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8 EU nations back naval force to patrol Strait of Hormuz

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The move comes amid escalating tensions in the region, especially between Iran and the United States, that have sparked attacks on tankers and other conflicts in a crucial zone for oil shipping

A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

China's Belt and Road projects lack transparency – EU firms

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

China's Belt and Road Initiative also faces criticism for swaddling poor nations with crippling debt and for being too opaque

Workers take down a Belt and Road Forum panel outside the venue of the forum in Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)

Spain court refuses to recognize Catalan separatist as member of EU Parliament

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:23 AM

In a long-awaited ruling, the court says it would not authorize Oriol Junqueras' temporary release from prison to collect his parliamentary credentials

SEPARATISTS. Oriol Junqueras (front row, left-most) and fellow Catalan separatists attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Naranjo/POOL/AFP)

2019 is 2nd hottest year on record – EU

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level

EU invites Iranian foreign minister to Brussels

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The European Union urges a 'de-escalation of tensions' in the Gulf after US air strikes that killed a top Iranian general

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Islamic World Forum in Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2019. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Syria regime must halt 'escalation of violence' – EU

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'All parties have the obligation to protect civilians. The regime and its allies must cease indiscriminate military attacks and respect international humanitarian law,' says the European Union

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal secures first win in new parliament

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The 358 to 234 vote paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to 'get Brexit done' by January 31


[OPINION] Why should Filipinos care about Brexit?

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Will it get harder to travel to the UK? Will remittances be cheaper or more expensive? How easy will it be for Filipinos to get a job there?

Jailed Uighur's daughter receives EU rights prize

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Jewher Ilham says she hopes the award of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize will help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for 'separatism'

TOP PRIZE. European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli (R) stands next to Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and human rights activist, holding a portrait of her father during the award ceremony for his 2019 European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on December 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

UK PM to outlaw Brexit extension beyond 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:52 PM

The government is planning to block the transition period from going beyond the end of 2020, in a symbolic statement of intent

BREXIT. In this file photo, EU flags flutter on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions

WORLD REACTS. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Stefan Rousseau /Pool/AFP

EU warns of post-Brexit rival Britain after Johnson win

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) But the EU chiefs, meeting in Brussels, also express relief that British voters have sent a clear message, bringing to an end the first phase of a crisis that has dogged Europe for more than 3 years

A Conservative Party activist wears a rosette as they wait for the results in the count centre in Uxbridge, where Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson hopes to hold his seat, in west London, early in the morning on December 13, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on course for a decisive majority, exit polls indicated after voting closed in Britain's general election on Thursday, paving the way for Brexit. Oli SCARFF / AFP

EU leaders keep quiet on Brexit as Britain votes

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The 27 remaining European Union chiefs have a packed summit agenda and a dispute to resolve over how to fund the fight against climate change, but diplomats will have an ear to the ground for news from the United Kingdom

EUROPEAN SUMMIT. Pedestrians walk as Greenpeace activists hang a banner on the building of the European Council in Brussels on December 12, 2019 during an action of the environmental NGO before the European Summit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Greenpeace action threatens EU summit venue

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists scale the facade of the EU's Europa building – where the heads of state and government are set to meet to discuss climate measures

CLIMATE EMERGENCY. Activists of the environmental NGO Greenpeace are evacuated by fire fighters after attaching a banner on the frontage of the European Council's building during a protest action, in Brussels, on December 12, 2019 ahead of the European Summit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Jeremy Corbyn: Britain's main opposition leader

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Jeremy Corbyn is offering the country a choice between a newly negotiated, softer form of Brexit and staying in the European Union

JEREMY CORBYN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a general election campaign rally in East London on December 11, 2019, the final day of campaigning for the general election. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson: Polarizing leader focused on Brexit

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has toned down his trademark jokes and bluster, as he focuses on a promise to 'Get Brexit Done' by finally taking Britain out of the European Union

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. File photo by Christopher Furlong/Pool/AFP

UK's 'Brexit election' campaign enters final straight

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Boris Johnson is hoping the poll hands his ruling Conservatives a majority, while Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is trying to upset the odds and usher in Britain's first leftist government in 9 years

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil at the Guildhall in central London to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack on December 2, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU to miss 2020 green goals – agency

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'While most of the 2020 targets will not be achieved, especially those on biodiversity, there is still a chance to meet the longer-term goals and objectives for 2030 and 2050,' the European Environment Agency says

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data – spokeswoman

Dec 03, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes,' says the spokeswoman for the European Commission

BIG TECH. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


Airbus fires 16 over suspected German army spying – report

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:12 PM

The firing comes after reports that Airbus employees had obtained secret files of the German army involving the acquisition of a communication system

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Iran says may 'reconsider' atomic watchdog commitments

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Iran warns they will reconsider if European parties trigger a dispute mechanism that could lead to sanctions

A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization on November 6, 2019, reportedly shows a truck carrying UF6 fuel leaving the Natanz nuclear power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan to the underground Fordo (Fordow) facility. - Iran's atomic energy agency said its Fordo (Fordow) plant would begin enriching uranium from midnight, in another step towards reducing the country's obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking concern by some of the remaining parties to the troubled agreement. (Photo by - / Atomic Energy Organization of Iran / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / ATOMIC ENERGY ORGANIZATION OF IRAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

At the forefront of Europe’s battle for tech transparency

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Europe is already home to some of the world’s strictest data privacy laws. The EU thinks it can do much more

TECH TRANSPARENCY. Image adapted from header graphic by Aigerim Ismagulova for Coda Story.

Thousands of sheep feared dead after vessel capsizes off Romania

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The disaster led to renewed calls for a ban on the controversial sea transport of livestock

EU donates P28-M for victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The donation is expected to support efforts to deliver emergency shelter, food, clean water, and psychosocial support to victims of the series of strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato in October

HOMES LOST. A man stands over a damaged home in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Boris Johnson unveils manifesto for Brexit Britain

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:40 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists the deal will allow Britain to regain control over its laws, money and immigration policy

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

EUNIC Manila to launch European speculative fiction anthology in Filipino

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:44 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The anthology of 16 speculative fiction penned by seasoned writers across Europe was compiled by Julie Nováková and former Czech ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša Jr

EU 2020 budget talks drag on because of disagreement

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The stakes and positions being taken represent some of the headbutting stances between member states and the new European Parliament that is flexing its muscles

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

EU extends sanctions against Venezuela for a year

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:51 PM

An embargo on arms and equipment that could be used for political repression is extended to November 14 next year, along with asset freezes and travel bans on 25 senior members of the Maduro regime blamed for rights abuses

VENEZUELA SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

UK's Johnson 'sorry' for Brexit delay

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:12 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is a 'matter of deep regret'

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. - Boris Johnson will meet EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday, officials said, as the British prime minister bids to broker a Brexit compromise ahead of the October 31 deadline. Preparedness in Britain for a no-deal Brexit remains "at a low level", with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact drug and food supplies, according to government assessments released this week. (Photo by Christopher Furlong / POOL / AFP)

Britain kicks off election battle over Brexit

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Lawmakers put aside their disputes and overwhelmingly support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap general election on December 12

BREXIT. A man passes a barrier decorated with a Union Flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 30. 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

EU countries need better recycling – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:36 PM

'The EU must find circular and climate-friendly ways of managing its plastic waste e.g. by increasing reuse and recycling,' the European Environment Agency says in a statement

EU envoys agree 3-month Brexit delay

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The next deadline for departure will be January 31, 2020 – although the other 27 capitals would allow an earlier date if London ratifies a withdrawal agreement before then

BREXIT EXTENSION. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brexit in limbo as UK PM pushes for election

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to call an election for December 12 that he hopes will give him a majority to pass the divorce deal he struck with EU leaders

BREXIT. A pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

French media take Google to competition regulator over copyright

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:52 PM

French Media say they will report Google to the French competition regulator over the company's refusal to pay news companies for displaying their content, defying a EU copyright law

EU backs Brexit delay as Johnson eyes election

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:15 AM

'All agreed on the need for an extension to avoid a no-deal Brexit. The duration of an extension is still being discussed,' a European source tells reporters

ANTI-BREXIT PROTESTS. Anti-Brexit activists hold European Union and Union flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 23, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Journalists urge action against Google over EU copyright dispute

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Journalists, photographers, filmmakers, and media CEOs sign an open letter published in papers across Europe urging governments to ensure tech companies compensate media for displaying their content online

British PM denied new Brexit deal vote

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) House of Commons speaker John Bercow says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not allowed to push for the same measures twice in the same parliamentary sitting

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

London insists UK leaving EU on October 31, despite delay request

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Brexit planning chief Michael Gove says the United Kingdom 'has the means and ability' to leave the European Union on schedule

Anti-Brexit activists hold Union and EU flags as they demonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London on August 29, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date faced legal challenges on Thursday following a furious outcry from pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

British PM to seek extension after MPs back Brexit delay

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Parliament declines to give their backing to the agreement Boris Johnson struck with the EU this week until the legislation needed to ratify it has passed

RELUCTANT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, northern England on September 13, 2019. Photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

EU urges UK to explain Brexit plan 'as soon as possible'

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'It will be for the UK government to inform us about the next steps as soon as possible,' says EU Spokeswoman Mina Andreeva

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

North Macedonia PM calls for snap election after EU snub

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:24 PM

'We are victims of the EU's historic mistake,' says North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, after the European Union decided against membership talks

SNAP ELECTIONS. North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called for early elections after the European Union failed to open membership talks for his Balkan state, which had been the key goal of his administration. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Anger over EU's 'historic mistake' on Skopje, Tirana

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron blocks talks on EU membership for North Macedonia and Albania

EUROPEAN UNION. EU leaders fail to agree to start negotiations on membership for North Macedonia and Albania. File photo shows EU flags on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

Britain's Johnson faces numbers game to pass Brexit deal

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:51 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a desperate scramble for votes, as his Conservative government is well short of a majority in the lower chamber House of Commons

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) returns to his hotel after giving media interviews ahead of the third day of the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, north-west England on October 1, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK, EU strike Brexit deal, urge MPs to back it

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A summit of EU leaders 'endorsed this deal and it looks like we are very close to the final stretch,' says EU Council summit host Donald Tusk

BREXIT DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the rear of 10 Downing Street in central London on October 16, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejects the accord, which would see their British-ruled province remain under EU customs and Value Added Tax rules

NO DEAL BREXIT PROTESTS. Demonstrators from 'Border Communities Against Brexit' attend an anti-No Deal Brexit protest at the Carrickcarnon border crossing on the road between Dundalk, Ireland on October 16, 2019, and Newry in Northern Ireland. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

EU and UK scramble for Brexit deal on eve of key summit

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Council President Donald Tusk says the 'basic foundations of an agreement are ready'

EU flags flutter on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 25, 2019. Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday called the current Brexit deal negotiated with the EU "unacceptable" and set preparations for leaving the bloc without an agreement as a "top priority" for the government. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

IMF cuts 2019, 2020 eurozone growth outlook as Germany lags

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:55 AM

The International Monetary Fund says Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is laid low by a slumping auto market