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The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

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

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Trump temporarily reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The Trump administration decides to 'review all conservation facts' before deciding on the ban

HUNTED. Population of Zimbabwe elephants are in decline. AFP PHOTO

Protests more 'amazing' in PH: Trump effigy wows Jimmy Kimmel, foreign netizens

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:53 PM

'Comparatively, our protests here suck. I mean, where did they get that giant Trump fidget spinner? That's amazing!'

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Malacañang shrugs off Trump mispronouncing Duterte's name

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'No slight taken,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, adding that the Philippine President is himself prone to mistakes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

Freedom House report, Maguindanao airstrike, Trump on U.S.-PH ties | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

LiAngelo Ball, 2 other UCLA players arrested in China arrive in U.S.

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:28 PM

UCLA's LiAngelo Ball – the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball – and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill arrive on a flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Trump: I fixed ties with PH, a 'most prime real estate' militarily

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:20 AM

"[In] the Philippines, we just could not have been treated nicer....The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word,' says US President Donald Trump

'BETTER' PH-US TIES. US President Donald Trump exchange pleasantries with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Russell Palma/ ASEAN Pool Photo

Sessions vows quick decision on possible Clinton prosecutor

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' comments indicate that Republicans are seeking to mount a counter-offensive to the probe into Russian election meddling – and whether or not Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the 2016 contest

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Senate panel debates U.S. president's nuclear authority

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The debate comes as tensions rise between an unpredictable Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un

PRESS HUDDLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One while departing Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Bette Midler calls Duterte a 'murderous dictator' on Twitter

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The actress comments on Duterte singing to US President Trump at the ASEAN Summit gala dinner

BETTE MIDLER. The actress is known to be outspoken against US president Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and now president Rodrigo Duterte. Screengrab from Facebook.com/BetteMidler

Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

U.S. Justice Department mulls special prosecutor to probe Clinton Foundation

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The US justice department told lawmakers of its plans, but at the same time Attorney General Jeff Sessions is to testify about election year contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russia

ON TOUR. Dean of the USC Anneberg School for Communication and Journalism Willow Bay and former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak onstage during The Child Mind Institute Summit: The State of Child & Adolescent Mental Health at The Paley Center for Media on November 13 in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Child Mind Institute /AFP

Protesters in Bacolod question 'huge budget' for ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:48 PM

In Bacolod City, about a hundred protesters troop to the Fountain of Justice for the national coordinated protest against US President Donald Trump, one of the leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Manila

ANTI-TRUMP RALLY. About 100 rallyists in Bacolod City troop to the Fountain of Justice on November 14, 2017, for the national coordinated anti-Trump protest. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Trump leaves PH earlier than planned, skips important summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump previously decided to extend his stay in the Philippines for the East Asia Summit, but decided to leave early, abruptly ending his 5-country, 12-day Asia trip

'BYE, ASIA. US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One after attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Duterte, Trump hit South China Sea 'militarization'

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The Philippines and the US stress 'the importance of peacefully resolving disputes in the South China Sea, in accordance with international law'

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Photo by AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte, Trump opening remarks in their PH meeting

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Here is the White House transcript of the opening remarks of presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting in the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Malacañang photo

Duterte doesn't raise Balangiga bells with Trump

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte previously demanded the return of the iconic bells in his last State of the Nation Address

President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Duterte and Trump, PH-Australia wargame, Trudeau charms Filipina entrepreneurs | Midday wRap

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Trump, Duterte welcome Myanmar's vow to 'end the violence' vs Rohingya

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The calls for resolution of the conflict from the United States and the Philippines, comes after the Un Secretary-General also met with Aung San Suu Kyi and after the Rohingya issue was raised at the ASEAN Summit plenary

JOINT DISCUSSION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump engage in their first bilateral meeting. Presidential Photo

Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the 31st ASEAN Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Trump flashes 'thumbs up' in photo-op with PH police chief

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The PNP chief, who was once the de facto head of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug war, meets the US president

US, PH RELATIONS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and US President Donald Trump meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in manila. Photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook page

Trump Jr bares messages with WikiLeaks during campaign

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Donald Trump Jr reveals what he says is the 'entire' chain of Twitter direct messages with WikiLeaks between September 2016 and July this year, in which Wikileaks sought to feed information to the Trump campaign and enhance the impact of its Clinton releases

WIKILEAKS AND THE TRUMPS? Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech during a ceremony for the official opening of the Trump International Tower and Hotel on February 28, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. File photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

Federal court approves part of Trump's latest travel ban

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:24 AM

The ruling by the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco bars citizens of six Muslim-majority countries who do not have a "bona fide" relationship with a person or entity already in the US

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

PH, U.S. to North Korea: ‘Immediately comply’ with UN Security Council resolutions

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:55 AM

US President Donald Trump also commends the Philippines for following ‘relevant’ UN Security Council resolutions concerning North Korea

ALLIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discuss matters during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Photo by Krl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte, Trump agree 'dignity of human life essential'

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The joint statement, which refers to adherence to human rights, contradicts Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's claim that human rights was not discussed at the bilateral meeting

BILATERAL MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discusses matters during a bilateral meeting. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Nov 13, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Budding friendship between Trump and Duterte

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:10 PM

US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte evidently hit it off as the two shared conversations and laughs over the last few days

FRIENDS. Trump and Duterte sat next to each other at the 31st ASEAN gala dinner where Duterte sang at Trump's request. Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Philippines, U.S. give conflicting statements on Duterte-Trump meeting

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM

'Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs,' says White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, contradicting an earlier statement from Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discuss matters during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump, Duterte bond over shared dislike for Obama

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Duterte's spokesman says it was obvious that the two presidents have 'similar feelings' about former US president Barack Obama

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH wants free trade agreement with U.S.

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:01 PM

At the bilateral meeting between Trump and Duterte, the Philippine side says it's about time a free trade agreement is sealed between the two allies

Human rights advocates: Trump's silence on Duterte's drug war 'dismaying'

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:41 PM

'Trump is failing to understand that words have power and failure to speak out could have a lot of symbolic value in terms of how Filipinos view the United States and the Philippine relationship with the United States,' says Kine of Human Rights Watch

BUDDIES. President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN Gala Dinner. Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Trump vows U.S. commitment to ASEAN – then praises own gov't

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:14 PM

US President Donald Trump celebrated ASEAN's success and America's relationship with the regional bloc, but not without calling attention to how the US 'has been moving ahead really brilliantly' since he became President

COMMITMENT. US President Donald Trump vowed commitment the regional bloc. Photo from ASEAN plenary

Duterte tells reporters covering Trump meeting, 'You are spies'

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine President asks journalists to step out of the bilateral meeting by jokingly calling them 'spies'

Trump doesn't raise human rights violations with Duterte

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:20 PM

But according to President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman, the Philippine leader brought up his controversial drug war as a topic of conversation with the American president

Trump cites 'great relationship' with Duterte during 1st bilateral meeting

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:40 PM

At the start of their first bilateral meeting, the US leader congratulates Duterte for a 'beautifully' organized ASEAN Summit

Trump, Medvedev make ASEAN handshake photo op go awry

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump & Dmitry Medvedev make the traditional leaders' photo op a bit awkward during the ASEAN Summit in Manila

OOPS. (L-R) Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, US President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong join hands for the family photo during the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

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WATCH: Duterte sings 'upon the orders' of Trump

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:20 AM

'Ladies and gentlemen, I sang…upon the orders of the commander in chief of the United States,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

AMERICAN LEADER. US President Donald Trump sits beside Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. ASEAN pool photo

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

LOOK: Duterte welcomes Trump in barong

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:25 PM

US President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for the first time in Manila

TRUMP IN BARONG. US President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña on November 12, 2017. Screenshot from RTVM

Trump arrives in PH for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2017 - 6:03 PM

It is Donald Trump's first trip to the Philippines as US President

TRUMP ARRIVAL. US President Donald Trump arrived in Manila on Sunday, November 12. FILE PHOTO AFP

Trump warned not to do Duterte fist pump in Manila

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Critics warn Trump that the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives

LOOK: Trump misspells 'Philippines' in tweet

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:58 AM

US President Donald Trump tweets that he was soon coming to the Philippines – except he misspelled the name of the host country

MISSPELL. US President Donald Trump misspells 'Philippines' ahead of his trip to the country. File Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP