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Kobe Bryant: Basketball legend dies in helicopter crash
The basketball star, 41, is considered one of the best players in the game's history.

China coronavirus 'spreads before symptoms show'
The new coronavirus is said to be infectious during its incubation period, making it harder to contain.

China coronavirus: Road blocks and ghost towns
A BBC team travels into Hubei province, where the deadly new coronavirus originated.

League One Shrewsbury earn Liverpool replay
Substitute Jason Cummings scores twice against Premier League leaders Liverpool as League One Shrewsbury Town earn an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Anfield.

Coronavirus: Airlift for Britons trapped in China 'under review'
The UK government says a total of 52 tests have proved negative for the new strain of coronavirus.

Grammys 2020: Seven things to watch out for - and how to watch the ceremony
The key facts for Sunday's show - from BTS and Lil Nas X to the controversy over vote-rigging.

HS2: Cabinet minister has 'gut feeling' rail project will be cleared
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay tells the BBC he believes the high-speed rail project will go ahead.

Jordan Sinnott: Murder arrests over Matlock Town footballer's death
Police arrest two 21-year-old men over the death of Matlock Town's Jordan Sinnott.

Post-mortem tests on man killed in Hull house fire with daughter
A post-mortem examination is taking place to establish the cause of the 47-year-old's death in Hull.

Man wrongfully arrested given £100k compensation by police
Gary Webb was handcuffed and spent a night in a police cell and three nights in prison in 2015.

38 killed on smart motorways in last five years
Panorama reveals for the first time how many have died on roads that no longer have a hard shoulder.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt reappears after six years
Kim Kyong-hui, once a powerful figure, has not been seen since her husband's execution.

Video of Donald Trump ordering removal envoy in Ukraine in 2018
At a private dinner in 2018, President Trump called for the US ambassador to Ukraine to be removed.

Brexit: Zero tariff, zero quota aim for trade talks, says Barclay
The prime minister will set out trade talk details in a speech next month, says the Brexit secretary.

Para-swimmer Grace Harvey speaks about walking in a robotic suit
Grace Harvey reveals the mixed emotions she had after walking for the first time in a robotic suit.

In pictures: India marks Republic Day with military parade
Thousands gather for a parade in Delhi, showing off India's military might and cultural diversity.

Chinese New Year: England welcomes the Year of the Rat
Thousands of people celebrate Chinese New Year by watching flying dragons and dancing lions.

The Shetland dog models whose photoshoots can stop traffic
Kaylee Garrick has trained her pets to pose together - and their fame has spread across the globe.

Three women who were part of a quiet resistance against the Nazis in Berlin
The three were part of a quiet resistance against the Nazis in Second World War Berlin.

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

Beatles, Rolling Stones and more album covers as pottery
Sculptor Simon Buckmaster celebrates the golden age of the album cover in clay.

How a teenager had 30 cosmetic procedures without showing ID
A 17-year-old girl had £15,000 worth of cosmetic procedures without ever having to prove her age.

The art of having a memorial bench for a loved one
Dedicated benches can be a place of solace, but may only be temporary and costs can be prohibitive.

Grime ballet 'sounds like an oxymoron'
The makers of "the world's first grime ballet" want to encourage black people into the discipline.

Coronavirus: Could it damage the global economy?
Inevitably, it will have economic consequences. But how severe and how far will they spread?

Lesotho's murder mystery, Prime Minister Tom Thabane and his estranged wife
Lesotho's prime minister and his wife are caught up in an investigation into the death of his former partner.

The tiger ‘gift’ that horrified Polish rescuers
Tigers recovering from a nightmare journey could have ended up as Asian ‘medicine’

Mark Wallinger: The artist who wants to provoke pupils' creativity
Top artist Mark Wallinger has become a school's artist-in-residence to fight for more creativity.

Forensic science: How pollen is a silent witness to solving murders
Learning about nature in Wales sparked an interest which led to a woman's career in forensic ecology.

Kobe Bryant's poem 'Dear Basketball'
Watch Kobe Bryant's poem 'Dear Basketball', written when the five-time NBA champion retired in 2015, following reports the basketball legend has been killed in a helicopter crash.

England close on series victory after setting South Africa 466 to win
England close in on a series victory after setting South Africa an unlikely 466 to win the fourth Test in Johannesburg.

'We are having a winter break, we won't be there' - Liverpool to play 'kids' in Shrewsbury replay
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his first-team players will not be involved in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town, the Reds manager says.

FA Cup: Jason Cummings strikes twice to draw Shrewsbury Town level with Liverpool
Substitute Jason Cummings scores his second to get Shrewsbury Town back on level terms with Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

'We're Man Utd, we'll sing what we want' - fans voice anger in 6-0 Tranmere win
Manchester United fans use a 6-0 FA Cup hammering of Tranmere at Prenton Park to voice their frustration with the club's owners and Ed Woodward.

Premiership: Harlequins 41-14 Saracens - Quins thump relegated Sarries
Harlequins deepen Saracens' misery by thrashing the champions in their first Premiership match since their relegation was confirmed.

Mental health at work: How it affected my first job
Making the leap from studying to your first full-time job can be tough for lots of people.

Terry Jones: Life in pictures
Pictures from the life of The Monty Python star Terry Jones, who has died at the age of 77.

How has immigration changed in your area?
Four maps on how immigration has changed Britain.

Beyond Veganuary: Is going plant-based a smart way to lose weight?
People with eating disorders may use veganism as a "socially acceptable" restrictive diet, a charity warns.

University of Liverpool cheese bookmark sparks Twitter jokes
The "disconcertingly warm" slice of processed cheese was found by a "stunned" Liverpool librarian.

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Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash at age 41

Four others were killed in the crash, police say

What is Kobe Bryant's legacy? (2015)
As Kobe Bryant says he will retire, sports writer Howard Beck discusses the legacy of one of the best basketball players in history with CNN's Rachel Nichols.

China says virus can spread before symptoms show

Latest virus discovery 'a game changer', China's health minister says

Social media videos appear to show patients overcrowd hospitals
Social media videos appear to show patients overcrowd hospitals in Wuhan -- a city under partial lockdown -- due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. CNN's David Culver reports.

Schiff calls Trump 'vindictive' and says Trump's tweet was intended to intimidate

The UK has a racism problem
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan began a new life in Canada last week, having stepped down as senior royals and left the UK. The couple's departure has forced a heated debate on a problem that many say the country is failing to face up to: racism.

Boeing's huge 777-9X airplane takes its first flight
The world's longest and largest twin-engine airliner, the Boeing 777-9X has finally taken to the skies for its maiden flight, offering a ray of hope for the troubled US aviation company following months of grim headlines.

Mnuchin's wife took Thunberg's side in spat with her husband. Then her post was deleted
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton on Saturday showed support for climate activist Greta Thunberg, days after her husband took a jab at the teenager.

12 dead, hundreds wounded as protesters clash with Iraq security forces
Twelve people were killed and 230 others injured in protests in Iraq over the past three days, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq said Sunday.

Man kept sex slave for 5 years, police say
A North Carolina man is facing a human trafficking charge after police alleged he kept a person in sexual servitude for five years.

Satellite imagery shows activity at critical North Korean missile site
Recent satellite imagery shows vehicle activity at a critical North Korean missile site that could potentially signal early preparations for a missile or missile engine test, according to one administration official and three defense officials familiar with the latest US assessment.

Must-watch videos of the week

In the camp world of K-pop, it's hard for stars to be gay
On a brightly lit stage, two male K-pop stars with glowing skin and perfectly coiffed hair are nibbling either end of the same long, chocolate stick.

'SNL': Trump's lawyer goes to hell

Ugandan climate activist cropped out of photo with white peers
The Associated Press news agency (AP) has apologized after cropping a Ugandan climate activist from a photograph where she had posed with her white peers after a press conference in Davos, Switzerland.

Buttigieg's new focus: Converting Trump voters
Pete Buttigieg will close out his campaign in Iowa focusing on his ability to win over disaffected Republicans who backed President Donald Trump in 2016, his campaign tells CNN, hoping that Democrats who are hellbent on defeating Trump in November will be wooed by a candidate who can eat into the President's support.

Green Day drops several f-bombs during NHL All-Star Game
Punk rock band Green Day yelled a few f-bombs during their performance at the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday night in St. Louis.

36 dead and at least 1,607 hospitalized in Turkey earthquake
At least 36 people died and more than 1,607 have been hospitalized in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, according to state broadcaster TRT Haber.

6 people were shot at a South Carolina bar, including 2 fatally
Two people were killed Sunday in a shooting at a bar in Hartsville, South Carolina, Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said.

The new streaming wars: Tech giants are fighting for top gaming stars
When Jeremy Wang started streaming on Twitch in 2016, he was an unknown twenty-something with a few coding internships under his belt. Almost no one knew his name or what he looked like. The latter, at least, was by design: Wang, now 28, initially wore a mask everywhere — whether playing video games at competitive events or streaming from a closet while visiting his sister in New York.

The first female and openly gay coach in Super Bowl history
A source of inspiration came in 2014.

Driver uses skeleton passenger to ride in HOV lane
This is a good time to set a ground rule:

Runner finds dangerous spikes hidden on popular nature trail
Police in Australia are urging the public to stay alert after a runner found homemade spikes methodically hidden on a popular running trail Monday.

Snakes rounded up in annual 2020 Python Bowl
Over 750 people turned up for the 2020 Python Bowl in Florida, catching 80 of the invasive snakes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. HLN's Susan Hendricks explains.

Firefighters rescue puppy that got its head stuck in a wheel
California firefighters responded to an unusual call this week -- a puppy that got her head stuck in the wheel in a spare tire.

LeBron James breaks Kobe Bryant's career NBA points record
LeBron James' 27-point performance against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night meant he was just 17 points behind Kobe Bryant on the NBA's all-time points list.

FedEx driver shoveled snow off customer's stoop
A delivery driver's good deed is being shared with the world, thanks to a doorbell camera.

WWII vet and member of Navajo Nation, Sophie Yazzie, dies at 105
One of the longest-living female WWII veterans, Sophie Yazzie, died Saturday, Arizona Department of Veterans' Services Director Wanda Wright said in a Facebook post.

Small plane crashes in neighborhood and sets home on fire
A small plane crashed into the side of a Lake City, Florida, home on Saturday, killing the pilot, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits
Never heard of a "witch bottle"? Step right in, friend, sit a spell (not the evil kind) and we'll tell you why archaeologists believe a broken bottle found in Virginia just might be one.

For the rich and famous, there's no silver bullet to avoid phone hacks
The world might be turning to technology to solve everything from traffic to dating, but no one app or gadget will save the rich and famous from falling prey to cyberattacks, according to digital security experts.

Sharks that can walk discovered near Australia
Scientists discovered four new species off walking sharks near the northern coast of Australia.

Scaring off monsters and renting boyfriends: Things to know about Lunar New Year
It's that time again: Lunar New Year.

Republic Day 2020: Join India's great big constitution party
India is the world's largest democracy, and it's serious about its constitution. The country goes all out to celebrate its remarkable achievement in self-governing each Republic Day.

Where daredevil monks climb closer to God
Driving through the beautiful, winding country lanes of Georgia's remote, western Imereti region is an immensely pleasurable travel experience -- but not one you'd immediately associate with religious experiences.

See swarms of millions of locusts strike
Massive swarms of locusts have swept across the east of Africa since December, threatening food security and livelihoods.

Island pays residents to let special owl burrow in their front yard
Florida's dwindling population of burrowing owls is having trouble finding homes.

Coco Gauff's fairytale run at the Australian Open ends
With the astronomic rise of Coco Gauff, 21-year-old Sofia Kenin's scaling of the tennis rankings has flown somewhat under the radar.

The skyscraper that made a city
Before the Burj Khalifa, before the Burj Al Arab, there was the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dutch soccer clash kicks off with adorably novel coin toss
If tensions were high before this crucial game at the bottom of the Dutch football league, the mascot doing the coin toss beforehand served to bring a little light-heartedness to the whole affair.

Destinations have vowed to fight back against overtourism for 2020
If 2018 was the year of overtourism, 2019 was the year destinations fought back. Or, rather, vowed to do so. So how will 2020 shape up?

Can you really get a Mona Lisa for $60K?
To an untrained eye, the "Mona Lisa" up for auction at Sotheby's next week is indistinguishable from its namesake hanging in the Louvre.

NBA legend dies at age 41 | Tributes pour in from Trump, athletes, celebrities | FAA to investigate crash

Four others killed in crash, police say
[Breaking news update at 3:05 p.m. ET]

Kobe Bryant's career in photos

Bryant reveals battle with racism while growing up in Italy
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant believes more education is needed to tackle the scourge of racism in soccer.

China: Coronavirus can spread before symptoms show
• Latest discovery 'a game changer' • BREAKING: Fifth US case confirmed • Here's how to protect yourself

Schiff calls Trump 'vindictive' and says tweet was intended to intimidate

Al Jazeera

In Pictures: The life of NBA icon Kobe Bryant
Bryant was considered one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with LA Lakers.

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash
One of the greatest NBA stars of all time, Bryant was in his private helicopter with four others when it went down.

Three dead in protest against Gambian leader Adama Barrow
They were the first deaths since protests erupted against Barrow, who pledged in 2016 to step down after three years.

When will landmines be cleared?
From Iraq to Egypt, Ukraine to Afghanistan, landmines continue to kill long after the fighting has ended.

Fascism in the Family
A personal look at Mussolini's regime and how Italy may now be embracing fascist ideologies most believed gone forever.

China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates
The virus thought to have originated in a Wuhan food market continues to spread as China steps up containment efforts.

Turkey's Erdogan: No military solution to the conflict in Libya
Turkish leader says his country supports dialogue between the warring parties during visit to Algeria.

Deadly clashes erupt in Libya rendering ceasefire 'useless'
Three killed and 28 wounded as GNA forces push back General Haftar's surprise offensive east of Misrata.

Israel approves travel to Saudi under limited circumstances
Travellers would still need permission from Saudi authorities, says statement from Israel's interior minister.

Auschwitz survivor recounts horror 75 years after liberation
Menachem Haberman spoke to Al Jazeera about the suffering he endured and still lives with today.

Palestinians threaten to quit Oslo Accords over Trump peace plan
Israel's PM says he hopes to 'make history' on White House trip for unveiling of Trump's 'deal of the century'.

Rescue efforts under way after deadly quake rattles east Turkey
Rescuers desperately attempt to find survivors in eastern Turkey in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

In Pictures: Coronavirus outbreak in China
China expands drastic travel restrictions to contain epidemic that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000.

Iraq: Why the delay in picking a new prime minister?
Protesters in Iraq continue to demonstrate but government is stalling on their first demand of picking a new PM.

'Fight for India's soul': Protests mark Republic Day celebrations
To commemorate the day Indian constitution came into effect, thousands protest against 'anti-Muslim' citizenship law.

19 Malian soldiers killed by armed men: Military
Attack took place at Sokolo military camp in the Segou region, where armed fighters linked to al-Qaeda operate.

The mystification of Qassem Soleimani
The assassination of Soleimani will have a significant impact on Iran's tumultuous internal politics.

China cracks down on wildlife trade amid coronavirus outbreak
Move is latest measure to make public safety a top priority in bid to contain virus.

Which countries have confirmed cases of new coronavirus?
People in more than 10 countries, mostly in Asia, have been diagnosed with the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China.

It is time to change the definition of refugee
Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and as such, should be included in legislation on asylum seeking.

What's behind the Egypt-Ethiopia Nile dispute? | Start Here
Start Here explains why Ethiopia's new dam on the Nile river has Egypt worried about its water supply being cut off.

Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye as candidate in May poll
Evariste Ndayishimiye, CNDD-FDD secretary-general, is an ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza who will not seek new term.

Stateless in South Africa: 'They were setting people alight'
A refugee describes fleeing violence in eastern DRC with her children only to face the fear of more in South Africa.

US fines Delta $50,000 for ordering Muslim passengers off planes
Prominent Muslim rights group questions size of penalty, describes it as 'slap on the wrist'.

Peru election: Voters to elect new Congress on Sunday
Peruvians go to the polls to elect a new Congress, but there is not much enthusiasm among voters.

MercoPress - South American Agency

Coronavirus deaths piling in China; health authorities scramble to prevent a global pandemic

The total number of confirmed cases in China now stands at 1,287, the National Health Commission said in a statement on Saturday. The official death toll from the coronavirus in China jumped on early Saturday to 41 from 26 a day before, as local media reported a doctor on the frontline of the battle to contain the virus in Wuhan city had died.

Netanyahu praises Fernandez for his “persistence” in investigating the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires

Argentine president Alberto Fernandez and First Lady were hosted for by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife . Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday congratulated Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez for his “persistence” in investigating a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community in Buenos Aires.

Turmoil in Spanish coalition: Transport minister meets Venezuelan vice president in EU territory

Allegedly José Luis Ábalos, the transport minister in the leftwing coalition met Delcy Rodríguez in the early hours of Monday morning. Opposition parties in Spain are calling on the government to explain why one of its ministers met Venezuela’s vice-president in a secretive encounter onboard a private jet at Madrid airport.

Falklands' January storm causes massive loss of Rockhopper penguin chicks

The colony is at the south west end of Sea Lion. Rockhopper penguins are among the smaller species of penguin: at full growth, they are about 20 inches in height. (Pic M. Reeves) 84% of Rockhopper chicks on Sea Lion Island have died as a result of a storm that hit the Falkland Islands on January 14/15. Strong easterly winds on the island, which lies southeast of East Falklands, launched sea spray on to the colony for more than 48 hours, to deadly effect, said owner Mickey Reeves.

Bolivian interim president tosses her hat into the May 3 election ring

Jeanine Anez announced her candidacy at an event in La Paz, despite previously having suggested she would not run Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez said on Friday that she will be a candidate in upcoming elections that will serve as a re-run of October’s disputed vote that sparked protests and prompted former leader Evo Morales to resign.

Trump announces higher tariffs for steel and aluminum derivates

Trump has imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to help boost U.S. production, which he says is a national security issue US. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation increasing tariffs on derivative steel products by an additional 25% and boosting duties on derivative aluminum products by an additional 10%.

Argentina's YPF returns successfully to money markets: issues US$ 164 million debt

YPF, which is spearheading development of Argentina’s giant Vaca Muerta shale play, said in a statement it issued the debt via three new debt instruments Argentina’s state energy company YPF said it issued debt of US$ 164 million on Wednesday, in a result it said exceeded its expectation.

Bolivia breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba arguing Havana's "constant hostility"

Interim President Jeanine Anez has previously cut ties with Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro, recognizing instead his opposition rival Juan Guaido. Bolivia on Friday announced it was breaking off diplomatic relations with long-time ally Cuba, the latest in a series of foreign policy reversals by the right-wing interim government.

First trail in Chile over eye injuries to protestor by Carabineros firing buckshot

In court, Captain Pablo Carvajal was formally accused of having fired buckshot in the left eye of a protester at a distance of two to five meters during a protest A Chilean police officer appeared in court on Friday in the first instance of prosecutors bringing charges over eye injuries blamed on security forces during Chile's months of unrest.

Chile's business community anticipates an ailing economy during 2020

Protests over inequality rocked the world's top copper miner through late 2019, leaving 27 people dead, thousands injured and billions of dollars in damages Chile's central bank is expected to hold its benchmark rate at 1.75% in January, a poll of 62 traders showed on Friday, then keep it there through 2020 as seeks to spur the ailing economy following months of unrest in the key mining nation.

EU Newsroom

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe
The Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission's contribution to the already lively debate around the Conference on the Future of Europe – a project announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her Political Guidelines, to give Europeans a greater say on what the European Union does and how it works for them.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) discussed digital taxation and the European Green Deal. It also kick-started the 2020 European Semester exercise.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, including the latest developments regarding Libya. Foreign ministers also exchanged views on the Sahel and climate diplomacy. Over a working lunch ministers discussed the Middle East peace process and issues concerning the wider region.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit
During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights
Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection.

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions
MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
The Commission presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, focusing on Libya, and exchanged views on recent events in Iraq with a view to finding ways to de-escalate tensions in the region.

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets
The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, EU Ombudsman, pollinators
The 2019 Sakharov Prize award ceremony, the election of the new EU Ombudsman and a debate on the decline of bees topped the agenda of the December plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions on biodiversity. Ministers spelled out member states' views on the commitments and actions needed in EU environment and climate policy 2019-2024, including the European Green Deal.

Ten years of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
MEPs celebrated the reforms that enhanced democracy and expanded people’s rights in the EU with Presidents Sassoli, Michel and von der Leyen.

European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet
The von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2020 and agreed on a general approach on a crisis package for Baltic Sea fisheries. The Council also had an exchange of views on a progress report on the post-2020 CAP reform package.

Parliament backs measures to cut e-commerce VAT fraud
MEPs supported measures designed to fight e-commerce VAT evasion that would help cut some of the €137 billion lost each year across the EU to VAT fraud.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Stop Finning – Stop the trade' initiative

Main results of the European Council
On 12 December, EU leaders discussed climate change, the EU's long-term budget and external relations, among other issues. On 13 December, they met again to talk about the economic and monetary union and Brexit.

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe's interests in international trade
The European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
The European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: full mobilisation of €6 billion to support refugees and local communities in need
The EU has fully mobilised the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, confirming its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3 billion has now been contracted and €2.7 billion disbursed.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held debates on the economy of wellbeing and on the access to medicines in the EU. It also held debates on gender equality and the future of the EU social legislation and adopted conclusions on health and safety at work and on inclusive labour markets.

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List
The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-Africa relations and how the EU can better protect and promote human rights around the world. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views on FAC's working methods.

The EU adopted €297 million in concrete actions for refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon
The European Union adopted a new €297 million assistance package to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council took stock of progress on the banking union. It also adopted a work plan on climate action and conclusions on energy taxation, money laundering, capital markets union, non-performing loans and the financial architecture for development.

The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world
The von der Leyen Commission revealed its working methods which will be the basis for the new College to deliver on the President's Agenda for Europe during the next five years. They put collegiality, transparency and efficiency first.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) Council
The Council discussed smart sector integration, the new Commission's energy policy priorities, and follow-up to the draft national energy and climate plans.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its negotiating positions on two amending regulations, one on the taking of evidence and one on the service of documents. It also adopted conclusions on victims' rights. Ministers took note of the final report of the 8th round of mutual evaluations in the field of criminal matters, which focused on environmental crime.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its position on proposals related to rail passenger rights and trans-European transport network. It discussed digitalisation of transport and the Single European Sky.

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges
The Commission has published the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017.

Plenary highlights: new Commission, EU's 2020 budget, climate change
MEPs voted into office the new European Commission, approved the EU's budget for 2020, called for a climate neutral Europe and awarded the LUX film prize.

State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries
The European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.

The European Parliament declares climate emergency
Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council agreed a general approach on the representative actions for consumers. It debated the public country-by-country reporting directive and had an exchange of views on the external dimension of the competitiveness of the EU economy.

November 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.

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission
Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen.

Children's rights: combatting exploitation, forced marriage and sexual abuse
MEPs call for more action to combat child trafficking and forced marriage, whilst stressing the crucial contribution that kids make in the fight against climate change.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)
The Council discussed the future financial architecture for sustainable development and neighbourhood, and how the EU and member states can better support the development of countries in transition, such as Ethiopia and Sudan. Development ministers also had an exchange of views with the Minister of Education of Ethiopia about learning challenges in Africa.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted a resolution on culture and sustainable development and conclusions on combatting corruption in sport and held public debates on the competitiveness of creative and audio-visual industries and on good governance in sport.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of play of negotiations in the World Trade Organization, and progress in its reform process. It also took stock of the latest developments regarding trade relations between the EU and the United States.

Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans
The European Commission has presented its Opinions on euro area Member States' 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece.

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU
The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next multiannual financial framework, European Council preparations and strengthening the rule of law in the EU. Ministers also discussed the state of play on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and CAP transitional rules. It was also informed about: apiculture, imports of maize and rice, and the EU-China agreement on GIs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
The Council endorsed an agreement on the 2020 EU budget reached with the European Parliament in the conciliation committee. The budget strongly focuses on growth and competitiveness, climate action and other EU priorities such as security and management of migration.

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants first-ever market authorisation
The European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against Ebola. This vaccine, called Ervebo, had been in development since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on Afghanistan and on the security situation in the Gulf region and Iran. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views with the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Taxation: Belize removed from EU list, North Macedonia meets commitments

Statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution of 9 November 1989

Final green light to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
It will soon be easier and more profitable to trade with Singapore. The free trade agreement (FTA) signed by the European Union and the Republic of Singapore on 19 October 2018 is due to enter into force on 21 November 2019, as a consequence of the decision adopted by the Council today on the conclusion of this agreement.

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is being strengthened in terms of staff and technical equipment. It is also being given a broader mandate to support member states' activities, especially on border control, return and cooperation with third countries. The new regulation will incorporate the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) into the European Border and Coast Guard framework, to improve its functioning.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on climate finance ahead of COP25, the UN climate change conference, which will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019. It also reached agreement on two reforms of existing VAT rules.

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead
The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running high.

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China
The EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

Erasmus+: EU will invest over €3 billion in young Europeans to study or train abroad in 2020
The European Commission published its 2020 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. 2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe's leadership in six strategic business areas
The Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe's competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors.

Security Union: Significant progress and tangible results over past years but efforts must continue
The report presented recaps the initiatives taken by the Commission in some of the key areas of the Security Union including, the fight against terrorism, information exchange, countering radicalisation and cybersecurity, while noting that further efforts are needed, in particular on the implementation of EU security legislation.

Code of Practice on Disinformation one year on: online platforms submit self-assessment reports
Today, the European Commission published the first annual self-assessment reports by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the Code of Practice on Disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

Brexit: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50
The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.

Plenary highlights: EU's 2020 budget, Syria, Sakharov Prize, bees
MEPs called for more funds for climate action, criticised Turkey’s military operation in Syria and voted in favour of plans to protect bees during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing and on the future of work. Ministers also held debates on matching skills and labour market needs and on anti-discrimination.

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states
MEPs on adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Third review welcomes progress while identifying steps for improvement
The European Commission publishes its report on the third annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The report confirms that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.

EU investment budget for 2020: A boost for the climate
MEPs adopted their position on the 2020 EU budget on Wednesday, saying it must provide a “solid starting point to launch the new generation of EU programmes”.

Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario
UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house.

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the MFF, the next institutional cycle, climate change, enlargement, Turkey, illegal drilling activities and MH17.

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached
The European Commission has recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.

Main results of the Special European Council (Art.50)
The European Council (Art. 50) endorsed the revised withdrawal agreement and approved the revised political declaration. On this basis, the European Council (Art. 50) invited the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 1 November 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal.

European Labour Authority starts its work
The European Labour Authority starts its activities with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation
Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019.

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council agreed on 2020 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, and to supplement the existing partial general approach on the future EMFF. The Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package, forestry and the market situation.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on the situation in Syria, including north-east Syria, and on Turkey's drilling activities. Foreign ministers discussed Ukraine and had an exchange of views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties
Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world.

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference
Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed issues related to anti-money laundering and the Wise Persons' Group's report on the European financial architecture. It adopted a Council recommendation on the appointment of a member of the ECB executive board.

October infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

EU budget 2021-2027: Time to decide
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October, the European Commission calls on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a fair, balanced and modern long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget
In its latest report about the management of the EU budget, the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers discussed right-wing violent extremism and terrorism, new technologies and internal security, hybrid threats and internal security, the state of play on migration, and the EU’s action against corruption. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, they also reaffirmed the importance of EU common values.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions for the preparations of COP25 as well as on the 8th Environment Action Programme and the circular economy. Ministers held a policy debate on the EU's long-term climate strategy.

New rules make household appliances more sustainable
In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

August 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.4% - EU28 at 6.2%

Security Union: The Commission recommends opening negotiations with Japan on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council held an exchange of views on the key policies that should form the basis of a long-term EU strategy on sustainable growth. The strategy is part of the implementation of the new EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 adopted by the European Council in June 2019.

Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area
Coinciding with the second European Education Summit, the European Commission published the 2019 Education and Training Monitor analysing how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States.

Main results of the UN General Assembly, New York
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed world leaders on behalf of the EU at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 26 September. President Tusk stressed that the patriotism of the 21st century must have a global dimension so as not to become a common national egoism.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council focused on the draft national energy and climate plans and on the energy sector beyond 2030.

Plenary highlights: Brexit, ECB President, Amazon fires
MEPs reaffirmed support for the EU position on Brexit and backed Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank during this week's plenary session.

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025
Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.

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End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy
 Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human rights expert said on Sunday, World Leprosy Day.

The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’
Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.