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Labour warned more MPs 'thinking hard' about futures
Leadership urged to act on concerns as two Tory MPs consider joining group formed by Labour rebels.

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration
A coalition of 16 US states sues the Trump administration over his decision to declare an emergency.

Fast fashion: 'Penny on a garment' to drive clothes recycling
Clothing brands and retailers should pay per item to fund a £35m annual recycling scheme, MPs say.

UK and French tourists missing in Australia beach search
Items belonging to Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux were found on a popular beach, police say.

The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war
Meet some of the Syrians returning home and trading, at the re-opened crossing between Jordan and Syria.

George Mendonsa, US WWII 'kissing sailor', dies aged 95
George Mendonsa was famously photographed during VJ Day celebrations in New York in 1945.

Sepsis: New rapid test 'could save thousands of lives'
Researchers have developed a test that can detect the condition in minutes - instead of up to 72 hours.

Child abuse images being traded via secure apps
Stolen credit cards and other illegal material are also on sale, a File on 4 investigation discovers.

LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz 'racially attacked' in London
LBC radio presenter Maajid Nawaz says he was racially abused and attacked outside a London theatre.

Pop music's growing gender gap revealed in the collaboration age
Three times as many male as female pop stars appeared on last year's biggest hit singles.

The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder
Ren Zhengfei tells BBC that Huawei will survive despite security concerns and the criminal case against his daughter.

Honda set to close Swindon car plant
The carmaker is set to announce the closure of its Swindon plant in 2022, jeopardising 3,500 jobs, sources say.

Australia's drought leading to 'suffering' of children, UN warns
Many spend long days witnessing the "trauma" of their parents and animals, the UN warns.

The Papers: 'Splitting headache' for Corbyn over exits
Tuesday's papers are dominated by the 'gang of seven' quitting the Labour Party over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Alysa Liu: 'I’m the youngest lady to land a triple axel'
Thirteen-year-old Alysa Liu is the youngest ever US women's national figure skating champion.

Female mechanic helps women learn about cars
Louise Barker was fed up with women she knew being ripped off by garages, so set her own one up.

Meet the women helping fill Russia's rural healthcare gap
After the closure of thousands of clinics in rural Russia, one region has taken matters into its own hands.

Hollywood hitmaker's fight for an Oscar
I'll Fight, a song written for documentary RBG, is Diane Warren's tenth Oscar-nominated song.

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?
An advert for Zara has sparked a row over whether freckles "uglify" Chinese people.

Meet Sydney - the teenage taxidermist
Sydney Langton wants to make it big in the animal art world.

BBC Breakfast
BBC coverage of latest developments

How Brexit hit the pound in your pocket
The value of the pound has changed a lot over the past three years - making us all a little poorer.

Sheela-na-gigs: The naked women adorning Britain's churches
Why are churches across Britain adorned with carvings of naked women exposing their genitalia?

Stephen Lawrence: How has his murder changed policing?
Twenty years since the review into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, what has changed?

'Crossing the Channel by boat is risky - we came by lorry'
Azis and his family were thinking of crossing the Channel in a small boat, but heard horror stories from fellow migrants.

Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?
Although the IS caliphate may be over, tensions in Iraq and Syria mean the ideology remains alive.

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?
Hundreds of Indians attending a public meeting were shot dead by British troops on 13 April 1919.

Could hackers 'brainjack' your memories in future?
A decade from now, memory-boosting implants could be available commercially, but at what risk?

Ren Zhengfei: Huawei's reclusive founder
When Ren Zhengfei started Huawei in 1987 little did he know it would become a global telecoms giant.

Who led Labour's last big breakaway?
As some compare Labour resignations to the formation of the 1980s party, we look at how the SDP emerged.

Chelsea played 'confused football' as Man Utd reach quarter-finals - highlights & report
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says his team played "confused football" as Manchester United win at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Chelsea boss Sarri 'done' after FA Cup exit - Sutton
Maurizio Sarri will be sacked by Chelsea before their next game, said ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton after their FA Cup exit to Man Utd.

Williams in turmoil as Vettel fastest on first day of testing
Williams are in turmoil in the build-up to the new F1 season as a result of delays building their new car, as Sebastian Vettel is fastest for Ferrari.

Laureus World Sports Awards: Simone Biles and Novak Djokovic win top honours
Gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Novak Djokovic win the top prizes at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

FA Cup quarter-final draw: Man Utd face Wolves in last eight
Manchester United's reward for beating Chelsea is an FA Cup quarter-final tie at Wolves, while Manchester City are at Swansea.

FA Cup: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United highlights
Watch highlights as Manchester United cruise past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Paul Pogba drives Man Utd into FA Cup quarter-finals with 'magnificent' display
A "magnificent" performance from Paul Pogba, who made one and scored one, drives Man Utd to a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup fifth round tie.

Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment
The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear disaster.

The soldier with a secret talent - ballet
When Alex Smith joined the Army he didn't reveal to anyone he had spent years training to be a dancer.

El Chapo guilty: Will his jailing change anything?
The trial and conviction of the notorious Joaquín Guzmán tells us much about the multi-billion drugs trade.


Why another Asian government is moving to ban vaping
Robert Chan lit his first cigarette aged 18. He quickly became hooked, smoking 15 a day for more than a decade.

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn't agree

16 states file lawsuit to stop Trump's national emergency declaration
Sixteen states on Monday evening filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

Trump calls on Venezuela military to back Guaido over Maduro
President Donald Trump is expected to urge Venezuelan military officials to back the country's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido and allow humanitarian aid to flow into Venezuela.

Former New Zealand leader: 'We need to learn to listen to China'
A former New Zealand prime minister has lavished praise on China as the country's current leader continues to deny reports of a rift between Wellington and Beijing.

Vatican admits to secret rules for children of priests: NYT
The Vatican has revealed that it maintains secret guidelines for priests who father children despite their vows of celibacy, according to a report in the New York Times.

Fortune tellers, letter writers and the last of Hong Kong's traditional trades
From fortune tellers to professional letter writers, many of Hong Kong's street-savvy, traditional entrepreneurs have devoted their entire lives to ancient and increasingly forgotten practices.

US discussing exchanging liaison officers with North Korea
The US and North Korea are seriously considering exchanging liaison officers, a move that could begin the establishment of interest sections in each other's countries, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told CNN.

Dramatic MP walkout is latest Brexit twist
Seven members of Britain's opposition Labour party resigned on Monday, citing what they described as institutional anti-Semitism and the party's "betrayal" on Brexit.

Fox News hosts claim 'coup' against Trump
Brian Stelter and his panel examine Fox News' use of the word "coup" after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview with CBS that the Justice Department held meetings about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and questioned whether there was cabinet support to remove President Trump.

Visegrad summit canceled over Israel-Poland Holocaust spat
A summit of central European leaders in Israel has been canceled after Israeli officials sparked outrage by accusing Poland of complicity during the Holocaust.

Marvel TV's superhero universe on Netflix officially comes to an end. Could Disney+ be its new home?
Netflix on Monday canceled the only two Marvel Television shows it has left, effectively ending its relationship with the Disney company.

Facebook was 'willing to override' users' privacy setting to share their data
UK lawmakers have accused Facebook of violating data privacy and competition laws in a report on social media disinformation that also says CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed "contempt" toward parliament by not appearing before them.

The world looks longingly at a post-Trump era
If Europe's leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn't seem likely they'd give it to President Trump. At least, that's how it seemed at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.

This AI is so good at mimicking human writing, its creators won't release it
A new artificial intelligence system is so good at composing text, that the researchers behind it said they won't release it for fear of how it could be misused.

Washing your truck could spark a fire?
Honda has issued a recall for its newer Ridgelines, after there was an issue where soapy water can seep into the fuel line and can cause a fire.

Carmakers brace for a terrible year as China's slowdown deepens
After a tough 2018, global automakers look set for another bruising year.

Deforestation will torpedo global climate targets, study finds
International targets to cut emissions and limit climate change will be missed due to rises in deforestation and delays in changing how humans use land, a new study warns.

Airlines will add new gender options for non-binary passengers
US airline passengers who don't identify as "male" or "female" will soon have more gender options to choose when booking tickets.

Man who claimed to be sailor in WWII Times Square kiss photo dies at 95
George Mendonsa, who maintained for decades that he was the sailor in an iconic 1945 Times Square photo, dubbed "The Kiss," that came to symbolize the end of World War II, has died, his family says. He was 95.

For the first time in 94 years, Beijing's Forbidden City to open at night
A rare opportunity for those who have long dreamed of watching illuminated lanterns dancing across night skies in the stunning historic setting of Beijing's Forbidden City.

President and CEO of Time's Up, Lisa Borders, resigns
Less than two months into the job, Lisa Borders has resigned as the president and CEO of Time's Up.

Trump talking about John James as frontrunner for UN ambassador
President Donald Trump has mentioned former Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James as a leading contender for the role of US ambassador to the United Nations, a source close to White House tells CNN.

Bill Gates: Cow fart one of biggest problems
Bill Gates explains how no one knows how to stop bovine flatulence, a major contributor to climate change.

Baldwin suggests Trump's latest attack on 'SNL' could be 'a threat to my safety'

Airbus Beluga XL spreads its wings at long last
It's almost here.

Indian troops killed in militant clash in Kashmir
Four Indian army personnel were killed Monday in a gunfight with militants in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, just days after a car bomb was detonated in the same area, killing 40 paramilitary soldiers.

Japan's Abe refuses to deny that he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to deny that he nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in helping to ease tensions with North Korea.

Migrants to Yemen unaware of bombs and bodies ahead
They trudge, exhausted, along the desolate winding road to Obock in northern Djibouti, flanked on either side by a black, alien landscape created millennia ago by volcanic eruptions.

Maduro regime rejects aid, claims it's sending food to Colombia
Venezuela will send food to feed hungry Colombian children, communications minister Jorge Rodriguez claimed Monday -- citing statistics about poverty in neighboring Colombia -- even as citizens in his country struggle with food shortages at home.

Saudi crown prince signs deals worth $20B
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has signed agreements worth $20 billion with Pakistan at the start of an Asian tour widely seen as an attempt to bolster ties and improve the kingdom's image after a troubling year.

24 bodies recovered from flooded gold mine
The bodies of 24 gold miners have been recovered from a flooded mine in Zimbabwe, and rescuers have pulled out eight survivors who had been trapped underground, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Grand jury convened in R. Kelly case, sources say
A grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against singer R. Kelly, according to two sources close to the case.

2019's biggest supermoon lights up the sky
February's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.

Man finds 30-year-old Apple computer in working order
A New York professor has Gen Xers reminiscing about their childhood after he posted images of his decades old Apple lle computer on Twitter Saturday night.

Israel shoots for the moon with privately funded spacecraft
Aiming to become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon, Israel's non-profit SpaceIL has announced it will launch a spacecraft from Florida's Cape Canaveral Thursday on board a Falcon 9 rocket.

Eating your way to better mental health
It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.

'Golden Girls'-themed cruise to set sail in 2020
"Golden Girls" fans have been given the biggest gift, but they'll have to get on board next winter to see the card attached.

This movie has 10 Oscar nominations. Its official box-office haul so far: $0
"Roma," Alfonso Cuarón's affectionate look at the Mexico City of his childhood, has 10 Academy Award nominations. It's been in theaters for three months. Most Hollywood observers consider it the favorite to win the best picture Oscar on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic: 'Now I just go out on field and dominate'
Is it possible that the iconic American school bus ultimately inspired Swedish football icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move to the US?

Why we should play video games with kids
There is, inevitably, a gap between the parents we are and the parents we think we are. Not unlike algorithms, we rely on the past to inform our parenting decisions in the present. But this world keeps on turning, and the parenting present is never quite like the past.

Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins after huge crashes
Denny Hamlin negotiated multi-car pile-ups and the challenge of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones to win the Daytona 500 in overtime Sunday.

17-year-old takes on a $2 trillion industry
Aaron Philip's life has been transformed by becoming the first black, trans, disabled model to sign for a major agency. Since joining the renowned Elite Model Management last September, the 17-year-old has shot editorial for i-D magazine and been named in Teen Vogue's "21 Under 21," among much else.

Orange alligators found in South Carolina

Is it time for Real Madrid to say goodbye to Marcelo?
When a player has been at a club for so long, almost becoming part of the furniture in the process, it's often hard to remember a time without them.

From a refugee camp to the runway

Trump defies every restraint

Huawei founder: US 'cannot crush us'
Huawei's founder is striking a defiant tone in the face of American attempts to curb the Chinese tech giant's international reach and prosecute his daughter.

Baldwin responds to Trump's 'SNL' tweet
Alec Baldwin, the actor who plays President Trump on "SNL," is responding to the president's latest shot at the show.

Internet skewers Trump's Nobel claim
Did the US ask Japan to nominate Trump for Nobel Prize? Jeanne Moos reports Japan's PM doesn't deny nominating Trump.

Al Jazeera

Huawei founder says US cannot 'crush' telecoms giant
In interview with BBC, Ren Zhengfei describes arrest of his daughter and Huawei executive as 'politically motivated'.

The Salman Rushdie affair: Thirty years and a novelist later
The novel Satanic Verses was assassinated on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1989.

Philippines: Measles outbreak kills more than 130
About half of the 136 people who died were children aged one to four, health officials say.

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protests
Many Haitians remain wary of recent promises by the government to trim expenses and investigate alleged corruption.

Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates
Latest updates as Venezuela plunges into a major crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

Sixteen US states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration
President invoked emergency powers after Congress didn't fulfill request for $5.7bn to help build US-Mexico border wall.

'Trade and investment' to top Saudi crown prince's India visit
Trade, investment, defence and security expected to top agenda of talks between Saudi crown prince and Indian PM Modi.

Trump, Kim and the war that 'ended' six decades ago
War veterans in Seoul hope North Korea moves on promises of ending the war which ended in truce nearly 70 years ago.

'Fake': Thousands rally in US against Trump's national emergency
More than 250 rallies held across the US to decry Trump's national emergency declaration to build the border wall.

North Carolina House race marred by voter fraud scheme: official
Election board official says absentee ballots were collected and in some cases filled out in favour of Republicans.

Why is measles back and spreading?
World Health Organization says number of cases doubled in 2018.

After ISIL, French women held in Syria say they're ready for home
ISIL 'executed people for nothing, without proof - even Muslims', two women from France tell the AFP news agency.

Erdogan: NATO gives arms to 'terrorists' but not to Turkey
President accuses NATO allies of supporting 'terrorism' with thousands of truckloads of weapons, but none for Turkey.

Syria: SDF calls for help with 'time bomb' ISIL fighters
Abandoning foreign ISIL fighters in Syria would be a 'very big mistake', spokesman for US-backed militia warns.

Visegrad summit in Israel cancelled after Poland withdraws
Polish prime minister withdrew delegation after Israeli acting minister said 'Poles collaborated with the Nazis.'

Twin bombings kill at least 15 people in Syria's Idlib city
Idlib is dominated by an alliance led by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate, the Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham armed group.

Migingo Island: Africa's 'smallest war'
Kenya and Uganda both claim the tiny island as their territory.

Venezuela in crisis: Seven stories to get up-to-date
Nearly a month after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president, Venezuela plunges deeper into crisis.

WWE's Rey Mysterio: 'I'm representing my people'
In the age of Donald Trump, a prominent Mexican-American wrestler hopes to promote Latino pride.

Netanyahu secretly met Morocco's foreign minister: Report
Talks on the sidelines of UN General Assembly revolved around countering Iranian influence, restoring diplomatic ties.

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni quits politics
Tzipi Livni retires from politics, ending 20-year career of a politician who was once a contender for prime minister.

Nigeria's president: Disrupt vote at the 'expense of your life'
Muhammadu Buhari also questions election delay calling for an investigation into the electoral commission's decision.

Maldives ex-president Yameen held for money laundering trial
Court orders Abdulla Yameen be held in custody until the end of a trial on money laundering charges, say local media.

MSF says UN failed civilians in Central African Republic attack
The medical charity says at least 15 people were killed and 29 others injured in November's attack in Batangafo town.

Nine killed in Kashmir gun battle days after deadly attack
The gun battle in Pulwama follows killing of 42 Indian forces in the deadliest attack in 30 years of Kashmir conflict.

MercoPress - South American Agency

Russian bank freezes Venezuela's oil company accounts, fearing US sanctions

PDVSA branded the story “fake news” on its Twitter account – in red capital letters, adding the caption Russian lender Gazprombank has frozen the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under US sanctions, according to Reuters.

PM Theresa May writes to 317 Tory MPs urging to unite behind a Brexit deal

The prime minister told MPs in the letter she will return to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week Theresa May has written to all 317 Tory MPs, urging them to unite behind a Brexit deal while warning them "history will judge us all" over the process. Efforts will resume this Monday to persuade the EU to agree changes to the "backstop" plan to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border.

MPs demand tough urgent action against Facebook to combat spread of fake news

A House of Commons committee has concluded that the firm's founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over fake news. Facebook needs for stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A House of Commons committee has concluded that the firm's founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show "leadership or personal responsibility" over fake news.

Bolsonaro learning the hard way: family and politics don't mix

The furor could divert the president's attention as he tries to focus on the bill to reform Brazil's unsustainable pension system expected this week in Congress Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of his politician sons and his ultraconservative party were embroiled in a crisis on Sunday over a campaign finance scandal threatening the leader's anti-corruption image. The 63-year-old far-right president, who is just six weeks into his mandate, spoke with top officials in his government on Friday and Saturday to try to draw a line under the affair, after key allies turned on him.

Seventeen Filipino crew members rescued from a jigger on fire in Falklands' waters arrived in Montevideo

“Jun Rong” had a crew of 69, and 64 were rescued and taken to Montevideo where they underwent medical attention, and are waiting to fly back to their homes. Seventeen Filipino crew members have arrived safe and sound to Montevideo, following the 11 February fire and loss of their Taiwanese flagged jigger in Falkland Islands waters last week. “Jun Rong” had a total crew of 69, and 64 were rescued and taken to the capital of Uruguay where they underwent medical attention, and are waiting to fly back to their homes.

Argentine Security minister making headlines with her tough on crime policy

Patricia Bullrich, 62, is pushing new tough-on-crime measures: dropping the age for juvenile convictions, equipping cops with stun guns and facial recognition Argentina's government, with one eye on elections later in the year, is getting tough on crime, and one figure is taking centre stage: the country's security tsar. Patricia Bullrich, 62, the security minister, is pushing a series of new tough-on-crime measures, including dropping the age for juvenile convictions, equipping cops with stun guns and trialling facial recognition at train stations.

Macri and business delegation in India for trade, investment and cooperation promotion

Macri arrived in India on Saturday and was first flown to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. From there to New Dehli ahead of  round of political contacts on Monday New Delhi and Buenos Aires are expected to sign up to eight agreements during President Mauricio Macri’s three-day state visit to India to promote trade, investment and cooperation in several fields including defense, Argentine ambassador Daniel Chuburu said. Macri is accompanied by several ministers, members of Congress and a hundred business leaders.

Petrobras settling financial disputes: agrees to pay petroleum regulator US$ 940m

Petrobras has long disputed the ANP’s move, leading to extensive wrangling and intervention from the International Court of Arbitration. Brazil state-run oil firm Petrobras said it had concluded a long-running dispute with the country’s ANP petroleum regulator, agreeing to pay 3.5 billion reais (US$ 940 million) to end an oil-royalty spat.

Brazilian soy crop estimate suffers small cut but corn is booming

 “The climate has improved over the last few weeks in practically all regions, preventing further losses to the crop,” Safras said Brazilian agribusiness consultancy Safras & Mercado announced a small cut in its projection for the country’s 2018/2019 soybean crop in a statement on Friday, as weather stopped worsening in key growing regions. Safras cut its projection to 115.402 million tons from a 115.718 million-toe forecast in January, as the effects of a drought that has stressed fields subsided.

Princess Cruises expands her fleet

With two further ships on order for delivery in 2023 and 2025, Princess Cruises will increase its capacity by 32% over the next six years. In an industry-first, events took place at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, to mark the construction progress for each of the 3,660-guest Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess and a sixth Royal-class ship yet to be named. For Sky Princess, which will launch in October this year, a Madrina ceremony was held.

EU Newsroom

New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of tomorrow
As of tomorrow, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union.

Plenary highlights: Singapore trade, animal transport, road safety
MEPs approved a trade deal with Singapore as well plans to screen foreign investment and better protect the victims of road accidents during this week's plenary session.

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees
Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules.

Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms' trading practices
Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for businesses and traders when using online platforms. 

EU to scrutinise foreign direct investment more closely

European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes
The Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks. 

Parliament gives green light to EU-Singapore trade and investment protection deals

Defence: European Commission paves the way for first joint industrial projects under EU budget
Once the Commission adopts the work programme for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, it will launch calls for proposals under the EU budget for 2019-2020. This will help pave the way for the future European Defence Fund for the period 2021-2027. 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the architecture of financial supervision, decision-making in EU tax policy and issues related to the EU budget. 

Civil protection: Parliament strengthens EU disaster response capability
An upgrade of the EU’s civil defence mechanism, tested to its limits by 2017 and 2018 forest fires, storms and floods, received the support of the House.

Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients' safety
The falsification of medicines has remained a serious threat to public health in the EU for too long. As of tomorrow, the new rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU will apply.

Winter 2019 Economic Forecast: growth moderates amid global uncertainties
The European economy is expected to grow for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with expansion forecast in every Member State. The pace of growth overall is projected to moderate compared to the high rates of recent years and the outlook is subject to large uncertainty. 

Mergers: Commission prohibits Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom

Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders
The Commission presents a set of recommendations for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across Member States.

Security Union: Commission recommends negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence
With the majority of criminal investigations requiring access to evidence based online and often outside the EU, there is an urgent need to equip police and judicial authorities with quick and efficient tools fit for modern reality. 

Countering illegal hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response
IT companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech is removed, compared to 40% and 28% respectively when the Code was first launched in 2016. 

European Parliament approves more transparency and efficiency in its internal rules
The European Parliament adopted changes to its internal rules to operate more efficiently and in a more transparent way. The new rules provide that Members must refrain from improper behaviour, offensive language, and psychological or sexual harassment. The key actors of the legislative process will be required to publish online all scheduled meetings with interest representatives named on the Transparency Register.

New rules to make it easier to register .eu domain

December 2018 - Euro area unemployment at 7.9% - EU28 at 6.6%

EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts final set of ‘no-deal’ contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget
Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a ‘no-deal’ scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a final set of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ programme, social security coordination and the EU budget.

Sustainability: Commission presents a reflection paper on a more sustainable Europe by 2030

Property regimes for international couples in Europe: new rules apply in 18 Member States as of today
The EU regulations clarifying the rules applicable to property regimes for international married couples establish clear rules in cases of divorce or death and bring an end to parallel and possibly conflicting proceedings in various Member States, for instance on property or bank accounts.

Code of Practice against disinformation: Commission calls on signatories to intensify their efforts
The European Commission published today the first reports submitted by signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation signed in October 2018. While the Commission welcomes the progress made, it also calls on signatories to intensify their efforts in the run up to the 2019 EU elections.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Romanian presidency presented its main priority in the field of agriculture: negotiate the legislative package related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in the context of the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, innovation and agricultural research, plant proteins, plant and animal health.

January infringements package: key decisions

Erasmus+: Another record year in 2017
The European Commission has published its annual report on Erasmus+, which shows that more people than ever before are participating, while the number of projects supported has continued to grow. At the same time, the programme is becoming more inclusive and more international.

Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU and outlines steps to address them
The report maps the existing practices and identifies certain risks such schemes imply for the EU, in particular, as regards security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. 

European Commission adopts adequacy decision on Japan, creating the world's largest area of safe data flows
The Commission has adopted its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

Energy Union: EU invests a further €800 million in priority energy infrastructure

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Finance ministers discussed the European system of financial supervision, InvestEU, Romanian priorities, the European Semester and the follow up to the December Euro-summit. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates
The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

Plenary highlights: Brexit, driverless cars, investment, pesticides
MEPs called for safety rules for driverless cars during this year's first plenary session. They also urged the UK to clarify its Brexit position and backed a new investment fund. 

“InvestEU”: MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and growth
Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis.

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure
Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament.

Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy
The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the priorities of the Romanian presidency and plans for negotiations on the next long-term EU budget. Ministers also exchanged views on disinformation. 

Main results of the Environment Council
Environment ministers reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. They agreed on the Council position on the text and set the first-ever EU targets for CO2 emissions of trucks. 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
The Council was updated on the state of play on the clean energy package, the Connecting Europe Facility and the gas directive. Ministers held a first exchange of views on the Commission's strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy. 

Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries
This annual report shows that the visa liberalisation requirements for the concerned countries continue to be met but that action – in some cases immediate – is required for a number of countries in specific areas to ensure this continues to be the case. 

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019
This year's report shows that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S. 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019, and had an exchange of views on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform package and the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy. 

Africa-Europe Alliance: first projects kicked off just three months after launch
Only two months after the launch of the Africa–Europe Alliance, the European Commission is presenting first progress on boosting investment and creating jobs in Africa. 

Plenary highlights: Japan deal, Sakharov Prize, terrorism, budget
MEPs backed a trade deal with Japan, awarded the Sakharov Prize to Oleg Sentsov and paid tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s terror attack in Strasbourg during December’s plenary session. 

Main results of the European Council
The European Council on 13-14 December 2018 adopted conclusions on the MFF, the single market, migration and other items, namely external relations, climate change, security and defence, disinformation, the fight against racism and xenophobia and citizens' consultations. 

Main results of the Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
The EU27 leaders held a special meeting of the European Council in Article 50 format to discuss Brexit. They reconfirmed the conclusions of 25 November 2018, in which they endorsed the withdrawal agreement and approved the political declaration. 

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement
The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement will remove almost all custom duties adding up to €1 billion annually for EU companies.

EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration
For next year’s budget, MEPs have secured better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers. Commitment appropriations for 2019 total €165.8 billion; payment appropriations total €148.2 billion.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework, prepared the December European Council and approved its 18-month programme. It also held a hearing on the rule of law in Poland and exchanged views under the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Hungary. 

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals
Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, but more efforts are needed.

Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention
MEPs want the European Food Safety Agency to publish safety studies before a product is authorised to go on to the market. The revised rules aim to make risk assessment more transparent and ensure that the studies used by EFSA to authorise a product to be put on the market are reliable, objective and independent. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed Iran focusing on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela and the dangerous increase of tensions in Ukraine.

Commission presents its response to Antisemitism and a survey showing Antisemitism is on the rise in the EU
The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's latest survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying: 85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its position on the regulation on European production and preservation orders for e-evidence in criminal matters. Ministers also agreed positions on the sales of goods directive and on the revision of so called Brussels IIa regulation. 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council reached a general approach on proposals for a regulation on establishing the European Labour Authority (ELA) and for a directive on carcinogens or mutagens at work. The Council also adopted a recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Member States and Commission to work together to boost artificial intelligence “made in Europe”
Delivering on its strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) adopted in April 2018 today the Commission presents a coordinated plan prepared with Member States to foster the development and use of AI in Europe. 

A Europe that Protects: The EU steps up action against disinformation
To protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020, the EU is presenting today an Action Plan to step up efforts to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond. 

Commission presents ways to further strengthen the euro's global role
In light of the upcoming European Council and Euro Summit in December, the Commission presents actions to strengthen the role of the euro in a changing world.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council endorsed the political agreement reached with the European Parliament on a package of risk reduction measures in the banking sector and adopted an action plan to better tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunication)

Commission calls on Leaders to pave the way for an agreement on a modern, balanced and fair EU budget for the future
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 13 and 14 December 2018, the Commission is taking stock of the encouraging progress made so far in the negotiations of the EU's next long-term budget and urging Leaders to keep up the momentum. 

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings
Taking stock of measures taken since 2015, the report highlights the main trends in trafficking in human beings and outlines remaining challenges that the EU and Member States must address as a matter of priority.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)

Main results of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina
G20 leaders met in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December 2018. They adopted a declaration focusing on the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and on gender equality. 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on the platform-to-business regulation and the general safety of vehicles regulation. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of the first €500 million of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine.

October 2018 - Euro area unemployment at 8.1% - EU28 at 6.7%

DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

New rules for temporary border controls within the Schengen area
Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs.

Commission reports on progress in risk reduction in the Banking Union
The Commission takes stock of the latest developments as regards risk reduction in the banking sector and progress towards an even more integrated and stable EU financial system.

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050
The European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. Ministers also took note of a progress report on a proposal for a new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.

Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU
EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU. 

Main results of the special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
EU27 leaders met for a special meeting of the European Council (Art.50) on Sunday 25 November 2018. They endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies and is referred to in the withdrawal agreement. 

State of Health in the EU: more protection and prevention for longer and healthier lives

The Juncker Plan at work: bringing investment back on track in Europe
In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch. 

European Semester Autumn Package: Bolstering inclusive and sustainable growth
Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the first time. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018. 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council agreed on the fishing opportunities for certain deep sea stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic, for 2019 and 2020. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Plenary highlights: cheaper calls, energy efficiency, Lux Film Prize, Angela Merkel
The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary. Woman at War won this year’s Lux Film Prize. 

October 2018 - Annual inflation up to 2.2% in the euro area - Also up to 2.2% in the EU

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations
The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. 

MEPs cap prices of calls within EU and approve emergency alert system
MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies. 

European Commission reports on progress in Bulgaria and Romania under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism
The European Commission issued its latest reports on steps taken by Bulgaria and Romania to meet their commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, and in the case of Bulgaria organised crime, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). 

Brexit: European Commission intensifies preparedness work and outlines contingency action plan in the event of a no deal scenario with the UK
The European Commission has published detailed information on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

Energy: new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency
Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council started preparations for the December European Council, discussed the next multiannual financial framework, held its annual rule of law dialogue and returned to the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Poland and Hungary. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed efforts to modernise WTO, the implementation of free trade agreements and latest developments in ongoing bilateral trade negotiations. 

November infringements package: key decisions

Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast: sustained but less dynamic growth amid high uncertainty
Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at 2.2% in 2018, 2.0% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020. 

Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment
The Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019
The Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year's fishing quotas.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan' initiative'

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the state of play of negotiations on the digital services tax, adopted conclusions on climate finance and discussed the implementation of the 2017 EU budget. 


Central African Republic: UNICEF outlines key actions so fresh peace deal can make real difference for children
Hailing the recent peace agreement signed by 15 warring parties in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed on Monday that “now is the time for action” and outlined concrete steps that armed groups, judicial authorities and the Government can take so the future of millions of children can be safeguarded.

UN agency plan tackles ‘hidden cost’ of gold, paves way for safer, mercury-free mining
From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods.

In West Africa, UN Security Council visits Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau
Members of the United Nations Security Council are on a mission to West Africa where they are reviewing strides made in peacebuilding by both Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Harvested’ rainwater saves Tanzanian students from stomach ulcers, typhoid
The students in the Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo once had to decide between getting sick or being thirsty all day long.

FROM THE FIELD: Survival in Yemen against all odds
Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive.

‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls
As Nigerians get ready to head to the polls on Saturday, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), described the pre-election period as “largely, peaceful and participatory”, and called for that spirit to prevail through election day and beyond.

Country origin ‘best predictor of outcome’ for children with cancer, UN experts say
Each year, an estimated 215 000 cancers are diagnosed in children under-15, and about 85 000 cancers in those aged 15–19 years, the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

UN and partners appeal for $920 million to meet ‘dire needs’ of Rohingya refugees
With more than 745,000 Rohingya having fled violence in Myanmar to settle in Bangladesh, joining roughly 200,000 others already sheltering there, United Nations aid agencies and partners launched an appeal on Friday to help meet their “dire needs".

Biggest ever UN aid delivery in Syria provides relief to desperate civilians
The biggest UN humanitarian convoy yet to operate inside Syria has successfully distributed aid to 40,000 desperate people in a hard-to-access desert camp near the country’s southern border with Jordan, the Organization announced on Friday.

Two States ‘side-by-side’ is the ‘peaceful and just solution’ for Israel-Palestine conflict: Guterres
A “peaceful and just solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict can “only be achieved” through two States “living side-by-side in peace and security”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated on Friday

‘Endemic’ sexual violence surging in South Sudan: UN human rights office
A surge in sexual violence in South Sudan’s Unity state targeting victims as young as eight years old, has prompted a call from the UN human rights office, OHCHR, for urgent Government measures to protect victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Security Council condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ attack in Iran
The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” Wednesday’s “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack in south-east Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province.

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019, a ‘critical year’ for climate action
2019 is a critical year, the “last chance” for the international community to take effective action on climate change, General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said on Thursday, during a briefing to announce the UN’s roadmap to the Climate Summit in September.

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world, warns UN
An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned on Thursday. With famine threatening hundreds of thousands of lives, humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming the only lifeline for millions across the country.

UN agencies call for action to bolster rights of Europe’s stateless children
United Nations agencies are calling on States and regional organizations across Europe to take urgent action to ensure that thousands of currently stateless children are given the support and protection they deserve.  

Measles cases nearly doubled in a year, UN health agency projects
A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Rights of ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters in France, ‘disproportionately curtailed’, say UN independent experts
French protesters’ rights have been “disproportionately curtailed” during the wave of recent “gilet jaunes”, or yellow jacket demonstrations across the country over Government economic policies, said a group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday.

UN chief hails victory of ‘political will’ in historic Republic of North Macedonia accord
The UN-brokered agreement between Athens and Skopje to formally recognize the “Republic of North Macedonia”, is a welcome, “historical” step that should be supported by regional and international Member States, António Guterres has announced.

Top UN court rules it has jurisdiction to hear Iranian claim against US over frozen assets
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday that is has the jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States, aimed at unfreezing close to $2 billion in Iranian assets being held there.

Iraq: Security Council told ‘despair’ has ‘given way to hope’ but road to stability ‘long and far from easy’
Despite some positive developments following years of brutal conflict, Iraq is gripped by political stalemate and a continued humanitarian crisis that is hampering the stabilization of the country, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country, (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, told the Security Council on Wednesday.

LGBT community in Chechnya faces ‘new wave of persecution’: UN human rights experts
People in Chechnya who are suspected of being lesbian, gay or bisexual, are facing a “new wave of persecution” following a spate of killings involving torture, and other rights abuses, said a group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday.

‘New tech’ business model threatens decent work conditions, warns UN
Unemployment is down globally but workers’ conditions have not improved, the UN said on Wednesday, warning that some businesses driven by new technology “threaten to undermine” hard-won social gains of recent decades.

Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for ‘dialogue, tolerance and peace’: Guterres
Radio is a powerful tool that continues to promote “dialogue, tolerance and peace,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in message on Thursday, marking World Radio Day.

Civilians ‘continue to pay highest price’ in Ukraine conflict, with peace prospects losing ‘momentum’
“Civilians continue to pay the highest price” arising from Ukraine’s on-going conflict with separatist rebels in the east, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, a conflict which is still claiming lives.

Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan, many ‘suffering from trauma’
Over the past few days thousands of desperate civilians have been fleeing a fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria state, seeking safety in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many “suffering from trauma.”

‘Shared responsibility’ to stop 420,000 needless deaths from tainted food each year, UN, world leaders warn
Each year, food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals cause more than 600 million people to fall ill, and 420,000 to die worldwide, prompting a call from world leaders on Tuesday for greater international cooperation to make the food chain safer.

‘Urgent need’ to stop Mali violence with ‘effective’ military response: UN expert
The state of human rights and security across Mali is a “cause of grave concern,” the independent UN rights expert for the northwest African nation said in a statement on Tuesday, in which he called for an “effective military response” to end the violence and protect the civilian population.

UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners
More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts said on Tuesday, unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem.

Boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops inspires fight for cleaner seas along African coast
After completing a historic 500km journey from the Kenyan island of Lamu to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, the world’s first ever traditional “dhow” sailing boat made entirely from recycled plastic, known as the Flipflopi, has successfully raised awareness of the need to overcome one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges: plastic pollution.

Protests, violence in Haiti prompts international call for ‘realistic and lasting solutions’ to crisis
Opposition-led protests in Haiti calling for the president to step down, which sparked violence last week, have prompted a group of senior diplomats, included the top UN official there, to issue a statement deploring the loss of life and calling for dialogue to end the crisis. .

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