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UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The world's fifth-largest economy is in political turmoil and grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc after 46 years just 10 weeks from now

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Some of the key reactions to the British parliament's rejection of a Brexit deal

An anti-Brexit activist waves Union and EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 16, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May was left "crushed" and "humiliated", Britain's newspapers said today as they raked over the fallout from parliament's huge rejection of her EU divorce deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

McDonald's loses Big Mac EU trademark battle

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Ireland's Supermac accuses McDonald's of 'trademark bullying, registering brand names which are simply stored away in a war chest to use against future competitors'

This photo shows Big Macs from McDonalds, some of the fast food the US president purchased for a ceremony honoring the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 14, 2019. - US President Donald Trump says the White House chefs are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:22 AM

'We're talking to middle and low-ranking military: break away from the fear,' says parliamentary president Juan Guaido, who last week branded President Nicolas Maduro a 'usurper'

MADURO. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:04 AM

MPs vote 432 to 202 against Theresa May's plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history

HISTORIC VOTE. Britain's parliament on January 15 resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and leaving the country on track to crash out of the EU. AFP PHOTO / MARK DUFFY / UK Parliament

Decision time as British MPs vote on Brexit deal

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, a bitterly divided Britain is in limbo and the world is on tenterhooks about what will happen next

PARLIAMENT. The sun sets behind The Palace of Westminster, home of the British Houses of Parliament in central London on January 4, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

May warns British parliament against 'catastrophic' failure to deliver Brexit

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'My message to parliament this weekend is simple: It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country,' British Prime Minister Theresa May says

CONTROVERSY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen during a BBC television interview ahead of the Conservative Party Conference 2018, in Birmingham on September 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Cambodia PM says EU holding country 'hostage' with tariff threats

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

In October, the European Union threatened to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's garment and footwear sector

CAMBODIA PM. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. Photo by AFP

Corruption warning as Romania takes over EU presidency

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The European Commission wants the left-leaning Romanian government to scrap controversial judicial reforms, saying they undermine the battle against graft

ROMANIA TAKES OVER. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila (L) arrive at the Romanian Atheneum to attend the ceremony marking the taking over the EU Council Presidency by Romania for the next six months in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is re-elected in voting boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as fraudulent by the United States, European Union, and Organization of American States

NEW TERM. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

UK Brexit vote set for January 15 as MPs oppose 'no deal' scenario

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A cross-party group of MPs votes to amend a finance law to limit the government's tax-raising powers in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit, a move intended to avert such a scenario

BREXIT. Activists hold up placards from the Leave Means Leave Pro-Brexit campaign group outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Britain's battle over Brexit resumes ahead of big vote

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The stakes could hardly be higher as the clock ticks down to the moment the world's fifth-biggest economy splits from its main trading partner on March 29

THERESA MAY'S BREXIT. In this file photo taken on January 02, 2019 A worker sweeps the street outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, in central London on January 2, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Pope Francis urges EU leaders to show solidarity with migrants off Malta

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'I address a pressing appeal to European leaders that they show some concrete solidarity with respect to these people,' Pope Francis says

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

EU puts up bug bounties to find flaws in open source software

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:15 PM

This will cover 14 free and open source software starting January 2019. A 15th piece of software will be opened for the bounty in March.

Juncker doubts Romania's ability to assume EU presidency

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:48 PM

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU presidency ' requires a willingness to listen to others and a willingness to put one's own concerns in the background'

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

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

EU probes hack of 'thousands' of diplomatic cables

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:52 PM

EU officials say they have begun a probe into the leak, which comes with Europe on high alert in the run-up to key parliamentary elections next year

'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked – report

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The cables from the EU's diplomatic missions around the world reveal anxiety about how to handle US President Donald Trump as well as concerns about China, Russia and Iran

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:33 AM

'Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,' she is expected to tell parliament, according to extracts from her speech released by Downing Street

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The legislation transforms the small Kosovo Security Force into a defense army with 5,000 troops

NEW ARMY. Kosovo Security Force (KSF) members march during a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Brexit could wilt huge Dutch flower trade

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Britain is the third largest market for the Netherlands' flower export business, after Germany and France, accounting for 850 million euros

BREXIT DEAL. A worker walks through flowers in the Royal FloraHolland Aalsmeer, the largest trading and distribution centre for plants and flowers in the world, in Aalsmeer on December 11, 2018.  Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU leaders rebuff May's plea over Brexit deal

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Our UK friends need to say what they want instead of asking us what we want,' says European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

BREXIT. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker giving a press conference on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'Let's not allow 'bots' and 'troll farms' to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact,' AFP Middle East correspondent Sammy Ketz says in an open letter to the EU supported by leading reporters worldwide

British PM delays Brexit deal vote but EU warns no renegotiation

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) British Prime Minister Theresa May vows 'no doubt this deal is the right one' but will seek 'further assurances' over a controversial backstop clause relating to Northern Ireland

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 20, 2016 ahead of an evidence session with the Commons Liason Committee at the House of Commons. The prime minister was set to appear before the parliamentary committee to be questioned on Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

EU drops plan for 10,000 border guards by 2020 – officials

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:25 PM

'The Commission's target with these fixed figures (of 10,000) by 2020 actually goes beyond the scope of what is feasible,' Austria's interior minister Herbert Kickl says

BORDER GUARDS. Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl arrives for an EU-Interior Ministers Conference on Security and Migration ?Promoting Partnership and Resilience in Vienna, September 13, 2018. Photo by Roland Schlager/APA/AFP

France to introduce digital tax if no EU deal

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:51 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says if the talks fail, 'we will do it at the national level in 2019: we will tax digital giants if European states do not take their responsibilities'

DIGITAL TAX. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire sits next to head of French Parliament Finance Commission, Eric Woerth (R), before a hearing by the committee on finance, economy and budgetary control at the Palais Bourbon in Paris on September 27, 2017.  File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Germany looks beyond Merkel as party elects successor

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Widely seen as Angela Merkel's anointed crown princess is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the Christian Democrats' centrist general secretary and former premier of tiny Saarland state

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Momentous Brexit debate opens with stinging defeats for May

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:34 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Commons votes 311-293 to censure the government for not publishing the full legal advice it received about May's divorce deal with the European Union

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom (C) during the debate in the House of Commons in London on December 4, 2018 on a motion to hold the government in contempt of parliament over their refusal to publish full legal advice they received on the Brexit withdrawl agreement.  HO / PRU / AFP

Another UK gov't minister quits over Brexit deal

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Universities and science minister Sam Gyimah is the 7th member of Theresa May's government to quit since she brought back the draft Withdrawal Agreement from Brussels

MINISTER. In this file photo, British Minister of State for Higher Education Sam Gyimah (C) meets with Indian students who got scholarships in the UK, at the British Council in New Delhi on July 26, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Ex-diplomat Zurabishvili elected Georgia's first woman president

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:50 PM

With all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat has taken 59.52% of the vote in the second round run-off

UK's May under assault over EU exit deal

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:22 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May must now navigate the Brexit agreement through a divided chamber in which she holds the slimmest working majority – and where lawmakers oppose it on all sides

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen during a BBC television interview ahead of the Conservative Party Conference 2018, in Birmingham on September 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

EU leaders to sign off historic Brexit deal

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

All sides are still planning for the potentially disastrous possibility that Britain ends its 4-decade EU membership with no new arrangements in place

SIGN DEAL. European Union leaders are expected to sign a historic Brexit deal Sunday, November 25. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

UK's May pens open letter to Britons lauding Brexit deal

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:42 AM

'It will be a deal that is in our national interest – one that works for our whole country and all of our people, whether you voted 'Leave' or 'Remain',' says British Prime Minister Theresa May

LETTER. British Prime Minister Theresa May writes an open letter to the nation as the country is set to seal a deal on Brexit Sunday, November 25. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

May defends draft Brexit deal agreed by EU, Britain

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:18 AM

After briefing her cabinet in a hastily-arranged teleconference call, Theresa May addresses the House of Commons, saying the agreement is the 'best possible deal'

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May defends the draft Brexit deal and calls it as 'the best possible deal.' File photo by Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

Macron, Merkel aim to present united stance in Trump era

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The two leaders are both committed pro-Europeans who have resisted rising populist, eurosceptic, anti-immigration forces in Europe, and US President Trump's isolationist 'America First' stance

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)

Main points of the draft Brexit agreement

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:00 PM

A quick look at the key provisions of the 585-page draft Brexit deal


EU is 'best prepared' for Brexit U-turn – Tusk

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:25 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says they are prepared for all scenarios, 'but of course we are best prepared for a no Brexit scenario'

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

UK's Theresa May takes Brexit deal to rebellious MPs

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The British Prime Minister begins selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off on the agreement

TO CHINA. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

UK's May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:39 AM

But British Prime Minister Theresa May concedes that she could face even stronger resistance when she takes the 585-page text to parliament for approval next month

BREXIT. British Prime Minister Therese May wins the support of her cabinet for a draft Brexit agreement. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

UK's May takes Brexit deal to cabinet as MPs revolt

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

After months of talks, Theresa May announces late November 13 that negotiators have finally struck a draft agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union next March

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves for the weekly Prime Minister Question session in the House of Commons, from Downing Street in central London on October 18, 2017. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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