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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week
The UK is the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine - with 800,000 doses due to arrive in the coming days.

Covid-19: Shoppers return to stores under England's new tier system
Non-essential shops and businesses such as hairdressers open their doors as a national lockdown ends.

Bonmarché collapses into administration
More than 1,500 jobs are at risk following the collapse of the women's fashion chain.

Tesco to repay business rates relief after payout backlash
The move comes after Tesco was criticised for paying dividends to shareholders.

EasyJet to charge for overhead luggage lockers
Customers who want to use overhead storage must buy more expensive tickets, the airline says.

NHS Covid-19 and Zoom top Apple's iPhone 2020 app charts
The contact-tracing app was downloaded more times than TikTok and WhatsApp via Apple's store.

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record
Provisional figures indicate that 2020 will be one of the hottest in a record dating back to 1850.

Coronavirus: France to impose border checks to stop skiing abroad
Swiss ski resorts are open and Prime Minister Jean Castex says he wants to stop people going.

M&S stabbing: Two women attacked in Burnley store
A 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, say police.

Trump pardons: US justice department unveils bribery inquiry
US prosecutors investigate claims that lobbyists sought a presidential pardon by offering kickbacks.

Humans waging 'suicidal war' on nature - UN chief Antonio Guterres
Secretary General Antonio Guterres says our "war" on the natural world will come back to haunt us.

Dua Lipa and other Spotify artists' pages hacked by Taylor Swift 'fan'
An apparent Taylor Swift fan defaced the artist pages for Lana Del Ray and Dua Lipa, among others.

Nike's diversity advert causing a backlash in Japan
The sportswear giant is facing criticism online, but it could work in its favour with more sales.

Otters find 'fairytale' love in lockdown
The pair were brought together in Scarborough after both losing their partners.

Covid: How do we know the Pfizer vaccine is safe? And other questions
We answer some of your questions about the approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

Who will get the Covid vaccine first?
The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine has been approved by the UK regulator - when will it be available?

Covid vaccine: How will we keep it cold enough?
The vaccine has to be kept at temperatures that are much lower than home freezers reach.

Covid: Who will have the Pfizer vaccine first and when can I get it?
A vaccine for Covid-19 has been given emergency approval and is now set to roll out.

Covid vaccine update: When will others be ready?
The Pfizer vaccine has been approved in the UK. How are the others doing?

Covid vaccines: Who decides if they are safe?
Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Matt Hancock 'thrilled' with Covid vaccine approval news
The health secretary says the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be rolled out in the UK "from next week".

Vaccine rumours debunked: Microchips, 'altered DNA' and more
We've looked at four false Covid vaccine claims that won’t go away.

Debenhams: Over 200 years of history
The ailing department store chain is set to close, marking its final chapter after nearly 250 years.

Dame Jenni Murray on why she's taking her clothes off on TV
The former Women's Hour presenter will appear on ITV's The Real Full Monty On Ice.

England lockdown end date confusion: Did government 'mess up?'
Business owners say contradictory government guidance means they did not know when they could reopen.

The new ‘Nigerian princes’ of hacking?
BEC hacking is one of the most common types of cyber-attack and experts say Nigeria is its epicentre.

Crochet is helping pay for my cancer treatment
Suzie Aries took up crocheting during the first lockdown and her creations are now helping pay for her immunotherapy.

Delhi sees deadliest month amid raging pandemic
November was the deadliest month in India's capital and the city's crematoriums are overwhelmed.

Zanele Muholi: Celebrating South Africa's black LGBTQIA+ community
South African photographer Zanele Muholi's black, queer and trans images go on show in London.

Adoption: 'One boy stood out to me - he's now my son'
John is one of a growing number of men embarking on fatherhood alone.

Shop workers crisis: 'I wake up worried about my job'
Young people working in retail have been hard hit by the collapse of some of the UK's biggest chains.

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
Time is running out for the UK and EU to strike a deal - what is happening now?

China #MeToo: Court to hear landmark case of intern versus TV star
Six years after the alleged incident, one woman is taking a prominent TV star to court.

Fans to return to football at EFL midweek games after coronavirus restrictions
After being barred from most matches since March, some supporters in England will return to stadiums on Wednesday.

Covid brainwave: 'I turned my office into a cyclists' cafe'
Three stories of people working in hospitality who have set up new businesses during Covid-19.

Steps debate the merits of entering Eurovision
The band seem like a perfect fit for the song contest but, they tell the BBC, "we have a split camp".

Trump travel ban: 'I might finally see my sons again'
A lorry driver who has never lived with his sons is waiting for Joe Biden to reverse Trump's travel ban.

Lockdown rules: Michael Gove's Covid claims fact-checked
We look at the Cabinet Office minister's assertions about the coronavirus lockdown measures.

Strangers swap cemeteries to remember loved ones
How two people living about 250 miles apart ended up tending the graves of one another's relatives.

Poll finds fans split on whether they should be returning to English pro football
A BBC Sport poll suggests football fans are divided on whether they should be allowed to return to matches before a Covid-19 vaccine is available.

Highly rated British driver Russell to replace Hamilton for Mercedes in Bahrain
Williams driver George Russell will replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix.

Fury asks to come off Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury calls for the BBC to take him off this year's Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist.

'A dream I've been chasing since I was three' - Schumacher to race in F1 for Haas
Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, will step up from Formula 2 to drive for Haas next season.

Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends on Wednesday.

What tier will you be in from now?
Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.

How do I find a new job during Covid and which sectors are hiring?
Jobseekers are having a tough time at the moment, but support is available.

Covid: What are the new rules for pubs and restaurants?
New rules for pubs in England come into effect on 2 December after the second lockdown ends.

Christmas Covid rules: Who are you allowed to see?
Restrictions will be temporarily eased around the UK, but there are still rules about what you can do.

Why is my area in a higher tier?
The government's new approach to determining tiers bundles together low- and high-rate local authorities.

Coronavirus: Should I start taking vitamin D?
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.

The Donut King who went full circle - from rags to riches, twice
Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy made a fortune in doughnuts then lost it all to gambling.


Potential US presidential pardon bribery scheme under investigation

BioNTech CEO on vaccine approval: It's the start of the end of the pandemic
CNN's Frederik Pleitgen speaks to BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin after the United Kingdom became the first nation to approve the Covid-19 vaccine BioNTech developed alongside pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

2020 set to be one of three hottest years on record despite La Niña's cooling effect, report says
Record wildfires. A deadly hurricane season. Arctic sea ice at its lowest ever. Drought. Floods. Heatwaves.

UK wins global race to approve Covid-19 vaccine. The rollout starts next week.

Gupta on UK's vaccine approval: It's good news for the world
The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, a landmark moment in the coronavirus pandemic that paves the way for the first doses to be rolled out across the country. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses.

China promised millions of coronavirus vaccines to countries. It's ready to deliver them
Inside a gray warehouse at the Shenzhen International Airport in southern China, a row of white chambers sits in a cordoned-off corner, each fitted with a display screen showing the customized temperature inside.

William Barr breaks with Trump's election fantasy
Attorney General William Barr just dealt the most credible blow to Donald Trump's lies about a stolen election, precisely because he previously often came across more as the President's personal lawyer than a neutral arbiter of justice.

Barr has sounded the death knell on Trump's wild claims
If you're President Donald Trump, when Attorney General William Barr tells you it's over -- then it's over. Barr's statement to the Associated Press Tuesday that "to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election" should be a death-knell for Trump's effort to conjure a false narrative that the election was stolen from him.

Law professor reacts to DOJ investigation of White House pardons
The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court records. CNN's Erin Burnett and Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Laurence Tribe discuss.

Daily coronavirus deaths in US near 2,600 -- their highest since April -- and are expected to get worse
The US reported the second highest day of Covid-19 deaths Tuesday, as rising hospitalizations signal even more deaths in the coming weeks.

France to install border checks to prevent citizens skiing abroad

China's slur on Australian soldiers is just the latest step in a long campaign by Beijing
An Australian soldier appears to hold an Afghan child's head against a backdrop of their two national flags, threatening to slit the youngster's throat with a bloody knife.

Elliot Page, 'Juno' star, shares transgender identity
Meet Elliot Page.

State election official loses his temper with Trump for not condemning violent actions
Gabriel Sterling, the Voting Systems Manager for the Georgia Secretary of State's office, said that he has police protection around his home after threats came in the aftermath of election results.

A Colorado photographer said he watched the now-famous monolith in southeast Utah fall to the ground
The mysterious monolith discovered last week in a Utah desert just disappeared -- but it wasn't taken by aliens or government conspiracies. It was moved by another phenomenon: TikTokers.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to 13 months in prison over 2019 protest
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to 13.5 months in prison after pleading guilty to inciting and organizing an unauthorized protest outside the city's police headquarters last year, during months of unrest over a proposed extradition bill with China.

Why a Covid-19 vaccine won't necessarily be a magic bullet
Having a safe and effective vaccine is a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. But there are many challenging steps ahead -- from making large quantities to delivery around the world -- before a vaccine can have an impact on the spread of the virus.

Australia is out of recession. Now it needs to avoid a trade war with China
Australia's economy is growing again after the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into its first recession in three decades.

CNN's Erin Burnett: Barr is leaving Trump on island of his most die hard sycophants
CNN's Erin Burnett says Attorney General William Barr is "deserting Trump on voter fraud," after he said the Justice Department hasn't found evidence to support allegations of widespread fraud that could have changed the result of the 2020 presidential election in an interview with the Associated Press.

'I saw death coming' says F1 horror crash driver as he leaves hospital
Formula One driver Romain Grosjean says the thought of his children inspired him to escape his burning car after a horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

Elton John honors Anthony Fauci on World AIDS Day
Dr. Anthony Fauci's effort to educate the public on the coronavirus pandemic has earned him scores of admirers, but his work on the global HIV/AIDS crisis saw him cheered on Tuesday by one star-studded fan -- Elton John.

Trump signs, flags still left up by hopeful supporters
CNN's Gary Tuchman speaks to supporters of President Trump in Georgia, who have left up their Trump-Pence signs and flags, holding onto hope that Trump can still somehow overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Bodybuilder Rene Campbell wants to change the view of what women should look like
Counterpointed by a number of striking tattoos, hers is a body defined by muscle. She is a mother of two who embodies power and strength.

The surprising rise of women in the Republican party
CNN's Abby Phillip and Dana Bash talk about a surprise story from the 2020 election: the number of Republican women elected to the new Congress.

Singapore becomes first country to approve lab-grown meat
Singapore has granted San Francisco start-up Eat Just Inc. regulatory approval to sell its laboratory-grown chicken in the city-state -- the world's first government to allow the sale of cultured meat.

K-pop group BTS can defer military service after South Korea passes new law
K-pop fans can breathe a sigh of relief, with BTS here to stay -- for a few more years, at least.

Tech companies are seizing the market moment
The biggest tech companies strengthened their hold on the global economy during the pandemic. Now, the industry is leveraging a moment of market euphoria to gear up for what comes next.

US Women's Soccer reaches deal for equal working conditions, but not equal pay
The United States Soccer Federation and the US Women's National Team have reached an agreement -- but not about equal pay.

Elton John honors Anthony Fauci on World AIDS Day
Dr. Anthony Fauci's work to educate the public on the coronavirus pandemic has earned him admirers, but his work on the global HIV/AIDS crisis saw him cheered on by Elton John.

Argentine authorities raid the home and office of Maradona's psychiatrist
Argentine authorities raided the home and office of Diego Maradona's psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov on Tuesday, the San Isidro Attorney General's Office told CNNE.

Doctors and nurses in the US: 'We don't feel like heroes anymore'
From running out of room at the morgue to caring for critically ill colleagues, many doctors and nurses on the frontlines of America's Covid-19 outbreak say they are at a breaking point.

Dubai's $5 billion Heart of Europe resort nears first stage completion
What strikes home as the shuttle boat approaches the $5 billion megaresort being constructed off the coast of Dubai is its sheer audacity.

These remote lagoons in the Philippines will change the way you feel about jellyfish
Of all the marine creatures in the world, jellyfish are among the oldest, toughest and most ubiquitous species. But, they are unlikely to win any popularity contests.

How this diver earned the nickname 'Deepest Man on Earth'
Freediver Herbert Nitsch earned the nickname "Deepest Man on Earth" by diving underwater to 830 feet on a single breath. He explains how he found his sport and recovered from his accident.

English whisky? A spirits pioneer tries to survive the pandemic and Brexit
Daniel Szor is doing something unusual: making whisky in England.

Couple married for 47 years die of coronavirus within a minute of one another
Patricia and Leslie McWaters spent 47 years together, raising their children, then grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. And last week, they died together of Covid-19, within the same minute.

How to not hate your household in the pandemic
Tensions in my household have skyrocketed since we've been home together going on nine months.

Actress recreates famous movie scene from 'Home Alone'
"Schitt's Creek" actress recreates "Home Alone" scene leaving some fans stunned. Jeanne Moos reports.

A sedentary Covid-19 lockdown can impact health in just 2 weeks
As the world digs in for the second wave of Covid-19, flu season and winter, people also face a serious risk from reduced physical activity — especially older adults. Developing a plan to be physically active now will help you to stay strong and healthy through the long winter ahead.

Choose anti-inflammatory foods to lower heart disease and stroke risk, study says
A variety of food containing large amounts of antioxidants and vitamins -- such as leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, whole grains, fruits, nuts, fatty fish and olive oil -- can support a healthy inflammatory response and reduce cardiovascular risk.

Anderson on how fatherhood defines him as a person
CNN's Anderson Cooper answers a viewer's question about what he thinks defines him. Anderson Cooper Full Circle will air Tuesday - Friday this week at 6p E.T.

'Proud to partner with Bahrainis,' says F1 boss amid human rights criticism
The head of Formula One says the organization is "proud to partner with Bahrainis" as he responded to criticism about the kingdom's human rights record ahead of the first race in the Bahrain Grand Prix double header.

Inside Japan's new Super Nintendo World
Universal Studios Japan gave a sneak peek into the newest addition to its theme park, set to open in February 2021

China spacecraft lands on previously unvisited area of the moon
China has successfully landed a lunar probe on the surface of the moon, the country's National Space Administration said Tuesday.

Approval marks the first time that citizens outside of the worldwide clinical trials will have the opportunity to be immunized against Covid-19
Amarks the first time that citizens outside of the worldwide clinical trials will have the opportunity to be immunized against Covid-19

White House Covid-19 task force: We are in a dangerous place
The White House coronavirus task force issued extremely dire warnings to states in weekly reports this week, urging public health officials to circumvent state and local policies amid record high cases, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as fears of a surge upon a surge following Thanksgiving.

Analysis: We have proof that kids are paying the price of Covid
Nine months into the pandemic, the US still has not figured out how to get all of its kids safely back into classrooms, and now we are starting to see the cost of the cumulative individual and policy decisions that have made opening schools so hard.

Potential presidential pardon bribery scheme under investigation

UN chief: Humanity is waging a 'suicidal' war on nature
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a searing indictment of humanity's "war" on the environment Wednesday, in a speech on the state of the planet in which he urged everyone to prioritize "making peace with nature."

Most countries are still choosing fossil fuels
Governments of the world are at a "critical juncture" for shaping the climate's future but are on course to produce too many fossil fuels in the decade ahead, a new report has found.

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Britons welcome vaccine news, but some raise concerns
As UK becomes first to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 jab, Britons hope move frees country from perils of virus.

Displaced people in Iraq left with no refuge as police shut camps
While camps have been described as 'open-air prisons' they also functioned as a refuge for families with nowhere to go.

EU criticises ‘hasty’ UK approval of COVID-19 vaccine
European regulator says its approval process is more appropriate, as German politician calls UK move 'problematic'.

Afghan gov’t, Taliban announce breakthrough deal in peace talks
Deal lays out way forward for negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire.

At 50, EPA pivots from Trump chopping block to Biden future
Defanged after four years of Trump deregulation, the EPA is set to be reinvigorated under Biden.

Putin hails Armenian PM’s ‘courage’ in signing Karabakh deal
Russian president calls Pashinyan's decisions surrounding the ending of the conflict 'necessary' but 'painful'.

Brazil quarry causes hearing loss in Indigenous community
At an Indigenous reserve in Brazil, explosions from a nearby rock quarry threaten the community’s way of life.

Israel releases over $1bn of withheld tax funds to Palestinians
Transfer of the money comes weeks after coordination was renewed between the two sides.

Sri Lanka: Tens of thousands evacuated as Cyclone Burevi nears
About 75,000 people evacuated from the east coast, where tropical cyclone Burevi is expected to make landfall.

In Pictures: Animal attacks take their toll in Kashmir
Changes to land usage, new neighbourhoods and deforestation are driving wild animals into populated areas.

Pakistan’s new regulations aim to ‘silence the internet’
Increasingly in recent years, internet laws have been used to target journalists and rights activists who voice dissent.

Thai PM wins crucial legal battle amid renewed protests
Top Thai court rules in favour of Prayuth Chan-ocha in conflict-of-interest case over living arrangement.

Tanzania: Magufuli’s growing authoritarianism is not an exception
It is a growing trend in Africa.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine: What you need to know in 500 words
Key details about the US-German made vaccine, which be used in the UK within days in the fight against coronavirus.

Ethiopia gives UN ‘unimpeded’ access to Tigray to deliver aid
Deal allows aid workers access to government-controlled areas of Tigray, where federal troops are battling the TPLF.

Nigeria police rescue 10 people after ‘baby factory’ raid
Rescued women told police the owner hired men to impregnate them and then sell the newborns for profit.

Five Black British figures history forgets
We explore the lives of five Black Britons whose stories are rarely told.

India looks to resume Iran, Venezuela oil imports under Biden
India was the key buyer of Iranian and Venezuelan oil before President Trump imposed sanctions on the two OPEC members.

‘Unwarranted’: India slams Canada PM’s remarks on farmer protests
India accuses Justin Trudeau of interfering in its internal affairs after Canadian PM commented on farmers' protests.

In the time of pandemic, debt relief efforts need to go further
For the global economy to recover, not only the poorest but all nations in need should have access to debt relief.

Georgia election official urges Trump to rein in supporters
Republican Sterling criticises president over his antagonising language towards his backers after last month's election.

Biden will not immediately end phase one China trade deal: NYT
Deal signed in January requires China to increase purchases of US products, services by at least $200bn over 2020-21.

Japan: Nike advertisement on bullying, racism faces backlash, boycott calls
Sharp online response after commercial shows several teenage girls bullied in school over race or other differences.

Uganda: Bobi Wine suspends election campaign over violence
Singer-politician seeking to end decades-long rule of 76-year-old President Museveni in January 14 election.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for 2019 protest
Rights groups decry 'heartbreaking and outrageous' sentence as Joshua Wong gets 13 and a half months in prison.

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Commission disburses €8.5 billion under SURE to five Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €8.5 billion in the third instalment of financial support to five Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today's operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Hungary €200 million, Portugal €3 billion, Romania €3 billion and Slovakia €300 million.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed amendments to the Council directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation ('DAC 7'), confirming their support for the agreement reached at technical level. They also exchanged views on the banking union, the capital markets union, the European Semester, international taxation and international debt relief.

EU greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019 to the lowest level in three decades
The Commission adopted its annual EU Climate Action Progress Report, covering the EU's progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 decreased by 3.7 % year-on-year, while GDP grew by 1.5%. Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup reached a political agreement on the reform of the ESM Treaty and the early introduction of the common backstop to the Single Resolution Fund (SRF) by the beginning of 2022. Ministers also discussed the eighth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and greenlighted the release of the fourth tranche of policy-contingent debt measures.

Plenary highlights: consumer rights, homelessness, media freedom
MEPs approved new rights for consumers, called for an end to homelessness and set out their position on the EU’s industrial strategy during the 23-26 November plenary session.

Main results of the EU-Australia leaders' meeting
At a leaders' virtual meeting President Michel, President von der Leyen and Australian Prime Minster Morrison highlighted their resolve to fight the pandemic together and build more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies. They also noted the good progress made towards a trade agreement.

Gender Action Plan – putting women and girls' rights at the heart of the global recovery for a gender-equal world
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces
The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of both citizens and companies regarding their data, and offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms.

MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law

Affordable, accessible and safe medicines for all: the Commission presents a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe
The Commission has today a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe to ensure patients have access to innovative and affordable medicines and to support the competitiveness, innovative capacity and sustainability of the EU's pharmaceutical industry.

EU consumers will soon be able to defend their rights collectively
Parliament endorsed a new law that will allow groups of consumers to join forces and launch collective action in the EU. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass harm, while ensuring appropriate safeguards to avoid abusive lawsuits.

Statement by President von der Leyen on Moderna

Inclusion for all: Commission presents action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027
The action plan promotes inclusion for all, recognising the important contribution of migrants to the EU and addressing the barriers that can hinder participation and inclusion of people with a migrant background, from newcomers to citizens, in European society.

Marked improvement in Europe's air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution
Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency's (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across the continent.

Main results of the video conference of development ministers

Main results of the G20 summit
At a virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, the G20 leaders expressed their strong commitment to coordinated global action, solidarity, and multilateral cooperation. They committed to working together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, restore growth and jobs, and build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
Meeting via video conference, EU leaders agreed to further strengthen coordination against the COVID-19 pandemic. They focused in particular on mutual recognition of tests, vaccine deployment and a common approach to lifting restrictive measures.

Boosting Offshore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutral Europe
To help meet the EU's goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission presented the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy. The Strategy proposes to increase Europe's offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050.

Main results of the video conference of internal market and industry ministers

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
During a video conference, EU foreign affairs ministers were briefed about the outcome of the US elections, and the situation in Afghanistan, Belarus, Nagorno Karabakh, the Eastern Mediterranean and Ethiopia. They discussed multilateralism, and exchanged views with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki.

European Semester Autumn Package: Supporting a sustainable and inclusive recovery amid high uncertainty
The European Commission presented its autumn economic policy package, including the Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2021 and policy recommendations for the euro area.

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine EU countries in the second instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with CureVac to ensure access to a potential vaccine
The European Commission has approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19.

Main results of the video conference of European affairs ministers

Commission launches new complaints system to fight trade barriers and violations of sustainable trade commitments

LIFE programme: over €280 million in EU funding for environment, nature and climate action projects
The European Commission has approved an investment package of more than €280 million from the EU budget for over 120 new LIFE programme projects. This EU funding will trigger total investments of nearly €590 million to help meet these projects' ambitious goals for environment, nature, and climate action.

Main results of the video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers

New Consumer Agenda: European Commission to empower consumers to become the driver of transition
The European Commission has launched the New Consumer Agenda to empower European consumers to play an active role in the green and digital transitions.

Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities

EU4Health: MEPs pave the way for an effective EU health programme
To close gaps exposed by COVID-19 and ensure that health systems can face future threats to public health, an ambitious EU health programme is needed, say MEPs.

Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers
Ministers discussed the fight against terrorism, following the recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria, and issued a joint statement. They also discussed various aspects of the pact on migration and asylum, proposed by the European Commission on 23 September.

EU increases its contribution to COVAX to €500 million to secure COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries

Union of Equality: The Commission presents its first-ever strategy on LGBTIQ equality in the EU
The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address.

Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe
The Commission is putting forward a set of proposals to strengthen the EU's health security framework, and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and response role of key EU agencies.

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with BioNTech-Pfizer alliance to ensure access to a potential vaccine
The European Commission approved a fourth contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the initial purchase of 200 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 100 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19.

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Amazon
The European Commission has informed Amazon of its preliminary view that it has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets.

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

Main results of the video conference of trade ministers
Ministers took stock of the US elections and underlined the importance of the trans-Atlantic relations to deal with the challenges of our time, especially in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Autumn 2020 Economic Forecast: Rebound interrupted as resurgence of pandemic deepens uncertainty
The coronavirus pandemic represents a very large shock for the global and EU economies, with very severe economic and social consequences. Economic activity in Europe suffered a severe shock in the first half of the year and rebounded strongly in the third quarter as containment measures were gradually lifted.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed Council conclusions on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, giving them broad support. They also exchanged views on non-performing loans, the European Semester and EU statistics, and heard a presentation on the 2020 annual report of the European Fiscal Board.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
Ministers discussed the economic situation in the context of resurgence of the pandemic and issued a statement. They also exchanged views on the euro as a digital currency, heard reports on the operational aspects of the banking union and reviewed the state of play of the COVID-19 EU safety nets agreed in April 2020.

October infringements package: key decisions

Main results of the video conference of health ministers

EU-Canada leaders' meeting via video conference
The leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping with shared principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and based on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Video conference of the members of the European Council
EU leaders met via video conference on 29 October 2020 and discussed the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They focused on testing and tracing policies, and on vaccines. Leaders also addressed the terrorist attacks in France and the relations with Turkey.

Coronavirus resurgence: Commission steps up action to reinforce preparedness and response measures across the EU
The European Commission is launching an additional set of actions to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, save lives and strengthen the internal market's resilience.

Customs Union: Commission proposes new ‘Single Window' to modernise and streamline customs controls, facilitate trade and improve cooperation

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States
The Commission proposed an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work.

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2021

Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland
The European Commission has disbursed a total of €17 billion to Italy, Spain and Poland in the first instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov laureate, EU farm policy, digital services, Brexit
MEPs set out their priorities on digital service rules, artificial intelligence and EU farm policy during the October plenary session.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers reached agreement on a partial general approach on the proposed European climate law and endorsed the objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, including its nature protection and restoration targets.

Latest Eurobarometer survey: Economic situation is EU citizens' top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic
In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries for which restrictions should be lifted

Eradicating human trafficking: Persistent risks call for strategic approach

European Commission issues first emission of EU SURE social bonds
The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for repayment in 2040.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached three important political agreements for Europe's agriculture and fisheries sectors during the two-day Council in Luxembourg. Ministers agreed a general approach on the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package, adopted conclusions on the farm to fork strategy and decided the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021.

New State of Nature report points to persisting pressures on Europe's nature

Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system
To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commission, at the invitation by EU Member States, has set up an EU-wide system to ensure interoperability – a so-called ‘gateway'.

2021 Commission work programme – from strategy to delivery
The Commission adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age.

Main results of the European Council
On 15 and 16 October, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations.

Coronavirus: Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment
Ahead of the discussion of EU Leaders, the Commission is presenting the key elements to be taken into consideration by Member States for their COVID-19 vaccination strategies in order to prepare the European Union and its citizens for when a safe and effective vaccine is available, as well as priority groups to consider for vaccination first.

State of the Energy Union: Progress made on the clean energy transition and a basis for green recovery

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Commission adopts EU Methane Strategy as part of European Green Deal

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty
The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency.

Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment
The European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of employment and social policy

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-UK relations, the annual rule of law dialogue, and the next multiannual financial framework and recovery package. Ministers also prepared for the upcoming European Council and adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Council adopts a recommendation to coordinate measures affecting free movement
The Council adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and disruption, and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses.

Coronavirus Dashboard: EU Cohesion Policy response to the coronavirus crisis
The Commission announced the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on Belarus, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, and current affairs. The Council also adopted conclusions on Belarus.

Plenary highlights: Commission changes, EU budget and climate law
MEPs voted for changes at the European Commission, more ambitious climate targets, and discussed the rule of law in EU countries during the 5-8 October plenary session in Brussels.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of home affairs

Main results of the video conference of justice ministers
Justice ministers discussed antisemitism and hate speech, the EU strategy to combat sexual abuse of children and digitalisation in the field of access to justice.

Coronavirus: Commission signs a joint procurement contract with Gilead for the supply of Remdesivir

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to 60%
All member states must become climate neutral by 2050, says Parliament in a vote on the EU climate law, calling for ambitious 2030 and 2040 emissions reduction targets.

Commission launches new 10-year plan to support Roma in the EU
The European Commission has today adopted a new 10-year plan, including a proposal for a Council Recommendation, to support Roma in the EU. There are seven key areas of focus: equality, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing.

European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds
The European Commission announced that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds. To that end, the Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Social Bond Framework.

Western Balkans: An Economic and Investment Plan to support the economic recovery and convergence

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers reached a political agreement on the Recovery and Resilience Facility. They also discussed digital finance, the Capital Markets Union and the European Semester.

Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU
The Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package. The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next steps.

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 22nd EU-Ukraine summit President Michel, President Zelenskyy and High Representative Borrell discussed the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association Agreement and foreign policy issues.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup adopted its work programme until June 2021. Ministers also discussed candidacies for a new ECB executive board member, the 7th enhanced surveillance report on Greece and exchanged views on policy priorities for the eurozone in the context of the recovery.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 1 and 2 October 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, the Single Market, industrial policy, digital and on external relations.

Germany: EIB Group and Commerzbank join forces to support small and mid-sized companies in COVID-crisis

Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations
The European Commission has sent the United Kingdom a letter of formal notice for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement. This marks the beginning of a formal infringement process against the United Kingdom. It has one month to reply to today's letter.

Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union
The European Commission has published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. Today's report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law standards, but important challenges to the rule of law exist in the EU.

A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery
The European Commission adopted a Communication on a new European Research Area for Research and Innovation. Based on excellence, competitive, open and talent-driven, the new European Research Area will improve Europe's research and innovation landscape, accelerate the EU's transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, support its recovery from the societal and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, and strengthen its resilience against future crises.

Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age
The Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU's recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. Setting out a vision of the European Education Area to be achieved by 2025, the Commission proposes new initiatives, more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU's rich education and training offer.

EU and Georgia sign Financing Agreements for COVID-19 Recovery worth €129 million

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council adopted general approaches regarding the draft regulation establishing Horizon Europe, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation for the years 2021-2027, and the draft decision establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

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

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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Chang'e-5 starts collecting samples, will help explain moon's geological evolution

Workers try to capture mysterious monkey seen wandering around downtown Beijing

Chinese study claiming virus might originate from Indian subcontinent withdrawn

China underlines cooperation with South Korea on air pollution

Fact-based illustration not 'fake photo'; Aussie accusation aims to 'divert attention': FM

China continues push for Meng's release 2 years on

Macao to study legislating national security supporting laws

Beijing airports to conduct regular nucleic acid testing on front-line staff in cargo area

Mainland, HK scientists debate whether mass testing is best for HK

US sanctions targeting CEIEC is suppression of Chinese business: FM

Older population reports highest rate of increase in HIV infections in China: WHO

Cleaning lady fined over half of month's salary for walking in on male boss showering

Previous mission experience to ensure safe soft landing for Chang'e-5, likely on Tuesday: space analysts

Brexit stand-off

Morrison blame game taking China-Australia ties into abyss

Green consumption

China's Yarlung Zangbo River hydropower project can alleviate power shortage in northern India: expert

China rejects Australia's demand for apology over cartoon tweet

Two years on, arrest of Huawei's Meng still tests Canada's political wisdom

Cruises to resume in South China Sea after long hiatus amid pandemic

New experience

China to implement comprehensive measures to ban solid waste imports

China fulfills customs protocols for phase one trade deal

Export control law to affect rare earths, UAVs

Revamped supply chains create value in Asia

SE Asia attracts Chinese VC attention as India loses allure

Support for Japan's Suga falls following travel campaign reversal

World's strictest corporate responsibility plan fails in Swiss vote

WHO warns global efforts to tackle malaria flatlining

Chinese FM rejects Morrison's demand for apology

Colorful reality in Indonesia

Proud achievements from UAE-China ties pave the way for an even brighter future

Soccer in hijab: Thai Muslim lesbians tackle stereotypes

Crossword for teabreak


Learning Chinese

Nepali takes grandma's socks to the world

HK urged to conduct city-wide mass testing as daily infections rise

Two giant pandas return from Canada, to quarantine in Chongqing

Morrison demand for Chinese apology over cartoon tweet an attempt to 'divert public attention' from crimes in Afghanistan

Public Security Ministry issues new regulation to ensure honor and dignity of police flag

Chinese submersible Fendouzhe returns to Sanya port after setting new record

GT investigates: Will cold-chain imports trigger new wave of COVID-19 in China?

Prayers in Paris

Testing time

Mainland companies may lose interest in IPOs, but room for talks under Biden

ASEAN diplomats acclaim Chinese vaccines

China to build historic Yarlung Zangbo River hydropower project in Tibet

More evidence supports multiple virus origins

Chinese arms firm ready to deliver indigenous helicopter drones

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UK steps forward and approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for rollout ‘next week’

The vaccine that may allow mass immunization must be stored at ultra-low temperatures and initial supplies will be rationed until more is manufactured in the next several months The United Kingdom steps forward the United States and Europe and became the first Western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for general use as it announced on Wednesday a rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s drug from next week.

Covid-19: US officials unveil details to vaccinate 20 million Americans by end of 2020

Operation Warp Speed program said 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of 2020, and by the middle of 2021 most Americans will have access to  vaccines U.S. officials unveiled details of their plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to millions of Americans starting later this month, as the United States again broke records for new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

US Justice has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud, Attorney General Barr admits

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” the news service quoted William Barr as saying The US Justice Department has not uncovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election, despite President Donald Trump's repeated claims, Attorney-General William Barr told a news agency on Tuesday.

Navitas committed to offshore Falklands Sea Lion project farm in

Rockhopper CEO Samuel Moody said they will work closely with all stakeholders over the coming months to maximize the chance of securing the farm out and project sanction of Sea Lion Rockhopper Exploration has confirmed that Navitas Petroleum remains committed to its proposed farm-in to the Sea Lion oil and gas project offshore the Falkland Islands, the company announced on its site.

US Justice investigating potential bribes for a presidential pardon

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funnelling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed in federal court.

CDC new guidance cuts quarantine time to seven days for Covid-19 negative tests

At present, CDC guidelines for people who have been exposed is to “stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has Covid-19.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half.

Dozens of robbers take over a town in southern Brazil and loot the local bank

The gunmen traded fire with officers in the city center and at a police station, Santa Catarina’s military police said on their official Twitter account Dozens of gunmen armed with assault rifles invaded a city in southern Brazil overnight Tuesday and took control of the streets as they assaulted a local bank.

Argentine agro-export industry workers on strike freezing shipments

Oilseed workers and grains inspectors are demanding a wage increase amid high inflation that has roiled Argentina for years Two major unions in Argentina's agro-export industry, one of the world's top grains exporters, said that they would launch an indefinite strike starting Tuesday morning, ramping up a standoff that has been simmering for months.

French rescuers evacuate a morbid obesity case from his flat with a crane and a large container

Estimated to weigh between 250 and 300 kilos, the man, identified as “Alain P”, had been unable to move from the floor after falling out of bed a year ago. French rescuers had to go to extremes to evacuate a man suffering from morbid obesity from his flat on Tuesday after he was immobilized in his home following an accident last year. Some 50 rescuers and a crane were used in the operation in the southern city of Perpignan.

UK historic retailers go down, putting 25,000 jobs at risk

UK retailers have suffered a double whammy: the pandemic hit as many were struggling to adjust to online competition The UK retail industry suffered one of the harshest blows yet after two of the country's best-known retailers collapsed, putting 25,000 jobs at risk in less than 24 hours. Debenhams said on Tuesday morning it's preparing to close its doors for good after failing to find a buyer


Cut fossil fuels production to ward off ‘catastrophic’ warming: UN-backed report
Countries must decrease production of fossil fuels by 6 per cent per year, between 2020 and 2030, if the world is to avert "catastrophic” global temperature rise, a new UN-backed report has found. 

World must not accept slavery in 21st century: Guterres
Commemorating the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United Nations Secretary-General highlighted the impact of the contemporary forms of slavery, underscoring that such abhorrent practices have no space in the twenty-first century. 

The race to zero emissions, and why the world depends on it
A host of countries have recently announced major commitments to significantly cut their carbon emissions, promising to reach "net zero" in the coming years. The term is becoming a global rallying cry, frequently cited as a necessary step to successfully beat back climate change, and the devastation it is causing.

Deep worry over ‘grim realities’ endured by Palestinians
There is “a deep sense of worry about the grim realities” of life faced by those living in occupied Palestinian Territory, the UN chief said on Tuesday, pointing to the “diminishing prospects of resolving the conflict” with Israel, that has been with the UN since its creation 75 years ago.   

UN chief underlines collective duty to remember victims of the Second World War
Although the United Nations turned 75 this year, the milestone would be incomplete without recognition of the huge losses endured during the Second World War: the event which led to the creation of the global Organization, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told ambassadors attending a commemorative ceremony in the General Assembly Hall on Tuesday. 

Mali: COVID-19 and conflict lead to rise in child trafficking
Child trafficking is rising in Mali, along with forced labour and forced recruitment by armed groups, due to conflict, insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

UN humanitarian office puts Yemen war dead at 233,000, mostly from ‘indirect causes’
Almost a quarter of a million people have died in Yemen’s war, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on its website on Tuesday, confirming the huge toll from a conflict that has ravaged Yemen’s economy and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Global agreement on migration 'taking root' despite pandemic challenge: Guterres 
The Global Compact for Migration, adopted by countries in 2018 as a comprehensive framework for cooperation on international migration, is “taking root in promising ways”, the UN Secretary General said on Tuesday. 

COVID-19 can spark new generation of social protection measures: UN chief
While COVID-19 has wiped out important development gains in mere months, with extreme poverty rising for the first time in decades, the pandemic could spark the transformations needed to achieve stronger social protection systems, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday.  

UNHCR asks Ethiopia for urgent access to 96,000 Eritreans cut off without food
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealed to Ethiopia on Tuesday for urgent access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, saying the month-long conflict in Tigray had left them without vital supplies.

A ‘digital canyon’: 1.3 billion school-aged children can’t log on to internet at home
A staggering two-thirds of world’s school-aged children – 1.3 billion children aged 3-17 – do not have internet connection in their homes, preventing them from learning vital skills needed to compete in the modern economy, a new UN report has revealed. 

UN urges ‘global solidarity, shared responsibility’ against pandemics, marking World AIDS Day
The United Nations is commemorating World AIDS Day, on Tuesday, with a call for “global solidarity and shared responsibility” to overcome not only COVID-19, but also AIDS – another global pandemic that is still with us nearly 40 years after it emerged. 

UN appeals for $35 billion to help world’s ‘most vulnerable and fragile’ in 2021
A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year, a near- 40 per cent increase on 2020 which is “almost entirely from COVID-19”, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Tuesday. 

FROM THE FIELD: Trafficked teenager advocates for women’s rights in Central America
A 19-year-old woman from Nicaragua in Central America has been telling the United Nations how she was traded as “currency” in a card game, and then trafficked and abused.

COVID-19 worsening gender-based violence, trafficking risk, for women and girls
With the COVID-19 pandemic heightening the dangers of gender-based violence and human trafficking, action on these two fronts is needed now more than ever, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday. 

Growing potatoes in the air: agricultural innovation in Rwanda
A Rwandan entrepreneur is pioneering the use of innovative farming technology that, he believes, is set to play a major role in feeding the growing population in his country, amid increasing pressure on arable land.

New COVID-19 infections fall globally for first time since September; WHO chief urges ‘extreme caution’
Last week saw the first global decline in newly reported cases of COVID-19 since September, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, advising that the news, while welcome, must be interpreted with “extreme caution”. 

UN human rights office worried by killings in Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua
Violence is escalating in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, where meaningful and inclusive dialogue is urgently needed to address longstanding economic, social and political grievances, the UN human rights office said on Monday.  

UN refugee agency appeals for $147 million to support thousands of Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has launched an appeal for $147 million to support as many as 100,000 people fleeing Ethiopia’s Tigray region into neighbouring Sudan, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday.

UN chief calls for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities
Achieving a world where all people have equal access to opportunities is a goal worth fighting for, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in a speech calling for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in society, including in COVID-19 response and recovery.  

The pandemic is fuelling slavery and sexual exploitation, UN experts warn
The COVID-19 pandemic has played into the hands of slavers and traffickers and requires stronger government measures to prevent exploitation of vulnerable people, more than 50 independent UN human rights experts said in a statement on Monday. 

FROM THE FIELD: Answering the call for help in Thailand
Violence against women and girls at home affects millions globally. The problem is particularly pervasive as it occurs in a space women and girls should feel most secure. 

Consign chemical weapons to history, UN chief urges, honouring victims
The United Nations Secretary-General has called for “renewed determination” to eliminate chemical weapons from the world. 

COVID-19 threatens global progress against malaria, warns UN health agency
Gaps in life-saving interventions are undermining efforts to curb malaria, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic could set back the fight against the disease even further, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said. 

UN condemns ‘brutal and callous’ attack on civilians in north-east Nigeria
The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack, on Saturday, against civilians in Nigeria’s restive Borno state, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. 

First Person: ‘people with disabilities are the greatest untapped resource on the planet’
Worldwide, persons with disabilities experience higher levels of unemployment and economic inactivity than non-disabled persons. Ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Mike Hess, US-based entrepreneur and founder of the Blind Institute of Technology, spoke to UN News as part of the International Labour Organization (ILO) photography project "Dignity at Work: The American Experience".

Renew commitment to Palestinian people, UN chief urges, marking International Day
Commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to explore every opening to “restore hope” for a two-State solution. 

COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out
Testing will still be a critical tool against COVID-19, even as vaccines are deployed against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday during his regular briefing on the crisis. 

UN Committee urges end to impunity for enforced disappearances in Iraq
A pattern of enforced disappearance – and impunity for such acts - persists in Iraq, according to a report published on Friday by the UN Committee charged with monitoring how well the country upholds its international obligations in dealing with the issue.

Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects: WFP
Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought,  affecting half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday.