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Bush, Obama pay tribute to McCain at Washington funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:03 PM

(UPDATED) The absence of Trump, whose bitter feud with John McCain has wrangled America's already stormy politics, will serve as a final rebuke to the president

OBAMA. Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Donald Trump's about-face comes after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain

TRIBUTE TO MCCAIN. The US flag above the White House flies at half-staff in the evening in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Past presidents, family, and friends bid farewell to Barbara Bush

Apr 22, 2018 - 4:17 PM

The former first lady will be remembered 'for her friendship, her wit, and her strength'

Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92 – family

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Barbara Bush has long been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families

BARBARA BUSH. In this file photo taken on July 15, 2013 former US first lady Barbara Bush attends a White House ceremony to recognize the Points of Light volunteer program in Washington, DC. Former US first lady Barbara Bush died on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, 'in failing health'

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Mrs Bush, after consulting with relatives and doctors, decides to 'focus on comfort care' at the family home in Houston

BARBARA BUSH. In this file photo taken on August 17, 1992, US First Lady Barbara Bush and her son George W. Bush attend the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston. File photo by Chris Wilkins/AFP

Bush Sr. voted for Clinton, called Trump a 'blowhard'

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The revelations, contained in historian Mark Updegrove's 'The Last Republicans,' represent the strongest criticism to date from the Bush clan on why their Republican successor is uniquely unfit to hold office

BUSH SENIOR. In this file photo, former US President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

U.S. presidents pen gracious letters to their successors

Jan 20, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Letters that US presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush write on their last day in office touch on the unique burden of the role – but also the joy that comes from serving in the highest office

LETTERS FROM FORMER PRESIDENTS. Image of Bill Clinton from Ethan Miller/AFP. Image of George W. Bush from Zach Gibson/AFP.

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Jan 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

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Jan 04, 2017 - 1:13 PM

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Hillary Clinton to attend Trump's presidential inauguration

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Hillary Clinton will attend with her husband former President Bill Clinton

In this file photo, Hillary Clinton speaks at the Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum in Washington on November 16, 2016. Yuri Gripas/AFP

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Sep 12, 2016 - 1:33 PM

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United States marks 15th anniversary of 9/11

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:27 PM

UPDATED The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil which changed the world forever

A man photographs beams of light symbolizing the two World Trade Center towers the night before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States on September 10, 2016 in New York, New York. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

15 years after 9/11, America in perpetual war

Sep 11, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The 9 11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East

TERROR STRIKES AMERICA. Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Robert Giroux/Getty Images/AFP

Obama makes call for unity at Dallas memorial

Jul 13, 2016 - 10:20 AM

I m here to say we must reject such despair I m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. AFP Photo

UK's Iraq war inquiry delivers damning verdict on Blair

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Former British prime minister Tony Blair says however that he had acted in good faith and in what I believed to be the best interests of the country

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his home in London on July 6, 2016. The official inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war finally reports on Wednesday, seven years after it launched, with former prime minister Tony Blair expected to face severe criticism. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel Leal-Olivas

Clinton seeks rebound against Sanders at debate and beyond

Feb 12, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Peeling African Americans away from Hillary Clinton will be crucial for Bernie Sanders especially in South Carolina where according to exit poll data some 55 of Democratic voters in 2008 were black

DEAD HEAT. In this file photo, US Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (L) and Hillary Clinton (R) talk to each other on stage prior to the start of the Democratic presidential candidates debate at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, October 13, 2015. File photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

New Orleans mourns, celebrates 10 years after Katrina

Aug 29, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Come hell or high water – and we have had both – New Orleans is coming back And we are coming back strong says New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

10 YEARS AFTER. A file picture dated August 30, 2005 of a levee along the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal being broken in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and allowing water to flow towards New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. File photo by Vincent Laforet/Pool/EPA

Hillary Clinton hits back at Jeb Bush on Iraq

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:03 AM

I find it somewhat curious that Jeb Bush is doubling down on defending his brother s actions in Iraq Hillary Clinton says on the campaign trail in Iowa

Former US Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, speaks during a town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, 10 August 2015. EPA/CJ GUNTHER

[Part 2] The MNLF and the United States

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:59 AM

When it comes to economic assistance communities see US aid as a better and reliable source compared to the Philippine government that had been notorious in breaking promises of bringing development and growth to Muslims

Hillary Clinton to launch White House bid Sunday

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy via social media and a video message several media reports say followed by a low key campaign swing through key state Iowa

DEEPER ENGAGEMENT. Analysts say if Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama, she will push for deeper engagement with the Asia-Pacific. File photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images North America/AFP

World hails Lee Kuan Yew as visionary, shrewd

Mar 23, 2015 - 9:13 AM

UPDATED World leaders and governments from around the world heap acclaim for Lee Kuan Yew the Singaporean statesman whose shrewd and sometimes caustic views on world affairs were much sought by his fellow leaders

SMILING LEE. This photograph provided by the Straits Times and taken on August 14, 2009 shows Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew during an interview in Singapore. Straits Times/AFP

Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

Dec 15, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Defenders and critics of the CIA clash over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America s torture of war on terror detainees

A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

British MPs want access to redacted parts of CIA torture report

Dec 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The news comes amid growing questions in Britain about whether its intelligence services made use of information extracted by the CIA using brutal and unauthorized tactics in the years after the 9 11 attacks

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

US torture report 'full of crap' – Dick Cheney

Dec 11, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Cheney who was vice president under George W Bush when the brutal enhanced interrogation techniques were used says the program was entirely justified

US Vice President Dick Cheney in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday 20 March 2002. Tarik Tinazay/Pool/EPA

CIA torture report: Global outrage, calls for justice

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:45 AM

That US interrogators tortured Al Qaeda suspects in secret jails is known but a detailed Senate report into the scandal is seized upon by America s shocked friends and gloating enemies alike

DECLASSIFIED. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

CIA torture report: UN, rights groups demand prosecutions

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED But the US Justice Department rejects pursuing charges against anyone involved in the interrogations saying it has not found anything in the scathing heavily detailed report that could lead to a successful conviction

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Exposed: CIA's brutal, chilling torture methods

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:01 AM

The shocking report released by the US Senate finds that the techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency are far more brutal than the spy agency previously admitted to

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

US Senate report: CIA torture brutal, ineffective

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED CIA torture of Al Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees a scathing US Senate report reveals

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

Fears of backlash as US to release CIA torture report

Dec 09, 2014 - 1:35 PM

While heavily redacted the report is expected to be a damning indictment of a secret program under the administration of former president George W Bush to question dozens of detainees

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

Another George Bush wins an election in Texas

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The 38 year old George P Bush cruises to victory for the post of land commissioner which administers public lands and oversees lucrative mineral rights for oil and gas in Texas

George Prescott Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, participates in a ceremony at the World War II Memorial, September 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Obama: After 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'

Aug 02, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Even before I came into office I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9 11 we did some things that were wrong US President Barack Obama tells reporters

Imperial presidencies and the art of institutional combat

Jul 19, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The battle between Aquino and the Supreme Court and Obama and the House of Representatives are not maneuvers and counter maneuvers by people thirsty for power They are more the inevitable result of institutional combat

US sees 2014 progress in freeing Guantanamo inmates

Jun 06, 2014 - 10:12 AM

Of the 149 prisoners still remaining in the jail in southern Cuba since the weekend releases 78 have been approved to be freed without charge

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. Photo by  EPA/J. Scott Applewhite / Pool

TRIVIA: US presidential visits to PH

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:04 PM

The Philippines has received 10 American presidents 6 of them sitting presidents at the time of their visit

Obama defends Afghan strategy after Gates comments

Jan 14, 2014 - 7:38 AM

Obama said that he had a duty to constantly question US military tactics and sweat the details when sending young men and women to war

CONTROVERSIAL. The cover of "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," the memoirs of former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Image courtesy of Knopf

Critical Gates memoir rocks Obama administration

Jan 09, 2014 - 6:45 AM

Gates who served six presidents in senior national security jobs sent political shockwaves through Washington with his unsparing assessments of the administration in his new book

CONTROVERSIAL. The cover of "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," the memoirs of former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Image courtesy of Knopf

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in hospital

Jan 01, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush is hospitalized for a respiratory problem but her husband’s office says she is in great spirits

Obamas, Bushes to head to South Africa for Mandela memorial

Dec 07, 2013 - 8:14 AM

The two families will be on the same presidential plane at the request of the Obamas

TRIBUTE. A framed image of former South African president Nelson Mandela stands as people pay tributes following his death, in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP PHOTO

'Comfortable' Bush happy to let history judge

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:43 AM

Now living in Dallas with wife Laura former President George W Bush says he s enthusiastically taken up painting there s a Rembrandt trapped in this body and showed off canvases he d made of his dog and cat

US President Barack Obama (L) and former presidents (L-R) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter arrive on stage for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

I have faith in the Philippines

Nov 11, 2013 - 10:25 AM

The Philippines will survive and the Filipino people will get through this difficult time

Oliver Stone to make Chavez 'addendum,' not feature

Jul 03, 2013 - 1:59 PM

Finished film will still be in line with director s progressive cinema

POLITICALLY ANGLED. Stone calls some of his films "at deep odds with conventional myth."

US television icon Andy Griffith dies, 86

Jul 04, 2012 - 5:08 AM

He last appeared in the 2010 TV ads in support of Pres Obama s Health Care Reform bill

ANDY GRIFFITH, LEGENDARY AMERICAN actor, is best known for 'The Andy Griffith Show' and 'Matlock.' Screen grab from YouTube (WSJDigitalNetwork)

'Game of Thrones' apologizes for controversial 'head'

Jun 15, 2012 - 9:28 AM

Former President George W Bush is no actor but he appears in the hit series first season

GOODBYE, DAD. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) looks reluctantly at her father Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) decapitated head. But it wasn't the only recognizable head she saw, really. Screen grab from YouTube