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Washington Post publishes 'last piece' by missing Saudi journalist

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:49 AM

'The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power,' Jamal Khashoggi writes in his final column

'LAST COLUMN.' The Washington Post publishes a column by missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Screenshot of Khashoggi's column from Washington Post.

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The United States, Israel and Australia are the only 3 countries to oppose the measure in the 193-nation assembly

UN. In this file photo, Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the administration has notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the 3 separate trade agreements

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

U.S. tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends – WEF

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The World Economic Forum uses a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies

U.S. judge tosses out Stormy Daniels defamation suit against Trump

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'The Court agrees with Mr Trump's argument because the tweet in question constitutes 'rhetorical hyperbole' normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,' a federal US judge says

TRUMP. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo of Trump by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP, Stormy Daniels from Wikipedia

U.S. is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal – Rouhani

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:42 PM

'Everyone knows that America has lost legally and politically by giving up on its international obligations and that we have achieved victory,' says Iran President Hassan Rouhani

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump pessimistic about Saudi journalist's fate, says 'not looking too good'

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Turkish officials have said they believe Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey

'NOT SO GOOD.' US President Donald Trump says it's likely that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been killed. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Taliban confirm meeting with U.S. peace envoy in Qatar

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The meeting with Khalilzad and other American officials has taken place in Doha on Friday, October 12

CEASEFIRE. Afghan Taliban militants ride a motorbike as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Trump vows 'severe punishment' if journalist killed by Saudi

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:35 PM

US President Donald Trump says the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is especially important 'because this man was a reporter'

US-SAUDI RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). Photo by Mandel Nga/AFP

U.S. urged to move towards formally ending Korean War

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North's demands for a declaration the Korean War is over

U.S. curbs China nuclear exports as Trump warns Americans not 'stupid'

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

The US Energy Department says it will make it more difficult to ship nuclear technology to China, one of the few growing markets for new plants

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

Search teams comb debris for victims of deadly Hurricane Michael

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Florida Governor Rick Scott says the storm caused 'unbelievable devastation' and the priority for the moment is looking for survivors among residents who failed to heed orders to evacuate

SEARCH ONGOING. Members of the South Florida Search and Rescue team search for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey, U.S. press Riyadh to explain fate of missing journalist

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:19 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his most extensive remarks on Jamal Khashoggi, challenges Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its account

MISSING. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

U.S. says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist – report

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Washington Post, a newspaper to which Jamal Khashoggi contributed, cites unnamed US officials as saying that Saudi officials have been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia and detain him

MISSING. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading 'Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2' during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Evacuations ordered as Florida braces for Hurricane Michael

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for parts of Bay County, which includes the popular Panama City beach resort, and areas in nearby Gulf and Franklin counties

Satellite image of Hurricane Michael as of October 9, 2018. Image from NOAA

IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.7% for 2018, 2019 as risks rise

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The International Monetary Fund warns that risks highlighted in previous reports 'have become more pronounced or have partially materialized' in the real world

GROWTH FORECAST. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/AFP

Trump official sought Israeli help to disrupt rival campaigns – report

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Citing interviews and copies of the proposals, the The New York Times says the effort by Rick Gates seemed unrelated to an effort Russia was then escalating to interfere in the US election

GATES. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Erdogan asks Riyadh to 'prove' journalist left consulate

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'If he left, you have to prove it with footage. Those who ask Turkish authorities where he is should ask what happened,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ERDOGAN. In this file photo,Turkish President and Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on October 3, 2017. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Japan military officer killed during U.S.-Philippine drill

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Suguru Maehara, 38, was killed in a car crash while delivering food supplies to members participating in the drill

CAR CRASH CASUALTY. The exercises marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

Oct 07, 2018 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also discuss denuclearization steps

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The exercise, codenamed Kamandag (Venom), marks the first time Japanese armored military vehicles were used on foreign soil since the country adopted a pacifist constitution after its 1945 defeat

WAR GAMES. US Marine Brig. Gen. Chris McPhillips watches as members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) board the USS Ashland at Subic Bay, Philippines, October 3. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kevan Dunlop

Pence paints China as enemy in U.S. election

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Vice President Mike Pence accuses China of waging an 'unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion' ahead of critical congressional elections on November 6

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / File photo Dominick Reuter/AFP

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

U.S., Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Experts say India needs the sophisticated S-400 air defense system to fill critical gaps in its defense capabilities

PUTIN IN INDIA. In this file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the Indo-Russia Annual Summit at Taj Exotica Hotel in Goa on October 15, 2016. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

South Korean minister proposes U.S.-North Korea trade-off

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says demanding an inventory of North Korea's nuclear assets risks, at this stage, derailing the process

US-NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) delivers a statement during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministerial Meeting at the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 6, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/Pool/AFP

Trump shrugs off report revealing a fortune in tax dodges, parental gifts

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

'They used the concept of 'time value of money' in doing a very old, boring and often told hit piece on me,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP. This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

France accuses Iran over bomb plot near Paris

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

France's decision to take retaliatory measures and go public with the accusations is taken 3 months after the alleged plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran in a suburb of Paris

DENIAL. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on August 22, 2016 in Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

New York investigating Trump tax dodging report

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The New York Times says its own exhaustive probe of a vast trove of tax returns and confidential records show Trump had engaged in suspect tax tactics

TRUMP AND TAX. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The US First Lady attempts to step out of her husband's shadow, this Africa trip has been seen as an attempt for her to carve her own diplomatic path

AFRICA TOUR. File photo shows US First Lady Melania Trump. AFP Photo.

North Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearization

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:01 PM

State news agency KCNA says in a commentary that some US experts have suggested trading the end of the war for denuclearization.

BARGAIN. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Former classmate says Trump court nominee lied about his drinking

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Chad Ludington, a North Carolina State University professor, says Brett Kavanaugh was 'belligerent and aggressive' when he drank

DEFENSE. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. File photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Nobel-winning therapy weaponizes immune system against cancer

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:19 PM

While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumor cells

Chinese destroyer sails extremely close to U.S. warship

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:46 PM

A Chinese Luyang destroyer has approached the USS Decatur in 'an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea,' says US Pacific Fleet spokesman Commander Nate Christensen

DISPUTED WATERS. This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the USS Decatur (DDG 73) as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) on October 13, 2016. File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/US Navy/AFP

Trump hails 'most important ever' U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade pact

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Analysts say USMCA is similar to NAFTA in many respects but there is improved access for US agricultural goods, including the dairy products which Canada in particular had tried to limit

NEW TRADE PACT. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Twin earthquakes send residents fleeing on Indonesia's Sumba

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:40 AM

There are no immediate reports of serious damage

Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love'

Sep 30, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'He wrote me beautiful letters and they're great letters. We fell in love,' says US President Donald Trump

HISTORIC. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Tangled web of claims, blame for Iran attack

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:00 AM

There have been two claims of responsibility for the gun assault against a military parade

ATTACKS. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP

North Korea says 'no way' it will disarm without trust in U.S.

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:18 AM

'The recent deadlock is because the US relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,' North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho tells the UN General Assembly

NORTH KOREA IN UN. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2018, at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Syria calls on U.S., French, Turkish forces to 'withdraw immediately'

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem says Damascus would continue 'fighting this sacred battle until we purge all Syrian territories' of both terror groups and 'any illegal foreign presence'

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

China, Russia denounce 'blackmail' as rift with U.S. exposed at UN

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The United States' relations with China and Russia continue to plummet amid President Donald Trump's accusations against the two countries

U.S. powers into early Ryder Cup lead despite Tiger Woods defeat

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The United States squad posts a 3-1 lead over Europe after the opening session

BIG DRAW. US golfer Tiger Woods plays a tee shot during his fourball match on the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

First vote on embattled U.S. court nominee after fraught hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) Friday's vote – set for 1:30 pm (1730 GMT; 1:30 am Saturday, Manila time) – will take place under an intense spotlight, following a historic day of testimony that put the toxic partisan feuding in Washington on full display

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. Photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. 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

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

'I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,' says Brett Kavanaugh in his opening statement

TRUMP PICK. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Donald Trump says he is skeptical because he personally had been the target of 'false statements' in the past made by various women

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Top U.S. diplomat to return to North Korea as Trump hails Kim

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to return to Pyongyang in October to move ahead on efforts for 'the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK'