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The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

FilAm bets make history in San Francisco elections

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Two Filipino Americans are poised to become the new members of the City Council of South San Francisco

MAKING HISTORY. Flor Nicolas (L) and Mark Nagales are set to join  the City Council of South Francisco. Photos from Nagales and Nicolas' campaign websites.


Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,' Facebook says

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock


Trump says American dream at stake in U.S. midterms after polarizing campaign

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Hitting 3 states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Donald Trump hammers home his boast that 'the Republican agenda is the American dream'

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. President Donald Trump makes a final push across 3 states on Monday, November 5. File photo by Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse

Restrictive rules keep millions of Americans from voting

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Here's a look at states where these rules could impact the outcome of the United States elections

ELECTION SOON. Voters cast their ballot during early voting at a polling station on October 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. / AFP PHOTO / Joshua Lott

Trump vs Obama on final U.S. campaign weekend

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Former United States president Barack Obama steps in to campaign more aggressively for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections

PRESIDENTS CLASH. Barack Obama campaigns for Democrats in an attempted pushback against Republicans at the United States Congress for the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Democrats favored to take House, Republicans to hold Senate

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:09 AM

All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs on November 6, while 35 seats in the 100-member Senate are at stake. Americans will choose new governors in 36 states.

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

Trump hits election trail threatening troop surge on Mexico border

Nov 01, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump makes the troop announcement before flying to Florida for the last stage of campaigning ahead of the midterm elections

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. voters poised to elect two Muslim women to Congress

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:59 PM

In a historic first in American elections, voters are about to elect two Muslim women to congress

HISTORY. Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

Trump says he plans to scrap birthright citizenship

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:03 PM

President Donald Trump say he will scrap a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil

(FILES) 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.  US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported September 15, 2018. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Florida suspect charged over 13 bombs in mail

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:50 AM

'I heard he was a person that preferred me over others,' US President Donald Trump told reporters, but insisted, 'There is no blame'

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: A police vehicle sits outside of the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was found this morning on October 24, 2018 in New York City. CNN's office at the center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

U.S. arrests suspect over pipe bombs, suspicious packages

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The US Department of Justice says a suspect has been arrested in connection with 12 suspicious packages and pipe bombs sent to critics of Donald Trump

BOMB SOURCE. U.S. Postal workers are seen at the U.S. Postal Service mail facility where federal law enforcement personnel are investigating a pipe bomb that passed through the facility addressed to Sen. Cory Booker on October 26, 2018 in Opa Locka, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

China denies meddling in US elections, demands 'respect'

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:11 PM

(UPDATED) The comments follow a combative series of tweets claiming Beijing's retaliatory tariffs on US goods were seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections in November

Trump warns of violent change if Republicans lose midterms

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Democrats 'will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently,' Trump says, according to a report from The New York Times

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama digs in even as he vows to work with Republicans

Nov 06, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Instead of providing a direct mea culpa for the election losses Obama notes that Americans of all stripes have grown frustrated with Washington and as president they rightly hold me accountable to do more to make it work properly

US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during a press conference in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

New Republican Congress could counter Obama on Iran

Nov 06, 2014 - 12:12 AM

Aside from the war against the Islamic State IS group in Iraq and Syria Tehran s nuclear program is undoubtedly the top foreign policy issue before Congress

Ella Duane, 9, waits under the booth as her mother Laura Duane votes at the Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 04 November 2014. Mark Lyon/EPA

Political ads, US midterm elections, marijuana vote | The wRap

Nov 05, 2014 - 7:16 PM

The Supreme Court gives final ruling on political ads in 2016 Republicans dominate US midterm elections Washington DC and Oregon vote to legalize marijuana

After losing Congress, Obama must re-energize presidency

Nov 05, 2014 - 2:37 PM

The US leader is saddled with an image problem and must show Americans he still has projects he can accomplish and battles he can win

US President Barack Obama at an event at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in Washington, DC, USA, 17 October 2014. Olivier Douliery/Pool/EPA

First black senator elected in US South since Civil War era

Nov 05, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Tim Scott 49 was expected to easily win the historic vote after having been appointed un elected to the post in 2012 when the previous senator stepped down

Tim Scott in a post-election gathering in South Carolina. Image courtesy Tim Scott for Senator campaign

New York voters elect youngest woman to US Congress

Nov 05, 2014 - 12:49 PM

30 year old Elise Stefanik a former White House aide to president George W Bush won New York s upstate 21st district beating her Democrat challenger film producer Aaron Woolf

Elise Stefanik. Image courtesy Elise for Congress campaign

Pot hits new ballot high, as America votes

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED Ballots were held on issues ranging from gay marriage to bear baiting on the sidelines of midterm polls

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

Another George Bush wins an election in Texas

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The 38 year old George P Bush cruises to victory for the post of land commissioner which administers public lands and oversees lucrative mineral rights for oil and gas in Texas

George Prescott Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, participates in a ceremony at the World War II Memorial, September 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

#USvote 2014: Democratic disaster as Republicans win US Senate

Nov 05, 2014 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED Riding a wave of public frustration Republicans seize at least 7 seats from Senate Democrats to claim the majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in Arkansas hold American flags during an election night gathering on November 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

US Republicans eye Senate control in midterm vote

Nov 05, 2014 - 7:06 AM

Polls suggest Republicans are on course to win the 6 Senate seats they would need to gain control of both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006

A woman exits a polling station on November 4, 2014 in Westport, Connecticut. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

#USvote: Republicans eye US Senate, but result may wait

Nov 04, 2014 - 7:32 AM

Americans may still have to wait until December or even 2015 to learn who controls the chamber

UNDER REPAIR, LIKE CONGRESS ITSELF? Cocooned in scaffolding, the US Capitol dome is seen in a reflecting pool on October 28, 2014 in Washington, DC as it undergoes its first comprehensive repairs in more than half a century a century. Paul J. Richards/AFP

US midterms: Republicans poised to seize Congress

Nov 02, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Republicans are ideally positioned to snatch a Senate majority that would put Obama s rivals in charge of both chambers of Congress during his last two years

US polls to watch for Fil-Ams

Feb 09, 2014 - 7:01 PM

More Filipino Americans are expected to exercise their right to vote this year with opportunities opening up for aspirants and operatives