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U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The US Justice Department is taking aim at a number of Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing industrial and other secrets to boost China's economy and defense sectors

LOGO. The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. health workers exposed to virus without protective gear – reports

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The unprotected teams worked alongside personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who wore 'full gown, gloves, and hazmat attire,' the complaint says

PROTECTION. Cameron Nightingale adjusts his mask and gloves, a precaution to protect himself from coronavirus, while walking by the cable car in San Francisco, California on February 27, 2020. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Kobe Bryant memorabilia items to go on auction block

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:07 AM

A worn Lakers championship jersey and a pair of autographed shoes are among the Kobe Bryant memorabilia that will be up for sale

MEMENTO. The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

U.S. patient with coronavirus of unknown origin denied test for days

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:23 AM

This comes as California monitors some 8,400 people for possible infection

TESTS. Lab technicians register samples from potential victims of the novel coronavirus at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 5, 2020. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S., South Korea postpone joint military exercises over virus

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:56 AM

An American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll is in self-quarantine after testing positive for the virus

FRIENDSHIP. A child sits atop a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bomb during an 'air power' open day event at the US air force base in Osan, south of Seoul. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump downplays epidemic fears as virus spreads around world

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:09 AM

(UPDATED) His comments contradict US health officials who urge Americans to be ready to cancel mass gatherings and work from home. There are 60 cases in the US so far.

CONSULTATION. US President Donald Trump turns to address US Secretary of Health Alex Azar as he speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Trump campaign sues New York Times

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In response to the lawsuit, a New York Times spokesperson says the Trump campaign 'has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable'

SUED. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Another mass shooting in U.S.: Trump says 5 dead

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:31 AM

2019 saw a record 417 mass shootings, says research group Gun Violence Archive.

Trump economic advisor sees no U.S. recession ahead

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

United States National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow says the US economy is 'holding up nicely' amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

AMERICAN ECONOMY. The United States' gross domestic product in the 2nd quarter of 2019 slows to 2.1%. Photo from Shutterstock

Bad taste? Kobe-Gigi memorial souvenir prices soar on eBay

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Just a day after Kobe Bryant’s public memorial, some people already want to make a quick buck

 Rachel Luna/Getty Images/AFP

Assange lawyer accuses U.S. of peddling lies as Wikileaks founder

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Assange grows visibly tired after listening to hours of proceedings – prompting a judge to check on his condition

PROTEST. An activist holds a placard calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Nice memories but no trade deal for Trump in India

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The short tour sees him holding hands at the Taj Mahal with First Lady Melania and addressing a huge rally

FLOWERS. US President Donald Trump sprays rose petals to pay tribute at Raj Ghat, the memorial for Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on February 25, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

WATCH: World says goodbye to Kobe Bryant in LA memorial

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Family, friends and NBA greats honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant in an emotional public memorial

MEMORIES. Laughter and tears flow in ‘A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant.’ Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE

Health authorities expect coronavirus spread on U.S. soil

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Officials are also worried about the US drug supply chain, because a high proportion of ingredients used to make medicine is made in China

MASKED. Chinese students hold a memorial for Dr Li Wenlian outside the UCLA campus in Westwood, California, on February 15, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

LOOK: NBA stars pour in more tributes during Kobe-Gigi memorial

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The NBA still continues to commemorate the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

TRIBUTE. Kobe Bryant (right) and Gianna Bryant are remembered by NBA greats. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus fears loom over giant U.S. toy show

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:40 PM

China manufactures about 85% of United States toys, and there is widespread worry in the industry over the novel coronavirus outbreak

Toys of the company American Plastic Toys Inc are on display during the annual New York Toy Fair, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on February 16 in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

No 'I' in 'team': Shaq shares how Kobe gained his respect at memorial

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Shaquille O’Neal shares how their rivalry throughout the years brought out the best in both of their games

RIVALRY. Shaquille O'Neal tells the story of how Kobe Bryant gained his respect. Photo by Francis Specker/EPA-EFE

Age of empowerment,' accusers hail Harvey Weinstein convictions

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Ashley Judd, Ellen Barkin, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento are among the celebrities who hailed the women for testifying against the movie producer

Praise, cheering crowds for Trump in India love fest

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:19 AM

In Bhopal, however, women survivors of the world's worst-ever industrial disaster hit an effigy of Trump with brooms

FANS. US President Donald Trump (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leave after attending 'Namaste Trump' rally at Sardar Patel Stadium on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, February 24, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

'He was my everything', says Vanessa Bryant in tribute to Kobe

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:09 AM

'I'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy,' says Vanessa Bryant in an emotional speech

'MY EVERYTHING'. Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant speaks during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Tearful Michael Jordan commemorates 'little brother' Kobe Bryant

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:55 AM

'When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died, and as I look in this arena, across the globe, a piece of you died,' says NBA great Michael Jordan

epaselect epa08245204 Former NBA player and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan cries as he talks about NBA Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna's memorial service 'A Celebration of Life: Kobe and Gianna Bryant' at Staple Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 24 February 2020. Bryant, his daughter Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Alobelli, Christina Mauser, and helicopter pilot, Ara Zobayan died in helicopter crash in a Calabassas hillside on 26 January. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

Vanessa Bryant sues helicopter company over fatal crash

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:17 AM

Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant files a lawsuit against the helicopter operators for violating visual flight rules

TRAGIC. Vanessa Bryant (2nd from the left) loses her husband Kobe and her daughter Gianna in a fatal chopper crash. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Daredevil, in bid to prove Earth is flat, dies in rocket launch

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:17 AM

His goal was to ascend more than 1,500 meters to prove that the Earth is not round but shaped like a Frisbee

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood backs Michael Bloomberg – report

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The actor has supported Donald Trump when he ran for president 4 years ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 03: Director-producer Clint Eastwood attends the 20th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI/AFP

Sanders claims big win in Nevada, tightens grip on Democratic race

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Bernie Sanders' win is a substantial accomplishment in a state seen as an important bellwether because it is the first diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race

VICTORY. In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

Bloomberg to release accusers from contracts requiring silence

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:46 AM

There are at least 3 non-disclosure agreements presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg signed with women in the past 30 years

END TO SILENCE. In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Michael Bloomberg, addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Afghans mark start of week-long partial truce amid isolated attacks

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The partial truce is expected to set the conditions for Washington and the insurgents to sign a deal that could ultimately pull US troops out after more than 18 years

A general view of the capital city of Kabul is pictured on August 3, 2019, as new talks between the US and the Taliban go on. - Washington is hoping for a breakthrough as talks between the US and the Taliban resumed in Doha on Saturday in a bid to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

U.S. prepares to sign withdrawal deal with Taliban on February 29

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban issue statements saying they have agreed to sign the accord on February 29 in Doha, following the one-week partial truce

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Russia meddling in U.S. election to boost Trump, lawmakers told

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A US intelligence official reportedly told lawmakers Russia is once again meddling in the US election on Donald Trump's behalf, according to The Washington Post and New York Times

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, then Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. counter-terror analyst pleads guilty leaking secret info

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The leaks include details about foreign countries' weapons systems

MISSILES. Leaks may have included info on China installing anti-ship cruise missiles. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Septuagenarian Democrats spill their baggage on debate stage

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:16 AM

There are mentions of the heart attack suffered by Sanders in October and coronary stents Bloomberg received 20 years ago

DEBATE. Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (L) speaks next to former Vice President Joe Biden during the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.S. intel chief replaced as casualties of Trump purge mount

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Trump has been purging the Justice Department, National Security Council, and Pentagon of staff he considers disloyal

OUT. Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 8, 2020, for a closed briefing on the operation that led to the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump seeks to tighten grip on Arizona, likely swing state in 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:28 AM

In the border state, US President Donald Trump stands by his campaign promise of building the wall

ALLIES. US Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) hugs President Donald Trump at a rally at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Caitlin O'Hara / Getty Images North America/AFP

'Same values': Meet Trump's unlikely supporters

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:47 PM

A Filipino-Japanese immigrant, a Mexican, and a few other Latinos are among the unlikely supporters Rappler meets at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo by Cui Chentao

Benefits of China trade truce 'limited' – U.S. Fed officials

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM

United States Federal Reserve officials note the 'phase one' trade deal with China 'would still leave a large portion of the tariffs in place'

TRADE WAR. This photo taken on June 24, 2019, shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, China. File photo by AFP

Pompeo closes Africa tour with warning about China's 'empty promises'

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:43 PM

'Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

AFRICA TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo enters the plane before departing from the Addis Ababa Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa on February 19, 2020, as he travels to Saudi Arabia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP

Superfan prays to Trump idol ahead of U.S. President's India visit

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:03 PM

'Trump sir, you are my god,' the devotee says after performing the ritual pooja

AMERICAN IDOL. Farmer Bussa Krishna, 33, kisses a statue of US President Donald Trump after offering prayers. Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP

Despite trade wars, Trump says U.S. 'open for business'

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'We don't want to make it impossible to do business with us,' says United States President Donald Trump, even as he has launched disputes with trading partners

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base February 18, 2020, in Maryland. - Trump is heading to California at the start of a four-day western state campaign swing. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Trump commutes corrupt former politician's sentence

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Rod Blagojevich was convicted of essentially selling the senator's seat that had been vacated when Barack Obama won the US presidency in 2008

POTUS. 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

Decrying 'propaganda,' U.S. tightens rules on China state media

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:06 AM

'We all know these guys have been state-controlled forever, but that control has gotten stronger over time, and it's far more aggressive,' says a US state official

Golf great Mickey Wright dies at 85

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Mickey Wright is considered as one of the greatest golfers of all time after winning 82 LPGA Tour titles

LEGEND. Many believe Mickey Wright would have won more titles had she not retired at the age of 34. Photo from Twitter/@GolfHallOfFame

China to waive tariffs on U.S. medical imports amid virus outbreak

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Products that will qualify for the exemptions include patient monitors, blood transfusion equipment, and instruments to measure blood pressure

TARIFFS SUSPENDED. Containers are shown at the foreign trade container terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, on November 21, 2019. File photo by AFP

Doctors, media freedom group rally around Assange

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:52 AM

A group of 117 physicians and psychologists from 18 nations says that Assange was being subjected to 'torture' in prison

TRAPPED. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

In U.S. politics, height matters and Trump knows it

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Taller guys tend to win the White House

HEIGHT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:04 AM

A Russian-backed offensive has triggered the largest wave of displacement in Syria's civil war, with 800,000 people fleeing since December, the United Nations says

BLACK CLOUD. Smoke billows following reported bombardment by Syrian regime forces on the town of Kafr Ruma in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on January 27, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj KadourAFP

Sri Lanka calls on U.S. to reconsider barring army chief

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:37 PM

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says Colombo was 'disappointed' with the decision

Sri Lanka's Army chief Shavendra Silva (R) oversees a military operation to revive abandoned rice paddies, as part of a nationwide effort to improve agricultural productivity, near Colombo on January 14, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Airbus 'deeply regrets' U.S. tariff hike from 10% to 15%

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

European aerospace giant Airbus says the United States' decision to increase tariffs 'further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019 an Airbus 330 commercial airplane is seen during an event at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2019. - Airbus said on February 15, 2020, it "deeply regrets" Washington's move to increase tariffs on its planes imported into the United States from Europe. The decision to impose tariffs from March 18 "further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU, thereby creating more instability for US airlines that are already suffering from a shortage of aircraft", the European manufacturer said in a statement. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

U.S. bans visits by Sri Lanka army chief over war crimes

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

BANNED. Sri Lanka's Army chief Shavendra Silva (R) oversees a military operation to revive abandoned rice paddies, as part of a nationwide effort to improve agricultural productivity, near Colombo on January 14, 2020. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Trump insists he can intervene in criminal cases

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:08 PM

President Donald Trump has been accused by opponents in Congress of trying to strip away the Justice Department's independence to benefit himself and his allies

TRUMP. 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. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Pompeo says settlement report shows U.N.'s 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:01 AM

This is in response to the UN's list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia, and TripAdvisor

SETTLED. Israeli soldiers walk along the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP