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Daniel Morgan case: 'I don't accept Met apology over my dad's murder'
Daniel Morgan's son speaks of his anger, after a report labels the Met "institutionally corrupt".

Iran election: Hardliner Raisi set to win in first round
Vote-counting shows Ebrahim Raisi - Iran's top judge - has so far received 62% of the vote.

Mosh pits and no masks at Download Festival pilot
This weekend's Download Festival is part of a live event trial to see if large-scale gatherings are possible.

Covid: Setback for EU in AstraZeneca legal fight and Download Festival resumes
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Saturday morning.

Chesham and Amersham by-election defeat a warning shot, says Tory co-chairman
Planning reforms for England and HS2 rail had dominated campaigning in Chesham and Amersham.

Give people the right to switch off after work - Labour
The party also says people should have the right to flexible practices, such as working from home.

Abortion rights: US Catholic bishops face clash with Biden
US Catholic leaders begin a process that may call for the president to be barred from Holy Communion.

Myanmar coup: UN calls for arms embargo against military
In a rare move, the UN condemns the overthrowing of Aung San Suu Kyi and calls for an arms embargo.

Shanghai gallery removes artwork ranking women by looks
The gallery in Shanghai pulls the video piece "Uglier and Uglier" after a backlash.

Milkha Singh: India's 'Flying Sikh' dies from Covid
The country's most famous athlete ran for his life as a child and then ran to win medals.

Fashion: Suffolk influencers promote self-love with mid-size trends
Two midsize fashion influencers speak out about the importance of body positivity on social media.

The papers: 'Flopscotch' at the Euros and blue wall 'at risk'
The front pages focus on the England v Scotland stalemate at Wembley and the Lib Dem by-election win.

Week in pictures: 12 - 18 June 2021
A selection of powerful images taken around the world this week.

Myanmar: Who are the ethnic armies training protesters?
Many protesters are being trained by ethnic armed groups - can they eventually topple the junta?

Squirrel's sinking feeling as Ipswich gardener thwarts food theft
Petroleum jelly stops a slippery customer from nabbing an easy lunch.

Download Pilot Festival: Rock and metal event returns post-Covid
Rock and metal fans are dusting off their devil horns for the first Download Festival in two years.

Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen portrait made with Rubik's cubes
David Wright uses 500 of the colourful 3D puzzlers to create a likeness of the Danish footballer.

France's Le Pen on track for regional power with an eye on presidency
France's far-right National Rally party looks set to top Sunday's first round regional vote.

North Korea: Why doesn't it have enough food this year?
The country's leader Kim Jong-un has warned of shortages - what do we know about the food situation?

Can old traditions and tech help Singapore reach zero waste?
Singapore sees its traditional rag and bone collectors as key to its sustainability plans.

Timothy Spall: 'I was crying, swearing and chucking paint'
He's played Lowry and Turner, and now the actor explains how he came to be holding his own art show.

Armenia's war defeat prompts bitter vote on rebuilding country
After a fierce campaign, the election will decide the country's post-war future.

'I trained for a 1,000-mile cycle on chemotherapy'
Terminally ill Gaz Emmerson is cycling the length of Great Britain to raise money for others with sarcoma.

England's Bland, world number 115, shares halfway lead at US Open
England's Richard Bland shares an unexpected lead in the US Open after a second-round 67 at Torrey Pines.

England 0-0 Scotland: Billy Gilmour - Scotland's N'Golo Kante - shines in Wembley Euros draw
Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour comes of age with an outstanding performance against England at Wembley.

Jurgen Klinsmann: Former Tottenham striker keen on vacant manager's job
Jurgen Klinsmann says he has called Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy about the vacant manager's job and would "absolutely" take it.

England on top against India in one-off Test despite rain
England put themselves in a strong position in the one-off Test against India despite much of the afternoon session being wiped out by rain.

Euro 2020: All the action and intensity in 90 seconds as Scotland hold England
Relive the best of the action on the pitch and in the stands as Scotland’s Tartan Army leave Wembley with a point after a 0-0 draw with England at Euro 2020.

England 0-0 Scotland: 'Real hope for Scotland but a wake-up call for England'
England and Scotland could not be separated as they met once more in a major men's tournament, but all the plaudits must go to Steve Clarke's side, writes Phil McNulty.

Scotland hold England to earn deserved draw
Both defences were in top form as England and Scotland were unable to break the deadlock in their Euro 2020 Group D match at Wembley.

England 0-0 Scotland - how the internet reacted to their Wembley stalemate
England v Scotland ended 0-0 and the Scottish fans might feel happier. Here's how it all unfolded online.

Euro 2020: 'One step closer to qualification' - but why did England 'lack ideas' against Scotland?
Captain Harry Kane says England are one step closer to the last 16 at Euro 2020, but did they lack ideas in draw with Scotland?

England v Scotland: The fans who lost their Euro 2020 tickets
Some fans are having to make new plans after their tickets were cancelled.

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie: Why disco hit is now Scotland's unofficial anthem
The 1970s disco classic has become the country's unofficial anthem ahead of the match with England.

England 0-0 Scotland: Andy Robertson says 'make sure it's not a pointless result'
Captain Andy Robertson has urged Scotland to make sure their battling goalless draw with England is not a "pointless result" as they bid to make history at Euro 2020.

Euro 2020: Scotland v England at Euro 1996 and what life was like then
As the Euro 2020 game looms, what was life like last time the rivals met in a major tournament?

England 2-0 Scotland: What was it like to be on the receiving end of Paul Gascoigne's genius?
Paul Gascoigne's brilliant Euro 96 goal is one of English football's most famous moments but it meant a defeat at Wembley which is still hard to swallow for Scotland.

Ros Atkins On… How the Delta variant took hold in the UK
Ros Atkins traces back the story of the Delta variant and how it delayed the UK’s reopening plans.

Covid: What are the care home visiting rules?
New guidance gives hope to people who want to go to see their loved ones.

Covid: What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?
Coronavirus restrictions are staying in place because of concerns about the Delta variant.

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.

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?
Over 40s in England and Scotland can have their second dose after eight weeks instead of 12.

Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
The logistics of vaccinating millions of people across the country, as more than 42 million people receive at least one dose.

What are the rules for travelling to green, amber and red list countries?
Foreign holidays are possible, but travellers must follow strict rules on their return.

Covid: What do over-18s need to know about the vaccine?
The vaccine rollout is now available for younger adults. What do they need to know about getting jabbed?

Covid: Should I be working from home or going back to the office?
As lockdown restrictions ease gradually across the UK, what are the rules about returning to work?

Tokyo Olympic Games: When are they and will they go ahead despite Covid?
The Tokyo Summer Olympics are due to start in July, despite a surge in Covid cases in Japan.

Covid symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself?
A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus.

Covid: Which areas are being surge tested for variants?
People who live, work or travel in various parts of the UK are being urged to get a Covid test.

UK holidays: When and where can I go... and who with?
Going abroad is not straightforward, so many people are opting to stay in the UK for their holidays.

Coronavirus: When can we stop wearing face masks or face coverings?
Wearing a face covering is currently a legal requirement in many places, but could the rules change as lockdown eases further?

Coronavirus G7: Could a billion more vaccines for poorer countries make a difference?
How much difference could the G7 offer of a billion vaccines make to tackling the pandemic?

What are the rules for weddings and can I hold a reception?
Restrictions on weddings have been eased across the UK - so how can you now celebrate?

What are the rules for pubs, restaurants, festivals and gigs?
The lifting of restrictions is being delayed, which could affect planned events

What are the social distancing rules and when could they end?
Will we still need to be socially distanced through the summer? A social distancing review is advising the government.

Covid: Is there a limit to how much worse variants can get?
The coronavirus has changed and changed again, getting more transmissible each time.

Covid symptoms: Is it a cold or coronavirus?
With similar symptoms, deciding whether or not you need to get tested for coronavirus can be tricky.

Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country
Key maps and charts explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Covid: How should I protect myself from Covid now?
What are the actions we can take to reduce our risk of catching the virus?

Lockdown easing: Four numbers to look for ahead of the 21 June decision
The key numbers that offer clues as to whether "freedom day" will proceed as planned on 21 June.


Ebrahim Raisi, ultra-conservative judiciary chief, set to be Iran's next president
Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judiciary chief with a brutal human rights record, has won Iran's controversial presidential election, according to preliminary results announced by the interior ministry Saturday.

She was born in Australia, but the country wants to send her back to alleged war criminals
Tharnicaa was eight months old when Australian Border Force officers burst into her home in rural Australia, and tore her Sri Lankan refugee parents and their children from their new life.

'You know that's not true': CNN reporter corrects man who stormed Capitol
CNN's Drew Griffin speaks with Josh Pruitt, a member of the Proud Boys who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Watch "Assault on Democracy: The Roots of Trump's Insurrection" at 6pm on June 20, 2021.

This Republican senator is now Enemy No. 1 for Trump

The trio seizing the US Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, demonstrated their collective power at America's highest court on Thursday.

Joe Biden wooed many on his tour of Europe. It'll take much more to fix the damage wrought by Trump
Joe Biden's first overseas trip as US President -- a whistle-stop diplomatic tour of Europe -- achieved its primary goal of signaling to America's closest friends that it was ready once more to lead the Western alliance.

To some, she's a patriot. To others, a domestic terrorist
On a sunny morning in February, as a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace" filled the salt air, Ashli Babbitt's family and friends scattered her ashes into the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.

Gunman shoots man next to 2 children in broad daylight in the Bronx
New York City police are looking for two individuals in connection with a brazen daytime assault in which a 24-year-old man was shot next to two children on a Bronx sidewalk on Thursday.

India's legendary sprinter Milkha Singh has died of Covid-19 complications age 91, days after his wife
Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh has died at the age of 91 after a month-long battle with Covid-19, according to a family statement obtained by CNN affiliate News 18.

China's about to administer its billionth coronavirus shot. Yes, you read that right

Pentagon pulls missile defense, other systems from Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries
The Pentagon is pulling missile defense systems and other military hardware and personnel from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East, according to a defense official, as it realigns its mission and forces to confront China and Russia.

Brown presses GOP lawmaker to denounce new Capitol riot conspiracy
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) shares her reaction to the latest videos released from the January 6 Capitol riot with CNN's Pamela Brown.

Must-watch videos of the week

In North Korea a packet of coffee costs $100, and that's a problem for Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has bigger problems than the United States right now. He needs to feed his people, and his options are not good.

US Catholic bishops advance communion document, setting up potential rebuke of Biden
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Friday proceeded with a plan that would deny communion to public figures who support abortion rights, setting up a potential public rebuke of President Joe Biden.

The US marks a vaccine milestone, but one expert warns that the coronavirus Delta variant has a worrying impact on patients
As President Joe Biden celebrated America's 300 million vaccine dose milestone Friday, experts warned that the spread of coronavirus variants could spur a surge in troubling new cases if more people don't get inoculated.

A huge backlog at China's ports could spoil your holiday shopping this year
A coronavirus outbreak in southern China has clogged ports critical to global trade, causing a shipping backlog that could take months to clear and lead to shortages during the year-end holiday shopping season.

Teen is one of few kids vaccinated in the UK. Here's why
The United Kingdom is taking a cautious approach toward vaccinating young people, a stark contrast from the United States, where more than 5 million children under 18 are fully vaccinated. CNN's Phil Black has more.

Pornhub sued for allegedly serving nonconsensual sex videos
Dozens of women sued Pornhub and its parent company Thursday, alleging that the site knowingly profited from videos depicting rape, child sexual exploitation, trafficking and other nonconsensual sexual content.

Shanghai gallery pulls controversial video ranking women 'from the prettiest to the ugliest'
A Shanghai gallery has apologized for exhibiting a seven-hour video in which an artist filmed passing women before giving them a score and ordering them "from the prettiest to the ugliest."

Oregon police search for suspect after three people found dead in separate incidents
Police in Oregon are searching for a suspect believed responsible for three separate attacks that left three people dead and one person seriously injured on Friday.

Christian Eriksen discharged from hospital after 'successful operation'
Christian Eriksen has been discharged from hospital after undergoing a "successful operation," the Danish Football Association confirmed on Friday.

Hear Putin offer rare praise for President Biden
Speaking during a video conference meeting with graduates from Russia's Graduate School of Public Administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his US counterpart Joe Biden, describing him as a "professional" who is "completely knowledgeable on all issues." CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Alleged financier for Venezuelan president says he fears being extradited to the US
He claims he was tortured by the authorities in Cape Verde and that even worse punishments await him if he is extradited to the United States. Alex Saab, the Colombian businessman who's also said to be a 'financier' and 'front man' of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, told CNN in an exclusive interview from his detention site in Cape Verde that he has no doubts about what will happen to him if sent to America.

How Trump weaponized the Justice Department
Elie Honig, author of the Bill Barr biography "Hatchet Man," breaks down attempts to undermine the Justice Department during the Trump administration.

Georgia removes 100,000 names from voter registration rolls
More than 100,000 names will be removed from Georgia's voter registration rolls in an attempt to keep the state's voter files "up to date," Georgia's secretary of state announced in a statement Friday.

A California reservoir is expected to fall so low that a hydro-power plant will shut down for first time
Water in a key California reservoir is expected to fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will be forced to shut down for the first time, officials said Thursday, straining the state's already-taxed electric grid.

It's so hot in the West this week, it is reaching 100 degrees by 8 a.m.
The West is in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave this week, as all-time records were shattered and daily records broken in over a dozen states.

Japan's top Covid-19 adviser says holding the Olympics without spectators is 'desirable'
Japan's top coronavirus adviser said Friday that staging the Tokyo Olympics without spectators is "desirable" as it would be the lowest risk option amid the pandemic.

CNN anchor: This is one of the most embarrassing failures for ICC
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo returns to the country after 10 years in exile, following an acquittal from the International Criminal Court. He had been on trial for violence in the country following his refusal to concede in the 2010 elections. Professor Phil Clark of the SOAS University of London speaks to CNN's Zain Asher about the case and the challenges the ICC faces.

Daredevil dies while practicing for a world record motorcycle jump
Daredevil Alex Harvill died Thursday while practicing for a world record motorcycle ramp jump, officials in Washington state said. He was 28 years old.

Man survives after he was shot next to children
The NYPD released surveillance video showing a man shot in broad daylight next to two children in the Bronx.

This race massacre occurred years before Tulsa
The Elaine Race Massacre left hundreds dead in 1919. "Rise Again" director Dawn Porter says like Tulsa, it was sparked by racist anger of Black progress.

Bear shot dead after attacking four people in residential area in Japan
A brown bear was shot dead in northern Japan after tearing through a residential area on Friday and injuring four people, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Utah cheerleading photo incident sends a message
In second grade, my son's class finished the school year by doing theatrical re-creations of the books they had read. Parents even got a flyer announcing the activity with students listed under each book. My son was missing, and when I inquired, was told that "Nico would participate as an audience member."

Victoria's Secret is overhauling its image. Is it enough to regain relevance?
Less than two years after Victoria's Secret pulled the plug on its star-studded annual fashion show, known for runway looks that combined strappy lingerie with enormous wings, the brand is retiring its supermodel "Angels" for good.

Tesla is following in the steps of an unlikely rival
Tesla has long led the auto industry — sometimes controversially — with its driver-assist system Autopilot. Now, it finds itself suddenly following the lead of an unlikely rival: Subaru.

The tragedy behind Italy's famous pasta dish
What's Italy's best pasta sauce? That's the kind of question that can start a fight in the home of spaghetti and tortellini.

Nik Wallenda removes harness for the end of his high-wire walk
Daredevil Nik Wallenda performed a 320-foot high-wire walk during an event at D'Youville College campus in Buffalo, New York.

The little-known 20th-century designer who could see our homes of the future
The story of the late Charlotte Perriand is an inspiring tale of an adventurous designer whose ideas and creations left a lasting mark on homes around the world. But most people will have never heard of the pioneering maker -- her place in history is so often overshadowed by her male contemporaries.

Mel C says Spice Girls 'would be fools' not to tour again
Two years after the Spice Girls performed their sellout reunion tour, Melanie Chisholm -- better known as Mel C or 'Sporty Spice' -- has hinted that the 90s girl group will returning to the stage.

Bring the 'dad jokes,' we need 'em. (Warning: This story contains actual dad jokes)
In September 2019, just ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic -- so roughly before-anyone-can-remember ago -- Merriam-Webster added the term "dad joke" to the dictionary, to little fanfare.

Serena Williams gives daughter tennis lesson in adorable video
The 23-time grand slam winning champion Serena Williams took to Instagram to share an adorable video of her giving her 3-year-old daughter Olympia a tennis lesson.

How to go backpacking (and why it's worth the effort)
Each summer, Emily Davenport spends days at a time hauling heavy loads through the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

'The Black Crowes' share never-before-seen quarantine recording
Chris & Rich Robinson from "The Black Crowes" joined Anderson Cooper Full Circle and shared never-before-seen footage of their hit "She Talks to Angels" recorded during a 2020 acoustic quarantine session. Watch "Full Circle" Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6p E.T.

This giant prehistoric rhino was the biggest land mammal to walk the Earth
Paleontologists working in China have discovered a new species of giant rhino, the largest land mammal ever to have walked the earth.

US Navy denies 2021 class president's request to play in NFL
CNN's Don Lemon talks with Navy football team captain Cameron Kinley after the US Navy denied his request to delay his military service and try to play in the National Football League.

Watch mesmerizing sight of blooming flowers
With time lapse photography, life comes at you fast. Emmy-winning wildlife photographer Neil Bromhall condenses months into seconds to reveal nature in all its glory.

'He is as infamous as you can get'
Stanford's Abbas Milani talks about Ebrahim Raisi, the man widely expected to be Iran's next president, and prospects for the nuclear deal.

Opinion: The bad news about Iran's presidential candidates
The list of candidates for the June 18 Iranian presidential election is out, and it's worse than anyone hoping for a moderate leader could have imagined. The top candidate is the chief justice of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, a thorough hard-liner and the favorite of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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How China’s ageing population may topple its economic ambitions
China is struggling to encourage couples to have more children, risking its long-term economic prospects.

Euro 2020: Spain, Portugal, France and Germany in action
Spain, Portugal, Germany and France all in action at the Euro 2020 on Saturday.

Ban Ki-moon: The UN in a divided world
The former United Nations chief reflects on the role of his former organisation in today's world.

Milkha Singh: India’s ‘Flying Sikh’ dies of COVID aged 91
Singh, a four-time Asian Games gold medallist, passed away at a hospital in the north Indian city of Chandigarh.

Will Ethiopia’s elections be free and fair?
The Stream also looks at COVID's Delta variant and the mysterious 'Havana syndrome'.

Iran elections: Hardline candidate takes an unassailable lead
Conservative judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi takes an unassailable lead in presidential election count, officials say.

Australia takes wine dispute with China to WTO as sales plunge
Wine tariffs Beijing imposed doubled or tripled price of Australian wine making Chinese market unviable for exporters.

Apple Daily executives face national security charge in HK court
Two newspaper officials are charged with collusion with foreign powers, raising alarm over media freedoms in the city.

UN stops short of calling for global arms embargo against Myanmar
UN special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warns of risk of 'large-scale civil war' following February 1 coup.

In COVID hit Asia, mixed messages on refugee vaccinations
While refugees in Aceh get jabs, those elsewhere worry about being forgotten - or arrested as the pandemic spreads.

US pulls antimissile batteries from Middle East: Report
As tensions ease with Iran, Biden administration moves to put US forces in region on more normal footing, WSJ reports.

Venezuela’s Maduro expresses desire for foreign aid, Biden deal
Venezuela's president hopes a US deal will open the floodgates to foreign investment and help create jobs.

UN chief Antonio Guterres sworn in for second term
Guterres, the only candidate for the UN’s top post, said he was 'humbled and energised' by the support.

Can a new president make a difference in Iran?
If Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran's presidential election, as expected, it would put conservatives in control.

US bishops to draft Communion statement that may rebuke Biden
Risking division within the US Catholic Church, bishops take aim at a Catholic president who supports abortion rights.

Who is Pedro Castillo, Peru’s presumed president-elect?
The official vote count gives Castillo a slim margin over rival Keiko Fujimori, who is contesting the results.

Amid hesitancy, VP Harris urges Black Americans to get COVID jabs
The US vice president is encouraging jabs among minority groups whose rates of vaccination are lower than average.

Canada extends COVID border closures with US until July 21
There are growing calls in the US and in Canada to open the border for nonessential travel like tourism.

The view from Iran as people head to the polls – or stay in
As Ebrahim Raisi is tipped to win presidential election, some Iranians have contrasting views on voting's true effect.

African nations declare days of mourning to honour Kenneth Kaunda
Countries pay respects to Zambia's late founding father, revered for helping in the fight against colonialism.

Eriksen discharged from hospital after ‘successful’ operation
Danish FA says Eriksen discharged nearly a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 match.

AstraZeneca and EU both claim victory in vaccine battle
AstraZeneca ordered to deliver 80.2 million vaccine doses to EU by Sept 27, but EU wanted 120 million by end of June.

Bagging groceries for extra cash, Mexican elderly told to pack up
Walmart de Mexico, the country's biggest retailer, told grocery baggers that they need not come back to work.

Swiss court gives Liberian rebel 20-year sentence for war crimes
Alieu Kosiah found guilty on 21 charges, including rape, deploying child soldiers and an act of cannibalism.

Fed mulls 2023 rate hike, COVID Olympic fears, and a sea drone
We gather the numbers to know from the week’s biggest economic news stories so you can impress your friends.

EU Newsroom

COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Commission disburses €14.1 billion under SURE to 12 Member States
The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument.

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.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macroeconomic and fiscal developments in the euro area and looked into the functioning of adjustment mechanisms. Ministers also adopted the Eurogroup work programme for the second half of 2021 and heard the reports from the chairs of the ECB Supervisory Board and of the Single Resolution Board.

Plenary highlights: Covid-19, climate and culture
Parliament debated waiving vaccine patent rights and outside plenary reached a deal with the Council on an EU Covid certificate to facilitate travelling in Europe during the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission signs a third contract with BioNTech-Pfizer for an additional 1.8 billion doses
The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023.

EU digital Covid Certificate: provisional deal between Parliament and Council
EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal for an EU digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic. The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council exchanged views on the trade policy review. Ministers reviewed the state of play of the WTO reform and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the WTO and took stock of latest developments and prospects in EU-US trade relations.

Europe's global approach to cooperation in research and innovation: strategic, open, and reciprocal
The Commission has adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They adopted conclusions on the recovery and resilience of the cultural sector, Europe's media in the digital decade and sport innovation.

Future-proof taxation – Commission proposes new, ambitious business tax agenda
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the European Union. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years.

European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union
The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves
The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil
The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Western Balkans and transatlantic relations. The Council also adopted conclusions on Security and Defence, and the Horn of Africa.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics
The European Commission is complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID'.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market
The legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted by non-EU governments currently go largely unchecked, while subsidies granted by Member States are subject to close scrutiny.

Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery
The Commission has updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU
The Commission proposed that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.

EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination
Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic. MEPs agreed that the new “EU COVID-19 certificate” - instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the Commission - should be in place for 12 months and not longer.

Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future
The Commission has adopted a Communication on Better Regulation, proposing several improvements to the EU law-making process. To foster Europe's recovery, it is more important than ever to legislate as efficiently as possible, while making EU laws better adapted to tomorrow's needs.

European Parliament upgrades rail passengers’ rights

EU ratifies the deal with the UK
The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement. This is the last step for the EU in the ratification of the post-Brexit deal. Both agreements will enter into force on 1 May 2021.

Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement
Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s evaluation of and expectations from the deal, passed by 578 votes, with 51 against and 68 abstentions.

Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

Migration management: New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration
The Commission adopted the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common EU system for returns, a key objective under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement
The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence
The Commission has proposed new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU.

Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities
The European Commission has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets
At its meeting of 20 April 2021, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. PRAC also concluded that these events should be listed as very rare side effects of the vaccine.

Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the multilingual digital platform
The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, comprising representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, is launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe inviting all EU citizens to contribute to shaping their own future and that of Europe as a whole.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup held a discussion on insolvency frameworks and looked into ongoing work on the euro as a digital currency. Ministers were also briefed about the outcomes of recent international meetings and reviewed the Eurogroup's transparency policy.

European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities
The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond.

NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery
The Commission has taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.

Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations
The Commission presented a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments.

Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims
The Commission presented a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025), focusing on preventing the crime, bringing traffickers to justice and protecting and empowering victims.

Coronavirus response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis
Once in place, the new measures will allow the Commission and other EU agencies and bodies to import and purchase goods and services VAT-free when those purchases are being distributed during an emergency response in the EU. The recipients might be Member States or third parties, such as national authorities or institutions (for example, a hospital, a national health or disaster response authority).

Coronavirus: Commission mobilises €123 million for research and innovation to combat the threat of variants
The Commission is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants.

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures
The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The Commission also decided to ask the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a final judgment in the case.

Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.

SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes

Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme
EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union.

European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production
The Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond
The Commission adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU's external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans of all ages and all backgrounds.

Video conference of the members of the European Council
EU leaders met via video conference to take stock of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. They also discussed transatlantic relations together with US President Joe Biden. The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, relations with Russia, the single market, digital agenda and the international role of the euro were also on the agenda.

Commission strengthens transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines
The European Commission has introduced the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered for authorising exports under the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports.

Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need
The Commission has adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture and fisheries ministers met to discuss fishing opportunities for stocks shared with the United Kingdom, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and measures against plant pests.

Report confirms SURE's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Southern neighbourhood and Turkey. Ministers also held an informal exchange with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Commission launches European Innovation Council to help turn scientific ideas into breakthrough innovations
The European Commission launched, at an online event, the European Innovation Council (EIC) with a budget of over €10 billion (in current prices) for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate
The European Commission has proposed to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.

Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Horizon Europe's first strategic plan 2021-2024: Commission sets research and innovation priorities for a sustainable future
The European Commission has adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme worth €95.5 billion in current prices. The strategic plan is a novelty in Horizon Europe and sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first four years.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup discussed the impact of the pandemic on various sectors of the euro area economy, as well as possible structural changes it may have triggered. Ministers also exchanged views on the fiscal support measures.

Plenary highlights: Future of Europe, EU4Health, media freedom
During a busy plenary session MEPs marked International Women´s Day, adopted investment and health programmes and paved the way for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’

European Commission authorises fourth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month

Humanitarian action: New outlook for EU's global aid delivery challenged by COVID-19
The Commission has proposed to strengthen the European Union's global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEPs: Put a carbon price on certain EU imports to raise global climate ambition
To raise global climate ambition and prevent ‘carbon leakage’, the EU must place a carbon price on certain imports from less climate-ambitious countries, say MEPs.

Europe's Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030
The Commission presented a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy.

Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments
MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.

Parliament gives green light for new EU4Health programme
MEPs adopted the EU4Health programme for 2021-2027, which aims to prepare EU health systems more rigorously for future health threats and pandemics.

International Women's Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for gender equality
Ahead of International Women's Day, the Commission published its 2021 report on gender equality in the EU, that shows the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women.

The European Pillar of Social Rights: turning principles into actions
The Commission sets out its ambition for a strong Social Europe that focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.

Pay Transparency: Commission proposes measures to ensure equal pay for equal work
The European Commission presented a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work.

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Setting up Wi-Fi, unboxing deliveries - Taikonauts busy 'housewarming' on their 1st day in space

Xinjiang govt explains why some Xinjiang people overseas cannot reach their relatives in the region

China-Arab States Expo in August to deepen economic cooperation in post-COVID era

Over 400 flights cancelled at Shenzhen airport after restaurant staff reportedly test positive for COVID-19

Vaccinations expanded

US president 'makes logical mistake' in splitting China-Russia ties

Eased restriction

China's space station core module receives first group of residents

Five executives of Apple Daily arrested on national security charges, shutdown of paper 'can't be ruled out'

Space Time!

Homegrown tech breakthroughs facilitate Shenzhou-12 fast docking, guarantee astronauts' long stay

US should ask scientists to investigate itself if it truly cares about origins: epidemiologist

Update: 29 post-AZ injection deaths reported in Taiwan, shedding light on true face of DPP: experts

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Ancient Greek golden death masks of Mycenae still an unknown, says archaeologist

Brewing 'Taiwan Peace and Stability Act' an irresponsible political provocation, may worsen cross-Straits ties: experts


Scientists in Wuhan should be awarded Nobel Prize, rather than being blamed: FM

UK nightclubs downbeat at virus delay


Cargo flight routes will expand

Fintech firm Wise to list directly on London's stock market

US push for self-driving cars faces union, lawyers opposition

IPOs set records on Wall Street

Renowned translator Xu Yuanchong dies at 100, remembered for great works on Shakespeare, Tang Dynasty masterpieces

Putin, Biden shake hands amid anticipation yet low expectation

SCO secretary-general on bloc's bigger role in regional security, prosperity, and coordination 20 years on

Turning point for Guangzhou with no new COVID-19 cases for 1st time since latest outbreak

UPDATE: China informs IAEA Taishan nuke plant operates well, no radiation release or environmental concerns

Floral tribute

China, Russia jointly release road map on lunar station program, emphasizing openness to intl partners

US scientists report earliest known COVID-19 case a solid proof; next stage should be focused especially on the US: Chinese epidemiologist

China set to send three astronauts into space ahead of CPC centenary celebration

Hungary to offer land to planned Chinese university, 'positive' step in developing cultural exchanges

Record PLA exercise 'warns Taiwan secessionists, US carrier activity'

1,000-year-old German boys' choir to open door to girls

Brazil indigenous rap group takes on social realities

Woman forgets identity after drifting in sea overnight

100-yuan bills thrown from high-rise building

Volunteer donates 70,000 milliliters of his rare blood for 18 years

Primary school in Yunnan puts up barrier to prevent elephants from entering it

PLA Xinjiang Military Command commemorates Galwan Valley martyrs

Police station-themed cafe

Xtep surges as two bonds raise HK$1 billion from Hillhouse Capital

'Color powder' running

One step closer to World Cup final tournament

'Saxophone village' in North China short of highly paid blue-collar workers

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Third-child policy to promote long-term balanced development of Chinese population: statistics spokesman


COVID-19: Vaccines donated next year, ‘too late for those who are dying today’
Millions more COVID vaccines need to be donated now to save lives and help the UN health agency reach the key global target of having 70 per cent of all national populations vaccinated, by the middle of 2022. 

Myanmar: Timely support and action by Security Council ‘really paramount’, says UN Special Envoy
The UN Special Envoy for Myanmar said on Friday she has called for timely action from the Security Council in response to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian country stemming from the military coup in February. 

Forced displacement at record level, despite COVID shutdowns: UNHCR
The number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and human rights violations, rose last year to nearly 82.4 million people, a further four percent increase on top of the already record-high of 79.5 million, recorded at the end of 2019.

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’
António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Famine risk spikes amid conflict, COVID-19 and funding gaps: WFP
The impact of conflicts old and new, climate shocks and COVID-19, in addition to a lack of funding, have left millions more on the verge of famine than six months ago, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

Political impasse in Haiti, amid rising humanitarian needs, ahead of crucial elections
Amid worsening socioeconomic conditions, rising criminal gang violence and a resurgence of COVID-19, Haiti’s leaders must commit to good-faith dialogue aimed at ending a longstanding and damaging political impasse, the UN’s senior official in the country told the Security Council today.

Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators
Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

One in every 100 dies by their own hand, each suicide ‘a tragedy’ – WHO
New research published by the UN health agency on Thursday revealed that suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide – taking more lives each year than HIV, malaria, breast cancer, war and homicide.

UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries
Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday. 

Milestone moment for UN principles on business and human rights, but abuses persist
Although more companies are committing to respect human rights, gaps and challenges remain, UN experts said on Wednesday in assessing a decade of standards for business that take the wellbeing of people and the planet into consideration. 

UN chief: Desertification and drought destabilizing well-being of 3.2 billion people 
Land degradation from climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructure “undermines the well-being of 3.2 billion people”, the UN chief said on Wednesday in his message for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. 

‘Families came first’ for remittances in year of pandemic, says Guterres 
Migrants working away from their families made significant sacrifices to send money home last year as they did before COVID, UN chief António Guterres said on Wednesday, warning that now is not the time for countries to withdraw their support to these key workers. 

Yemen ‘a tale of missed and then lost opportunities’, outgoing envoy tells Security Council
Yemen’s warring sides have been unable to overcome their differences, dashing hopes for peace, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Tuesday in his final briefing to the Security Council in the role. 

Five polio vaccination workers shot dead in Afghanistan; UN condemns ‘brutal’ killings
Five health workers carrying out a polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province were killed on Tuesday, and four others injured, during a series of attacks condemned by a senior UN official on the ground as brutal and “senseless”.

‘Digital dumpsites’ study highlights growing threat to children: UN health agency  
The health of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide is at risk from the illegal processing of old electrical or electronic devices, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, in a landmark new report on the toxic threat. 

Domestic workers among hardest hit by COVID crisis, says UN labour agency
Domestic workers globally have been among the hardest hit by the COVID crisis, losing more jobs and working hours than other sectors, the UN labour agency ILO said on Tuesday.

‘Critical juncture’ for Mali warns UN mission chief, with democratic future at risk
Immediate action is required now to initiate critical reforms and lay the groundwork for credible elections in Mali, where the security situation is as worrying as ever, the Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) told the Security Council on Monday.

Restoring nature ‘the test of our generation’: UN General Assembly President
Stepping up global efforts to combat land degradation is the only way to safeguard food and water security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ward against future threats to health and the environment, the UN General Assembly President told ambassadors meeting in New York on Monday. 

Around 1.5 million Lebanese in need, top UN humanitarian official there warns
As Lebanon endures one of its worst financial and economic crises ever, the UN estimates that over the next eight months around $300 million is needed to provide vital aid to around 1.5 million Lebanese and 400,000 migrant workers living there.

COVID-19 cases drop for seventh week, but deaths fall less slowly: WHO
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported to the UN health agency has declined for seven weeks in a row, in what the top official there called on Monday “the longest sequence of weekly declines during the pandemic so far”.

UN strongly condemns ‘appalling’ attack on Syrian hospital
Senior UN officials have condemned a deadly attack on a hospital in Syria this past weekend, underlining the need for accountability for crimes committed in the country’s decade-long war. 

Violence against elderly has risen during COVID, UN expert warns 
With “entrenched ageist attitudes” already undermining the autonomy of elder persons in making their own choices and decisions, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus further violence, abuse and neglect against them, a UN independent expert said on Monday, marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 

Landmark G7 agreement pledges 870 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
A senior UN official welcomed on Sunday, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations’ commitment to immediately share at least 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the acute phase of the pandemic. 

Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy
Due to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?

Counting down to Peace Day, UN chief urges: Stand up against hatred and care for planet 
Every year on 21 September, the United Nations invites people around the world to celebrate peace by observing 24 hours of ceasefire and non-violence. On Sunday, the UN chief kicked off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace. 

‘Demystify’ albinism and end discrimination – UN chief 
On International Albinism Awareness Day, Sunday, the UN chief reiterated his “solidarity with persons with albinism”. 

First Person: An on-air antidote to misinformation in the Central African Republic
The citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) have endured decades of war and conflict. Merveille Yayoro, a young reporter at Guira-FM, the radio station run by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSCA), says that she wants her work to provide an antidote to hate speech and misinformation, and help bring about a lasting peace.

Guterres: Vaccines should be considered 'global public goods'
Lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines should be considered “global public goods”, the UN chief told journalists on Friday, covering the G7 Summit of leading industrialized nations taking place in the United Kingdom.  

Mozambique: Violence continues in Cabo Delgado, as agencies respond to growing needs
Civilians continue to flee armed conflict and insecurity in northern Mozambique, more than two months after militants attacked the coastal city of Palma, located in Cabo Delgado province, UN agencies reported on Friday. 

Continuing Venezuela exodus and COVID-19 highlights need for global solidarity for most vulnerable
Vulnerable Venezuelan migrants and refugees who have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 health and socio-economic crisis, urgently need greater support from the international community, UN humanitarians said on Friday, ahead of a donor conference hosted by Canada next week.