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USA NBA stars to play in Australia before 2019 World Cup

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:25 PM

This will be a rematch of the Aussie Boomers and US NBA squad in the 2016 Rio Olympics

TEAM USA. USA will be fielding in an NBA All-Star team again for the pre-World Cup match against the Boomers.

Top officials scramble to make Trump-Kim summit a reality

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:09 PM

There is no immediate breakthrough, but North Korea's foreign minister is to remain in Stockholm as the Scandinavian intermediary strives to pave the way for talks that could end a threat of nuclear war

IN TALKS. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and his delegation arrive at the North Korean embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 15, 2018. Photo by Vilhelm Stokstad / TT News Agency / AFP

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Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Trump daughter-in-law files for divorce

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:54 PM

According to multiple media reports, the former model has filed for an uncontested divorce, meaning proceedings will not include a dispute over custody and assets

DIVORCE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2017 Donald Trump, Jr., (R) his wife Vanessa (L) and their daughter Kai (C) attend the White House senior staff swearing in at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump to oust national security advisor HR McMaster – report

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

The Washington Post reports that US President Donald Trump is discussing potential replacements for National Security Adviser HR McMaster, but is willing to take his time

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The move comes despite US President Donald Trump's repeated denial that Russia tried to tilt the election in his favor, fearing it could call his victory over Hillary Clinton into question

ELECTION MEDDLING. In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Toys"R"Us to liquidate all U.S. stores

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:54 PM

'This is a profoundly sad day for us as well as the millions of kids and families who we have served for the past 70 years,' says CEO Dave Brandon

TOY HAVEN. In this file photo, shoppers buy gifts at the Toys 'R' Us store during early Black Friday events on November 24, 2016 in Paramus, New Jersey. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools, including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students

GUN CONTROL. Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP PHOTO

Trump, in California, warns of 'bedlam' without border wall

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'For the people who say 'no wall' – if you didn't have walls over here, you wouldn't even have a country,' US President Donald Trump says near the border in San Diego

BORDER. US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby,' says Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein

TRUMP ON GUNS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) speaks next to Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

How are PH-U.S. ties under Duterte? 'Terrific,' says envoy

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'This is really a strong partnership. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both countries,' says US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim after turning over 6 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones to the Philippine Air Force

Allies back UK after it says Russia likely poisoned ex-spy

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In a dramatic escalation of diplomatic tensions over the incident, Prime Minister Theresa May says in parliament that the nerve agent used to poison the pair was a military-grade type developed by Russia

POLICE. British Police Community Support Officers stand on duty outside a residential property in Salisbury, southern England, on March 6, 2018, believed to have been cordoned off in connection with the major incident which started at The Maltings shopping center in Salisbury on March 4. File photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

U.S. urges UN to keep North Korea sanctions until 'real progress' in talks

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'We are determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words match with deeds, and real progress toward denuclearization,' says US National Security Advisor HR McMaster

A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) The panel concurs with the judgment of US spy chiefs from January 2017 on the Russian interference, except with respect to President Vladimir Putin's alleged preference for candidate Donald Trump

'NO EVIDENCE.' A US House panel says they 'found no evidence of collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russians. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Trump's campaign slogan for 2020: 'Keep America Great!'

Mar 11, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'Our new slogan when we start running — can you believe it, in two years from now — is going to be: 'Keep America great, exclamation point,' says Trump

MORE GREATNESS? US President Donald Trump smiles during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/AFP

Trump to EU: We'll drop our tariffs if you drop yours

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The EU's top trade official says the US failed to provide full clarity on how Europe and Japan could be spared set to continue next week

TIT-FOR-TAT. US trades tariff threats with the EU. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump predicts 'tremendous success' in North Korea talks

Mar 11, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The comments come after the American leader said he received encouragement from the leaders of China and Japan

SMOOTH TALKS? US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on January 25, 2018 in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

EU says no 'immediate' clarity from US on trade tariffs

Mar 11, 2018 - 12:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's new tariffs has stung the European Union, along with other major partners, and triggered warnings of an all-out international trade war

ALUMINUM TARIFF. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2014, an employee checks an aluminum roll at the Constellium factory in Biesheim, eastern France. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Clinton warns of 'diplomatic danger' in North Korea talks

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:02 PM

'If you want to talk to Kim Jong Un about his nuclear weapons, you need experienced diplomats,' says Hillary Clinton

MEETING. South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has offered to meet US President Donald Trump. AFP file photos

U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

Love thy neighbor: U.S. sanctuary churches protect migrants under Trump

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Some progressive Christian groups have boosted their efforts to protect vulnerable migrants by exploiting the protected 'sanctuary' status of their places of worship while providing shelter and legal aid to would-be deportees

REFUGE. Minerva Cisneros Garcia prays with her sons, Mateo and Antonio, before eating at their home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on February 12, 2018. Photo by Issam Ahmed / AFP

U.S. working to spare Australia tariffs – Trump

Mar 10, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'Working very quickly on a security agreement so we don't have to impose steel or aluminum tariffs on our ally, the great nation of Australia!' says Trump

TRADE. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Military vehicles to roll through Washington in parade

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The idea for a parade appears to have been rekindled when the president visited Paris for Bastille Day in July and made no secret of his awe for the pomp and ceremony of the occasion

MILITARY. Members of the U.S. military march down Pennsylvania Ave. during an inaugural parade rehearsal on January 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Trump and Xi committed to 'maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization,' according to the White House

TALKS. US President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping committed to maintaining pressure and sanctions on North Korea, should talks between the US and North Korea backslide. Photos from AFP

U.S. offers $5-M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the identification or location of Maulana Fazlullah, the head of the outlawed Tehreek–e-Taliban Pakistan militant group

MAULANA FAZLULLAH. A 2010 video shows Maulana Fazlullah in Peshawar. File photo by A. Majeed/AFP

Trump to meet Kim, Alejano on frigates deal, Uber and Grab | Midday wRap

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Trump signs sweeping tariffs, defying trade war warnings

Mar 09, 2018 - 9:58 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump says the tariffs will not initially apply to Canada and Mexico, and that close partners on security and trade could negotiate exemptions

Trump and Kim to hold historic meeting

Mar 09, 2018 - 8:21 AM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump confirms that he has agreed to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

MEETING. South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has offered to meet US President Donald Trump. AFP file photos

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) The bill raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21, bans modification devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon fully automatic, and increases mental health funding

California at 'war' with Washington over immigration – governor

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:57 AM

California Governor Jerry Brown is visibly angry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused the state of deliberately obstructing enforcement of federal law by offering undocumented immigrants sanctuary protections

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

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Mar 07, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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Calamian area a ‘confidence-builder’ for joint exploration in Reed Bank – analyst

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Calamian is an uncontested area. Any joint exploration with China in the area should be governed by Philippine laws, says Aaron Jed Rabena of the policy think tank Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress

FIRST STEP. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena said the Philippine government could jointly explore the Calamian area with China before Reed Bank.

Trump steps up trade threats as Cohn resigns in protest

Mar 07, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The White House downplays the idea that economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned over more aggressive trade policies

GARY COHN. In this file photo, Gary Cohn, chief economic advisor to US President Donald Trump, speaks after Trump announced the Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/ AFP

Trump vows to 'counteract' any Russia election meddling

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever.... But certainly there was meddling and probably from other countries and maybe other individuals,' says US President Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. finds North Korea killed Kim brother with VX agent

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The finding triggers another layer of US economic sanctions against Pyongyang, just as South Korea reported that the regime is ready for talks to end a nuclear standoff

KIM JONG-NAM'S MURDER. This photo taken on February 11, 2007 shows a man believed to be then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son, Kim Jong-Nam at Beijing's international airport. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Mexico vows U.S. steel tariff retaliation

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:48 AM

'We would have to target our response at the things they export that are most politically sensitive and hit exactly those goods. We have the ability to respond,' says Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo

NAFTA RENEGOTIATION. (L-R) Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer gather for a trilateral meeting at Global Affairs on the final day of the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations in Ottawa, Ontario, September 27, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Trump hails 'very positive' North Korea offer of talks

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Calling the statements coming out of both Seoul and Pyongyang 'very positive,' US President Donald Trump refuses to rule out a historic meeting with North's leader Kim Jong-Un

THE KOREAS. US President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8, 2017. File photo by Laurent Fievet and Lee Jin-man/AFP

Trump 'may' attend Jerusalem embassy opening

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:47 PM

US President Donald Trump says he would consider a trip to open the controversial embassy this May, when Israel celebrates 70 years since its declaration of independence

CENTER OF DISPUTE. This file photo taken on January 11, 2010 shows an aerial view of Jerusalem's Old City, including the Al-Aqsa mosques compound, with the landmark Dome of the Rock mosque in the center. Marina Passos/File/AFP

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Mar 06, 2018 - 11:18 AM

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A person watches northern lights (Aurora borealis) on March 3, 2018 in Unstad, in the arctic circle in northern Norway. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier MORIN

Trump vows Mexico, Canada steel tariffs without 'fair' NAFTA deal

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The US leader links his planned steel and aluminum tariffs to the ongoing talks with Mexico and Canada in his latest anti-NAFTA rampage on Twitter

US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Uncertain future for 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:30 AM

With Dreamers and advocates stressing that the immigrants remain in legal limbo, US President Donald Trump insists he is ready to negotiate a solution

PROTEST. A marcher passes the tents of homeless people at an encampment as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. ship docks in Manila; sailors, Marines to help Mayon victims

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

More than 2,500 sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard visit Manila 'to enhance the strong ties between the Philippines and the US'

IN MANILA. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Rizza Fontanares, from San Diego, uses big eyes binoculars while standing forward lookout watch during sea and anchor detail as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Manila for a scheduled port visit. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes

China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'China doesn't want a trade war with the United States,' says China National People's Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui

CHINA RESPONDS. China leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Man fatally shoots himself in front of White House

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:31 AM

During the shooting, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania were at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Egypt on Sunday before his trip to the United Kingdom. He will visit the United States later in March.

SAUDI HEIR. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up nuclear weapons

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:56 PM

Iran's armed forces spokesman says US criticism of Iran's missile program was driven by 'their failures and defeats in the region'

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

China's foreign minister slams Trump tariffs on steel, aluminum

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

'Many European countries and Canada have all said they cannot accept this,' adds Foreign Minister Wang Yi

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on April 29, 2016. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP