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Mariupol: Hundreds of besieged Ukrainian soldiers evacuated
Ukraine says 264 fighters - some badly wounded - have been taken from the Azovstal steelworks.

Warning poorest households are struggling to get £150 energy rebate
Fuel poverty charity warns that low income households will wait longest for £150 council tax rebate.

Northern Ireland protocol: Legislative solution needed, says PM
Boris Johnson is accused of using soft words in a series of robust meetings with political parties.

Boris Johnson accepts Northern Ireland impasse down to Brexit deal he signed up to
The prime minister described the EU as being "over-zealous" in its application of the post-Brexit trade arrangements.

Obesity strategy delay immoral, shallow and weak - ex-Tory leader
Lord Hague says the government is "shallow" and "politically weak" for delaying plans to curb obesity.

Jake Daniels: Gary Lineker says forward will be 'massively accepted' after coming out
Gary Lineker expects other footballers to follow Jake Daniels in coming out, while others point to a landmark announcement for football.

Volunteer police officers to be armed with Taser stun guns
The Home Office says it will ensure they are not put at a disadvantage to their paid colleagues.

Judges given power to impose tougher sentences on paedophiles caught in stings
Offenders caught in police stings are to be punished based on intent, even when no child victim exists.

Breast cancer 'metal detector' recommended to NHS
The new gadget can help surgeons find and remove cancer that has spread from the breast, say experts.

US agrees to ease Trump-era sanctions on Cuba
Under the new rules more travel will be permitted to the island and visa processing will speed-up.

Turkey threatens to block Finland and Sweden Nato bids
Turkish President Erdogan accused the Nordic nations of harbouring terrorists wanted by Ankara.

Johnny Depp hit me on honeymoon, says Amber Heard
The actress says she believes that she wouldn't have survived if their marriage had continued.

The Papers: 'Apocalyptic' food cost and footballer's gay pride
The papers focus on cost-of-living warnings and Championship footballer Jake Daniels coming out as gay.

Man with guide dog twice refused access by Tesco
Within a week, Sean Dilley was told in two Tesco stores he wasn't allowed to take in his guide dog.

What do Indigenous people want from Australia's election?
Seven Indigenous people explain their most pressing concerns for Australia's next government.

Harry Styles' new album Harry's House charms music critics
Harry's House is praised for its "abundant charm", with "really well-crafted pop songs".

Open-top bus parade as Stockport seal return to Football League
Thousands of fans turn out to celebrate Stockport County's return to the Football League.

Autism football club helped rekindle my Premiership dream
Charlie struggled to fit in at other football clubs until he started playing for Team United.

Ukraine Eurovision win: Presenter hosting from bunker jumps for joy
Timur Miroshnychenko tells BBC Breakfast he hopes the country will be able to host next year.

Full lunar eclipse creates rare super blood Moon
Its hue was created by sunlight being projected through the Earth's atmosphere onto the Moon.

The 'village' that got me off drink and drugs
How addiction support in a corner of north-west England caught the eye of the government's senior drug advisor.

Anti-abortion groups target women with misleading ads
Abortion providers describe a battle to put out accurate information.

US midterm elections- a simple guide
Two years after Joe Biden was elected, American voters return to the polls this November.

Jake Daniels: Why Blackpool forward's decision is a watershed moment for British football
Why Jake Daniels decision to publicly come out is a watershed moment for British football.

Will swapping out electric car batteries catch on?
One Chinese carmaker has plans for thousands of stations in Europe where you can switch batteries.

Northern Ireland: Could the EU and UK face a trade war?
As tensions build over Northern Ireland, concerns of a trade war between the EU and UK have surfaced.

NFHS-5: India's preference for sons over daughters remains
Nearly 80% of those who took part in a government survey said they wanted at least one son in their lifetime.

A tale of two femicides - and media bias
The media covers some murders less than others, but crimes of femicide may at least soon be counted more accurately.

Julia James murder: How gamekeeper's photo helped catch killer
Julia James' smartwatch and a chance previous encounter helped her colleagues catch her killer.

Newcastle 2-0 Arsenal: Gunners' top-four hopes dealt huge blow with loss
Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four are dealt a huge blow as they are well beaten by Newcastle at St James' Park.

Chelsea takeover: Government ministers fear sale of club to Todd Boehly consortium could 'fall apart'
Ministers are worried a £4.25bn deal to buy Chelsea may be at risk of "falling apart" due to a lack of consensus with the club over the proceeds of any sale, the BBC has learned.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss on booing of national anthem at FA Cup final
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says fans booing the national anthem before the FA Cup final was "not something I enjoyed" but that they "wouldn't do it without a reason".

Queen's and Eastbourne to keep full ATP ranking points but Wimbledon decision still under review
This summer's tournaments at Queen's and Eastbourne will not be stripped of ATP ranking points over a decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus.

Real Madrid expect Kylian Mbappe decision over transfer within weeks, says Guillem Balague
Real Madrid are confident Kylian Mbappe will announce his decision to join them from Paris St-Germain within the next fortnight, reports Guillem Balague.

Sally Horrox: World Rugby director of women says countries must 'learn from England'
Countries around the world need to "learn from England" to "narrow the gap", says World Rugby director of women Sally Horrox.

Marianna Vyshemirsky: 'My picture was used to spread lies about the war'
A pregnant woman fleeing a bombed maternity hospital was targeted by a Russian disinformation campaign.

What sanctions are being imposed on Russia over Ukraine invasion?
Western nations have imposed severe sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine: The children's camp that became an execution ground
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford investigates the killing of civilians in a summer camp in Bucha, Ukraine.

Pinned down by Russian fire in key frontline village
Quentin Sommerville and cameraman Darren Conway visit the edge of Izyum, where Russians forces are concentrated.

Ukraine round-up: Kharkiv shelling eases but Bucha horrors linger
Russian forces make little progress but more war crimes are uncovered.

Ukraine crisis: Can Africa replace Russian gas supplies to Europe?
Europe is desperately seeking alternative sources of gas after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Eurovision win brings 'incredible happiness' to Ukraine
Public support helped push Kalush Orchestra and their song Stefania on to win with 631 points.

Ukraine conflict: What is Nato and how can Finland and Sweden join?
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden have applied to join Nato.

Ukraine: The spy war within the war
The expulsion of Russian officials from Western capitals shows how the spy conflict is intensifying.

Ukraine conflict: Russian chemical attack claim fact-checked
Moscow has a history of falsely accusing its enemies of attacks that could be defined as war crimes.

How many Ukrainians have fled their homes and where have they gone?
The UN says more than 12 million people have fled their homes since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine war: Snake Island and battle for control in Black Sea
This rocky outcrop has been fiercely contested for weeks and has vital strategic importance.

Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion
Russian forces making slow progress around Ukraine's eastern Donbas region amid strong Ukrainian resistance.

Ukraine conflict: Russian soldiers seen killing unarmed civilians
The incident, captured on video seen by the BBC, is being investigated as a suspected war crime.

Ukraine war round-up: Carnage at the river and a war crimes trial
A single Russian battalion reportedly suffers heavy losses and the UK sanctions President Putin's ex-wife.

Ukraine crisis: Could India cut its defence ties with Russia?
India has been under pressure to distance itself from Russia over Ukraine, including reducing defence ties.

How can I offer a UK home to Ukrainian refugees?
The government has launched two schemes to let Ukrainian refugees come to the UK.


Ukraine ends 'combat mission' in Mariupol; hundreds evacuated from Azovstal steel plant

Ukraine hunts spies selling information to Russia
On a dusty street in the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk, a man in a long-sleeved black shirt and cargo pants smokes a cigarette. He's being watched.

CNN captures moment secret police find and arrest suspected spy
CNN's Sam Kiley follows Ukraine's secret police as they apprehend a suspected spy who allegedly provided Russian forces details about the Ukrainian military.

Turkey's Erdogan says he won't support Sweden's and Finland's NATO bids

Ukrainian man says he was tortured by Russian soldiers, shot in face and buried alive
Mykola Kulichenko struggles to recount a tale he shouldn't be alive to tell. But this Ukrainian man believes he was allowed to cheat death so he might speak for all those who cannot.

Ukrainian speaks out after Russian troops buried him alive
CNN's Melissa Bell speaks with a Ukrainian who, along with his brothers, was beaten, shot and buried by Russian soldiers.

Buffalo shooting victims: 'Hero' guard and teacher among 10 killed
• Community mourns: 'We didn't have much, and you took what was left' • Suspect: Visited the area in early March, police and alleged gunman's posts say • Video: CNN reporter has emotional reaction to covering shootings • Opinion: Buffalo is part of an unfolding American tragedy

US Air Force tests troubled hypersonic missile
The US Air Force carried out a successful test of its troubled hypersonic missile over the weekend, one month after announcing the program had suffered delays because of "recent flight test anomalies."

Kim Jong Un mobilizes military after criticizing his cabinet over Covid outbreak
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has mobilized the military to respond to the country's first officially acknowledged outbreak of Covid-19, as the impoverished nation scrambles to address what state media has described as a "major national emergency."

Orange County shooting suspect was upset over China-Taiwan tensions, investigators say
A suspect in a deadly shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, California, has been identified, authorities said.

First woman to command an aircraft carrier 'didn't even understand this was an option'
Amy Bauernschmidt is the rarest of the rare.

Exclusive: Amanpour speaks with Taliban deputy leader
In his first on-camera interview showing his face, Afghan Interior Minister and one of the FBI's Most Wanted Sirujaddin Haqqani speaks with Christiane Amanpour in Kabul, discussing women's rights, security threats, and the US bounty on him.

Pennsylvania primaries encapsulate America's choice in the 2022 midterms
Before the stroke that knocked him off the campaign trail, Senate candidate John Fetterman tossed out a question that defines the Democratic Party's 2022 zeitgeist to a crowd packed, pre-pandemic style, into a rowdy bar.

Thousands of Britain's fish and chip shops could close within a year. Here's why
The future of the United Kingdom's fish-and-chip shops are under severe strain as the prices of key ingredients — including cod and cooking oil — soar as a result of the Russian assault on Ukraine.

No cars were sold in Shanghai in April as zero-Covid policy hammers activity

Remains of 17-year-old girl who went missing in 2009 found in South Carolina, sheriff says
The remains of a 17-year-old girl have been found in Georgetown County, South Carolina -- 13 years after she went missing while visiting Myrtle Beach -- and a suspect in her death is in custody, officials said Monday.

Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, Prime Minister says
Sri Lanka's new prime minister said on Monday the crisis-hit nation was down to its last day of petrol, as the country's power minister told citizens not to join the lengthy fuel queues that have galvanized weeks of anti-government protests.

Baby formula manufacturer Abbott reaches deal with FDA, could restart plant within 2 weeks
The baby formula manufacturer at the heart of a nationwide formula recall said Monday that it has reached an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration to enter into a consent decree, a legally binding agreement that would require the company to take certain steps in response to violations found at its Sturgis, Michigan, facility.

Boeing needs to get its 's*** together,' Ryanair CEO says
The CEO of Ryanair let loose a scathing, obscenity-laden attack on Boeing management Monday, saying company executives need either an immediate "reboot, or a boot up the a**."

The death of the McDonald's peace theory
It's the definitive end of two distinct eras:

18-year-old Ukrainian raising four siblings after their mother was killed
While out getting supplies, 18-year-old Viacheslav Yalov and his mother were hit by Russian shelling. He tried to save her, but she succumbed to her injuries, leaving him as the sole caretaker of his four younger siblings. CNN's Scott McLean reports.

France names first female Prime Minister in 30 years
Elisabeth Borne has been named the new Prime Minister of France, the first time in 30 years that a woman has held the position.

Russian forces are ransacking Ukrainian teachers' homes in search of textbooks
When masked Russian soldiers ransacked Nina's home in northeastern Ukraine at 6 a.m. one day in late April, they were not searching for weapons. Instead, they were looking for her Ukrainian textbooks.

Biden approves plan to redeploy US troops to Somalia
President Joe Biden has approved a request by the Pentagon to redeploy US troops to Somalia in an effort to counter the terrorist group al-Shabaab, a senior administration official said on Monday.

Ukraine sends images of dead Russian soldiers to their families in Russia. Hear the responses they received back
CNN's Sara Sidner reports on how Ukraine is using facial recognition technology to identify Russian soldiers killed in battle.

What a royal funeral in the UAE says about the nation's future
In a smooth transition of power over the weekend, the United Arab Emirates' Supreme Council of rulers selected the nation's third president.

Putin's useful allies in the heart of Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin has just enough allies in just enough places to throw a wrench in the efforts of Western alliances to thwart his ambitions -- deepening the wedge between member states that suits his purposes to a tee.

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh's brother slams violent actions of Israeli police at her funeral

How China's workers are faring during a tumultuous supply chain crisis
China's supply chain crisis and its global impact is leaving companies with increasing costs and consumers with indefinite waiting times to receive goods. CNN's Selina Wang offers an inside look at the country's lockdowns, a strain on shipments and how China's factory workers are reacting to the shifting landscape.

DeSantis eyes state takeover of Disney's special district
After stripping Disney of its special governing powers last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis now says that he wants the state to take over the government body that has overseen the entertainment company's Orlando-area theme parks for half a century.

CNN anchor has emotional reaction to covering mass shootings
CNN's Victor Blackwell gets emotional talking about covering another mass shooting in the US following the deaths of 10 people in a massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

The one thing that terrifies White nationalists is what makes America great
The horrific attack in Buffalo this weekend by an 18-year-old White gunman that left 10 people dead was, per the local sheriff, a "straight up racially motivated hate crime." The US Department of Justice backed up that view. They said they're investigating the mass shooting at a grocery store frequented mostly by Black customers "as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism."

The 'new face' of the anti-abortion movement
Following the leak of the SCOTUS draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, CNN's Elle Reeves talks to anti-abortion activists in Missouri who are working to limit abortions in the state.

The city with an incredible upside-down railway
Suspension railways today seem like an anachronism -- a 19th-century vision of what the future of transport would look like. By the year 2022, surely we would all be commuting to work on upside down railways!

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are married
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are married, for real this time.

Heard says role in 'Aquaman 2' was reduced after Depp's attorney called her abuse claims a 'hoax'
Amber Heard finished testifying on direct examination in the $50 million defamation case with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Monday, following a week-long break in proceedings.

Total lunar eclipse creates dazzling 'blood moon'
The moon glowed red on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday, after a total lunar eclipse that saw the sun, Earth and moon form a straight line in the night sky.

How 'revenge travel' became the latest trend
As more and more countries reopen their borders to eager tourists, a trendy new phrase has emerged on social media: revenge travel.

F1's jewelry ban is for right reasons, says GPDA's Wurz
Formula One is right to ban jewelry from the cockpit but the governing FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way, according to Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) chairman Alex Wurz.

How early traumas can affect your relationship with money
Divorce. Job loss. Business failure. Eviction. Bankruptcy. Poverty.

Watch 18-year-old sit in for Pearl Jam drummer
18-year-old Kai Neukermans performed on drums with Pearl Jam after the band's drummer Matt Cameron tested positive for Covid-19.

Kids can show anxiety symptoms early on. Here's how to spot them
Your child doesn't want to go to the playground to play with other kids. Or she doesn't want to attend a friend's birthday party or the class pool party.

Snapchat CEO surprises college graduates by paying off their student loans
Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel and his wife Miranda Kerr made donations to repay student loans for the newest graduates of Otis College of Art and Design. The couple were invited as keynote speakers and awarded with honorary degrees from the school.

Man Ray's 'Le Violon d'Ingres' photograph sells for record $12.4 million
Man Ray's famed "Le Violon d'Ingres" made history Saturday when it became the most expensive photograph ever to sell at auction.

After resisting a fierce monthslong siege in the strategic port city, Ukraine is evacuating its forces from the Azovstal steel plant

Turkey's Erdogan may not support Sweden's and Finland's NATO bids
• Opinion: The ex-Soviet country second-guessing Putin

No cars were sold in Shanghai in April as zero-Covid policy hammers activity
Shanghai posted zero car sales last month as China pressed ahead with its stringent pandemic control measures.

Analysis: China's lockdowns could exacerbate population crisis

Top dealmaker says Chinese markets are 'close to the bottom'
One of China's top investment bankers says the country's stock markets appear to be nearing "the bottom."

Al Jazeera

Foreign orders boost China shipbuilding firm linked to military
US think tank says shipping firms need to reconsider approach given shipyards links to military.

Interactive: Explore Sudan’s pyramids of Meroe
The largest Nubian pyramids built over two thousand years ago can be seen in a new augmented reality experience.

US says it conducted a successful hypersonic weapon test
Speed and manoeuvrability of hypersonic weapons make them difficult to track and intercept.

China’s small businesses buckle under lockdowns, as expats exit
Beijing’s controversial “dynamic zero COVID policy" is hammering the world's second-largest economy.

Australian election: Where is climate change on the agenda?
Most Australians want action on climate change, but you would not know that from the campaign for Saturday's election.

US Congress: Rashida Tlaib introduces Nakba resolution
Congresswoman says measure aims to recognise forced displacement of Palestinians during establishment of Israeli state.

Biden administration easing some US restrictions on Cuba
US says measures, including loosening curbs on family remittances and travel, aim to 'support Cuban people'.

More than 260 Ukraine troops evacuated from Mariupol plant: Kyiv
Ukrainian defence official says efforts continue to evacuate remaining soldiers from steel plant in besieged port city.

Yellen to unveil action plan on achieving global food security
The US Treasury secretary is in Europe ahead of a meeting of finance ministers for the Group of Seven leading economies.

UK MPs call for independent probe into Abu Akleh killing
Shadow minister for Middle East and North Africa joins other MPs in demanding accountability for Abu Akleh's killing.

Mapping Shireen Abu Akleh solidarity protests
Dozens of protests have taken place across the globe after Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on May 11.

Russia-Ukraine live news: Steel mill fighters ‘completed’ mission
More than 260 fighters have been evacuated from the besieged steel mill as efforts continue to rescue those remaining.

France’s Macron names new PM ahead of parliamentary elections
Elisabeth Borne becomes first PM in more than 30 years as Macron tries to reshape cabinet ahead of June parliamentary polls.

US delegation travelling to Mexico to discuss upcoming summit
Mexico's president has threatened to skip next month's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles if nations are excluded.

Musk says Twitter deal at lower price is not out of the question
Twitter's stock has been dropping on concerns that Musk could walk away from the $44bn acquisition altogether.

Will Finland and Sweden joining NATO make Europe safer?
Nordic nations to apply to join Western military alliance despite warnings from Russia.

EU gives companies green light to buy gas from Russia
European companies are starting to move ahead to comply with Russian demands and keep the gas flowing.

Colombia’s ELN declares 10-day ceasefire for presidential vote
Armed rebels say ceasefire will run from May 25 until June 3 to allow Colombian voters to cast their ballots 'in peace'.

Sweden announces NATO bid, ending its historic neutrality
Swedish PM announces the decision to join the military alliance in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

California church shooter motivated by anti-Taiwan hate: Police
Las Vegas man booked on murder, attempted murder charges in weekend shooting that left one dead, five injured.

Hezbollah allies projected to lose seats in Lebanon elections
Partial results show change in the balance of power in parliament where Hezbollah and allies once held a majority.

Shireen Abu Akleh should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
I know that the Nobel Committee does not award its prizes posthumously, but it should break that rule this year.

Sri Lanka mulls privatizing national airline amid crisis
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister proposed privatizing the country’s loss-making national airline.

Biden approves deployment of hundreds of US troops to Somalia
The decision is based on a request made by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to better address threats from al-Shabab.

Sri Lanka down to its last day of petrol, warns new PM
The new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says the country desperately needs to secure $75m to pay for essential imports.

EU Newsroom

Commission to establish Solidarity Lanes to help Ukraine export agricultural goods
As part of the EU's solidarity response with Ukraine, the Commission today presented a set of actions to help Ukraine export its agricultural produce. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, Ukrainian grain and other agricultural goods can no longer reach their destinations. The situation is threatening global food security and there is an urgent need to establish alternative logistics routes using all relevant transport modes.

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world
The Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.

The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work
In a closing ceremony in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen received from the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board the final report on the outcome of the Conference.

European Health Data Space
The European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe. It will empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States. It fosters a genuine single market for digital health services and products.

Europe Day 2022
This May the EU institutions invite you to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the home of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. As the 2022 European Year of Youth shines a spotlight on Europe’s young people and with citizens’ voices amplified by the Conference on the Future of Europe there’s never been a better time to come together, discuss the challenges we all face and create a better future for Europe that works for everyone. 

Conference on the Future of Europe: Debate and vote on resolution
At its final meeting, that took place on Friday and Saturday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Conference Plenary reached a consensus on its final draft proposals. It has now adopted 49 proposals, which include more than 300 measures on how to achieve them, across 9 themes, based on 178 recommendations from the European Citizens’ Panels, input from the National Panels and events, and 43 734 contributions on 16 274 ideas recorded on the multilingual digital platform. 

Commission decides to register new European Citizens' Initiative

Visa Digitalisation: Visa travel to the EU becomes easier

Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU
As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

COVID-19: Commission calls on Member States to step up preparedness for the next pandemic phase
The Commission is proposing a set of actions to manage the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the next one. By working together, the EU has so far saved hundreds of thousands of lives thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, kept its single market operational, minimised travel restrictions and mobilised manufacturing capacity of critical products when supply chains were disrupted.

Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs'
The European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs', are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to prevent or penalise speaking up on issues of public interest.

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees
The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.

Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war
MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. “Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse”, say MEPs, calling on EU countries to protect children from the risk of trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse.

Green Deal: Modernising EU industrial emissions rules to steer large industry in long-term green transition

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the implementation of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia, their effectiveness (with the aim of preventing any circumvention) and their strengthening. The ministers also discussed the economic issues related to the reception of Ukrainian refugees.

Question time with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Ukraine: €17 billion of EU funds to help refugees
The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Destination Earth – new digital twin of the Earth will help tackle climate change and protect nature

New European Bauhaus: support to cities and citizens for local initiatives

Future of Europe: first debate on Conference proposals wraps up

Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe's resource independence
The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.

Main results of the extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.

EU strengthens partnership with WHO to boost local manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa

Digital Markets Act (DMA): agreement between the Council and the European Parliament

European Council: Support for Ukraine and strengthened transatlantic cooperation
The European Council adopted conclusions on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, security and defence, energy, economic issues, COVID-19 and external relations. On the first day of the summit, EU leaders were joined by US President Joe Biden, in person, to discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, and by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video conference.

Commission outlines options to mitigate high energy prices with common gas purchases and minimum gas storage obligations
Following up rapidly on the REPowerEU Communication and the Versailles Declaration, the Commission has set out ideas today for collective European action to address the root causes of the problem in the gas market and ensure security of supply at reasonable prices for next winter and beyond. Leaders will continue the discussion on these options at this week's European Council.

Commission acts for global food security and for supporting EU farmers and consumers
The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers. The surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlights again the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable, in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.

Ukraine: EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees
Today, the European Commission outlines the actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine and its people. Since the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ukraine refugees: Operational guidelines to support Member States in applying the Temporary Protection Directive
Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in record time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing war in Ukraine. The Directive became immediately applicable on 4 March and now offers immediate protection and a clear legal status to millions of people.

Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes simpler rules to make settlement in EU financial markets safer and more efficient
The European Commission has proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU's settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today's proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan.

Ukraine: EU agrees fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia
The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.

Brexit Adjustment Reserve: Commission approves €2 billion of pre-financing for 12 Member States
The Commission has approved the disbursement of more than €2 billion under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve to a group of 12 Member States. This funding will help the economies of the Member States in mitigating the adverse impact of Brexit on their economies and regions, through support to regions and economic sectors, small and medium sized companies as well as job creation and protection, such as short-time work schemes, re-skilling, and training.

Plenary highlights: Ukraine, foreign interference, golden passports
MEPs discussed Ukraine and the EU’s future security, marked International Women’s Day, and proposed measures to combat foreign interference during the plenary session in March 2022.

Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Versailles
EU leaders adopted a statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, discussed its consequences and the EU response. They also discussed how to strengthen European sovereignty, reduce dependencies and design a new growth and investment model.

European Commission and EIB Group sign InvestEU agreements unlocking billions for investment across the European Union

Ukraine: EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war
In the face of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.

International Women's Day 2022: Commission proposes EU-wide rules to combat violence against women and domestic violence
The new rules also strengthen victims' access to justice and encourage Member States to implement a one-stop shop mechanism, meaning that all support and protection services would be located in the same place. The victims should be able to claim compensation in the course of criminal proceedings.

REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy
The European Commission has proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation.

Ukraine: Commission proposes temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine and guidelines for border checks
The Commission is proposing to activate the Temporary Protection Directive  to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.

The Russian attack on Ukraine marks a new era for Europe, MEPs say
The European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke live from Kiev. European Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the EU’s Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell, also participated in the debate.

NextGenerationEU: First annual report on the Recovery and Resilience Facility finds implementation is well underway

Future of Europe: final set of European Citizens' Panel recommendations

Main results from the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on the situation in Ukraine
At an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 27 February, home affairs ministers took stock of the response to provide to the consequences of the Russian military attack against Ukraine.

Main results of the Special European Council
The European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine and expressed full unity with international partners and full solidarity with Ukraine and its people. The EU has reacted swiftly and decisively to Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed separatist entities and deployment of its armed forces by adopting restrictive measures in response, including a package of sanctions adopted on 23 February.

Commission presents an updated in-depth review of Europe's strategic dependencies

Commission sets out strategy to promote decent work worldwide and prepares instrument for ban on forced labour products

Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy
The Commission proposes new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.

Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on non-essential travel from third countries

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council held a discussion on the European security situation. The Council decided on a series of measures to support Ukraine's resilience. It adopted the decision to provide €1,2 billion in macro financial assistance, and decided to provide support to Ukraine’s professional military education under the European Peace Facility. The EU will also increase its support against cyber-attacks and countering disinformation by sending a mission of experts to the country.

Europe and Africa: joint vision for a renewed partnership
At the sixth European Union - African Union summit, the leaders of the EU and AU committed to a joint vision for a renewed partnership for solidarity, security, peace and sustainable and sustained economic development and prosperity.

The Court of Justice dismisses the actions brought by Hungary and Poland against the conditionality mechanism

Green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE projects for environment and climate in 11 EU countries

Russia’s threats against Ukraine are a wake-up call for Europe, MEPs say
On Wednesday morning, MEPs took stock of the latest developments related to Russia’s military threats against Ukraine in a plenary debate with European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

Space: EU initiates a satellite-based connectivity system and boosts action on management of space traffic for a more digital and resilient Europe
The EU is acting on its space ambitions by tabling two initiatives - a proposal for a Regulation on a space-based secure connectivity and a Joint Communication on an EU approach on Space Traffic Management (STM). Today's initiatives will help safeguard the efficiency and security of our current assets while developing European cutting-edge space technology to the benefit of our citizens and economy.

Commission unveils significant actions to contribute to European Defence, boost innovation and address strategic dependencies
The Commission puts forward a number of Commission-led initiatives in areas critical for defence and security within the European Union. These comprise a Contribution to European defence, covering the full range of challenges, from the conventional defence industry and equipment on land, sea and air, to cyber, hybrid and space threats, military mobility and the relevance of climate change; and a roadmap on critical technologies for security and defence.

European Health Union: HERA launches first work plan with €1.3 billion for preparedness and response to health emergencies in 2022

Winter 2022 Economic Forecast: Growth expected to regain traction after winter slowdown
The Winter 2022 Economic Forecast projects that, following a notable expansion by 5.3% in 2021, the EU economy will grow by 4.0% in 2022 and 2.8% in 2023. Growth in the euro area is also expected at 4.0% in 2022, moderating to 2.7% in 2023. The EU as a whole reached its pre-pandemic level of GDP in the third quarter of 2021 and all Member States are projected to have passed this milestone by the end of 2022.

Protecting biodiversity: EU takes action to prevent introduction of invasive alien species that would damage European nature

First transition pathway co-created with industry and civil society for a resilient, green and digital tourism ecosystem

Digital sovereignty: Commission proposes Chips Act to confront semiconductor shortages and strengthen Europe's technological leadership
The Commission proposes a comprehensive set of measures to ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technologies and applications. The European Chips Act will bolster Europe's competitiveness, resilience and help achieve both the digital and green transition.

EU Taxonomy: Commission presents Complementary Climate Delegated Act to accelerate decarbonisation

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register initiative on European football and sports

New approach to enable global leadership of EU standards promoting values and a resilient, green and digital Single Market
The Commission is presenting a new Standardisation Strategy outlining our approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally. The Strategy is accompanied by a proposal for an amendment to the Regulation on standardisation, a report on its implementation, and the 2022 annual Union work programme for European standardisation.

New rules on the EU digital COVID certificate enter into force
To facilitate safe travel in the EU, vaccination certificates will now be valid for 270 days after 14 days have passed following completion of the primary vaccination cycle. The certificate will also include booster shots.

Commission puts forward declaration on digital rights and principles for everyone in the EU
The draft declaration on digital rights and principles aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends. It will also provide a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies.

COVID-19: Council adopts new recommendation on travel measures in the EU
Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.

Future of Europe: Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

European Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines

Main results from the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was updated on the latest developments in Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine and had a discussion on the European security situation, covering also the situation in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum

Higher education: making EU's universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation
Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.

Roberta Metsola elected new President of the European Parliament
Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.

Memorial for President Sassoli: “Your fight for democracy will live on”
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”

Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

The Commission steps up action for high quality and inclusive youth volunteering
As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level.

Statement by President von der Leyen on the passing of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

President Sassoli to be honoured in Plenary

€47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions
Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in the COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions for the next three years (2022-2024).

European Media Freedom Act: Commission launches public consultation

Fair Taxation: Commission proposes to end the misuse of shell entities for tax purposes within the EU

Council approves EU-UK fishing deal

The Commission proposes the next generation of EU own resources
The new own resources proposed today will help to repay the funds raised by the EU to finance the grant component of NextGenerationEU. The new own resources should also finance the Social Climate Fund. The latter is an essential element of the proposed new Emissions Trading System covering buildings and road transport, and will contribute to ensuring that the transition to a decarbonised economy will leave no one behind.

European Health Union: An empowered HERA in future health emergencies

Global Europe: the European Union sets out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world
The Commission has adopted the Multiannual Indicative Programmes (MIPs) of Global Europe setting out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world for 2021-27. This also includes the financial allocation for 2021-2024 (country level) and for 2021-2027 (regional level) that will support this cooperation for a total of almost €26.3 billion.

EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates
A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures continue to be coordinated, as called for by the European Council following its latest meeting of 16 December 2021. The new rules will ensure restrictions are based on the best available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria.

Main results of the Environment Council

European Commission authorises fifth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is endorsed by the Member States.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, digital policy, gender equality
Alexei Navalny was awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize, MEPs voted on laws shaping the digital world, and pushed for gender equality in the last plenary of 2021.

EU institutions agree priorities for 2022 for a resilient and reinvigorated EU

Main results of the European Council
EU leaders discussed developments related to COVID-19, crisis management and resilience, and external relations, including the situation in Belarus and Ukraine. They also debated security and defence, external aspects of migration and energy prices.

New transport proposals target greater efficiency and more sustainable travel
To support the transition to cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Commission today adopted four proposals that will modernise the EU's transport system.

Commission presents guide for a fair transition towards climate neutrality
The proposal pays particular attention to addressing the needs of the people and households that are highly dependent on fossil fuels and could be most affected by the green transition, and invites Member States to make optimal use of public and private funding and work in close cooperation with social partners.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Global Times

China's wooden building ingenuity still alive today

Blind US teen is still skateboarding

Last documentary in 'I Am From Xinjiang' trilogy presents audiences with a tasty feast

China immigration authorities debunk disinformation over alleged heavy-handed border controls

GT Investigates: US epidemic incompetence creates 200,000 'COVID orphans' with 75% of American children infected

Visiting Chinese VP meets Moon Jae-in, says 'friendly cooperation should not change'

How 'Seine of Beijing' becomes a romantic escape for Beijing residents, expats amid COVID-19

CNOOC-linked giant subsalt ultra-deepwater oil field in Brazil enters production

China-Iran military talks

Fruitful decade for Chinese archaeology with magnificent finds and overseas expeditions

Chinese tech board reports largest single-day increase in six years amid COVID shadow

Shanghai to ease restrictions in areas under zero-COVID status; a 'major step toward lifting lockdown'

College graduates face shrinking jobs as ministry estimates 10.76 million will hit market in 2022

GT investigates: Australia pushes US 'Indo-Pacific Strategy' by military, economic coercion over Pacific Island nations

EU responds on gas

Japan's Kishida meets with Yoon's delegation, shows 'eagerness' to drive S.Korea into Quad

Australian politicians play 'China card' ahead of election; 'no illusion' for China on them

Beijing wages critical war against Omicron with largest nucleic acid testing, strictest community management

China Post calls for enhanced supervision of disinfection measures for international mail

Parading latest ICBM

S.Korean delegation visits Japan for policy consultation, faces need to 'balance ties between China and US'

Macron's victory a 'relief' for EU and US, for now

Beijing fights new surge with ensured supplies

Will fitness livestreaming become a long-term trend in China after making millions stranded at home sweat?

Performance review

SAIC Motor manufactures over 700 vehicles following 5-day production resumption

Bookings for rural homestays in Beijing boom for May Day holidays amid continued COVID-19 outbreaks throughout China

Anniversary shower

Blackstone buys student housing firm American Campus Communities for $12.8b

Schaeffler to source rare earths in Europe

Australian scientists to power Tesla on 15,000-km trip with printed solar panels

Soaring battery costs fail to cool EV sales

Chinese yuan weakens to around 6.45 per dollar, but long-term prospect is stable: analyst

Construction of grain reserve base in Qinhuangdao is progressing

Chinese sportswear brands post positive growth in Q1 as Western brands continue to lose market share

Major manufacturers in Shanghai resume production amid strict coronavirus prevention measures

Shanghai's lockdown-born residential community 'bulk-buying organizers' become grass-roots 'life-savers' in modern battle against coronavirus disease

Imported wine sees drastic drop, as lingering coronavirus outbreaks hit Chinese consumers' appetite

Tightening regulation on NFT slows industry growth, but insiders expect more promising future with new application uses

Nepal a 'demonstration garden' for friendly cooperation among countries, not a 'fighting ring' for geopolitical games: envoy

Shanghai's Lingang New Area loosens curbs on property sale

China's foreign trade mirrors stable start in Q1 despite Omicron outbreak, Ukraine crisis

China lists US human rights abuses worldwide, rebuts Washington's report

China's move to resume approval for new game titles boosts industry confidence to develop more high-quality products

China may spend $100 billion more on crude oil imports in 2022 amid surging global oil prices: experts

China doubles down on efforts to unclog transport and logistics arteries

Flying disc gains tract in China as new driver for consumption, entertainment

'Rainbow waterfall'

Ancient clothing in spring

Guy appeals to court repeatedly for 4 years over 1,000 hair follicles that never got fixed to his head

MercoPress - South American Agency

Separate shootings rock US during the weekend

“We've seen enough of this,” Gov. Hochul said. The United States was shaken this past weekend by various shooting sprees nationwide. On Saturday, ten people were killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and three others were injured and on Sunday similar events in California and Texas, have left at least three more people dead.

Bolsonaro insists Argentina and Chile might end up like Cuba

Bolsonaro also stress all ministers had “carte blanche” to do whatever they saw best for the population Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Sunday insisted on social media that he feared Argentina and Chile were following the paths of Venezuela and Cuba because although Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez were already dead, the "consequences of communism" remained.

Vanessa Estol is the first Uruguayan person to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Vanessa also has in Psychology and former Miss Uruguay The mountaineer and climber Vanessa Estol became on Saturday the first person of Uruguayan nationality to reach the summit of Mount Everest (8,848.86 meters above sea level).

Uruguay is Paraguay's gateway to the world, both Presidents agree

Abdo awarded Lacalle the highest distinction possible Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez Sunday stressed his country needed Uruguay's help to secure a sovereign presence to have a way out to the sea so that its exports can reach the world and that Montevideo “has always been a port of exit.”

Milei: "I will not apologize for having a penis"

“I don't have to feel ashamed of being a man, white, blond with light blue eyes,” he added Argentine Congressman Javier Milei Saturday announced that if he is elected President next year one of his first measures would be to suppress the Ministry of Women (officially known as "Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity").

Shaky weekend as Santiago mourned slain reporter

“Francisca did not leave us. They killed her,” wrote Señal 3, the outlet she worked for Riots rocked the Chilean capital city of Santiago as protesters demanded justice for slain reporter Francisca Sandoval, who died recently after being fatally shot while covering the May 1 Labor Day demonstrations.

Murdered Paraguayan Prosecutor laid to rest

Former Judge Francisco Pecci said drug traffickers murdered my son “for doing his job well” Paraguayan anti-drug and organized crime Prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, who was murdered in cold blood last week while honeymooning in an exclusive beach resort in Colombia, was laid to rest at Asunción's Recoleta Cemetery Sunday.

Colombian election in two weeks could represent a historic change in the country's history

The first round of presidential election will be held 29 may, and a runoff, unless a clear majority on 19 June. Opinion polls show Petro with a significant lead The specter of assassination is again haunting the electoral campaign in Colombia, where a left-wing candidate has a real chance of becoming president for the first time in a country that has a history of political careers ending in a hail of bullets.

Finland, Sweden confirm they would seek full NATO membership

Finnish PM Marin said her country hoped the ratification process “would be as short as possible and it would go very smoothly” Finland Sunday confirmed it would apply for membership to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), thus changing the geopolitical scenario in Europe less than three months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Argentina preparing to become a BRICS member with support from China and Brazil

President Fernandez allegedly will be participating of a BRICS leaders summit next month invited by president Xi Argentina has been invited by Chinese president Xi Jinping to participate in three BRICS events taking place in the coming four weeks. The first will be a get-together of political parties, social organizations and think tanks, a second on May 20th, is a summit of foreign ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, BRICS full members, and the Argentine minister guest. Finally, on June24 a summit of the five-plus one leaders is scheduled.