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Drugs and Brexit: Race to replace UK's May underway

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Boris Johnson is the bookmakers' favorite but has not appeared in public for weeks, a tactic that has helped the politician best known for his gaffes, jokes and anecdotes to stay on message

THERESA MAY. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has quit as her Conservative party's leader. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

UK foreign minister says EU willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'I'm absolutely clear that if we take the right approach to this, the Europeans would be willing to negotiate on the package,' British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says

A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. The European Union's top official urged British lawmakers to ratify the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with European leaders, warning it will not be modified. "This is the best deal possible for Britain, this is the best deal possible for Europe. This is the only deal possible," Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said after a Brussels summit.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Leaders meet as EU haggles over top jobs

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:51 PM

It is an uphill task, overshadowed both by genuine policy differences and by haggling over the jobs of Commission and Council presidents, foreign policy chief, parliamentary speaker and director of the European Central Bank

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

UK's May quits as party leader, starting succession race

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Theresa May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European Union

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019. File photo by Ben  Stansall/AFP

Google appeals against EU fine for anti-trust breach

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Google appeals a Brussels sanction on Google's AdSense advertising service, which says it illegally restricted client websites from displaying ads from ad service rivals


Trump vows 'phenomenal' trade deal with outgoing British PM

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) With the US increasingly isolated from its traditional allies, Donald Trump talks up the 'special relationship' with Britain during a joint press conference with Theresa May

TRUMP ON BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump make their way to the Foreign and Commonwealth office for a press conference in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump urges Britain to go for no-deal Brexit

Jun 02, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Britain is hoping Trump's visit in June will bolster its ambitions to work out a free trade deal with the United States if Brexit means a go-it-alone trade policy

BREXIT STALLED. 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

EU required to get DFA clearance before donating to PH

Jun 02, 2019 - 10:40 AM

This comes after the Philippines said donations of the European Union have found their way into the hands of alleged fronts of the communist New People's Army

CLEARANCE NEEDED. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin during congress briefing by the DFA on passport processing system in Congress on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Boris Johnson faces court hearing for Brexit 'lies'

May 29, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Boris Johnson, a former London mayor, is running to replace Theresa May as leader of the governing Conservative Party, and therefore prime minister

BORIS. In this photo, then British foreign secretary Boris Johnson is pictured at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels' top job

May 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The key job to be filled is that of president of the European Commission, the union's powerful chief executive, a five-year post currently held by Jean-Claude Juncker

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

May 27, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The verdict will almost certainly remove from public life a man who was widely seen as the puppet master behind the Social Democrats and the government they lead

JAILED. This file photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Romania's Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea (C) leaving the High court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) after his last appeareance before the court in the 'fake jobs' case. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Far-right League victory in EU vote strains Italy coalition

May 27, 2019 - 5:54 PM

With over 99% of ballots counted, the League wins 34.3%, compared to just 6% in the 2014 EU elections, and 17% in the Italian general election in 2018

AFTER EU ELECTIONS. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini arrives to deliver a press conference after the announcement of initial results during the election-night event for European parliamentary elections on May 26, 2019,in the Lega headquarters northern Milan. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Britain's Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

May 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The populist party, founded just 3 months ago, has capitalized on public anger over delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, winning almost 32% with almost all votes counted

PRO_BREXIT. File photo of Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Photo by Ben Stansall

5 key takeaways from the EU elections

May 27, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The European Union elections are marked by successes for the far right, a surge by the Greens and setbacks for traditional parties across the continent

An European Union flag is displayed with European countries' flags at the European Council in Brussels ahead of the European parliamentary elections in Brussels on May 13, 2019 The European elections will be held on May 23-26, 2019 in all 28 member states.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Race to replace May leaves Brexit in limbo

May 25, 2019 - 1:15 PM

May's resignation inevitably triggers the starting gun on a two-month contest to replace her

CONTENDERS: A combination of pictures created in London on May 24, 2019 shows recent pictures of the six main contenders to replace Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May when she resigns on June 7: (top L-R) former leader of the House of Commons Angela Leadsom; former foreign secretary Boris Johnson; Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt; (bottom L-R) Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove; Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid and former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab all pictured leaving 10 Downing Street, central London. Photo from AFP

Theresa May resigns: key reactions

May 24, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Here are the main reactions to the announcement UK Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019. Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday that she will resign on June 7, 2019 following a Conservative Party mutiny over her remaining in power. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

May postpones her final Brexit showdown

May 23, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will update the house on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on our return from the Whitsun recess,' government official Mark Spencer tells lawmakers

BREXIT. In this file photo, a European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Suspects held across Europe as crime gang smashed – Europol

May 22, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The operation codenamed 'Icebreaker,' which took place last week, led to the arrest of the 48-year-old Lithuanian ringleader in Spain and other suspects in Poland, Lithuania, Spain and Britain, Europol says

May holds out promise of new Brexit referendum

May 22, 2019 - 12:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May dangles a series of sweeteners that she hopes can resolve the Brexit crisis, including a parliamentary vote on whether to put whatever Brexit deal is passed up for a second confirmatory ballot

BREXIT. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on March 21, 2019 in Brussels for the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

EU leaders sound alarm over populist election threat

May 21, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Opinion polls predict a significant advance for nationalist and populist forces opposed to closer European Union integration and threatening mainstream reform efforts

PREPARATIONS. People are at work to prepare the mailing of election material to citizens as part of the upcoming European parliament elections, on May 20, 2019 in Rouffach (eastern France). Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

EU firms 'caught in crossfire' of U.S.-China trade war

May 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

The clash between Beijing and Washington does not benefit European companies, contrary to what some might have hoped at the beginning of the dispute last year, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

E.U. fears voter apathy despite populist surge

May 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Elections in the past years have seen a lower turnout than the last, and much of the energy in this year's race has come from populists opposed to deeper integration

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May to make MPs a final 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

May 19, 2019 - 12:02 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will come with a new package of measures she hopes would command majority support for it in June

FINAL OFFER. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. Photo by PRU/AFP

Austrian far-right leader resigns over 'Ibiza affair'

May 18, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache is caught on hidden camera promising public contracts in return for campaign help from a fake Russian backer in a meeting in Ibiza before Austria's parliamentary elections in 2017

RESIGNED. Austria's Vice-Chancellor and chairman of the Freedom Party (FPOe) Heinz-Christian Strache gives a press conference in Vienna on May 18, 2019 after the publication of the 'Ibiza - Video' regarding Strache. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP/APA

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Britain's May pins hopes on final June Brexit vote

May 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May says MPs will vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting June 3, with the aim of getting Britain out of the European Union by the end of July

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Haftar's Libya offensive threatens international peace – EU

May 14, 2019 - 12:17 AM

The EU calls for all sides in the Libyan conflict to put down their arms and to commit to UN talks, though the month-long assault on the capital shows little sign of ending

LIBYA FIGHTING. A fighter loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) stands on a rooftop as smoke rises in the distance during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, in Espiaa, about 40 kilometers south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 29, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

EU's Juncker laments not 'interfering' in Brexit campaign

May 07, 2019 - 11:17 PM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he made a mistake by listening to British leader David Cameron when he told him to stay out of the campaign before the June 2016 vote

BREXIT. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont allowed to run for EU polls

May 06, 2019 - 8:27 PM

A court spokesman says Carles Puigdemont would be able to run, as would Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati, who were in the regional government during the secession bid and fled

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont smiles as he speaks to residents in Girona on October 28, 2017. File photo by Eddy Kelele/AFP

Italy emerges from recession in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The return to slender growth is heralded by surprisingly positive industrial output figures in January and February after 4 months of contraction

ITALY. Italy is Europe's second largest manufacturer and was the only European Union member in recession. Turin, Italy image via Shutterstock

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic agree to meet again in Paris in early July

WEST BALKANS CONFERENCE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron host Western Balkans leaders and EU members Croatia and Slovenia. Photo by Michael Sohn/AFP

EU fine on Google weighs on parent Alphabet profits

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Alphabet says profit in the first-quarter fell 29% to $6.7 billion on revenue that climbed 17% to $36.3 billion.

GOOGLE. A woman and her child play on a Google sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on September 26, 2018. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls – party

Apr 29, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Together for Catalonia accuses the electoral commission of wanting to 'silence and push aside' Carles Puigdemont 'so that he can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions'

Migration is burning issue in EU election campaign

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:59 PM

EU countries registered 580,000 new requests for asylum in 2018

A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

Populists hold gains in 'No Brexit' EU vote poll

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Projections confirm the rise of Eurosceptic or Europhobic groups, reinforced by the rise of Italy's far-right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini and German far-right party, Alternative for Germany

PROTESTS. An anti-Brexit activist holds a placard as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the debate leading to the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

EU threatens $12 billion in tariffs over U.S. Boeing subsidies

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Europe's $12 billion claim against Boeing comes on the trail of a similar demand by the US for $11 billion in compensation for EU subsidies towards Airbus

BOEING. This file photo shows unidentified Boeing employees working on building Boeing 777 jets at its Everett factory. Image via Shutterstock

EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

European Union countries adopt the reforms agreed upon last month by the European Parliament

EU countries approve launch of U.S. trade talks

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, France says it will make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers seen as largely symbolic

Brexit delay averts 'terrible outcome' – IMF's Lagarde

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:57 PM

However, the IMF chief says: 'It's obvious that it's continued uncertainty and it does not resolve, other than by postponing what would have been a terrible outcome'

ARAB DEBT. Christine Lagarde warns of high public debt among Arab nations. File photo courtesy of the IMF

May faces quit call after securing Brexit delay

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc

NEW BREXIT DELAY. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

EU gives Britain 6-month delay to Brexit date

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections – or crash out on June 1

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at The Europa Building at The European Parliament in Brussels on April 10, 2019.  PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP

EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the parliament in Berlin before setting out for Brussels that the leaders might back a delay 'longer than the British prime minister has requested'

BREXIT. Activists wave EU flags near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Europe grudgingly prepares to offer Britain Brexit delay

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:58 AM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May asks to be given until June 30 to arrange Britain's orderly departure, but EU leaders fear that won't be long enough and are now expected to offer her up to a year

APPEAL. French President Emmanuel Macron (righ) accompanies British Prime Minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 9, 2019. Photo bt Martin Bureau/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

European Union unveils ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The European Commission unveils a framework aimed at boosting trust in artificial intelligence by ensuring, for example, data about EU citizens are not used to harm them

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP