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Chancellor Rishi Sunak cuts VAT in emergency plan to save jobs
The chancellor will also pay firms a bonus to keep furloughed staff in a bid to prevent mass unemployment.

Chancellor gives diners 50% off on eating out
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an "eat out to help out" discount as part of wider measures.

Bianca Williams: Met apologises to sprinter over stop-and-search
Dame Cressida Dick also says a senior officer will review the Met's handcuffing practices.

Lives ruined by damage dismissed as 'women's problems'
A review finds patients were disbelieved when raising vaginal mesh and other treatment concerns.

Johnny Depp denies slapping ex-wife for laughing at his tattoos
The Hollywood star is giving evidence during the second day of his libel action against the Sun.

JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech
The letter, signed by many leading writers and activists, denounces "a vogue for public shaming".

Coronavirus: Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew
Dozens are hurt as clashes erupt in Belgrade over restrictions imposed after a big rise in cases.

How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers 'with $40m'
Dubai has extradited "mrwoodbery" and "hushpuppi" to the US to face cyber fraud charges.

Coronavirus: WHO rethinking how Covid-19 spreads in air
The WHO has acknowledged there is evidence that Covid-19 can be spread by airborne particles.

Man charged after paramedics stabbed in Wolverhampton
The crew were hurt after being called to check on the welfare of a man at his home in Wolverhampton.

Eric Dier: Tottenham midfielder given four-match ban for confronting fan
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier is given a four-match ban and fined £40,000 for climbing over seats to confront a fan after a match.

Alex Pullin: Australian world-champion snowboarder dies
Pullin, Australia's flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was found unconscious while spearfishing.

Coronavirus: 'The masks you throw away could end up killing a whale'
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.

Coronavirus: How much will it cost the UK?
The pandemic will cost the government hundreds of billions of pounds. Where will it all come from?

Coronavirus: What does it mean if I've been furloughed by work?
Nine million people have accessed the scheme, which now allows furloughed workers to come back part-time.

Stamp duty holiday: How will it work?
The government has announced changes to stamp duty to help cut costs for anyone buying a home.

Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

How can I get a test?
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

Coronavirus: What guidance did care homes get from the government?
Boris Johnson says "too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures", so what was the coronavirus guidance given to them?

Coronavirus: How are other economies dealing with the downturn?
As the UK chancellor gives his latest update, how are other economies tackling the coronavirus downturn?

Who should be shielding?
People at risk of becoming severely ill if they get coronavirus should take extra precautions.

Coronavirus bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?
Some people in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland can form "support bubbles".

Coronavirus: What are the UK's travel rules and which countries can you visit?
New agreements mean people entering the UK from certain countries will not have to quarantine.

Coronavirus lockdown: Eight ways the lockdown has changed the UK
After three months of the restrictions, many aspects of everyday life have been transformed.

Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?
Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works.

Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Key maps and charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world and how it is being dealt with.

Coronavirus: Who should wear a face mask or face covering?
Face coverings are compulsory on public transport in England and Scotland.

Coronavirus: Where can I now go on holiday in the UK?
Where can I go and what can do on a holiday in the UK?

Coronavirus lockdown: All you need to know about new measures
How will social and work life be different after the easing of more restrictions?

Coronavirus: What are the changes to places of worship?
Churches, mosques and other places of worship have reopened in England - but with changes.

Coronavirus: How does contact tracing work?
People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced.

Coronavirus: What are the new rules when pubs reopen?
Pubs and restaurants in England can now reopen, but do I need to book ahead?

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and lockdown rules?
Social distancing and lockdown rules are changing in England - but what can you now do?

Five shocking passages in Mary Trump's tell-all book
Mr Trump allegedly cheated his way into university and cannot "experience the entire spectrum of human emotion".

Thandie Newton explains why she dropped out of 2000's Charlie's Angels
Newton says she was asked to play up to racial stereotypes and felt "objectified" in the role.

'I fell through the gap with the furlough scheme'
Young people share their worries with the BBC of entering the job market after coronavirus.

Can you get coronavirus twice?
What you need to know about how the immune system works.

Shooting celebrities: Thirty years behind the lens
Celebrity portrait photographer Andy Gotts celebrates 30 years behind the camera.

Virtual drama classes providing a lifeline for asylum seekers
The young asylum seekers using music and drama to beat isolation during the pandemic.

Coronavirus: The fight to prove Covid-19 is real as cases rise in Africa
Cases of coronavirus are on the rise across Africa. But in some countries, people don’t believe the pandemic is real.

What's changed? Newsbeat explored Black Lives Matter UK protests in 2016
Newsbeat looked into why some black people in the UK still felt racism - sound familiar in 2020?

Cerne Abbas Giant: Snails show chalk hill figure 'not prehistoric'
Snail shells found in the soil at the Cerne Abbas Giant suggest it may date to medieval times.

How a Birmingham high street has been changed by coronavirus
Many of the independent businesses in a Birmingham suburb aren't sure when they will open again.

Camilla and Dame Judi on TikTok and learning new lockdown skills
The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Judi Dench tell 5 Live neither of them had really liked being online before.

South Korea drone display says 'thanks' to key workers
The light show in South Korea also reminded people to wash their hands.

Boy's photos of Hull's empty streets 'capture lockdown moment'
Callum Utley, 15, wanted to capture the "empty eeriness" of Hull in lockdown.

Killing Eve: How author Luke Jennings created Villanelle
We speak to the man who created the character of Villanelle, author Luke Jennings.

'Rishi Sunak, we need help with rent, money and jobs'
Under-30s have been hardest hit by the lockdown, what do they want from the chancellor's summer update?

Cumberlege review: The patients who fought for answers
The way patients' concerns over side effects were dealt with is addressed in a long-awaited review.

England cricket team ready for 'massive occasion'
Stand-in captain Ben Stokes says England are ready for the "massive occasion" of the first Test against West Indies, which starts on Wednesday.

The spying game: China's global network
The latest controversy around Huawei has shone a spotlight on the murky world of Chinese espionage.

Cancel culture: What unites young people against Obama and Trump
The push to bring down memorials has renewed criticisms of "cancel culture" from current and past presidents.

Coronavirus: Spain's holiday islands shake off party image
After experiencing life without tourism, some want to change the way the Balearic islands work.

Anonymous letters providing solace in the pandemic
How libraries in Colombia came up with a way of providing comfort to readers during the lockdown.

Inside the turbulent relaunch of Okayplayer: 'It all just came tumbling down'
How Covid-19 and allegations of workplace bullying derailed the relaunch of the hip-hop website.

Racism and statues: How the toxic legacy of empire still affects us
BBC News presenter Clive Myrie says racism was the rocket fuel that fuelled British conquest of much of the planet - and its effects are still felt today.

England and West Indies players take a knee
England and West Indies players all take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the first Test in Southampton.

'I was terrified to put on weight' - the 'culture of fear' in British gymnastics
In a special investigation, several gymnasts tell BBC Sport of an alleged "culture of fear" in the sport of weight shaming and abuse.

Scotland can win Six Nations 'in next two or three years' - ex-captain Laidlaw
Former captain Greig Laidlaw believes Scotland can win the Six Nations "in the next two or three years".

Two-time world champion Alonso 'proud' to return to F1
Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso says he is proud to return to the sport next year with Renault.

Wimbledon: Vote for your favourite men's singles final
With no Wimbledon this year, we want you to join us in looking back over the 10 of the best men's finals and voting for your favourite.


WHO admits 'emerging evidence' of airborne transmission of coronavirus
The World Health Organization confirmed there is "emerging evidence" of airborne transmission of the coronavirus following the publication of a letter Monday signed by 239 scientists that urged the agency to be more forthcoming about the likelihood that people can catch the virus from droplets floating in the air.

Staggering new death projection released for US
Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, explains why a new model has projected that more than 200,000 Americans will die from Covid-19 by November if masks are not universally used.

Fauci warns of a 'false complacency' from lower coronavirus death rate

Israel had the coronavirus under control. So what happened?
For months, Israel appeared to be an international model of coronavirus success.

What we learned from Mary Trump's damning tell-all about Donald Trump

One million foreign students risk being frozen out of US colleges. Some might never come back

Beijing continues to report zero new coronavirus cases since wholesale food market outbreak

Secret torture site discovered in shipping containers
Authorities in the Netherlands have discovered an apparent torture site hidden inside shipping containers, which were lined with sound-proofing material and filled with assumed torture devices, the country's National Prosecutor's Office has said.

Anderson Cooper to Pence: That argument is 'lipstick on a pig'
President Donald Trump claims the US is in "a good place," as coronavirus cases make record spikes throughout the nation. CNN's Anderson Cooper explains why this isn't true.

The once-vibrant nation that's been plunged into dystopia
A young man with a swagger approaches a dumpster. An employee from a nearby restaurant has just dumped a trash bag inside. He scoops the bag up, rummaging through it to look for leftover hummus and beans. Finding a half-smoked cigarette, he lights it, and puts it to his lips. Then, wiping his hands on his black shirt, he pokes his head into the container one last time, to check there's nothing else he can use, before walking away.

The border community split in two by Australia's coronavirus lockdown
As Australia shuts the border between its two most populous states to contain the spread of the coronavirus, tens of thousands of people living close to the dividing line have found their community cleaved in two.

Top US general says Russian bounty intelligence 'wasn't proved' but 'proved enough to worry me'
The top US general overseeing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan said Tuesday that the intelligence concerning Russian operatives offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants was "very worrisome" but that the information wasn't solid enough to hold up in a court of law.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Tom Hanks compares Covid-19 to WWII
Actor Tom Hanks appeared on NBC's "Today" show to discuss his new movie, Greyhound, and compared wartime with the pandemic.

Kanye West says he no longer supports Trump and that he had coronavirus
Kanye West is taking off his MAGA hat.

US admirals in South China Sea: Everyone wears a mask
Two US Navy admirals in charge of a rare South China Sea exercise say "extraordinary" coronavirus measures taken by the service, including requiring all sailors to wear face masks, have left their aircraft carrier strike groups in a high state of readiness in one of the most tense maritime environments in the world.

A teacher who was convicted of raping 13-year-old student she later married has died of cancer
Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle teacher who was convicted in 1997 of raping a 13-year-old student she later married, has died of cancer, her former attorney says. She was 58.

Amazon drops Boohoo over worker exploitation claims
Online fashion retailer Boohoo is launching an independent review of its UK supply chain after a media report revealing dire working conditions at a factory caused sellers including Amazon to drop its products.

China closes tourist spots in Inner Mongolia after bubonic plague case
Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have closed several tourist spots after a case of bubonic plague was confirmed this week.

Covid-19 closed this border for the first time in 100 years
Australia has closed the border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales in a bid to control a coronavirus outbreak in Victoria. Strict lockdown measures will also be reimposed in Australia's second largest city and Victoria's capital, Melbourne.

Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin dies in spearfishing accident
Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin has died while spearfishing in his native Australia.

One area of the US may seal Trump's 2020 fate
The path to the White House for Republican presidential candidates almost always goes through the suburbs.

FBI director unleashes on China in speech
Chinese hackers have moved swiftly to target US pharmaceutical and research institutions making progress in the fight against coronavirus, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday in a wide-ranging speech that included some of the agency's starkest accusations about the country's threat to the US to date.

America's passport is now as weak as Mexico's
Before Covid-19 struck, the world was enjoying greater freedom of movement than at any time in history.

Sandwich restaurant employees fired for pizza dough noose
A Jimmy John's sandwich restaurant in Woodstock, Georgia, has fired multiple employees after a video showed them joking around with a noose made from pizza dough.

Remains identified of one of 43 students who went missing more than five years ago
Mexican authorities have identified the remains of one of 43 students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, as Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre, officials announced Tuesday.

Usain Bolt shares first pictures of his baby daughter, revealing a name fit for a champion
Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt has given his newborn daughter a name worthy of a future champion.

CNN's Richard Quest says Covid-19 ripped through him like a tornado
CNN's Richard Quest describes the persisting Covid-19 side effects he continues to suffer from, despite the fact that he has recovered from the virus after being infected in April.

Researchers describe a possible case of HIV remission and a new method to prevent infection
There were two notable announcements in the fight against HIV this week at AIDS 2020, the 23rd International AIDS Conference -- a possible case of long-term remission from the virus, and research that found an injection can prevent HIV.

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios slams Dominic Thiem for defending players at the controversial Adria Tour
Nick Kyrgios is not letting this one go.

US Sen. who lost her legs serving in Iraq slams Fox News host who said she hates America
Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, rebuked Tucker Carlson after the conservative Fox News host attacked her on Monday night and suggested that she hates America.

Trump wants schools reopened. See this educator's fiery response
Educator and president of the National Education Association, Lily Eskelsen García, reacts to President Trump's remarks about reopening schools this fall.

Why English football can't afford another 'lost generation' of Black coaches
It's widely accepted that English football lost a generation of influential Black players in the 1980s and 1990s, who might have become managers but never did.

Two people are charged with a hate crime for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural
A White man and a White woman who allegedly painted over a California community's Black Lives Matter mural this weekend are each facing a hate crime charge, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

What happened when I tried to become French
Julien was a tennis instructor with steel shoulders, blue eyes and two terraces we could never sit on because he stuffed them both with his marijuana plants.

Bad Bunny makes Playboy history with new cover
On Tuesday, Playboy magazine released its first ever digital cover featuring Puerto-Rican trap artist Bad Bunny. The 26-year-old stars in two cover versions, and is the first man to appear solo on the publication's cover, with the exception of Playboy's late founder, Hugh Hefner.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is 'president, coach and player' at AC Milan after comeback win over Juventus
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back to his old self on Tuesday, both on and off the pitch.

Tom Hanks gives first TV interview since Covid-19 recovery
Having experienced the devastating effects of Covid-19 firsthand, Tom Hanks is urging people to do their part in preventing the virus from spreading even further.

How airplanes fill up with fuel mid-air
Imagine you're zooming down the highway at 70 miles per hour and the car's fuel gauge is on its way to empty.

Pink snow causing accelerated melting
Scientists are studying the climate impact of the spread of algae that is turning snow pink in the Italian Alps.

Charlize Theron says being passed over for 'Mad Max' prequel was 'a little heartbreaking'
Charlize Theron realizes how fortunate she was at getting another chance to star in an action movie, even as she's sad about losing out on one.

Covid-19 kept them from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home
In May, Kyla Robertson was trying to find a way to bring Sugar home.

Why scientists are eavesdropping on a rainforest in Indonesia
The Kalimantan Rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse spots on Earth. Bustling with life, the dense greenery is home to orangutans, all kinds of birds, frogs, you name it. But the rainforest won't stay that way if mining and logging continues unchecked. Which is why The Nature Conservancy's Dr. Eddie Game is listening to the sounds of the rainforest to measure the impact of human activity on the area's wildlife.

Vertiginous photos show Dubai from the sky
How do you capture in images the transformation of a city's ever-changing skyline? In Dubai, photographer Jumana Jolie has decided the best way is from above.

Video shows how quickly coronavirus can spread
An experiment in Japan conducted by broadcaster NHK and a team of medical experts shows how quickly and easily Covid-19 can spread. CNN's Anna Coren reports.

US reports more than 60,000 cases -- its highest single day count

1 million foreign students risk being frozen out of US colleges
Here's where the students are from Harvard student reacts to announcement

Trump blames politics -- not the virus
• Fauci warns of a 'false complacency' from lower coronavirus death rate

Mary Trump's disturbingly credible assessment of her 'dangerous' Uncle Donald
No one will ever fully explain Donald Trump: the cruelty, the vanity, the insecurity converted to massive overconfidence. However, in "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man," his niece Mary L. Trump comes closer than anyone to describing the making of a seemingly heartless person who won his way to the White House.

China says it won't join nuclear talks until the US reduces its arsenal
China would be "happy" to join trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the United States and Russia, on the condition that Washington significantly reduces its arsenal to match China's own level, a senior Chinese diplomat said Wednesday,

Al Jazeera

COVID-19 cases soar in Central Asia
Former Soviet states are suffering a second wave of cases - since lockdown restrictions were eased two months ago.

Syria's healthcare system in shambles due to war
Years of war have devastated the health system, with aid agencies saying nearly 50 percent of the facilities are out of service.

Israel's Gantz isolates after coronavirus exposure: Live updates
Russia's case tally passes 700,000 as Spain's Catalonia region makes masks obligatory everywhere.

Pakistan court dismisses challenges to Hindu temple construction
Construction of Hindu place of worship still not assured, as government seeks recommendations from religious body.

Tropical depression floods Indian state of Gujarat
Four days of torrential rains bring widespread flooding to Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

How New Zealand's media endangered public health
The New Zealand government's COVID-19 response was a success story, national media's coverage of it was not.

Gaza: Amputee children play football again as virus curbs eased
Child amputees return to the sport they love as coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Gaza.

Libya: Turkish troops help clear landmines in Tripoli
Turkish troops in Libya help clear landmines left by forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar.

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread
More than 11.8 million coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide, with over 544,000 deaths and 6.3 million recoveries.

Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases
Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.

US-Mexico summit: AMLO under fire for plan to meet Trump
Mexico's president is accused of selling out as he prepares to meet Donald Trump at the White House.

China to impose tit-for-tat visa curbs on US officials over Tibet
Beijing urges Washington to stop interfering in 'internal affairs' after US imposed travel bans on Chinese officials.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
More than 11.8 million infections confirmed in 188 countries and territories, including more than 544,000 deaths.

A photo of a dead Kashmiri and the making of a macabre narrative
An officially staged photo-op involving a dead Kashmiri and a toddler demonstrates another level of depravity in India.

Death toll in Ethiopia violence over singer's killing hits 239
At least 239 killed in protests since last week over murder of popular ethnic Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa.

Iran reports highest one-day COVID-19 death toll since outbreak
Iran has announced its highest single-day death toll since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak there in February.

Zimbabwe Health Minister Obediah Moyo sacked amid graft scandal
Moyo, accused of illegally awarding multi-million-dollar contract for medical supplies, removed 'with immediate effect'.

Airborne coronavirus spread: Five things to know
We answer some questions about the transmission of COVID-19 through the air, the risks and ways to protect yourself.

Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria
The two nations veto UN resolution to maintain two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver aid to northwest Syria.

UNSC: Russia, China veto cross-border aid extension to Syria
The UNSC resolution would have extended cross-border humanitarian aid to three million Syrians for a year.

Malta allows migrants stranded on animal cargo ship to disembark
Dozens of people disembark from a Lebanese animal transport ship that rescued them five days ago off the Libyan coast.

India arrests South Korean CEO among 12 others over gas leak
The arrests were made under a case of culpable homicide after a leak at a chemical plant killed 12 people in May.

Trump envoy says US is ready to resume talks with North Korea
Stephen Biegun plays down hopes for meetings with N Korean officials during Seoul visit, but says US is ready for talks.

Black Lives Matter protesters in New York: 'Confrontation works'
Protesters share their experiences of systemic racism and stories of solidarity on the streets.

'Historic moment': China opens security office in Hong Kong
Office will allow mainland intelligence agents to operate openly in Hong Kong, and oversee new security law.

EU Newsroom

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

Protecting European Consumers: follow-up action on dangerous product alerts increased significantly in 2019
The European Commission published its latest report on the Commission's system to prevent or restrict the selling of dangerous products on the market, the so-called ‘Rapid Alert System'.

Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences
The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels.

Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing

Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more to ensure the good functioning of the EU Single Market

Next six months crucial for the EU, says von der Leyen at the start of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

Boosting the EU's green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects
The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU's Emissions Trading System.

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say' portal
The European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say' portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process.

July infringements package: key decisions

Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe.

Commission presents European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
Today the Commission presents the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years.

Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation
Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU and thrive in the green and digital transitions.

Republic of Korea- EU leaders' video conference meeting
EU and Republic of Korea leaders discussed how to foster global cooperation in the post-Covid recovery phase and reaffirmed their commitment to overcoming this challenge by working together including in the G20 and the United Nations system.

Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

Main results of the video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers
Agriculture and fisheries ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on the common agricultural policy reform and the road ahead. They also discussed the fishing opportunities for 2021.

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion
The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' pledging summit organised by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

Green Deal: Commission and regions launch the European Just Transition Platform

Air pollution: Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution and its related health impacts by 2030
The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by breathing polluted air.

More protection for our seas and oceans is needed, report finds
The Commission adopted a report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU's framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter, and other types of pollution as well as unsustainable fishing.

Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan's transition

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU energy sector: Council adopts conclusions

Main results of the video conference of ministers of education

Commission report: EU data protection rules empower citizens and are fit for the digital age
Today, just over two years after its entry into application, the European Commission published an evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The report shows the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement.

EU budget 2021: An annual budget focused on European recovery
The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU. Together, the annual budget and Next Generation EU will mobilise significant investments in 2021 to address the immediate economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, kick-start a sustainable recovery and protect and create jobs.

Victims' rights: new strategy to empower victims

European Union signs aviation agreement with the Republic of Korea

Commission signs aviation agreement with Japan

European Innovation Scoreboard 2020: The EU's increasing innovation vital for sustainable and inclusive recovery
The Commission released today the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU, surpassing for the second year the United States. However, more needs to be done to catch up with global innovation leaders like South Korea, Australia and Japan.

Main results of the video conference of environment ministers
EU environment and climate ministers had a policy debate on the contribution of environmental and climate policies to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ministers welcomed this important discussion and agreed that the European Green Deal should guide the recovery towards green growth and a more resilient EU.

Commission publishes EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online continues to deliver results
The results are overall positive with IT companies assessing 90% of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 71% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech. However, the platforms need to further improve transparency and feedback to users.

Coronavirus Global Response: world leaders summit and concert line-up announced for 27 June
The ‘Global Goal: Unite For Our Future' campaign launched by the Commission and the international advocacy organisation Global Citizen on 28 May will culminate in a global pledging summit and concert on Saturday 27 June. The aim is to mobilise additional funding to develop and deploy coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

Main results of the EU-China summit via video conference
On the occasion of the 22nd EU-China summit which took place via video conference, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell, met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang followed by exchanges with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
The members of the European Council met via video conference. EU leaders discussed the issue of a recovery fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget. They also followed up on EU-UK relations and on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Plenary highlights: racism, EU-UK relations, future of Europe
MEPs denounced racism and police violence and called for progress on EU-UK negotiations and recovery plans during a packed plenary session on 17-19 June.

Main results of the Eastern Partnership leaders' video conference

Parliament calls for a new ambitious EU Disability Strategy

Commission reports on 2019 European elections: fostering European debates and securing free and fair elections

Trade Barriers Report: EU continues to open up markets outside Europe in midst of rising protectionism

Coronavirus: EU funding for the transport of medical goods, medical teams and patients
European Union countries can now apply for additional funding via the Emergency Support Instrument to transport essential goods, medical teams and patients affected by the coronavirus.

EU-UK talks: MEPs display unwavering support for the EU position
Parliament regrets that differences remain substantial, with little time left to reach an agreement on the future EU-UK relationship. In a resolution adopted by a large majority, Parliament takes stock of the EU-UK negotiations on a new partnership so far and acknowledges the negotiating parties’ call to intensify talks in July.

Green finance: Parliament adopts criteria for sustainable investments
Parliament has adopted new legislation on sustainable investments. It lays down six environmental objectives and allows economic activity to be labelled as environmentally sustainable if it contributes to at least one of the objectives without significantly harming any of the others.

Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy
Today, to help protect people everywhere, the European Commission is presenting a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. An effective and safe vaccine against the virus is our best bet to achieve a permanent solution to the pandemic.

Commission adopts White Paper on foreign subsidies in the Single Market
The European Commission has adopted a White Paper dealing with the distortive effects caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market. The Commission now seeks views and input from all stakeholders on the options set out in the White Paper. The public consultation, which will be open until 23 September 2020, will help the Commission to prepare for appropriate legislative proposals in this area.

Coronavirus: EU supports with €60 million a regional response to the pandemic in the Horn of Africa

European Commission adopted Report on the impact of demographic change in Europe

European Commission kicks off major EU trade policy review

EIB Group and Banco Sabadell provide €576 million to finance SMEs and mid-caps
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group is joining forces with Banco Sabadell to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – the businesses most affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Member States agree on an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps
Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture.

Main results of the video conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Defence)

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs

Re-open EU: Commission launches a website to safely resume travelling and tourism in the EU
Today, the Commission is launching ‘Re-open EU', a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. It will provide real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States.

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for cohesion policy

Main results of the Video conference of energy ministers
EU energy ministers had an exchange of views on the economic recovery after the Covid-19 crisis and the European Green Deal, with a focus on innovative energy solutions.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
EU ministers of foreign affairs held a video conference to discuss transatlantic relations in the presence of the US Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo.

Main results of the video conference of the Eastern Partnership foreign affairs ministers

Main results of the video conference of the Eurogroup
The incumbent Eurogroup president, whose term comes to an end on 12 July, informed ministers of the process for electing a new president. The Eurogroup discussed the sixth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and published a statement on the release of policy-contingent debt measures. In inclusive format, ministers exchanged views on the economic situation and economic recovery plans following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future Africa-Caribbean-Pacific States/EU Partnership: “Post-Cotonou” negotiations resume at ministerial level

Main results of the video conference of ministers of health

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for internal market and industry
Ministers responsible for the internal market and industry exchanged views on issues falling under their competence in relation to the "Recovery plan for Europe", presented by the Commission on 27 May 2020.

Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment Bank to provide BioNTech with up to €100 million in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing

Road safety: Europe's roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow

2020 Blue Economy Report: Blue sectors contribute to the recovery and pave way for EU Green Deal
Today, the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment.

New Commission report shows the importance of digital resilience in times of crisis
The Commission released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Coronavirus: Commission recommends partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June, based on common coordinated approach
The Commission recommends to Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to lift internal border controls by 15 June 2020 and to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU until 30 June 2020; and sets out an approach to progressively lifting the restriction afterwards.

Coronavirus: EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation
The Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward.

Convergence report reviews Member States' progress towards joining the euro area
The European Commission has published the 2020 convergence report in which it provides its assessment of the progress non-euro area Member States have made towards adopting the euro.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (trade)

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed the EU's recovery plan. They also took stock of the process for the adoption of this year's country specific recommendations.

Quality of Europe's bathing waters remains high, latest annual assessment finds

Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery
The Commission announced today that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (development)
EU development ministers held a video conference to discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Team Europe package.

Main results of the video conference of agriculture ministers

Forest fires: Commission adds planes to rescEU fleet to prepare for summer
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the EU is further reinforcing its European fleet of firefighting aircraft under the rescEU system. The EU is financing purchases by the Swedish government of 2 new firefighting airplanes to add to the reserve. This adds up to a total of 13 airplanes and 6 helicopters that will be part of the rescEU fleet in 2020 and funded by the EU.

Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers
Home affairs ministers discussed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the field of internal border controls and the free movement of persons. As the overall health situation improves, all member states are in the process of de-escalating and gradually lifting some of the measures that have been applied at national or regional level. This includes the gradual lifting of border controls and the full restoration of the free movement of persons which has been limited due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Commission pledges €300 million to Gavi
The European Commission is announcing a pledge of €300 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for the period 2021–2025. It will help immunise 300 million children around the world and finance vaccine stockpiles to shield against outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of justice
Justice ministers covered the proposed regulation on the law applicable to the third-party effects of assignments of claims, the extradition of EU citizens to third countries and the impact of COVID-19 in the area of justice.

Main results of the video conference of transport ministers

Fair minimum wages: Commission launches second-stage consultation of social partners
Today, the Commission launches the second-stage consultation of European trade unions and employers' organisations on how to ensure fair minimum wages for all workers in the European Union.

EU budget: Commission takes steps to make €11.5 billion available for crisis repair and recovery in 2020
The Commission has proposed modifications to its budget for 2020 to make €11.5 billion for crisis repair and recovery available already in 2020. Once available, the funds will go to help the regions most in need, support businesses and those in need outside EU borders.

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List
The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards.

EU budget for recovery: rescEU - giving the EU direct crisis response tools
The Commission proposes today to give the European Union the tools to react more quickly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

The EU budget for recovery increases funds for a stronger Europe in the world
As part of the revised long-term EU budget 2021-2027 package, the European Commission has proposed a budget of €118.2 billion for external action, with an additional €15.5 billion to support its partners in recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the European Union's role of a strong global actor.

Main results of the video conference of sport ministers

Solvency Support Instrument, helping kick-start the European economy
The Solvency Support Instrument can be operational from 2020 and will have a budget of €31 billion, aiming to unlock €300 billion in solvency support for otherwise healthy companies from all economic sectors and prepare them for a cleaner, digital and resilient future.

EU budget for recovery: Kick-starting the EU economy by incentivising private investments
The Commission is enhancing InvestEU, Europe's flagship investment programme, to a level of €15.3 billion to mobilise private investment in projects. The Commission is also proposing a new Strategic Investment Facility built into InvestEU, to generate investments of up to €150 billion, thanks to a contribution of €15 billion from Next Generation EU, to boost the resilience of strategic sectors, notably those linked to the green and digital transition, and key value chains in the internal market.

Coronavirus Global Response: kick off of new campaign with support of Global Citizen

Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with the European Investment Bank
The facility will be implemented with the involvement of the European Investment Bank and will encourage investments that support the transition towards a climate-neutral economy by public sector authorities to the benefit of coal- and carbon-intensive regions.

Research and Innovation Performance report: Enabling Europe to lead the green and digital transition

Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation
The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget.

Coronavirus: following Commission's call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads

EU-Japan leaders' video conference meeting
The EU-Japan leaders' meeting took place via video conference. The leaders recognised that global solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are required more than ever to defeat the virus as well as to ensure economic recovery.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
Ministers held an exchange of views on a comprehensive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the de-escalation of containment measures and economic recovery.

COVID-19: Council adopts relief measures for aviation and railways

European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic
The Commission has proposed today country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

COVID-19: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system
Today, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

Coronavirus: Commission boosts urgently needed research and innovation with additional €122 million
The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen on 4 May 2020.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed progress achieved on the EU's response measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Ministers welcomed the adoption, by written procedure, of the regulation for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE).

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending
The Parliament, voting on Wednesday by 499 votes in favour, 136 against and 56 abstentions, granted discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (covering 94% of the whole EU budget). In the accompanying resolution, adopted by 514 to 95 and 84 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs ask for even stronger protection of EU spending against fraud, corruption, conflict of interest, intentional misuse and organised crime, as well as for EU money to be distributed more fairly and transparently.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register 2 new initiatives

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Huawei registers trademarks for HarmonyOS

China's first aircraft with homegrown high-speed satellite internet system makes maiden flight

China's first aircraft with homegrown high-speed satellite internet system makes maiden flight

Woman sentenced to three months for assaulting police officer

Two ancient bridges damaged by flooding will be repaired: local authorities

Chinese firm ramps up new infrastructure construction amid economic recovery

Carrie Lam dispels misunderstandings on implementation rules for Article 43 of natl security law for HK

China's catering industry embraces recovery, with popular restaurants resuming 70-80% of operations: observer

Chinese yuan climbs to four-month high of almost 7 per US dollar

Rain drenched

Fitting farewell

Reports saying armed police deployed to HK aim to 'incite panic'

UK bluffs over Hong Kong

Putting your worries about China's cuddly icons to rest

10 million students ready for toughest exam amid pandemic and floods

Future of freight

Fast track border passage for China, Mongolia to reboot trade links

Chinese citizens are urged not to travel to Canada

India keeps itself away from East Asian value chain as it refuses to join RCEP: expert

India keeps itself away from East Asian value chain as it refuses to join RCEP: expert

Waiting for take-off

Chinese drama about pangolin rescue efforts to start shooting

Argentina extends debt talks until August 4: official

HK launches first MSCI Futures contracts

BRI: route of life and opportunity

Australia to close state border for first time in a century to halt virus

India pushes back world heritage site reopening citing infection concerns

India begins to target Chinese investment, inviting Chinese retaliation

'Why doesn't she need a mask?'

Chinese A-shares soar as bull run sets in

Sales of tariff-free Australian beef liked by residents in Hainan Island

Kanye West announces 2020 presidential run

Back to work? Not without a check-in app, immunity passport

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US military drills in S.China Sea have ulterior motives, meant to flex muscle: FM

HK education bureau to remove books carrying content forbidden by national security law

China's first entirely self-developed computer rolls off production line

Reframing independence

Exam begins

Rainbow falls

Gaokao imposter cases unlikely to happen with more advanced technology: expert

Foreign flavor

WHO account revision not denial of China's fastest response

HK's residents and experts expect security law to reboot local economy

US political system in danger of entertaining itself to death: expert

China's firework exports to the US fall despite the Fourth of July gala performance

5G production

India continues to rely on Chinese products to counter COVID-19

China-Canada ties set to sour following Ottawa's political posturing on HK

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IMF praises Argentina's latest debt offer to creditors

In December, the newly elected government of President Alberto Fernandez embarked on negotiations with creditors A spokesperson for the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that Argentina’s latest debt offer to its creditors is “an important step” in the restructuring process.

Bolsonaro catches the "little flu" and admits taking hydroxychloroquine

Bolsonaro said he began feeling ill on Sunday and has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding in a television interview that he was in good health despite running a fever.

World 2020 cereal production forecasted to reach new record

Wheat production forecasts have been raised for India and the Russian Federation, more than offsetting a cutback to the EU and the UK expected outputs. World cereal production is poised to reach a new record level of 2 790 million tons in 2020 - up 9.3 million tons from the May forecast - surpassing the record-high registered in 2019 by as much as 3%, according to FAO's Cereal Supply and Demand Brief.

Pandemic forecasted to usher highest retreat for global meat consumption

The shift is happening in every major market, including US, where it is predicted that per capita meat consumption won't return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025 The pandemic is poised to usher in the biggest retreat for global meat consumption in decades. Per capita consumption this year is set to fall to the lowest in nine years and the 3% drop from last year represents the biggest decline since at least 2000, according to data from the United Nations.

StopHateForProfit coalition will continue Facebook ad boycott: no agreement with Zuckerberg

Organizers of the Facebook ad boycott vowed on Tuesday to continue their campaign, saying the social network's top executives had failed to offer meaningful action on curbing hateful content.

Mexican auto industry started to recover in June but still is far from 2019 figures

Mexico exported 196,173 units in June, up 13 times versus the 15,088 units shipped in May. Still, exports were down 38.8% in June from a year earlier. Mexico’s auto production and exports picked up steam in June from a month earlier but were down sharply versus a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday, as carmakers reopened plants from their coronavirus-induced shutdown.

Britain prepared to leave the EU in terms similar to Australia, Johnson tells Merkel

Boris Johnson noted that the UK equally would be ready to leave the transition period on Australia terms if an agreement could not in the end be reached Britain is prepared to leave the European Union on the same terms as Australia has with the bloc if it cannot agree on a future trading deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Germany's Angela Merkel in a telephone call on Tuesday.

US sets date to leave WHO, 6 July 2021, but decision could be reversed if Trump loses reelection

Trump, who announced the decision over a month ago, has to give one-year notice of the US withdrawal and pay all Washington's dues under a 1948 joint resolution The United States will leave the World Health Organization (WHO) on Jul 6, 2021, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after receiving notification of the decision by President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic.

An out of plan shock bomb goes off in Cristina Fernandez' backyard

Fabian Gutierrez: secretary, driver, penchant for vintage autos and real estate entrepreneur The violent death of a former secretary of Argentine ex-president and currently vice president, Cristina Kirchner, in El Calafate, Santa Cruz province triggered a strong clash between the Argentine government and congressional opposition since there was speculation that Fabian Gutierrez, 48, a potential whistleblower in several corruption cases, had met his destiny to the hands of an alleged Kirchner conspiration.

Falklands: journey info plus mandatory 14 day quarantine for arriving passengers by air or sea

Under the Regulations each person entering the Falkland Islands must provide information about their journey, including the address at which they will be staying in the Falkland Islands The Falkland Islands Infectious Diseases Control Regulations 2020, which set out the requirement to quarantine for all those arriving in the Islands, whether by sea or air came into force on Monday, July 6.


World must do better to prevent children ‘dying needlessly’ from AIDS-related illnesses
Despite progress in the global battle against HIV, the response on behalf of children has fallen behind, the UN agency leading the fight to stamp out the virus said on Tuesday.

Human rights through peacekeeping essential factor in beating coronavirus
The UN human rights chief is calling for greater investment in the human rights components of peace operations - not least to monitor the impact of efforts to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO to issue new brief on airborne transmission, following ‘active engagement’ with scientists
The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to issue a brief on the modes of transmission of the new coronavirus, a senior official said on Tuesday.

‘New dynamic’ needed to overcome negative impacts of COVID-19 worldwide 
The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, have laid bare “weaknesses in our systems and societies”, a top official told the UN’s key international forum on sustainable development which began on Tuesday, warning that “a new dynamic” is needed to overcome the negative shocks. 

Independent rights expert speaks of ‘anguish, stress and disempowerment’ of poverty
More than 70 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday, as a leading rights expert slammed “greatly exaggerated” claims of global poverty eradication between 1990 and 2015.

Fresh evidence of war crimes committed by all sides in Syrian conflict, probe finds
Hospitals, schools and homes have all been targeted during Syria’s brutal and long-running conflict, said UN-appointed investigators, who on Tuesday condemned likely fresh war crimes committed by all parties.

Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyberattacks, bioterrorism and the misuse of digital technology.

Move away from outdated ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental illness, urges independent UN expert
States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress. 

UNAIDS report: COVID-19 pandemic derails 2020 HIV targets
HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached, owing in part to deeply unequal access to antiretroviral therapy and service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNAIDS report released on Monday.

A sustainable future for all depends on ‘resolve to act together in solidarity’
The United Nations vision for a sustainable future for all “will depend on our policy choices today, and our resolve to act together in solidarity”, a senior UN official told delegates on Monday at a meeting to discuss post-pandemic recovery.

Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN personnel
Projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods.

New UN report outlines ways to curb growing spread of animal-to-human diseases
As the battle against COVID-19 rages, the world can expect to see other diseases that pass from animals to humans emerge, according to a new UN report launched on Monday, which maintains that there is still time to head off potential zoonotic pandemics.

‘Stay the course together to emerge stronger’ from COVID-19 crisis: UN chief’s message to major sustainability forum
As a major United Nations forum prepares to assess progress towards a fairer future for people and the planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that each of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business sector still far from reaching sustainability goals, UN report shows, 20 years on from landmark summit
A new UN report on tbe private sector, released by UN Global Compact, shows that progress on bringing about a sustainable future for people and the planet is patchy, and the majority of companies involved in the Compact, are not doing enough to help bring about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator’s blog
In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek Elsheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents. 

COVID-19 fast becoming protection crisis, Guterres warns Security Council
The COVID-19 pandemic is “profoundly affecting” peace and security across the globe, the Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing the 15-member body to use its collective influence to protect the millions of people either trapped in, or fleeing conflict, and already facing acute vulnerabilities.

‘Transfats’ from processed foods may increase ovarian cancer risk
A likely link between processed and fried foods containing so-called “transfats” and ovarian cancer has been identified by UN scientists, they said on Thursday.

Helping youth enterprise take off, will bring sustainable returns, say UN economists
Young entrepreneurs who want their work to have a positive impact on their communities, urgently need more help from governments if they’re to succeed and resist the COVID-19-fuelled economic downturn, UN economists said on Thursday.

Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief
Ahead of hoped-for peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban negotiators, UN peacekeepers in Afghanistan have urged parties to “redouble” their efforts to keep civilians safe.

‘Long, hard road ahead’ for countries taking piecemeal approach to COVID
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that some nations battling the COVID-19 pandemic who have been taking a “fragmented approach” to suppressing the deadly virus, “face a long, hard road ahead.”

Stalled Security Council resolution adopted, backing UN’s global humanitarian ceasefire call
The Security Council on Wednesday echoed the Secretary-General’s call for a worldwide ceasefire, to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has already claimed more than half a million lives. The UN chief welcomed the long-awaited move, calling for countries to "redouble their efforts for peace".

UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts, sold in its name
The UN on Wednesday revealed the existence of an illicit trafficking scam in African cultural artefacts, which are being sold to unsuspecting buyers, thanks to the entirely fake UNESCO stamp they come with.

Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council
At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much.

'Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy
Unless the world acts now, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying global recession, will trigger “years of depressed and disrupted economic growth”, the UN chief warned on Wednesday.   

Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council
The UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN’s top political official said on Tuesday.

Impacts of COVID-19 disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable: UN chief
Addressing poverty eradication on Tuesday in front of the General Assembly, UN chief António Guterres warned that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are falling “disproportionately on the most vulnerable: people living in poverty, the working poor, women and children, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups”.

Syria: Top UN officials appeal to donors to help end ‘shocking’ scale of suffering 
The UN chief called on the world to step up “financial, humanitarian and political commitments”, to help end nearly a decade of brutal conflict and suffering across Syria, in a video message delivered to the fourth Brussels Donor Conference on Tuesday.

Bachelet renews call for accountability in Philippines war on illegal drugs
The Human Rights Council should consider supporting new accountability measures against perpetrators of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ so-called war on illegal drugs, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday.

UN honours fallen colleagues and legacy of hope they leave behind
Fallen UN colleagues were honoured on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony commemorating their bravery, and having served the UN cause of saving future generations “from the scourge of war and to pursue better standards of living for all in larger freedom”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, paying tribute.