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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

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

US president Donald Trump says he wants to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence presence there to counter what he terms the 'Harvard of terrorists'

DISPLACED. In this photo taken on February 9, 2019, internally displaced Afghan men talk in Kandahar city, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

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How long will Pompeo serve? Until Trump 'tweets me out'

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:14 AM

In a rare light-hearted comment about his notoriously mercurial boss, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says: 'I'm going to be there until he tweets me out of office.'

(FILES) 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.  US President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is set to be confirmed as America's top diplomat April 26, 2018 after narrowly winning approval from a US senate panel. The midday confirmation vote in the US Senate comes days after a dramatic last-minute flip by Republican Senator Rand Paul gave Pompeo, currently the CIA Director, a narrow edge among committee members. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Pompeo warns PH of 'security risks' posed by Huawei

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The US Secretary of State says US equipment won't be allowed to operate anywhere where Huawei technology is present

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference with Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr at the foreign affairs office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

Locsin: No need to review PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty

ANOTHER LOOK? Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) weighs in on efforts to review the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP/Pool

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

Duterte meets U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discuss counterterrorism and North Korea during their meeting

OFFICIAL HANDSHAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Villamor Air Base in the evening of February 28, 2019. Malacañang Press Corps pool photo

U.S. Secretary of State to visit Philippines amid China flirtation

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:07 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be visiting the country on his way back home from Vietnam

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)

Locsin, U.S. counterpart Pompeo meet in DC

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tackle terrorism, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Tocsin Jr at the US Department of State, December 20, 2018. Photo by US State Department

Pompeo delays talks with senior North Koreans

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Although Trump has had warm words since meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, his administration nevertheless annoys Pyongyang by maintaining a regime of sanctions

DELAYED TALKS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) greets North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (2nd L) as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman to seek answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on October 16, 2018. Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP

Trump floats 'rogue killers' in Khashoggi case, Pompeo heads to Saudi

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish police searches the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since Jamal Khashoggi went missing

SEARCH. A Turkish forensic stands next to the Saudi flag, on the roof of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Top U.S. diplomat wants 'thorough' Saudi probe of journalist disappearance

Oct 09, 2018 - 11:56 AM

'We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

JAMAL KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. File photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh

Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from North Korea – report

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The precise contents of the letter, which came from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party, are not known

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  File photo by John Thys/AFP

Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Kabul – Afghan official

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The visit follows an unprecedented ceasefire during Eid last month, when the Islamic holiday was marked by spontaneous street celebrations involving Afghan security forces and Taliban militants

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:37 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is tasked with negotiating a plan to achieve the 'complete denuclearization' of the Korean peninsula

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Cayetano thanks Tillerson for 'friendship' amid 'challenges'

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:49 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also congratulates CIA director Mike Pompeo as the incoming US secretary of state, replacing 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). File photo courtesy of US State Department

Roque on RevGov, Duque on Dengvaxia, Tax Reform bill | Evening wRap

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

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RevGov rally, Revilla and Napoles, Trump on Tillerson | Midday wRap

Dec 01, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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U.S. sanctions target Iran's 'malign behaviors' – Tillerson

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Tillerson says that the US would not block 'legitimate' business activities with Iran by India or any other ally

SANCTIONS. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks on during a press conference New Delhi on October 25, 2017.  Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Tillerson in China to pile pressure on North Korea

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The visit comes as relations between the two superpowers appear to be improving after months of tensions over how to handle North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's nuclear provocations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Duterte to Tillerson: I'm your humble friend in Southeast Asia

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brings up with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the ever nagging problem of the South China Sea dispute

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Tillerson to discuss Balangiga bells, Marawi crisis

Aug 07, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Malacañang also says the Philippine President is willing to discuss human rights concerns with the US Secretary of State

Grab and Uber, Duterte, Faeldon | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:46 PM

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Tillerson to meet allies as NATO races to save talks

Mar 25, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The last minute preparations are not typical for NATO which normally has plans in place weeks ahead of time for these highly orchestrated meeting

SECRETARY OF STATE. This file photo shows then-Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Yasay, Matobato, Madam Secretary | Midday wRap

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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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

Duterte's war on drugs, Leila de Lima, US Secretary of State | Evening wRap

Dec 13, 2016 - 10:49 PM

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Giuliani out as Trump narrows diplomat pick

Dec 10, 2016 - 5:28 PM

Rudy would have been an outstanding member of the Cabinet in several roles US President elect Donald Trump says

INCOMING PRESIDENT. US President-elect Donald Trump (C) talks to the media with his wife Melania Trump after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R) R-KY on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 10, 2016. File photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP

US official visits Sunday market, watches UAAP

Oct 25, 2016 - 6:45 PM

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel also finds hope in Filipino youth leaders as tensions rise between Manila and Washington

SUNDAY MARKET. US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel visits the Legazpi Sunday Market on October 23, 2016, before meeting with Philippine officials the next day. Photo courtesy of @USAsiaPacific

US-PH relations, Antonio Trillanes, North Korea | 6PM wRap

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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Top US official: Duterte words 'hurtful, mystifying'

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:44 PM

We have found ourselves in a scratchy period US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel tells Filipino journalists

TOP OFFICIAL. The US' top diplomat for East Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, holds a roundtable discussion with Filipino journalists on October 24, 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

US-PH relations, Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Air Force | 12PM wRap

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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US' top Asia diplomat: Don't choose between America, China

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:34 PM

This should be addition not subtraction US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel says during a trip to the Philippines

PH-US TIES. Daniel Russel, the US' top diplomat for East Asia, says countries shouldn't simply choose between the US and China. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

US official to Yasay: Duterte tirades stir 'consternation'

Oct 24, 2016 - 11:45 AM

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel says the Philippines friends are also concerned about the loss of life in President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel is visiting the Philippines after a series of anti-US tirades by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo courtesy of US State Department

Top US official visiting PH, set to tackle 'uncertainty'

Oct 23, 2016 - 1:02 AM

Previously scheduled before President Duterte s announced economic and military separation from the US the visit of Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel happens this week

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Daniel Russel speaks during a press conference in Hanoi on May 10, 2016. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Kerry to Filipino youth: Lead ocean conservation efforts

Jul 27, 2016 - 5:13 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry calls on the Filipino youth to make a difference by leading the fight against threats to world s waters

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with YSEALI alumni in Manila to talk about the Our Ocean launch. Photo from John Kerry's Twitter account

Duterte assures Kerry: Talks with China will begin with Hague ruling

Jul 27, 2016 - 4:50 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry previously says he supports negotiations between Manila and Beijing on the West Philippine Sea dispute

FBI recommends no charges in Clinton email probe

Jul 06, 2016 - 1:00 AM

The FBI recommends that no charges be brought over Hillary Clinton s email use while secretary of state taking a weight off the presumptive Democratic nominee s shoulders as she hit the campaign trail with Barack Obama for the first time

CLINTON. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC, on June 10, 2016. Photo by Chris Kleponis / AFP

Kerry holds Saudi talks ahead of Syria, Libya meetings

May 15, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The US Secretary of State meets with Saudi officials to discuss regional issues mainly developments in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a lecture at Singapore Management University (SMU) in Singapore on August 4, 2015. Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a vast free-trade pact are "nearing completion" of a landmark agreement, US Secretary of State John Kerry said August 4, days after delegates failed to seal the deal in Hawaii. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Rappler Talk: US Deputy Secretary of State on terrorism, China and TPP

Nov 17, 2015 - 1:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE Rappler s Maria Ressa talks to US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken

Kerry does not rule out more US commandos in Syria

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:01 PM

ISIL is the modern personification of evil the US Secretary of State says

FIGHTING TERRORISM? US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to journalists' questions at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (unseen) following their recent meeting in Cairo, Egypt. File photo by Mohamed Hossam/EPA

Clinton had right to delete personal e-mails – US Justice

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:11 AM

There is no question that former Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits to be introduced at a campaign event at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on September 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Kerry to return home after breaking leg in cycling accident

May 31, 2015 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED Kerry breaks his right femur in the accident in Scionzier near Chamonix in the French Alps

KERRY. US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaks during an official press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2015. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived on a one day official visit in Sofia. Photo by Vassil Donev/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 13, 2014

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:39 AM

The U 19 football team s heartbreaking loss in Myanmar Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg s itinerary in Indonesia a viral video of primary school students beating up a classmate and more

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Borobudur temple in Indonesia. Image courtesy of Adityasinh Raol/Facebook page

Kerry in Cairo to drum up support for 'war' on jihadists

Sep 14, 2014 - 12:15 AM

Egypt is on the frontline of the fight against terrorism particularly when it comes to fighting extremist groups in Sinai says US Secretary of State John Kerry

SUPPORT. Washington is seeking a stamp of approval for its campaign from Egypt and its religious institutions. File photo by EPA

Kerry vows global coalition will defeat jihadists

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:12 PM

The top US diplomat says the Iraqi army would be rebuilt as part of the long awaited strategy against the Islamic State

German secret service 'spied on Hillary Clinton': reports

Aug 16, 2014 - 1:58 PM

But a German government source told the media that the intercept happened by accident and only once

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP