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Stevenage car crash: Fourteen hurt after two-car collision
Some people involved in the car crash in Stevenage are being treated for serious injuries, police say.

Schools 'desperately need' cash injection - MPs
Schools and colleges urgently need billions more in funding, a committee of MPs says.

Lucy McHugh: Stephen Nicholson guilty of murder and rape
Stephen Nicholson groomed and raped Lucy McHugh, 13, before stabbing her to death, jurors find.

US shot down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz, says Trump
Donald Trump says a ship "took defensive action" after being approached in the Strait of Hormuz.

Behind the Proms' celestial opening number
Composer Zosha Di Castri spills the beans on her latest work, which launches the BBC Proms on Friday.

Beachgoers come together to help stranded whales
On St Simons Island, Georgia in the US, people rushed to push the pod back to sea.

No-fault eviction ban will hurt tenants, landlords say
A plan to ban section 21 notices - sometimes called revenge evictions - will backfire, say landlords.

Boeing takes $5bn hit over grounding of 737 Max
The charge will wipe out profits, but Boeing says it hopes the aircraft will resume flying this year.

World experienced hottest June on record in 2019, says US agency
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the average temperature was 61.6F (16.4C).

Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave - PM
Theresa May says "it's not fair" parents have to return to work before their baby leaves hospital.

Swansea student Marcin Porczyk 'drowned' in slurry
Marcin Porczyk disappeared after a night out and was found by workers near Swansea marina.

Music 'calms nerves before surgery' as well as sedative
The "world's most relaxing song" could be just as good at calming patients' nerves, a study suggests.

The Papers: Brexit 'day of drama' and Ryanair strike threat
A vote by MPs aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit dominates the front pages of many newspapers.

Peaky Blinders fifth series premiere held in Birmingham
The world premiere of the fifth series of Peaky Blinders was held in Birmingham ahead of its return to BBC One later this year.

Message-in-a-bottle author found after 50 years
Briton Paul Gilmore says he always hoped to receive a reply to the note he dropped from an ocean liner.

Anti-manspreading chair designer receives 'backlash'
Student Laila Laurel won an award for her design, intended to make men sit with their legs together.

Rhyl teen's dream of stylish prom transport fulfilled
Dylan McNally is taken to his prom in a convoy after his mother requested a car on Facebook.

Israel mosque find: Archaeologists unearth 1,200-year-old ruins in desert
Researchers say the mosque, dating from the 7th or 8th century, would be a rare find anywhere.

'Incredibly rare rainbow' photographed in Highlands
BBC Weather presenter Simon King says the sighting in Scotland has caused some 'head scratching'.

Huge sand dune designed to prevent major gas terminal falling into sea
In a UK first, a 7m high barrier of sand is being created to help stop the coastline from crumbling.

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How do you drive safely in the dark?
The government announces it is considering a ban on new drivers from travelling at night.

Is Boris Johnson right about the rules on kippers?
Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson says EU regulations put burdens on kipper smokers. Is he right?

The Welshman behind Nasa's Apollo 11 moon landing mission
Tecwyn Roberts was instrumental in the Apollo missions as Nasa's chief of network engineering.

Ebola: Your questions answered
BBC health and science correspondent James Gallagher answers your questions on the disease.

McIlroy's home Open hopes in tatters after 79
Rory McIlroy makes a quadruple bogey on the first hole and triple bogey at the last as his bid for a home Open victory at Royal Portrush is left in tatters.

England top group to set up New Zealand semi-final
England book a semi-final meeting with New Zealand at the Netball World Cup by beating South Africa 58-47 in their final group match.

Britain's Yates wins stage 12 of Tour de France
Britain's Simon Yates claims a maiden Tour de France victory on stage 12 from Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre.

England suffer in must-win Ashes Test
Australia's Ellyse Perry makes 83 not out as England manage just three wickets on the first day of their must-win Women's Ashes Test.

Part-timers Connah's Quay stun Kilmarnock in Europa League
Connah's Quay Nomads embarrass Kilmarnock 2-0 in Ayrshire to earn a stunning Europa League first qualifying round aggregate victory.

The Open 2019: McIlroy's misery - Worst moments from a disastrous day for Rory
Watch the lowlights from a day to forget for Rory McIlroy, the home hero had a nightmare day at Royal Portrush bookended by a quadruple bogey 'snowman' at the first and a triple bogey at the 18th.

The Open 2019: Tommy Fleetwood & Brooks Koepka among best shots from day one
Watch a selection of shots from the first day of the 2019 Open Championship, featuring Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Masters champion Tiger Woods.

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Trump says US 'destroyed' an Iranian drone

Trump claims he disavows 'send her back!' chant despite remaining silent

Black Trump supporter has a message for the President
Kevin Martin, a Trump supporter in Pennsylvania, tells CNN's Van Jones about how he was affected by the President's racist tweets directed at four congresswomen of color. See more of Van's conversation with Martin and other voters on Saturday, July 20, at 7pm ET.

24 Democrats are running for president. Voters and donors like only five of them.

The Ebola death toll exceeds 1,600. This is what it's like on the front lines

US transports alleged American ISIS fighter back from Syria to face trial

She recorded her boss's alleged sexual harassment -- and was jailed for it

Muslim cleric who hid Christians during attacks honored in the US
The US government is honoring an 83-year-old Muslim cleric who hid 262 Christians in his home and mosque during an attack in central Nigeria.

Suspected arson attack on Kyoto animation studio leaves 33 dead
At least 13 people are feared dead and 38 injured in a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Japan Thursday, fire officials said.

Tiger Woods 'sore' and 'scraping' it around at the Open
The rain dripped from the peak of his cap as another vicious squall hit Royal Portrush.

Man who killed a Chinese student from the University of Illinois is sentenced to life in prison
A federal jury has sentenced Brendt Christensen to life in prison for the kidnapping and death of a Chinese student from the University of Illinois two years ago, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Three men sentenced to death for killing hikers
Three men have been sentenced to death over the murder of two young Scandinavian women in Morocco, the lawyer for one of the victim's family confirmed Thursday.

Judge denies bail to Jeffrey Epstein
A federal judge on Thursday ordered Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, to remain in jail pending trial, rejecting the multimillionaire's request to return to his Upper East Side mansion.

Calls for FBI to investigate Russian-owned FaceApp
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to investigate the popular smartphone application FaceApp, citing privacy concerns and fears the data could be shared with the Russian government.

'El Chapo' given life sentence in prison where escape is 'absolutely impossible'

Ricky Martin calls for Puerto Ricans to protest governor
Ricky Martin called for Puerto Ricans to march in protest of Governor Ricardo Roselló, who is under fire for sexist and homophobic remarks.

In pictures: Puerto Rico in protest
Puerto Ricans have been calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló after nearly 900 pages of leaked chats from the governor's private Telegram Messenger group were published over the weekend. The embattled governor is rejecting calls to step down, stating, "I will continue my work and my responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico."

Boeing will take a $5 billion charge for its 737 Max troubles
Boeing will take a roughly $5 billion hit this quarter because of the 737 Max crisis.

Britain's new Prime Minister faces a Brexit nightmare
When the UK's new prime minister takes over from Theresa May next Wednesday, he might immediately come to regret taking on this unenviable job.

What voters of UK ex-PM's party want
CNN's Hadas Gold goes to a conservative club in the seaside town of Lee-on-the-Solent to meet a few party members and hear what's driving their decision for UK's next prime minister.

No one wants the middle seat on airplanes. This design could change that
It is a truth universally acknowledged that middle seats on airplanes are the worst.

Human remains and musket balls found at battle site marking Napoleon Bonaparte's final defeat
Archaeologists digging at a site where the 1815 Battle of Waterloo was fought have turned up human remains and musket balls, they say, which may help paint a clearer picture of what went down in what was to be the French military leader's final stand.

Pair of penguins waddles into New Zealand sushi spot
When the police call saying there's been an arrest at your business, it's usually cause for concern.

Louvre removes Sackler family name from museum walls amid opioid controversy
The Louvre has removed the name of the Sackler family, owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, from the walls of one of its wings amid a growing scandal over its alleged connection with the US opioid crisis.

Satellite images reveal US military buildup at Saudi base
The Trump administration is reinforcing its controversial military relationship with Saudi Arabia by preparing to send hundreds of troops to the country amid increasing tensions with Iran.

Postcard returned to sender -- 26 years later
It took 26 years for a postcard to make it from Hong Kong to Illinois, but the rest of the journey should go much quicker.

Mosquitoes have been almost completely wiped out on two Chinese islands
A population of the world's most invasive mosquito species was almost completely wiped out by an experiment on two islands in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, according to a study published Wednesday.

See dramatic rescue of toddler who floated away from shore
A witness sprang into action after the wind pushed a toddler out across a lake on an inflatable duck.

Europe's biggest tech company is being hurt by the trade war
Rising trade tensions are hurting Europe's most valuable tech company.

Man gives emotional testimony on family's last moments abord Boeing 737 Max
A man who lost his family in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia testified before lawmakers in Congress about the safety of the plane.

Flying ants invade Britain in swarms so large they were seen from space
On one day every year, as per tradition, Britain is invaded by swarms of flying ants -- and this year, the insects arrived in such vast numbers they were seen from space.

Instagrammers told not to swim in idyllic lake
Instagrammers have been warned not to dive into an idyllic-looking, turquoise lake in northern Spain, because its toxic waters could lead to health issues.

Plane crash-lands in front of beachgoers
A small plane was seen making an emergency landing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of a beach in Ocean City, Maryland.

King Tut's coffin to be restored for the first time since it was discovered
Tutankhamun is one of the best known figures of Ancient Egypt, and now his coffin is getting some tender loving care.

'Bent Pyramid' opens for first time in more than 50 years
Tourists will be able to get inside the 4,600-year-old pyramid -- which is located at Dahshur, 40 kilometers from Cairo -- for the first time since 1965.

You can rent a night's stay in an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Airbnb
Do you like hot dogs? Would you like to spend the night inside one?

'Deconstructed' devices reveal the beauty of everyday design
Canadian photographer Todd McLellan likes to dissect things. More than that, he likes to photograph all their myriad components, from the tiniest of screws to the bundles of wires and plastic parts that make them work. He does so by neatly laying out each item, or by capturing them as they tumble through the air, so that the original device -- a laptop, iPad, typewriter or Walkman -- appears to have exploded.

An antioxidant in red wine might power astronauts on Mars, study says
The human body was built to function best with gravity as a grounding force, but astronauts on a mission to Mars could spend between six to nine months on a spacecraft without it.

Video of airline passenger using screen with bare feet goes viral
In an age when plane passengers are shamed almost daily on social media for inappropriate behavior, it takes a lot to shock fellow fliers.

Boy band star might be in 'Little Mermaid'
Singer Harry Styles is rumored to play Prince Eric in the live-action movie "The Little Mermaid."

President says the drone came within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer and ignored 'multiple calls to stand down'
President Donald Trump says a US ship "destroyed" an Iranian drone on Thursday.

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker with 12 crew, state media says
Iran has seized an oil tanker it claimed was carrying 1 million liters of "smuggled fuel," state news agency Press TV said on Thursday, before later releasing a video purporting to show the tanker.

Iran FM says Tehran 'will never start a war' but will defend itself
Iran's foreign minister said the US is waging war against his country through intensifying economic sanctions that make civilians "the primary targets," but told CNN that his country "will never start a war" and that all parties should work to avoid one.

CNN boards warship that shot down drone
Every day, choppers and aircrafts fly off the deck of the USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea. Its commanders know the slightest mistake could further flare up the tension with Iran but say theirs is a routine mission to boost the 5th Fleet whose vessels patrol the region. CNN's Sam Kiley reports.

Trump claims he disavows 'send her back!' chant
President Donald Trump claimed Thursday to be unhappy that his rally crowd broke out into chants of "send her back" as he denigrated a Democratic lawmaker.

The Ebola death toll exceeds 1,600. This is what it's like on the front lines

Woman billed $105,000 after forced flight diversion
A passenger whose "extremely disruptive behavior" caused a flight to be diverted with a military escort has been sent a bill for £85,000 ($105,000) and permanently banned from the airline.

Meghan and Catherine dispel rift rumors, as baby Archie strengthens 'common bond'
There's nothing like a baby to bring families together and the British monarchy is no exception. While rumors of a rift between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex were just that, the palace never claimed the two women were close either.

Europe may face another economic crisis
Europe just endured one decade of economic stagnation. If it doesn't act soon, it could face another.

'No Deal' Brexit will plunge UK into recession
Leaving the European Union later this year without a Brexit deal would plunge the United Kingdom into recession.

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Trump's racism and American exceptionalism
The belief that America is exceptional is based on the old colonial misconception that power bestows moral superiority.

Rescue vessel Sea-Watch captain questioned in Italy over migrants
Carola Rackete, who faces up to 15 years in prison, says the new EU Commission should let boat migrants enter Europe.

US demands Iran free seized ship; vows to protect Gulf
Tension rises after Iranian forces impounded a foreign vessel with a crew of 12 in its territorial waters on Sunday.

US warship 'destroys' Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
USS Boxer took 'defensive action' after Iranian aircraft came within 1,000 yards of it, President Donald Trump says.

Extinction Rebellion launches London 'tax strike'
Activists ask Londoners to withhold 22 percent of their council tax to protest slow action on 'climate emergency'.

El Salvador judge expands 1981 El Mozote massacre case
Judge adds three additional charges to case against military officers accused of carrying out massacre of nearly 1,000.

Yemenis die as UAE and Saudi withhold aid funds: UN
Abu Dhabi and Riyadh pledged $500m each but have so far failed to pay up as humanitarian disaster worsens.

US demands Saudi Arabia release 'critic of Islam'
VP Mike Pence calls upon Saudi Arabia, Eriteria, Mauritania and Pakistan to release religious dissidents.

Documents reveal Trump discussed quashing stories about affairs
Documents shed new light on Trump's role as his campaign scrambled to respond to inquires about hush-money payments.

Lebanon's Palestinian refugees protest against labour crackdown
Lebanon's labour ministry says it is enforcing the law to protect Lebanese jobs and denies targeting Palestinians.

Zimbabwe cricket suspended over 'political interference'
ICC freezes funding and bans Zimbabwean teams from competing after government commission installs temporary leadership.

'No-deal' Brexit dealt blow by UK parliament
MPs back bid to block suspension of parliament as Brexit crisis rumbles on.

Trump: No decision yet on Turkey sanctions over S-400 purchase
US president says he hasn't ruled out imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russia's S-400 defence system.

South African military deployed in Cape Town to help fight gangs
Soldiers to help the police 'restore law and maintain order' in gang-hit parts of the port city for three months.

As Trump seeks distance from racist chant, Omar calls him fascist
Trump says he 'disagreed' with racist chants by a crowd at his campaign rally, despite allowing them to continue.

At least 11 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ
Nearly 90 others wounded as Taliban fighters detonate a car bomb outside the police headquarters in Kandahar city.

Can Ebola be wiped out?
WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo an international public health emergency.

Pakistan's journalists vow to fight against increasing censorship
Three private news channels have been ordered off the air and 21 others have received notices of closure from the government.

'Stain of the century': US denounces China's treatment of Uighurs
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China 'home to one of the worst human rights crises of our time'.

Morocco sentences three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers
Anti-terrorist court hands down maximum penalty to ISIL supporters over the December murder of two Scandinavian women.

Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno state ambush
Attacks came hours after local military chief warns 'terrorists' in the region to disarm or be destroyed.

Mexico not ready for safe-third-country agreement with US: envoy
Mexico's ambassador to US also says its northern neighbour must speed up its processing of asylum claims.

From Ivory Coast to France, refugee tells story in music
Performances at Avignon theatre festival focus on how conflict, violence and poverty force people to leave their homes.

US: Jeffrey Epstein denied bail before sex trafficking trial
US judge rules in favour of prosecutors who argue Epstein poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk.

India's monsoon floods kill dozens, displace thousands
As tens of thousands became homeless, there is growing concern about the lack of food and supplies.

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Power cuts in Cuba not due to shortage of oil, minister says

 Some electricity-generating units were “in planned maintenance,” said Energy Minister Raúl García Barreiro. The Cuban government Wednesday explained the repeated blackouts in the country but are due to breakdowns in the electricity-producing machinery and not because of a shortage of oil that can be attributed to sanctions by the United States.

Moscow claims Argentine politician played 'the Russian card' as presidential elections loom over

Maria Zakharova: “those accusations usually cite official sources in Washington.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Wednesday denounced attempts by several Argentine parliament members to link Moscow to alleged interfering into their country's presidential elections. It was "a last-year trend," she said, according to the news agency Tass.

Montevideo gas workers lift strike after government's announcements

The unification of Montevideo's two gas suppliers is planned to improve management, explained Moncecchi. As the Uruguayan state has vowed to take over the administration of departing Montevideo cooking gas suppliers Montevideo Gas and Conecta and jobs have been secured, the UOEGAS workers' union has agreed to end the strike, starting this Friday.

Bolsonaros behind transnational alliance of conservative leaders, Brazil's FM says

Araújo and Eduardo Bolsonaro also expressed their concerns about the Forum of Sao Paulo In an interview before traveling to the Argentine city of Santa Fe for the Mercosur Summit and published Wednesday by the BBC, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo admitted he discussed a possible Conservative-Liberal Alliance with lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president's son and likely to become the next ambassador to the United States.

Macri praises Mercosur-EU deal for positive impact on quality of life to come

Macri said he was convinced Mercosur was a strategic space. Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Wednesday in Santa Fe that Mercosur's trade agreement with the European Union (EU) “will have a positive impact on the quality of life of the people” and called for “the convergence” with the Pacific Alliance.

Textile giant Alpargatas quits Argentina

The economic difficulties of the company date back to at least 2016. Although founded in Argentina, textile giant Alpargatas, now owned by Brazilian investors, has announced it will leave its country of origin due to financial difficulties.

What did the Mercosur’s leaders say about Venezuela in Santa Fe?

Venezuela is currently banned from Mercosur The political and economic crisis in Venezuela was the center of the political debate among the heads of state that, this Wednesday, met in Santa Fe, Argentina in the Mercosur semi-annual summit, a block from which the Caribbean country is currently suspended. Neither Uruguay, Bolivia nor Chile addressed a word regarding the Venezuelan situation.

Uruguayan President Vázquez underlines the importance of the EU deal for Mercosur

“Improving the international insertion is an indispensable requirement,” said Vázquez. Uruguay's President Tabaré Vázquez Wednesday highlighted in the Argentine city of Santa Fe the partnership agreement reached in the first semester of the year with the European Union (EU) as a very important achievement for Mercosur after 20 years of negotiations, 39 formal meetings and many other informal ones, for which he thanked the technical teams involved.

A unique monument pays tribute to the victims of the AMIA bombing

On April 19th, 1997, on the 54th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, a memorial mural was inaugurated at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires By Eduardo Eurnekia - On July 18, 1994, the center of Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina, was shattered by a huge explosion. A suicide bomber drove his explosives-loaded van into the building of the Jewish Community (AMIA-Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina), killing 85 people and injuring hundreds.

Falklands' Stanley, top rated port in South America according to Cruise Critics

Stanley during a busy cruise day   Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, was rated as the top port in South America and Antarctica, according to Cruise Critic's fourth annual Cruisers' Choice destination awards which was published on Wednesday. Likewise Best large-ship line in South America and Antarctica, Norwegian Cruise Line, while Best small-ship line in South America and Antarctica, Hurtigruten.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

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

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

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

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

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

New EU leaders appointed
The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission. They have also nominated Josep Borrell Fontelles as candidate for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Christine Lagarde as candidate for the President of the European Central Bank.

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

Main results of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan
G20 leaders met in Osaka on 28-29 June to address major global economic challenges. They focused on global trade, digital transformation, climate and energy, and inequalities.

Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking
A Eurobarometer survey published today shows that just a few months after the new rules on geo-blocking started to apply, 50% of EU citizens are generally aware of EU action to tackle unjustified discrimination by traders. However, more efforts are needed to ensure wider knowledge of the specific digital rights enshrined in EU law, since only 29% of respondents know which rights specifically concern them.

Humanitarian aid: over €110 million in the Horn of Africa

EU adopts new €100 million assistance package to benefit refugees and local communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq

Main results of the Environment Council
The Council agreed a general approach on water reuse for agricultural irrigation, adopted conclusions on a sustainable chemicals policy strategy, and took note of the state of play on the EU's long-term climate strategy discussions.

First 17 “European Universities” selected: a major step towards building a European Education Area
The European Commission has announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union and held an exchange of views on external energy relations.

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

EU-Vietnam: Council adopts decisions to sign trade and investment agreements
On 25 June, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Vietnam: a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA).

Dual Food Quality: Commission releases study assessing differences in the composition of EU food products
The Commission publishes the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition.

Main results of the Euro Summit
The Euro Summit in an extended format of EU27 leaders looked at the economic situation together with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi. Leaders also discussed work done by the Eurogroup regarding deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the next institutional cycle, the MFF, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, external relations, the European Semester and enlargement.

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU
As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council reached a partial general approach on the 2021-2027 EMFF, had a discussion on a progress report on the post 2020 CAP reform and on the Commission communication on the 2020 fishing opportunities.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement
The Commission has published its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

May 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.2% in the euro area - Down to 1.6% in the EU

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign and defence ministers discussed the EU Global Strategy, three years after its launch. Foreign ministers also discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Venezuela and in the Republic of Moldova.

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms
The European Commission's report confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU's firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 billion extra exports in 2018.

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

European Commission increases support for the EU's beekeeping sector

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the "Clean Planet for all" communication by the European Commission, the 2019 country specific recommendations. Ministers closed the excessive deficit procedure for Spain. They also took stock of the state of play on the financial transaction tax and the banking union.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance and discussed the effective use of EU funds for health-related investments. Regulations on medical devices and health technology assessment were also on the agenda.

A Europe that protects: EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council
The Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week.

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn.

‘No-deal' Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes stock of progress
Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents' Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps.

Mergers: Commission prohibits proposed merger between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp

Commission's report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States' performance
The European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council gave mandate to the Commission to negotiate an agreement facilitating access to e-evidence with the US. It also adopted conclusions on the issue of data retention. Ministers debated the issue of the digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

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

Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers
Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed on its position on a proposal on the use of electronic freight transport information. It assessed progress on proposals relating to permit-granting measures for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the hired vehicles market, EU road charging rules (Eurovignette), and rail passengers' rights.

Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality
Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union's highest ‘excellent' and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report.

June infringements package: key decisions

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security
As per the Commission proposal, the money under the 2020 budget will go to the following priority areas: competitive economy and young people; and strengthening security and solidarity in the EU, climate change and beyond.

European Semester 2019 Spring Package
The European Commission presents the 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), giving economic policy guidance to all EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations
Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council discussed ways of strengthening EU's role as a global actor and promoting international cooperation in the field of space and held a public policy debate on the most important elements to take into account when designing the EU's comprehensive, long-term industrial policy strategy and an ambitious approach to a competitive single market.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of plan of the reform of and negotiations in the WTO. It was also informed about the latest developments in trade relations between the EU and the US, and of the adoption and signature of a free trade agreement and investment protection agreement between the EU and Vietnam, planned for June 2019.

Election 2019: First seat projection for new Parliament based on partial results
First EP seat projection based on official and provisional results in 21 countries and estimates in seven more. Preliminary turnout figures estimate turnout across the EU at 50.5 % (including UK) representing a significant increase in participation in the 2019 European elections and the highest turnout for at least the past twenty years.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted conclusions on young people and the future of work. Ministers also adopted a resolution establishing guidelines on the governance of the EU Youth Dialogue.

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency
Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.

General Data Protection Regulation: one year on

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next long-term EU budget and preparations for the June European Council.

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students
New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released by the European Commission.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers prepared for upcoming international discussions on digital taxation. They also discussed a set of new excise duty rules applicable in the EU regime. The Council adopted conclusions on the implementation of the 2018 country-specific recommendations as well as an update of the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership
The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Save the bees!' initiative'

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had exchanges of views on the post 2020 CAP reform, the Commission long term strategy "A clean planet for all", and trade-related agricultural issues. The Council was also informed about the EMFF, the follow-up to an ECJ ruling on GMOs, and the situation in the fruit market. 

Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign
The European Commission has announced an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young Europeans.

Antitrust: Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The High Representative and foreign ministers discussed Iran, following the latest announcements related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal. Ministers also touched on the situation in Venezuela and discussed Ukraine, following the results of the Presidential election. 

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May
As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).

EU leaders discuss the future of Europe in Sibiu
The informal summit in Sibiu brought together EU heads of state or government. Leaders focused on strategic plans for the Union in the coming years. They also agreed to meet on 28 May 2019 in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections and start the nomination process for the heads of the EU institutions. 

Spring 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth continues at a more moderate pace
The European economy is forecast to continue expanding for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with real GDP expected to grow in all EU Member States. As global uncertainties continue to weigh, domestic dynamics are set to support the European economy. Growth is expected to gather pace again next year.

DiscoverEU: 20,000 additional travel passes available for 18-year-olds to experience Europe

Strength in unity: Commission makes recommendations for the EU's next strategic agenda 2019-2024
Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is setting out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 4 new initiatives and concludes that 1 is legally inadmissible

March 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.7% - EU28 at 6.4%

EU Justice Scoreboard 2019: results show the continuing need to protect judicial independence
The European Commission publishes the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard, which gives a comparative overview of the independence, quality and efficiency of justice systems in EU Member States. 

EU-Japan summit
Meeting in Brussels on 25 April, both sides discussed the implementation of the EU-Japan trade deal and agreed to boost cooperation in several areas, such as data protection or climate change. 

Plenary highlights: road safety, whistle-blowers, consumer protection
During the last plenary session before May’s elections, MEPs approved new measures requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles and EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers. 

‘InvestEU’ programme: big boost for jobs, growth and investment
MEPs have approved a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during 2021-2027.

European Parliament strengthens EU consumer protection rules
Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs.

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance
The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities - prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance - for common future.

March 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Commission launches debate on more efficient decision-making in EU social policy
With this Communication, the Commission is launching a debate on an enhanced use of qualified majority voting in social policy, rendering decision-making more timely, flexible and efficient where an EU competence already exists.

Protecting whistle-blowers: new EU-wide rules approved
Those disclosing information acquired in a work-related context, on illegal or harmful activities, will be better protected, under new EU rules. 

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles
Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022.

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council had an exchange of views on the post 2020 CAP reform and discussed the recommendations of the Task Force Rural Africa.

Better Regulation principles: at the heart of the EU's decision-making process
The European Commission is taking stock of the measures introduced under the Juncker Commission to deliver better results for EU citizens and businesses through more open, transparent and evidence-based policy-making. 

Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment

UN

‘Stay together and step up’ action to meet Global Goals, ECOSOC President tells development forum
We can realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 “if we all stay together and step up our actions”, Inga Rhonda King, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), said on Thursday.

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify
After 80 days of intensifying attacks, many on health facilities, “the carnage must stop” in northwest Syria, said the UN relief chief on Thursday, noting that more than 70 civilians had been killed this month alone across the last rebel-held enclave of the country.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Mandela Day, war waning in Yemen? Deadly monsoon rains, zero hunger hopes fade, fifth anniversary of MH17 crash
In today’s Daily Brief: World celebrates Nelson Mandela; Security Council hears end of Yemen war may be in sight; South Asia children turned ‘upside down’ by monsoon rains; world ‘off track’ to meet zero hunger target; Italy urged to stop ‘criminalising’ migrant rescues   

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure ‘path towards durable peace’: UN chief
As UN missions are drawn down and eventually closed, stronger partnerships are needed to ensure that countries recovering from conflict can transition successfully to a phase of durable peace and development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday.

World ‘off track’ to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, food security and nutrition
Key parts of the Global Goals agenda linked to achieving zero-hunger are “off-track”, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, in an appeal for much greater public investment in farming.

Yemen: UN Envoy ‘guilty’ of optimistic hope that war is ‘nearing the end’
With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be “nearing the end of its war.”

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia
Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is “responding urgently”.

Asia and Pacific on course to miss all Sustainable Development Goals, says UN region chief
Unless progress is accelerated, Asia and the Pacific are on course to miss all of the 17 Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Executive Secretary of the UN regional commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told UN News at the Organization's Headquarters on Wednesday.

'Emulate his example' urges UN chief as world celebrates Nelson Mandela: a ‘global advocate for dignity and equality’ 
Nelson Mandela was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should seek to emulate, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message marking the International Day that honours the iconic anti-apartheid campaigner, and South Africa’s first democratically-elected President. 

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary
In today’s Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an ‘exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation’s needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary

‘Young people care about peace’: UN Youth Envoy delivers key message to Security Council
After visiting refugee camps in Jordan, UN-backed schools in Gaza, municipalities in Kosovo and Youth Councils in Denmark, the UN’s Youth Envoy visited the Security Council on Wednesday with a simple message from the field that “young people care about peace”.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak now an international Public Health Emergency, UN health agency declares
The second worst Ebola outbreak of all time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was officially declared an international Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Wednesday, with the head of the World Health Organization calling for countries to ‘take notice and redouble our efforts”.

Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns 
Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged the Government to immediately end its “crisis” approach to the issue. 

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian accused of spying
In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence handed down in the case of a former Indian Navy officer accused by Pakistan of spying, finding that the country’s authorities acted in breach of the Vienna Convention, which lays out rules for diplomatic relations between countries.

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief
Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health and rights. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: inclusion in development, Asia monsoons, Ebola risk for youth, obesity and Yemen latest
In today’s Daily Brief: Inclusion resonates widely at development meeting, UN offers help after monsoons devastate Asia, DR Congo Ebola effecting children, obesity plagues island communities, Yemen’s warring parties agree to ceasefire for key port

Inclusion, empowerment and equality, must be ‘at the heart of our efforts’ to ensure sustainable development, says UN chief
The world’s people are demanding “transformative change that is fair and sustainable,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on government leaders to use the upcoming slate of key United Nations meetings in September to “kickstart a decade of delivery and action for people and planet.” 

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians return home, ending ‘harrowing migration ordeal’
With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.  

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says
Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.

Human cost of Ukraine conflict is growing, Security Council told
The human cost of the conflict in Ukraine is growing, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, during a briefing on the current situation in the country.

‘Greater urgency’ needed in fight against HIV/AIDS, warns UN agency, amidst $1 billion investment cuts
The UN programme leading the global effort to end AIDS is calling for greater urgency and more funding in the fight against the disease, with data showing that the pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections is slowing, and some countries experiencing a rising number of cases.

Ebola emergency meeting to go ahead as UNICEF warns of higher risk to very youngest children
Ahead of a key expert meeting convened by the United Nations to decide whether to declare the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) an international health emergency, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF warned that the epidemic “is infecting more children” than earlier outbreaks.  

Governments at UN forum on development urged to close spending gaps, honour aid commitments
The main UN platform following up on Member States’ actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continued its work Monday taking up the issue of finance, including examining ways to better align and distribute funds for development at national, as well as global levels.

Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team
The scale and barbarity of the crimes committed by ISIL have ultimately served not to divide but to unify, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), told the Security Council on Monday.   

‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President
Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday.

‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns
Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday. 

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection
In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies
Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday.

‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs
More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency. 

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day
At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development.