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Turkey says U.S. embassy Jerusalem opening in May 'extremely worrying'

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Ankara says the decision showed the US does not hear, 'and worse still, does not care about the voice of the international community’s conscience'

'WORRYING.' Turkey says the United States' decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem is 'extremely worrying'. AFP file photo

[OPINION | DASH of SAS ] Condoms not pleasant? Get a cockblocker

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An old man who, by his own admission, can’t get it up without popping a pill and a group of men forbidden to indulge in carnal desires have positioned themselves as voices of authority when it comes to sexual health

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U.S. to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel's 70th anniversary

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel's capital and say the embassy move could destroy a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

Malacañang summons U.S. envoy over intel report

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim meets with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea over the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Duterte a 'regional threat'

SUMMONED. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is summoned to Malacañang to explain the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Rodrigo Duterte a 'regional threat.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

North Korea calls UN chief 'henchman' of the U.S.

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:57 PM

North Korea's mission to the United Nations releases a statement complaining of 'reckless remarks' by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the Munich Security Conference last week

UNITED NATIONS. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Trump, gun lobby chief push armed citizens as solution to shootings

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre hits back at what he calls 'the shameful politicization of tragedy' and repeated the organization's position that 'to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun'

PROTEST. In this file photo, a demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre delivers his remarks. File photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP

U.S. intel saying Duterte a threat an 'opinionated assessment' – PNP chief

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:59 PM

National police chief Ronald dela Rosa says they can also easily say that the United States is a threat to Philippine democracy

NEDA seeks to strengthen trade ties with U.S.

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Philippine Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says there is a need to explore more free trade agreements with the United States to foster investment opportunities

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Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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Medialdea on Rappler, PSG Commander on Ranada, Worldwide Threat Assessment | Midday wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a 'regional threat' in Southeast Asia

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The CIA and 16 other US intelligence agencies cite President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion to declare a 'revolutionary government' and impose nationwide martial law as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

U.S. prosecutor Mueller charges lawyer with lying in Russia probe

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Robert Mueller's powerful team of investigators accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of knowingly making false statements about his communications with Richard Gates

CHARGED. Attorney Alex van der Zwaan leaves U.S District Court after pleading guilty during a scheduled appearance February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Medium intensity earthquake shakes southwest Mexico

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Residents are scared by a new, weaker earthquake occurring two days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake

MEXICO. View of damaged buildings after the 7.2 earthquake at the Pinotepa Nacional community, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on February 18, 2018. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Russia succeeding in sowing U.S. discord – Trump

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!' Donald Trump says in an early morning tweet

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:08 PM

US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs

TO FLORIDA. 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, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:21 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

Bulacueña serves on US Navy’s largest amphibious warship

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla hails from Baliuag, Bulacan

IN THE NAVY. Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla is serving aboard the USS Boxer, which is based in San Diego, California. Photo from the US Navy Office of Community Outreach

Trump visits Florida shooting survivors, FBI admits it missed tip

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The FBI admits it had received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow up

IN FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump (C) speaks with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (L) and Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) while visiting first responders at Broward County Sheriff's Office in Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. indicts 13 Russians for election interference

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The indictment details a stunning operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow social division in the US and influence American politics 'including the presidential election of 2016'

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. 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. Saul Loeb/AFP

Oprah confirms no plans to run for U.S. president

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:09 AM

'I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit,' says Oprah

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Oprah Winfrey arrives with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in the press room during The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Former student confesses to Florida school shooting

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:28 AM

(UPDATED) 'Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds,' court documents show

FLORIDA SHOOTING. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Susan Stocker-Sun Sentinel/AFP

Bipartisan group in U.S. Senate unveils immigration plan, defying Trump

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The potential breakthrough comes as efforts to resolve the fate of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children entered a crucial period in a week set aside for debate on immigration

BIPARTISAN LEADER. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP

Peso weakens to 11-year low, Duque on Dengvaxia, Florida school shooting | Midday wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 12:13 PM

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U.S. Senate stumbles in seeking elusive immigration fix

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This raises prospects of Congress and President Donald Trump falling short in striking a deal on border security and the legalization of young immigrants

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. intel chiefs say Russia meddling threatens 2018 vote

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and 3 other spy agencies are unanimous in saying that Moscow's efforts to disrupt US politics are as strong as they were in 2016

RUSSIAN MEDDLING. Russia racks up a string of successful hacks. Donald Trump photo by Mary Schwalm/AFP.

Obamas reveal unconventional portraits in Washington

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 AM

These latest additions stand in stark contrast to the more buttoned-down approach of traditional presidential portraiture

NEW PORTRAITS. Former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand beside their portraits after their unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump budget includes infrastructure plan, steep social cuts, rising deficits

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:43 AM

The blueprint for the 2019 fiscal year abandons the long-held Republican goal of balancing the federal budget within a decade

BUDGET DOCS. A Congressional staff member delivers copies of US President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 Government Budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. Saul Loeb/AFP

'Game changer': Afghan conflict to intensify in 2018

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:54 PM

US aircraft dropped 4,361 munitions across Afghanistan in 2017 alone. They are deploying more troops and aircrafts to battle Islamist militants this year.

WORST YET TO COME? Afghan military personnel walk near the airport during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz. File photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP

U.S.-backed Israel vows action vs Iran 'entrenchment' in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:29 AM

The United States supports Israel for its strikes in Syria, blaming Iran for escalating violence in the war-wracked country

FOR ISRAEL'S INTEREST. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Trump tells Democrats to refile Russia probe memo

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The document is the Democrats' response to a four-page memorandum written by Republican legislator Devin Nunes, which Trump agreed to declassify and release on February 2

REFILE. Donald Trump says Democrats should refile their memo, leaving a chance for it to be declassified. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump has instructed DOJ officials to be available to help the House intelligence committee revise the Democrats' memo, if it so wishes, so as to 'mitigate the risks'

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump praises White House aide accused of domestic abuse

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UDATED) White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigns in the same week, also over domestic abuse claims. He denies the allegations.

RESIGNED. In this photo taken on September 1, 2017, White House staff secretary Rob Porter looks on after US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. Justice Dept's no. 3 official resigns

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here,' says Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand

BRAND RESIGNS. This file photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand during a summit to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Scores of flights canceled as winter storm pummels U.S. Midwest

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:32 AM

The Great Lakes region is expected to see additional snowfall over the weekend

WINTER STORM. Chicago residents dig out after more than 7 inches of snow fell on the city on February 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump signs bill ending government shutdown

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Trump announces the signing on his Twitter account, hailing the bill's passage in the early hours of Friday as a boost for the US military and 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!'

AVERTING SHUTDOWN. Lights shine at The U.S. Capitol along with the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in the early hours of Friday morning on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Death toll tops 220 in 4-day regime assault on Syria rebel enclave

Feb 09, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Violence has also flared in eastern Syria on Thursday, February 8, where the US-led coalition says it has killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies

SYRIA. A wounded man is helped out of the destruction following air strikes in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on February 8, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

U.S. gov't in shutdown as Senate misses midnight funding deadline

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The upper chamber of Congress reopens in the dark of night for a new session at 12:01 am Friday, February 9, launching a new effort to pass a bill to extend federal funding for 6 more weeks

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Getting work permit just got harder for visit visa-holding job seekers in UAE

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:07 PM

A new law in the United Arab Emirates that took effect last February 4 requires Filipinos on visit visas to get a Certificate of Good Conduct from their home country

WORK PERMIT. Filipinos job-hunting in the UAE for the first time on visit visas will have to wait longer to get work permits. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pelosi gives longest U.S. House speech in more than a century

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Nancy Pelosi speaks for more than 8 hours about protecting young undocumented migrants from deportation

RECORD BREAKER. A TV shows U.S. Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) giving a lengthy immigration speech on the House floor during the opening press conference for the 2018 House Democratic Issues Conference February 7, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

SC upholds re-extension of martial law, Duque on Dengvaxia, Asian stocks plunge | Evening wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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Trump lawyers want him to refuse Russia interview – report

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:21 PM

However, Trump himself has repeatedly stated that he would like to speak with Robert Mueller about the ongoing investigation examining his 2016 campaign's possible collusion with Russia over election interference

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. lawmakers warn Trump vs firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The warnings come after the Republican-led House intelligence committee released a declassified memo that claims Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide

PUBLIC. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Eric Baradat/AFP

Quicker security screening now available for PAL passengers from U.S.

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Eligible passengers who are on Philippine Airlines flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York JFK, Honolulu, and Guam no longer have to remove their shoes, belts, and jackets at TSA checkpoints

BECOMING 5-STAR. PAL is currently rated as 3-star airline by London-based air transport rating organization Skytrax. Photo from PAL Corporate Communications

At least 2 dead, more than 100 hurt in South Carolina train collision

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) It is the 3rd deadly incident involving an Amtrak train since December, raising questions about the safety of the US national railway service

COLLISION. An Amtrak train travelling between New York and Miami collided with a CSX freight train. Photo by Rappler

New leader to take the helm at U.S. Federal Reserve

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Jerome Powell takes over at a remarkably quiet time following a decade of economic turmoil that forced the central bank into uncharted policy waters to try to recover from the global financial crisis

NEW FED CHAIR. In this file photo, Jerome Powell testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee November 28, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP