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Turkey outlines 'safe zone' plan ahead of key deadline

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:28 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, accuses Western countries of 'standing by terrorists' in failing to support Turkey's operation

INSPECTION. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Drug companies reach settlement ahead of landmark U.S. opioids trial

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The deal is worth $260 million to two Ohio counties at the center of the lawsuit but could spell billions more for 2,700 US communities devastated by addiction and overdose epidemic

OPIOID EPIDEMIC. Three leading drug distributors and an Israeli drugmaker blamed for a deadly US opioid epidemic have settled with plaintiffs on October 21, 2019, just hours before they're to go on trial, a federal judge announces. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan – Pentagon chief

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:33 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper also hints that some sort of residual US force might remain in Syria to protect oil fields, but stresses no decision has been taken

MARK ESPER. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trial set to open in massive U.S. opioid lawsuit

Oct 21, 2019 - 1:38 PM

This trial could be the most costly since litigation against tobacco companies in the 1990s, which showed cigarette companies cynically hiding and exploiting the dangers of tobacco for profits

Bernie Sanders makes a statement with big New York rally: ‘I am back!’

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:14 AM

There were calls for the 78-year-old progressive to quit the race, but a strong performance at the fourth Democratic primary debate earlier in the week in Ohio showed he still had plenty of fight left in him

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Bernie Sanders in U.S. race

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:05 AM

'We right now have one of the best Democratic presidential primary fields in a generation, and much of that is thanks to work that Bernie Sanders has done in his entire life,' says firebrand Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

ENDORSEMENT. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey-led strikes kill 14 civilians in northeast Syria

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustefa Bali says Turkey is clearly violating the terms of the agreement reached during a visit to Ankara by US Vice President Mike Pence

INJURED. A man who was injured during the ongoing Turkish offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria receives treatment at a hospital in Tal Tamr, near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, October 18, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

U.S. makes history with first all-female spacewalk

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism

FIRST. This undated combination photo obtained from NASA shows astronauts Christina Koch (L) and Jessica Meir. AFP PHOTO / NASA

China's growth slows to 6% in third quarter, weakest in 27 years

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:07 PM

With China a key driver of global growth, the soft reading adds to concerns about the world economy and prompts speculation that authorities will unveil fresh stimulus following a series of other measures in recent months

SLOW DOWN. This file photo taken on September 24, 2019 shows employees producing down coats at a factory for Chinese clothing company Bosideng in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. AFP Photo

America's endless battle against lethal drug fentanyl

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

US authorities have been fighting the drug trade for half a century, but in fentanyl, they are facing the deadliest drug yet

K9 PATROL. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) K-9 agent checks automobiles for contraband in the line to enter the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on October 2, 2019 in San Ysidro, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP

U.S. diplomat: Trump pushed for Ukraine probe of firm linked to Biden son

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland tells Congress that in May, President Donald Trump ordered diplomats to involve his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in discussions about Ukraine policy

PROBE. US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 17. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) A total of 129 members of Trump's Republican Party joins Democrats as the House denounces the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria in a 354-60 vote

US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella to honor Italians Americans in the East Room of the White House on October 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Satanic Temple has right to gather, says U.S. Naval Academy

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:29 AM

The US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, says 'a group of Midshipmen with beliefs aligned with those practiced by The Satanic Temple... requested a space where they could assemble to discuss and share their common beliefs.'

A view of the Satanic Temple logo where a "Hell House" was being held is seen in Salem, Massachusett on October 8, 2019. The Hell House was a paradoy on a Christian Conversion center meant to scare atheist and other Satanic Church members. Joseph Prezioso / AFP

Ukraine 'won't interfere' in Trump impeachment probe – Zelensky

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:16 AM

'As the president of Ukraine, I won't interfere with events in other countries, unlike some others [who] may try [to],' says President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky listens during a joint press conference with the president of Latvia after talks at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP

Actress Felicity Huffman begins prison term

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:53 AM

The 'Desperate Housewives' star is serving her prison term at the Federal Correctional Institution in San Francisco

Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Global economic outlook 'precarious,' no room for mistakes, IMF warns

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:34 PM

The US-China trade war alone is estimated to shrink the world economy by 0.8% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund says

GLOBAL ECONOMY. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/AFP

Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things. But did I make a mistake based on some ethical lapse? Absolutely not,' says Hunter Biden

HUNTER BIDEN. In this file photo, Hunter Biden attends the T&C Philanthropy Summit with screening of 'Generosity Of Eye' at Lincoln Center with Town & Country on May 28, 2014 in New York City. File photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country/AFP

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Leonov is laid to rest at a military cemetery in Mytishchi in a ceremony that includes a gun salute and a service by a Russian Orthodox priest

FAREWELL. Russian servicemen carry the coffin of late Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during a funeral ceremony at a military cemetery in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, on October 15, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but U.S. farmers want details

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:35 PM

American farmers aren't celebrating just yet, as they seek concrete information on the United States' tentative trade deal with China

Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois, the same day China imposed retaliatory tariffs aimed at the US soybean market. - Davidson, 41, is a fifth generation farmer, a Democrat among mostly Republicans. He expects to be farming long after the US-China trade tariffs become a distant memory. "We've survived since the 1800s and we're still going. So, I think we'll keep going," Davidson says. (Photo by Nova SAFO / AFP)

Facebook chief hosts conservative guests amid bias debate

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Zuckerberg confirms hosting a series of dinners with right-wing figures amid accusations that the social media platform stifles conservative voices

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senator warns Hong Kong becoming 'police state' as thousands rally

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:59 PM

On Monday night, October 14, a huge crowd fills Hong Kong's commercial district to show support for a US bill that could dramatically alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub

PROTESTS. Hong Kong police detain a man (C-face sideways) during protests in the Tseung Kwan O area of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Washington says it is planning to pull out 1,000 troops – almost the entire ground force – from Syria's north, in a move welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as 'a positive approach'

DEAL. Members of the special forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are pictured during preparations to join the front against Turkish forces, on October 10, 2019, near the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

China imports, exports down in September 2019 as growth cools

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

China's imports dive 8.5% while exports drop 3.2% in September 2019, amid its trade war with the United States

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce desks at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. Photo by AFP

Partial U.S.-China trade deal only 'baby step' as thorny issues remain

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Analysts say the initial trade agreement between the United States and China will take weeks to finalize and the details remain unclear

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2019 shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province. - A partial US-China deal may only offer a temporary tariff reprieve because it lacks specifics and leaves the thorny issues for later, analysts said, allowing both economic powers to claim success. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Pakistan's Khan arrives in Iran as tensions rise in Gulf

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Iran comes after both the US and Saudi Arabia had asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions in the Gulf

MEDIATE. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit Iran as part of initiatives 'to promote peace and security in the region.' Photo by Alexey Druzhnin/AFP

At least 4 dead in NYC shooting – police

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The local affiliate of ABC News describes the place where the shooting took place as an after-hours club

WATCH: New PH amphibious assets join U.S., Japan in military drills

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines marks a significant leap forward in the country's amphibious assault capability with the deployment of its brand new assets

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine Marines along with their US and Japanese counterparts participate in the Amphibious landing exercise during the KAMANDAG 2019 drills at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. ex-envoy in Congress to testify in impeachment probe

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Lawmakers are looking into whether Marie Yovanovitch was removed by Trump because she failed to go along with a bid to get Ukraine to open an investigation into former vice president Biden and his son Hunter

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the US Capitol October 11, in Washington, DC. Yovanovitch is invited to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees as part of the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:46 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be sentenced to spend up to 175 years in a US prison if convicted on all charges filed under the US Espionage Act

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks amid uncertainty

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The atmosphere surrounding the talks is acrimonious and shifting rapidly, with one news report overnight saying Chinese officials could cut short their visit

TRADE TALKS. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) greets Chinese Vice Premier Liu He as he arrives for trade talks at the Office of the US Trade Representative in Washington, DC, October 10, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Zuckerberg to testify in U.S. Congress on Facebook digital currency plan

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The Facebook chief will be the sole witness at the October 23 hearing on 'An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors'

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


Ukraine's Zelensky denies Trump tried to 'blackmail' him

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The sole aim of the phone call, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was to plan a meeting with Donald Trump

'NO BLACKMAIL.' In this file photo taken on March 6, Ukrainian comic actor, showman, and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

U.S. embassy closed October 14

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Regular services will resume on October 15, 2019

US EMBASSY IN MANILA. The US Embassy in Manila will be closed on October 14, 2019 in observance of Columbus Day. File photo by AFP

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it 'Operation Peace Spring'

SYRIA KURDS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

White House blocks U.S. diplomat impeachment probe testimony

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'The failure to produce this witness...we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress,' says House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. In this file photo, Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, addresses the media during a press conference at the US Embassy to Romania in Bucharest September 5, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court to take on gay and transgender rights in the workplace

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Ria Tabacco Mar of the American Civil Liberties Union says it is up to the Supreme Court to stop the LGBTQ community from being 'relegated to second class status'

LGBTQ RIGHTS. Eddie Reynoso of San Diego, California, attaches an American flag his chair while waiting in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court building for the chance to attend Tuesday's arguments during the court's new term October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces the move, saying the United States 'cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China'

SANCTION.  File photo of US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump threatens Turkey after greenlighting Syria invasion

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:30 AM

'I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane...they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,' says US President Donald Trump

PULLBACK. A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. Democrats subpoena Pentagon docs in impeachment inquiry

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:44 AM

The chairmen of 3 House panels leading the impeachment investigation are seeking information related to President Donald Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to uncover dirt on 2020 US presidential contender Joe Biden

SUBPOENA. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. judge orders Trump to produce tax returns, president appeals

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law,' Judge Victor Marrero says in a 75-page ruling rejecting Trump's argument

TAX RETURNS. 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. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

U.S. forces start Syria border pullback, alarming Kurds

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The move marks a major shift in US policy, and effectively abandons the Kurds, who were Washington's main ally in the years-old battle against the so-called Islamic State group

PATROL. In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

As U.S. factories falter, White House insists economy like 'a rock'

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:55 PM

American manufacturers are closing down and announcing job cuts, but the US government says the economy and manufacturing are both 'strong as a rock'

LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 16: Old factories sit along the railroad tracks in Lawrence on August 16, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence, once one of Americas great manufacturing cities with immigrants from around the world coming to work in its textile and wool processing mills, has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. Despite a strong national economy, Lawrence, and many mid-size American cities and towns, are struggling with persistent joblessness, an opioid epidemic and a lack of affordable housing. While Lawrence is witnessing pockets of investment, many of its residents are facing economic hardship. Currently one-third of Lawrence's children live in poverty, 36 percent of residents receive aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and just over 24 percent of residents live in poverty. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP