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Grace Millane murder: Man guilty of killing backpacker in New Zealand
Jurors in Auckland, New Zealand, find a 27-year-old guilty of strangling Grace Millane.

Chagos Islands dispute: UK misses deadline to return control
A UN resolution in May gave the UK six months to hand back control to Mauritius.

General election 2019: Brexit Party to unveil policies
Nigel Farage is expected to expand on the party's other goals, alongside its focus on leaving the EU.

Who should I vote for? General election 2019 policy guide
Compare where the parties stand on key issues, from Brexit and the NHS to education and the environment.

Russians under threat over video about gay man
A criminal investigation is opened over a video where children ask a gay man about his life and sexuality.

Global epidemic' of childhood inactivity
Report shows 81% don't exercise enough with effects on health, brain development and social skills.

General election 2019: Labour launches 'radical' manifesto
The party promises to renationalise key industries, end tuition fees and scrap a rise in the pension age.

Impeachment inquiry: Trump 'promoted discredited Ukraine theory'
Ex-adviser Fiona Hill says he ignored advisers who said Russia had meddled in the 2016 election.

This week's impeachment news in three minutes
Congress heard explosive testimonies in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry.

Ten men found inside lorry on M25 arrested
A lorry driver is also arrested on suspicion of immigration offences after the men were discovered.

General election 2019: Tories plan stamp duty hike on non-UK residents
The party says the money raised would go towards tackling rough sleeping.

General election 2019: Party leaders to face Question Time grilling
The Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP leaders will take questions from the audience.

The Papers: Economists 'taken aback' by Labour spending plans
Analysts weigh in on Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto in today's papers.

Dora Maar: Picasso's lover comes out from his shadow
Her fame came as Picasso's lover but an exhibition shows Dora Maar was talented in her own right.

Winchester university exhibits sober role models to inspire students
An exhibition of photographic portraits entitled "Sober Exposure" is aimed at tackling peer pressure.

Quiz of the week: What did Mourinho promise Spurs fans?
Have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?

Endangered red panda escapes zoo in south-east France
Staff at the zoo near Lyon warn the panda may look harmless but has "good claws and good teeth".

'I made my film Fish to keep my son's dreams alive'
A film shot by a father and son, while in detention on the Hungarian-Serbian border, is shown at human rights film festivals in Europe.

Dutch police podcast unearths clues to decades-old murder
Can the true crime trend bring an end to one of the Netherlands’ most mysterious murders?

'My parents were told to plan my funeral'
Maddy Hopson, the first UK diving coach with cerebral palsy, talks about overcoming life's obstacles.

Dubai Air Show: The challenges for us all in flying green
Sustainable, renewable and green: environmental goals the aviation industry is now grappling with.

Extreme queuing: Five days in line to see favourite band
For music fans who want to get close to their favourite band, there's only one way to do it.

Artificial eyes: How robots will see in the future
Laser scanning technology, Lidar, is getting cheaper and could be how machines see in the future.

General election 2019: How do government finances work?
Political parties are promising to spend lots of money, but how will they fund their plans?

Russian domestic violence: Women fight back
Two years ago Russia passed a law reducing sentences for domestic violence. There is now a movement pushing back.

Planning a baby at 16: 'I might be a young mum but I'm a good mum'
A split condom? A failed pill? Something must have gone wrong. Not for Eden.

Great Britain win decisive doubles to reach Davis Cup quarter-finals
Great Britain secure their place in the knockout stage of the inaugural Davis Cup finals as Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski win their decisive doubles.

British sprinter Asher-Smith named sportswoman of year
British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith is named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year for the second successive year.

'I'm not going to make the same mistakes,' says new Spurs boss Mourinho
New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he will not make the same mistakes at Spurs that he did in previous managerial roles.

Bale should rejoin Spurs, says ex-Real Madrid president Calderon
Ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Gareth Bale should return to Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur.

NFL upholds Garrett's indefinite ban for hitting opponent with helmet
Cleveland Browns' Myles Garrett loses his appeal against his indefinite ban from the NFL for hitting Mason Rudolph with the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's own helmet.

The funny bits: Jose Mourinho meets the media for the first time as Spurs’ new manager
Watch all the funny bits from Jose Mourinho’s first news conference as Tottenham’s new manager.

Tyson Fury & Robbie Williams: How on earth did The Gypsy King end up singing a duet with former Take That star?
Former world heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury and pop superstar Robbie Williams reveal the story behind their unlikely duet.

General election 2019: Who's standing where?
What's the most popular candidate name? Where are the parties standing? All the candidates analysed.

Election debates: How to watch the BBC Question Time leaders' special
The Question Time special will feature the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP leaders.

Election battleground: Norwich
Mental health and drugs are high up the list of local people's election priorities in Norwich.

Question Time Leaders Special: Behind the scenes with Fiona Bruce
Presenter Fiona Bruce gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour ahead of Friday evening's Question Time Leaders Special.

General election 2019: Could Labour build 100,000 council houses a year?
Is Labour's plan for 100,000 council houses and 50,000 housing association homes a year feasible?

Labour Party manifesto 2019: 12 key policies explained
The Labour Party election manifesto has been launched. What are its most eye-catching promises?

General election 2019: Voting activist wants 'youthquake'
Jerahl Hall is on a mission to persuade more young people to get out and vote in the election.

General Election 2019: The untapped influence of the non-voter
Nearly a third of registered voters stay away from the polls - but they could have a decisive influence if they turned out.

The fight to get citizenship for descendants of German Jews
A UK lawyer says Germany is violating its constitution by denying citizenship to some descendants of Nazi victims.

‘We failed to reach Europe – now our families disown us’
Three young West Africans stole from their families to fund a trek to Europe, now they have to face the consequences.


Republicans strategize for potential impeachment trial
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are working with the White House to prepare for the likely Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, coalescing around the idea that allowing Democrats to lay out their evidence may be the best course of action to protect the President.

This extraodinary answer distills what impeachment is about

He overheard Sondland call Trump. This is what was said
David Holmes, the counselor for political affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine, describes the conversation he overheard between President Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland the day after Trump spoke with the Ukrainian president by phone in July 2019.

Netanyahu will be indicted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges
Israel's attorney general unveiled charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate corruption investigations Thursday, marking the first time in the country's history that a sitting prime minister faces indictment in criminal investigations.

China releases 'confession' tape of British consular worker who claimed torture
Authorities in China have released what they say is a confession by detained former British consular employee Simon Cheng, who earlier this week claimed he was tortured by police in August.

Why Britain's Queen Elizabeth had to let Prince Andrew go
It should have been a day of joy for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, who were marking their 72nd wedding anniversary. Instead, Wednesday culminated in the 93-year-old monarch sanctioning her second son's retreat from royal duties, after a disastrous interview about his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein engulfed the family in an unprecedented crisis.

137 women have been killed by their partners in France this year. Critics blame a 'deeply sexist society'
Marie-Alice Dibon and Luciano Meridda's relationship began with poetry.

'Chickenization' program gives chicks to kids to fight internet addiction
A city in Indonesia hopes nature can save kids from electronic addiction in a country with some of the highest rates of smartphone-driven internet usage in the world.

Chinese food has conquered the world. But are we ready for the donkey burger?
From steamed dumplings to hot pot, traditional Chinese food has often proved hugely popular in the West. Now, Chinese restaurant owners are hoping they have found the next delicacy to crack the Western market -- donkey burgers.

Prince Andrew is now a royal without a role. But who's footing the bill for that?
Prince Andrew's decision to step back from public duties begs a question: What does a prince without a royal role actually do? And, more importantly for British taxpayers: Who pays for it?

Obama to worried Democrats: 'Chill out about the candidates'
Former President Barack Obama bluntly urged Democrats nervous about the state of the party's primary field to "chill out" on Thursday, stressing that while there are differences between the numerous Democrats running for president, those differences are "relatively minor" compared to what the Trump administration is doing.

Catholic order sent a priest to work among children, knowing he was a pedophile

CNN reveals new accusations against pedophile priest
A pedophile priest was sent to work for an aid organization helping vulnerable families in an African country.

Unrest rocks yet another South American nation
Colombia has closed its borders in preparation for a national strike supported by a broad coalition of social movements on Thursday.

The first Shanghai-made Teslas are now rolling out across China
Tesla fans in China can now take a test drive in a Model 3 made in Shanghai.

This could be the defining moment of America's entire impeachment drama
This story was originally published in the November 20 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Sign up here to receive it every weekday morning.

China and Nollywood have signed up for their first major film collaboration
Chinese entertainment group, Huahua Media, is joining forces with Nigerian filmmakers to produce the first major China-Nigeria film.

Over 75,000 pounds of salad products are recalled after an E. coli outbreak, CDC says
After an E. coli outbreak infected at least 17 people, a food company has decided to recall about 75,233 pounds of salad products.

Mysterious comet will cause a rare 'Unicorn' meteor storm this week. Here's how to watch.
Two meteor scientists, Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen, shared their prediction for an outburst by the alpha Monocertoid meteor shower on November 21 or 22, depending on your location.

The world's best pension system is being pushed to the brink
Record low interest rates are forcing the world's best pension system to take drastic action aimed at staving off cuts to payouts that were once unthinkable.

IBM computer stars in Cambridge debate on the dangers of AI
IBM's fast-talking AI machine was the major attraction of a sell-out debate at Cambridge University on Thursday. But while it might have been responsible for drawing the crowds, it didn't quite match up to its human counterparts on the debate stage.

Qatar defends World Cup stadium cooling method
Like a glistening pearl on a sandy ocean floor, the Al Janoub Stadium stands out from the desert landscape of Al Wakrah in Qatar.

A family feud led to creation of Asia's newest airline
Debuting its first flights in January 2020, Taiwanese start-up Starlux Airlines could be the first new player in 30 years to upend the island's duopoly aviation market.

Man arrested at airport for impersonating Lufthansa pilot
Frequent flier Rajan Mahbubani thought he had discovered the ultimate hack for getting preferential treatment at airports. Instead it got him arrested.

'Ghost gun' used in California school shooting
The 16-year-old who killed two students and injured three others in a shooting at a California high school last week used a "ghost gun," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN affiliate KABC.

Oddball impeachment hearing moments go viral
Impeachment hearings inspire funny faces. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the oddball moments.

People think Greta Thunberg is a time traveler because of this 19th-century photo
When 16-year-old environment activist Greta Thunberg isn't busy challenging global leaders to reduce their carbon footprint or mobilizing young people to strike for the climate, she's...time traveling?

Investigation into Amazon Echo devices wins 2019 Beazley Design of the Year award
"Anatomy of an AI System" -- a project that explores the social and environmental impact of Amazon's Echo devices running the Alexa voice assistant -- has won the 2019 Beazley Design of the Year.

A massive dust storm has turned an Australian city red
On Thursday, it looked like Mars in the Australian city of Mildura.

Kamala Harris rips Tulsi Gabbard over Fox News appearances
In November's Democratic debate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) tangled over Gabbard's criticism of the Democratic party.

Two US Air Force pilots killed in jet crash
Two US Air Force personnel were killed when two T-38 training aircraft crashed near Vance Air Base in Oklahoma Thursday morning during a "routine training mission," the Air Force said in a statement.

SpaceX prototype blows its top during ground test mishap
SpaceX's Mars rocket prototype burst apart during a ground test, a setback for the company as it works to develop a spaceship capable of taking humans and cargo to deep space.

WeWork said it is laying off 2,400 employees globally
WeWork said Thursday it is laying off about 2,400 employees globally as part of a broader effort to cut costs and find a viable path forward after a disastrous IPO attempt.

NASA has found sugar in meteorites that crashed to Earth
Meteorites that crashed into Earth billions of years contain sugars, researchers say, lending support to the idea that asteroids may hold some of the ingredients to life.

Scooter Braun breaks six-month silence on Taylor Swift dispute
Music manager Scooter Braun has finally broken his silence on Taylor Swift's public statements of displeasure with him, his company and her former record label.

Victoria's Secret is canceling its fashion show
Victoria's Secret parent company L Brands confirmed on Thursday that it will not air its fashion show this year after falling ratings and backlash to the event in recent years.

There's an alternate 'Game of Thrones' ending we'll never see, star says
Will we ever get over how "Game of Thrones" ended?

GM's electric pickup truck to go on sale in 2021
When it comes to electric pickup trucks, General Motors doesn't appear interested in letting Tesla hog the spotlight.

India's 'living bridges' get stronger as they grow
They're not the world's tallest or longest bridges, but a string of humble river crossings sculpted from tree roots in India are engineering marvels that contain lessons for modern architects.

Koala reunited with hero grandma who saved him from fire
A badly burned koala that was rescued crying and screaming from Australia's bushfires has been reunited with the heroic grandma who saved its life. CNN affiliate Nine News Australia reports.

Amazon wants to ship you anything in 30 minutes. It's going to need a lot of robots
Amazon is burning through billions to get you stuff faster. It'll spend more than $35 billion on shipping costs this year, more than twice what it spent two years ago.

These are the safest countries in the world to visit in 2020
For those who are planning a holiday for next year and wondering which countries are the safest, a risk map published by an organization specializing in travel security may be of help.

First known galaxy to have three supermassive black holes found
Supermassive black holes act as the engines powering the centers of galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy. But in a first, scientists have observed that one galaxy contains three supermassive black holes at its core and they're surprisingly close together.

Apple abruptly cancels premiere of Samuel L. Jackson movie 'The Banker'
Apple has abruptly canceled the Los Angeles premiere of "The Banker," a debut movie from the tech company that signaled its ambition to become a major player in streaming video.

Is it OK to recline your seat? The great reclining debate
Earlier this year, Delta Air Lines announced a rethink on reclining seats.

Kenya's 'World's Best Teacher' gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor
In a small overcrowded classroom in Pwani village, rural Kenya, Peter Tabichi teaches his students science.

After the deluge: A tourist visits flood-hit Venice
Halfway through the spaghetti course, the siren went off: what sounded like a wartime air raid alarm, plus two long, science fiction-like warbling sounds, echoing from the surrounding church towers.

Formula E: Germany's 'Big Four' compete for the first time in motorsport history
Given the history of motor racing stretches back to the 1890s, finding any new 'firsts' in the sport is rare.

The answer that distills what impeachment is about
• Opinion: Republicans won't be swayed by testimony

House Democrats move closer to impeaching Trump
House Democrats say they are undeterred by the White House preventing first-hand witnesses from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee — and now are actively preparing for the next step in their eight-week-old investigation and the likely impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Australia's ex-spy chief warns about China influence
Comments by Duncan Lewis likely to anger China, which has denied allegations of covert meddling in Australian affairs.

S Korea set to end Japan intelligence pact despite US pressure
GSOMIA will lapse at midnight on Saturday; a casualty of deepening dispute over Japan's colonisation of Korean Peninsula

Israeli PM Netanyahu defiant after being charged with corruption
Benjamin Netanyahu says indictment is an 'attempted coup' against him and the investigators 'weren't after the truth'.

US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions
China confirms it tracked US ships and urges United States to stop its 'provocative actions' in the disputed waters.

'Referendum on Duque': Thousands march against Colombia president
Indigenous groups, students and labour unions rally against the right-wing government of Ivan Duque.

Trump impeachment inquiry public hearings: As they happened
Two weeks of public testimony; 12 witnesses; Hours of questioning: Here's how the public impeachment hearings went.

Trump team pushed Ukraine for Biden investigation: Witnesses
Fiona Hill and David Holmes testify in the last of this week's scheduled hearings of the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Iran loosens internet restrictions after protest shutdown
Internet access 'gradually being restored' as cyberspace official says the country will have full access in two days.

US sends first Honduran to Guatemala under new asylum deal
Rights groups slam controversial asylum agreement between Guatemala and United States.

Sandler, Pattinson indie films top Spirit Award nominations
The awards are seen as a strong indicator of the independent movies that could eventually be Oscar winners.

How hard is it to form a government in Israel?
Another deadline to agree on a government has come and gone after Benny Gantz gave up trying.

Turkey says 200 Syrian refugees returned home
Defence ministry says number of returnees is expected to rise with the 're-establishment of peace and security'.

At least seven killed as Iraq seeks to quell renewed violence
Nearly 80 others wounded by live ammunition, rubber bullets and tears gas canisters fired by security forces.

Clint Eastwood seeks to restore 1996 Atlanta bomb hero's legacy
New films restores 'hero' status of security guard wrongly accused of being behind the Atlanta Olympics bombing.

Coldplay won't tour new album, say want gigs to be 'sustainable'
Several music artists have addressed climate change in lyrics or announced plans to improve their green credentials.

Explainer: What are the allegations against Israel's Netanyahu?
PM denies any wrongdoing and says he's the victim of a politically orchestrated 'witch-hunt' by the media and opponents.

Gareth Bale's Spanish 'blasphemy'
Welsh striker reignited anger in his adopted homeland by openly mocking his Spanish detractors.

Chile security forces 'intentionally' injure protesters: Amnesty
The international rights group says rights abuses against protesters 'are not isolated acts'.

'Profoundly shocking': Bosnia lawmaker shares child abuse photos
Sabina Cudic said images were taken over past year in Pazaric care home for special-needs children.

Netherlands halts aid to Palestinians over family payments
Rejecting accusations of 'supporting terrorists', PA says it only helps families of victims of Israeli occupation.

Israeli president: 'Dark days' as PM and rival fail to form gov't
President Reuven Rivlin has called the political reality a 'miserable situation' as unprecedented third election looms.

Franco's victims, stolen from their graves, to be exhumed
In Spain, a father will finally come home to rest.

Trump says he will release 'financial statement' before 2020 vote
Trump is the first major-party presidential candidate since Gerald Ford in 1976 not to release his tax returns.

Sri Lanka's Muslims have reason to fear the new Rajapaksa era
The anti-Muslim sentiments that helped him get elected are likely to shape Gotabaya Rajapaksa's tenure as president.

At least 12 million children suffering in Yemen war
As world marks International Children's Day, children in Yemen do not have much to celebrate.

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Bolsonaro launches new political party, Alliance for Brazil base on concepts of God, family and homeland

It's the ninth time that the 64-year-old Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has changed parties in his three-decade political career Brazil's conservative president Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters.

Falklands celebrates “touchdown for the Second Flight” and anticipates a new era of development for the Islands

Barry Rowland, Chief Executive said it was the culmination of many years’ work by many parties, with the idea of a second link dating back 15 years. (Pic BFSAI Falklands) The elected government of the Falkland Islands announced that a new era has opened Islands with the inaugural Second Flight from São Paulo, Brazil, touching down this Wednesday afternoon at Mount Pleasant Airport.

Morales calls on the international community to stop a “genocide” in Bolivia

“This massacre ... is part of a genocide that is happening in our beloved Bolivia,” Morales, the country's first indigenous president, told a press conference in Mexico Former president Evo Morales urged the international community on Wednesday to intervene to stop what he called a “genocide” in Bolivia, where at least 32 people have died in violence that erupted after his disputed re-election.

EU Security Council members and Vatican question US decision on Israeli settlements

“Our position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, is clear and remains unchanged,” Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland said in a join European members of the UN Security Council hit out on Wednesday at the US decision to no longer consider Israeli settlements illegal but stopped short of naming the United States. The Vatican also expressed that the search for peace between Israelis had been put at risk.

Mexican government helping its citizens file lawsuits against Walmart over racial shootings

“The objective of these suits, presented in El Paso county, is to hold the company responsible for not taking reasonable and necessary measures to protect its clients from the attack,” the foreign min Mexico's government said on Wednesday it has helped 10 Mexican citizens file lawsuits against Walmart over an August shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, where a suspected white nationalist killed 22 people.

Prince Andrew stepping back from public duties following the outcry over his friendship with a sex offender

An increasing number of organizations and initiatives backed by Andrew have said they were not renewing or would review their support because of the revelations. Prince Andrew on Wednesday said he was cancelling his public engagements, as the outcry over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein showed no sign of abating.

Fed dismisses the idea of negative interest rates, despite Trump's insistence, according to released minutes

Fed policymakers said at the Oct 29-30 meeting that the US economy has “proven resilient” in the face of persistent global difficulties but risks remain “elevated” US central bankers last month dismissed the idea of taking interest rates into negative territory, something President Donald Trump has called for many times, according to meeting minutes released on Wednesday.

OAS demands an end to violence and an urgent call for elections

The document urges all political and civil actors in Bolivia, including all authorities, civil, military and security forces, and the general public, to immediately cease from violence The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, OAS, has called on Bolivian authorities to urgently call elections, an immediate cease of violence, and the search for dialogue.

French hotel industry furious at the Olympic Committee partnership with Airbnb

French hotels have long accused home rental platform Airbnb of taking advantage of minimal oversight to undercut their business French hotel owners assailed Airbnb on Wednesday over its new partnership with the International Olympic Committee, warning they would stop working on the planning for the Paris 2024 summer Games to protest against what they call an unfair competitor.

Biogen, Novartis, Teva involved in major kickback controversy with US Medicare

Drug companies are prohibited from subsidizing co-payments for patients enrolled in the government's Medicare healthcare program for those aged 65 and older. A Florida-based charity will pay US$4 million to resolve claims that it acted as a conduit for companies including Biogen Inc and Novartis AG to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients using their high-priced multiple sclerosis drugs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

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Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of play of negotiations in the World Trade Organization, and progress in its reform process. It also took stock of the latest developments regarding trade relations between the EU and the United States.

Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans
The European Commission has presented its Opinions on euro area Member States' 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece.

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU
The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next multiannual financial framework, European Council preparations and strengthening the rule of law in the EU. Ministers also discussed the state of play on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and CAP transitional rules. It was also informed about: apiculture, imports of maize and rice, and the EU-China agreement on GIs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
The Council endorsed an agreement on the 2020 EU budget reached with the European Parliament in the conciliation committee. The budget strongly focuses on growth and competitiveness, climate action and other EU priorities such as security and management of migration.

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants first-ever market authorisation
The European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against Ebola. This vaccine, called Ervebo, had been in development since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on Afghanistan and on the security situation in the Gulf region and Iran. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views with the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Taxation: Belize removed from EU list, North Macedonia meets commitments

Statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution of 9 November 1989

Final green light to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
It will soon be easier and more profitable to trade with Singapore. The free trade agreement (FTA) signed by the European Union and the Republic of Singapore on 19 October 2018 is due to enter into force on 21 November 2019, as a consequence of the decision adopted by the Council today on the conclusion of this agreement.

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is being strengthened in terms of staff and technical equipment. It is also being given a broader mandate to support member states' activities, especially on border control, return and cooperation with third countries. The new regulation will incorporate the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) into the European Border and Coast Guard framework, to improve its functioning.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on climate finance ahead of COP25, the UN climate change conference, which will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019. It also reached agreement on two reforms of existing VAT rules.

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead
The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running high.

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China
The EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

Erasmus+: EU will invest over €3 billion in young Europeans to study or train abroad in 2020
The European Commission published its 2020 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. 2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe's leadership in six strategic business areas
The Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe's competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors.

Security Union: Significant progress and tangible results over past years but efforts must continue
The report presented recaps the initiatives taken by the Commission in some of the key areas of the Security Union including, the fight against terrorism, information exchange, countering radicalisation and cybersecurity, while noting that further efforts are needed, in particular on the implementation of EU security legislation.

Code of Practice on Disinformation one year on: online platforms submit self-assessment reports
Today, the European Commission published the first annual self-assessment reports by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the Code of Practice on Disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

Brexit: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50
The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.

Plenary highlights: EU's 2020 budget, Syria, Sakharov Prize, bees
MEPs called for more funds for climate action, criticised Turkey’s military operation in Syria and voted in favour of plans to protect bees during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg.

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states
MEPs on adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing and on the future of work. Ministers also held debates on matching skills and labour market needs and on anti-discrimination.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Third review welcomes progress while identifying steps for improvement
The European Commission publishes its report on the third annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The report confirms that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.

EU investment budget for 2020: A boost for the climate
MEPs adopted their position on the 2020 EU budget on Wednesday, saying it must provide a “solid starting point to launch the new generation of EU programmes”.

Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario
UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house.

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the MFF, the next institutional cycle, climate change, enlargement, Turkey, illegal drilling activities and MH17.

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached
The European Commission has recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.

Main results of the Special European Council (Art.50)
The European Council (Art. 50) endorsed the revised withdrawal agreement and approved the revised political declaration. On this basis, the European Council (Art. 50) invited the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 1 November 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal.

European Labour Authority starts its work
The European Labour Authority starts its activities with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation
Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019.

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council agreed on 2020 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, and to supplement the existing partial general approach on the future EMFF. The Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package, forestry and the market situation.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties
Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on the situation in Syria, including north-east Syria, and on Turkey's drilling activities. Foreign ministers discussed Ukraine and had an exchange of views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference
Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed issues related to anti-money laundering and the Wise Persons' Group's report on the European financial architecture. It adopted a Council recommendation on the appointment of a member of the ECB executive board.

October 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 budget 2021-2027: Time to decide
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October, the European Commission calls on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a fair, balanced and modern long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers discussed right-wing violent extremism and terrorism, new technologies and internal security, hybrid threats and internal security, the state of play on migration, and the EU’s action against corruption. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, they also reaffirmed the importance of EU common values.

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget
In its latest report about the management of the EU budget, the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions for the preparations of COP25 as well as on the 8th Environment Action Programme and the circular economy. Ministers held a policy debate on the EU's long-term climate strategy.

New rules make household appliances more sustainable
In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

August 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.4% - EU28 at 6.2%

Security Union: The Commission recommends opening negotiations with Japan on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council held an exchange of views on the key policies that should form the basis of a long-term EU strategy on sustainable growth. The strategy is part of the implementation of the new EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 adopted by the European Council in June 2019.

Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area
Coinciding with the second European Education Summit, the European Commission published the 2019 Education and Training Monitor analysing how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States.

Main results of the UN General Assembly, New York
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed world leaders on behalf of the EU at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 26 September. President Tusk stressed that the patriotism of the 21st century must have a global dimension so as not to become a common national egoism.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council focused on the draft national energy and climate plans and on the energy sector beyond 2030.

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.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council discussed how to decarbonise transport in order to combat climate change and meet the Paris Agreement objectives.

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.

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”.

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+).

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


Four in five adolescents failing to exercise for even 60 minutes a day, UN health agency warns
An alarming lack of exercise among adolescents across the world risks seriously compromising their health into adulthood, the UN said on Thursday.  

Deadly life at sea: UN partners spotlight depths of danger in fishing industry
There is a clear link between the seedy underbelly of the seafood industry, and fishers’ safety, now ranked as the second deadliest profession in the world; and more must be done to ensure people dependent on this type of labour are working in safe conditions, UN partners urged on Thursday. 

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Deadly Syria violence, risks of working at sea, poor health in jail, concern over ISIL suspect, and her child
 A recap of Thursday’s stories in brief: Syria’s violence continues to strike children; governments must do more for human rights in business; poor health in Europe’s prisons; rights experts’ concern over Irish ISIL bride and her child in Turkey; Fishing workers face huge risks at sea.

‘Maximize the positive’ from new technologies, for our digital future, Guterres urges
Both positive and negative technological developments are jolting the world at “unprecedented speed”, the UN chief said on Thursday, underscoring the need to “maximize the benefits…whilst mitigating harms”.

Political consensus critical ahead of Somalia election: UN mission chief
With Somalia scheduled to hold “one-person, one-vote” elections next year, leaders must act now to break the “stalemate” between the central government and federal member states, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

UN experts urge Turkey to repatriate Irish woman associated with terror group
Turkey must ensure that an Irish woman and her infant daughter who are being held in custody there are repatriated, independent UN experts said in a statement released on Thursday. The woman, Lisa Smith, has been described in press reports as a supporter of the ISIL terror group, and former member of the Irish military.

FROM THE FIELD: Gaza men advocate for an end to early marriage 
A group of thirty men in Gaza have succeeded in preventing the early marriage of girls under the age of 18, from 50 different families, thanks to a training programme supported by the UN gender agency, UN Women.

Missile strike kills at least 12 civilians, including children, in Syria’s Idlib: UN humanitarians
Violence in Syria continues to kill and maim civilians with reports that missiles fired into settlements for people fleeing conflict in the country’s northwest on Wednesday night, killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more, including children, UN humanitarians said on Thursday.

Serious concerns over Sahel, require ‘urgent action’: Senior UN Africa official
The situation in Africa’s Sahel region continues to be “of serious concern and urgent action is needed”, a high-level United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, attributing a rising number of attacks to terrorist armed groups.

World Television Day celebrates an integral part of modern life
Seven decades of United Nations’ work in developing new standards and systems for broadcasting are being celebrated on Thursday, World Television Day, an annual observance that recognizes the medium’s role as a major source of information, education and entertainment.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, World Children’s Day, fossil fuel overuse
A recap of Wednesday’s stories: UN envoy reiterates position on illegality of Israeli settlements, World Children’s Day marked with calls for rights of children to be upheld, new report highlights major gap between use of fossil fuels and commitments to limit global warming.

Young activists do the talking as UN marks World Children’s Day
Children were both seen and heard in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, World Children’s Day, during a celebration to commemorate 30 years since the adoption of a milestone treaty that protects their rights.

Israeli settlements remain ‘flagrant violation’ of international law, UN envoy tells Security Council
Regardless of any national policy declarations, Israeli settlement activities are “a flagrant violation under international law”, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process spelled out to the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN chief calls for ‘green and clean’ development in message for Africa Industrialization Day
As African countries gear up to implement an historic free trade agreement, the UN Secretary-General is urging leaders to pursue economic growth that benefits both people and the planet.

UN strengthens ties with Eurasia regional body to tackle terrorism and crime
Improving understanding of the nexus between terrorism, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking is essential, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his address to a high-level meeting involving the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a leading player in diplomacy in Eurasia.

US pardons for accused war criminals, contrary to international law: UN rights office
A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the United Nations human rights wing said on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day
A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.

UN updates guidelines to ensure successful return to civilian life for former combatants
Increasing hurdles which prevent former combatants from returning to a peaceful civilian life have prompted the UN to update its standard practices, in an effort to ensure they remain “fit-for-purpose for years to come”.

UN ‘regrets’ new US position on legality of Israeli settlements
The longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said during a press briefing on Tuesday in New York, reacting to the policy reversal announced by the United States.

Reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, enable lasting peace, Security Council hears
The UN Security Council this Tuesday has been debating what one activist labeled “the toughest and arguably most important part of the peace-building cycle”: reconciliation.

‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency
Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

Iran protests: Live ammunition reportedly used, says UN human rights office
Reports indicating that dozens of people have been killed in continuing protests across Iran – some by live ammunition - are of deep concern, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said on Tuesday.

UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty
Although the world has made historic gains over the past three decades in improving children’s lives, urgent action is required if the poorest children are to feel the impact, a new UN report published on Monday warns.

Sustainable fishing staying afloat in developed world, sinking in poorer regions
More people than ever rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food, and income, but the seafood industry is facing a “dangerous” sustainability divide when comparing trends in the developed world versus those in poorer regions, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed on Monday.  

Monday’s Daily Brief: Progress and pitfalls in child rights, millions of Afghans acutely food insecure, Middle East nuclear-free zone, social media and child detention
A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: Uneven child rights progress; over 10 million  Afghans severely food insecure; Middle East nuclear weapons conference gets underway; Social media posts increasing child detention cases; UN and partners commit to universal health. 

Libya ‘in race against time’, but dissolving conflict ‘a realistic prospect’, Security Council hears
A recent resurgence of violence in Tripoli, means Libya is “ever more in a race against time” to reach peace, however, agreeing the way forward to ending the conflict “is a realistic prospect”, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Monday.    

At UN, Middle East countries discuss steps towards regional nuclear-free zone
Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

One-third of Afghans need urgent humanitarian aid, millions suffer ‘acute food insecurity’
Over the last three months (August to October 2019), around one-third of the Afghan population required urgent humanitarian action, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Alert, released on Monday, which declares that some 10.23 million people are living in a state of “severe acute food insecurity”.

Anti-terror measures against youngsters’ online posts ‘linked to spike in child detention globally’
Around 7.2 million children are detained around the world, 5.4 million of them in institutions, rights experts said on Monday, highlighting “aggressive” State counterterrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security concerns based on their social media posts. 

UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health
In the drive towards universal health coverage, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union (AU) Commission cemented their mutual commitment to global health by signing on Monday an historic agreement.