Christchurch shootings: First funerals for victims of mosque attacks
Two of the Christchurch mosque attack victims are laid to rest as police begin naming the victims.
Christchurch shootings: Meghan and Harry pay tribute to victims
The royals are welcomed with a traditional Maori greeting as they sign a book of condolence in London.
Brexit: Theresa May to formally ask for delay
The PM will write to the EU asking for Brexit to be postponed, amid reports of a cabinet row.
Cyclone Idai: 'Massive disaster' in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi could be affected, UN says.
EastEnders overrun set rebuild project criticised by MPs
The new Walford was meant to be finished in 2018, but the target is now 2023 and it will cost £27m more.
Weedkiller glyphosate a 'substantial' cancer factor
Jury to consider damages after one of the world's most widely-used weedkillers is blamed for cancer.
PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats
Ministers call for payments companies to block essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats.
Watchdogs 'need to prove they protect consumers' says NAO
Four regulators need to be able to prove how they are protecting consumers, the spending watchdog says.
Brexit food stockpiling loan ad banned
Advertising chiefs rule people may have felt pressured into taking out a loan by fears of food shortages.
Cookstown hotel disco crush: Two men arrested
One of the men arrested, Michael McElhatton, is the owner of the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown.
Off-piste skiers swallowed by Austria avalanche
A group of skiers were caught by surprise after being trapped in an off-piste avalanche in Austria.
Danish MP told baby 'not welcome' in parliament chamber
The speaker asked the MP to remove her child because "MPs should be in the chamber, not babies or children".
England's Danny Rose backs Raheem Sterling in criticising portrayal of black players
England full-back Danny Rose says players were "over the moon" to see team-mate Raheem Sterling criticise the way black players are portrayed.
The Papers: Brexit 'crisis' and Prince Charles' beach body
Many of Wednesday's papers lead on Brexit, as Mrs May prepares to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.
Israel elections: 'Fascism' perfume ad sparks online debate
A mock ad features the country's right-wing justice minister spraying a bottle of "Fascism" perfume.
Glastonbury 2019: Janet Jackson 'promoted' in line-up poster
In a recent tweet posted on Jackson's account, her name replaces The Killers at the top of the bill.
Mouse helps keep shed squeaky clean
When screws and bits of metal started appearing in a bird feed container an infrared camera helped solve the mystery.
Fashion rip-offs: Independent designers 'copied' by high street
Meet the independent businesses who claim they're being repeatedly ripped off by high street brands.
Egg freezing: Behind the scenes of a fertility clinic
With more and more women considering it, what exactly does egg freezing involve?
Ariana Grande kicks off Sweetener world tour in New York
The star plays a hit-packed, 31-song setlist in New York.
The candid moments caught in the ladies' loos
Samantha Jagger has been documenting what goes on within the four walls of the women's toilets.
Afghanistan: The children caught in conflict
Photographer Andrew Quilty captured stories of children affected by conflict in Afghanistan.
Chinese goths post selfies in protest after subway incident
It comes after a woman was refused entry onto the subway because of her "horrible" make-up.
New Zealand shootings: Christchurch students perform Haka for victims
Schools across Christchurch perform the traditional Maori war dance to pay respects to those killed.
Prince Gyasi: Instagram photographer on capturing Accra life
Ghanaian Prince Gyasi takes stunning photos of Accra using only his phone.
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Emiliano Sala plane crash: The story behind the transfer flights
Several flights before the fatal crash which killed Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala are under the spotlight.
E-scooters, hoverboards - the tech transforming travel
A review will look at whether innovative modes of transport should be allowed on UK streets.
How prevalent is far-right extremism?
After a gunman killed 50 in New Zealand, questions are being asked about how prevalent the far right is
Brexit: Will the UK actually leave the EU on March 29?
Will the UK actually leave the EU on 29 March?
Knife crime: The mums whose lives have been 'ripped apart'
Women who have lost their sons to knife crime tell Victoria Derbyshire about the pain it has caused.
How Amanda Holden was first choice for Smack The Pony
The Britain's Got Talent judge could have had a much bigger role in the Channel 4 sketch show.
'You can fly planes': The students who are inspiring younger siblings
The first-in-the-family university students urging younger siblings to aim high with their ambitions.
Christchurch shootings: The rising new threat of far-right violence
The man accused of the Christchurch shootings left a trail of references to online culture and extremist ideology.
Why are Venezuelans seeking refuge in crypto-currencies?
As Venezuela staggers under political and economic crises, its citizens are embracing digital money.
Hotel disco deaths: 'My friends are on the ground, move back!'
A teenager recalls being caught up in the Cookstown hotel incident, which left three dead.
Christchurch shootings: How mass killings have changed gun laws
New Zealand is preparing to reform its gun laws following the mass shooting in which 50 people were killed.
Will 'impenetrable wall of money' put fans off cycling? Concern over Ineos deal
The lucrative deal turning Team Sky into Team Ineos could do long-term damage to cycling, says pro team manager Jonathan Vaughters.
England Nations League win would eclipse World Cup semi-finals, says Kane
England winning the Nations League in 2019 would eclipse the achievement of reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, says Harry Kane.
FA Cup: BBC signs new four-year broadcast deal to show competition live
FA Cup matches will be shown live on the BBC until 2025 as part of a new four-year broadcast deal with the Football Association.
'I will knock this fool out' - Wilder to defend WBC title against Breazeale in May
WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face American Dominic Breazeale in New York on 18 May.
'Women's Masters? Why not?' - Augusta amateur event gives Hall hope
England's Georgia Hall hopes staging a women's amateur tournament at Augusta National could pave the way for a Women's Masters at the famous American course.
Watch: Curry lands incredible long-range buzzer beater
The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry nails an incredible three-quarter court buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter of his team's 105-111 defeat by San Antonio Spurs.
Celebrity parents and the bizarre 'cheating' scandal
It is said to be biggest university admissions scam in US history. How did it all unfold?
A scandal in the Amazon - where pilots are forced to lie
Few landing strips in the Amazon have been registered, so pilots have to file fake flight plans - making it hard to find them if they go missing.
'Trump of the Tropics' fawns over US president and decries 'fake news'
When talk emerged last autumn of a "Trump of the Tropics" running for president in Brazil, the actual US President Donald Trump took keen interest.
Cyclone survivors cling to rooftops as they await rescue
Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after aid agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been "destroyed" by Cyclone Idai.
World War II aircraft carrier found more than 2 miles under Pacific
Nearly 14,000 feet below the surface of the South Pacific, a remote-controlled research craft has glimpsed the hull of an aircraft carrier, the USS Wasp, that hadn't been seen since 1942.
No-deal Brexit happens in 10 days time and no one knows if the EU will stop it
Brexit is deep into its most crucial week since the last one.
The last of the Soviet-era bosses makes his exit in Kazakhstan
The last remaining Soviet-era head of state has stepped down.
Elizabeth Warren just had her best moment of the 2020 campaign
It's been a bit of a rough start for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential campaign.
How the two Boeing 737 Max crashes are similar
When the Federal Aviation Administration announced it was grounding all Boeing 737 Max planes, the agency said it had identified similarities between last week's Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash in Indonesia six months earlier.
Ex-House Speaker Paul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is joining the board of the newly slimmed-down Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News.
Top American model comes out as transgender
When I ask Nathan Westling what he sees in the mirror, he describes "a masculine version of my old self." His red hair is shorn short, his voice has deepened and his face seems more angular, despite the fact he's about 20 pounds heavier than he was six months ago. ("But it looks good," the 22-year-old insists, laughing. "I'm growing into my young adult male body.")
For the first time, mathematics' prestigious prize awarded to a woman
Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and professor at the University of Texas, has been awarded this year's Abel Prize, a mathematics prize modeled after the Nobels. It's the first time the prize has gone to a woman.
India's richest man put his brother out of business. Now he's bailing him out
India's richest man just helped his cash-strapped younger brother avoid months in prison by paying off debts worth tens of millions of dollars.
Utrecht shooting: Note found in getaway car suggests terror motive
A letter found in a getaway car used by the Utrecht tram shooting suspect suggests a terror motive was behind the attack, police said on Tuesday.
Severe water shortages could plunge England into 'jaws of death' in 25 years
Climate change and rapid population growth could leave England facing severe water shortages in the next 25 years and thrust the country into the "jaws of death," the head of the UK Environment Agency warned on Tuesday.
ISIS fighters linked to January attack on Americans detained
US-backed forces in Syria have captured a handful of ISIS fighters linked to the January suicide attack in Manbij, Syria, that killed four Americans, according to a US defense official.
World's most expensive cities to live in
The most expensive cities in the world have been revealed -- and the No. 1 spot belongs not to one singly city, but to three destinations.
Late-night takes on Trump's weekend tweet storm
Late-night hosts poke fun at President Donald Trump's weekend Twitter marathon.
US commission: Elon Musk's failure to comply with court order over his tweets is 'stunning'
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected Elon Musk's claims that the regulator is unfairly trying to silence him.
Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her
Not long ago, a 4-year-old boy died of the flu. His mother, under doctor's orders, watched his two little brothers like a hawk, terrified they might get sick and die, too.
Rugby side Crusaders mull changing name after Christchurch massacre
New Zealand's most decorated Super Rugby side the Crusaders are considering a name change following last week's mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed 50 people.
South and North Korea interested in hosting Women's World Cup 2023
South Korea and North Korea have expressed an interest in jointly bidding to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Eight years and 1 million photos: What Eric Draper learned photographing George W. Bush
It was the year 2000 and George W. Bush had just won the presidency after a divisive recount.
'Hardest decision': Ski ace Marcel Hirscher mulls retirement
He's accomplished "way, way more" than he ever dreamed possible and is arguably the greatest ski racer that ever lived, but Marcel Hirscher is contemplating retirement.
The final supermoon of the year occurs as an asteroid zips close by
The third and final supermoon of the year will light up the sky on March 20, closing out a trifecta of supermoons for 2019 that began in January.
Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee set to resign
With less than 500 days until the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, Tsunekazu Takeda -- president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) -- has announced he will step down from his position in June amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.
Why you can't just eat one cookie
Have you ever found yourself staring at an empty bag of cookies you just devoured? Don't beat yourself up. Your brain is wired to eat that cookie -- and the next 10. It's as automatic a response as running away from a loud noise.
The company powering cars with cactus juice
With climate change top of the agenda in most countries, more people with sharp ideas than ever before are needed to combat global warming.
Divers' discovery named oldest in the world
Researchers from England discovered what is now considered to be the world's oldest astrolabe -- used in the 1500s by famed explorer Vasco da Gama.
World's cleanest airline named
Ever wonder how clean the airline seat you're sitting in is? A new survey has dished the dirt on which carriers offer the most pristine experiences for fliers.
Scientists say planet smells like rotten eggs
A new study suggests the atmosphere on the planet Uranus is composed of hydrogen sulfide, the same molecule that makes rotten eggs smell bad.
See a harpoon skewer space junk in orbit
A satellite has successfully test fired a harpoon into space to capture dangerous space debris.
Sam Smith reveals he identifies as non-binary
Singer Sam Smith revealed that he identifies as non-binary in a recent interview with Jameela Jamil on her Instagram series, "I Weigh Interviews."
Police commissioner says authorities 'absolutely' believe they stopped the suspect 'on the way to a further attack'
The suspect accused of carrying out Friday's terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, was likely on his way to carry out a third shooting before he was stopped by authorities, New Zealand's top police official said.
New Zealand's stoic leader has become the face of a tragedy
The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 people, but the country's leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.
A look at Jacinda Ardern's actions after mosque attacks
Jacinda Ardern burst onto the international political scene in 2017, becoming New Zealand's youngest Prime Minister in 150 years. Ardern now faces her toughest challenge -- the worst massacre in the island nation's modern history. She made the promise to change the nation's gun laws in the aftermath of the horrific attack. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
Christchurch Mayor: 'We will not be divided'
The Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel tells Christiane Amanpour how she plans to unite her community in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack.
Mosque attack video was viewed live on Facebook only 200 times. That was enough
Horrific video of the mosque massacre in Christchurch was viewed live fewer than 200 times on Facebook but that was enough to unleash it across the internet.
What happened last month at the North Korean Embassy in Spain?
Spanish authorities have confirmed they are investigating a reported attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid, a spokesperson for Spain's National Police told CNN.
Trump officials brace for Kim's next move
The Trump administration is privately discussing how to respond should North Korea decide to conduct a satellite launch as talks between Washington and Pyongyang appear to be at another impasse, CNN has learned.
Japanese spacecraft made 'tantalizing' finds
An unmanned Japanese spacecraft orbiting an asteroid has made surprising discoveries that scientists say will improve understanding about the origin's of the Earth's water and help search for life in other solar systems.
Michael Cohen warrants show how the FBI can unlock your phone and track you
Court documents unsealed Tuesday reveal the breadth of technical information federal investigators were permitted to collect on President Donald Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen.
Amnesty International accuses US of causing civilian deaths in Somalia
Amnesty International accused the US military on Tuesday of causing civilian casualties in a series of airstrikes in Somalia in 2017 and 2018, claims the US military denies.
Australian PM denounces Erdogan for 'reckless' NZ attack comments
Turkey's leader told a rally anti-Muslim Australians would be 'sent back in coffins' like their grandfathers in WWI.
Relatives of Christchurch mosque attacks bury their dead
New Zealand police said 27 victims will be identified by midday on Wednesday and available to families for burial.
'Major humanitarian emergency' after cyclone slams south Africa
UN says 2.6 million people affected as rescuers struggle to reach victims trapped on rooftops and trees in remote areas.
Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks
Egypt imposes new rules that allows state to block websites and social media accounts for 'fake news' or incitement.
New Zealand mosque attack: Who were the victims?
Here are the stories of the Muslim worshippers confirmed dead in Christchurch mass shootings as death toll rises to 50.
Anxious Cyclone Idai survivors assess losses in Zimbabwe
The country's estimated death toll is 98 and is expected to rise with many people still missing.
Trump says strongly considering NATO privileges for Brazil
As the two populist presidents met, Donald Trump supported expanding Brazil's presence on the world stage.
Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates
Venezuelans and the world await the next moves by two adversaries maneuvering for an edge in the power struggle.
Kazakhstan's leader Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns
Nursultan Nazarbayev announces shock resignation in televised address, hands over power to speaker of upper house.
'A lot is needed': UN calls for urgent aid for SE Africa
UN agencies launch appeal for immediate funding, logistical aid for those affected by Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.
Ridicule of indigenous Oscar nod highlights racism in Mexico
Yalitza Aparicio was the first indigenous woman to be nominated for best actress, but public reaction reflects persistent discrimination.
Christchurch attacks force New Zealand to see 'racist underbelly'
The mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand is prompting examination of racism in a society believes itself multicultural and tolerant.
Algeria risks further political unrest as protests persist
Many oppose President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to stay in power beyond end of his term.
Italy medics blame 'anti-vaxxers' for measles outbreak
Emergency measures keep vaccinations compulsory while growing movement says it should be personal choice.
The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women
Initiative aims to provide jobs and safeguard women in Sri Lanka, where sexual harassment is common on public transport.
Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody
Hundreds of protesters clash with troops in Indian-administered Kashmir after Rizwan Asad Pandit dies in police custody.
Scores of refugees stranded at sea as Italy bars rescue ships
Hardline minister prevents rescue ship from docking on island of Lampedusa and issues directive to keep refugees out.
Egypt's Morsi: The Final Hours
Investigation into the behind-the-scenes events during the final days of Egypt's first democratically-elected president.
China gene editing case triggers calls for regulation
Gene editing is a breakthrough technology that may be able to help fix faulty DNA.
Should governments ban video content after Christchurch massacre?
Many governments banning viewing of material they find 'objectionable', threatening social media platforms with fines.
New Zealand's Ardern vows justice for victims of mosque attacks
The prime minister made the promise in an emotional speech during the first parliamentary session since the mass shootings that took 50 lives.
Cyclone, flooding cause widespread damage across Southern Africa
Death toll rises to 215 as the cyclone tore through Malawi into central Mozambique before hitting Zimbabwe.
Inside Skopje, Europe's most polluted capital city
Residents fear for their future after pollution in North Macedonia's capital reaches alarming levels.
Relief reaches Zimbabwe's cyclone survivors as death toll rises
Bulldozers and road graders struggled through the night to clear obstructed roads after Cyclone Idai strands thousands.
'No direct links' between Utrecht suspect and victims: Police
Dutch authorities still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting on a tram in which three people were killed.
United States Treasury Department announced new sanctions on Venezuelan state-run ferrous metals mining Company, Minerven, and its President, Adrián Antonio Perdomo on Tuesday for promoting “illicit” gold operations that have continued to prop up the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.
Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner was charged in yet another corruption investigation on Monday, in this case over the fraudulent import of liquid gas. Judge Claudio Bonadio, who Cristina Kirchner accuses of political persecution, requested that the ex-president be placed in pre-trial detention, but her partial immunity as a senator shields her from imprisonment.
Franco Macri's dealings with the former Kirchnerite governments amount to a "crime," Argentine president Mauricio Macri declared on Sunday in a wide-ranging primetime interview that touched on corruption, influence peddling, the October elections, former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's legal situation and his recently deceased father, Franco.
Brazilian stocks topped 100,000 points for the first time Monday, on hopes for progress in President Jair Bolsonaro's promised pro-market reforms. The Ibovespa, the country's main index in Sao Paulo, hit an intra-day record of 100,037.69 before closing at its highest level ever of 99,993.93, up 0.86% from the previous trading session.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, on his first official visit to Washington, declared himself an unabashed admirer of the United States and said he was seeking a new era of close relations after what he called decades of anti-American leaders.
The Brazilian government on Monday waived visa requirements for visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, a measure to boost tourism that was first temporarily adopted before the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik are spearheading an official state visit to Argentina which started this Monday ahead of a larger business delegation which seeks to make inroads in the country.
Rio de Janeiro state says it is taking over the running of Brazil's Maracanã stadium, canceling the contract of a private consortium. Governor Wilson Witzel said the decision would take effect on 17 April but would not disrupt football matches.
Brazilian court has ordered Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore miner, to suspend operations at two more dams, demanding that it prove the structures are stable. The court decision dated Friday is the latest in a series of orders forcing Vale to halt operations at various dams that contain the muddy detritus of mining operations after one such barrier collapsed in January, killing some 300 people.
Spain’s Aena SME SA and Switzerland’s Flughafen Zuerich AG last Friday won the right to operate two key Brazilian airport groups, in one of the first tests of President Jair Bolsonaro’s ability to draw foreign investment.
Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and prepared the European Council meeting. It also adopted a series of Brexit contingency measures and agreed its position on the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III).
European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects
The Commission has today adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched today.
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had a public exchange of views on the whole CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency's state of play report, and suggested changes to the text of all three regulations: the CAP strategic plans, the horizontal and Common Market Organisation regulations. Ministers also had a discussion on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.
€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council
Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council
The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union.
Plenary highlights: Brexit, countering propaganda, cyber security
This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act.
MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens
To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.
EU prepares itself to fight back against hostile propaganda
MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.
Road Safety: new rules clear way for clean, connected and automated mobility on EU roads
The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted new conclusions on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Ministers also discussed excise duty regime, the digital services tax, InvestEU and the European Semester.
MEPs adopt Cybersecurity Act and want EU to counter IT threat from China
MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.
From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading
New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information.
Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions
Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges.
Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Commission defines actions to address risks and challenges
The "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment" that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be made.
Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
On 7 March, the Council reviewed where the EU stands in its cooperation with North African countries, discussed the way forward on the EU's response to terrorism, and adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. On 8 March, it agreed its position on the directive on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering of evidence in criminal proceedings.
Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy
The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing.
International Women's Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.
Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market
Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications.
The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress made over the past 4 years
Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is today taking stock of progress made over the past 4 years and setting out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges.
Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council discussed the long-term climate strategy, endocrine disruptors and adopted a general approach on the drinking water directive. Ministers exchanged views on greening the European Semester.
Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted a general approach on the revision of the regulation on tyres labelling. The revision updates the energy and safety performance labels for tyres and extends the scope of the labelling system to tyres for heavy duty vehicles.
Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular economy action plan
The European Commission today published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular economy action plan it adopted in December 2015. The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised.
Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment
Today, marking Rare Disease Day, the European Commission is launching a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.
European Semester winter package: assessing Member States' progress on economic and social priorities
In its annual assessment of the economic and social situation in the Member States, the European Commission today stresses the need to promote investment, pursue responsible fiscal policies and implement well-designed reforms.
Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies
EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, tangible impact on people's lives – from the creation of local green jobs and growth, to energy-efficient homes with a reduced energy bill, cleaner air, more efficient public transport systems in cities, and secure supplies of energy and other resources.
Spotlight Initiative – EU and UN fight against domestic violence in the Pacific region
The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.
New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000
The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities.
Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions
Today, the Commission set out how it will adapt its calculation method when proposing financial sanctions to the Court of Justice of the EU in infringement proceedings. Enforcement of EU law by the Commission will continue to be vigorous, balanced and fair to all Member States
EU visa policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules
Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal to modernise the EU's common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.
Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council had a comprehensive discussion on Ukraine, covering the reform process as well as the security and humanitarian situation, in particular in eastern Ukraine and the Sea of Azov. The Council also discussed, among others, the situation in Syria, Venezuela, and the Horn of Africa.
New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of tomorrow
As of tomorrow, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union.
Plenary highlights: Singapore trade, animal transport, road safety
MEPs approved a trade deal with Singapore as well plans to screen foreign investment and better protect the victims of road accidents during this week's plenary session.
EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees
Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules.
Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms' trading practices
Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for businesses and traders when using online platforms.
European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes
The Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks.
Defence: European Commission paves the way for first joint industrial projects under EU budget
Once the Commission adopts the work programme for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, it will launch calls for proposals under the EU budget for 2019-2020. This will help pave the way for the future European Defence Fund for the period 2021-2027.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the architecture of financial supervision, decision-making in EU tax policy and issues related to the EU budget.
Civil protection: Parliament strengthens EU disaster response capability
An upgrade of the EU’s civil defence mechanism, tested to its limits by 2017 and 2018 forest fires, storms and floods, received the support of the House.
Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients' safety
The falsification of medicines has remained a serious threat to public health in the EU for too long. As of tomorrow, the new rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU will apply.
Winter 2019 Economic Forecast: growth moderates amid global uncertainties
The European economy is expected to grow for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with expansion forecast in every Member State. The pace of growth overall is projected to moderate compared to the high rates of recent years and the outlook is subject to large uncertainty.
Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders
The Commission presents a set of recommendations for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across Member States.
Security Union: Commission recommends negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence
With the majority of criminal investigations requiring access to evidence based online and often outside the EU, there is an urgent need to equip police and judicial authorities with quick and efficient tools fit for modern reality.
Countering illegal hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response
IT companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech is removed, compared to 40% and 28% respectively when the Code was first launched in 2016.
European Parliament approves more transparency and efficiency in its internal rules
The European Parliament adopted changes to its internal rules to operate more efficiently and in a more transparent way. The new rules provide that Members must refrain from improper behaviour, offensive language, and psychological or sexual harassment. The key actors of the legislative process will be required to publish online all scheduled meetings with interest representatives named on the Transparency Register.
EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.
Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts final set of ‘no-deal’ contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget
Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a ‘no-deal’ scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a final set of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ programme, social security coordination and the EU budget.
Code of Practice against disinformation: Commission calls on signatories to intensify their efforts
The European Commission published today the first reports submitted by signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation signed in October 2018. While the Commission welcomes the progress made, it also calls on signatories to intensify their efforts in the run up to the 2019 EU elections.
Property regimes for international couples in Europe: new rules apply in 18 Member States as of today
The EU regulations clarifying the rules applicable to property regimes for international married couples establish clear rules in cases of divorce or death and bring an end to parallel and possibly conflicting proceedings in various Member States, for instance on property or bank accounts.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Romanian presidency presented its main priority in the field of agriculture: negotiate the legislative package related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in the context of the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, innovation and agricultural research, plant proteins, plant and animal health.
Erasmus+: Another record year in 2017
The European Commission has published its annual report on Erasmus+, which shows that more people than ever before are participating, while the number of projects supported has continued to grow. At the same time, the programme is becoming more inclusive and more international.
Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU and outlines steps to address them
The report maps the existing practices and identifies certain risks such schemes imply for the EU, in particular, as regards security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption.
European Commission adopts adequacy decision on Japan, creating the world's largest area of safe data flows
The Commission has adopted its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Finance ministers discussed the European system of financial supervision, InvestEU, Romanian priorities, the European Semester and the follow up to the December Euro-summit.
EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates
The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.
Plenary highlights: Brexit, driverless cars, investment, pesticides
MEPs called for safety rules for driverless cars during this year's first plenary session. They also urged the UK to clarify its Brexit position and backed a new investment fund.
“InvestEU”: MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and growth
Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis.
Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure
Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament.
Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy
The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States.
Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the priorities of the Romanian presidency and plans for negotiations on the next long-term EU budget. Ministers also exchanged views on disinformation.
Main results of the Environment Council
Environment ministers reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. They agreed on the Council position on the text and set the first-ever EU targets for CO2 emissions of trucks.
Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
The Council was updated on the state of play on the clean energy package, the Connecting Europe Facility and the gas directive. Ministers held a first exchange of views on the Commission's strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy.
Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries
This annual report shows that the visa liberalisation requirements for the concerned countries continue to be met but that action – in some cases immediate – is required for a number of countries in specific areas to ensure this continues to be the case.
EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019
This year's report shows that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019, and had an exchange of views on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform package and the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.
Africa-Europe Alliance: first projects kicked off just three months after launch
Only two months after the launch of the Africa–Europe Alliance, the European Commission is presenting first progress on boosting investment and creating jobs in Africa.
Main results of the European Council
The European Council on 13-14 December 2018 adopted conclusions on the MFF, the single market, migration and other items, namely external relations, climate change, security and defence, disinformation, the fight against racism and xenophobia and citizens' consultations.
UN launches ‘South-South Galaxy’ knowledge-sharing platform in Buenos Aires
When countries of the Global South forged an historic technical cooperation deal among themselves 40 years ago, digital technology was a thing of the future, but developing nations have come a long way since then.
Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report
Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday in Geneva.
First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo ‘an extraordinary opportunity’ for advancing rights
The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks “an extraordinary opportunity” for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency
The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency “is getting bigger by the hour”.
What is ‘South-South cooperation’ and why does it matter?
This week in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, over one thousand people, including high level government delegations and representatives from the private sector and civil society, will gather for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, or BAPA+40.
Gaza investigators call on Israel to review ‘rules of engagement’ as Gaza protest anniversary looms
Human Rights Council-appointed investigators urged Israel on Monday to revise its military rules of engagement, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass demonstrations at the country’s border fence with Gaza, that have left hundreds of Palestinians dead and thousands more injured.
UN will do ‘utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence’ in DR Congo, pledges Mission chief
Despite the relatively peaceful passage of December’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Special Representative to the country told the Security Council she “remained concerned” over developments in the east, where dozens of armed groups continue to operate.
Encouraging progress made in 2018, in ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across UN
The United Nations recorded a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) during 2018, according to the latest report by Secretary-General António Guterres presented to the General Assembly. Although the figures rose compared with the previous two years, the report shows increased awareness among UN and UN-related staff, and improved and harmonized reporting tools across the Organization.
Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body
Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a significant level of resistance and backlash remains, according to a leading UN business group.
‘Break the cycle’ of disaster-response-recovery, urges top UN official, as death toll mounts from Cyclone Idai
The destruction unleashed by Cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, continues to claim lives and displace thousands, in what the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official called on Monday “the worst extreme weather event to occur so far this year”.
UN chief expresses solidarity with Indonesian authorities after flash floods kill dozens in Papua
More than 70 have died and dozens are missing in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua, which was hit by flash floods and landslides on Sunday, and more than 4,000 have reportedly been displaced.
UN standing with Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique as Southern Africa death toll from deadly cyclone mounts
The UN chief has expressed his sadness at the loss of life and displacement across Zimbabwe, as a result of the deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has pounded Southern Africa in recent days, leaving at least 150 dead in Malawi alone, according to latest news reports.
UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns ‘arrests and violence’ by Hamas security forces during Gaza protests
The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has strongly condemned the violent response by security forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the past three days, towards Palestinian protests over the deteriorating economic situation there.
‘Moral obligation and political imperative’ to support Syria on path to peace: Guterres
Governments across the world have a “moral obligation” to help Syrians “unite around a vision for their common future”, finally bringing an end to eight years of brutal conflict, said the UN Secretary-General on Friday.
In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide
Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking active measures to boost the numbers of women in ICT leadership positions, including in academia and entrepreneurship.
Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief
In the wake of Friday’s demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future.
UN ‘comes together in sadness and solidarity’ to honour staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines flight
Ceremonies were held at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva on Friday, to remember and honour the staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed near Addis Ababa last Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew.
‘Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ urges Guterres, after mosque shootings in New Zealand leave 49 dead
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to ‘stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ following a mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday targeting two mosques, which has left at least 49 dead and many others wounded, some critically.
Tropical Cyclone Idai affects 1.5 million across Mozambique and Malawi, as UN ramps up response
A major aid operation is under way in Mozambique and Malawi to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has reached the densely-populated Mozambican port city of Beira, after registering maximum wind speeds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour, UN agencies said on Friday.
Service and Sacrifice: Guinean peacekeepers make their mark in Mali
As the sun rises over Mali’s vast desert, a group of 20 peacekeepers prepare their equipment and line up to receive instructions before heading out for their first patrol of the day on one of the most dangerous roads in the region.
Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say
At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for drugs-related crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday, calling on Member States to do more to “combat racial discrimination”.
DR Congo Ebola centre attacks could force retreat against the deadly disease, warns UN health chief
Attacks on Ebola treatment centres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), risk reversing the gains made during the current outbreak in the north-east of the country, the head of the UN health agency said on Thursday.
Make this the year of ‘transformative solutions’ to avert disastrous climate change: UN Deputy Chief
It is within our power to make 2019 the “year of transformative solutions” and “avoid the disastrous effects of climate change“, which threaten ecosystems, the global economy, health and security, the UN Deputy Secretary-General told delegates gathered in Nairobi for the UN Environment Assembly, on Thursday.
United States: UN human rights office welcomes California moratorium on death penalty
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed the signing of an executive order by the Governor of California, in the United States, to impose a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty, which grants a reprieve to 737 inmates, up to end of his term in office.
UN welcomes 'record' Brussels conference pledge of nearly $7 billion to support Syrians
Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries gathered on Thursday at a joint European Union-UN pledging conference, and pledged to provide a record $6.97 billion, to support millions of Syrians in need both inside the country, and sheltering in host communities beyond its borders.
99 per cent of intravenous drug users lack access to health, ‘social services with dignity’ says UNAIDS chief
Despite a decline in new HIV infections globally, a UN report launched on Wednesday highlights that nearly all people who inject drugs live in countries that do not provide suitable harm-reduction service coverage, meaning they are denied adequate access to essential health services.
Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns
Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released on Wednesday at the UN Environment Assembly, currently taking place in Nairobi.
Around 260,000 children in DR Congo’s Kasai region suffering severe acute malnutrition
More than a quarter of a million children in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – and thousands of others who have fled with their families to nearby provinces – are suffering severe and acute malnutrition, and need lifesaving treatment, said the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday.
UN must provide redress for minorities placed in toxic Kosovo camps, says rights expert
An independent rights expert appointed by the Human Rights Council has called on the United Nations to “provide justice and remedies” to displaced people who suffered lead poisoning after being housed in UN camps on toxic wasteland in Kosovo.
‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo
After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for gender equality.