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White woman prosecuted for calling New York police on black bird watcher

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The woman is often referred to as a 'Karen,' a term popular online to describe an entitled white woman

A couple have a conversation under a colorful tree in Central Park on October 23, 2017 in New York.  Fall foliage is just starting to change in the New York City area according to fall foliage experts. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT

U.S. says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:07 AM

'Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,' US Immigration and Custom Enforcement says in a statement

U.S. adds 40,000 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:23 PM

The United States' total number of cases now stands at 2,876,143

AT MYRTLE BEACH. People walk on the boardwalk on July 4, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., China left out as England slashes quarantine list

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Under the new rules, a traffic-light system – red, amber, and green – will be used for different countries depending on their prevalence of the coronavirus

People walk over Westminster Bridge wrapped in Union flags, towards the Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and The Houses of Parliament in central London on June 26, 2016.  Britain's opposition Labour party plunged into turmoil Sunday and the prospect of Scottish independence drew closer, ahead of a showdown with EU leaders over the country's seismic vote to leave the bloc. Two days after Prime Minister David Cameron resigned over his failure to keep Britain in the European Union, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a revolt by his lawmakers who called for him, too, to quit.  / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

U.S. Treasury agrees on loan terms with 5 airlines

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The United States Treasury says American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky West Airlines, and Spirit Airlines agreed to the government's terms

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U.S. marks record 53,069 coronavirus cases in 24 hours – tracker

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Florida is a key focus of public health experts worried about a surge in southern and western US states and it now has more than 169,000 cases

TOURING. A tour operator, wearing a protective mask, gestures as he leads a tour near the US Capitol in Washington, DC . Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' South China Sea

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Washington rejects Beijing's territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels

PARACEL ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. File photo by AFP

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

U.S. trade deficit widens as virus hits exports

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States exports are down 4.4% to $144.5 billion, while imports fall 0.9% to $199.1 billion in May 2020

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The joint press conference is spurred by common opposition against US President Donald Trump's controversial peace plan, which paves the way for Israel to annex territory in the occupied West Bank

UNITED. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

U.S. sees record 52,000 new virus cases in 24 hours – Johns Hopkins

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:48 AM

This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic reached the United States to 2,682,270

MASK. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2020 US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue puts on a face mask. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. House moves to toughen sanctions over Hong Kong law

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'What's so sad about it is that the Chinese regime just thinks that they can act with impunity and repressing the spirit of democracy,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi says

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

U.S. private hiring, manufacturing recover in June 2020 after virus plunge

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Data from payroll services firm ADP show private firms in the United States hired 2.4 million workers, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index jumps to 52.6%

JOBS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a 'Now Hiring' sign in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia, on May 14, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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U.S. buys up COVID-19 drug, as some countries say they are well-stocked

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:18 AM

Washington announces it had purchased 92% of all remdesivir production by the Gilead laboratory until the end of September – about 500,000 treatments out of nearly 550,000

One vial of the drug Remdesivir lies during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020, amidst the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulrich Perrey / POOL / AFP)

Officials cheer signs of U.S. rebound; ponder more aid

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'We have entered an important new phase and have done so sooner than expected,' says US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, but he adds the economy cannot fully recover unless COVID-19 is kept in check

RETAIL SALES. A pedestrian walks by a retail store that has reopened in San Francisco, California, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Goldman Sachs: Requiring masks could save U.S. economic recovery

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could 'partially substitute' for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise subtract nearly 5% from US growth

MASKS. N95 face masks produced by 3M. Photo from Shutterstock

White House says Trump 'does read' intel briefs

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:59 AM

'The president is the most informed person on planet Earth when it comes to the threats that we face,' says White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

GRIMACE. US President Donald Trump looks on prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

$500,000 bond set for Atlanta officer who shot black man

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:39 AM

'This court does not feel this amount is excessive,' Judge Jane Barwick says

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

EU reopens borders to 15 countries but U.S. excluded

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:40 PM

China makes it to the list, which will be updated every two weeks, but on the condition that Beijing does the same for Europeans

EU REOPENS BORDERS. European Union flags flutter in the breeze during the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:11 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says it is vital for leaders to maintain 'consistent, credible, and fact-based communication' with citizens

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A medical staff gets out from a tent of a testing point for COVID-19 in central Moscow on May 2, 2020. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Netanyahu hides cards on eve of Israel 'annexations' date

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Right-wing premier Benjamin Netanyahu gives no indication as to his plans ahead of the possible July 1 kick-off date

ON ANNEXATION. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. File photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Taliban reaffirm commitment to U.S. deal in Pompeo call

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:48 PM

The discussion comes as US President Donald Trump faces mounting pressure to explain why he did nothing after being reportedly told that Russian spies had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump briefed on Russian bounties in February – report

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Trump is under increasing pressure to explain mounting reports saying he was informed Russian military intelligence had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for US soldiers' deaths – and did nothing in response

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on June 26, 2020 US President Donald Trump looks on during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Anger as child lives lost to Chicago gun crime

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Among the victims was a one-year-old infant

U.S. couple draw guns on protesters passing their mansion

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Trump retweets without comment the video of the white couple pointing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at the protesters, the majority of whom were black

GUN. This screen grab taken from a video shows Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, standing outside their home and holding guns including a semi-automatic rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters who were marching toward the residence of St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo from Eurovision/AFP

U.S. 'Golden State Killer' pleads guilty to 13 murders

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:48 AM

He also confesses to dozens of rapes, robberies, and kidnappings

KILLER. Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected 'Golden State Killer,' appears in court for his arraignment on April 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Broadway closed until at least January – trade group

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:39 AM

The Broadway League projects that performances could resume in early 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 12: People walk in by Hamilton in the theater district in Manhattan on March 12, 2020 in New York City. New York Citys Broadway theaters will need to close by 5 p.m. Thursday after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a ban on gatherings of 500 people or more amid the growing coronavirus outbreak. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court rejects key challenge to abortion rights

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The conservative-leaning court split 5-4 in the decision overruling a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:13 PM

'China has decided to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning Hong Kong,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says

ZHAO LIJIAN. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Trump says spies deemed Russia-Taliban intel not 'credible'

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:30 PM

US President Donald Trump criticizes the New York Times report on Russian activity in Afghanistan as 'probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump salutes cadets at the 2020 US Military Academy graduation ceremony in West Point, New York. File photo by Timothy Clary/AFP

As virus surges, Trump under pressure to wear mask

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The latest coronavirus upsurge, pushing the nation's total of declared cases over 2.5 million and its death toll past 125,000, prompts a growing chorus of calls for much tougher rules and enforcement

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. File photo by Olivier Douliery/ AFP

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:08 AM

'In the name of history, whether you're black or white, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, I ask you today to stand in the name of history,' Democratic senator Derrick T Simmons urges his colleagues before the vote

NO MORE. A protestor rolls up the Mississippi flag after the state legislature voted to change it, outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi on June 28, 2020. Photo by Rory Doyle/AFP

Virus death toll passes 500,000 as U.S. and Brazil cases surge

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) Many of the south and west US states where the virus is most rampant are where state leaders had pushed for early economic reopenings

An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask sweeps a street in the center of Kiev on May 27, 2020, as Ukraine eases anti-virus restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Trump tweets – then deletes – video of fan yelling 'white power'

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:42 AM

The phrase 'white power' is considered synonymous with a call for white supremacism. The phrase has been espoused by neo-Nazis, skinheads, and Ku Klux Klan members.

Trump file photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:46 PM

United States President Donald Trump slams the New York Times report, calling it 'another phony Times hit job'

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, Biden release campaign team diversity data

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The release comes as America grapples with a simmering racial justice crisis

TRUMP VS BIDEN? Donald Trump and Joe Biden. File photos by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. tops 2.5 million virus cases as infections surge

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:09 PM

Efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse are dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida

TESTING. A woman wearing a face mask stands near people in cars lined up to be tested for COVID-19 as they make their way to a parking lot at Dodger Stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. must free migrant children from detention, court says

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26

PROTESTING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protesters march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

US confirms Serbia-Kosovo summit off after war crimes indictment

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:29 PM

President Hashim Thaci scraps his trip to Washington after prosecutors in The Hague announce a slew of charges related to the veteran leader's role in Kosovo's 1998-99 war with Serbia

HASHIM THACI. In this file photo taken on July 02, 2012 Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci looks on during a press conference by the International Steering Group for Kosovo in Vienna. File photo by Alexander Klein/AFP

Trump signs order 'protecting' monuments as crowds topple statues

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:38 AM

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order pledging to enforce prosecution for protesters who vandalize public memorials

TAKEDOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. thinks Russia spies aided Taliban attacks – report

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:49 AM

The purported bounties give incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as President Donald Trump tries to withdraw troops and end America's longest war

Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/ AFP

U.S. restricts visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US would restrict visas for unspecified current and former officials linked of the Chinese Communist Party 'who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms'

CALL FOR FREEDOM. In this file photo, protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. income drops as CARES Act tapers but spending jumps

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Income in the United States falls 4.2% in May 2020, while spending grows 8.2%

SEEKING AID. People wait to receive food bank donations at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough in New York City on May 15, 2020. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images North America/AFP

In first, Iraq detains pro-Iran fighters accused of anti-U.S. rockets

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:04 PM

It is unclear which authority will be responsible for bringing to trial or sentencing the suspects

Iraqi security forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah as they prepare an operation aimed at retaking the city from the Islamic State (IS) group, on May 22, 2016.   Iraqi forces have in recent days been massing around Fallujah, a city which lies only 50 kilometres west of Baghdad and which has been out of government control since January 2014. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Probe ordered into police death of black man in Colorado as anger flares

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Elijah McClain, 23, died last August in Aurora, near Denver, 3 days after he was put in a chokehold by police, injected with ketamine to sedate him, and suffered cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate approves sanctions bill over Hong Kong

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The vote comes as China presses forward with a security law that would enforce punishment over subversion and other perceived threats in Hong Kong

A protester (C) holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. - Thousands of Hong Kongers sang a protest anthem and chanted slogans across the city on June 12 as they marked the one-year anniversary of major clashes between police and pro-democracy demonstrators. (Photo by DALE DE LA REY / AFP)

U.S., Europe battle fresh virus surges

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:31 AM

In Britain, some take the new relaxed regime too far, with thousands crowding the beach in the English coastal town of Bournemouth to soak up the sun

Members of a coronavirus testing station stand on the factory premises of the Westfleisch meat processing company in Hamm, western Germany, on May 10, 2020, as all workers of the company have to be tested on the novel coronavirus after a spike in cases at their slaughterhouse. - Local authorities in the western federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced on May 8, 2020 that reopening plans were postponed and an "emergency mechanism" would come into effect due to high infection rates in the region. Many of the Westfleisch company's workers, partially originating from Eastern Europe and housed in shared accomodation, were tested positive on the novel coronavirus that can cause the COVID-19 disease. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)