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Hillary Clinton: 'Shameful' not to publish Russia report
A report on alleged Russian interference in the UK should come out, says the former US presidential candidate.

Cobra to meet over northern England floods
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had earlier called on Boris Johnson to convene an emergency meeting.

Vaping nearly killed me, says British teenager
Vaping caused a catastrophic reaction in Ewan Fisher's lungs that meant he could not breathe.

Labour promises free jobs retraining for adults
Labour pledges a £3bn increase in adult education investment to update skills for work.

England v Montenegro: Raheem Sterling to miss Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley
England forward Raheem Sterling will not play in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday, the Football Association has said.

General election 2019: Tories step up attack on Labour spending plans
Labour rejects Tory calculations about what their economic policies would cost as "more fake news".

Jimmy Carter in hospital for brain procedure
The US ex-president, 95, is said to be resting comfortably ahead of the procedure at an Atlanta clinic.

'I was detained for speaking Spanish in the US'
Ana Suda and a friend were stopped by police in Montana for speaking the language.

Hoodie gets Quebec politician thrown out of legislature
A Quebec politician was pushed out of the provincial legislature because she wore a hoodie.

Bolivia crisis: Evo Morales accepts political asylum in Mexico
Evo Morales, who resigned as president on Sunday, announces his departure as unrest continues.

Poland reacts angrily to Netflix Nazi death camp documentary
The prime minister asks Netflix to make changes to a map shown in The Devil Next Door.

The 'indestructible' robots who can do backflips
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a video of nine four-legged robots hopping around the campus.

The Papers: Farage urged to give Tories 'free run' at marginals
The announcement the Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats currently held by the Tories dominates the papers.

Paris tour shows how black people helped to shape France
Resistance fighters and anti-colonial writers - a Paris tour celebrates an alternative French history.

What US coal country makes of Trump impeachment
The view from Americans celebrating Veterans Day in West Virginia, which backed Trump in 2016.

Hugh Grant and Guy Ritchie recreate fathers' Army picture
Hugh Grant and Guy Ritchie pose as their fathers did during Army service 65 years ago.

Steve McQueen's Year 3 children exhibition unveiled at Tate
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and artist and his team photographed more than 75,000 Year 3 children.

Planet Mercury passes across the face of the Sun
Astronomers are observing a rare event, a transit of the planet Mercury.

Durwood Zaelke: How your air conditioning could help to save the planet
The man behind a key amendment to a major climate treaty thinks that he has a way to cool the Earth.

VAR chief Neil Swarbrick marks new system as 'seven out of 10' despite criticism
The use of video assistant referees in Premier League games is given a mark of seven out of 10 by the man in charge, despite strong criticism.

People's Choice Awards: How a fan's One Direction fantasy won a top film prize
After, which is based on a piece of One Direction fan fiction, beat several major Hollywood titles.

Tabata Amaral: Congresswoman dubbed 'Brazil's AOC'
A video of her grilling the education minister went viral, but Tabata Amaral has a bigger war to wage.

Nadal, Djokovic & Federer on rivalry and friendship on ATP tennis tour
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer chat to BBC Breakfast's Sally Nugent about what life is like being the top three male tennis players.

Why being kind could help you live longer
A new institute has been set up to study kindness - as an antidote to an increasingly polarised world.

Inside the primary school class with 63 pupils
What is it like to be a primary school pupil in a class of 63 children?

Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?
Swedish police are dealing with unprecedented levels of attacks, in city centres and suburbs.

The US-China fight over AI: 'We're over-reacting'
The US-China over artificial intelligence is heating up, but some warn the US could be over-reacting.

The company decoding African DNA to help fight diseases
Nigeria-based 54gene wants to help scientists to better diagnose and treat illnesses affecting black Africans.

Philippine drug war: Do we know how many have died?
With a new person taking over anti-drug operations, what's been the extent of the killings in the Philippines?

Robert Enke: Remembering former Germany and Hannover goalkeeper, 10 years on
Robert Enke was Germany's goalkeeper, set to play in the next summer's World Cup. On 10 November 2009, he took his own life.

Trump impeachment inquiry: A simple guide
President Donald Trump faces a two-stage political process that could see him removed from office.

Is climate change to blame for Australia's bushfires?
Politicians have been criticised for skirting questions on whether climate change is worsening a crisis.

Payment firm Klarna messed up my credit score, says student
Debt charities concerned about the rising popularity of interest-free shopping online.

The Iranian fighters who can't think about sex
Some ex-members of the 'cult-like' MEK have quit - and are now stranded in Albania.

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal loses to Alexander Zverev in opener
Rafael Nadal's bid to end the year as world number one falters with a straight-set loss to defending champion Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals.

Formula 1 aims to become carbon neutral by 2030
Formula 1 launches a plan to become carbon neutral by 2030 and will "begin carbon-reduction projects immediately".

FA Cup: Portsmouth's Ronan Curtis gives Portsmouth lead over Harrogate Town
Ronan Curtis smashes home a brilliant strike from long range as Portsmouth battle back to beat National League Harrogate Town in the FA Cup first round.

NFL plays of the week: Lamar Jackson's incredible touchdown among week 10's action
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson produces a sensational 47-yard scoring run in the NFL's top plays of the week.

Neil Warnock: Manager leaves Cardiff City after three years
Cardiff City part company with manager Neil Warnock after more than three years with the Championship club.

Tommy Fury eyes 'Battle of Britain' with KSI
British heavyweight Tommy Fury sets his sights on a "Battle of Britain" with YouTuber KSI in 2020.

Election 2019, Your Questions Answered: How could the election affect Brexit?
How much money has been spent on Brexit, and other questions answered.

General election poll tracker: How do the parties compare?
Our poll tracker measures how people say they are going to vote at the next general election.

General election 2019: The jobs eight out of 10 Britons do
Who are the "hard-working" and "ordinary" people that politicians love to appeal to?

Who's in charge of the UK when there are no MPs?
The world doesn't stop just because an election is on, so who's in charge?

General election 2019: Lib Dems propose £10k 'skills wallet' for all adults
Money for training courses will be made available to adults of all ages, under the Lib Dem plan.

General election 2019: Labour and Tories make Armistice Day vows to forces
Armistice Day pledges include a Tory vow to protect combat veterans from "vexatious" legal action.

General election 2019: The town that won't get a choice
A look at the parliamentary tradition which means some voters don't get to vote for the main parties.

Mexico ambush: How a US Mormon family ended up dead
Nine people, all American citizens, were killed by gunmen in an ambush this week.

CNN

5 times DC testimonies marked Trump's presidency
A new public phase of the impeachment inquiry kicks off Wednesday with public testimony from career State Department officials.

Voter: I'm proud of the way Trump wants our country to go
Florida is in the middle of a housing market boom after facing a major crisis a decade ago and it has same voters feeling confident about the economy. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich spoke to voters in Florida.

The truly frightening thing about Nikki Haley's big revelation

Hong Kong prepares for more turmoil
Hong Kong is preparing for another day of turmoil Tuesday after a man was shot by a police officer and another set alight following a confrontation with protesters in one of the most dramatic days in over five months of protests.

Two horrific videos show rising protest tensions
A man has been set on fire in Hong Kong only hours after a protester was shot by police with a live round, as the city experiences one of the most dramatic days in over five months of protests. CNN's Will Ripley reports from Hong Kong.

Submarine that went missing with 80 aboard found
It's been 75 years since the USS Grayback went missing with 80 sailors aboard. Now, an organization that searches for sunken World War II submarines has solved the mystery of where it went down.

Police detain man eating a sandwich on train platform
A police officer detained and cited a man eating a sandwich on a San Francisco train platform, a confrontation captured on a viral video.

Jimmy Carter hospitalized for procedure to relieve pressure on his brain
Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted Monday night to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta ahead of a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, the Carter Center announced in a statement posted to Twitter.

Australia on alert as 'catastrophic' fire threat looms

Nigel Farage has made a huge Brexit concession
Nigel Farage, a man who many believe Brexit wouldn't have happened without, has declared that his Brexit Party will not field candidates at the UK's forthcoming election in seats currently held by Boris Johnson's Conservatives.

Trump can't sue New York in Washington, DC, to stop release of tax returns, judge says
A federal judge has decided that President Donald Trump can't sue New York state officials in a Washington, DC, court, at this time to stop the release of his tax returns.

Deadly virus killing key marine species
Climate change means melting ice and habitat loss for animals in the Arctic. But there's an invisible side effect of warming temperatures and rising tides, and it's killing key marine species.

Trump administration 'abused its power,' says family of British teenager killed in crash
The grieving family of the British teenager who was killed in a motorcycle crash involving a US diplomat's wife has criticized both the US and UK governments for their handling of the incident, accusing the Trump administration of abusing its power.

Double lung transplant needed after vaping related injury
Doctors at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit performed what they believe is the first double lung transplant in the US for a male patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged after vaping, according to the hospital.

Uber CEO called Khashoggi's murder a 'mistake.' Now he's trying to put it right
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has reportedly tried to clarify his description of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder as a "mistake" by the Saudi government.

Professor found with woman's severed arms tells court: 'I was going to marry her'
A prominent Russian historian appeared in court in St. Petersburg on Monday in a grisly murder case that has grabbed headlines across the country.

Why did Evo Morales resign as Bolivia's President
Bolivia's political crisis deepened Sunday as President Evo Morales resigned amid allegations of "serious irregularities" during last month's election and pressure from the country's armed forces.

Footballer leaves field in tears after racial abuse
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison was shown a red card for his reaction to racist abuse from the traveling Dynamo Kyiv fans during a Ukrainian league fixture on Sunday.

Bombs keep going off in this Syrian town. Civilians are left picking up the pieces
A month after Turkey launched its operation into northern Syria, major combat operations around the town of Tal Abyad may have ended, but the battle for this part of Syria is far from over. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.

Disney heiress to fellow boomers offended by 'OK boomer': 'Sit the f*** down and let the kids drive'
Abigail Disney has a message for fellow Baby Boomers offended by the "OK boomer" trend: "How about you guys sit the [expletive] down and let the kids drive."

Neil Young's US citizenship held up by marijuana use
Neil Young wants to become a US citizen and vote in the 2020 presidential election.

Bolivia's blunt message to leaders drunk on power
There's much we still need to know about what has unfolded in Bolivia, but one thing is clear: Evo Morales, who on Sunday resigned the presidency under overwhelming pressure -- some call it a coup, others say it's a path to restoring democracy - could have left office at the end of almost 14 years in power and remained a beloved figure for most Bolivians. Instead, he refused to accept the democratic limits on his power.

Bull elephant kneels on car in Thailand
A bull elephant blocked the road and then knelt on the back of a car in Thailand, denting and breaking car windows in the process. HLN's Christi Paul has more.

Doctor accused of performing hysterectomies on patients without their consent
A Virginia doctor has been arrested after he was accused of performing hysterectomies and other unnecessary medical procedures on patients without their consent, according to a federal affidavit.

Thousands of mental health patients held in chains in healing centers, rights group says
Thousands of patients with mental health issues are bound in chains and locked up in facilities across Nigeria where they are subjected to "terrible abuse," Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Tiny deer-like animal thought lost to science photographed for first time in 30 years
A tiny deer-like creature about the size of a rabbit has been photographed in the wild for the first time in three decades in southern Vietnam, delighting conservationists who feared the species was extinct.

Teen describes moments after deadly Mexico attack
In an interview on "Good Morning America" teenager Devin Langford describes surviving gunfire and hiding his siblings after an attack on his family in Mexico.

Boeing still thinks 737 Max will fly next month
Boeing still believes it can get permission before the end of this year to fly the 737 Max again.

US Marine deserter wanted in murder of mother's boyfriend, police say
A Marine who deserted his post at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina last month is a suspect in the murder of his mother's boyfriend, authorities said Monday.

Deadly cyclone slams into Bangladesh and India
At least 10 people have been killed and millions displaced after Cyclone Bulbul smashed into India and Bangladesh over the weekend.

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites for internet space network
SpaceX sent another 60 satellites into orbit on Monday, one of many such launches the company hopes to conduct over the next year as it works to build a massive broadband-from-space business.

Regular weed use raises risk of heart problems for young people
Younger people with cannabis use disorder are at an increased risk of heart rhythm problems, according to a new presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. A second presentation says that young people who use weed frequently are at a higher risk for stroke.

Alex Trebek chokes up on 'Jeopardy!'
Dhruv Gaur's answer on "Jeopardy!" brought host Alex Trebek to tears Monday.

Message in a bottle 9 gets response after 9 years
As a 10-year-old boy, Max Vredenburgh threw a message in a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean in 2010. His message included his home address, in the hopes his message would be found.

UK man runs marathon in every country in the world
If you've ever wondered who runs the world, it turns out it's a man called Nick Butter.

Restaurant earns fame with $185 sandwich
Welcoming diners such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, sporting icon David Beckham and superstar musician Ed Sheeran would be enough to make any restaurateur weep with joy.

The strange worlds built under Soviet cities
Traveling along one of the metro networks built across the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1980s feels a bit like entering a series of historic underground monuments.

Chrissy Teigen makes room for new award by removing John Legend's Grammys from living room
Move over Grammys, Chrissy Teigen has her own award to put on the mantle.

2 bucks got their antlers tangled. Then neighbors brought a saw.
Mark Johnson spotted two bucks whose antlers had been locked together, and knew the deer were in a precarious situation. He phoned a friend who brought other neighbors, armed with ropes and a tree limb saw, to the rescue.

China's night steam passenger train

Inside Elle Macpherson's stunning home
It's not every day you get to look inside a supermodel's luxury home. But Elle Macpherson has offered a rare glimpse of her chic Florida house by opening her doors to Architectural Digest.

15 hotels that go all-out for Christmas
Twinkling lights, glitter and gourmet menus galore -- without a single dish to wash or tree to trim.

Hong Kong leader's ominous warning

The two sides of China: Hong Kong escalation torpedoes stocks as Singles Day bonanza breaks record
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Inside the tense calm after protester shot
Protesters and riot police line the streets around an intersection where a protester was shot in the torso by Hong Kong Police. CNN's Will Ripely reports.

Australia on alert as 'catastrophic' fire threat looms

Ex-CIA official: Transcript is critical clue
CNN's Phil Mudd expands on testimony from a top Pentagon official that was released as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Former NFL player dies at 38
Former Michigan State University and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has died. 

Record-breaking Arctic blast looms
Don your jackets and mittens, East Coasters. You're going to need them.

Al Jazeera

Evo Morales leaves Bolivia for Mexico amid violent unrest
Morales leaves a country struggling to fill a power vacuum after resigning in the wake of a disputed election.

Sydney braces as Australia prepares for 'catastrophic' bushfires
City woke to a smoke haze with authorities warning hot, windy weather could fuel fires in bushland parched by drought.

US expresses 'grave concern' about escalating Hong Kong violence
Tensions continue to simmer after police shot a protester on Monday in some of the worst violence since protests began

Three performers stabbed on stage in Saudi capital
The performance was taking place as Saudi Arabia moves to promote entertainment in the conservative country.

US national security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid
Democrats release new batch of testimony from Trump impeachment inquiry before public hearings.

Mexico grants asylum to Bolivia's Evo Morales
Mexico says Morales's life was in danger after he announced his resignation on Sunday amid growing unrest.

Bolivia's Evo Morales resigns: What prompted it and what's next?
Morales's resignation leaves behind a political vacuum the country may struggle to fill.

Fact and Friction: Reporting on Hong Kong's Protests
Mass protests in Hong Kong put a team of journalists to test as they face intimidation and growing pressure from China.

Why Macron's remarks on Bosnia are dangerous
Portrayals of Bosnia as a source of 'Islamic threat' echo anti-Muslim narratives that led to the genocide of the 1990s.

Why French left has a problem with Islamophobia
Recent anti-Islamophobia march in Paris has exposed deep divisions among French leftists on Islam.

US judge sides with New York AG in Trump tax return lawsuit
Judge says Trump can't sue New York officials in a federal court in Washington, DC, to stop tax return release.

Can Cambodia's opposition keep pressure on PM Hun Sen?
Opposition leader Kem Sokha has been released from house arrest but the crackdown on dissent continues.

Iran breaches nuclear deal with enrichment push, says UN watchdog
IAEA confirms Tehran's announcement last week that it began refining uranium, while EU considers reimposing sanctions.

Hasan Nasrallah: Corruption investigations should 'start with us'
Judges should be 'brave' in their pursuit of public officials during graft investigations, Hassan Nasrallah says.

Chile: Protesters reject government plan to rewrite constitution
Many protesters say any new constitution must include the input of the public through a constitutional assembly.

Sign of the times: Glasgow's slavery profits in the spotlight
Road names dedicated to slave-trade profiteers could be changed as the Scottish city studies its past.

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam: Protesters now people's enemy
Hong Kong's chief executive has said that ongoing violence exceeded protesters' demands for democracy and demonstrators are now the people's enemy.

British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Turkey
Investigation launched after body of James Le Mesurier, who helped start volunteer rescue group in Syria, is discovered.

Netherlands must repatriate children of ISIL women: Court
Dutch women who joined ISIL need not be taken back, court rules, but state must commit to return 56 children from Syria.

Three blasts kill at least 6 in Syrian town near Turkey
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after ISIL said it killed a priest in the area.

Greece and China hail strategic partnership, as US and EU look on
Greece is attempting to be China's gateway to Europe, with Athens offering Beijing plenty of investment opportunities.

In Pictures: 100 days of crippling lockdown in Kashmir
Disputed Himalayan region reels under unprecedented security lockdown since its special status was scrapped in August.

Committed to Israel peace treaty despite ending land deal: Jordan
Jordan's foreign minister says Amman's refusal to renew deal was in accordance with the 1994 treaty with Israel.

'Great Poland': Thousands attend Independence March in Warsaw
Patriots and hardliners attend annual rally with a focus this year on protecting 'traditional values' and shunning LGBT.

Guru Nanak and the promise of an inclusive Pakistan
Pakistan reimagines its relationship with its Sikh heritage by opening a key corridor and restoring sites of worship.

MercoPress - South American Agency

OAS identified "serious irregularities" and "clear manipulations", questioning president Morales victory

The preliminary OAS report, following an audit of the Oct. 20 vote, said that the international body could not verify the result after it found “clear manipulations”. The Organization of American States recommended on Sunday that Bolivia hold a new election after it identified "serious" irregularities in the voting system in a report that called into question the victory of President Evo Morales.

Macron invited Alberto Fernandez to Paris, sometime before 10 December

“We had a splendid conversation,” Fernandez said during the opening session of the Puebla Group meeting in Buenos Aires Sometime before 10 December, when Argentine elected president Alberto Fernandez takes office, and agendas permitting, he will be travelling to France to meet with Emmanuel Macron, with whom he had an hour long conversation, according to Argentine sources.

What happens next in Bolivia: who will rule transition until fresh elections take place

Vice-president of the Senate, Jeanine Añez, from the opposition has stated she feels it is her patriotic duty to take office as interim president Following on the resignation of president Evo Morales, the big question is what happens next in Bolivia. In effect according to articles 169/170 of the Bolivian constitution, when the president is removed or steps down, he is to be replaced by the vice president, the president of the Senate or the head of the Lower House, to head a transition administration with the task of holding fresh elections in 90 days.

Mexico invites the FBI to participate in the Mormons killings investigation

“The Mexican government reiterates its commitment to investigate the facts, in order to ... offer justice to the affected families,” the foreign ministry said. (Pic AP) The Mexican government invited the FBI on Sunday to participate in its investigation into an attack in northern Mexico that killed nine dual citizens of the United States and Mexico.

Spanish elections: hung parliament and the extreme right doubles seats

The poor result, means more political headaches for Spain’s leader Sánchez and leaves the country facing another hung parliament. Spain's Socialists have won the country’s fourth general election in as many years, but without an absolute majority. The PSOE, led by acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, has taken just 120 seats out of a possible 350 – three less than the April 28 election, while the extreme right Vox party doubled its number of seats

Australia bushfires: state of emergency along the eastern coast as it prepares for "catastrophic" conditions

Fires in northern New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland over the weekend killed three people an d destroyed more than 150 homes. Authorities in Australia's Queensland and New South Wales states on Monday declared a state of emergency as the country's eastern region prepared for "catastrophic" fire conditions.

All whales released, secretly, from Russia's Far East "whale jail", Moscow reports

The All-Russian Fisheries and Oceanography Institute said the operation to free the last belugas started five days ago. The last whales held in a notorious facility dubbed the "whale jail" in Russia's Far East were released on Sunday, the institute overseeing the operation said.

Following electoral fraud, Bolivian president steps down, leaving the country in chaos

Earlier on Sunday, Morales agreed to call new elections after the OAS released the results of its audit into the October 20 vote, which Morales narrowly won Bolivian President Evo Morales, the first indigenous ruler of the country, announced his resignation in a televised address on Sunday after weeks of protests around “irregularities” in last month's elections.

Falklands' Remembrance Sunday observance will be held in Stanley and Fox Bay

 A parade of Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Falkland Islands Defense Force detachments will march into position at the Cross of Sacrifice (Pic R. Goodwin) The Falkland Islands annual Service of Remembrance, this year commemorating the 101st anniversary of the end of the First World War, will be held in Stanley on Sunday 10 November in Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 9.30 am, according to a release from Gilbert House, seat of the local elected government.

Hundreds cheer Lula da Silva as he walks from jail a free man

Lula wearing a black T-shirt and suit jacket, pumped his fist in the air as he exited the federal police HQ in Curitiba and was mobbed by hundreds of supporters Brazil's icon Lula da Silva walked free from jail on Friday after a year and a half behind bars for corruption following a court ruling that could release thousands of convicts. The former president, wearing a black T-shirt and suit jacket, pumped his fist in the air as he exited the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba and was quickly mobbed by hundreds of supporters and journalists.

EU Newsroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

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

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

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

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

Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth

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

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

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

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

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

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

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

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

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

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council discussed how to decarbonise transport in order to combat climate change and meet the Paris Agreement objectives.

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018
New figures released by the European Commission show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic.

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus
MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+).

European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council held a policy debate on enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU. On the basis of a presidency background paper, ministers discussed how the Council could contribute to the overall aim of strengthening the rule of law in the EU, and what specific measures could be used.

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines
The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.

Erasmus+: EU boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change
The European Commission adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness.

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors
The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, they recommend that the Commission improve the way it reaches out to citizens to promote greater participation.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017
EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission. The so-called 'VAT Gap' - or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected - has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high.

Brexit ‘no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019
With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

European citizens' initiatives: Commission registers 3 new initiatives, and finds 1 inadmissible

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme
With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

July 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission
Member States agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commission to ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

Main results of the G7 summit
President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.

July 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.0% in the euro area - Down to 1.4% in the EU

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme
To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the Commission has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.

June 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries
The European Commission is taking stock of its overall approach to equivalence in the area of financial services. EU equivalence has become a significant tool in recent years, fostering integration of global financial markets and cooperation with third-country authorities.

EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

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

General Data Protection Regulation shows results, but work needs to continue

Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness
The European Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness. The instrument will help euro area Member States and other participating Member States to enhance the resilience of their economies and of the euro area through support to targeted reforms and investment.

Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules
The European Commission is adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks.

Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

EU-Canada summit
As like-minded partners, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their joint commitment to multilateralism and rules-based trade. They stressed their full commitment to the Paris Agreement, and they called for further efforts to fight climate change.

June 2019 - Annual inflation up to 1.3% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules.

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term.

Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs
In a debate with MEPs, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision as Commission President. MEPs will vote on her nomination, held by secret paper ballot, at 18.00.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed Iran, Iraq, the Central African Republic, and the external aspects of migration. They had an informal exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Popescu. The Council adopted conclusions on Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and the work of the high-level group on sugar. It was also informed about the work programme of the Finland's presidency, EU-Mercosur, African swine fever and animal welfare during transport.

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers
The European Commission announced that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law.

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors
The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States' economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary factors such as mild winter conditions and a rebound in car sales.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the EU's own resources in view of the new MFF package. The Council adopted a decision recommending Christine Lagarde as the candidate for the ECB presidency as well as the 2019 country specific recommendations.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders reaffirmed the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They discussed the implementation of the association agreement and the way ahead for EU-Ukraine relations.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held policy debates on the ‘economy of wellbeing’ and on the social aspects of the ‘Clean planet for all’ strategy. Ministers also approved the country specific recommendation falling under the responsibility of EPSCO.

Plenary highlights: leadership election, formation of committees
The newly-elected MEPs met for their first plenary session on 2-4 July, during which they elected a new president and voted on the size of the parliamentary committees. Parliament chose Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli as its president on Wednesday for a term of two-and-a-half years.

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed
Today's Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the shortcomings where the countries and the Commission should step up their efforts.

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament
MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. As an Italian MEP since 2009, he was re-elected on a Partito Democratico list in Central Italy in May 2019 for a third term. He will lead Parliament until January 2022.

European citizens' initiative: Commission registers 3 new initiatives and determines 1 as inadmissible
The European Commission decided to register 3 new European citizens' initiatives: 'A price for carbon to fight climate change', 'Grow scientific progress: crops matter!', and 'Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe'.

Parliament starts new term with seven political groups
As the new European Parliament meets for the first time 2 July, MEPs have formed seven political groups. Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities.

UN

Monday’s Daily Brief: Guterres on Bolivia and multilateralism, Syria and Iraq’s displaced, forest initiative, the healing arts
A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: UN chief spotlights multilateralism at peace forum; Bolivian authorities must uphold safety of citizens; new programme to feed Kenya’s children; experts concerned for detained in Syria and Iraq; UN forest management project fights climate crisis; and, from Warhol to the Wiggles – the role of art in keeping you healthy.

25 years on from landmark conference, millions of women and girls still in danger: UN deputy chief
The UN Deputy Secretary-General has called for gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights to be integrated at the heart of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future for all.

Multilateralism must weather ‘challenges of today and tomorrow’ Guterres tells Paris Peace Forum
In a speech to the Paris Peace Forum in Paris on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that to thrive, multilateralism had to adapt, mindful that “conflicts persist, creating suffering and displacement: our world is unsettled”.  He was speaking as commemorations took place in countries across the world, marking the official end of the First World War, in 1918.

From Prince to Picasso, the arts can be just the tonic, new UN health agency study shows
From before birth, to the end of life, taking to the dance floor or sketching a still life, can positively affect our health and even prove more cost-effective than conventional medical treatment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found in a new study published on Monday.

New UN forestry project bids to help countries meet climate change commitments
More than two dozen countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America are set to benefit from a UN project to help tackle climate change through better forestry management.

UN chief calls for Bolivians to ensure credible elections as Morales resigns; protection for diplomatic missions
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all concerned parties in Bolivia to “refrain from violence, reduce tension and exercise maximum restraint” in the wake of the resignation of President Evo Morales earlier on Sunday. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Syria war update as talks continue, ‘credible evidence’ Morsi death due to prison conditions, force condemned in Chile protests
A recap of Friday’s stories in brief: Ongoing upheaval threatens civilians in Syria; ‘Brutal’ prison conditions may have prompted Morsi’s death; Rights experts condemn use of force in Chile protests; ICJ will hear claims by Ukraine; 60,000 youth refugees who travelled alone, in need across Italy. 

Top UN court will consider Ukraine allegations against Russia of treaty violations
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.

Violence can ‘never be the answer’: UN rights experts condemn excessive force during Chile protests
United Nations human rights experts on Friday condemned the excessive use of force during Chile’s ongoing street protests, and in a statement underscored that violence “can never be the answer to people's social and political demands”.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk in Syria amid ongoing violence in northeast and northwest
Almost daily violence targeting built-up areas and health facilities in Syria continues to threaten the lives of civilians there, UN rights experts and humanitarians said on Friday.

UN human rights expert alarmed at rise in Cambodia arrests
A UN human rights expert is calling on the Cambodian Government to respect its citizens’ rights of freedom of opinion, expression and assembly, amid concerns over escalating tensions and a political crackdown across the country.

60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support
United Nations agencies on Friday highlighted the dire needs of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy as refugees, lacking the proper support to transition through to adulthood.

Egypt: ‘Credible evidence’ that ‘brutal’ prison conditions prompted Morsi’s death, thousands more at risk
A group of independent UN human rights experts said on Friday that there was “credible evidence” that inadequate prison conditions in which former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was held may have led “directly” to his death in June, and thousands of other detainees may be at “severe risk”.

Speaking truth to power: the UN experts fighting for global human rights
Fearless. Plain-speaking. Critical. Courageous. Unflinching. Unfair. Biased. Manipulative. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Human Rights Council experts who fan out across the world to research, hold consultations and gather information on a vast range of human rights violations.

Antisemitism, intolerance, can be unlearned, Guterres tells New York commemoration
Since nobody is born to hate, intolerance can be prevented and unlearned, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday, in a speech underlining his continued fight to stamp out antisemitism, racism and other forms of hatred.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: DR Congo warlord sentenced, Iraq protest latest, UN food outlook report, Syrian humanitarian update, tech and the food chain
A recap of Thursday’s UN News stories: ‘Terminator’ warlord handed 30-year sentence; UN chief calls for ‘meaningful dialogue’ in Iraq; Disease slashes global meat output; Hostilities in northeast Syria a grave concern; and how the Montreal Protocol is impacting the food chain.

Guterres says justice must be done following deadly Burkina Faso convoy attack
Authorities in Burkina Faso must “do everything in their power” to bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on a mining company convoy in the West African nation on Wednesday, which killed dozens and left scores more injured, the UN chief said on Thursday. 

Cuba: UN Members overwhelmingly support end of US embargo, as Brazil backs Washington
For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.

UN peacekeepers warn of increasing global challenges
Organized crime, breakdowns in law and order, and attacks by extremists, are examples of the challenges faced by UN peacekeepers, the Security Council was told on Wednesday, during a briefing by senior UN Police Commissioners, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

Disease slashing global meat output, cereals boom, bananas under watch: FAO
A rapid spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is wiping out pig herds in China, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, and the killer disease has led to a drop in world meat production for the first time in more than 20 years, with other global staples also facing new threats. 

‘Terminator’ warlord Bosco Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years in prison for DR Congo atrocities
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday handed down a maximum 30-year prison sentence for mass murder and numerous other atrocities, to Bosco Ntaganda, the heaviest sanction yet imposed by judges at The Hague, in the Netherlands.

Progress toward sustainable development is seriously off-track
The UN Secretary-General is calling on business leaders to use their “enormous influence” to push for inclusive growth and opportunities that benefit all people and the planet.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Call for end to Haiti violence, Palestine refugee agency chief resigns, ICC on Libya, Mahira Khan new UNHCR ambassador
A recap of stories this Wednesday: Statement by UN advisory group on Haiti’s crisis; Palestine refugee agency head steps down; Libya remains ensnared by violence; Cholera campaign to guard Sudan’s Khartoum; Pakistan’s Mahira Khan named UN Goodwill Ambassador.

‘Everyone needs to do more’ to help suffering Venezuelans, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator
“Ordinary women, men and children face overwhelming challenges” just to survive in Venezuela today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas.

Palestine refugee agency chief resigns amidst mismanagement probe
The Commissioner-General for the UN relief and works agency serving Palestine refugees, UNRWA, resigned on Wednesday, hours after the UN announced preliminary findings of an investigation into misconduct allegations.

‘Violence, atrocities and impunity’ reign throughout Libya, ICC prosecutor tells UN Security Council 
Libya remains entangled in a “cycle of violence, atrocities and impunity”, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, nearly a decade since the Court began its work in the country.

Step up action to protect the planet during wartime: UN environment chief
Greater action is needed to protect the environment during wartime if the world is to realize the goal of a more sustainable future for all people and the planet, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Wednesday.

Cholera prevention efforts underway to protect millions in Sudan’s Khartoum state
A campaign has got underway to prevent the spread of a deadly cholera outbreak to Sudan’s populous Khartoum state, home to more than eight million people, UN medics said on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Cameroon crisis deepens, Tsunami Awareness Day, online gender gap, Somalia floods leave children vulnerable
A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Humanitarian needs in Cameroon up 15-fold from 2017; UN risk reduction chief calls for more resilient cities; Somalia’s floods put 200,000 children at risk; Internet use study reveals growing gender gap; UN partners spotlight youth mental health. 

Yemen agreement to end southern power struggle 'important step' towards peace: UN Special Envoy
The top UN official in Yemen has welcomed an agreement to end infighting between the Government and separatist allies in the south of the country, known as the Southern Transitional Council, signed on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia.