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Covid: US opens up to fully vaccinated travellers
The move answers a major demand from European allies at a time of strained relations.

Killamarsh deaths: Family's tribute to children found dead at house
The two children were found dead along with their mother and another child in Killamarsh, Derbyshire

No chance lights will go out, says government
Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says the UK has "more than sufficient capacity" amid gas price spike.

Princess Beatrice gives birth to a girl
The princess and her daughter are "doing well" and the Queen is "delighted", Buckingham Palace says.

Afghanistan: Fighting off hunger under the Taliban
For most Afghans staving off starvation is the biggest challenge since the Taliban returned to power.

Sophie Fairall: Celebrity wish-list girl dies from rare cancer
The 10-year-old met TV chef Gordon Ramsay and won support from Premier League footballers.

Pfizer/BioNTech jab safe for children aged five to 11
The positive trial results could pave the way for vaccinating children younger than 12, if approved.

Aukus: France pulls out of UK defence talks amid row
Paris is angry after Australia cancelled a submarine contract in favour of a deal with the UK and US.

Gas crisis: Pig farmers fear they may have to cull animals
A shortage of carbon dioxide used to stun pigs at abattoirs means a backlog of animals is growing.

La Palma volcano: Lava destroys homes in the Canary Islands
A volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma has demolished homes and caused evacuations.

Gabby Petito: FBI searches fiancé Brian Laundrie's home
Police say Brian Laundrie, who vanished earlier this month, is a "person of interest".

Covid: Welsh Labour conference off ahead of expected autumn peak
A thousand people were expected to attend but there are fears of a peak in cases in November.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns for autumnal one-off
After a year out due to Covid, this year's show is being held four months later than is traditional.

Carol Kirkwood: BBC Weather presenter pulled over by dog on live TV
Carol Kirkwood says she's fine after taking this tumble on BBC Breakfast when the guide dog went astray.

Emmy Awards 2021: The Crown and Ted Lasso sweep major categories
Netflix's royal drama and Apple's comedy series swept the drama and comedy prizes at Sunday's event.

My husband and son fought in Afghanistan - it changed all of us
America's two decades in Afghanistan impacted those who served - and the families waiting at home.

My dad, held hostage in Iran
London-based baker Elika Ashoori is campaigning to bring her father home from jail in Iran.

Street dreams of Nairobi dance crew hoping to beat the odds
A group of street dancers in Nairobi, Kenya, struggle against the odds to become celebrities.

ICYMI: Surfing dogs and Spain's 'ugliest tomato' contest
Dogs are making a splash in our round-up of the stories you may have missed this week.

Get an Eiffel of this performer walking the line in Paris
Nathan Paulin walks along a 70m (230ft) high slackline attached to an iconic French landmark.

Afghanistan: The 'shattered dreams' of the Ariana cabin crew
The BBC's Lyse Doucet meets the female crew of Afghanistan's national airline, who are in hiding.

Giving birth under the Taliban
Pregnant women, new mothers and infants are bearing the brunt of a worsening healthcare crisis.

What if my energy supplier goes bust?
Gas prices have soared by 250% since January, but what does that mean for household bills?

John Challis and Boycie - how one of TV's greatest comedy characters was born
The late actor was known for playing Only Fools and Horses' smarmy second-hand car salesman Boycie.

Can apps manage our chronic health conditions?
A Swedish tech firm has created an app to help alleviate people's joint pain.

Canada election: What you need to know about the campaign
Canadians are voting on Monday and Justin Trudeau's party faces a stiff challenge to retain power.

Submarine pact delivers France some hard truths
The BBC's Hugh Schofield assesses the harsh realities for France after Australia's US-UK deal.

Nadine Dorries: Best-selling author, nurse, reality star and, now, cabinet minister
Mistrusted by some in the arts, the new culture secretary is said by a colleague to be "up for the fight".

Turkmenistan: Getting Covid in a land where no cases officially exist
People in Turkmenistan are struggling to get treatment in a system that denies there are any cases.

Fake Paralympians boss: 'I didn't know about cheating'
The man fined for sending non-disabled athletes to the Sydney Paralympics breaks his silence.

England's men's and women's team withdrawn from Pakistan white-ball tour
England withdraw their men's and women's teams from series in Pakistan that were due to take place in October.

'Why Chelsea's title charge already looks hard to stop'
The Premier League title race is only just getting started, but Chelsea are seriously impressive right now, says MOTD2 pundit Alan Shearer.

'Sometimes players don't like it' - Pochettino after substituting Messi on home PSG debut
Lionel Messi makes his home debut for Paris St-Germain but is replaced in the second half as they beat Lyon.

Paralysed former New Zealand all-rounder Cairns faces his 'greatest challenge'
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns says he is "grateful to be here" despite being left paralysed from a spinal stroke during surgery.

The 'real deal'? 'Too good for second fiddle'? Who made Garth's team of week?
Who is proving to be the 'real deal'? Who is too good to be playing second fiddle? Who has been 'a giant'? Find out in Garth Crooks' team of the week.

NFL Plays of the Week: Damien Harris, Travis Kelce & Derrick Henry make defenders miss
Damien Harris, Travis Kelce and Derrick Henry give defenders the run-around in the best plays from the second week of the NFL.

Netherlands' Van Dijk wins world time trial title for second time - highlights & report
The Netherlands' Ellen van Dijk wins her second World Championship time trial title as Britain's Joss Lowden finishes eighth.

Travel update: What are the new rules for holidays in Europe and the US?
The rules on foreign travel to and from England are being simplified.

What are the travel rules for Spain, Portugal, Malta and other holiday hotspots?
What you need to know about going to Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Malta, Italy and Turkey.

Covid: People are vaccinated - so why are there so many cases?
More than four out of five UK adults are now fully vaccinated, but daily case rates remain high.

Long Covid: What is it and what are the symptoms?
Significant numbers have had long-term problems after recovering from the original infection.

Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in my area?
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Covid rules: What's in England's 'Winter Plan'?
Lockdown rules have changed across the UK, but some restrictions remain in place.

Covid: Will I need a jab and what will university be like this term?
Many Covid restrictions have been lifted for students going to university this term.

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?
Charts and maps tracking the progress of Covid vaccination programmes.

Covid passports: How do I get one and when will I need it?
People in Scotland will need to be fully vaccinated to go to clubs, sporting events and concerts.

What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings?
Face coverings could become a legal requirement in England again if the NHS struggles this winter.

Flu jab 2021: Who’s eligible for a free vaccine?
This year's roll out has expanded in an attempt to shield against a double whammy of flu and Covid.

Is it safe to vaccinate our child? And other questions
We answer some of your questions about vaccinating 12-15 year-olds, the booster vaccine and other topics.

Muriel Gardiner: The heiress who saved countless lives
Muriel Gardiner's courage fighting fascism in Austria inspired an Oscar-winning film. Who was she?

Hushpuppi - the Instagram influencer and international fraudster
How Nigerian Ramon Abbas went from a romance scammer to a so-called "Billionaire Gucci Master".

‘Havana syndrome ’ and the mystery of the microwaves
The BBC investigates a mystery illness dubbed "Havana syndrome" that has affected American diplomats and spies.

'The near-death experience that made me a top musician'
When Tony Kofi had a near-fatal accident, he had a vision of himself playing a musical instrument. It would change his life forever.

Chaos and confusion: The frenzied final hours of the Afghan government
Through interviews with insiders, BBC News has pieced together an account of how Afghanistan’s government unravelled.


US to ease travel restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign visitors

Trevor Noah rebukes Sean Hannity's vaccination advice
Comedy Central host Trevor Noah calls for an end to the "do your own research" line used repeatedly by Fox host Sean Hannity when it comes to getting educated on Covid vaccines. CNN's Brian Stelter reports.

FBI searches home of Gabby Petito's fiancé after her likely remains were found
The case of missing Gabby Petito took a tragic turn Sunday when police found human remains during their search for her -- and officials are working to determine whether the discovery could answer questions regarding what happened to the 22-year-old.

Russia's ruling party won an election marred by dirty tricks, but the cost of securing victory has grown
Even before the first votes had been cast, Russia's election result was in little doubt.

Video shows ballot stuffing during Russia's parliamentary election
Russia's ruling party United Russia is on track to secure a majority following a three-day parliamentary election, according to early results and an exit poll reported by Russian state media RIA Novosti. Opposition members and independent observers have accused Russian officials of blatant election fraud with some incidents being caught on cameras. CNN's Matthew Chance reports from Moscow.

France threatens to block EU-Australia trade talks after submarine dispute

UK could face food shortages within weeks
UK supermarkets could face shortages of meat and other fresh food within weeks after soaring gas prices prompted a major US fertilizer manufacturer to suspend production, turning off most of Britain's supply of carbon dioxide to the food and drink industry in the process.

Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts on Spain's La Palma island
The Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma island is continuing to expel molten lava and ash after erupting on Sunday and is likely to do so for days, the president of the Canary Islands regional government warned Monday.

Donald Trump's main goal? Kill off the Republican establishment.
For all of Donald Trump's talk about the "fake news" media and supposedly socialist Democrats, his real focus since leaving office has been to cleanse the GOP of those establishment types who didn't fall into lockstep with him during his presidency.

Canadians head to polls tonight. Here's what the election looks like
Canadians are heading to the polls in a snap election that could bolster Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's position -- or imbue the country's government with bitter political polarization. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Dow tumbles as Wall Street's fears turn to China
The Dow and the broader US stock market fell sharply Monday as Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande's debt crisis made American investors uneasy.

As Taliban took over, she sent a message to her old teacher. See what happened next
As the Taliban closed in on Kabul, Italian educator Selene Biffi reached out to her former Afghan students. Three of her students and their families made it out of Afghanistan and after quarantine they were finally reunited with their teacher. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

Elon Musk takes shots at Joe Biden after SpaceX sends civilians to space
Elon Musk mocked President Joe Biden over the weekend after Saturday's successful splashdown of SpaceX's Inspiration4 flight carried four tourists on a three-day orbital mission.

Climber receives apology after inappropriate images were aired during World Championships
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has apologized to Austrian climber Johanna Farber after inappropriate images of her were broadcast during the World Championships in Moscow.

Nancy Pelosi asked about special relationship with the UK
In an exclusive interview, Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the British House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle tell CNN's Bianca Nobilo that the transatlantic 'special relationship' is going strong.

Indicted Trump Org. ex-CFO expects more indictments, his lawyer says
Allen Weisselberg -- the former Trump Organization CFO who has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors for an alleged tax evasion scheme -- is expecting that more indictments will be filed in the case, his lawyer said in court Monday.

Paul Rusesabagina of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame found guilty on terrorism-related charges
Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film 'Hotel Rwanda,' has been found guilty by a court in Kigali of being part of a terror group, MRCD-FLN. Rusesabagina, along with 20 other people, was accused of conspiring to launch attacks on Rwandan territory in 2018 and 2019, resulting in at least nine deaths.

6 people killed in shooting at Russian university
A shooting was reported at a university in Perm, Russia, according to RIA Novosti, the country's state-owned news agency.

China and the US were both born from armed conflict. They're now polar opposites on gun control
Last week, a 47-year-old man stormed into a law firm in China's Wuhan city and shot dead a lawyer who he had "some disputes with," according to Chinese state media. He then stuffed his gun, just under 20 inches (50 centimeters) long, into a tennis racket bag and left.

'Sounds like four-dimensional chess to me': Maggie Haberman on Trump's latest move
Maggie Haberman weighs in on former President Donald Trump's latest attempt to have the 2020 election overturned.

Bee swarm kills 63 endangered penguins in South Africa
Dozens of endangered African penguins were apparently killed by a swarm of bees in South Africa on Friday.

Evergrande's debt crisis is wreaking havoc on Hong Kong's stock market
Evergrande's debt crisis is continuing to unsettle investors in Asia and raising concerns about whether a potential default by the troubled Chinese conglomerate could spill over to other parts of the economy.

Pelosi faces internal Democratic strife as key deadline could sink Biden agenda
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing a major dilemma: September 27 -- the day she promised a vote on a trillion-dollar infrastructure deal that passed the Senate last month -- is fast approaching.

Elementary student surprises Dr. Gupta with Covid question
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta took on one of the hardest interviews, taking questions from children. He met with elementary students in Atlanta to answer their questions about Covid-19 and how to stay safe. They spoke outside in masks in compliance with school policy.

Princess Beatrice, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, gives birth to her first child
Princess Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, has given birth to a baby girl, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

Anthony Johnson, 'Friday' actor and comedian, has died
Anthony "AJ" Johnson, an actor and comedian best known for his performance as Ezal in "Friday," has died, his representative LyNea Bell told CNN Monday. He was 55.

San Francisco mayor spotted defying her own mask guidelines
CNN's Brianna Keilar rolls the tape on San Francisco Mayor London Breed after she was spotted violating her own mask guidelines at a concert.

The Netherlands unveils its first national Holocaust monument
A monument listing 102,163 Dutch victims of the Holocaust was unveiled by King Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam on Sunday, the first national memorial to be built in the Netherlands.

Video shows precarious situation on China's border with Myanmar
China is forcefully sending away a large number of Burmese migrant workers in the border city of Ruili as part of its draconian Covid-19 containment measures. Many are fearful to return to a country that's facing a worsening coronavirus situation and an ongoing civil war. CNN's Paula Hancocks speaks to several Burmese migrant workers about their desperation.

Rare first-edition copy of US Constitution could fetch $20 million
An exceptionally rare first-edition printed copy of the US Constitution is going on sale in New York, with Sotheby's auction house expecting bids up to $20 million.

CNN reporter shows rallygoer video of Jan. 6 attack. See his reaction
CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz spoke to a rallygoer at a right-wing rally in support of the Capitol rioters about the January 6 attack.

'Imagine how good it could be': Northern Ireland women's footballers ready to seize their moment
Nadene Caldwell doesn't want to be called an underdog anymore.

The windowless cabin design that could be the future of air travel
Looking out the cabin window and seeing cities and oceans from above is, for many of us, one of the joys of flying.

How Daniel Craig's body became his Bond signature
The year was 2006. Up on the cinema screen, Daniel Craig rose from the azure sea somewhere in the Bahamas, water clinging to abs and trunks alike. In the theater this writer was in, a woman, laboring over each word, let out what many others were thinking: "Oh. My. God." "Casino Royale" was 29 minutes into its run time, but in that moment a new James Bond was born.

Watch the dramatic lightning storm this photographer captured
The disappointment is heavy.

Red carpet photos from the Emmy Awards

The mysterious sex lives of dinosaurs
Dinosaurs must have had sex to reproduce but how they did it -- with their neck frills, armored plates and tails tipped with spikes -- isn't exactly clear.

CNN's pop Off: Summer celeb romances that are heading into fall
This week on "Pop Off," CNN reporter Lisa Respers France tells you which celeb summer romances are heading into fall, chats with the stars of "The Morning Show" and debates the merits of Mariah Carey's "Glitter." Subscribe to Lisa's "Pop Life Chronicles" newsletter here.

Olympic swimmer hospitalized with Covid-19 as 'precautionary measure'
Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson says she has been hospitalized with Covid-19 while in Italy for an International Swimming League (ISL) event.

How gyms and studios can be more inclusive
More than a decade into her yoga practice, Paris Alexandra kept experiencing the same situation: being the only one in the room who looked like her.

The Chinese version of TikTok is limiting kids to 40 minutes a day
The Chinese version of TikTok is introducing a "teenage mode" that will limit the amount of time children under the age of 14 spend on the short-form video app to 40 minutes a day.

Irrepressible Erling Haaland scores stunning lob to continue incredible scoring streak
Sixty-seven games, 68 goals -- Erling Haaland's brace against Union Berlin this weekend continued his impressive scoring rate for Borussia Dortmund.

Elizabeth Olsen's Emmy dress was designed by her sisters
Elizabeth Olsen's Emmy Awards dress was designed by her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

See what Virgin Hyperloop could look like in the future
Virgin Hyperloop's aerodynamic pods could transport riders up to 670 mph. While the technology has a long road ahead of it, this is what the hyperloop could look like.

This is what happens to all the rats when cities flood
In the wake of Hurricane Ida, the pummeling rain that hit cities up and down the East Coast at the start of September overwhelmed storm drains, poured into subway stations and filled basements like bathtubs. The devastating human toll is well known. Less clear is what happened to the denizens of those cities' subterranean depths: the rats.

See the harvest moon shine in the night sky tonight, 2 days before the autumnal equinox
As the fall season approaches and colder temperatures set in, there's a silver lining to look up to -- literally -- as the harvest moon makes its debut on September 20, bringing plenty of bright moonlight.

Goodbye Fraser Island, hello K'Gari
Australia's Fraser Island is the latest destination to have its Aboriginal name restored.

US to ease travel restrictions on fully vaccinated UK and EU citizens, relaxing a patchwork of bans that had begun to cause fury
• Pfizer says Covid vaccine is safe for kids 5-11 • Opinion: A Covid pass takes France by storm

Pfizer: Vaccine is safe and 'robust' for 5- to 11-year-olds
In a highly anticipated announcement, Pfizer said on Monday a Phase 2/3 trial showed its Covid-19 vaccine was safe and generated a "robust" antibody response in children ages 5 to 11.

Opinion: A Covid pass takes France by storm
At our first meal in Paris, at a charming outdoor table on the Boulevard Saint-Germain the waiter immediately asked for our "pass sanitaire," or health pass, an app showing proof of either vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test or of past infection. Using a tablet, he scanned the QR codes on our iPhones, verified we were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and promptly delivered the food we'd ordered at the counter inside, where everyone -- guests and staff -- was masked.

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DiDi co-founder Liu told colleagues she plans to leave: Sources
The Chinese ride-hailing giant is facing intense scrutiny by Chinese regulators.

Bitcoin sinks below $43,000 as Evergrande fears sweep markets
Bitcoin got caught in market fears about possible contagion if Chinese property developer Evergrande sees debt default.

England cancels cricket tours of Pakistan over security concerns
Men's and women's tours cancelled just three days after New Zealand abandoned tour over security fears.

Canada elections: Kitchen table economics looms large
Blistering inflation has made the Trudeau government’s handling of the economy a central campaign issue for voters.

Kosovo deploys police, Serbs protest amid border tension
Dispute about ​temporary licence plates erupts at border crossing as Kosovo moves to enforce tit-for-tat rule.

Russian opposition, EU raise concerns about parliamentary vote
Kremlin critics say the three-day poll was geared to hand United Russia victory and was marred by violations.

US Democrats’ bid to reform immigration laws blocked in Senate
Setback for reform advocates comes as the US is facing a new migrant crisis at the southern border with Mexico.

Dozens of endangered penguins killed by bees in South Africa
Some of the African penguins, found on a beach outside Cape Town, had 20 or more bee stings.

After four found dead, Poland blames Belarus for migrant wave
Four people were found dead on Sunday on the Belarus-Poland border, a week after Warsaw imposed a state of emergency.

Greek wildfires devastated land. They also took away livelihoods
On the island of Evia, many who depended on the fire-ravaged forest for their livelihoods are now facing destitution.

It is time to abort Texas’s abortion law – and much more
The anti-abortion legislation in Texas is an extension of homegrown American fanaticism.

Shock and pride: Palestinians react to re-arrest of ‘heroes’
Palestinians say they expected the last two prisoners to have left the country as news of their rearrest sets in.

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero given 25-year sentence in ‘terrorism’ case
Government critic Rusesabagina was portrayed as a hero for saving lives in a Hollywood film on the 1994 genocide.

Canada votes: Polls open as Trudeau faces election battle
PM's Liberals and rival Conservatives are in a tight race as Canadians head to the polls to elect next government.

Pfizer says COVID vaccine safe for children 5 to 11 years old
Pfizer and BioNTech say trial results show the vaccine is safe and produces a robust immune response in children.

India to resume COVID vaccine exports to COVAX, neighbours
Health minister says government will prioritise the global vaccine-sharing platform and India's neighbouring countries.

Germany’s post-Merkel Middle East policy: What to expect
Under Merkel, Germany exported arms to the Middle East, strengthened relations with Israel and welcomed many refugees.

French defence minister ‘postpones’ UK talks as Aukus row deepens
Florence Parly pulls out of meeting with UK counterpart as Paris continues to vent fury over new security pact.

Cricket: Pakistan fears becoming a no-go area again after NZ snub
Pakistan Cricket Board chief says abrupt pull-out of New Zealand cricket team from Pakistan 'has hit us very hard'.

Mass expulsion of Haitian migrants from Texas continues
Authorities plan to remove 12,000 migrants camped at bridge on southern border within the week.

Indian farmers remain defiant, a year after ‘black laws’ passed
Al Jazeera visits Singhu outside New Delhi to meet the farmers who refuse to call off their nearly 10-month-old protest.

Syrian military chief makes rare visit to Jordan
First discussions since start of the 10-year war covered border security and intensifying coordination.

US trade rep says India’s Mastercard crackdown ‘draconian’:Report
US has been frustrated since India's central bank banned new card issuance on back of breaking data-storage rules.

Guterres warns China, US to avoid new Cold War ahead of UN summit
Antonio Guterres implores China and the US to repair their 'completely dysfunctional' relationship.

Fleeing Afghan Hazaras face uncertain future in Pakistan
Pakistan says it is unable to take any more refugees and has begun deporting new arrivals back to Afghanistan.

EU Newsroom

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

State of the Union 2021
In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030
Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.

State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion
Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive.

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions.

NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery
The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June.

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU
The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project.

2021 Strategic Foresight Report: Enhancing the EU's long-term capacity and freedom to act
The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds
The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance.

Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated
Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter.

COVID-19: Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

G7 meeting on Afghanistan
On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting.

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax
The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022.

2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns
The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules
The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the EU's organic action plan, agriculture-related trade issues and the Slovenian presidency's priorities for agriculture and fisheries.

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
The European Commission has adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

July infringements package: key decisions

COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers approved 12 Council decisions on national recovery and resilience plans, exchanged views on the Commission's new sustainable finance proposals, and approved conclusions on in-depth reviews of member states' macroeconomic imbalances.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs discussed current affairs and exchanged views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia and the Strategic Compass. The Council also approved conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU's priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure
MEPs criticised new LGBTIQ rules in Hungary, approved funds for migration measures as well as investments for transport, digital and energy projects.

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars
The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.

EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges
The European Commission has published the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard, an annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.

€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions
Parliament has adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027.

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery
The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard
The European Commission has adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.

Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit
The European Commission has proposed revisions of two sets of EU rules to enhance consumer rights in a world reshaped by digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals
The Commission has decided to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five therapeutics that could soon be available to treat patients across the EU.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
At the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, ministers discussed a range of topics including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, setting a protection goal for bees, fisheries control, the market situation, and the recent extreme weather event in Czechia.

Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. The guidelines aim to provide a coordinated approach in line with the specific national, regional and local conditions.

Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work
The Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers' health and safety over the coming years.

Main results of the European Council
At their meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to step up coordination on COVID-19 measures, including vaccinations, global solidarity, new variants and ways to return to free movement of people. They also discussed economic recovery, migration, relations with Turkey and Russia, and addressed the issue of discrimination against LGBTQI people.

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050
The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%.

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents
The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Commission supports researchers and organisations with €822 million in 2021
The Commission has announced new calls to support researchers' training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU's flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions
The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs, and exchanged views on Belarus, Iraq and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Council also adopted conclusions on Cultural Heritage, and sanctions regarding Belarus and Myanmar/Burma.

COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers took stock of the economic recovery in Europe, exchanged views on the ongoing VAT files and the state of play of the banking union. They also discussed fiscal sustainability in the framework of the European Semester 2021.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup was informed on the post-programme surveillance reports on Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and discussed the tenth enhanced surveillance report on Greece.

Main results of the EU-Canada summit
At a summit held in Brussels on 14 June, the leaders of the EU and Canada agreed to further strengthen their strategic partnership. They committed to ensuring universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, ambitious climate action, and a sustainable and green economic recovery. The EU and Canada will also cooperate more closely in the areas of health, ocean protection, raw materials, and security and defence.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Employment and social affairs ministers discussed minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. Meanwhile, health ministers discussed a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery

Main results of the EU-US summit
The EU-US summit on 15 June delivered a series of bilateral trade initiatives. Leaders agreed to resolve long-standing disputes regarding aircraft, discuss measures on steel and aluminium, and set up a Trade and Technology Council. They also discussed COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a sustainable recovery, protecting the planet and cooperating on foreign and security issues.

Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges
The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions

G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over the next year
At the Cornwall summit from 11 to 13 June, the G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

Plenary highlights: Covid certificate, LUX Prize, biodiversity
Back in Strasbourg, MEPs had a full agenda with votes on the Covid certificate, rule of law, Belarus, the EU's biodiversity strategy, as well as the LUX Prize.

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver
To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss climate change adaptation, batteries and waste batteries, and zero pollution.

June infringements package: key decisions

Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate
MEPs completed the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.

EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs.

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers exchanged views on the internal security outlook regarding artificial intelligence and on the impact of COVID-19 on preventing and fighting crime. They had an initial discussion on the Schengen strategy, adopted by the Commission on 2 June. The Presidency reported on the state of play regarding the new pact on migration and asylum.

EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The EU has submitted its proposal seeking the commitment of World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a multilateral trade action plan to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and ensure universal and fair access.

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

Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans
The Commission has proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with the click of a button on their phone.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its positions on the Single European Sky, hired vehicles and third countries’ certificates in inland navigation. It adopted conclusions on rail and sustainable and smart mobility.

European Semester Spring Package: Paving the way for a strong and sustainable recovery
The European Commission has presented the European Semester Spring Package, which focuses on providing fiscal guidance to Member States as they continue the process of gradually reopening their economies.

Towards a stronger and more resilient Schengen area
The European Commission presented a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient.

Zero Pollution: Vast majority of Europe's bathing waters meet the highest quality standards

EU Digital COVID Certificate: EU Gateway goes live with seven countries one month ahead of deadline
The EU Digital COVID Certificate has reached another important milestone with the go-live of the technical system at EU level, which allows to verify certificates in a secure and privacy-friendly way. The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling this summer.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated travel measures ahead of the summer
The European Commission has proposed an update to the Council Recommendation on the coordination of free movement restrictions in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Main results of the EU-Japan summit
At a summit held by videoconference, the leaders of the EU and Japan concluded a ‘green alliance’ that will boost cooperation to accelerate climate and environmental action. They also discussed global access to COVID-19 vaccines, digital transformation, bilateral relations, and foreign and security policy.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation
The Commission has published its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation.

Commission disburses €14.1 billion under SURE to 12 Member States
The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 24 and 25 May 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, climate change, Belarus, Russia, the UK, the Middle East and Mali.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macroeconomic and fiscal developments in the euro area and looked into the functioning of adjustment mechanisms. Ministers also adopted the Eurogroup work programme for the second half of 2021 and heard the reports from the chairs of the ECB Supervisory Board and of the Single Resolution Board.

Plenary highlights: Covid-19, climate and culture
Parliament debated waiving vaccine patent rights and outside plenary reached a deal with the Council on an EU Covid certificate to facilitate travelling in Europe during the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission signs a third contract with BioNTech-Pfizer for an additional 1.8 billion doses
The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023.

EU digital Covid Certificate: provisional deal between Parliament and Council
EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal for an EU digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic. The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council exchanged views on the trade policy review. Ministers reviewed the state of play of the WTO reform and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the WTO and took stock of latest developments and prospects in EU-US trade relations.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They adopted conclusions on the recovery and resilience of the cultural sector, Europe's media in the digital decade and sport innovation.

Future-proof taxation – Commission proposes new, ambitious business tax agenda
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the European Union. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years.

Europe's global approach to cooperation in research and innovation: strategic, open, and reciprocal
The Commission has adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union
The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves
The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil
The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Western Balkans and transatlantic relations. The Council also adopted conclusions on Security and Defence, and the Horn of Africa.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics
The European Commission is complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID'.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

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Winter Games motto

SCO opposes external meddling, builds shield against outside forces

Chinese remember Sep 18 Incident amid Japan's ruling LDP turning election into anti-China contest

Safety in school

China's BeiDou system is on rapid rise, open to global cooperation

NW China county offers housing subsidies to families with at least two children

China urges India to stick to UNSC resolution to refrain from engaging in nuclear tests: FM

Slovenian police fight protesters

Ebola in survivors can trigger outbreaks years after infection

Immersed in art

Australian disaster boosts CO2, but also carbon-capturing algae: studies

Nigeria eyes July 2022 for German repatriation of looted bronzes

Arts festival in North China seeks to promote B&R

Australian nuclear submarines will be banned from New Zealand waters

Learning Chinese

Indonesia in vaccine hub talks

Raise debt limit or face crisis, warn US CEOs

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Bangladesh inks trade and investment framework with Australia

African Union calls for end to vaccine nationalism

Will Afghan Taliban honor its promise to China to make clean break with ETIM?


Langkawi opens

Prime Minister challenger O'Toole assails Canada's debt

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Nuke sub deal could make Australia 'potential nuclear war target'

FM's last Asian stop

Natl Games opening shines in Xi'an

Japan's massive drills intend to challenge China's sovereignty militarily

Remembering COVID victims

Chinese FM meets S.Korean president, wraps up four-nation visit

Fanning flames: Taiwan's DPP authority to send trade delegation to Lithuania, Czech, Slovakia

Quality control

Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Dushanbe expected to focus on Afghanistan issue

Mainland-HK bond linkup to start southbound trading in landmark move for financial opening-up

Two penguins in Nanjing

Visitors enjoy paintings of Vincent van Gogh

Wild puma found living in New York apartment

Youngster paints cartoons on hometown walls

A 13-year-old girl's organs donated after death, saving seven minors

S.Korea hopes China to play constructive role in Korean Peninsula issue, Moon Jae-in tells Wang Yi

Man detained after stepping onto ruins of ancient park

Apple cuts new iPhone prices in China amid fierce competition from rising Chinese brands

Learning Chinese

New York celebrates return of hit shows




World leaders, BTS, join Guterres in call to get SDGs back on track 
The world “is challenged like never before”, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, but the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) still offer a roadmap to get back on track.  

COVID vaccines: Widening inequality and millions vulnerable
Health leaders agree that a world without COVID-19 will not be possible until everyone has equal access to vaccines. More than 4.6 million people have died from the virus since it swept across the globe from the beginning of 2020, but it’s expected that the rate of people dying will slow if more people are vaccinated. 

UN chief's message to world leaders: ‘Wake up, change course, unite’ 
In a wide-ranging interview with UN News, Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to ‘wake up’, make an immediate course correction at home and abroad, and unite. 

UNGA76: Giant eco-friendly artwork set to inspire world leaders
A new 11,000 square metre ‘ephemeral fresco’ created by Swiss artist Saype, has set the stage at UN Headquarters in New York, to welcome world leaders for the General Assembly High Level Week. It shows two children building the world of the future using origami, highlighting the participation of young people. 

FROM THE FIELD: Haiti’s gruelling post-quake road to recovery
Thousands of Haitians continue to take refuge in neighbours’ houses, makeshift shelters, chapels or informal displacement sites, a month after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the west of the Caribbean island where they live. That’s according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) which has been assisting in recovery efforts. 

First Person: A life dedicated to indigenous rights in Brazil
For almost 30 years, Brazilian activist Joenia Wapixana, has been fighting for indigenous land rights and against “institutionalized discrimination” in Brazil. In a special interview with UN News, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, she says it’s time to dedicate more resources to this fight.

UNICEF stresses Afghan girls must not be excluded from school
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday welcomed the news that secondary schools are due to reopen in Afghanistan on Saturday, after months of closure due to COVID-19, but stressed that girls must not be kept from the classroom.

Afghanistan: Security Council resolution calls for ‘equal and meaningful participation of women’  
The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday, specifying the importance of “equal and meaningful participation” of women in public life. 

Paris climate deal could go up in smoke without action: Guterres
Unless wealthy nations commit to tackling emissions now, the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” to 2.7-degrees of heating by the end of the century, UN Secretary General António Guterres warned on Friday.

Counting on youth, for an ‘equitable and sustainable world for all’
At a virtual event on Friday commemorating the International Day of Peace, the UN chief saluted the “voices, vision and commitment of young people in shaping a more peaceful world”.

WHO asks for commitments on maternal and newborn health 
Every day, approximately 800 women and 6,700 babies lose their lives around the time of childbirth. In addition, nearly 5,400 babies are stillborn daily, with 40% of these deaths occurring in relation to labour and childbirth. 

Lebanon crisis: More international assistance needed urgently - WHO chief 
Lebanon’s enduring economic crisis risks reversing decades of gains in people’s wellbeing, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.    

Refugees face dire consequences from COVID-19 underfunding, UNHCR warns 
Underfunding has left a “yawning gap” in the UN Refugee Agency’s ability to protect forcibly displaced people worldwide from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNHCR said on Friday. 

Bachelet calls for major re-think over impact of sanctions on human rights
Unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed by governments can create severe and undue suffering for innocent people who bear no responsibility for alleged misconduct, the UN rights chief warned the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Venezuela's justice system aiding repression: Human rights probe
The independence of Venezuela’s justice system has been “deeply eroded”, to such an extent that it plays a significant role in the State’s repression of government opponents, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Thursday.   

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall this year 
Africa needs around 470 million doses to accomplish the global of fully vaccinating 40 per cent of its population by the end of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.  

Annual Secretary-General’s report reveals a world tested ‘to the limit’
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be the greatest shared global challenge since the UN’s founding 75 years ago, according to the annual Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization, published on Thursday. 

Torture, killings, lawlessness, still blight Burundi’s rights record
The people of Burundi continue to endure serious human rights violations including possible crimes against humanity, the majority committed by those with links to the ruling party, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Thursday.

UN Women’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate 
The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organization on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past, and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises better.

77 million children have spent 18 months out of class: #ReopenSchools, urges UNICEF 
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the world is facing an education crisis due to the COVID pandemic, that has left nearly 77 million children shut out of the classroom for the past 18 months.  

Act now to slow climate change and protect the planet, urges UN chief
The ozone layer – a fragile shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the sun – is “on the road to recovery”, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the World Ozone Day.

‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating
The temporary reduction in carbon emissions caused by global COVID-19 lockdowns did not slow the relentless advance of climate change. Greenhouse gas concentrations are at record levels, and the planet is on path towards dangerous overheating, a multi-agency climate report published on Thursday warns. 

FROM THE FIELD: Women owning the peace
The contribution of women activists towards building peace across the world is being highlighted in a UN exhibition of images taken by women photographers which is opening online and in New York.

From BTS, K-Pop heroes, to net zero: 5 things to look out for at UNGA 76
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly is due to begin on 14 September, and it will be very different from 2020’s fully virtual gathering. UNGA 76 will still be overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that won’t stop leaders (some of them in the Assembly Hall) from addressing urgent global challenges. Here are five things you should know about 2021’s “hybrid” event.

Syria ‘caught in a downward spiral’ UN relief chief tells Security Council 
The UN humanitarian affairs chief warned on Wednesday that Syria, after more than a decade of war, remains “caught in a downward spiral” and that “the country will continue to be a place of tragedy, so long as the conflict continues.” 

UN sends Gabon peacekeepers home from Central African Republic, following abuse allegations
The United Nations announced on Wednesday that all Gabonese military units deployed to the peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, are to be sent home immediately, following credible reports alleging that unidentified ‘blue helmets’ had abused five girls.

New South Sudan Parliament can ‘infuse urgency’ into peace process
South Sudan has made history with the appointment of two women to senior leadership positions within its Transitional National Legislature, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, as he encouraged parties to build on these gains in efforts to overcome significant political and security headwinds.

Urgent action needed over artificial intelligence risks to human rights
States should place moratoriums on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems until adequate safeguards are put in place, UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday.       

Eating wild meat significantly increases zoonotic disease risk: UN report 
The domestic consumption of meat from wild animals has significant impacts on most species protected under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), says a new report released on Wednesday, including increasing the risk of diseases spreading from animals to humans.  

Global economy projected to show fastest growth in 50 years 
The global economy is expected to bounce back this year with growth of 5.3 per cent, the fastest in nearly five decades, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).