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Budget 2021: There has been a shift in Tory philosophy - minister
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury says he makes "no apologies" for spending on public services.

Budget 2021: Price rises could hit highest rate in 30 years, says forecaster
The economy is set to return to pre-Covid levels at the end of the year, but rising costs could hamper recovery.

Abuse survivor fights for justice after 70 years
A victim of sexual abuse in a children's home in the 1950s wants an inquiry and an apology.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Criminal charges may be filed, prosecutor says
A US prosecutor says "all options are on the table" over the shooting involving actor Alec Baldwin.

Fishing rights row: French threats disappointing, says Frost
The Brexit minister seeks "urgent clarification" after France says it will block ports to UK boats.

Breakfast radio shows lost listeners during pandemic
Many DJs lose audiences as the ratings body unveils the first figures under a new measurement system.

Poland told to pay €1m a day in legal row with EU
The ruling is the latest step in an escalating dispute over Poland's legal reforms.

Agnes Wanjiru murder: Army chief appalled by Kenyan murder allegations
Agnes Wanjiru was allegedly murdered by a British soldier nearly 10 years ago.

Chinese missile launch very concerning, says top US general
Gen Milley's comments were the first US acknowledgment of claims China tested a hypersonic missile.

Climate change: Polls shows rising demand for government action
Ahead of COP26, a BBC World Service poll finds growing support for strong political leadership.

Charles and Camilla launch centenary poppy appeal
They meet 10 volunteer collectors for the Royal British Legion at a Clarence House event.

Ronald Koeman: Barcelona sack head coach after Rayo Vallecano loss
Ronald Koeman is sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge at the Nou Camp following a defeat by Rayo Vallecano.

The Papers: Sunak's spending spree and 'the Bankers' Budget'
Reaction to Rishi Sunak's Budget leads all but one of Thursday's front pages.

The plumber giving 'white van man' an eco-makeover
Plumber Martin Broer explains why he swapped his van for an electric cargo bike.

Ruth Negga on her latest role – as a black woman passing as white
Based on the 1929 book by Nella Larsen, the film tells the story of childhood friends who meet in later life.

Archaeological digs in new locations at Culloden Battlefield
National Trust for Scotland hopes the excavations will provide new insights into the battle of 1746.

Buzz Lightyear: First trailer for Toy Story favourite's origin story
Chris Evans voices the "real" Buzz Lightyear in the first trailer for the Toy Story origin story.

Covid passes set to stay as Europe heads for winter
There have been protests but much of Europe has accepted the QR codes as a means of extending freedoms.

How the pandemic made us more adventurous drinkers
Sales of more unusual drinks have soared since the start of the pandemic.

Joy Division: Photographer Kevin Cummins on capturing the post-punk icons
Photographer Kevin Cummins on turning his Joy Division photos into a time capsule of the city.

Benin Bronzes: 'My great-grandfather sculpted the looted treasures'
Nigerians welcome the return of artefacts - including Cambridge University's cockerel - looted in 1897.

'You have to prove your faith when you're dating as a black Muslim'
Radio 1 Newsbeat speaks to black Muslims about their experiences in the dating world and society.

Climate change: Can India meet its targets?
As a major global climate summit approaches, is the Indian government on track to meet its own commitments?

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

West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City (5-3 pens): Hammers beat holders Man City on penalties
Holders Manchester City are knocked out of the Carabao Cup as West Ham United win 5-3 on penalties in front of an ecstatic sell-out crowd at London Stadium.

Borussia Monchengladbach 5-0 Bayern Munich: Bayern hammered in German Cup
Bayern Munich suffer their biggest defeat since 1978 as they are thrashed at Borussia Monchengladbach in the German Cup.

Minamino and Origi see off stubborn Preston and send Liverpool into last eight
Second-half goals from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi see off Preston North End and seal Liverpool's place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Rangers fight back to hold Aberdeen
Premiership leaders Rangers come from two goals behind to secure a draw with Aberdeen in the emotionally-charged aftermath of Walter Smith's death.

Murray's unbeaten run in Vienna ends at hands of Alcaraz
Britain's Andy Murray loses for the first time in his career at the Vienna Open after a straight-set defeat by Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz.

T20 World Cup: England thrash Bangladesh for second win in Super 12s
England claim a second win in two games at the T20 World Cup thanks to an eight-wicket hammering of Bangladesh.

T20 World Cup - England v Bangladesh: Jason Roy's best shots from his half-century
Watch Jason Roy's best shots from his innings of 61 as England cruise to an eight-wicket win against Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup.

Autumn Budget 2021: Key points at-a-glance
Rishi Sunak has delivered his Budget in the House of Commons. Here's what you need to know.

Budget 2021: Eight ways Rishi Sunak's plans affect you
The chancellor has delivered his Covid recovery Budget, here's how it will affect your money.

Budget 2021: How green is Chancellor Rishi Sunak?
From planes and trains to insulation - this is how green the Budget looked ahead of COP26 starting on Sunday.

Universal credit: What is the taper rate?
The chancellor has announced a cut to the taper rate in his Budget.

Covid rules: What are the restrictions in your area?
Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.

Covid: When can I get my Covid booster jab?
More than five million people in England have been offered a booster jab.

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country
Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

New travel rules: What tests do I need and where is on the red list?
The number of red-list countries will be cut to just seven.

Covid: Are people wearing masks less often?
The number of people wearing masks has fallen, but ministers don't want to reintroduce restrictions.

What is Covid Plan B and what are the rules across the UK this winter?
Health service figures are calling for stricter Covid restrictions in England to protect the NHS.

Covid: Which children are being vaccinated and why?
All children aged 12-15 across the UK are being offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?
Charts and maps tracking the progress of Covid vaccination programmes.

What are the Delta, Gamma, Beta and Alpha Covid variants?
UK officials are keeping a close watch on a new descendent of the Delta variant of Covid.

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

What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings?
Face coverings could become a legal requirement in England again if the NHS struggles this winter.

Covid: Why are UK cases so high?
The UK has higher infections than most of its neighbours, as scientists fear a difficult winter.

How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?
Face coverings remain compulsory in Scottish schools, and are being reintroduced in parts of England.

How Belarus is helping ‘tourists’ break into the EU
Belarus is accused of taking revenge for EU sanctions by offering migrants tourist visas, and helping them across its border.

What's next after the release of Meng Wanzhou?
Ms Meng and the two Canadian Michaels are home - but will the relations with China ever be the same?

'We didn't call ourselves mum and dad for 10 months'
Nina and Steven fostered a baby hoping in vain to adopt her. With a second baby they finally became parents.

I get abuse and threats online - why can't it be stopped?
Online abuse against women is on the rise, but why aren't the police, government and social media sites doing more to stop it?

Friendship Games 1984: When Great Britain took part in the 'Iron Curtain Olympics'
Steroids, the threat of nuclear war and... lost luggage. A small team of female British athletes went to the Friendship Games of 1984.


Tsai Ing-wen confirms US troops are training military on island and says threat from China increasing 'every day'

China hypersonic test 'very close' to Sputnik moment, top US general says
The top US general said China's test of a hypersonic weapon over the summer was "very concerning" and that "it has all of our attention."

China sends warning to US in military propaganda video
Tensions are high between between Taiwan and mainland China as state media shows Beijing training for an invasion in a new propaganda video.

'Rust' assistant director told investigators he didn't fully check Baldwin's gun

Lead armorer 'mishandled' guns on previous film with Nicolas Cage, crew members say

'This is not a corner you cut': Cinematographer slams procedure on 'Rust' set
Rachel Morrison, an Academy award-nominated cinematographer, talks with CNN's Brianna Keilar about protocols in place for guns on movie sets and what she thinks should have been done differently on the set of the Alec Baldwin movie 'Rust.'

Strikingly intact mummies found buried in boats in a desert have unexpected origins
Since their discovery, the ancestry of hundreds of mummified bodies buried in boats in an inhospitable desert region of northwest China has puzzled and divided archaeologists.

Thousands of dead sea creatures are washing up on UK beaches
British environmental watchdogs have launched an investigation after thousands of dead sea creatures washed up on beaches in North East England.

'Completely damning' video of Trump ally emerges
A video captured by a Democratic activist shows conservative lawyer John Eastman, who had worked with then-President Donald Trump's legal team, criticizing former Vice President Mike Pence for not overturning the 2020 election results. CNN legal analyst Ellie Honig discusses.

'We live in fear:' Daughter of former Saudi official says kingdom attempted to lure her to consulate in Istanbul
The daughter of a former top Saudi intelligence official has told CNN that representatives of the Saudi government attempted to lure her to the same consulate where Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Istanbul, as part of a series of threats against her and her family.

Boris Johnson thinks he doesn't need business. It's a huge gamble
Boris Johnson's government has just laid out its annual tax and spending plans with a clear central theme: building back better after the pandemic.

US government bans China Telecom from operating in the country
Washington is barring a major Chinese state-owned telecommunications firm from operating in the United States over national security concerns — an action that threatens to once again increase tensions between the world's two largest economies.

Judge says men that Kyle Rittenhouse shot can't be called 'victims'
A courtroom debate Monday over the use of terms like "victim" and "arsonist" ahead of the trial Kyle Rittenhouse could foreshadow contentious proceedings when the hearing gets underway for the teen accused in a deadly shooting during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it
Human activity and climate change-fueled disasters have turned 10 of the planet's internationally recognized forests, also known as World Heritage sites, from carbon absorbers into carbon emitters, researchers have found.

Marjorie Taylor Greene invested as much as $50,000 in the Trump SPAC before its stock plunged
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene bought as much as $50,000 worth of shares in a shell company that is merging with former President Donald Trump's new media venture, according to a financial disclosure form.

Meet the women challenging the Catholic Church

China and Taiwan's relationship explained
CNN's Will Ripley breaks down the decades-old complex relationship between mainland China and Taiwan.

India, the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, rejects net zero emissions target
India on Wednesday rejected calls to announce a net zero carbon emissions target and said it was more important for the world to lay out a pathway to reduce such emissions and avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures.

EU's top court fines Poland 1 million euros per day over judiciary spat
The European Union's top court has ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of €1 million ($1.2 million) for failing to suspend a disciplinary chamber for judges that the bloc says breaches EU law, in yet another escalation of the conflict between Warsaw and Brussels.

Storm dumps one year's worth of rain in two days in southern Italy
Southern Italy is bracing for two more days of devastating rain and flash flooding, as a 'medicane' storm that has deluged streets continues to barrel through the region.

Iran agrees to resume nuclear talks before the end of November
Iran has agreed to resume crucial nuclear talks "before the end of November," the country's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Author who inspired 'The Social Network' says Facebook may not be our friend
Ben Mezrich, author of "The Accidental Billionaires," which was made into the 2010 film "The Social Network" speaks to CNN's Brianna Keilar about Mark Zuckerberg and the current turmoil at Facebook.

Here's why Joe Biden's economy is heading in the wrong direction
From supply chain chaos to worker shortages, America's economic recovery ran into some serious challenges in the third quarter of the year.

Facebook says it's facing 'government investigations' related to whistleblower documents

Did Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner crash John McCain's funeral or not?
There's a bombshell revelation in Meghan McCain's new tell-all memoir regarding her father's funeral and the presence of Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

US State Department issues first passport with X gender marker
The State Department has issued the first US passport with an "X" gender marker as it seeks to implement gender-inclusive polices, the department announced Wednesday.

Elon Musk used government money to build Tesla. But he fears a tax on billionaires
Think of the billionaire tax as the Tesla solution to Democrats' search for revenue to pay for their expansion of the social safety net ... if only they can convince Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat.

What is COP26 and can it avert a climate catastrophe?
World leaders are gathering for a crucial climate summit known as COP26 in Glasgow, UK. COP stands for the "Conference of the Parties," and, organized by the United Nations, there have been 25 of them since the first in 1995. Some have been productive, others bitterly disappointing. Here's what you need to know.

Elizabeth Holmes trial hit by new concern: losing too many jurors
The high-profile trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was delayed multiple times before kicking off last month. Now there are questions about whether there will be enough jurors to get through the second half of the trial.

Mom and her boyfriend face charges after 3 children found abandoned in a Texas apartment with another child's remains
A Texas mother and her boyfriend have been charged after authorities found three young siblings abandoned in a home along with the decaying body of their brother, police said Tuesday.

Watch Yosemite Falls surge back to life after massive storm
After a prolonged drought, heavy rains in Northern California brought water back to the iconic waterfall in Yosemite National Park.

Shiba inu coin price hits a new record as Robinhood petition gains popularity

This house in Melbourne might be the most sustainable house ever built
In the heart of Melbourne, Australia, lies an 87-square-meter, zero-waste home inspired by nature. It could provide a blueprint for sustainable housing of the future.

The secret first-class seats offered by airlines
International first class suites -- the kind of double-bed-in-the-sky experiences that have been the stuff of travel dreams for decades -- have been on the way out for a while now.

Spanx employees stunned by CEO's gift
Spanx founder Sara Blakely was celebrating a billion-dollar deal, when she announced each employee would be getting a first-class travel gift.

German dogs to sniff out wildlife at building sites to speed up work
Sniffer dogs are being trained by Germany's Deutsche Bahn (DB) to find protected wildlife at planned major building sites to speed up projects, the railway group said on Tuesday.

Life after Mo Salah? 17-year-old Liverpool prodigy Kaide Gordon tipped for Premier League stardom
With Mohamed Salah yet to sign a new contract, Liverpool fans could be forgiven for casting a fearful thought about what life after the 'Egyptian King' might look like. Yet Anfield may have an heir to the throne ready in waiting -- all rise for Kaide Gordon.

'Shakespeare in Love' playwright Tom Stoppard said 'Leopoldstadt' would be his last play -- now he's not so sure
Legendary playwright Tom Stoppard has said that he remains unsure as to whether he has written his last work.

Animation shows possible location of first planet found outside our galaxy
Scientists may have detected signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way, in what could be the first planet ever to be discovered outside our galaxy. CNN's Bianca Nobilo has more.

Small SUVs struggle in new crash test
Several small SUVs struggled in a new side crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with just one out of the 20 vehicles tested earning the agency's highest rating.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains steadfast on not releasing more from Washington Football Team investigation
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has doubled-down on his stance to not release more information from the Washington Football Team (WFT) investigation.

'Squid Game' creator responds to LeBron James disliking the show's end
Count LeBron James among those caught up in "Squid Game."

Australian pro footballer Josh Cavallo announces he is gay
Australian professional footballer Josh Cavallo announced on Wednesday that he is gay in a video message released by his A-League club Adelaide United.

Why a 7-foot tall Harambe statue popped up outside Facebook headquarters
A gigantic bronze statue of Harambe, a gorilla that was shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016, was installed on Tuesday in front of Facebook's headquarters in California before it was quickly removed. The 7-foot tall installation was accompanied by 10,000 bananas, which were laid at the foot of the company's blue logo.

Jeep crashes and then tips over in test drive
In a random audit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a driver-side small overlap front crash test for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. This is the first time a vehicle has tipped over in an IIHS crash test.

Megan Thee Stallion celebrating college graduation
Megan Thee Stallion is looking forward to her forthcoming college graduation.

100 days to the Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn on mental health, retirement and fashion
Retiring as the greatest female ski racer of all time, Lindsey Vonn made a living out of her downhill speed, but away from the slopes, she was fighting uphill battles.

Jonas Brothers to be roasted in Netflix comedy special
The Jonas Brothers are set to get roasted.

US has few good options if China seizes islands close to Taiwan, war game concludes
If China were to seize one of Taiwan's outlying islands, the US would have few good options to respond without risking a major escalation and a war between the superpowers, according to the conclusions from a recent war game conducted by foreign policy and defense experts.

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People, climate change make even forests carbon emitters
New study finds human activity since 2001 has caused harm in even the world's most protected forests.

Can Hong Kong’s economy survive China’s political crackdown?
Business is considering its options amid the national security law, currency fears and punishing COVID-19 quarantines.

Ecuador president calls for dialogue with Indigenous protesters
Dozens of people arrested during demonstrations and highway blockades to protest against rising fuel prices.

Saudi Arabia designates Hezbollah’s financial arm as ‘terrorists’
Riyadh freezes assets of Lebanon-based Al-Qard Al-Hassan and bans dealings with the association over Hezbollah links.

Erdogan says he expects to discuss F-35 dispute with Biden
Turkish president says he seeks to discuss the issue with the US leader on the sidelines of climate summit in Glasgow.

Four Pakistani police killed in violence at far-right TLP protest
Clashes broke out at a rally of the banned TLP group which is demanding the release of its imprisoned leader.

Saudi Arabia, UAE summon Lebanon envoys over Yemen war criticism
Gulf states angered by Lebanese information minister's remarks about the Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Putin signals additional natural gas may be bound for Europe
Putin ordered state-controlled energy giant Gazprom to start rebuilding European gas inventories next month.

Americas COVID cases are down, vaccine inequity still a problem
The Pan American Health Organization says only 44 percent of people in Americas are fully vaccinated.

Sri Lanka: ‘One Country, One Law’
Minorities criticise proposed legal reforms that Sri Lanka's president says aim to heal divisions.

Deadly projectile recovered in Alec Baldwin movie set shooting
Police say 'live rounds' involved in shooting that killed a cinematographer and wounded the director on film, Rust.

Khalilzad urges US engage with Taliban to avert Afghan collapse
Former US envoy says Biden should pursue 'normalcy', defends peace deal he negotiated, blames Ghani for failures.

Iran says Vienna nuclear talks to resume by end of November
Iran and world powers party to the 2015 nuclear deal will return to Vienna within weeks after months of delay.

Arctic ground ‘literally collapsing’ amid abrupt thaw
Experts say global emissions need to be cut now to limit the release of potent greenhouse gases from thawing permafrost.

Iraq election body soon to announce final results after recount
More than 1,300 complaints were made following the elections by Shia groups alleging vote fraud.

US-bound migrant caravan slowly making its way north
The 2,000-member caravan risks being blocked by Mexican forces or expelled by US officials, if it reaches the border.

Pope to visit Canada amid fury about Indigenous school abuse
The date for Pope Francis's visit is not set and comes after calls for apology about child abuse at church-run schools.

Why the Hazara people fear genocide in Afghanistan
With a long history of persecution, the Hazaras fear the worst under Taliban rule.

Saudi Arabia’s rivalry with Dubai for regional HQs heats up
Saudi officials are talking to 7,000 firms around the world about opening regional headquarters in the kingdom.

Kenya to convert oil plants to LNG in climate-friendly grid push
Kenya plans to mothball or convert oil-fired power plants to cleaner liquified natural gas by 2030.

Hey big spender: UK’s Sunak promises higher public spending
UK finance minister said he will boost public spending, thanks to a stronger than expected pick-up in economy.

US issues first passport with ‘X’ for gender
The designation will be available for all non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming citizens by early next year.

Top US general: China missile test ‘very close’ to Sputnik moment
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley says China's weapon test has historical implications.

Radio silence: The cost of uncovering the truth in Mexico
Carmen Aristegui is a well-known Mexican journalist who refuses to be intimidated by powerful and corrupt forces.

Energy crunch: Russia could reap windfalls as other nations reel
China, Europe and India are all looking to Russia to help alleviate energy shortages.

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Banking Package 2021: new EU rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better prepare for the future
The European Commission has adopted a review of EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive). These new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks, while contributing to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality.

State of the Energy Union 2021: Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU's main power source
The Commission adopted its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal.

Plenary highlights: Poland, Sakharov Prize, climate, food
MEPs said the primacy of EU law must be upheld in Poland, welcomed the EU's new farm to fork strategy and awarded Alexei Navalny the 2021 Sakharov Prize.

Main results of the European Council
EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss COVID-19, energy prices, trade and external relations. They also held a debate on the rule of law and discussed migration and the EU’s digital transition.

Commission relaunches the review of EU economic governance
The European Commission has adopted a Communication that takes stock of the changed circumstances for economic governance in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and relaunches the public debate on the review of the EU's economic governance framework.

Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts
The Commission adopted a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe's people and businesses.

EU-Ukraine summit
The summit reaffirmed the continued commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union, and the European Union's unwavering support to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Afghanistan: Commission announces €1 billion Afghan support package

Zero pollution: Commission report shows more needs to be done against water pollution from nitrates

Commission to provide 60,000 rail passes to young Europeans
The Commission will provide free travel rail passes to 60,000 Europeans aged from 18 to 20 years, thanks to DiscoverEU. Applications open tomorrow, 12 October, at noon and close on 26 October, at noon, for a travel period in 2022, which will be the European Year of Youth.

Plenary highlights: energy prices, tax revelations, Arctic
MEPs discussed solutions to the current energy price hikes as well as new tax avoidance revelations during October's first plenary session.

Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers held a debate on pre-trial detention, an issue which has an impact on individual freedoms and is also important for mutual trust and mutual recognition. They were also informed about the latest developments regarding the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).

Use of artificial intelligence by the police: MEPs oppose mass surveillance
To combat discrimination and ensure the right to privacy, MEPs demand strong safeguards when artificial intelligence tools are used in law enforcement.

EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia
During the summit, EU leaders adopted a declaration, with which the Western Balkans leaders have aligned themselves. The declaration reaffirms the EU's unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to exchange views on the Fit for 55 package, prepare the COP26 climate summit and discuss the new EU forest strategy for 2030.

Commission presents first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life
The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. With antisemitism worryingly on the rise, in Europe and beyond, the Strategy sets out a series of measures articulated around three pillars: to prevent all forms of antisemitism; to protect and foster Jewish life; and to promote research, education and Holocaust remembrance.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Economy and financial affairs ministers discussed the economic recovery, in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the implementation of the SURE instrument and Malta's national recovery and resilience plan. They also continued preparations for international meetings, including the G20, IMFC and COP26.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macro-economic developments in the euro area, including inflation and energy price developments.

Commission proposes partial suspension of EU–Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement for officials of the Belarus regime

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: reporting on developments and stepping up fight against migrant exploitation
One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is presenting a Report on Migration and Asylum. The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive.

Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges
The Commission launches five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Internal market and industry)

Council adopts a €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve

European Health Union: Towards a reform of EU's pharmaceutical legislation
As part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Research)
EU research ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s global approach to research and innovation and discussed the new European Research Area.

Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York
At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign
The Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies.

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day
Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day'. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for the development of organic production, adopted by the Commission on 25 March 2021, which announced the creation of such a day to raise awareness of organic production.

Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws
The Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications.

Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey

European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air

Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices
The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices.

Coronavirus: Commission signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment

EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future
The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020.

Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries
The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach.

Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card
Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless.

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

State of the Union 2021
In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030
Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.

State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion
Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive.

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions.

NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery
The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June.

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU
The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project.

2021 Strategic Foresight Report: Enhancing the EU's long-term capacity and freedom to act
The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds
The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance.

Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated
Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter.

COVID-19: Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

G7 meeting on Afghanistan
On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting.

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax
The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022.

2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns
The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules
The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the EU's organic action plan, agriculture-related trade issues and the Slovenian presidency's priorities for agriculture and fisheries.

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
The European Commission has adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

July infringements package: key decisions

COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers approved 12 Council decisions on national recovery and resilience plans, exchanged views on the Commission's new sustainable finance proposals, and approved conclusions on in-depth reviews of member states' macroeconomic imbalances.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs discussed current affairs and exchanged views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia and the Strategic Compass. The Council also approved conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU's priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure
MEPs criticised new LGBTIQ rules in Hungary, approved funds for migration measures as well as investments for transport, digital and energy projects.

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars
The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.

EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges
The European Commission has published the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard, an annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.

€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions
Parliament has adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027.

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery
The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard
The European Commission has adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.

Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit
The European Commission has proposed revisions of two sets of EU rules to enhance consumer rights in a world reshaped by digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals
The Commission has decided to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five therapeutics that could soon be available to treat patients across the EU.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
At the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, ministers discussed a range of topics including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, setting a protection goal for bees, fisheries control, the market situation, and the recent extreme weather event in Czechia.

Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. The guidelines aim to provide a coordinated approach in line with the specific national, regional and local conditions.

Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work
The Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers' health and safety over the coming years.

Main results of the European Council
At their meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to step up coordination on COVID-19 measures, including vaccinations, global solidarity, new variants and ways to return to free movement of people. They also discussed economic recovery, migration, relations with Turkey and Russia, and addressed the issue of discrimination against LGBTQI people.

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050
The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%.

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents
The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Commission supports researchers and organisations with €822 million in 2021
The Commission has announced new calls to support researchers' training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU's flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions
The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs, and exchanged views on Belarus, Iraq and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Council also adopted conclusions on Cultural Heritage, and sanctions regarding Belarus and Myanmar/Burma.

COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers took stock of the economic recovery in Europe, exchanged views on the ongoing VAT files and the state of play of the banking union. They also discussed fiscal sustainability in the framework of the European Semester 2021.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup was informed on the post-programme surveillance reports on Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and discussed the tenth enhanced surveillance report on Greece.

Main results of the EU-Canada summit
At a summit held in Brussels on 14 June, the leaders of the EU and Canada agreed to further strengthen their strategic partnership. They committed to ensuring universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, ambitious climate action, and a sustainable and green economic recovery. The EU and Canada will also cooperate more closely in the areas of health, ocean protection, raw materials, and security and defence.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Employment and social affairs ministers discussed minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. Meanwhile, health ministers discussed a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery

Main results of the EU-US summit
The EU-US summit on 15 June delivered a series of bilateral trade initiatives. Leaders agreed to resolve long-standing disputes regarding aircraft, discuss measures on steel and aluminium, and set up a Trade and Technology Council. They also discussed COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a sustainable recovery, protecting the planet and cooperating on foreign and security issues.

Global Times

White paper shares China's achievements, experience on climate issue

Chinese Embassy in US refutes US' support for Taiwan's involvement in UN

Change at the Bundestag

Premier Li calls for closer cooperation on SCS, economy with ASEAN

John Oliver's show dodges facts about Taiwan, misleads public

Designs of Olympic medals unveiled to mark 100-day countdown

Huawei Consumer BG releases four privacy & security proposals and three commitments for a safer digital world

COVID-19 flare-ups chill Universal Beijing

How African representatives 'carried' PRC into the UN

African Union ambassador lauds China's effort in upholding developing countries' interest in UN mechanism

Chinese projects in Sudan face uncertainty due to local tensions

The 24th Beijing Music Festival ends with grace and aplomb

As Amnesty International leaves HK, intrusive organizations are losing ground

'Rust' shooting: assistant director previously sacked over gun safety

Book Express

Final meeting

Anniversaries push China's patriotism, national pride to new heights

Dutton's prospect of war with China rhetoric inexplicable

Homage to heroes

Ambassadors commend China for upholding multilateralism, standing against hegemonic forces at UN on key anniversary

Wang Yi offers 5 suggestions on improving China-Japan ties at Beijing-Tokyo Forum

Unvaccinated Winter Olympics participants to undergo 21-day quarantine upon arrival: anti-COVID guidebook

Tesla completes innovation, data centers in Shanghai, shows confidence in China

Chinese border troops in Xinjiang get new all-terrain vehicle for winter logistics support

USS Connecticut collision info in S.China Sea must be disclosed: Global Times editorial

In numbers: China's contributions to UN multilateralism and global peace and devt in past half century

First roll-on, roll-off shipping route from Liaoning to US opens

Homeowners sell off extra units following China's property tax pilot plan

HSBC likely to see booming business in China, as Meng comes back home: experts

Walmart denies competitors' allegations of engaging in unfair competition

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Book Express

Chinese publishers send books to Frankfurt Book Fair

China-Mongolia border city asks residents and tourists to stay indoors, violators to face severe punishments

Memorial stamp

Olympic vision

China to overhaul housing market

Gas blast at a residential building in Dalian kills 2, injures 7

Timeline for the PRC restoring its lawful seat at UN

China's first 10,000-ton class maritime patrol vessel Haixun 09 in use

Latest COVID-19 resurgence triggered by new imported Delta variant source

China sends new satellite for space debris mitigation technology verification

Interpreter recalls PRC delegation's debut at UN Assembly in 1971 after restoration of lawful rights


Book Express

Baldwin says 'heart is broken' after fatal shooting

'Empty shelves' persist as US looks like 'developing country'

'Defend Taiwan' can hardly be seen as a slip of the tongue, but Biden has yet to say how or dare to 'stand against 1.4b Chinese'

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Victims of human trafficking being ‘punished and stigmatized’ 
Victims of trafficking by terrorist groups are too often being punished instead of protected, a human rights expert warned the General Assembly this Wednesday. 

Syria: Progress still possible, following ‘disappointment’ over constitutional talks
Although the outcome of the latest meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee was “a disappointment”, members must continue their vital work, the UN Special Envoy for the country said in a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Latin America and Caribbean sees COVID-19 progress, but must remain vigilant
More than half the population of Latin America and the Caribbean has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, a senior official with the regional arm of UN health agency WHO said on Wednesday. 

Peacekeeping chief encouraged by ‘warming’ relations between Sudan and South Sudan over Abyei 
The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was encouraged by a thaw in relations between South Sudan and Sudan, now that both have established national committees on the question of Abyei, the disputed oil-rich border territory claimed by both countries.  

Pandemic impact on jobs, worse than expected: ILO 
The jobs recovery is stalled worldwide and disparities between advanced and developing economies threaten the whole global economy, warned the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday.  

Act swiftly and with determination on Afghanistan, UN chief urges; World Bank suspends aid
Countries must unite and act urgently to secure stability in Afghanistan, and a better future for its people, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message on Wednesday to a regional conference of the country’s neighbours, organized by Iran.  

In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders 
In a UN first, a ferocious and talkative dinosaur bursts into the iconic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, with a special warning for any diplomats who still think climate action is for the birds.  

Guterres calls again for detained leaders’ release after Sudan coup
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday renewed his call for the immediate release of all those detained in the military coup in Sudan, as the Security Council meets behind closed doors in New York to discuss the crisis. 

Women under fire in Belarus, activists tortured and exiled – UN expert
While women in Belarus overall are being denied rights and freedoms, female political activists are subjected to enforced disappearances, torture, ill-treatment and exile, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Top economists call for ‘radical redirection’ focusing on healthcare 
The World Health Organization (WHO) body advancing public health for all is asking for ambitious investments in healthcare spending, reframing it as a long-term investment and not a short-term cost. 

COP26: SDG or NDC? Our guide to the language you need to know
If you’ve been following the UN for any period of time, you will quickly notice the plethora of acronyms, initialisations and jargon that abound across the Organization. There will be plenty more to confuse you at COP26 (a classic example in itself), so here’s our handy guide to help you make sense of some of the key buzz words you’ll be hearing, as the landmark climate change conference gets going. 

General Assembly debate underscores need to deliver on climate action
Bridging the financial and technical gaps that will limit global warming, is the focus of a high-level debate in the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. 

UN Chief: ‘We need to make lying wrong again’, curb hate speech 
The UN Secretary-General warned on Tuesday that “hatred takes root in the soil of ignorance” of historical facts, science, and the human qualities which “bind all people together.” 

‘Vague’ net zero promises not enough: planet still on track for catastrophic heating, UN report warns
New and updated commitments made ahead of the pivotal climate conference COP26 in the past months are a positive step forward, but the world remains on track for a dangerous global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century even if fully met, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned.

First Person: Earthquake brings out 'heartwarming resilience' of Haitians
Haitians who were affected by the devastating earthquake which struck the southwest of the country in August have demonstrated their “heartwarming resilience” according to a staff member of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who has been supporting recovery efforts.

UN experts condemn Israel’s designation of Palestine rights defenders as terrorist organisations 
Independent UN human rights experts on Monday strongly condemned the decision by the Israeli Minister of Defence to designate six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups, as terrorist organisations. 

Middle East Green Initiative: ‘pathbreaking work’ to protect the planet
The Middle East Green Initiative launch in Saudi Arabia on Monday was hailed by the UN’s deputy chief as a valuable commitment and strategic vision, to transition regional economies away from unsustainable development, to a model “fit for the challenges of the 21st century”.

COP26: Praise for updated national climate plans, but ‘nowhere near’ goal
New or updated climate action plans by governments can be effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but greater efforts are needed to keep global warming at bay, the UN climate change office (UNFCCC) said in a new report on Monday. 

UN rights experts condemn US expulsion of Haitian migrants and refugees 
A group of UN human rights experts have condemned the United States of America’s recent and ongoing systematic mass deportation of Haitian migrants and refugees, declaring them a violation of international law. 

UN chief calls for China commitment to ‘ambitious’ climate goals 
The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on China to present an “ambitious” Nationally Determined Contribution in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference, COP26, starting in Glasgow at the end of this week.  

Afghanistan on ‘countdown to catastrophe’ without urgent humanitarian relief  
The combined shocks of drought, conflict, COVID-19 and an economic crisis in Afghanistan, have left more than half the population facing a record level of acute hunger, according to a new UN assessment published on Monday. 

UN chief condemns ‘ongoing military coup’ in Sudan 
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres on Monday condemned the “ongoing military coup” in Sudan, saying Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and all other officials, “must be released immediately.” In a statement, he called for the "immediate reconstitution" of the Government, which is due to guide Sudan through to democratic elections.

‘No time to lose’ curbing greenhouse gases: WMO
Last year, heat-trapping greenhouse gases reached a new record, surging above the planet's 2011-2020 average, and has continued in 2021, according to a new report published on Monday by the UN weather agency.

Celebrating the UN staffers who ‘carry hope around the globe’
From bringing together fractured communities, to fighting child labour, and advancing climate action, the work of UN staff around the world is contributing to progress and development in many different ways.

Multilateralism ‘struggling’ to solve world challenges
While multilateralism remains “committed to solving global challenges”, the deputy UN chief said on Sunday, United Nations Day, it is “struggling to find the path to effective implementation”.

Ethiopia: UN forced to abort humanitarian aid flight into Tigray
A UN humanitarian aid flight destined for the capital of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, was forced to return to Addis Ababa due to airstrikes on Friday, raising “serious concerns” for the safety of staff working on the ground, said the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a statement.

From the Field: Costa Rica points the way to a sustainable world
Costa Rica is one of the winners of the inaugural UN-backed Earthshot Prize, in recognition of the Central American country’s efforts to reverse damage to its environment and develop in a sustainable manner.

No safe harbour: lifting the lid on a misunderstood trafficking crime
The crime of harbouring, in which victims of human trafficking are accommodated or forced to stay in a specific location, is not universally understood by courts around the world. A new UN study aims to address that issue, and improve protection for victims.

UNICEF sounds alarm over abductions of women and children in Haiti  
The number of children and women abducted in Haiti until the end of August, has already surpassed last year’s total, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned this Thursday.  

'Big disappointment' over lack of Syria constitution agreement
The process of drafting a new constitution for Syria has been “a big disappointment” UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen concluded on Friday. Following the end of discussions in Geneva, a consensus on how to move forward was not achieved, he added.