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Trump says detained American released in Venezuela

May 26, 2018 - 10:14 PM

(UPDATED) Joshua Holt's release comes after Senator Bob Corker met with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Korean leaders meet after Trump threatens to quit Kim summit

May 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The two leaders held talks for two hours, says South Korea's presidential office

SECOND SUMMIT. This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Photo handout by The Blue House/AFP

U.S. warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

May 26, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Reports concern US State Department that the Daraa was within the boundaries of a de-escalation zone it had negotiated with Russia and Jordan last year

REBEL. Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Iran nuclear deal signatories meet for first time since U.S. pullout

May 25, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The 5 signatories still committed to the agreement have said they want Iran to stay in the deal

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May 25, 2018 - 1:09 PM

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North Korea open to U.S. talks 'any time' despite Trump axing summit

May 25, 2018 - 10:35 AM

First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-Gwan calls US President Donald Trump's decision 'unexpected' and 'regrettable,' but he left the door open for further diplomacy

NORTH KOREA-US SUMMIT. The White House on May 16, 2018 voiced hope the upcoming summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will proceed as planned, as Pyongyang threatened to pull out over US pressure for 'unilateral nuclear abandonment.' Saul Loeb/AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

U.S. demands 2 Venezuelan diplomats leave within 48 hours

May 24, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Venezuela's move to expel US diplomats earlier this week follows a US tightening of sanctions over President Nicolas Maduro's controversial re-election as president over the weekend

File photo of Venezuela embassy in US from Wikimedia Commons

U.S.-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria – state media

May 24, 2018 - 2:49 PM

'Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,' a military source says

Emptying the nest: U.S. couple gets court to evict 30-year-old son

May 24, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Michael Rotondo, who is still living in his parents' home in New York state at the age of 30, argues he isn't a burden to them, saying they 'don't provide laundry or food'

North Korea slams 'ignorant and stupid' Pence, renews summit threat

May 24, 2018 - 10:32 AM

North Korea's Choe Son-Hui lambasts a media interview on Monday, May 21, in which US Vice President Mike Pence warns Kim Jong-Un that it would be a 'great mistake' to try and play Donald Trump

US-NORTH KOREA. US Vice President Mike Pence says South Korea will continue its support of sanctions for North Korea's denuclearization. File photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

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May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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Venezuela's Maduro expels U.S. diplomats, rejects sanctions

May 23, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The Venezuelan president declares US charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and deputy head of mission Brian Naranjo 'persona non grata'

AFTER REELECTION. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

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May 23, 2018 - 11:42 AM

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Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed

May 23, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'It may not work out for June 12,' US President Donald Trump says of the Singapore meeting

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech in Pyongyang.

Commemorative coin struck for Trump-Kim summit

May 22, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The coin depicts Trump and Kim, described as North Korea's 'Supreme Leader,' in profile facing each other in front of a background of US and North Korean flags

COMMEMORATIVE COIN. A coin for the upcoming US-North Korea summit is seen in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

Texas school gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say

May 22, 2018 - 8:56 AM

'I think that there is definitely something going on in terms of mental health history,' says lawyer Nicholas Poehl

REMEMBER. Greg Zanis lines up crosses he built in front of Santa Fe High School on May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. The crosses are a memorial to the victims of last Friday's shooting when 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered the school with a shotgun and a pistol and opened fire, killing 10 people. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, Moon discuss North Korea's threat to scrap summit

May 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The two leaders agree to 'work closely' for the success of the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12, which would be the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.

File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

May 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,' says China's Vice Premier Liu He

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

Washington seeks global 'coalition' against Iran regime

May 18, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The plan is to be detailed on Monday, May 21, by the top United States diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy address since taking office in April

WHITE HOUSE. The White House is pictured on January 19, 2013 in Washington DC. Americans kicked off Barack Obama's inauguration weekend Saturday with a day of service, with the president and his family volunteering their efforts in Washington. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

U.S. Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

May 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passes on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel's nomination

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May 18, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Pregnancy of southern white rhino at U.S. zoo could save subspecies

May 18, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Artificial insemination of rhinos has rarely been attempted in zoos and there have only a few births from this procedure in the past

Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year 2

May 18, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says some migrants are 'animals'

May 17, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country,' US President Donald Trump tells California Republicans visiting the White House

'ANIMALS'? US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 25. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Denuclearization, sanctions, peace: Issues facing Trump-Kim summit

May 17, 2018 - 2:34 PM

What 'denuclearization of the Korean peninsula' actually means to both sides may differ widely

NORTH KOREA-US SUMMIT. The White House on May 16, 2018 voiced hope the upcoming summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will proceed as planned, as Pyongyang threatened to pull out over US pressure for 'unilateral nuclear abandonment.' Saul Loeb/AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

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May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

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Trump discloses payment to attorney who paid off porn star

May 17, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The disclosure caps a series of contradictory statements from US President Donald Trump and his representatives on the scandal swirling around lawyer Michael Cohen

MICHAEL COHEN. US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen (C) leaves the US Courthouse in New York on April 26, 2018. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Guatemala opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

May 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Israeli and Guatemalan officials attend an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

ANOTHER EMBASSY. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (C) and his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin (L) speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP

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May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Trump says 'we'll see' as North Korea threatens to cancel summit

May 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) US President Donald Trump says the US government has not received any official word of a change in plans for the June 12 meeting in Singapore

DENUCLEARIZATION. Photo of Kim Jong-un by AFP. Photo of Donald Trump by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

North Korea casts doubt on Trump summit

May 16, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Pyongyang cancels high-level talks with Seoul over the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the United States and South Korea, denouncing the drills as a 'rude and wicked provocation'

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech in Pyongyang. AFP file photos

U.S. first lady hospitalized with 'benign' kidney condition

May 15, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The 48-year-old former model is expected to stay in hospital 'for the duration of the week'

MELANIA. Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, waves to the crowd at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Gaza deaths spark widespread condemnation of Israel

May 15, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Here are some of the reactions from around the world following the violence on Monday, May 14

GAZA. A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protestors gathering along the border fence with Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

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May 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

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Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well underway' – U.S. monitor

May 15, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The respected 38 North website says that satellite images dated May 7 showed 'the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well underway'

DISMANTLING 'UNDERWAY'. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of www.Planet.com, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

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May 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

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Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN – diplomats

May 15, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest,' read a draft of the statement

GAZA PROTESTS. Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Duterte skips barangay elections, Defector on North Korea, Gary V discharged from hospital | Evening wRap

May 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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U.S. envoy sees peace, hope after Israel embassy move

May 13, 2018 - 6:13 PM

US Ambassador David Friedman confirms President Donald Trump has prepared a video to be played during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem

US-ISRAEL TIES. US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaskan coast

May 13, 2018 - 9:26 AM

The long-range Tupelev Tu-95 bombers are 'intercepted and visually identified' Friday morning by a pair of F-22 Raptors as the Russian aircraft flies just north of Alaska's Aleutian islands

NORAD. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating 60 years of 'Keeping North America Safe'. Screenshot from the Norad web site

North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

May 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) Reporters from different countries would be allowed to 'conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground,' says the foreign ministry

Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

May 12, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, holding meetings with all of the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement

DIPLOMATIC TOUR. In this file photo, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

How has Trump's Paris pullout plan affected climate negotiations in Bonn?

May 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Delegations at the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, show that US President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has not weakened their stance to fight climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. 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

UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, U.S.

May 11, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

U.S. says Iran nuclear inspections must continue

May 11, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Days after the US president walked away from a 3-year-old deal that mandated rigorous scrutiny of Iranian facilities, senior administration officials say monitoring should continue regardless

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

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

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May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

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May 10, 2018 - 7:53 PM

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Kim says Trump summit 'historic' chance to build 'good future' – KCNA

May 10, 2018 - 11:23 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says his summit with US President Donald Trump would help towards improving the situation on the Korean peninsula and the 'building of a good future'

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP File Photo