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Covid-19: Meeting others in pubs to be illegal in North East
The ban on households mixing in indoor settings will be enforceable by law and subject to fines.

Coronavirus: New global test will give results 'in minutes'
The WHO says the low-cost test will be available to millions in low- and middle-income countries.

Covid: Adults without A-levels to be offered free college courses
The government offer will be available from April and aims to support jobseekers during the pandemic.

Matiu Ratana: Officer's partner pays tribute to 'gentle giant'
The partner of Sgt Matiu Ratana who was shot in Croydon says he had an "infectious smile and big heart".

Coronavirus: 'My name was used to steal a government Covid loan'
Criminals are targeting loans designed to help small firms stay afloat in the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid in Scotland: Curfew bride says wedding 'no less special'
A photograph of Rowan McCabe taken after her wedding reception was cut short has been a social media hit.

Trump taxes are 'national security' issue, Nancy Pelosi says
The top Democrat in Washington asks whether President Trump owes money to foreign interests.

Sir David Attenborough gets quizzed by kids after plea to world leaders to save nature
His hope for the future of the planet lies in the hands of children, so what do they want to ask him?

Two beluga whales have their first swim in their new open water sanctuary
Little White and Little Grey were in captivity in a park in China but now live in waters in Iceland.

Coronavirus: NHS faces pandemic 'triple whammy' this winter
Health bosses warn about rising Covid-19 cases, a major backlog in treatment and reduced capacity.

Coronavirus: Early pub closing 'putting shop workers at risk'
Staff in stores selling alcohol after 10pm may be exposed to violence and infection, a union warns.

The water-saving device wasting billions of litres every week
Low flush toilets often waste more water than they save due to poor engineering and confusing buttons.

Walcott: Clean-up operation after village hit by sand storm
Sand put down to stop flooding and coastal erosion blows off the beach in high winds.

Newspaper headlines: 'Tory rebels' virus revolt' amid 'deadly chaos'
Many of Tuesday's papers lead on pressure on ministers to give MPs a say over Covid-19 restrictions.

TikTok ban: How did TikTok stay online in the US?
Sophia Smith-Galer explains why President Trump shifted his position on banning new downloads of the app

Dublin Lord Mayor: Hazel Chu and her Chinese heritage
The city's first Lord Mayor of Chinese heritage reveals the racism she and her family have faced.

From tea fields to university in Sri Lanka
Theresa is one of the first women from her community of tea pickers in Sri Lanka to go to university.

Scientists create a microscopic robot that ‘walks’
The scientists behind a microscopic "walking" robot hope their tech could one day be used against cancer.

The cat who hitched a lift on a worldwide tour
Former Scottish rugby player Dean Nicholson met a lifelong friend as he cycled around the world.

France's most tattooed man told not to teach nursery children
Sylvain Helaine says a parent complained their three year old had nightmares after seeing him.

‘We’ve overrun the planet’ - Attenborough
BBC Breakfast spoke to Sir David Attenborough ahead of his new documentary A Life on Our Planet.

Window pain: Isolating university students send a message
Self-isolating uni students are using signs in windows to communicate with the outside world.

Fashion brands design 'waist-up' clothing for video calls
Milan Fashion Week saw designers showcasing logos on necklines and statement jewellery.

Covid rules: What's the evidence for 10pm pub closing time?
A number of new rules have been introduced for pubs and restaurants, but why?

Ai Weiwei: 'Too late' to curb China's global influence
The Chinese artist and dissident says the West should have worried about China decades ago.

Life: Doctor Foster spin-off explores 'loneliness in big cities'
BBC One drama Life follows residents of Manchester whose lives intertwine unexpectedly.

'If you steal music, you aren't a real music fan'
The music industry is trying to clampdown on the latest form of music piracy known as stream-ripping.

Voicemail from prison: How a mum and daughter rebuilt their relationship
A voicemail app makes it easier to speak to family members in prison, as one young woman found when her mum was jailed.

NHS Covid-19 app: 12m downloads - and lots of questions
We look at why you can't log out of a venue, and how to change your postcode on the app.

US 2020 election: Can Trump release his tax returns?
The US president says he won't release his tax returns while under audit, but can he?

Test and Trace: 'I spoke to one person in four months'
People who worked for England's NHS Test and Trace tell of technical problems, confusion and wasted resources.

Armenia-Azerbaijan: What's behind the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?
A disputed territory lies at the heart of this conflict, which dates back to the Soviet Union.

Liverpool fight back to beat Arsenal and maintain perfect start
Reigning champions Liverpool maintain their perfect Premier League start as they inflict a first defeat of the season on Arsenal.

Williams overcomes slow start to beat Ahn
Serena Williams begins her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn at the French Open.

England v West Indies: Amy Jones stars as hosts complete 44-run thrashing
Amy Jones hits 55 from 37 balls to help England to a 44-run victory over West Indies in the fourth Twenty20 at Derby.

'Did I hear you right, Mr Keane?' - Klopp takes pundit to task over 'sloppy' comment
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asks 'did I hear you right Mr Keane?' after hearing his side described as "sloppy" in the win over Arsenal.

No British men in French Open second round as Norrie & Broady lose
There will be no Britons in the French Open men's singles second round after defeats for Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady.

Wasps beat Harlequins in Robshaw's Stoop farewell to go second
Chris Robshaw is dramatically denied victory in his final match at The Stoop, as play-off hopefuls Wasps overcome 14-man Harlequins.

Tuesday's gossip: Man Utd still in hunt for Sancho
Man Utd still in hunt for Sancho, James could join Leeds on loan, Bayern want Norwich right-back Aarons, plus more.

Covid: Can students get a refund from their university?
What are your rights if your tuition or accommodation has been affected by the pandemic?

Covid symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?
A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus.

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

Covid rules: How much of the UK is now under some sort of lockdown?
More areas of South Wales are set to face extra restrictions.

Employment: Seven ways the young have been hit by Covid
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the working lives of the under-25s.

UK travel restrictions: Which countries are on the UK's quarantine list?
Key holiday spots are being regularly added to the travel quarantine list as infection rates rise.

Covid: What is self-isolation and who has to do it?
If you are told to self-isolate, how long must you do it for, and what are the rules?

Covid-19 pandemic: Where are the global coronavirus hotspots?
Key charts and maps explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world.

Coronavirus: Will the new Job Support Scheme help me? And other questions
An NHS contact tracing app has finally been launched in England and Wales. We answer some of your questions.

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

Job Support Scheme: How is furlough changing?
The government has announced a job support scheme for when furlough ends.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and how is it calculated?
The simple but crucial number at the heart of lockdown decisions across the UK.

Europe lockdown: New coronavirus rules country-by-country
What are European countries doing to control new coronavirus outbreaks?

Coronavirus: Where do governments borrow money?
How does it work when a government wants to borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?

The German medical students who want to learn about abortion
Lack of training is restricting access to abortion in Germany, but students are trying to change that.


9 key takeaways from the bombshell Trump tax report

Don't miss the Ivanka Trump bombshell buried in tax story
The big bombshell in The New York Times tax returns story is, obviously, the fact that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in each 2016 and 2017 -- and for 10 of the 15 previous years, paid no federal income taxes at all.

This is what Trump said about Obama paying taxes
CNN's Brianna Keilar reviews past tweets sent by Donald Trump accusing then President Barack Obama of not paying enough income tax and blasting Americans for not paying enough taxes.

Trump's attempts to discredit Biden could come back to haunt him in first debate

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 5 weeks from Election Day
President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court over the weekend is likely to further nationalize the fight for control of the Senate, with Republicans looking to defend a majority that was very much at stake well before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

CNN's Poppy Harlow shuts down White House official: Stop attacking the press
CNN's Poppy Harlow presses White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern about the bombshell New York Times' report on President Trump's taxes.

'Everything he says is false': CDC chief concerned about Trump's Covid adviser

Fauci concerned about misleading information being given to Trump

Wife of Trump's ex-campaign manager said he made suicidal comments, police report says
The wife of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told police that her husband had made "suicidal comments throughout the week" before he was detained and hospitalized Sunday.

Russian state TV anchor weighs in on US elections
CNN's Matthew Chance speaks with Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia's "propagandist-in-chief" and anchor for Russia 1 news, about President Donald Trump and the upcoming US election.

China's Xi says Xinjiang policies 'completely correct'
Chinese President Xi Jinping believes his policies in the far-western region of Xinjiang are "completely correct," despite growing international criticism of alleged human rights abuses and mass internment.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are clashing over a disputed region. Here's what you need to know
The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh has run hot and cold since the 1994 ceasefire -- one of several "frozen conflicts" that blight the post-Soviet world. Yet this weekend's clashes mark a new height in rhetoric and signs of intent.

Famed winery destroyed by wildfire
The famed 41-year-old Chateau Boswell Winery in Napa Valley, California, was destroyed during the Glass Fire on Sunday evening, according to CNN affiliate KPIX.

Romanian village reelects dead mayor, saying he deserved to win
Romanian villagers have re-elected their mayor by a landslide even though he died two weeks ago from Covid-19 complications, saying he had done a good job and deserved his posthumous victory.

Pandemic draining resources from Syrian camp
CNN's Jomana Karadsheh takes a rare look inside Syria's Al-Hol camp and the conditions of the women and children living there.

Man says face and full-body tattoos cost him his kindergarten teaching job
A schoolteacher whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black said he was prevented from teaching at a French kindergarten after a parent complained he scared their child.

Theme park operators fined $2.5 million for malfunction that killed four people
The operator of Australia's Dreamworld theme park has been fined 3.6 million Australian dollars ($2.5m) for a 2016 malfunction on one of its rides that killed four people.

Lone officer charged in connection to Breonna Taylor's killing pleads not guilty
The sole Louisville police officer charged in connection to Breonna Taylor's killing will make his first court appearance Monday afternoon and is expected to plead not guilty.

Mother of teacher who died of Covid-19 dies from it weeks later
The mother of a South Carolina teacher who died from Covid-19 earlier this month has died after she was infected by the virus, according to a relative.

Why Mexico City is struggling to enforce hand washing
One of the main ways to fight Covid-19 is washing hands. But for many families in one of Mexico City's poorest neighborhoods, this is not an option due to the lack of clean water. CNN's Matt Rivers reports.

David Attenborough gave Prince George a fossilized shark tooth. Malta says it wants it back
Malta wants back a prehistoric shark tooth that was given as a present to Britain's Prince George by naturalist David Attenborough, saying the fossil should be put on display in the island where it was discovered.

Chrissy Teigen hospitalized after suffering bleeding during latest pregnancy
Chrissy Teigen has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering heavy bleeding during her pregnancy.

Microsoft 365 suffers outage across the US
Microsoft 365 was down across the United States Monday evening, affecting users' access to multiple services including Outlook.

Watch what happened when CNN reporter went to Proud Boys rally
CNN's Elle Reeve spent time with the Proud Boys, a far-right group, during a rally in Portland, Oregon. Hear what they have to say about their beliefs and reputation of being violent.

It's a myth that women don't want sex as they age, study finds
It's a myth that women lose interest in sex as they enter midlife and beyond, according to new research that followed over 3,200 women for approximately 15 years.

Big Hit IPO makes BTS millionaires and their producer a billionaire
All seven members of boy band BTS have become multimillionaires after their label, Big Hit Entertainment, pulled off South Korea's biggest stock market listing in three years.

1 in 3 parents won't get flu shots for their child during Covid-19, study finds
One-third of American parents have no plans to get their children vaccinated for the flu this year, according to the National Poll on Children's Health released Monday, despite the very real possibility their child could also catch the deadly Covid-19.

CNN asks Jill Biden: Is Joe ready to debate Trump?
CNN's Jake Tapper sits down with Jill Biden in an exclusive interview ahead of the first presidential debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

Uber can continue operating in London, judge says
Uber has won the right to continue operating in London, a crucial market for the company.

See tornado move up popular US beach
An EF-0 tornado with 75-mph winds sent beachgoers scrambling in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

At least 16 killed from carbon monoxide poisoning in China coal mine accident
At least 16 workers in southwest China were killed after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, Chinese state media reported.

Cockroaches, porn and a bloody pig mask: How eBay harassed bloggers
One of the most explosive Silicon Valley scandals of all time was a poorly run, easily discovered scheme inspired by a 1980s teen comedy, conducted by a company long past its heyday to harass a mom and pop blog.

Puppet models, aquatic escapism and the tentative return of runways at Milan Fashion Week
Milan Fashion Week (MFW) came to an optimistic close Sunday, having hosted significantly more in-person runway shows than either London or New York before it.

What fashion designer show staged with puppets
Moschino's Creative Director Jeremy Scott presented the brand's Spring-Summer 2021 collection with marionettes walking the runway.

Can lab-grown diamonds replace the real thing?
Billy Porter is a man who knows how to rise to a fashion occasion. For the 2019 Met Gala, the "Pose" star dressed as the Pharaoh god Ra and was carried onto the red carpet by six shirtless men, while his 2020 Grammys ensemble included a hat with a crystal-curtain fringe that opened and closed.

Fred Perry stops selling polo shirt associated with the 'Proud Boys'
British apparel-maker Fred Perry has pulled a polo shirt from the US market after it became associated with the far-right group the Proud Boys.

Taylor Swift tops Whitney Houston's record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart
Taylor Swift has surpassed Whitney Houston for the most weeks at No. 1 by a woman on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Bayern Munich suffers first defeat of 2020; Lionel Messi back on the scoresheet for Barcelona
Bayern Munich had swept aside everything before it during 2020 -- until Sunday.

Caesars could buy William Hill for $3.7 billion as sports betting booms
Caesars Entertainment is in talks to buy William Hill in a deal that would value the British bookmaker at £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion) and underscore the size of the opportunity in online gaming and sports betting in the United States.

Indigenous sites at risk of government-approved coal mining
Despite the backlash over the destruction of a 46,000-year-old sacred indigenous site by mining giant Rio Tinto, thousands of similar sites in Australia remain at risk from mining, the country's biggest industry. Journalist Angus Watson reports.

Rose Leslie and Kit Harington are expecting their first child
Winter is coming, but so is parenthood

Amazing photos from a strange year for travel
It's been a year like no other. As we began 2020, travelers had more freedom of movement than at any time in history. Air traffic had been rising for decades.

The New York Times' report on Trump's taxes is the most conclusive proof yet his business empire is nowhere near as successful as he claims
A bombshell New York Times investigation has offered the most conclusive proof yet that US President Donald Trump's business empire is nowhere near as successful as he claims.

Analysis: Trump's taxes reveal why he really ran for president
Donald Trump needed a new act.

Opinion: Trump's taxes tell a tale of debt and desperation
The New York Times has broken a major story, based on access to decades of President Donald Trump's tax return data, just as they have in the past broken stories about the President's father, Fred Trump, and his aggressive tax planning, Donald Trump's billion-dollar tax losses in the late 80s and early 90s, and son-in-law Jared Kushner's years of apparent multimillion dollar federal tax avoidance. (A spokesman for Kushner's attorney has said that "Mr. Kushner properly filed and paid all taxes due under the law and regulations.")

Analysis: How Fox News' so-called 'straight news' division spins negative news for Trump
The New York Times' explosive report on President Trump's taxes was, for most news outlets, a serious story worth significant coverage. For Fox News, it was an example of how the network works to protect Trump while trying to maintain its veneer as a news outlet.

'Everything he says is false': CDC chief concerned about Trump's Covid adviser
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Trump's attempts to discredit Biden could come back to haunt him in first debate
• US presidential debates: What to know

Grim truth behind Britain's stately homes
Grand buildings replete with turrets, picture windows and kitchen gardens. Perfectly manicured lawns. And hundreds of rooms stuffed with antiques and objet d'arts from across the globe.

Al Jazeera

David Daoud Wright re-sentenced for plot to kill Pamela Geller
David Daoud Wright ordered to 30 years in prison for conspiring to kill Pamela Geller, an anti-Muslim public figure.

‘I just want my husband’s remains to be returned to us’
Working on a deep sea fishing vessel was already dangerous, but the pandemic has made a bad situation worse.

Fred Perry stops sales of shirt adopted by far-right Proud Boys
The British brand distances itself from far-right group and halts North America sales of black-and-yellow polo shirts.

Trump-Biden debate spurs cash contests for best predictions
US sports betting companies are offering free-to-play contests on what will happen at Tuesday’s presidential debate.

Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty
Kentucky detective's plea comes after grand jury indicted him on three counts of wanton endangerment.

Trump’s reported tax methods standard for super rich say experts
Trump has denied NYT report that he effectively paid no income tax for most of the past two decades.

Trump admin mulls new sanctions on Iran’s financial sector
Sanctions would cut off Iran from global economy and thwart US from re-entering nuke deal if Biden wins-sources.

Threat to evacuate US diplomats from Iraq raises fear of war
Any move by the US to scale down its diplomatic presence would be seen as an escalation of its confrontation with Iran.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Information war and competing media narratives
Human suffering in the conflict is being obscured by Azerbaijani and Armenian officials monopolising the message.

Palestinian Intifada: How Israel orchestrated a bloody takeover
On the 20th anniversary of the second Intifada, Palestinians remember how Israel sought it to entrench its occupation.

Analysis: What to watch for during the first Trump-Biden debate
Both candidates have debate experience, but their contrasts will be on full display for US voters.

Can an end be found to one of the world’s oldest conflicts?
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan are determined to claim Nagorno-Karabakh as their own.

US: Texas issues disaster order after brain-eating amoeba death
The amoeba kills the majority of people who contract the water-dwelling Naegleria fowleri, but cases are rare in the US.

Layoffs averted: United Airlines reach deal with pilots
United, American, other airlines are set to lay off workers on Thursday when federal virus aid ends.

Judge urges Apple, Epic Games to bring antitrust case before jury
Apple removed the game Fortnite from its App Store after Epic rolled out its own method of making in-game purchases.

Tax evasion and theft ‘rob Africa’ of $89bn a year: UN study
The estimate is the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's most comprehensive for Africa to date.

In Pictures: Glass Fire in California quadruples in size
More than 1,000 firefighters struggle to contain the flames raging through California's wine country.

Five takeaways from Trump’s tax return report
The New York Times, among other revelations, found that Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

Iran’s Zarif slams Europe and US for human rights scrutiny
Iran's foreign minister escalates war of words between Iran and European nations over human rights after criticism.

Iraq: Five civilians killed in Baghdad rocket attack
It was the latest in a string of attacks targeting American interests after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

California wine country ablaze as new wildfires force evacuations
Senior home residents among those evacuated as firefighters battle destructive new wildfires in western US state.

Transparency push: 34 big firms agree to disclose diversity data
Amazon, Goldman, GM among 34 big firms that have agreed to share private race, gender, and ethnicity workforce data.

Trump v Biden: Competing plans to bring back manufacturing jobs
Both candidates want to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US but have different visions for how to achieve it.

Greek police accuse aid workers of supporting migrant smugglers
NGO workers accused of helping migrants enter from Turkey by sharing coastguard, disembarkation information.

WHO says official COVID-19 deaths underestimates true toll: Live
WHO official says the global death toll from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true toll.

EU Newsroom

Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security
The European Commission has launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The announced measures will strengthen the Customs Union as a cornerstone of the Single Market. They also confirm its major role in protecting EU revenues and the security, health and prosperity of EU citizens and businesses.

COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU
Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its updated risk assessment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside a set of guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and ventilation).

Capital Markets Union: Commission to boost Europe's capital markets
The European Commission has published a new, ambitious Action Plan to boost the European Union's Capital Markets Union (CMU) over the coming years. The EU's top priority today is to ensure that Europe recovers from the unprecedented economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Developing the EU's capital markets, and ensuring access to market financing, will be essential in this task.

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses
The European Commission has adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. It will boost Europe's competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to become a global standard-setter. It will give consumers more choice and opportunities in financial services and modern payments, while at the same time ensuring consumer protection and financial stability.

Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain's recovery

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity
The European Commission is proposing a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and faster procedures throughout the asylum and migration system. And it sets in balance the principles of fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity.

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management
The European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This can reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions.

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals
Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers' protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

State of the Union: Commission adopts revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines
In line with the European Green Deal and the EU's objective to become the first climate neutral economy by 2050, the Commission adopted revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 (the “ETS Guidelines”).

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to advance discussions on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and exchange views on trade-related issues in the agricultural sector.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed Libya, EU-African Union relations, Belarus, and current affairs. They also adopted new sanctions on Libya.

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Covid-19, recovery plan
MEPs debated the state of the EU, came up with measures to fight Covid-19 and opened the way for the recovery plan during a busy September plenary.

State of the Union: A new Action Plan to turn the tide in the fight against racism
In her State of the Union Address 2020, President von der Leyen announced a new EU anti-racism Action Plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years. Among others, the Commission will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU law and further strengthen the legal framework, if needed.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs second contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing
The Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday.

State of the Union: Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030
The European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary
In her State of the Union address on 16 September 2020, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented her vision for a Europe that emerges stronger from the pandemic and leads the way towards a new vitality.

Vote on Own Resources: MEPs clear way for COVID-19 recovery plan
MEPs have fast-tracked and voted already during the September plenary session on their legislative opinion on the Own Resources Decision (ORD). This removes an important barrier and speeds up the procedure to implement the key EU law to restart the economy, allowing the Commission to raise €750 billion on the markets for the recovery fund.

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19
Parliament calls for the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to be enhanced so that the EU can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

About the State of the Union address - charting the course for the year ahead
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 16 September 2020 (09:00 CEST). The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with Members of the European Parliament.

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps
To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.

Main results of the EU-China leaders' meeting
The meeting was a follow-up to the 22nd EU-China summit that took place on 22 June and was chaired by President Michel on the EU side and President Xi on the Chinese side.

Addressing COVID-19: Council approves €6.2 billion budget increase for 2020

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup meeting was hosted by the German presidency of the Council in Berlin. It was the first in-person meeting of the Eurogroup since February 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. This was also the first meeting chaired by the Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, who took up the function on 13 July 2020.

Urban waste water: improvement in collection and treatment across the EU helps reducing pollution in the environment

Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice and publishes platform reports on coronavirus related disinformation
The assessment shows that the Code has proven a very valuable instrument, the first one of its kind worldwide, and has provided a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant stakeholders to ensure greater transparency of platforms' policies against disinformation within the EU. At the same time, the assessment highlights certain shortcomings mainly due to the Code's self-regulatory nature.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €140 billion in VAT revenues in 2018, with a potential increase in 2020 due to coronavirus
EU countries lost an estimated €140 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2018, according to a new report released by the European Commission.

Commission unveils its first Strategic Foresight Report: charting the course towards a more resilient Europe
The European Commission adopted its first-ever Strategic Foresight Report, aiming to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices. Strategic foresight will inform major policy initiatives.

Coronavirus: Commission completes vaccines portfolio following talks with a sixth manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with BioNTech-Pfizer to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. BioNTech-Pfizer is the sixth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August and Moderna on 24 August. The first contract, signed with AstraZeneca, entered into force on 27 August.

Commission adopts proposal to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Integrating migrants and refugees into the labour market: Commission and social and economic partners relaunch cooperation
The Commission, trade unions, chambers of commerce and employers' organisations are renewing their cooperation to enhance the integration of migrants and refugees into the labour market.

European Green Deal: Commission prepares new initiatives to boost the organic farming sector
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming. This sector will play an important role in achieving the European Green Deal ambition, and reaching the objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level.

Commission announces actions to make Europe's raw materials supply more secure and sustainable
The Commission presents an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors from the 2030 and 2050 perspectives.

Coronavirus Global Response: Commission joins the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)
The European Commission has confirmed its interest to participate in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.

Car industry: New rules on cleaner and safer cars start to apply across Europe
Tomorrow, the EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles will start to apply. Adopted in May 2018, the new Regulation significantly overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system.

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge to Côte d'Ivoire

Coronavirus: the Commission signs first contract with AstraZeneca
Today, the first contract the European Commission has negotiated on behalf of the EU Member States with a pharmaceutical company entered into force following the formal signature between AstraZeneca and the Commission. The contract will allow the purchase of a vaccine against COVID-19 for all the Member States of the EU as well as the donation to lower and middle income countries or the re-direction to other European countries.

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE
The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. SURE is a crucial element of the EU's comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Right to Cure' initiative
Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Right to Cure'. The organisers of the ECI call on the Union “to put public health before private profit [and] make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone”.

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks
The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with AstraZeneca on 14 August.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. EU leaders also addressed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Mali.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to extend 2020 European Capitals of Culture into 2021
Due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission has proposed to give Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) the possibility to extend their year as 2020 European Capitals of Culture until 30 April 2021.

Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners

Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128 million in EU funding
The Commission will support 23 new research projects with €128 million in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The funding under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2020.

Lifting of travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

Coronavirus: European Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force
EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less as of tomorrow, 1 August. This is the immediate effect of the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides. Doing business in Vietnam will also become easier for European companies: they will now be able to invest and pitch for government contracts with equal chances to their local competitors.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border

Skills: Five new cross-border collaboration projects selected for Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe
The Commission has proposed Erasmus+ funding for five new Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.

European Commission secures EU access to Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19.

Coronavirus global response: 45 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights deliver over 1,000 tonnes of medical aid

EU and China discuss trade and economic relations
The European Union and China held today their 8th High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue (HED). The HED focused on the joint response to coronavirus and global economic governance issues, bilateral trade and investment concerns, and cooperation in the area of financial services and taxation.

5G security: Member States report on progress on implementing the EU toolbox and strengthening safety measures

Coronavirus response: Making capital markets work for Europe's recovery
The European Commission has adopted a Capital Markets Recovery Package, as part of the Commission's overall coronavirus recovery strategy. Today's measures aim to make it easier for capital markets to support European businesses to recover from the crisis. 

EU Security Union Strategy: connecting the dots in a new security ecosystem
The European Commission sets out a new EU Security Union Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on priority areas where the EU can bring value to support Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe. 

MEPs debate recovery fund, condemn major cuts to long-term EU budget
In an extraordinary plenary session, MEPs commented on the 17-21 July European Council deal on EU financing and the recovery plan to tackle the pandemic fallout.

Main results of the Special European Council
EU leaders agreed a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget that will help the EU to rebuild after the pandemic and will support investment in the green and digital transitions.

European Semester 2020: country-specific recommendations adopted

Capital markets union: Council adopts new rules for crowdfunding platforms

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
In the first physical meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council since January 2020, ministers discussed in detail the farm to fork strategy, the green architecture of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package and the market situation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The German presidency presented its work programme and priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries.

The Court of Justice invalidates Decision 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Data Protection Shield
However, it considers that Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid. The General Data Protection Regulation (‘the GDPR’) provides that the transfer of such data to a third country may, in principle, take place only if the third country in question ensures an adequate level of data protection.

Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers
The European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Boosting the EU's Green Recovery: EU invests over €2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the economy
The EU is supporting the economic recovery in all Member States by injecting almost €2.2 billion into 140 key transport projects. These projects will help build missing transport links across the continent, support sustainable transport and create jobs.

Council updates the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external borders

Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks
The Commission has presented immediate short-term measures to strengthen EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks. The Commission has from the outset coordinated the exchange of information and recommendations with regard to cross border health actions and measures.

Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth
The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity.

Main results of the EU-India summit via video conference
Leaders adopted a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership. This should be based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and respect for human rights, aiming at delivering concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India.

Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes ‘Best Practices' to provide relief for consumers and businesses

State Aid: Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens
The European Commission has recommended that Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed EU-Turkey relations, Latin America and the Caribbean in light of COVID 19, and current affairs.

Statement by President Charles Michel, President Ursula von der Leyen and EU HR Josep Borrell on the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy
The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback.

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on the continued fulfilment of requirements by the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

President Charles Michel presents his proposal for the MFF and the recovery package

EU Justice Scoreboard 2020
Today, the European Commission published the 2020 EU Justice Scoreboard - a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States. This year's scoreboard shows a continued improvement in the efficiency of justice systems in a large number of Member States.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Finance ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis at EU level. They held a discussion on the priorities to bring the capital markets union forward. They also took stock of the convergence reports for the adoption of the single currency by non-euro member states published by the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector
Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020.

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen
The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

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.

Global Times

Two high school girls killed by classmate in Central China school

20 sentenced for illegal border crossing during COVID-19 in SW China's Yunnan

Bubonic plague case confirmed in Yunnan

Last orders

Rescue mission ends

China's carbon neutrality goal to advance global schedule by 5-10 years

COVID-19 vaccine volunteers get second dose to determine validity

Holiday tourists expected to reach 550 mln as travel industry in full swing after epidemic

HK officials shrug off US' unilateral sanction

Environment ministers, agencies stress multilateralism, cooperation on biodiversity conservation amid COVID-19 pandemic

Civilians play important part in peacekeeping missions

China's support and contribution to UNESCO

'Disorder, debacle, rebellion': Backers turn on Britain's PM

PLA conducts recon on both sides of Taiwan to gather intel for real combat: experts

Swiss voters clearly reject curbs on EU immigration

USDA funds $1 mln research project studying COVID-19 in US beef supply chain

Box office forecast

Back to Venus: Upstart company wants to beat NASA in search for life

Waiting to cross

Crossword for teabreak


Learning Chinese

School of Architecture of Tianjin University: the pioneer in China's architectural education

DPP spreads 'green terror' by obstructing singers to mainland

Y-20 transport aircraft repatriates remains of Chinese soldiers killed in Korean War

Lovely sight

Grand opening

India's border fire may lead to 'unbearable consequence'

China to protect TikTok at 'all cost'

Beijing to strike back at new US actions against Chinese diplomats: Global Times editorial

Time for China to toughen up on insincere India

China's fastest subway train debuts in Guangzhou

China to combine two major inbound investment scheme in Nov

Banning TikTok would deal a heavy blow to Canberra: analysts

Beijing mulls punishments for destruction of ecological preservation zone by area

New restrictions

Guarding patiently

First of its kind

New life for old words

Returning US forces to Taiwan will 'trigger reunification-by-force operation'

Auto giants' lawsuits 'major blow to Trump'

Foreign travel agents woo Chinese tourists

Factory finds opportunity

Families in Xinjiang embrace diversity, showcase multi-ethnic harmony

HK investors encouraged to capitalize on Chinese mainland market

China-Vatican deal could further 'ease ties'

Exporting TikTok tech to US unlikely

Ready to celebrate

Developer Zynga out to cast spell with Harry Potter mobile game

Environmentalists call for action plan

MercoPress - South American Agency

Latino business owners thrive in the United States

Once the world emerges from the current gloom it seems Latino business owners will continue to grow and thrive within the United States. Photo: Pixabay Whilst the United States economy is taking a hit due to the recent situation around the world, there is positive news to be found.

It’s time to dump Argentina’s Peso

With money growing at over 50 percent per year, it’s no surprise that Argentines treat their pesos like hot potatoes. By Steve H. Hanke – In addition to facing an acute Covid-19 crisis, Argentina's deadbeat economy is collapsing, and, as usual, the inflation noose is around Argentines’ necks. Argentina’s official inflation rate for August 2020 is 40.70% per year. And, for once, Argentina’s official rate is fairly close to the rate that I calculate each day using high-frequency data and purchasing power parity theory, a methodology that has long proved its worth when compared with official statistics. Today, I measure Argentina’s annual inflation rate at 37%, but probably not for long — the noose is generally followed by the trapdoor.

Municipal election in Uruguay: a woman the next mayor of Montevideo and an estimated 90% voters turnout

Carolina Cosse, addressing her followers as confirmed next mayor of Montevideo The next mayor of Uruguay's capital is a woman, Carolina Cosse, an electronics engineer, who has worked in the private sector and more recently in government as head of Uruguay's telecom company and minister of industry.

Coronavirus global death toll passed one million on Saturday

On Sunday the disease had claimed 1,000,009 victims from 33,018,877 recorded infections The global death toll from the novel coronavirus, which emerged less than a year ago in China and has swept across the world, passed 1 million on Sunday. The pandemic has ravaged the global economy, inflamed geopolitical tensions, and upended lives, from Indian slums and Brazil's jungles to America's biggest city New York.

Mercosur hosts World Tourism Day 2020 official celebrations

Tourists on a viewpoint over the Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side. For the first time in the history of World Tourism Day, the 2020 official celebration will be hosted by a group of countries and not a single UNWTO Member State. The cross-border cooperation of Mercosur Member States (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay plus Chile, Member Associate) reflects the current need for international solidarity and cooperation. This is especially true for tourism, working together towards a common goal.

OPEC is sixty, and feels old, exhausted and in need of more partners

Founded on Sep 1960, by Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela who sought to control crude oil output, OPEC currently comprises 13 members OPEC faces a critical moment in its 60-year history with the coronavirus crushing crude demand and prices, discord among its members, and threats from a world seeking cleaner fuels.

The New York Times reveals Trump's tax-returns; the president calls them “fake news”

In 2016 and 2017, Trump paid just US$750 in federal income taxes, according to the Times. In 10 of the previous 15 years, he paid no federal income taxes at all. President Donald Trump has relied on heavy losses across his business empire to help nearly erase his federal income tax bill, according to a report on Sunday from the New York Times.

Amazon forest Chief blasts Bolsonaro for blaming wildfire on tribes: “that is a lie”

Raoni, a 90-year-old chief of the Kayapo people known for traveling the world to raise awareness of threats to the Amazon, also slashed Bolsonaro's words Chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon, condemned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for blaming wildfires devastating the rainforest on indigenous people.

Islands Games in Guernsey postponed because of coronavirus

The IIGA said it will work with the organizers of Guernsey 2021 and Orkney 2023, the next hosts, to find a new date. Next year's Island Games in Guernsey have been postponed because of coronavirus, the International Island Games Association has confirmed. The event, which was due to be held between 3-9 July 2021, has not been canceled altogether but a decision is yet to be made on when it will now take place.

Bolsonaro released from hospital following surgery to remove a bladder stone

Bolsonaro, 65, underwent an edoscopic cystolithotripsy, a minimally invasive surgery that involves using a laser to break up and remove a bladder stone Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was released from the hospital Saturday, the government said, a day after he underwent surgery to remove a bladder stone.


Nobel laureate Nadia Murad denounces lack of will to end sexual violence as a war tactic
With one in three women around the world affected by gender-based violence – a crime that skyrockets more than 200 per cent in conflict settings – Nobel laureate Nadia Murad brought governments and UN leaders to task on Monday, for failing to provide the resources needed to create meaningful change for traumatized communities.

Illicit capital robbing Africa and its people of their future: UN trade and development chief
Every year, an estimated $88.6 billion, which is equivalent to 3.7% of Africa’s GDP, leaves the continent in the form of illicit capital, according to UN trade and development agency UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020, launched on Monday.

Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout
The COVID-19 pandemic is “hitting women hard”, but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

‘Eyes and ears’ of Human Rights Council facing funding crisis
The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.

Rights experts denounce death sentence against Nigerian singer who posted on WhatsApp
Independent UN human rights experts have called on the Government of Nigeria to immediately release a singer sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song he performed and shared on social media. 

India: UN expert raises alarm over mass evictions of Delhi railway track dwellers
An independent UN human rights expert has voiced concern over an Indian Supreme Court order to evict up to 250,000 people living in shacks along railway tracks in the capital, Delhi, warning that such a move could violate the country’s obligations under key international rights treaties. 

Ahead of biodiversity summit, UN officials call for action to preserve the natural world
Top UN officials working to preserve the natural world are urging “action now” ahead of a crucial biodiversity summit this week, where world leaders will reaffirm their commitment to the cause. 

Fresh Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, as UN chief urges an end to fighting
The UN chief is “extremely concerned” over renewed hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone that erupted on Sunday.

Yemen’s warring parties agree to free more than 1,000 prisoners 
At the end of a week-long meeting in Switzerland, the parties to the conflict in Yemen reached what the UN envoy there called “a very important milestone”, in agreeing to release a first group of detainees.

Belarusian Minster denounces Western attempts to sow ‘chaos’, says threats against his country must end
Political and economic threats against Belarus “must end” the Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, accusing Western nations of trying to sow “chaos and anarchy” in the country.   

New ‘COVID-19 reality’ should compel some to put aside narrow interests and seek multilateral solutions, Syrian Minister says 
As some States continue to pursue their own narrow agendas above all else, the world is straying further from the principles that underpin international norms and the work of the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Syria told the high-level General Assembly plenary on Saturday.

Sudan ready to return to international role but first needs support, Prime Minister says
Sudan is eager to again contribute to the international community but will need assistance as it works to revitalize its tattered economy, Prime Minister Abdalla Adam Hamdok told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

‘Instead of nationalism, we need global cooperation’; Caribbean leaders call for united front against COVID-19 pandemic
Leaders from the Caribbean, in pre-recorded addresses to the UN General Assembly, stressed that their small economies are largely dependent on one or just a few industries, and called for strengthened global cooperation and financing mechanisms to overcome the health crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its massive socio-economic fallout. 

‘We must open our eyes to the weaknesses this pandemic has laid bare’, Belgium leader tells UN General Assembly
As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, we cannot ‘turn our back’ to other pressing global concerns, Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. 

Repair ugly rifts and unite against common foe, COVID-19, ‘or everyone will lose’, warns UK’s Johnson
COVID-19 has “united humanity as never before”, the United Kingdom Prime Minister told the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level session on Saturday.

Bangladesh urges greater international action on Rohingya status
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh has called for stronger international action to help Rohingya refugees in the country to return to neighbouring Myanmar. 

UN reform is ‘the need of the hour’: India premier
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared that United Nations reform is “the need of the hour”, as he addressed world leaders in a video address to the General Debate of the General Assembly, on Saturday.

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19’s ‘deadly layer of complexity’ depicted in photos
The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a “deadly layer of complexity” to the global challenge of preventing more people from falling into poverty, a view articulated in a photographic exhibition sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

COVID-19 a litmus test of global unity, Thai Prime Minister tells world leaders
The COVID-19 pandemic is a “litmus test” of the faith in multilateralism and unity among nations, the Prime Minister of Thailand told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly, urging every country to renew their trust in international cooperation. 

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, world needs masks, not weapons, declares Prime Minister of Nepal
The global pandemic has put at risk hard-earned development achievements, the Prime Minister of Nepal told world leaders gathered virtually on Friday for the UN General Assembly, adding that the ones most affected are the smaller and more vulnerable countries. 

‘Reverse course’ towards full nuclear disarmament – UN chief
On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons marked on Saturday, the UN chief has underscored the need to “reverse course and return to a common path to nuclear disarmament”.  

Japan to ‘proactively lead’ on COVID-19 response efforts
Japan has signaled its intention to take a leading role in global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga highlighting the links between recovery, health and economic development. 

‘Things have to change’ Canada’s Trudeau declares amid COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. 

Pacific small islands and ‘Big Ocean’ nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy
Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy. 

Human rights, multilateralism and battling COVID-19, top focus of European Union
The European Union has been at the forefront of international cooperation to defeat “the same common enemy”, COVID-19, the President of the European Council, told the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Italy calls for reinvigorated multilateral system to combat ‘invisible enemy’, COVID-19
Today the world is faced with “an invisible enemy” that has upended lives, suffocated the world economy and limited freedoms, the Prime Minster of Italy told the United Nations on Friday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan warns of rising Islamophobia
The driving force in international relations must be cooperation, in accordance with the principles of international law, and not confrontation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly. 

Pandemic is ‘a time to separate what is necessary from what is not’: Pope Francis
The COVID-19 pandemic is a trial, but also “a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not”, Pope Francis told world leaders on Friday, in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly. 

Conflict, climate crisis, threaten fragile gains to advance women and children’s health
Fragile gains made over the past decade to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child, released on Friday.

Progress on Sudan political transition, but challenges remain, Security Council hears
Political developments in Sudan continue to move along a positive trajectory, while planning for a UN mission to assist the transitional government is progressing, the UN Security Council heard on Friday.