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U.N. experts urge probe into alleged Saudi hacking of Bezos phone

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:44 AM

Riyadh rejects the allegations, its embassy in Washington branding them 'absurd'

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. journalist arrested in Indonesia over alleged visa violation

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Borneo officials dispute claims the arrest may have been linked to Philip Jacobson's involvement in sensitive stories about Indonesia's myriad environmental and corruption woes

Trump relaunches trade battle with Europe

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:14 PM

'The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years.' US President Donald Trump says

TRADE BATTLE. US president Donald Trump gestures flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump says Apple 'has to help' on police access to encrypted phones

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in 4 years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks with President of the Kurdistan Regional government during a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS – documents

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:01 AM

The documents released by the National Security Archive at George Washington University offer the most detailed look at 'Operation Glowing Symphony,' the first offensive hacking operation acknowledged by the Pentagon

France, U.S. agree to extend digital tax row talks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:01 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says, 'Macron and Trump had a very constructive discussion... and they agreed to avoid all escalation between the US and France on this digital tax issue'

Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:14 PM

The 100 members of the Senate will decide if Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress as charged in the two articles of impeachment approved last month by the House of Representatives

DONALD IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump arrives in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2020, for the World Economic Forum. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. woman jailed for killing husband with eye drops

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Lana Sue Clayton is accused of poisoning her husband by lacing his drinking water with eye drops between July 19 and 21, 2018

France makes proposals to U.S. to resolve tech tax row

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:03 PM

'There are possibilities available, we are working with (US Treasury Secretary) Steven Mnuchin. I made several proposals to him,' French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says

THE GAFA TAX. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, online retail giant Amazon, social media service Facebook and multinational technology company Apple, displayed on a tablet on February 18, 2019. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Trump 'knew exactly what was going on' in Ukraine – Giuliani associate

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:48 PM

'He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president,' Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, says

LEV PARNAS. Lev Parnas arrives at Federal Court on December 17, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Time running out on U.S.-South Korea troop talks – envoy

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The US and South Korea are in a security alliance and Washington stations 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North

HARRY HARRIS. US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris poses for a photo after a group interview at the ambassador's residence in Seoul on January 16, 2020. Photo by Sebastien Berger/AFP

Trump trial looms as House to send charges to Senate on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:34 AM

'We will transmit those articles & name impeachment managers. The Senate must choose between the Constitution & a cover-up,' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says

NANCY PELOSI. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi looks over notes as she arrives to a House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Treasury reverses currency manipulator label for China

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:36 AM

The move is a sign of easing tensions between the two economic powers after nearly two years of conflict

U.S. sends home 21 Saudis as probe finds shooting was 'terrorism'

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:01 AM

Attorney General Bill Barr says evidence shows the shooter was 'motivated by jihadist ideology'

NAVAL STATION. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. File photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Huawei exec can be extradited to U.S., Canada attorney general says

Jan 11, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was originally detained on a US warrant in late 2018, faces an extradition hearing in Vancouver that begins on January 20

MENG WANZHOU. Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, (center) leaves the British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver with her security team on October 1, 2019. File photo by Don MacKinnon/AFP

Texas will not accept refugees anymore – governor

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:41 AM

Governor Greg Abbott tells the State Department that Texas has to dedicate its resources 'to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans'

NOT ACCEPTING REFUGEES. US Border Patrol vehicles are pictured near the Paso Del Norte International Bridge at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

U.S. piles on the sanctions against Iran

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The sanctions are the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China confirms negotiator to sign trade deal in U.S. next week

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The signing will cap a nearly two-year spat that threatened to throttle the global economy

DEAL. 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

Iraq set for conflict, even if U.S. and Iran deescalate

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'Iraq will remain a zone of conflict,' says Randa Slim of the Washington based Middle East Institute

BATTLEGROUND? An Iraqi student waves the national flag during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on January 8, 2020, shouting slogans against turning Iraq into a battleground for the conflict between Iran and the US. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Warriors' Kerr wary of 'unwinnable' war as US-Iran tensions mount

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Steve Kerr voices out his concern in the wake of the US strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

BE INFORMED. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says US citizens should "do their homework" on critical issues. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) The new strike targets a convoy belonging to the Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary network whose Shiite-majority factions have close ties to Iran

Killing Soleimani: Trump acted where other U.S. leaders saw big risks

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Analysts say the killing of Qasem Soleimani was no small decision

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

LOOK: Jollibee opens new branches in U.S. and Canada

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Long lines welcome the opening of the new Jollibee stores in Chandler, Arizona; and in Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada

JOLLIBEE IN SASKATCHEWAN. Philippine fast-food chain Jollibee draws long lines of customers for its milestone opening in Saskatchewan, Canada. Photo courtesy of Jollibee

French citizen dead in U.S. custody – immigration agency

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:26 PM

A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies the person only as 'a 40-year-old native of Angola and citizen of France'

DEATHS IN IMMIGRATION. Recently-installed "Bollard" style fencing is pictured on the US-Mexico border near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on April 30, 2019. File Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

U.S. proposes remote ID requirement for drones

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Officials say the new rule would help identify potential threats, and presumably enable security officials to act against them

DRONE IDENTIFICATION. Drones are deployed during a demonstration at the Los Angeles Fire Department ahead of DJI's AirWorks conference in Los Angeles, California, on September 23, 2019. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

U.S. welcomes Saudi Khashoggi verdicts as 'important step' – official

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:38 AM

The court exonerates two top aides to Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom the US Senate considers responsible for Khashoggi's murder

KHASHOGGI MURDER. Demonstrators dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump (C) protest outside the White House in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Heated moments as Democrats clash in presidential debate

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The final prime-time debate of 2019 features just 7 of the 15 Democrats still in the contest 6 weeks before the first nomination ballots are cast in Iowa in February

SIXTH DEBATE. Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren participate in the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season on December 19, 2019. Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

Wall Street rises, brushing off Trump impeachment

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:37 PM

An analyst says low interest rates, persistent consumer spending and relief at the apparent truce in US-China trade relations kept investors from pulling out

U.S. to announce 4,000-troop drawdown from Afghanistan – media

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:23 AM

NBC cites 3 current and former US officials as saying the Trump administration intends to announce a drawdown of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

TRUMP AND THE TROOPS. In this file photo taken on November 28, 2019, US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field,in Afghanistan. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

FBI lawyer mocked by Trump sues over leaked texts

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Lisa Page sues the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing the agencies of unlawfully disclosing 375 text messages between her and FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok

LISA PAGE. Lisa Page, former legal counsel to former FBI Director Andrew Mc Cabe, arrives on Capitol Hill July 13, 2018 to provide closed-door testimony about the texts critical of Donald Trump that she exchanged with her FBI agent lover during the 2016 presidential campaign. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

2020 election crucial for U.S. to catch up on climate action

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The election of a US president who advances a comprehensive national climate strategy could reduce emissions by 49% by 2030

2 impeachment articles expected against Trump – reports

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:22 PM

US media reports say the two articles of impeachment will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,a ccording to 3 officials familiar with the matter

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable on empowering families with education choice at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump impeachment drive enters crucial week in divided Congress

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler will convene his committee at 9:00 am Monday (1400 GMT; 10 pm, Manila time), to hear evidence from both Democratic and Republican lawyers from the intelligence and judiciary committees

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. confirms Washington visit by Russian foreign minister

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

A brief statement about the meeting, to be held at the State Department, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov would 'discuss a broad range of regional and bilateral issues'

SERGEI LAVROV. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives for the beginning of the 26th OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Ministerial Council in Bratislava on December 5, 2019. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Trump warns Kim he has 'everything' to lose through hostility

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:45 AM

'Kim Jong-un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,' US President Donald Trump tweets in response to an unspecified test at the Sohae space launch center

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump pulls back on designating Mexico cartels as 'terror' groups

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:25 PM

This comes after a request from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

(FILES) In this file photo US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the Economic Club of New York at the New York Hilton Midtown November 12, 2019, in New York, New York. President Donald Trump faces more potentially damning testimony in the Ukraine scandal as a critical week of public impeachment hearings opens Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Military base shooter assailed U.S. as 'nation of evil'

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, identifies the shooter as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a manifesto on Twitter that said, 'America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil'

AFTER THE SHOOTING. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

Trump calls on World Bank to stop lending to China

Dec 07, 2019 - 12:19 PM

'Why is the World Bank loaning money to China? Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don’t, they create it. STOP!' Donald Trump writes on Twitter

SLAMMING THE WORLD BANK. U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a roundtable discussion with small business owners and members of his administration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 06, 2019 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

White House rejects participation in 'baseless' impeachment probe

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:58 AM

'As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness,' White House chief lawyer Pat Cipollone writes to House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a round table discussion on business and red tape reduction in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Democrat Kamala Harris ends 2020 White House bid

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:12 AM

The exit of Senator Kamala Harris leaves 15 candidates in the battle to see who challenges President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election

ENDING THE WHITE HOUSE BID. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful California Senator Kamala Harris speaks during a town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues hosted by CNN and the Human rights Campaign Foundation at The Novo in Los Angeles. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

China warns U.S. of a 'price' for Uighur bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The latest House measure condemns the arbitrary mass detention of Uighurs and calls for closure of the re-education camps where, according to rights groups and US lawmakers, they have been held and abused

SUPPORTING UIGHURS. A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag as she joins supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists during a anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on October 1, 2019, File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Trump defends Iranians 'killed for protesting'

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:02 PM

'Iran is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak,' Trump tells reporters in London ahead of a NATO summit

TRUMP ON IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House, London on December 3, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Montana governor drops out of U.S. presidential race

Dec 02, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Steve Bullock, 53, enters the race late and is unable to make up the lost ground as a moderate whose strongest selling point was his 2016 reelection as governor in a red state won by Donald Trump

STEVE BULLOCK. In this file photo taken on August 9, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks at the Wing Ding Dinner in Clear Lake, Iowa. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Ukraine president denies quid pro quo with Trump

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'I did not speak with US President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that,' Volodymyr Zelensky says in an interview with European publications including Germany's Der Spiegel magazine

NO QUID PRO QUO. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky attends a joint press conference with Lithuanian President (unseen) after talks at the presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 27, 2019. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

China slaps sanctions on U.S. over Hong Kong unrest

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Aside from the suspension of reviews of applications for US warships to go to Hong Kong, China says it wil also apply sanctions to some US-based NGOs, such as Human Rights Watch and Freedom House

HONG KONG PROTESTS. A police officer gestures towards the media during a protest at Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1, 2019.  Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Plane crash kills 9, injures 3 in U.S.

Dec 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Two of the dead were children, according to US news reports coming in

PILATUS PC-12. In this file photo taken on April 13, 2015, a 'PC-12' single-engined aircraft of Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft is pulled over a street to the fair grounds in Friedrichshafen, southern Germany. File photo by Felix Kaestle/DPA/AFP

U.S. says will 'protect its interests' at climate conference

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'The United States will continue to participate in ongoing climate change negotiations and meetings – such as COP25 – to ensure a level playing field that protects US interests,' says the US State Department

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

3 injured in blast at Texas chemical plant

Nov 27, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) Dramatic video and photos shared on social media show a large fire at the TPC Group facility in Port Neches, near Houston, with one resident describing waking up to a huge boom

EXPLOSION. This handout image taken early on November 27, 2019 and released to AFP by Ryan Mathewson, who lives roughly two minutes from the plant with his family, shows fire and flames following an explosion at a chemical plant in the Texas city of Port Neches, east of Houston. Handout photo courtesy of Ryan Mathewson/AFP

Impeachment cloud darkens Trump's Florida Thanksgiving break

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:44 PM

Politics watchers are interested in the perilous legal challenges facing Trump and his entourage as Democrats ready to prepare articles of impeachment soon after the Thanksgiving break

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump fires U.S. navy chief over handling of SEAL case

Nov 25, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principles of good order and discipline,' Richard Spencer says

RICHARD SPENCER. Secretary of The Navy, Richard Spencer, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Navy readiness on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images/AFP