Brexit: No 10 to push again for vote on Boris Johnson's deal
The PM wants "a straight up-and-down vote" as the Commons returns after its rare Saturday sitting.
Court asked to consider if PM's Brexit delay tactic is lawful
Scottish judges will consider whether he tried to "frustrate" the Benn Act by sending two letters to the EU.
I will 'always' protect my family, says Prince Harry
The Duke of Sussex tells ITV he does not want "a repeat of the past" with his wife in the spotlight.
Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory
The deaths come with a state of emergency in place for much of the country as violent protests rage.
Sri Lanka bombings: Forgiving and fighting to recover
Six months after one of the world's worst recent terror attacks, this town is fighting to recover.
Katherine Ryan's boyfriend saves Netflix scripts during burglary
The comedian says her boyfriend "wrestled back" her laptop containing scripts for a Netflix series.
'I lost £4,000 in a call centre scam'
Indian police have shut two call centres and arrest seven people suspected of involvement in the scam.
Two held over racist abuse claims at football game
Two men are arrested by police investigating reports of racist abuse during Saturday's FA Cup match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town.
Cancer research: Scientists seek clues to how disease 'is born'
Cancer researchers from the UK and US are teaming up to search for the very earliest signs of cancer.
Australian newspapers black out front pages in 'secrecy' protest
The nation's biggest media rivals unite to protest against what they say is government secrecy.
Northern rail: Politicians call for Pacer trains compensation
Senior politicians say rail firm Northern should reduce fares for passengers using Pacer trains.
Andy Murray: Briton beats Stan Wawrinka to win first title since hip surgery
Andy Murray wins his first singles title since career-saving hip surgery by beating Stan Wawrinka in the European Open final.
Top fund manager forced to resign after BBC investigation
Mark Denning, who managed billions of dollars of investors' money, broke investment rules, the BBC finds.
Brexit: What happens now?
The British government and the EU have agreed a new Brexit deal, but will it get through Parliament?
Brexit: What is in Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU?
A revised Brexit deal has been agreed by the UK and EU. What does it contain?
Brexit delay: How can Article 50 be extended?
Boris Johnson has written to the EU requesting an extension - but the EU is not obliged to say yes.
Europe's papers weigh prospects for Brexit deal
Papers agree: 'Just when you think it cannot get any crazier...'
Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
A simple guide on the UK leaving the European Union.
Brexit deal: Did your MP vote for the Letwin amendment?
Find out if your MP voted for a proposal to withhold Commons approval to the Brexit deal until it becomes law.
Brexit delay voted through by MPs: What has just happened?
Another day of twists and turns in the Brexit saga - here's what happened on 19 October.
Brexit: Can a no-deal still happen?
MPs passed a law to avoid a no-deal exit. But how might the prime minister get around it?
Brexit: What does the deal say about workers' rights?
What does Mr Johnson's new agreement say about environmental standards or workers' rights?
The Papers: Brexit deal chances assessed on front pages
Papers disagree whether the PM "has the numbers" to get his Brexit deal passed or will be thwarted.
News Daily: PM's Brexit vote push and Prince Harry interview
Your morning briefing for 21 October 2019.
Sisters who grew up in different countries in tearful reunion
Akira and her younger sister Charntay were separated 15 years ago by the care system.
Playing Scottish bagpipes in Bolton to honour my Hindu guru
For Darshil, playing the bagpipes is the perfect way to honour the teachings of his Hindu guru.
Black hole scientist Dr Katie Bouman on trolling and teamwork
Dr Katie Bouman's photo of the moment she saw her first black hole image went viral - but it wasn't all good.
Fire chickens and sea pigs: The artist bringing Chinese words to life
Frankie Huang translates the literal names of Chinese animals into whimsical works of art.
My security software was a scam that cost me £4,000
Doug Varey was offered security software which turned out to be a frightening and costly scam.
Madrid taken over by hundreds of sheep for annual festival
More than 2,000 animals parade through the Spanish capital for a traditional festival.
Trump 'considers himself in hospitality business'
The chief of staff spoke after the US president dropped plans to host next year's G7 summit at his resort.
Harley Davidson signed by Pope fetches £42,000 in Stafford
The custom gold-plated Harley Davidson motorbike was signed by Pope Francis in Rome.
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Franco exhumation: Why is Spain moving dictator's remains?
Franco's burial site has long been the subject of debate. Here's why the saga could end this week.
How the Grenfell fire inspired TV drama The Accident
The Harry Potter play's writer on how the 2017 tower block fire changed the course of his TV drama.
Romania forest murder as battle over logging turns violent
Liviu Pop died last week, the second forest ranger killed in the past month.
Coronation Street cancer storyline: 'Life isn't a fairy tale'
With the ITV soap set to show Sinead Osbourne's death, the actress who plays her hopes her story will make a wider impact.
Scarborough's role in the Cuban missile crisis revealed
Operators in the Yorkshire town were able to intercept reports from Soviet ships on their position.
Five things to know about Canada's general election
Will Canadians give Justin Trudeau a second chance when they head to the polls on Monday?
In Pictures: Sudan's lost Jewish community
A recent call from Sudan that Jewish people could return shines a light on a once thriving community.
The map store boss who took the long route
Vivien Godfrey waited until she was 56 before taking the helm at her family's firm Stanfords.
Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found a way to stop Reds - Darren Fletcher
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came up with a game plan on Sunday that exposed Liverpool's weaknesses, says former Old Trafford midfielder Darren Fletcher.
Afghanistan's Rashid picked first in Hundred draft as Gayle misses out
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is the first pick in the inaugural The Hundred draft, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc go to Welsh Fire.
'Wales found a way to win - this is what they do under Warren Gatland'
Wales lay to rest ghosts of 2011 with a near mirror image of events against France in Auckland eight years ago, writes Dafydd Pritchard.
Man Utd always defend against us - Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is "a fact" that Manchester United always set up to defend against his side at Old Trafford.
The Hundred: Jofra Archer challenges three celebs to take the best kit photo
Jofra Archer challenges Chris Hughes, Lady Ice and Sideman to take the best kit photo - to celebrate the launch of The Hundred.
Andy Murray: Tearful former world number one reacts to first ATP title win since surgery
Watch as a tearful Andy Murray says it "means a lot" to win his first singles title since career-saving hip surgery, as the Briton beats Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp.
Triathlete Claire Danson reveals she is paralysed after accident
Triathlete Claire Danson, who won the 30-34 age category at the European Championships in June, reveals she is paralysed following an accident.
Leonardo da Vinci feud: The 'earlier' Mona Lisa mystery
A London family is battling an international consortium over a potentially priceless painting.
Trump must get it together to avoid another disastrous week
Donald Trump is under severe pressure after a disastrous run which saw his impeachment defense shredded by current and ex-officials and, most stunningly, by his own acting White House chief of staff.
The teenagers so addicted to cellphones they're going to detox centers
It was 4 a.m. when 16-year-old Yoo Chae-rin realized she had been on her phone for 13 hours. In less than three hours, she had to be up for school.
It's another crunch week for Brexit (no, we really mean it this time)
Boris Johnson was so close.
How authorities caught a 23-year-old running a global child exploitation site from his bedroom
For almost three years, "Welcome To Video" was a covert den for people who traded in clips of children being sexually assaulted.
Harry and Meghan to take 'family time' off
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will take a break from royal duties towards the end of the year, dividing their time between the US and the UK, a royal source has told CNN.
Buckle up -- Canada's election will be a cliffhanger
Nasty. It is not a word associated much with Canada -- except perhaps with the winters here. But during this election campaign, nastiness has been one of the only unifying themes, as parties trade insults and dig up scandals from coast to coast to coast.
Indian students wear boxes on their heads during exam to prevent cheating
A school in India has apologized after photos emerged of students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads during an exam to discourage cheating.
Three die in supermarket fire amid protests in Chile
Three people have died in a supermarket fire as angry protests in Chile entered their seventh day, the mayor of capital city Santiago said on Sunday.
Felicity Huffman photographed in prison garb
The public got its first look at actress Felicity Huffman's life in prison as photos and a video taken Saturday showed her walking in a green prison uniform.
Australian newsrooms unite around 'Right to Know' campaign
The biggest news outlets in Australia, normally fierce rivals, are uniting in support of press freedom.
Frantic search for survivors after deadly Siberian dam collapse
Rescuers on Sunday mounted a desperate search for survivors after a dam at a Siberian gold mine collapsed on Saturday, killing at least 15 people.
How America feels about Taylor Swift says more about us than her
The gauziness of Taylor Swift's celebrity is such that when people talk about her, they tend to reveal less about her and more about us, as a society.
A West Point cadet is missing along with an M4 rifle, military academy says
A West Point cadet is missing along with an M4 rifle, the military academy said after military, federal, state and local agencies conducted extensive searches to locate the man.
Lindsey Graham does not rule out the possibility of Trump impeachment if new evidence emerges
In another sign of the dangerous predicament facing President Donald Trump, his longtime ally Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview that aired Sunday night that he could not rule out the possibility of impeachment if new evidence emerges.
Mulvaney says he and Trump didn't discuss him resigning following defiant press conference
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says he and President Donald Trump never discussed his potential resignation following a defiant press conference last week in which the aide admitted a quid pro quo between the US and Ukraine.
Kim Jong Un appears to take extreme step against spying
North Korea has blocked windows in several high-rise buildings in Pyongyang in what experts believe is an attempt to crack down on spying. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
Asexuality isn't celibacy or abstinence. Here's what it is — and isn't
Being asexual in a culture where sex permeates nearly everything can be challenging.
Jennifer Lawrence marries Cooke Maroney at luxurious Rhode Island mansion
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney have officially tied the knot.
Manchester United ends Liverpool's perfect Premier League record
Liverpool's 17-game winning streak in the Premier League came to an end after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The court that could decide the future of Trump's presidency
Presidents understand the power of this court, and President Donald Trump may come to understand that more than most.
Prince Harry opens up about tensions with Prince William
In an interview with ITV, Prince Harry acknowledges tensions with his older brother, Prince William, saying the two are on "different paths."
Imran Khan says Prince William should know how much Diana was loved
The last time he met Prince William, Imran Khan was a sporting hero who told the young royal about his hope of winning political office.
The 'Joker' stairs are New York's latest tourist attraction
Are the "Joker" stairs the new "Rocky" stairs? Maybe.
Red card costs France as Wales surges to Rugby World Cup semifinal
A red card for France forward Sebastein Vahaamahina swung the pendulum in a seesawing Rugby World Cup quarterfinal as Wales fought back to win 20-19.
Japan's Rugby World Cup dream ended by South Africa
Japan's exhilarating Rugby World Cup run came to an end with a 26-3 defeat by South Africa in Tokyo.
Trump reverses course and says his Florida resort won't be used for G7 summit
In an abrupt reversal Saturday night, Donald Trump tweeted that his Florida property would not be used for next year's G7 summit after the President fielded backlash from critics this week.
Video shows man approach 3-year-old on night of abduction
Police have released surveillance video in which a man is seen approaching missing Alabama 3-year-old Kamille McKinney while she played outside her family's housing complex on the night she disappeared.
Three soldiers killed in training accident at Army base in Georgia
Three US soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division were killed and three others injured during a training accident at an Army base in Georgia early Sunday morning, according to the Army.
'I am not a Russian spy': Jill Stein slams Clinton's accusations
Hillary suggests Russians are 'grooming' Democrat for third-party run
Samsung warning: Galaxy S10 and Note 10 owners should remove screen protectors now
Samsung's new high-tech fingerprint reader on the latest Galaxy smartphones has a major flaw: It can be fooled by the residue left by your fingers on a screen protector. The company is warning customers who own the latest Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones to remove their screen protectors until Samsung releases a software update.
Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Bernie Sanders
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez never hid from the fact that choosing between Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would be a difficult one as she weighed her 2020 presidential endorsement.
Video shows emotional moment after coach disarms student
Security video shows the moment a high school football coach disarmed a student with a shotgun, then hugs him until police arrive.
Catalonian president calls for negotiations with Spain after fifth night of violent unrest
Catalonia president Quim Torra has called for talks with the Spanish government after a fifth consecutive night of violence in the streets of Barcelona, and other parts of the region, as anger over the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders continued.
Egypt unveils discovery of 30 ancient coffins with mummies inside
Egyptian authorities on Saturday revealed the contents of 30 ancient wooden coffins discovered in Luxor and yes, they include mummies.
Cigarette cockroach is giving pizza rat a run for its money in New York
First there was pizza rat.
11 juicy details from Elton John's new memoir
If you saw "Rocketman," you know that Elton John overcame shyness and a nasty drug problem to become one of the biggest and most enduring pop stars in the world.
The lonely journey to Mars
In the cold desolation of Antarctic winter, a remote base is preparing humans for Mars.
World's largest brewer says rival tried to steal its secret recipe
Anheuser-Busch InBev has accused rival brewer Miller Coors of obtaining the secret recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, the latest shot in a long running legal dispute.
Ryugyong Hotel: The story of North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom'
In 1987, ground was broken on a grand new hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. The pyramid-shaped, supertall skyscraper was to exceed 1,000 feet in height, and was designed to house at least 3,000 rooms, as well as five revolving restaurants with panoramic views.
How the black turtleneck came to represent creative genius
When the disgraced health entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was indicted on fraud charges for her lab-testing company Theranos last year, much of the media discussion rested not on her alleged corporate recklessness and staggering abuses of trust, but on her sartorial choices: black jackets, black slacks, and -- most importantly -- black turtlenecks.
Secretive Imperial Palace opens its doors
Ethiopia's Imperial Palace has witnessed torture, plotting and the planning of brutal conquests. Now it's been opened to the public by Ethiopia's charismatic leader, Abiy Ahmed, to boost tourism and help the country move on from its turbulent past.
Ancient 'lost city' uncovered in Cambodia
Researchers have identified the elusive ancient "lost city" of Cambodia for the first time, according to a report published Tuesday.
At 19 hours, it's the world's longest flight. But how will the human body cope?
Regular nonstop flights between the east coast of Australia and London or New York could soon become a reality -- and in preparation, Australian airline Qantas has announced the first of three test flights will takeoff this Friday.
West is 'paying the price for supporting riots in Hong Kong,' Chinese state media claims
Chinese state-run media has published a series of editorials and opinion pieces drawing parallels between violent protests in Hong Kong, Spain and Chile -- accusing the West of hypocrisy in its response.
Late night host mocks Trump's letter to Erdogan
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun at President Donald Trump's "don't be a tough guy" letter sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Kurdish forces evacuate besieged Syrian town as part of Turkey ceasefire
Kurdish troops belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn from the key border town of Ras al-Ain as part of a US-brokered ceasefire agreement with Turkey.
A football coach disarmed a student. Then he hugged him
A high school football and track coach in Portland, Oregon, was celebrated as a hero earlier this year after he disarmed a student with a shotgun.
Morales leads Bolivia vote for controversial fourth term
Incumbent insists he is 'confident' of outright victory but partial results point to second round run-off in December.
Pro-separatists stage new Barcelona rallies
No sign of the violence that has shaken Barcelona in recent days as crowds block roads on Sunday.
'We are at war': Chile's Pinera extends state of emergency
Five people killed when rioters burn a garment factory in Santiago suburb as police detain 1,462 demonstrators.
'The people are one': Lebanese unite against political elite
Hundreds of thousands take to streets in the biggest protests in four days threatening the coalition government.
Hong Kong leader apologises for police spraying mosque in unrest
Carrie Lam visited the Kowloon mosque, where the steps were dyed blue by the water cannon, on Monday morning.
Defence minister says 'no force' can stop China reunification
Defence minister Wei Fenghe tells security forum that resolving 'Taiwan question' is China's greatest national interest.
Domestic workers search for rights amid pro-democracy protests
How the current movement in Hong Kong affects migrant domestic workers and their continued battle for equality.
Hacking the hackers: Russian group 'hijacked' Iran spy operation
Western intelligence officials say no evidence of collusion between Russia group Turla and its Iranian victim.
Johnson's new Brexit deal push: What's happening this week?
Despite being snubbed by MPs, Johnson believes he has enough support to push his deal through. What might happen next?
South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of ex-justice minister's wife
Chung Kyung-shim accused of trying to destroy evidence and faking credentials for her daughter to get to medical school.
Australian papers go black to protest against media restrictions
Major newspapers run 'heavily redacted' front pages in protest against recent laws restricting freedom of information.
As protests grow, Lebanese are 'reclaiming' public spaces
In heavily urbanised Beirut, public space is scarce and the amount of green space has steadily shrunk.
What's next for the Catalan people in Spain?
Following mass march and violent protests, government leaders in Madrid are dismissing Catalan calls for talks.
Hamas decries Israel's participation in Bahrain summit
Palestinian group Hamas condemned Israel's participation in a US-led maritime security meeting in Bahrain.
SDF fighters evacuate from besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces pull out of border town of Ras al-Ain after ceasefire deal signed on Thursday.
Superyacht linked to Malaysia's 1MDB for sale, again
Three hundred-foot vessel linked to 1MDB corruption scandal listed by broker Camper and Nicholsons.
Saudi Aramco says IPO timing depends on 'market conditions'
Aramco IPO is the cornerstone of a reform programme conceived by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Hong Kong protesters rally in defiance of police ban
Chaotic scenes as police and protesters clash on some of the busiest streets in Kowloon.
Bangladesh protest against Facebook post turns deadly
At least 4 killed after police fire at thousands of protesters calling for action against blasphemous post.
US defence chief in Afghanistan to help revive stalled talks
Esper tells reporters that he believes the US can reduce its forces without hurting the 'counter-terrorism' fight.
DRC bus skids off highway, bursts into flames leaving 30 dead
More than 100 people were on board the bus travelling to the capital, Kinshasa when its brakes failed, passenger says.
India, Pakistan trade barbs over deadly Kashmir clash
Several soldiers and civilians killed on both sides, as India and Pakistan blame one another for 'unprovoked' firing.
Conflicting narratives about Turkey-Syria border
How Erdogan's government looks at southern frontier and media outlets report on Turkey's military operation.
Canada elections: More diversity at polls
There is a record number of ethnically diverse candidates running in Tuesday's general election in Canada.
Bolivia election: Voters cast ballots amid climate of uncertainty
President Morales seeks a controversial fourth term in an election marked by a heated campaign, protests and strikes.
China's top central banker said on Saturday that potential escalation of trade tensions and policy uncertainty were the major risk factors facing the world economy, and market forces were keeping China's Yuan at an appropriate level.
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday the next G7 summit will not be at one of his own Florida golf clubs, reversing a decision that had sparked corruption accusations.
Former IMF chief Christine Lagarde said President Donald Trump's trade offensive against China could slash global economic growth and she critiqued his Twitter habits in an interview with US television program 60 Minutes.
Separatist Catalan leaders on Saturday called on the Spanish government to hold talks as thousands protested for a sixth day in Barcelona. Protestors accused police of “repression” and chanted “we are people of peace” following a night of clashes during which nearly 200 people were hurt.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri called voters on Saturday to get behind him ahead of presidential elections next week in a massive rally called the “March of the Million”, held in downtown Buenos Aires next to the obelisk and in the widest avenue of the city, 9 de Julio.
Chile's President Sebastián Piñera announced on Saturday the suspension of a rise in metro fares that sparked protests across the country. Soldiers and tanks were deployed in the capital, Santiago after the government declared a state of emergency but demonstrations continued on Saturday.
Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit - but without his signature. The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, saying he believes a delay would be a mistake. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote.
Parliament has been sitting on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to debate and vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. MPs have supported a motion tabled by Independent MP Sir Oliver Letwin that “withholds approval” for Boris Johnson's Brexit deal until legislation implementing it has been passed.
Bolivia's Evo Morales will seek a controversial fourth term as president on Sunday when voters head to the polls in what is expected to be a tight race for the once-popular left-wing leader. Morales is already the longest-serving president in Bolivian history, having been at the helm for 13 years, and its first indigenous president.
The Argentine government awarded ENI Argentina Exploración y Explotación; Tecpetrol, and MEMPLO, a subsidiary from Japan's Mitsui hydrocarbons licenses to explore an offshore area. MLO/124 in the so-called West Malvinas basin.
Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the MFF, the next institutional cycle, climate change, enlargement, Turkey, illegal drilling activities and MH17.
Main results of the Special European Council (Art.50)
The European Council (Art. 50) endorsed the revised withdrawal agreement and approved the revised political declaration. On this basis, the European Council (Art. 50) invited the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 1 November 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal.
Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached
The European Commission has recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.
European Labour Authority starts its work
The European Labour Authority starts its activities with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.
European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation
Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council agreed on 2020 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, and to supplement the existing partial general approach on the future EMFF. The Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package, forestry and the market situation.
EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties
Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world.
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on the situation in Syria, including north-east Syria, and on Turkey's drilling activities. Foreign ministers discussed Ukraine and had an exchange of views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.
EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference
Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed issues related to anti-money laundering and the Wise Persons' Group's report on the European financial architecture. It adopted a Council recommendation on the appointment of a member of the ECB executive board.
October infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.
EU budget 2021-2027: Time to decide
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October, the European Commission calls on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a fair, balanced and modern long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027.
European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget
In its latest report about the management of the EU budget, the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget.
Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers discussed right-wing violent extremism and terrorism, new technologies and internal security, hybrid threats and internal security, the state of play on migration, and the EU’s action against corruption. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, they also reaffirmed the importance of EU common values.
Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions for the preparations of COP25 as well as on the 8th Environment Action Programme and the circular economy. Ministers held a policy debate on the EU's long-term climate strategy.
New rules make household appliances more sustainable
In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.
Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council held an exchange of views on the key policies that should form the basis of a long-term EU strategy on sustainable growth. The strategy is part of the implementation of the new EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 adopted by the European Council in June 2019.
Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area
Coinciding with the second European Education Summit, the European Commission published the 2019 Education and Training Monitor analysing how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States.
Main results of the UN General Assembly, New York
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed world leaders on behalf of the EU at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 26 September. President Tusk stressed that the patriotism of the 21st century must have a global dimension so as not to become a common national egoism.
Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council focused on the draft national energy and climate plans and on the energy sector beyond 2030.
Plenary highlights: Brexit, ECB President, Amazon fires
MEPs reaffirmed support for the EU position on Brexit and backed Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank during this week's plenary session.
Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025
Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.
Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council discussed how to decarbonise transport in order to combat climate change and meet the Paris Agreement objectives.
Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018
New figures released by the European Commission show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic.
Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.
MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus
MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+).
European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank.
Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council held a policy debate on enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU. On the basis of a presidency background paper, ministers discussed how the Council could contribute to the overall aim of strengthening the rule of law in the EU, and what specific measures could be used.
Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines
The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.
The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change
The European Commission adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness.
The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.
Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors
The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, they recommend that the Commission improve the way it reaches out to citizens to promote greater participation.
VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017
EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission. The so-called 'VAT Gap' - or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected - has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high.
Brexit ‘no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019
With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.
Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme
With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.
Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission
Member States agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commission to ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.
Main results of the G7 summit
President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.
Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme
To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the Commission has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.
EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.
Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries
The European Commission is taking stock of its overall approach to equivalence in the area of financial services. EU equivalence has become a significant tool in recent years, fostering integration of global financial markets and cooperation with third-country authorities.
July infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.
Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness
The European Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness. The instrument will help euro area Member States and other participating Member States to enhance the resilience of their economies and of the euro area through support to targeted reforms and investment.
Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules
The European Commission is adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks.
Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.
As like-minded partners, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their joint commitment to multilateralism and rules-based trade. They stressed their full commitment to the Paris Agreement, and they called for further efforts to fight climate change.
Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules.
Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs
In a debate with MEPs, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision as Commission President. MEPs will vote on her nomination, held by secret paper ballot, at 18.00.
Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and the work of the high-level group on sugar. It was also informed about the work programme of the Finland's presidency, EU-Mercosur, African swine fever and animal welfare during transport.
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed Iran, Iraq, the Central African Republic, and the external aspects of migration. They had an informal exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Popescu. The Council adopted conclusions on Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers
The European Commission announced that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law.
Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors
The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States' economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary factors such as mild winter conditions and a rebound in car sales.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the EU's own resources in view of the new MFF package. The Council adopted a decision recommending Christine Lagarde as the candidate for the ECB presidency as well as the 2019 country specific recommendations.
Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders reaffirmed the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They discussed the implementation of the association agreement and the way ahead for EU-Ukraine relations.
Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held policy debates on the ‘economy of wellbeing’ and on the social aspects of the ‘Clean planet for all’ strategy. Ministers also approved the country specific recommendation falling under the responsibility of EPSCO.
Plenary highlights: leadership election, formation of committees
The newly-elected MEPs met for their first plenary session on 2-4 July, during which they elected a new president and voted on the size of the parliamentary committees. Parliament chose Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli as its president on Wednesday for a term of two-and-a-half years.
Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed
Today's Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the shortcomings where the countries and the Commission should step up their efforts.
David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament
MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. As an Italian MEP since 2009, he was re-elected on a Partito Democratico list in Central Italy in May 2019 for a third term. He will lead Parliament until January 2022.
European citizens' initiative: Commission registers 3 new initiatives and determines 1 as inadmissible
The European Commission decided to register 3 new European citizens' initiatives: 'A price for carbon to fight climate change', 'Grow scientific progress: crops matter!', and 'Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe'.
Parliament starts new term with seven political groups
As the new European Parliament meets for the first time 2 July, MEPs have formed seven political groups. Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities.
New EU leaders appointed
The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission. They have also nominated Josep Borrell Fontelles as candidate for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Christine Lagarde as candidate for the President of the European Central Bank.
Main results of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan
G20 leaders met in Osaka on 28-29 June to address major global economic challenges. They focused on global trade, digital transformation, climate and energy, and inequalities.
Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking
A Eurobarometer survey published today shows that just a few months after the new rules on geo-blocking started to apply, 50% of EU citizens are generally aware of EU action to tackle unjustified discrimination by traders. However, more efforts are needed to ensure wider knowledge of the specific digital rights enshrined in EU law, since only 29% of respondents know which rights specifically concern them.
First 17 “European Universities” selected: a major step towards building a European Education Area
The European Commission has announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances.
Main results of the Environment Council
The Council agreed a general approach on water reuse for agricultural irrigation, adopted conclusions on a sustainable chemicals policy strategy, and took note of the state of play on the EU's long-term climate strategy discussions.
EU-Vietnam: Council adopts decisions to sign trade and investment agreements
On 25 June, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Vietnam: a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA).
Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union and held an exchange of views on external energy relations.
Dual Food Quality: Commission releases study assessing differences in the composition of EU food products
The Commission publishes the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition.
Main results of the Euro Summit
The Euro Summit in an extended format of EU27 leaders looked at the economic situation together with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi. Leaders also discussed work done by the Eurogroup regarding deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU
As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance.
Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the next institutional cycle, the MFF, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, external relations, the European Semester and enlargement.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council reached a partial general approach on the 2021-2027 EMFF, had a discussion on a progress report on the post 2020 CAP reform and on the Commission communication on the 2020 fishing opportunities.
Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement
The Commission has published its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign and defence ministers discussed the EU Global Strategy, three years after its launch. Foreign ministers also discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Venezuela and in the Republic of Moldova.
More than 90 per cent of Africa migrants would make perilous Europe journey again, despite the risks
A landmark UN migration study published on Monday shows that 93 per cent of Africans making the journey to European countries along irregular routes, would do it again, despite facing often life-threatening danger.
Global economy: ‘we must do everything possible’ to avoid global ‘fracture’ caused by US-China tensions, urges Guterres
Tensions around global trade and technology continue to rise and the international community needs to “do everything possible” to prevent the world being split into two competing spheres, led by the United States and China.
Friday's Daily Brief: Afghan mosque killings, Syrians flee violence, South Sudan floods, Ukraine human trafficking, anti-Semitism rises, Guterres on Mozambique poll
A recap of Friday's main stories: Afghanistan mosque killings condemned by UN chief, Syrian civilians flee violence, thousands affected by flooding in South Sudan, UN migration agency warns of “pervasive” human trafficking in Ukraine, UN expert calls for better education to combat growing anti-Semitism.
UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency
The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on Friday.
Anti-Semitism ‘toxic to democracy’, UN expert warns, calling for better education
To counter anti-Semitism, which is “toxic to democracy” and poses “a threat to all societies if left unaddressed”, countries must invest more in education, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief has warned, speaking at UN headquarters in New York.
UN human rights office urges Egypt to immediately release detained protestors
Authorities in Egypt are being urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, to immediately release scores of citizens who have been arrested in connection with recent anti-government demonstrations in several cities.
Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety
Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.
Concerned over Haiti’s political crisis, Guterres promises ‘continuous commitment’
In the light of on-going instability across Haiti and this week’s transition away from fully-fledged peacekeeping operations, the UN chief on Thursday promised “the continuous commitment” of the Organization “to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development”.
Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite ‘remarkable developments’ in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief
Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday.
Thursday’s Daily Brief: Fragile hope for Yemen, TB and Afghanistan updates, Paris's fresco for sustainable development
A recap of Thursday’s stories: Hope rises as violence abates in Yemen; TB infections slowdown but not fast enough; civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record level; thousands paint picture of sustainable development in Paris; labour research finds strategies to tackle poverty.
Yemen conflict: 'Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges
There are “small signs” of hope for Yemeni civilians caught up in fighting, following a reduction in violence, coupled with a 20 per cent increase in funding for the UN’s humanitarian response, the Security Council heard on Thursday.
Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report
Afghanistan has seen record-high levels of civilian casualties in the third quarter of 2019, stemming mainly from the violence between pro- and anti-Government elements, the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) revealed in a report published Thursday, which concluded that more must be done to protect the country’s people.
New labour laws in Qatar benefiting migrant workers a ‘momentous step forward’: ILO
New legislation in Qatar which will allow foreign workers to freely change jobs and leave the country without the approval of their employers, has been praised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as “a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers.”
Venezuela, Poland and Sudan amongst 14 new Human Rights Council members
14 new members were elected to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, following a secret ballot held in the General Assembly Hall in New York.
Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among poor, marginalised: UN health agency
A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease.
Ending extreme poverty crucial to sustainable future for all: UN chief
A sustainable future for all is unlikely unless globalization benefits all children, their families and communities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on Thursday.
Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Soaring obesity rates, sustainable development funding alliance, new UN office to support Haiti
A recap of Wednesday’s main stories: Poor global diets triggering obesity; cancer incidents expected to rise indicates new 'atlas'; CEOs join UN to tackle SDG funding; New UN Mission launches in Haiti; to blend better into Big Apple life, NYC restaurant gives migrants, refugees and fresh start.
Business leaders join UN to rev up sustainable development investments
In a bid to scale up investment efforts to reach sustainable development targets, the Secretary-General on Wednesday convened the first meeting of a new UN-backed corporate alliance to discuss plans for spending on sustainability, likely to be in the trillions of dollars.
Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in
On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables - and some stools around the bar - will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.
Obesity rates soar due to dramatic global diet shift, says UN food agency
Eating food high in starch, sugar, fats and salt; combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is a recipe for soaring global obesity rates, even in countries where many still suffer from hunger. On World Food Day, which falls on Wednesday, the UN’s food agency, FAO, is calling for action to make healthy, sustainable diets affordable and accessible for all.
Malta: Human rights experts call for justice in case of murdered journalist
Two years since the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on the Mediterranean island of Malta, justice has yet to be served for the shocking crime, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.
UN’s Bachelet addresses progress and setbacks in human rights worldwide
The world is undeniably facing rising challenges to multilateralism, however work can be done with Member States to strengthen the agreement of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN’s top rights official told the committee charged with tackling social, humanitarian and cultural issues, on Tuesday.
Election-related violence claims 85 lives in Afghanistan: UN report
Eighty-five people were killed and another 373 injured during attacks related to the recent presidential election in Afghanistan, a report by the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA, reveals.
Tuesday’s Daily Brief: UNICEF child health report, Peacekeeping operations end in Haiti, Syria-Turkey latest, Haitian migrants deported from Bahamas
A recap of Tuesday’s stories: Millions of children undernourished and overweight says landmark report; Security Council marks transition after 15 years of ‘blue helmets’ in Haiti; violence continues ‘on both sides’ of Syria-Turkey border; UN human rights office raises concerns over deportation of Haitian migrants from the Bahamas; UN migration agency helps migrants in Algeria return to Niger; rural women celebrated on International Day.
Security Council marks transition from 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti
Although 15 years of UN peacekeeping in Haiti have drawn to a close, the Organization’s commitment to strengthening and stabilizing the country will continue, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.
'Alarmingly high' number of children malnourished worldwide: UNICEF report
Across the globe, at least one-in-three children under-five are malnourished and not developing properly, UNICEF revealed on Tuesday, in its most comprehensive report on children, food and nutrition in 20 years.
Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey
Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.
Rural women a ‘powerful force’ for global climate action: UN Secretary-General
Rural women and girls across the world are a “powerful force” in global action to respond to climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Monday’s Daily Brief: 70,000 children displaced in northeast Syria, Guterres commends UN-led peace deal for Ecuador, deadly airstrikes in Libya's Tripoli
A recap of Monday’s stories: UNICEF estimates some 70,000 children have been newly displaced in northeast Syria; UN chief sounds alarm on threat of ISIL amid fighting in Syria; Secretary-General welcomes start of Ecuador peace dialogue; Deadly Libya attacks 'blatant violation' of human rights; Food agencies reveal scale of global food waste problem.
Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief
The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears.