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Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court ends constitutional right to abortion
States can decide to ban abortion after the Supreme Court overrules the landmark Roe v Wade case.

Boris Johnson admits by-election results 'not brilliant' but vows to go on
Boris Johnson promises to "listen and learn" but ex-leader Michael Howard calls for him to quit.

Afghanistan earthquake: Survivors count horrific cost
Near the epicentre of the quake that struck Afghanistan this week, houses lie in ruins.

Billie Eilish protests US abortion ruling at Glastonbury
The 20-year-old calls the decision to end the constitutional right to abortion a "dark day".

USS Samuel B Roberts: World's deepest shipwreck discovered
The US Navy ship "Sammy B" sank off the Philippines in a ferocious WWII battle with the Japanese.

Covid: UK infections continuing to rise
The increase, with an estimated one in 35 people testing positive, is being driven by newer variants.

Pompeii: Ancient pregnant tortoise surprises archaeologists
The reptile's 2,000-year-old remains are discovered by archaeologists buried in volcanic ash and rock.

Congress passes first gun control bill in decades
The landmark bipartisan bill now heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law.

Harry Gration: Ex-BBC Look North presenter dies, aged 71
The 71-year-old broadcaster's wife pays tribute to her husband, saying "he will forever be with us".

Rikki Neave murder: James Watson jailed for 15 years
James Watson, who was 13 at the time of the killing, evaded justice for nearly three decades.

Ukraine war: Kyiv orders forces to withdraw from Severodonetsk
Severodonetsk is the current focus of Russia as it tries to take control of eastern Ukraine.

LGBT awards: Adele Roberts named role model of the year
The Radio 1 presenter receives "role model" award for opening up the conversation around bowel cancer.

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam: I don't wear a face mask any more
Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is asked if he's changed his habits, as Covid-19 cases in the UK continue to rise.

Quiz of the week: What's the biggest freshwater fish?
How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on over the past seven days?

Liverpool Beatles-themed hotel to share 'lost' Lennon interview tape
The tape recording, made in 1964 by a Hull student, fetched £3,100 at auction.

World's lowest parachute jump attempt
Former paratrooper, John Bream, jumped from 85 ft (26m) in order to claim the title.

Barry Manilow surprises punters at Romsley country pub
The Copacabana and Mandy singer lunched at The Swallows Nest pub in Romsley on Tuesday.

Hazel dormice released to create 'northern stronghold' near Carnforth
The release is part of an attempt to create a bigger, better-connected population in north-west England.

UK red kite success story sees chicks sent to Spain
The once near-extinct birds of prey are being flown abroad to help rescue dwindling Spanish populations.

Tower block safety: Disabled man carried to flat after lifts broke down
Adam Gabsi had to be carried up six floors to his flat after the lifts in his tower block broke down.

Nettle eaters set for prickly Dorset contest as events returns
The person who strips the most stalks in an hour will be crowned the winner.

Katie Price: The rise and fall of a glamour model
The 44-year-old is due to be sentenced on Friday, after admitting breaching a restraining order.

Wet wipe pollution: 'Fine to flush' message still not understood
New photos from Hull show how much of a problem the beauty products are still causing in sewers.

Adele at Hyde Park: Singer Ruti part of star's all-female line-up
Singer-songwriter Ruti, 22, is part of the all-female line-up for the star's two huge Hyde Park gigs.

How does blind comedian Chris McCausland play the HIGNFY picture round?
Comedian Chris McCausland reveals the secrets of playing the Have I Got News For You picture round.

Cambridgeshire man, 92, sits GCSE maths exams
Dave Skipper says he returned to studying after seeing a young friend struggle with the exam.

Train strikes: Why haven't they caused more disruption?
The post-pandemic shift to working from home means disruption caused by the strikes has been more limited.

Afghanistan earthquake: Survivors struggle for food and shelter amidst cholera fears
Secunder Kermani reports from Paktika, Afghanistan, where one survivor says he lost 20 relatives.

Glastonbury 2022: Billie Eilish to make history as youngest-ever headliner
The pop star will be the festival's youngest-ever solo headliner when she tops the bill on Friday.

The small seaport crucial for Europe's energy future
As neighbour Germany takes a step closer to gas rationing a Polish seaside resort prepares to help.

Tangshan and Xuzhou: Fury and questions over China's treatment of women
Two prominent cases of abuse have ignited a debate about misogyny among the country's young women.

US immigration: 'They'd rather die than return to Nicaragua'
A record number of Nicaraguans are heading to the US as conditions worsen at home.

England v New Zealand: 'Jonny Bairstow revels in life on the England rollercoaster'
A stunning win at Lord's. An epic chase at Trent Bridge. Now another memorably bold display by Jonny Bairstow and England at Headingley.

Ukraine 0-4 Scotland: Scots with one foot in Women's World Cup play-offs
Scotland all but sealed a place in the Women's World Cup play-offs as a thumping first-half performance was too much for Ukraine in Poland.

England 5-1 Netherlands: Lionesses impress as they come from behind to beat Dutch
England are forced to come from behind for the first time under manager Sarina Wiegman in an impressive victory over European champions the Netherlands.

England v New Zealand: Was Phil Tufnell behind Tom Blundell's DRS issue?
New Zealand's Tom Blundell is unhappy as he is given out lbw, but with DRS unavailable is unable to review the decision on day two of the third Test at Headingley.

England v New Zealand: Jonny Bairstow hits remarkable century
Watch as Jonny Bairstow hits his second century of the series to help England recover from 55-6 on the second day of the third Test at Headingley.

Wayne Rooney: Derby County boss to leave troubled club with immediate effect
Derby County boss Wayne Rooney is to leave the relegated League One club with immediate effect.

Abortion: What does overturn of Roe v Wade mean?
Abortion restrictions will vary by state now the 50-year-old landmark ruling has been reversed.

Supreme Court abortion decision must not be the final word - Biden
Overturning Roe v Wade shows the Supreme Court is out of touch with most Americans, Biden says.

Roe v Wade: Why this is a seismic day in America
The divide in America has become even deeper after this Supreme Court ruling, writes Sarah Smith.

Supreme Court ruling hailed by top Missouri official who has 'effectively ended abortion'
State Attorney General Eric Schmitt says Missouri has effectively ended abortion.

Roe v Wade: What is US Supreme Court ruling on abortion?
The US Supreme Court has overturned the landmark case which legalised abortion in 1973.

Roe v Wade: The moment the constitutional right to abortion was struck down
Anti-abortion protesters cheer after finding out the Supreme Court has struck down abortion rights.

Supreme Court: Rifts divide abortion views in Mississippi
All eyes are on Mississippi as the US awaits a Supreme Court decision involving its last abortion clinic.

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World reacts as US Supreme Court strikes down abortion rights

The sweep and audacious tone of the court's final ruling on Roe v. Wade is breathtaking

CNN commentator challenged on her religion and abortion stance. See her response
CNN political commentator Alice Stewart questioned Ana Navarro's stance on abortion, prompting an emotional reply from Navarro.

US allies decry 'appalling' Supreme Court decision on abortion rights

Ukraine to withdraw from key city as Russia's advance grinds on

A woman's brutal killing shocks the Arab world
The brutal killing of a young woman in broad daylight on an Egyptian street has shocked the Arab world, bringing the country's gender-based violence crisis into the spotlight.

How DeSantis became the top contender to take on Trump
Bianna Golodryga speaks to New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins about how Florida's governor became the top contender to take on Donald Trump

US Congress passes first major federal gun safety legislation in decades
The House passed a bipartisan bill on Friday to address gun violence that amounts to the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades.

US conducts Taiwan Strait flyover days after Chinese warplanes' incursion
A US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane flew over the Taiwan Strait on Friday in a demonstration of the United States' "commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," just days after 29 Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan's self-declared air defense identification zone, US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.

Must-watch videos of the week

'Stop the Steal' leader Ali Alexander testifies to Jan. 6 grand jury
Ali Alexander, the leader of the "Stop the Steal" group who helped to organize rallies before the US Capitol attack, testified to a federal grand jury on Friday in the Justice Department's sweeping investigation into the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

Filmmaker on his Jan. 6 footage: People said 'horrendous things' about Pence
CNN's Don Lemon speaks with filmmaker Alex Holder, who got behind the scene access to former President Donald Trump along with Trump's family and allies.

You'll be charged to visit Europe from 2023
It's finally here: the end of fee-free travel to the European Union.

Explorers find the world's deepest shipwreck four miles under the Pacific
It lurks over four miles deep below the Pacific Ocean, split in half and lodged on a slope.

Man on night out loses USB drive with personal details of every resident in city
Drinks after work probably seemed like a good idea at the time -- but for one worker in Japan the hangover is likely to last for some time.

This veteran says Ukraine is a 'sellout' to the West. Here's why
17 African nations refuse to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine in the UN. CNN's David McKenzie explains how Russia's influence over various African countries impacts their stance on the war in Ukraine.

'I can't sleep': Chinese depositors unable to access their savings
Peter had put his life savings of about $6 million into accounts at three small banks in China's central Henan province. He says he hasn't been able to access them since April.

Suspected Russian spy was well-liked by classmates, but something just seemed a little off
Victor Muller's accent just didn't sound right.

Nigerian senator and wife charged with plotting to get child to UK to harvest organs
A Nigerian senator and his wife were remanded in custody in London on Thursday charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy brought into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs, police said.

Japan says Chinese coast guard ships in longest violation of its territorial waters in a decade
Two Chinese coast guard ships navigated Japan's territorial waters near a chain of disputed islands for more than 64 hours this week, Japanese authorities said Friday -- the longest incursion of its kind in a decade.

Graphic shows all the changes in global temperature since 1850
Heat waves are becoming more intense because of the rise in global temperature, which has devastating effects on landscapes, ecosystems and even the human body. Climate experts explain why this matters and what can be done to stabilize the planet's temperature.

Prince Charles says 'time has come' to confront legacy of slavery

Two killed as Nio electric car crashes from third floor of a Shanghai building
Two people died this week when a Nio electric car crashed to the ground from the third floor of a parking lot in Shanghai.

Owners of Jumbo Floating Restaurant backtrack on sinking claims as authorities investigate
The owners of an iconic Hong Kong floating restaurant that made headlines around the world after reports emerged it had sunk at sea, appeared Thursday to walk-back earlier claims it was beyond salvageable, insisting the vessel "was still in the waters" near the Paracel Islands, as calls grow for a full investigation into the incident.

Two young Africans tired of problematic banking systems started their own
CNN's Julia Chatterley talks to Ham Serunjogi, CEO and co-founder of Chipper Cash, a financial tech company with a banking app that allows users send money across borders.

Boris Johnson's future in peril as Conservative Party hit with double election losses
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a hammer blow to his authority on Friday after his party lost two parliamentary by-elections in a single night, raising new questions about his leadership.

Paul Kagame is seen by some as a liberator. But critics say Rwanda is only safe for those who toe the line
For decades, Paul Kagame has ruled Rwanda with an iron fist in the mold of the archetypal strongman African leader.

Eight medical professionals charged with homicide in Diego Maradona's death will go to trial
An Argentine judge ruled on Wednesday that eight medical professionals charged with "simple homicide" in the death of football legend Diego Maradona will go to oral trial, according to court documents seen by CNN.

The first Apple Store voted to unionize. One worker has a message for her colleagues.
CNN's Jon Sarlin talks with Christie Pridgen, an Apple employee who works at the first Apple Store in the country to vote to unionize.

Another recession warning: Falling copper prices
Some investors look to copper prices as a bellwether for the global economy. If you're one of them, you have good reason to be worried.

US repatriates Guantanamo prisoner back to Afghanistan after court ruled he was detained unlawfully
The Biden administration repatriated a Guantanamo Bay prisoner to his home country of Afghanistan on Friday after a federal court ruled he was unlawfully detained, an administration official said.

Saudi Arabia releases Murtaja Qureiris, once the youngest political prisoner​​ in the kingdom -- ESOHR
Murtaja Qureiris, once considered by lawyers and activists as the youngest political prisoner in Saudi Arabia, was released on Friday, the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights told CNN.

Dashcam: Dad tries to stop son's arrest by swinging excavator at police
Video shared by Vermont State Police shows a father swinging the bucket of an excavator at police in an attempt to stop police from arresting his son. His mother also fought police, and all three face criminal charges.

Summer air travel is off to a messy start. Here's how to up the chances of getting where you want to go
The last thing any traveler needs after the past two years is more chaos and confusion.

Artemis I rocket prepares for late August launch to the moon
The mega Artemis I rocket may be launching on its trip to the moon in August, according to NASA officials.

Watch firefighters rescue puppies blocked by giant tortoise
San Bernardino Fire Department rescued two puppies from an underground tortoise den in Yucca Valley, California. They were stuck in the den for hours due to a 100-pound desert tortoise blocking their exit.

The week in 36 photos
Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in decades on Wednesday when a magnitude 5.9 quake struck the country's east, killing more than 1,000 people and wounding many more.

How tennis legend Arthur Ashe became one of the most vocal HIV/AIDS activists
Arthur Ashe may have been most known for his tennis success, but it was his activism that set him apart off the court.

DP World Tour sanctions golfers who participated in LIV Golf series' inaugural event
The DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, announced it has fined and suspended member golfers who participated in the inaugural LIV Golf series event earlier this month.

How music and writing helped Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner overcome her mother's death
The past two years have been a whirlwind for Japanese Breakfast's lead vocalist Michelle Zauner. She's headlined music festivals, performed on Saturday Night Live, landed two Grammy nominations and her 2021 memoir, "Crying in H Mart," is a New York Times bestseller and is now being turned into a movie.

Toyota is recalling its first mainstream electric car because the wheels can fall off
Toyota has issued recalls for its first mainstream electric car and one of its full-sized pickup trucks for problems in which nuts or bolts could loosen and wheels or axles can become disconnected.

Man attempting to break world record with marshmallows shares his strategy
Record-breaker shoots for most marshmallows shot into his mouth. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

New Zealand sea sponge populations 'dying by the millions' due to climate change
Shocking images have emerged from New Zealand showing millions of once-velvety brown sea sponges bleached bone white, the worst mass bleaching event of its type ever recorded, marine scientists say.

10 million of Ireland's citizens left. Here's why you should visit
With St. Patrick's Day a global phenomenon and Irish pubs found everywhere from Peru to Lanzarote, it can be easy to think you have a sense of Ireland without visiting, especially if you're one of the 70 million people worldwide who can claim Irish heritage.

See why color-changing squid could help with development of invisibility cloaks
Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have recorded squid changing their color to match the substrate for the first time.

Denise Richards is following her teenage daughter onto OnlyFans
Denise Richards has made her debut on OnlyFans, just days after her teenage daughter joined the platform famous for its NSFW content.

What pop group MUNA's music reveals about queer joy
A pop sensation not afraid to weigh in on big political issues, MUNA stand out in part because of the band's open embrace of something that's still a rarity in the music landscape: queer intimacy.

Paolo Banchero chosen as overall first pick by Orlando Magic in NBA Draft
The Orlando Magic selected Paolo Banchero as the first pick of the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Ruling overturns Roe v Wade and strips constitutional right from millions of women

Analysis: The sweep and audacious tone of the court's final ruling is breathtaking
The five-justice Supreme Court bloc that overturned a half century of women's abortion rights on Friday had coalesced less than two years. But they had found their moment and they seized it.

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Juul appeals to US federal court to end ban on e-cigarettes
Company has been widely blamed for surge in underage vaping, but recent survey shows a drop in teen vaping rate in US.

Cuban court sentences two dissident artists to prison terms
Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Maykel Castillo receive five- and nine-year terms, respectively, Cuban prosecutor says.

Auschwitz museum target of Russian propaganda on social media
Social media posts falsely claimed to show anti-Russian stickers placed around former Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

Qatar’s Emir in Cairo for talks with Egypt’s president
Sheikh Tamim's visit comes less than two months after his government announced it would invest $5bn in Egypt.

US Congress sends landmark gun violence legislation to Biden
The bill is seen as a modest measure and a compromise amid deep, partisan divides on gun control among US legislators.

Burkina Faso: 14 days to evacuate before vast army operation
Civilians ordered to leave two large 'military interest zones' covering about 13,000sq km in north and southeast.

Swiss customs reviews imports of Russian gold worth $200M
Switzerland is a global hub for metals with the country's refineries handling about two-thirds of the world's gold.

Key takeaways from Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade
The ruling removes federal protections for abortion, sending questions of legality to individual US states.

‘We can’t get by’: Indigenous people keep up protests in Ecuador
Thousands of Indigenous people have joined national strike in Quito to demand government action on rising costs.

UN, world leaders condemn US Supreme Court ruling on abortion
US Supreme Court ruling described as 'huge blow' to American women's reproductive rights and gender equality.

Photos: ‘Overruled’ – Top US court banishes abortion law
The decision overturned the landmark Roe v Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in half the 50 states.

Afghan held at Guantanamo Bay freed after 15 years without trial
The Taliban said Asadullah Haroon Gul was one of the last two Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

Roe v Wade: Supreme Court decision highlights US abortion divide
As US Supreme Court reverses Roe v Wade, joy for conservative groups and despair for abortion rights advocates.

ICC prosecutor to reopen Philippines ‘drug war’ investigation
At least 6,117 suspected drug dealers were killed in police encounters up to April 2021, according to government data.

Live news: US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade
President Joe Biden condemns top court decision overturning nearly 50 years of abortion rights in the United States.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin defends global food crisis stance
Russian leader accuses Western countries of 'destabilising global agricultural production'.

What does Russia’s capture of Severodonetsk mean for Ukraine?
Ukrainian forces are retreating from the eastern city after weeks of fierce fighting.

US marks one year since Surfside condo collapse that killed 98
The anniversary comes after victims and their families reached a $1.2bn settlement in the incident.

New Somali president tests positive for COVID-19
President Mohamud returned to Somalia on Friday from a trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Roe v Wade: What happens when people are denied abortions?
With the landmark abortion legislation struck down, more women could face economic hardships and serious health risks.

US Supreme Court overturns landmark Roe v Wade abortion ruling
US top court overturns 1973 precedent-setting decision, upending nearly 50 years of abortion access in the country.

A long night for doctors helping victims of Afghanistan quake
Medics are left overwhelmed and under-equipped in the wake of Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in decades.

US School Shootings: Past, Present, Future
“I'm tired of covering children dying in mass shootings.”

Afghan groups step up as foreign earthquake relief faces delays
Sanctions and the challenging terrain of affected areas make it hard to provide rapid international aid to survivors.

Impoverished Gaza economy struggles under Israeli blockade
Approximately 300,000 workers are unemployed, with 80 percent of factories closed since the beginning of the blockade.

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Grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova without delay, MEPs demand
With 529 votes to 45 and 14 abstentions, Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the Heads of State or Government to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova “without delay”. They should do the same with Georgia “once its government has delivered” on the priorities indicated by the European Commission.

Agriculture and the environment: Intensive use of pesticides
The Commission adopted pioneering proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, from agricultural land and seas, to forests and urban environments. The Commission also proposes to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030. These are the flagship legislative proposals to follow the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies, and will help ensure the resilience and security of food supply in the EU and across the world.

Capital Markets Union: Council agrees its position on updated rules for hedge funds, private debt funds, and other alternative investment funds
To improve the European Capital Markets Union (CMU) and strengthen investor protection, the Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on a review of the alternative investment fund managers directive, the legislative framework which governs managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, private debt funds, real estate funds and other so-called alternative investment funds in the Union.

EU Cohesion Policy: Commission adopts €2.2 billion Partnership Agreement with Sweden for 2021-2027
The Commission adopted its Partnership Agreement with Sweden, laying down Sweden's €2.2 billion investment strategy for the economic, social and territorial cohesion for the 2021-2027 period. It will support the country to implement key EU priorities such as the green and digital transition and contribute to the development of a new competitive, innovative and export-oriented growth model.

Commission sets out first analysis of the proposals stemming from the Conference on the Future of Europe
The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out how it can follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. After a year of deliberations, the Conference came to an end on 9 May 2022. In the closing ceremony in Strasbourg, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received a final report from the Conference participants containing 49 wide-ranging, ambitious and forward-looking proposals and 326 individual measures.  

The European Commission recommends to Council confirming Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia's perspective to become members of the EU and provides its opinion on granting them candidate status
The European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today's Opinions are based on the Commission's assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the EU agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and the ability of the country to assume the obligations of EU membership (EU acquis).

Deal reached on new rules for adequate minimum wages in the EU
With a deal struck on Monday night, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on EU rules to set adequate minimum wages, as provided by national law and/or collective agreements. The new legislation will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship. The EU countries in which the minimum wage is protected exclusively via collective agreements will not be obliged to introduce it nor to make these agreements universally applicable.

Women on boards: deal to boost gender balance in companies
The so-called “Women on Boards” Directive aims to introduce transparent recruitment procedures in companies, so that at least 40% of non-executive director posts or 33% of all director posts are occupied by the under-represented sex. Thanks to Parliament, companies must comply with this target by 30 June 2026, compared to the Council’s proposal of 31 December 2027. In cases where candidates are equally qualified for a post, priority should go to the candidate of the under-represented sex.

Deal on common charger: reducing hassle for consumers and curbing e-waste
By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed. The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.

The Commission presents the Draft Budget 2023 and the Annual Management and Performance Report for the EU budget for the 2021 financial year
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €185.6 billion for 2023, to be complemented by an estimated €113.9 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The EU budget will continue to mobilise significant investments to boost Europe's strategic autonomy, the ongoing economic recovery, safeguard sustainability and create jobs. The Commission will continue to prioritise green and digital investments while addressing pressing needs arising from recent and current crises.

Convergence Report reviews Member States' preparedness to join the euro area and paves the way for Croatia's euro adoption on 1 January 2023
The European Commission has concluded that Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023, bringing the number of euro area Member States to twenty. The conclusion is set out in the 2022 Convergence Report, which assesses the progress that Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden have made towards joining the euro area. These are the seven non-euro area Member States that are legally committed to adopting the euro.

EU leaders agree on new sanctions against Russia
On the first day of the special summit, EU leaders backed the sixth sanctions package against Russia, which covers crude oil and petroleum products. The leaders also agreed to grant Ukraine micro financial assistance of up to € 9 billion and discussed continued EU support to Ukraine, including political, humanitarian, and military support.

Ukraine: The Commission proposes rules on freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs violating restrictive measures and of criminals
The European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures.

State of Schengen: Commission sets new priorities and new governance model
The Commission is presenting the State of Schengen Report 2022. This is the first time the Commission is presenting such report, following last year's Schengen Strategy. This report is part of the Commission's initiative to reinforce the Schengen governance through a yearly reporting exercise presenting the state of Schengen, identifying priorities for the year ahead and monitoring progress made at the end of a given year.

REPower EU Plan
The European Commission has presented the REPowerEU Plan, its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. There is a double urgency to transform Europe's energy system: ending the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which are used as an economic and political weapon and cost European taxpayers nearly €100 billion per year and tackling the climate crisis. By acting as a Union, Europe can phase out its dependency on Russian fossil fuels faster.

International partnerships and Energy package

EIGE Gender Equality Forum 2022

Relief and reconstruction in Ukraine
The Commission has set out plans in a Communication for the EU's immediate response to address Ukraine's financing gap, as well as the longer-term reconstruction framework. This Communication follows from the European Council call to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine via a dedicated Europe-led effort.

Commission to establish Solidarity Lanes to help Ukraine export agricultural goods
As part of the EU's solidarity response with Ukraine, the Commission today presented a set of actions to help Ukraine export its agricultural produce. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, Ukrainian grain and other agricultural goods can no longer reach their destinations. The situation is threatening global food security and there is an urgent need to establish alternative logistics routes using all relevant transport modes.

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world
The Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.

The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work
In a closing ceremony in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen received from the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board the final report on the outcome of the Conference.

European Health Data Space
The European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe. It will empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States. It fosters a genuine single market for digital health services and products.

Europe Day 2022
This May the EU institutions invite you to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the home of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. As the 2022 European Year of Youth shines a spotlight on Europe’s young people and with citizens’ voices amplified by the Conference on the Future of Europe there’s never been a better time to come together, discuss the challenges we all face and create a better future for Europe that works for everyone. 

Conference on the Future of Europe: Debate and vote on resolution
At its final meeting, that took place on Friday and Saturday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Conference Plenary reached a consensus on its final draft proposals. It has now adopted 49 proposals, which include more than 300 measures on how to achieve them, across 9 themes, based on 178 recommendations from the European Citizens’ Panels, input from the National Panels and events, and 43 734 contributions on 16 274 ideas recorded on the multilingual digital platform. 

Commission decides to register new European Citizens' Initiative

Visa Digitalisation: Visa travel to the EU becomes easier

Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU
As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

COVID-19: Commission calls on Member States to step up preparedness for the next pandemic phase
The Commission is proposing a set of actions to manage the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the next one. By working together, the EU has so far saved hundreds of thousands of lives thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, kept its single market operational, minimised travel restrictions and mobilised manufacturing capacity of critical products when supply chains were disrupted.

Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs'
The European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs', are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to prevent or penalise speaking up on issues of public interest.

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees
The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.

Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war
MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. “Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse”, say MEPs, calling on EU countries to protect children from the risk of trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse.

Question time with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Green Deal: Modernising EU industrial emissions rules to steer large industry in long-term green transition

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the implementation of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia, their effectiveness (with the aim of preventing any circumvention) and their strengthening. The ministers also discussed the economic issues related to the reception of Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine: €17 billion of EU funds to help refugees
The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Destination Earth – new digital twin of the Earth will help tackle climate change and protect nature

New European Bauhaus: support to cities and citizens for local initiatives

Future of Europe: first debate on Conference proposals wraps up

Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe's resource independence
The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.

Main results of the extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.

EU strengthens partnership with WHO to boost local manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa

Digital Markets Act (DMA): agreement between the Council and the European Parliament

European Council: Support for Ukraine and strengthened transatlantic cooperation
The European Council adopted conclusions on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, security and defence, energy, economic issues, COVID-19 and external relations. On the first day of the summit, EU leaders were joined by US President Joe Biden, in person, to discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, and by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video conference.

Commission acts for global food security and for supporting EU farmers and consumers
The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers. The surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlights again the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable, in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.

Ukraine: EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees
Today, the European Commission outlines the actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine and its people. Since the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks.

Commission outlines options to mitigate high energy prices with common gas purchases and minimum gas storage obligations
Following up rapidly on the REPowerEU Communication and the Versailles Declaration, the Commission has set out ideas today for collective European action to address the root causes of the problem in the gas market and ensure security of supply at reasonable prices for next winter and beyond. Leaders will continue the discussion on these options at this week's European Council.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ukraine refugees: Operational guidelines to support Member States in applying the Temporary Protection Directive
Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in record time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing war in Ukraine. The Directive became immediately applicable on 4 March and now offers immediate protection and a clear legal status to millions of people.

Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes simpler rules to make settlement in EU financial markets safer and more efficient
The European Commission has proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU's settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today's proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan.

Ukraine: EU agrees fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia
The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.

Brexit Adjustment Reserve: Commission approves €2 billion of pre-financing for 12 Member States
The Commission has approved the disbursement of more than €2 billion under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve to a group of 12 Member States. This funding will help the economies of the Member States in mitigating the adverse impact of Brexit on their economies and regions, through support to regions and economic sectors, small and medium sized companies as well as job creation and protection, such as short-time work schemes, re-skilling, and training.

Plenary highlights: Ukraine, foreign interference, golden passports
MEPs discussed Ukraine and the EU’s future security, marked International Women’s Day, and proposed measures to combat foreign interference during the plenary session in March 2022.

Informal meeting of heads of state or government in Versailles
EU leaders adopted a statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, discussed its consequences and the EU response. They also discussed how to strengthen European sovereignty, reduce dependencies and design a new growth and investment model.

European Commission and EIB Group sign InvestEU agreements unlocking billions for investment across the European Union

Ukraine: EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war
In the face of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.

International Women's Day 2022: Commission proposes EU-wide rules to combat violence against women and domestic violence
The new rules also strengthen victims' access to justice and encourage Member States to implement a one-stop shop mechanism, meaning that all support and protection services would be located in the same place. The victims should be able to claim compensation in the course of criminal proceedings.

REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy
The European Commission has proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation.

Ukraine: Commission proposes temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine and guidelines for border checks
The Commission is proposing to activate the Temporary Protection Directive  to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.

NextGenerationEU: First annual report on the Recovery and Resilience Facility finds implementation is well underway

Future of Europe: final set of European Citizens' Panel recommendations

The Russian attack on Ukraine marks a new era for Europe, MEPs say
The European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke live from Kiev. European Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the EU’s Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell, also participated in the debate.

Main results from the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on the situation in Ukraine
At an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 27 February, home affairs ministers took stock of the response to provide to the consequences of the Russian military attack against Ukraine.

Main results of the Special European Council
The European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine and expressed full unity with international partners and full solidarity with Ukraine and its people. The EU has reacted swiftly and decisively to Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed separatist entities and deployment of its armed forces by adopting restrictive measures in response, including a package of sanctions adopted on 23 February.

Commission presents an updated in-depth review of Europe's strategic dependencies

Commission sets out strategy to promote decent work worldwide and prepares instrument for ban on forced labour products

Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy
The Commission proposes new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.

Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on non-essential travel from third countries

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council held a discussion on the European security situation. The Council decided on a series of measures to support Ukraine's resilience. It adopted the decision to provide €1,2 billion in macro financial assistance, and decided to provide support to Ukraine’s professional military education under the European Peace Facility. The EU will also increase its support against cyber-attacks and countering disinformation by sending a mission of experts to the country.

Europe and Africa: joint vision for a renewed partnership
At the sixth European Union - African Union summit, the leaders of the EU and AU committed to a joint vision for a renewed partnership for solidarity, security, peace and sustainable and sustained economic development and prosperity.

The Court of Justice dismisses the actions brought by Hungary and Poland against the conditionality mechanism

Green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE projects for environment and climate in 11 EU countries

Russia’s threats against Ukraine are a wake-up call for Europe, MEPs say
On Wednesday morning, MEPs took stock of the latest developments related to Russia’s military threats against Ukraine in a plenary debate with European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

Space: EU initiates a satellite-based connectivity system and boosts action on management of space traffic for a more digital and resilient Europe
The EU is acting on its space ambitions by tabling two initiatives - a proposal for a Regulation on a space-based secure connectivity and a Joint Communication on an EU approach on Space Traffic Management (STM). Today's initiatives will help safeguard the efficiency and security of our current assets while developing European cutting-edge space technology to the benefit of our citizens and economy.

Commission unveils significant actions to contribute to European Defence, boost innovation and address strategic dependencies
The Commission puts forward a number of Commission-led initiatives in areas critical for defence and security within the European Union. These comprise a Contribution to European defence, covering the full range of challenges, from the conventional defence industry and equipment on land, sea and air, to cyber, hybrid and space threats, military mobility and the relevance of climate change; and a roadmap on critical technologies for security and defence.

European Health Union: HERA launches first work plan with €1.3 billion for preparedness and response to health emergencies in 2022

Winter 2022 Economic Forecast: Growth expected to regain traction after winter slowdown
The Winter 2022 Economic Forecast projects that, following a notable expansion by 5.3% in 2021, the EU economy will grow by 4.0% in 2022 and 2.8% in 2023. Growth in the euro area is also expected at 4.0% in 2022, moderating to 2.7% in 2023. The EU as a whole reached its pre-pandemic level of GDP in the third quarter of 2021 and all Member States are projected to have passed this milestone by the end of 2022.

Protecting biodiversity: EU takes action to prevent introduction of invasive alien species that would damage European nature

First transition pathway co-created with industry and civil society for a resilient, green and digital tourism ecosystem

Digital sovereignty: Commission proposes Chips Act to confront semiconductor shortages and strengthen Europe's technological leadership
The Commission proposes a comprehensive set of measures to ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technologies and applications. The European Chips Act will bolster Europe's competitiveness, resilience and help achieve both the digital and green transition.

EU Taxonomy: Commission presents Complementary Climate Delegated Act to accelerate decarbonisation

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register initiative on European football and sports

New approach to enable global leadership of EU standards promoting values and a resilient, green and digital Single Market
The Commission is presenting a new Standardisation Strategy outlining our approach to standards within the Single Market as well as globally. The Strategy is accompanied by a proposal for an amendment to the Regulation on standardisation, a report on its implementation, and the 2022 annual Union work programme for European standardisation.

New rules on the EU digital COVID certificate enter into force
To facilitate safe travel in the EU, vaccination certificates will now be valid for 270 days after 14 days have passed following completion of the primary vaccination cycle. The certificate will also include booster shots.

Commission puts forward declaration on digital rights and principles for everyone in the EU
The draft declaration on digital rights and principles aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends. It will also provide a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies.

COVID-19: Council adopts new recommendation on travel measures in the EU
Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.

Future of Europe: Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

European Health Union: a stronger role for the European Medicines

Main results from the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was updated on the latest developments in Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine and had a discussion on the European security situation, covering also the situation in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum

Roberta Metsola elected new President of the European Parliament
Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Higher education: making EU's universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation
Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.

Memorial for President Sassoli: “Your fight for democracy will live on”
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.

Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

The Commission steps up action for high quality and inclusive youth volunteering
As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level.

Global Times

China delivers 2nd Type 054A/P frigate to Pakistan

'Dynamic and scientific': Shenzhen tightens regular testing request amid sporadic infections while epidemic-free cities slow down regular screening

Top CPC discipline authority announces three cases involving senior financial Party officials

China bans 31 misbehaviors by livestreamers in latest effort to clean up cyberspace

Update: Overseas hacker group attacks email system of Chinese university; case filed for further investigations

HK Palace Museum opens, expected to connect residents with history, enhance national identity

As BRICS summit kicks off, calls grow for parallel payment system to counter US hegemony

Cross-provincial trips resume ahead of summer holiday in light of stable epidemic situation

We want to join BRICS because conditions aren't attached on cooperation here: Argentine Ambassador

Macao SAR to launch makeshift hospital in battle against fresh COVID-19 spike

Performing PLA-style foot drills underscores HKPF's spirit in new era

Hebei updates victims' situations, probe results of restaurant assault amid mounting public calls

US' financial tightening places pressure on developing economies in Asia

Ministries to allocate lottery funds to support innovation, entrepreneurship training of college students

Special anniversary dragon

China well prepared for extreme weather as heat waves, heavy floods hit country

Eight Chinese cities shorten centralized quarantine time for intl arrivals

US reaps windfalls as Europe sinks into deeper economic distress, sees strategic autonomy weakened

S.China's Zhuhai strengthens epidemic prevention amid rebound in Macao

US' sizable rate-hiking may lead to recession, hindering Latin America

Improved digital technology preserving China's cultural relics

Student chef wins UK contest, promoting Chinese cuisine

China-Europe freight train a pillar in global trade

GT investigates: US, primary spreader of disinformation, manipulates propaganda machine for own gains under guise of 'freedom, human rights'

Taking stock

Economic woes ease

Supreme Court protest

China's dynamic zero-COVID policy creates a strong fortress for world against virus: Japanese professor

Dynamic zero-COVID approach underpins China's sustainable growth

Weapons sent by US and NATO may fall into dark net and even to terrorists, leading widespread and unbearable cost

Apple's next frontier is your car's dashboard

S.Korea's LG Energy Solution launches nickel processing plants in Indonesia

Spain's Repsol in talks to sell 25% of oil and gas unit to EIG, sources say

China's imports of bulk commodities slump in first five months but prices go up: customs

China's top market regulator probes 175 monopoly cases in 2021, focusing on giant platforms

Lofty Mission

RCEP heralds ASEAN agricultural trade boom with bright prospects

China's 'super bowl' roars back to life with tremendous economic dynamism, a potential driving engine

Shanghai's sea and air port cargo volumes back at 90% capacity as traders and producers feel uplift after epidemic restrictions removed

Russia's export restriction of noble gases will aggravate global semiconductor supply bottleneck: analysts

Shanghai remains on high alert over virus resurgence; effective monitoring urged

Chinese young pioneers celebrate Children's Day with patriotic lessons

China steps up anti-epidemic efforts as Dragon Boat Festival holiday travel peak expected

Earthquake hits Sichuan

China rolls out 33 detailed measures to boost growth; major rebound expected in Q3

Sweet lesson

Shanghai embraces new start after 2-month lockdown amid earnest expectations

China gets COVID-prevention ready for gaokao with record test takers

Beijing COVID-19 cases fall for 9th day, risks of resurgence persist during holidays

State Council enacts more supportive policies to shore up economy, after coronavirus flare-ups are brought under control

MercoPress - South American Agency

Ecuador's Conaie decries death of 4th protester during general strike

In addition to the dead, there have been over 90 arrests and as many people injured, while at least 4 protesters are unaccounted for Ecuador's Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) has denounced a fourth protester who has died during demonstrations, while human rights groups insisted that repression coupled with abuse of force jeopardized the lives of people exercising their right to express themselves against the policies of President Guillermo Lasso's administration.

Former Bolsonarist minister released in corruption probe

Ribeiro's arrest was politically motivated, Flavio Bolsonaro argued A Brazilian Federal court in Brasilia has ordered the release of former Education Minister, Pastor Milton Ribeiro from jail after being arrested Wednesday on a preemptive basis for allegedly diverting public funds for his own benefit and collecting bribes from municipal authorities.

SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade after nearly half a century

Alito had for ages longed for a chance to argue against Roe v Wade The iconic 1973 US Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade which cleared the way for decriminalizing abortion has been overturned Friday when deciding on a Mississippi law banning the interruption of pregnancies after 15 weeks, thus ending alleged constitutional protections that had been in place for nearly half a century.

Brazil: Lula might win in the first round, Datafolha study shows

Thursday's survey showed stability when compared to May's figures Brazilian opposition presidential hopeful Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva would win the Oct. 2 elections over the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro by a margin wide enough to make a runoff unnecessary, according to the latest Datafolha survey published Thursday.

C24 resolution calls on Argentina and UK to resume Falklands' negotiations

Chile introduced the resolution text noting that the question under consideration is a highly sensitive issue for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean The Special Committee on Decolonization adopted on Thursday a resolution requesting the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom to consolidate the current process of dialogue through the resumption of negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute relating to the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

Chilean miners lift strike after agreement with Codelco

A smelter had been closed down due to environmental concerns, affecting some 350 jobs Chilean copper mine workers have agreed to lift their strike after reaching an agreement with the state-owned Chilean National Copper Corporation (Codelco), it was announced Thursday.

MLA Spink visits Whitby, twinned to Falklands Stanley City

The sign of Stanley and Whitby twinning at the access of the Falklands capital As part of the commemorations marking the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of the Falkland Islands, the city of Whitby welcomed a special guest, reports the local media. The special guest is none else than elected lawmaker MLA Roger Spink who has been doing the round of commemoration events in the United Kingdom.

BRICS Summit sees new role for the bloc in a changing world

We must keep in mind why we BRICS countries started up, Xi told the bloc's Summit In a move to strengthen cooperation and promote economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, BRICS countries agreed this week during the bloc's virtual Summit to launch the BRICS Business Forum, which they regard as an effective tool to achieve the association's goals.

Argentina and C24 members want a return of real colonialism to Falklands and Southwest Atlantic, MLA Short

“It is my belief that this Committee needs to look inwards and reflect on its core principals as some seem to have lost sight of them.” My name is Gavin Short and I am a democratically elected representative of the Government and people of the Falkland Islands and my family have lived there for 173 years.

European countries launch vax funding for LatAm developments

Europe is supporting Cuba and Mexico financially while exploring options in Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Colombia,” von der Leyen said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Thursday said that around US$ 940 million will be invested in the production of vaccines and medicines in Latin American and Caribbean countries.