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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

State of calamity in Boracay, Philippines on Villa expulsion, George RR Martin’s new book | Evening wRap

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:59 PM

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Kanye West, doubling down, voices 'love' of Trump

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him,' Kanye tweets

Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

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Apr 26, 2018 - 11:08 AM

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THE LAST DANCE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

France's Macron pushes back at 'America First' agenda

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The French leader's feisty speech to lawmakers is a dramatic twist near the end of a 3-day visit that has showcased his warm personal relationship with US President Donald Trump, despite the gulf between their visions of world affairs

APPLAUSE. House Speaker Paul Ryan((R), US Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress and others applaud after France's President Emmanuel Macron addressed a joint meeting of Congress inside the House chamber on April 25, 2018 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Trump, Russia, China media attacks 'threaten democracy'

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Reporters Without Borders accuses the world's 3 superpowers – the US, China and Russia – of leading the charge against press freedom

North Korea slams U.S. censure on rights ahead of inter-Korea summit

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The US State Department's rights report on the North has described 'egregious human rights violations' in the authoritarian state, from public executions to widespread surveillance of citizens

Palace of the Sun file photo from Wikipedia

Trump, Macron call for 'new' nuclear deal with Iran

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump eyes a broader 'deal' that will also limit Iran's ballistic missile program and support for militant groups across the Middle East

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Apr 24, 2018 - 9:16 PM

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Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if U.S. quits deal

Apr 22, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

TOP DIPLOMAT. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that Iran is ready to 'vigorously' resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches a 2015 nuclear deal. File photo by AFP   talks with Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(2nd UPDATE) World powers hail the announcement, but analysts caution that the declaration was promising but limited

KIM JONG UN. The North Korean leader says they will no longer carry out nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests. File photo shows Kim attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

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Apr 20, 2018 - 8:30 PM

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Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

U.S. Senate narrowly confirms Trump's new NASA chief

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Jim Bridenstine has expressed an interest in returning humans back to the moon, has spoken of closer ties between NASA and the commercial space industry, and has voiced skepticism about human-caused climate change

NASA. Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma, will become the 13th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 7 months after US President Donald Trump named him to lead the agency. File photo from Bridenstine's Facebook page

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Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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Playboy model free to discuss Trump 'affair'

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'I am relieved to be able to tell the truth about my story when asked, and I look forward to being able to return to my private life and focus on what matters to me,' says model Karen McDougal

TRUMP AFFAIR? In this file photo taken on February 05, 2010, Karen McDougal attends Playboy's Super Saturday Night Party at Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. File photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump says hopeful for Kim summit, but not afraid to walk away

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Ever disposed to set out the options in the starkest terms possible, US President Donald Trump predicts a 'very successful' May or June summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

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US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Apr 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Trump-Merkel meeting set for April 27 – White House

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:33 PM

After enjoying a close relationship with president Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen ties with Washington worsen under Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working lunch during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case

Apr 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joins in a 5-4 ruling stating that the legal definition of a crime of violence – which is being used to deport Philippines-born James Garcia Dimaya – is too vague

SURPRISE VOTE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch speaks after he was sworn-in as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump reveals direct North Korea contacts, OKs peace talks

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have not spoken directly, but the US president confirms that Washington and Pyongyang had been in contact at 'very high levels' to prepare for a historic meeting between them

MEETING. South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has offered to meet US President Donald Trump. AFP file photos

Trump hosts Abe with North Korea, trade on the agenda

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:14 PM

With Shinzo Abe's approval rating languishing at its lowest level in years and Donald Trump mired in controversies and crises too numerous to list, both are under pressure

SECOND VISIT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to the US on April 17, hoping his carefully cultivated relations with 'golf buddy' Donald Trump will help keep Japan in the loop and out of danger amid a flurry of diplomacy on North Korea. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Apr 16, 2018 - 8:38 PM

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[OPINION] Duterte and Trump: Dirty old men

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sexual reprobates, like these two presidents, like their women weak and submissive to hide their impending impotence but, more importantly, because they want to conceal what they are terrified of: strong women

Trump 'morally unfit' for office, fired FBI chief Comey says

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that,' former FBI director James Comey says

COMEY ON TRUMP. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to host Nigerian president April 30 – White House

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 AM

Nigeria, West Africa's largest economy, is among the countries combatting Islamist extremism with help from the United States

MUHAMMADU BUHARI. Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018, as he attends the rally organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Filipinos in Syria urged to stay home amid U.S.-led air strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'So far, the Embassy has not received any reports of Filipino casualties in the attacks that appear to have targeted military installations in and around Damascus,' says Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

Pompeo, Trump's pick to be secretary of state, vows diplomatic approach to Iran

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Mike Pompeo disavows his reputation as a 'war hawk' and an anti-Muslim hardliner as he seeks to woo support from senators to become the next US secretary of state

MIKE POMPEO. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

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Apr 13, 2018 - 12:16 PM

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Trump considers rejoining Pacific trade pact he once spurned

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama,' US President Donald Trump says in a tweet

TRUMP ON TPP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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Ex-FBI chief Comey: Trump ran White House like a 'mob boss'

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Former FBI director James Comey also says in a new book that President Donald Trump lives in 'a cocoon of alternative reality' that he tried to pull others around him into

COMEY. In this file photo, then FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Zuckerberg on Facebook, Duterte and Xi on West Philipines Sea, Trump on Russia | Evening wRap

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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UN warns against letting Syria crisis 'spiral' out of control

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that time is running out

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

Trump says Russia ties worse than Cold War, blames Mueller

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:12 AM

US President Donald Trump mocks Moscow's threat to shoot down any US missiles targeting Syria and pilloried Moscow for its ties to the regime of Bashar al-Assad

US PRESIDENT. US President Donald Trump claims ties with Russia are worse than during the Cold War. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Philippines not taking sides in China-U.S. trade row – Malacañang

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Nevertheless, President Rodrigo Duterte thinks 'it's high time for China to protect the east and the cause of trade liberalism,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Apr 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Rappler Talk: Did Duterte's campaign team work with Cambridge Analytica?

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work

Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:04 PM

After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone comes as President Donald Trump reacts furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices

FIRE MUELLER? The White House says US President Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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Apr 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Xi vows to further open China economy as U.S. trade spat simmers

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:56 PM

(UPDATED) Promising a 'new phase of opening up,' Chinese President Xi Jinping says during the Boao Forum for Asia that Beijing 'does not seek a trade surplus' and hopes to increase imports

TRADE. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows workers transferring soybeans at a port in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. President Xi Jinping vowed on April 10 to take new steps to open China's economy "wider and wider" amid a broiling trade confrontation with the United States. Photo by AFP

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Apr 10, 2018 - 11:58 AM

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Kim makes first official mention of U.S.-North Korea talks

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:29 AM

(UPDATED) At the meeting of party officials, the North Korean leader delivers a report 'on the development of the recent situation on the Korean peninsula'

US TALKS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at the 3rd Meeting of KPA Activists in O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment Title Movement at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP

FBI raids offices of Trump's personal lawyer

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch-hunt, I have been saying it for a long time,' US President Donald Trump says as he angrily denounces the raid

RAID? In this file photo, Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte social media campaign manager: ‘Nix influenced my work’

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, who appears in a photo with Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix, says he never worked with the parent company but took some lessons from the talk of Nix himself when he visited Manila in 2015

NIX WHO? Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña says he did not realize it was Alexander Nix he met in 2015.

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Apr 09, 2018 - 12:09 PM

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North Korea ready to discuss denuclearization with U.S. – report

Apr 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'The US has confirmed that Kim Jong-un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,' a Trump administration official says

DENUCLEARIZATION. Photo of Kim Jong-un by AFP. Photo of Donald Trump by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Macron condemns Syria 'chemical attacks' – Elysee

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

The statement from the Elysee Palace says Macron 'strongly condemned the chemical attacks on April 7 against the population of Douma'

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks to the magistrates of the Court of Auditors (Cour des Comptes) during the Court solemn hearing to mark the beginning of the year in Paris on January 22, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP