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Coronavirus: MPs promised vote on new rules 'wherever possible'
The health secretary's promise comes as the government is warned not to treat MPs "with contempt".

Tighter Covid measures 'will take time' - PM
New measures to tackle coronavirus rise "will take time to feed through", PM Boris Johnson says.

Presidential debate: Trump and Biden trade insults in chaotic debate
The rivals spar over the pandemic, race and even their families in a debate disrupted by shouting.

Berlin patient: First person cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, dies
Mr Brown, known as the Berlin patient, was cured after a bone marrow transplant to treat leukaemia.

County lines: Teenage drug dealers posed as key workers during lockdown
Gang leaders urged dealers to vary working hours to be less obvious in lockdown, a report reveals.

Matiu Ratana death: Norwich man bailed in police officer murder case
Louis De Zoysa, suspected of Sgt Matiu Ratana's murder, remains in a critical condition, the Met says.

Covid: Eight die in Royal Glamorgan Hospital outbreak
Planned surgeries have been temporarily stopped at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Strictly Come Dancing: Graham Norton questions need for same-sex couples
The chat show host says Strictly judges will not be able to "compare like with like".

BBC reverses decision to end Red Button text services
A reduced service will remain, following a campaign on behalf of people without online access.

Ocado overtakes Tesco as most valuable UK retailer
Online grocery delivery firm's stock market valuation beats Tesco's as the Covid crisis continues.

Man, 41, loses 'unprecedented' legal bid for parents' financial support
A judge described the case of the unemployed man with mental health disabilities as "unprecedented".

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey
The Hydroflex made a 25-mile round-trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.

Disney cuts: What is life like after 'magic' job?
As Disney cuts jobs at US theme parks, former staff tell us how hard it is to lose the magic.

London Marathon 2020: Athletes to wear social-distancing tech
All staff and participants will wear devices that send an alert when too close to others.

Maritime life around the coast of Britain
The winning pictures from this year's Shipwrecked Mariners' Society photography competition.

'Panto parade' highlights the plight of arts venues
Pantomime dames are marching on Westminster, as the live events industry stages a day of action.

Banaz Mahmod murder: 'What they did was unforgivable'
Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her uncle and father, fourteen years on her sister has chosen to speak out for the first time.

Black History Month: Postboxes painted to honour black Britons
Sir Lenny Henry is among a variety of figures to feature on the postboxes in Black History Month.

Great Barrier Reef: Uncovering the secrets of Australia's deep waters
Scientists explain how the biggest deep-sea study of two marine parks led to exciting discoveries.

Female Koran reciters 'part of Islamic legacy'
How female Muslim Koran reciters are making their voices heard.

Victorian Society risk list: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet pub added
The Victorian Society releases its annual list of 10 important buildings most at risk of being lost.

Coronavirus: What is the R number and why does it matter?
Experts keep discussing the value of R, but what is it and why does it matter?

The Meaning Of Mariah Carey: Six revelations from the singer's memoir
The star recalls her experiences with racism and domestic violence in a revealing and frank memoir.

Jet suit paramedic 'could save lives'
A first test flight has been carried out in the Lake District.

Freddie Flintoff's bulimia documentary: 'It gave me a sense of relief'
The reaction to Andrew Flintoff's powerful documentary about the eating disorder has been huge.

Sir David Attenborough gets quizzed by kids after plea to world leaders to save nature
His hope for the future of the planet lies in the hands of children, so what do they want to ask him?

Rare bone-eating 'bearded vulture' spotted in Norfolk
The wild raptor - known as Vigo - is thought to be returning home after a summer in Derbyshire.

Coronavirus: 'We have next to no income. There is no help for us'
Dejection over latest government help for business has left many small firms fearing for their futures.

Covid student chaos: Paying £30k a year and begging security for food
One US student in self-isolation at an Edinburgh halls of residence says he is getting little help from the university.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Trying out tech that may help make worship Covid-secure
Dr John Wright looks at the kit installed in a Bradford mosque in the hope of limiting the spread of Covid-19.

Russian cleaner sweeps to power in surprise village vote
'Flabbergasted' Marina Udgodskaya only entered the race as her boss needed someone else to stand.

Covid-19: Milestones of the global pandemic
We track some of the key moments in the spread of Covid-19 around the world.

As death toll passes 1m, your tributes to those who died
A collection of your tributes to some of the thousands of people in the UK who have died with coronavirus.

'I monitor my staff with software that takes screenshots'
Many have struggled to get to grips with working from home, but would surveillance technology help?

US 2020 election: Social media's nightmare scenario
Potential election chaos will play out on social media, and Big Tech is worried.

Coronavirus: 'My name was used to steal a government Covid loan'
Criminals are targeting loans designed to help small firms stay afloat in the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid rules: What's the evidence for 10pm pub closing time?
A number of new rules have been introduced for pubs and restaurants, but why?

Bairstow loses England Test central contract
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is not offered an England central contract for Test cricket, though he retains a limited-overs deal.

French Open 2020: Serena Williams withdraws from competition on day four
Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams withdraws from the 2020 event because of injury.

Villa sign Barkley from Chelsea on season-long loan
Aston Villa sign England midfielder Ross Barkley from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

Bertens leaves court in wheelchair after bad-tempered win over Errani
Fifth seed Kiki Bertens leaves the court in a wheelchair after a gruelling and bad-tempered win over Sara Errani in the French Open.

Wigan Athletic: Administrators agree deal with Spain-based bidder
Wigan Athletic's administrators say an agreement has been reached with a bidder from Spain to purchase the club.

Why are Man Utd finding it so hard to sign players?
With Gary Neville weighing in on the situation, Simon Stone looks at why Manchester United are finding it so hard to sign new players.

Watch the key exchanges of the debate
Donald Trump and Joe Biden didn't hold back in an angry presidential debate that got personal and ugly.

Presidential debate: 'The loser is us, the American people'
Voters from across the US weigh in with reaction to the first Trump-Biden debate.

Presidential debate: Trump and Biden's claims fact-checked
The first of three presidential debates centred on the pandemic, race and the economy.

US Election 2020: Who are the Proud Boys - and who are antifa?
A guide to the fringe movements that became a debate flash point.

US election 2020 polls: Who is ahead - Trump or Biden?
An in-depth look at the polls and what they can and can’t tell us about who will win the White House.

US election 2020: A really simple guide
If you’re looking for a refresher or trying to understand it for the first time, this guide will help.

First Trump-Biden presidential debate: Trump clashes with moderator
President Donald Trump clashes with moderator Chris Wallace.

Covid rules: How much of the UK is now under some sort of lockdown?
More areas of Wales are set to face extra restrictions.

Coronavirus: How are pubs keeping customers safe?
Pubs and restaurants are still open, but the rules in England have changed.

Coronavirus: Has the NHS got enough PPE?
Who needs it - and does the UK health service have enough?

Europe lockdown: New coronavirus rules country-by-country
What are European countries doing to control new coronavirus outbreaks?

Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

Coronavirus: Where do governments borrow money?
How does it work when a government wants to borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?

Coronavirus: What is the R number and how is it calculated?
The simple but crucial number at the heart of lockdown decisions across the UK.

Job Support Scheme: How is furlough changing?
The government has announced a job support scheme for when furlough ends.

Coronavirus: How does Covid-19 test-and-trace work?
People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are being traced.

Coronavirus: Will the new Job Support Scheme help me? And other questions
An NHS contact tracing app has finally been launched in England and Wales. We answer some of your questions.

Covid: What is self-isolation and who has to do it?
If you are told to self-isolate, how long must you do it for, and what are the rules?

UK travel restrictions: Which countries are on the UK's quarantine list?
Key holiday spots are being regularly added to the travel quarantine list as infection rates rise.

Coronavirus: Simple guide to staying safe
Step-by-step, what to do to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Covid-19: Tracking the outbreak, as deaths pass one million
The grim milestone is reached with the virus spreading fast in India and picking up again in Europe.


Any reasonable assessment of the debate must ask whether Trump destroyed his own presidency

'Sh*tshow': Watch Tapper and Bash's blunt reaction to debate
CNN's Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Abby Phillip discuss the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

6 takeaways from the off-the-rails first debate between Biden and Trump

Watch the stand out moments from the first presidential debate

CNN diplomatic editor: First presidential debate disappoints democratic allies
The chaotic first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden has raised concerns among international allies. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

India's coronavirus crisis may be more dire than official figures suggest, survey finds

Two Italian senators test positive for coronavirus

There is no getting 'back to normal,' experts say. The sooner we accept that, the better
As 2020 slides into and probably infects 2021, try to take heart in one discomfiting fact: Things are most likely never going "back to normal."

The first known person to be cured of HIV has died of cancer
After a five-month battle with leukemia, the first known person to be cured of HIV has died of cancer, according to the International AIDS Society.

Chaotic debate sends US stock futures sinking

'No winner tonight': Undecided voters weigh in on debate
Undecided voters in Ohio share their thoughts on the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden.

James Comey testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee
Former FBI Director James Comey faces off with Senate Republicans on Wednesday over the FBI's 2016 Russia investigation in a hearing that's being held fewer than six weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

The death toll in ICE custody is the highest it's been in 15 years
The number of deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody grew dramatically this year.

Late-night comedy reacts to first presidential debate
Late-night hosts mocked the chaotic first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and democratic rival Joe Biden.

Zimbabwe suspects bacterial disease behind elephant deaths
Zimbabwe suspects a bacterial disease called hemorrhagic septicemia is behind the recent deaths of more than 30 elephants but is doing further tests to make sure, the parks authority said.

'I am woman' singer Helen Reddy has died
Helen Reddy, singer of the 70's feminist anthem "I Am Woman," died Tuesday, according to a statement on her Facebook fan page. She was 78.

Japan's Defense Ministry asks for decades-high 8.3% budget increase amid growing threats in East Asia

Serena Williams withdraws from French Open
Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open with an Achilles injury ahead of her scheduled second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova.

Mac Davis, Elvis songwriter and country star, dead at 78
Legendary country singer and songwriter Mac Davis has died at the age of 78.

Prosecutors didn't seek murder charges in Breonna Taylor killing
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron Tuesday night suggested the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case could have made an "assessment about different charges," in an exclusive on-camera interview with CNN affiliate WDRB.

Kamala Harris reacts to chaotic debate
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris reacts to the first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden.

Astronauts home in on International Space Station air leak
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully narrowed down the source of a small air leak that had been growing in size.

Van Jones reacts to Trump's failure to condemn white supremacy
CNN's Van Jones reacts to President Donald Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacy during the first presidential debate of the 2020 election.

Man charged with attempted murder after attacking two Los Angeles police officers
A 29-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly entered the Harbor Police Station in San Pedro, California over the weekend and attacked two officers, authorities announced Tuesday.

See paramedics test a jet suit that can fly up mountains
An ambulance service in the UK's Lake District has tested a new jet suit that could help "save lives," according to the paramedics.

Parrots in wildlife park moved after swearing at visitors
Five parrots have been removed from public view at a British wildlife park after they started swearing at customers.

How an internet system from space is helping firefighters in Washington
SpaceX's Starlink satellites are being used by emergency responders in Washington to help fight fires while bringing internet access to residents in areas devastated by wildfires.

The trailblazing British Airways pilot who came out as transgender
Cat Burton grew up fascinated by airplanes, an interest first fostered by her pilot father, who flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force and later with Welsh carrier Cambrian Airways.

'German Scouser' Jurgen Klopp deserves to be on the same 'pedestal' as Bill Shankly, says Jamie Carragher
In football, a sport of rivalries and partisanship, it's rare that a manager has a profound impact on three different clubs.

Hillary Clinton talks about being ridiculed after her dad's death
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton opens up about her faith in an episode of her new podcast "You and Me Both," which released September 29.

How the world's best airport is adapting during the pandemic

Mick Schumacher to participate in a Formula One race weekend for the first time
Mick Schumacher will make his debut at a Formula One race weekend having been chosen by Ferrari to drive in Friday practice at next week's Eifel Grand Prix in Germany.

Drew Barrymore kept this 'E.T.' prop
The iconic 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" made Drew Barrymore a famous child actress and she has passed on a piece of history from the movie to her children.

'The Bachelorette' host Chris Harrison promises the 'most explosive' season fans have ever seen
"The Bachelorette" host Chris Harrison just warned viewers of a wild ride this season and revealed that Bachelorette Clare Crawley had "blown up" the show.

Walmart is redesigning its stores. This is what they'll look like
Walmart is giving its massive stores a makeover, with a redesign that mimics its app so shoppers can more easily find what they're looking for.

Lionel Messi says he 'only wanted to make Barcelona better and stronger' after failed attempt to leave the club
Lionel Messi says he had Barcelona's best interests at heart when announcing that he wanted to leave the club in August.

Canada's original hippie paradise
Daybreak in Tofino, Canada, is measured in layers of fog. This time of year, the mist often rolls in, shrouding the dense cedar forests and wide, sandy beaches in gray gauze.

Record-breaking free diver explains the thrill of exploring ocean depths
For many, the idea of diving 100 meters below the ocean surface without an oxygen tank could induce a panic attack.

The favorites of a 'bubble' French Open
Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal is the clear favorite for a "bubble" French Open, but who is the favorite for the women? And who can knock off the top contenders?

Protests, nature and a world in lockdown are captured from above in this year's Drone Photo Awards
Animals, landscapes, protests and empty streets, all caught by photographers from hundreds of feet above, have been highlighted by judges of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards.

Pantone launches bold new color to combat menstruation taboos
Pantone has released a bold new shade of red, called "Period," to help destigmatize menstruation.

10 of the most exciting new superyacht concepts
They've never not been in style, but superyachts are having a a bit of a moment.

Any reasonable assessment of the debate must ask whether Trump destroyed his own presidency
It was easily the worst and most rancorous presidential debate in history. But it still left the country with its starkest election choice in many generations.

Analysis: Trump is urging his supporters to show up at polling places to intimidate, not facilitate
President Donald Trump's bullying, cajoling and constant interruptions in the first 2020 general election debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night made the whole affair confusing and difficult to follow. And while there will (rightly) be scads of attention paid to Trump's unwillingness to condemn white supremacists and hate groups, there was actually a moment that I found more frightening -- and isn't getting anywhere near the same amount of attention.

'Stand by': Trump refuses to condemn White supremacists
President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to condemn White supremacists for inciting violence at anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country, claiming instead during the presidential debate that violence was coming from "the left wing."

'Inshallah': Biden lights up Twitter with Muslim phrase
During one of the more charged moments of the chaotic US presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a phrase from everyday Muslim and Arab vocabulary and lit up the internet.

Watch: First Trump-Biden presidential debate in full
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden faced off in Cleveland, Ohio, in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season.

Fact check: Trump unleashes avalanche of repeat lies
The first 2020 presidential debate Tuesday night in Cleveland featured an avalanche of lies from President Donald Trump -- while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was largely accurate in his statements, though he did make some false or misleading claims.

'Would you shut up, man?': Biden and Trump clash early
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate about packing the Supreme Court during the first presidential debate of the 2020 election. Check out more CNN debate coverage here.

Stocks lower: The debate confirmed Wall Street's worst fears
Wall Street is increasingly concerned that uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the US election in November could roil markets. The debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday did little to assuage those fears.

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Warring Libya factions eye prisoner release as talks continue
UN mission says Egypt talks addressed confidence-building measures and security arrangements.

EU prepares for standoff over Turkish sanctions
Europe stands behind Greece in the east Med crisis but is hesitant of Cyprus's insistence on sanctioning Ankara.

Trump, Biden campaign after chaotic debate: US election live news
After a night that often devolved into interruptions personal barbs, the candidates head back out on the campaign trail.

Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with injury
US tennis star's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title cut short in Paris with an injured Achilles' heel.

Trump aims for Michigan victory over Biden, seeking another upset
Trump is hoping to surprise again in Michigan, the traditionally Democratic state he won in 2016.

Activists seeking to ‘return’ African art go on trial in France
In an anti-colonial protest, activists tried to remove a 19th-century Chadian funeral staff from a Paris museum.

Saudi economy shrinks 7% while unemployment hits record high
The fallout from coronavirus hit oil and non-oil sectors, and austerity measures could weigh on economic recovery.

Behind the lens: Remembering Muhammad al-Durrah, 20 years on
Talal Abu Rahma captured the final moments in the life of a boy in Gaza as his father tried to shield him from bullets.

America is cracking up, the first presidential debate proved it
The chaos that ricocheted across television screens last night was testament to the sad spectacle that is America today.

Iran reassures Azerbaijan, slams ‘rumours’ of arms to Armenia
Amid Nagorno-Karabakh clash, Rouhani’s chief of staff tells Azeri official Tehran still respects territorial integrity.

India: Protesters clash with police after rape victim’s cremation
Protests erupted in several parts of India after a 19-year-old gang-rape victim from the Dalit community was cremated.

Biden’s ‘inshallah’ during US debate dubbed ‘historic’ on Twitter
Social media users react to Joe Biden using the Arabic term to express hope over probe in Trump tax case.

Can Ethiopia and Egypt agree on the Nile?
Major Ethiopian dam highlights premium placed on fresh water supplies in region trying to adapt to climate change.

Challenges in Iraq mount a year after anti-gov’t protests erupted
PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi had pledged to address the protesters' demands, but to date, little has been achieved.

UAE announces candidacy for UN Security Council seat
In June next year, the UN General Assembly will elect five member states to serve on the council.

Nigeria turns 60: Hope despite anger over corruption, poverty
As the African state prepares to celebrate independence day on October 1, citizens express concern over issues it faces.

WHO to probe sex abuse by aid workers in DRC amid Ebola outbreak
WHO pledge comes days after report accuses aid workers in DRC of demanding sex in exchange for being hired for a job.

First Black Muslim festival to launch amid anti-racism uprising
New UK-based event founded in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing seeks to celebrate often marginalised community.

COVID-19: How to make indoor spaces safer
From good ventilation to redesigning spaces, here are ways to help reduce the risk of transmission in closed settings.

Shell plans up to 9,000 job cuts with virus driving reductions
Oil firm joins competitors such as BP and Chevron in cutting jobs as they struggle with falling fossil fuel demand.

Asian factories have been busy, a plus for the global economy
Manufacturing data from China and Japan show growing demand for exports, but jobs remain under pressure.

Chuseok goes virtual as S Koreans give up traditional reunions
Fewer visits to relatives planned as authorities urge people to avoid travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kuwait swears in new emir after Sheikh Sabah’s death
Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah sworn in to receive the body of his half-brother Sheikh Sabah, who died on Tuesday.

Azerbaijan, Armenia clash as France, Turkey trade barbs: Live
French President Emmanuel Macron says Turkey's political statements in favour of Azerbaijan are 'dangerous'.

Israel passes law to limit protests during coronavirus lockdown
Critics say law aimed at silencing demonstrations over Netanyahu's alleged corruption and his handling of the pandemic.

EU Newsroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

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

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management
The European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This can reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions.

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals
Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers' protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

State of the Union: Commission adopts revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines
In line with the European Green Deal and the EU's objective to become the first climate neutral economy by 2050, the Commission adopted revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 (the “ETS Guidelines”).

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to advance discussions on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and exchange views on trade-related issues in the agricultural sector.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed Libya, EU-African Union relations, Belarus, and current affairs. They also adopted new sanctions on Libya.

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Covid-19, recovery plan
MEPs debated the state of the EU, came up with measures to fight Covid-19 and opened the way for the recovery plan during a busy September plenary.

State of the Union: A new Action Plan to turn the tide in the fight against racism
In her State of the Union Address 2020, President von der Leyen announced a new EU anti-racism Action Plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years. Among others, the Commission will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU law and further strengthen the legal framework, if needed.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs second contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing
The Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday.

State of the Union: Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030
The European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary
In her State of the Union address on 16 September 2020, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented her vision for a Europe that emerges stronger from the pandemic and leads the way towards a new vitality.

Vote on Own Resources: MEPs clear way for COVID-19 recovery plan
MEPs have fast-tracked and voted already during the September plenary session on their legislative opinion on the Own Resources Decision (ORD). This removes an important barrier and speeds up the procedure to implement the key EU law to restart the economy, allowing the Commission to raise €750 billion on the markets for the recovery fund.

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19
Parliament calls for the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to be enhanced so that the EU can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

About the State of the Union address - charting the course for the year ahead
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 16 September 2020 (09:00 CEST). The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with Members of the European Parliament.

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps
To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.

Main results of the EU-China leaders' meeting
The meeting was a follow-up to the 22nd EU-China summit that took place on 22 June and was chaired by President Michel on the EU side and President Xi on the Chinese side.

Addressing COVID-19: Council approves €6.2 billion budget increase for 2020

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup meeting was hosted by the German presidency of the Council in Berlin. It was the first in-person meeting of the Eurogroup since February 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. This was also the first meeting chaired by the Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, who took up the function on 13 July 2020.

Urban waste water: improvement in collection and treatment across the EU helps reducing pollution in the environment

Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice and publishes platform reports on coronavirus related disinformation
The assessment shows that the Code has proven a very valuable instrument, the first one of its kind worldwide, and has provided a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant stakeholders to ensure greater transparency of platforms' policies against disinformation within the EU. At the same time, the assessment highlights certain shortcomings mainly due to the Code's self-regulatory nature.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €140 billion in VAT revenues in 2018, with a potential increase in 2020 due to coronavirus
EU countries lost an estimated €140 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2018, according to a new report released by the European Commission.

Commission unveils its first Strategic Foresight Report: charting the course towards a more resilient Europe
The European Commission adopted its first-ever Strategic Foresight Report, aiming to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices. Strategic foresight will inform major policy initiatives.

Coronavirus: Commission completes vaccines portfolio following talks with a sixth manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with BioNTech-Pfizer to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. BioNTech-Pfizer is the sixth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August and Moderna on 24 August. The first contract, signed with AstraZeneca, entered into force on 27 August.

Commission adopts proposal to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Integrating migrants and refugees into the labour market: Commission and social and economic partners relaunch cooperation
The Commission, trade unions, chambers of commerce and employers' organisations are renewing their cooperation to enhance the integration of migrants and refugees into the labour market.

European Green Deal: Commission prepares new initiatives to boost the organic farming sector
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming. This sector will play an important role in achieving the European Green Deal ambition, and reaching the objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level.

Commission announces actions to make Europe's raw materials supply more secure and sustainable
The Commission presents an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors from the 2030 and 2050 perspectives.

Coronavirus Global Response: Commission joins the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)
The European Commission has confirmed its interest to participate in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.

Car industry: New rules on cleaner and safer cars start to apply across Europe
Tomorrow, the EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles will start to apply. Adopted in May 2018, the new Regulation significantly overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge to Côte d'Ivoire

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs first contract with AstraZeneca
Today, the first contract the European Commission has negotiated on behalf of the EU Member States with a pharmaceutical company entered into force following the formal signature between AstraZeneca and the Commission. The contract will allow the purchase of a vaccine against COVID-19 for all the Member States of the EU as well as the donation to lower and middle income countries or the re-direction to other European countries.

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE
The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. SURE is a crucial element of the EU's comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Right to Cure' initiative
Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Right to Cure'. The organisers of the ECI call on the Union “to put public health before private profit [and] make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone”.

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks
The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with AstraZeneca on 14 August.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. EU leaders also addressed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Mali.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to extend 2020 European Capitals of Culture into 2021
Due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission has proposed to give Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) the possibility to extend their year as 2020 European Capitals of Culture until 30 April 2021.

Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners

Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128 million in EU funding
The Commission will support 23 new research projects with €128 million in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The funding under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2020.

Lifting of travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

Coronavirus: European Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force
EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less as of tomorrow, 1 August. This is the immediate effect of the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides. Doing business in Vietnam will also become easier for European companies: they will now be able to invest and pitch for government contracts with equal chances to their local competitors.

Skills: Five new cross-border collaboration projects selected for Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe
The Commission has proposed Erasmus+ funding for five new Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border

European Commission secures EU access to Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19.

Coronavirus global response: 45 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights deliver over 1,000 tonnes of medical aid

EU and China discuss trade and economic relations
The European Union and China held today their 8th High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue (HED). The HED focused on the joint response to coronavirus and global economic governance issues, bilateral trade and investment concerns, and cooperation in the area of financial services and taxation.

5G security: Member States report on progress on implementing the EU toolbox and strengthening safety measures

Coronavirus response: Making capital markets work for Europe's recovery
The European Commission has adopted a Capital Markets Recovery Package, as part of the Commission's overall coronavirus recovery strategy. Today's measures aim to make it easier for capital markets to support European businesses to recover from the crisis. 

EU Security Union Strategy: connecting the dots in a new security ecosystem
The European Commission sets out a new EU Security Union Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on priority areas where the EU can bring value to support Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe. 

MEPs debate recovery fund, condemn major cuts to long-term EU budget
In an extraordinary plenary session, MEPs commented on the 17-21 July European Council deal on EU financing and the recovery plan to tackle the pandemic fallout.

Main results of the Special European Council
EU leaders agreed a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget that will help the EU to rebuild after the pandemic and will support investment in the green and digital transitions.

European Semester 2020: country-specific recommendations adopted

Capital markets union: Council adopts new rules for crowdfunding platforms

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
In the first physical meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council since January 2020, ministers discussed in detail the farm to fork strategy, the green architecture of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package and the market situation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The German presidency presented its work programme and priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries.

The Court of Justice invalidates Decision 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Data Protection Shield
However, it considers that Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid. The General Data Protection Regulation (‘the GDPR’) provides that the transfer of such data to a third country may, in principle, take place only if the third country in question ensures an adequate level of data protection.

Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers
The European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Boosting the EU's Green Recovery: EU invests over €2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the economy
The EU is supporting the economic recovery in all Member States by injecting almost €2.2 billion into 140 key transport projects. These projects will help build missing transport links across the continent, support sustainable transport and create jobs.

Council updates the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external borders

Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks
The Commission has presented immediate short-term measures to strengthen EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks. The Commission has from the outset coordinated the exchange of information and recommendations with regard to cross border health actions and measures.

Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth
The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity.

Main results of the EU-India summit via video conference
Leaders adopted a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership. This should be based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and respect for human rights, aiming at delivering concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India.

Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes ‘Best Practices' to provide relief for consumers and businesses

State Aid: Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens
The European Commission has recommended that Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed EU-Turkey relations, Latin America and the Caribbean in light of COVID 19, and current affairs.

Statement by President Charles Michel, President Ursula von der Leyen and EU HR Josep Borrell on the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica

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

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

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.

Global Times

Police arrest couple who assisted 2 Myanmese COVID-19 patients in illegally crossing into China

Beijing to fine climbers of "wild Great Wall" amid National Day holiday

Weibo-owner Sina likely to "return home" for secondary listing: analysts

US MQ-9 drones use China as imaginary enemy, 'easy to shoot down'

China's internet users reach 940 million: report

HKSAR hands over military dock to PLA Garrison to better tackle terrorism, foreign interference

US attack on Chinese islands will be met with fierce counterattack: Global Times editorial

Gradual return

Reverence for tradition

China backs UN in post-pandemic global governance: FM

China-US decoupling not in the works

Key CPC meeting to review China's next Five-Year Plan

Cutting-edge technologies help repair, protect Badaling Great Wall

Lessons from Toshiba, Alstom: how US suppresses foreign rival companies to maintain tech hegemony

DPP 'self-deceiving' in seeking secessionist presence of Taiwan in intl organizations

Export quality

Taiwan residents worry about war: surveys

Foreign automakers optimistic on China

China's unmanned plateau helicopter completes high-altitude maiden flight

Mooncake for animal

'Dancing fountain'

School offers free fruit to students with clean plates

'Five-star' public toilets in North China city come under spotlight

California city bans junk food from checkout aisles

Volunteers swarm to take part in experiment that offers $2,000 for lying down on bed

Father sends kid to cemetery as punishment, calls police after he goes missing

One in four Beirut children could miss school after blast: IRC

California wine country wildfire forces evacuation of hospital, hundreds of homes

Back in school in Karachi

G20 summit to go virtual, be chaired by King Salman on November 21-22

S. Korean companies not scaling down business links with China

Can global brands balance profits with the planet?

COVID-19 infects Indian troops, may sway border situation

Nation demonstrates third-generation nuclear reactor CAP1400

Crossword for teabreak

Production underway on Chinese TV series to commemorate 100th anniversary of CPC's founding


Learning Chinese

Two high school girls killed by classmate in Central China school

20 sentenced for illegal border crossing during COVID-19 in SW China's Yunnan

Bubonic plague case confirmed in Yunnan

Last orders

Rescue mission ends

China's carbon neutrality goal to advance global schedule by 5-10 years

COVID-19 vaccine volunteers get second dose to determine validity

Holiday tourists expected to reach 550 mln as travel industry in full swing after epidemic

HK officials shrug off US' unilateral sanction

Environment ministers, agencies stress multilateralism, cooperation on biodiversity conservation amid COVID-19 pandemic

Civilians play important part in peacekeeping missions

China's support and contribution to UNESCO

MercoPress - South American Agency

UK considered building asylum processing centers in Ascension and St Helena

In the end, it appears that Ms Patel decided not to go ahead with the scheme, however the Home Office made no attempt to deny the idea had been considered. British Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered officials to explore plans for building an asylum processing centre on a remote volcanic island in the south Atlantic – more than 4,000 miles from the UK, it has been reported.

Brazil post a primary budget deficit of US$ 17bn in August; 9% of GDP in eight months

The shortfall, excluding interest payments, expanded in the first eight months of the year to 601.3 billion reais Brazil's government posted a primary budget deficit of 96.1 billion reais (US$ 17 billion) in August, the Treasury said on Monday, as the coronavirus crisis continued to necessitate huge emergency spending.

World Bank plans US$ 12bn to help poor countries with Covid-19 vaccine purchase and distribution

WB president David Malpass told Le Figaro “the process of distributing a vaccine is complex” and it was important to anticipate the needs associated with it. The World Bank on Tuesday said it has asked its board of directors to approve US$12 billion to help poor countries purchase and distribute eventual vaccines against COVID-19. The bank has already implemented emergency response programs in 111 countries and the extra money, if approved, would be aimed at low- and middle-income countries.

Trump turned the debate with challenger Biden into a dog fight and near chaos

The two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, “Will you shut up, man?” The first debate between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos on Tuesday night as Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry — and personal — jabs that sometimes overshadowed the sharply different visions each man has for a nation facing historic crises.

Chile drops out from regional agreement to deliver access of information in environmental matters

Formally called, Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America Chile said last week it would not sign the Escazu Agreement -- a decision that generated surprise and disappointment among environmentalists because along with Costa Rica, Santiago has promoted it since 2012.

Bolsonaro hits back at accusations his government is breaking the spending cap with accounting gimmicks

Bolsonaro launched his charm offensive as Brazilian markets wobbled for a second day on fears the spending spree shows he is unwilling to rein in record deficits Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro hit back on Tuesday at accusations his government is using accounting gimmicks to fund a new minimum income program without breaking its spending cap, its most important fiscal rule.

Peru's credit risk, EMBIG, stands at 183 points, less than half the region's average

The country risk measures the ability of a country to meet its financial obligations and the implicit political risk and, based on that, receives a global credit rating Peru's EMBIG (Emerging Markets Bond Index Global) spread stood at 183 basis points, while the EMBIG Latin America spread increased 52 bps to 494 bps on September 16-23, the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) has reported.

Brazilian court blocks Bolsonaro attempt to repeal regulations protecting mangroves and coastal ecosystems

The protected areas were created in 2002 to preserve Brazil's many tropical mangroves and the sand-dune scrublands known as “restinga.” Brazilian court blocked President Jair Bolsonaro's government on Tuesday from repealing regulations protecting mangroves and other fragile coastal ecosystems, after an outcry from environmentalists.

Post lockdown Mediterranean cruise vessel docks in Greece with coronavirus cases

The Maltese-flagged Mein Schiff 6, operated by German travel giant TUI, is carrying 922 passengers and 666 crew The first cruise ship to sail to Greece since the coronavirus lockdown docked at the port of Piraeus early on Tuesday after a dozen crew members were reported positive for the virus, state news agency ANA said.

US Treasury US$ 25bn in loans to support seven large airlines

Airlines and unions were heavily lobbying Congress ahead of a Wednesday deadline for a new US$25 billion bailout to keep payrolls for another six months The U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday it had closed loans to seven large airlines hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and urged Congress to save tens of thousands of airline jobs by extending billions in payroll assistance.


Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is reckoning with the disproportionate and severe impact that the virus has wrought on the “health…rights and well being” of older persons, the UN chief has said, marking the international day highlighting their issues.

Libyan rivals conclude talks on key security and military issues
Delegations from Libya’s warring sides meeting in Egypt have concluded two days of security and military talks in efforts towards a lasting ceasefire, the UN political mission for the country, UNSMIL, has reported. 

Thailand: More than 100 companies pledge to strengthen women’s economic empowerment
Chief executives of 110 companies in Thailand on Wednesday, have signed up to a new set of UN principles on women’s economic empowerment, pledging to improve gender equality in the boardroom, equal pay for equal work, and safer and more inclusive workplaces.

LIVE: UN chief, Prince Charles, rally ‘coalition of the willing’ to end biodiversity destruction
Here's our special LIVE coverage of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, where activists and senior UN officials are calling for urgent action on biodiversity, to help ensure sustainable development for all.  

As historic virtual debate wraps, ‘our political leaders demonstrated their commitment to multilateralism,’ says UN Assembly President
For the first time in the history of the United Nations, global leaders were not able to meet in person for the General Assembly’s annual debate, but the 193-Member body’s President said on Tuesday that the precautions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic “did not prevent multilateralism from operating at the highest levels.”

The UN is ‘right platform’ to address global challenges – Tanzanian Ambassador
The COVID-19 outbreak reminds the world that we need “to enhance solidarity within the multilateral system” to confront global challenges, the representative of Tanzania told the closing session of the UN’s annual high-level session on Tuesday.

Nuclear threat against North Korea ‘continues unabated’, UN ambassador tells Assembly
During the past several decades, North Korea has done “everything possible” to safeguard peace and security on the Korean peninsula, the country’s representative told the UN high-level General Debate on Tuesday.

At UN, Uganda highlights COVID-19 response, commitment to sustainable development
Through deliberate and targeted actions, Uganda has been able to contain the spread of COVID-19, the country’s representative to the UN told the General Assembly, adding that the Government also prioritized sustainable recovery from the pandemic in its national plans. 

UN Middle East envoy urges sides to engage ‘before it is too late’
Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and their international partners, must urgently resume peace efforts “before it is too late”, UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Tuesday, echoing the Secretary-General. 

Climate change ‘the defining challenge of our generation’ says New Zealand Ambassador
There is no vaccine against climate change, the Permanent Representative of New Zealand told the UN General Assembly debate on Tuesday, noting that now more than ever, the international community must “step up, collectively and in the common interest.”

To UN, Israeli Prime Minister says ‘no doubt’ more Arab countries will soon join ‘circle of peace’
While telling the UN General Assembly on Tuesday there was “good news” to report about the “expanding circle of peace” between Israel and some Arab countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also accused Hezbollah militants of storing weapons in a residential area of Beirut.

WHO promises ‘robust’ investigation of sexual abuse allegations against workers in DR Congo
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, promised that any of its staff working as part of the agency’s Ebola response team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found to have been involved in sexual exploitation and abuse, would face “serious consequences, including instant dismissal.”

Redouble efforts against ‘global scourge’ of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres 
From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is “a global scourge” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday. 

Pandemic shows international cooperation ‘delivers results’, says German Foreign Minister
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how international cooperation “delivers results” in efforts to resolve conflict, though there is still a long way to go, Germany’s Foreign Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday. 

Bilateral cooperation ‘only way’ to resolve repatriation issue, Myanmar Minister tells General Assembly
Bilateral cooperation is the only way to effectively resolve the repatriation issue between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, told the UN General Assembly. 

Protect the world from sliding into global recession, urges UN chief
The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic “are as bad as we feared”, the UN Secretary-General said, as he warned that the international community must act now if it is stave off a global recession, which could wipe out decades of development gains. 

UAE expresses hopes for Middle East peace talks following ‘historic’ accord with Israel
The historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should boost efforts towards achieving regional peace and a brighter future for generations to come, the UAE’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday. 

Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ hunger levels 
Torrential rains and flooding across South Sudan have created the threat of “catastrophic” levels of hunger and left hundreds of thousands homeless, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. 

Food loss and waste ‘an ethical outrage’, UN chief says on International Day
New approaches and solutions are needed to address worsening food loss and waste, the UN Secretary-General has said, in a message marking the first ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction. 

COVID-19: ‘Legitimate concerns’ must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation
Amid continuing uncertainty, fear and anxiety around the world over the COVID-19 pandemic, senior UN officials are keen to stress the legitimacy of concerns, listen carefully to citizens around the world, and help them distinguish between misinformation and accurate information, based on science. 

Millionth death from COVID-19 ‘an agonizing milestone’: UN Secretary-General
With over one million lives now lost to COVID-19 globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that while the “agonizing milestone” is a “mind-numbing figure”, the world must never lose sight of each and every individual life. 

Nobel laureate Nadia Murad denounces lack of will to end sexual violence as a war tactic
With one in three women around the world affected by gender-based violence – a crime that skyrockets more than 200 per cent in conflict settings – Nobel laureate Nadia Murad brought governments and UN leaders to task on Monday, for failing to provide the resources needed to create meaningful change for traumatized communities.

Illicit capital robbing Africa and its people of their future: UN trade and development chief
Every year, an estimated $88.6 billion, which is equivalent to 3.7% of Africa’s GDP, leaves the continent in the form of illicit capital, according to UN trade and development agency UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020, launched on Monday.

Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout
The COVID-19 pandemic is “hitting women hard”, but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

‘Eyes and ears’ of UN Human Rights Council facing funding crisis
The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.

Rights experts denounce death sentence against Nigerian singer who posted on WhatsApp
Independent UN human rights experts have called on the Government of Nigeria to immediately release a singer sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song he performed and shared on social media. 

India: UN expert raises alarm over mass evictions of Delhi railway track dwellers
An independent UN human rights expert has voiced concern over an Indian Supreme Court order to evict up to 250,000 people living in shacks along railway tracks in the capital, Delhi, warning that such a move could violate the country’s obligations under key international rights treaties. 

Ahead of biodiversity summit, UN officials call for action to preserve the natural world
Top UN officials working to preserve the natural world are urging “action now” ahead of a crucial biodiversity summit this week, where world leaders will reaffirm their commitment to the cause. 

Fresh Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, as UN chief urges an end to fighting
The UN chief is “extremely concerned” over renewed hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone that erupted on Sunday.

Yemen’s warring parties agree to free more than 1,000 prisoners 
At the end of a week-long meeting in Switzerland, the parties to the conflict in Yemen reached what the UN envoy there called “a very important milestone”, in agreeing to release a first group of detainees.