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[Editorial] #AnimatED: The thought of a Trump downfall

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines will watch this American saga with bated breath. Here's why.

Trump admits Donald Jr met with Russian lawyer at Trump Tower

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:54 PM

This is Trump's most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton

NOT ILLEGAL. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the media during last month's G7 Summit in Quebec City, Canada. Canada. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

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

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Abe also expressed a readiness to finance denuclearization costs in North Korea.

PUBLIC INTEREST. This photo illustration taken in Tokyo on June 13, 2018 shows Japanese daily newspapers with front page coverage of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

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

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Standing ovation for Robert De Niro's expletive at Trump

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:39 PM

CBS television network, which broadcast the Tony Awards Sunday night, bleeped out De Niro's expletive

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Robert De Niro speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/AFP

EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Brussels and Ottawa filed legal challenges at the WTO against Washington's decision. The EU, Canada and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against Trump's moves.

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

The other Kim summit: Trump keeps up with Kim Kardashian at White House meeting

May 31, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Kim meets with Trump to discuss reform and sentencing

WATCH: Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard X arrives in Singapore

May 28, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The resemblance is strikingly uncanny!

FAKE KIM IS HERE. A Kim Jong Un impersonator looks at a woman taking a selfie with him as they walk along the Jubilee Bridge in Singapore on May 27, 2018. Photo Roslan Rahman/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 - 10:54 AM

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Kanye West, doubling down, voices 'love' of Trump

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him,' Kanye tweets

Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if U.S. quits deal

Apr 22, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

TOP DIPLOMAT. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that Iran is ready to 'vigorously' resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches a 2015 nuclear deal. File photo by AFP   talks with Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump 'morally unfit' for office, fired FBI chief Comey says

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that,' former FBI director James Comey says

COMEY ON TRUMP. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump lawyer claims porn star liable for $20M

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

A lawyer for Michael Cohen's Essential Consultants limited liability company – which paid Daniels $130,000 under the agreement – made the filing, which said that Daniels violated the deal 'at least' 20 times.

CONTROVERSIAL. Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club on February 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Love thy neighbor: U.S. sanctuary churches protect migrants under Trump

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Some progressive Christian groups have boosted their efforts to protect vulnerable migrants by exploiting the protected 'sanctuary' status of their places of worship while providing shelter and legal aid to would-be deportees

REFUGE. Minerva Cisneros Garcia prays with her sons, Mateo and Antonio, before eating at their home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on February 12, 2018. Photo by Issam Ahmed / AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2018

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.

Ad-hoc Trump fuels White House meltdown

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Trump's off-the-cuff enticement of a global trade war and calls for limits on the right to bear arms cleave a schism between the president and his Republican backers, spark a stock market sell-off, and prompt threats of retaliatory sanctions from across the globe

TARIFFS. US President Donald Trump speaks on steel and aluminum tariffs watched by Dave Burkitt (R) of US Steel Corporation during a meeting with industry leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 1, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

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

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

US immigration agents crack down on 'sanctuary state' California

Feb 03, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The raids took place in cities including San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in the north of California

PROTEST. A marcher passes the tents of homeless people at an encampment as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Oprah for president? Speech sparks fevered speculation

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Hollywood, liberals and fans are abuzz with speculation that the TV talk show host and self-made tycoon is haboring White House ambitions

Steve Bannon insists he backs 'great man' Trump

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Bannon was one of the main architects of Trump's upset victory in 2016 presidential elections, and the president's chief White House strategist for six months

FORMER FRIENDS. This combination of pictures created on January 3, 2018 shows a file photo taken on December 18, 2017 of US President Donald Trump (left) and a file photo taken on December 5, 2017 of Steve Bannon. Photos by Saul Loeb, Joe Raedle/AFP

Pakistan summons US ambassador over Trump tweet

Jan 02, 2018 - 9:15 PM

David Hale was asked to attend the foreign ministry after Islamabad responded angrily to the US President's allegations that it provided safe havens for militants

PROTEST. Activists of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council shout anti-US slogans at a protest in Karachi on January 2, 2018. Photo by Asif Hassan / AFP

The week in photos: December 2-8, 2017

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:08 PM

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

A masked Palestinian boy stands in front of flames during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the northern village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank near Nablus on December 4, 2017.An Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank last week after a group of Israelis was targeted by Palestinian stone-throwers, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

On vacation, Donald Trump again feuds with NFL and the Big Baller

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Though US President Donald Trump is an avowed sports fan, athletes are among his preferred opponents on his now 280-character bullhorn

UNGRATE FOOL. This file photo taken on November 14, 2017 shows LaVar Ball, father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, attends a promotional event in Hong Kong. Donald Trump calls him 'ungrateful fool' in his tweets. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Protests more 'amazing' in PH: Trump effigy wows Jimmy Kimmel, foreign netizens

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:53 PM

'Comparatively, our protests here suck. I mean, where did they get that giant Trump fidget spinner? That's amazing!'

Duterte tells reporters covering Trump meeting, 'You are spies'

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine President asks journalists to step out of the bilateral meeting by jokingly calling them 'spies'

Why groups are protesting Trump’s PH visit

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:25 AM

Militant groups are planning to burn an effigy of the US President on Monday, November 13

Trump says Putin 'means it' with U.S. election meddling denials

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Trump says he repeatedly asked Putin about the claims during their chats at the APEC summit in Vietnam

BACKED. US President Trump says he believes in Russia President Putin. AFP Photo

Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 5:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte goes into the event appearing confident that even his most outrageous remarks and actions will be ignored, having boasted in the lead-up he once stabbed someone to death, while at the same time proposing to host a global human rights summit

AFTERMATH. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows funeral workers carrying the dead body of an alleged drug dealer killed after a police drug operation in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The two talked and shared a handshake at the summit in Vietnam's Danang after several days of uncertainty over whether a meeting would take place.

DISCUSSIONS. US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the APEC leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

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

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

US President Donald Trump makes these remarks ahead of his trip to the Philippines for ASEAN 2017

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/Pool/AFP

#FridayFeels: Donald Trump is comin' to town

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

He tweets when you are sleeping / He tweets when you're awake / He often targets critics / And claims the media's fake

WATCH: Trump at the APEC CEO Summit 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:01 PM

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Return Balangiga bells, Trump told ahead of PH trip

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:07 AM

'At the end of the day, that is not owned by the United States or the Philippines. It's owned by the Catholic Church,' ex-DFA chief Roberto Romulo tells Rappler

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. US President Donald Trump can order the US armed forces to return the Balangiga bells, ex-Philippine foreign secretary Roberto Romulo says. File photo by AFP

Roque says drug war won't cause tension in Duterte-Trump meeting

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:37 PM

In his interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the two leaders are on the same page when it comes to addressing drug problems in their country

7 in 10 Filipinos trust Trump in int'l affairs – Pew Research

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The Philippines tops 37 surveyed Asian countries in trusting the United States President on world affairs

TRUSTED. Most Filipinos trust US president Donald Trump, a US-based think tank found. AFP photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Trump calls for death penalty for New York attacker

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:51 PM

Trump says he is considering sending Sayfullo Saipov, 29, to the military's notorious Guantanamo Bay detention center, but backed off the idea in a blast of early morning tweets calling for the death penalty

GREAT AGAIN. File image dated August 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump arriving to speak at a Make America Great Again Rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Russia denies vote interference after ex-Trump aides charged

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:58 PM

'We are accused of interfering not only in US elections but also in those of other countries without one piece of evidence,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

DENIES. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Moscow on October 31, 2017. Photo by  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Tillerson in China to pile pressure on North Korea

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The visit comes as relations between the two superpowers appear to be improving after months of tensions over how to handle North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's nuclear provocations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 14, 2017

Aug 14, 2017 - 11:59 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 3, 2017

Aug 03, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Trump slams NY Times for 'foiling' bid to capture ISIS chief

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Trump does not expand on his charge nor explain what revelation by the daily is supposed to have hampered Baghdadi s capture

TRUMP. In this file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016, in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump family pays first visit to Camp David

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:24 AM

President Trump First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron head to a presidential retreat for the weekend

TO CAMP DAVID. US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron make their way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on June 17, 2017. Trump is heading to the Camp David presidential retreat where he was due to spend the weekend. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump says '100%' ready to testify under oath

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Trump addresses reporters at the White House for the first time since ex FBI director James Comey s explosive testimony at the Senate

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump 'verbally' confirmed PH visit in November

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr says the US leader indicated his attendance to the ASEAN Summit in Manila when he had his first phone conversation with President Rodrigo Duterte

US LEADER. US President Donald Trump gives verbal confirmation he will fly to the Philippines to attend the ASEAN Summit in November. File photo of then President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016 in New Jersey. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan

Mar 26, 2017 - 12:09 AM

UPDATED The US President says Obamacare – which survived an attempt to have it repealed – will explode and is not sustainable

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, 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. Saul Loeb/AFP