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Office party potluck ideas: 5 food delivery services to check out

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Be the star of your next potluck party with ready-to-eat food trays delivered to your doorstep – a change from the usual spaghetti and barbecue!

Labor groups slam House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Congressman Bonito Singson's bill is a 'cheap trick' to deprive workers of their rights, say Defend Job Philippines, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

BILL OPPOSED. Labor groups reject a bill proposing to extend the 6-month probationary period for workers to 2 years. Photo from Defend Job Philippines Facebook

China's growth slows to 6% in third quarter, weakest in 27 years

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:07 PM

With China a key driver of global growth, the soft reading adds to concerns about the world economy and prompts speculation that authorities will unveil fresh stimulus following a series of other measures in recent months

SLOW DOWN. This file photo taken on September 24, 2019 shows employees producing down coats at a factory for Chinese clothing company Bosideng in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. AFP Photo

Global economic outlook 'precarious,' no room for mistakes, IMF warns

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:34 PM

The US-China trade war alone is estimated to shrink the world economy by 0.8% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund says

GLOBAL ECONOMY. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/AFP

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but U.S. farmers want details

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:35 PM

American farmers aren't celebrating just yet, as they seek concrete information on the United States' tentative trade deal with China

Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois, the same day China imposed retaliatory tariffs aimed at the US soybean market. - Davidson, 41, is a fifth generation farmer, a Democrat among mostly Republicans. He expects to be farming long after the US-China trade tariffs become a distant memory. "We've survived since the 1800s and we're still going. So, I think we'll keep going," Davidson says. (Photo by Nova SAFO / AFP)

China imports, exports down in September 2019 as growth cools

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

China's imports dive 8.5% while exports drop 3.2% in September 2019, amid its trade war with the United States

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce desks at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. Photo by AFP

Partial U.S.-China trade deal only 'baby step' as thorny issues remain

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Analysts say the initial trade agreement between the United States and China will take weeks to finalize and the details remain unclear

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2019 shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province. - A partial US-China deal may only offer a temporary tariff reprieve because it lacks specifics and leaves the thorny issues for later, analysts said, allowing both economic powers to claim success. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urges government agencies to put in place a 'genuine transition program' for displaced workers before Citira's implementation – not after

JOB LOSS? Citing estimates by business groups, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says some 700,000 workers may lose their jobs with the passage of the Citira bill. File photos by AFP

PH expects higher turnout at world’s biggest trade fair

Oct 13, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Philippine food manufacturers pitch their products at Anuga, known as a prime gateway to the European market

PH TEAM. DTI Asec Demphna Du-Naga, Philippine Ambassador Ma Theresa Dizon-de Vega, President Rodrigo Duterte's partner Honeylet Avanceña, and DTI Usec Abdulgani Macatoman at the opening ceremony of Anuga in Cologne, Germany. Photo by Carol Ramoran/Rappler

Embattled Trump takes victory lap on China trade deal

Oct 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

However, some observers said the deal is underwhelming

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks amid uncertainty

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The atmosphere surrounding the talks is acrimonious and shifting rapidly, with one news report overnight saying Chinese officials could cut short their visit

TRADE TALKS. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) greets Chinese Vice Premier Liu He as he arrives for trade talks at the Office of the US Trade Representative in Washington, DC, October 10, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

August 2019 trade figures point to Q3 GDP growth struggle

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Philippines' total trade declines by 7% in August 2019 due to weaker exports and continued decline in imports

U.S. curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweets: 'China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad'

CHINA MUST STOP. File photo of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

WTO approves U.S. tariffs worth $7.5B on EU goods in Airbus retaliation

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The ruling is the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization history and a landmark moment in the 15-year long Airbus-Boeing battle

US TARIFFS. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

China buys 'considerable' amount of U.S. pork, soybeans

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:05 PM

As the US-China trade war drags on, a Chinese commerce ministry spokesman says he hopes the two sides could 'create beneficial conditions for cooperation'

AGRICULTURAL IMPORTS. China says its market demand for high quality agricultural products is 'very large.' Photo from Shutterstock

China to exempt U.S. pork and soybeans from added tariffs – state media

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The announcement is the latest in a series of appeasement measures between the world's two biggest economies

China removes several U.S. products from tariffs list

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) This marks the first time China has announced products to be excluded from tariffs, as its trade war with the United States continues

South Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan's export curbs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:15 PM

South Korea accuses Japan of violating World Trade Organization principles

TRADE WAR. The trade dispute between South Korea and Japan heats up. Photo from Shutterstock

Negros Trade Fair set to return for 34th year

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The long-running trade fair is once again putting the spotlight on Ilonggo culture

NEGROS TRADE FAIR. The upcoming event showcases the island's best products. Photos courtesy of Negros Trade Fair

Philippine total trade declines by 1.3% in July 2019

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Exports slightly improve by 3.5%, while imports drop by -4.2% in July 2019


Years later, cancer cases linger over 9/11 anniversary

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:14 AM

New York continues to count the number of people who have developed cancer or other serious illnesses related to the toxic cloud that hovered over Manhattan on September 11, 2001

CANCER DEATHS. The casket of retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez is brought into Immaculate Conception Church on July 03, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Getting out: Tariffs push some U.S. manufacturers to exit China

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:40 PM

A phone accessories manufacturer, for instance, sets up in the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam due to the United States-China trade war

Workers produce desks for export to the US, France, Germany and other countries, at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. - China said on September 2 it had lodged a complaint against the United States with the World Trade Organization (WTO), one day after new tariffs imposed by Washington on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods came into force. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

U.S., China to resume trade talks in Washington in October

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The news will be seen as a sign of optimism in a trade war that has weighed on the global economy and stock markets while also shaking diplomatic relations between the two powers

Rising U.S. exports shrink trade deficit; China imports fall

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The United States trade gap narrows by 2.7% to $54 billion in July 2019, the largest drop in 5 months

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Google to pay $170-million fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law

Trump hardens tone on China as trade war rattles economy

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 AM

US President Donald Trump claims Chinese negotiators may be holding out for a better deal in hopes he will be voted out in the 2020 presidential elections

TRUMP ON IRAN. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight on June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China lodges WTO trade complaint against U.S.

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:34 PM

'These American tariffs seriously violate the consensus reached by the leaders of our two countries in Osaka,' Beijing's commerce ministry says, referring to trade discussions in the Japanese city in June

TRADE WAR. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump moving ahead with new tariffs on Chinese products

Aug 31, 2019 - 11:12 PM

More than $250 billion worth of China's $540 billion in exports to the US are already subject to tariffs

TRADE WAR. US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the press while departing the White House in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2019, for the G7 Summit in France. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Google to pay out $150-200 million over YouTube privacy claims – reports

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The US Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce its decision on this settlement in September

China hints it may not retaliate for latest U.S. tariff hike

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'We believe that the issue that should really be discussed is canceling further tariffs on $550 billion of Chinese goods, and preventing the trade war from continuing to escalate,' says China's Gao Feng

GAO FENG. In this file photo, Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng speaks at a press conference in Beijing, days ahead of an imminent US-China trade war, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Signs of hope as Trump says U.S.-China trade talks back on

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'China called last night...said let's get back to the table. So we'll be getting back to the table,' says President Donald Trump, adding that 'they want to make a deal'

TRUMP AT G7. US President Donald Trump reacts during his bilateral meeting with Egyptian President and Chairman of the African Union Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Biarritz, south-west France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S., Japan agree on trade deal 'in principle'

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirms the US and Japan 'successfully reached consensus' after 'intense' negotiations

TRUMP AND ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump look at each other during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, south-west France on August 25, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

NASA investigating 1st crime committed in space – report

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The estranged wife of astronaut Anne McClain accuses her of identity theft and improperly accessing her wife's private financial records

THE ACCUSED. Ground personnel carry NASA astronaut Anne McClain shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on June 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/Pool/AFP

Protests to greet G7 leaders as they discuss Amazon fires, trade

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump and his fellow G7 leaders will meet in France as wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest and trade tensions heat up

Oxfam activists wearing firefighters costumes and "big head" masks depicting (from 2nd-L) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel perform druing a demonstration in Biarritz on August 23, 2019, on the eve of the Group of Seven (G7) summit. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

U.S.-China trade war deteriorates, as Trump lashes out at Beijing

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:25 AM

China retaliates and takes action against $75 billion in American goods, while the United States fires back again by increasing tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese products

China to impose new tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:57 PM

(UPDATED) Beijing says it will also reimpose a 25% tariff on US autos and a 5% tariff on auto parts starting December 15

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags. Pool/AFP

Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The African giraffe population as a whole has shrunk by an estimated 40% over the past 3 decades, to just under 100,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A picture taken on November 20, 2018 shows new-born giraffe Ella and her mother Amalka at their enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. - Five-year old giraffe Amalka gave birth to the baby on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Israel, South Korea announce free trade deal

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen calls the deal 'historic,' saying it is Israel's first such agreement with an east Asian nation

'HISTORIC.' South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (L) and Israeli Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen stand after signing a free trade agreement between Israel and the Republic of Korea in Jerusalem on August 21, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century – report

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

'It looks like we are losing this fight,' says the author of the report by the conservation group Traffic

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Global ban on sending wild elephants to zoos moves step closer

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

A large majority of countries vote in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities – a practice animal protection groups have long described as 'cruel'

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

Trump appears linking China trade deal to Hong Kong demos

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:31 AM

A tweet by the US president appears to link a trade deal with Beijing to the resolution of a standoff with Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters

MEETING? File photo of China's President Xi Jinping greeting US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Labor groups to DOLE: SOGIE workplace policy needed

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Sentro make the call after the arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at a Quezon City mall

South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:25 PM

South Korea creates a new category for countries that have signed the world's top 4 export control agreements but 'violate international norms.' It places Japan alone in that category.

Photo from Shutterstock

Trump says U.S. 'not ready' to make trade deal with China

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:52 PM

'We'll see whether or not we keep our meeting in September,' says President Donald Trump

US-CHINA TRADE. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. formalizes ban on govt contracts to China's Huawei, others

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:46 AM

The new rules are part of a sweeping effort by President Donald Trump's administration to restrict Huawei, which officials claim is linked to Chinese intelligence


Trade gap narrows in June 2019 as Philippines imports less steel

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Total imports decrease by 10.4%, led by iron and steel. Meanwhile, 7 out of 10 major export commodities grow.

Trump defends China trade policy

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:26 AM

US President Donald Trump says other countries are clamoring to reach trade deals with the US following the tariffs imposed on China

TRADE WAR. China's President Xi Jinping (R) greets US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP