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Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen faces hour of truth

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Judge William Pauley will have to decide if there is room to go easy on Michael Cohen, who has asked for the lightest sentence possible to 'start his life over'

HOUR OF TRUTH. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Forty-four former US senators urge current and future members of the US Senate to make sure that 'partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest'

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:02 AM

Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, tweeted that 'I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause,' referring to Trump's campaign

NICK AYERS. US Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers (L) walks with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in Washington, DC, October 23, 2017. File photo by Jiim Watson/AFP

Trump must not interfere in French politics – foreign minister

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:33 PM

'I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be,' says Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

MISINTERPRETED? US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for bilateral talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018 on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by ludovic Marin/AFP

Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is made up of the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard

GENERAL. In this file photo taken on July 13, 2018, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Iran's Rouhani: U.S. sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

IRAN'S PRESIDENT. A file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 8, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Trump names ex-Bush official William Barr as new attorney general

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:05 AM

(UPDATED) William Barr would succeed Jeff Sessions, whom Trump forced to resign last month amid rising pressure on the White House from the Russia collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, December 7, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump nominates ex-Fox News anchor Nauert as U.N. envoy

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:49 AM

(UPDATED) Trump says Nauert, who is in line to take over from Nikki Haley, had done well at the State Department. 'She's very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she's going to be respected by all,' Trump said.

HEATHER NAUERT. In this file photo taken on November 30, 2017, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump says China trade talks 'going very well'

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Traders are initially buoyed by the apparent deal agreed at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires but questions are quickly raised about the details – and whether the world's top two economies could actually resolve their differences

TALKS. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) waves to the press as he walks with US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump to pick State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert as U.N. envoy – reports

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:24 PM

If confirmed by the Senate, she will take over from Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October without offering details on why

NEXT UN ENVOY? In this file screenshot, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from

Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base – CNN

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:09 AM

According to CNN, Pyongyang has upgraded the Yeongjeo-dong missile base in North Korea's mountainous interior and has built up another facility that has not previously been publicly identified

Washington sets aside divisions as U.S. bids farewell to Bush

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Former US president George HW Bush will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshipped for decades, until he is buried Thursday, December 6

PRESENT AND PAST PRESIDENTS. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and spouses attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

China vows quick trade moves as U.S. sends mixed signals

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Chinese commerce ministry lauds Donald Trump's talks with Xi Jinping at the weekend as 'successful' and says it is 'confident' that their agreement will be implemented

TRUCE. The Chinese commerce ministry lauds Donald Trump's talks with Xi Jinping at the weekend as 'successful.' File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump says China trade talks to end March 1 'unless extended'

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The US president tweets: 'The negotiations with China have already started. Unless extended, they will end 90 days from the date of our wonderful and very warm dinner with President Xi in Argentina.'

WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAN DEAL. US President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Dec 04, 2018 - 9:29 PM

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U.S. wants 'concrete' trade action from China within 90 days

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says US and China held 'very specific discussions' in Buenos Aires on December 1 on steps to defuse their conflict

US-CHINA TRADE. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Winnie turns Trumpian

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The issue of Tsinoys has turned Monsod into a careless pundit, and she serves as a cautionary tale for young scholars like myself. Success in public service, a newspaper column, and the final word on a TV show can make one lazy.

Trump letter to Imran Khan seeks Pakistan's help in Afghanistan

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:35 PM

Pakistan says its prime minister received a letter from the US president seeking Islamabad's support in securing a settlement in Afghanistan

IMRAN KHAN. Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Trump says U.S.-China ties make 'BIG leap forward'

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:01 PM

At their dinner meeting in Buenos Aires, Trump and Xi Jinping agree to suspend any new tariffs and give negotiators 90 days to strike a deal

US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on December 01, 2018. - US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had the future of their trade dispute -- and broader rivalry between the world's two top economies -- on the menu at a high-stakes dinner Saturday. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearization – South Korea president

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Speaking in Buenos Aires, where he discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula with Moon, Trump says he hopes to organize a follow-up meeting with Kim for early 2019

WISHES. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump plane collects Bush casket for days-long homage

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:28 AM

To commemorate the first former president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, officials have announced a detailed, four-day schedule of celebratory services and tribute

HOMAGE. Former president George H.W. Bush smiles as he arrives aboard the Navy's newest aircraft carrier the George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), named after him, during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk January 10, 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia. File photo by Jason Hirschfeld/Getty Images/AFP

Trump hopes to meet North Korea's Kim in January or February 2019

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump says they are considering 3 sites for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

HISTORIC. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Xi trade war dinner went 'very well' – White House advisor

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Both US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping express optimism over finding a solution to their ongoing trade war

TRADE WAR TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on December 1 2018.Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump to attend George H.W. Bush's funeral

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:44 PM

President Donald Trump is set to declare December 5 as National Day of Mourning for George H.W. Bush's death

BUSH. Former US president George HW Bush speaks before students at Tokyo's Waseda University on December 15, 2006. AFP file photo

China, U.S. showdown looms on trade at fractious G20

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US President Donald Trump sounds upbeat about making progress with Chinese President Xi Jinping after weeks of dire warnings

G20 PLENARY. A handout picture released by G20 Summit's Press Office shows a general view of the plenary hall prior during a session of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. Photo by G20 Press Office/AFP

U.S. approves seismic tests despite dolphin, whale concerns

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Experts say that offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting causes loud, far-traveling noise that can potentially disrupt marine life and injure animals underwater

DANGEROUS. Seismic blastic could have adverse effects on marine life. File Photo by Arvydas Kniuksta/123rf

Charlottesville victims recount life-altering injuries at trial

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:10 AM

A year after the incident, victims of a car-ramming at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville now live with permanent injuries

'LIFE-ALTERING'. Victims recount violent experience after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Legal problems back home dog Trump at G20 summit

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:54 PM

US President Donald Trump's G20 summit gets off to a rocky start with new allegations of hidden links to Russia overshadowing what he had hoped would be a triumphant burst of trade diplomacy

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

[ANALYSIS] G20 showdown? U.S. calls out China

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The Philippines could also benefit from a trade reset

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

U.N. chief tempers hopes on Yemen as rebels back peace talks

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

'I don't want to raise too much expectations, but we are working hard in order to make sure that we can start meaningful peace talks still this year,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN CHIEF. This file photo shows Antonio Guterres during a press conference on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump heads to G20 summit primed for new conflicts

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The weekend summit is confronted with increasingly dire warnings of the potential harm faced by the world economy from Trump's trade wars

FRACTIOUS. File photo of US President Donald Trump during the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.  Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. slams harmful China trade policies, threatens auto tariffs

Nov 29, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'China's aggressive, state-directed industrial policies are causing severe harm to US workers and manufacturers,' says US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded, and captured the 3 Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea

PUTIN. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Russia probe document shows closer Trump campaign-WikiLeaks contact

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The Corsi-Stone communications suggest a level of coordination and planning that have not before appeared in evidence released by the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

RUSSIA PROBE. This composite photo shows Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone (L) and Republican activist Jerome Corsi (R). Stone file photo by Lizzie Ochoa/WikiCommons; Corsi file photo from Facebook

Saudi prince in Argentina as G20 summit tensions brew

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:40 PM

US President Donald Trump's trade war with China is a dominant theme at the weekend summit but one sideshow is how leaders deal with the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

CROWN PRINCE. File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known by his initials MBS. AFP photo

Trump says may cancel Putin meet after Ukraine-Russia sea clash

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but that may not happen because of a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine

-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.  Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP

Trump faces China trade showdown, Russia, Saudi tensions at G20

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Trump is due to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires for a working dinner at the Group of 20 summit

G20 MEETING. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Republican wins Mississippi's racially-charged Senate runoff

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's victory preserves the 53-47 majority that Republicans will hold in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January

REPUBLICAN WIN. Incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith manages to hold her US Senate seat in the final race of 2018. File photo from Smith's Facebook page

Ukrainian president warns of threat of 'full-scale war' with Russia

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I don't want anyone to think this is fun and games. Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia,' says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

POROSHENKO. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech from Parliament tribune during an emergency session in Kiev on November 26, 2018, ahead of a parliamentary vote on the request of the Ukrainian President to impose martial law in the country. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Trump swoops in to support Republican in tense Senate race

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is locked in an unexpectedly tight runoff vote on November 27 in what should have been reliable Republican territory for the final Senate race of the 2018 midterms

TRUMP IN MISSISSIPPI. US President Donald Trump (C), Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (L), Vice President Mike Pence (2nd from R) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) participate in a roundtable on the FIRST STEP Act in Gulfport, Mississippi on November 26, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump says he doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'I don't believe it,' President Donald Trump says at the White House, adding that the United States will not take measures to cut emissions if the same is not done in other countries

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

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Death toll in California fire rises to 87

Nov 25, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The California state fire authority says the fire is now 98% contained

IN RUINS. A Butte County sherriff deputy stands by at a destroyed home where a deceased victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico will hold U.S.-bound refugees while claims processed – Trump

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Migrants seeking asylum in the United States via its southern border will need to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed

BETTER LIFE. Migrants from poor Central American countries moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk along the road between Zapopan and Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco, on their trek north, on November 13, 2018. Photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Migrants defy Trump at Mexico border as U.S. forces flex muscle

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The increased tension over the presence of a thousands-strong migrant caravan comes as Donald Trump marks Thanksgiving Day by threatening to close the border if he thinks Mexico has lost control of it

AT THE BORDER. A group of Central American migrants - mostly from Honduras - moving towards the United States, rest near el Chaparral port of entry at the US-Mexico border after a demonstration as Federal Police guards in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on November 22, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

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Nov 22, 2018 - 9:01 PM

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Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, who rarely makes political statements, rebukes criticism of the courts by President Donald Trump, insisting that the judiciary is 'independent'

REBUKE. In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP