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Trump says U.S. 'totally prepared' for potential North Korea threat

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be,' US President Donald Trump tells Fox News in an interview

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Family Research Council's 2017 Value Voters Summit on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Indonesia says military chief barred from U.S., seeks explanation

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Military spokesman Brigjen Wuryanto says the US Customs and Border Protection agency refused entry to General Gatot Nurmantyo

BARRED. Indonesian military says Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was refused to enter United States. Antara Foto

Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

Tillerson woos Gulf allies in push to undercut Iran

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) The question of Iranian influence in the region is at the center of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar

IN RIYADH. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off his plane as he arrives at King Salman Air Base on October 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP

Trump says end of ISIS caliphate 'in sight' after Raqa's fall

Oct 22, 2017 - 1:14 AM

The declaration comes 4 days after US-backed Kurdish-led forces recaptured Raqa, the last major stronghold of ISIS in Syria

RECAPTURED. Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk down a street in Raqa past destroyed vehicles and heavily damaged buildings on October 20, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled Islamic State (IS) group fighters from the northern Syrian city, formerly their "capital". Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Trump says he'll allow release of Kennedy assassination files

Oct 21, 2017 - 10:43 PM

The files are due to be opened in their entirety Thursday, October 26, nearly 54 years after John F Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas

SECONDS FROM ASSASSINATION. US President John F. Kennedy in a limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination, 22 November 1963. Image by Walt Cisco, Dallas Morning News/Wikipedia/Public Domain

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

Quentin Tarantino admits he knew of Harvey Weinstein misconduct complaints

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:35 AM

'I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him,' says the 'Pulp Fiction' director

Trillanes says he only presented 'facts' in meeting with U.S. senator

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:11 AM

'Be assured that I pushed for the interests of our country. But let me emphasize that the interests of our country are not necessarily the same as the interests of Mr Duterte,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

FANNING THE FLAME. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warns against politicians and communist groups supposedly fanning anti-Aquino sentiment after Mamasapano. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

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Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Trillanes meets with US Senator Rubio on Duterte drug war, PH-US ties

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, says his discussion with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV included the issue of protecting human rights amid the anti-drug campaign in the Philippines


In flip-flop, Trump cools to bipartisan health deal

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

A bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare's individual health insurance markets runs into political headwinds when US President Donald Trump warned against the plan

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Weinstein resigns from board as celebrity accounts of assault snowball

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:57 PM

As the Weinstein harassment allegations reverberate around the world, thousands of women have taken to social media in response to an appeal by actress Alyssa Milano to respond 'me too' if they have been sexually assaulted or harassed

This file photo taken on March 2, 2014 shows producer Harvey Weinstein arriving on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Bidding war heats up for $5-B second Amazon HQ

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Metropolises across the United States are locked in a frenzied bidding war desperate to woo Amazon into favoring them as the site of the e-commerce giant's second headquarters

E-COMMERCE GIANT. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Hillary slams Trump's 'dangerous' war of words with North Korea

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Trump's tit-for-tat with the young, autocratic ruler of the isolated regime only dents Washington's credibility and helps Kim bask in global attention he seeks, the former secretary of state tells a forum in Seoul

HILLARY IN SEOUL. This handout photo taken and provided by Maeil Business Newspaper on October 18, 2017 shows former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. Maeil Business Newspaper"/AFP

George Soros transfers $18-B to his foundation

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:50 AM

American financier George Soros transfers $18 billion to his foundation, which works to promote democracy, human rights and freedom of the press

GENEROUS BILLIONAIRE. In this file photo, Hungarian-born US magnate and philanthropist George Soros attends an economic forum in Colombo on January 7, 2016. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:35 AM

US senators announce they have reached a bipartisan deal to continue a program that helps low-income Americans purchase health insurance

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

U.S. judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:28 AM

The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

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U.S. hails AFP for killing Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:13 PM

'The U.S. is proud to support the AFP's counterterrorism efforts in Mindanao,' embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says

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Trump to meet Duterte on Asia trip dominated by North Korea

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Trump's first Asian tour as president will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines

California fire toll rises to 40

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:32 AM

Cal Fire says 22 of the victims died in Napa and Sonoma counties, just north of San Francisco

WHAT'S LEFT. California National Guard troops search burned homes near Mark West Springs Road and Old Redwood Highway on October 15, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

'Hell on Earth': California fire toll rises to 38

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:21 AM

(UPDATED) Around 335 square miles (864 square kilometers) of residential neighborhoods, forests and other property have been burned since October 8, the state fire agency says

BURNED. An aerial view shows burned properties in Santa Rosa, California on October 12, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

Motion picture Academy kicks out disgraced Harvey Weinstein

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:08 AM

(UPDATED) As Weinstein's expulsion was announced, the London-based Sunday Times reported on a fifth alledged rape victim, British actress Lysette Anthony

EXPELLED. This file photo taken on May 24, 2013 shows US producer Harvey Weinstein posing on May 24, 2013 in Cannes. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Gusty winds are hampering the efforts of the 8,000 firefighters battling 20 blazes

AFLAME. Flames from the Canyon 2 Fire burn tree and brush along the 241 freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Weinstein allegations swell as film industry faces scrutiny

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:46 AM

More actresses come forward with explosive charges against the movie mogul, whose lurid behavior has opened a Pandora's Box of Hollywood harassment and hypocrisy

SERIAL HARASSER? This file photo taken on May 24, 2013 shows US producer Harvey Weinstein posing on May 24, 2013 as he arrives for the screening of the film 'The Immigrant' in Cannes. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

U.S. academics, opera director among 'Genius' grant winners

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:25 AM

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation gives out the annual award to 'people on the precipice,' where the money will advance their goals

'GENIUS' The 2017 MacArthur Fellows. Image courtesy MacArthur Foundation

23 dead in 'catastrophic' California wildfires

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:53 AM

(UPDATED) Winds and dry conditions are hampering efforts to contain the deadly blazes

Puerto Rico toll hits 44 as governor asks U.S. Congress for more aid

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:47 AM

With over 5,700 people living in shelters and most of the island still without electricity and running water, the risk posed by contagious diseases is amplified

A man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

15 dead as wildfires torch California wine country

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown says emergency responders expect the death toll to rise further

KENWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: A fuel truck sits in a stagin area as the Nuns Fire burns in the hills behind it on October 10, 2017 in Kenwood, California. Fifteen people have died in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses in several Northen California counties. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula in show of force

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Two US B-1B Lancers based in Guam fly over the Sea of Japan, staging a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with their South Korean counterparts

This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer dropping a bomb at a shooting range in Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. The US flew four stealth fighter jets and two bombers over the Korean peninsula on September 18 in a show of force after North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's defence ministry said. / AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry / handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Trump meets advisers to discuss North Korea options – statement

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It comes days after Trump said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that 'only one thing will work'

In this file photo, coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Hollywood mogul Weinstein accused of rape

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The women's allegations against the 65-year-old movie mogul, according to the New Yorker magazine, include unwanted oral sex and forced oral and full sex

ACCUSED. This file photo taken on October 05, 2015 shows Harvey Weinstein during a photocall at the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015. Valery Hache/AFP

Erdogan steps up U.S. row with ambassador boycott

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:21 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey no longer regards outgoing envoy John Bass as the US representative to Turkey after American missions in the country stopped issuing visas

QUIET. A woman walks in front of the United State Embassy in Ankara, on October 9, 2017 as United States and Turkey mutually suspended visa services.  Adem Altan/AFP

U.S. environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

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Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Ivana vs Melania: First wife is 'self-serving' – First Lady

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:05 PM

US First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman responds after Ivana Trump quipped in an interview that she is the 'first lady'

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 9, 2017 shows, a file photo taken on September 15, 2014 with Ivana Trump attending The Eric Trump 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York. A file photo taken on September 1, 2017 showing US First Lady Melania Trump looking on as President Donald Trump speaks after receiving an update from disaster relief organizations on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  Ivana Trump may have been Donald Trump's first wife, but Melania Trump left the world in no doubt on October 9, 2017 that there is only one first lady of the United States / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA AND AFP PHOTO / Dave Kotinsky AND NICHOLAS KAMM

Streep, Dench voice outrage at Weinstein sex harassment revelations

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Movie legends Meryl Streep and Judi Dench lead a chorus of outrage following the revelation that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed women for decades

This file photo taken on May 22, 2015 shows US producer Harvey Weinstein arriving for the screening of the film 'The Little Prince' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Loic Venance/AFP

Thousands evacuate as California wildfires kill 10

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:12 AM

(UPDATED) At least 1,500 buildings are destroyed as the state declares an emergency in 3 counties ravaged by fires

AFLAME. Flames from the Canyon 2 Fire burn tree and brush along the 241 freeway near Orange, California, October 9, 2017 in Orange, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Trump's migration demands throw Dreamer deal into doubt

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Trump presents Congress with a list of hardline immigration demands as a quid-pro-quo for protecting the so-called 'Dreamers'

In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

PH to start extradition process for alleged New York plotter

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the Philippine government will act on the request of US authorities for the extradition of suspect Russell Salic

Trump says North Korea diplomacy has failed, 'only one thing will work'

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:40 PM

US President Donald Trump adds that North Korea's nuclear program 'should haven been handled during the Obama administration'

NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump rejects talks with Pyongyang over its nuclear program. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Philippines 'breeding ground for terrorists,' says Filipino suspect in NY plot

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The US Justice Department says Filipino doctor Russel Salic told others involved in the foiled New York terror plot that terror laws in the Philippines are 'not strict' compared to laws in countries like Australia and the UK

Sudan eyes economic revival as U.S. lifts sanctions

Oct 07, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The financial sanctions had put restrictions on international banking transactions, exchange of technology and spare parts, and other cumbersome trade regulations have hampered economic growth.

END TO SANCTIONS. A picture taken on October 2, 2017 shows a man walking outside a butchers' shop in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Filipino charged for plotting NY attacks in name of ISIS

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Authorities say 37-year-old Russell Salic of the Philippines allegedly provided funds for the planned attacks that were thwarted by an undercover FBI agent

Still no 'clear motive' in Las Vegas mass shooting – police

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:50 AM

'At this time I'll tell you we have no credible information to report to you as to motivation,' says Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

STILL NO CLEAR MOTIVE. People run for cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Deadly Hurricane Nate approaches U.S. Gulf Coast

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:43 AM

(5th UPDATE) President Donald Trump says federal officials are prepared for the storm. He also urges residents of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida to 'listen to your local authorities and be safe.'

NATE. Hotel staffers collect beach loungers and sunshades before the arrival of tropical storm Nate, in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on October 6, 2017. Photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP