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Johnson, EU chief in Brexit blame game

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'One thing I will not cooperate on is a 'no deal,' and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal,' says European Union Council President Donald Tusk

BREXIT BLAME GAME. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, south-west France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

EU and Britain clash over Johnson's Brexit backstop demand

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

London has insisted there is 'no prospect' of a Brexit deal unless the Irish border backstop plan is abandoned

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) speaks flanked by Youth Justice Board Adviser Roy Sefa-Attakora (R) during a roundtable on the criminal justice system at 10 Downing Street in London on August 12, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP

UK to end EU free movement immediately after Brexit

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:16 AM

A Downing Street spokesperson says the government has planned 'tougher criminality rules for people entering the UK' as part of the new hardline stance

NEW HARDLINE STANCE. 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

British ministers in U.S. to 'fast-track' post-Brexit trade deal

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson determined to ensure Britain leaves the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal, striking some kind of trade accord with the US has taken on even greater importance

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

July 2019 hottest month globally ever recorded – EU

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Globally, July 2019 is marginally warmer than the previous record-hot month, July 2016

HOTTEST MONTH. This file photo taken on July 24, 2019 shows a dry part of the bed of the River Loire at Montjean-sur-Loire, western France, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

EU donates P5.7M to combat rising dengue cases in the Philippines

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The funding is expected to benefit some 300,000 people in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Metro Manila, and Western Visayas

DENGUE ALERT. Dengue patients are seen inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases across the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Britain's Boris Johnson suffers first leadership blow in by-election

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The vote was a showdown between a Brexit-backing candidate from Johnson's Conservative party and a Liberal Democrat who wants to preserve Britain's four-decade stay in the EU

FIRST BLOW. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs gives a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on Apr. 05, 2017.  A By Alexandros Michailidis

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

Aug 01, 2019 - 1:53 PM

'The Prime Minister made clear that the UK would be leaving the EU on October 31st come what may,' says a Downing Street spokesperson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

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

UK says EU must compromise on Brexit deal

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:02 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to change the exit terms struck by predecessor Theresa May but insists he will leave the European Union without any agreement at all if necessary on October 31

Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities refuse to let more than 130 migrants disembark until a deal is struck with the European Union

Determined EU defies Boris Johnson push for Brexit rewrite

Jul 26, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warns EU member states that Britain's new prime minister Boris Johnson is trying to divide them by amping up the threat of a damaging 'no-deal' divorce

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

Britain's Johnson leads right-wing cabinet on new Brexit course

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The new government is comprised of a mix of social conservatives and Brexit hardliners who argue that leaving the EU after 46 years without an agreement will be less painful than economists warn

ANTI-BORIS. Demonstrators carry placards as they protest against Britain's newly appointed prime minister Boris Johnson outside Downing Street in London on July 24, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP/Pool

World reacts to Britain's PM to-be Johnson

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions from home and abroad to Boris Johnson's victory

WORLD REACTS. In this file photo, Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

EU launches in-depth probe on Amazon over data use

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:10 PM

With its probe, the EU competition watchdog is seeking to expand its oversight powers to data, the most prized asset for Silicon Valley giants that now dominate web use worldwide

PROBING AMAZON. This file photo taken on March 4, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at the entrance area of the Amazon logistics centre in Lauwin-Planque, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

European Parliament narrowly elects Germany's Von der Leyen to EU top job

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:10 PM

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen becomes the first woman to head the EU's executive arm

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. German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on July 16, after winning over sceptical lawmakers. The 60-year-old conservative was nominated to become the first woman in Brussels' top job last month by the leaders of the bloc's 28 member states, to the annoyance of many MEPs.  FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

European Union urges Russia to continue to respect nuclear missile treaty

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The European Union says Russia should take 'substantial and transparent actions' to ensure compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

UK's Labour party backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Labour says it will challenge whoever wins the Conservative Party leadership race and becomes the next prime minister to put any deal they strike with the EU to a referendum

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

UK leadership hopefuls clash over Brexit promises

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt insist they can renegotiate the divorce terms that Theresa May agreed with Brussels, but which parliament repeatedly rejected, forcing her to delay Brexit twice

DEBATE. Conservative leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (R) take part in Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate in Manchester on July 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / ITV / MATT FROST

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

EU fines Hello Kitty owner Sanrio for limiting online sales

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Sanrio is ordered to pay a fine of 6.2 million euros ($6.9 million)

TO GO WITH STORY: Japan-society-brand-culture-HelloKitty,FEATURE by Miwa Suzuki This picture taken on October 17, 2014 shows Hello Kitty goods being displayed at a Sanrio shop in Tokyo. The now middle-aged Kitty is licensed to appear on everything from sundries and clothing to electronics and aircraft -- sex toys are a myth -- in 130 countries and territories. First released in 1974 and appearing on a coin purse the following year, Kitty is far from just kids stuff these days. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP)

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) A senior foreign ministry official describes the UK move as 'unacceptable' in a meeting with the British ambassador, who has been summoned to hear a formal protest

A British Royal Navy ship (L) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

U.S. hails as 'excellent news' detention of tanker loaded with Iranian crude

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton tweets: 'Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace 1 laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions'

A British Royal Navy ship (back R) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

New EU chief makes first trip to Brussels

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The EU's new president-elect Ursula von der Leyen meets Jean-Claude Juncker for talks a day after pledging to present her 'vision for the next 5 years for Europe' within a fortnight

NEW LEADER. Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) meets with German Defence minister and newly-appointed EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 4, 2019. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

EU leaders adjourn summit to break jobs stalemate

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The 28 EU leaders are trying to agree on who will steer the bloc over the coming years through the looming challenges of Brexit and the rise of populist parties in Europe

EU TOP JOBS. European Council President Donald Tusk (R) and Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas speak as they arrive to attend a working dinner during a European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 30, 2019. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool/AFP

Vietnam and EU sign free trade agreement

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:38 PM

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom hails the deal as 'an important milestone' between the trading partners

DEAL. The European Union and Vietnam on June 30 signed a long-awaited free trade deal that will slash duties on almost all goods as fears grow over mounting global protectionism. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (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

British PM hopefuls begin crucial week of votes

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The outcome of the Conservative party leadership battle could determine under what conditions Britain leaves the European Union. Brexit is currently scheduled for October 31.

OUTGOING. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/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

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