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Taxpayers to bear Covid cost for decades to come, say MPs
UK national debt has increased to more than £2.2 trillion during the pandemic, almost 100% of GDP.

Jones defeat & Murray withdraws from tennis singles - day two so far
Day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is under way, and there has been a shock defeat for GB taekwondo star Jade Jones.

Sajid Javid criticised for 'cower' Covid remark
Opposition MPs and a victims' group founder criticise the health secretary's "insensitive comments".

Clashes in Paris over Covid measures
French anti-riot police fired teargas during protests against Covid-19 curbs and vaccination.

Covid-19: Covid cost to last for 'decades' - and is UK a variant breeding ground?
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning.

The experiences replacing closed High Street stores
Go-karts, bowling alleys and eateries have taken the place of closed retailers on the High Street.

LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus
Stephen Harmon, who opposed getting vaccinated, has died after a month-long struggle with the virus.

Six people taken to hospital after funfair incident
Emergency services were called to the scene after a 999 call was made on Saturday evening.

Female military staff denied justice by inadequate system - MPs
A landmark report says serious sexual assault and rape cases should be tried in civilian courts.

British and Irish Lions: Lions fight back to clinch series opener
The British and Irish Lions draw first blood in the Test series against world champions South Africa after fighting back from nine points down at the break.

R. Kelly accused of abusing teenage boy he met in McDonald's
The R&B star had sexual contact with a 17-year-old he met in McDonald's, prosecutors claim.

Serial killer on death row Rodney Alcala dies of natural causes
Infamous "Dating Game Killer" Rodney Alcala was sentenced in 2010 for murdering women in California.

The Papers: Double jab for football and PM's crime 'blitz'
A government plan for vaccine passports to attend football matches is among the front-page stories.

From lockdown animations to Snoop Dogg music video
After his homemade animations went viral, Snoop Dogg asked Peter Quinn to direct his new video.

Tokyo Olympics: The youngest athletes, past and present
GB skateboarder Sky Brown is 13 years old, but there have been even younger in the history of the Games.

The battle for Indonesia's Gold Island
There are fears that a mine will threaten Sangihe island's ancient forests and local water supply.

Unesco World Heritage: Wales' slate landscape bid for honour
Slate from north-west Wales "roofed the 19th Century world" as it was exported around the globe.

Lightning strikes and storms follow UK heatwave
Days of high summer temperatures give way to storms.

Goole WW2 bomb: Army experts carry out controlled explosion
A live Word War Two bomb, unearthed by builders on a housing development, has been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Budapest Pride stands up for LGBT rights in Hungary
Organisers accuse Hungary's right-wing government of seeking to discriminate against gay people.

Cars towed for 'dangerous' parking in Snowdonia
Authorities are trying to avoid a repeat of summer 2020, when hundreds of cars obstructed roads.

The young imam using Instagram to change opinions
Sabah Ahmedi wants to show imams can "have a laugh", have "a bit of banter" and "wear colourful socks".

'You'd walk out if your husband hit you - you can't when it's your child'
Parenting a violent child is a traumatic experience, and one that is often hidden from view.

The YouTubers who blew the whistle on an anti-vax plot
A mysterious marketing agency secretly offered to pay social media stars to spread disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines

Excitement over wooden shipwreck found in Antigua's seabed
Historians believe the wreck found in Antigua to be the 1762 Beaumont, a French merchant ship.

Great Yarmouth: 'This town got stuck in time but now I'm loving it'
Great Yarmouth is turning its fortunes round with an increase in visitors and several big projects.

Covid vaccines: Why a giant plastic bag shortage is slowing the rollout
A look at the critical vaccine components in short supply, as a new global marketplace is launched to tackle bottlenecks.

Covid: The holiday makers having to self-isolate abroad
Some holidaymakers who tested positive for Covid while abroad are having to stay and self-isolate.

Latitude festival: Magical, emotional... and a little bit frightening
Bands and fans describe the atmosphere at the UK's first full-capacity festival since 2019.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: What's stopping aid getting in?
A renewed surge in fighting has made it ever more difficult for aid to reach areas in desperate need.

Tokyo Olympics: Adam Peaty breezes into 100m breaststroke final
Adam Peaty remains on course to become the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title as he breezed into the 100m breaststroke final.

Defending champion Murray withdraws from Olympics singles
Andy Murray withdraws from the men's singles at the Tokyo Olympics with a minor thigh strain.

Double Olympic champion Jones suffers defeat in first fight
Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones loses her first-round match with Kimia Alizadeh at the Tokyo Games.

GB begin Olympic hockey title defence with defeat by Germany
Great Britain's women begin their Olympic hockey title defence in disappointing fashion with a 2-1 defeat by Germany in Pool A in Tokyo.

World number one Barty stunned in Olympics first round
World number one Ashleigh Barty is stunned by Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain in the first round of women's Olympics singles in Tokyo.

Tokyo Olympics: Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui wins gold, surfing and skateboarding debut & Jade Jones beaten
Watch key moments from the early events of day two at the Tokyo Olympics including a swimming shock, new sports taking centre stage and heartbreak for Jade Jones.

Tokyo Olympics: Yuto Horigome wins first ever Olympic skateboarding gold
Watch as 22-year-old Yuto Horigome of Japan makes history by becoming the first Olympic skateboarding gold medallist.

Two-time champion Jones loses in Olympics first round
Watch the final moments as two-time champion Jade Jones loses in her first match at the Tokyo Olympics to Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee Olympic Team.

Tokyo Olympics: I beat an Olympian... when I was younger
Radio 1 Newsbeat speaks to people who can boast they once beat some of the current Team GB.

Tokyo 2020: Top 10 days for Team GB at the Olympics
BBC Sport selects the top 10 unmissable days for Team GB fans at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics medals table
Medals table for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Tokyo Olympics: Day-by-day guide to the key events, big stars and British medal hopes
Want to know what's happening when in Tokyo? Check out our comprehensive guide to all the action in Japan.

GB's defending champion Whitlock set to make pommel final
Great Britain's defending champion Max Whitlock reaches the pommel horse final at the Tokyo Olympics with a score of 14.900.

Tokyo Olympics: First gold of Games goes to China's Yang Qian in shooting
Chinese shooter Yang Qian wins the first gold of the Olympics but has to sing her anthem behind a mask and hang her own medal round her neck.

Tokyo Olympics: BBC TV schedule, radio and online coverage - times and channels
Full listings and coverage channels for the Tokyo Olympics across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and online.

Tokyo Olympics: Table tennis 12-year-old Hend Zaza, gymnast Zou Jingyuan and 3x3 basketball - best moments
Watch some of the best moments from the opening events of the Tokyo Olympics including a 12-year-old table tennis player and debut of 3x3 basketball.

Tokyo Olympics: Syria's Hend Zaza, 12, is out, but hopes to inspire others
Youngest Olympian Hend Zaza, the 12-year-old Syrian table tennis star, wants to inspire others despite losing 4-0 in the preliminary round.

Tokyo 2020: How well do you know Olympic sports lingo?
Ever heard of a guppy hold? Know which sport would see a pancake used? Test how good your knowledge of Olympic lingo is.

Polly Swann: Olympic rower on working the wards, training in her shed & unfinished business
BBC Scotland speaks to Olympic rower Polly Swann on juggling training for Tokyo with working in a surgical ward in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics: Watch best opening ceremony moments in two minutes
Watch all the best bits from the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony - including the best of the athletes' entrances and the lighting of the iconic Olympic flame by Naomi Osaka.

Team GB athletics - who are the medal hopes?
Who are Great Britain's big hopes and long shots to get on the podium in Tokyo? London 2012 Olympian and former world silver medallist Hannah England gives her view...

Covid: Which children are being vaccinated and why?
Hundreds of thousands of children at higher risk from coronavirus infection will be offered a Covid vaccine in the UK.

What are the rules for travelling to green, amber and red list countries?
Fully jabbed adults don't have to self-isolate after visiting amber-list countries - except France.

Coronavirus: How does the NHS test-and-trace system and app work?
The contact tracing app could be changed to make it less sensitive, so it sends fewer alerts.

Care homes worst hit by Covid – search the data
Figures from Care Quality Commission lay out the pandemic's 'devastating impact' on care homes in England.

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

Covid: What do under-30s need to know about the vaccine?
All over-18s can now get the Covid jab, but the government has criticised take-up among young people.

What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings from 19 July?
Masks are no longer compulsory in England, but remain necessary in Scotland and Wales.

Long Covid: What is it and what are the symptoms?
New research links as many as 200 different symptoms to the condition.

Tokyo Olympic Games: When are they and how will Covid affect them?
The Tokyo Summer Olympics have begun, despite a surge in Covid cases in Japan.

Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
The progress made in vaccinating the country's adult population, as more than 46 million people have received at least one dose.

Covid: Who has to self-isolate, which workers are exempt and what if I'm fully vaccinated?
A small number of named employees in key sectors will be exempt from some rules

Covid symptoms: Is it a cold or coronavirus?
With similar symptoms, deciding whether or not you need to get tested for coronavirus can be tricky.

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.

Covid rules from 19 July: What has changed?
Major changes to lockdown rules have taken effect in England and Scotland, but some restrictions remain.

Covid: Why is social distancing coming to an end?
Social distancing rules are changing across the UK.

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?
Vaccine experts recommend that a limited group of children should be offered Covid jabs ahead of winter.

'Covid passports': How can the NHS Covid Pass prove I've had both jabs?
Clubbers and people attending mass events in England will have to prove they've had both Covid jabs.

Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?
There are fears that this version of coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is

What are the travel rules for Spain, Portugal, Malta and other holiday hotspots?
What you need to know about going to Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Malta, Italy and Turkey.

Covid-19: Five ways to avoid catching the virus indoors
As social distancing restrictions end in England and ease in Scotland, good ventilation remains vital.

The EU vaccine 'passport' and what it means for travel
An EU vaccine "passport" is being introduced, enabling holders to prove they have been jabbed.

Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?
Medical teams around the world are learning which medicines work best against Covid.


Dead turtles and waves of plastic show Sri Lankan ship disaster's deep ramifications

A second crisis is killing survivors of India's worst Covid wave
Srinivas S. lies on a gurney in an operating theater in St John's Hospital in Bengaluru as surgeons carefully remove bits of blackened tissue and rotten bone from his face.

India now being ravaged by black fungus
As India's second wave of Covid-19 declines, there is growing worry about a surge of a deadly Covid-related infection that feasts on dead flesh. CNN's Sam Kiley reports.

Tennis top-seed Ashleigh Barty knocked out of Olympics in first round

USA wins first Tokyo Olympics medals

'Sore loser' Trump reaps fruits of election lies in Arizona
Ex-President Donald Trump's big lie came full circle on Saturday as he traveled to Arizona to dangerously seize on the false fruits of a sham election "audit" precipitated by his own discredited claims the 2020 election was stolen.

Australia once reveled in being the 'lucky country' on Covid-19. Now weary Aussies 'feel like prisoners'
A postcard of kangaroos lounging among gumtrees arrives in our letterbox in London, addressed to my 4-year-old daughter.

Typhoon In-fa makes landfall in China after record flooding
Chinese commercial hub Shanghai and neighboring coastal regions canceled all flights, slowed or suspended subway trains and shuttered businesses as Typhoon In-fa made landfall on Sunday.

Jackie Mason, legendary comedian, dies at 93
Comedian Jackie Mason, known for his rapid-fire befuddled observations in a decades-long standup career, died at a New York hospital Saturday at the age of 93, long-time friend and collaborator Raoul Felder told CNN on Saturday night.

British lawmaker thrown out for calling Boris Johnson a liar
Dawn Butler, an MP for Britain's Labour Party, was thrown out for breaking the rules in the House of Commons.

The big reason why Canada and the UK are beating the US on vaccinations

'The biggest mistake of my life': Why this woman is turning on Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is the subject of public wrath over his mismanagement of the Covid crisis and a growing vaccine scandal that could engulf his presidency. CNN's Isa Soares reports.

Taiwan fears a cyber 'World War III'
As China steps up military pressure on Taiwan, the self-governing island is preparing for the next big frontier of warfare: crippling cyberattacks.

Why North Korea is so afraid of K-pop
North Korea is doubling down on its culture war, warning citizens to stay away from all things South Korean -- including its fashion, music, hairstyles and even slang.

Thousands join Pride event in Hungary as LGBTQ people face growing hostility
Some 30,000 people have joined the annual Pride celebrations in Budapest on Saturday, organizers say, with attendees marching in colorful outfits across the Hungarian capital in support of inclusion and freedom.

Why would anyone trust Brexit Britain again?

As R. Kelly trial approaches, prosecutors want to include alleged evidence of bribes and recordings of threats
With two weeks left until jury selection is to begin in R. Kelly's federal racketeering trial, Brooklyn prosecutors are asking to admit additional evidence of alleged crimes that were not charged in their indictments of the singer, according to a Friday court filing.

Looks like Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have made it Instagram official
For beloved Bennifer fans, the long desired reunion of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck might actually be happening.

Dating app match turns in Jan. 6 suspect who allegedly whipped police
Yet another US Capitol suspect was caught this week, all thanks to his Bumble match.

Radio host changes his tune on vaccines -- after he was hospitalized
For months, conservative Nashville, Tennessee-based radio host Phil Valentine has repeatedly made posts on multiple social media platforms telling his fans that if they weren't at risk for Covid-19, they shouldn't get the vaccine.

Why you're getting less cereal for the same money
Less cereal in the box. Smaller snack sizes. Ice cream gone missing in a container.

What happens if the Supreme Court throws out Roe v. Wade?
In some alternate universe, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retired during the Obama presidency and Democrats were able to push through a successor to the conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Can psychedelics treat depression?
Psilocybin - the active ingredient found in magic mushrooms - Is being seriously considered for the treatment of mental health issues. How did we get here from the Grateful Dead and Kool-Aid Acid Test?

Travel to the Caribbean during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go
If you're planning to travel to the islands of the Caribbean, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scores dead in India as rains trigger floods and landslides
At least 112 people have died in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said on Friday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.

Must-watch videos of the week

Secrets of Mars' core revealed for the first time
Have you ever spotted another planet in the sky? It's a celestial thrill without compare.

Nurse says patients in ICU with Covid-19 begging for vaccine
CNN's Randi Kaye spoke to a nurse in a hospital in Florida about patients in the ICU with Covid-19 begging for the vaccine.

NSA review finds no evidence supporting Tucker Carlson's claims NSA was spying on him, sources say
A National Security Agency review of its intercepts did not find any evidence that Fox News host Tucker Carlson's communications were intercepted by the NSA, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Mask mandates are back on the table as Covid-19 surges nationwide
While the need for mask wearing never fully dissipated during the pandemic, guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May that removed restrictions for vaccinated individuals was a welcome harbinger of a possible return to normalcy.

Smerconish: Don't punish the unvaccinated
Don't bring back mask mandates, says Michael Smerconish: 'Instead of imposing further upon the vaccinated, let's up the pressure on the unvaccinated.' President Biden should mandate the jab for all Federal workers, including the military.

Trump ally strikes a $250 million bail deal to get out of jail

Spike Lee stuns audience by announcing Cannes winner early
In a shock moment, Spike Lee announced the winner of the Palme d'Or in error early in the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony after a miscommunication.

Is it cultural appropriation to wear another country's national dress when when you travel?
Stepping into Pandora Cheng's qipao rental store in central Hong Kong is like stepping back in time. A brown leather Chesterfield sofa sits in one corner beside a gramophone, opposite row-upon-row of tailor-made qipaos, the traditional high-neck Chinese dress.

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist recovering following emergency heart surgery
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is recovering after undergoing emergency heart surgery, the band said on its Facebook page.

Is talking in your sleep waking up your partner? Here's how to stop it
If your partner told you that you talk in your sleep, they might be onto something. Over two thirds of people will sleep talk during their lifetime, according to a study published in Sleep Medicine.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese ice cream debuts and quickly sells out
Nothing gets cheddar than this...

A 'Big Eyes' painting stolen in 1972 has been returned to the family that owned it
A stolen painting by famed American artist Margaret Keane is back home with its original owners -- including one of the women depicted in the portrait -- almost 50 years after someone swiped it from a Honolulu dentist's office.

Airport piano player earned $60,000 in tips after a stranger shared videos of him on Instagram
When Tonee "Valentine" Carter sits in front of a piano, his fingers take on a life of their own, dancing across the keys as he smiles, closes his eyes, and sinks into a melody.

China debuts world's fastest train
A maglev bullet train that can reach speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour) has made its debut in Qingdao, China.

Adorable animal takes 'extraordinary' 600-mile trip
Wildlife officials in Arizona got a big surprise when they found out the marmot they trapped had traveled to the Phoenix area all the way from Crested Butte, Colorado.

DEA agents seize cocaine disguised as a cake
A man and woman were arrested in Maine following the discovery of cocaine disguised as a cake in their vehicle, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Korean zombies storming Netflix
Hwang Hyo-kyun deceives people for a living. The more his audience notices his work, the worse job he's done.

Seagull smacks into teen on amusement park ride
A teenager got smacked by a seagull while on an amusement park ride. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the midair collision.

Two months after a container ship sank off Sri Lanka, billions of plastic particles have washed up on nearly every shore of the island

Tennis top-seed Ashleigh Barty knocked out of Olympics in first round
• China criticizes NBC when map doesn't include Taiwan or South China Sea

Trump ally strikes $250M bail deal
A federal magistrate judge on Friday ordered Tom Barrack, a longtime associate of former President Donald Trump who was indicted earlier this week on charges of illegal foreign lobbying, released from jail pending trial, freeing him on a bail package that includes a $250 million bond secured by $5 million in cash.

Uber Eats driving mom wins $250,000 in the lottery
For those that think their luck's against them, never say never. A Maryland Uber Eats driver and mother of five is sitting pretty after buying a scratch-off lottery ticket for $250,000 a few weeks ago.

Emilia Clarke's rapid-fire accents blow away Jimmy Fallon
Actress Emilia Clarke impressed Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show by reciting lyrics from Olivia Rodrigo's "good 4 u" in eight different accents.

Al Jazeera

Timeline: Major events in US-China relations since 1949
As US and Chinese officials meet in China, Al Jazeera examines the nations' relationship over several decades.

Surfing makes long-awaited Olympics debut at Tokyo 2020
Brazil's Italo Ferreira and the US's Carissa Moore emerge victorious in the first surfing heats at the Tokyo Games.

Tokyo Olympics: Dutch rowing coach tests positive for COVID-19
Some 132 people accredited to the Summer Games have tested positive for COVID since July 1.

Shanghai cancels flights as Typhoon In-Fa lashes eastern China
Chinese commercial hub cancels all flights, slows trains and closes businesses ahead of Typhoon In-Fa's landfall.

Nearly 60 prosecuted over Cuba demonstrations, says top official
Hundreds were arrested during protests this month and many face charges of contempt, public disorder and vandalism.

Another Nicaraguan presidential hopeful arrested in crackdown
President Daniel Ortega faces international rebuke for cracking down on potential opponents ahead of November elections.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack in northern Syria: Ministry
Turkish defence ministry says two soldiers killed, two injured in an attack on an armoured vehicle in northern Syria.

Iran rejects UN rights chief’s ‘accusations’ over water protests
Iranian foreign ministry said comments by Michelle Bachelet are 'regrettable', as protests have left four dead.

Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor flees country after sacking
Juan Francisco Sandoval fled early on Saturday after being dismissed in a move that sparked international condemnation.

Thousands march for LGBTQ rights in Budapest’s biggest Pride
A group of about 200 counter-demonstrators along the route held banners reading 'Stop LGBTQ paedophilia'.

US-China talks come at time of heightened tension
US diplomatic trip comes 50 years after Kissinger's secret China visit initiating relations between the two countries.

Are democratic reforms at risk in Tanzania?
Main opposition leader and Chadema party members arrested and accused of 'terrorism'.

‘Out Bolsonaro!’: More protests in Brazil over COVID crisis
President Jair Bolsonaro is under pressure to account for his govt's coronavirus policies and corruption allegations.

Outrage after Uganda MPs get $30m to buy cars amid COVID crisis
Each of the 529 lawmakers received $56,500 to get new vehicles, sparking outrage in the poor country.

Amnesty seeks moratorium on surveillance technology
The rights group warns of 'devastating impact of the poorly regulated spyware industry on human rights worldwide'.

Intense wildfire season forces evacuations from Oregon to Ontario
‘We need to recognise that these are not unusual events any more,’ one climate scientist warns.

Thousands protest amid global anger against COVID restrictions
People take to the streets in Australia, France, Italy and the UK in protests against lockdowns, vaccine pass schemes.

Great Barrier Reef: Australia avoids UNESCO downgrade
Environmental activists slam UNESCO decision not to classify the Barrier Reef as an endangered World Heritage Site.

Cash-strapped Lebanon signs fuel deal with Iraq to ease crisis
Lebanon to pay for 1 million tonnes of fuel a year in goods and services, helping ease its power shortage.

Iraqi PM announces arrests over suicide bombing claimed by ISIL
Mustafa al-Kadhimi announces arrest of 'terror cell' behind deadly attack in Baghdad, which left 35 dead.

Palestinian protester shot by Israeli army dies: Ministry
Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, 17, who suffered gunshot wounds during Friday's protests, died in hospital.

For Kenya, electoral reform is a matter of life and death
If Kenya does not fix its electoral system, it is heading for another cycle of violence in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Afghanistan imposes night curfew to curb Taliban advance
Thirty-one of the country's 34 provinces to be under 10pm to 4am curfew, interior ministry announces.

Coalition says Iraq base housing US troops hit in drone attack
No casualties in attack days before meeting between Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi and US President Joe Biden in Washington.

China shuts down ports, cancels flights as Typhoon In-Fa nears
Storm to hit Zhejiang province on Sunday, just as other parts of country struggle to recover from recent deadly floods.

EU Newsroom

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.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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.

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.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions

Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges
The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal.

G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over the next year
At the Cornwall summit from 11 to 13 June, the G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

Plenary highlights: Covid certificate, LUX Prize, biodiversity
Back in Strasbourg, MEPs had a full agenda with votes on the Covid certificate, rule of law, Belarus, the EU's biodiversity strategy, as well as the LUX Prize.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss climate change adaptation, batteries and waste batteries, and zero pollution.

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver
To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines.

June infringements package: key decisions

Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate
MEPs completed the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.

EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs.

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers exchanged views on the internal security outlook regarding artificial intelligence and on the impact of COVID-19 on preventing and fighting crime. They had an initial discussion on the Schengen strategy, adopted by the Commission on 2 June. The Presidency reported on the state of play regarding the new pact on migration and asylum.

EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The EU has submitted its proposal seeking the commitment of World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a multilateral trade action plan to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and ensure universal and fair access.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)

Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans
The Commission has proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with the click of a button on their phone.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its positions on the Single European Sky, hired vehicles and third countries’ certificates in inland navigation. It adopted conclusions on rail and sustainable and smart mobility.

Towards a stronger and more resilient Schengen area
The European Commission presented a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient.

European Semester Spring Package: Paving the way for a strong and sustainable recovery
The European Commission has presented the European Semester Spring Package, which focuses on providing fiscal guidance to Member States as they continue the process of gradually reopening their economies.

Zero Pollution: Vast majority of Europe's bathing waters meet the highest quality standards

EU Digital COVID Certificate: EU Gateway goes live with seven countries one month ahead of deadline
The EU Digital COVID Certificate has reached another important milestone with the go-live of the technical system at EU level, which allows to verify certificates in a secure and privacy-friendly way. The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling this summer.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated travel measures ahead of the summer
The European Commission has proposed an update to the Council Recommendation on the coordination of free movement restrictions in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Main results of the EU-Japan summit
At a summit held by videoconference, the leaders of the EU and Japan concluded a ‘green alliance’ that will boost cooperation to accelerate climate and environmental action. They also discussed global access to COVID-19 vaccines, digital transformation, bilateral relations, and foreign and security policy.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation
The Commission has published its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation.

Commission disburses €14.1 billion under SURE to 12 Member States
The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 24 and 25 May 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, climate change, Belarus, Russia, the UK, the Middle East and Mali.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macroeconomic and fiscal developments in the euro area and looked into the functioning of adjustment mechanisms. Ministers also adopted the Eurogroup work programme for the second half of 2021 and heard the reports from the chairs of the ECB Supervisory Board and of the Single Resolution Board.

Plenary highlights: Covid-19, climate and culture
Parliament debated waiving vaccine patent rights and outside plenary reached a deal with the Council on an EU Covid certificate to facilitate travelling in Europe during the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission signs a third contract with BioNTech-Pfizer for an additional 1.8 billion doses
The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023.

EU digital Covid Certificate: provisional deal between Parliament and Council
EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal for an EU digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic. The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council exchanged views on the trade policy review. Ministers reviewed the state of play of the WTO reform and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the WTO and took stock of latest developments and prospects in EU-US trade relations.

Future-proof taxation – Commission proposes new, ambitious business tax agenda
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the European Union. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years.

Europe's global approach to cooperation in research and innovation: strategic, open, and reciprocal
The Commission has adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They adopted conclusions on the recovery and resilience of the cultural sector, Europe's media in the digital decade and sport innovation.

European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union
The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves
The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil
The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Western Balkans and transatlantic relations. The Council also adopted conclusions on Security and Defence, and the Horn of Africa.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics
The European Commission is complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID'.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market
The legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted by non-EU governments currently go largely unchecked, while subsidies granted by Member States are subject to close scrutiny.

Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery
The Commission has updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU
The Commission proposed that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.

EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination
Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic. MEPs agreed that the new “EU COVID-19 certificate” - instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the Commission - should be in place for 12 months and not longer.

Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future
The Commission has adopted a Communication on Better Regulation, proposing several improvements to the EU law-making process. To foster Europe's recovery, it is more important than ever to legislate as efficiently as possible, while making EU laws better adapted to tomorrow's needs.

European Parliament upgrades rail passengers’ rights

EU ratifies the deal with the UK
The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement. This is the last step for the EU in the ratification of the post-Brexit deal. Both agreements will enter into force on 1 May 2021.

Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement
Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s evaluation of and expectations from the deal, passed by 578 votes, with 51 against and 68 abstentions.

Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

Migration management: New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration
The Commission adopted the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common EU system for returns, a key objective under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence
The Commission has proposed new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU.

Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities
The European Commission has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union.

European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement
The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets
At its meeting of 20 April 2021, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. PRAC also concluded that these events should be listed as very rare side effects of the vaccine.

Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the multilingual digital platform
The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, comprising representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, is launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe inviting all EU citizens to contribute to shaping their own future and that of Europe as a whole.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup held a discussion on insolvency frameworks and looked into ongoing work on the euro as a digital currency. Ministers were also briefed about the outcomes of recent international meetings and reviewed the Eurogroup's transparency policy.

European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities
The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond.

NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery
The Commission has taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.

Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations
The Commission presented a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments.

Global Times

Foxconn's Zhengzhou factories partially resume production, shipping issues could delay delivery of iPhone 13

Crucial meeting

Downpours in Henan threaten more regions as evacuation, rescue efforts accelerate

Sunny outlook

Sherman's China trip more of 'keeping in touch' than 'problem solving'

China rejects WHO's phase-2 COVID-19 origins study, calling it 'lack of respect for common sense, arrogant toward science'

Ericsson's setback in China linked to Sweden's crackdown on Chinese firms: source

China recovers rocket nose cone with parachute for first time; technology to improve reusability

High-tech fertilization helps Chinese farmers

Chinese firms' high-tech devices help rescue efforts in Henan floods

Chinese insurers move swiftly to handle rising claims after floods in Henan

China's economic miracle in numbers

China's latest military equipment on display at Museum of the CPC

Marching along

Australia Prime Minister 'sorry' for slow vaccine rollout

Residents flee as fires ravage W.Canada

Ancestral wisdom

Heritage status of Great Barrier Reef at risk

Harvey Weinstein denies 11 Los Angeles sex assault charges

Netflix turning to games as streaming growth slows

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Telecom companies rush to repair network in flood-stricken Henan

Why does US accuse China of hacking but say nothing about Pegasus?

Mascots ready for action

5 million Chinese sign open letter asking WHO to investigate Fort Detrick, a 'collective will' that can't be ignored

Family planning policy shift to guarantee demographic dividend

Zhengzhou flood brings business to a halt

Could Russia's newly unveiled Checkmate rival China's FC-31 in global market?

Airbus Tianjin plant delivers first A350 jumbo plane

Firms that reject Xinjiang workers under foreign pressure should be probed, punished: legal expert

Is China 'hoarding' US chip equipment amid a global shortage?

Space travel price expected to fall within $30,000-$50,000 range: founder of Galactic Energy

Man swinging under a traffic light in East China sparks criticism online

9-year-old girl saves residents of entire building from fire

Police chase woman for over 100 km to stop her from being scammed for the 6th time

Hope lost

'Ladies first' now applied in China's sci-tech field to support female innovation

So long Ben & Jerry's

France launches vaccine pass for several public, cultural venues

Red panda feeding on watermelon

Graffiti of Tang Dynasty in Xi'an

Cummings airs grudge against British Prime Minister

Drug war dead kicked out as grave leases expire

Flood-battered Germany prepares billions to rebuild

Iran-Iraq ties are beneficial to regional security: Rouhani


‘Lack of global solidarity’, slow vaccination rates put Indonesia in COVID glare
A “lack of global solidarity” including the hoarding of vaccines by richer nations as well as slow vaccination rate has contributed to Indonesia becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia, according to the UN’s top official in the country.

Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit
Farmers, especially women and indigenous people, work tirelessly to put food on our tables. UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed met on Saturday women producers at a farmers’ market in Circo Massimo, Rome, ahead of the Food Systems Pre-Summit taking place next week.

Security Council calls for ‘immediate reversal’ of Turkish and Turkish Cypriot decision on Varosha 
The Security Council said in a statement released on Friday that settling any part of the abandoned Cypriot suburb of Varosha, “by people other than its inhabitants, is “inadmissible”. 

Increased jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso spark record-breaking displacement: UNHCR
Rising violent attacks by jihadist groups in Burkina Faso are forcing record-breaking numbers of people to flee both inside the country and across international borders, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Friday. 

New ECOSOC President aims to maximize ‘reach, relevance and impact’
The role of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in promoting development has become “even more critical” as a way of guiding and informing the COVID-19 pandemic response worldwide, Collen Vixen Kelapile said on Friday, speaking for the first time as the UN body’s president. 

Lebanon: Public water system on the verge of collapse, UNICEF warns
The public water system in Lebanon is “on life support” and could collapse at any moment, putting 71 per cent of the population, or more than four million people, at immediate risk of losing access to safe supply, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, warned on Friday. 

Water-related hazards dominate list of 10 most destructive disasters
Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing global climate, water-related hazards top the list of natural disasters with the highest human losses in the past 50 years, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Tigray: As famine looms, first WFP humanitarian flight arrives 
Lifesaving assistance arrived for the beleaguered Tigray region of Ethiopia on Thursday as the first UN World Food Programme (WFP) plane carrying humanitarian workers touched down in the capital Mekelle. 

COVID-19: Africa ‘third wave’ not yet over, while vaccine inequity threatens all
Although new COVID-19 cases in Africa have slowed following an eight-week surge, this “small step forward” could be short-lived, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 

FAO head urges G20 to invest in a healthy planet for healthy food
The head of the UN food relief agency called on the world’s richest nations on Thursday to invest more in sustainable living, to feed the world’s growing population.  

Revealed: Inequalities persist in HIV prevention, child treatment services
Nearly half of the 1.7 million children worldwide living with HIV were not on treatment last year, the UN programme leading the global fight against HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, said in a report released together with partners. 

WHO’s Tedros backs Tokyo Olympic Games ‘power to inspire’
The head of the UN World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has welcomed the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a chance to spread “hope to the world”.  

Lifesaving help needed for Venezuela cancer patients hit by US sanctions
Independent UN rights experts on Wednesday warned that hundreds of Venezuelan cancer patients could die because they have been caught up in the excessively strict application of United States sanctions aimed at Venezuela and the state-owned oil company, Petroleum of Venezuela.

Nelson Mandela: 'Synonymous with the fight for justice and equality'
Celebrating what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 102nd birthday on Wednesday, the UN deputy chief hailed the man who led the struggle that ended the racist apartheid system in his native South Africa as exemplifying “courage, compassion and an unwavering commitment to social justice and equality”.   

Liverpool’s historic waterfront removed from World Heritage List
Historic docklands and buildings in the UK city of Liverpool have been removed from the UN cultural body UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, it announced on Wednesday.

Iraq: Bomb attack on eve of Eid al-Adha, ‘terrorism knows no bounds’ 
Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the “horrific bomb attack targeting civilians” at a busy market in the northeast of the Iraqi capital, just before the Eid al-Adha holiday.

FROM THE FIELD: A genocide timeline; Srebrenica massacre remembered
Survivors of a massacre of mainly Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, and people associated with the perpetrators of what has become known as the Srebrenica genocide, have been telling their stories in a new exhibition by the United Nations, released 26 years after the events took place.

Chess calms nerves, improves mental health amidst COVID crisis
Marking World Chess Day on Tuesday, the UN is celebrating the fact that while COVID-19 has forced most sports to scale down, this ancient game of intellect, not brute strength, has demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability throughout months of lockdown worldwide.

Pegasus: Human rights-compliant laws needed to regulate spyware
The UN human rights chief on Monday said the apparent widespread use of Pegasus spy software to illegally undermine the rights of those under surveillance, including journalists and politicians, was “extremely alarming” and confirmed “some of the worst fears” surrounding the potential misuse of such technology. 

Domestic violence, forced marriage, have risen in Sudan: UN-backed study
Deteriorating economic conditions since 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have fuelled an increase in domestic violence and forced marriage in Sudan, a UN-backed study has revealed. 

Fewer women than men will regain work during COVID-19 recovery: ILO 
Fewer women will regain jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic during the recovery period, than men, according to a new study released on Monday by the UN’s labour agency.  

Rights experts condemn ‘dramatic rise’ in attacks on so-called slaves in Mali
Attacks against so-called slaves in Mali are on the rise and authorities must do more to prevent them, two independent UN human rights experts said on Monday.

Myanmar: ‘Brute force terror campaign’ targeting rights defenders, UN experts say
Human rights defenders in Myanmar are being targeted under a “brute force terror campaign” by the military junta, United Nations independent experts said on Monday, calling again for a stronger international response to the coup.

FROM THE FIELD: Cameroon’s displaced, get hooked on fish
Cameroonians who have been displaced by conflict and climate change in the north of the West African country are turning to aquaculture as an alternative source of income, thanks to support from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Call for ‘dignity, equality, justice and human rights’ rings out on Mandela Day 
Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and legacy of “a legendary global advocate for dignity, equality, justice and human rights”, the UN chief said on Sunday.  

Gearing up humanitarian assistance for Palestine refugees
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will received an additional $135.8 million after signing an agreement with the United States on Saturday establishing shared goals in support of humanitarian assistance, development, and refugee protection. 

FROM THE FIELD: A flood of humanitarian needs for Burundi lake dwellers
Some 52,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Burundi since March this year, following the rise of waters in Lake Tanganyika in East Africa and most need humanitarian assistance, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Act now to provide COVID-19 vaccines for all: ECOSOC President
Ensuring COVID-19 vaccines for all will be critical if the world is to defeat the pandemic, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Munir Akram, said on Friday in his address to the closing its high-level segment.

Prison population surge triggers overcrowding, COVID casualties
One in three prisoners around the world is being held without having stood trial or been found guilty by any court, according to a new study published on Friday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

UN deputy chief warns of ‘hurricane of humanitarian crises’ 
There is a “bloody surge” impacting humanitarian crises around the world, with civilians in conflict zones paying the highest price, the UN deputy chief told the Security Council on Friday.