Britain's May downplays notion of party divisions over Brexit

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Her remarks in Ottawa come after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stirred up colleagues and put pressure on May by laying out his own vision for Brexit

MAY IN CANADA. British Prime Minister Theresa May inspects the honor guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, September 18, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

It will be the longest period that Big Ben has been silent in its 157 year history

SILENT. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as "Big Ben" seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

WATCH: How sharks are killed at Pasay market

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Of the country s approximately 200 shark and ray species only two are protected by Philippine laws

CRUEL KILLING. Video shows the cruel killing of a grey carpetshark at a live market in Pasay, Manila

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

Struggling British PM faces confidence vote

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader s legislative plans – the Queen s Speech – in a key test of whether she can stay in power

MAY'S PARLIAMENT TEST. British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on January 17, 2017. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

May strikes power deal with Northern Ireland's DUP

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The agreement with the ultra conservative Northern Irish party is signed after more than two weeks of negotiations following her disastrous showing in the June 8 general election

WE'VE GOT A DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (C) as they arrive for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 26, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brexit laws head agenda for UK's 'zombie government'

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED The British parliament opens in the aftermath of an election that weakened Prime Minister Theresa May s authority and tragedies that have shaken the nation

AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside her son Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Carl Court/Pool/AFP

'Somber' Britain prepares for historic Brexit talks

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The government s current weakness has fueled criticism of its approach to Brexit and given rise to notions that the government might pursue a softer tone

UNION JACK. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain, EU in suspense as May tries to strike power deal

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

May lost her parliamentary majority in last week s election and is now desperately seeking the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland s ultra conservative Democratic Unionist Party

AT THE COMMONS. In a still image take from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) via Parliament TV on June 13, 2017 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in central London on June 13, 2017 during the process of starting a new parliament. PRU/AFP

Britain's May apologizes to own MPs for election 'mess'

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I got us into this mess and I m going to get us out May tells Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM's top aides quit after election disaster

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Senior members of the ruling Conservative party have reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to stay on after losing her parliamentary majority

ELECTIONS. In this file photo British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, southwest of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

British PM regroups after election setback

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The firestorm of criticism continues unabated after May announced she would keep her ministerial team unchanged and planned to stay in power with the aid of a small Northern Irish party

BACK AT NO. 10. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip are welcomed into number 10 Downing Street by the staff, June 9, 2017, Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:01 PM

We will fulfill the promise of Brexit May says after meeting Queen Elizabeth II to seek permission to form a new government despite losing her majority in a snap general election

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

Theresa May: Steady leader who gambled and lost

Jun 09, 2017 - 2:40 PM

May s astute political instincts served her well in running the country but the election campaign exposed her awkward public manner to the country at large

WALKING OUT? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a polling station after casting her ballot paper in Sonning, west of London, on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:43 PM

While most still expect a Conservative victory predictions of the margin vary widely and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650 seat House of Commons

VOTING BEGINS. A woman arrives at a Polling Station to cast her ballot paper and vote in London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing

POSITION IN PERIL? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses supporters at a campaign event in Slough in south-east England on June 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

Wanda Teo: Nickelodeon theme park in Coron 'pushing through'

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:47 PM

They are not going to destroy the corals says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo recalling the personal assurance given to her by representatives of Viacom International Media Networks and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts

TOURISM CHIEF. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says a Nickelodeon theme park will soon rise in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Presidential Photo

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:53 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May boycotted a primetime television debate just days before the June 8 general election

FACE OFF. (L-R) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson take part in the BBC Election Debate hosted by BBC news presenter Mishal Husain and broadcast live from Senate House in Cambridge on May 31, 2017, ahead of the upcoming general election. Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

May 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The landslide Conservative victory May hoped to seal by calling a snap election for June 8 seemed much less likely with 8 days to go

DOWN IN THE POLLS. Britain's Prime Minister, and Leader of the Conservative party, Theresa May, speaks during a general election campaign event in Wolverhampton, central England, on May 30, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

British PM candidates clash over Brexit in TV grilling

May 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Ten days before the snap polls on June 8 the two rivals separately faced wide ranging questions from members of the public before interrogations by veteran bulldog broadcaster Jeremy Paxman

ENTER STAGE. British Prime Minister Theresa May takes part in the 'May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10,' Sky News and Channel 4 event in at Sky Studios in London, on May 29, 2017. Stefan Rosseau/Pool/AFP

Gulf in living standards at heart of UK election battle

May 29, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Flat wages and the government s austerity program continue to bite and cause anger among those left behind

A television screen showing coverage of the 2017 UK general election is pictured inside the Conservative Party campaign bus on the motorway near London on May 15, 2017. Justi Tallis/Pool/AFP

May takes tough Brexit stance as UK holds local elections

May 04, 2017 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED Britain will choose thousands of new local councillors in a vote that will be closely watched for proof of the strength of May s Conservatives

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after speaking outside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 3, 2017, following her return from Buckingham Palace where she met with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED The House of Commons votes by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 – plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union

SEAT OF POWER. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

May calls for June 8 election before Brexit talks

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:13 PM

4th UPDATE Theresa May s dramatic announcement comes after months of tumult in British politics following the Brexit vote

In this file photo, UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) headquarters in Jordan, April 3, 2017. UK Prime Minister's Office/Jay Allen/Crown Copyright

First world survey finds 9,600 tree species risk extinction

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Brazil is the country with the most diverse tree population with 8 715 species according to the Botanic Gardens Conservation International BGCI group

May sacks top Conservative over Brexit rebellion

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Michael Heseltine is one of 13 Conservatives in parliament s unelected upper House of Lords who voted for an amendment proposed by the opposition Labour Party that would give parliament the final say on how Britain leaves the EU

MICHAEL HESELTINE. Former British Conservative Party cabinet minister Michael Heseltine arrives at Downing Street in central London on February 7, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP

Lords defy May for a second time on Brexit

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The House of Lords votes to give parliament the final say on how Britain leaves the European Union

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May, including most members of the parliament's lower House of Commons, voted to remain in the European Union. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Combative Trump promises Americans safety and strength

Feb 25, 2017 - 9:38 AM

In wide ranging remarks President Donald Trump paints immigrants as criminals attacks the media as the enemy of the people and promises one of the greatest military buildups in American history

Once-wary conservatives unite under Trump banner

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The movement which champions so called family values and free market liberalism has had some trouble coming to terms with Trump who last year was criticized by attendees for not being conservative enough

UNITED. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 23, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hosted by the American Conservative Union, CPAC is an annual gathering of right wing politicians, commentators and their supporters. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Baby orangutan rescued after being kept as a pet

Feb 23, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature last year changed its classification of the Bornean orangutan from endangered to critically endangered

ORANGUTAN RESCUE. This picture taken in Kendawangan, West Kalimantan on Borneo island on February 14, 2017 shows Devi Sumantri holding Vena, a seven-month-old baby orangutan, during a rescue operation by the International Animal Rescue and Indonesian Natural Resources and Conservation Agency (BKSDA). Photo by Adek Berry / AFP

Javan leopard sighting raises hopes for rare big cat

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Several sets of cameras scanning the area film 3 leopards with yellow fur and black spots and one that was entirely black

JAVAN LEOPARDS. A female leopard explores its cage as seen at a zoo in Batu, Malang, East Java province, on February 9, 2017. Photo by Aman Rochman/AFP

Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Government officials are accused of feasting on pangolins the most trafficked mammal on earth

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARLOWE HOOD (FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching "Marimba", a female pangolin weighing 10kgs that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside the country's capital Harare. Two studies published on January 11, 2017 by Britain's Royal Society nicely illustrate how Nature imposes choices that determine whether a specimen -- or a species -- will thrive, or just barely survive. Examining 647 types of mammals, Theodore Stankowich and Ashly Romero from California State University Long Beach discovered that those boasting impressive protective gear were also not the brightest of beasts.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

Feb 02, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly having promised EU leaders she would trigger Article 50 by the end of March

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) in the House of Commons in London on February 1, 2017, shows MPs as they await the outcome of a vote on a bill to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. PRU/AFP

UK publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill asks parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start the formal mechanism by which Britain will leave the bloc

Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:58 PM

The youngster weighs around 300 kilograms 660 pounds just over half the typical weight of an animal of his age

BABY ELEPHANT. This picture taken on January 17, 2017 shows a worker watching over a baby elephant rescued from the wild at the Elephant Conservation Center in Aceh. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/ AFP

6 months in, Brexit shadow looms over PM May

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:39 AM

The Conservative leader s refusal to outline a detailed strategy for negotiating Britain s future ties with the European Union has only deepened suspicions among politicians of all stripes that she does not have a grand plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP

Environmentalists, netizens outraged by defaced sea turtle in Negros

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Environment officials will investigate the incident involving a rescued green sea turtle in Silay City which is seen as a violation of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act

DEFACED. The photo of the sea turtle circulated on social media that has drawn the ire of animal welfare advocates, environmentalists, and netizes

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction – wildlife study

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 PM

A new study estimates that just 7 100 cheetahs remain in the wild occupying just 9 of the territory they once lived in

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a captive cheetah licking her sibling in an enclosure at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, on February 18, 2016. Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out at the end of December 2016 which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Zubiri bill wants to ban trade in sharks, rays

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:56 AM

The proposed Sharks and Rays Conservation Act seeks to impose penalties of up to 12 years imprisonment or a fine of up to P1 million or both to violators of the ban including those who inflict injury on sharks and rays

ENDANGERED. Concerned tourism stakeholders of Panglao, Bohol share a photo of a dead thresher shark, an endangered species, at a public market in Tagbilaran. Photo by Holger Horn

Lawmakers want to criminalize premarital sex in Indonesia

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:43 AM

All people know that having sex outside marriage is immoral and the law should reflect morality

The rise of the Indonesian conservatives

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:34 PM

To those of you who are wondering what’s going on with the Ahok rallies and trial here’s my simple explanation: The Indonesian conservatives are on the rise

PROTESTS. Protesters have staged a series of demonstrations against Jakarta governor Ahok, including this one pictured in Jakarta on December 2. ANTARA FOTO/Hermanus Prihatna

Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The population of the world s tallest land mammal drops to below 100 000 in 2015 mainly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN reported

THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION. A Cape giraffe, or South African giraffe, is seen in an enclosure at the Giza zoo in Cairo on November 23, 2016. File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP