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Tributes paid to Football great Jack Charlton
Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England in 1966 and former Republic of Ireland boss, dies aged 85.

Roger Stone: Critics blast Trump for commuting ex-adviser's jail term
Democrats condemn the US president's decision to spare ex-adviser and friend Roger Stone from prison.

Belgium tells Leicester arrivals to quarantine
Leicester is the only UK city on the Belgian government's list of higher risk coronavirus areas.

Srebrenica: Boris Johnson pays tribute to victims of massacre
The PM says "we owe it to the victims" to remember the massacre and "to ensure it never happens again".

GCSE and A-level results 'could be affected by bias'
GCSE and A-level students in England could get poor grades due to bias from teachers, say MPs

Coronavirus: Calls for government to clarify face coverings in England
Boris Johnson says a "stricter" approach to face coverings is needed in confined spaces such as shops.

Patel bullying inquiry must be published 'immediately' - Labour
The delay in publishing the findings of the investigation, launched in March, is labelled "unacceptable".

One-year-old boy falls from window
The child is being treated for a serious head injury and officers are investigating.

MoD announces measures to tackle 'unacceptable' discrimination
A 24-hour helpline and training on how to call out inappropriate behaviour are part of the plans.

Russia far east protest over Khabarovsk governor's arrest
Thousands rally on the streets of Khabarovsk as a regional leader is accused of contract killings.

Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre 25 years on - in pictures
Bosnian Serb and Serbian units systematically murdered 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995.

Iron Age 'mystery' murder victim found in Wendover
A Stonehenge-style wooden formation and a lead-lined Roman burial are also among the finds.

Coronavirus lockdown: Parents 'frustrated' by birth registration delays
Parents say it is frustrating to wait months to register their babies, as councils face large backlogs.

'Our Irish island is the last stop before America'
A couple from Dublin has set up home on Great Blasket Island off the cost of County Kerry.

Osprey names: Dame Vera, Capt Tom and Doddie Weir in running
The late wartime singer, the NHS fundraiser and the rugby legend could be the names of chicks.

Nigeria: 11-year old dancer challenges ballet stereotypes
11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu is challenging ballet stereotypes.

Free home insulation: Too good to be true?
Questions remain over the Green Homes Grant, which aims to make homes more energy efficient.

Illegal raves: The history from house music to lockdown
Illegal raves have been booming during lockdown, but their story goes back a long time.

Tackling gangs as fears of post-lockdown 'madness'
Joseph Squire, a former criminal, mentors young people in Coventry to steer them away from crime.

'I left Smile Bank today due to the ongoing outage'
Smile Bank customers have been unable to access their accounts for days due to an ongoing outage.

Coronavirus: 'Being in the bath just isn't the same as the pool'
Swimmers get ready to go back to the pool but the rules will be very different to before.

Coronavirus: Why aren't more politicians wearing face masks?
They are advised in enclosed public spaces in England, so what's with the mask-free photo ops?

The loneliness of living in the lockdown city
As the lockdown is extended in the city, how is it affecting the most isolated residents?

Love and guilt in lockdown: Your stories of getting in touch with an ex
Readers' stories about reflecting on old romances in lockdown - and either apologising or rekindling them.

Rishi Sunak's 'Kickstart' jobs scheme: Back to the future?
What do those who were on Labour's 2009 Future Jobs Fund say about Rish Sunak's "Kickstart" programme?

Trump and Supreme Court: How has it changed America?
This court has been billed the most conservative in modern history. But does it vote that way?

Instagram: From boy bullied for acne to beauty guru
Scott McGlynn says bullies targeted him at school, leaving him lonely and depressed.

Huawei: Why the UK might hang up on 5G and broadband kit supplier
The Chinese telecoms equipment provider's fate in the UK is set to be revealed on Tuesday.

The Italian prisoners who found 'escape' in football
The last surviving Italian PoW to have been held in Orkney recalls the importance of football for those in the camps.

Coronavirus: Why politics means success or failure in South America
Argentina has been singled out for success but the situation could not be more different in Brazil.

Coronavirus: How can we make post-pandemic cities smarter?
Will the "anthropause" brought on by lockdowns make our cities greener, cleaner and quieter in future?

Norwich City 0-4 West Ham United: Michail Antonio scores four to send Canaries down
Norwich City are the first club to be relegated from the Premier League this season as Michail Antonio scores four goals to ease West Ham's troubles.

Drivers risk imprisonment or fines at Hungarian GP if lockdown restrictions broken
Formula 1 drivers and team personnel risk imprisonment or a hefty fine if they break lockdown restrictions at next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Deeney scores twice as Watford boost survival hopes against Newcastle
Troy Deeney scores two second-half penalties as Watford fight back from a goal down to beat Newcastle and move six points clear of the bottom three.

Coronavirus: How are pubs keeping customers safe?
Pubs and restaurants in England and Northern Ireland can reopen inside, but do I need to book ahead?

Coronavirus lockdown: All you need to know about new measures
How will social and work life be different after the easing of more restrictions?

Coronavirus: Am I eligible for a test?
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

Coronavirus: When can I go to the gym, nail salon, tattoo studio or pool?
As lockdown eases, more activities will soon be allowed.

Coronavirus: Can I get travel insurance and what are my travel rights?
As quarantine rules are relaxed, holidays are back on the agenda but will your insurance cover you?

Coronavirus: Who should wear a face mask or face covering?
Face coverings are compulsory on public transport in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Will buying my new home be cheaper? And other questions
Questions about support bubbles, and other coronavirus topics.

UK social distancing rules - one metre or two metres?
The UK government is advising people to practise social distancing, but the distance varies depending on where you are.

Coronavirus vaccine: When will we have one?
About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19.

Coronavirus: An induction to post-lockdown gyms
The CEO of Total Fitness, Sophie Lawler, shows how one of her gyms has been adapted for coronavirus.

Coronavirus: 'People couldn't wait for our model village to reopen'
Carefree village life in a "1930s time warp" welcomes its first visitors after lockdown.

Working from home: 'I'm a bit brainier than he thought I was'
What we've learned from watching our other halves work from home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus: How stand-up comedians are adapting to online gigs
With many live entertainment venues still closed in the UK, comedians open up about performing online.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Bradford worries about the whack-a-mole mallet
Bradford is second in the UK's Covid-19 league table, says Dr John Wright, because it's a table of inequality.

Pop music is getting faster (and happier)
After years of slower beats and introspective lyrics, pop is becoming optimistic again. Here's why.


Trump chooses distraction politics over leadership
President Donald Trump headed into the hot zone of Miami-Dade County, Florida, on Friday intent on creating an alternate reality as the coronavirus ravages the United States. He wore no mask, showed no sense of remorse about the rushed reopening that has plunged the nation's health care system back into chaos, and barely mentioned the virus.

How coronavirus affects the entire body

Dr. Fauci: Opens up about why he's not being allowed on TV
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top expert on infection diseases in the US, says he hasn't briefed President Trump in months, and says his blunt messaging may be why he's not being allowed on US television recently.

Trump grants clemency for Roger Stone, unleashing political firestorm

Five killed in siege at South African church
Five people were killed in a siege at a church in South Africa on Saturday, police said.

Merkel inserts a dagger into populists' 'lies'
• Analysis: Trump's disapproval rating is the highest it's been this entire pandemic • Trump official on putting kids back in classrooms: 'C'mon. it's not that hard'

Jack Charlton, English World Cup-winning footballer, dies aged 85
Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner in England's famous 1966 team who spent more than two decades at Leeds United, has died at 85 following a "long-term" illness, his former club have announced.

A new world war over technology

TikTok users panic as Trump admin considers banning app
Parker Pannell woke up on Thursday to a frantic call from a friend saying that views and likes on TikTok had suddenly reset to zero. The 16-year-old, who has 2.1 million followers on TikTok, panicked, immediately checked the app and started livestreaming to his fans. Perhaps, Pannell thought, this signaled TikTok was going down permanently.

How the dramatic death of Seoul's mayor left a country divided
He was South Korea's second-most powerful official and a potential presidential contender. Now, the death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has left the country divided.

Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks
Editor's note: This article quotes racist, homophobic and sexist language, much of which has not been censored.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith confirm her involvement with August Alsina
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith "never ever thought that we would make it back."

Man accused of killing eight police officers dies in shootout while trying to flee custody
A man accused of killing eight police officers in India was shot dead Friday while allegedly trying to flee custody after his arrest, authorities said.

The Russian whistleblower risking it all to expose the scale of an Arctic oil spill catastrophe

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What we know right now about the November election
If this year has taught us anything, it's that there's no way to predict what will happen between today and November 3, now less than four months away.

Japan to build one of the world's most sophisticated stealth jet fighters

Poland's deep divisions on show in presidential run-off vote
Poland is a country deeply divided over cultural issues, and the direction the former Soviet bloc nation should take next: does it want to be a European-style liberal democracy, or does it take a more authoritarian path?

Elon Musk is now richer than Warren Buffett
Tesla CEO Elon Musk just zoomed past Warren Buffett on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index to become the world's seventh wealthiest person.

Valentina Sampaio becomes Sports Illustrated's first trans model
She is no stranger to making history. In 2017 she became the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris. Two years later, she was the first openly transgender model to be hired by Victoria's Secret. Now in 2020, 23-year-old Valentina Sampaio continues to break barriers in the modeling industry by becoming the first trans woman to be featured by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

38 bizarre quotes from Trump's new 'interview' with Sean Hannity
Faced with coronavirus surges in some of the largest states in the country and a public turning dramatically against how he has responded to the crisis, President Donald Trump spent 40 minutes of his Thursday night on the phone with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Three people test positive for Covid-19 after taking Delta flight
Three people have tested positive for coronavirus on Friday after taking a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Albany, New York.

WHO chief: Top threat 'is not the virus itself'

Singapore's ruling party won another election, but support fell to near record low
Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) maintained its unbroken grip on power in Friday's general election, even as its popular support slipped to a near record low.

Trump confirms US conducted cyberattack against Russia in 2018
President Donald Trump, for the first time, confirmed the US conducted a covert cyberattack in 2018 against Russia's Internet Research Agency. The Internet Research Agency is a troll farm blamed by the US for helping to facilitate interference both in the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterms.

Officials searching for Naya Rivera using sonar equipment to scour the murky waters
Authorities are using sonar equipment and a specially-trained dog to search for "Glee" actress Naya Rivera in murky waters, saying the recovery operation could take days.

Kazakhstan denies claims of 'unknown pneumonia' outbreak deadlier than Covid-19
A new "unknown pneumonia" that is potentially deadlier than the novel coronavirus has reportedly killed more than 1,700 people this year in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, according to a warning issued by Chinese officials Thursday.

Michelle Obama shares touching video
Michelle Obama posted a video on Instagram of an adorable dad and daughter duo singing a song with an important message.

Erdogan orders conversion of Roman Empire's first Christian cathedral back into a mosque
A court in Turkey has announced that it has ruled in favor of a government-backed proposal to turn the city's famous Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque.

Maxwell argues for bail: I'm 'not Jeffrey Epstein'
Ghislaine Maxwell, the confidant of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, argued in a court filing Friday that she should be granted bail while awaiting trial, claiming she wasn't in "hiding" while under criminal investigation, as prosecutors allege, and hasn't left the country in more than a year.

Restaurant staff receive $1,000 tip for working through pandemic
The staff at a New Jersey restaurant that has been struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic were moved to tears after a regular customer left them a $1,000 tip.

Could UK become an emerging market?
Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic are reshaping the UK economy. Could it end up looking more like Turkey, Mexico and Argentina than France, Germany and the United States?

A female soldier is joining the Green Berets -- a first for the Army Special Forces unit
A woman soldier for the first time will join the Green Berets, one of the Army's most elite units, after graduating this week from US Army Special Forces training.

Top Philippines broadcaster denied license renewal
Lawmakers in the Philippines have voted against granting a new license to one of the country's largest and most influential broadcasting networks, a move that critics say will undermine press freedom.

Cancel culture is about power -- who has it and who wants to be heard
It's a topic that appears with exhausting regularity: cancel culture.

Eminem slams people who refuse to wear masks in new song with Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi and Eminem released their first collaboration on Friday titled "The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady." The song touches on a number of topics, from people refusing to wear masks to police brutality.

We asked Black artists to design a new state flag
Mississippi's flag, the last U.S. state flag to bear the emblem of the confederacy, was retired on June 30. Here, five emerging artists envision a new design that celebrates their home state.

Meet 'Spot' and 'Pepper': Baseball's robot fans
Say hello to "Spot" and "Pepper." They're big baseball fans who never stop moving and never get tired of singing for the Fukuoko SoftBank Hawks.

What it's like to vacation in Florida right now
Florida, as usual, has been making headlines, as coronavirus cases across the state spike as angrily as the summer heat. But even in raging pandemic times, there's still no putting a state this diverse in a box.

Unrecognized in his lifetime, this artist's work now makes millions
A nude painting by Sanyu, hailed as the "Chinese Matisse," sold for over 258 million Hong Kong dollars ($33.3 million) at auction this week, confirming his status as one of the most sought-after names in the lucrative Asian art market.

This comic sensation is wowing Instagram users with her skits on Nigerian families
In April 2019, a Nigerian comedian uploaded a skit to Instagram that showed a mother rushing to get her daughter to school. The daughter had overslept and missed the school bus.

New York to London in three hours? Supersonic jet set for 2021 take off
Over 50 years after Concorde first took to the skies, a brand new supersonic jet is preparing for lift off.

The end of the line for cruise ships
The coronavirus pandemic could hasten the demise of some cruise ships as the industry struggles to recover, but retiring a gigantic liner is no easy business with some vessels sold on, repurposed or eventually torn up for scrap.

'Far Side' cartoonist publishes first new work in 25 years
"Enter if you dare," is the message on Gary Larson's website challenging people to explore his new content. "The Far Side" cartoonist surprised fans this week when he published never-before-seen comics for the first time in 25 years.

Handcuffs to light bulbs shine light on painful Black experience
Through sport we learn about glory and defeat, the sacrifices made to be the best, the intoxicating joy of victory, and the pain of the near-misses. But sport can be much more than that; it can shine a light on injustice, it can educate; it can change minds.

Trump grants clemency for Roger Stone, unleashing firestorm
Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

CNN legal analyst: This is the most corrupt and cronyistic act
President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone, who was convicted of crimes that included lying to Congress in part, prosecutors said, to protect the President. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and Preet Bharara weigh in on the decision.

America's passport now as weak as Mexico's
Before Covid-19 struck, the world was enjoying greater freedom of movement than at any time in history.

India coronavirus cases top 800,000

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Do activists have the upper hand against US pipelines?
Environmental defenders celebrate big wins in their battle to keep sensitive lands free of oil and gas infrastructure.

South China Sea: Beijing extends its military and economic reach
China has dramatically increased its defence budget over the past 10 years. Plus, Nigeria prepares to export gas.

Iran says not possible to shut economy: Coronavirus live updates
Brazil's death toll crosses 70,000; India's infections surge past 800,000; US welcomes WHO inquiry into virus origins.

Bosnia marks 25 years since Srebrenica genocide amid pandemic
Killing of 8,000 Muslims in 1995 by Serb troops was the only genocide on European soil since the second world war.

Turkey turning Hagia Sophia back into mosque divides social media
Social media users express both approval and disappointment over decision to change UNESCO World Heritage Site's status.

In Pictures: 25 years since Srebrenica genocide
Every year, the survivors - mostly women - return to mourn killing of 8,000 mostly Muslim men and boys by Serb forces.

In Srebrenica, a new war is waged
The Bosnian war may have ended 25 years ago, but a new one is waged over the memory of the genocide victims.

Analysis: The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn
As China increases its military might and trust in US alliances erode, Australia and Japan are going on the offensive.

Serbia coronavirus protests: Four key questions answered
Protests erupted across the country after President Vucic announced the return of round-the-clock weekend curfew.

Jack Charlton, former England World Cup winner, dies at 85
Football great also led Ireland to first major finals at 1988 European Championship and 1990 World Cup quarter-finals.

Venezuela crisis: Security forces accused of human rights abuses
A report by the UN expresses concern about allegations of torture and forced disappearances by security forces.

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?
As the virus spreads across the globe, sports bodies are cancelling or postponing events.

Coronavirus pandemic: Which politicians and celebs are affected?
Top politicians, celebrities and sportspeople have been infected as governments take strict measures to curb the virus.

Power, politics and the pandemic: The Sino-American media divide
We examine the role of Chinese and American media industries in the contest of COVID-19 narratives.

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?
What we know so far on what COVID-19 does to the human body in cases of infections and deaths.

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks
Countries around the world step up efforts to tackle the new coronavirus that has killed hundreds of thousands.

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread
More than 12.5 million coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide, with over 560,000 deaths and 6.5 million recoveries.

Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases
Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
Nearly 12.5 million infections confirmed in 188 countries and territories, including more than 560,000 deaths.

Hong Kong opposition holds primary to pick election candidates
Police raid office of opinion pollster organising the election to pick pro-democracy candidates ahead of September vote.

What will it take to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan?
Khairullah Khairkhwa, from the Taliban's political office in Qatar, discusses efforts to reach political reconciliation.

'Butcher of Srebrenica' still on trial 25 years after genocide
With Ratko Mladic in ailing health, survivors worry he may die before the appeals ruling in his war crimes trial.

Mali president launches probe after protest turns violent
At least one killed, 20 others wounded as police fire gunshots and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters.

World reacts to Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque
UNESCO, Greece, Cyprus and church leaders among others express concern about changing status of the sixth-century site.

Singapore's governing PAP returns to power but faces setback
Governing party comfortably wins election but opposition Workers Party increases its seats in Parliament from six to 10.

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President Charles Michel presents his proposal for the MFF and the recovery package

EU Justice Scoreboard 2020
Today, the European Commission published the 2020 EU Justice Scoreboard - a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States. This year's scoreboard shows a continued improvement in the efficiency of justice systems in a large number of Member States.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Finance ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis at EU level. They held a discussion on the priorities to bring the capital markets union forward. They also took stock of the convergence reports for the adoption of the single currency by non-euro member states published by the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy
The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback.

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on the continued fulfilment of requirements by the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector
Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020.

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen
The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences
The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels.

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

Protecting European Consumers: follow-up action on dangerous product alerts increased significantly in 2019
The European Commission published its latest report on the Commission's system to prevent or restrict the selling of dangerous products on the market, the so-called ‘Rapid Alert System'.

Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing

Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more to ensure the good functioning of the EU Single Market

Next six months crucial for the EU, says von der Leyen at the start of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

Boosting the EU's green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects
The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU's Emissions Trading System.

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say' portal
The European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say' portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process.

July infringements package: key decisions

Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe.

Commission presents European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
Today the Commission presents the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years.

Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation
Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU and thrive in the green and digital transitions.

Republic of Korea- EU leaders' video conference meeting
EU and Republic of Korea leaders discussed how to foster global cooperation in the post-Covid recovery phase and reaffirmed their commitment to overcoming this challenge by working together including in the G20 and the United Nations system.

Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

Main results of the video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers
Agriculture and fisheries ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on the common agricultural policy reform and the road ahead. They also discussed the fishing opportunities for 2021.

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion
The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' pledging summit organised by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

Green Deal: Commission and regions launch the European Just Transition Platform

Air pollution: Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution and its related health impacts by 2030
The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by breathing polluted air.

More protection for our seas and oceans is needed, report finds
The Commission adopted a report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU's framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter, and other types of pollution as well as unsustainable fishing.

Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan's transition

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU energy sector: Council adopts conclusions

Main results of the video conference of ministers of education

Commission report: EU data protection rules empower citizens and are fit for the digital age
Today, just over two years after its entry into application, the European Commission published an evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The report shows the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement.

EU budget 2021: An annual budget focused on European recovery
The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU. Together, the annual budget and Next Generation EU will mobilise significant investments in 2021 to address the immediate economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, kick-start a sustainable recovery and protect and create jobs.

Victims' rights: new strategy to empower victims

European Union signs aviation agreement with the Republic of Korea

European Innovation Scoreboard 2020: The EU's increasing innovation vital for sustainable and inclusive recovery
The Commission released today the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU, surpassing for the second year the United States. However, more needs to be done to catch up with global innovation leaders like South Korea, Australia and Japan.

Main results of the video conference of environment ministers
EU environment and climate ministers had a policy debate on the contribution of environmental and climate policies to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ministers welcomed this important discussion and agreed that the European Green Deal should guide the recovery towards green growth and a more resilient EU.

Commission signs aviation agreement with Japan

Commission publishes EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online continues to deliver results
The results are overall positive with IT companies assessing 90% of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 71% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech. However, the platforms need to further improve transparency and feedback to users.

Coronavirus Global Response: world leaders summit and concert line-up announced for 27 June
The ‘Global Goal: Unite For Our Future' campaign launched by the Commission and the international advocacy organisation Global Citizen on 28 May will culminate in a global pledging summit and concert on Saturday 27 June. The aim is to mobilise additional funding to develop and deploy coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

Main results of the EU-China summit via video conference
On the occasion of the 22nd EU-China summit which took place via video conference, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell, met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang followed by exchanges with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Main results of the Eastern Partnership leaders' video conference

Parliament calls for a new ambitious EU Disability Strategy

Commission reports on 2019 European elections: fostering European debates and securing free and fair elections

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
The members of the European Council met via video conference. EU leaders discussed the issue of a recovery fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget. They also followed up on EU-UK relations and on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Plenary highlights: racism, EU-UK relations, future of Europe
MEPs denounced racism and police violence and called for progress on EU-UK negotiations and recovery plans during a packed plenary session on 17-19 June.

Trade Barriers Report: EU continues to open up markets outside Europe in midst of rising protectionism

Coronavirus: EU funding for the transport of medical goods, medical teams and patients
European Union countries can now apply for additional funding via the Emergency Support Instrument to transport essential goods, medical teams and patients affected by the coronavirus.

EU-UK talks: MEPs display unwavering support for the EU position
Parliament regrets that differences remain substantial, with little time left to reach an agreement on the future EU-UK relationship. In a resolution adopted by a large majority, Parliament takes stock of the EU-UK negotiations on a new partnership so far and acknowledges the negotiating parties’ call to intensify talks in July.

Green finance: Parliament adopts criteria for sustainable investments
Parliament has adopted new legislation on sustainable investments. It lays down six environmental objectives and allows economic activity to be labelled as environmentally sustainable if it contributes to at least one of the objectives without significantly harming any of the others.

Commission adopts White Paper on foreign subsidies in the Single Market
The European Commission has adopted a White Paper dealing with the distortive effects caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market. The Commission now seeks views and input from all stakeholders on the options set out in the White Paper. The public consultation, which will be open until 23 September 2020, will help the Commission to prepare for appropriate legislative proposals in this area.

Coronavirus: EU supports with €60 million a regional response to the pandemic in the Horn of Africa

European Commission adopted Report on the impact of demographic change in Europe

Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy
Today, to help protect people everywhere, the European Commission is presenting a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. An effective and safe vaccine against the virus is our best bet to achieve a permanent solution to the pandemic.

European Commission kicks off major EU trade policy review

EIB Group and Banco Sabadell provide €576 million to finance SMEs and mid-caps
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group is joining forces with Banco Sabadell to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – the businesses most affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Member States agree on an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps
Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture.

Main results of the video conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Defence)

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs

Re-open EU: Commission launches a website to safely resume travelling and tourism in the EU
Today, the Commission is launching ‘Re-open EU', a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. It will provide real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States.

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for cohesion policy

Main results of the Video conference of energy ministers
EU energy ministers had an exchange of views on the economic recovery after the Covid-19 crisis and the European Green Deal, with a focus on innovative energy solutions.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
EU ministers of foreign affairs held a video conference to discuss transatlantic relations in the presence of the US Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo.

Main results of the video conference of the Eastern Partnership foreign affairs ministers

Main results of the video conference of the Eurogroup
The incumbent Eurogroup president, whose term comes to an end on 12 July, informed ministers of the process for electing a new president. The Eurogroup discussed the sixth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and published a statement on the release of policy-contingent debt measures. In inclusive format, ministers exchanged views on the economic situation and economic recovery plans following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future Africa-Caribbean-Pacific States/EU Partnership: “Post-Cotonou” negotiations resume at ministerial level

Main results of the video conference of ministers of health

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for internal market and industry
Ministers responsible for the internal market and industry exchanged views on issues falling under their competence in relation to the "Recovery plan for Europe", presented by the Commission on 27 May 2020.

Coronavirus: Commission recommends partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June, based on common coordinated approach
The Commission recommends to Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to lift internal border controls by 15 June 2020 and to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU until 30 June 2020; and sets out an approach to progressively lifting the restriction afterwards.

Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment Bank to provide BioNTech with up to €100 million in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing

Road safety: Europe's roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow

2020 Blue Economy Report: Blue sectors contribute to the recovery and pave way for EU Green Deal
Today, the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment.

New Commission report shows the importance of digital resilience in times of crisis
The Commission released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Coronavirus: EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation
The Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward.

Convergence report reviews Member States' progress towards joining the euro area
The European Commission has published the 2020 convergence report in which it provides its assessment of the progress non-euro area Member States have made towards adopting the euro.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (trade)

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed the EU's recovery plan. They also took stock of the process for the adoption of this year's country specific recommendations.

Quality of Europe's bathing waters remains high, latest annual assessment finds

Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery
The Commission announced today that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (development)
EU development ministers held a video conference to discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Team Europe package.

Main results of the video conference of agriculture ministers

Forest fires: Commission adds planes to rescEU fleet to prepare for summer
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the EU is further reinforcing its European fleet of firefighting aircraft under the rescEU system. The EU is financing purchases by the Swedish government of 2 new firefighting airplanes to add to the reserve. This adds up to a total of 13 airplanes and 6 helicopters that will be part of the rescEU fleet in 2020 and funded by the EU.

Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers
Home affairs ministers discussed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the field of internal border controls and the free movement of persons. As the overall health situation improves, all member states are in the process of de-escalating and gradually lifting some of the measures that have been applied at national or regional level. This includes the gradual lifting of border controls and the full restoration of the free movement of persons which has been limited due to the pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of justice
Justice ministers covered the proposed regulation on the law applicable to the third-party effects of assignments of claims, the extradition of EU citizens to third countries and the impact of COVID-19 in the area of justice.

Main results of the video conference of transport ministers

Coronavirus Global Response: European Commission pledges €300 million to Gavi
The European Commission is announcing a pledge of €300 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for the period 2021–2025. It will help immunise 300 million children around the world and finance vaccine stockpiles to shield against outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Fair minimum wages: Commission launches second-stage consultation of social partners
Today, the Commission launches the second-stage consultation of European trade unions and employers' organisations on how to ensure fair minimum wages for all workers in the European Union.

EU budget: Commission takes steps to make €11.5 billion available for crisis repair and recovery in 2020
The Commission has proposed modifications to its budget for 2020 to make €11.5 billion for crisis repair and recovery available already in 2020. Once available, the funds will go to help the regions most in need, support businesses and those in need outside EU borders.

Main results of the video conference of sport ministers

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

EU budget for recovery: rescEU - giving the EU direct crisis response tools
The Commission proposes today to give the European Union the tools to react more quickly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

The EU budget for recovery increases funds for a stronger Europe in the world
As part of the revised long-term EU budget 2021-2027 package, the European Commission has proposed a budget of €118.2 billion for external action, with an additional €15.5 billion to support its partners in recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the European Union's role of a strong global actor.

Solvency Support Instrument, helping kick-start the European economy
The Solvency Support Instrument can be operational from 2020 and will have a budget of €31 billion, aiming to unlock €300 billion in solvency support for otherwise healthy companies from all economic sectors and prepare them for a cleaner, digital and resilient future.

EU budget for recovery: Kick-starting the EU economy by incentivising private investments
The Commission is enhancing InvestEU, Europe's flagship investment programme, to a level of €15.3 billion to mobilise private investment in projects. The Commission is also proposing a new Strategic Investment Facility built into InvestEU, to generate investments of up to €150 billion, thanks to a contribution of €15 billion from Next Generation EU, to boost the resilience of strategic sectors, notably those linked to the green and digital transition, and key value chains in the internal market.

Coronavirus Global Response: kick off of new campaign with support of Global Citizen

Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with the European Investment Bank
The facility will be implemented with the involvement of the European Investment Bank and will encourage investments that support the transition towards a climate-neutral economy by public sector authorities to the benefit of coal- and carbon-intensive regions.

Research and Innovation Performance report: Enabling Europe to lead the green and digital transition

Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation
The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget.

Coronavirus: following Commission's call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads

EU-Japan leaders' video conference meeting
The EU-Japan leaders' meeting took place via video conference. The leaders recognised that global solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are required more than ever to defeat the virus as well as to ensure economic recovery.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
Ministers held an exchange of views on a comprehensive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the de-escalation of containment measures and economic recovery.

COVID-19: Council adopts relief measures for aviation and railways

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US arms sales to Taiwan more 'symbolic' than of military value: expert

Chinese Defense Ministry slams Pentagon for South China Sea drill accusation

Destructive floods

Scouting for talent

Mainland students feel safer in HK after national security law

Fight between colleges and govt drags US into deeper quagmire

Sichuan firework factory explosion caused by nitrocotton: investigation

Tencent makes foray into new drug R&D based on AI technologies

China hopes for 'reasonable' US

Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan urges caution following reports of 'unknown pneumonia'

Final test

Hubei lifts flood prevention emergency response to Level II

Chinese netizens show support for Thailand's move toward legalization of same-sex unions

Beijing continues to discharge COVID-19 patients as pandemic wreaks global havoc

Chinese tech shares see strong NASDAQ performance amid surging domestic stocks

PLA holds mock air defense battles amid frequent US aerial reconnaissance

China-South Korea flights increase

Australian city wakes to another lockdown as more state borders close

China condemns Aussie's HK-related moves as interference in internal affairs

With apps and remote medicine, Japan offers glimpse of doctor visits in post-corona era

Global warming trend to continue over next five years

Making it work during the time of novel coronavirus

Ringo marks 80th at online gig with fellow Beatle McCartney

Failure to remove information harmful to national security brings legal liability: HK security chief

Johnny Depp denies slapping ex-wife

HK residents say national security law boosts their confidence for the city

Native Americans, Polynesians shared DNA 800 years ago

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Chinese singer Zhang Yixing's new released song 'Boom' takes social media by storm

HK government suggests new civil servants sign on to support Basic Law, pledge allegiance to SAR

We're free

US exits WHO despite pandemic

China, Russia reaffirm mutual support on core interests, sovereignty

WHO admission that COVID-19 virus is airborne proves China is right on mask-wearing

US military's frequent close-up air recons on China's coastal area 'dangerous'

China to detail first 100 days of battling the COVID-19 with the world: CDC officials

Worth the wait

Central govt office starts operating, 'foreign forces frightened'

Chinese materials indispensible to Indian Army's armor equipment despite boycott campaign

Paris fashion week continues with online showings from Chanel

VR, robots and drones - high-tech programs showcased in on-could graduation ceremonies of Chinese universities amid epidemic

Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown

SeSecurity laws common and effective in tackling down terrorists in Western countries

Controversial Alaska hunting techniques to return as bans reversed

Britain launches new inquiry into sex abuse by aid workers

Tie for hottest 12-month period globally as Siberia sees unusual warmth

Refusing to wait any longer in Rome

Aussie travel warning another defaming tactic against China: experts

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Bolivian president is “asymptomatic” after testing positive for Covid 19 on Thursday

The 53-year-old, a candidate the September 6 presidential elections, is isolating in the official residence in La Paz Bolivia's interim leader Jeanine Anez is self-isolating but is “asymptomatic” after testing positive for the coronavirus, her personal doctor announced on Friday. The 53-year-old, a candidate the September 6 presidential elections, is isolating in the official residence in La Paz, Andrei Miranda told Bolivia's Cadena A television.

Medical experts disagree on air transmission of coronavirus

WHO acknowledged this week that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets floating in the air, a nod to more than 200 experts in aerosol science The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a clash among medical experts over disease transmission that stretches back nearly a century - to the very origins of germ theory. The Geneva-based World Health Organization acknowledged this week that the novel coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets floating in the air, a nod to more than 200 experts in aerosol science who publicly complained that the UN agency had failed to warn the public about this risk.

Venezuelan oil minister tests positive for Covid-19

“A new battle that I will take on, clinging to God and to life,” wrote El Aissami, who is also the country’s economic vice president. Venezuelan oil minister Tareck El Aissami has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on Friday, a day after the leader of the socialist party, Diosdado Cabello, tested positive for the virus as well.

Cruise Lines react to Foreign Office's guidance on travel for the over 70 or underlying conditions

PLO Cruises said, if concerned about this advice, and ”if your cruise is departing outside 14 days, we will be in touch as soon as possible with further guidance.” Cruise lines have responded to new Foreign Office guidance which advises those aged over 70 and those with underlying health conditions not to go on cruises. Many have are contacting customers affected and offering further cruise credit.

Trump commutes prison sentence of longtime political ally Roger Stone

“Roger Stone is now a free man!” the White House said in a statement, days before he was to report to a federal prison to start serving his term. President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his longtime ally Roger Stone, shielding the veteran Republican operative from 40 months behind bars. "Roger Stone is now a free man!" the White House said in a statement, days before he was to report to a federal prison to start serving his term.

Wall Street stocks jump on Friday after a bull's week, encouraged by reports of a Covid-19 vaccine

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index finished at 10,617.44, up 0.7%, notching its sixth record close in seven sessions. Wall Street stocks jumped on Friday with the Nasdaq racing to yet another record as progress on a coronavirus vaccine offset worries about spiking US case levels. The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index finished at 10,617.44, up 0.7%, notching its sixth record close in seven sessions.

Election blues: Hispanic food company owner praises Trump triggering an immediate reaction

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned US food company and a popular brand among Latino Americans, became the target of a boycott campaign on social media on Friday sparked by its CEO effusively praising President Donald Trump at the White House.

Wall Street will be looking into asset manager BlackRock earnings next week

Most expect numbers from industry bellwether BlackRock and other asset managers to reflect the sharp stock market rebound Investors will watch next week's earnings from BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, for a snapshot of how the industry performed during the second quarter's dramatic rebound in global financial markets.

US announces 25% duties on French products in response to France's digital services tax

The U.S. move follows a U.S. Section 301 probe, which concluded the French tax discriminates against U.S. tech firms such as Google , Facebook and Apple Inc . The Trump administration on Friday announced additional duties of 25per cent on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at US$1.3 billion in response to France's digital services tax, but would hold off on implementing the move for up to 180 days.

Italy bans travelers arriving from Brazil, Chile and Peru

“Throughout the world, the pandemic has entered a more acute phase,” said Health Minister Roberto Speranza. Italy on Thursday banned travelers from Brazil and 12 other countries it considers to pose a high risk of Covid-19 transmission. The full list comprises Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama and Peru.


COVID-19 lockdown in Myanmar exposes precarious position of LGBTQI population
In Myanmar, the COVID-19 lockdown has laid bare the stigmatization, discrimination and harassment faced by many LGBTQI people, particularly in rural areas. The United Nations is working to support those people.

World Population Day: 'No time to waste' in empowering women
The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere, “but it does not affect everyone equally”, the UN chief said in his message for World Population Day, on Sunday.

Syria: Authorization to continue lifesaving cross-border aid remains in limbo
With the deadline just hours away, the Security Council has failed on its third attempt this week to extend its authorization for lifesaving food, medicine and shelter to cross into northwest Syria from Turkey.

‘Strengthen multilateralism’ to combat global terrorism
Although COVID-19 has tested “national resilience, international solidarity and multilateral cooperation”, we must not “pause our efforts” in the battle against terrorism, the UN counter-terrorism chief said on Friday.

COVID-19 cases worldwide hit 12 million
COVID-19 cases globally have more than doubled in the past six weeks, reaching 12 million on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia
As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it "deeply regrets the decision" made "without prior discussion", having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by its “legal commitments and obligations” in accordance with it’s status as a museum, on the World Heritage List.

Lebanon ‘fast spiralling out of control’ leaving many destitute and facing starvation, warns Bachelet 
Sounding the alarm over the crippling impact of “growing economic shocks, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic” in Lebanon, the UN human rights chief called on Friday for a unified response by politicians and the people to overcome the worsening socio-economic crisis there. 

Wildlife crime putting environment and health at risk: UN report
The COVID-19 pandemic shows how wildlife crime is a threat not only to the environment but to human health, according to a new UN report issued on Friday.

Finding hope in calamity: how UN humanitarians cope on the frontline
What does it take to help the world’s most vulnerable people, often in dangerous and unstable situations, and at considerable personal risk? In the latest season of the award-winning UN podcast, Awake At Night, host Melissa Fleming speaks to some of the Organization’s most prominent humanitarians to find out what motivates them, and how they cope.

Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’
In Yemen, fears of famine have resurfaced as UN humanitarians also warned on Friday that 360,000 severely malnourished children could die unless they continue to get treatment and aid is stepped up. In an urgent appeal for funding, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that it needs $200 million per month to maintain assistance in the war-torn country.

Intercommunal violence, terrorist attacks inflame tensions in West Africa
Intercommunal violence and persistent attacks by extremists, continue to undermine peace and security across West Africa, the UN’s top official in the region warned the Security Council on Thursday, calling for sustained engagement with all partners to urgently advance a holistic approach to peace.

Global Acceleration Framework to speed up water and sanitation access for all
A new mechanism launched on Thursday aims to speed up action so that people everywhere will have access to water and sanitation by the end of the decade, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Address ‘unprecedented’ impact of coronavirus on Latin America and the Caribbean, urges Guterres
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, Latin America and the Caribbean are now suffering some of the highest rates of transmission, the UN chief said on Thursday, releasing a new policy initiative on how best to recover in a region already embroiled in poverty, hunger, unemployment and inequality.   

UN chief underscores need for reconciliation 25 years after Srebrenica genocide
Twenty-five years after the Srebrenica genocide, peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains fragile, underscoring the need for true reconciliation in the region, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday in a video message marking the anniversary of the worst atrocity crime in Europe, since the Second World War.

All drone strikes ‘in self-defence’ should go before Security Council, argues independent rights expert
The growing use of weaponised drones risks destabilising global peace and security and creating a “drone power club” among nations, that face no effective accountability for deploying them as part of their “war on terror”, a senior UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Thursday.

Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis
Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

Reggae classic ‘One Love’ re-issued to help children upended by COVID crisis
The iconic Bob Marley song One Love is to be re-released with the blessing of the musician’s family to support children whose lives have been upended by COVID-19, the UN said on Thursday.

Rising global temperature shows ‘enormous challenge’ of meeting climate goal
Annual global temperature is likely to be at least 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels in each of the coming five years, putting globally agreed climate change targets in jeopardy, new data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reveals.

UN chief highlights need for decent jobs to fuel COVID-19 recovery
More than 50 Heads of State and government, alongside global employers’ and trade union leaders, have been taking part in an online discussion on Wednesday looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work.

Identify and address ‘real needs’ to recover from COVID-19, UN rights expert urges
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in “a serious setback” for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday, urging a high-level meeting to “take a hard look” at implementation efforts to live up to the promise to leave no one behind.

UN expert calls for end to gender-based violence against women journalists
Women journalists face particular dangers while going about their work, an independent UN expert told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, saying that Governments should do more to protect them. 

Time is running out for Libya, UN chief warns Security Council
With battle lines shifting, foreign interference growing, thousands fleeing their homes and COVID-19 cases on the rise, time is running out for bringing a peaceful end to the conflict in Libya, Secretary-General António Guterres says.

Illegal trade in fake or faulty COVID-19 products booming, new UN research reveals
A surge in demand for medical products to combat COVID-19 has led to a jump in the trafficking of substandard and faulty merchandise, according to new UN research published on Wednesday.  

World must do better to prevent children ‘dying needlessly’ from AIDS-related illnesses
Despite progress in the global battle against HIV, the response on behalf of children has fallen behind, the UN agency leading the fight to stamp out the virus said on Tuesday.

Human rights through peacekeeping essential factor in beating coronavirus
The UN human rights chief is calling for greater investment in the human rights components of peace operations - not least to monitor the impact of efforts to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO to issue new brief on airborne transmission, following ‘active engagement’ with scientists
The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to issue a brief on the modes of transmission of the new coronavirus, a senior official said on Tuesday.

‘New dynamic’ needed to overcome negative impacts of COVID-19 worldwide 
The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, have laid bare “weaknesses in our systems and societies”, a top official told the UN’s key international forum on sustainable development which began on Tuesday, warning that “a new dynamic” is needed to overcome the negative shocks. 

Independent rights expert speaks of ‘anguish, stress and disempowerment’ of poverty
More than 70 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday, as a leading rights expert slammed “greatly exaggerated” claims of global poverty eradication between 1990 and 2015.

Fresh evidence of war crimes committed by all sides in Syrian conflict, probe finds
Hospitals, schools and homes have all been targeted during Syria’s brutal and long-running conflict, said UN-appointed investigators, who on Tuesday condemned likely fresh war crimes committed by all parties.

Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyberattacks, bioterrorism and the misuse of digital technology.