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Trump escalates war on social media at White House 'summit'

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Trump claims that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter – who were not invited to the summit – discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has nearly 62 million followers

US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Attacks on Big Tech likely at White House social media 'summit'

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:43 AM

President Donald Trump has invited conservative critics of Big Tech but excluded the platforms themselves

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook to broaden effort to root out white nationalist content

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

After an external audit, Facebook says it will enhance focus on identifying hate slogans and symbols connected to white nationalism


Trump announces exit of 'warrior' spokeswoman Sarah Sanders

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:17 AM

Sanders is one of Trump's most loyal foot soldiers, almost constantly at his side during his tumultuous two and a half years at the White House and during the campaign.

LEAVING. File photo of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressing a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Politics-shy Woods to be honored by Trump at White House

May 05, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The 43-year-old golf icon will be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, USA's highest civilian honor

RELATIONSHIP. Tiger Woods has shared the golf course with Donald Trump before and after he took office. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)


Trump, U.S. media in open war on annual dinner date

Apr 28, 2019 - 12:23 PM

President Donald Trump chooses to spend his day 1,100 kilometers away in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a rally with his baseball cap-wearing supporters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 14, 2019, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. Trump had a message on January 22, 2019, for Democrats counting on him to relent in the Washington arm wrestle blocking funds to swaths of the government for a record 32 days: "No Cave!" Trump's defiant tweet again blamed congressional Democrats for the chaos, insisting he will not lift his shutdown on federal government funding unless they approve his $5.7 billion plan for more walls along the US-Mexican border. Jim WATSON / AFP

Former U.S. VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The party's 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and recognized Democrat in the race, a popular former vice president who has been dominating early polls following months of campaign planning

U.S. white supremacist convicted of lynching black man to be executed

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

John William King, one of 3 men convicted of the June 1998 killing of James Byrd, is to die by lethal injection at the Huntsville penitentiary.

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Ransomware 'hero' pleads guilty to U.S. hacking charges

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,' the 24-year-old Marcus Hutchins, known by his alias MalwareTech,' writes, noting that the charges related to his activity prior to his work in security

'I REGRET THESE ACTIONS.' In this file photo taken on August 14, 2017, Marcus Hutchins (R), the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords, arrives with his lawyers at US Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:17 AM

At least 67 people have been arrested, says the opposition

PROTESTS. An opposition protester demonstrating against the government takes refuge in the premises of a parking lot upon the arrival of police officers who warned they will arrest anyone who 'alters peace and coexistence', in Managua on April 17, 2019. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:04 AM

(UPDATED) Ilhan Omar says in a statement on Sunday that many of the increased threats she had received were 'directly referencing or replying to the President's video'

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Netanyahu, Gantz make final pitches before Israeli vote

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The general election in which Netanyahu is seeking to extend his already 13 years in office is expected to be close, with ex-military chief Benny Gantz posing a serious threat

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Reality TV: Camera-toting sharks hunt seals in kelp forests

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The thrilling, shark's-eye views show the massive carnivores maneuvering effortlessly through thick kelp fronds suspended in the water like giant bean stalks

Great White Shark. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

Trump confirms he will skip 'boring' correspondents' dinner

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Asked if he'd go to this year's gathering, on April 27, Donald Trump tells reporters that 'the dinner is so boring and so negative that we're going to hold a very positive rally'

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US agriculture department closes 'kitten slaughterhouse'

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:28 AM

Over more than 3 decades, in a laboratory near the capital Washington, scientists fed cats and kittens meat possibly contaminated with the parasite toxoplasma gondii. Then, after 3 weeks, they went on to euthanize the cats.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Whistleblower reveals 'grave breaches' in White House security clearances

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:07 AM

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings says on April 1 that White House security official Tricia Newbold detailed to his panel 'grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump Administration'

ELIAH CUMMINGS. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings discusses breaches in White House security clearances in a letter to the White House counsel Pat Cipollone. Photo from Elijah E. Cummings Facebook Page.

Comments go wild after Siargao resort calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers'

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Try to actually work,' the resort says, as it opens up a debate on influencer culture in the country

NO FREELOADERS, PLS. A Siargao resort's post goes viral after it calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers' who just want freebies. Image from White Banana Beach Club Siargao's Facebook page

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,' says Facebook

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


U.S.-backed Syrian forces fight last ISIS jihadists

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Though the WHite House says the 'caliphate' has been wiped out, the Syrian Democratic Forces say clashes are still ongoing

WAR. A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) loads an ammunition belt at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019 during the SDF's preparations to advance in the battle against the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Trump to host Brazil's far-right president Bolsonaro

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed 'South America's Trump', has vowed to forge close ties with Washington

'TROPICAL TRUMP.' Jair Bolsonaro has been in line with Donald Trump in key international stands. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

U.S. downgrades its Palestinian diplomatic mission

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The change means Washington's relations with the Palestinians will now fall under the authority of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who has been a supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank

DOWNGRADED. In this file photo, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as US President Donald Trump speaks before pardoning the turkey 'Peas' during the annual ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 20, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Boracay White Beach named in Top 25 Asia's best

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Despite the ongoing rehabilitation, Boracay's White Beach still lands 9th spot in the Top 25 Asia's best beaches list of the TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards

THE BEST. Boracay's White Beach named among the best in Asia in the 2019 Trip Advisor list. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hanoi police hold Trump, Kim impersonators for questioning

Feb 23, 2019 - 3:03 PM

About 10 police officers show up at a local TV station where Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump impersonators Howard X and Russell White were giving an interview

DEADRINGERS. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators Howard X (L) and Dennis Alan (R) shakes hands during a promotional event on June 9, 2018 in Singapore.  TOH TING WEI / AFP

D-League: Ex-FEU stars carry Wangs; San Beda downs NCAA rival Perpetual

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Arvin Tolentino and Axel Iñigo team up as Wangs Basketball rolls past Trinity University of Asia

NEW TERRITORY. Arvin Tolentino sill continues to control the game even in the PBA D-League scene as he notches a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Photo by PBA Images

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Feb 15, 2019 - 2:09 PM

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Trump defends 'executive time' after schedule leak

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:03 AM

Trump tweets: 'When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.'

EXECUTIVE TIME. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump talks to the press as leaves the White House by the South lawn. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

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Jan 14, 2019 - 9:32 PM

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White House sought military strike against Iran

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The report says the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September.

STRIKING IRAN. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Child enters U.S. rhino enclosure, treated in hospital

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The two-year-old slips into a Florida zoo's rhino enclosure on New Year's Day

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Javan rhinos are shy creatures whose folds of loose skin give the appearance of wearing armour plating. Photo from Shutterstock

White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Outgoing White House chief John Kelly's remarks oppose President Trump's rhetoric on the US-Mexico border

US-MEXICO BORDER. American soldiers install fencing as part of a military deployment ordered by President Donald Trump to harden the US-Mexico border and provide engineering and logistical support to Customs and Border Protection agents. Photo by Thomas Watkins/Agence France-Presse

How George H.W. Bush secretly helped a Filipino boy for 10 years

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The former US president helped a young Filipino boy fund his education, extracurricular activities, and meals

BUSH. Former US president George HW Bush speaks before students at Tokyo's Waseda University on December 15, 2006. AFP file photo

Trump signals retreat on wall funding, but shutdown threat remains

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The president asked every one of his cabinet secretaries to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff – U.S. media

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:37 AM

According to reports, Jared Kushner met with the Republican leader to discuss the job

NEXT CHIEF OF STAFF? This file photo taken on February 16, 2017 shows Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner as he arrives to attend US President Donald Trump's press conference at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Tributes pour in for ex-U.S. president George H.W. Bush

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are excerpts of messages from the worlds of politics, business and Hollywood for the 41st US President

BUSH 41. In this file photo taken on September 25, 2008, former President George H. W. Bush waves as he arrives at the White House to participate in US President George W. Bush's signing of S. 3406, the ADA (Americans With Disabilities) Amendments Act of 2008, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

George H.W. Bush: Head of political dynasty, war hero

Dec 01, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The decorated war pilot, oilman, and diplomat who later became the 41st US President steered America through the end of the Cold War

BUSH 41. In a file photo taken on June 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo from Shutterstock

Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,' his son, former president George W. Bush, says in a statement

HOSPITALIZED. In this file photo, Former US President George H. W. Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush (not in photo) during an event in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says he doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'I don't believe it,' President Donald Trump says at the White House, adding that the United States will not take measures to cut emissions if the same is not done in other countries

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Ivanka Trump used personal email for gov't business – report

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pilloried Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 presidential election, for her use of a private email server for government business while she was secretary of state

White House restores CNN journalist's credentials, with warning

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:56 AM

(UPDATED) CNN says it is dropping its lawsuit on reporter Jim Acosta's access, a case that has raised concerns over constitutional rights for the press

EYE OF THE STORM. In this file photo taken on November 16, 2018 CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC, where Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate Acosta's press credentials. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter's access

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:45 AM

A federal judge issues a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access based on 'due process'

US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

U.S. media in court showdown over White House access

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

In the emergency hearing, CNN's lawyer Ted Boutrous asks the judge for a temporary order allowing Jim Acosta to get his White House pass back ahead of a full hearing

LEGAL BATTLE. CNN attorney Ted Boutrous delivers remarks outside US District Court following a hearing on CNN's case against the White House regarding White House correspondent Jim Acosta November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

CNN sues White House over barring of reporter

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The news network says the 'wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.'

CONFRONTATION. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018 US President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Nov 08, 2018 - 9:49 PM

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White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) A visibly angry Donald Trump has called reporter Jim Acosta a 'rude, terrible person,' after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a news conference

CLASH. US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kremlin says it sees no prospects for better Russia-U.S. ties

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:03 PM

'Rosy prospects for the normalization of Russian-US ties are not visible on the horizon,' says Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of Russian president Vladimir Putin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks on the phone before a session of the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Sochi on October 11, 2017.  MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL / AFP