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EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change

ANGRY. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 4, 2020, on the day the European Union unveils a landmark law to achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2050. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Libyans propose ceasefire, slam international inaction

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:26 PM

The draft ceasefire deal proposes that the United Nations and a military commission with members from both warring sides monitor the safe return of displaced civilians to their homes

DRAFT DEAL. President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya Faiez Mustafa Serraj delivers a speech at the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

New clashes in Libya despite U.N. ceasefire call

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Despite the truce, there has been sporadic fighting almost every day near Tripoli, and arms continue to flow into the country

CLASHES. A man checks a shell-pocked wall in a street that was reportedly hit during shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Batata neighbourhood on February 13, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya's GNA accepts ceasefire with Haftar

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The acceptance of the ceasefire is in response to calls from Turkey and Russia, who have emerged as key players in the Libyan arena

GNA HEAD. In this file photo, Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj holds a cabinet meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli on December 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Saudi Arabia slams Turkish approval of Libya deployment

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Analysts warn that Turkey's deployment of troops risks plunging Libya deeper into a Syrian-style proxy war between regional powers

YES VOTES. Turkish members of parliament vote to send Turkish troops to Libya, in Ankara, on January 2, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Erdogan says parliament to vote in January on Libya troop deployment

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:18 PM

'We will present the motion to send troops (to Libya) as soon as parliament resumes' on January 7, Erdogan says in a speech in Ankara

MOTION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes the motion to send troops to Libya will be passed in parliament between January 8 and 9. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

2020 election crucial for U.S. to catch up on climate action

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The election of a US president who advances a comprehensive national climate strategy could reduce emissions by 49% by 2030

Dismay as U.S. formally starts pullout from Paris climate accord

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump goes ahead with the pullout despite mounting evidence of the reality and impact of climate change

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

The U.S. remains in the Paris accord, for now

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The US cannot ask to leave the Paris accord until November 4, 2019

LIST: Disney's big announcements at the D23 expo 2019

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:40 PM

From new 'Star Wars' and Marvel series, to revivals of 2000s-era classics, here's what we can expect from Disney in the next few years

D23 EXPO. Disney's biennial fan convention kicks off at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 23. Photo by Angela Papuga/ Getty Images/ AFP

1,000 dead in 3-month fight for Libya's Tripoli

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The UN's World Health Organization says air strikes and ground fighting have left nearly 1,000 people dead and some 5,000 wounded

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported air strike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says its fighters were 'taking control of several new positions on the frontlines in Tripoli'

TAKING CONTROL. Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture on April 18, 2019, after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Escalating Libya conflict prompts international alarm

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:15 AM

As fierce clashes erupt in Libya again, the United Nations calls for an urgent two-hour truce to allow evacuations of civilians and the wounded

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata. - Anti-government forces led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday they had been targeted by an air strike about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Tripoli. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Libyan strongman's forces say targeted by air strike

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Pro-government forces in Tripoli confirm they had targeted Khalifa Haftar's men with 'intensive strikes'

HAFTAR'S FORCES. This grab obtained from a video published on the Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army War Information Division's Facebook page on April 3, 2019, allegedly shows military convoys heading towards western Libya and Tripoli, coming from the LNA controlled territory in the east. Photo by LNA War Information Division/AFP

Thousands protest in Athens against Macedonian accord

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Greeks are protesting a planned name change for its neighbor: 'There is only one Macedonia, the Greek Macedonia'

NAME CHANGE. Greeks protest the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. The proposal faces resistance in Greece because of what critics see as the implied claims to Greek land and cultural heritage. For most Greeks, Macedonia is the name of their history-rich northern province made famous by Alexander the Great's conquests. Photo by AFP

U.S. Iran sanctions move hits European companies

Nov 04, 2018 - 5:00 AM

European companies are wary of being caught out by the US sanctions regime

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Nations round on U.S., allies as UN climate talks wrap up

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Delegates representing some of Earth's poorest and smallest nations say that the United States and other Western economies failed to live up to their green spending commitments

John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Aug 26, 2018 - 9:16 AM

To the end, John McCain remained convinced that America's values should be shared and defended worldwide

Your career according to your midheaven sign

Apr 04, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Feeling like your job isn't for you? This might be why

The metallic lipstick you should wear, according to your star sign

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Wear the stars on your lips with metallic lipstick

DOJ reopens Castillo case, ISIS’ virtual caliphate, Trump on climate accord | Midday wRap

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Obama takes on Trump and men in general at Paris event

Dec 03, 2017 - 9:14 AM

Asked to list leadership qualities for the future, former US president Barack Obama says: 'More focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having some problems these days'

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 10, 2016 shows US President Barack Obama meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  US President-elect Donald Trump on December 28, 2016 accused Barack Obama of making "inflammatory" statements and complicating the impending transfer of power -- the latest salvo in an escalating war of words with the current commander-in-chief. The unorthodox personal and public criticism of a sitting president comes less than a month before the 70-year-old Trump -- who defeated Obama's preferred successor Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election -- takes office.  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Libya to probe 'slave auction' footage

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The Libyan Government of National Accord says it will investigate allegations that migrants are being sold to North African buyers

Salah Abu-Raguigah (C), Head of the department of African affaires in the Libyan Foreign Ministry in the National Accord Government, delivers a statement to the press in the presense of African ambassadors to Libya on November 19, 2017, in Tripoli. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

Managing waste, mitigating floods: The case of Malabon

Sep 09, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Garbage remains a main concern in the city s flood mitigation efforts but the successful waste management initiative of one barangay may serve as a model

BRAVING THE FLOODS. An elementary student rides on a boat with her relatives as she went home from school at the Artex Compound in Malabon City, Manila on June 5, 2013. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Climate change could greatly widen U.S. inequality – study

Jun 30, 2017 - 9:20 AM

But US President Donald Trump insists he is proud of having pulled out from the agreement saying the move would save US jobs and protect American sovereignty

WAKE UP, TRUMP. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Paul J. Richards/AFP

U.S. mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:07 PM

President Trump s disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution the mayor of Atlanta says

ALIVE. An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk, September 8, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Modi tells Macron India will 'go beyond' Paris climate accord

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes the commitment after President Donald Trump said the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement

FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) says goodbye to French President Emmanuel Macron after a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe on the last leg of his 4-nation visit in Paris on June. Photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

Climate groups hit Trump for quitting Paris climate deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Grassroots communities shall link arms together and vulnerable countries like the Philippines shall continue demanding for climate justice says The Climate Reality Project Philippines

Obama again defends climate deal

Jan 10, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Writing in the journal Science Obama says the United States was proving that reducing greenhouse gases can help economic growth

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama holds a press conference following the conclusion of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane, Laos, September 8, 2016. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin heads to Berlin for crunch Ukraine, Syria talks

Oct 19, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin will face Western pressure over Ukraine and Syria at talks in Berlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the Business Russia Congress in Moscow on October 18, 2016. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Blow to Libya unity government as rival seizes offices

Oct 15, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The head of the former Government of National Salvation proclaims its reinstatement from the offices of a key consultative body of the Government of National Accord

Done deal: Paris climate pact to enter into force

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Seventy two 72 countries accounting for more than 56 of emissions had submitted ratification documents the UNFCCC says meaning the pact will take binding legal effect in 30 days

This file photo taken on December 11, 2015 shows The Eiffel Tower displayING the message 'No plan B' within the United Nations Climate Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Patrick Kovarick/AFP/Fle

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Paris climate pact | 12PM wRap

Oct 05, 2016 - 12:16 PM

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Paris climate deal to enter force after EU green light

Oct 04, 2016 - 7:12 PM

4th UPDATE The European Parliament overwhelmingly backs the ratification of the Paris climate deal paving the way for the landmark pact to come into force globally

SEALED. European Parliament President Martin Schulz (R) smiles as he stands next to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior a voting session on the UN Climate Change agreement struck in Paris last year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 4, 2016. Frederick Florin/AFP

World leaders bid farewell to Nobel laureate Peres

Sep 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM

3rd UPDATE Some 70 countries will be represented with the range of leaders illustrating the respect Shimon Peres gained over the years in his transformation from hawk to committed peace advocate

IN MEMORY. Israeli policewomen salute in front of the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at the plaza outside the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, on September 29, 2016 in Jerusalem, as people come to pay their respects. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Libya forces seize oil terminals in blow to unity gov't

Sep 12, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Unless there is a very quick mediation this could lead to conflict and a final blow to Libya s oil industry says expert Mattia Toaldo

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 8, 2016 shows smoke billowing from a petroleum storage tank after a fire was extinguished following fighting at Al-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanuf in the so-called "oil crescent" along Libya's northern coast.  Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar on September 11, 2016 said they had seized the Al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil export terminals as the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) struggles to assert its authority over the oil-rich country. Haftar's forces took the two terminals -- together capable of handling 700,000 barrels of oil per day -- from installation guards loyal to the GNA. The terminals had been closed for months following attacks in January by the jihadist Islamic State group, who took advantage of turmoil after the 2011 uprising to gain a foothold in the country.   / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Libyan forces push into last ISIS-held areas of Sirte

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:55 PM

About 1 000 pro GNA fighters are taking part in the battle for Sirte says spokesman Reda Issa

Members of the forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) walk toward their position in the coastal city of Sirte, east of the capital Tripoli, prior to their military operation to clear the Islamic State group's (IS) jihadists from the city on August 28, 2016. GNA forces who for more than three months have been pressing an offensive to retake Sirte from IS, pushed into the last areas of the city held by the group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold.     / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

US launches first anti-ISIS air raids in Libya's Sirte

Aug 02, 2016 - 6:40 AM

The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh ISIS organization were carried out today causing heavy losses in Sirte prime minister Fayez al Sarraj says

Confidence vote on hold as Libya unity gov't asserts authority

Apr 19, 2016 - 8:46 AM

A special session of the internationally recognized parliament to be held in the eastern city of Tobruk failed to take place because of big differences

French, German FMs in Libya to back unity government

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The visit comes two days before a crucial vote by the country s recognized parliament on whether to endorse the Government of National Accord

Pacific nations lead the way on Paris climate accord

Mar 21, 2016 - 1:16 PM

Marshall Islands president: By becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement we have shown our determination to continue to lead this fight from the front

Youth representative seeks probe on military 'surveillance' in UP Diliman

Oct 23, 2015 - 10:37 PM

There is great suspicion that this military surveillance incident is connected with the preparations for the Manilakbayan camp out next week Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon says