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World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020 – draft ASEAN statement

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit 2019

ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th from left) pose for a group photo during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Thousands are expected to join other events this week in Australia, including a bee die-off enactment, a nude parade, and a funeral procession for the planet

EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTS. Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Last Australian state decriminalizes abortion

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Australian legislators from across the political spectrum vote to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and meant women seeking an abortion in Sydney or elsewhere in the state and their doctors could face up to 10 years in prison

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold a protest rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on August 6, 2019. Scores of protestors gathered outside the NSW Parliament ahead of debate on Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Prince is also scheduled to meet survivors of the March 15 shooting in which 50 people were killed

SOMBER. Britain's Prince William proceeds to lay a wreath during the Anzac Day service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fiona Goodall/AFP

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

At least 8,000 great white sharks off Australia coast: researchers

Feb 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Using groundbreaking genetic and statistical analysis of juvenile sharks, scientists from Australia and New Zealand produce a total population estimate in Australian waters of at least 8,000, including about 2,210 adults

DANGER. An undated file photograph of a Great White Shark swimming off Gansbaai, about 180 kms from Cape Town. Photo by Theo Ferreira/AFP

Four jailed over forged Ed Sheeran tickets

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:06 PM

An Australian, a Briton and two New Zealanders are going to jail in Singapore for selling forged tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert

FAKED. File photo of Ed Sheeran performing at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP

Sydney New Year's Eve 'rainbow' fireworks to fete gay marriage

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore: 'This (rainbow waterfall) is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that 4 out of 5 Sydneysiders said a resounding 'yes' to marriage equality'

CELEBRATION. This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows New Year fireworks illuminating the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Australia s accidental Kiwi deputy prime minister renounces his New Zealand citizenship amid sheep jokes Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories

'ACCIDENTAL KIWI' In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

Thousands of Australians kick off anti-Trump Women's March day

Jan 21, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Organizers say more than 600 coordinated protests will take place around the world following US President Donald Trump s inauguration

WOMEN'S DAY. Thousands of Australians join the global protest against new US President Donald Trump. Screengrab from Photo Activist's Twitter

Australia kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

Dec 31, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Some 1 5 million people are packing Australia s biggest city to watch the midnight fireworks a larger than usual crowd due to the weekend timing and warm weather

FIREWORKS. New Year's fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks at midnight on January 1, 2015. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Crown wins approval for Sydney casino aimed at Asian gamblers

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Crown Sydney Hotel Resort will be a 6 star property worth over 1 billion

Australia to team up with New Zealand on Brexit fallout

Jun 27, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The trans Tasman neighbors have been rattled by the British public s decision to leave the European bloc

This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows Pro-Brexit depicting a Union flag merged with the EU flag, fly from a fishing boat moored in Ramsgate, south-east England. Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

RugbyU: All Black magic at Halloween World Cup final

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:09 AM

New Zealand defeats Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final becoming the first side to win the World Cup 3 times

CHAMPIONS. New Zealand's flanker and captain Richie McCaw (C) holds the Webb Ellis Cup as he celebrates with teammates after winning the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015. Adrian Dennis/AFP

Pacific leaders agree to disagree on climate change

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:34 PM

It s not the best outcome that we would have liked says Kiribati President Anote Tong at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders retreat

'AGREE TO DISAGREE.' A meeting of South Pacific nations has failed to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. File photo by Mick Tsikas/EPA

ASEAN opens up half the world to PH trade

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:11 AM

ASEAN through its Free Trade Agreements with regional powers gives the country the chance to trade to half the world at little to no tariffs

Record crowds as Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:30 AM

At the ceremonies in Australia and New Zealand there were moving tributes to fallen mates and calls not to forget those injured in conflict

ANZAC DAY 2015. A large crowd gathers for the dawn service at ANZAC Cove in commemoration of the Gallipoli War on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, early April 25, 2015. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Leaders pay tribute to Gallipoli fallen on centenary

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the world needs a message of peace more than ever in the 21st century

COMMEMORATION. Britain's Prince Charles (L) and Prince Harry (R) visit the Cape Helles English Memorial during a commemorative event of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Gallipoli, Turkey, April 24, 2015. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Filipino prodigy law graduate in Australia at 18

Apr 20, 2015 - 12:53 AM

Jozef Erece 18 graduates from the University of Southern Queensland with a law degree

PRODIGY. Jozef Erece in 2013. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aid effort stepped up after monster Vanuatu cyclone

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The official death toll in the capital Port Vila stood at 6 on Sunday although aid workers said this was likely just a fraction of the fatalities nationwide

DEVASTATION. This handout photo taken on March 14, 2015 and released to AFP on March 15 by Australian Red Cross shows people clearing up debris and dealing with the damage to their homes in Seaside, near the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Photo by  Chris McCowage/Australian Red Cross/AFP

Cyclone Pam: Villages 'blown away' in Vanuatu

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:51 AM

UPDATED Oxfam: This is likely to be one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific the scale of humanitarian need will be enormous entire communities have been blown away

BLOWN FROM THE WATER. A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 14 March 2015 of people looking at a severely damaged boats and yachts in a harbor on Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 14 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/EPA

Marcia damages 1,500 homes in Australia

Feb 22, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Our fundamental priority now is on those families who have been the most severely impacted Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

CYCLONE MARCIA. Young people play with big sea waves due to tropical cyclone Marcia on Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on February 20, 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Australian business, trade to increase presence in PH

Jan 29, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Australia notes though that mining is a missed opportunity for the Philippines an industry that significantly contributes to the former s growth

Australia, New Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Nov 01, 2014 - 3:39 PM

It was a heavy day in our history and it led to heavier times to come Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says

Australia hopeful for new Antarctic sanctuary proposal

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Its latest proposal is for a 1 0 million square kilometer zone over four areas a plan which will be considered at the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources CCAMLR talks

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

FULL LIST: Singapore Laneway Music Festival lineup revealed

Oct 02, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Here are the acts expected to perform in Singapore this January 2015

Pope to kiss persecuted Christians' feet – Tagle

Aug 09, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Pope Francis first visit to Asia as pontiff set on August 13 comes as Christian communities suffer persecution in the Middle East

World leaders mark outbreak of World War I

Aug 04, 2014 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED King Philippe of Belgium: Peace has to be a shared goal World War I reminds us to reflect on our responsibility to bring people together

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN. King Philippe of Belgium (L) lays a wreath of flowers during a ceremony of remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, at the Allies' Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, Belgium, 04 August 2014. Julien Warnand/EPA

New Zealand to double exports, grow tourism traffic to PH

Jun 18, 2014 - 12:13 PM

The countries are working to raise trade and tourist arrival numbers

AIR AND TRADE PACT. New Zealand aims to double its exports to the Philippines by 2025 and pushes more tourism traffic to justify direct flights between the two countries.

Planes head home as MH370 search scaled back

Apr 30, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Despite the failure to find wreckage authorities insist they are looking in the right area

SCALED BACK. After seven weeks of unsucessful searching the international air effort to find parts of the plane has been stopped on 28 April. File photo by LSIS James Whittle/Australian Department of Defense/EPA

Baby Prince George heading to Australia, New Zealand

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:27 AM

The little prince will travel with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge around New Zealand from April 7 to 16 and then Australia from April 16 to 25

ROYAL TOUR SCHEDULED. This file photo shows Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with their son Prince George of Cambridge at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in central London on October 23, 2013. John Stillwell/AFP

Revelry muted in Tacloban amid global 2014 party

Dec 31, 2013 - 2:30 PM

The world prepares to kick off spectacular New Year parties but in Tacloban typhoon survivors make do with much less

Progress made towards Antarctic sanctuary – NZ

Nov 03, 2013 - 9:43 AM

New Zealand remains optimistic despite the failure of multi national talks to agree the plan

WILDERNESS. This image obtained from NASA on November 14, 2012 shows a view of Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica. AFP / British Antarctic Survey/NASA

'Substantial' damage feared in Australia wildfires

Oct 17, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Seven major blazes were burning across the state of New South Wales fanned by high erratic winds in unseasonably warm weather

Australia, US, France urge Antarctic protected areas

Oct 16, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Russia is seen as key to protecting large swathes of the wilderness area

WILDERNESS. This image obtained from NASA on November 14, 2012 shows a view of Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica. AFP / British Antarctic Survey/NASA

US upbeat on mega Asia-Pacific free trade pact

Oct 05, 2013 - 8:18 PM

The United States has spearheaded the negotiations for the free trade area describing it as creating gold standards for the 21st Century economy

UPBEAT. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and US Trade Representative Michael Froman (R) during the APEC Ministerial meeting Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Dita Alangkara/EPA

New Zealand re-examines ambitious Antarctic plans

Sep 05, 2013 - 2:40 PM

The plan for a 1 6 million square kilometer fishing free haven in the Ross Sea supported by the US was knocked back after Moscow raised objections

ANTARCTIC LANDSCAPE. A picture made available on 10 March 2013 shows two people taking pictures of the King George Island, in archipelago of South Shetland, Antarctica, 20 February 2013. Photo by EPA/Felipe Trueba

Hagel issues warning over Asian maritime disputes

Aug 29, 2013 - 1:58 PM

The main diplomatic effort has centered on calls for a code of conduct for the South China Sea

ASEAN MEET. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (5th L-white hair) looks up prior to the start of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense minister's meeting in Jerudong, some 20 km outside Brunei's capital Bandar Seri Begawan on August 29, 2013. AFP/Deen Kassim

Fonterra PH: Anchor, Anmum not contaminated

Aug 06, 2013 - 12:15 PM

The company says its dairy brands in the Philippines are safe to consume

SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION. Fonterra Philippines said that its branded consumer products in the country are not affected by the ingredient quality issue announced by the Co-operative in New Zealand. Photo by AFP / DALE DE LA REY

Australia, NZ vow to press on with Antarctic plans

Jul 17, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Australia and New Zealand said they were deeply disappointed with Russia blocking a plan to create the world s largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica but vowed to push ahead

ANTARCTIC LANDSCAPE. A picture made available on 10 March 2013 shows two people taking pictures of the King George Island, in archipelago of South Shetland, Antarctica, 20 February 2013. Photo by EPA/Felipe Trueba

Australian climate on 'steroids' after hottest summer

Mar 04, 2013 - 1:13 PM

The Australian summer over 2012 and 2013 has been defined by extreme weather events across much of the continent including record breaking heat severe bushfires extreme rainfall and damaging flooding

This handout picture taken late on January 8, 2013 and provided by New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW Rural Fire Service) on January 9, 2013 shows trees burning and smoke billowing from a fire along the Princes Highway at Deans Gap in the Shoalhaven area in New South Wales. AFP PHOTO / NSW Rural Fire Service

Rescuers bid to reach tsunami-hit villages in Solomons

Feb 07, 2013 - 2:31 PM

UPDATED At least 6 people were confirmed dead after Wednesday s February 6 quake generated a wave that swamped coastal communities on Ndende island in the eastern Solomons

5 dead as 8.0 quake off Solomons sparks Pacific tsunami

Feb 06, 2013 - 2:59 PM

2nd UPDATE We can report five dead and three injured One of the dead was a male child three were elderly women and one an elderly man

Magnitude 8.0 quake strikes Solomons, sparks Pacific tsunami

Feb 06, 2013 - 9:43 AM

3rd UPDATE A major magnitude 8 0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean and a tsunami warning was issued for South Pacific islands

Australia firefighters race to beat heat spike

Jan 10, 2013 - 8:35 AM

Australian firefighters were racing against the clock to bring a series of blazes under control Thursday January 10 before a forecast spike in temperatures brings the risk of more infernos

This handout picture taken late on January 8, 2013 and provided by New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW Rural Fire Service) on January 9, 2013 shows trees burning and smoke billowing from a fire along the Princes Highway at Deans Gap in the Shoalhaven area in New South Wales. AFP PHOTO / NSW Rural Fire Service

Australia bushfires rage in 'catastrophic' conditions

Jan 08, 2013 - 10:21 AM

Bushfires raged across Australia s most populous state Tuesday January 8 fanned by intense heat and high winds in catastrophic conditions that have put thousands of firefighters on high alert

Global wave of spectacular New Year pyrotechnics ushers in 2013

Jan 01, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Australia kicks off global New Year celebrations with Sydney s traditional firework spectacle

Obama dives into South China Sea turmoil

Nov 20, 2012 - 12:36 PM

Barack Obama is widely expected to express concerns about the disputes between Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbors

ASEAN-U.S. LEADERS. The "family photo" of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and US summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on November 19, 2012. From left: Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, US President Barack Obama, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Myanmar President Thein Sein. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Gov't to spend P44-M for Aquino's Australia, NZ state visits

Oct 21, 2012 - 3:51 PM

Aquino will depart Manila at around 9pm Sunday with Auckland New Zealand as his first stop

AUSSIE PRIME MINISTER Julia Gillard (L) with Aquino (R) during their last bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vladivostok, Russia on November 14, 2012. Malacañang Photo Bureau