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Filipino-Americans 'fired up' as Tagalog added to Nevada ballot

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Overlooked in the past, Filipinos have rapidly become Nevada's largest Asian-American community – almost 200,000 by some estimates, in a state of 3 million people – forcing candidates to take notice

FIRING UP. Elizabeth Warren supporter Ninna Diaz poses with material she will distribute while out knocking on doors of registered Democrats and Independents to make sure people are registered to vote on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Huawei loses legal challenge against U.S. federal purchase ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Huawei says it is disappointed with the ruling and would 'continue to consider further legal options'

HUAWEI. A photograph shows the logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.S. Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy after abuse scandal

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Bankruptcy proceedings will help the Boy Scouts to 'equitably compensate' victims through the establishment of a victims' compensation trust and allow the organization to continue at a local level

BANKRUPTCY. In this file photograph taken on February 4, 2013, shows a detail of a Boy Scouts of America uniform in Irving, Texas. File photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Trump threatens intelligence block over Huawei – U.S. diplomat

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Washington is pressing allies to ban Huawei, one of the world's largest tech firms, from next-generation 5G mobile data networks, saying it is a security risk.

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC, on February 16, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

14 test positive among U.S. plane evacuees from quarantined ship in Japan

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:29 PM

After consultation with The Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department decides to allow them onboard, but isolates them from the other passengers

MOVING PEOPLE. Buses arrive at a gate of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, in order to transport the US citizens at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port, on February 16, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Smartphone voting stirs interest – and security fears

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Rising interest in electronic voting heightens concerns among security experts who fear these systems are vulnerable to hacking and manipulation that could undermine confidence in election results

Amazon wins suspension of $10 billion 'JEDI' contract to Microsoft

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:37 AM

A preliminary injunction requested by Amazon is issued by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, barring the Department of Defense from starting work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program

Huawei, Meng face new U.S. charges of trade secrets theft

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:10 AM

A US indictment unsealed in New York alleges Huawei and its proxies conspired 'to misappropriate intellectual property' from 6 US firms as part of a strategy to grow and become the world's largest telecom equipment maker

U.S., German spies plundered global secrets via Swiss encryption firm – report

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Crypto AG was secretly owned by the US Central Intelligence Agency together with Germany's BND Federal Intelligence Service, reports say

ENCRYPTION SCANDAL. This file photo taken on August 13, 2008 shows a man walking over the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China denies U.S. allegations over military 'hackers'

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Beijing firmly rejects the claims, saying it is a 'staunch defender of cybersecurity'

GENG SHUANG. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang listens to a question during a briefing in Beijing on November 28, 2019. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

U.S. adds hacktivists, social media manipulators to top intel threats

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:31 PM

The biennial National Counterintelligence Strategy singles out anti-secrecy organizations, independent hackers, and Islamic extremist groups as espionage threats requiring close attention

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines

TREATY ALLIES. The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

U.S. indicts 4 Chinese military 'hackers' for Equifax breach

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The hackers stole 'the sensitive personal information of nearly half of all American citizens,' says Attorney General Bill Barr

Trump defends removal of impeachment witness

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:08 AM

'By firing Lieutenant Colonel Vindman and Ambassador Sondland like this, the Trump Administration signaled it won't tolerate people who tell the truth,' Democratic Senator Jack Reed says

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during the Opportunity Now summit at Central Piedmont Community College on February 7, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Top hopefuls Buttigieg, Sanders under fire in Democratic debate

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Buttigieg and Sanders finished atop the pack earlier this week in Iowa's chaotic caucuses, and both hope to renew the performance Tuesday in New Hampshire

(FILES) In this file photo (L-R) Democratic presidential hopefuls Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Sanders claims Iowa lead, ahead of Buttigieg

Feb 04, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Data released by the Sanders campaign, which says it represents results from nearly 40% of precincts in Iowa, shows Bernie Sanders garnering 28.62% of the vote, followed by moderate Pete Buttigieg at 25.71%.

BERNIE SANDERS. Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters as they wait for results to come in at his caucus night watch party on February 3, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

Pompeo condemns China's Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:24 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets top officials in Kazakhstan as he rounds off a 5-nation tour in two countries where Russia and China enjoy privileged interests

POMPEO IN KAZAKHSTAN. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) reacts after holding a joint news conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi (L) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, February 2, 2020. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/AFP

Facebook's settlement puts spotlight on 'biometric privacy'

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The settlement in the US could have wide-ranging implications for Facebook and other tech firms using facial recognition technology, and highlights the potential for state laws to force changes in privacy practices

FACIAL RECOGNITION AND FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the 'Like' sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Block placed on email details about Trump hold on Ukraine aid – media

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The Office of Management and Budget 'has redacted portions of 24 documents pursuant to the Presidential Communications Privilege,' OMB deputy general counsel Heather Walsh says in a court filing

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump at the White House on December 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. declares virus 'emergency,' bans travelers from China

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Restrictions will be imposed on American citizens, with those returning from China's Hubei province placed in facilities for mandatory 14-day quarantines, says Health Secretary Alex Azar

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield, and members of the Trump Administration's Coronavirus Task Force at a press briefing on a federal quarantine order on January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

Impeachment trial paused, top Democrats rush to Iowa for 11th hour campaigning

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:58 AM

As Donald Trump's impeachment trial is on hold until February 5, democratic candidates enjoy a final 72 hours of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses

MOBILIZING IN IOWA. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopefuls Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate a Democratic primary Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump lifts U.S. restrictions on anti-personnel landmines

Feb 01, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Trump gives the green light to a new generation of 'non-persistent' landmines that can be switched off or destroyed remotely rather than staying active in the ground forever

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP

Trump set for midweek acquittal after witnesses blocked

Feb 01, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Republican senators say a vote for Donald Trump's acquittal is expected on Wednesday afternoon, February 5

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 31, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Caballero Reynolds/AFP

China's coronavirus has not mutated in the U.S., says CDC

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'All the sequences we've extracted are similar to the one that China initially posted a couple of weeks ago,' says Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MASKS ON. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020.  Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.N. experts urge probe into alleged Saudi hacking of Bezos phone

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:44 AM

Riyadh rejects the allegations, its embassy in Washington branding them 'absurd'

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. journalist arrested in Indonesia over alleged visa violation

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Borneo officials dispute claims the arrest may have been linked to Philip Jacobson's involvement in sensitive stories about Indonesia's myriad environmental and corruption woes

Trump relaunches trade battle with Europe

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:14 PM

'The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years.' US President Donald Trump says

TRADE BATTLE. US president Donald Trump gestures flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump says Apple 'has to help' on police access to encrypted phones

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in 4 years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks with President of the Kurdistan Regional government during a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS – documents

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:01 AM

The documents released by the National Security Archive at George Washington University offer the most detailed look at 'Operation Glowing Symphony,' the first offensive hacking operation acknowledged by the Pentagon

France, U.S. agree to extend digital tax row talks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:01 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says, 'Macron and Trump had a very constructive discussion... and they agreed to avoid all escalation between the US and France on this digital tax issue'

Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:14 PM

The 100 members of the Senate will decide if Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress as charged in the two articles of impeachment approved last month by the House of Representatives

DONALD IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump arrives in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2020, for the World Economic Forum. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. woman jailed for killing husband with eye drops

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Lana Sue Clayton is accused of poisoning her husband by lacing his drinking water with eye drops between July 19 and 21, 2018

France makes proposals to U.S. to resolve tech tax row

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:03 PM

'There are possibilities available, we are working with (US Treasury Secretary) Steven Mnuchin. I made several proposals to him,' French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says

THE GAFA TAX. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, online retail giant Amazon, social media service Facebook and multinational technology company Apple, displayed on a tablet on February 18, 2019. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Trump 'knew exactly what was going on' in Ukraine – Giuliani associate

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:48 PM

'He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president,' Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, says

LEV PARNAS. Lev Parnas arrives at Federal Court on December 17, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Time running out on U.S.-South Korea troop talks – envoy

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The US and South Korea are in a security alliance and Washington stations 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North

HARRY HARRIS. US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris poses for a photo after a group interview at the ambassador's residence in Seoul on January 16, 2020. Photo by Sebastien Berger/AFP

Trump trial looms as House to send charges to Senate on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:34 AM

'We will transmit those articles & name impeachment managers. The Senate must choose between the Constitution & a cover-up,' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says

NANCY PELOSI. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi looks over notes as she arrives to a House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/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

Huawei exec can be extradited to U.S., Canada attorney general says

Jan 11, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was originally detained on a US warrant in late 2018, faces an extradition hearing in Vancouver that begins on January 20

MENG WANZHOU. Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, (center) leaves the British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver with her security team on October 1, 2019. File photo by Don MacKinnon/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. piles on the sanctions against Iran

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The sanctions are the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China confirms negotiator to sign trade deal in U.S. next week

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The signing will cap a nearly two-year spat that threatened to throttle the global economy

DEAL. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Iraq set for conflict, even if U.S. and Iran deescalate

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'Iraq will remain a zone of conflict,' says Randa Slim of the Washington based Middle East Institute

BATTLEGROUND? An Iraqi student waves the national flag during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the southern city of Basra on January 8, 2020, shouting slogans against turning Iraq into a battleground for the conflict between Iran and the US. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Warriors' Kerr wary of 'unwinnable' war as US-Iran tensions mount

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Steve Kerr voices out his concern in the wake of the US strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

BE INFORMED. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says US citizens should "do their homework" on critical issues. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) The new strike targets a convoy belonging to the Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary network whose Shiite-majority factions have close ties to Iran

Killing Soleimani: Trump acted where other U.S. leaders saw big risks

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Analysts say the killing of Qasem Soleimani was no small decision

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

LOOK: Jollibee opens new branches in U.S. and Canada

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Long lines welcome the opening of the new Jollibee stores in Chandler, Arizona; and in Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada

JOLLIBEE IN SASKATCHEWAN. Philippine fast-food chain Jollibee draws long lines of customers for its milestone opening in Saskatchewan, Canada. Photo courtesy of Jollibee

French citizen dead in U.S. custody – immigration agency

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:26 PM

A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies the person only as 'a 40-year-old native of Angola and citizen of France'

DEATHS IN IMMIGRATION. Recently-installed "Bollard" style fencing is pictured on the US-Mexico border near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on April 30, 2019. File Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

U.S. proposes remote ID requirement for drones

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Officials say the new rule would help identify potential threats, and presumably enable security officials to act against them

DRONE IDENTIFICATION. Drones are deployed during a demonstration at the Los Angeles Fire Department ahead of DJI's AirWorks conference in Los Angeles, California, on September 23, 2019. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

U.S. welcomes Saudi Khashoggi verdicts as 'important step' – official

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:38 AM

The court exonerates two top aides to Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom the US Senate considers responsible for Khashoggi's murder

KHASHOGGI MURDER. Demonstrators dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump (C) protest outside the White House in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP