to its international narcotics trade corruption and weak laws

DIRTY MONEY SITE. The US State Department says sophisticated transnational organized crime and drug trafficking organizations use the Philippines as a drug transit country. Rappler file photo

Top U.S. diplomat snubs launch of own rights report

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The report itself paints a bleak picture of the human rights situation in many countries but there is no attempt to draw out a global theme or to say whether things are generally getting better or worse

NO-SHOW. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson draws flak for not personally releasing his department's global human rights report for 2016. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. State Dept notes killings in Duterte-led Philippines

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The most significant human rights problems were killings allegedly undertaken by vigilantes security forces and insurgents the US State Department says

'TRUMP OF THE EAST.' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates US President Donald Trump during a phone call in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

No other countries eyed for travel ban, U.S. says

Feb 04, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The US says this is contrary to false reports that a draft order by US President Donald Trump includes other countries including the Philippines in the travel ban

TRAVEL BAN. Protesters stage a rally on February 1, 2017, against President Donald Trump's recent executive order halting refugee admissions for 120 days and banning entry to the US for citizens of 7 predominantly-Muslim nations. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Feb 03, 2017 - 10:21 AM

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'Southern Philippines' next in Trump's travel ban?

Feb 03, 2017 - 12:02 AM

4th UPDATE Despite a claim by a US law firm the American Immigration Lawyers Association quotes the State Department as saying that this is a rumor

TRUMP. File photo of then President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016 in New Jersey. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Filipinos should be welcomed to U.S. – State Department

Feb 02, 2017 - 6:16 PM

The Philippines was not among those countries that were labeled of concern US State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner says

TRUMP'S BAN. Demonstrators stage a protest in Chicago, Illinois, on February 1, 2017, against US President Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban. Photo by Joshua Lott/AFP