Philippines

  • A registered nurse prepares a trauma room in the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
    May 24, 2017  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, fighting raged for a second day in the southern Philippines, where Islamist militants have seized control of Marawi City. Thousands of residents fled amid tight security. Also, word has leaked that President Trump told Filipino President Duterte that the U.S. had two nuclear submarines off North Korea during an April phone call. Continue reading

  • The scene of the intermediate-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2's launch test
    May 23, 2017  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart warned that it’s inevitable North Korea will develop a nuclear missile that can reach the U.S. mainland unless something is done to prevent it. Also, President Trump reportedly retained Wall Street lawyer Marc Kasowitz in the special counsel investigation of contacts between campaign aides and the Russians. Continue reading

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the opening ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila
    May 1, 2017  

    In a “very friendly” phone call, President Trump extended a surprise White House invitation to Filipino President Duterte, prompting outcry from human rights advocates. Thousands of people have been killed under Duterte in an anti-drug crackdown. Former State Department official David Kramer joins William Brangham to discuss Mr. Trump’s relationships with authoritarian leaders. Continue reading

  • March 3, 2017  

    The Philippines have been gripped by violence amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drug dealers and users. More than 7,000 people have been killed in the last nine months, according to Human Rights Watch. But who is actually responsible for the killings? William Brangham narrates a report by Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Continue reading

  • December 9, 2016   BY  

    In the Philippines, police and unidentified gunmen have murdered thousands of people in recent months, but President Rodrigo Duterte says these death squads have more work to do. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2016  

    Donald Trump’s business dealings with companies around the world have raised questions of possible conflicts of interest once he takes office. The New York Times recently published a lengthy piece on potential issues; William Brangham speaks with one of the investigation’s reporters, Eric Lipton, for details on separating political and economic power, Trump-branded properties and more. Continue reading

  • October 28, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on transgender rights, which involves a transgender teen in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom at a high school. Also, the secretary of the interior says she’s “profoundly disappointed” with the acquittals of seven defendants accused of conspiracy for taking over an Oregon wildlife refuge for 41 days. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, Russia extended the “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo for a third day, after the United Nations said that planned evacuations of the rebel-held Syrian city had not actually begun. The UN blamed a lack of security guarantees from both warring sides for the delay. Also, in Iraq, Islamic State militants launched attacks in and around the northern city of Kirkuk, killing 13. Continue reading

  • October 20, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Russian and Syrian forces began a “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which could last as long as four days. Using loudspeakers and pamphlets, the Syrian army urged residents to leave and fighters to put down their weapons. Also, in Iraq, the battle for Mosul has claimed its first American casualty: A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb. Continue reading

  • October 19, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a top Iraqi commander called for the surrender of Mosul on the third day of an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State. An estimated 6,000 ISIS fighters remain in the city. Also, a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform killed a U.S. service member and an American civilian in Kabul. The attack took place during exercises with Afghan security forces. Continue reading

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