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Trump says will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment probe

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But it is unclear what kind of testimony US President Donald Trump has in mind

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not shown) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

North Korea 'no longer interested' in summits with U.S. – KCNA

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser Kim Kye-gwan

NO MORE SUMMITS? In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Protest-hit Iran slams U.S. show of support for 'rioters'

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Major roads have been blocked, banks torched, and public buildings attacked in the nationwide unrest that has left at least two dead – a civilian and a policeman

PROTESTS. A picture taken on November 17, 2019, shows a scorched branch of Iranian Pasargad bank that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in Eslamshahr, near the Iranian capital of Tehran. File photo by AFP

U.S., South Korea postpone joint drills in 'act of goodwill'

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the decision is 'an act of goodwill to contribute to an environment conducive to diplomacy and the advancement of peace'

Teenage gunman in California school shooting dies

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) On his 16th birthday, Nathaniel Berhow kills two of his classmates before turning the gun on himself

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: FBI personnel walk at Saugus High School after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded on November 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, California. A suspect in the shooting is being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the head. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Key moments from Day Two of Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:41 AM

(UPDATED) Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before US Congress about intimidation from Trump and the 'smear campaign' against her

Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. - Public impeachment hearings resume Friday with the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who says she was ousted because the Trump administration believed she would not go along with plans to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, a potential Trump White House rival in 2020. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Ousted U.S. envoy testifies at Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Earlier witnesses in the inquiry said US envoy Marie Yovanovitch was removed after a smear campaign involving Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Yovanovitch will now tell her side of the story.

DAY 2. Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Noice! 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' renewed for season 8

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Good, super toit things come to those who w8! NBC announces the early renewal of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for an 8th season

Trump asks Supreme Court to protect his tax returns

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The US president's attorneys argue that Trump enjoys immunity both from prosecution and from any acts of investigation

CHRISTMAS EVE. US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

2 killed in California school shooting; teen in custody

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:26 AM

(UPDATED) The gunman is in custody in 'grave' condition as officers stormed Saugus High School in Santa Clarita – the latest in a relentless cycle of classroom shootings that have left around 300 youngsters dead over two decades

ANOTHER SHOOTING. FBI personnel walk at Saugus High School after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded on November 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. defense chief to visit Philippines, meet Lorenzana

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:50 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana are expected to discuss 'regional security cooperation to uphold international rules and norms'

US DEFENSE CHIEF Mark Esper. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Congress can still seek Trump tax records, court decides

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The decision marked the second time an appeals court has denied Donald Trump's attempt to avoid a House subpoena that calls for him to turn over 8 years of accounting documents

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

Chinese scientist pleads guilty to technology theft

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:18 PM

The market value of the next-generation battery technology the Chinese national was accused of stealing was more than $1 billion, the US Justice Department says

HONGJIN TAN. Photo from his LinkedIn page


Trump hails economic boom, says China trade deal is 'close'

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:25 AM

'A deal could happen soon,' United States President Donald Trump tells business leaders, while also saying tariffs would be jacked up if no deal is reached with China

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12: US President Donald Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York on November 12, 2019 in New York City. Trump, speaking to business leaders and others in the financial community, spoke about the state of the U.S. economy and the prolonged trade talks with China. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

'No complications' from Carter surgery for brain pressure

Nov 12, 2019 - 11:39 PM

A statement from the Carter Center says the 95-year-old Nobel laureate will remain in hospital 'as long as advisable for observation'

'NO COMPLICATIONS.' File picture taken September 6, 2012 shows former US president Jimmy Carter. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Robredo to seek help of U.S. intelligence to go after drug lords

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'The problem of drugs is not unique to us. We won’t be able to solve this on our own. We really need to work with other countries, especially those near us,' the Vice President says

NOT JUST WITH U.S. Vice President Leni Robredo continues consulting with various local and international groups on how to reform President Rodrigo Duerte's drug war. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Disinformation agents are targeting veterans in run-up to 2020 election

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Foreign actors eye future spies and government bureaucrats

US DISINFORMATION. Header image from animation by Anastasia Gviniashvili for Coda Story.

Jimmy Carter hospitalized for procedure to relieve brain pressure

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:52 AM

(UPDATED) The Carter Center says in a statement, the former US president 'was admitted to Emory University Hospital this evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls'

SURGERY. File photo of former US president at the Maranatha Baptist Church on November 2016 in Plains, Georgia. Shutterstock.com

Trump faces perilous test as impeachment hearings open

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The hearings begin on November 13, with the first witnesses two officials who have already provided evidence against Trump in private testimony: Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent

US CAPITOL. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2019 The sun shines over the US Capitol Building on an autumn afternoon in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Bloomberg files papers paving way for U.S. presidential bid

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Analysts say that the billionaire's candidacy could do the most harm against frontrunner Joe Biden's prospects

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Michael Bloomberg, addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg was positioning himself Friday to enter the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, setting up a potential showdown with fellow septuagenarian Joe Biden as the leading centrist candidate. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

Iran downs unidentified drone near Gulf coast – reports

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The unmanned aircraft is downed over Iranian territory with a domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile

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Easier said than done? Netizens discuss Duterte’s idea to ban single-use plastics

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:29 PM

‘That is good, if he decides to be serious about it,’ one netizen writes

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg preparing presidential run – U.S. media

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:54 AM

A Bloomberg advisor says: 'Based on his record of accomplishment, leadership and his ability to bring people together to drive change, Mike would be able to take the fight to Trump and win'

RUNNING. File photo of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shutterstock.com

U.S.-China fentanyl case just 'the tip of the iceberg'

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Here is a look at the opioid crisis and the tensions it has caused between China and the United States

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte eyes single-use plastics ban

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte floats the idea during a Cabinet meeting, but is still deciding which alternative materials can be used in place of single-use plastics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China says it agreed with U.S. to remove tariffs if trade deal progresses

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:53 PM

If confirmed by the US, the comments could be the latest positive signal in efforts by negotiators to formalize a partial trade deal – although details remain sparse

TRADE TALKS. Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng speaks at a press conference in Beijing, days ahead of an imminent US-China trade war, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

3 charged in U.S. with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Two Saudis and 1 US citizen allegedly worked together on behalf of Riyadh to unmask ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts, the US Justice Department says


[ANALYSIS] 75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Why were the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because China desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

Cyclist who flipped off U.S. president wins local election

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Juli Briskman lost her job after the snapshot of her gesture spread across media and the internet in 2017, but she says getting fired also opened 'a lot of doors'

ELECTED. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2017 Juli Briskman gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with US President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. trade deficit takes biggest tumble in 8 months

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The United States trade gap falls 4.7% to $52.5 billion in September 2019

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Rebuke for Trump in races seen as barometers for 2020 election

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Democrats are projected to win closely-watched elections in two states, results signaling troubling headwinds for his 2020 re-election campaign

ANDY BESHEAR. Apparent Gov.-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters after voting results showed the Democrat holding a slim lead over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin at C2 Event Venue on November 5, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. officials warn of foreign interference one year before election

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 AM

The heads of 7 top security-related agencies say, 'Russia, China, Iran, and other foreign malicious actors all will seek to interfere in the voting process or influence voter perceptions'

ON VOTING. Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. executes gay man who said trial tainted by homophobia

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Charles Rhines, 63, is put to death by lethal injection soon after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by his lawyers claiming that his trial was tainted

(FILES) In this undated file image from the South Dakota Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Charles Rhine. - A death row inmate due to be executed in South Dakota on November 4, 2019 has made a last-minute appeal for clemency, saying jurors at his trial were prejudiced against him because he is gay. Charles Rhines, 63, was scheduled to die by lethal injection later Monday, 27 years after killing an employee in a shop he was robbing in the rural state in the center of the country.As the execution loomed, his lawyers launched a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court demanding that it reopen the case on the basis of testimony from witnesses who claim Rhines did not receive a fair trial. (Photo by HO / South Dakota Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Dakota Department of Corrections" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. accuses Beijing of 'intimidation' in South China Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'Beijing has used intimidation to try and stop ASEAN nations from exploiting their offshore resources,' says US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien

'INTIMIDATION.' US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (L) shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a bilateral meeting in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Romeo Gacad/Pool/AFP

Southeast Asian leaders snub U.S. meeting after Trump skips ASEAN Summit

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The sparsely attended address from National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien stood in contrast to earlier ASEAN meetings, which had all been attended by most heads of state

O'BRIEN. US National Security advisor Robert O'Brien attends the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

A year before 2020 election, a divided and 'angry' America

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The building political clash – fueled by the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump – appears to virtually guarantee another year of sharp division in a nation long weary of such drama

'TRUMP 2020.' A torn sign lies on the ground after a 'Keep America Great' campaign rally for President Donald Trump at BancorpSouth Arena on November 1, 2019 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images/AFP

Trump brushes off report of smugglers cutting through border wall

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:37 AM

A cordless reciprocating saw that sells for as little as $100 can slice through the wall in minutes, the Washington Post reports

CUTTING THROUGH. Mexican security forces patrol the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana Baja California state, Mexico, on September 18, 2019, in preparation for US President Donald Trump's visit to the border wall in Otay area following a rally in San Diego, California. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

U.S. military calls on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:17 PM

'They're coming to set up a major military post in Qamishli,' a source tells Agence France-Presse

RETURN IN SYRIA? A convoy of US troops is pictured in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province on November 2, 2019. AFP photo

LOOK: Iran unveils new anti-U.S. murals at former embassy

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:57 PM

Tehran is preparing to mark on Monday the 40th anniversary of the hostage crisis, an act that continues to poison Iran-US relations

ANTI-US. Iranians take part in an inaugural ceremony unveiling the new murals painted on the walls of the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on November 2, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

The U.S. remains in the Paris accord, for now

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The US cannot ask to leave the Paris accord until November 4, 2019

Elon Musk says he is disconnecting from Twitter

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Will Musk leave Twitter for Reddit?

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 18, 2018 Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles, California. - The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla founder Elon Musk on February 25, 2019, of failing to comply with a court-endorsed deal between the electric automaker and the regulatory agency. According to the SEC, a tweet from Musk on Tesla's 2019 production levels violates the deal, under which his tweets had to be reviewed prior to being published. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

WTO authorizes Chinese tariffs on $3.6B in U.S. goods in anti-dumping tiff

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The decision marks the first time the World Trade Organization has authorized China to impose tariffs in a trade dispute

WTO. A delegate leaves a World Trade Organization building during the 2018 edition of the WTO public forum on sustainable trade, on October 2, 2018 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. House formalizes Trump impeachment process in landmark vote

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The chamber votes along party lines, 232 to 196, to pass a resolution that lays out rules for the next stages of the impeachment process

AFTER VOTING. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gavels the close of a vote by the US House of Representatives on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry centered on US President Donald Trump October 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Pool/AFP

Trump rallies Republicans as impeachment probe goes public

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'If we don't hold this president accountable, we could be ceding our ability to hold any president accountable,' says Jim McGovern, chariman of the House Rules Committee

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

'Hero' dog to get a White House homecoming – Trump

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:51 PM

According to the US account, Conan was injured chasing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a dead end tunnel in his Syrian hideout, where the cornered ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children

'HERO.' This undated image released by the US Department of Defense on October 30, 2019, shows the military dog who sustained minor injuries during the Al-Baghdadi raid. The dog has returned to duty, according to the Pentagon. AFP PHOTO/US Department of Defense

U.S. embassy closed November 1

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The US embassy in Manila and its affiliated offices will resume regular services on Monday, November 4

US EMBASSY IN MANILA. The US Embassy in Manila will be closed on November 1, 2019 in observance of All Saints' Day. File photo by AFP

U.S. Fed lowers key interest rate as 'insurance' against economic risks

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'We took this step to help keep the US economy strong in the face of global developments,' says United States Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell holds a news conference on October 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. - The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the third straight time on Wednesday, but the central bank remains divided, with two of the 10 voting members dissenting. And the Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee made a key change in the wording of the statement, which makes it less certain it will make another move in December. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)