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Iran denies being hit by U.S. cyberattack

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'No successful attack has been carried out by them, although they are making a lot of effort,' telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azarari Jahromi says

Curry targets Tokyo Olympic challenge

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Pulling out of the 2016 Rio Olympic squad, Steph Curry appears set to join a Dream Team for the 2020 Games

MORE CHIPS. Steph Curry looks to add another gold medal to his haul. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Iran and U.S. trade barbs ahead of new sanctions

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Both nations say they want to avoid going to war, but tensions are spiraling as a series of incidents, including attacks on tankers and the shooting down of a US drone by Iran in the Gulf, raise fears of an unintended slide towards conflict

TRADING BARBS. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the capital Tehran on June 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Leaked documents show 'red flags' of Trump officials

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:32 AM

The documents show the Trump administration was well aware of allegations of inappropriate relationships that dogged some of his initial cabinet members, many of whom have since resigned or been forced out

TILLERSON. Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2018. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. launched cyber attacks on Iran after drone shootdown – reports

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, reports the Washington Post

UNREST. Cars drive past mural painting along the wall of a building in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 22, 2019. Fear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran's capital, after a last-minute decision by the US to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Trump says will be Iran's 'best friend' if it renounces nuclear arms

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'We're not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon. When they agree to that, they're going to have a wealthy country," says US President Donald Trump

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Huge fire breaks out at Philadelphia oil refinery

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The blaze in south Philadelphia breaks out around 4:00 am (0800 GMT; 6:00 pm Manila time) when a series of explosions occurred, according to NBC10

OIL REFINERY FIRE. Philadelphia Energy Solutions is seen on October 24, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Iran defiant over drone as Trump reportedly halts retaliatory strikes

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) Under pressure to respond to the high-stakes incident near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, US President Donald Trump issues orders for retaliatory strikes on a limited number of Iranian targets

ABBAS ARAGHCHI. Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) attends an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Jeddah on January 21, 2016. File photo by AFP.

Trump reelection launch heralds political scorched earth campaign

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Even for a showman president renowned for exaggerating achievements, insulting opponents and making wildly inaccurate claims, Trump's speech to 20,000 people at an Orlando, Florida arena stands out

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida to officially launch his 2020 campaign on June 18, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Iran says shot down U.S. drone over its territory

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident comes at a time of growing antagonism between Iran and the United States following two waves of still unexplained attacks on Gulf shipping

Rihanna opens New York pop-up shop for Fenty label

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Rihanna opens to the public her second Fenty pop-up shop in New York, a month after first launching in Paris

New York debates banning foie gras

Jun 19, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The city's banning of foie gras sales is on grounds that 'it is cruel to force-feed ducks to fatten and harvest their livers'

Promised $9 million online, U.S. teen killed 'best friend' – police

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:34 PM

According to investigators, Denali Brehmer, an 18-year-old from Alaska, is recruited to kill her friend by a man a few years her elder, 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller of Indiana

Trump launches 2020 bid with vow to 'keep America great'

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'We are going to keep America great again,' Trump tells a packed arena in Orlando, Florida. 'Oh, we will keep it so great.'

TRUMP'S 2020 BID. US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida to officially launch his 2020 campaign on June 18, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

French billionaire Drahi to acquire Sotheby's in $3.7-billion deal

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Patrick Drahi says his Sotheby's investment is aimed at the 'very long term' and that he has no plans to change the auction house's business strategy

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: The Sotheby's headquarters stands on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, June 17, 2019 in New York City. The famed auction house is being purchased by telecommunications businessman Patrick Drahi for $3.7 billion. The company announced on Monday the deal, which returns Sotheby's to being a privately held company after 31 years on the New York Stock Exchange. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Police kill gunman who opened fire on U.S. courthouse

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Police identify the shooter as 22-year-old Brian Clyde, who caused no deaths or injuries when he began firing at the courthouse entrance from a sidewalk

DALLAS COURTHOUSE SHOOTING. A general view of the Earle Cabell Federal Building on June 17, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says U.S. to begin removing 'millions' of illegal migrants

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:42 PM

The US is facing a surge in migrant arrivals from Guatemala and other impoverished Central American countries which are plagued by gang violence

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event about expanding health coverage options for small businesses and workers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'Men in Black' tops forgettable box office weekend

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM

'Men in Black: International' failed to meet box office expectations in North America on its opening weekend

Huawei founder to cut production output by $30 billion in 2019-20

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Ren Zhengfei, who compares Huawei to damaged aircraft, expects the company to get back on its previous trajectory by 2021

REN ZHENGFEI. Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei gestures as he hosts a panel discussion on technology, markets and enterprise in Shenzhen on June 17, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Israel to attend U.S. Mideast peace conference – minister

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,' Foreign Minister Israel Katz writes on Twitter

PEACE CONFERENCE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to Israel Katz at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on May 12, 2019. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

American paradox: Deficit widens even as economy grows

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:40 AM

July will mark the longest economic expansion in US history, with continual growth since mid-2009

BUSINESSES. Buildings, both residential and commercial, give form to the iconic Manhattan skyline on June 13, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Tanker hit in Gulf attacks heads to port

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

The Japanese tanker's Tokyo-based operator Kokuka says the vessel is heading to port in the United Arab Emirates

ON FIRE. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/AFP

Disneyland to put up Marvel theme park

Jun 15, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Disneyland's upcoming Marvel attraction will reportedly cost more than $14 million to make

U.S. unhappy about U.N. counterterror envoy's Xinjiang visit

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,' the United States says

MUSLIM CHINA. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Iran denies tanker attacks as tensions soar

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) China has called for all sides to 'resolve the conflict through dialogue' as oil prices jumped, while the European Union and the United Nations have called for restraint

TANKERS. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at an undisclosed location. Handout photo by Irib TV/AFP

Federal watchdog: White House should sack Trump aide Conway

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The White House swiftly responds by calling the process 'blatantly unfair' and demands the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) retract its 'outrageous' recommendation

KELLYANNE CONWAY. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway attends a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 13, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr charged over groping claim

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Cuba Gooding Jr is charged with 'forcible touching' by New York prosecutors after allegedly groping a woman in a bar

Trump says he would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:46 PM

'I think you might want to listen... there's nothing wrong with listening,' Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Bruce Springsteen to introduce new sound

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:59 AM

The 69-year-old rocker is releasing his first new album in 5 years titled 'Western Stars'

[OPINION] A Filipino in New York: Thoughts from the edge

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:08 AM

I'm about to jump off a cliff. Would you care to join me?

U.S. charges against Assange to be unveiled on Friday

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:56 PM

The US Justice Department confirms it had submitted a formal extradition request, though Julian Assange is not expected to attend Friday's hearing, but could take part from prison via video link

JULIAN ASSANGE. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

UAE paid businessman to spy on Trump admin – report

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Intercept reports Rashid al-Malik received tens of thousands of dollars a month for gleaning information on Trump administration policy toward the Middle East in 2017. The report cites a former US official and documents.

Harden, Davis among NBA stars set for USA World Cup camp

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'We've got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players,' says Team USA coach Gregg Popovich

BIG NAMES. NBA stars James Harden and Anthony Davis headline Team USA’s 20-man pool. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

FULL LIST: Winners, Tony Awards 2019

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'Hadestown' wins Best Musical, while 'The Ferryman' wins Best Play

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: The team from Hadestown, winner of the award for Best Musical for Hadestown, poses in the press room for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at 3 West Club on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/AFP

Chris Pratt marries Katherine Schwarzenegger

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Democrats slam Trump's use of trade threats against ally Mexico

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:20 AM

'What the world is tired of, and what I am tired of, is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war, with our allies,' Senator Bernie Sanders, says on CNN's 'State of the Union'

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks at the US State Department in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Madonna says she feels 'raped' by 'New York Times' profile

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Pop icon Madonna claims the article 'Madonna at Sixty' focused too much on her age, arguing it would haven't done so if she were a man

IN PHOTOS: Fernando 'Didi' Kabigting's farewell exhibit in New York

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:47 PM

After the New York exhibit, Kabigting plans to live permanently in the Philippines

FAREWELL. Fernando Kabigting in New York. Photo by Martin Romero/Rappler

Why Sephora stores in the US are shutting down for a bit on June 5

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) It has something to do with singer SZA's bad experience at Sephora's Calabasas store in California

INCLUSIVITY MATTERS. SZA during a music festival in Manila. File photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Patrick J. Adams suits up to return for 'Suits' final season

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Welcome back, Mike Ross!

'Godzilla' stomps its way to North American box office domination

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:27 AM

'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' makes it to the top of the box office on its opening weekend

Kushner suggests Palestinians not ready to govern themselves

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:02 PM

In an interview with Axios, Jared Kushner says the Palestinians 'need to have a fair judicial system... freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions' before the Palestinian territories can become 'investable'

JARED KUSHNER. This handout picture provided by the US Embassy in Jerusalem, shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with the US president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the holy city on May 30, 2019. Photo by Matty Stern/US Embassy Jerusalem/AFP

Trump meets queen after insulting London mayor

Jun 03, 2019 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump's three-day visit comes with Britain in political turmoil

TRUMP MEETS QUEEN. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L) speaks with US President Donald Trump (C) as US First Lady Melania Trump (L) stands by with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) in attendance during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Suspect in U.S. shooting resigned before killing 12 – official

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Virginia Beach city manager Dave Hansen confirms at a press conference that DeWayne Craddock gave superiors two weeks' notice of his resignation the day of the shooting.

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents continue to process the crime scene following a mass shooting at the City of Virginia Beach Operations Building June 02, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Obamacare led to better cancer outcomes – studies

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The findings come as the administration of President Donald Trump is renewing its efforts to strike down the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor Barack Obama

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Star Wars theme park opens at Disneyland

Jun 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The highly-awaited Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction at Disneyland has hundreds of 'Star Wars' fans lined up

U.S. spelling bee ends in historic 8-way tie

May 31, 2019 - 8:02 PM

The winners are 'the most phenomenal assemblage of spellers in the history of this storied competition,' says the spelling bee's long-time official pronouncer Jacques Bailly

SPELLING GREATNESS. Co-champions (L-R) Shruthika Padhy, Erin Howard, Rishik Gandhasri, Christopher Serrao, Saketh Sundar, Sohum Sukhatankar, Rohan Raja, and Abhijay Kodali at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 31, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Apocalyptic comedy 'Good Omens' premieres on Amazon Prime

May 31, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The highly-anticipated TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 novel stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen

Play written by young Filipino to show in New York

May 31, 2019 - 5:50 PM

'Golden Girl by the Sea' features a cast representing 7 countries

Golden Girl by the Sea cast. Photo by Aakash Varma.