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Race to be new UK prime minister begins
Four Conservative MPs have already said they want the job - with more expected to follow.

Donald Trump: Details of first state visit to UK revealed
The US president will join the Queen and a host of royals at a state banquet after a palace welcome.

Extinction Rebellion: Met want 1,130 climate protesters charged
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the Met wants a prosecution of each protester.

I entrusted my pension to German builders
A BBC investigation finds a property group which borrowed millions has not paid some people back.

Birmingham LGBT row: The view from the school gates
Parents and campaigners outside Anderton Park Primary give their views on the ongoing protests.

The mayor who wears a hijab
Cllr Rakhia Ismail, from Islington, London, is thought to be the first UK mayor to wear a hijab.

Homeowners in England free to build bigger extensions
Rules in England making it easier to build extensions of up to 8m are being made permanent.

Sheffield 'incident': Two boys die in Shiregreen
Four more children are in hospital as a man and woman held on suspicion of murder are questioned.

Trump to clear $8bn Saudi weapons sale over Iran tensions
The president evokes a legal loophole to push through the arms deal without Congressional approval.

Rail firm removes 'wrong values' Morrissey posters
Merseyrail takes down posters for the singer's new album over concerns about his political views.

Universities told not to 'scaremonger' ahead of fee cut
Education Secretary Damian Hinds rejects claims of universities going broke, ahead of tuition fee cut.

Four times more data breaches logged in UK
No companies have been fined in the first year of tough new data laws, despite a sharp rise in breaches.

South Wales Italian cafe to close after 84 years
Station Café, which opened to customers in 1935, is closing for the last time on Saturday.

The Papers: 'It all ends in tears' for PM May
Theresa May's emotional Downing Street resignation dominates Saturday's front pages.

Why is Norway the land of electric cars?
We look at how the Scandinavian country is streets ahead of others when it comes to electric cars.

Togo slippery frog scientist wins award for conservation effort
Caleb Ofori-Boateng rediscovered the Togo slippery frog and created the first conservation area for it.

Alport syndrome: Man's epic journey for kidney charity
When Sam Clarke was 10 years old he was told by doctors that his kidneys would fail because of Alport syndrome.

How the microscope became a million dollar idea
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the microscope became a million dollar idea.

Week in pictures: 18-24 May 2019
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

'We entered a contest and won our baby'
After a failed round of IVF, Della McGill and her partner entered a competition and won the ultimate life-changing prize.

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How Sydney's pools became the envy of the world
Sydney has more ocean swimming pools than any other city - a product of "unique" historic factors.

Spice Girls: What happened to Girl Power?
As the pop icons return (minus Posh) for their Spiceworld tour - is Girl Power relevant or a 90s relic?

Following football from afar: 'You have to get creative'
What are the challenges faced by fans trying to follow their teams from thousands of miles away?

Mumps - is it the forgotten disease?
Hippocrates described the classic signs centuries ago, so what else do we know about the ancient illness?

Mount Everest: Why the summit can get so crowded
A picture gives a glimpse into the conditions facing climbers at the top of the world.

Can Celtic clinch treble treble or will Hearts spring shock?
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Scottish Cup game between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic.

England Women must win World Cup to earn equal pay talks, says striker Kirby
England and Chelsea forward Fran Kirby says the Lionesses "need to win the World Cup" before talking about equal pay with male players.

Mauricio Pochettino's joke backfires as Real Madrid release official statement
A tongue-in-cheek comment from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino backfires and prompts Real Madrid to release an official statement.

Change The Game: Dame Kelly Holmes calls for athletes to 'accept who you are'
Leading sportswomen urge female athletes to be themselves after detailing abuse over body image.

Fans accuse Chelsea over 'lack of help' to get to Europa League final
Chelsea Supporters Trust criticise the club for being "unwilling" to help fans attend the Europa League final in Baku.

Premiership last four chase glory - but who will make it to Twickenham?
Saracens, Gloucester, Exeter and Northampton all have a chance to reach the Premiership final, but who will make it to Twickenham?

'Liverpool defeat one of my worst moments' - Messi seeks Copa del Rey redemption
Barcelona's Lionel Messi says he wants to win the Copa del Rey in order to ease the pain of the Champions League defeat by Liverpool which ranks among the "worst moments of his career".

Theresa May: Who will be the next prime minister?
Runners and riders in the Conservative leadership race after Theresa May says she will step down.

Who gets to choose?
With Theresa May on her way out of Downing Street, a Tory leadership contest is beginning.

Theresa May: Did she solve her seven burning injustices?
When Theresa May became prime minister in July 2016 she identified seven burning injustices.

Theresa May resignation: What does it mean for Brexit?
With Theresa May announcing her departure, both No Deal and No Brexit are more likely.

Theresa May: Premiership in six charts
The highs and lows of Theresa May's time in office, explained in six charts.

Tower of London ravens to be raised in Suffolk pub
The first chicks to hatch at the Tower in decades are set for life with a landlord guardian.

Powys village name row is down to a 'T'
Llansantffraid or Llansanffraid? A row over the letter t rumbles on after boundary recommendations.

George Best statue artist Tony Currie defends work
NI artist Tony Currie says friends and family of Best approve of the bronze statue.

Redmond 'tackled' by a goal in training
Watch as Southampton's Nathan Redmond is upended by a small goal during an England training session before their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.


The US won a trade war against Japan in the 1980s. But China is a whole new ball game
As President Donald Trump lands in Japan Saturday amid a worsening trade war with China, he could well be thinking back to a previous economic spat between Washington and an Asian economic powerhouse.

Does traditional Chinese medicine really work?

Everest traffic jam creates lethal conditions for climbers
Two mountaineers have died on Mount Everest after crowds of people became stuck in a queue leading to the summit of the world's highest mountain.

A legacy of failure: Theresa May was a disaster as Prime Minister

Trump falls for Pelosi's trap

Trump suggests using Huawei as a bargaining chip in trade deal
US President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of easing restrictions on Huawei as part of a broader trade deal with Beijing, despite labeling the Chinese telecommunications giant "very dangerous."

Taiwan celebrates first same-sex weddings in Asia

Is Facebook launching a cryptocurrency?
Facebook is reportedly preparing to launch a cryptocurrency as part of its global push into payments.

Several injured by explosion in French city

Kenya's highest court upholds law making gay sex illegal
In a blow to the LGBTQI movement in Africa, Kenya's highest court ruled Friday that a colonial-era law banning same-sex relations should remain in place.

Populists fare badly in Dutch EU elections, exit poll shows
Dutch Pro-European parties are predicted to triumph in the European Parliament election against populists, an exit poll on Thursday has unexpectedly revealed.

PSG president charged with corruption
The president of French football champion Paris Saint-Germain has been charged by Parisian prosecutors with corruption in relation to a $3.5 million payment over the organization of the World Athletics Championships in Qatar, a judiciary source told CNN Thursday.

China unveils 600km/h floating train
A new floating bullet train capable of hitting speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (about 372 miles/hour) is one step closer to reality in China.

Trump arrives in Japan with his Asia policy in tatters
Shinzo Abe's long game is paying off. Only a year ago, the Japanese Prime Minister was looking like the odd one out as US President Donald Trump cozied up to China's Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

India's election was a referendum on Modi -- and it paid off
In purely electoral terms, it is an extraordinary achievement. Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have won a clear victory in India's national elections.

There was nobody like her in Australian parliament

The booming business that began by serving British troops

Weinstein accusers reach $44M deal over alleged sexual misconduct
Attorneys representing claims against Harvey Weinstein, his company and former associates have reached a $44 million settlement to resolve civil lawsuits over his alleged sexual misconduct.

How Bob Marley's daughter saved Jamaican women's football

Why Amsterdam wants tourists to go elsewhere
The Dutch capital's canals, tulips and traditional narrow houses have always been a draw for tourists, but now the city is looking at ways to reduce visitor numbers to sustainable levels.

Leonardo da Vinci may have had ADHD, study says
The Mona Lisa is arguably the world's most famous painting -- and yet, like many of Leonardo da Vinci's works, it's also considered unfinished. Half a millennium after his death, new research has identified a potential explanation behind the Renaissance artist's series of uncompleted projects: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

The reality for women seeking abortions in Alabama and Georgia
Alabama and Georgia recently passed some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country.

Record number of students walk out in Global Climate Strike
Hundreds of thousands of school students around the world walked out of class on Friday to urge their governments to take greater action in slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

How Maisie Williams wishes 'Game of Thrones' ended
Maisie Williams had her own vision for how she wanted "Game of Thrones" to end.

Floating village balances ancient traditions in a modern world
With stilt structures over water and houses built from branches of raffia palm, Nzulezo in Jomoro district of western Ghana could pass for a less elaborate version of Venice in Italy.

London pub gets nudist license
For many, it's a bucket-list London experience -- sitting at the bar at one of the British city's oldest and liveliest pubs, pint of beer in hand, soaking up the atmosphere.

50 children saved as international pedophile ring exposed
Interpol has saved 50 children and prosecuted nine sex offenders after uncovering an international pedophile ring that was sharing child abuse images on the dark web.

Arsene Wenger: Mkhitaryan case shouldn't happen
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his astonishment that Henrikh Mkhitaryan won't be able to play in the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku over fears for the Armenian international's safety.

WikiLeaks founder indicted on Espionage Act charges
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged with 17 new counts under the Espionage Act for "unlawfully obtaining" and disclosing national defense information, including a potentially controversial allegation that his publishing of some secrets was criminal.

SpaceX launches Starlink, which is deploying 60 satellites
SpaceX just vaulted a rocket full of 60 satellites into the sky. Now for the moment of truth: The company will try to deploy the entire batch of satellites safely into orbit.

Woman,102, suspected of killing care home neighbor
A 102-year-old woman is under suspicion of the murder of her 92-year-old neighbor in a residential care home in Chézy-sur-Marne, northern France.

The fitness tests pushing players to 'dark places'
England's rugby sevens players have a secret weapon, but to find it they have to dig deep.

China's anti-US new propaganda song goes viral
China released a new anti-US propaganda song called "Trade War." The song is lighting up social media in China and is part of a wide propaganda push.

Gianluigi Buffon eyes up management role after retirement
He won the World Cup as a player, but could Gianluigi Buffon be ready to take on the challenge of winning football's biggest prize as a manager?

How knowing your genes can help you fit into your jeans
"One man's food is another man's poison." - Lucretius (99-55 B.C.)

This could become most valuable Porsche ever
The Porsche 911's great grandfather is going up for auction this summer and it could well be the most valuable car ever sold with the Porsche name on it.

Wildlife filmmaker's guide to India's Jim Corbett National Park
As the sun rises over the canopy in India's Jim Corbett National Park, a sambar deer steps into view. The handsome animal is among hundreds of species in this diverse nature reserve.

Join a rideshare to the Great Barrier Reef
Update the ol' Uber app because beginning Monday, May 27, for an extremely limited time, riders in select Queensland, Australia, cities will be able to request a ride out to the Great Barrier Reef.

19 best places to travel for the summer of 2019
If you're still deciding where to take your summer vacation, 2019 brings major anniversaries, new flight routes, buzzy museum openings and more.

US President set for pageant-laden visit to honor new Emperor
Japan has a new Emperor, but it is President Donald Trump who will be treated to pageantry befitting a monarch when he travels Friday to Tokyo.

Photographer goes inside Huawei

Boris Johnson will face same Brexit nightmare if he becomes PM

Prince Harry to join Trump and Queen for private lunch
• Analysis: Trump arrives in Japan with his Asia policy in tatters

Helicopter flies upside down over NYC
Lucky New Yorkers got a sneak peak of a Memorial Day airshow when pilot Aaron Fitzgerald flew seemingly impossible loops, twists and barrels with his Red Bull Aerobatic helicopter.

US to send additional 1,500 troops to counter Iran threat
President Donald Trump is sending an additional 1,500 US troops to the Middle East as part of a "mostly protective" effort to deter Iranian threats, he said.

Iranian police arrest 30 people during yoga class, news agency reports
Authorities in Iran arrested 30 people as they took part in a private yoga class in Gorgan, a city in the north of the country, according to an official news agency, the Young Journalists Club.

Rolling Stones agree to hand over royalties
It's one of the biggest indie rock songs of all time -- and for 20 years British band The Verve didn't make a cent off "Bitter Sweet Symphony."

'Should we provide F16s?' Azerbaijan says it has done everything to protect Arsenal star
Azerbaijan and Armenia, neighbors and political rivals, have begun to spar verbally over the absence of a leading European footballer from next week's Europa League final.

Rosberg: Mercedes 'come to win'
Nico Rosberg's current life is a world away from the career he enjoyed as a Formula One world champion, piloting gas-guzzling race cars to victory at circuits around the world.

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Citing Iran, Trump bypasses Congress to sell arms to Saudis
Trump administration announces it is bypassing Congress to sell $8.1bn in arms to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan.

Thousands protest in Algeria, renew call to postpone July vote
Algerians march for 14th consecutive week as authorities set up fences in front of the capital's Grand Post Office.

Guatemalan village mourns teen who died in US custody
Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, 16, left his Guatemala village to help his family. He died in US custody weeks later.

School students strike worldwide, demand action on climate change
Nearly 2,500 strikes have been registered on the 'Fridays for Future' website, with the number likely to rise.

At least 50 killed in armed group attack on villages in CAR: UN
The government issued an ultimatum to the head of a rebel group known as 3R, urging him to hand over those responsible.

Can Eritrea improve its human rights record?
Eritrea marks first independence day since improved relations with Ethiopia, but human rights issues remain.

France: More than a dozen injured in Lyon explosion
At least a dozen injured in southeastern French city after an explosion in the famous city centre.

US to send more troops to the Middle East
Trump says troops to be deployed for 'protective' purposes amid rising tensions with Iran, a move Tehran has rejected.

Bill Joy: Battling climate change one investment at a time
The tech legend's innovations laid the foundations of the modern internet. Now, he's working to save the planet.

India: Fire in tutoring centre kills at least 17 students
Footage shows people jumping from four-storey building to escape blaze which started near the staircase.

Indonesia's Prabowo challenges election result in court
Former general files formal challenge after supporters rioted, but observers say election was free and fair.

Top general: Sudan will back Saudi 'against all threats, attacks'
Deputy head of Sudan's military council meets Saudi crown prince, says Sudan will continue to send troops to Yemen.

Yemen's President Hadi accuses UN envoy of siding with Houthis
In a letter sent to UN chief, Hadi says Martin Griffiths threatens 'prospects for a solution' to the conflict.

US-Iran tension: 1,500 troops to be sent to the Middle East
New US troop deployed in the Middle East, over tension with Iran.

Cannes film festival: Inside the career of Director Mira Nair
Film Director Mira Nair won Cannes festival Camera d'Or prize in 1988, the first Indian filmmaker to win the award.

Theresa May announces resignation amid Brexit chaos
May will step down as Conservative leader on June 7 after weeks of deadlock and chaos surrounding Brexit.

Iran-US tension highlights EU's subordinate role
The 28-member European Union remains secondary to the United States in geopolitical influence, analysts note.

Rights groups file lawsuit to block Alabama's new abortion ban
Lawsuit says ban, which outlaws nearly all abortions, is unconstitutional and would harm women.

Russia prolongs arrest of American accused of spying
Former US marine Paul Whelan denies charges of spying for the US, says he is a 'victim of political kidnap and ransom'.

Ireland votes in divorce referendum
Divorce waiting period set to be cut from four years to two if referendum is agreed by Ireland's voters.

Eritrea Independence: First anniversary since peace deal
The biggest day in Eritrea's calendar of celebrations and now there's a peace deal with the country's neighbour and one-time enemy Ethiopia.

Trump administration proposes reversing transgender protections
New HHS rule would roll back sex discrimination protection for transgender people in health services.

Modi vows to take India to 'new heights'
The prime minister and the BJP won the last election with a landslide victory and the first majority-led government since 1984.

Brazil's Supreme Court votes to make homophobia a crime
Decision comes amid fears Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will roll back LGBT social gains.

Explosion targets mosque in Pakistan’s Quetta
Bomb attack kills at least three people and wounds 28 others inside mosque before Friday prayers.

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Xi Jinping praises Sino-Brazilian partnership

 “Cooperation between China and Brazil is bound to usher in a broader future,” Xi said. -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday highlighted Brazil's commitment to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries as he met with the South American country's Vice President Hamilton Mourao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to bolster binational ties.

Aviation authority grounds Avianca Brasil for safety

Avianca Brasil had accumulated a debt of around 123 million US dollars by December 2018. All flights by Avianca Brasil, the fourth largest airline in the country, were grounded Friday by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for safety reasons, it was announced.

Opposition deems strike in Nicaragua a success

Managua's rush hour did not seem to exist on Thursday. The streets of Nicaragua's main cities were empty and almost every store remained unopened during Thursday's nationwide strike which was considered a success by opposition leaders, it was reported.

Theresa May will resign as Prime Minister next June 7

May’s resignation comes after a 10-point “new Brexit deal”, announced in a speech on Tuesday Theresa May has announced that she will present her resignation on June 7 after her meeting with the president of the 1922 Parliamentary Committee, Graham Grady, and the unsustainable pressure of the Tories. Former Foreign Secretary and hard Brexit icon, Boris Johnson, confirmed on Thursday his candidacy to succeed her.

No Parallels between Falklands and Chagos

UK’s ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, said she did not expect any change of position on the part of Argentina, a country with which London maintains good relations In a move that will no doubt be greeted favorably in Buenos Aires, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands.

Chagos islands decolonization: stunning defeat for UK in UN assembly

The UN resolution backs a non-binding advisory opinion from ICJ which found UK acted unlawfully in the decolonization process and should relinquish control. United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean within six months, dealing a diplomatic blow to Britain and the United States.

Markets in the red on Wednesday over concerns with China-US trade dispute

The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 100.72 points (0.39 per cent) to close at 25,776.61, leaving it essentially flat for the week. US stocks fell back into the red on Wednesday, putting equities down for three of the last four sessions as investors reacted to reports of possible new US-China trade frictions.

Nicaragua national strike to pressure the Ortega regime to release political prisoners

The industrial action is due on Thursday and expected to cost the country US$15-20 million and impact on tax collection Nicaragua's opposition on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike to increase pressure on the government of President Daniel Ortega to release prisoners as agreed in peace talks between the two sides.

Countdown week for PM May; leader of the House resigns unconvinced of fourth Brexit deal proposal

Andrea Leadsom's resignation further deepens the Brexit crisis, sapping an already weak leader of her authority Prominent Brexit supporter Andrea Leadsom resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Wednesday, piling pressure on the British leader after a new Brexit gambit backfired and fuelled calls for her to quit.

Iran's Supreme Leader announces the demise or Israel and US civilization

“You young people should be assured that you will witness the demise of the enemies of humanity”, said Khamenei (Pic Reuters) Iran's youth will witness the demise of Israel and American civilization, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in comments published on his official website.

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

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

General Data Protection Regulation: one year on

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

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

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

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

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)

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

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

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

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

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

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

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities
The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for 470,000 children.

EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October
At the special summit on 10 April EU leaders agreed an extension of Article 50 until the end of October 2019. If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both sides earlier, the UK will leave on the first day of the following month, leaders said. The decision was taken in agreement with the UK.

EU-funded scientists unveil first ever image of a black hole
The Commission is today revealing the first ever image of a black hole taken by Event Horizon Telescope, a global scientific collaboration involving EU-funded scientists. This major discovery provides visual evidence for the existence of black holes and pushes the boundaries of modern science. 

‘No-deal' Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach
Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union's intense ‘no-deal' preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas.

EU-China summit
The EU and China committed to further strengthen the EU-China strategic partnership at the 21st EU-China summit. Both sides agreed on a joint statement setting out the direction for EU-China relations in the years to come. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and the Article 7 procedures concerning Hungary and Poland. It also adopted conclusions on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. 

The Energy Union: from vision to reality
The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. 

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Libya. The Council had an exchange of views on Afghanistan and on the Eastern Partnership. Foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela.

Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines
The Commission presents next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group. 

Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life
The Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules in all EU Member States. 

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products
The European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products.

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries
To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, MEPs approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law.

Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed
Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward, according to new, preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2018 published by the European Commission.

Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU
The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law in the Union.

Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States
The investment package involves Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, transport, research, environment and energy. 

Plenary highlights: copyright, single-use plastic, consumer rights
Updated EU copyright rules and a ban on single-use plastics were approved during this week's plenary session. MEPs also voted in favour of boosting consumer rights. 

Report on EU trade defence – effective protection against unfair trade
The EU shields 320,000 direct jobs across Europe from unfair foreign competition through its trade defence measures, according to a report out today.

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

Parliament backs new CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans
Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers, were approved by MEPs. 

Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021
Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks.

European Commission recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks
The European Commission has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. 

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘#NewRightsNow' initiative

European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet
Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

Parliament makes EU electricity market cleaner and more consumer-friendly

Parliament backs proposal to end switch between summer and winter time in 2021
MEPs voted to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. EU countries that decide to keep their summer time should make their final clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021.

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April
As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations.

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing
Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers.

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on jobs, growth and competitiveness, climate change, external relations, as well as securing free and fair elections and fighting disinformation. 

EU27 offers Brexit extension until 22 May 2019
The extension until 22 May is conditional. It will be granted if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week. If it does not, EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 12 April, expecting the UK to "indicate a way forward before this date". 

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme
The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, on Horizon Europe. 

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and prepared the European Council meeting. It also adopted a series of Brexit contingency measures and agreed its position on the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III).

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects
The Commission has today adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched today.

Antitrust: Commission launches new online tool for cartel leniency and settlements and non-cartel cooperation

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had a public exchange of views on the whole CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency's state of play report, and suggested changes to the text of all three regulations: the CAP strategic plans, the horizontal and Common Market Organisation regulations. Ministers also had a discussion on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council
Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council
The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. 

European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe

Plenary highlights: Brexit, countering propaganda, cyber security
This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act. 

MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens
To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

EU prepares itself to fight back against hostile propaganda
MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

Road Safety: new rules clear way for clean, connected and automated mobility on EU roads
The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading
New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information.

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions
Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted new conclusions on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Ministers also discussed excise duty regime, the digital services tax, InvestEU and the European Semester. 

MEPs adopt Cybersecurity Act and want EU to counter IT threat from China
MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Commission defines actions to address risks and challenges
The "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment" that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be made.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
On 7 March, the Council reviewed where the EU stands in its cooperation with North African countries, discussed the way forward on the EU's response to terrorism, and adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. On 8 March, it agreed its position on the directive on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering of evidence in criminal proceedings.

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy
The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing.

EU Budget: Commission welcomes provisional agreement for funding high-performance infrastructure to better connect Europeans

International Women's Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.

Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market
Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky on cross-border pay-TV services

The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress made over the past 4 years
Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is today taking stock of progress made over the past 4 years and setting out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council discussed the long-term climate strategy, endocrine disruptors and adopted a general approach on the drinking water directive. Ministers exchanged views on greening the European Semester.

Foreign Investment Screening: new European framework to enter into force in April 2019

Misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds: Council prolongs EU sanctions for one year

EU - Morocco: Council adopts sustainable fisheries partnership agreement


Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit
The “boundless energy and optimism” of young Africans is propelling the continent into a new era of sustainable development, alongside new partnerships between the UN and African Union.

He died so I could live: UN peacekeeper pays tribute to fallen colleague
But for the selfless bravery of the UN ‘blue helmet’ who dragged him to safety during a firefight against Congolese militiamen, it is unlikely that Corporal Ali Khamis Omary would be alive to tell the tale. The man who saved him, Malawian peacekeeper Chancy Chitete, was not so lucky.

Friday’s Daily Brief: Honouring fallen peacekeepers, action against gender-based violence; LGBT rights in Kenya, Rohingya water crisis
Friday's main stories include: Honouring UN peacekeepers; landmark conference to combat sexual and gender-based violence in crises; Kenya upholds LGBT ban; UNICEF’s plea for Afghani children; Brazil’s bid to compensate tobacco smokers; Water shortages in Bangladesh

‘Huge’ stakes, ‘daunting’ job to tackle gender-based violence, UNICEF chief tells ground-breaking conference
One-in-three girls or women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and “the risk multiplies” during a conflict or natural disaster, the Executive Director of UNICEF told delegates attending the first-ever “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises Conference” on Friday, in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

UN honours peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’, for the sake of others
Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and women” who serve.

Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF
In Afghanistan, children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, unless $7 million in funding is found within weeks, UNICEF said on Friday.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, Fistula Day, Guterres condemns CAR attacks and Syria update
Thursday’s main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN chief strongly condemns attack in Central African Republic 

‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council, surveying 'bleak' state of civilian protection
Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.  

DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator 
With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”.

End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief
Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and disfiguring condition, according to UN data.

Somalia’s population, international partners must be energized to sustain country’s ‘upward trajectory,’ says senior UN official
Despite Somalia’s persistent security threats, recurrent political crises, capacity constraints and the difficulties in navigating political obstacles to its reform agenda, the Horn of Africa country remains on a “positive trajectory,” the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria
Today's top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria and Argentina; and justice experts dicuss how best to fight hate crime. 

Palestine refugees’ relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June
The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a “truly existential crisis” over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June. 

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change, UN stresses on International Day 
The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. 

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent, a woman’s place is at work, says UN labour agency
Businesses perform better – sometimes by as much as 20 per cent – when they employ more women in top positions, UN labour experts said on Wednesday, warning nonetheless that most still pay lip-service to the idea of gender equality in the boardroom. 

Iraq needs support to ‘leave violent past behind’, says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year
Iraq’s democratic transition – weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL – needs more international support, “lots of time and lots of hard work,” the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.  

Amidst high trade tensions and policy uncertainty, UN cuts economic growth forecast
Against a backdrop of unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence, the UN on Tuesday announced a broad-based slowdown in the global economy and cut its growth predictions. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists’ children ‘secretly detained’, and more
Tuesday’s stories include: Libya facing “permanent division”, regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists’ children ‘secretly detained’ in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise.

UN highlights need to solve growing burden of forcibly displaced Africans
With 24.2 million Africans forced from their homes in 2017  ̶  4.6 million more than the previous year  ̶  the UN is hosting a three-day event at UN headquarters, focusing on finding durable solutions to the problem, which is a growing burden on the continent’s economy, environment and communities which host those displaced. 

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns
In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detention facilities” away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council
The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”.

Children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine ‘too terrified to learn’ amid spike in attacks on schools
Schoolchildren are bearing long-lasting mental and physical scars of eastern Ukraine’s conflict, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, as the agency warned of an “alarming” increase in attacks on schools during the first four months of 2019.

Monday’s Daily Brief: WFP mulls ‘last resort’ Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat ‘very high’
This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls “last resort” aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still “very high”.

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders
The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and “freedom to decide” who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a “phased suspension”.

Sacrifice of fallen 'blue helmet' to be honoured with UN’s highest peacekeeping award
In recognition of his “brave and selfless” action under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  ̶  saving the life of a fellow ‘blue helmet’ and helping his colleagues repel an armed group  ̶  the late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete, will be honoured with the UN’s highest peacekeeping award this coming Friday, by the UN Secretary-General. 

FROM THE FIELD: Saving the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea
The survival of an endangered animal which looks part kangaroo and part lemur has been secured thanks to a project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator numbers
If you think you’re busy, then spare a thought for the world’s bees; for they, along with other insects and animals, are responsible for pollinating more than 75 per cent of the planet’s favourite food crops.

Cambodia: Giving back to UN peacekeeping
It’s an overcast morning, in South Sudan’s capital Juba, and growling thunder announces the start of some light rain. Standing in the drizzle in his military police uniform, is Colonel Channy Vongvannak, the commander of the Cambodian Force Military Police at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

UPDATED: Guterres condemns armed attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali
A violent attack against the United Nation's Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) that left one peacekeeper dead on Saturday, drew strong condemnation from Secretary-General António Guterres. 

Promoting ‘a healthy sustainable future’, the UN health agency engages young and young at heart to 'Walk the Talk'
Celebrating the importance of fitness, on Sunday morning in the Swiss city of Geneva, the United Nations health agency kicked off its second “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge”.