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Auto workers' strike batters General Motors shares

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:26 AM

Workers from 31 plants opt to walk out after talks between the company and the United Auto Workers Union hit an impasse

FLINT, MI - SEPTEMBER 16: United Auto Workers (UAW) members picket at a gate at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant after the UAW declared a national strike against GM at midnight on September 16, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike after their contract expired and the two parties could not come to an agreement. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP BILL PUGLIANO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

EU downbeat after Johnson-Juncker Brexit talks

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The EU says the meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker failed to yield any alternative to proposals on the Northern Ireland border that the British leader has rejected

JOHNSON MEETS JUNCKER. EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (R) welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) prior to their meeting, on September 16, 2019 in Luxembourg. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

Ex-PM Cameron slams Johnson over Brexit

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Former UK prime minister David Cameron accuses incumbent Boris Johnson of using Brexit to make him the 'darling' of their Conservative party

BREXIT. Former UK prime minister David Cameron does not mince words against incumbent Boris Johnson over Brexit. File photo by AFP

UK PM claims huge progress in Brexit talks

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:05 AM

In an odd analogy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson compares Britain to the comic book character Hulk

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

Key EU ministers ignore budget rule revamp for Italy

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Reforming the rules sharply splits Italy from the EU's richer numbers that are loath to ease the pressure on Rome's chronic overspending

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

Foreign embassies required to get DFA clearance before donating to BARMM

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 'there'll be hell to pay' if foreign embassies bypass the Department of Foreign Affairs

BANGSAMORO REGION. In January 2019, majority of voters in the Bangsamoro region voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The government has immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, September 17, and parliament set to remain shut in the meantime

ANOTHER BLOW. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain's Johnson vows to fight on despite Brexit blows

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Boris Johnson now sees himself outflanked by pro-European Union opponents and the country barrelling toward a chaotic October 31 breakup with its closest neighbors after 46 years

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

Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The law, which would require Boris Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU in October, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II

APPROVED. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

UK's Boris Johnson says would rather die than delay Brexit

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:05 PM

In a speech in northern England, Johnson says, 'I'd rather be dead in a ditch' than ask the EU for a Brexit delay

BREXIT OR BUST. File photo of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo by Rui Vieira/AFP

UK's Johnson seeks snap election to break Brexit deadlock

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The vote's timing is still being debated as the country hurtles toward an October 31 departure from the European Union without a plan for what comes next

SNAP ELECTION? In this file photo, then incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

EU makes 780 million euros available in emergency funding for Brexit

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Most of the money is to come from the Emergency Solidarity Fund, usually used to respond to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes

EU says UK has yet to show plan to revise Brexit deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Our working assumption is that there will be Brexit on October 31,' says European Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva

BREXIT. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are due to report to senior EU officials on progress in Brexit talks. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

UK PM Johnson threatens Brexit purge in pivotal week

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'It would be entirely unreasonable for MPs, having rejected the previous deal 3 times, to attempt to bind the hands of the PM as he seeks to negotiate a deal they can support,' Boris Johnson's spokesman says

PURGE? In this file photo, Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Media groups in Mindanao slam red-tagging of CDO journalists

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The Mindanao Independent Press Council calls for a dialogue between journalists and security forces 'to tackle the problem of red-tagging...as a matter that hinges on human rights'

RED-TAGGED. Froilan Gallardo and Cong Corrales are again involved in a recent red-tagging incident in Cagayan de Oro City. File photos from Facebook

Judge rejects first bid to block UK parliament suspension

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'I'm not satisfied that there's a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage,' says Scottish judge Raymond Doherty in his ruling

UK PARLIAMENT. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement, unless one can be struck and then approved by parliament

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

Countdown to Brexit: Key dates ahead

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Here are the key dates in what will be a momentous two months for Britain ahead of its planned departure from the European Union

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit demonstrators stand outside Parliament in London on August 29, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

NUJP calls on officials to protect red-tagged journalists, personalities in CDO

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines laments 'the apparent lack of interest of local government and security units to protect those so threatened'

EU tells Johnson: UK alone will be to blame for no-deal Brexit

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:18 AM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker calls UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to say a 'no-deal' scenario will only ever be the UK's decision, not the EU's'

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EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

EU says Britain must pay Brexit divorce bill even if no deal

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:18 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that if Britain leaves without a deal it will not have to pay the 39 billion pound divorce bill agreed by his predecessor Theresa May

BREXIT. A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a meeting in Brussels on November 25, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

British Prime minister Boris Johnson urges US President Donald Trump to remove 'considerable barries' for UK companies seeking to export to the American market

OUT TO PUSH TRUMP. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

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

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

Anakbayan: ‘Missing’ youth activist is free and safe

Aug 12, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The 18-year-old Anakbayan member is still active, but not ready to resurface due to threats of harassment, abduction, and assassination, the group's leader says

YOUTH ACTIVISTS. (From left) Hen Namoca, Raoul Manuel of NUSP, Alex Danday of Anakbayan, Kara Tanggava of LFS, and Daryl Angelo Baykado of the CEGP hold a press conference on August 12, 2019, to belie the allegation that a 17-year-old student who joined Anakbayan was kidnapped. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Here's your chance to name an exoplanet and its host star

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:36 AM

'The names of the exoplanet and its host star should be related to one another and they should be culturally or historically relevant to the Philippines,' says PAGASA

Image from IAU Name Exoworld Philippines' Facebook page

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

Rappler's Bacolod correspondent tailed by 'suspicious' man

Aug 04, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The man, who was aboard a motorcycle, followed journalist Marchel Espina for almost 18 kilometers

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

UnionBank's H1 2019 earnings up just 2% as it shifts to digital

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:40 PM

UnionBank posts a net income of P4.8 billion in the 1st half of 2019, as it sustains growth of earning assets despite lower margins and investment in its digital transformation


NUPL blasts 'ineffective' writ of amparo after CA junks protection plea

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Is the writ of amparo still an effective remedy in the time of President Rodrigo Duterte?

RED-TAGGING. The National Union of Peoples' Laywers (NUPL) holds a protest after filing a petition at Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines tagged them as communists. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

TUCP asks Duterte to consider workers affected by crackdown on PCSO games

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines appeals to President Rodrigo Duterte to institute reforms in the agency as soon as possible to avoid compromising workers' livelihoods

SHUT DOWN. Members of the Philippine National Police, including NCR top cop Guillermo Eleazar (right most) immediately close PCSO establishments following President Duterte's order. NCRPO photo

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

Workers forgotten in SONA? TUCP says labor not Duterte's policy priority

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says there were no marching orders from the President on 'matters that concern the daily lives of workers'

NEVER TO GIVE UP. Members of progressive organizations in the Cordillera march alone business district of Baguio lead the fight against the decades-old challenges and attack to their cultural identity and existence amidst the labelling by the government on them as communist fronts in celebration of Labor Day May 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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