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'Brain dead' NATO's summit dominated by leaders' feuds

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Meeting outside London to mark the 70th year of the Atlantic alliance, the members vow to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognize the challenge of a rising China

ALLIANCE. Nato heads of government class of 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniversary summit

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The 29 allies descend on London ready to lock horns over spending and how to deal with Russia in a major test of unity as NATO seeks to assert its relevance

NATO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump (unseen) prepare to disembark from Air Force One after landing at Stansted Airport, northeast of London on December 2, 2019, ahead of the upcoming NATO alliance summit. NATO marks its 70th birthday at a summit next week but the celebration could well turn into an arena of political combat between the alliance's feuding leaders. Heads of state and government will descend on London Tuesday bracing for a scrap over spending and how to deal with Russia, in a huge test of unity within NATO -- billed by its own officials as the "most successful alliance in history". Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Right whale likely died off Canada after collision with ship, says official

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Preliminary findings on one of the dead whales are 'highly compatible with death due to blunt trauma, consistent with vessel strike,' says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Experts peg the current population of North Atlaintic right whales to less than 500. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

6 dead endangered right whales found in Canadian waters

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Conservation officials say that North Atlantic right whales are among the most threatened species in the world

THREATENED. File photo of a North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia Canada. Shutterstock Image

Frenchman retells triumphant barrel crossing of Atlantic ocean

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:37 PM

Jean-Jacques Savin recalls his 4-month journey of crossing the Atlantic in a custom-made barrel

Jean-Jacques Savin, a former paratrooper, 71, works on the construction of a ship made from a barrel on November 15, 2018 at the shipyard in Ares, southwestern France. - Jean-Jacques Savin will attempt in the next few weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel only pushed by the ocean currents, from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean Sea. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:25 AM

At the close of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance say in a joint statement that they face 'an unpredictable and challenging security situation' that includes 'a more aggressive Russia'

PREPARED. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:33 AM

US officials have voiced concern that with Turkey in both camps, Russia could obtain F-35 data to improve the accuracy of the S-400 to shoot down Western aircraft

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos' – study

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:16 PM

One likely result of weakened current in the Atlantic will be warmer air temperatures in the high Arctic, eastern Canada and central America, and cooler temperatures over northwestern Europe

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world's two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

NATO door opens for Macedonia

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will attend the ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels

MACEDONIA. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

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

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression

EXERCISE. This file photo shows NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint military exercise. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

NATO military exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 PM

NATO's Trident Juncture 18 exercise will bring 45,000 alliance troops, equipped with 150 aircraft, 70 vessels and around 10,000 land vehicles across northern Europe

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017.  The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF

LIVE: The Atlantic Council StratCom 2018

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Atlantic Council hosts the Global Forum on Strategic Communications and Digital Disinformation on October 2-3, 2018, in Washington, DC

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Norway wants to double U.S. troops and deploy them closer to Russia

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Since last year, 330 US Marines have been deployed on rotation at Vaernes in the center of Norway, despite loud protests from Russia

BALTOPS. A US soldier takes part in a massive amphibious landing during the Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), a NATO maritime-focused military multinational exercise, on June 4, 2018 in Nemirseta on the Baltic sea in Lithuania. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Colombia to become first Latin American NATO 'global partner'

May 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

In addition to Colombia, NATO lists Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan as 'global partners'

TRUTH COMMISSION. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

May 06, 2018 - 12:30 AM

'Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,' says Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operations

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

Under-fire Tillerson flies U.S. flag in skeptical Europe

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:08 AM

The US secretary of state is working with one eye looking back over his shoulder to Washington, after leaked reports last week from Trump's White House suggested his own job was on the line

STILL WORKING. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief at the European Union Council building in Brussels on December 5, 2017. Photo by John Thys/AFP

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Hurricane Jose strengthens, but set to bypass land – weather service

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Hurricane Jose a Category 1 storm packing winds of about 135 kilometers per hour 85 miles per hour is approaching the Caribbean hot on the heels of Irma but will likely bypass land

Irma now a Category 3 hurricane in Atlantic – U.S.

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The storm is currently far from land but is heading straight toward the southern Caribbean to the area between the US island territory of Puerto Rico and South America s northern coastline

CATEGORY 3. Image from the National Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Trump says U.S. committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Trump makes the statement after failing to endorse Article 5 in a speech at last month s NATO summit in Brussels

MUTUAL DEFENSE. In this file photo, the US and the NATO flags fly in front of two US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces on April 27, 2016. Petras Malukas/AFP

Trump berates NATO for dodging defense dues

May 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Twenty three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they re supposed to be paying for their defense says US President Donald Trump

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Eudocia Pulido had hopes, dreams, and fears too

May 24, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Eudocia Pulido s niece Ebia talks about the Aunt Cosiang that she knew and what she wished she had asked Alex Tizon if he were still alive

HOMECOMING PLANS. Eudocia "Cosiang" Tomas Pulido had planned on setting up a small baking business in Mayantoc, Tarlac. Photo from the Pulido family

56 years a slave

May 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We have yet to see the reactions and opinions of actual katulong kasambahay back home It’s important to ask who is part of this discussion and who is not

WATCH: 'Slave' Eudocia is 'Cosiang' to her family in Tarlac

May 21, 2017 - 8:11 AM

Rappler s Lian Buan visits the grave of Eudocia Pulido the subject of the controversial story penned by Filipino American journalist Alex Tizon and meets the relatives she left behind

Slave story of Pulitzer Prize-winning FilAm writer sparks online debate

May 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Filipino American author Alex Tizon shares a haunting story of slavery within his own family drawing mixed reactions online

Screenshot from The Atlantic's June 2017 issue.

The Atlantic's 'My Family's Slave' should not end with a feast

May 18, 2017 - 5:44 PM

When the issue is slavery we shouldn t adjust our standards so low that we let a piece go unchallenged for being a memoir

Trump says 'strong Europe' is important for U.S.

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

This is a turnaround of the US President s earlier pronouncement hailing Britain s decision to leave the European Union

STRONG EUROPE. US President Donald Trump, who once hailed Britain's departure from the European Union, says a 'strong Europe' is important for the United States. File Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Feb 20, 2017 - 11:32 AM

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Pence tells Europe: U.S. will always be your greatest ally

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The US will boost defense spending significantly says US Vice President Mike Pence

GREATEST ALLY. US Vice President Mike Pence European leaders at the Munich Security Conference that the US is Europe's "greatest ally." File Photo

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ – sources

Feb 09, 2017 - 11:57 PM

Security and IT systems at the 1 2 billion headquarters in the Belgian capital are behind schedule and so the transatlantic military alliance will only properly move in come September sources say

CHARLES MICHEL. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (C) give a press conference in Brussels on February 9, 2017. Photo by Dirk Waem / BELGA / AFP

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Feb 06, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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PEACE AT LAST? Philippine communist guerrillas in Mindanao. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Coast Guard asks Namria's help to find RORO sunken vessel

Jan 07, 2017 - 9:06 PM

PCG Station Batangas Commander Raul Belesario says it is possible for the vessel to be in the shallow part of the sea at between 1 300 to 1 500 feet

U.S. Marines to return to Afghanistan's Helmand province

Jan 07, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Around 300 US Marines are set to train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police

THE RETURN. US Marines of the 2nd Battallion, 1st Marines Weapons Company return to their base on a joint patrol with Afghanistan National Army soldiers in Laki downsouth Garmser, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 3, 2011. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Coast Guard begins probe into sinking of RORO vessel

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Investigators hope to finish the M V Starlite Atlantic probe after a week

ACCIDENT. The Philippine Coast Guard reports that MV Shuttle Roro 5 shrinks off Mabini, Batangas on Monday, December 26, during Typhoon Nina.

'Seriously, but not literally'? The Atlantic used it ahead of Andanar

Jan 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Before Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar The Atlantic magazine had already described Trump supporters as taking him seriously but not literally

15 RORO crew members rescued off Batangas Bay

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:54 AM

However 19 crew members of M V Starlite Atlantic remain missing

Obama moves to tie Trump's hands on Arctic, Atlantic drilling

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:03 AM

US President Barack Obama announces he is placing swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing

US President Barack Obama holds a year-end press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 16, 2016. Zach Gibson/AFP

Storm Gaston expected to become hurricane again – US monitor

Aug 27, 2016 - 9:27 PM

The 5 day forecast predicts however that Gaston will switch directions on Tuesday and move northeast back into the open ocean away from the US mainland

This NOAA image taken by GOES East on August 24, 2016, shows weather disturbance Invest 99L to the west near Puerto Rico and Tropical Storm Gaston to the east. NOAA / AFP

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

Jun 20, 2016 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED The solar powered plane heads for Spain s Seville airport in one of the most difficult legs of its journey around the world

Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016.  The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from New York's JFK airport early June 20, embarking on the transatlantic leg of its record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy. / AFP PHOTO / TREVOR COLLENS

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NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia

May 19, 2016 - 8:03 PM

At a Warsaw summit in July NATO leaders will sign off on the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a deter and dialogue strategy

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General addresses a press conference at the NATO headquarter in Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2016. Laurent Dubrule/EPA

WATCH: Sportscaster drinks on air, tells kids to forget their dreams after team loses

May 13, 2016 - 5:48 PM

No one took the Washington Capitals disappointing NHL playoffs exit harder than sportscaster Michael Jenkins

BOTTOMS UP. Sportscaster Michael Jenkins has lost all hope following the Washington Capitals' exit from Stanley Cup contention.

Taliban bomber kills 6 NATO soldiers near Kabul

Dec 21, 2015 - 9:36 PM

UPDATED Authorities say 3 Afghan policemen were also injured in the attack

Turkish military says did not know downed jet was Russian

Nov 26, 2015 - 9:16 AM

The downing of the Russian jet threatens ties between two major rival players in the Syrian war and raises fears it could escalate into a wider geopolitical conflict

GOING DOWN. A still image made available on November 24, 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria. HaberTurk TV Channel/EPA

Bodies retrieved from crashed Spanish helicopter

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The lack of light as night arrived prevents the work from continuing The work will resume in the early morning

Tropical storm Henri forms in the Atlantic

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:06 AM

It is expected to lose strength as it reaches colder northern water in the coming days

Photo from NOAA/AFP

Tropical Storm Danny takes aim at Caribbean

Aug 24, 2015 - 9:11 AM

The storm – downgraded from a hurricane – is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches 5 to 10 centimeters of rain to the Leeward Islands the US and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday August 25

HURRICANE DANNY. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly took this picture of Hurricane Danny on August 20, 2015 at 6 am EDT from aboard the International Space Station. NASA