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FALSE: Video of night sky flare shows ‘start of Iran vs U.S. World War 3’

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The airstrike shown in the video has nothing to do with the conflict between the US and Iran. It shows the rocket attacks that involved Palestinians and Israel in November 2018.

Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

'Liar!': Rival White House bids strain Sanders-Warren friendship

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:06 AM

The first signs of tensions emerge earlier in the week with reports that Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in a private meeting in December 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win a presidential election

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 30: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S. chief justice cites 'OK boomer' in age discrimination case

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Justice Stephen Breyer also made an age joke during the court session while talking about someone being considered for promotion

US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 2017 (Photo by Jose Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP)

U.S., China sign 'momentous' trade deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:40 AM

However, Trump says he will only remove the tariffs against China 'if we're able to do phase two' of the agreement

NEW TRADE DEAL. US President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He (L), the country's top trade negotiator, shake hands as they sign trade agreements between the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Iraq's Sadr calls for anti-U.S. protests amid new rocket attack

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:05 AM

The Iraqi leader makes the call after Katyusha rockets target an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where American-led coalition forces are based

PEACEFUL PROTEST. Iraqi leader Moqtada Sadr calls for a "million-strong march" against United States troops in Iraq on January 14, 2020. File photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:57 AM

'Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage,' Booker says

OUT. Senate Judiciary Committee member Cory Booker speaks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in Washington, DC in September 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP)

U.S. Treasury reverses currency manipulator label for China

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:36 AM

The move is a sign of easing tensions between the two economic powers after nearly two years of conflict

U.S. sends home 21 Saudis as probe finds shooting was 'terrorism'

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:01 AM

Attorney General Bill Barr says evidence shows the shooter was 'motivated by jihadist ideology'

NAVAL STATION. A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 6, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. File photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

PH will no longer send military 'battalions' to accompany Iraq evacuees

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'

NO TROOPS. The government stands down on a plan to send two military battalions to accompany Filipinos evacuating Iraq. Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

De Lima thanks U.S. Senate for ‘standing strong for larger truths’

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says US Senate Resolution 142 is 'a watershed in the history of keeping democracy and human rights accountability in the country'

GRATEFUL. Senator Leila De Lima thanks the United States Senate for passing a resolution that seeks Magnitsky sanctions against Philippine officials responsible for her prolonged detention. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Reflections at the dawn of a hope-filled New Year and decade

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:47 PM

I am filled with hope to see that there is a growing momentum for demanding accountability, as more and more allies committed to defending human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law are making themselves heard

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Texas will not accept refugees anymore – governor

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:41 AM

Governor Greg Abbott tells the State Department that Texas has to dedicate its resources 'to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans'

NOT ACCEPTING REFUGEES. US Border Patrol vehicles are pictured near the Paso Del Norte International Bridge at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

U.S. gives Ukraine 'important' data on Iran plane crash

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'Our goal is to establish the undeniable truth,' says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 'The value of human life is above all political motives.'

'IMPORTANT DATA.' People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. File photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

U.S. House votes to curb Trump war power on Iran

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We cannot allow our country to be lied into another war,' says Democrat Ayanna Pressley

IRAN CRISIS. US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC, addressing the Iranian missile attacks (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Migrant slits own throat on U.S.-Mexico border

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The suicide occurred after the man was denied entry to the US at the bridge between the Mexican city of Reynosa and Pharr, Texas, says officials in Mexico

BORDER. A construction crew works on the US side of the US-Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump welcomes court decision allowing $3.6 B in military funds for border wall

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!' the president tweets

BUILDING THE WALL. US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)

U.S. lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The Commission believes Chinese authorities may be committing crimes against humanity against the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims,' says the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

'CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.' This photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a woman walking in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood in Aksu in the region of Xinjiang. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Photo from Wikicommons

Cardinal Tagle prays for peace in Middle East during Traslacion 2020 mass

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:45 AM

The Archbishop of Manila ties in the message of the devotion to the Black Nazarene with the crisis in the Middle East: Break the cycle of violence and vengeance through love that leads to life

PEACE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily during the Feast of the Black Nazarene midnight mass at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down'

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:29 AM

President Donald Trump says the United States will immediately be imposing 'additional punishing sanctions' on Iran but makes no mention of military retaliation to the missile attacks

TRUMP ON IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

World leaders condemn Iran attack targeting U.S. troops

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) Western powers urge an end to the escalating confrontation between Tehran and Washington

WORLD REACTS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020, allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Airlines avoid Iran and Iraq airspace

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Shortly after the missile attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration says it is banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf

Cimatu to fly to Middle East to start evacuating Filipinos from Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'We will do everything to bring out Filipinos there,' says the environment chief who's been appointed special envoy to oversee repatriations from the Middle East

SPECIAL ENVOY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will be traveling to the Middle East to oversee the evacuation of Filipinos from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Angie de Silva

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq 'ASAP'

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Senator Bong Go and military and police officers during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Zarif says informed by U.N. that U.S. has denied him visa

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:37 PM

So far there has been no official confirmation from Washington that it has rejected Mohammad Javad Zarif's visa application

ZARIF. This file photo shows Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Indonesia's northwest

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The magnitude 6.2 quake strikes at a depth of 20 kilometers just off the coast of Simeulue island, west of Sumatra, says the US Geological Survey

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries

SINGLE-USE. A laborer arranges plastic bags used to carry industrial chemicals to dry next to the Buriganga river in Dhaka on November 21, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

Prospect of U.S.-Iran conflict threatens Gulf economies

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Saudi economist Fadhl al-Bouenain says a US-Iran war would further dampen economic growth in Gulf Cooperation Council states, just as many of them are attempting to diversify towards a post-oil future

GULF ECONOMIES. This file photo taken on September 20, 2019, shows employees of Aramco oil company working in Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil processing plant. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

NATO to review Iraq mission after Iran general slain

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The North Atlantic Council will address the situation in the region,' a NATO official says

NATO. A picture taken on November 20, 2019, shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Fury, tears as crowds mourn Iran commander killed by U.S.

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht calls the assassination of powerful general Qasem Soleimani as an 'act of war' by the United States

MOURNING. Mourners carry the coffins of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and 8 others towards the Imam Ali Shrine in the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq during a funeral procession on January 4, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Trump says US targeting 52 sites in Iran, as tension mounts

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:27 AM

'The USA wants no more threats,' US President Donald Trump tells Iran after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

WARNING. President Donald Trump warns Iran the US "wants no more threats" after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. File hoto by Jim Watson/AFP

Iran top general to be laid to rest on January 7 in hometown

Jan 04, 2020 - 4:03 PM

The general, who died aged 62, was one of Iran's most popular public figures

KILLED. A file handout picture released by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. Handout photo from Khamenei.Ir/AFP

USA Soccer cancels plans for men's team to train in Doha

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:51 AM

The US men's soccer team drops plans to set up a training camp in Doha 'due to the developing situation in the region'

NEW PLANS. The US soccer team, which had hoped to check the country hosting the 2022 World Cup, looks for a new training site. Photo by Tytus Omijewski/EPA-EFE

Trump tells evangelical voters they have God on their side

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'I really do believe we have God on our side,' Donald Trump tells the crowd at the King Jesus International Ministry mega church in Miami

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran vows revenge after U.S. kills top general in Baghdad strike

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly vows 'severe revenge' for Qasem Soleimani's death, the biggest escalation yet in a feared proxy war between Iran and the US on Iraqi soil

REVENGE. A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE

How the world is reacting to U.S. killing of top Iran general

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The assassination is praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans but elsewhere there are warnings it could inflame regional tensions

WORLD REACTS. A mock US flag is painted on the ground for cars to drive on in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020, following news of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Thai retailers ban single-use plastic bags

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:12 AM

Several mall operators and convenience stores in Thailand ban single-use plastic bags and will instead see customers paying a small fee for a reusable bag made of a cloth-like fabric

Employees carry banners informing customers about the ban on free single-use plastic bags at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on January 2, 2020. Thai retailers kicked off 2020 with a ban on free plastic bags to customers, as an environment group on January 2 said the move would merely act as a temporary salve to Thailand's "throw-away culture" and plastic crisis. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Trump far ahead of Democratic rivals in 2020 election fundraising

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:27 PM

In the fourth quarter of 2019, even as he was mired in a political scandal that resulted in his impeachment by the House of Representatives, Donald Trump raised a staggering $46 million

FUNDRAISING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

Pro-Iran protesters leave U.S. embassy in Baghdad

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:57 PM

The Hashed calls on its supporters to leave the embassy and regroup outside the Green Zone 'out of respect for the state'

Tear gas fired at pro-Iran protesters outside U.S. embassy in Baghdad

Jan 01, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Security forces inside fire tear gas at the protesters, several of whom are reported wounded and ferried away by ambulances

RETALIATION. Members of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi military network attempt to break into the US embassy in the capital Baghdad, on December 31, 2019, during a rally to vent anger over weekend air strikes that killed pro-Iran fighters in western Iraq. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Trump does not expect war with Iran

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:08 PM

'I like peace,' says US President Donald Trump amid heightened tensions with Iran

NO WAR WITH IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the grand ballroom as he arrives for a New Year's celebration at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Kim 'a man of his word' on denuclearization, Trump says

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:07 AM

US President Donald Trump once again says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un 'like' each other amid the latter's threats about a 'new strategic weapon'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,' says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO MORE MORATORIUM. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement threatens to destroy nuclear diplomacy in the last two years. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP