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Labour conference: Move to abolish deputy post ditched
Jeremy Corbyn quashes a conference motion to oust Tom Watson as MPs warn against a "civil war".

Iran warns it will 'destroy aggressors' after US troop announcement
Iran is "ready for any scenario", an official says, after the US pledges to send troops to the Gulf.

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: A look at the damage
After attacks against the country's oil infrastructure, the BBC's Frank Gardner surveys the damage.

Taylor Swift cancels concert amid animal rights criticism
Swift had been due to sing at the Melbourne Cup, a move criticised by animal rights activists.

Meteor lights up parts of Australian sky
Video shows the moment the sky above Tasmania and Victoria was lit up by a meteor.

Labour conference: Menopausal women 'should get flexible work hours'
Shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler will unveil the policy at Labour's conference in Brighton.

Thomas Cook asks government for bailout in funding race
Sources suggest ministers are reluctant to step in to stop the travel firm going into administration.

Extinction Rebellion Dover: Ten climate activists arrested
Ten people, including four elderly activists, are arrested during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Dover.

New Zealand 23-13 South Africa: All Blacks hold off spirited Springboks
Defending champions New Zealand produce a clinical display to hold off a spirited South Africa in their World Cup Pool B opener.

Night in national park 'for every schoolchild'
Independent review suggests new ideas to "re-ignite" England's protected landscapes.

Battle of Arnhem: Mass parachute drop marks WW2 assault
A 97-year-old British veteran, who recreated his WW2 jump, says his jump was "thoroughly terrifying".

Discussing pansexuality and non-binary gender identity
20-year-old Robin talks to their mother about coming out as non-binary and changing their name.

Jennifer Lopez revives dress behind the invention of Google Images
Photographs of the singer wearing the gown in 2000 led to the invention of Google Image search.

How one runner started a group for women of colour
Matilda decided to start the Fly Girl Collective after realising she was in the minority at races.

Climate strike: What US children are sacrificing for the cause
Young people want politicians to act but they aren't just leaving it to others. Here's what they're giving up.

The photographer capturing mankind's impact on planet Earth
Photographer Edward Burtynsky explains his 40-year quest for striking images of our impact on the planet.

Bianca Del Rio: 'I never know what's going to come out my mouth'
The drag star is playing her biggest gig, but she'll still be directing her wit at audience members.

Hampshire angler Marina Gibson highlights prejudice in fishing
Marina Gibson uses social media to challenge prejudice and encourage more people to take up angling.

'It's a dominatrix with an onion'
The land that brought you Hello Kitty has been hiding a few skeletons in its closet…

What do you know about saving energy at home? Take our quiz
Do you know the most efficient ways to heat and insulate your home? Take our quiz to find out.

Climate strike: Protests in cities across the world
Millions of people join a global environmental strike led by schoolchildren.

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Thomas Cook customers fear ruined weddings and holidays
Clients of the travel company voice concerns about their flight and holiday bookings

Abdelhak Nouri: The Ajax prodigy who suffered permanent brain damage
Ajax's Abdelhak Nouri played for the club he always loved, until he suffered serious and permanent brain damage during a pre-season friendly in 2017.

Sirius Minerals: The people who spent thousands on a Yorkshire mine
Sirius Minerals has 85,000 small investors, but the company's troubles mean many are stuck in a hole.

Gambling: How much do we spend in the UK?
Exactly how much does the UK spend on gambling - and when does it count as an addiction?

Living next door to mum and dad
Why do some people choose to live next door to their parents?

Ceara Thacker: Why didn't someone tell us our daughter was in trouble?
Ceara Thacker's family say they could have helped if they had known about her poor mental health.

Scotland independence: How did the indyref affect 16-year-old voters?
Catching up with the generation of young voters who went to the polls for the first time to decide Scotland's future.

Why Briton John Bradburne could become Zimbabwe's first Catholic saint
John Bradburne had "few possessions, only love" say the leprosy patients he cared for 40 years ago.

Labour conference: Five things to look out for in Brighton
Brexit battles, election talk and radical policy ideas - what can we expect in Brighton?

Singapore GP qualifying: Charles Leclerc beats Lewis Hamilton to pole
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc takes his third pole position in a row with a superlative performance in qualifying at the Singapore GP.

Liverpool: Oxlade-Chamberlain jokes about Salah's passing
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pokes fun at boss Jurgen Klopp and team-mate Mohamed Salah in Football Focus' "Finish The Sentence".

T20 Blast finals: Worcestershire Rapids beat Notts Outlaws by one run
Worcestershire Rapids beat Notts Outlaws by one run as Wayne Purnell bowls a dot ball to see his side progress to the final of the T20 Blast at Edgbaston.

Runner completes 'wrong' Worcester half marathon
Sheila Pereira thought she had signed up for an event in Worcester in the US, not its English namesake.

Studying in Wales: 'I've been told I sound Welsh'
Every year tens of thousands of students arrive from abroad to study in Wales - but what do they think?

Sam Walker: Prisoner posted YouTube videos of life behind bars
A union calls for more action to stop phones entering jails after a prisoner posts on social media.

Teachers 'have worked long hours for many years'
Reducing teachers' hours in England is likely to be difficult and may require "radical action", says study.

The Capture: New BBC drama set to make us paranoid
The show's star Callum Turner talks about fake news, CCTV and getting tasered.


Inside bitter split between Epstein and Duke of York
• Accuser gives new details of alleged sexual abuse by Prince Andrew

He tweeted hate at her. She sued. Then she met him

A photographer's never published photos from Obama's campaign trail

Harry and Meghan fly among us -- but you'd never know
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have committed to flying commercial for their upcoming visit to southern Africa, having faced criticism for their use of private jets for their summer vacations.

Paris police use tear gas to prevent yellow vest protests
A large police presence in Paris prevented "gilets jaunes" or yellow vest protesters from gathering on Saturday, the 45th week since protests started on November 17 last year.

She fled North Korea for a better life. She died with her young son in an apartment in Seoul
Hundreds of mourners took to the streets of Seoul Saturday to remember a mother who fled poverty in North Korea, only to die of suspected starvation in her small apartment in South Korea. Mourners, mostly defectors themselves, marched with two symbolic empty caskets to the Blue House, South Korea's presidential office, eventually clashing with the police.

Egyptians demand 'Sisi get out' in rare anti-government protests
Calls for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to step down over corruption allegations moved from social media to the street on Friday night, marking some of the first demonstrations Egypt has seen since Sisi came to power in a military takeover six years ago.

Growing up intersex in a country where it is believed to be bad luck
Babalwa Mtshawu never experienced puberty. When she was growing up she didn't get her period or grow breasts like the other girls around her.

The UK is gearing up for its dirtiest election ever
Boris Johnson has been backed into a corner over Brexit. Partly through his own missteps, partly from the growing opposition to his "do-or-die" Brexit plan, Johnson is a man for whom the losses are piling up, while the UK is a country running out of time.

Trump repeatedly pressured Ukraine's President to investigate Biden's son

Saudi oil attack is a wake-up call for China

John McCain's daughter walks off set of 'The View' following a disagreement
Friday's airing of ABC's The View appeared to get a little more heated than normal. During the episode, Meghan McCain walked off the set as cameras panned the studio heading into a commercial.

New images show Mars as you've never seen it before
One of the latest images of Mars looks more like cookies and cream than it does the so-called Red Planet.

Why 'cancel culture' doesn't always work
Name a celebrity who has ever said or done anything remotely controversial -- they've probably been canceled.

Trump unleashed: He's talking more and tweeting more
For better or worse, we're getting more Donald Trump these days.

All Blacks storm to win over South Africa in World Cup
New Zealand opened the defense of its World Cup title with a thrilling 23-13 win over South Africa that provided plenty of evidence as to why the All Blacks are the choice of many pundits to win Japan 2019.

Two penguins interned at American publishing company Penguin Random House. It was awesome
Any story about penguins is a story worth telling. But this one, about two particular penguins from the Maryland Zoo interning at New York- based publisher Penguin Random House is one of the best ones you'll hear.

Elizabeth Warren: 'Do your constitutional duty and impeach the president'

Taylor Swift cancels show after protests
Taylor Swift has canceled a scheduled performance at Australia's Melbourne Cup, after animal rights activists campaigned against her appearance at the horse racing event.

Venus was potentially habitable until a mysterious event happened
Venus likely maintained stable temperatures and hosted liquid water for billions of years before an event triggered drastic changes in the planet, according to a new study.

Barron Hilton, whose empire included hotels and an NFL team, dies at 91
Famous hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton died this week at his home in Los Angeles.

SUV drives into mall, crashing through storefronts
One person is in custody after driving an SUV through Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. No one was injured in the incident, according to officials.

Netanyahu trails Gantz by two seats in latest Israeli election results
Benny Gantz has opened up a two-seat lead over Benjamin Netanyahu in the "almost final" results of Israel's razor-tight election, as both men prepare for a fight to command a parliamentary majority and form a government.

Remember J.Lo's iconic dress? She just wore an updated version
You remember it.

A police captain was killed after a routine traffic stop ended in a shootout
A Louisiana police captain was killed and another officer was wounded Friday after a routine traffic stop ended in a shootout, CNN affiliate WVUE reported.

Humidity meets hedonism during Asia's most punishing F1 race
Imagine driving at speeds so fast that it feels like a 45 kilogram dumbbell is pressing against your head, and you're wearing so much heavy gear that you're quickly drenched in sweat.

Hong Kong police warn violence escalating beyond control
Hong Kong is headed into its sixteenth consecutive weekend of anti-government protests, as police warned the level of violence is escalating potentially beyond control, as the force faced renewed allegations of brutality.

Viral blinking GIF man has a message for his fans
Drew Scanlon, who inspired the viral blinking man GIF, is trying to use his fame to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Plane unexpectedly plunges 30,000 feet mid-flight
Don't read this if you're traveling any time soon.

Mark Ronson comes out as sapiosexual
Chart-topper Mark Ronson has come out as sapiosexual. In case you're not familiar with the term, it means being attracted to intelligence above other traits -- or, in other words, putting brains before looks or gender.

Ancient mosaic found near Sea of Galilee depicts Jesus' loaves and fishes miracle
A colorful mosaic recently found in an ancient church in Israel appears to depict a miracle Jesus is said to have performed nearby -- the feeding of the 5,000 -- archaeologists say.

Twitter reacts to 'sexy Mister Rogers' Halloween costume
Lingerie retailer Yandy has released a sexy version of a "Mister Rogers"-themed Halloween costume, complete with hand puppets.

9 rules for surviving Oktoberfest
Raised steins, raised bosoms, leather-clad Bavarian thighs. Oktoberfest's sure got a beer tent full of clichés about it.

Sex work is legal here. But only if you register with the police
Due to the stigma associated with sex work in Senegal, the women CNN interviewed asked that their identities be protected. They are identified using pseudonyms.

Barges break loose and strike a bridge near Houston after Imelda forces 400 water rescues and strands 300 drivers
The weakening remnants of Imelda will make their way Friday into northern Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana as misery lingers in Houston, even as floodwaters start to recede.

This city is running out of space for its dead
Endless rows of stone slabs line Hong Kong's hillsides. Just a few spots of green are visible amid a vast expanse of gray blocks engraved with Chinese characters.

The world's first vagina museum to open
The first museum in the world dedicated solely to the vagina will open in London in November, after a crowdfunding campaign raised almost £50,000 (about $62,000).

Banksy's chimp-filled Parliament up for sale amid Brexit chaos
As Britain's political system remains in Brexit turmoil, a Banksy painting of the House of Commons overrun by chimpanzees is to go on sale in London next month.

Here's where you can see the Bat Signal on Batman Day this Saturday
Holy smokes, Batman! It's the bat signal!

A photographer's never published photos from Obama's campaign

2 dead, 8 injured in South Carolina shooting
At least one person opened fire inside and outside a crowded South Carolina bar early Saturday, killing two people and injuring eight others before fleeing, authorities said.

Antonio Brown just got fired
The New England Patriots are finished with wide receiver Antonio Brown.

How Botham Jean's mother is preparing to face the former police officer who killed her son
Seven months after an off-duty Dallas police officer shot Allison Jean's son, Botham, dead in his apartment, her attorney called with a warning: the 911 call capturing Botham's last moments was going to be played on the evening news.

Liverpool seeks cure for away day blues against leading rivals
Liverpool will be looking to maintain its 100% domestic record this season as it travels to Chelsea in the English Premier League (EPL) Sunday.

China's new mega-airport ready to open
China is poised to open a new mega-airport to the south of Beijing, already home to the world's second-busiest aviation hub, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic.

The most expensive horse ever sold
How much is the world's most expensive horse worth? It's a question with no easy answer, but there are decades' worth of jaw-dropping sums involved.

Janaya Khan: Trudeau's blackface exposes the truth: Canada is no racial haven
For Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, blackface is a mere obstacle to overcome in his campaign run after receiving rebukes this week for darkening his face several times in the past. But for the millions of black, Indigenous and other people of color in Canada, this is far more than a simple scandal. Blackface is a reminder that people of color are still considered to be 'characters' instead of equal and full human beings.

Pilot: Your airplane is plunging 30,000 feet. Should you worry?
The reports of a Delta Airlines flight on Wednesday, September 18th, en route from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, plunging 30,000 feet, describe a dramatic experience—but they appear to mischaracterize something: the incident reflects the execution of a very precise procedure, not a tumble, potentially, into oblivion.

Aaron David Miller: Netanyahu's fate hangs in the balance after Israel vote
With the vast majority of the votes counted, Israel's political future is uncertain with neither current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponent Benny Gantz currently holding enough seats to form a governing coalition. Far from being what some Israeli pundits thought would be a useless Seinfeld-like show about nothing, the so-called September 17 do-over elections may well be remembered as one of the most confusing and turbulent in Israel's history. But it may also prove to be an election that could usher in changes that could over time reshape Israel's political landscape.

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Malta accepts some migrants and refugees from Ocean Viking
NGOs accuse Maltese authorities of 'inhuman and arbitrary discrimination' in leaving some passengers on the ship.

Jordan's scientists restoring coral reefs in Red Sea
Scientists in Jordan are developing techniques that could help repopulate coral reefs.

'We hugged and cried': Families struggle to meet jailed Kashmiris
Officials say about 250 of 4,000 arrested since August 5 were moved to various Indian jails outside the disputed region.

UFO enthusiasts gather outside Area 51 in the US
Turnout outside top-secret military base falls short of expectations but one person is arrested for trespassing.

Saudi oil attacks: All the latest updates
Minister of state for foreign affairs says Riyadh to take 'appropriate steps' based on investigation behind oil attacks.

Brexit: Patience wearing thin among Ireland's farmers
Ireland exports 90 percent of all the food it produces, mostly to the UK.

'Glory to Hong Kong': Music galvanising protest movement
Extradition bill may now be withdrawn but protesters want more, including greater autonomy from mainland.

Afghanistan elections: Alliances and rivalries ahead of vote
In spite of his unpopularity, Ashraf Ghani has the advantage of being in power.

Family of slain Malta reporter raise concerns over public inquiry
PM Joseph Muscat to meet family of Daphne Caruana Galizia after they protest over composition of appointed board.

Hong Kong protesters, police clash as pro-democracy rallies go on
Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who build barricades and throw bricks at police in Tuen Mun.

'Leave, Sisi!': All you need to know about the protests in Egypt
From Cairo to Alexandria to Suez, Egyptians took to streets in rare protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

China, Solomon Islands establish diplomatic relations
Move comes days after Solomon Islands broke ties with Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory.

Ballet dancer Isaac Hernandez: Changing Mexico through the arts
The first Mexican lead principal at the English National Ballet believes that dance can help build a better country.

Zarif: Saudi and UAE want to 'fight Iran to the last American'
Latest war of words sparked when Saudi and US officials said attack on Saudi oil facilities was Iran's work.

Yemen war: 5 years since the Houthis' Sanaa takeover
The Yemeni rebels overran the capital, Sanaa, five years ago, prompting Saudi Arabia to launch a military intervention.

Covering Climate Now: Will the media seize the moment?
A global network of 300+ media outlets ramps up climate coverage. And, the media activists reporting on Rio's favelas.

Turkish court orders rearrest of jailed Selahattin Demirtas
Move comes after a court ruled earlier this month that the HDP's former leader should be released pending trial.

In rare protests, Egyptians demand President el-Sisi's removal
Rallies in several Egyptian cities after businessman Mohamed Ali accused el-Sisi of corruption, called for resignation.

Who is Mohamed Ali, the man calling for el-Sisi's removal?
Self-exiled actor and business contractor has galvanised thousands to take part in rare protests against Egypt's leader.

Trump slams claims he pressured Ukraine to probe Joe Biden's son
Joe Biden demands release of transcript of phone call between US president and his Ukrainian counterpart.

'No Planet B': Millions take to streets in global climate strike
From New York to Istanbul, young activists abandon school to demand immediate action on climate change.

Egyptian businessman calls on President el-Sisi to step down
Mohamed Ali has urged Egyptians to protest against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Friday.

Trump to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack
US will send reinforcements to the Middle East following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

Multiple casualties after bomb goes off on bus outside Karbala
Security officials say several others wounded after explosive device planted on the bus detonated.

Football: Roma's online campaign helps find five missing children
Fifth child found after Italian football club shares details of missing youth in videos of transfer announcements.

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Plenary highlights: Brexit, ECB President, Amazon fires
MEPs reaffirmed support for the EU position on Brexit and backed Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank during this week's plenary session.

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025
Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018
New figures released by the European Commission show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic.

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus
MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+).

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.

European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council held a policy debate on enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU. On the basis of a presidency background paper, ministers discussed how the Council could contribute to the overall aim of strengthening the rule of law in the EU, and what specific measures could be used.

Erasmus+: EU boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines
The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change
The European Commission adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness.

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017
EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission. The so-called 'VAT Gap' - or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected - has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high.

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors
The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, they recommend that the Commission improve the way it reaches out to citizens to promote greater participation.

European citizens' initiatives: Commission registers 3 new initiatives, and finds 1 inadmissible

Brexit ‘no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019
With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme
With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

July 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission
Member States agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commission to ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

Main results of the G7 summit
President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.

July 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.0% in the euro area - Down to 1.4% in the EU

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme
To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the Commission has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.

EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.

June 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries
The European Commission is taking stock of its overall approach to equivalence in the area of financial services. EU equivalence has become a significant tool in recent years, fostering integration of global financial markets and cooperation with third-country authorities.

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

July infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules
The European Commission is adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks.

Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness
The European Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness. The instrument will help euro area Member States and other participating Member States to enhance the resilience of their economies and of the euro area through support to targeted reforms and investment.

General Data Protection Regulation shows results, but work needs to continue

Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.

Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

Main results of the General Affairs Council

EU-Canada summit
As like-minded partners, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their joint commitment to multilateralism and rules-based trade. They stressed their full commitment to the Paris Agreement, and they called for further efforts to fight climate change.

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.

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'.

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

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).

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.


UN chief calls for ‘a fair globalization’ with first-ever Global Goals Summit
“We need more investment, more political action, more priority for a fair globalization”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in an interview on Thursday, when asked about his expectations for the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, on 24-25 September at New York headquarters.

Friday's Daily Brief: World youth call for climate action and peace, record food needs met in Yemen, exclusive sit down with UN chief
A recap of Friday’s top stories: Climate emergency threatening peace progress; Guterres urges States bring concrete answers to GA; Migrant shooting in Libya signals danger; Xenophobia attacks rise in South Africa; Record number get UN food aid in Libya.

World’s 1.8 billion youth must ‘have a say in the future of the planet’
It is “crucial” that the world’s 1.8 billion young people have a say in the fight against climate change and ultimately “the future of the planet” according to the UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake.

‘Collective’ erosion of two-State solution, continues unabated: Mladenov
The “steady deterioration” of chances that a lasting peace can be negotiated between Israel and Palestine as two States live side by side, reflects a “collective failure” of leadership across the region and the world.

UN staff support youth-driven global action on climate crisis
Staff at UN Headquarters in New York joined untold numbers of students, scientists, organized labour, and everyday people worldwide, who took to the streets on Friday, demanding action to address climate change.

Climate emergency ‘a new danger’ to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day
Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, “urgent climate action is needed” to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.  

UN human rights report shows rise in reprisals against activists, victims
Cases of intimidation and retaliation against victims, civil society and activists who cooperate with the United Nations are on the rise, a new report from the UN Human Rights Office reveals.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: One pregnant woman or child dies every 11 seconds; No ceasefire agreement for Syria’s Idlib; Latest Taliban attack in Afghanistan; Dozens of countries rely on food assistance; Nature’s role in climate-change mitigation.

Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib
The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.

Nature ‘one of most effective ways’ of combatting climate change
Nature is “one of the most effective ways” of combatting climate change and should be part of every country’s climate strategy according to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen. 

Despite progress in childbirth safety, one woman or baby dies every 11 seconds
Childbirth survival rates are now a “staggering success” compared with the year 2000, but one pregnant woman - or her child - still dies every 11 seconds from largely preventable causes, UN health experts said on Thursday.

Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Ambition and action', key to UNGA, South Sudan, Cameroon peace process updates
A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Guterres previews next week's summit agenda; UN and Red Cross appeal to eliminate urban warfare; South Sudan's one-year peace progress report; Cameroon renews call for 'durable peace'; Cities both helping and hurting, when it comes to climate change action. 

UN summits to urge ‘ambition and action’ on climate change, sustainable development: Guterres
There are five key United Nations summits taking place next week to spur action on the climate crisis and other global concerns, which will showcase the UN as a “driver for meaningful, positive change”, according to the man at the helm of the Organization.

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis
Ahead of global leaders’ arrival in New York for the Climate Action Summit on 23 September, the United Nations deputy chief has launched a comprehensive report on how the world can take swift and meaningful action to slow down climate change.

South Sudan’s peace process ‘precarious, but progress in being made’, Security Council hears
One year on from the signing of a Revitalized Agreement to ease conflict in South Sudan, the country’s political leaders “have met some, but certainly not all”, of the expectations laid out, the top UN official for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Cities: a 'cause of and solution to' climate change
Cities around the world are the “main cause of climate change” but can also offer a part of the solution to reducing the harmful greenhouses gases that are causing global temperatures to rise according to UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities
With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hope for Myanmar, UN News sits down with new Assembly President, youth speak out on climate crisis
A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Hope for justice in Myanmar rights violations; First major interview with new Assembly President; Youth activists want a platform in solving climate crisis; Five deaths every minute due to unsafe health care; Number of migrants outpacing world population growth.

New General Assembly President brings ‘valuable insights’ into key UN challenges
The new President of the 74th session of the General Assembly brings to his role “years of United Nations experience”, the UN chief said on Tuesday, as Tijjani Muhammad-Bande banged the gavel to open his year in office.

UN climate summit aims to speed up transition to cleaner, greener future
New measures to speed up the transition to clean energy and green economies are among the initiatives to be unveiled during the UN Climate Change Summit next week.

Afghans entitled to live ‘free from fear, intimidation’, says UN chief, condemning suicide attacks
All Afghans have the right to live “free from fear, intimidation and violence”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Tuesday strongly condemning two suicide attacks, which left dozens dead.

Number of migrants now growing faster than world population, new UN figures show
The growing number of international migrants has now reached 272 million, outpacing the growth rate of the world’s population, according to new data from the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), released on Tuesday.

Five avoidable deaths per minute shows urgent need for action on patient safety
With at least five people dying every minute due to unsafe health care, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging medical professionals, policy makers, caregivers and patients to take urgent action to ensure no one is harmed while receiving treatment.

One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF
Such was the extent of devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones in Mozambique earlier this year, nearly one million people, including 160,000 children under five, are still facing food shortages and a nutrition crisis, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Monday.

Monday’s Daily Brief: Ozone layer heals, 'regional conflagration' risk rises over oilfield attacks, South Sudan update, Myanmar genocide threat remains
A recap of Monday’s top stories: The ozone layer is on track to repair; Instability rises over oilfield attacks in Saudi Arabia; General Assembly chief Espinosa bows out; Disaster and conflict displace thousands in Asia Pacific; Sexual violence unpunished in South Sudan; Genocide threat remains for Rohingya.

‘Champion for multilateralism’ readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel
Through consultation, collaboration and consensus, the UN chief on Monday described outgoing President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, as “a champion for multilateralism” who had succeeded in making the United Nations “relevant to all”.

Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy
Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday.

Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime, UN environment agency declares on World Day.
At the current momentum, scientists predict the planet’s protective shield of gas - or ozone layer as we know it - will be completely healed as far as some regions of the planet are concerned, by the 2030’s, the UN’s environmental agency (UNEP) revealed on Monday.

Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council
Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday.

UN General Assembly: Here are the 5 big summits to watch out for
It’s that time again, when the eyes of the world turn to New York, as world leaders fly into the city to take part in the General Debate that marks the opening of the latest session of the UN General Assembly, or UNGA.