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Meddling, collusion, obstruction: What the Mueller probe found

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will submit to questions before Congress for the first time on July 24, 2019. Here's what you need to know about his report on Russian meddling and obstruction allegations in the US presidential elections

MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington DC on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. importers find ways to adapt to, skirt Trump's tariffs

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Companies in sectors such as technology, clothing, and footwear are exporting more goods from emerging giants including Vietnam and Malaysia

US TRADE. A container ship sits in the San Francisco Bay on May 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Washington girds for Mueller testimony

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, much-trusted in Washington circles but with a sphinx-like image, has already signalled he will be a tough nut to crack

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

Trump attacks US Fed, demands rate cut

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

In another Twitter outburst, Trump calls on the US Federal Reserve to 'Correct!' its overreach

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ilhan Omar, U.S. congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota in August, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. Kerem YUCEL / AFP

In rare U.S. criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:13 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence says, in 'Saudi Arabia, blogger Raif Badawi is still in prison for the alleged crime of criticizing Islam through electronic means'

US Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

U.S. adds $4.5 million aid for Marawi war evacuees

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Some 50,000 people remain displaced two years since the battle between government troops and terrorists of the Maute group

MORE AID. The US government is adding P234 million ($4.5 million) in aid to thousands of people who have been displaced by the Marawi conflict since 2017. Photo from Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services, via the US Embassy in Manila

She’s back: 'Gossip Girl' gets a reboot

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The popular CW teen drama is getting a spin-off series on HBO Max

WATCH: Rami Malek returns in teaser of 'Mr Robot' final season

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM

'I wonder how many people you had to hurt to get what you want?' an unknown woman asks Elliot Alderson, played by Rami Malek

U.S. House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The US House of Representatives votes 332 to 95 to table, or effectively kill, a resolution brought by Democrat Al Green that raised whether to begin procedures to remove Trump from office

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) speaks to reporters on the way to House Floor on July 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The House voted to block an effort to impeach President Trump, in the first test of the divisive issue since Democrats took control of the chamber and the House voted to hold Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt for failing to comply with subpoena on 2020 Census. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP  TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S. House votes to condemn Trump's 'racist comments'

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Democrats hold a majority in the 435-member House but are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, where the resolution is unlikely to be considered

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the members of the media as she makes her way to the House chamber to vote on a resolution denouncing comments by President Trump targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color on July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The resolution passed 240-187, with Republicans Will Hurd (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Fred Upton (R-MI) Susan Brooks (R-IN) and independent Justin Amash (I-MI) joining Democrats. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP  Pete Marovich / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

MS-13 gang members charged in string of grisly U.S. killings

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:31 AM

A 12-count indictment against 22 members of the gang says most of those charged took part in 7 killings carried out with machetes, knives and baseball bats over the last two years

This undated image released by the US Justice Department on July 16, 2019, shows alleged MS-13 gang members. Several members of the notorious MS-13 gang have been charged in Los Angeles for their role in multiple grisly murders, including the machete killing of a rival gang member who was dismembered and had his heart cut out. According to a 12-count indictment against 22 members of the gang unsealed on July 16, 2019, most of those charged took part in seven killings carried out with machetes, knives and baseball bats over the last two years. HO / US Justice Department / AFP

U.S. bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The US State Department says it is taking action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seasonal rainfall in Bago region on August 29, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. / AFP PHOTO / Thet AUNG

U.S. urges PH: Ensure sea code 'consistent' with international law

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Doing so will also protect the right of countries with claims in the South China Sea 'to pursue security and development arrangements with partners of their choosing,' says the United States

SEA CODE. A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

U.S. pledges more help to Philippines' fight vs terrorism

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Officials from both countries agree to deepen counterterrorism cooperation as the Philippines grapples with the emergence of suicide attacks

FIGHTING TERROR. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

PH, U.S. sign education deals, create new fellowship for Filipino scholars

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:53 PM

A new 'Philippines-U.S. Alliance Fellowship' for Filipino scholars seeks to send two Filipinos to the US to study national security and international relations every year

AGREEMENTS SIGNED. The Philippines and Unites States agree to expand educational ties at the 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. Photo from US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim's Twitter

U.S. reaffirms pact to defend PH in case of West Philippine Sea attack

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:24 PM

US officials affirm Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assurance of aid in case of aggression in the West Philippine Sea amid growing security threat from China

MUTUAL DEFENSE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors. File Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

PH, top U.S. officials hold talks on security, rule of law

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The 8th Philippines-US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue is the first one to be held in Manila since the start of the Duterte administration

DIALOGUE. Top US officials along with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim (center) attend the 8th Philippines-US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Huawei planning major job cuts in U.S. – report

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The layoffs are expected at Huawei's US-based research and development arm, Futurewei Technologies, The Wall Street Journal reports

Trump's favorite parts of U.S. economy are also the weakest

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Analysts say the very industries United States President Donald Trump has tried to help have become the weakest links in the otherwise solid economy

FRIEDENS, PA - JUNE 08: Mining equipment sits outside of the entrance to Corsa Coal's Acosta Deep Mine on June 8, 2017 in Friedens, Pennsylvania. The mine, which celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, is expected to create more than 70 new jobs and should produce 400,000 tons of metallurgical coal a year. Justin Merriman/Getty Images/AFP

As U.S. agents prepare to arrest 'thousands,' migrants live in fear

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Thousands of undocumented migrants wait in fear ahead of nationwide raids that could have them expelled from the United States

JUSTICE FOR KIDS. People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Epstein paid off suspected co-conspirators to 'influence' them – reports

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:08 PM

'This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging evaluations,' prosecutors say

Trump confirms immigration raids set for the weekend

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:16 PM

'They came in illegally,' Donald Trump tells reporters at the White House. 'They are going to take people out and they are going to send them back to their country.'

IMMIGRATION RAID. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms in Taiwan arms sale

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

SANCTIONS? Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China will impose sanctions on US enterprises that will participate in the sale of weapons to Taiwan. File photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Joint naval patrols can assert arbitral win in West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Joining naval powers in peaceful patrols in the West Philippine Sea effectively enforces the Philippines' legal victory over China, says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

JOINT PATROLS. A Philippine Navy contingent joined the Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii in June 2018. Photo from the Philippine Naval Public Affairs Office

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Case closed: 'How To Get Away with Murder' season 6 to be its last

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:23 AM

How are things going to end for Annalise Keating and her students?

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Majority of U.S. vets say Afghanistan war 'not worth fighting' – survey

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The survey results come as the US and the Taliban engage in talks on bringing to a close the conflict which Washington launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States

In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. A skinny tangle of razor wire snakes across the entrance to the Afghan army checkpoint, the only obvious barrier separating the soldiers inside from any Taliban fighters that might be nearby. THOMAS WATKINS / AFP

Trump warns Iran sanctions will 'soon be increased substantially'

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:43 PM

'Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!' says President Donald Trump

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Turkey warns U.S. to avoid steps that harm ties over S-400

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations,' Turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement

WARNING. Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile launchers roll down the Red Square. File photo by Miaden Antonov/AFP

U.S. denies Mina Chang is next ambassador to Philippines

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:51 PM

US President Donald Trump wants instead to nominate Mina Chang as assistant administrator of the US Agency for International Development

RUMOR. Mina Chang is the US State Department official rumored to be the next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of US State Department

Serena 'saw therapist' after U.S. Open meltdown, apologizes to Osaka

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:10 AM

'I couldn't find peace. I started seeing a therapist,' Serena Williams writes in an essay on her infamous 2018 US Open final meltdown

APOLOGETIC. Serena Williams says she never wanted 'the light to shine away' from another black female athlete like Naomi Osaka. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

U.S. Dept of Homeland Security requests 1,000 soldiers to manage migrant crisis

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The Pentagon says they had been asked to authorize the Texas National Guard to lend support to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, who say they are overwhelmed by the numbers of refugees crossing the southern US border

MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019 two women stand close to a Border Patrol Station as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/AFP

U.N. rights chief 'shocked' by conditions at U.S. migrant detention centers

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:52 PM

A Department of Homeland Security report has warned of 'dangerous overcrowding' in multiple detention facilities holding thousands of migrants seeking to remain in the United States

PROTEST. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of US Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. billionaire arrested on sex trafficking charges – reports

Jul 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Jeffrey Epstein has long been the subject of accusations of paying young girls for sexual massages at his Palm Beach, Florida mansion

U.S. calls on Germany to send ground troops to Syria

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The United States expects an answer from Germany this month

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria’s Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Iran set to exceed nuclear deal uranium enrichment cap

Jul 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) Iran also threatens to abandon more commitments unless a solution is found with the remaining parties to the landmark 2015 agreement after Washington unilaterally pulled out

BREACH THRESHOLD. President Hassan Rouhani's order to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by an endangered nuclear deal would be implemented 'after the last technical details were sorted,' says Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. says latest Taliban talks 'most productive' so far

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:47 PM

(UPDATED) Insurgents meet with the US envoy in Doha to hammer out a deal that would see the US military quit Afghanistan in return for various guarantees

SHORAB CAMP. In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with U.S.

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena thumbs down a deal that would allow US troops access to the country's ports. Its strategic port in Hambantota is on a 99-year lease with China

SIRISENA. In this file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Eva Kor dies at 85 during an annual trip that includes a visit to Auschwitz

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Auschwitz survivor, victim of the Nazi German death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele and plaintiff Eva Mozes Kor attends the trial of former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, northern Germany. - Eva Mozes Kor has passed away in Poland while on an annual a visit to the Holocaust site, two independent sources said on July 5, 2019. The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, devoted her life to Holocaust awareness and reconciliation, died at the age of 85. (Photo by Julian STRATENSCHULTE / POOL / AFP)

Satirists mourn as 'MAD Magazine' stops publication

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:19 AM

After nearly 70 years, the satirical magazine 'MAD,' known for its adult humor and political edge, will cease publication by September

Think tank: Philippines one of most dangerous places for civilians

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:04 PM

The government’s anti-drug war and political rivalries triggered 'a wave of targeted attacks' in the first half of the year, says the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project

CIVILIANS TARGETED. Activist Neptali Morada is shot and killed on June 17, 2019. Image from PNP regional command in Bicol

Trump celebrates U.S. might, avoids politics in Independence Day speech

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:08 AM

In a trickling rain, he repeatedly ascribes a singular greatness to the US, declaring it 'the most exceptional nation in the history of the world'

INDEPENDENCE DAY. A screen projects a video feed of President Donald Trump as he delivers remarks during the 'Salute to America' ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea says U.S. 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meet

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Pyongyang's delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday, July 3, says the US continues to be 'obsessed with sanctions'

TRUMP-KIM III. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zoneon June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China says U.S. tariffs must be lifted for a trade deal

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:44 PM

'If the two sides can reach an agreement, the tariffs imposed must be completely eliminated. China's attitude toward this is clear and consistent,' says Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags. Pool/AFP

U.S. waste driving global garbage glut – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Data on the combined solid, plastic, food and hazardous waste of 194 countries shows that the world now produces an average of 2.1 billion tons of trash each year – enough to fill more than 820,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Trump, producer-president, makes July 4th his own show

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The US commander-in-chief and erstwhile Manhattan showman plans to tear up another norm, critics say, by hijacking traditionally non-partisan Independence Day as he seeks re-election

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Members of the U.S. Army finish parking an M1 Abrams tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the Fourth of July "Salute to America" celebration on July 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Boeing to give $100 million to 737 MAX crash victims' families, communities

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:14 AM

Boeing says it will work with local governments and non-profit organizations to provide 'hardship and living expenses' and boost economic development in regions affected by the two crashes

CONTROVERSIAL. File photo of a Boeing 737 MAX. Photo from Wikipedia

U.S.-China trade talks 'back on track' – White House advisor

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:53 PM

'From an investor's point of view, here is all you have to know: Talks are back on track with the work that has been done to date,' says trade advisor Peter Navarro

TRADE TALKS. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP