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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

Media orgs unite, ask SC for live coverage of Ampatuan judgment

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'Allowing live coverage would allow families unable to travel to Manila to immediately hear the decision of the 58 counts of murder of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes,' says the petition signed by media organizations

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. PCP Chairperson Jun Sepe pictured beside the images of the victims of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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.

Labor group asks Duterte: Waive entrance fees to SEA Games

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says letting Filipinos watch the SEA Games for free can foster 'renewed patriotism' and 'national healing' amid complaints about the preparations for the regional event

REGIONAL GAMES. Workers complete last-minute repairs at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2019, in preparation for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Don't blame media for SEA Games woes – NUJP

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:59 PM

'Attempting to dictate how the media should report the news has no place in a democracy,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says

Tension rises in progressives’ forum as Parlade gate-crashes

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Major General Antonio Parlade is booed out of the Quezon City Sports Club

TENSION. Army Major General Antonio Parlade is booed out of an event of progressive groups on November 27, 2019. Photo sourced by Rappler

Village chief in La Union shot dead at home

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Lourdes Parotina, 66, is shot dead while watching TV inside her house

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

WATCH: Media groups demand 'justice now, convict Ampatuans'

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:29 AM

NUJP, AlterMidya, and other media groups commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre with a mural painting and march

Groups and members of the media commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre at the Mehan Garden, Manila on November 23. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Bacolod journos call for vigilance as verdict on Maguindanao massacre nears

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Officials and members of the Negros Press Club and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Bacolod chapter light candles to mark the death anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

COMMEMORATION. Andrea Jayme, her daughter Hina Sofia Danielle Bianca Tugot, and Dennis Rubica of Bombo Radyo Bacolod light candles at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists at the Bacolod City public plaza on November 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

NUJP chair ‘confident’ Ampatuans will be convicted

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:34 PM

An acquittal, says National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Nonoy Espina, would have grave implications not just on press freedom but on the electoral process

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

Amid crackdown, IBP agrees to 'briefing' by anti-communism body

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:58 AM

'In the first place communism isn’t outlawed as a belief and membership in the communist party is no longer a crime. So why even bother to listen to such a briefing?' says Law professor and human rights lawyer Ted Te

ANTI-COMMUNISM BRIEFING. IBP national president Domingo "Egon" Cayosa defends the anti-communism briefing as being "helpful" for lawyers to make informed decision. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: NUJP's Nonoy Espina on the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:32 AM

What has happened in the 10 years since the Maguindanao massacre?

#HandsOffKule: UP student groups hit attempted ‘surveillance’ of Philippine Collegian

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP slams the 'blatant intimidation' against student publications

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

La Union barangay chief shot dead in Bauang casino

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Bauang Councilor Noel Gallardo, the barangay captain of Pagdalagan Sur, was playing the slot machines inside an e-casino when he was shot by the suspect

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

German cabin crew kick off 'massive' Lufthansa strike

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Lufthansa warns that around 180,000 passengers will be affected by the 48-hour strike of cabin crew

Deserted check-in desks of German airline Lufthansa are seen at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on November 7, 2019, as cabin crews kicked off a strike. - Tens of thousands of Lufthansa passengers faced disruptions as cabin crew in Germany started to stage a "massive" 48-hour walkout in the biggest escalation yet of a bitter row over pay and conditions. (Photo by Silas Stein / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Ilocos Sur judge killed in ambush in La Union

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In September, Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez acquitted a Cordillera health worker, whom the army accused of being a communist rebel

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)

Fight impunity, 2019 Bar takers told

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:52 PM

In its message to Bar candidates, Malacañang meanwhile says, 'Rise to the challenge'

2019 BAR EXAMS. Thousands of aspiring lawyers take their first Bar Exam at the University of Santo Tomas on November 3, 2019. Photos by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Calida calls Quezon youth activist 'pa-victim'

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The military files charges against youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda 8 days after holding her in custody without a warrant

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

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

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

Teachers' strike in Chicago cancels classes for 300,000 students

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:09 AM

At the heart of the dispute is class sizes and resources rather than pay, with teachers saying they want more social workers, nurses and librarians for their students

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 17: Striking Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march through the Loop on October 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. About 25,000 Chicago school teachers went on strike today after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) failed to reach a contract agreement with the city. With about 300,000 students, Chicago has the third largest public school system in the nation. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

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

EU keeps hopes of Brexit deal alive, for now

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'This work has been intense all along the weekend and yesterday because even if the agreement will be difficult – more and more difficult to be frank – it's still possible this week,' says chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier

BREXIT. European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP