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UK warns against all but essential Sri Lanka travel
The UK advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, where the bombings death toll is revised down by about 100.

Huawei row: 'Inquiry to be held' into National Security Council leak
Cabinet sources tell the BBC a formal inquiry will be held into leak from National Security Council.

US election 2020: Joe Biden launches presidential bid, joining crowded field
The former vice-president declares his White House run with a rebuke of Donald Trump.

'End pensioner benefits to help young', peers say
The bond between the generations could be undermined if government policies are not fairer, peers say.

James Bond 25: Rami Malek joins cast and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to co-write
The Oscar winner is confirmed for the unnamed new 007 film, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will co-write.

G4S driver admits stealing £1m in cash from van
Joel March took the cash from the vehicle after parking it in Clapham, south-west London.

Cyclone Kenneth: East Africa residents brace for deadly storm
An intense tropical cyclone system is expected to bring hurricane-strength winds and heavy rain.

Clothes worth £60,000 donated anonymously to charity shop
Several bags of clothes - including pieces by Mulberry and other fashion houses - were donated.

Student visa cheat claims 'putting our lives on hold'
Many say they have been falsely accused, and given no opportunity to clear their name.

Tenerife cave: Son leads police to bodies of mother and brother
Police find the dead bodies of a German woman and her son, and arrest the father.

Extinction Rebellion: London Stock Exchange blocked by climate activists
Protesters glued themselves to each other and to the building in the City of London.

Rayleigh stabbing: Off-duty police officer knifed multiple times
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the stabbing in Rayleigh, Essex.

TV's Chris Packham condemns dead crows hung from gate
Naturalist Chris Packham posted a photo of the crows on social media, saying opponents are "lashing out".

RSPCA rescues 4,000 exotic pets in one year
The animal welfare charity RSPCA says it received 15,000 calls about exotic animals in 2018 alone.

Could this be the new Panenka? Brisbane player scores a cheeky penalty
Brisbane Roar midfielder Eric Bautheac scores a cheeky penalty during their A-League game with Adelaide United

Prince William meets Christchurch attack survivors in New Zealand
The Duke of Cambridge speaks to those affected by the New Zealand mosque attacks, which left 50 dead.

'Always be kind' says man who invited widow to his table
Praise pours in for a diner who invited an elderly woman sitting alone to eat with his friends.

Russia's Facebook is now balanced, as all things should be
Social media website VKontakte temporarily removes 400,000 users by mimicking Avengers: Infinity War.

Mollie King: Dyslexia made reading aloud 'scary and intimidating'
The BBC Radio 1 presenter says reading out loud in school was the "most scary, intimidating time."

How an anxious teen and an ex-YouTuber made an indie box office hit
How an ex-YouTube star created a US box office smash about teen life.

The teachers live streaming bedtime stories
A school in Essex is using Facebook Live to get pupils engaged with reading through bedtime stories.

Australia's Daily Telegraph prints rival's pages by mistake
Australia's Daily Telegraph apologises after Sydney Morning Herald pages appear in its Thursday edition.

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What's behind the rise of anti-abortion 'heartbeat bills'?
What's behind the surge in the anti-abortion movement and what exactly is a heartbeat bill?

Notre-Dame fire: Has too much money been given to rebuild it?
An early estimate suggests that donations to the iconic cathedral now far surpass the cost of repairs.

Sri Lanka attacks: Sister of 'ringleader' deplores attack
Zahran Hashim, a radical preacher, is accused of being behind bombings that killed more than 350 people.

Yaba: The cheap synthetic drug convulsing a nation
Yaba, a mix of methamphetamine and caffeine, is wreaking havoc in Bangladesh, and hundreds of people have died in "crossfire" incidents involving police.

Lyra McKee: What's next for Northern Ireland?
The pressure is on to restore power-sharing - but will the latest killing be a watershed or a false dawn?

Archibald Leitch: The man who built Britain's football grounds
He fought back from disaster to reinvent the football terrace and build more stadiums than anyone since.

The secret world of Russia's North Korean workers
North Korean migrants working in Russia are facing uncertainty due to UN sanctions.

Meet Lazarus, the Malawian musician destroying myths about albinism
Lazarus is using his music to combat the murder and mutilation of albino people in East Africa.

Is China losing the battle against an incurable pig virus?
Global pork prices could rise sharply as African swine fever decimates China's pig population.

'My team is the team of the season' - Klopp hails his 'outstanding' Liverpool stars
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side could have had up to seven further players in the PFA Team of the Year for 2018-19.

'I was on medication for two years' - skater Christie reveals battle with depression and anxiety
British speed skater Elise Christie reveals she suffered depression and anxiety for two years.

'I don't think he should be even close to this team' - PFA Team of the Year reaction
Paul Pogba "should not be close" to the PFA Team of the Year, say our BBC Sport pundits. But who would they select in the side instead?

Lewis Hamilton: 'I can see myself' in Charles Leclerc
Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari's Charles Leclerc reminds him of himself in his own debut season in Formula 1.

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2019 contender Sam Kerr
Australia, Chicago Red Stars and Perth Glory's Sam Kerr is hoping to win the coveted BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2019 award.

Farah & Gebrselassie in dispute over alleged hotel theft
Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie accuse each other over a version of events regarding an alleged theft at a hotel.

Jailed French executive who felt force of US bribery law
The jail ordeal of ex-Alstom executive Frédéric Pierucci is a warning for firms with a history of corruption.

An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone
A simple, but evocative, way to record your children's development without using a camera.

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending
Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don't?


Why the summit with Kim is a coup for Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin can be forgiven for appearing slightly weary at the banquet he hosted Thursday for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: The venue in the far eastern city of Vladivostok is seven time zones ahead of Moscow.

North Korea slapped US with $2M bill for care of comatose Otto Warmbier
The North Korean government presented the United States with a bill for $2 million for the hospital care of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was held as a prisoner by Pyongyang, and insisted the US sign a pledge to pay the bill before releasing him from their custody in 2017, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Joe Biden announces he is running for president

Sri Lanka suicide bomber previously arrested and released, official says

PM warns of 'sleeper cells' and danger of more attacks

A Russian company's secret plan to quell protests in Sudan
When anti-government protests erupted in Sudan at the end of last year, the response of President Omar al-Bashir came straight from the dictators' playbook -- a crackdown that led to scores of civilian deaths.

The country where the internet has been shut down for a year
How do you run a digital business when your country's president has shutdown the internet?

The world is sadder and angrier than ever before
It's not just you -- the world really is getting more miserable.

157 children rescued from trafficking ring
More than 150 children -- some as young as 11 -- were among 220 people rescued from sex and labor trafficking rings in West Africa, Interpol said.

Canadian model and actress dies at 37
Canadian model and actress Stefanie Sherk has died at the age of 37, her husband, actor Demián Bichir, has confirmed.

Brazen Trump may be pushing Democrats toward impeachment

Thousands evacuated in Mozambique as powerful cyclone bears down
Thousands of people were being evacuated to shelters Thursday as powerful Tropical Cyclone Kenneth bore down on northern Mozambique.

Scientists with ties to China ousted from US cancer center
A leading cancer research center in Houston, Texas has taken action against a handful of faculty members for sharing confidential information and failing to disclose foreign ties, according to statements from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Walmart's $9B deal is dead
British regulators have derailed a blockbuster merger between two of the country's biggest supermarkets.

Can royals modernize and maintain their thrones?
Less than 100 years ago, the Japanese Emperor was seen as a god in human form. But over the past three decades, Emperor Akihito has done everything to humanize himself.

Politician locked in office for 6 hours by rival lawmakers
A South Korean politician was locked in his office by rival lawmakers for over six hours Thursday, in an effort to prevent him attending a meeting ahead of a major vote.

How a convicted terrorist became a US citizen
A one-time Islamic jihadist who spent years in an Israeli prison for attempting to bomb a bus was granted US citizenship and allowed to remain in the country for nearly a decade as federal authorities investigated his background, CNN has learned.

Prince William greets New Zealand PM with a hongi
The Duke of Cambridge was greeted by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with a Maori nose press, or hongi, as he was welcomed in Auckland Thursday.

Egypt's era of hope has ended
Eight years ago, Egypt was the beacon of hope for the Arab world. Now it is a cautionary tale. Protesters in Sudan and Algeria have learned to distrust the promises made by their militaries, because so many of those made in Cairo have since been broken.

Can weighing passengers at airports help cut carbon emissions?
We all know the airport security process by now. Shoes off, laptops and tablets out the suitcase and onto the tray. Pockets emptied. Liquids placed in a clear plastic bag.

Adidas is making a recyclable shoe
Adidas is trying to achieve its sustainability goals with a recyclable running shoe.

Details of Daniel Craig's final Bond film revealed
There's no title yet for Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond, but fans did learn who'll be joining him for his last ride as the British super spy.

Opera singer who had two lung transplants dies
Renowned soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, who performed worldwide after two separate lung transplants, has died, her family said.

The cassowary that killed its owner is now up for sale
The giant cassowary that killed its owner last week in Florida will be up for auction this weekend.

The $14 billion record-breaking desert megaproject
Under the Arabian sun, a monumental construction effort is making headway. Located deep within Dubai's desert interior, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- named after the emirate's ruler and the UAE's vice president and prime minister -- continues to grow and has just passed another milestone.

NBA to investigate sex assault allegations against Luke Walton
The NBA and the Sacramento Kings announced a joint investigation into accusations against Kings head coach Luke Walton, days after a former sports reporter filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.

Uber wants to compete with public transit. Experts are horrified
Uber took down the taxi industry and now it wants a piece of public transit. That has transportation and urban planning experts deeply worried.

Iran offers prisoner swap that would free charity worker
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British Iranian mother jailed in Iran three years ago on espionage charges, could be released as part of a prisoner exchange, Iran's Foreign Minister said Wednesday.

70 people killed in South Africa floods
Seventy people have died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa's southeast, local authorities said.

Chinese actress appears in public for first time in a year
Chinese superstar actress Fan Bingbing is back in the spotlight for the first time in almost a year, after she abruptly dropped out of sight in the wake of a massive tax evasion scandal.

Olympic greats in bitter row over alleged hotel robbery
Two Olympic track and field greats -- Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie -- have become embroiled in a spat after the Briton alleged he had been robbed during a stay in the Ethiopian Olympic gold medalist's hotel in Addis Ababa in March 2019.

Why the world's best bar had to close
Back in 2018, renowned London mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana was standing tall at the summit of the bar world.

The foods that help men with fertility issues
When a couple is having trouble getting pregnant, the focus often turns to a woman's health. But just as men are equal partners in conception, they can be contributors to fertility problems, too.

AC Milan player subjected to racist abuse by Lazio fans
Italian football club Lazio has blamed "isolated elements" within its support for racist abuse directed at AC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko at the Italian Cup semifinal match between the clubs on Wednesday.

How to turn baskets into a million dollar industry
Under the scorching afternoon sun of Bolgatanga, a rural community north of Ghana, Patience Apambila is splitting strands of dry grass in preparation for weaving them into baskets.

Lost 'A Clockwork Orange' sequel discovered

School apologizes for 'sexist' dress code video
Watch the controversial video that a high school in Texas showed thousands of its students to inform them about the dress code policy.

Airplane hotel takes luxury to next level
The Four Seasons Private Jet is getting a very glamorous upgrade.

Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum reopens
It's one of the most popular museums in Japan and an incredibly moving memorial to the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack of 1945.

Man swims for 54 days across crocodile-infested lake
Six years ago, Martin Hobbs had never swum a mile. This week, he cemented a world record by swimming 361 miles -- the full length of Lake Malawi in Africa.

Why first Putin-Kim meeting matters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met in Vladivostok for the first time. CNN's Matthew Chance explains why the summit between the two leaders matters.

No one travels like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un's bodyguards stay on their feet as the North Korean leader travels to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. CNN's Jeanne Moos peeks under the red carpet.

Will Trump be jealous?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a dramatic entrance Wednesday in Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok, arriving from Pyongyang amid much fanfare in an armored train at the city's central station.

Putin offers citizenship to some Ukrainians
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sparked anger in Kiev by offering Russian citizenship to residents of areas in eastern Ukraine which are held by Russian-backed separatists.

Joe Biden announces he is running for president
• Analysis: Case for and against Biden's chances

Sri Lanka bomber previously arrested and released
Police are holding father of two Sri Lanka suicide bombers on suspicion of aiding and abetting his sons, as an international investigation continues into the devastating terror attacks which left at least 359 people dead across the country.

Facebook probed for mishandling passwords
Ireland's data regulator has opened an investigation into Facebook for mishandling the passwords for hundreds of millions of its users.

Iraq's oil boom may be in trouble
Iraq's oil boom could be in trouble because of a shortage of water it needs to keep the wells pumping.

Wall Street kills European investment bank
Europe's biggest investment banks are getting trounced by their American competitors. And it's not clear they'll be able to make up lost ground any time soon.

Al Jazeera

Iraq PM: We will try to ease US-Iran tension
Iraq looks for ways to balance both its relationship with the US and Iran.

Mali's rebel leaders face UN sanctions over continued attacks
Jamaat Nusrat Al Islam Wal Muslimin, an umbrella organisation including Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for some attacks.

Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates
Hemasiri Fernando resigns citing 'coordination failures', but says he will serve until a replacement is appointed.

N Ireland police arrest teenagers over killing of reporter McKee
Detectives arrest two men, aged 18 and 19, under the Terrorism Act over the killing of Lyra McKee, police say.

US-led coalition 'killed 1,600 civilians' in Syria's Raqqa
Amnesty and Airwars say US, UK and French forces only admitted to 10 percent of killings.

Joe Biden announces 2020 US presidential run
The former vice president and senator joins a crowded field of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.

'Now belongs to us': Women take lead in Brazil's indigenous fight
Escalation of violence against indigenous groups in Brazil pushes growing number of native women to lead the movement.

Modi returns as the prodigal son of the far right in India
Why the BJP leadership is systematically trying to downplay incidents of Hindu terrorism during this election campaign.

US hidden art: Museum gives access to stored works
Museum goers are often shocked to learn that most major institutions display less than 10 percent of their collections.

'Neighbourhoods turning into battlefields' around Libyan capital
Tripoli experiences shortages of water, power and medical supplies amid clashes between rival Libyan camps, ICRC says.

Sri Lanka continues social media ban ‘to prevent violence’
Government says rumours and misinformation on social media have stoked long-standing religious tensions.

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth smashes into the Comoros Islands
The powerful storm is rapidly strengthening as it approaches northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania.

Kim and Putin: Challenging the US role in denuclearisation
Russia does not want a nuclear disaster next door, but its interest in the disarmament of North Korea is limited.

Livelihood at risk: Farmers question Philippines rice tax
The cost of rice in the Philippines is on the decline thanks to a new tariff, but farmers say they are paying the price.

Sri Lanka on high alert as authorities probe deadly attacks
Central bank locked down as another 16 people are arrested over Easter Sunday blasts that killed 359 people.

US Boy Scouts scandal: Over 12,000 children sexually abused
The Boy Scouts of America faces accusations that it failed to report cases of child sex abuse.

Gunmen kill polio vaccinator in southwestern Pakistan
Attack on vaccination team raises toll in similar attacks since 2012 to at least 95, according to an Al Jazeera tally.

Nepal earthquake: Four years on, people await reconstruction
Nepal's miracle baby was rescued 22 hours after a devastating earthquake, but his destroyed house is yet to be rebuilt after four years.

Who are the 2020 US Democratic presidential candidates?
The pool of candidates vying for their party's nomination in 2020 is among the largest and most diverse in US history.

UNICEF says millions of children miss measles vaccines
More than 20 million children a year missed out on measles vaccines across the world in the past eight years

US measles outbreak: Disease at highest level in decades
Measles has made a comeback in the US as vaccination rates fall and the infection spreads through travel.

UK to allow limited 5G access to Huawei despite concerns
The UK enters into a deal with the Chinese telecoms company to provide parts of the 5G network, despite security threat.

South Africa floods: Dozens killed on east coast
At least 60 people killed and even more are displaced, as floods bring destruction to South Africa's eastern coast.

Russia, Iran, Turkey discuss post-war scenario in Syria talks
Key regional players meet in Kazakhstan to discuss rebuilding efforts in talks aimed at winding down war.

Sri Lanka bombings: Who are the National Thowheed Jamath?
The little-known Muslim group is suspected of being involved in the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359 people.

MercoPress - South American Agency

World Penguin Day: raise awareness with the hashtag #WorldPenguinDay

According to the State of Antarctic Penguins Report 2017, there is estimated to be 12 million penguins World Penguin Day is observed annually on April 25 recognizing the aquatic birds. In the world, there are 17 species of penguins with Southern hemisphere as their natural habitat. April 25 was chosen as World Penguin Day as it marks the date when Adelie penguins begin their migration northward toward Antartica.

Argentine government admits that political uncertainty is behind the current collapse of economic indexes

Isonomia April shows that in a runoff between Macri and Cristina Fernandez, the twice ex president would obtain 45% of the vote while the current president 36% Argentine economy Minister Nicolás Dujovne stated that political uncertainty ahead of the upcoming presidential election this October is the main factor for increases in Argentina's country risk and instability on the exchange markets.

Thousands of emperor penguin chicks died in 2016 destroyed by severe weather, reports a BAS team

It is possible even from 800km up to spot the animals' excrement, or guano, on the white ice and then to estimate the likely size of any gathering. Thousands of emperor penguin chicks drowned when the sea-ice on which they were being raised was destroyed in severe weather. The catastrophe occurred in 2016 in Antarctica's Weddell Sea. Scientists say the colony at the edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf has collapsed with adult birds showing no sign of trying to re-establish the population.

Brazil: Investors fearful of reaction to pension reform next steps in congressional debate

Optimism over the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee’s vote by 48 to 18 votes approving the pension reform bill’s constitutionality quickly evaporated Brazilian markets slumped on Wednesday, a day after a planned pension overhaul cleared a congressional hurdle following a lengthy debate that highlighted the government’s struggle to build support for its signature reform policy.

Xi receives Piñera, praises Chile and calls for a pragmatic cooperation

Xi met Chilean president Sebastian Piñera in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Piñera is on a five-day state visit to China China and Chile should connect their development strategies and promote interconnectivity between Chile and other Latin American countries, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

Tories call for more clarity from PM May as to how long she will remain in office

Last month, Mrs. May pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU Senior Tories have ruled out changing their rules to allow an early challenge to Theresa May's leadership, but have asked for more clarity about how long she will remain in office. Under current rules, MPs cannot hold a new confidence vote in her leadership until December - 12 months on from last year's vote which she won.

Brazil and Argentina exports taking over US corn markets

Corn production in Brazil and Argentina in 2018-19 is forecast to be 17.1% higher at 96 million mt, and 47% higher to 47 million mt, respectively US corn exports are facing increased competition from Brazil and Argentina, the two South American nations that are offering cargoes at competitive prices on the back of high crop output, a trend that could put downward pressure on Chicago corn prices in coming months, analysts said.

Facebook profits and users rising, but company will set aside US$ 3bn for US FTC investigation into privacy practices

“We had a good quarter and our business and community continued to grow,” founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. Facebook has said it will set aside US$ 3bn to cover the potential costs of an investigation by US authorities into its privacy practices. While it has provided for a heavy toll from the investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission, the final cost could be US$ 5bn, it said.

WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for children under 5 years of age

They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization.

UK approves "non-core" Huawei 5G data network despite warnings of security risk

A spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it is reviewing the supply of equipment for 5G network and will report in due course The UK government has approved the supply of equipment by Chinese telecoms firm Huawei for the UK's new 5G data network despite warnings of a security risk. There is no formal confirmation but the Daily Telegraph says Huawei will build "non-core" components such as antennas.

EU Newsroom

Plenary highlights: road safety, whistle-blowers, consumer protection
During the last plenary session before May’s elections, MEPs approved new measures requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles and EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers. 

‘InvestEU’ programme: big boost for jobs, growth and investment
MEPs have approved a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during 2021-2027.

European Parliament strengthens EU consumer protection rules
Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs.

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance
The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities - prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance - for common future.

March 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Commission launches debate on more efficient decision-making in EU social policy
With this Communication, the Commission is launching a debate on an enhanced use of qualified majority voting in social policy, rendering decision-making more timely, flexible and efficient where an EU competence already exists.

Protecting whistle-blowers: new EU-wide rules approved
Those disclosing information acquired in a work-related context, on illegal or harmful activities, will be better protected, under new EU rules. 

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles
Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022.

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council had an exchange of views on the post 2020 CAP reform and discussed the recommendations of the Task Force Rural Africa.

Better Regulation principles: at the heart of the EU's decision-making process
The European Commission is taking stock of the measures introduced under the Juncker Commission to deliver better results for EU citizens and businesses through more open, transparent and evidence-based policy-making. 

Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities
The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for 470,000 children.

EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October
At the special summit on 10 April EU leaders agreed an extension of Article 50 until the end of October 2019. If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both sides earlier, the UK will leave on the first day of the following month, leaders said. The decision was taken in agreement with the UK.

EU-funded scientists unveil first ever image of a black hole
The Commission is today revealing the first ever image of a black hole taken by Event Horizon Telescope, a global scientific collaboration involving EU-funded scientists. This major discovery provides visual evidence for the existence of black holes and pushes the boundaries of modern science. 

‘No-deal' Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach
Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union's intense ‘no-deal' preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas.

EU-China summit
The EU and China committed to further strengthen the EU-China strategic partnership at the 21st EU-China summit. Both sides agreed on a joint statement setting out the direction for EU-China relations in the years to come. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and the Article 7 procedures concerning Hungary and Poland. It also adopted conclusions on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. 

The Energy Union: from vision to reality
The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. 

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Libya. The Council had an exchange of views on Afghanistan and on the Eastern Partnership. Foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela.

Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines
The Commission presents next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group. 

Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life
The Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules in all EU Member States. 

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products
The European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products.

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries
To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, MEPs approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law.

Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed
Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward, according to new, preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2018 published by the European Commission.

Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU
The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law in the Union.

Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States
The investment package involves Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, transport, research, environment and energy. 

Plenary highlights: copyright, single-use plastic, consumer rights
Updated EU copyright rules and a ban on single-use plastics were approved during this week's plenary session. MEPs also voted in favour of boosting consumer rights. 

Report on EU trade defence – effective protection against unfair trade
The EU shields 320,000 direct jobs across Europe from unfair foreign competition through its trade defence measures, according to a report out today.

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021
Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks.

Parliament backs new CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans
Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers, were approved by MEPs. 

European Commission recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks
The European Commission has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. 

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘#NewRightsNow' initiative

European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet
Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

Parliament makes EU electricity market cleaner and more consumer-friendly

Parliament backs proposal to end switch between summer and winter time in 2021
MEPs voted to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. EU countries that decide to keep their summer time should make their final clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021.

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April
As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations.

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing
Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers.

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on jobs, growth and competitiveness, climate change, external relations, as well as securing free and fair elections and fighting disinformation. 

EU27 offers Brexit extension until 22 May 2019
The extension until 22 May is conditional. It will be granted if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week. If it does not, EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 12 April, expecting the UK to "indicate a way forward before this date". 

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme
The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, on Horizon Europe. 

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and prepared the European Council meeting. It also adopted a series of Brexit contingency measures and agreed its position on the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III).

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects
The Commission has today adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched today.

Antitrust: Commission launches new online tool for cartel leniency and settlements and non-cartel cooperation

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had a public exchange of views on the whole CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency's state of play report, and suggested changes to the text of all three regulations: the CAP strategic plans, the horizontal and Common Market Organisation regulations. Ministers also had a discussion on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council
Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council
The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. 

European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe

Plenary highlights: Brexit, countering propaganda, cyber security
This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act. 

MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens
To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

EU prepares itself to fight back against hostile propaganda
MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

Road Safety: new rules clear way for clean, connected and automated mobility on EU roads
The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.

Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions
Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted new conclusions on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Ministers also discussed excise duty regime, the digital services tax, InvestEU and the European Semester. 

MEPs adopt Cybersecurity Act and want EU to counter IT threat from China
MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading
New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information.

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Commission defines actions to address risks and challenges
The "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment" that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be made.

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy
The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing.

EU Budget: Commission welcomes provisional agreement for funding high-performance infrastructure to better connect Europeans

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
On 7 March, the Council reviewed where the EU stands in its cooperation with North African countries, discussed the way forward on the EU's response to terrorism, and adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. On 8 March, it agreed its position on the directive on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering of evidence in criminal proceedings.

International Women's Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.

Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market
Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky on cross-border pay-TV services

The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress made over the past 4 years
Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is today taking stock of progress made over the past 4 years and setting out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council discussed the long-term climate strategy, endocrine disruptors and adopted a general approach on the drinking water directive. Ministers exchanged views on greening the European Semester.

Foreign Investment Screening: new European framework to enter into force in April 2019

Misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds: Council prolongs EU sanctions for one year

EU - Morocco: Council adopts sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted a general approach on the revision of the regulation on tyres labelling. The revision updates the energy and safety performance labels for tyres and extends the scope of the labelling system to tyres for heavy duty vehicles.

Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular economy action plan
The European Commission today published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular economy action plan it adopted in December 2015. The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised.

EU and Qatar reach aviation agreement

EU and Overseas Countries and Territories boost cooperation at annual Forum with €44 million

January 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.8% - EU28 at 6.5%

Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment
Today, marking Rare Disease Day, the European Commission is launching a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

Statement on the Code of Practice against disinformation: Commission asks online platforms to provide more details on progress made

European Semester winter package: assessing Member States' progress on economic and social priorities
In its annual assessment of the economic and social situation in the Member States, the European Commission today stresses the need to promote investment, pursue responsible fiscal policies and implement well-designed reforms.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Europe CARES - Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities' initiative

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies
EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, tangible impact on people's lives – from the creation of local green jobs and growth, to energy-efficient homes with a reduced energy bill, cleaner air, more efficient public transport systems in cities, and secure supplies of energy and other resources.

Spotlight Initiative – EU and UN fight against domestic violence in the Pacific region
The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.

New ACP-EU Partnership: EU and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Leaders intensify the regional talks in Samoa

Humanitarian aid: EU announces over €161.5 million for Yemen crisis

New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000
The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities.

Online shopping: Commission and consumer protection authorities call for clear information on prices and discounts

January 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area - Down to 1.5% in the EU

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes Member States' position on InvestEU

Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions
Today, the Commission set out how it will adapt its calculation method when proposing financial sanctions to the Court of Justice of the EU in infringement proceedings. Enforcement of EU law by the Commission will continue to be vigorous, balanced and fair to all Member States

EU visa policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules
Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal to modernise the EU's common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on the future European Defence Fund

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Cohesion Policy after 2020: preparing the future of EU investments in health

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council had a comprehensive discussion on Ukraine, covering the reform process as well as the security and humanitarian situation, in particular in eastern Ukraine and the Sea of Azov. The Council also discussed, among others, the situation in Syria, Venezuela, and the Horn of Africa.


Aid preparations gear up as Mozambique braces for second massive storm
Emergency measures are being stepped up by the UN and partners in northern Mozambique, amid fears that another devastating tropical storm could batter coastal areas on Thursday evening, weeks after Cyclone Idai claimed hundreds of lives and flooded vast swathes of the south of the country.

Vaccinations create ‘umbrella of immunity’ against global measles outbreaks, says UNICEF
Between 2010 and 2017, an average of 21.1 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed on Wednesday, stressing its importance to creating “an umbrella of immunity for everyone.” 

‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech
The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities “can’t wait any longer” for more of a say in how the world’s top diplomatic forum for peace and security, factors their needs into its work. 

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being
Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

Multilateralism’s ‘proven record of service’ is focus of first-ever International Day  
The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace “underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good”, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres marking its first-ever observance on Wednesday. 

Under-fives' daily screen time should be kept to 60 minutes only, warns WHO
Toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis. 

UN rights chief ‘strongly’ condemns ‘shocking’ mass executions in Saudi Arabia
Despite repeated appeals by the United Nations human rights system, Saudi Arabia’s decision to go ahead with the beheading of 37 men, drew strong condemnation on Wednesday from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

UN celebrates books as ‘bridges across cultures’
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has long celebrated the power of International Book and Copyright Day, marked on 23 April, but this year, special attention is being paid to the protection of indigenous languages, many of which are threatened with extinction.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali
Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya’s capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council’s condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali. 

Protect women’s rights ‘before, during and after conflict’ UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate
Over the course of the past decade, there has been “a paradigm shift” in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

Libya: Thousands seek shelter in health clinics from Tripoli fighting, UN warns
Nearly three weeks since fighting began near the Libyan capital Tripoli, the UN health agency warned on Tuesday that “large numbers” of people are sheltering in medical clinics, while civilians continue to be killed or injured, and refugees and migrants remain exposed to clashes.

New malaria vaccine trial in Malawi marks ‘an innovation milestone', declares UN health agency
A new vaccine against deadly malaria which has been 30 years in development, was made available for the first time to infants in Malawi on Tuesday, marking an “innovation milestone”, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

Monday’s Daily Brief: Earth Day, looking for a solution to Libya crisis, focus on indigenous issues, Security Council on Sri Lanka, a high-level visit to Bangladesh
Top news for Monday include: the celebration of International Mother Earth Day, efforts by the UN to push for a political solution to the Libyan crisis, the opening of the annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Security Council's condemnation of the Sri Lanka attacks, and an upcoming UN high-level mission to Bangladesh to highlight the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees settled there.

‘Do everything in your power to tackle climate change’ UN chief urges on Mother Earth Day
Marking International Mother Earth Day, the UN on Monday debated how best to build “an equitable and sustainable future” for all, through enhanced education and climate action, on the road to a key international summit on the issue due to take place in September.

Traditional knowledge at ‘core’ of indigenous heritage, and ‘must be protected’, says UN Forum
Traditional knowledge is at the core of indigenous identity, culture and heritage around the world, the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said at the annual event’s opening day on Monday, stressing that it “must be protected”.

UN, world leaders, condemn Sri Lanka terrorist attacks targeting churches, hotels, which leave more than 200 dead
More than 200 have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of explosions inside churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter. In a statement, UN chief António Guterres said he was "outraged by the terror attacks" and called for the perpetrators to be "swiftly brought to justice".

Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali ‘may constitute war crimes’ Guterres warns, urging ‘swift action’
An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one ‘blue helmet’ from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast. 

5 world-changing ideas: our top picks for World Creativity and Innovation Day
A low-cost, tiny home that provides everything you need. A boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops. Vaccine-delivery drones… As the planet marks World Creativity and Innovation Day on Sunday, we’ve selected our favorite ideas to light up the way to a better future for all, across several sectors.

UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left doctor dead, two others injured
The UN has condemned an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, which led to the death of a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO), and injured two others. 

More than 3,400 classrooms damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, says UN Children’s Fund
More than 305,000 children in Mozambique are losing out on lessons at school since the devastating floods caused by Cyclone Idai, which struck southeast Africa just over a month ago. 

As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’
In and around Tripoli, an increasing number of children are “at imminent risk of injury or death” two senior United Nations officials warned on Thursday, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan
Thursday’s top news includes: A new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$2 million allocation from the UN’s emergency fund to ramp up the humanitarian response in Libya; human rights concerns over a mass terrorism trial in Bahrain; and 6,000 children reunited with their parents and caregivers in South Sudan.

‘Foreign children’ in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official
Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless “foreign children” at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday.

‘Vaccines are safe’ and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign
Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”.

Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia
A contingent of 530 Ugandan “Blue Helmets” (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations’ efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN compounds in Mogadishu in order to assist the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to carry out their mandate. 

Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency
Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease, contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs, the UN labour agency, ILO, said on Thursday.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Sudan, Libya, Yemen updates, solutions for e-waste, flood response in Iran, online security for children
At the top of the news agenda on Wednesday: updates on violence in Sudan’s Darfur and in Libya, how e-waste can become an employment opportunity, help for the 2 million affected by floods in Iran, and efforts to make the internet safer for children.

Libya: Heavy shelling and civilian deaths ‘blatant violation’ of international law - UN envoy 
Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, was condemned “in the strongest terms” by the head of the UN Mission there, after “scores” of civilians were reportedly killed and injured.

Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover, but UN-AU peacekeeping mission maintains ‘robust posture’
Security across the volatile Darfur region of Sudan has deteriorated since last week’s military takeover in Khartoum, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday, but the peacekeeping mission in Darfur has “remained vigilant” in the face of rising violence. 

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report
Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an “encouraging reduction” in the level of abuse since 2016.