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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

U.S. 'ready to assist' in search for missing plane, pilot in Aurora

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

'We've been in touch with Philippine authorities to determine what assistance is needed and how we can help,' the embassy says

SEARCH FOR PLANE. Foreign Secretary Teddyboy Locsin gets help from the United States in the search of a missing plane and its pilot in Aurora. Background photo of Baler, Aurora from Shutterstock

U.S. immigration agency to close Manila field office

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) The US embassy in Manila 'will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided' by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

FIELD OFFICE. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is set to close its field office in Manila. Image from Shutterstock

In rare move, U.S. stresses need for due process in Maria Ressa case

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The United States, in a rare statement on a domestic controversy, says it hopes the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 'will be resolved quickly'

POSTING BAIL. Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media at the Manila Regional Trial Court after posting bail for her cyber libel case on February 14, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. embassy closed on December 24 and 25

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The US embassy and its affiliated offices will resume services on Wednesday, December 26

Commuters pass in front of the highly-secured US embassy in Manila on July 6, 2013. The United States issued a warning against travel to the southern Philippines, the embassy said, just days after Australia and Canada issued a similar advisory to their citizens, citing threats from criminal gangs and terrorist groups in the south, but not specifying any threat. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

House panel recommends criminal charges vs cops in US embassy dispersal

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The House committee on human rights also recommends that all cops be required to undergo human rights education and training

Several protesters lie on the street after being hit by a police vehicle during a protest outside the US embassy in Manila, October 19, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

U.S. embassy officer visits Trillanes in Senate office

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, however, refuses to confirm or deny the visit

Sen. Trillanes with Tindig Pilipinas convenors. A prayer was offered by former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Also present is entertainer Leah Navarro. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Man throws explosive device by U.S. embassy in Cairo

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:08 PM

No one was wounded in the explosion and no significant damage was caused, security and judicial sources say, without specifying the type of device involved

Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Ankara, no casualties

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Six shots were fired at the embassy with 3 bullets hitting the iron gate and exterior wall, the Ankara governor's office said, indicating there were 'no casualties'

Chinese man sets off explosive outside U.S. embassy

Jul 26, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion is set off by a man from China's Inner Mongolia region surnamed Jiang, police say, adding that his injuries are not life-threatening

US EMBASSY. Security officials (C, in black) work at the scene of a blast outside the US embassy in Beijing on July 26, 2018 following a blast near the embassy premises. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. hails arrests of 2 convicts in U.S. Marine's murder

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The US embassy says Galiciano Datu III and Crispin dela Paz, who were convicted for the high-profile 2012 murder of US Marine George Anikow, have been arrested

HAILING ARRESTS The US embassy in Manila hails the arrests of two suspects in the 2012 murder of a US Marine. File photo by AFP

Cuba says cause of U.S. diplomats' illness still a mystery

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Cuba reaffirms its desire to 'cooperate with the US authorities to clarify the situation' after more than 20 US officials posted in Havana suffered injuries consisted with a brain injury

US EMBASSY. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

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

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Israel hits Hamas base but Gaza protests fade

May 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel

END THE KILLINGS. Palestinians hold posters bearing text in Arabic calling for the end of the killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israel border during a demonstration next to the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed /AFP

Egypt President Sisi says in talks with Palestinians, Israel

May 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'I hope that this message reaches our Palestinian brothers that self-expression and protest over this decision does not lead them to measures that could lead to more victims,' Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says

TALKS. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urges Israel and the Palestinians to abstain from further steps that could lead to more Palestinian deaths. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Gaza deaths spark widespread condemnation of Israel

May 15, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Here are some of the reactions from around the world following the violence on Monday, May 14

GAZA. A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protestors gathering along the border fence with Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

U.S. blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN – diplomats

May 15, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest,' read a draft of the statement

GAZA PROTESTS. Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

May 14, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war

US EMBASSY. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman delivers a speech during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

U.S. envoy sees peace, hope after Israel embassy move

May 13, 2018 - 6:13 PM

US Ambassador David Friedman confirms President Donald Trump has prepared a video to be played during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem

US-ISRAEL TIES. US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

First signs go up for U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

May 07, 2018 - 11:01 PM

The embassy is to get a festive inauguration on Monday next week, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the state of Israel

JERUSALEM ADDRESS. A new road sign indicating the way to the new US embassy in Jerusalem is set up on May 7, 2018. The embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to occur on May 14. Photo by Thomas Coex/ AFP

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Clashes, 16 dead as thousands of Gazans march near Israel border

Mar 30, 2018 - 8:32 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Gazan leaders call on protesters to retreat from the border area until Saturday. The demonstration is planned to last 6 weeks, until the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

U.S. shrinks Cuba mission after mystery 'attacks'

Mar 03, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The Havana embassy has been operating with a reduced staff since September 2017, when diplomats and family members were evacuated after suffering brain injuries

'MINIMUM PERSONNEL.' In this file photo taken on October 3, 2017 a car drives by the US embassy in Havana,Cuba. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

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

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

IN PHOTOS: Activists protest Trump's visit in PH

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Militant groups and youth organizations sneak past police security to burn a flag near the US Embassy and hold a lightning rally at the in SM Mall of Asia

BAN TRUMP. Various protest groups held a rally near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident Donad Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on Sunday, November 12. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. embassy closed October 31-November 1

Oct 27, 2017 - 11:07 AM

The US embassy and its affiliated offices will be open on Monday, October 30, and will resume operations on Thursday, November 2

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists,' says Filipino suspect in NY plot

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The US Justice Department says Filipino doctor Russel Salic told others involved in the foiled New York terror plot that terror laws in the Philippines are 'not strict' compared to laws in countries like Australia and the UK

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Sep 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

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Sep 18, 2017 - 12:17 PM

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U.S. eyes closure of American embassy in Cuba

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the possible closure is 'under review' after a 'sonic attack' that affected the health of 16 embassy employees

View of the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. Yamil Lage/AFP

U.S. turns over gas masks to Philippine Navy

Sep 02, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The US embassy says the transfer – made through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement – is part of the ongoing transfers from the US military to multiple branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Photo courtesy of the United States embassy in Manila

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

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

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

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Jul 26, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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U.S. vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:03 AM

We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution the US embassy in Manila says

LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo   LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo

IN PHOTOS: Philippines marks Independence Day 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 6:40 PM

UPDATED From touching scenes in crisis hit Marawi City to protests in Metro Manila here is a look at how Filipinos celebrated the 119th anniversary of the declaration of the country s independence

PANATANG MAKABAYAN. A soldier takes an oath during a flag raising ceremony. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

‪U.S. special forces back PH troops in Marawi

Jun 10, 2017 - 4:53 PM

3rd UPDATE Marawi based military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo ar Herrera says there are strong indications that Omarkhayam and Madie Maute two leaders of the Marawi attack were killed in separate operations

MARAWI CLASH. Using their V-300 Commando Fire Support Vehicle, the Philippine Marines patrol Barangay Saduc in Marawi City on June 6, 2017. Photo by Bbobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. 'closely monitoring' Resorts World Manila shooting – Trump

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The US embassy in the Philippines has released an emergency message to Americans urging them to exercise caution while in the country

MR. PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Donald Trump is seen on day 3 of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. Jim Watson/AFP

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May 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

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U.S. embassy advises citizens of security measures in Manila

May 28, 2017 - 10:50 PM

The United States embassy in Manila tells Americans there will be possible checkpoints and increased police visibility in the capital

PNP orders cops to 'step up' Palawan security after U.S. warning

May 10, 2017 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says his standing order to security forces is to shoot on sight the terrorists

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U.S. embassy warns citizens against traveling to Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 1:42 AM

UPDATED It has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

U.S. State Department proposes social media screening for visa applicants

May 08, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Those who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security related visa ineligibilities will be required to submit their social media names in past 5 years

PNP confirms reports of 'threats' in Central Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives assurances the police are ready as they also gear up for the long Holy Week break

DON'T WORRY. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa downplays fears of the safety in Central Visayas, amid a travel advisory from the US Embassy. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

AFP contradicts PNP on Maute presence in Metro Manila

Mar 21, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Members of the ISIS inspired group are not in the country s capital based on military intelligence

NO PRESENCE. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo says military intelligence has not monitored the presence of Maute Group in Metro Manila

U.S. could ask visa applicants for social media passwords

Feb 08, 2017 - 11:11 AM

US homeland security wants tougher visa screening procedures including the right to look into an applicant s social media account