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EU brings solar power to 2 sitios in Davao Occidental

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This is part of the European Union's P3.6-billion sustainable energy project in the Philippines

Tusk lashes out at Trump stance on Europe

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'For the first time in history we have an American administration that is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic about a united and strong Europe,' EU chief Donald Tusk says

TUSK. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. EPP, the largest political family in the European Union (EU), are to elect their top candidate for the 2019 European elections. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

Trump in Paris slams Macron's 'insulting' EU army proposals

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:04 AM

French President Macron proposes a joint EU army to protect them from China, Russia, and the US

UK, EU close to Brexit deal over Irish border

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilizing the peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

EU recalls envoy from Tanzania

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:03 PM

EU chief representative in Tanzania to Brussels Roeland van de Geer has been recalled to discuss the situation in the country

ENVOY. Roeland van de Geer, EU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, speaks to the press, 20 March 2007, in Kinshasa. AFP file photo

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Having channeled voters' anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, the man dubbed the 'Tropical Trump' will now get down to work seeking to 'change Brazil's destiny'

NEW ERA. Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference. File photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

EU prize awarded to Ukraine's Sentsov in slap to Russia

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The European Parliament gives the Sakharov human rights prize to Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov and called for Russia to free the filmmaker

HUNGER STRIKE. In this handout picture released by the Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on September 29, 2018, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov undergoes medical examination at a state hospital in Labytnangi. Photo by Russian Federal Penitentiary Service/AFP

Brexit: What happens next?

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Britain is due to leave EU on March 29, 2019, but as of today there is still no Brexit deal. Here's an outline of what could happen next.

Union and European flags flutter in the breeze at the start of a pro-EU march through central London during the People's March for Europe on September 9, 2017. The pro-EU march is calling on politicians to "unite, rethink and reject Brexit". / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLEN

Merkel calls for free trade as EU, Asia meet

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The German Chancellor rallies for free trade as EU and Asian leaders meet to unite in defiance of US President Donald Trump's 'America first' approach

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) main candidate Angela Merkel (C) delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany, on September 19, 2017. Germany goes to the polls for parliamentary elections on September 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

British relatives of Nazi victims seek German passport as Brexit looms

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

British descendants of refugees who fled Nazi Germany are rushing to gain German nationality before Brexit

Global trade wars risk 'millions of jobs' – WTO chief

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:01 PM

'A continued escalation of tensions would pose real risks,' says World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo

ROBERT AZEVEDO. World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo gestures after he speaks to reporters on February 22, 2017 in Geneva.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

EU offers UK a sweetener before difficult Brexit summit

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:52 PM

To break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations, an EU negotiator offers to extend the transition period

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the administration has notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the 3 separate trade agreements

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

Brexit negotiations: What you need to know

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:52 AM

British and EU officials are negotiating day and night to get to the outline of a Brexit deal by Wednesday, October 17. Here's what they are talking about.

NEGOTIATIONS UP. Demonstrators hold banners during a protest to Lobby MPs to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, after Brexit, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on September 13, 2017. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

What is the 'real' Brexit deadline?

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Officials from both London and Brussels say the draft of a Brexit deal must be reached by the summit dinner on October 17 – or at the very most by mid November

DIVORCE. A Union Jack (right) hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Google appeals record EU fine over Android

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:27 AM

In its July decision, Brussels accuses Google of using the Android system's huge popularity on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut out rivals

EU condemns Hong Kong's expulsion of British reporter

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:00 AM

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's office says the expulsion of FT editor Victor Mallet is "a worrying precedent"

PRESS FREEDOM.  Demonstrator hold placards that read "freedom of the press, not allowed to be deprived" during a protest after Hong Kong immigration authorities declined a visa renewal for senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Johnson assaults May's Brexit plan at fractious party meeting

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Mixing jokes with biting one-liners that always stopped short of attacking Theresa May herself, Boris Johnson calls her strategy 'dangerous and unstable,' as well as a 'political humiliation'

BORIS JOHNSON. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson giving evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee at Parliament in London on March 21, 2018. Photo by PRU/AFP

Facebook may get $1.63 billion fine in EU due to recent hack

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Less than 10% of the total number of those affected – or some 5 million EU Facebook users – are hit by the attack on Facebook, according to a tweet from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC)

Macedonia PM defies low turnout to push name change

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:56 AM

More than 90% of those who voted in the referendum on Sunday, September 30, supported the name change, but only a third of the electorate turned out, results show

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

With Brexit clock ticking, Britain's May gathers fractious party

Sep 30, 2018 - 7:48 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May has faced endless internal polotting and ruomors of leadership challenge since losing her parliamentary majority in a disastrous snap election in 2017

Merkel says it's still unclear what Britain wants in Brexit talks

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Success in the upcoming negotiations depends 'largely on what it is Britain really wants, and on this the discussion has still not been entirely clear,' Merkel told a business conference in Berlin.

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

LOOK: European Union joins Manila Bay cleanup

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The European Union's ambassador to the Philippines, Franz Jessen, says Europe is one with the Philippines in helping remove plastic wastes from the ocean

CLEANING MANILA BAY. The EU Delegation in the Philippines joins a recent cleanup of Manila Bay. Photos courtesy of EU Delegation in the Philippines

British PM hits back at EU over Brexit plan

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) In a defiant televised statement from Downing Street, May says the talks were at an 'impasse' just 6 months before Britain leaves the EU and weeks ahead of a deadline to seal a deal – but puts the blame on Brussels

ON BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves after making a statement on the Brexit negotiations, from no 10 Downing Street, central London on September 21, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Britain, EU clash over who should make next move on Brexit

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:17 AM

If ever Brexit turns out to be a chaotic and damaging break-up, a European leader says this 'would be difficult for Europe but it would be terrible for the UK'

BREXIT TALKS. File photo shows an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the UK Houses of Parliament. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Will EU copyright overhaul 'break' the internet?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The most contested aspect of the bill, Article 13, will require content sharing sites to deploy tools that harshly filter out copyrighted material from user posts

EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP


EU parliament votes to stop Hungary's 'threat' to democracy

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto wastes little time in slamming the vote as 'nothing less than the petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians'

THE HUNGARY VOTE. Member of European Parliament Judith Sargentini (C) votes on the situation in Hungary during a voting session at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

EU parliament approves copyright law in blow to big tech

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) meeting in the French city of Strasbourg voted 438 in favor of the measure, 226 against, with 39 abstentions

EU ministers 'battle' over French-backed digital tax

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Paris says the proposed tax will ensure that global tech platforms pay their fair share. However, some EU members argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation.

EU clears Apple plan to buy music app Shazam

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Officials say Shazam's data would not increase Apple's ability to target customers, and the app was of 'limited importance' as an entry point to rival streaming services

E.U. urges U.S. to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on U.N. Palestinian agency

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'The regrettable decision of the US to no longer be part of this international and multilateral effort leaves a substantial gap,' says the European Union

'REGRETTABLE DECISION.' A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

EU ready to retaliate if US imposes car tariffs – Juncker

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The comments come a day after Trump reportedly rejected an EU proposal to scrap tariffs on automobiles, reawakening a transatlantic trade spat

CAR TARIFFS? US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

Brexit figurehead Farage returns to fight PM's plan

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The ex-UKIP leader calls British PM Theresa May's Brexit blueprint it a 'cowardly sell-out'

BREXIT MAN. In this file photo, Nigel Farage delivers a speech in London on July 4, 2016, announcing that he was stepping down as leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on August 13, 2018. Malacañang photo

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

EU vows P9.2 million for flood victims in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The European Union is extending this aid even as President Rodrigo Duterte lambasts them for supposedly interfering in his bloody anti-drug campaign

FLOODED. Residents brave knee-high flood along Antero Soriano Highway in General Trias, Cavite, due to Tropical Depression Josie and the southwest monsoon on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Britain likely to leave EU without deal – minister

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal,' International Trade Secretary Liam Fox says

NO GO? A minister says Great Britain will have to wait for a deal. File photo from AFP

EU trying to 'swindle' UK in Brexit talks

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Italy's far right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini urges prime minister Theresa May to take a harder stance in negotiations to sever ties with the trading bloc

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

EU's Juncker in last-ditch bid to end Trump trade war

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:46 PM

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, follows a long list of European leaders who have tried to lure Trump away from a protectionist onslaught that has spooked financial markets and the world

JUNCKER. President of EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump accuses China, EU of currency manipulation

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The outbursts are another crosswind for Wall Street, which struggled to find direction and finished Friday, July 20, a hair's breadth in negative territory

PRESIDENT TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:24 PM

'I told you so! The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google,' Trump tweets in reaction to the 4.34 billion euro penalty imposed on Google for abusing dominance of the Android operating system

TRUMP ON GOOGLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Google hit with record 4.3-billion euro fine in EU over Android

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The new sanction nearly doubles the previous record EU anti-trust fine of 2.4 billion euros, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017. Google says it will appeal the fine

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

EU urges Trump to protect world order, dismisses foe claim

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:01 PM

'America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news,' EU Council President Donald Tusk says late Sunday from Beijing, without naming Trump directly

DONALD TUSK. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (2nd L) meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on July 16, 2018. Photo by Ng Han Guan/AFP

May says Trump told her to 'sue the EU'

Jul 15, 2018 - 6:28 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says United States President Donald Trump's self-declared 'brutal' option in the Brexit negotiations was to sue Brussels, shedding light on his mysterious suggestion that has hung over their talks and his 4-day visit to Britain

BREXIT. This file photo taken on January 27, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May walking to a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP