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Brexit: PM to tell EU leaders to renegotiate deal
Boris Johnson will meet European leaders this week, amid warnings of food shortages after a no-deal Brexit.

Jihadi Jack: IS recruit Jack Letts loses UK citizenship
The Muslim convert - dubbed Jihadi Jack - has had his citizenship revoked.

Hong Kong protests: More than 100,000 march peacefully
More than 100,000 people stage a new protest in the face of warnings from Beijing authorities.

Didcot power station: Power cut as cooling towers demolished
An electricity pole catches fire moments after a controlled explosion at the Didcot A plant.

Lucas Dobson: Sandwich River Stour search resumes for missing boy
Rescuers search the River Stour in Kent after six-year-old Lucas Dobson disappeared while fishing.

Paris waiter 'shot dead over slow sandwich service'
A customer opened fire reportedly because his sandwich was not prepared quickly enough.

Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul
The Islamic State group says it was behind the attack, which also wounded more than 180 people.

Michael Brown regrets 'stupid' £2.4m Lib Dem donation
Michael Brown says his 2005 gift of £2.4m - a party record - led to recognition and pain for his family.

Portland rally: Far-right and antifa groups face off
At least 13 arrests are made in Portland as a right-wing rally is confronted by left-wing protesters.

Archie Bruce: Batley Bulldogs player found dead in hotel after debut against Toulouse
A rugby league player is found dead in his hotel room the morning after making his debut for Championship side Batley Bulldogs.

Icelandic glacier commemorated with plaque
A plaque placed on Sunday commemorates Okjokull glacier, which was officially declared dead in 2014.

Honduras football rioting: Three killed ahead of Tegucigalpa derby
Three people are killed and several hurt in fighting between fans, after a team bus is attacked.

Lime and soda? No thanks, say non-drinkers
Diageo's investment in alcohol-free spirit maker Seedlip shows how big firms want to reach non-drinkers.

The Papers: PM 'takes fight to EU' while Corbyn pleads with MPs
The papers focus on politics as Boris Johnson ramps up no-deal plans and urges the EU to renegotiate.

Village in Wiltshire opens for military veterans
Ex-service personnel, who may otherwise be left homeless, will live on the site for up to two years.

Mindfulness on Ireland's pilgrim paths
Writer Bébhinn Ramsay finds solace on Ireland's pilgrim paths after the death of her husband.

Artist Adam Riches: 'I turned drawing doodles into a career'
Adam Riches rediscovered a love for drawing and has turned doodling into an art career.

Your pictures on the theme of 'looking down'
Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "looking down".

Some of this week's strangest moments
The stories you may have missed this week.

Elrow: Creating the 'most colourful party in the world'
Since being started nine years ago, Elrow events have reached every continent in the world.

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10 things you can’t put in your household recycling
After McDonald's says its paper straws cannot be recycled, what other items only go in general waste?

Adult braces: Why are more grown-ups getting their teeth straightened?
Are celebrity smiles driving more adults to wear braces in a bid to straighten their teeth?

Can big investors save the world?
Will the big polluters clean up their acts if the people who actually own them say they must?

The New Yorker reviving Jewish life on a holiday island
Dani Rotstein arrived in Majorca knowing nothing of its hidden Jewish past. Now he's helping reinvigorate its Jewish community.

MTV VMAs: How Missy Elliott broke the music video mould
The rapper is set to win the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs next month.

Will H Ogilvie: How a Borders boy became a leading bush poet
Will H Ogilvie was lauded in Australia but overlooked by many of his fellow Scots during his lifetime.

Ashes 2019: Steve Smith out of second Test with concussion
Australia batsman Steve Smith will play no further part in the second Ashes Test against England because of concussion.

Ashes: Australia's Steve Smith leaves the field hurt after being struck by Jofra Archer short ball
Australia's Steve Smith leaves the field hurt after being struck by a Jofra Archer short ball during day four of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Climbing World Championships: Ludovico Fossali and Aleksandra Miroslaw win speed golds
Watch as Aleksandra Miroslaw and Ludovico Fossali win the speed golds at the Climbing World Championships.

Thames Valley Police warn over misuse of 999 system
Police say reports of a rotting chicken and a dog with missing fur are examples of the 999 system being misused.

Fox cubs bounce on trampoline in Cardiff garden
The playful scene was captured on their CCTV.

Mia Khalifa: Porn contracts 'prey on vulnerable girls'
Mia Khalifa says she only made £12,000 from porn despite being one of Pornhub's most popular actresses.

Early fish tapeworms found at 'Britain's Pompeii' Must Farm
Prehistoric inhabitants were infected with intestinal worms from eating raw fish, experts say.

Celtic FC join Call of Duty World League e-sports championship
It's the first time a British club has seriously invested in e-sports outside of football title Fifa.


Hong Kong demonstrators defy police, Beijing and downpours in another mass rally

11 weeks of protests

Britain faces food and fuel shortages in no-deal Brexit, says leaked plan
With less than 75 days until Britain is set to exit the European Union, a government report leaked to newspaper the Sunday Times reveals the disastrous effects a no-deal Brexit would unleash on the country.

The UK has an Islamophobia problem. Muslims want to know what Boris Johnson is going to do about it
Haniya Aadams wasn't always a Muslim. She grew up in a Sikh household in central England and converted to Islam a decade ago, at the age of 25.

Deadly blast rips through wedding in Afghanistan, killing 63 people
A suicide bomber detonated explosives that ripped through a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, officials said.

What a mysterious explosion tells us about Russia's 'doomsday weapon'

Portland protests wind down after 13 arrested and six injured
Demonstrators were ordered Saturday afternoon to leave the downtown Portland area where left-wing anti-fascist protesters gathered to counterprotest a rally by far-right and extremist groups.

The man who made a $450M auction bid

The Soviet paradise built for Chernobyl's survivors

Liverpool holds on for win against Southampton despite Adrian howler
Goalkeeper Adrian's Liverpool career is proving quite a roller coaster.

US mother ruled too Western by Saudi court will appeal
Last month, an American mother named Bethany Vierra lost custody of her young daughter Zaina, on the grounds that she was too Western to raise the child well. Now her own parents worry that they will lose both grand-daughter and daughter, as the window to appeal closes in Saudi Arabia.

The week that Cathay Pacific surrendered to China
One of the world's top airlines has discovered just how dangerous Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests are becoming for companies based in the city and doing business with mainland China.

Public toilets prevent people from having sex with a bide-like spray of water
A Welsh seaside town plans to install public toilets with measures to prevent people having sex inside, including a squealing alarm, the doors shooting open, and a chilly spray of water.

US makes last-ditch attempt to stop Iranian supertanker

US citizenship director has talked about undocumented immigrants as 'invaders'
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, was a founding member of a group more than a decade ago that described undocumented immigrants as "foreign invaders" responsible for "serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, terrorism."

Richard Williams, 'Roger Rabbit' and 'Pink Panther' animator, dead at 86
Richard Williams, the animator known for his work on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and two "Pink Panther" films, is dead, his family told PA Media, the UK national news agency.

Peter Fonda, star of 'Easy Rider,' has died
Actor and director Peter Fonda, who rose to fame with his role in "Easy Rider," died Friday, his manager, Alan Somers, told CNN on Friday. He was 79.

Internet-famous Thai baby dugong dies due to plastic waste
An orphaned baby dugong that attained celebrity status in Thailand has died with plastic waste lining its stomach, prompting a surge of mourning on the internet.

Trump officials: Why we're changing the rules on endangered species

The water is so hot in Alaska it's killing large numbers of salmon
Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers.

How a far-left president is turning Mexico upside down
It was early April 2018. The Mexican presidential campaigns were heating up and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, running for the third time for the highest office in the land, sounded defiant. Donald Trump's foreign policy was "wrong," he told supporters at a rally in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. He also denounced what he called the US president's "derogatory attitude towards Mexicans."

Why Trump wants to buy Greenland

Greenland has long been a bargaining chip between the US and Denmark
President Donald Trump made his name in real estate on the world's glitziest island with the help of tax breaks and loopholes. As President, it seems Trump wants to take his real estate experience to a new level.

Black teen ran out with $2 beer. Tennessee store clerk shot him dead
A jury found a grocery clerk guilty of killing a 17-year-old boy who ran out of the store with a beer he didn't pay for in Memphis, authorities sad.

Coutinho to join Bayern as Barca stunned
Missing Lionel Messi, La Liga champion Barcelona stumbled to a 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao on Friday as the Spanish league season got underway in thrilling fashion.

Police: Homeowner killed 1 of 6 teens trying to break in, 5 others charged with murder
Police near Chicago say six teenagers were trying to break into a house when the elderly homeowner told them to leave and fired a gun after they refused.

Aides told Trump tariffs could 'ruin Christmas'
As President Donald Trump's trade advisers were searching last week for a strategy to forestall his threatened tariffs on China, they struck upon a novel approach: appeal to his Christmas cheer.

Bugatti is making only 10 of these $9 million supercars
Bugatti unveiled its latest limited-edition model at a classic car show in California Friday. The Bugatti Centodieci will cost $9 million and only 10 will be made.

Heather Locklear ordered to treatment program for attacking first responders
Actress Heather Locklear pleaded no contest to multiple charges of battery on law enforcement personnel who responded to domestic disturbance calls at her home last year.

Naomi Osaka frets over knee injury
With the US Open just days away, Naomi Osaka is fretting over a knee injury after she was forced to retire from the Cincinnati Masters on Friday.

Huge cruise ships ride a tide of overtourism

Two rappers' social media rivalry led to fatal shooting of girl, 9, police say
A social media rivalry between two Dallas rappers escalated into a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl dead days before school started, police said.

The 'dark side' of Finland's famous free health care
In his search for examples of a more equitable society, Bernie Sanders has long looked north ... to Northern Europe, that is.

5 scariest roller coaster drops around the world
Roller coaster fans savor every second of the ride, but there's something really special about that big drop.

Missile poses threat to allies, but doesn't bother Trump
A recent spate of North Korean missile launches involving a potential new missile has rankled America's regional allies, but have received little criticism from the Trump administration -- even though they reveal Pyongyang is making technological advances.

How (not) to blow up a nuclear power plant
This is how you demolish a nuclear power plant German-style. No big red button. No dramatic countdown. No "kaboom!"

The world's only billion-dollar airline route
The globe is criss-crossed a million times over with flight routes, buzzing with planes throughout the day.

'Woke' news platform aimed at young Muslims is secret UK counter-terror program
The Facebook page of "Woke" looks like any other millennial-focused online news platform, pumping out slick videos of young British Muslims tackling hot button issues like Islamophobia, bullying, depression and workplace diversity.

Ancient cities that are still standing
Ancient sites that have survived centuries, or even millennia, haven't fared so well in the 21st century.

8 out of 10 people have cried at work, so just know you're not alone
According to a new study from job search company Monster, 8 out of 10 people have cried at work, which means the other two are either lying or wait to have their existential crises in the parking lot.

Instagram now lets users flag misinformation
Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to flag misinformation.

They might be better for the planet, but are plant-based burgers good for you?
If you're looking for a vegetarian burger instead of a beef-based burger, you're in luck these days. Two popular options include the Impossible Burger, in over 5,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Macao, and Singapore, and the Beyond Burger, available at more than 35,000 locations, including the meat aisles in supermarkets.

Pakistani actress: The problem with Priyanka Chopra
The actress Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, came under fire this week for scoffing at a Pakistani-American woman's challenging question to her at the BeautyCon summit in Los Angeles. Chopra had posted a tweet on February 26 that appeared to support an announcement from India that it had launched airstrikes in Pakistani territory.

A woman who didn't know this family pretended to be each member

This James Bond Aston Martin was just auctioned for $6.4 million
One winning bidder is now legally able to drive in an actual James Bond Aston Martin, with working nail spreaders, tire slashers, smoke screen and rotating license plates.

Great white shark surprises family on boat
A family had a close encounter with a great white shark when it swam underneath their boat near Provincetown, Massachusetts.

She went skydiving but her parachute didn't open
A 30-year-old woman is recovering after falling more than 5,000 feet from a plane.

Watch a giant glacier collapse in front of two kayakers
Andrew Hooper and Josh Bastyr were kayaking near Spencer Glacier in Alaska when they heard cracking noises. Moments later, the massive glacier collapsed right in front of them.

Cancel all engagements -- a bed for Netflix binges is coming your way
For fans of Netflix and chill, the perfect bed is coming your way.

Hong Kong protesters defy downpours, police and Beijing in 11th consecutive weekend of mass demonstrations

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Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest
The protesters' demands include the complete retraction of a controversial extradition bill.

Ambulance driver killed in Myanmar as army battles rebels
An ambulance from a local philanthropy group came under attack on Saturday.

Afghanistan: Scores killed in Kabul wedding blast
President Ghani condemns 'inhumane attack' claimed by ISIL after suicide bombing kills at least 63 and wounds 182.

Torrential summer rains soak parts of Florida and the Carolinas
Flooding rains and the threat of a tropical storm hit the southeast United States.

No-deal Brexit could lead to 'drug and food shortages, protests'
Leaked documents show the potentially devastating effects a no-deal Brexit could have on Britain.

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak in court for money laundering
At Razak's home, police seized cash, jewellery, handbags and watches worth up to $270m.

Hong Kong protests: Generation gap on the streets
Pro-China crowds are mostly middle-aged or older, the pro-democracy group is mostly made up of the younger generation.

'New Sudan': Thousands celebrate as protesters, army sign deal
Cheering crowds fill Khartoum streets after generals and protest leaders ink final deal for transitional government.

Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum
The fire broke out in a crowded shanty town and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin homes.

Shooting Jerusalem: A glimpse into life in a segregated city
Filmmaker reflects on the making of his documentary and his bid to find out what it means to live in and identify with the city of Jerusalem.

Israeli fire kills three Palestinians in besieged Gaza Strip
Officials say three Palestinians killed, one injured, after overnight Israeli attacks in northern Gaza.

After losing father, activist leads fight against farmer suicide
Kiranjit's farmer father died facing crippling debt. Now she's an activist working to reduce the suicide rate in Punjab.

All you need to know about the clash between Kenyatta and Ruto
There is a growing divide between President Kenyatta and Deputy Ruto, highlighted by a recent corruption scandal.

100 faces of Rohingya refugees
Portraits of the world's most persecuted minority.

Blast at wedding in Afghan capital wounds at least 20: Hospital
A bomb rips through a wedding reception in Kabul, where members of the minority Shia Muslim community were celebrating.

Far-right rally, counterprotests face off in US city of Portland
President Donald Trump says far-right rally being closely monitored amid fears of clashes with counter-demonstrators.

Air raids on Syria's Idlib kill family of seven, say activists
Mother and six children reported killed in Deir al-Sharqi as Syria and Russia intensify air raids on rebel stronghold.

India revokes Kashmir's special status: All the latest updates
Authorities say Kashmir restrictions are being 'gradually' eased while the region's main leaders remain under arrest.

'Many tears' as Italy lets stranded minors leave rescue ship
Far-right minister buckles to pressure and allows 27 unaccompanied children to disembark from refugee rescue vessel.

Will Sudan return to civilian rule?
A power-sharing deal between protesters and the army is signed and a council will temporarily run the country.

Key Kashmir political leaders arrested by India since August 5
Hundreds arrested since clampdown began, including three former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir state.

Idlib airstrikes target IDP camp
At least 18 people have been killed in a suspected Russian air strike on a camp for internally-displaced Syrians.

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in parts of Kashmir
Officials say they are restoring landline telephone links in some areas of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Drone attack by Yemen rebels sparks fire in Saudi oil field
Energy giant Saudi Aramco says attack caused 'limited fire' but no disruption or injuries.

Sudan protest leaders, military sign transitional government deal
Military council and main opposition coalition sign power-sharing deal paving the way for transition to civilian rule.

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Thousands join Scotland pro independence march in Aberdeen City

The march was billed by AUOB as “the biggest demonstration the north east has ever seen” and followed similar events in other Scottish towns in recent months (Pic Reuters) Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Aberdeen in a pro-independence march. The All Under One Banner (AUOB) event went ahead on Saturday after a wrangle about the costs involved in policing the event.

Macri reshuffles cabinet: Argentina has a new Economy minister

Incoming Hernan Lacunza has a long experience in government, Outgoing Nicolás Dujovne admits mistake Argentine Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne resigned on Saturday, capping a week of market chaos that followed President Mauricio Macri’s stunning loss in a primary vote. Apparently, his resignation was on the table since last Tuesday.

Steel has been cut for the Royal Navy’s second Type 26 frigate, HMS Cardiff.

Minister for Defense Procurement, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, pressed the button to start the plasma-cutting machine to work on a plate of steel The ceremony held at BAE System’s shipyard in Govan this week, on the River Clyde, marks a milestone for the Global Combat Ship program. Minister for Defense Procurement, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, pressed the button to start the plasma-cutting machine to work on a plate of steel which will form part of the unit which holds stores.

Falklands' wildlife recorded on the book “Britain's Distant Lands”

 Local wildlife includes orcas, Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins, leopard seals, elephant seals and sea lions, and the range of penguins The author of the bestselling book Britain’s Treasure Islands is releasing a new work, with a section dedicated to the Falkland Islands. Britain’s Distant Lands by Stewart McPherson is a 208 page, landscape-format examination of the wildlife of all the UK Overseas Territories.

Maduro and Guaidó fight for the Venezuelan prized Citgo refineries in the US

The opposition-run National Assembly appointed the 15-member Citgo board early this year after Guaidó declared presidential powers The government of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday nullified the newly named board of Venezuela’s prized Citgo refineries in the U.S. amid a political battle for control of the country, saying opposition leaders had no right to appoint them.

Beware if traveling to US: airports clogged because of security systems outage

CBP said officers were processing international travelers using alternative procedures, which caused “longer than usual wait times.” Thousands of travelers at US airports faced delays on Friday because of a nationwide outage of US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) processing systems that lasted several hours.

Fitch downgrades Argentina's long term debt, fearing the risk of default

The peso gained 2.75% to trade at 58.12 to the dollar on Friday. On Thursday there was a joint appeal for calm by President Macri and Alberto Fernandez Argentina's Peso ended a tumultuous week on Friday having shed 20% in its value against the dollar as Fitch cut the South American country's long-term debt by two notches, citing increased uncertainty and a rising risk of default.

Trump's attempt to purchase Greenland, puts the Arctic in the geostrategic global map

The accelerating polar ice melt has left Greenland, astride what are potentially major shipping routes and in the crosshairs of intensifying geopolitical competition President Donald Trump's reported wish to buy Greenland may have been rejected by Denmark, but it underscores the rapidly rising value of the massive, ice-covered island due to global warming and to China's drive for an Arctic presence.

WTO agrees to a Beijing request for a dispute channel on solar channels and US tariffs

China filed its first complaint on the solar panel tariffs at the WTO in August 2018, arguing that the so-called “safeguard measures” were an illegal attempt to protect US producers from foreign compe The World Trade Organization agreed on Thursday to China's request to create a dispute panel tasked with judging whether US tariffs on solar panels violate international trade rules. The trade restrictions were imposed by Donald Trump's administration last year, part of a raft of measures initiated by Washington that have triggered a tit-for-tat tariff war between the world's top two economies.

Trump reveals "productive" trade talks with Beijing and anticipates a "fairly short war"

Trump said U.S./China officials had “a very good conversation” earlier this week, before his administration delayed until Dec. 15 further tariffs US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that U.S. and Chinese negotiators were holding “productive” trade talks and expected them to meet in September despite U.S. tariffs on over US$125 billion worth of Chinese imports taking effect Sept 1.

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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.

June 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

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.

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

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.

EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

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 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.

General Data Protection Regulation shows results, but work needs to continue

Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

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.

EU-Canada summit
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.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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.

June 2019 - Annual inflation up to 1.3% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Eurogroup meeting

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.

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'.

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.

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

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.

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.

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.

Humanitarian aid: over €110 million in the Horn of Africa

EU adopts new €100 million assistance package to benefit refugees and local communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq

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.

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 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.

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

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).

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).

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.

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 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.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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.

May 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.2% in the euro area - Down to 1.6% in the EU

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.

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms
The European Commission's report confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU's firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 billion extra exports in 2018.

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

European Commission increases support for the EU's beekeeping sector

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the "Clean Planet for all" communication by the European Commission, the 2019 country specific recommendations. Ministers closed the excessive deficit procedure for Spain. They also took stock of the state of play on the financial transaction tax and the banking union.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance and discussed the effective use of EU funds for health-related investments. Regulations on medical devices and health technology assessment were also on the agenda.

A Europe that protects: EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council
The Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week.

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn.

Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes stock of progress
Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents' Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps.

‘No-deal' Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

Mergers: Commission prohibits proposed merger between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp

Commission's report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States' performance
The European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council gave mandate to the Commission to negotiate an agreement facilitating access to e-evidence with the US. It also adopted conclusions on the issue of data retention. Ministers debated the issue of the digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)

Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers
Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed on its position on a proposal on the use of electronic freight transport information. It assessed progress on proposals relating to permit-granting measures for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the hired vehicles market, EU road charging rules (Eurovignette), and rail passengers' rights.

Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality
Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union's highest ‘excellent' and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report.

June infringements package: key decisions

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security
As per the Commission proposal, the money under the 2020 budget will go to the following priority areas: competitive economy and young people; and strengthening security and solidarity in the EU, climate change and beyond.

European Semester 2019 Spring Package
The European Commission presents the 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), giving economic policy guidance to all EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations
Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council discussed ways of strengthening EU's role as a global actor and promoting international cooperation in the field of space and held a public policy debate on the most important elements to take into account when designing the EU's comprehensive, long-term industrial policy strategy and an ambitious approach to a competitive single market.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of plan of the reform of and negotiations in the WTO. It was also informed about the latest developments in trade relations between the EU and the US, and of the adoption and signature of a free trade agreement and investment protection agreement between the EU and Vietnam, planned for June 2019.

Election 2019: First seat projection for new Parliament based on partial results
First EP seat projection based on official and provisional results in 21 countries and estimates in seven more. Preliminary turnout figures estimate turnout across the EU at 50.5 % (including UK) representing a significant increase in participation in the 2019 European elections and the highest turnout for at least the past twenty years.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted conclusions on young people and the future of work. Ministers also adopted a resolution establishing guidelines on the governance of the EU Youth Dialogue.

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency
Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.

General Data Protection Regulation: one year on

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next long-term EU budget and preparations for the June European Council.

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students
New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released by the European Commission.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers prepared for upcoming international discussions on digital taxation. They also discussed a set of new excise duty rules applicable in the EU regime. The Council adopted conclusions on the implementation of the 2018 country-specific recommendations as well as an update of the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership
The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Save the bees!' initiative'

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had exchanges of views on the post 2020 CAP reform, the Commission long term strategy "A clean planet for all", and trade-related agricultural issues. The Council was also informed about the EMFF, the follow-up to an ECJ ruling on GMOs, and the situation in the fruit market. 

Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign
The European Commission has announced an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young Europeans.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The High Representative and foreign ministers discussed Iran, following the latest announcements related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal. Ministers also touched on the situation in Venezuela and discussed Ukraine, following the results of the Presidential election. 

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May
As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).

Antitrust: Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

EU leaders discuss the future of Europe in Sibiu
The informal summit in Sibiu brought together EU heads of state or government. Leaders focused on strategic plans for the Union in the coming years. They also agreed to meet on 28 May 2019 in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections and start the nomination process for the heads of the EU institutions. 

Spring 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth continues at a more moderate pace
The European economy is forecast to continue expanding for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with real GDP expected to grow in all EU Member States. As global uncertainties continue to weigh, domestic dynamics are set to support the European economy. Growth is expected to gather pace again next year.

DiscoverEU: 20,000 additional travel passes available for 18-year-olds to experience Europe

Strength in unity: Commission makes recommendations for the EU's next strategic agenda 2019-2024
Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is setting out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 4 new initiatives and concludes that 1 is legally inadmissible

March 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.7% - EU28 at 6.4%


Terrorism survivors: ‘I lived in fear that I would be killed’
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions
The Security Council considered the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue in a meeting focused solely on the dispute, within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women’s rights in Iran, environmental protection
Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar’s Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimbabwe to ‘stop cracking down’ on protesters; Iran urged to release women jailed for protesting veiling laws; and new human rights agreement on environmental protection.

‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts
Decades-long prison sentences handed down to three women protesting the strictly enforced wearing of veils in Iran, have drawn alarm and condemnation from six United Nations independent human rights experts.

Environmental protection moves ‘closer to the people’ through new human rights agreement
The UN environment agency and human rights office (OHCHR) signed a landmark new agreement on Friday aimed at better protecting vulnerable human and environmental rights defenders and their families, while increasing protection for people and the places where they live, across the world. 

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia
Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible. 

Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF
The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar’s Rohingya people in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, has caused “overwhelming” despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Harrowing terrorist survivors’ stories, children first in Mediterranean rescues, Yemen and Switzerland updates, new SDG Advocates speak out
Our main stories today: Boko Haram terrorist survivors tell their stories; UNICEF speaks out for children adrift on the Mediterranean; UN health agency pushes to stem dengue fever in Yemen; Switzerland declines sponsorship deal with tobacco firm; new SDG Advocates on the job.

Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF
The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty about whether the vessels will be allowed to dock in Italy.

Three more humanitarian workers killed in Syria, with civilian death toll ‘rising every day’
An attack in the south of Syria’s restive Idlib province that led to the deaths of a paramedic, an ambulance driver and a rescue worker, were added to the grim total on Thursday of more than 500 civilian fatalities documented in the country by the United Nations, over the past three and a half months alone.

Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, ‘they slaughtered three of my friends’
To mark next week’s International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier in the year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Help for Venezuelans, Burundi Ebola vaccine drive, Paraguay poison probe urged, talking disarmament in Geneva, Libya violence down
Our main stories today cover: Scaled-up assistance for Venezuelans; Ebola vaccinations for Burundi health workers; reports of civilian deaths following an Afghan-sponsored security operation; agrochemical spray probe urged in Paraguay; Libya violence abates during truce, and disarmament conference’s first woman chief urges Governments to “overcome their differences”.  

Winnie Byanyima ‘honoured to be joining UNAIDS’ as next Executive Director
The UN programme dedicated to the elimination of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, has warmly welcomed the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director.

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need 
The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. 

‘Palpable reduction’ in violence following Eid truce says Libya Mission, as UN investigates deadly bombing which left 3 staff dead
A UN call for a humanitarian truce over this week’s Eid al-Adha religious holiday led to a “palpable reduction” of violence around the embattled capital of Tripoli, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Terrorism survivors: ‘The terrorists killed many people in front of us’
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Gender equality, education and the environment at the forefront of new SDG Advocate campaigns
Back in May, six innovative public figures joined the battle to push the world towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Each of the new official SDG Advocates committed themselves to pursue the 17 goals on behalf of “peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships.” As we inch closer to the SDG Summit in September, UN News caught up with some of them.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hong Kong airport disruption, Geneva Conventions at 70, new Ebola drug, French fighters in Iraq, Mediterranean migrant and Aden updates
Our main stories today cover: Human rights chief on chaos at Hong Kong airport; Geneva Conventions have been ‘limiting brutality’ for 70 years; breakthrough drug in DR Congo Ebola fight; France pushed to repatriate nationals on death row in Iraq; ‘Race against time” for migrants in Mediterranean

Amidst new challenges, Geneva Conventions mark 70 years of ‘limiting brutality’ during war
In commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landmark Geneva Conventions, the president of the United Nations Security Council hailed the “significant body of law”, describing it as playing “a vital role in limiting brutality of armed conflicts”.

UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as ‘the new normal’
Voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in Mali due to ongoing fighting and instability, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties to stop attacks and “keep them out of harm’s way”.

‘Act with restraint’ UN human rights chief urges Hong Kong authorities and protestors, following airport disruption
After two consecutive days of chaos at Hong Kong International Airport, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet expressed her concern and condemned “any form” of violence or destruction of property and urged the demonstrators to “express their views in a peaceful way”.

‘We are facing a learning crisis’, UN chief warns on International Youth Day
Schools are “not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, in a message released to mark the UN’s International Youth Day.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Eco-warriors’ fight climate change in South Africa
Schools in South Africa have been designating students as “eco-warriors” as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities.

Three UN workers killed following Benghazi car bomb attack, as Security Council meets in emergency session, honours their ‘ultimate sacrifice’
Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left three UN workers dead, and three others injured, with dozens of civilians also wounded. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony
Our main stories: ‘Promote’ indigenous peoples’ languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleeing violence need protection; Nagasaki Peace Ceremony message

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says
Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, celebrated on Friday.

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders ready for talks with UN chief on improved relations
Leaders of the Greek and Turkish parts of the divided island of Cyprus have agreed to meet with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in order to “plan the way forward”, and improve the daily lives of all Cypriots, a statement from the UN Mission in Cyprus, declared on Friday.

More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards for first time: UN refugee agency
More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home.

FROM THE FIELD: Conversations about Conservation
Indigenous peoples in the Philippines are increasingly involved in the national conversation about protecting and conserving the South East Asian country’s key biodiversity areas, thanks to support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery
Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.