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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

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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:52 PM

The tour, which also includes a stop in Austria, is part of Tehran's efforts to secure Europe's continued support for the landmark agreement aimed at preventing Iran from building the atomic bomb

ROUHANI IN SWITZERLAND. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) disembarks from an aircraft after his arrival at an airport in Kloten - Zurich Canton - on July 2, 2018, at the start of a two day official visit to Switzerland.  Photo by Ruben Sprich/AFP

Austria's priorities as it takes European Union helm

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The presidency gives Austria the opportunity to chair meetings and set agendas as the EU grapples with the continuing migrant influx, management of its borders, and other issues such as Brexit

EU PRESIDENCY. Austria's new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives to meet the European Council president on December 19, 2017, at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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EU split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

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

Poland sees end to EU differences

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'I think we have satisfied the EU's curiosity over the judicial reforms in Poland,' says Polish secretary of state for EU affairs Konrad Szymanski

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters hold Polish and European Union flags as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

European countries to formalize EU defense force plan

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:40 PM

A letter of intent is due to be signed in Luxembourg on Monday by France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal, French defence minister Florence Parly says

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Jun 25, 2018 - 12:35 PM

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EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis

Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

France and Spain also declare support for the creation of closed reception centers where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered.

FRANCE AND SPAIN. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) gestures as he speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as they arrive for a joint press conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 23, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Tens of thousands march in London for second Brexit vote

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:01 PM

The anti-Brexit campaigners march on parliament to mark the 2nd anniversary of the referendum, demanding a 'people's vote' on whether to approve the final deal Prime Minister Theresa May strikes with the EU

PROTESTS. Demonstrators gather prior to the start of the People's March demanding a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal, in central London on June 23, 2018, on the second anniversary of the 2016 referendum. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

EU slaps tariffs on U.S. as trade war erupts

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The tariffs will further fuel jitters on world stock markets that are already alarmed by trade tensions between the United States and China

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

European Union states to form 'rapid response' cyber force – Lithuania

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says his counterparts from Croatia, Estonia, the Netherlands and Romania will join him on Monday to sign the agreement in Luxembourg. Finland, France, Poland, and Spain will join later this year.

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

EU's data rules may push improvements in PH cybersecurity – Trend Micro

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Any business that will involve EU citizens must comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, spurring Philippine companies to improve practices, says Trend Micro

Spain doesn't rule out sending Aquarius migrants back

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:36 PM

A Spanish government spokesman says, every migrant 'will know if he has refugee status, if he is an economic migrant, and also, indeed, if he is guilty of certain offenses that make him liable to expulsion'

SOS. This handout picture obtained from French non-governmental organizations Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee on June 14, 2018 shows migrants sitting onboard French NGO's ship Aquarius. Photo by Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee/AFP

Austria mulls migrant reception centers outside EU

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'There are efforts underway to create sanctuaries outside Europe, where we can accommodate refugees and offer protection, but not a better life in central Europe,' Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says

SEBASTIAN KURZ. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during the conference of the CDU Economic Council, "Economy Day 2018" in Berlin, on June 12, 2018. Photo by Jens Büttner/dpa/AFP

EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:24 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron accuses Italy's leaders of "cynicism and irresponsibility" and said they had broken international maritime law by refusing the boat the right to dock.

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy on Tuesday, June 12, for 'irresponsibility' after it turned away a rescue boat carrying African migrants. File photo by AFP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Spain's new PM unveils pro-EU government dominated by women

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says his executive is 'a reflection of the best in society' – a society he describes as composed of women and men, old and young, rooted in the European Union

CABINET. Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a press conference to announce his new cabinet members at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on June 6, 2018. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Brussels and Ottawa filed legal challenges at the WTO against Washington's decision. The EU, Canada and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against Trump's moves.

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

World on brink of trade war as U.S. slaps tariffs on allies

Jun 01, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Washington angers its major allies by slapping duties of 25 percent and 10 percent on imports of aluminium and steel

TIT FOR TAT. Levi's clothes are seen on the day President Donald Trump placed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and European Union responded by warning that it would target iconic American brands such as Levi's. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to impose steel, aluminum tariffs on EU, Canada, Mexico

Jun 01, 2018 - 10:41 AM

The announcement sparks immediate angry reactions from key allies

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics

May 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks

BAN THE STRAW. A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows a woman drinking with a plastic straw. Photo by Patrick Pleul / dpa / AFP