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Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends armed forces in rare address
Ayatollah Khamenei praises the Revolutionary Guard amid anger over the downing of a passenger jet.

Conner Marshall inquest: Killer's probation worker was 'overwhelmed'
Conner Marshall was killed in an unprovoked attack by David Braddon, who was on probation.

Labour leadership: Rebecca Long-Bailey pledges to return power to voters
The Labour MP sets out her pitch for Labour leadership, promising a "shake up" of government if elected.

Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump
Former special prosecutors from Bill Clinton's impeachment trial are on the president's team.

Owen Jones: Journalist attacked because of sexuality and political views
A judge rules Guardian columnist Owen Jones was targeted due to his sexuality and political views.

Portrait of a Lady: Painting found in wall confirmed as stolen Klimt
Portrait of a Lady was missing for 22 years until gardeners cleared ivy from a gallery wall.

Harvey Weinstein case: Jury picked for New York rape trial
After two weeks, lawyers finally choose the 12 jurors for the trial from about 700 candidates.

Brazil's culture minister fired after echoing Goebbels
Roberto Alvim used parts of a speech by Nazi Germany's propaganda chief, sparking outrage.

Extinction Rebellion: Police defend adding groups to extremism guide
Police say groups such as Extinction Rebellion were included to inform and guide frontline officers.

Boy who appeared on Supernanny detained for rape
Jacob Young's mother wrote to the judge saying the 2005 show led to a "campaign of abuse and mockery".

COP26: Climate summit policing will cost more than £200m
Scotland's police chief says officers' accommodation alone for COP26 will cost "tens of millions of pounds".

I have suffered sexual harassment, says minister Victoria Atkins
Equalities minister Victoria Atkins says "common sense" is needed to determine what counts as harassment.

Wiggles singer Greg Page has cardiac arrest at bushfire relief show
Greg Page, a founder and original lead singer of the children's group, collapsed in Sydney.

Range Rover driven into London jewellery shop in robbery
Robbers broke glass display cases with a sledgehammer in the robbery which was captured on CCTV.

Climate change: Can Glasgow go carbon neutral?
As more cities declare climate emergencies, we look at how Glasgow aims to cancel out its carbon footprint.

China anger after woman drives into Forbidden City
Social media users ask how a woman could have driven into the former imperial palace in Beijing.

Actor Laurence Fox's Question Time clash over Meghan Markle
The Lewis actor clashes with an audience member over whether press coverage was racist.

Brexit: Big Ben fundraiser given £50,000
Millionaire businessman Arron Banks donates, but MPs question whether the bell can toll on 31 January.

Three brothers set world records rowing the Atlantic Ocean
The Scottish siblings are the first three brothers to row any ocean and the fastest trio to row the Atlantic.

Chester's Roman wall collapses after digging work
The council says "the removal of too much earth" exposed a section of the Chester wall's foundations.

Mac Miller sounds 'at peace' on posthumous album
Mac Miller fans tell Radio 1 Newsbeat what hearing his last album means to them.

Collector pays UK-record £1m for rare coin
Only six Edward VIII sovereigns were made but it is not just its rarity that fascinates historians.

Never mind Transylvania, Dracula was Irish
A dramatic Monaghan deathbed scene and a bloodsucking Derry chieftain suggest Dracula was Irish, analysts say.

Can Microsoft's 'moonshot' carbon goal succeed?
The tech giant admits its "carbon negative" goal is ambitious.

Harry and Meghan: How people split time between two countries
Four people share their experiences - good and bad - of having two homes thousands of miles apart.

Australia fires: Is arson to blame?
There has been speculation about how many of the bushfires were caused by arson - what do the figures show?

UFC 246: Conor McGregor v Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone - all you need to know
Everything you need to know about Conor McGregor's return to the octagon against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas this weekend.

My great-granddad, Nelson Mandela, would be 'unhappy' with 2020 South Africa
Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter says the former President wouldn't be '100% happy' with modern South Africa.

Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable
European Parliament members want all tech giants to adopt a single universal charging method.

Does your company nurture neurodiverse talent?
Universal Music UK have changed their work culture to be more inclusive to neurodiverse people.

The problem with celebrating tennis' most successful player
Margaret Court was a quiet champion, unrivalled in sport but shy in public. Now she is at the centre of a polemic set to play out its latest chapter.

US officials ground drones over espionage fears
US officials are reviewing a civilian drone programme because of concerns about Chinese infiltration.

Pope and Stokes centuries put England on top against South Africa
Ollie Pope scores his first Test century and Ben Stokes 120 to put England in a dominant position on day two of the third Test against South Africa.

‘Why Ollie Pope is the real deal and belongs in Test cricket’ - Agnew column
Ollie Pope's maiden Test century shows he is the "real deal" as a Test batsman, says Jonathan Agnew.

Arfield and Defoe see Rangers past Stranraer in Scottish Cup
Rangers begin their Scottish Cup campaign with a routine victory over Stranraer at Ibrox to ease into the fifth round.

Fulham beat Middlesbrough to go third in Championship
Anthony Knockaert scores the only goal as Fulham beat Middlesbrough to move up to third in the Championship.

Afcon move to January a catastrophe for Liverpool, says Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says moving the Africa Cup of Nations back to January is a "catastrophe" for his club.

Climate change explained
It's been linked to a year of extremes – from bushfires to torrential rains – but what is it?

Giant jet engines aim to make our flying greener
How much more efficiency can be wrung out of the jet engine - technology which is over 70 years old?

Climate change: What can I do about it and other questions
From population to plants, your questions answered about climate change.

Climate change: Citizens' assembly prepares to tackle climate change
UK panel will tackle some of the dilemmas around global warming.

Climate change: Should you fly, drive or take the train?
How should you travel to reduce your carbon footprint?

Facts and figures behind our climate and weather
What can the weather tell us about our changing planet? Ben Rich looks at the latest data in the first of our new monthly series, Climate Check.

What's your diet's carbon footprint?
Check the environmental impact of what you eat and drink.

BBC launches new climate coverage
The BBC plans a raft of new services and shows examining climate change and the state of our planet.

Night rider: 21 years sleeping on a London bus
When Sunny's asylum application was refused, he took refuge overnight on London's buses - for two decades.

Five ways music changed in the 2010s
Songs became shorter, melodies became less melodic and Latin music exploded. Here's why.

Reynhard Sinaga: How the Manchester rapist found his victims
For several years, until he was caught in 2017, Reynhard Sinaga preyed on young men enjoying a night out.

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Pompeo: State will probe possible surveillance of ex-US ambassador
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo maintained a persistent silence for more than 48 hours after stunning new evidence emerged suggesting the former ambassador to Ukraine may have been illegally surveilled before she was forced out of her job by President Donald Trump.

Trump is adding three high-profile lawyers to his defense team

Trump still hasn't decided whether to add House allies to his defense team

Schumer: I saw senators 'visibly gulp'
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer delivers his statement regarding the impending Senate impeachment trial for charges against President Donald Trump.

Evelyn Yang reveals she was sexually assaulted by her doctor while pregnant
Evelyn Yang was reading letters that voters had sent to her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and suddenly stopped in her tracks.

Families of Canadians killed in Iran crash to receive $25,000 to help with first expenses, Trudeau says
The families of Canadian citizens or permanent residents killed in the downing of a passenger plane in Iran will receive $25,000 per victim from the Canadian government to help with immediate needs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Iran's Supreme Leader calls US officials 'American clowns'
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is leading Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years.

Three US airports to check for signs of new virus from China
More than 100 staffers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are being deployed to three US airports to check passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, for fever and other symptoms of a mysterious new virus that's killed two and infected dozens in China, the CDC announced Friday.

More than 100 Teslas crashed because they accelerated unintentionally, complaint says
More than 100 Teslas have been involved in accidents because they accelerated unintentionally, according to a complaint filed with federal safety regulators.

See photos that show Parnas' ties to Trump run deep
CNN's Chris Cuomo breaks down President Trump and his defenders' denial of knowing Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who stands at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

He nearly died hang gliding. Then he did this...
Chris Gurksy nearly died hang gliding. No, that's not an exaggeration. There's a viral video to prove it.

Washington Post: Trump called top military brass in 2017 a 'bunch of dopes and babies'
President Donald Trump reprimanded his top military brass in a 2017 meeting at the Pentagon, calling them a "bunch of dopes and babies" and telling them "you're all losers," according to a forthcoming book by two Washington Post reporters.

Brazil's culture secretary fired after appearing to quote Nazi leader in video
Brazilian Culture Minister Roberto Alvim apparently quoted Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels in a video posted Thursday.

Fires subside but floods cause chaos in Australia
The storms are bringing some relief to firefighters battling historic wildfires in Australia but the rain has also caused flooding in several areas due to the dry ground.

Eliud Kipchoge's record-breaking Nike shoes under scrutiny
Running is supposed to be one of the purest sports, but a technological arms race in shoes is raising questions about the integrity of competition in athletics.

Here's what Elon Musk said when Jack Dorsey asked him how to fix Twitter
Elon Musk has landed in court several times for his tweets. Unsurprisingly, he has some thoughts about Twitter.

Why South Koreans are flipping out over a US ambassador's mustache
It might just be the most bizarre criticism of a US ambassador in recent memory.

Sussex staff 'redeployed' as Meghan stays longer than expected in Canada
Members of staff employed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their Frogmore Cottage residence in Windsor, England are being "redeployed," a source close to the couple told CNN on Friday.

The royal crisis has sparked a media frenzy
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's shock announcement on their future as members of the royal family has sparked a media frenzy in the UK and beyond. CNN's Nick Glass reports.

James Comey could be investigated -- again
Justice Department prosecutors are investigating a media leak tied to the FBI's Hillary Clinton email probe, a person familiar with the matter said, an unusually belated move that is prompting questions about political motivations since the new inquiry could involve one of the President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, James Comey.

Rocky road ahead for India's Modi
Eight months ago, Narendra Modi was being hailed as India's most popular leader in decades.

US troops were injured in Iran missile attack despite Pentagon initially saying there were no casualties
Several US service members were injured during last week's Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place.

What Moscow residents think of Putin's power shake-up
Big government announcements in Russia are typically accompanied by simultaneous coverage on the nation's state-run TV channels.

Pregnant woman and six children tortured and killed by a religious cult in Panama, authorities say
A pregnant woman and six children -- including a 1-year-old baby and a 3-year-old -- were tortured, slaughtered and buried in a mass grave in Panama as part of a bizarre, ritualistic killing by a religious cult, authorities have said.

China just reported its weakest annual growth in 29 years
China's economy grew at its slowest pace in nearly three decades in 2019.

Hear son's moving speech after dad was killed in Iran crash
A week after his father was killed in a plane crash over Iran, Ryan Pourjam, 13, gave a moving speech about who his father was and the life lessons he left behind for him.

A former nurse suspected of killing dozens of children has been sentenced to life in prison
A former Texas nurse suspected of murdering dozens of young children decades ago was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after pleading guilty in San Antonio court to killing an 11-month-old boy in 1981.

Ghosn's dramatic escape could bring much-needed reform to Japanese companies
Japan Inc. has taken a beating in the international media in recent weeks following the escape of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. But I suspect that the Ghosn case won't harm the Japanese economy or deter investment. Instead, it may lead to much needed improvements in corporate governance and overdue reforms in Japan's legal system.

Donald Trump's favorite 2016 map is incredibly misleading
During an event on school prayer on Thursday in the Oval Office, CNN's Betsy Klein spotted something interesting out on President Donald Trump's desk. It was a map.

The world's biggest food company is now making vegan sausages
Nestlé is adding vegan sausages to its lineup of imitation meat products, as the world's largest food company moves to secure its position in the booming market for plant-based foods.

The Methodist Church will probably split in two over homosexuality, and that's bad for all of us
The Methodist Church added "united" to its name after merging with another denomination in 1968. But for much of the past 52 years, unity has proved elusive.

The Wiggles singer Greg Page collapses during Australian bushfires relief concert
Greg Page, the original lead singer of the popular Australian children's music group The Wiggles, has been rushed to hospital during the band's charity concert for bushfire relief in Sydney.

Republican senator calls CNN reporter 'liberal hack'
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) called CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" when asked about considering new evidence for President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.

There are now four $1 trillion companies
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Tiger Woods' son is good at golf, but video poses wider questions
The genie is out of the bottle. Tiger Woods' son Charlie plays golf and his swing looks sweet.

11 of the world's coolest ski lifts

Louis Vuitton just bought the world's second-biggest diamond
Louis Vuitton has just bought the world's second-largest diamond, another sign of the French brand's ambitions in the luxury jewelry market.

One-armed golfer makes incredible hole-in-one at PGA Tour event
He may be an amateur but Laurent Hurtubise produced the shot of the day at the PGA Tour American Express 2020 in California.

German Shepard gives birth to green puppy
Shana Stamey said she was "freaking out" when she saw her white German Shepherd give birth to a green puppy. The color was caused by meconium, an infant's earlier stool, which the puppy encountered before birth and is temporary, according to veterinarian Suzanne Cianciulli. CNN affiliate WLOS reports.

Rare coin sells for record $1.3 million
A rare coin featuring Britain's King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, has sold for a record £1 million ($1.3 million).

The life and times of Conor McGregor -- how social media changed UFC fighter
Whether it's trash-talking an opponent or fighting in a Dublin pub, Conor McGregor is a man that makes headlines.

Unsettling thermal portraits show Fukushima residents returning home
It's been nearly nine years since a 9.1 magnitude earthquake and an ensuing tsunami with 30-foot-plus waves hit Japan's east coast, causing a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The plant was flooded with seawater and left without emergency power, leading to multiple explosions and the release of radioactive contaminants.

Surveillance video catches rare sight of 5 mountain lions
Home surveillance video captured five mountain lions in what California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira called an "extraordinary"sighting.

The Mexican muralists who shaped modern American art
Diego Rivera is widely recognized for his influence on modern art. Active in the first half of the 20th century, he was collected by the Rockefellers, displayed at leading galleries, and remains the most expensive Latin American artist today.

Trump adds legal star power to his defense
President Donald Trump plans to add three seasoned lawyers to his impeachment legal defense team, people familiar with the matter said, including Kenneth Starr, the hard-charging prosecutor whose work led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment.

Analysis: There's nowhere left for Republican senators to hide
There's nowhere left for Republicans senators to hide.

Trump brings up impeachment while meeting college football team

Analysis: Senators swear impeachment oath amid new allegations of White House lawbreaking
• 8 senators to watch in Trump's Senate trial • Chuck Schumer: I saw senators 'visibly gulp' • Opinion: What Parnas has done to impeachment case

Cooper fires back at lawmaker who smeared CNN reporter
Anderson Cooper chastised Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) for calling CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" when asked about considering new evidence for President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.

8 in 10 black voters say Trump is racist, new poll shows
More than eight in 10 African Americans believe President Donald Trump is racist and that he has contributed to making racism a bigger problem in the United States, according to a new Washington Post-Ipsos poll.

Al Jazeera

US appeals court orders dismissal of youth climate change lawsuit
Court says plaintiffs, who were right to 19 years old, lacked the legal standing to sue the US.

Iraq's security forces kill at least two protesters in Baghdad
Crackdown on anti-government demonstration kills two, injures dozens as security forces fire tear gas in Iraq's capital.

Iran's Khamenei defends Revolutionary Guard in Friday sermon
Iran Supreme Leader delivers first Friday sermon in eight years as Tehran faces pressure at home and abroad.

Winter smog across Balkans prompts protests calling for change
Widespread reliance on coal and wood fires has a severe impact on air quality, but this year, more people across region seek government action.

Ukraine President Zelenskyy rejects PM's resignation
Oleksiy Honcharuk had offered to quit after he was allegedly heard criticising leader's 'primitive' views on economy.

En route to Berlin, Haftar holds talks with top Greek officials
Greek FM claims Libyan strongman will agree to ceasefire that recognises 'invalidity' of accords between Turkey and GNA.

Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine
US Secretary of State Pompeo says State Department will do everything to evaluate if Marie Yovanovitch was under threat.

'Hundreds of thousands' killed by counterfeit medicine in Africa
World Health Organization sounds alarm as West African leaders move to crack down on huge illegal trade.

Polish senate votes down draft law aimed at punishing judges
Draft now returns to parliament, where lawmakers from governing right-wing Law and Justice party hold the majority.

Philippine's Taal volcano still 'life threatening' despite lull
Officials advise thousands of displaced villagers not to return to danger zone after signs point to imminent eruption.

China's 2019 birthrate lowest in 70 years of communist rule
Despite change in one-child policy in 2015, pregnancies have not increased, leading to fears of a demographic crisis.

Guinea protesters urged to continue general strike
About 20 people have been killed in protests that turned violent, latest victims were four boys shot this week.

Brazil's indigenous oppose Amazon development plans
Tribal leaders seeking a way to counter President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies, which they say are devastating their communities.

Syria ceasefire has failed as civilians killed daily: UN
Some 350,000 Syrians have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in opposition-held Idlib province since December.

Philippines volcanic eruption poses further threats
Erupting volcano still threatening lives despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors.

Haftar holds meetings in Greece ahead of Libya peace summit
Talks come as world powers step up efforts for lasting ceasefire in North African country.

Reforestation is not necessarily about planting more trees
A much less costly way to regenerate our forests and decrease carbon levels is to assist nature to do its job.

Venezuela dollarisation: Use of American dollars increasing
Turning to US dollar, Venezuelans move away from bolivar as economic crisis continues.

Lebanon releases protesters as rights groups slam security forces
Human rights groups criticise Lebanese security forces and call for investigations into recent crackdown.

Niger violence: Rising death toll and affected families
Civil society organisations in Niger have called for protests to demand action against increased attacks by armed groups in the Sahel region.

How child 'love marriages' in Nepal have become curse for girls
A growing number of Nepali teenagers are marrying young by choice despite child marriage outlawed about 50 years ago.

Pakistani far-right activists sentenced over blasphemy protests
Eighty-six sentenced for violent protests after 2018 acquittal of a Christian woman in blasphemy case.

Modi's party accuses Washington Post of 'biased' India coverage
BJP leader claims editorial policy of the newspaper, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is 'agenda-driven'.

Ukraine PM offers resignation after audio posted online
Audio files emerged in which Oleksiy Honcharuk reportedly criticised the president's understanding of the economy.

Pakistan rescuers search for survivors as avalanche toll rises
Landslides and avalanches bury hundreds of homes in Himalayan region of Neelam Valley as 77 people die.

MercoPress - South American Agency

Chinese media warned not to "nitpick" the US/Beijing Phase 1 trade deal

In return for some tariff relief, China agreed to buy US$200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over two years including US$32 billion more farm products Chinese state media on Thursday warned against any "nitpicking" as Beijing portrayed the Phase 1 trade deal with United States and its new commitments to massive purchases of US goods as a boon for China's economy.

Falklands/South Georgia governments relation mutually beneficial, but MOU “has not been made public”

Ms Havercroft told Penguin News that as a fellow BOT, ”the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) is delighted to operate from the Falkland Islands.” The relationship between the Falkland Islands Government and South Georgia Government “brings both direct and indirect benefit to the Falklands” assured Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI ) Chief Executive Helen Havercroft.

Amazon deforestation soared 85% in twelve months of 2019, Brazil's Space Research

The 9,166 square kilometers cleared was the highest number in at least five years, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil soared 85% in 2019, compared with the previous year, official data showed Tuesday. The 9,166 square kilometers cleared was the highest number in at least five years, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

Third person dies of contaminated craft beer in Brazil

In a statement, police said the man died on Thursday morning of suspected poisoning by diethylene glycol (DEG). A third person has died in Brazil of suspected poisoning from a batch of craft beer contaminated with a toxic chemical used in antifreeze and other products, police in the state of Minas Gerais said on Thursday.

Honduran migrant column heading for US, but Mexico warns it won't let them through

Guatemala's president Alejandro Giammattei, revealed Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard had told him Mexico would not allow the new caravan to pass. US President Donald Trump has put Mexico and Central American nations under pressure to accept a series of migration agreements that aim to shift the burden of dealing with asylum-seekers on to them, and away from the United States.

Iran wants to avoid war and promotes peace dialogue with the world

“The government is working daily to prevent military confrontation or war,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday he wants to avoid war after Tehran and Washington appeared on the brink of direct military confrontation in early January for the second time in less than a year.

Magellanic penguins rookery discovered in Tierra del Fuego remote island

The penguins were found on the eastern side of Isla de los Estados off the eastern tip of Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost end of the South American continent Just in time for Penguin Awareness Day on January 20th, WCS researchers announced the discovery of a new colony of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) on a remote island in Argentina.

Amazon indigenous leaders summit to form alliance against Bolsonaro's environmental policy

“I don't want anyone to die in front of me. I don't want everyone to kill each other, the white people against the indigenous,” said  Raoni Metuktire leader of the Kayapo tribe Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns.

Vatican rejects nominee as Argentine ambassador; Fernandez meets the Pope at the end of the month

A meeting of Alberto Fernandez with Pope Francis, before he was elected president of Argentina last October  The Argentine government has been forced to review the appointment of Luis Bellando as ambassador before the Vatican since his placet was not accepted by the Holy See. “The mechanics of the foreign ministry is to send first the names of diplomatic candidates since the host country must agree with the names proposed, so in this case, we will review the issue and reviews if a new consensus is needed to send another candidate as ambassador or representative to the Vatican”, cabinet chief Santiago Cafiero said.

Historic impeachment trial of Trump opens; Decisive US Senate controlled by Republicans

In a hushed chamber Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, clad in a traditional black robe, raised his right hand as he was sworn in to preside over the trial The historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump opened on Thursday in the US Senate, as lawmakers took a solemn oath to be "impartial" in deciding whether to force the 45th US president from office.

EU Newsroom

Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit
During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights
Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection.

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions
MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
The Commission presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, focusing on Libya, and exchanged views on recent events in Iraq with a view to finding ways to de-escalate tensions in the region.

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets
The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, EU Ombudsman, pollinators
The 2019 Sakharov Prize award ceremony, the election of the new EU Ombudsman and a debate on the decline of bees topped the agenda of the December plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions on biodiversity. Ministers spelled out member states' views on the commitments and actions needed in EU environment and climate policy 2019-2024, including the European Green Deal.

Ten years of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
MEPs celebrated the reforms that enhanced democracy and expanded people’s rights in the EU with Presidents Sassoli, Michel and von der Leyen.

Parliament backs measures to cut e-commerce VAT fraud
MEPs supported measures designed to fight e-commerce VAT evasion that would help cut some of the €137 billion lost each year across the EU to VAT fraud.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Stop Finning – Stop the trade' initiative

European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet
The von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2020 and agreed on a general approach on a crisis package for Baltic Sea fisheries. The Council also had an exchange of views on a progress report on the post-2020 CAP reform package.

Main results of the European Council
On 12 December, EU leaders discussed climate change, the EU's long-term budget and external relations, among other issues. On 13 December, they met again to talk about the economic and monetary union and Brexit.

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe's interests in international trade
The European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
The European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: full mobilisation of €6 billion to support refugees and local communities in need
The EU has fully mobilised the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, confirming its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3 billion has now been contracted and €2.7 billion disbursed.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held debates on the economy of wellbeing and on the access to medicines in the EU. It also held debates on gender equality and the future of the EU social legislation and adopted conclusions on health and safety at work and on inclusive labour markets.

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List
The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-Africa relations and how the EU can better protect and promote human rights around the world. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views on FAC's working methods.

The EU adopted €297 million in concrete actions for refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon
The European Union adopted a new €297 million assistance package to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council took stock of progress on the banking union. It also adopted a work plan on climate action and conclusions on energy taxation, money laundering, capital markets union, non-performing loans and the financial architecture for development.

The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world
The von der Leyen Commission revealed its working methods which will be the basis for the new College to deliver on the President's Agenda for Europe during the next five years. They put collegiality, transparency and efficiency first.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) Council
The Council discussed smart sector integration, the new Commission's energy policy priorities, and follow-up to the draft national energy and climate plans.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its negotiating positions on two amending regulations, one on the taking of evidence and one on the service of documents. It also adopted conclusions on victims' rights. Ministers took note of the final report of the 8th round of mutual evaluations in the field of criminal matters, which focused on environmental crime.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its position on proposals related to rail passenger rights and trans-European transport network. It discussed digitalisation of transport and the Single European Sky.

Plenary highlights: new Commission, EU's 2020 budget, climate change
MEPs voted into office the new European Commission, approved the EU's budget for 2020, called for a climate neutral Europe and awarded the LUX film prize.

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges
The Commission has published the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017.

State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries
The European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.

The European Parliament declares climate emergency
Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council agreed a general approach on the representative actions for consumers. It debated the public country-by-country reporting directive and had an exchange of views on the external dimension of the competitiveness of the EU economy.

November 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.

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission
Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen.

Children's rights: combatting exploitation, forced marriage and sexual abuse
MEPs call for more action to combat child trafficking and forced marriage, whilst stressing the crucial contribution that kids make in the fight against climate change.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)
The Council discussed the future financial architecture for sustainable development and neighbourhood, and how the EU and member states can better support the development of countries in transition, such as Ethiopia and Sudan. Development ministers also had an exchange of views with the Minister of Education of Ethiopia about learning challenges in Africa.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted a resolution on culture and sustainable development and conclusions on combatting corruption in sport and held public debates on the competitiveness of creative and audio-visual industries and on good governance in sport.

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.

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

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.

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.

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

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

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

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 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.

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+).

UN

Urgent need for ‘immediate’ solutions to combat drug-resistant infections, warns WHO  
Drug-resistant infections are on the rise as private investment in new antibiotic development declines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Haiti earthquake victims honoured at UN, with pledge to safeguard the nation’s future
More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the single greatest loss of life in the Organization’s history. 

Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict
The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.

Tackling femicide in Argentina: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
Tackling violence against women is crucial to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In January, the United Nations launched a Decade of Action to support meeting the 17 goals by 2030. 

Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may ‘come to a complete halt within weeks’
Aid to vulnerable people in Iraq risks being completely blocked within weeks, warned the UN’s humanitarian chief in Iraq, Marta Ruedas, on Tuesday, as a result of the suspension of government documents allowing humanitarians to carry out critical missions.

Yemen resilient and ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis
Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 

Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’
The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).

Syrian conflict has ‘erased’ children’s dreams: new UN report
Nearly nine years of conflict in Syria have robbed boys and girls of their childhood and subjected them to “unabated violations of their rights”, including being killed, maimed, displaced, forced to fight or subjected to torture, rape and sexual slavery. 

UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting
Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms
Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday. 

Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization in Mali: UN peacekeeping chief
Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat
Ongoing instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. 

Philippines volcano: UN stands ready with support, as thousands told to flee
The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation
Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.

UN moves to tackle ‘hidden abuse’ and violence against Europe’s children
Each year, at least 55 million children in Europe suffer some form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Colombia: ‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2019
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is “deeply troubled by the staggering number of human rights defenders killed in Colombia” last year, its spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list
The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.

‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade
The head of the UN health agency, WHO, has set out his urgent global health challenges for the next ten years – designated the “Decade of Action” by the UN General Assembly” – and underscored the importance of investing in public health, in a statement released on Monday.

Colombia: ‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace, UN envoy tells Security Council
Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday.

UN health agency urges China to continue search for source of new virus, as Thailand case emerges
It is “essential” for China to continue investigating the source of a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, following confirmation that an infected patient is being treated in Thailand.

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake
On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless during the 35-second-long tremor. 

Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief
Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been named the 2020 European Green Capital. 

UN chief pays tribute to ‘enduring contributions’ to regional, international diplomacy of Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his profound condolences to the Royal family, the Government and people of Oman on the passing of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who passed away late Friday at the age of 79. 

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold prospectors
The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).   

Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote
The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization.

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief
Inaction when it comes to the fight back against damaging climate change is not an option, the President of the UN General Assembly told a major energy conference in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’
The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

New El Salvador law, a victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency  
A new law in El Salvador opens a door for tens of thousands of forced displacement victims in the country to access to life-saving humanitarian assistance and have their basic rights restored, said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday.

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.

Secretary-General upholds value of UN Charter for a world in turmoil
Amid an era of rising geopolitical tensions and declining trust between nations, the United Nations Secretary-General has encouraged countries to “come home” to a defining document of the international community: the UN Charter.