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Ukraine war: Missiles hit targets across country as G7 rallies over Russia
Russia hits targets in many areas, as world leaders discuss further military support for Ukraine.

Mason: G7 leaders meet amid political pressures at home
Behind the grinning photo ops of the G7 summit, world leaders grapple with their differing outlooks.

Ukraine war: Keep up unity amid war fatigue, says PM
Boris Johnson says the higher food and energy costs from the conflict are the price of freedom.

Oslo shooting: Memorial service takes place at Oslo Cathedral
Royals and the prime minister joined a service to remember two killed and 21 injured near a gay bar.

Diana Ross brings Motown glamour to Glastonbury
The star brings a huge crowd to the Pyramid Stage as she plays a career-spanning greatest hits show.

Prince Charles 'accepted a suitcase with 1m euros', report claims
Clarence House says the correct processes were followed with the Qatari sheikh's charitable donations.

Boris Johnson signals controls on steel imports to stay
The government says the move would protect British producers at a time of rising energy costs.

Johnson will lead Tories at next election, says Brandon Lewis
Brandon Lewis says the PM has the drive and enthusiasm to go on, despite growing criticism.

Roe v Wade: US firms pledge to pay staff travel expenses for abortions
Disney, JP Morgan and Meta are among the companies to confirm such policies after the Roe v Wade ruling.

Patrick Grady to step away from SNP membership over allegations
The Glasgow North MP is under police investigation over allegations of sexual harassment.

Thousands of PwC staff to get 9% pay rise to offset cost of living
The accountancy firm's chairman Kevin Ellis says the company "can't ignore market pressures".

Neil Parish: Porn scandal MP frightened by death threats
Neil Parish says he was verbally abused and sent death threats after being seen watching porn at work.

England v New Zealand: Ollie Pope and Joe Root put hosts on course for 3-0 series win
England need 113 runs with eight wickets in hand to complete another superb final-day victory over New Zealand in the third Test at Headingley.

In pictures: Glastonbury 2022
Thousands of people are attending the event which has returned for the first time in three years.

Rowers rescued after hitting bad weather on Irish Sea
UK coastguard footage shows the rescue of the five-strong crew by an RNLI craft.

Crowland WWII Buffalo LVT on show after restoration
The landing craft had lain buried for 74 years before it was unearthed by volunteers.

The Big Plastic Count: Consumers confront their plastic footprint
People who counted plastic waste for a week want to go plastic-free, but say it costs too much.

U2 singer Bono discusses discovering he has a half-brother
The star discusses for the first time how his dad had another son, who he didn't know about for years.

Youth Beatz free music festival cancels day two due to weather
Organisers of the Youth Beatz event at Park Farm in Dumfries say they are "beyond devastated".

Hajj travellers unable to fly due to ticket delay
Some British Muslims who booked pilgrimages to Mecca could not fly after problems with a new system.

Ukraine war: Inside Ukraine's International Legion of foreign fighters
The BBC speaks to some of the thousands of foreign soldiers who have joined the fight against Russia.

Friendship forged through rare disease connection
Saul and George are both 12 and their lives have been affected in some way by a rare disease.

The Papers: 'Crackdown on unions' and PM plans for third term
The papers lead with strike action warnings and Tory MPs slam Boris Johnson's "delusional" behaviour.

Roe v Wade: Protesters tear-gassed outside Arizona State Capitol
A video uploaded to social media shows police shooting tear gas into crowds of protesters.

Roe v Wade: What the Supreme Court decision means for US mid-terms
A shift in public opinion before November could have dramatic implications for abortion rights.

Ukraine war: Helping families find missing loved ones
A Red Cross call centre is reuniting Ukrainian and Russian prisoners of war with their loved ones.

G7 face battle for unity as cost of Ukraine war mounts
The Russian war against Ukraine will inevitably dominate the summit of G7 nations in Bavaria.

What's the mood after by-election dramas?
The verdict of voters can't be ignored and there are challenges ahead for the UK's big political parties.

Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon: There will be 'huge expectation' but 'let's give her time'
How will Emma Raducanu handle her first Wimbledon as a Grand Slam champion - and might we all be expecting too much?

Nigerian Ife head: Why UK police are holding a priceless sculpture
Original Ife bronze heads, of which only some 20 survive, are thought to be about 700 years old.

How a family of 14 is coping with rising costs
Mother of 12, Zoe Sullivan, explains how she cuts costs as her family's energy and fuel bills double.

Afghanistan earthquake: hospital struggles to help survivors
Caring for victims is a challenge in a country already in the grip of a humanitarian crisis.

What happened when Israel sent its refugees to Rwanda
As the UK presses on with its asylum deal, refugees sent from Israel to Rwanda describe their experiences.

Wimbledon 2022: Ons Jabeur column on playing with Serena Williams
Tunisia's world number two Ons Jabeur, in her new BBC Sport column at Wimbledon, discusses the "unbelievable" experience of playing doubles with Serena Williams.

England v New Zealand: Joe Root reverse-scoops Neil Wagner for six in third Test
England batter Joe Root produces a moment of "extraordinary brilliance" as he reverse scoops Neil Wagner six on day four of the third Test at Headingley.

England v New Zealand: Sam Billings removes Neil Wagner with bizarre catch in third Test
Watch the moment Sam Billings takes a bizarre catch to remove New Zealand's Neil Wagner on day four of the third Test at Headingley.

Andy Murray 'grateful' to be reunited with Ivan Lendl for Wimbledon
Andy Murray says he was turned down by a "lot of coaches" before reuniting for a third spell with Ivan Lendl in March.

Super League: Hull KR 10-38 Huddersfield Giants - Leroy Cudjoe hat-trick crowns comeback
Leroy Cudjoe claims a hat-trick as Huddersfield come from behind to thrash Hull KR for their sixth straight win

Luther Burrell: Former England centre says racism is 'rife' in rugby union
Former England centre Luther Burrell says he wants to "empower younger generations" after detailing his experiences of racism in rugby union

CNN

Russian missiles hit Kyiv as G7 summit begins in Europe
Russia targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv with a series of missile attacks Sunday, as leaders of the G7 nations gather in Germany for the first day of their annual summit.

G7 nations to ban new imports of Russian gold

Ukraine pulls out of key city Putin wants
The Ukrainian military is withdrawing from the eastern city of Severodonetsk -- a key victory for Russia in the battle for Luhansk and Donetsk. CNN's Salma Abdelaziz reports.

Boris Johnson warns Russian victory in Ukraine would be 'absolutely catastrophic'
Allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed in his invasion of Ukraine would have "absolutely catastrophic" consequences for the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned in a CNN interview on Sunday.

Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk now 'completely under Russian occupation'
The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is "completely under Russian occupation," the city's head of military administration said Saturday, following months of grueling and bloody fighting.

Prince Charles accepted suitcase with 1 million euros from Qatari sheikh, Sunday Times reports
Clarence House said Prince Charles received charitable donations and the correct processes were followed regarding those donations after a British newspaper reported the Prince of Wales once accepted a suitcase containing €1 million ($1.05 million) in cash from a Qatari politician.

North Korea denounces US 'aggression' as it marks war anniversary
North Korea on Saturday condemned "aggression moves" by Washington and Seoul, vowing to take revenge as it marked the 72nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War at a time of rising tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Children as young as 13 among 22 killed in South African tavern incident
South African authorities were on Sunday investigating the deaths of at least 17 people at a tavern in East London.

Never mind China's new aircraft carrier, these are the ships the US should worry about
China made a big statement about its naval ambitions with the recent launch of its third and most advanced aircraft carrier.

How the US compares to the world on abortion

Roe v. Wade: 19th century law banning abortion is now in effect in Wisconsin

Chief Justice John Roberts lost the Supreme Court and the defining case of his generation

See Planned Parenthood leader's response to Liz Cheney Supreme Court tweet
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson reacts to a tweet from Republican Rep. Liz Cheney on the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Russia to supply nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus
Russia will transfer nuclear-capable Iskander-M missile systems to its ally Belarus over the coming months, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.

8 people injured in a shooting at a rave in Tacoma, Washington
At least eight people were injured in a shooting at a rave party early Sunday morning in Tacoma, Washington, according to the Tacoma Police Department.

Energy prices are causing chaos in Asia. Here's why the rest of the world should worry
In Sri Lanka, people queue for miles to fill a tank of fuel. In Bangladesh, shops shut at 8 p.m. to conserve energy. In India and Pakistan, power outages force schools to shut, businesses to close and residents to swelter without air conditioning through deadly heat waves in which temperatures top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius).

Cold War warning sirens are sounding across France. Here's why
It's a typical Wednesday lunchtime in Paris, the streets buzzing with tourists, terraces packed with tables, when the wail of an air raid siren fills the air.

245 years later, has the 'American experiment' begun to fail?
As the January 6 hearing continues, CNN's Jake Tapper examines whether the "American experiment," a phrase coined in the New-York Daily Tribune in 1860, can withstand the current political atmosphere.

'Give us a plan or give us someone to blame': Inside a White House consumed by problems Biden can't fix
House Democrats' anxiety bubbled to the surface as they awaited the belated arrival of White House officials.

Vehicle fleeing police kills a grandmother and injures 4 people, including an 8-year-old
A grandmother was killed and an 8-year-old boy was among four others injured when they were struck by a vehicle fleeing police Saturday night, officials in New York City said.

Police treat deadly shooting near Oslo gay bar as terrorism
At least two people were killed and 10 others wounded after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, Reuters reported, citing public broadcaster NRK.

Must-watch videos of the week

Is Russia winning? Hear US Secretary of State's response
CNN's Jake Tapper interviews US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the G7 summit in Germany to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia's war in Ukraine.

America's struggle with mass shootings has changed how these people live their lives
Minutes after a gunman killed 10 people in a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store in March 2021, a woman stood in the back of the supermarket where she worked in Denver, about 30 miles away, staring at harrowing images of the scene as she scrolled through her phone. 

Alexander Hamilton, what happened?
In one of his "Federalist" essays urging New Yorkers to support the newly drafted Constitution, Alexander Hamilton called the judiciary the "weakest" part of the government and wrote that it "will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them."

All the recession warning signs this week
It's the question everyone is asking: Are we about to enter a recession?

Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong in first trip outside mainland China since pandemic began
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong next week to mark the 25th anniversary of the city's handover to China, state media reported on Saturday -- the leader's first trip out of the mainland since the pandemic began.

World leaders mock Putin at meeting
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poked fun at Russian President Vladimir Putin's infamous bare-chested photos at a G7 meeting in Krün, Germany.

A Muslim teenager was killed at a protest in India. His family wants answers
"They're firing bullets, they're firing bullets!" a voice yells on video over the sound of gunfire during clashes between police and Muslim protesters in the eastern Indian city of Ranchi.

A woman's brutal killing shocks the Arab world
The brutal killing of a young woman in broad daylight on an Egyptian street has shocked the Arab world, bringing the country's gender-based violence crisis into the spotlight.

Prince Charles speaks at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
On a visit to Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Prince Charles said the time has come to confront the legacy of slavery and its enduring impact. CNN's Max Foster reports.

Electronic Arts is still the odd one out in gaming
All things considered, video game leader Electronic Arts is having a pretty decent year despite inflation worries, recession fears and other macroeconomic headwinds. Shares of EA are only down about 2% in 2022, a drop that's not nearly as bad as the rest of the tech sector, which is now in bear market territory.

'Westworld' again juggles its pieces but can't escape its own dense maze
"Westworld" returns, featuring several familiar faces in unfamiliar roles, while extending aspects of a third season that creatively sailed off the rails. While there is surely intelligent life out there eager to see where this goes, at this point it's not so much a question of not being able to follow the series through its convoluted maze as simply not feeling as if it's worth the energy to try.

Beyoncé's 'Break My Soul' pays homage to house music's Black queer roots
Beyoncé has hailed this summer's liberation anthem with the release of her new single "Break My Soul" -- and its Black queer roots are undeniable.

Man loses USB flash drive with data on entire city's residents after night out
Drinks after work probably seemed like a good idea -- but for one worker in Japan the hangover is likely to last for some time.

Former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to join Los Angeles FC on one-year deal
Major League Soccer (MLS) is set to welcome another world-renowned soccer star after Wales captain Gareth Bale agreed to a one-year deal with Los Angeles FC, the club confirmed to CNN Saturday.

Women's PGA Championship: Chun's falter cuts lead ahead of deciding round
In Gee Chun's lead at the Women's PGA Championship was cut to three ahead of the deciding round, as the South Korean endured a difficult Saturday.

BET Awards 2022: A viewing guide to Sunday's show
The BET Awards, which celebrate Black excellence in music, culture and sports, will take place Sunday.

Social media is rife with skin-whitening products. But little is done to regulate them

Florida conservationists capture 215 pound python, the heaviest found in the state
She's massive, invasive and covered in scales: A record breaking 215-pound, 18-foot-long Burmese python has been captured in Florida.

Glastonbury Festival: Remember Kate Moss's iconic look?
Remember when Kate Moss wore wellies (that's rain boots for those outside the UK) to Glastonbury?

Summer air travel is off to a messy start. Here's how to up the chances of getting where you want to go

Watch firefighters rescue puppies blocked by giant tortoise
San Bernardino Fire Department rescued two puppies from an underground tortoise den in Yucca Valley, California. They were stuck in the den for hours due to a 100-pound desert tortoise blocking their exit.

The week in 36 photos
Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in decades on Wednesday when a magnitude 5.9 quake struck the country's east, killing more than 1,000 people and wounding many more.

Explorers find the world's deepest shipwreck four miles under the Pacific
It lurks over four miles deep below the Pacific Ocean, split in half and lodged on a slope.

G7 nations to ban new imports of Russian gold
President Joe Biden may be overseas in the Bavarian Alps, but the political division and sour mood he left behind will be difficult to ignore as he begins this year's Group of 7 summit.

Europe and the US' plan to pile pain on Putin hasn't worked
Europe and the United States have barred the import of Russian oil to cut off a crucial revenue source for the Kremlin. But the plan to pile pain on President Vladimir Putin, forcing him to reconsider his war in Ukraine, hasn't worked.

A historically unpopular Supreme Court made a historically unpopular decision
• Live Updates: Following Roe v. Wade repeal, a 19th century law banning abortion is now in effect in Wisconsin

Why tribal lands are unlikely to become abortion sanctuaries
With Roe v. Wade now overturned, tribal lands are again coming up in conversations on social media and elsewhere as potential safe havens for those seeking abortions.

Al Jazeera

What’s behind the US Supreme Court decision on abortion?
Protests spread across the US after the Supreme Court struck down a 50-year-old abortion law.

UK’s Prince Charles received $3.2m from former Qatar PM: Report
Sunday Times reports there was no suggestion that payments for prince's charity over a four-year period were illegal.

AJ Contrast wins One World Media Award
Al Jazeera Digital's innovation studio site highlights challenges women with disabilities face in navigating megacities.

G7 leaders discuss price cap on Russian oil over Ukraine invasion
G7 leaders meeting in Germany discuss plans to reduce Russian revenues from oil exports amid a surge in energy prices.

Thousands demonstrate in Madrid ahead of NATO summit
Banners with the words 'No to NATO, No to War, For Peace' were held as thousands of people marched through the city.

Iran test launches Zuljanah satellite carrier: State media
Iran tests Zuljanah satellite launcher for second time, according to state media, as nuclear talks are set to restart.

Vladimir Putin to make first foreign trip since Ukraine invasion
Putin's last known visit outside Russia was to Beijing in early February when he met President Xi Jinping.

Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Iran after MBS visit
Iraqi leader is trying to facilitate the re-establishment of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Teesta Setalvad who fought for 2002 Gujarat riot victims arrested
Rights group say arrest of Setalvad, who campaigned for the 2002 Gujarat riot victims, will have a 'chilling effect'.

Sri Lanka to send ministers to Russia seeking discounted oil
Energy minister says officials will visit Moscow to seek cheap oil imports as Sri Lanka battles a fuel crisis.

France in Focus
The first of a four-part series takes a deep dive into the most contentious issues dividing France.

G7 nations to announce ban on import of Russian gold
US President Joe Biden said the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations will announce the ban during the G7 summit.

Why does the US allow children to face decades in prison?
The Stream looks at Fault Lines’ ’51 Years Behind Bars’ and asks if the country can build a more humane justice system.

The refugees cast adrift in the Mediterranean
Despite overwhelming evidence that asylum seekers have been brutally pushed back from Greek waters, authorities deny it.

Russian missiles hit residential buildings in Ukraine’s Kyiv
Ukraine's state emergency services are working to extract trapped people from a nine-story building.

Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices as it faces economic collapse
The move comes a day after the energy minister said there would be an indefinite delay in getting new shipments of oil.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 123
As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 123rd day, we take a look at the main developments.

Crypto needs to be eradicated
Cryptocurrency has no legitimate value in the real world and needs to be eradicated.

‘No visible wounds’: 22 people found dead in South Africa bar
Police launch investigation into the deaths of 22 patrons found at a popular township tavern close to East London city.

After Roe v Wade, they will come for me – and for you
But we cannot let them. We must fight to protect the rights and the lives of one another and to shield the vulnerable.

Russia-Ukraine live news: One killed as Russian missiles hit Kyiv
Mayor of Kyiv said six other people were wounded in Russian missile attack on two residential buildings.

Ecuador lifts emergency; begins talks with Indigenous protesters
Security measures eased amid talks with protest leaders and an opposition-led move to remove the president from office.

What’s in US President Joe Biden’s bipartisan gun violence bill?
The new law is the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades and follows a spate of mass shootings in the US.

Third rocket attack in 72 hours targets northern Iraq gas complex
Counterterrorism forces in Sulaimaniyah province confirmed there had been no casualties or damage to the gas complex.

Russia to send Belarus nuclear-capable missiles within months
Putin has several times referred to nuclear weapons since his country invaded Ukraine on February.

EU Newsroom

Grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova without delay, MEPs demand
With 529 votes to 45 and 14 abstentions, Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the Heads of State or Government to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova “without delay”. They should do the same with Georgia “once its government has delivered” on the priorities indicated by the European Commission.

Agriculture and the environment: Intensive use of pesticides
The Commission adopted pioneering proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, from agricultural land and seas, to forests and urban environments. The Commission also proposes to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030. These are the flagship legislative proposals to follow the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies, and will help ensure the resilience and security of food supply in the EU and across the world.

European Council conclusions on Ukraine, the membership applications of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, Western Balkans and external relations
The European Council has decided to grant the status of candidate country to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova.

EU-Western Balkans leaders' meeting
Mit 529 Stimmen gegen 45 und 14 Enthaltungen nahm das Parlament am Donnerstag eine Entschließung an, in der die Staats- und Regierungschefs, die heute und morgen ihr Gipfeltreffen abhalten, aufgefordert werden, der Ukraine und der Republik Moldau „unverzüglich" den Status eines Bewerberlandes zu gewähren. Georgien sollte derselbe Status eingeräumt werden, „sobald seine Regierung bei den von der Kommission angegebenen Schwerpunktbereichen Ergebnisse erzielt hat“.

Capital Markets Union: Council agrees its position on updated rules for hedge funds, private debt funds, and other alternative investment funds
To improve the European Capital Markets Union (CMU) and strengthen investor protection, the Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on a review of the alternative investment fund managers directive, the legislative framework which governs managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, private debt funds, real estate funds and other so-called alternative investment funds in the Union.

EU Cohesion Policy: Commission adopts €2.2 billion Partnership Agreement with Sweden for 2021-2027
The Commission adopted its Partnership Agreement with Sweden, laying down Sweden's €2.2 billion investment strategy for the economic, social and territorial cohesion for the 2021-2027 period. It will support the country to implement key EU priorities such as the green and digital transition and contribute to the development of a new competitive, innovative and export-oriented growth model.

Commission sets out first analysis of the proposals stemming from the Conference on the Future of Europe
The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out how it can follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. After a year of deliberations, the Conference came to an end on 9 May 2022. In the closing ceremony in Strasbourg, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received a final report from the Conference participants containing 49 wide-ranging, ambitious and forward-looking proposals and 326 individual measures.  

The European Commission recommends to Council confirming Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia's perspective to become members of the EU and provides its opinion on granting them candidate status
The European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today's Opinions are based on the Commission's assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the EU agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and the ability of the country to assume the obligations of EU membership (EU acquis).

Deal reached on new rules for adequate minimum wages in the EU
With a deal struck on Monday night, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on EU rules to set adequate minimum wages, as provided by national law and/or collective agreements. The new legislation will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship. The EU countries in which the minimum wage is protected exclusively via collective agreements will not be obliged to introduce it nor to make these agreements universally applicable.

Women on boards: deal to boost gender balance in companies
The so-called “Women on Boards” Directive aims to introduce transparent recruitment procedures in companies, so that at least 40% of non-executive director posts or 33% of all director posts are occupied by the under-represented sex. Thanks to Parliament, companies must comply with this target by 30 June 2026, compared to the Council’s proposal of 31 December 2027. In cases where candidates are equally qualified for a post, priority should go to the candidate of the under-represented sex.

Deal on common charger: reducing hassle for consumers and curbing e-waste
By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed. The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.

The Commission presents the Draft Budget 2023 and the Annual Management and Performance Report for the EU budget for the 2021 financial year
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €185.6 billion for 2023, to be complemented by an estimated €113.9 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The EU budget will continue to mobilise significant investments to boost Europe's strategic autonomy, the ongoing economic recovery, safeguard sustainability and create jobs. The Commission will continue to prioritise green and digital investments while addressing pressing needs arising from recent and current crises.

Convergence Report reviews Member States' preparedness to join the euro area and paves the way for Croatia's euro adoption on 1 January 2023
The European Commission has concluded that Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023, bringing the number of euro area Member States to twenty. The conclusion is set out in the 2022 Convergence Report, which assesses the progress that Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden have made towards joining the euro area. These are the seven non-euro area Member States that are legally committed to adopting the euro.

EU leaders agree on new sanctions against Russia
On the first day of the special summit, EU leaders backed the sixth sanctions package against Russia, which covers crude oil and petroleum products. The leaders also agreed to grant Ukraine micro financial assistance of up to € 9 billion and discussed continued EU support to Ukraine, including political, humanitarian, and military support.

Ukraine: The Commission proposes rules on freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs violating restrictive measures and of criminals
The European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures.

State of Schengen: Commission sets new priorities and new governance model
The Commission is presenting the State of Schengen Report 2022. This is the first time the Commission is presenting such report, following last year's Schengen Strategy. This report is part of the Commission's initiative to reinforce the Schengen governance through a yearly reporting exercise presenting the state of Schengen, identifying priorities for the year ahead and monitoring progress made at the end of a given year.

REPower EU Plan
The European Commission has presented the REPowerEU Plan, its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. There is a double urgency to transform Europe's energy system: ending the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which are used as an economic and political weapon and cost European taxpayers nearly €100 billion per year and tackling the climate crisis. By acting as a Union, Europe can phase out its dependency on Russian fossil fuels faster.

International partnerships and Energy package

EIGE Gender Equality Forum 2022

Relief and reconstruction in Ukraine
The Commission has set out plans in a Communication for the EU's immediate response to address Ukraine's financing gap, as well as the longer-term reconstruction framework. This Communication follows from the European Council call to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine via a dedicated Europe-led effort.

Commission to establish Solidarity Lanes to help Ukraine export agricultural goods
As part of the EU's solidarity response with Ukraine, the Commission today presented a set of actions to help Ukraine export its agricultural produce. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, Ukrainian grain and other agricultural goods can no longer reach their destinations. The situation is threatening global food security and there is an urgent need to establish alternative logistics routes using all relevant transport modes.

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world
The Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.

The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work
In a closing ceremony in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen received from the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board the final report on the outcome of the Conference.

European Health Data Space
The European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe. It will empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States. It fosters a genuine single market for digital health services and products.

Europe Day 2022
This May the EU institutions invite you to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the home of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. As the 2022 European Year of Youth shines a spotlight on Europe’s young people and with citizens’ voices amplified by the Conference on the Future of Europe there’s never been a better time to come together, discuss the challenges we all face and create a better future for Europe that works for everyone. 

Conference on the Future of Europe: Debate and vote on resolution
At its final meeting, that took place on Friday and Saturday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Conference Plenary reached a consensus on its final draft proposals. It has now adopted 49 proposals, which include more than 300 measures on how to achieve them, across 9 themes, based on 178 recommendations from the European Citizens’ Panels, input from the National Panels and events, and 43 734 contributions on 16 274 ideas recorded on the multilingual digital platform. 

Commission decides to register new European Citizens' Initiative

Visa Digitalisation: Visa travel to the EU becomes easier

Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU
As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

COVID-19: Commission calls on Member States to step up preparedness for the next pandemic phase
The Commission is proposing a set of actions to manage the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the next one. By working together, the EU has so far saved hundreds of thousands of lives thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, kept its single market operational, minimised travel restrictions and mobilised manufacturing capacity of critical products when supply chains were disrupted.

Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs'
The European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs', are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to prevent or penalise speaking up on issues of public interest.

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees
The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.

Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war
MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. “Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse”, say MEPs, calling on EU countries to protect children from the risk of trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse.

Question time with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Green Deal: Modernising EU industrial emissions rules to steer large industry in long-term green transition

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the implementation of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia, their effectiveness (with the aim of preventing any circumvention) and their strengthening. The ministers also discussed the economic issues related to the reception of Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine: €17 billion of EU funds to help refugees
The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Destination Earth – new digital twin of the Earth will help tackle climate change and protect nature

New European Bauhaus: support to cities and citizens for local initiatives

Future of Europe: first debate on Conference proposals wraps up

Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe's resource independence
The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.

Main results of the extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.

EU strengthens partnership with WHO to boost local manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa

Digital Markets Act (DMA): agreement between the Council and the European Parliament

European Council: Support for Ukraine and strengthened transatlantic cooperation
The European Council adopted conclusions on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, security and defence, energy, economic issues, COVID-19 and external relations. On the first day of the summit, EU leaders were joined by US President Joe Biden, in person, to discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, and by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video conference.

Commission outlines options to mitigate high energy prices with common gas purchases and minimum gas storage obligations
Following up rapidly on the REPowerEU Communication and the Versailles Declaration, the Commission has set out ideas today for collective European action to address the root causes of the problem in the gas market and ensure security of supply at reasonable prices for next winter and beyond. Leaders will continue the discussion on these options at this week's European Council.

Commission acts for global food security and for supporting EU farmers and consumers
The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers. The surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlights again the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable, in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.

Ukraine: EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees
Today, the European Commission outlines the actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine and its people. Since the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ukraine refugees: Operational guidelines to support Member States in applying the Temporary Protection Directive
Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in record time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing war in Ukraine. The Directive became immediately applicable on 4 March and now offers immediate protection and a clear legal status to millions of people.

Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes simpler rules to make settlement in EU financial markets safer and more efficient
The European Commission has proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU's settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today's proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan.

Ukraine: EU agrees fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia
The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.

Brexit Adjustment Reserve: Commission approves €2 billion of pre-financing for 12 Member States
The Commission has approved the disbursement of more than €2 billion under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve to a group of 12 Member States. This funding will help the economies of the Member States in mitigating the adverse impact of Brexit on their economies and regions, through support to regions and economic sectors, small and medium sized companies as well as job creation and protection, such as short-time work schemes, re-skilling, and training.

Plenary highlights: Ukraine, foreign interference, golden passports
MEPs discussed Ukraine and the EU’s future security, marked International Women’s Day, and proposed measures to combat foreign interference during the plenary session in March 2022.

Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Versailles
EU leaders adopted a statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, discussed its consequences and the EU response. They also discussed how to strengthen European sovereignty, reduce dependencies and design a new growth and investment model.

European Commission and EIB Group sign InvestEU agreements unlocking billions for investment across the European Union

Ukraine: EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war
In the face of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.

International Women's Day 2022: Commission proposes EU-wide rules to combat violence against women and domestic violence
The new rules also strengthen victims' access to justice and encourage Member States to implement a one-stop shop mechanism, meaning that all support and protection services would be located in the same place. The victims should be able to claim compensation in the course of criminal proceedings.

REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy
The European Commission has proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation.

Ukraine: Commission proposes temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine and guidelines for border checks
The Commission is proposing to activate the Temporary Protection Directive  to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.

The Russian attack on Ukraine marks a new era for Europe, MEPs say
The European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke live from Kiev. European Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the EU’s Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell, also participated in the debate.

NextGenerationEU: First annual report on the Recovery and Resilience Facility finds implementation is well underway

Future of Europe: final set of European Citizens' Panel recommendations

Main results from the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on the situation in Ukraine
At an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 27 February, home affairs ministers took stock of the response to provide to the consequences of the Russian military attack against Ukraine.

Main results of the Special European Council
The European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine and expressed full unity with international partners and full solidarity with Ukraine and its people. The EU has reacted swiftly and decisively to Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed separatist entities and deployment of its armed forces by adopting restrictive measures in response, including a package of sanctions adopted on 23 February.

Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy
The Commission proposes new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.

Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains.

Commission presents an updated in-depth review of Europe's strategic dependencies

Commission sets out strategy to promote decent work worldwide and prepares instrument for ban on forced labour products

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on non-essential travel from third countries

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council held a discussion on the European security situation. The Council decided on a series of measures to support Ukraine's resilience. It adopted the decision to provide €1,2 billion in macro financial assistance, and decided to provide support to Ukraine’s professional military education under the European Peace Facility. The EU will also increase its support against cyber-attacks and countering disinformation by sending a mission of experts to the country.

Europe and Africa: joint vision for a renewed partnership
At the sixth European Union - African Union summit, the leaders of the EU and AU committed to a joint vision for a renewed partnership for solidarity, security, peace and sustainable and sustained economic development and prosperity.

The Court of Justice dismisses the actions brought by Hungary and Poland against the conditionality mechanism

Green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE projects for environment and climate in 11 EU countries

Russia’s threats against Ukraine are a wake-up call for Europe, MEPs say
On Wednesday morning, MEPs took stock of the latest developments related to Russia’s military threats against Ukraine in a plenary debate with European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

Space: EU initiates a satellite-based connectivity system and boosts action on management of space traffic for a more digital and resilient Europe
The EU is acting on its space ambitions by tabling two initiatives - a proposal for a Regulation on a space-based secure connectivity and a Joint Communication on an EU approach on Space Traffic Management (STM). Today's initiatives will help safeguard the efficiency and security of our current assets while developing European cutting-edge space technology to the benefit of our citizens and economy.

Commission unveils significant actions to contribute to European Defence, boost innovation and address strategic dependencies
The Commission puts forward a number of Commission-led initiatives in areas critical for defence and security within the European Union. These comprise a Contribution to European defence, covering the full range of challenges, from the conventional defence industry and equipment on land, sea and air, to cyber, hybrid and space threats, military mobility and the relevance of climate change; and a roadmap on critical technologies for security and defence.

European Health Union: HERA launches first work plan with €1.3 billion for preparedness and response to health emergencies in 2022

Winter 2022 Economic Forecast: Growth expected to regain traction after winter slowdown
The Winter 2022 Economic Forecast projects that, following a notable expansion by 5.3% in 2021, the EU economy will grow by 4.0% in 2022 and 2.8% in 2023. Growth in the euro area is also expected at 4.0% in 2022, moderating to 2.7% in 2023. The EU as a whole reached its pre-pandemic level of GDP in the third quarter of 2021 and all Member States are projected to have passed this milestone by the end of 2022.

Protecting biodiversity: EU takes action to prevent introduction of invasive alien species that would damage European nature

First transition pathway co-created with industry and civil society for a resilient, green and digital tourism ecosystem

Digital sovereignty: Commission proposes Chips Act to confront semiconductor shortages and strengthen Europe's technological leadership
The Commission proposes a comprehensive set of measures to ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technologies and applications. The European Chips Act will bolster Europe's competitiveness, resilience and help achieve both the digital and green transition.

EU Taxonomy: Commission presents Complementary Climate Delegated Act to accelerate decarbonisation

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register initiative on European football and sports

New approach to enable global leadership of EU standards promoting values and a resilient, green and digital Single Market
The Commission is presenting a new Standardisation Strategy outlining our approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally. The Strategy is accompanied by a proposal for an amendment to the Regulation on standardisation, a report on its implementation, and the 2022 annual Union work programme for European standardisation.

New rules on the EU digital COVID certificate enter into force
To facilitate safe travel in the EU, vaccination certificates will now be valid for 270 days after 14 days have passed following completion of the primary vaccination cycle. The certificate will also include booster shots.

Commission puts forward declaration on digital rights and principles for everyone in the EU
The draft declaration on digital rights and principles aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends. It will also provide a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies.

COVID-19: Council adopts new recommendation on travel measures in the EU
Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.

Future of Europe: Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

European Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines

Main results from the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was updated on the latest developments in Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine and had a discussion on the European security situation, covering also the situation in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Higher education: making EU's universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation
Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.

Roberta Metsola elected new President of the European Parliament
Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.

Memorial for President Sassoli: “Your fight for democracy will live on”
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.

Global Times

Impressed by freedom of Xinjiang youth, French writer keeps publishing to unmask anti-China propaganda

China delivers 2nd Type 054A/P frigate to Pakistan

'Dynamic and scientific': Shenzhen tightens regular testing request amid sporadic infections while epidemic-free cities slow down regular screening

Top CPC discipline authority announces three cases involving senior financial Party officials

China bans 31 misbehaviors by livestreamers in latest effort to clean up cyberspace

Update: Overseas hacker group attacks email system of Chinese university; case filed for further investigations

HK Palace Museum opens, expected to connect residents with history, enhance national identity

As BRICS summit kicks off, calls grow for parallel payment system to counter US hegemony

Cross-provincial trips resume ahead of summer holiday in light of stable epidemic situation

We want to join BRICS because conditions aren't attached on cooperation here: Argentine Ambassador

Macao SAR to launch makeshift hospital in battle against fresh COVID-19 spike

Performing PLA-style foot drills underscores HKPF's spirit in new era

Hebei updates victims' situations, probe results of restaurant assault amid mounting public calls

US' financial tightening places pressure on developing economies in Asia

Ministries to allocate lottery funds to support innovation, entrepreneurship training of college students

Special anniversary dragon

China well prepared for extreme weather as heat waves, heavy floods hit country

Eight Chinese cities shorten centralized quarantine time for intl arrivals

US reaps windfalls as Europe sinks into deeper economic distress, sees strategic autonomy weakened

S.China's Zhuhai strengthens epidemic prevention amid rebound in Macao

US' sizable rate-hiking may lead to recession, hindering Latin America

Improved digital technology preserving China's cultural relics

Student chef wins UK contest, promoting Chinese cuisine

China-Europe freight train a pillar in global trade

GT investigates: US, primary spreader of disinformation, manipulates propaganda machine for own gains under guise of 'freedom, human rights'

Taking stock

Economic woes ease

Supreme Court protest

China's dynamic zero-COVID policy creates a strong fortress for world against virus: Japanese professor

Dynamic zero-COVID approach underpins China's sustainable growth

Weapons sent by US and NATO may fall into dark net and even to terrorists, leading widespread and unbearable cost

Apple's next frontier is your car's dashboard

S.Korea's LG Energy Solution launches nickel processing plants in Indonesia

Spain's Repsol in talks to sell 25% of oil and gas unit to EIG, sources say

China's imports of bulk commodities slump in first five months but prices go up: customs

China's top market regulator probes 175 monopoly cases in 2021, focusing on giant platforms

Lofty Mission

RCEP heralds ASEAN agricultural trade boom with bright prospects

China's 'super bowl' roars back to life with tremendous economic dynamism, a potential driving engine

Shanghai's sea and air port cargo volumes back at 90% capacity as traders and producers feel uplift after epidemic restrictions removed

Russia's export restriction of noble gases will aggravate global semiconductor supply bottleneck: analysts

Shanghai remains on high alert over virus resurgence; effective monitoring urged

Chinese young pioneers celebrate Children's Day with patriotic lessons

China steps up anti-epidemic efforts as Dragon Boat Festival holiday travel peak expected

Earthquake hits Sichuan

China rolls out 33 detailed measures to boost growth; major rebound expected in Q3

Sweet lesson

Shanghai embraces new start after 2-month lockdown amid earnest expectations

China gets COVID-prevention ready for gaokao with record test takers

Beijing COVID-19 cases fall for 9th day, risks of resurgence persist during holidays

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Uruguay is back in the oil exploration business; three companies awarded four off shore blocks

Discovery of oil in similar geological conditions in Namibia has attracted interest in Uruguay's maritime shelf potential Uruguay's oil refining and fuel distribution company Ancap announced on Friday that three blocks and exploration licenses in the country's maritime shelf had been awarded. Two of them were acquired by Shell and the third by Apache Corporation, including an exploratory well, in the framework of the Open Uruguay Round.

Emtrasur: Judge asks US for information on aircraft and crew link to terrorism

Argentine investigators ruled out this was a “fishing expedition” and explained terrorism cases follow a different protocol since 9/11. Argentine Federal Judge Federico Villena has sent rogatory letters to United States authorities to determine whether the Emtrasur Boeing 747-300 held at the Ezeiza airport was subject to any formal embargo or restriction, it was reported Friday in Buenos Aires.

President says Argentina would like to join BRICS

BRICS accounts for 42% of the world's population and 24% of the global gross product, BRICS accounts for 42% of the world's population and 24% of the global gross product, Fernández recalled  recalled Argentine President Alberto Fernández Friday made a virtual appearance at this week's BRICS Summit, during which he asked that his country be admitted into the bloc alongside Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Nearly 20 million lives saved by Covid-19 vaccines, study shows

“It was clear early on that global vaccine equity would be the only way out of the pandemic,” Watson said Scientists from Imperial College London have released a study explaining that COVID-19 vaccines have saved nearly 20 million lives during their first year of existence, although more could have been achieved had international targets been met.

Local transmission of monkeypox confirmed in Brazil

Monkeypox patients are predominantly male The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro Friday confirmed the existence of local transmission of the monkeypox virus, after two more cases were detected in men aged 25 and 30 without either a recent travel record or contact with anyone with one.

Faulty lithium batteries caused the fire that killed Jewish family in Buenos Aires

Isaac Jabbaz (55), Sofia's husband and the father of all the children, is still hospitalized in a “delicate” condition Argentine prosecutors handling the case of Thursday's fire at a building in Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighborhood where 5 members of a Jewish family were killed Friday explained that according to preliminary forensic assessments the cause of ignition was a faulty skateboard lithium battery.

Ecuador's Conaie decries death of 4th protester during general strike

In addition to the dead, there have been over 90 arrests and as many people injured, while at least 4 protesters are unaccounted for Ecuador's Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) has denounced a fourth protester who has died during demonstrations, while human rights groups insisted that repression coupled with abuse of force jeopardized the lives of people exercising their right to express themselves against the policies of President Guillermo Lasso's administration.

Former Bolsonarist minister released in corruption probe

Ribeiro's arrest was politically motivated, Flavio Bolsonaro argued A Brazilian Federal court in Brasilia has ordered the release of former Education Minister, Pastor Milton Ribeiro from jail after being arrested Wednesday on a preemptive basis for allegedly diverting public funds for his own benefit and collecting bribes from municipal authorities.

SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade after nearly half a century

Alito had for ages longed for a chance to argue against Roe v Wade The iconic 1973 US Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade which cleared the way for decriminalizing abortion has been overturned Friday when deciding on a Mississippi law banning the interruption of pregnancies after 15 weeks, thus ending alleged constitutional protections that had been in place for nearly half a century.

Brazil: Lula might win in the first round, Datafolha study shows

Thursday's survey showed stability when compared to May's figures Brazilian opposition presidential hopeful Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva would win the Oct. 2 elections over the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro by a margin wide enough to make a runoff unnecessary, according to the latest Datafolha survey published Thursday.