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Rishi Sunak expected to increase tier 2 jobs support
The hospitality industry has described tier 2's restrictions as the "worst of all worlds".

Ethnic minority Covid risk 'not explained by racism'
A government adviser says factors like deprivation, rather than ethnicity, should be used to judge risk.

Trump's lawyer Giuliani dismisses 'compromising' clip from new Borat film
Rudy Giuliani describes as a "fabrication" a scene appearing to show him with hands down his trousers.

US Election 2020: Trump and Obama lock horns in rival rallies
Mr Obama likened his successor to a "crazy uncle" while Mr Trump mocked his old adversary.

Martin Bashir: BBC journalist 'seriously unwell' from Covid
The journalist, best known for his 1995 interview with Princess Diana, has complications from the virus.

Royal British Legion launches Poppy Appeal from veterans' homes
The Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal is launching differently due to the Covid pandemic.

Brexit: UK to ban more EU citizens with criminal records
From January, EU citizens sentenced to more than a year in prison will be barred.

End Sars protests: 'It was a massacre... We pay for these bullets'
An organiser of protests against police brutality in Nigeria tells the BBC he saw soldiers shoot people dead.

Angela Rayner apologises for 'scum' remark in Commons
Labour's deputy leader made the comment while Tory MP Chris Clarkson spoke on virus restrictions.

CQC report: Care of people with learning disabilities 'inhumane'
Physical restraint is part of the culture in some specialist hospitals, a care regulator finds.

Covid-19: Nottingham party students fined £40,000
Officers find people hiding in the kitchen, upstairs bedrooms and basement of the house in Nottingham.

Banksy painting Tube carriage shows London Underground 'not safe', RMT says
Transport for London refuses to release a report into a Banksy artwork, citing security concerns.

The papers: Care staff 'ordered to work in one home only'
The papers cover extra help from the chancellor and MPs' rejection of Marcus Rashford's campaign.

'My stammer has made 2020 more difficult'
The impact of coronavirus has affected us all, but it's been extra tough for people with a stammer.

US election: Joe Biden or Donald Trump? Persuading an undecided voter
Erica listens to her aunt and her friend make their cases for voting Joe Biden or Donald Trump.

Melbourne lockdown: Cycling trend ‘burbing’ takes off under tight restrictions
Ben Loke cycled 1,371km whilst under Melbourne's tough restrictions.

Coronavirus: 'I caught Covid at my uncle's funeral'
A man in India who spread coronavirus after catching it at a funeral reflects on his decision to attend.

Ed Sheeran donates lyrics and Lego to auction
Fans can bid for handwritten lyrics to his song Perfect and a £3 ticket for his first gig.

Covid: Barnsley shoppers react to South Yorkshire tier 3 move
Shoppers in Barnsley react to the news South Yorkshire will move into tier 3 on Saturday.

RRS Sir David Attenborough departs for sea trials
The new £200m ship begins important testing and sea trials ahead of its maiden cruise in 2021.

Coronavirus: 'Social media was a positive in lockdown'
Tatyana tells a committee how being online in quarantine helped her share her body image message.

Iceland PM keeps her cool as earthquake disrupts interview
Katrín Jakobsdóttir kept calm as a 5.5 magnitude earthquake interrupted a live TV interview.

Camper-van conversion: 'We sold all our possessions to go live in a van'
People who live or travel in converted vans explain how it has changed their lives.

Tanzania President John Magufuli: The man who 'banned' coronavirus
President John Magufuli’s idiosyncratic handling of Covid-19 has put Tanzania in the global spotlight.

Will cruise ships return to Venice?
Pressure is mounting on the Italian authorities to decide on the future of cruise ships in Venice.

Nagorno-Karabakh: The Armenian-Azeri 'information wars'
There are false videos that have gone viral. Some are doctored or old footage that has thousands of views.

Carlos Acosta: Refashioning ballet with socially distanced tutus
The acclaimed ballet star resorts to extra wide costumes to reflect the realities of the pandemic.

Thailand protest: Why young activists are embracing Hong Kong's tactics
Thailand’s activists are increasingly adopting methods used last year by demonstrators in Hong Kong.

Aguero's 40th Champions League goal helps Man City fight back to beat Porto
Manchester City get their 10th attempt at winning the Champions League off to a winning start after fighting back to beat Porto.

Own goal gives injury-hit Liverpool win over Ajax
Premier League champions Liverpool are helped by an own goal from Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico to get off to a winning start in the Champions League.

The armed robber who transformed his life through sport
His body on the ground, guns pointed at his back, John McAvoy was caught. His life sentence wasn't the end but a new beginning.

'Immense' Fabinho steps up for Liverpool in Van Dijk's absence
With Virgil van Dijk absent all eyes were on Liverpool's defence and Fabinho made the difference against Ajax.

MOTDx: Adebayo Akinfenwa talks Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool captains, consoles and crisps
MOTDx's Elz The Witch catches up with Wycombe striker and Liverpool fan Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Man City 3-1 Porto: Sergio Aguero reaches 40 goals but can he be considered a Champions League great?
Another match, another goalscoring landmark for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero - but has he truly made his mark on the Champions League yet?

Local lockdown rules: What Covid tier is my area in?
Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.

Coronavirus: When and how are pubs allowed to open?
Pubs across the UK are facing restrictions as coronavirus rates rise.

Covid: How much money are tier 3 areas getting?
Disagreements over money have raised questions about how the payments are decided by government.

Coronavirus: What does the tier system mean for UK holidays?
Where can I go and what can I do on a holiday in the UK?

Coronavirus: Can I still get my hair cut at home? And other questions
We answer some of your questions about the rapidly changing rules and restrictions in the UK.

Do all Tier 3 area workers get 80% of wages?
The prime minister claims workers will get 80% of their wages. Will they?

Covid: What will Tier 3 rules for Manchester and South Yorkshire be?
All parts of the UK have brought in varying levels of extra restrictions as coronavirus cases grow.

Coronavirus: How much will it cost the UK?
The pandemic will cost the government hundreds of billions of pounds. Where will it all come from?

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

Coronavirus: What powers do police have if people break Covid rules?
Coronavirus lockdown rules are changing across the UK, but who is responsible for enforcing them?

Covid: What are the lockdown rules in place across Europe?
What restrictions are being put in place in Europe to control new coronavirus outbreaks?

Coronavirus: How to get a Covid test
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

UK travel restrictions: Which countries can I visit without quarantining?
Key holiday spots are being regularly added to the travel quarantine list as infection rates rise.

Covid: What is a circuit-breaker?
Can a short burst of national restrictions change the course of the epidemic?

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?
Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

Covid: What will you be able to do in Wales lockdown?
From 18:00 BST Friday people should stay home as much as possible, but what are you allowed to do?

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

Covid: What happens if someone in school tests positive?
Schools are adopting measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep pupils safe.

Covid: How worried should we be?
We know we are heading into a difficult winter, but how worried should we be?

Job Support Scheme: What is changing after furlough?
The government will expand its Job Support Scheme for people who can't work due to local restrictions.

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?
People around the UK must now wear face coverings in many public places, but what are the rules?

Coronavirus: Do people still have to shield?
As restrictions change across the country, how should more vulnerable people keep themselves safe?

Coronavirus: How many people can attend a wedding?
The rules on who can attend ceremonies vary around the UK, while receptions are banned in some areas.

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.

Circuit breaker: What is a circuit-breaker lockdown?
The BBC's Laura Foster explains what a circuit-breaker is and how it could help tackle Covid-19.

Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak
Key charts and maps explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

Coronavirus: What are Northern Ireland's new Covid rules?
BBC News NI's Jordan Kenny explains what you need to know about the new Covid-19 restrictions.

Coronavirus: Simple guide to staying safe
Step-by-step, what to do to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Covid Sage documents: The scientific evidence and what No 10 then did
The government did not take the recommendation of a "circuit breaker" lockdown.

US election 2020: A guide to the final presidential debate
On Thursday, candidates will share a stage one last time. Here's what you need to know.

US election 2020: What are Trump's and Biden's policies?
Some of President Trump's and Joe Biden's key policies explained and compared.

US Election 2020: Can you trust the polls?
Did US election polling get it wrong in 2016? Reality Check considers whether polls can predict who'll be the next US president.

Predict the president 2020: Will Trump or Biden win the US election? You decide
Play our game to predict whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will win the key states in the election.

US election 2020: Has Trump delivered on his promises?
Donald Trump made voters a number of promises before they elected him. But has he kept his word?

How Kamala Harris highlights what women in politics face
From being seen as angry to questions around motherhood - are women in politics treated differently?

US election 2020: A really simple guide
If you’re looking for a refresher or trying to understand it for the first time, this guide will help.

US election 2020 polls: Who is ahead - Trump or Biden?
An in-depth look at the polls and what they can and can’t tell us about who will win the White House.

Electoral College: Which voters really decide the US election?
More than 245 million Americans are eligible to vote but only a few will decide the outcome.

US 2020 election: Who does China really want to win?
With the US battered by the coronavirus and political polarisation, China thinks its time has come.

US election: What can the US learn from other pandemic elections?
There is plenty the US can learn from other nations that have held elections under Covid-restrictions.

US election 2020: Why it matters so much to Germans
Trump has singled out Berlin for repeated criticism, but some say it was a much needed wake-up call.

US election 2020: How would Biden change foreign policy?
The two candidates offer very different visions of the world so allies - and adversaries - are watching closely.

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Obama delivers a blistering rebuke of Trump in his return to the campaign trail

US officials say Russia and Iran have interfered with the presidential election
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Wednesday that Iran and Russia have obtained US voter registration information and are trying to influence public opinion ahead of the election.

These voters are still undecided. Here's why
These Ohio voters watched the first Presidential debate and were still struggling to decide on a candidate, in the final days of the election they explain why.

Japan has so few women politicians that when even one is gaffe-prone, all pay a price
Laast month, Japanese lawmaker Mio Sugita caused outrage on social media when she said that some women lie about sexual assaults.

As rivalry with Washington heats up, Beijing commemorates 'victory' in 'war to resist US aggression'
Seventy years ago this week, hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops began crossing into North Korea, in an intervention that would turn the tide of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula and eventually hold United Nations forces to an uneasy detente.

Ireland imposes strictest coronavirus lockdown in Europe

The number of older people getting coronavirus in Europe is rising again. That's really bad news

Experts warn US will see dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases
CNN's Nick Watt reports on the rising number of Covid-19 hospitalizations states in the US as coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas pushes for herd immunity against the surgeon general's recommendation.

Pope endorses civil union laws for same-sex couples
Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Trump administration notifies Congress of $1.8 billion in proposed weapons sales to Taiwan
The US formally notified Congress of a proposed $1.8 billion in advanced weapons systems sales to Taiwan -- a move sure to increase tensions with Beijing.

US designates six more Chinese companies firms as foreign missions
The United States government has labeled six more Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions in the latest round of tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington over restrictions on journalists.

Thailand's Prime Minister lifts state of emergency. Protesters give him three days to resign
Thailand's Prime Minister announced he is prepared to lift emergency measures imposed on Bangkok following more than a week of daily anti-government protests in the nation's capital and other cities.

Democrats to boycott vote to advance Barrett nomination
Senate Judiciary Democrats, facing criticism from the left that they have not done more to question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court confirmation proceedings for Amy Coney Barrett, plan to take the extraordinary step of boycotting a key committee vote on Thursday.

Why it's so hard to dethrone Google
If you use the internet, Google is practically inescapable. This is most evident in how we search for almost everything online — so much so that "Google" is synonymous with search.

A previously unknown human organ may have been discovered by scientists
It's hard to imagine there is a part of the human body that's gone unnoticed by doctors after centuries of medical research.

A teacher is beheaded, and France's war over secularism, freedom of speech and religious equality reignites
France was irrevocably changed by the Paris terror attacks of January 2015. Three days of violence began with a massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had previously published controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. They ended with a siege at a kosher supermarket.

Tesla posts record profit and says it will sell half a million cars this year
Tesla reported by far its best quarterly profit Wednesday and said it still hopes to hit its target of half a million car sales this year.

US Army base says its Twitter account was hacked, after it posted lewd messages
The US Army said Wednesday that the official Twitter account of its Fort Bragg base had been hacked, after the account posted several lewd messages.

Black women's battle for the ballot
Historian and author of "Vanguard" Martha S. Jones and trailblazing civil rights activist Xernona Clayton talk about Black women's historic fight to be heard and counted.

Senate Republicans defend Barrett against new report highlighting her time on board of school system that reportedly has anti-LGBTQ policies
Senate Republicans are defending Judge Amy Coney Barrett a day before her Senate Judiciary Committee vote against Democratic criticism of her record and a new report from the Associated Press that highlights her previous position on the board of an private Christian school system that the AP reports has anti-LGBTQ policies.

'Shoddy' coronavirus study linked to Steve Bannon
A CNN analysis shows widely panned research papers claiming Covid-19 is a lab-created bioweapon are linked to Steve Bannon. The papers build on blogs by an anonymous author whose writings were also posted on a website linked to Bannon. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

'Borat' sequel somehow still manages to serve up audacious surprises
Like any sequel, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" faces the challenge of what to do for an encore, 14 years and a big box-office haul later. Somehow, though, Sacha Baron Cohen hasn't lost the power to deliver audacious surprises, with enough explosive, not-suitable-for-anywhere laughs to power through the flatter patches this sort of exercise inevitably yields.

This super-beetle can survive being run over by a car -- and help with engineering problems
Scientists developing new materials are studying an unlikely source of strength: a beetle that can withstand being run over by a car.

New images show NASA spacecraft's historic landing on asteroid
New images taken by the OSIRIS-REx mission show the historic first touchdown of a NASA spacecraft on the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft collected a sample that will be returned to Earth in 2023.

The 2020 election has confirmed to China that democracy is a circus
In 2016, when nearly everyone in China thought that Hillary Clinton would win the White House, one group in particular was confident of a Donald Trump victory. Back when most goods flowed from China, merchants in the trading hub of Yiwu received four times more orders for Trump than for Clinton merchandise.

Which US state's economy is faring best during the pandemic
The Back-to-Normal Index from CNN Business and Moody's Analytics shows which states are closest to and furthest from their pre-pandemic economies.

Short-form video app Quibi shutting down
Much like its content, Quibi didn't last very long.

Shakhtar produces stunning Champions League upset to defeat Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk produced one of the most memorable upsets in Champions League history, beating 13-time winner Real Madrid 3-2 on home soil.

Purdue Pharma to plead guilty, pay more than $8 billion and shut down for its role in opioid crisis
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation's opioid crisis and will pay more than $8 billion and close down the company.

Nigerian activist: Stop killing Nigerians
Nigerian activist Aisha Yesufu tells CNN's Becky Anderson she's horrified by Nigerian forces opening fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos.

Cop under investigation after wearing Trump mask at polling place
A photograph of a uniformed Miami police officer wearing a "Trump 2020" protective mask at a polling place sparked controversy and condemnation.

What it's like to travel from the U.S. to Hong Kong right now
A few months ago, I boarded a plane from New York City (where I was visiting my partner and siblings) to Hong Kong (where I'm from).

Dad's 'crap' pet portraits raise thousands for charity
A British man has raised thousands of pounds for charity after his unconventional drawings of people's pets went viral.

Giacometti sculpture offered in secretive 'sealed-bid' sale -- with a minimum price of $90M
A work by Alberto Giacometti, the artist behind some of history's most expensive sculptures, is going up for sale -- but bids will be made entirely in secret.

The world's best hotel bars (and what to drink there)
Hotel bars are the fast track to opulence.

Fluency in a second language boosts your brain
Fluency in a second language could delay the worst symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease for several years

Hollywood stuntwoman Sarah Lezito is 'bored' of competing against men
She's been dubbed the world's greatest stuntwoman and has worked alongside Hollywood stars such as Scarlett Johansson, but Sarah Lezito shows no sign of slowing down.

Stephen Colbert moved to tears by Dolly Parton's voice
Host Stephen Colbert teared up when country music star Dolly Parton sang "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" on "The Late Show."

Lionel Messi breaks Champions League record as teenagers give Barcelona hope for the future
Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons after netting in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Hungarian side Ferencvaros on Tuesday.

Soccer player suffers hortrific testicle injury
Flamengo defender Gustavo Henrique is recovering from a testicle injury sustained during his side's 5-1 victory over Corinthians.

Amazon will let some employees work from home until mid-2021
Amazon plans to let some of its employees work from home until the middle of next year.

Before you get a flu shot, get good sleep to increase its effectiveness, experts say

Obama, in a moment of catharsis that doubled as a warning against Democratic complacency, blasted Trump in a speech dripping with ridicule
Trump and Biden's road to 270 | Report voting issues

See Obama's reaction to Trump's conspiracy tweets
Former President Barack Obama criticizes President Donald Trump retweeting conspiracies during his first campaign speech for Joe Biden in Philadelphia.

'It was a clinic': Van Jones analyzes Barack Obama's speech
CNN's Van Jones says that former President Barack Obama struck the right balance between attacking President Donald Trump and speaking to the Democratic base in support of Joe Biden.

Analysis: Two words that explain why Trump is losing
• Analysis: The real reason Trump walked out on that '60 Minutes' interview • Trump pushes for last-minute foreign policy wins that would be hard for Biden to reverse • Analysis: It's becoming clear what Trump might do if he loses

Inside Melania Trump's unprecedented campaign trail absence

Greece sees its biggest Covid-19 spike

Analysis: A Supreme Court decision has likely transformed election night -- but it comes with a warning
A major Supreme Court decision has likely transformed election night with a huge break for Democrats -- but it comes with a chilling warning of how the conservative majority might decide future voting disputes.

Bizarre police cadet graduation goes viral
A police cadet graduation broadcast by Egyptian TV went viral for the outlandish ways in which the graduating class showed off their strength.

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‘Amplifiers for idiots’: Former Google CEO slams social media
Eric Schmidt says more regulation may be needed for social media, but US antitrust suit against Google is misplaced.

US officials say Russia, Iran have obtained voter information
Intelligence officials link Iran to threatening emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states.

More than half of small European firms fear closure: McKinsey
Majority of small, mid-sized European companies expect to close by September if revenues remain stagnant, survey finds.

US designates six more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions
US tightens rules on more Chinese media organisations, saying they are propaganda outlets for the Chinese state.

‘A long slog’: IMF says Asia faces a slow economic recovery
IMF says India, Philippines, Malaysia are expected to contract sharply this year, but China set to grow by 1.9 percent.

Spike in South Korea flu shot deaths fuels vaccine doubts
South Korea is giving the seasonal flu vaccine to millions to ward off any complications with COVID-19.

Call to recognise genocide ahead of UN Rohingya donor meeting
Countries urged to look beyond funding to acknowledge genocide against Rohingya and seek solutions for their return.

In rebuke of Trump, Obama urges voters to show up for Biden
Former US president recalls his own political disinterest at a young age, but says not voting is giving up power.

US approves $1.8bn in potential arms sales to Taiwan
Taiwan welcomes sale of missiles, artillery and sensors to modernise military but stresses not in arms race with China.

COVID-19 ravages US Midwest as cases, deaths surge
Record daily death increases reported across four states in the US, which already has the highest global toll.

US: Remains found in Tulsa search for 1921 race massacre victims
At least 10 bodies found in unmarked grave in search for victims of a 1921 racist massacre in the US state of Oklahoma.

Trump slams US stimulus deal on Twitter as talks continue
Trump's evening tweets came hours after all three major stock indexes fell over the continuing stimulus deadlock.

Pins and needles: US stocks close lower as stimulus talks drag
Investors are increasingly worried Democratic legislators and the White House may not make a deal before Election Day.

Will voting in a non-battleground state make a difference?
The presidency isn't all that's at stake on Election Day.

Democrats say US Supreme Court deadlock shows Barrett’s power
A 4-4 US Supreme Court vote this week left a lower court ruling in place extending mail-in ballot delivery in Pennsylvan

Officer in raid says Breonna Taylor ‘didn’t deserve to die’
Jonathan Mattingly expresses sympathy for the relatives of Taylor, whose death has sparked outrage across the US.

High speed: Tesla breaks revenue record, shares take off
Shares were up 4.3% at $440.81 in extended trade as the carmaker beat analysts' estimates for third-quarter revenue.

AstraZeneca, J&J could resume COVID vaccine trials this week
The firms' COVID vaccine trials, which are backed by US's Operation Warp Speed, were halted when participants fell ill.

PLO leader Erekat undergoes bronchostomy after contracting virus
Days after being hospitalised for COVID-19, Erekat is intubated and placed on machine providing for blood oxygenation.

Is France at war with its Muslims?
President Emmanuel Macron launched a nationwide crackdown on so-called 'radical Islam' after the beheading of a teacher.

Trump’s new dance moves are causing quite a stir
In the campaign's final stretch, the US president finds a new classic hit to groove to, with mixed reviews.

Zambians sue Anglo American mining company over lead poisoning
The lawsuit alleges 'generations of children' have been poisoned by the mine's operations in Kabwe.

Waving flags, they sang Nigeria’s anthem. Then they were shot at
Protesters say they will keep fighting against police brutality, injustice even after Lagos attack that shocked nation.

Ant Group to launch $35bn IPO after clinching regulatory approval
The fintech firm, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, plans to list both in Hong Kong and Shanghai in the coming weeks.

Friendly skies: App would help travellers comply with COVID tests
A smartphone app could make it easy for travellers to securely show they have complied with COVID testing requirements.

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Eradicating human trafficking: Persistent risks call for strategic approach

European Commission issues first emission of EU SURE social bonds
The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for repayment in 2040.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached three important political agreements for Europe's agriculture and fisheries sectors during the two-day Council in Luxembourg. Ministers agreed a general approach on the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package, adopted conclusions on the farm to fork strategy and decided the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021.

New State of Nature report points to persisting pressures on Europe's nature

Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system
To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commission, at the invitation by EU Member States, has set up an EU-wide system to ensure interoperability – a so-called ‘gateway'.

2021 Commission work programme – from strategy to delivery
The Commission adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age.

Main results of the European Council
On 15 and 16 October, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations.

Coronavirus: Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment
Ahead of the discussion of EU Leaders, the Commission is presenting the key elements to be taken into consideration by Member States for their COVID-19 vaccination strategies in order to prepare the European Union and its citizens for when a safe and effective vaccine is available, as well as priority groups to consider for vaccination first.

State of the Energy Union: Progress made on the clean energy transition and a basis for green recovery

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Commission adopts EU Methane Strategy as part of European Green Deal

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty
The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency.

Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment
The European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.

COVID-19: Council adopts a recommendation to coordinate measures affecting free movement
The Council adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and disruption, and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of employment and social policy

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-UK relations, the annual rule of law dialogue, and the next multiannual financial framework and recovery package. Ministers also prepared for the upcoming European Council and adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Dashboard: EU Cohesion Policy response to the coronavirus crisis
The Commission announced the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on Belarus, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, and current affairs. The Council also adopted conclusions on Belarus.

Main results of the video conference of justice ministers
Justice ministers discussed antisemitism and hate speech, the EU strategy to combat sexual abuse of children and digitalisation in the field of access to justice.

Plenary highlights: Commission changes, EU budget and climate law
MEPs voted for changes at the European Commission, more ambitious climate targets, and discussed the rule of law in EU countries during the 5-8 October plenary session in Brussels.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of home affairs

Coronavirus: Commission signs a joint procurement contract with Gilead for the supply of Remdesivir

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to 60%
All member states must become climate neutral by 2050, says Parliament in a vote on the EU climate law, calling for ambitious 2030 and 2040 emissions reduction targets.

Commission launches new 10-year plan to support Roma in the EU
The European Commission has today adopted a new 10-year plan, including a proposal for a Council Recommendation, to support Roma in the EU. There are seven key areas of focus: equality, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing.

European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds
The European Commission announced that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds. To that end, the Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Social Bond Framework.

Western Balkans: An Economic and Investment Plan to support the economic recovery and convergence

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers reached a political agreement on the Recovery and Resilience Facility. They also discussed digital finance, the Capital Markets Union and the European Semester.

Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU
The Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package. The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next steps.

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 22nd EU-Ukraine summit President Michel, President Zelenskyy and High Representative Borrell discussed the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association Agreement and foreign policy issues.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup adopted its work programme until June 2021. Ministers also discussed candidacies for a new ECB executive board member, the 7th enhanced surveillance report on Greece and exchanged views on policy priorities for the eurozone in the context of the recovery.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 1 and 2 October 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, the Single Market, industrial policy, digital and on external relations.

Germany: EIB Group and Commerzbank join forces to support small and mid-sized companies in COVID-crisis

Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations
The European Commission has sent the United Kingdom a letter of formal notice for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement. This marks the beginning of a formal infringement process against the United Kingdom. It has one month to reply to today's letter.

A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery
The European Commission adopted a Communication on a new European Research Area for Research and Innovation. Based on excellence, competitive, open and talent-driven, the new European Research Area will improve Europe's research and innovation landscape, accelerate the EU's transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, support its recovery from the societal and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, and strengthen its resilience against future crises.

Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age
The Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU's recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. Setting out a vision of the European Education Area to be achieved by 2025, the Commission proposes new initiatives, more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU's rich education and training offer.

Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union
The European Commission has published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. Today's report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law standards, but important challenges to the rule of law exist in the EU.

EU and Georgia sign Financing Agreements for COVID-19 Recovery worth €129 million

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council adopted general approaches regarding the draft regulation establishing Horizon Europe, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation for the years 2021-2027, and the draft decision establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe.

Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security
The European Commission has launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The announced measures will strengthen the Customs Union as a cornerstone of the Single Market. They also confirm its major role in protecting EU revenues and the security, health and prosperity of EU citizens and businesses.

COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU
Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its updated risk assessment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside a set of guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and ventilation).

Capital Markets Union: Commission to boost Europe's capital markets
The European Commission has published a new, ambitious Action Plan to boost the European Union's Capital Markets Union (CMU) over the coming years. The EU's top priority today is to ensure that Europe recovers from the unprecedented economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Developing the EU's capital markets, and ensuring access to market financing, will be essential in this task.

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses
The European Commission has adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. It will boost Europe's competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to become a global standard-setter. It will give consumers more choice and opportunities in financial services and modern payments, while at the same time ensuring consumer protection and financial stability.

Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain's recovery

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity
The European Commission is proposing a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and faster procedures throughout the asylum and migration system. And it sets in balance the principles of fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity.

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management
The European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This can reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions.

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals
Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers' protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed Libya, EU-African Union relations, Belarus, and current affairs. They also adopted new sanctions on Libya.

State of the Union: Commission adopts revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines
In line with the European Green Deal and the EU's objective to become the first climate neutral economy by 2050, the Commission adopted revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 (the “ETS Guidelines”).

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to advance discussions on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and exchange views on trade-related issues in the agricultural sector.

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Covid-19, recovery plan
MEPs debated the state of the EU, came up with measures to fight Covid-19 and opened the way for the recovery plan during a busy September plenary.

State of the Union: A new Action Plan to turn the tide in the fight against racism
In her State of the Union Address 2020, President von der Leyen announced a new EU anti-racism Action Plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years. Among others, the Commission will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU law and further strengthen the legal framework, if needed.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs second contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing
The Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday.

State of the Union: Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030
The European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary
In her State of the Union address on 16 September 2020, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented her vision for a Europe that emerges stronger from the pandemic and leads the way towards a new vitality.

Vote on Own Resources: MEPs clear way for COVID-19 recovery plan
MEPs have fast-tracked and voted already during the September plenary session on their legislative opinion on the Own Resources Decision (ORD). This removes an important barrier and speeds up the procedure to implement the key EU law to restart the economy, allowing the Commission to raise €750 billion on the markets for the recovery fund.

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19
Parliament calls for the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to be enhanced so that the EU can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

About the State of the Union address - charting the course for the year ahead
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 16 September 2020 (09:00 CEST). The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with Members of the European Parliament.

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps
To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.

Main results of the EU-China leaders' meeting
The meeting was a follow-up to the 22nd EU-China summit that took place on 22 June and was chaired by President Michel on the EU side and President Xi on the Chinese side.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup meeting was hosted by the German presidency of the Council in Berlin. It was the first in-person meeting of the Eurogroup since February 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. This was also the first meeting chaired by the Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, who took up the function on 13 July 2020.

Addressing COVID-19: Council approves €6.2 billion budget increase for 2020

Urban waste water: improvement in collection and treatment across the EU helps reducing pollution in the environment

Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice and publishes platform reports on coronavirus related disinformation
The assessment shows that the Code has proven a very valuable instrument, the first one of its kind worldwide, and has provided a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant stakeholders to ensure greater transparency of platforms' policies against disinformation within the EU. At the same time, the assessment highlights certain shortcomings mainly due to the Code's self-regulatory nature.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €140 billion in VAT revenues in 2018, with a potential increase in 2020 due to coronavirus
EU countries lost an estimated €140 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2018, according to a new report released by the European Commission.

Commission unveils its first Strategic Foresight Report: charting the course towards a more resilient Europe
The European Commission adopted its first-ever Strategic Foresight Report, aiming to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices. Strategic foresight will inform major policy initiatives.

Coronavirus: Commission completes vaccines portfolio following talks with a sixth manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with BioNTech-Pfizer to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. BioNTech-Pfizer is the sixth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August and Moderna on 24 August. The first contract, signed with AstraZeneca, entered into force on 27 August.

Commission adopts proposal to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Integrating migrants and refugees into the labour market: Commission and social and economic partners relaunch cooperation
The Commission, trade unions, chambers of commerce and employers' organisations are renewing their cooperation to enhance the integration of migrants and refugees into the labour market.

European Green Deal: Commission prepares new initiatives to boost the organic farming sector
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming. This sector will play an important role in achieving the European Green Deal ambition, and reaching the objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level.

Commission announces actions to make Europe's raw materials supply more secure and sustainable
The Commission presents an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors from the 2030 and 2050 perspectives.

Coronavirus Global Response: Commission joins the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)
The European Commission has confirmed its interest to participate in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.

Car industry: New rules on cleaner and safer cars start to apply across Europe
Tomorrow, the EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles will start to apply. Adopted in May 2018, the new Regulation significantly overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge to Côte d'Ivoire

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs first contract with AstraZeneca
Today, the first contract the European Commission has negotiated on behalf of the EU Member States with a pharmaceutical company entered into force following the formal signature between AstraZeneca and the Commission. The contract will allow the purchase of a vaccine against COVID-19 for all the Member States of the EU as well as the donation to lower and middle income countries or the re-direction to other European countries.

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE
The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. SURE is a crucial element of the EU's comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Right to Cure' initiative
Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Right to Cure'. The organisers of the ECI call on the Union “to put public health before private profit [and] make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone”.

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks
The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with AstraZeneca on 14 August.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. EU leaders also addressed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Mali.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to extend 2020 European Capitals of Culture into 2021
Due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission has proposed to give Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) the possibility to extend their year as 2020 European Capitals of Culture until 30 April 2021.

Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners

Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128 million in EU funding
The Commission will support 23 new research projects with €128 million in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The funding under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2020.

Lifting of travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

Coronavirus: European Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force
EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less as of tomorrow, 1 August. This is the immediate effect of the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides. Doing business in Vietnam will also become easier for European companies: they will now be able to invest and pitch for government contracts with equal chances to their local competitors.

Skills: Five new cross-border collaboration projects selected for Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe
The Commission has proposed Erasmus+ funding for five new Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border

European Commission secures EU access to Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19.

Coronavirus global response: 45 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights deliver over 1,000 tonnes of medical aid

Global Times

Chinese vaccines in sight, providing promising solution to conquer COVID-19

GOP lawmakers use China Task Force to boost political careers

Update: Man pours boiling water on pregnant cat, kills it and four unborn kittens

China has no intention to replace anyone: FM on Esper's call to counter China, Russia

Nearly 300 Chinese students harassed by law enforcement officers from May to Sep while leaving US: FM

Daughter-in-law of late leader Mao Zedong tells of sad parting from husband, who died in Korean War

Speculation pushes Chinese corn price higher; grain supply is secure: official

Chinese embassy opposes German human rights committee's reception of 'Taiwan representatives'

Staying safe

Mosque closed down

Frantic search

Cities in Zhejiang abide by rules in emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines

Looking for protection

HK rioters criticized for meddling in Thai protests

Qingdao confirms 'object-to-human' virus passage

Australian firms eager to attend CIIE

Update: China continuously urges India to fulfill promises on returning missing soldier

China eyes world's biggest shopping spree amid pandemic

Untouched by human hands

Chinese space firms to scale new heights, inspired by national support, SpaceX's success

New Korean War film remembers brave Chinese soldiers

Visitors to HK plunge 99.7% in September, slammed by pandemic

Father poses as son for online dating, swindles 'girlfriend' out of $3,000

Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges announces lymphoma diagnosis

80 percent of EU's natural habitats in poor shape, EEA reports

Tibetan orphanage provides care to children in need

UK lawmakers urge action to help 1.5 mln women with endometriosis

Man bails on restaurant bill after woman brings 23 friends to blind date

Double-sided mountain

Fake liquor gang busted after 'weird taste' draws customer's suspicions

Enforce quarantine to crush pandemic, says WHO

Qipao aunties on 'T stage'

Crossword for teabreak

Global brands eye China's Double Eleven to boost sales

Horoscope

Learning Chinese

'Bad math': Airlines' COVID-19 safety analysis challenged by expert

China's express delivery industry faces hurdles amid unhealthy competition: insiders

Coronavirus can pass from objects to humans and exist in cold-chain conditions for long periods: Qingdao official

Scientists cover glacier with 'quilt' to slow melting

China's top planner calls for unfinished chip projects to be accountable, warning of blind investments

Vice president of Hubei provincial high court commits suicide in office

Great memories

Promoting a traditional dance

China commemorates war against US aggression in Korea

PLA's hypersonic missile to target 'foreign military intervention' in reunification-by-force Taiwan operation

Industrial internet shines in Shenyang

Banlangen popularity soars after expert 'backs' use against COVID-19

Foreign firms send more local staff to CIIE to seek strong presence

Taiwan separatists stir up conflicts in Fiji to attract attention of US, Australia

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Bolivian president-elect: “no role” for the winning party leader Evo Morales currently exiled in Argentina

Arce swept to power in a Sunday ballot, ushering the country's socialists back into office just a year after Morales left. Bolivia's president-elect Luis Arce said on Tuesday that there was “no role” in his government for socialist party leader Evo Morales, who governed for almost 14 years before resigning under pressure last year and fleeing the country.

Venezuelan tanker listing dangerously: fears of a catastrophic spill of 1,3 million barrels of crude

Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima has lain in the Gulf of Paria since January when US sanctions on Venezuela made it illegal for companies that operate in the U.S. to trade with PDVSA. Concerns are growing that an oil tanker carrying millions of gallons of oil could spill its load into the sea between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, causing an ecological catastrophe.

NASA feat: spacecraft grabs a sample of rocks from an asteroid and begins to send back images

Bennu, located more than 100 million miles from Earth and formed in the early days of our solar system, could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth NASA spacecraft touched down on the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid on Tuesday, grabbing a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of our solar system to bring home. The minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, extended its 3.35m robotic arm toward a flat patch of gravel near Bennu’s north pole and plucked the sample of rocks, the space agency's first handful of pristine asteroid rocks.

A FIGAS refurbished BN-2 Islander delivered to Air Alderney

The 1987-vintage aircraft was previously operated by the FIGAS as VP-FBI. It remains parked at London Biggin Hill, according to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, but is in Air Alderney's livery. Air Alderney has taken delivery of its first BN-2 Islander in the form of G-BLNI (msn 2188), according to the UK civil aircraft register. The 1987-vintage aircraft was previously operated by the Falkland Islands Government Air Service, FIGAS as VP-FBI. It remains parked at London Biggin Hill, according to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, but is already in Air Alderney's livery.

Multi-faiths event sees Pope Francis wear a face mask for the first time at a public function

Francis wore a white mask during the service at the Basilica of Santa Maria; previously he wore masks only in a car taking him to his audiences in the Vatican. Pope Francis wore a mask for the first time at a public function on Tuesday when he and other religious leaders attended a prayer service for peace around the world. The pope wore a white mask during the service at the Rome Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Previously he wore masks only in a car taking him to his weekly audiences in the Vatican.

Robots will replace 85 million jobs in next five years, but 97 million will be created in tech industries, WEF study

Surveys of nearly 300 global companies found four out of five business executives were accelerating plans to digitize work and deploy new technologies Robots will destroy 85 million jobs at mid-sized to large businesses over the next five years as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates changes in the workplace likely to exaggerate inequalities, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study has found.

US government and 11 sates sue Google; rare bipartisan Democrat/Republican coincidence

Attorney General Bill Barr said Google does not compete on the quality of its search results but instead bought its success through payments to mobile phone The US sued Google on Tuesday, accusing the US$1 trillion company of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.

US deaths historic stats jumps 300,000 during pandemic 2020; Hispanics and blacks most affected

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report estimated that 299,028 more people died between Jan 26/Oct 3 than the average numbers from past years Nearly 300,000 more people have died in the United States in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic than would be expected based on historical trends, with at least two-thirds due to COVID-19, a government report released on Tuesday showed, adding that COVID-19 deaths likely were undercounted.

Brazilian health minister ill with a suspected case of Covid-19

The ministry said Pazuello had a fever on Tuesday and would be tested for COVID-19. On Monday, Pazuello missed a public event with President Bolsonaro. Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello has fallen ill with a suspected case of COVID-19, the ministry's press office said on Tuesday, as the country battles with the third-worst coronavirus outbreak globally, with nearly 5.3 million cases.

Mexico brings up the issue of liabilities from unexpected side effects of the Covid-19 vaccines

“If that contingency arises, these funds can be obtained from the treasury,” Martha Delgado, deputy foreign minister in charge of international response to the pandemic Mexico's government will pay to cover any liabilities arising from unexpected side effects of COVID-19 vaccines but is not considering creating a fund to do so, a top official said.

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FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment
Women from around the world are being given a more prominent role in the fight against climate change, thanks to the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

A few ‘green shoots’, but future of global trade remains deeply uncertain
Although global trade is making a frail recovery, the outlook remains uncertain, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday, in announcing its latest COVID-era update. 

Environmental factors behind 15 per cent of deaths across Mediterranean, new UN report reveals
Around 15 per cent of deaths in the Mediterranean are attributable to preventable environmental factors, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released on Wednesday has revealed.

Kosovo: Show solidarity in face of COVID, UN Mission chief urges
The top UN official in Kosovo, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, called for solidarity as its new Government grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and a host of other challenges.

Collapsing consumer demand amid lockdowns cripple Asia-Pacific garment industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Secretary-General underscores value of UN partnerships in Southeast Asia
At a time of global challenge and uncertainty, partnership between the United Nations and regional bodies remains indispensable, the UN Secretary-General told foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a virtual meeting on Wednesday. 

UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria 
The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for “an end to reported police brutality and abuses.” 

UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing information online
With the COVID-19 pandemic sparking a “communications emergency” caused by false information disseminated on social media, the UN Secretary-General is encouraging people everywhere to take a breath before sharing content online. 

New UN gender study: Women ‘far from having an equal voice to men’
The COVID-19 pandemic is “interrupting efforts” to achieve gender equality and threatening to “reverse hard-won gains” over the past decades, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

‘Work in unison’ to promote peace and security in the Persian Gulf region – UN chief
Given the complex and multifaceted challenges in the Persian Gulf region, the UN chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that it is important to reflect more deeply on how everyone, particularly the Council itself, can “work in unison to promote peace and security”. 

Safeguard human rights defenders, rights of NGOs in India, Bachelet urges
Highlighting that India has long had a strong civil society at the forefront of “groundbreaking human rights advocacy within the country and globally", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, raised concerns on Tuesday that “vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices”.  

Trusted data helps us all ‘understand the changing world’: Guterres
Current, reliable and trusted data help us to “understand the changing world” in which we live, the UN chief said on Tuesday in his message for World Statistics Day.

UN chief appeals for urgent action to reverse ‘downward spiral’ in Central Sahel
The world must act now to reverse the situation in Africa’s central Sahel region, where humanitarian needs are at “a breaking point”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level conference on Tuesday to address the burgeoning crisis. 

One in six children living in extreme poverty, with figure set to rise during pandemic
An estimated one in six children – or 356 million globally – were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) analysis released on Tuesday. 

Burkina Faso ‘one step short of famine’, warns UN food relief agency
Unless access is urgently granted to humanitarian organizations, thousands in the Central Sahel will be “pushed into further destitution”, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Monday.  

Focus on fundamentals as COVID-19 caseloads rise: WHO
As COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate, particularly in Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising governments and people everywhere not to let their guard down, for the benefit of those hospitalized, or working on the front line of the battle to end the pandemic. 

COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year’s end
With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment.

‘Biocups’, electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

Both sides obliged to ‘spare and protect civilians’ over Nagorno-Karabakh fighting declares UN’s Guterres
The UN Secretary-General on Sunday condemned “all attacks on populated areas” in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict, as Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly accused each other of violating the latest humanitarian ceasefire agreement.

Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official
Parties to the conflict in Yemen must do more to protect civilians, a senior UN humanitarian official there has said, as the number of civilian deaths has witnessed a sharp rise over the last few weeks in the war-ravaged country. 

UN chief urges inclusive, peaceful elections in Guinea
On the eve of the presidential elections in Guinea, the UN Secretary-General has called on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive and peaceful manner. 

Twelve migrants dead, others missing off the coast of Djibouti: IOM
Twelve migrants have died and others are missing after being thrown off a boat by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. 

‘We want justice for these girls’: the Kenyan helpline for victims of gender violence
Around four million girls worldwide suffer female genital mutilation every year. Although it is forbidden in Kenya, COVID-19 has led some families to revive itthe traditional practice, and a UN-supported phone helpline for victims of gender-based violence in the country has seen a big rise in calls since the pandemic hit.

Stand in solidarity with world’s poor, UN chief says in message for International Day
The UN Secretary-General has called for solidarity with all people living in poverty, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Syria: Humanitarians ‘very concerned’ for thousands still living in Al Hol camp
Humanitarians are “very concerned” about the plight of more than 64,000 people living in the restive Al Hol camp in northeast Syria, the UN Spokesperson told journalists on Friday.   

Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel
A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. 

Misuse of terrorism laws during conflict creates ‘unmitigated calamity’
The misuse of terrorism laws during conflict situations often leads to an “unmitigated calamity” on the ground, an independent UN expert has warned. 

COVID-19: ‘Little or no’ benefit from trials of anti-virals, says WHO 
Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have “little or no” positive impact on preventing deaths in patients infected with the new coronavirus. 

UN chief calls for swift action following attacks on peacekeepers in Mali
Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on Thursday against peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA. 

LIVE: World Food Day
Hunger is rising, due to factors including conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting a strain on food systems that are already failing in many countries. In today’s LIVE blog, marking World Food Day, we will look at some of the many issues and possible solutions. Highlights •    UN chief video message •    What is sustainable agriculture? •    Food and the COVID-19 pandemic •    The business of food •    UN commits to transforming food systems