US won't participate in UN Right Council without reforms

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not continue participating in the Human Rights Council unless the U.N. rights agency undergoes "considerable reform."


Philippine VP blasts Duterte's drug crackdown, cites abuses

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine vice president is raising alarms about the president's bloody crackdown on illegal drug use, which she says can't be solved "with bullets alone," adding that Filipinos should "defy brazen incursions on their rights."


  • Written by JIM GOMEZ , Associated Press

DC's cherry blossoms stung by nights of frigid temperatures

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a blast of frigid temperatures, the National Park Service says horticulturists have found widespread damage in cherry blossoms that have reached an advanced stage in the bloom cycle.


Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives' vest inside the main judicial building in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding many others, state media said.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM , Associated Press

Trump blasts release of 2005 tax form, reporter's account

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to newly disclosed tax documents.

  • Written by JILL COLVIN and JEFF HORWITZ , Associated Press