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North Korea calls UN chief 'henchman' of the U.S.

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:57 PM

North Korea's mission to the United Nations releases a statement complaining of 'reckless remarks' by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the Munich Security Conference last week

UNITED NATIONS. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Explosive device thrown into U.S. embassy compound in Montenegro

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Montenegrin government: 'An unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device' in front of the US embassy in Podgorica

SECURED. Police guard the entrance to the US Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. Savo Prelevic/AFP-Services/AFP

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Secret Pence, North Korea meeting planned, then scrapped

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) Pyongyang scrapped the planned talks during the 2018 Winter Olympics after the US vice president denounced abuses from the 'murderous regime,' US officials say

SNUBS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence (front) watches the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 2nd R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP

U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a 'regional threat' in Southeast Asia

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The CIA and 16 other US intelligence agencies cite President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion to declare a 'revolutionary government' and impose nationwide martial law as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

U.S., South Korea to go ahead with Olympic-delayed drills

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Analysts say the Games-driven bonhomie on the peninsula may not last long once the sporting festivals are over, particularly once Key Resolve and the Foal Eagle exercises begin

AT SEA. In this file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / US Navy / AFP

Bangladesh, Myanmar meet over stranded Rohingya

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The two countries will talk about the fate of some 6,000 Rohingya refugees stranded in no man's land between the two countries

REFUGEES.This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Palestinian leader goes to the UN to counter U.S. on Jerusalem

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Mahmud Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour

In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

U.S. Secret Service denies China nuclear football 'skirmish'

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The US Secret Service denies reports that one of its agents and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wrestled with Chinese security officials over the 'nuclear football' during President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing

TRUMP AND XI. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

South Korea's Moon urges 'stern' response to new U.S. tariffs

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The trade frictions have strained ties at a time when Seoul and Washington are seeking to present a united front against North Korea's nuclear threat

MORE TARRIFS. This file photo taken on January 6, 2016 shows an exhibitor demonstrating an Inverter Direct Drive washing machine at the LG exhibit during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. David McNew/AFP

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Although more than 110 countries recognize Kosovo's independence, Serbia and dozens of other states have not

CELEBRATE. Kosovo's Albanians wave Kosovo flag during a concert by Kosovo-born British singer and actress Rita Ora in Pristina on February 17, 2018 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo Independence. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

India, Iran agree to step up efforts to help Afghanistan

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:42 PM

'We want to see our region and the world free from terrorism,' says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

HELPING AFGHANISTAN. This handout photo taken on February 17, 2018 and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The Iranian President is on a three-day official visit to India. AFP PHOTO/PIB

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Feb 17, 2018 - 7:59 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May also warns European partners not to put politics above cooperation against crime and terrorism

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on March 22, 2017. Photo by Richard Pohle/AFP

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Kuwait condemns ban on Filipino workers' deployment

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Kuwaiti foreign minister: 'This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines'

KUWAIT'S TOP DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah attends a press conference at the end of the GCC summit at the Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Dutch FM resigns triggering vote of no-confidence

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:41 AM

The drama comes after Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra admits he has falsely claimed to have attended a 2006 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

OUT. In this file photo taken on November 24, 2017 Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra arrives for an EU Eastern Partnership summit at the European Council in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

British warship to sail through disputed South China Sea

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says the HMS Sutherland, an anti-submarine frigate, will sail through South China Sea on its way back to Britain from Australia

IN HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE. HMS Sutherland approaching Hamburg, on 19th October 2013. Image courtesy Hummelhummel/WikiMedia Commons

Olympic warmth splits views on divided Korean peninsula

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Despite the sudden thaw in ties, little has changed near the DMZ, which has split the peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty

BORDER ZONE. This photo taken on February 11, 2018 shows North Korean flags flying above a pavillion at the dividing line between North and South Korea within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), from the Goseong Unification Observatory on South Korea's northeast coast. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea's Kim lauds South's hospitality

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:08 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says it is important to build on the Olympics-driven momentum for dialogue on the divided peninsula

HISTORIC. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Yonhap/AFP

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The total deployment ban comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

South Korea's Moon watches concert with Kim Jong Un's sister

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Meanwhile, conservative protesters burn the North's national flag outside the concert venue

DISPATCH. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on February 10, 2018. Photo from Yonhap/AFP

UK's Johnson meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The meeting follows Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya have sought sanctuary in squalid settlements

BORIS IN NAYPYIDAW. This handout photo taken and released on February 11, 2018 by Myanmar's Ministry of Information shows Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) chatting with Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson (L) during their meeting in Naypyidaw. Myanmar Ministry of Information/AFP

Joint Olympic team makes history for two Koreas

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun wins South Korea's first gold. Meanwhile, the joint Korean women's ice hockey team competes, as Kim Yo Jong – sister of Kim Jong Un – watches from the stands.

'Kimchi diplomacy' for two Koreas in Olympic rapprochement

Feb 10, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) There is speculation Pyongyang could invite South Korea President Moon Jae-in to visit for a summit later this year

TOP-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (3rd R) talks with Kim Yo Jong (2nd L), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (3rd L) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Kim Yo Jong is part of a high-level diplomatic delegation led by the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam as the Winter Olympics trigger a diplomatic rapprochement between the rivals

Israel names new Jordan envoy after diplomatic row resolved

Feb 08, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The naming of Israeli's ambassador to Amman brings to an end a months-long spat sparked by a deadly shooting

2017 INCIDENT. In this file photo, security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighborhood of the Jordanian capital Amman following an 'incident' on July 23, 2017. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

South Korea's Moon to meet North's head of state, Kim's sister – Seoul

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with the high-level delegation Pyongyang is sending for the Winter Olympics

TOP LEADERS. This file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R), followed by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (2nd L), walking on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House after watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP

Poe to Palace: What makes you think China will leave West PH Sea islands?

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

For Senator Grace Poe, it's 'like saying that a homeowner may soon be thankful to a gang of fully armed men who unlawfully intruded his place'

HITTING ROQUE. Senator Grace Poe compares the 'wishful thinking' of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque to a homeowner thanking 'a gang of fully armed men' who introduced his place. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

North Korea has 'no intention' to meet U.S. in South

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Official: 'We have never begged for dialogue with the US and will never do so'

ATHLETES' BASE. A photograph taken on February 5, 2018, shows the North Korean national flag displayed outside their dormitory across 3 storys at the athletes' village in Gangneung, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Canada to review helicopter deal with Philippines – reports

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'If they don’t want to sell, well we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

HELICOPTER IN QUESTION. A Bell 412EP helicopter in Japan, similar to the model involved in the deal between Canada and the Philippines. Photo by AFP

8 countries push UN to take up Myanmar Rohingya crisis

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:22 AM

The meeting comes nearly 3 months after the council adopted a statement demanding that Myanmar rein in its security forces and allow the Rohingya to return to their homes

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Kim Jong-Un's sister to visit South Korea in historic first

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yo-Jong, who is a senior member of the ruling Workers' Party, will be part of a high-level delegation for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

BROTHER AND SISTER. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 12, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Sin Islet defence company in Kangwon province, while Kim Yo-Jong (2nd L) his younger sister, follows him.  KCNA via KNS / File / AFP

Poland's president signs controversial Holocaust bill into law

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Polish President Andrzej Duda signs into law a controversial Holocaust bill intended to safeguard Poland's image abroad but which has instead triggered an unprecedented diplomatic row

FACING THE MEDIA. Poland's President Andrzej Duda gives a press conference on February 6, 2018 in Warsaw to announces that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which has sparked tensions with Israel, the US and Ukraine. Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S. won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Rex Tillerson: 'With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see'

VEEP. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

[OPINION] Letting China into Benham Rise: History lessons for Duterte and Cayetano

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With 20 years of experience dealing with China behind us, the Philippines should not let its guard down

EU negotiator warns Britain: time to choose Brexit future

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:58 AM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warns that Britain faces 'unavoidable' trade barriers after Brexit if it also quits the bloc's single market and customs union

LEAD NEGOTIATOR. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier gives a press after a General affairs council debate on the article 50 concerning Brexit in Brussels, at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. John Thys/AFP

Rohingya abuses could spark regional conflict – UN rights chief

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'Myanmar faces a very serious crisis – with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region'

UPHILL CLIMB. A Rohingya refugee child climbs stairs at Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on January 27, 2018. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Erdogan rejects option of partnership with EU

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Erdogan: 'We want full membership [in the EU]. Other options are not satisfactory.'

NO TO EU PARTNERSHIP. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on January 30, 2018. Adem Altan

Top US career diplomat to retire after year under Trump

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:04 AM

Thomas Shannon will retire as undersecretary of state for political affairs, after 35 years in which he served as an ambassador, an acting assistant secretary of state and, for two weeks last year, acting secretary of state

THOMAS SHANNON. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2017 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon attends a joint press conference with Sri Lanka's foreign secretary in Colombo as part of a one-day visit to Sri Lanka. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

North Korean athletes to fly South for Winter Olympics

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The arrival of North Korean skiers and skaters in South Korea sets the stage for a 'peace Olympics' after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear program

FLYING SOUTH. A North Korean national flag (top centre L) and other nations' flags flutter over the Athletes Village in Gangneung on February 1, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Yonhap/AFP

Brexit haunts May as she seeks China trade post-EU

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Criticism in London over her domestic agenda and her handling of Britain's contentious divorce with the European Union looms large over her China trip

IN CHINA. British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 31, 2018. Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

Britain to move Bangkok embassy after record sale

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:29 AM

The record £420 million ($596 million) sale of the embassy in Bangkok's Lumpini neighborhood is the UK foreign ministry's biggest ever such deal and the biggest land deal in Thai history

MOVING OUT. In this file photo, a Thai policeman stands guard at the entrance of British embassy in Bangkok, 08 July 2005. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

DFA data on Benham Rise 'can be misleading' – expert

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'It can be misleading because it gives you the wrong impression that there are so many researches going on in Benham Rise,' says maritime expert Jay Batongbacal

EXPERT'S VIEW. Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, says the DFA's data on Benham Rise research requests 'can be misleading.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

UK's May arrives in China eyeing post-Brexit trade links

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Theresa May will also take the opportunity to discuss a wide range of other issues, including climate change and North Korea

TO CHINA. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

Tillerson to rally Americas, amid Venezuela crisis

Jan 30, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Washington's top envoy will lay out his vision for relations with the United States' southern neighbors in a speech in Texas before jetting on a 5-nation voyage

TO LATIN AMERICA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2018. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The drill comes after President Tsai Ing-wen last month warned against what she called Beijing's 'military expansion'

LIVE-FIRE DRILL. A tank attends during an annual drill at the a military base in the eastern city of Hualien on January 30, 2018. Mandy Cheng/AFP

Trump says U.S. 'deeply respects' Africa in letter to African Union

Jan 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The letter was not made public, but Chris Meade, a diplomat with the US delegation to the AU, confirms its existence

cREMARKS. President Trump came under fire after calling several African countries "shithole countries" during immigration talks. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP