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Election results 2021: PM calls devolution summit after SNP victory
Boris Johnson tells leaders of the devolved nations people are "best served when we work together".

London elections: Sadiq Khan wins second term as mayor
The former MP will serve for another three years after beating Conservative rival Shaun Bailey.

Jerusalem: Many injured on second night of clashes
More than 80 Palestinians and at least one Israeli police officer are hurt in a second night of violence.

Elections 2021: Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner sacked as party chair
Angela Rayner has also been removed as campaign coordinator following Labour's poor election results.

More rail disruption on Sunday after train cracks found
Two rail operators warn passengers not to travel after cracks were found in some high-speed trains.

Kabul attack: Blasts near school leave at least 30 dead
The attack took place as the students - thought to be mainly girls - were leaving the Kabul school.

Election results 2021: Conservatives continue gains in England
The Conservatives won the West Midlands mayoral race - but lost West of England to Labour.

Scottish election 2021: Nicola Sturgeon celebrates 'historic' SNP election win
The SNP wins 64 seats in the Scottish Parliament - one more than last time but one short of a majority.

Elections 2021: Andy Street stays as West Midlands mayor
The Tory incumbent beats Labour's Liam Byrne to retain the position he has held for four years.

Mystery of why thousands of fish have died in Lebanese lake
A search for answers as at least 40 tonnes of carp float to the surface of a lake in southern Lebanon.

Complementary medicines for weight loss not justified, study suggests
Some complementary medicines result in marginal weight loss but do not benefit health, study suggests.

Obamas' dog Bo dies: 'We said goodbye to our best friend'
Bo, a Portuguese water dog who arrived in the White House shortly after the Obamas, died on Saturday.

The Papers: Labour's 'civil war', and PM wants UK to 'unite'
Fallout from the nationwide elections continues to feature prominently on the front pages

Your pictures on the theme of 'outdoor art'
A selection of striking images from our readers on this week's theme.

Ian Cunningham: 'I'm 80 years old and still playing rugby'
At 80 years old, Ian Cunningham is one of the oldest walking rugby players in the UK.

Olympics: 'The Taliban wouldn’t let me cycle because I’m a woman'
Masomah had to flee the Taliban in Afghanistan because she wanted to ride her bike. Now she's part of a team nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and hopes to compete in the Olympics.

'I thought strokes only happened to elderly people'
Three young stroke survivors share their stories to help raise awareness.

Son wins father's Bradford council seat after Covid death
Mohsin Hussain, 26, said he wanted to carry on his father's legacy.

'Our first day of freedom on American soil'
Adrian Meza and his family from Nicaragua have just been released from detention by US border officials.

#MeToo Serbia: 'I thought I was the only one'
Balkan women are sharing their sexual assault stories after Serbian actress Milena Radulovic went public with hers.

Student who stood up to Hitler and inspires Germany
Germany marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sophie Scholl, who was killed defying the Nazis.

Junior doctors in India's Covid crisis: 'We've grown up really fast'
Covid cases in Pankti's home state increased eight-fold in her first month as a medical intern.

Joe Ligon: America's 'longest juvenile lifer' on 68 years in prison
After waiting seven decades for freedom, Joe Ligon tells the BBC how he intends to spend the rest of his days.

Akala: Why we need more black, working class period drama
Akala speaks to Radio 1 Newsbeat about filling the gaps in historical fiction.

The 'smart and cheeky' Aboriginal boy teaching Australia a lesson
A film about an Aboriginal boy's experience of school shines a light on Australia's failure to give all children a fair start.

The misinformation bubble threatening Brazil's indigenous people
Health workers report resistance because of fake content spread over WhatsApp.

Spy row revs up Czech-Russian tensions
The Czechs and Russians, ex-communist bloc allies, are in a new diplomatic Cold War.

India's Covid crisis delivers a blow to brand Modi
Narendra Modi's carefully crafted image has taken a hit as India reels from a punishing Covid wave.

Aguero misses penalty as Chelsea's late win makes Man City wait for title
Sergio Aguero misses penalty as Chelsea ensure Manchester City must wait to wrap up the Premier League title by fighting back to win at Etihad Stadium.

'Hamilton's 100th pole is more than just a number'
Lewis Hamilton's 100th pole position is "hard to compute", but the real emotion resonated from the account of an old friend.

Liverpool beat Saints to boost Champions League hopes
Liverpool boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification by beating Southampton 2-0 to put pressure on fourth-placed Leicester City.

Nisbet & Doidge send Hibs into Scottish Cup final
Hibernian reach the Scottish Cup final for the first time since their 2016 triumph by beating Dundee United 2-0.

Saunders 'searching inside' in quest to beat Alvarez - preview and predictions
The BBC Radio 5 Live team think Billy Joe Saunders may need to land Britain's biggest win on US soil to overcome Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Premiership leaders Bristol beat rivals Bath to secure play-off spot
Bristol overcome a 15-point first-half deficit to beat local rivals Bath 40-20 and secure a Premiership play-off spot.

DeChambeau makes 2,000-mile round-trip after Quail Hollow cut mistake
Bryson DeChambeau rushed to get to the tee for Saturday's third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, having flown home to Dallas thinking he had missed the cut.

2021 elections: What are the results in my area?
National elections in Scotland and Wales and local elections in England took place on 6 May 2021.

Sir John Curtice: What the 2021 election results mean for the parties
Prof Sir John Curtice says the ruling parties appear to have done well in Thursday's bumper crop of elections.

Scottish election 2021: Results in maps and charts
The picture across Scotland as the SNP win a fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish Parliament.

Welsh election results 2021: What's the secret behind Labour's success?
Labour's fortunes in Wales seem a world away from its troubles in England, what's going on?

Elections results 2021: Andy Burnham re-elected as Greater Manchester mayor
The Greater Manchester Mayor is the bookmakers' favourite to become the next Labour leader.

Elections 2021: Labour insiders on Starmer, what went wrong and how to fix it
Sir Keir Starmer took charge of Labour a year ago and has faced his first challenge at the polls.

Scottish election results: The story so far
The key results and moments from the first day of counting in the Holyrood election.

Election results 2021: When will we know who has won?
There could be a long wait for some results this year.

Elections 2021: How to follow the results on the BBC
Find out how to keep up to date with live election results on TV, radio, online and on social media.

What to expect in Scottish election
Scots have cast their votes, but they will not be counted until Friday and Saturday - when will the outcome be known?

Which countries are on the green list for foreign holidays?
A new "traffic light" system for travel classifies countries as green, amber or red.

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

Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
The logistics of vaccinating millions of people across the country, as more than 35 million people receive at least one dose.

UK holidays: When and where can I go.... and who with?
The rules on having a holiday in the UK have been relaxed - but restrictions remain.

Covid: What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?
Northern Ireland is the latest part of the UK to lift some of the restrictions designed to stop the spread of Covid-19.

What is a Covid passport and what are the plans for the NHS app?
The government is considering how people could prove they are unlikely to transmit Covid.

Covid: What are the social distancing rules and the rule of six?
Rules on hugging and social distancing in England are being reviewed.

Covid: Should I be working from home or going back to the office?
As lockdown restrictions ease gradually across the UK, what are the rules about returning to work?

Covid: What refund rights are there for holidays abroad?
Quarantine-free overseas holidays will be possible after 17 May, but what rights do you have if plans or rules change?

Covid: How do I get a lateral flow or PCR test?
Everyone in England and Scotland is being encouraged to take rapid coronavirus tests regularly.

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Even before Covid struck, Modi's $1.8B New Delhi revamp divided opinions
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's overhaul of New Delhi's historic center was always going to be controversial -- even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Countries in Africa fear they could become the next India as vaccine supplies dwindle
The funeral pyres in New Delhi tell the tragic story of an uncontrolled Covid-19 wave.

Watch CNN's report from makeshift crematorium in India
CNN's Clarissa Ward reports from Varanasi, India, where makeshift crematoriums are needed to handle the amount of bodies from the coronavirus spreading across the country.

The Chinese policy that makes Uyghurs feel like hostages in their own homes
A woman raises a toast in a photo that appears to show four friends enjoying dinner together. The reality couldn't be more different.

Beyond India, a growing number of Asian countries are engulfed by fresh coronavirus waves

More people are dying in India than at any stage of the pandemic

Pope Francis backs vaccine patents waiver
Pope Francis has backed growing calls for a patents waiver for Covid-19 vaccines in a video message for a "Vax Live" benefit concert airing Saturday.

Rocket will crash to Earth within a huge 'risk zone' this weekend

After the Gates divorce, what happens to their ginormous house?
• Why are more older couples divorcing?

Blast near girls' school kills at least 30
At least 25 people have been killed and 52 others wounded in an explosion near a high school for girls in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Cyberattack shuts down major US fuel pipeline
A cyberattack forced the temporary shutdown of one of the US' largest pipelines Friday, highlighting already heightened concerns over the vulnerabilities in the nation's critical infrastructure.

Liz Cheney is learning the GOP equals Trumpism
The movement to replace Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney in the House Republican leadership after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump shouldn't come as a surprise. And the fact that her potential replacement could be the relatively moderate New York Rep. Elise Stefanik should be even less shocking.

More than 200 hurt in clashes at Jerusalem mosque, Palestinian Red Crescent says
At least 205 people were injured at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque after Israeli police in riot gear clashed with Palestinians following evening prayers, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Must-watch videos of the week

Huge cruise ships, huge problems in Venice
It was the story that made waves around the world: cruise ships banned from Venice.

The growing problem of space junk
More than 3 million years ago, members of an unknown hominin species sat on a river bank at the site of Lomekwi, in what is now Kenya, and made a set of stone tools for their daily tasks. Only a trained eye can distinguish the detritus they left behind from naturally broken rocks. In the intervening millennia, human trash has grown in complexity and quantity, introducing novel materials like plastics and metal alloys. What humans discard is fodder for archaeologists, but it's also an environmental problem that is becoming interplanetary.

Obamas announce family dog Bo has died
The Obamas announced Saturday that their beloved family dog Bo has died.

Clubs involved in disastrous Super League hit with financial penalties

Biden's US ambitions depend on this key state
When I saw that CNN's Jeff Zeleny was in Arizona covering the senators there, I was a little confused. The next election is more than a year away. Plus, Arizona is currently home to the most distracting and strange sideshow in politics -- an audit of 2020 votes forced by Republicans in the state and run by a company called Cyber Ninjas with ties to allies of former President Donald Trump.

Trump's DOJ secretly obtained phone records of Washington Post reporters
President Donald Trump's Department of Justice secretly obtained phone records of multiple Washington Post reporters, the newspaper reported on Friday.

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch condemns Tigray 'genocide'
The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has condemned his own country's rulers in a video recorded by the director of a US-based charity, saying "they want to destroy the people of Tigray" with actions of "the highest brutality and cruelty."

Two lions test positive for Covid-19
Two lions at the Etawah Safari Park in the northern Indian state Uttar Pradesh have tested positive for Covid-19, according to officials at the park.

New York City cancels school snow days
The joy of snow days is no more for New York City public school students.

The White House 'headache' Trump left behind for Biden
The project that's currently tearing up the White House's South Lawn initially landed on Donald Trump's desk.

185 million people in the US will be vaccinated by September, experts predict

Where can we travel and when? New rules explained

UN: This is the fastest-growing displacement crisis in the world
Violence from militant Islamist terrorists has spiked in Burkina Faso, causing global concern. Two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were killed after the group was attacked by terrorists. CNN's Cyril Vanier reports.

Police have fresh lead in 4-year-old's disappearance after viral video
A TikTok video has led to fresh leads in the case of Sofia Juarez, who was abducted one day before her fifth birthday in 2003 as she walked near her home, according to police in Kennewick, Washington state.

England is becoming a one-party state

Africa's oldest human burial and 5 other top space and science stories this week
Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest.

Identical twins had dramatically different Covid-19 reactions
Kelly and Kimberly Standard are identical twins, but their individual experiences with Covid-19 were anything but identical. CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports.

How South Asian-owned threading salons in the US became a space for community

Tiny nonuplets have a fight ahead, hospital says
Halima Cisse, a 25-year-old Malian woman who gave birth to nine babies in Morocco on Tuesday, is in good health. Her nonuplets, five girls and four boys, have a way to go, according to Youssef Alaoui, the medical director of Casablanca's Ain Borja clinic, where the babies were born.

Lily James and Sebastian Stan transform into Pamela and Tommy Lee

George Clooney is diehard Brad Pitt fan in hilarious ad
Actor George Clooney performed a comedy sketch for an Omaze fundraiser he is holding for the Clooney Foundation for Justice, an organization focused on fighting for human rights.

Blinken: US will respond if Russia acts recklessly against Ukraine
Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) reacts to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's warning that the US will respond if Russia acts "recklessly or aggressively" against Ukraine.

Fans vs. the super-rich: A match worth watching
In New Zealand, rugby isn't just a sport. It's a national obsession, a major cultural force and a huge source of pride.

This will be one of the most important summers for Hollywood ever
In a parallel universe, audiences around the world are heading to the cineplexes Friday to see Marvel's "Black Widow" as it kicks off Hollywood's lucrative summer movie season.

What's behind William and Kate launching their own YouTube channel?
A version of this story appeared in the May 7 edition of CNN's Royal News, a weekly dispatch bringing you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what's happening behind palace walls. Sign up here.

Woman finds 100,000 bees in her home -- for second time
A Georgia woman was shocked to find a swarm of at least 100,000 bees living in her house -- for the second time.

The man who found the Titanic is on a new quest
In a career that's spanned more than 60 years, Robert Ballard has conducted over 150 underwater expeditions and made countless significant scientific discoveries.

Bayern Munich wins ninth consecutive Bundesliga title
What a 12 months this has been for Bayern Munich -- both on and off the pitch.

Study finds anti-Asian hate crimes in US are surging in 2021
CNN's Amara Walker takes a closer look at a study by "Stop AAPI Hate" that says anti-Asian attacks are on the rise in 2021.

1980s siren Tawny Kitaen of music videos and 'Bachelor Party' dies at 59
Actress Tawny Kitaen, who appeared in "Bachelor Party" and provocative 1980s rock videos, has died in California. She was 59.

Former circus elephants arrive at wildlife sanctuary
A herd of 12 former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants arrive at their new sanctuary at White Oak Conservation in Florida.

There's a reason most late night talk show hosts sit behind a desk
For more than six decades, American late night talk show hosts have sat behind large wooden desks, with guests in cushioned chairs or couches to their right. Behind them, the wall may be painted to mimic an open vista; around them, a brightly lit studio set is made more inviting through warm wood tones, mugs on a desk or -- in Johnny Carson's case -- a couple of well-placed house plants.

Commuters could power cities of the future
A new power could soon arise in cities. UK company Pavegen is installing floor tiling that generates kinetic energy through the footfall of commuters.

As the pandemic eases, the media's coverage of it is shifting
How can the average American minimize risk while resuming normal activities after one year plus of pandemic disruptions? That's the ultimate example of "news you can use" right now.

Rocket will crash to Earth within a huge 'risk zone' this weekend
• Watch: US military says debris will land here • Opinion: The growing problem of space junk

More people are dying in India than at any stage of the pandemic
• Where 1 in every 2 people tested is Covid positive • Modi pushes for $1.8 billion project critics say could be a super-spreader event

Al Jazeera

Plunging back to earth: Chinese rocket set for re-entry
Debris from April 29 launch set to plunge back through the atmosphere in the next few hours.

Sadiq Khan elected London mayor for a second term
In victory speech, Khan promises to 'build bridges' and create jobs as UK capital emerges from pandemic.

SNP to seek Scottish independence vote after election victory
The Scottish National Party took 64 of the 129 parliamentary seats up for grabs, just one short of an overall majority.

EU and India agree to resume long-stalled trade talks
The European Union and India agreed to restart talks on a free trade deal that have been frozen since 2013.

Mexico City metro collapse victims’ families to get compensation
At least 26 people were killed and dozens more injured when a metro overpass collapsed in Mexican capital on Monday.

More than 60 Palestinians injured in new Jerusalem clashes: Live
The latest violence comes a day after Israeli police stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured 205 Palestinians.

What can stop Palestinians being evicted from Sheikh Jarrah?
Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood face the imminent threat of eviction by Israel.

Myanmar military designates shadow gov’t as ‘terrorist’ group
A group including deposed lawmakers formed the 'National Unity Government' to oppose the military government.

Pakistan imposes Eid lockdown as COVID cases soar
The government has imposed the most severe restrictions since a one-month lockdown in April last year.

Death toll from police raid in Rio de Janeiro favela rises to 28
Amnesty International says anti-drug trafficking operation in Jacarezinho favela is 'reprehensible and unjustifiable'.

Major US pipeline network shuts after ‘cybersecurity attack’
Colonial Pipeline says it temporarily halted all pipeline operations after incident involving ransomware.

Coronavirus in India: Your questions answered, live
In a special episode of The Stream, we give our audience access to a panel of Indian experts.

‘Not $1’: US lawmaker urges end to complicity in Israeli abuses
Congresswoman Betty McCollum tells AJE about effort to ensure Israel doesn't use US aid to violate Palestinian rights.

Blast kills dozens near school in Afghan capital Kabul
Afghanistan's interior ministry says at least 52 people were wounded in the blast, many of them female students.

Iran-backed PMFs are destabilising Iraq’s disputed regions
These groups are undermining efforts to improve Erbil-Baghdad relations and reestablish security in the north.

COVID-stricken Iran to ban local travel ahead of Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr holidays could spark more infections as many may ignore travel bans in absence of hefty penalties.

Saudi Arabia-Pakistan agree to mend strained ties
Announcement comes after Pakistani PM Imran Khan held talks with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Who tried to kill Mohamed Nasheed?
Motives remain unclear but theories point to religious 'extremists' or political rivals involved in corruption scandal.

Chad police use tear gas to disperse anti-military gov’t protests
Military authorities have banned the protest called by coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups.

Maldives: Nasheed off life support after surviving bomb attack
Family of ex-president and current speaker say doctors 'very happy' with his recovery after life-saving surgery.

Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church patriarch condemns Tigray ‘genocide’
In a video recorded last month, Abune Mathias says government forces 'want to destroy the people of Tigray'.

India records more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in a day
Record 4,187 new deaths takes India's overall total toll to 238,270 with a caseload of nearly 22 million victims.

World reacts as Jerusalem tensions escalate
More than 200 were wounded in Al-Aqsa amid growing anger over Israeli plans to evict Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah.

Muslim women are reviving tradition of public Quran recitation
#FemaleReciters movement aims to revive the sacred and forgotten practice of female public Quran recitation.

‘Foreign agents and extremists’: Russia’s attack on critics
Critical journalists and dissidents in Russia face the latest threat to their survival.

EU Newsroom

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims
The Commission presented a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025), focusing on preventing the crime, bringing traffickers to justice and protecting and empowering victims.

Coronavirus response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis
Once in place, the new measures will allow the Commission and other EU agencies and bodies to import and purchase goods and services VAT-free when those purchases are being distributed during an emergency response in the EU. The recipients might be Member States or third parties, such as national authorities or institutions (for example, a hospital, a national health or disaster response authority).

Coronavirus: Commission mobilises €123 million for research and innovation to combat the threat of variants
The Commission is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants.

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures
The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The Commission also decided to ask the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a final judgment in the case.

SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes

Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.

Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme
EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union.

European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production
The Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond
The Commission adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU's external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans of all ages and all backgrounds.

Video conference of the members of the European Council
EU leaders met via video conference to take stock of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. They also discussed transatlantic relations together with US President Joe Biden. The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, relations with Russia, the single market, digital agenda and the international role of the euro were also on the agenda.

Commission strengthens transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines
The European Commission has introduced the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered for authorising exports under the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports.

Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need
The Commission has adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture and fisheries ministers met to discuss fishing opportunities for stocks shared with the United Kingdom, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and measures against plant pests.

Report confirms SURE's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Southern neighbourhood and Turkey. Ministers also held an informal exchange with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Commission launches European Innovation Council to help turn scientific ideas into breakthrough innovations
The European Commission launched, at an online event, the European Innovation Council (EIC) with a budget of over €10 billion (in current prices) for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate
The European Commission has proposed to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.

Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Horizon Europe's first strategic plan 2021-2024: Commission sets research and innovation priorities for a sustainable future
The European Commission has adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme worth €95.5 billion in current prices. The strategic plan is a novelty in Horizon Europe and sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first four years.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup discussed the impact of the pandemic on various sectors of the euro area economy, as well as possible structural changes it may have triggered. Ministers also exchanged views on the fiscal support measures.

Plenary highlights: Future of Europe, EU4Health, media freedom
During a busy plenary session MEPs marked International Women´s Day, adopted investment and health programmes and paved the way for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’

European Commission authorises fourth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month

Humanitarian action: New outlook for EU's global aid delivery challenged by COVID-19
The Commission has proposed to strengthen the European Union's global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEPs: Put a carbon price on certain EU imports to raise global climate ambition
To raise global climate ambition and prevent ‘carbon leakage’, the EU must place a carbon price on certain imports from less climate-ambitious countries, say MEPs.

Europe's Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030
The Commission presented a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy.

Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments
MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

Parliament gives green light for new EU4Health programme
MEPs adopted the EU4Health programme for 2021-2027, which aims to prepare EU health systems more rigorously for future health threats and pandemics.

International Women's Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for gender equality
Ahead of International Women's Day, the Commission published its 2021 report on gender equality in the EU, that shows the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women.

The European Pillar of Social Rights: turning principles into actions
The Commission sets out its ambition for a strong Social Europe that focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.

Pay Transparency: Commission proposes measures to ensure equal pay for equal work
The European Commission presented a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work.

Commission presents updated approach to fiscal policy response to coronavirus pandemic
The European Commission has adopted a Communication providing Member States with broad guidance on the conduct of fiscal policy in the period ahead. It provides guiding principles for the proper design and quality of fiscal measures.

Union of Equality: European Commission presents Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030
The European Commission presented an ambitious Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 to ensure their full participation in society, on an equal basis with others in the EU and beyond.

Protecting European consumers: Safety Gate efficiently helps take dangerous COVID-19 products off the market
The European Commission published its annual report on the Safety Gate, which is the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products helping to take dangerous non-food products off the market.

Commission supports reform projects in Member States for more jobs and sustainable growth
The Commission approved 226 projects in all 27 Member States that will support their efforts in designing and implementing national reforms to enhance growth.

New EU energy labels applicable from 1 March 2021
To help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from Monday, 1 March 2021.

Main results of the European Council video conference
On 25 February, the members of the European Council met via video conference to discuss the current situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparedness for health emergencies. On 26 February they met again, focusing on security and defence, and relations with the Southern Neighbourhood.

Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners
The Commission launched the first-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. Platform work is developing rapidly in the EU across a growing number of business sectors.

Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change
The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences.

Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming
To ensure that citizens can continue to enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, the Commission proposed a new Roaming Regulation. At a time when non-essential travel is discouraged, this is an important action in preparing a brighter future.

EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition
The Commission has proposed to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive.

First calls under Horizon Europe to be launched by the European Research Council

EU industry: Commission takes action to improve synergies between civil, defence and space industries
The Commission presented an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Russia, and Hong Kong. The Council also adopted conclusions on: Myanmar/Burma, a human-rights-based post-COVID-19 recovery, and EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021.

EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries
The European Union has announced an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries.

February infringements package: key decisions

Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy
The European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable.

A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda

LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects

Coronavirus: preparing Europe for the increased threat of variants
The new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants called “HERA Incubator” will work with researchers, biotech companies, manufacturers and public authorities in the EU and globally to detect new variants, provide incentives to develop new and adapted vaccines, speed up the approval process for these vaccines, and ensure scaling up of manufacturing capacities.

Coronavirus: Commission approves second contract with Moderna to ensure up to additional 300 million doses
The European Commission has approved a second contract with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, which provides for an additional purchase of 300 million doses (150 million in 2021 and an option to purchase an additional 150 million in 2022) on behalf of all EU Member States.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup exchanged views on macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro area, based on the European Commission's Winter Forecast.

Plenary highlights: Covid-19 recovery, vaccines, circular economy
MEPs approved the EU’s key instrument to help countries recover from Covid-19, debated the vaccines situation and called for tighter recycling rules.

EU recovery package: Council adopts Recovery and Resilience Facility

Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel
Europe remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The resurgence in the number of cases, together with the appearance of new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, have forced many Member States to reintroduce or tighten containment measures. At the same time, the start of vaccination programmes throughout the EU provides grounds for cautious optimism.

Circular economy: MEPs call for tighter EU consumption and recycling rules

Parliament gives go-ahead to €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility
Parliament approved the Recovery and Resilience Facility, designed to help EU countries tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccination: MEPs call for EU and global solidarity
The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccines production to meet citizens’ expectations, MEPs say.

Southern Neighbourhood: EU proposes new Agenda for the Mediterranean
To relaunch and strengthen the strategic partnership between the European Union and its Southern Neighbourhood partners, the European Commission and the High Representative adopted a joint communication proposing an ambitious and innovative new Agenda for the Mediterranean.

SAMIRA Action Plan: Radiological and nuclear technology in support of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
The Commission presented its SAMIRA Action Plan – the Strategic Agenda for Medical Ionising Radiation Applications. The Plan will improve EU coordination, ensure that radiological and nuclear technologies continue to benefit the health of EU citizens, and contribute to the fight against cancer and other diseases.

Commission opens infringement procedures against 24 Member States for not transposing new EU telecom rules
The European Electronic Communications Code modernises the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, to enhance consumers' choices and rights, for example by ensuring clearer contracts, quality of services, and competitive markets.

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care
On the eve of the World Cancer Day, the European Commission presented Europe's Beating Cancer Plan – a main priority in the area of health of the von der Leyen Commission and a key pillar of a strong European Health Union.

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine Member States in the fourth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on measures affecting free movement
Under the updated recommendation, a new colour (dark red) is added to the existing categories of green, orange, red and grey in the weekly map published by the ECDC.

Vaccines: contract between European Commission and AstraZeneca now published
Following the renewed request from the European Commission on 27 January 2021, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to publish the redacted contract signed between the two parties on 27 August 2020. The Commission welcomes the company's commitment towards more transparency in its participation in the rollout of the EU Vaccines Strategy.

Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines
In an effort to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission has put in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to an authorisation by Member States.

Screening of websites for ‘greenwashing': half of green claims lack evidence
The European Commission and national consumer authorities have released the results of a screening of websites (“sweep”), an exercise carried out each year to identify breaches of EU consumer law in online markets.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Commission launches debate on responding to the impact of an ageing population
The European Commission presented a green paper to launch a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe's ageing society. It sets out the impact of this pronounced demographic trend across our economy and society and invites the public to express their views on how to respond to this in a public consultation, which will run for 12 weeks.

Rule of Law: Commission adopts next step in the infringement procedure to protect judicial independence of Polish judges

Commission study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors
The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study. Trade agreements are due to result in substantial increases in EU agri-food exports, with more limited increases in imports, creating a positive trade balance overall.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes additional safeguards on travel from outside the EU and updated criteria for applying travel restrictions
New coronavirus variants and the volatile health situation worldwide call for further action to ensure that any travel to the EU takes place safely.

European Commission launches Green Consumption Pledge, first companies commit to concrete actions towards greater sustainability
The Green Consumption Pledge is part of the European Climate Pact which is an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council also adopted conclusions on Venezuela, coordinated maritime presences and climate and energy diplomacy.

Plenary highlights: vaccines, new US president, right to disconnect
MEPs demanded more clarity about Covid-19 vaccine contracts and welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president during Parliament's first plenary session of the year.

Additional and more flexible funding to help those most in need
Parliament voted to continue making additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 in order to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived.

Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia

Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025: Parliament’s reaction and input
Parliament welcomes the positive measures included in the EU’s new Gender Equality Strategy but calls for additional actions and specific and binding targets.

Global Times

Against vaccine hoarding

Consumption in China to inject confidence in post-pandemic era

China's approval of mRNA vaccine 'in final stage'; effective against over 30 variants including Indian one: BioNTech CEO

Pandemic, war, climate change fuel global crisis: report

London, Brussels agree on EU ambassador's status post-Brexit: statement

Kenya looks into appointing first female chief justice

Russia-Armenia cooperation

Modi's govt resists imposing lockdown despite rising cases in 24 hours

US targets Central America officials for possible sanctions over corruption: envoy

Australian regulator moves to block Qantas-Japan Airlines deal

EU's Mozambique mission

1.5 C cap could 'halve' sea level rise from melting ice: study

Atlanta forced to reinstate policeman charged with killing black man

Denmark, Norway study finds slightly raised blood clot rates after Astra COVID shot

State of emergency

Danish jewellery maker Pandora drops mined diamonds

In rural India, sick struggle to access healthcare

Billie Eilish and Timothee Chalamet among young Met Gala co-chairs

Inside the cut-throat battle to build K-pop's next superstars

China's suspension of economic dialogue with Australia is legitimate response: FM

US takes subtle moves to rope in G7 allies against China

May Day holiday augurs full-fledged consumption recovery

Chinese vaccines under WHO assessment for emergency use, data published

US resumes accepting student visa applications, but some Chinese families rethink study plans

Red and promising May 4th: Youths take 'red tourism' mainstream

China sees prosperous tourism during May Day holidays thanks to long-term domestic anti-virus achievements

China's 2nd aircraft carrier group holds 1st drill in 2021 in S.China Sea, 'training for combat preparedness'

Maximum security

BioNTech to evaluate mixing vaccines as China enters final phase in approving mRNA shots: CEO

EU report accusing China, Russia of vaccine disinformation 'thief crying stop thief'

Unprecedented stimulus to fire up May Day holiday spending

China successfully launches core module for its space station, kicking off intense construction phase

COVID-19 cases hit record number as deaths surge

UN agency says UK to cut 85% in aid to UN family planning program

Empty seats: Biden delivers unique speech to Congress

Preparations for summit

Impending prosecution for death of Arbery; 'an important milestone'

Surrogacy scandal actress Zheng Shuang under investigation for being suspected of running into same tax evasion as Fan Bingbing

Indonesian police seize 2.5-ton haul of crystal meth

JF-17 fighter jet gets J-20's combat missile: reports

Northern Ireland First Minister Foster to step down after party revolt

Domestic films set to dominate during China's May Day holiday as Hollywood fails to appear

Deployed Israeli soldiers

Climate change eats into ice sheets around the globe

Nigerian women take action as rape, assault cases surge during pandemic

US aviation giants hope to gain more market in China

Protecting nature can lower risk of armed conflict, says conservation body

Gathering evidence

Burning Man festival canceled again due to pandemic

Ancient Egypt martial art enthusiasts eye Olympic status

UN

Kabul school bombing condemned by senior UN officials
Saturday’s deadly bombing outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has been condemned by leading UN officials. The attack led to the deaths of at least 30 people, including several schoolchildren.

The United Nations remembers the dead of WWII
The Second World War had a profound impact on the international community, and established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations. This weekend marks the official remembrance of the tens of millions of civilians and soldiers who died during the conflict.

What can the UN do to support India through its deadly COVID-19 surge?
The UN is at the forefront of efforts to help India extricate itself from the almost unimaginable scale of suffering its citizens are undergoing, as a result of a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections. Earlier this week, UN News spoke to the country chiefs based in India, for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund, to get their take on the crisis. Here are some key excerpts from the interviews.

Climate change threatens winged harbinger of spring
A sure sign of spring in northern Europe is the arrival of the Arctic tern bird, but ahead of the UN’s World Migratory Bird Day  experts fear the warming of the oceans in its nesting grounds in the northern Atlantic is threatening its very existence. 

WHO approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
A COVID-19 vaccine produced in China has been given the green light for global rollout, potentially paving the way for its use in underserved countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.   

Informal dialogue on UN chief selection process gets underway
The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, laid out his case for a second five year term on Friday to Member States, saying that he was offering a “humble approach” to deal with today’s multiple challenges, as an honest broker and bridge builder, focussed on solutions.

Security Council upholds role of multilateralism in a complex world
The President of the UN General Assembly on Friday urged countries to “do better” in making COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone, everywhere, warning that “good intentions are no match for vaccines in arms.” 

India’s new COVID-19 wave is spreading like ‘wildfire’, warns UN Children’s Fund
A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday.

‘No time to lose’, stop flow of deadly weapons to Myanmar military now, urges UN rights expert
The United Nations independent human rights expert on Myanmar on Friday called on countries that have not yet done so, to impose arms embargo on the country urgently, to stop the “massacre” of citizens across the country.

Stop evictions in East Jerusalem neighbourhood immediately, UN rights office urges Israel
The UN’s human rights office (OHCHR), on Friday, called on Israel to immediately halt all forced evictions, including those in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as well as to exercise maximum restraint in the use of force while ensuring safety and security there.

Brazil: UN rights office urges independent probe into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro
The UN's human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday called for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into a major police operation in a favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in which at least 25 were reportedly killed, including a police officer.

Former LRA leader, ex-child soldier, sentenced to 25 years in prison
A former leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda, who himself had been abducted by the rebel group as a child, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday. 

Nearly 8 years on, ‘gaps, inconsistencies, discrepancies’ remain over Syria chemical weapons declaration
The Security Council heard new evidence in longstanding international efforts to eradicate Syria’s chemical weapons programme on Thursday, including the results of an investigation into the possible of use of chlorine gas in the city of Saraqib in 2018, as the UN’s top disarmament official provided her regular briefing to ambassadors.

Cut methane emissions to avert global temperature rise, UN-backed study urges
Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed report published on Thursday. 

Guterres renews zero-emissions appeal to avoid falling into climate abyss
All countries should commit to zero carbon emissions by 2050 if the world is to avoid a disastrous 2.4 degree Celsius temperature rise by the end of this century, UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Thursday.

Latin America rights groups face growing threats, attacks: Bachelet
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Thursday issued an alert over the rising number of threats, attacks and attempts to undermine national human rights institutions, in Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN chief pledges to keep ‘memories alive’ of those who died in service during 2020
The United Nations paused on Thursday to honour 336 personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2020: the highest number ever in a single year. 

UN launches key initiative to protect seafarers’ human rights amid COVID-19 crisis
Around 200,000 cargo ship crew members are stranded at sea, beyond the length of their contracts due to COVID-19 restrictions, placing a major strain on their physical and mental health. New UN guidelines were published on Thursday, aimed at helping the industry better protect human rights at sea, as new COVID variants threaten to further delay crew turnover.

FROM THE FIELD: Uganda conflict survivor helps communities find ‘ways forward’
A Ugandan man who avoided being drawn into a decades’ long conflict as a child soldier, is dedicating his adult life to healing communities which were impacted by his government’s fight with the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA).

WHO chief hails ‘monumental moment’ in COVID fight, as US throws support behind vaccine patent waiver
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the commitment announced by the United States administration to lift vaccine patent protections to help boost global supply, was a “monumental moment” in the battle to end the deadly pandemic.

USA: Rights expert decries wave of anti-protest laws ‘spreading through the country’
A UN independent human rights expert has slammed new laws in several American states aimed at suppressing racial justice protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a statement on Wednesday. 

Early-warning ‘pandemic hub’ plan unveiled by WHO’s Tedros and Germany’s Merkel
An international hub for pandemic control is to open in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against likely future global health threats, the UN health agency announced on Wednesday.

Myanmar: Attacks on healthcare jeopardizing COVID-19 response, UN team says
There have been at least 158 reported attacks on medical personnel and facilities in Myanmar, with more than 139 doctors arrested and charged since the military coup in February, endangering not only vital health services but also the COVID-19 response, the UN Country Team (UNCT) there said on Wednesday.

155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020, conflict the key driver
At least 155 million people faced crisis levels of food insecurity in 2020 because of conflict, extreme weather events and economic shocks linked in part to COVID-19, a UN-partnered flagship report said on Wednesday.  

South Asia: ‘Real possibility’ health systems will be strained to a breaking point, UNICEF warns
Impacts of the deadly new surge in COVID-19 cases across South Asia are unlike anything the region has seen before, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, warning of a “real possibility” that health systems there will be strained to a breaking point, leading to even more loss of life. 

UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives
The world is currently facing a shortage of around 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many have been redeployed to help plug vital gaps in other health services, according to a new United Nations report.

Young people key to transforming world’s food systems
Young people are taking a leading role in shaping fair and equitable food systems around the world, senior UN officials affirmed on Tuesday during a global youth dialogue on the theme of “Good Food for All”.

Joy in South Sudan, as schools reopen after 14-month COVID lockdown
The countrywide reopening of schools in South Sudan is a welcome step on the road to “normalcy” for youngsters, two in three of whom need humanitarian assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

UN forum examines how to make science and technology work better for all
Harnessing the full potential of science and technology for the benefit of all people, everywhere, is the focus of a two-day virtual meeting convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which opened on Tuesday. 

Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran
United Nations independent human rights experts, on Tuesday, called on Iranian authorities to immediately release a political activist, said to be at risk of severe health complications and even death, if not provided with appropriate medical care.