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England Covid lockdown eases: PM warns people to 'behave responsibly'
Pub gardens, gyms and hairdressers are reopening as part of England's latest step out of lockdown.

Chinese official says local vaccines 'don't have high protection rates'
However he later appeared to backtrack, saying his comments were a "complete misunderstanding".

Prince Philip: The Vanuatu tribes mourning the death of their 'god'
As Britain grieves his death, so do some Pacific tribespeople who revere him as a spiritual figure.

Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama claims one-shot victory at Augusta National
Hideki Matsuyama holds on to win the Masters by one shot and become the first Japanese man to claim a major title.

Cyclone Seroja: Storm makes landfall in Western Australia
Strong winds tore across the state on Sunday, damaging homes and leaving thousands without power.

Iran says key Natanz nuclear facility hit by 'sabotage'
The country's top nuclear official says a power outage at its Natanz site was "nuclear terrorism".

Daunte Wright shooting: Protests near Minneapolis after police killing
A curfew is imposed and tear gas fired amid protests over the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

Haridwar: Crowds surging at India's Kumbh Mela amid deadly Covid wave
Tens of thousands are participating in Kumbh Mela even as India records its highest-ever Covid spike.

St Vincent volcano: Eruptions likely in coming days, experts warn
The Caribbean island of St Vincent has been blanketed in ash after the La Soufrière volcano erupted.

Alibaba accepts record China fine and vows to change
China's regulators slapped a $2.8bn fine on the e-commerce giant over monopoly concerns

Greensill: Lessons to be learnt over lobbying - Cameron
The ex-PM says he should have used "formal" channels, amid a row over his contacts with ministers.

Covid: Police 'regret' over halting church Good Friday service
Video of officers addressing the Good Friday congregation, from the altar, circulated online.

The Papers: Harry 'arrives in UK', and 'shutters come up'
One of Monday's papers reports the Duke of Sussex has returned to the UK ahead of Prince Philip's funeral.

Bafta Film Awards 2021: Nomadland and Promising Young Woman win big
The drama wins four prizes including best film, while Promising Young Woman wins best British film.

Bafta Film Awards 2021: Red carpet in pictures
The biggest night in the British film calendar, the Bafta Awards, is taking place in London.

Yuri Gagarin: Sixty years since the first man went into space
The BBC speaks to the woman who, as a child, witnessed Yuri Gagarin's return to Earth 60 years ago.

Being mixed race like Kamala Harris: 'I feel just as Indian as I feel black'
Three women who share Kamala Harris' mixed parentage open up about balancing the two sides of their lives.

Elephant calf rescued from bottom of well in India
An elephant calf has been rescued from the bottom of a dug well in India's Odisha state.

Gyms re-opening: 'Everyone's raring to go - but take it slow'
Gyms open in England this week, but people should "take it slow" to get their fitness levels back.

Lockdown eases: How we fit bras at a social distance
Bravissimo's Leanne Cahill explains how her shops will work when they reopen after lockdown.

Covid and twins: 'Huge' impact of lockdown separation
Three sets of twins reflect on the past year, with research suggesting only 5.5% live together.

Oxford Street: Wooing shoppers back to Europe's busiest high street
Empty stores and American sweets - what consumers on Oxford Street can expect to see as shops reopen.

The 'Iron Man' body armour many of us may soon be wearing
The market for exoskeletons - high-tech external body support systems - is tipped to grow strongly.

Bafta Film Awards 2021: Snobbery, pianos and other takeaways
Even with social distancing there was plenty of humour, glamour and surprises at the virtual event.

Prince Philip: What are the plans for his funeral?
What happens next in the days leading up to the ceremonial funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh?

Camille Pissarro: Transatlantic struggle for painting stolen by Nazis
A Pissarro painting is the focus of a custody battle involving a Holocaust survivor and a US museum.

Why India and Nepal's forest fires are worrying scientists
Activists say authorities in India and Nepal seem underprepared to fight forest fires.

Moscow's palatial Yeliseyevsky food hall closes after 120 years
The iconic supermarket on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow first opened its doors 120 years ago.

Covid-19: Debunking the latest wave of medical misinformation
A round-up of the latest false and misleading posts about Covid-19 going viral on social media

Rachael Blackmore: Historic Grand National triumph for modest trailblazer
The rise of jockey Rachael Blackmore - the modest trailblazer who made Grand National history

'If that was my son he doesn't get food' - Solskjaer on 'embarrassing' Son after disallowed goal
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said "the game is gone" after a controversial disallowed goal in their 3-1 win at Tottenham.

Forgotten man to England starter? How Lingard is driving West Ham towards the Champions League
Jesse Lingard joined West Ham United on loan in January very much a forgotten man. Could the in-form forward now start for England at the Euros?

'Tottenham's caution does not suit Kane' - is it time for the striker to quit Spurs?
As Tottenham lose ground in the race for a Champions League spot, Phil McNulty takes a look at whether Harry Kane will leave Spurs.

The Masters 2021: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose & Tommy Fleetwood - shots of the tournament
Watch some of the the best shots of the 2021 Masters, featuring Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and a hole-in-one from Tommy Fleetwood.

Women's Super League: West Ham's Gilly Flaherty looks back on decade of WSL
West Ham United's Gilly Flaherty, who scored the first goal in the Women's Super League, looks back as the WSL turns 10 years old this week.

The Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama becomes first male Japanese player to win a major
Hideki Matsuyama rolls in for a bogey at the last to win the Masters by one shot from American debutant Will Zalatoris and become the first male Japanese golfer to win a major.

What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?
The rules on how many people can meet outdoors are changing, as lockdown is eased.

Covid: When can restaurants and pubs reopen and what are the rules?
Hospitality venues are set to gradually open up as lockdown eases across the UK.

How many people can I have a drink with? And other questions
We answer some of your questions about England's roadmap out of lockdown, and other Covid-related issues.

England lockdown: Countdown to freedom
As coronavirus restrictions are lifted - when can you return to your favourite activities?

Covid: When can I go on holiday abroad or in the UK?
Anyone in England who travels abroad without good reason will soon face a £5000 fine.

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.

What are the UK plans for Covid passports?
The government is considering how people could prove they are unlikely to transmit Covid.

Covid: How does the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine work?
People under 30 are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine after a review into rare blood clots.

AstraZeneca vaccine: How do you weigh up the risks and benefits?
A guide to the risks and benefits of receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Rare blood clots - what you need to know
We take a look at why these unusual clots happen and when they occur.

Covid: When will I get the vaccine?
Under-30s will be not be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine, after concerns over rare blood clots.

Covid vaccine: How many people in the UK have been vaccinated so far?
The logistics of vaccinating millions of people across the country, as almost 32 million people receive at least one dose.

Covid: How are European countries tackling the pandemic?
Are European countries relaxing restrictions put in place to control a new wave of infections?

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

Covid: What is the rule of six and what are the social distancing rules?
Lockdown rules are being eased further in England and Wales so more people can meet up outside.

Covid: Can my boss force me to go to work?
As lockdown restrictions ease ease gradually across the UK, what are the rules about going to work?

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?
Charts and maps tracking the progress of Covid vaccination programmes.

Coronavirus: When will pools, gyms and hairdressers open?
Lockdown has been eased further - but what does it mean for hairdressers, pubs and gyms?

Lockdown rules: What are the restrictions in your area?
Use our search tool to find out about coronavirus rules and restrictions where you live.

Coronavirus: What are the rules for places of worship?
Places of worship are open across much of the UK, despite lockdown.

Coronavirus: Your tributes to those who have died
A collection of your tributes to some of the thousands of people in the UK who have died with coronavirus.

Why is the EU unhappy with AstraZeneca?
The EU has called on AstraZeneca to "catch up" on its deliveries to the EU.

What are the rules for weddings and when can I hold a reception?
Wedding ceremonies are still restricted across the UK, but the rules are easing.

Covid: What’s the problem with the EU vaccine rollout?
The coronavirus vaccine is being rolled out across the EU but there have been delays.

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?
As the UK cautiously unlocks, experts will review the evidence on when and where masks are needed.

Unemployment rate: How many people are out of work?
The unemployment rate is rising as Covid hits different parts of the economy.

Covid: What's happened to crime during the pandemic?
From dog theft to drug crime, lockdown has led to some big changes in policing.

Covid: The inside story of the government's battle against the virus
Twenty of Downing Street's most senior politicians, officials and former officials take you "into the room" where essential Covid decisions were being made.

Covid: The countries that nailed it, and what we can learn from them
A year into the pandemic, we look at countries that have had some success in tackling the virus.

Prince Philip: How can Prince Harry attend the funeral?
The Duke of Sussex will return to the UK for the first time since "stepping back" from royal duties.

Prince Philip: A simple, family farewell
A no-nonsense moderniser, the duke's last service to the monarchy may be in the way he departs it, reports the BBC's Jonny Dymond.

Gyles Brandreth: 'Prince Philip would have been touched by public reaction'
Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, royal biographer and a friend of Prince Philip, reflects on the public response to his death.

Prince Charles on Prince Philip: 'My family and I miss my father enormously'
Prince Charles said his father "would have been amazed by... the touching things that have been said".

Prince Philip: A turbulent childhood stalked by exile, mental illness and death
In marrying, Philip was able to regain the "simple pleasures" of family life he had lost at eight.

Prince Philip on royal duty: In his own words
For some, the Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered most vividly for his public comments.

Prince Philip tributes: 'I wanted my grandchildren to remember this day'
People from all generations have come to Windsor to pay tribute to Prince Philip after his death.

When the Queen was snapped 'giggling' at Prince Philip
A royal occasion descended into bewilderment and chuckles after a swarm of bees descended.

Prince Philip: How the Royal Navy shaped the Duke of Edinburgh
From his rescue as a toddler to thwarting wartime sea raids, the duke - and his outlook on life - was shaped by the navy.

The Queen and Prince Philip: An enduring royal romance
During their 73-year marriage, he was the Queen's public support and the person who knew her best.

Prince Philip: Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies on playing the duke in The Crown
What was it like to take on the part of the Duke of Edinburgh in the award-winning Netflix series?

Philip tributes: 'A rock, a hero and one of a kind'
Members of the public gather at Buckingham Palace to lay flowers and show support for the Queen.

Prince Philip: Duke's support for Aberfan families remembered
The duke visited the devastated village within hours of the tragedy that claimed 144 lives.

Prince Philip: Death of the Duke of Edinburgh announced
Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and people laid floral tributes.

Prince Philip: The Duke of Edinburgh's Award 'saved me from jail'
For pals James and Nathan, the awards are about more than hauling badly-packed rucksacks up hills.

Obituary: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, won widespread respect for his steadfast and constant support of the Queen.

Prince Philip: 99 years, 143 countries and one very famous wife
He was the man beside Queen Elizabeth II - and arguably the world's most famous husband.

The announcement of the death of Prince Philip
The BBC's announcement as Buckingham Palace confirms the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Race report: Was controversy part of the plan?
How the government handled the release of a contentious report on racial disparity in the UK.

'We found a baby on the subway - now he's our son'
Danny Stewart saw something on the floor of an NY subway station - soon he would treasure it more than anything.

Letterbox contact: ‘Don’t my birth children have a right to know I’m dying?'
Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Hanna wanted to tell the twins taken from her at 16 - but had no way of reaching them.

The cost of speaking up against China
Uyghurs abroad describe a pattern of harassment and intimidation they say is designed to silence them.

The vaccine misinformation battle raging in France
Online conspiracy theories are exacerbating existing vaccine scepticism.


Pakistan opens private market for vaccines -- but critics say it only benefits the wealthy
Pakistan is in a tight spot: Covid-19 cases are surging during a third wave, hospital beds are filling up, and the government vaccination program is progressing slowly due to delayed deliveries and limited supplies.

Trump tightens grip on GOP while Biden bets on expanding federal power
Prominent Republicans rededicated themselves to Donald Trump's creed of grievance, lies and demagoguery this weekend as President Joe Biden bolstered his counter bet on the use of expansive federal power to ease America's crises.

GOP governor calls Trump's RNC remarks 'divisive'
Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson reacted to former President Donald Trump's attacks on top party leaders in his RNC spring retreat address, saying his remarks are "divisive" for elected GOP officials around the country.

Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is denied a meeting with Trump
Rep. Matt Gaetz, who's facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations, was recently denied a meeting with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate as the ex-President and his allies continue to distance themselves from the Florida congressman.

Hideki Matsuyama wins the Masters, becoming first Japanese man to win golf major

'Incident' at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility a day after starting up new centrifuges
Iran on Sunday confirmed an "incident" at a nuclear plant in Natanz, a day after the government said it was launching more than 150 new uranium enrichment centrifuges at the underground facility.

Fareed gets emotional over his mom's Covid-19 related death
Fareed remembers his mother, Fatma Zakaria, who passed away from Covid-related complications in India. She was 85.

Myanmar's military is charging families $85 to retrieve bodies of relatives killed in crackdown
Myanmar's military is charging families $85 to retrieve the bodies of relatives killed by security forces in a bloody crackdown on Friday, according to activists.

For many sufferers of long Covid, proving they are sick is a big part of the battle
Lyth Hishmeh kept feeling ill months after contracting coronavirus a year ago in March. He had chest pain and couldn't concentrate. At 26 years old, the former regular runner was fatigued and breathless, struggling to function properly. Yet medical professionals kept telling him he simply could not still be ill.

The secret surgeons slipping into South Korea's operating rooms
One Friday night, Kwon Tae-hoon received a call.

Queen said Prince Philip's death has 'left a huge void in her life'

See tributes to Prince Philip pour in from around the world
World leaders, politicians and celebrities have sent their condolences after the announcement of Prince Philip's death.

Crowds gather and mayor orders curfew after man dies in officer-involved shooting
Dozens of people gathered after a man died following an officer-involved shooting and car crash in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon.

Congress faces jam-packed agenda as Democrats confront divisions over legislative policy and strategy
Congress will return to Washington this week with a host of problems to address -- but no clear legislative paths to resolve any of them.

St. Vincent suffers power outage after La Soufrière volcano erupts
There has been a massive power outage on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent where La Soufrière volcano began erupting Friday, St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization reported Sunday.

Powell tells '60 Minutes' that US economy is at an 'inflection point'
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the US economy is at an "inflection point," and that growth and job creation is poised to accelerate.

'That is obviously false': CNN reporter on Trump supporter's attempt to rewrite history
CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports on the "Save America Summit" held by Women for America First at Trump National Doral outside Miami where Trump supporters are echoing his claims that he didn't lose the 2020 presidential election.

Biden's secretary of state criticizes China's failure to provide transparency on Covid
Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized China Sunday for not disclosing information on Covid-19 and its aggression in Taiwan and said that the US has "real concerns" about Russia's actions on the Ukraine border.

Arizona congressional aide found dead after being reported missing in Death Valley
An Arizona congressional aide was found dead in a remote area of Death Valley, just days after being reported missing during a camping trip with his girlfriend, officials said.

NRA CEO says he needed to take shelter on a yacht
Prosecutors are accusing the National Rifle Association (NRA) of exploiting the bankruptcy process to sidestep its growing legal troubles. CNN's Brynn Gingras has the details.

India hits 100 million vaccinations as Covid-19 cases surge to record numbers
India has been gripped by a life or death race against Covid-19, as the country of nearly 1.4 billion people rolls out one of the fastest vaccination drives in the world while recording all-time high tallies of infections.

'Nomadland': Chloé Zhao and crew reveal how they made one of the year's best films
Having been wrenched from the earth, the mineral gypsum is crushed first. It's then blasted at high temperatures and ground down, packed up and shipped out to find a new purpose. What's left behind is a void; an empty space where something once thought permanent used to be.

Covid-19 hospitalizations among younger people are rising in the US -- especially in one region
The US just hit a record high of about 4.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines reported administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Too Chinese for the US, too American for China. Where can Asian Americans call home?

Empty beaches, chained doors: Surreal scenes in Phuket as island pins reopening hopes on vaccines
Pre-pandemic, Phuket's Patong Beach was not a place you'd go for peace and quiet.

Polls show majority of Republicans mistakenly think the 2020 election wasn't legitimate
Poll of the week: A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that 55% of Republicans falsely believe Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election was the result of illegal voting or rigging. Additionally, 60% of Republicans incorrectly agree that the election was stolen from Republican Donald Trump.

Former Attorney General and legal activist Ramsey Clark dies at 93
Ramsey Clark, the former US attorney general and legal activist, has died at the age of 93, his granddaughter told CNN.

Why CrossFit CEO wants gyms included in infrastructure bill
American policymakers and business leaders are slowly coming around to the notion that companies will need to shell out funds if they want the government to invest in President Joe Biden's goal of bringing the nation's infrastructure up to scratch. CNN's Pamela Brown speaks with CrossFit CEO Eric Roza about what this would mean for his fitness company.

Deal between Korean battery firms is a big lift for US EV makers
Two major makers of lithium batteries used for electric vehicles have reached a deal on an intellectual property dispute that threatened to curtail the supply of batteries needed to step up US production of EVs.

Anti-Defamation League CEO: Fox needs to rethink its entire primetime lineup
Tucker Carlson sparked a wave of backlash with comments about the so-called "white replacement theory" on his Fox show Thursday evening. In response, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter urging Fox to dump Carlson, and now he's saying the network needs to rethink its entire lineup.

eBay removes a listing selling art created in a Japanese American concentration camp
At first glance, the drawings seem innocuous.

Biden strengthens Obama's legacy while seeking his own
With sweeping economic recovery plans, President Joe Biden seeks his own legacy like the New Deal or Great Society. But he's also bolstering Barack Obama's.

'I think it's gross': Katie Hill on Gaetz using her name in op-ed
Former California Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill, who resigned amid allegations of inappropriate relationships with campaign staffers, reacts to Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz invoking her name in an op-ed he wrote declaring he would not resign over allegations of violating sex trafficking laws -- claims that he denies.

The testimony by police brass at Derek Chauvin's trial is unprecedented
An unprecedented lineup of law enforcement officers -- including the Minneapolis police chief -- took the stand at the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, denouncing him for kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes.

UN is 'very concerned' about Princess Latifa's situation and still waiting for 'proof of life'
The United Arab Emirates has not proven that Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the missing daughter of Dubai's ruler, is alive, the United Nations has said.

Her babies taken, she died alone in a police cell — the victim of a problem Australia can't seem to fix
Rebecca Maher didn't get to hold her youngest child.

What's behind the recent violence in Northern Ireland?
For over a week, riots have marred the streets across five cities and towns in Northern Ireland. Cars and a bus have been hijacked and burned, young people have thrown petrol bombs at police, and at least 74 officers have been injured.

Real Madrid goes top of La Liga with El Clasico victory over Barcelona
Real Madrid weathered bitter winds and driving rain to defeat Barcelona 2-1 in an action-packed El Clasico on Saturday.

The United Arab Emirates has announced its first female astronaut
A woman has made history in the United Arab Emirates as the country's first female astronaut.

Beloved animal expert has dementia
Jack Hanna, an animal and wildlife expert who became famous after his many TV appearances, is retiring from public life due to dementia, his family announced Wednesday.

China hits Alibaba with record $2.8 billion fine for behaving like a monopoly
China has ordered Alibaba to pay a record fine of 18.2 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) after antitrust regulators concluded that the online shopping giant had been behaving like a monopoly.

Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work
Pets -- like their humans -- had to adjust during the pandemic.

Anti-Defamation League CEO calls for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson
Tucker Carlson ignited backlash for his comments about "replacement" theory during a Fox News show. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaks to CNN's Brian Stelter about Carlson's rhetoric and the ADL's letter to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott.

Airborne lab flies 50 feet above the ocean
From the outside, you could easily mistake it for any other small passenger jet. But once you're inside, it's clear that this is not a typical aircraft.

Khloe Kardashian's leaked bikini photo has revealed an ugly truth
Earlier this week, a candid photo of Khloe Kardashian in a leopard print bikini was mistakenly shared on social media. Her team fruitlessly tried to scrub all traces of the image after it was reportedly posted by one of her assistants.

Inside the case that bankrupted the Klan
At first, Cecelia Perry thought she knew what happened to her younger brother when he failed to return from a late-night trip to a service station on March 20, 1981.

The bitter battle over tourism at Russia's 'Sacred Sea'
Lake Baikal, Russia's 'Sacred Sea,' has been a lifeline for inhabitants of southern Siberia for thousands of years, thanks to its pristine water and rich fauna.

Chinese Covid-19 vaccine efficacy is 'not high,' top health official admits
The efficacy of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines is "not high" and authorities are weighing options to bolster protection -- including mixing different shots, China's top disease control official has said.

Meet the Californians moving to Texas for political reasons
So many people are moving to Texas during the pandemic, the housing market can hardly keep up. Many say they want less Covid-19 restrictions and a safe space for their politics.

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Protests after Minneapolis police shoot 20-year-old Daunte Wright
Minneapolis police fatally shoot 20-year-old Daunte Wright close to where George Floyd was killed last year.

US Federal Reserve chair says economy at ‘inflection point’
The economy is about to 'start growing more quickly' even as COVID remains a risk, Powell says.

Pedro Castillo leads Peru’s presidential race: Exit poll
Pedro Castillo thanks supporters, asks for calm after an exit poll shows him leading with 16.1 percent of the vote.

Cyclone Seroja cuts power to thousands in Western Australia
Ferocious winds cause widespread damage to homes and buildings in towns unprepared for cyclones.

COVID: India overtakes Brazil as world’s second worst-hit country
India records 168,912 cases overnight, taking overall tally to 13.53 million infections reported since pandemic began.

Two Korean firms end electric car battery row, averting US ban
The last-minute settlement helped save 6,000 battery manufacturing jobs and eased Ford and VW's EV rollout plans.

China’s Alibaba promises to make life easier for smaller firms
After record fine, China's largest e-commerce firm says it will lower entry barriers for merchants on its platform.

Bangladesh to impose week-long air travel ban after COVID surge
International and domestic flights to be banned for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with another lockdown.

Banker Lasso wins surprise victory in Ecuador election
Ecuadoreans went to the polls with the pandemic pushing a third of people into poverty.

Australia drops vaccine goal after AstraZeneca advice change
Plan to vaccinate all people by the end of the year abandoned after blood clot fears prompt change to AstraZeneca use.

Canada’s largest province hits new high of daily COVID infections
Ontario records 4,456 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, as health experts warn of rapid rise in intensive care admissions.

Benin vote count begins after opposition groups boycott election
President Patrice Talon is expected to win a second term in office as group of opposition parties called for a boycott.

Ukraine says soldier killed in shelling by Russia-backed forces
Kyiv says another soldier seriously wounded by artillery fire by Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.

Cambodia condemns Vice for altered Khmer Rouge images
The photos of Khmer Rouge 'killing fields' victims with added smiles were an insult to the dead, Cambodia says.

Several migrants found dead on boat off Spain’s Canary Islands
Spanish Red Cross reports that 16 of the 23 people on the boat off El Hierro island were also in a 'serious condition'.

Blinken warns China that action against Taiwan would be ‘mistake’
US Secretary of State says Biden administration concerned by China's 'increasingly aggressive actions' against Taiwan.

What we know about the South African coronavirus variant
The SARS-CoV-2 virus variant that was first detected in South Africa has spread to dozens of countries.

Will brain-computer interfaces transform human lives?
Elon Musk's brain-chip Neuralink company is working on technology that could improve the lives of those with paralysis.

Kyrgyzstan voters back presidential rule in referendum
Preliminary results show strong majority support reforms handing greater powers to the presidency, amid a low turnout.

Rich, old prince dies – the media, on cue, loses it
Then the audience switches off the TV.

‘Tragic combination’: Millions go hungry amid Brazil COVID crisis
19 million Brazilians have gone hungry during the pandemic, new study finds, as food insecurity is also on the rise.

Libya’s new PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh to visit Turkey
Dbeibeh to discuss cooperation on energy and health with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish state media says.

Palestinian short film The Present wins prestigious BAFTA award
Director Farah Nablusi dedicates the award to 'the people of Palestine' in virtual acceptance speech.

Qatar Red Crescent to launch global refugee vaccination project
$100m initiative aims to provide COVID vaccines to more than 3 million refugees and displaced people in 20 countries.

India bans remdesivir exports as COVID-19 cases surge
Health ministry says ban to be in place until 'situation improves' as India sees the sixth record rise in seven days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commission presents updated approach to fiscal policy response to coronavirus pandemic
The European Commission has adopted a Communication providing Member States with broad guidance on the conduct of fiscal policy in the period ahead. It provides guiding principles for the proper design and quality of fiscal measures.

Union of Equality: European Commission presents Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030
The European Commission presented an ambitious Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 to ensure their full participation in society, on an equal basis with others in the EU and beyond.

Protecting European consumers: Safety Gate efficiently helps take dangerous COVID-19 products off the market
The European Commission published its annual report on the Safety Gate, which is the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products helping to take dangerous non-food products off the market.

Commission supports reform projects in Member States for more jobs and sustainable growth
The Commission approved 226 projects in all 27 Member States that will support their efforts in designing and implementing national reforms to enhance growth.

New EU energy labels applicable from 1 March 2021
To help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from Monday, 1 March 2021.

Main results of the European Council video conference
On 25 February, the members of the European Council met via video conference to discuss the current situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparedness for health emergencies. On 26 February they met again, focusing on security and defence, and relations with the Southern Neighbourhood.

Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change
The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences.

Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming
To ensure that citizens can continue to enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, the Commission proposed a new Roaming Regulation. At a time when non-essential travel is discouraged, this is an important action in preparing a brighter future.

Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners
The Commission launched the first-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. Platform work is developing rapidly in the EU across a growing number of business sectors.

EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition
The Commission has proposed to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive.

First calls under Horizon Europe to be launched by the European Research Council

EU industry: Commission takes action to improve synergies between civil, defence and space industries
The Commission presented an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Russia, and Hong Kong. The Council also adopted conclusions on: Myanmar/Burma, a human-rights-based post-COVID-19 recovery, and EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021.

EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries
The European Union has announced an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries.

February infringements package: key decisions

Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy
The European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable.

A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda

LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects

Coronavirus: preparing Europe for the increased threat of variants
The new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants called “HERA Incubator” will work with researchers, biotech companies, manufacturers and public authorities in the EU and globally to detect new variants, provide incentives to develop new and adapted vaccines, speed up the approval process for these vaccines, and ensure scaling up of manufacturing capacities.

Coronavirus: Commission approves second contract with Moderna to ensure up to additional 300 million doses
The European Commission has approved a second contract with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, which provides for an additional purchase of 300 million doses (150 million in 2021 and an option to purchase an additional 150 million in 2022) on behalf of all EU Member States.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup exchanged views on macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro area, based on the European Commission's Winter Forecast.

Plenary highlights: Covid-19 recovery, vaccines, circular economy
MEPs approved the EU’s key instrument to help countries recover from Covid-19, debated the vaccines situation and called for tighter recycling rules.

Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel
Europe remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The resurgence in the number of cases, together with the appearance of new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, have forced many Member States to reintroduce or tighten containment measures. At the same time, the start of vaccination programmes throughout the EU provides grounds for cautious optimism.

EU recovery package: Council adopts Recovery and Resilience Facility

Circular economy: MEPs call for tighter EU consumption and recycling rules

Parliament gives go-ahead to €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility
Parliament approved the Recovery and Resilience Facility, designed to help EU countries tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccination: MEPs call for EU and global solidarity
The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccines production to meet citizens’ expectations, MEPs say.

Southern Neighbourhood: EU proposes new Agenda for the Mediterranean
To relaunch and strengthen the strategic partnership between the European Union and its Southern Neighbourhood partners, the European Commission and the High Representative adopted a joint communication proposing an ambitious and innovative new Agenda for the Mediterranean.

SAMIRA Action Plan: Radiological and nuclear technology in support of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
The Commission presented its SAMIRA Action Plan – the Strategic Agenda for Medical Ionising Radiation Applications. The Plan will improve EU coordination, ensure that radiological and nuclear technologies continue to benefit the health of EU citizens, and contribute to the fight against cancer and other diseases.

Commission opens infringement procedures against 24 Member States for not transposing new EU telecom rules
The European Electronic Communications Code modernises the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, to enhance consumers' choices and rights, for example by ensuring clearer contracts, quality of services, and competitive markets.

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care
On the eve of the World Cancer Day, the European Commission presented Europe's Beating Cancer Plan – a main priority in the area of health of the von der Leyen Commission and a key pillar of a strong European Health Union.

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine Member States in the fourth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on measures affecting free movement
Under the updated recommendation, a new colour (dark red) is added to the existing categories of green, orange, red and grey in the weekly map published by the ECDC.

Vaccines: contract between European Commission and AstraZeneca now published
Following the renewed request from the European Commission on 27 January 2021, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to publish the redacted contract signed between the two parties on 27 August 2020. The Commission welcomes the company's commitment towards more transparency in its participation in the rollout of the EU Vaccines Strategy.

Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines
In an effort to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission has put in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to an authorisation by Member States.

Screening of websites for ‘greenwashing': half of green claims lack evidence
The European Commission and national consumer authorities have released the results of a screening of websites (“sweep”), an exercise carried out each year to identify breaches of EU consumer law in online markets.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Commission launches debate on responding to the impact of an ageing population
The European Commission presented a green paper to launch a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe's ageing society. It sets out the impact of this pronounced demographic trend across our economy and society and invites the public to express their views on how to respond to this in a public consultation, which will run for 12 weeks.

Rule of Law: Commission adopts next step in the infringement procedure to protect judicial independence of Polish judges

Commission study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors
The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study. Trade agreements are due to result in substantial increases in EU agri-food exports, with more limited increases in imports, creating a positive trade balance overall.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes additional safeguards on travel from outside the EU and updated criteria for applying travel restrictions
New coronavirus variants and the volatile health situation worldwide call for further action to ensure that any travel to the EU takes place safely.

European Commission launches Green Consumption Pledge, first companies commit to concrete actions towards greater sustainability
The Green Consumption Pledge is part of the European Climate Pact which is an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council also adopted conclusions on Venezuela, coordinated maritime presences and climate and energy diplomacy.

Plenary highlights: vaccines, new US president, right to disconnect
MEPs demanded more clarity about Covid-19 vaccine contracts and welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president during Parliament's first plenary session of the year.

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
EU heads of state or government discussed via video conference coordination on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They shared best practices and exchanged views on testing, vaccinations and detecting new variants of the virus.

Additional and more flexible funding to help those most in need
Parliament voted to continue making additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 in order to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived.

Parliament demands significantly tighter EU sanctions against Russia

Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025: Parliament’s reaction and input
Parliament welcomes the positive measures included in the EU’s new Gender Equality Strategy but calls for additional actions and specific and binding targets.

New US President: MEPs hope for a new dawn in transatlantic ties
MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference

Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19
Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic.

Commission takes further steps to foster the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system
The European Commission presents a new strategy to stimulate the openness, strength and resilience of the EU's economic and financial system for the years to come.

Statement from the President of the European Commission following the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday in Moscow

New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase
The Commission has launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address.

European Citizens' Initiative: European Commission replies to ‘Minority Safepack' initiative
The European Commission responded to the European Citizens' Initiative ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe', the fifth successful Initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. The Initiative aims to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities.

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and they could further purchase up to 30 million more doses.

Commission proposes to purchase up to 300 million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine
The European Commission proposes to the EU Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.

European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations
The Commission has announced the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough innovations in health, circular economy, advanced manufacturing and other areas.

European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: protecting European interests, ensuring fair competition, and continued cooperation in areas of mutual interest
After intensive negotiations, the European Commission has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union.

European Commission authorises first safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

Commission publishes recommendations for Common Agricultural Policy national strategic plans
The Commission has published recommendations for each Member State to assist in the drafting of their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans, accompanied by a Communication.

Coronavirus: Commission puts forward rules on rapid antigen tests and secures 20 million tests for Member States
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council recommendation on a common framework for the use, validation and mutual recognition of rapid antigen tests.

Plenary highlights: EU budget, Sakharov Prize, water
MEPs approved the EU's budget for 2021-2027 and presented the Sakharov Prize to opposition leaders in Belarus during the 14-18 December plenary.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Ministers reached an agreement on the three regulations fixing fishing opportunities for 2021 in certain areas of the Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Sea as well as for certain deep-sea stocks (the latter also for 2022). They also approved Council conclusions on an EU-wide animal welfare label.

Multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 adopted
Following the European Parliament's consent, the Council has adopted the regulation laying down the EU's multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.

Main results of the Environment Council

EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19

New EU Cybersecurity Strategy and new rules to make physical and digital critical entities more resilient
As a key component of Shaping Europe's Digital Future, the Recovery Plan for Europe and the EU Security Union Strategy, the Strategy will bolster Europe's collective resilience against cyber threats and help to ensure that all citizens and businesses can fully benefit from trustworthy and reliable services and digital tools.

Coronavirus response: Tackling non-performing loans (NPLs) to enable banks to support EU households and businesses
The European Commission has presented a strategy to prevent a future build-up of non-performing loans (NPLs) across the European Union, as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The strategy aims to ensure that EU households and businesses continue to have access to the funding they need throughout the crisis.

Global Times

Exclusive: Chinese CDC director refutes interpretation of 'low protection rate of Chinese vaccines,' says it confuses scientific vision he proposes to improve efficacy

China aims to establish itself as a cultural power: China Publishing Group

HK adopts 4 e-payment platforms to issue digital vouchers to prop up economy

No joint statement from latest China-India military talks indicates challenges in full disengagement: experts

Mourning Prince Philip

Successful launch

Reflecting on 50th anniversary of ping-pong diplomacy on both sides of the Pacific amid stalemate in ties

China, Bhutan agree to maintain border peace and stability

GT investigates: One year after Wuhan restarts, CPC shows strength, firmness in crisis despite West's demonization, slander

PLA prepared as US, secessionists provoke

China eyes end to eating wildlife despite no evidence showing COVID-19 comes from wildlife farms in S.China

Calls mount for probe into US bio-labs after Russian claim

Why the world's first COVID-19 vaccine volunteers are such massive advocates for Chinese-produced jabs

G20 ministers to work on minimum levy for firms

Iranian President Rouhani says Vienna talks open 'new chapter'

Japan social media furore over prospect of vaccine priority for Olympic athletes

FM refutes US 'coercion' accusation over Taiwan, asks 'have Chinese warships gone to Gulf of Mexico to flaunt?'

Sri Lanka's UN contribution

EMA's findings echoed by WHO amid more virus surges

Police used inappropriate 'deadly force' on Floyd, expert testified

S.Korea's ruling party suffers devastating defeat in mayoral elections

Thailand takes precautions

Scientists uncover unknown ancient migration in Europe through DNA

Climate-blind borrowing risks 'credit crunch' for future generations

Radio telescope reveals thousands of star-forming galaxies in early Universe

Guarding you day and night

In Russia, the legend of cosmonaut Gagarin lives on

Sought Korean girl band Brave Girls reborn via YouTube

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'Savior for Sale'

China's rapidly developed short videos spell disaster for internet intellectual property

Greece's retail sector reopens after lockdown with mixed feelings

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GT investigates: Wuhan bounces back one year after restart, clears its name from West's slander

Turkey urged to stay vigilant to anti-China terrorists, nationalist politicians

Xi, Merkel phone call 'timely to stabilize ties'

Lai pleads guilty to illegal 2019 HK rallies

Wuhan residents brush off West's smear after joint report release

Wuhan on fast track to recover in catering, tourism and employment

Wuhan gets stronger one year after its restart

Americans start to see through Western propaganda and recognize China's rights progresses, governance led by CPC

'Chinese knots building'

'Overturned palette' of plowing fields

Law enforcement vehicles found to be installed with GPS trackers by traffic offenders

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Rare pink dolphins spotted in South China


Somalia: ‘Prioritize the national interest’ international partners urge, as political stalemate continues
The UN and international partners working to support a lasting peace and democratic election process across Somalia, said on Sunday that they were highly concerned by the current situation there, calling on Somali leaders to “prioritize the national interest” and resolve their political impasse.

FROM THE FIELD: providing hope for those living with HIV in Yemen
Living with HIV in Yemen, a country mired in a seemingly interminable conflict, is particularly challenging, with medical supplies hard to come by, and only around half of all health facilities fully operational.

FROM THE FIELD: Solar energy powers COVID-19 treatment
In some of the poorest parts of the world, where there is no access to a reliable electricity grid, the UN is equipping hundreds of health facilities with solar technologies, allowing them to avoid power outages and save lives.

The more you learn, the more you earn: education and poverty alleviation in Thailand
A good education is often seen as a route out of poverty, but many disadvantaged children are unable to finish school. In Thailand, a project involving the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, is linking academic achievement to cash rewards, providing tangible benefits to marginalized families, and helping kids to stay in school.

Without access to vaccines, COVID will continue widening inequality everywhere 
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented public health, economic and social crises, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions and exacerbating inequalities throughout the world, the World Bank said at the COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries event on Friday. 

Low-income countries have received just 0.2 per cent of all COVID-19 shots given
The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday. 

UN chief welcomes IMF and World Bank measures to address COVID-related debt crisis
The UN Secretary-General on Friday welcomed steps announced by the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC) and the World Bank Group Development Committee, to address debt crises and other financial distress to economies arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, “as a sign of hope and renewed multilateralism.”

UN rights office urges protection, investigation, after latest clashes in West Darfur
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has urged authorities in Sudan to protect citizens “without discrimination” in the wake of the latest resurgence of deadly violence in West Darfur. 

Paris goals still ‘long way off’, says President of UN climate conference
The world is “a long way off” from meeting the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the President of the crucial upcoming UN climate conference, COP26, said on Thursday.

Humanitarian catastrophe in northern Mozambique ‘beyond epic proportions’ 
The UN and partners are “following with deep concern” new reports of violations against civilians in northern Mozambique, the UN Spokesperson said on Thursday. 

COVID-19 equitable vaccine scheme reaches more than 100 countries and economies
More than 100 countries and economies have now received COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-partnered equitable coronavirus-busting scheme, COVAX.

‘Inhumane’ explosive devices ‘crush lives and end livelihoods’ – UN chief 
The “mere presence” of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) can “stall development and shatter stability”, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday.  

New project to help 30 developing countries tackle marine litter scourge
A UN-backed initiative aims to turn the tide on marine litter, in line with the global development goal on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources. 

Migrants left stranded and without assistance by COVID-19 lockdowns 
Travel restrictions during the COVID pandemic have been particularly hard on refugees and migrants who move out of necessity, stranding millions from home, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday. 

Ethiopia: Amidst hostilities in Tigray, humanitarian situation remains ‘dire’ 
The humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains “dire”, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.  

‘Plausible’ link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots, WHO committee says
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could possibly cause rare blood clots in some people but further studies are required to confirm the link, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. 

UNRWA chief reports on despair and hope among Palestinians, as US announces $150 million in aid
Despair is growing in Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East, but signs of hope are sprouting amid ongoing occupation, economic hardship and the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the UN agency that supports this population reported on Wednesday.

Youth Forum: UN chief calls for ‘tangible improvements’ in the face of injustice, poor governance
Leaders across the world need to “move beyond platitudes” about young people, and deliver a better future for them all, Secretary-General António Guterres told the 10th Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on Wednesday. 

Libya violated rights of ‘targeted’ woman activist, says anti-discrimination committee
The failure of Libya to investigate the unlawful arrest and torture of a women’s rights activist is a clear rights violation, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said on Wednesday.

Hate speech and violence still rising against Roma despite recognition gains, says rights expert
More must be done to tackle online hate speech against minorities including the Roma and Sinti, who continue to be scapegoated for spreading the COVID-19 virus, a leading rights expert said on Wednesday.

Clashes in Myanmar displace thousands, UN humanitarian office reports
Clashes between the Myanmar security forces and regional armed groups, which have involved military airstrikes, have reportedly claimed the lives of at least 17 civilians in several parts of the country, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. 

COVID-19: WHO chief outlines five ‘vital changes’ to address inequities
Investing in equitable production and access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments, is among five “vital changes” the world needs to make this year to address the inequalities the pandemic has exacerbated, the UN’s top health official said, marking World Health Day on Wednesday. 

Dispelling misinformation, countering vaccine hesitancy vital to beat COVID-19, countries affirm
Addressing misinformation and countering vaccine hesitancy features prominently in a political declaration launched at the United Nations General Assembly, as countries pledged to “work together as one” to defeat the pandemic, and help people and the planet to recover better. 

Counter hate-driven movements, Guterres urges, reflecting on genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
As the world marks the grim anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the massacre were also killed, the United Nations Secretary-General called for concerted efforts to defeat hate-driven movements to prevent history from repeating itself. 

Sudan: Fighting in West Darfur triggers rising death toll  
Days of tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur have left scores dead and thousands fleeing their homes, the UN envoy to the country said on Tuesday. 

COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine benefits still ‘largely positive’
The benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are still “largely positive” and outweigh risk of rare but serious blood clots, according to an official with the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking on Tuesday during the agency’s regular press briefing from Geneva. 

‘Staggering’ scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Levels of hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at a “staggering” record high, now affecting one-in-three people, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday. 

Renewable energy access key to climate adaptation in Africa: UN chief
Support for climate adaptation in Africa is crucial, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in appealing for greater action to provide renewable energy to hundreds of millions who still lack access to reliable and affordable electricity.

Why we should support refugee athletes’ Olympic medal hopes in Tokyo: UNHCR
Ahead of Tokyo 2021, it’s never been more important to support the refugee athletes who have escaped conflict and persecution and who continue to train, despite the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Political, security, human rights and humanitarian challenges’ plague Mali 
With a deteriorating security situation in central and northern Mali, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that ‘blue helmets’, the Malian Defence and Security Forces, continue to suffer repeated attacks and significant losses, while some large towns “live under constant threat from armed groups”.