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EU 'unconvinced' by UK Brexit proposals

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:13 AM

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair a make-or-break October 17-18 EU summit dominated by Brexit, tweets a message to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: 'We remain open but still unconvinced'

TUSK. European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Moira dela Torre nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards 2019

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The singer-songwriter is among the nominees for this year's Best Southeast Asian act category

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks follow a failed European push to arrange a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

SUPREME LEADER. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's inflammatory language draws accusations – including from his sister Rachel – of stoking divisions in a country still split over the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit

IMPASSE. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019. File photo by Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

Trump vows pressure on Iran as Europeans seek U.N. breakthrough

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:05 AM

In a speech to world leaders full of praise of unilateralism and criticism of China, Donald Trump makes clear he will not ease economic pressure on Iran – a condition set by Hassan Rouhani for any meeting

TRUMP AND UN. US President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

UK PM vows to pursue Brexit plan after Supreme Court blow

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Boris Johnson renews his call for an early election to end the standoff with parliament

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

Sock, Kyrgios keep World in touch at Laver Cup

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios upset Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas in doubles action as Team World trims powerhouse Team Europe's lead

WINNING TANDEM. Australian Nick Kyrgios (right) and American Jack Sock look to help Team Word dethrone a Team Europe side bannered by legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Photo from Laver Cup

Federer teams up with Zverev to secure Europe Laver Cup lead

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Propped up by Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev, Team Europe takes a 3-1 lead over Team World

HOT START. Roger Federer and Team Europe remain favored to defend their Laver Cup crown. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Johnson denies lying to Queen in Brexit crisis

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

British Prime Minister Boris also vows that Britain will be ready for a no-deal departure from the EU on October 31 despite his own government's assessment that planning remained 'at a low level'

BREXIT CRISIS. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

EU competition chief Vestager gains power in new Commission

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

'This commission will be a geopolitical commission, I want the European Union and thus the commission to be the guardian of multilateralism,' says new European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen

TOP TEAM. European Commission President German Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners, on September 10, 2019 at the European Commission in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

China says Uighur award nomination is 'supporting terrorism'

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The European Court of Human Rights which will give the Vaclav Havel prize shortlists Ilham Tohti, an economics professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 after being convicted of separatism

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

From rescue in the Med, to a migrant's life in Portugal

Aug 04, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Portugal is an exception in Europe in that it faces a labor shortage and encourages immigration

Nigerian refugee Debora Osaretin, 22, poses at her apartment in Fundao, central Portugal, on July 9, 2019. In June last year, the Aquarius was one of the first rescue vessels that the Italian government blocked as it closed the country's doors to NGOs picking up migrants from the Mediterranean. After a week at sea, the boat docked in Spain and its 630 passengers were distributed across six countries, with Portugal taking in 19 -- all of whom wound up in Fundao.  PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

Incoming EU chief calls for 'new pact' on migration

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Italy wants other EU countries to take in their fair share of the arrivals of migrants

EU CHIEF. Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference following a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on July 16, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Eurozone growth slows to 0.2% in Q2 2019

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:00 PM

An economist says the weak data would strengthen the case of the European Central Bank to announce 'stimulus measures'

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Italy to release stranded migrants after EU deal reached

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) An EU Commission spokeswoman says France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal will join the Italian Roman Catholic church in caring for the migrants

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

Iran says Europe 'obliged' to let it sell and ship oil

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Iran has been pushing the European parties to the deal – Britain, France, and Germany – to adhere to their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal despite US pressure

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Britain draws Russia's fury by fining RT for bias over Skripal

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The Russian foreign ministry calls it an 'act of censorship' and warns British media operating in Moscow 'to face the consequences'

RT. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2018 a Russia's state-controlled Russia Today (RT) television broadcast van is seen parked in front of St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin next to Red Square in Moscow. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Scorcher: Europe's record-setting heat wave to spike even higher

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:07 PM

This summer's second heat wave amplifies concerns in Europe that human activity is heating the planet at a dangerous rate

A picture shows a dry part of the bed of the River Loire at Montjean-sur-Loire, western France on July 24, 2019, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe. A new heatwave blasted into northern Europe that could set records in several countries, including France. LOIC VENANCE / AFP

France sweats in new record-breaking Europe heat wave

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Forecasters predict new temperature highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius for the first time

People sunbathe and cool off at the Trocadero Fountains next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on July 23, 2019 as a new heatwave hits Europe. France and western Europe were bracing for a new record-breaking heatwave that is forcing the temporary shutdown of a French nuclear power station and will test competitors in the legendary Tour de France cycle race. Forecasters predicted new temperatures highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time on July 23, 2019.  BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

Europe's GPS rival Galileo suffers outage

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency says the outage was caused by a 'technical incident related to its ground infrastructure'

Monaco rolls out Huawei-built 5G network in European first

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:59 PM

For Huawei vice president Guo Ping, amid all the controversies, the rollout in Monaco represents a major opportunity despite the small size of territory covered

MONACO 5G. People attend an event to officially announce the achievement of full 5G coverage in Monaco on July 9, 2019. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP)


Europe's once biggest migrant center closes in Italy

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says the future is 'in smaller and more controlled centers,' after the final inhabitants were removed last week to be sent to another center in Calabria

MINEO. A view of the 24-hectare complex of the Cara Mineo, a hosting center for asylum seekers. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

European powers urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal say a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action's overseeing joint commission should be called 'urgently'

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Last month hottest June on record – EU satellite agency

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Global readings show European temperatures were around 2ºC hotter than normal, and globally Earth was 0.1ºC hotter than the previous June record

HEATWAVE. Two men hold umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian on June 26, 2019 at the start of a heatwave tipped to break records across Europe. Photo by Ander Gillenea/AFP

Embattled Czech mogul PM expected to survive confidence vote

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Speaking in parliament ahead of the vote, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis dubs the move an 'attempt to destabilize the country' as he vows not to budge

BABIS. In this file photo taken on April 25, 2019 Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives for a meeting with Prime Ministers of the Visegrad group countries (V4) at Bratislava Castle in Bratislava. File photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Next British PM to be announced July 23 – Conservative Party

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favorite in the race, battling Britain's current top diplomat, Jeremy Hunt

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU leaders warn next British PM: No Brexit renegotiation

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Hot favorite Boris Johnson faces foreign minister Jeremy Hunt in a runoff vote to decide who takes on the tricky task of piloting the country's departure from the EU

BREXIT. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

EU leaders meet to assign Brussels' top jobs

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:38 PM

None of the leading names to have emerged during last month's election has won consensus support from the 4 main parliamentary parties to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the EU's executive arm

LEADERS. European Union leaders attend a EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on June 20, 2019. Photo by Johanna Geron/Pool/AFP

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

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

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

Eurozone inflation falls sharply amid slowdown fears

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The latest data puts consumer prices in the 19-nation single currency bloc even further from the European Central Bank's inflation goal of just below 2.0%

ECB. This file photo show the headquarters of the European Central Bank. File photo by Daniel Roland/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

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/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

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

Ireland votes overwhelmingly to relax strict divorce law

May 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Some 82% of voters cast their ballots in favor of removing a provision requiring couples to live separately for 4 out of the previous 5 years before dissolving their marriage

SUPPORT. Majority of Filipinos support the legalization of divorce according to latest figures from the SWS. Stock photo

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

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

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

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

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/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

Main UK parties suffer Brexit battering in local elections

May 03, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives loses control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats – but the main opposition Labour party also loses ground

BREXIT. A Union Jack hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/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

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