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Eurozone given 2 weeks to find economic response to virus

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:30 AM

European countries have yet to agree on a unified way to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus

CLOSED. People walk past a closed Chinese restaurant under the arcades of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquillino district of Rome on March 9, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EU warns virus could expose firms to foreign buyouts

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says 'critical assets and technologies' must be protected

MORE DEATHS. A lonely Italian National policeman patrols near St. Peter's Square (Rear) at the border between Italy and the Vatican, on March 19, 2020 in Rome during the lockdown within the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

EU finance ministers split on coronavirus rescue plan

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Italy, with the backing of France and Spain, wants a massive response from European Union partners. But northern countries, led by Germany and the Netherlands, are not in a hurry.

SLOWDOWN. Eurozone growth is only at 0.2% in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Coronavirus sparks 'unprecedented collapse' in eurozone economy

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Figures show a slump in eurozone activity in March 2020 'far exceeding that seen even at the height of the global financial crisis'

EU ministers suspend budget rules to fight virus impact

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The escape clause will allow European Union countries to spend without limit on medical equipment, enforcing containment measures, and expanding hospitals

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'24 hour-curfews are unconstitutional and excessive'

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:25 AM

24-hour curfews are outright denials of the right to travel and movement, human rights lawyers say

CURFEW. 120 adults and 15 minors sit in a social distancing manner after they were apprehended by patrolling police for violating the curfew of the enhanced community quarantine at Barangay Batasan in Quezon City on Monday midnight, March 23. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

YouTube, Amazon Prime downgrade to standard definition in EU

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:43 AM

The throttling follows a similar move from Netflix to alleviate EU networks

YOUTUBE. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Youtube logo application on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Italy's Conte calls for EU's 'full firepower' against virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:22 PM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urges the EU to adapt its European Stability Mechanism – the war chest for eurozone countries with serious debt problems – to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the bloc

FIGHTING COVID-19. In this file photo, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a press conference held at Rome's Chigi Palace, following the Ministers cabinet meeting dedicated to the coronavirus crisis, on March 4, 2020. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

La Union mayor, councilor test positive for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) Caba, La Union Mayor Philip Crispino and his wife, councilor Donna Crispino, have been in self-quarantine for the last 16 days and only showed minor symptoms

EU's Barnier has coronavirus, threatening Brexit talks

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:14 PM

'I tested positive yesterday for COVID-19. I'm as well as I can be, strictly confined to my home,' says EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

POSITIVE. In this file photo, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with Britain Michel Barnier gives a press conference as he reports on the first round of EU-Britain negotiations at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 5, 2020. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

U.N. report calls for political mission in Darfur

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The United Nations Security Council will meet on March 26 to decide whether or not to gradually withdraw by the end of October some 7,800 troops from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur

PEACEKEEPERS. A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) shows a UNAMID peacekeeper marking with branches the location of a mortar projectile recently abandoned in the Alabassi camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), in Mellit, North Darfur, on March 25, 2014. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AFP

Ilocos Sur, La Union under community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Both provinces have no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of Monday, March 16

EU limits medical equipment exports in virus fight

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'This is the right thing to do because we need that equipment for our health care system,' says European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

FIELD HOSPITAL. A man receives assistance in the a pre-triage medical tent in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

EU chief warns against unilateral virus travel bans

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:55 PM

'Certain controls may be justified, but general travel bans are not seen as being the most effective by the World Health Organization,' says EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen

WARNING. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference to present the economic response to the Covid-19 crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 13, 2020. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

EU to stop 'ghost flights' in coronavirus fightback

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:45 AM

As passenger numbers drop, many airlines are forced to fly empty planes to ensure they do not lose their slots. The European Commission says this should not be the case.

A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. - Millions of people in northern Italy were in lockdown as officials struggled to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Trump to skip war anniversary in Moscow – Kremlin

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:49 PM

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman tells journalists that Washington has notified Russia 'through diplomatic channels' that 'Trump will not come for May 9' Victory Day celebrations

HISTORIC. An eternal flame burns in front of a World War Two monument depicting Soviet soldiers at a WWII military historical museum in the village of Lenino, outside Moscow, on February 15, 2020. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Coronavirus outbreak not an excuse to fire workers – TUCP

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines also urges the labor department to ensure industry councils craft measures that would help workers cope with the novel coronavirus crisis

PREVENTIVE MEASURES. Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall on March 9, 2020, wait for their temperature to be checked as part of the city's precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Attendee at conservatives' political summit has coronavirus

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:57 PM

This attendee 'had no interaction' with President Trump or Vice President Pence and 'never attended the events in the main hall' at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC, says the organizer

CPAC 2020. Members of set up crew work on the final setup during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center February 26, 2020 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

PH senators to skip global lawmakers assembly over coronavirus threat

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Philippine Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Inter-Parliamentary Union executive committee is 'reviewing the situation and may decide not to convene the assembly due to the Covid-19 outbreak'

CORONAVIRUS THREAT. Senator Panfilo Lacson at the 141st Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Serbia. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change

ANGRY. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 4, 2020, on the day the European Union unveils a landmark law to achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2050. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

EU and UK launch tough post-Brexit relationship talks

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Frost meet in Brussels, launching several months of intense talks that will mobilize about a hundred officials on each side

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

UN urges calm amid migrant surge at Turkey-Greece border

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The International Organization for Migration says some 13,000 migrants have amassed at the Turkey-Greece border, including families with young children

FLEE ON FOOT. Migrants walk towards Greece along the Turkey-Greece border near Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on March 1, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Thousands may lose jobs due to COVID-19 impact on business – TUCP

Feb 29, 2020 - 9:50 PM

'The PAL retrenchment is just the beginning of the bigger adverse economic effect of the escalating outbreak of COVID-19 phenomenon, says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

SAFETY GEAR. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the novel coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. court suspends its block on Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'We will continue working to permanently end this unspeakably cruel policy,' says American Civil Liberties Union on the court order

'REMAIN IN MEXICO'. Migrants part of the 'Remain in Mexico' policy wait at the entrance to the Paso del Norte International Bridge on February 28, 2020, in Ciudad Juárez. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Merkel's would-be successors announce bids for party leader

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:20 AM

With all to play for, knives are already drawn

CDU SPEECH. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel's crisis-hit CDU launches leadership race

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Merkel's longtime rival Friedrich Merz is expected to throw his hat in the ring

TENSE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 15, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

NUJP submits signature campaign for ABS-CBN franchise renewal to Senate

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:53 PM

NUJP and various groups gather to fight for press freedom, democracy, and workers' rights as the Senate hears issues pertaining to the ABS-CBN franchise

STAND WITH ABS-CBN. Various progressive groups hold a rally in front of Senate, Pasay City to urge lawmakers for the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photos courtesy of College Editors Guild of the Philippines

NUJP submits 200,000 signatures to Congress for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:54 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines hopes the petition will rally support behind the authors of the franchise bills seeking to continue ABS-CBN’s operations, and pressure Congress to act on the matter

STAND WITH ABS-CBN. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines submits on February 19 a partial list of petitioners who are urging Congress to renew ABS-CBN's franchise. Photo from NUJP

Britain unveils points-based immigration plan

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Each foreign worker must earn 70 points to be eligible, with a set number of points for each qualification or skill

LOVE. A migrant walks next to a tent tagged with the initials of the United Kingdom, UK, into a heart-shape logo inside the 'Jungle' camp for migrants and refugees in Calais on June 24, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Foreign firms struggle to resume operations in virus-hit China

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'The whole process is stuttering to get back as the magnitude of the challenges is just huge,' says Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

A man wearing a protective facemask, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, walks in a deserted shopping area in Beijing on February 17, 2020. - The death toll from China's COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,770 after 105 more people died, the National Health Commission said on February 17. More than 70,500 have now been infected nationwide by the virus, which first emerged in December in central Hubei province before spreading across the country. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest

TGIF. A leisurely Friday in Qatar. Photo by Olya Morvan/Hans Lucas

EU agrees on naval mission to stop Libya arms flow

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:26 AM

'The arms embargo is being violated systematically and this is going to feed the fighters with an incredible amount of arms,' warns EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell

RUINS. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Airbus 'deeply regrets' U.S. tariff hike from 10% to 15%

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

European aerospace giant Airbus says the United States' decision to increase tariffs 'further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019 an Airbus 330 commercial airplane is seen during an event at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2019. - Airbus said on February 15, 2020, it "deeply regrets" Washington's move to increase tariffs on its planes imported into the United States from Europe. The decision to impose tariffs from March 18 "further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU, thereby creating more instability for US airlines that are already suffering from a shortage of aircraft", the European manufacturer said in a statement. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Google is appealing a 2.4 billion euro fine from 2017 that was the first in a series of major penalties from the European Commission, the EU's powerful anti-trust regulator

WATCH: NUJP, ABS-CBN staff protest Calida's quo warranto petition

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Journalists cry for press freedom hours after Solicitor General Jose Calida files a quo warranto petition to void ABS-CBN's franchise

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

Venezuela's Guaido meets Trump but overshadowed by impeachment

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Guaido enjoyed wide applause when Trump introduced him before Congress

ALLIES. U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Juan Guaido, Interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, after his arrival at the White House, on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Romania's liberal government falls after 3 months in office

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 PM

A total of 261 of 465 MPs vote in favor of a motion against the minority government led by Ludovic Orban, which took over in November

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban looks on during a no-confidence vote initiated by the Social Democrat Party at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on February 5, 2020. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi rips copy of Trump speech

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:54 PM

The tension between Trump and his Democratic nemesis was palpable from the outset, as Pelosi extended her hand for a handshake – and the president failed to return the favor

TEARING. US Vice President Mike Pence claps as Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi appears to rip a copy of US President Donald Trump speech after he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Inviting rival to State of the Union, Trump vows to 'smash' Venezuela's Maduro

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:06 PM

'Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people,' Trump says

MADURO. Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Trump in State of the Union speech: 'I keep my promises'

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:29 AM

'We have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America's destiny,' says Trump, according to excerpts released by the White House

HEAD OF STATE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a 'Keep America Great' campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump to deliver victorious State of Union speech

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:28 AM

With the Republican Senate majority ready to toss out the impeachment charges in less than 24 hours, Trump is buoyant

SPEECH. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York on November 12, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Johnson, Barnier trade blows over post-Brexit ties

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:06 PM

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier formally offers a deep future relationship but only as long as Britain makes guarantees to trade fairly

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

New era for divided Britain as it leaves European Union

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act,' says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

BREXIT. Red, white and blue lights illuminate 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister, in central London on January 31, 2020, after Britain left the European Union at 2300GMT. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Brexit sealed with final Brussels vote

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After Brexit the United Kingdom will become what the EU calls a 'third country,' outside the union, but the political and economic drama will continue

BREXIT. Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union Sir Tim Barrow (L) delivers the instruments of ratification for Brexit, notifying the Council that the UK has fully ratified the Withdrawal Agreement, to European Council Secretary General Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2020. Photo by Yves Herman/Pool/AFP

British minister attends 'historic' last EU council

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:03 AM

The United Kingdom will formally leave the bloc at midnight on Friday, January 31

BREAKUP. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

What will change the day after Brexit?

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:14 AM

There will be no turning back – the union would have lost one of its largest and richest states, the first ever to quit the project

UNION JACK. 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

UnionBank net income shoots up 104% to P14 billion in 2019

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:15 PM

UnionBank's strategy? Digital transformation while maintaining lean operations.