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Barbra Streisand on getting political: ‘Truth has always worked for me’

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The singer released her politically-charged 2nd album ‘Walls’ on November 2

OUTSPOKEN. Barbra Streisand takes on US President Donald Trump in her latest album, 'Walls.' Photo from Twitter.com/BarbraStreisand

U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S. mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty in New York

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The charges against Cesar Sayoc include 5 counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction, 5 counts of interstate transportation of explosives, and 5 counts of threatening interstate communications

CESAR SAYOC. Sayoc is accused of sending 16 pipe bombs to liberal critics. Photo from Getty Images North America/AFP

North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely after New Year

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Mike Pence insists US government would not repeat mistakes of the past where promises were broken

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

U.S. media in court showdown over White House access

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

In the emergency hearing, CNN's lawyer Ted Boutrous asks the judge for a temporary order allowing Jim Acosta to get his White House pass back ahead of a full hearing

LEGAL BATTLE. CNN attorney Ted Boutrous delivers remarks outside US District Court following a hearing on CNN's case against the White House regarding White House correspondent Jim Acosta November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

French govt spokesman slams Trump's lack of 'common decency'

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:12 AM

France government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux gives strongest reaction yet to Donald Trump's attack on Emmanuel Macron

NO DECENCY. In this file photo US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for Paris in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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Nov 14, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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CNN sues White House over barring of reporter

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The news network says the 'wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.'

CONFRONTATION. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018 US President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at WWI commemorations in Paris

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:51 AM

Macron delivers a stinging indictment of nationalism in a 20-minute speech and called on leaders to learn the lessons of the past. 'Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,' he said.

REMEMBERING THE ARMISTICE. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Both the US and Russian presidents arrive separately for the solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, skipping the bus ride and symbolic walk with other leaders

Tusk lashes out at Trump stance on Europe

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'For the first time in history we have an American administration that is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic about a united and strong Europe,' EU chief Donald Tusk says

TUSK. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. EPP, the largest political family in the European Union (EU), are to elect their top candidate for the 2019 European elections. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting 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 Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

Macron's office says Trump anger based on misunderstanding

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:46 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's office acknowledges that his remarks 'could create confusion' but stressed: 'He never said we need a European army against the United States'

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

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Trump in Paris slams Macron's 'insulting' EU army proposals

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:04 AM

French President Macron proposes a joint EU army to protect them from China, Russia, and the US

U.S., China meet to explore path forward from tensions

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Donald Trump is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Trump's attorney general switch sparks Russia probe fury

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Trump tweet provokes consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides have long warned that political interference in Robert Mueller's work cannot be tolerated.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as October 30, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The ruling by Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court for the District of Montana deals a stinging setback to Trump and the oil industry and serves up a big win for conservationists and indigenous groups

NO. In this file photo, demonstrators march to the Federal Building in protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order fast-tracking the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2017. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.S. to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official calls the 'historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system' along the border with Mexico

ASYLUM. In this file photo, US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

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Nov 08, 2018 - 9:49 PM

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Seoul says North Korea asked to delay Pompeo talks – report

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'The US told us that it received a message from the North to postpone the meeting,' says South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

US-NORTH KOREA. This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) leaving after a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

QC police nabbed in sex-for-freedom case | Midday wRap

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) A visibly angry Donald Trump has called reporter Jim Acosta a 'rude, terrible person,' after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a news conference

CLASH. US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Midterm election a 'big day' for Republicans – Trump

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:56 AM

In his first press conference after the midterm election, the US president also calls on Republicans, Democrats to 'work together'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018.   Jim WATSON / AFP

Nancy Pelosi: Former U.S. House speaker eyes gavel once more

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to become speaker of the House, a position she held for 4 years from 2007, when she made history as the first woman ever to rise to that post

PELOSI. In this file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club. File photo from Shutterstock

Voters crowd polling stations as U.S. delivers verdict on Trump

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, November 6, in the first major voter test of Donald Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency

US VOTES. Voters fill out their ballots at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, United States. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. midterms: Key factors of the 2018 elections

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Here are the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country

ISSUES. AFP looks into the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country. Shutterstock; Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Border file photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP; Shooting file photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Election Day test for Trump as America votes

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) With control of Congress and Trump's agenda at stake, early voting has hit record levels and turnout appears high across the country

ELECTIONS. California's multi-language 'I Voted' stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/

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Nov 06, 2018 - 2:12 PM

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Trump says American dream at stake in U.S. midterms after polarizing campaign

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Hitting 3 states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Donald Trump hammers home his boast that 'the Republican agenda is the American dream'

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. President Donald Trump makes a final push across 3 states on Monday, November 5. File photo by Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse

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Nov 05, 2018 - 9:07 PM

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Trump, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of U.S. elections

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:31 AM

Political passions rise to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels

THE NOVEMBER VOTE. A display that reminds people to vote on November 6 is seen November 3, 2018 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump vs Obama on final U.S. campaign weekend

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Former United States president Barack Obama steps in to campaign more aggressively for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections

PRESIDENTS CLASH. Barack Obama campaigns for Democrats in an attempted pushback against Republicans at the United States Congress for the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump has 'disgraced' U.S. prestige – Iran's Khamenei

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) A defiant Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses the renewed US sanctions – including an oil embargo – that will take effect on Monday, November 5

RENEWED SANCTIONS. Washington's reimposed sanctions to Tehran is set to take effect November 5. Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Trump, Xi eye G20 talks after 'very good' phone call

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:59 PM

(UPDATED) The phone call comes as tensions between the world's two biggest economies are rising on several fronts, including commerce and security

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

HOAX: Trump ‘supports’ Sara Duterte for ‘2022 presidential run’

Nov 01, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The picture of US President Donald Trump ‘supporting’ Sara Duterte is a manipulated 2015 photo taken in New York City

Pecan Resist! and other anti-Trump flavors

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Consumers are also urged to 'Join the resistance'

Trump hits election trail threatening troop surge on Mexico border

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump makes the troop announcement before flying to Florida for the last stage of campaigning ahead of the midterm elections

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pacific trade pact shunned by Trump cleared for launch

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government has ratified the 11-country pact, meaning a quorum of more than half the members have formally signed on

PACIFIC TRADE. This file photo shows Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. File photo by William West/AFP

Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue after shooting, protesters cry foul

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Carrying signs that read 'President Hate, Leave Our State!' and 'Trump, Renounce White Nationalism Now,' the protesters gather near the Tree of Life synagogue where the carnage unfolded

AFTER SHOOTING. A woman protesting against US President Donald Trump waits near the Tree of Life Congregation on October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says he plans to scrap birthright citizenship

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:03 PM

President Donald Trump say he will scrap a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil

(FILES) 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.  US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported September 15, 2018. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Having channeled voters' anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, the man dubbed the 'Tropical Trump' will now get down to work seeking to 'change Brazil's destiny'

NEW ERA. Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference. File photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

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Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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Group of Jewish leaders to Trump: You are part of the problem

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'For the past 3 years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday's violence is the direct culmination of your influence,' an open letter says

UNITED. People gather for a interfaith candlelight vigil a few blocks away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. File photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

Trump complains about Twitter removing his followers

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Trump, who has some 55 million Twitter followers, revived his argument about 'bias' by internet firms in a morning tweet that suggested growth in his network was slowing