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Fuel demand should return to normal in coming days, say suppliers
Ministers are still seriously considering using the Army to drive tankers, sources tell the BBC.

Labour conference: Frontbencher Andy McDonald quits in protest at Sir Keir Starmer
Andy McDonald says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has made the party "more divided than ever".

Labour conference: Reeves promises £28bn a year to make economy greener
Rachel Reeves promises to be the UK's "first green chancellor" if Labour wins power.

Shakur Pinnock e-scooter death: 'His sacrifices will save a lot of people'
Chante Hoosang tells the BBC a helmet might have saved her boyfriend Shakur Pinnock's life.

Covid-19: PM to meet bereaved families and Wales relaxes travel rules
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Monday evening.

Louis Watkiss: Boy who died at Tamworth Snow Dome named
Emergency services were called to the centre on Friday to reports a child had been seriously injured.

Schools warn about hoax anti-vaccine letters
Head teachers have warned of fake consent letters for Covid vaccines being circulated in schools.

Germany elections: Centre-left claim narrow win over Merkel's party
The Social Democrats beat the party of outgoing Chancellor Merkel and may need weeks to form a coalition.

Far-right group Britain First registers as a political party
The far-right group was deregistered in 2017 when it failed to renew its registration in time.

Hospitals in England can relax Covid rules to treat more patients
Testing and isolating low-risk patients before planned operations can be dropped, new advice says.

Labour conference: Emily Thornberry backs Sir Keir Starmer over trans row
The shadow trade secretary says it is “factually inaccurate” to say only women have a cervix.

Rapper Wiley issued with arrest warrant after failing to attend court
Wiley is accused of assault and burglary with intent to cause criminal damage.

School keep clear lines painted outside primary closed in 2003
Greg Smith, who lives in the converted primary, says the surplus paint job is a waste of council tax.

Interviewing the Taliban: 'Still now I am terrified'
Afghan news anchor Behishta Arghand made history when she interviewed the Taliban.

Crete struck by 5.8-magnitude earthquake
The quake had a magnitude of 5.8 according to the National Observatory of Athens.

Covid: 'I lost my daughter to cancer after the pandemic paused chemotherapy'
Mandy Russell told the BBC she's "broken" after 31-year-old Kelly Smith died of bowel cancer.

Labour: 'I joined for Corbyn, but I'm staying'
Ana joined the Labour Party in support of Jeremy Corbyn but is staying in the hope of seeing a vision for the future from Keir Starmer.

Australia: Footage captures car careering across eight lanes
A woman and child were injured, but Australian police say it's "incredibly lucky" others weren't hurt.

Manta rays inspire new device to filter microplastics
Wastewater plants release microplastics into the environment, but could manta rays hold the key to a solution?

Styling a better future for black models at fashion week
How one model and one massive fashion show agency are making life a bit more beautiful for black models.

Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors
Can a hamster trading cryptocurrency beat human investors in the stock market? Mr Goxx can.

Love Canal: The suburb built on 20,000 tonnes of chemical waste
How a group of 'hysterical housewives' fought to be evacuated from their polluted homes

How climate change is making inequality worse, especially for children
Children will face up to three times as many extreme climate events as their grandparents, research suggests.

Fuel supply: Why are there long queues for petrol in UK?
Here's all you need to know about why fuel has been running out at petrol pumps in the UK.

In rural Afghanistan, a family welcomes Taliban rule
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen travels to Helmand province, a month after the hardline Islamists took control.

Dalai Lama backs bid to save Edinburgh café he inspired
Reka Gawa opened the Himalaya Café after a chance meeting with the spiritual leader almost 20 years ago.

Can football-playing robots beat the World Cup winners by 2050?
The robot football league that is hoping to eventually beat the best human team in the world.

Xianzi: The #MeToo icon China is trying to silence
A court has thrown out a high-profile sexual harassment case. Can China's feminist movement survive?

Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in my area?
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

China Evergrande: What the company's debt crisis means for the world
The property giant has missed an interest payment deadline, fuelling concerns that it will collapse.

Tottenham: Nuno Espirito Santo appointment 'turning into a nightmare'
Three defeats in a row means the pressure is increasing on Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo, says Chris Sutton.

A summer like no other for women's cricket in England - what has been learned?
At the end of the busiest summer for women's cricket, BBC Sport looks at the positives and negatives from a season like no other.

Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham: Gunners have had false dawns before but maybe this is different - Keown
Ex-Gunners defender Martin Keown explains why Arsenal's derby win over Tottenham could turn out to be especially important for manager Mikel Arteta.

Will Messi end PSG drought against his mentor Guardiola's Man City?
Messi has six goals in four games against Guardiola but is yet to settle in Paris - will he end his PSG drought against Man City on Tuesday?

Ryder Cup: Thomas, Garcia & DeChambeau feature in best shots from final day
Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau all feature in the best shots of the final day as USA regain the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

German election: Seven things we learned
Seats, Schleswig and an ex-spy: here are some of the sidelights from Sunday's vote.

German elections usher in political change with a small 'c'
While voting patterns are changing, none of the front-running parties can be described as radical.

German elections 2021: 'Bazooka man' Olaf Scholz bidding for chancellor
The centre-left leader looks to succeed Angela Merkel after preliminary results put him ahead.

German election: Green Party speaks of 'fantastic campaign'
Annalena Baerbock said the numbers were "fantastic" for the Green Party in Germany's election.

Angela Merkel: A career in pictures
As Angela Merkel steps down as German chancellor, we take a look back at the photos documenting her career.

Papers gripped by Germany's era of uncertainty
Newspapers across Europe are watching the knife-edge results in Germany with a high degree of concern for the country's - and continent's - future course.

In love with the Resistance: My mother-in-law's war
Researching family history, Rosie Whitehouse uncovered a story of Protestants and Jews uniting against the Nazis in a French town.

CEO Secrets: 'In my business, you eat what you kill'
Music executive Riki Bleau shares his business advice for our CEO Secrets series.

'How we re-delivered a baby's postcard - 75 years on'
After an illness, Stu began reuniting old postcards with their owners - and revived some buried memories.

Ryder Cup: Tales behind Great Britain's wins over the United States
Britain only defeated the US three times in the first 25 Ryder Cups, but behind each victory is a wealth of remarkable stories.

The torso in the Thames: A 20-year mystery
Twenty years ago, a young African boy was murdered and his torso was dumped in the Thames. It's the longest unsolved child murder case in the recent history of the Metropolitan Police.


R. Kelly found guilty of racketeering

R. Kelly faces decades in prison on racketeering and sex trafficking charges

Hear the shocking accusations R. Kelly faces at trial
After a 2-year delay, the trial has begun for singer R. Kelly, who faces federal charges for racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child.

Biden's schedule is open this week. Here's why that's intentional.

Biden's multi-trillion bet to change America is in peril as Trump waits to pounce

Five key takeaways from Germany's historic election

Hear how Angela Merkel's potential replacement plans to fill her shoes
Germany's left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) will begin negotiations to form a ruling coalition after preliminary results showed the party narrowly winning the largest share of parliamentary seats following Sunday's federal election. CNN's Fred Pleitgen spoke with Olaf Scholz (the SPD leader), the frontrunner who described how he would partner with the US and NATO.

A pill to treat Covid-19: 'We're talking about a return to, maybe, normal life'
Within a day of testing positive for covid-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing assistant, was having trouble breathing, symptoms serious enough to send her to the emergency room.

Dr. Gupta's hospital faces tough choices as Covid patients rise
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports from Grady Memorial Hospital, where he has worked as a neurosurgeon for the past 20 years and which is currently seeing an influx of mostly unvaccinated Covid-19 patients.

Police ask for personal items of Gabby Petito's fiancé for DNA matching, attorney says
As authorities keep scouring swampland for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, the FBI has asked for items that might have his DNA, the Laundries' family lawyer said.

One dead and nine injured as buildings collapse during Crete earthquake
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Crete, Greece on Monday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.

UK could ask soldiers to deliver fuel as service stations run dry
The UK government could ask the military to deliver gasoline to service stations after a shortage of tanker drivers forced some to close last week, triggering a spate of panic buying by British motorists.

Japan's Princess Mako to give up $1 million payment in controversial marriage
Japan's Princess Mako is set to forego a one-off million-dollar payment for giving up her royal status to wed a college classmate, local media said on Saturday, clearing the way for a marriage delayed for years by controversy over her fiance.

A hamster's portfolio is beating the market
A German hamster is beating investors at their own game.

The nuclear megayacht designed to save the world
The ultimate symbol of wealth, the superyacht has seen a dramatic surge in demand during the pandemic, as the ultra-rich yearned for privacy and social distancing in its most luxurious, exclusive form.

New video shows Putin fishing before self-isolating
The Kremlin has released new video showing Vladimir Putin fishing in Siberia. The outing took place prior to the Russian president announcing that he would self-isolate after several people around him tested positive for Covid-19.

A dangerous new era of superpower confrontation was signaled this weekend
China wasn't even pretending.

Popular cartoons pulled after China announces crackdown
Comic and animation fans in China were in for a nasty shock this weekend as authorities turned their crackdown on the entertainment industry to yet another target.

Lava reaching the sea will cause explosions, La Palma authorities warn
Emergency authorities early on Monday ordered people in an area on the eastern shore of La Palma island to lock down as the lava gushing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano approaches the sea.

What Liz Cheney gets exactly right about Trump -- and her party
No matter what you think of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, she spoke a truth that her fellow Republicans need to hear on Sunday.

Republican rep. calls for 2020 election redo after audit disproves conspiracy theories
CNN's Brianna Keilar rolls the tape on Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar's continued efforts to push conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump even after an audit confirmed Biden's victory in his state.

Afghanistan and Myanmar withdraw from UN speaker list amid credentials dispute
Afghanistan will no longer address the United Nations General Assembly, in the wake of a credentials dispute between the Taliban and the country's current representative to the UN.

Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. to be given 'unconditional release' by DOJ
The Justice Department reached a deal with John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, to free him from the strict conditions of release that he's been living with for several years.

French President Emmanuel Macron hit by egg thrown from crowd in Lyon
French President Emmanuel Macron was hit by an egg while taking part in a food event in Lyon on Monday.

World's most dangerous bird raised by humans 18,000 years ago, study suggests
The earliest bird reared by humans may have been a cassowary -- often called the world's most dangerous bird because of its long, dagger-like toe.

Taliban publicly display bodies of alleged kidnappers
The Taliban have put on public display the bodies of four men who were killed after they carried out a kidnapping in the western city of Herat, Afghanistan. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Facebook is hitting the brakes on Instagram for kids
Instagram is pressing pause on plans to develop a version of its service for kids under 13 after facing pressure from lawmakers to back down on the effort and new questions about the impact the photo-sharing service has on teen girls.

San Marino votes overwhelmingly to end abortion ban
The tiny landlocked republic of San Marino voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to legalize abortion under certain circumstances, according to official results published by the country's state secretariat of internal affairs.

China to reduce abortions for 'non-medical purposes'
China will reduce the number of abortions performed for "non-medical purposes," the country's cabinet announced in new guidelines issued Monday that it said were aimed at improving women's reproductive health.

4-year-old nearly died from rare complication of Covid-19
Monica Morton's son, Mason, spent a month in the hospital after he developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS). She wants other parents to hear her story and know the warning signs.

More than 300 people are involved in manhunt for a suspect after a Florida sheriff's deputy was shot during a traffic stop
More than 300 people are hunting for a suspect accused of shooting and killing a Florida sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.

Haitian migrants met by spiraling violence at home
For thousands of Haitians deported by the US, they're returning to a homeland more dangerous than the one they fled as Port-au-Prince struggles with an uptick in gang violence. CNN's Melissa Bell reports.

Chairman and CEO of one of China's most prominent companies taken by police
HNA Group Chairman Chen Feng and CEO Tan Xiangdong have been detained by Chinese police, according to the company.

DASH diet and exercise helps uncontrolled high blood pressure, study finds
Nearly half of all Americans live with high blood pressure, a key contributor to diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and serious complications from Covid-19, according to the American Heart Association.

Van life looks idyllic on social media. But for couples, it can be challenging
It looks like a dreamy life of freedom on the open road: golden sunsets, cozy bunks and endless photo ops amidst stunning views of nature.

Church's beer festival sparks outrage after visitors pose with drinks on gravestones
A beer festival held in an English churchyard has provoked a wave of controversy after pictures emerged of visitors reveling among the graves.

These unique trees transform landscapes and livelihoods
The longest continental mountain range in the world may be one of the last places you would expect to find a palm tree. High above the foliage of the Andean mountains, Colombia's National Tree, the wax palm, has been intriguing scientists for decades.

Captain wants out, poor form and humiliated by rivals: what's happened to Tottenham?
21:54 BST. May 8, 2019. Amsterdam.

Tearful star 'should have done more' as Europe suffer record-breaking Ryder Cup defeat
Rory McIlroy was in tears after beating Xander Schauffele in their Ryder Cup singles match on Sunday, saying he "should have done more" as his Europe team suffered a record-breaking defeat to the US.

Is Britney Spears a victim of 'tragic White girl syndrome'?
This week on "Pop Off," CNN reporter Lisa Respers France talks all things Britney Spears, from her "Star Search" years to the #FreeBritney movement and her conservatorship battle. Subscribe to Lisa's "Pop Life Chronicles" newsletter here.

How this became one of cinema's most famous theme tunes
Dum de-de dum dum, dum-dum-dum. Monty Norman created the James Bond theme tune almost 60 years ago and it is now one of the most recognized pieces of music in the history of cinema. When you hear it, you know exactly who you will see on screen: Bond. James Bond.

'How to Raise Kids who Aren't A**holes' — or maybe even kind
The desire to raise good people is fairly universal among adults with kids in their lives. Most of us want our kids to grow up to be kind and compassionate adults.

Alive with 13,000 'floating' orchids, this is a garden like no other
Patience. Understanding. Tranquility. This is what Tokyo-based "ultra-technologists" teamLab wants visitors to experience when they enter its new artwork, entitled "Floating Flower Garden; Flowers and I are of the Same Root, the Garden and I are One."

Monstrous 66-yard game-winning field goal sets NFL record
"He's the best kicker in NFL history."

Canadian university offers class about Drake and the Weeknd
If you're reading this, it's too late. Unless you're an undergraduate student at a university in Canada who is about to get the chance to study Drake.

Fury v Joshua bout unlikely to happen, says promoter Warren
Anthony Joshua's stunning defeat to Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk means there is unlikely to be a world heavyweight unification fight between Britons Joshua and Tyson Fury, promoter Frank Warren said.

This yogurt maker wants to make fake milk taste real
Given the dizzying array of options in the dairy aisle of the grocery store these days, some may think that the last thing we need is another type of milk. Yogurt maker Danone disagrees.

Rare fossil of 25-million-year-old eagle that hunted koalas found in South Australia
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a nearly complete fossil of a 25-million-year-old eagle that once flew over South Australia and preyed on koalas -- an incredibly rare find because of how well preserved it is, experts say.

R. Kelly convicted of racketeering by a federal jury in Brooklyn
Kelly, who has been on trial since Aug. 18, has pleaded not guilty to all charges

What we were not allowed to see at R. Kelly's trial
Before the federal trial for R. Kelly even began, it has been shrouded in secrecy, with journalists and the public barred from the courtroom where prosecutors laid out their racketeering case against the singer -- charges that could send him to prison for decades.

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Biden administration unveils new proposal to protect Dreamers
New rule would preserve and protect the DACA programme against future legal challenges, but Congress also urged to act.

South Sudan dismisses UN report on corruption
Gov't says it is the victim of an 'international campaign' after report accuses the elite of looting more than $73m.

Canada’s Green Party chief stepping down after election loss
Annamie Paul, first Black woman to lead a federal party in Canada, resigns as leader after poor vote results last week.

Will Tunisia return to authoritarian rule?
Thousands protest against President Kais Saeid who is ruling by decree after seizing executive power in July.

Qatar Airways suffers $4bn annual loss on pandemic hit
Qatar's flagship airline carrier also said its operational loss shrank by 7 percent from the year before.

Dozens dead after deadly attacks in northeast Nigeria
State security commissioner says troops came under fire before forcing the assailants to withdraw.

Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair
Macron walks through crowd when an egg hits his shoulder and bounces off without breaking.

Biden mulls US rival to China’s Belt & Road in Latin America
A US official is travelling to Colombia, Ecuador and Panama to scout for possible projects, sources tell Bloomberg.

America’s litany of lethal lies
The latest US drone strike that obliterated a family in Afghanistan was no 'mistake'. It was a heinous crime.

Taliban takes on ISKP, its most serious foe in Afghanistan
Afghan group cracks down on ISKP (ISIS-K) members after a series of attacks, but experts say it won't be an easy task.

Instagram pauses plans to develop app for kids under 13
The pause gives the photo-sharing app a chance to listen to concerns and respond accordingly, Instagram says.

ICC prosecutor leaves US forces out of new Afghanistan probe
ICC prosecutor targets Taliban, ISKP as he seeks approval to resume investigation into Afghanistan.

A vote for ‘stability’: World reacts to Germany election outcome
European allies welcome performance of pro-EU parties as Russia eyes 'continuity' in relations with Berlin.

Afghanistan envoy withdraws from UN General Assembly debate
Isaczai, ambassador for the government overthrown by the Taliban, was due to speak on Monday.

England’s Moeen Ali calls time on Test cricket career
All-rounder says he hopes his playing achievements can inspire other British Muslims to represent England.

Germany elections: What happened, and what happens next?
Germany’s Social Democrats have edged out Merkel's conservatives, but coalition talks will take months.

World leaders speak on final day of UN General Assembly: Live
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett began day of speeches that included officials from UAE, Belarus and Syria.

Beirut blast probe suspended after request to remove judge
Lebanese political leadership has accused Judge Tarek Bitar of bias after charging senior officials.

Power problems: Could solar solve Nigeria’s electricity woes?
Hungry for energy, millions of Nigerians put up with noisy, smoky petrol-fuelled generators to power their lives.

Saudi-US military ties continue despite rights reset
Eight months into his presidency, Joe Biden appears inclined to maintain the old alliance with Saudi Arabia.

Biden adviser to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen: US officials
NSA Jake Sullivan will meet MBS in Riyadh as UN warns of 'indefinite state of war'.

Sudan protesters agree to resumption of oil exports
Sudan's gov't reached a deal with tribal demonstrators in eastern Sudan after days of protests.

‘Up to 90 percent’ of UK petrol pumps dry amid panic buying
Lack of truck drivers means fuel cannot be transported to petrol stations, but government promises urgent action.

Bahrain authorities jailed hundreds of children: Report
Some 607 children endured various forms of torture while held in Bahraini prisons over the past decade, report finds.

End of an era with arrest of HNA Group chairman
As HNA snapped up assets across the world, it symbolised the arrival of China on a global stage. Now that's unravelling.

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Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York
At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign
The Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies.

European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air

Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices
The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices.

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day
Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day'. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for the development of organic production, adopted by the Commission on 25 March 2021, which announced the creation of such a day to raise awareness of organic production.

Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws
The Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications.

Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey

Coronavirus: Commission signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment

EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future
The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020.

Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries
The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.

Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card
Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach.

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

State of the Union 2021
In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030
Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.

State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion
Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive.

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions.

NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery
The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June.

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU
The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project.

2021 Strategic Foresight Report: Enhancing the EU's long-term capacity and freedom to act
The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds
The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance.

Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated
Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter.

COVID-19: Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

G7 meeting on Afghanistan
On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting.

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax
The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022.

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules
The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns
The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the EU's organic action plan, agriculture-related trade issues and the Slovenian presidency's priorities for agriculture and fisheries.

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
The European Commission has adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

July infringements package: key decisions

COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers approved 12 Council decisions on national recovery and resilience plans, exchanged views on the Commission's new sustainable finance proposals, and approved conclusions on in-depth reviews of member states' macroeconomic imbalances.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs discussed current affairs and exchanged views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia and the Strategic Compass. The Council also approved conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU's priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure
MEPs criticised new LGBTIQ rules in Hungary, approved funds for migration measures as well as investments for transport, digital and energy projects.

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars
The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.

EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges
The European Commission has published the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard, an annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.

€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions
Parliament has adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027.

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery
The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard
The European Commission has adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.

Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit
The European Commission has proposed revisions of two sets of EU rules to enhance consumer rights in a world reshaped by digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals
The Commission has decided to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five therapeutics that could soon be available to treat patients across the EU.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
At the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, ministers discussed a range of topics including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, setting a protection goal for bees, fisheries control, the market situation, and the recent extreme weather event in Czechia.

Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. The guidelines aim to provide a coordinated approach in line with the specific national, regional and local conditions.

Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work
The Commission is renewing its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers' health and safety over the coming years.

Main results of the European Council
At their meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to step up coordination on COVID-19 measures, including vaccinations, global solidarity, new variants and ways to return to free movement of people. They also discussed economic recovery, migration, relations with Turkey and Russia, and addressed the issue of discrimination against LGBTQI people.

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050
The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%.

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents
The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Commission supports researchers and organisations with €822 million in 2021
The Commission has announced new calls to support researchers' training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU's flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions
The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs, and exchanged views on Belarus, Iraq and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Council also adopted conclusions on Cultural Heritage, and sanctions regarding Belarus and Myanmar/Burma.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers took stock of the economic recovery in Europe, exchanged views on the ongoing VAT files and the state of play of the banking union. They also discussed fiscal sustainability in the framework of the European Semester 2021.

COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup was informed on the post-programme surveillance reports on Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and discussed the tenth enhanced surveillance report on Greece.

Main results of the EU-Canada summit
At a summit held in Brussels on 14 June, the leaders of the EU and Canada agreed to further strengthen their strategic partnership. They committed to ensuring universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, ambitious climate action, and a sustainable and green economic recovery. The EU and Canada will also cooperate more closely in the areas of health, ocean protection, raw materials, and security and defence.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Employment and social affairs ministers discussed minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. Meanwhile, health ministers discussed a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery

Main results of the EU-US summit
The EU-US summit on 15 June delivered a series of bilateral trade initiatives. Leaders agreed to resolve long-standing disputes regarding aircraft, discuss measures on steel and aluminium, and set up a Trade and Technology Council. They also discussed COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a sustainable recovery, protecting the planet and cooperating on foreign and security issues.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions

Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges
The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal.

G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over the next year
At the Cornwall summit from 11 to 13 June, the G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

Plenary highlights: Covid certificate, LUX Prize, biodiversity
Back in Strasbourg, MEPs had a full agenda with votes on the Covid certificate, rule of law, Belarus, the EU's biodiversity strategy, as well as the LUX Prize.

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver
To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss climate change adaptation, batteries and waste batteries, and zero pollution.

June infringements package: key decisions

Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate
MEPs completed the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers exchanged views on the internal security outlook regarding artificial intelligence and on the impact of COVID-19 on preventing and fighting crime. They had an initial discussion on the Schengen strategy, adopted by the Commission on 2 June. The Presidency reported on the state of play regarding the new pact on migration and asylum.

EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs.

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The EU has submitted its proposal seeking the commitment of World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a multilateral trade action plan to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and ensure universal and fair access.

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

Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans
The Commission has proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with the click of a button on their phone.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its positions on the Single European Sky, hired vehicles and third countries’ certificates in inland navigation. It adopted conclusions on rail and sustainable and smart mobility.

Towards a stronger and more resilient Schengen area
The European Commission presented a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient.

European Semester Spring Package: Paving the way for a strong and sustainable recovery
The European Commission has presented the European Semester Spring Package, which focuses on providing fiscal guidance to Member States as they continue the process of gradually reopening their economies.

Zero Pollution: Vast majority of Europe's bathing waters meet the highest quality standards

EU Digital COVID Certificate: EU Gateway goes live with seven countries one month ahead of deadline
The EU Digital COVID Certificate has reached another important milestone with the go-live of the technical system at EU level, which allows to verify certificates in a secure and privacy-friendly way. The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling this summer.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated travel measures ahead of the summer
The European Commission has proposed an update to the Council Recommendation on the coordination of free movement restrictions in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Main results of the EU-Japan summit
At a summit held by videoconference, the leaders of the EU and Japan concluded a ‘green alliance’ that will boost cooperation to accelerate climate and environmental action. They also discussed global access to COVID-19 vaccines, digital transformation, bilateral relations, and foreign and security policy.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation
The Commission has published its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 24 and 25 May 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, climate change, Belarus, Russia, the UK, the Middle East and Mali.

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Attacker sentenced to 9 years in prison for stabbing pro-establishment HK lawmaker Junius Ho

Exclusive: Two Canadians confess guilt, granted bail for medical reasons before leaving China: source

CanSinoBIO vaccine highly effective, safe for people aged 6-17: latest data

Epidemic in NE China's Heilongjiang affects more areas, sparks concern before holidays

China's blockbuster depicts spirits of warriors during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea

Chinese artist creates dialogue between East and West

Pandemic religious service

Three dead after US train derailed: rail operator

Ireland ends hotel quarantine for inbound travelers

CDC overrules its own panel of health experts for wide public use of shots

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Beijing stock exchange runs technical test, prepares for imminent trading

Malaysia to seek China's views on AUKUS as ASEAN countries fear nuclear proliferation, arms race

Anniversary speech

China's virus-free National Games to serve as reference for Beijing Winter Olympics

'Father of hybrid rice' Yuan Longping sculpture packed with flowers on Chinese Farmers' Harvest Festival

Affiliate of Chinese ride-hailing company fined $30,000 for leaving out Zangnan, Diaoyu Islands from country map of China

HK teenager who tried to snatch police shotgun sentenced to over four years in prison

Huawei eyes overseas cloud

MOF issues yuan debt in HK ahead of major bond connect program

COVID-19 may have been spreading in US in September 2019

EU business group's report blasted for biased criticism

Trade and infrastructure stay strong and defy pandemic

New Chinese mini-series pays tribute to policemen

CPC's vision of modernizing and transforming China a feat that developing countries aspire to achieve: Solomon Islands FM

Man builds museum for his bicycles in Northwest China

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Fighting back

US authorizes Pfizer booster for the elderly and high-risk


800-year-old bodies dug up in Peru


WHO says air pollution leads to 7m deaths per year, toughens guidelines

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Xi emphasizes inclusiveness, rejects zero-sum game at UN

China issues 15-year plan for IPR protection, with legislation to cover big data, AI

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China's pledge to stop coal-fired projects overseas 'a great economic sacrifice;' nation determines to curb global warming

China Southern Airlines teams up with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to extend care campaign to more international passengers

COSCO expands footprint in European by acquiring shares of Hamburg terminal

China's airlines actively expand 'red tourism' routes to meet growing demand

Xiaomi's reported move to lock smartphones in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Crimea not targeting any specific market: company

China will not accept US 'microphone diplomacy'

Biden boasts COVID-19 pledge despite anti-virus blunders in US

Speculations rise that DPP's 'online army' may have targeted Taiwan entertainers to create cross-Straits antagonism


Syria ‘combating and eradicating terrorism’, General Assembly hears
In his speech to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Monday, Fayssal Mekdad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to combat terrorism and aim to ‘restore security and stability’.

Yemen: Endless suffering of children after years of war, aid crisis 
The Yemen conflict killed or maimed 2,600 children as hostilities intensified in 2019 and 2020; that’s according to a new report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed conflict in the country. 

Yemen asks international community to exert pressure on Houthi coup leaders and their sponsors to ‘end bloodshed’
The war in Yemen has caused a human catastrophe, torn society apart, and triggered “waves of mass displacement, repression and enforced disappearance”, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, the final day of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate. 

Security Council marks 25th anniversary of Test Ban Treaty with call for nuclear weapons-free world 
The Security Council on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, with calls for its entry into force and the elimination of nuclear weapons everywhere.  

Boosting production, crucial for least developed countries, post pandemic
The world’s poorest countries will remain on the margins of the global economy if States are unable to boost economic production, and the international community fails to provide more support, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warned.

Iran nuclear programme at ‘critical point’, Israeli Prime Minister warns
With Iran’s nuclear programme at a “watershed moment”, the country must be stopped from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday in his inaugural speech to the UN General Assembly.

‘Time to rethink, transform, and safely restart tourism’, says UN chief  
Tourism “touches almost every part of our economies and societies”, enabling the historically marginalized, and “those at risk of being left behind, to benefit from development”, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, marking World Tourism Day.  

‘Humanity remains unacceptably close to nuclear annihilation, says UN chief on International Day
“Now is the time to eliminate nuclear weapons from our world , and usher in a new era of dialogue, trust and peace”, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday, marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

‘Overwhelmed by old challenges’, Caribbean leaders say COVID-19 has forced a new battle for the survival of their nations
Caribbean island nations are under assault from the coronavirus pandemic even as they try to protect their communities from rising seas and raging storms, regional leaders said Saturday at the UN, where they called for bold action to tackle climate change and shore up public health systems.

Goodness is the best medicine for the world’s ills, says Holy See official
Humanity needs the “reserves of goodness present in human hearts” to confront the many challenges facing the world community, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, declared in his video address to the high-level General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

As crises ‘pile up’ in the Sahel, Malian leader says it's time to consider more robust mandate for UN Mission    
The interim Prime Minister of Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maïga, said on Saturday that “rarely, has a country or region been as severely affected by the piling up of crises than Mali and the states of the Sahel.” 

Pacific nations appeal for solidarity to combat COVID-19 and climate change
Pacific Island leaders speaking in the UN General Assembly on Saturday underlined the need for global solidarity, commitment and action to tackle COVID-19 and climate change, two crises which threaten sustainable development. 

Russia calls for ‘concerted efforts’ to follow purposes and principles of UN Charter
The Russian Foreign Minister addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday, calling for a new consensus to uphold the “purposes and principles” of the UN’s founding document, the UN Charter, and a rejection of the Western-backed “Rules Based Order” concept.

Prime Minister Modi spotlights India’s role as a ‘reliable, democratic global partner’ 
In his address to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Narendra Modi reaffirmed India's commitment to democracy, highlighted its great strides in developing and manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines, and warned against “countries with regressive thinking.”

Sudan striving for ‘common goal’ of peace, prosperity, freedom and justice
Sudan continues the path to democracy, two years after the revolution that “carried the aspirations of our people for freedom, peace and justice”, Prime Minister Abdalla Adam Hamdok told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. 

St. Vincent’s Prime Minister urges world to ‘rise collectively’ and combat today’s challenges 
In addition to the global challenges surrounding climate, security and the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday drew the attention of the 76th UN General Assembly to devastating volcanic eruptions and the on-rushing Atlantic Hurricane season confronting his small-island developing State (SID).

Haitian Prime Minister: As long as there is inequality, migration will continue  
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, said on Saturday that “human beings, fathers and mothers who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict.” 

UNICEF’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the world has continued to watch anxiously, as the fate of women and girls throughout the country hangs in the balance.

At UN, Pakistan Prime Minister urges ‘bold steps’ to prevent humanitarian crisis Afghanistan
Against the backdrop of what he called “a critical time” in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan said on Friday that if the situation there is neglected, “a huge humanitarian crisis” lies ahead.

South Sudan ‘determined to never go back to war’
South Sudan is “ready to turn a new page” towards greater peace, development and prosperity, Vice-President Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior said in her speech in the UN General Assembly on Friday. 

Alarm bells are ringing over conflict, COVID and climate, ‘now we must respond’, Ireland tells UN Assembly 
Looking back over the first four days of the high-level week, the Ireland’s Prime Minister said a series of alarms have sounded in the Hall of the General Assembly: for conflict, for COVID, for climate.  

‘Save as many lives as possible, and leave no one's health behind’: Japan’s message to the world
Announcing the donation of up to 60 million COVID-19 vaccines to the UN-led COVAX facility, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that his country is determined to lead the global efforts to end the pandemic.

Syria: 10 years of war has left at least 350,000 dead
A decade of war in Syria has left more 350,200 people dead, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council on Friday, noting that this total was an “under-count of the actual number of killings”.

New Government will earn confidence of Lebanese people and international community, President tells UN
After a month-long political crisis, Lebanon has embarked on a new phase that will “hopefully mark a promising step on the path of recovery”, the country’s President old the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Afghanistan: Girls’ education must be a given, urges deputy UN chief
Ensuring all Afghan girls can be educated must be “a zero condition” for the Taliban, before international recognition of their de facto authority, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday.

With region ‘at a crossroads’, Palestinian President calls on UN’s Guterres to convene international peace conference 
The President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called on the UN Secretary-General to convene an international peace conference and said that to ensure that this initiative is not open-ended, Israel must withdraw from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem within one year. 

Cyprus President determined to get negotiation with Turkey process back on track
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told UN Member States on Friday that he is determined “to set the negotiation process” with Turkey “back on track”, on the basis of the UN framework and the agreement reached in 2019.

Human rights in Belarus continue downward spiral, warns Bachelet
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that she continues to be alarmed by “persistent allegations” of “widespread and systematic torture” of protesters in Belarus. 

WHO backs Regeneron COVID-19 drug cocktail - with equal access, price cut 
The Regeneron antibody drug cocktail – casirivimab and imdevimab – has been added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of treatments for COVID-19 patients, the UN agency said on Friday, before underscoring the need for lower prices and equitable distribution. 

Deadly ‘invisible shipwrecks’ plague migrants bound for Canary Islands
A sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances of migrants at sea heading to Spain’s Canary Islands, along the West African coast, is a cause for “extreme concern” the UN’s migration agency, IOM, said on Friday.