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Coronavirus: Scotland begins to ease out of lockdown
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urges "caution" as people are allowed to meet friends and family again.

Coronavirus: Chancellor set to outline furlough scheme changes
The government is currently paying part of the wages of more than 8 million furloughed workers.

George Floyd: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze
The US city sees a third night of unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Minneapolis unrest: CNN reporter arrested live on air
Omar Jimenez was reporting on protests in Minneapolis when he was detained by officers.

Coronavirus: New mortgage holiday should affect credit record, says Nationwide boss
The UK's biggest building society says struggling applicants should be flagged to lenders.

Renault cuts 15,000 jobs in major restructuring
The French carmaker announces a €2bn cost-cutting plan after seeing a collapse in sales.

Twitter hides Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'
For the first time, Twitter has hidden a tweet on the president's profile behind a warning.

Coronavirus: National Trust to reopen gardens and parks
Those who pre-book will be able to visit some sites in England and Northern Ireland from 3 June.

Coronavirus: Trial backlog 'adding to risk of mob justice'
Solicitors warn of an increase in vigilantism, but ministers say they are working hard to clear cases.

Islamic State: RAF carries out four air strikes in May
The Ministry of Defence says the strikes in Iraq on the Islamic State group all hit their targets.

FA Cup: New dates announced after Premier League set to return
The FA Cup quarter-finals have been rescheduled for Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June with the final set to take place on Saturday 1 August.

Richard Sambrook to review BBC's social media use
The former director of global news at the BBC will examine online posts from programmes and staff.

George Floyd death: Minneapolis clashes run into third night
Images show how unrest spread in Minnesota after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Quiz of the Week: Why was Neighbours back in the news?
How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?

Coronavirus: What difference did lockdown make?
Aerial shots show how the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we use public spaces.

Robbie Williams to rejoin Take That for virtual gig
The old band are (almost all) back together for a charity event, broadcast from each of their homes.

Coronavirus: 'I built a memorial to my grandfather on Animal Crossing'
One young woman used popular game Animal Crossing for her family tradition of Bai San.

When Covid-19 hit, zookeeper Caitlin Henderson ended up in lockdown with 70 spiders
When Covid-19 hit, zookeeper Caitlin Henderson ended up in lockdown with 70 spiders.

'Cannabis burned during worship' by ancient Israelites - study
Cannabis residues have been found on an altar in an ancient desert temple in Israel.

Cognac bottle, labelled one of world's oldest, sells for £118,000
The 258-year-old spirit is one of only three such bottles in existence today, an auction house says.

Coronavirus: UK's tenth - and possibly final - clap for carers
People across the UK showed their appreciation for front-line workers for the tenth week in a row.

RuPaul's Drag Race season 12: The most political, troubled series ever?
The reality show has reminded US viewers to register to vote every week during its 12th season.

Wrecked WW2 aircraft discovered on Cleethorpes beach
The aircraft is believed to have crashed in 1944 soon after taking off from a nearby RAF base.

Coronavirus: Is this the final hurrah for clap for carers?
The UK applauds carers on Thursday evening for what the event organiser says could be the last time.

Coronavirus: How the virus is hitting some harder than others
The BBC’s Clive Myrie meets black and minority ethnic hospital staff and sees the impact the virus is having beyond the ward.

World's deepest octopus captured on camera
A "Dumbo" octopus is photographed at a depth of 7,000m in the Indian Ocean's Java Trench.

Berlin monument to 1989 democracy heroes - in pictures
The bowl-shaped monument in the German capital is designed to move when enough people gather.

The African-American high fashion pioneer
The story of the little-known couturier who designed Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress

The coronavirus 'class divide': Parents shamed for back-to-school choices
Parents of year six and year one pupils have been falling out over whether to send them back to school.

Coronavirus: When will public toilets be reopened?
The lack of public loos has led to reports of visitors defecating in public spaces.

How do you get a British National (Overseas) passport?
The UK waded into the Hong Kong security row by proposing more rights for holders of a special passport.

Rohingya refugee crisis: 'The bodies were thrown out of the boat'
Khadiza Begum, a Rohingya refugee, left Myanmar to escape violence but found more horror at sea.

The coronavirus conundrum when your mouth is your ‘hand’
The coronavirus pandemic becomes a different kind of challenge when you use your mouth as your ‘hands’.

Coronavirus: What to expect when hairdressers reopen
Prepare for a quick in and out with masks, screens and hand gel - don't expect magazines or coffee.

Coronavirus: Who are the contact tracers and what are they doing?
Doctors, call centre staff and students are some of the 25,000 people chasing Covid-19 cases in England.

Film festival hopes to 'inspire' amid pandemic
Cannes, Toronto and Sundance are among the film festivals uniting for an online streaming event.

Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency
Even without imposing a total lockdown, Turkey seems to have handled the outbreak well.

Rolls-Royce: How serious is the latest jobs cull?
The aero-engine maker is cutting 9,000 jobs - but is there more bad news to come?

The little lights now packing a deadly punch
LEDs already light our houses but developments are making them even more powerful.

Premier League: Liverpool could seal title at neutral venue with six fixtures set to move
The game in which Liverpool could secure the Premier League title could be held at a neutral venue, says the national lead for football policing.

Williams F1 team up for sale after £13m loss
The Williams Formula 1 team and wider company group are up for sale after posting a £13m loss last year.

England pick 14 uncapped players in 55-man training group
England name 14 uncapped players in a group of 55 that have been asked to return to training in preparation for a revamped international summer.

Murray to play in 'Battle of Brits' tournament organised by brother Jamie
Andy Murray will play in a tournament organised by brother Jamie in June that will raise money for the NHS.

Big quiz: Name every Champions League final goalscorer
Can you name all the players to have scored in a Champions League final? There are 61 names to get.

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?
Guidelines to social contact are starting to change across the UK.

Coronavirus: What help are self-employed getting from government?
What is being done for the five million self-employed people in the UK facing a sudden loss of income?

Will I still get paid if I have to self-isolate? And other questions
Will employees still get paid if they are told to self-isolate? And other questions answered by BBC experts.

Coronavirus: We answer kids' questions about going back to school
The BBC's Education Editor Branwen Jeffreys answers kids' questions about going back to school.

Coronavirus: Dental practices to reopen from 8 June
Dental practices in England have been told they can reopen from Monday, 8 June.

Lockdown update: All you need to know about new measures
How will social and work life be different after the easing of some restrictions around the UK?

Dominic Cummings: Fact-checking the row
Senior Conservatives are still questioning adviser's account of driving his family 260 miles during lockdown.

Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England?
Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus.

Coronavirus: What can you do in Scotland from Friday?
After almost 10 weeks of lockdown which restrictions are being eased - and which remain in force?

Dominic Cummings: Did he break lockdown rules?
The UK PM's most senior adviser has responded to accusations that he broke lockdown rules - what did he say?

Coronavirus: What tests are being done in the UK?
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?

Coronavirus: When are schools reopening?
Which pupils can expect to be back in classrooms shortly - and what about the rest?

Coronavirus: When will shops open and what will the rules be?
Non-essential shops can reopen in England next month, but will I be able to buy a book or have a haircut?

Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

How to keep safe while shopping in a coronavirus pandemic
From one way systems to not touching everything on the shelves - shopping will look very different.

Coronavirus: Can it affect eyesight?
The prime minister's chief adviser says his vision was affected by coronavirus.

Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Key maps and charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world and how it is being dealt with.

Coronavirus: What are the rules on caring for children during lockdown?
A look at the guidance as Downing Street backs Dominic Cummings over his 260-mile lockdown trip.

Dominic Cummings row: The families who stayed away in lockdown
Members of the public have expressed anger after the PM's chief adviser travelled to Durham in lockdown.

Dominic Cummings: Full statement on lockdown row
The PM's chief adviser told a press conference he wanted to "clear up confusion" amid calls for him to resign.

Could you have to pay your bank to save money?
As countries take extreme measures keep the economy afloat, could we see negative interest rates?

Coronavirus: How safe are takeaways and supermarket deliveries?
If coronavirus can be transferred on to surfaces, what are the risks of buying food?

What's the risk on public transport?
Bus and train operators are reducing services and increasing cleaning.

Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?
What do you need to know if you're planning to fly during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Coronavirus: Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?
BBC's Health Correspondent Laura Foster explains what we know currently about how children are affected by the virus.

Coronavirus: Where do governments borrow money?
How does it work when a government wants to borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?

Amazon under threat: Fires, loggers and now virus
How the loss of the Amazon goes beyond deforestation - and what the nine countries that share this natural resource are doing to protect it.

CNN

Fires burn as protests rage through night over Floyd death

See the moment CNN team arrested on live television
CNN's Omar Jimenez was taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers. Jimenez's crew were also placed in handcuffs.

Trump tweets threat that 'looting' will lead to 'shooting.' Twitter put a warning label on it

Arresting reporters at a protest is an affront to the First Amendment

Mayor of Minneapolis shakes his head over Trump's 'weakness' tweet
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addresses President Donald Trump's tweets amid violent protests. Protest have sprung up around the country over George Floyd's death while in police custody.

Minnesota attorney general: "I anticipate there will be charges" against four officers involved in Floyd's death

Burning building collapses during CNN reporter's live shot in Minneapolis
Buildings continue to burn in Minneapolis after a night of destructive protests following the death of George Floyd. CNN's Omar Jimenez was on the ground when a nearby structure collapsed during his live report.

Critics say lockdowns will be more damaging than the virus. Experts say it's a false choice
Is the damage caused by the lockdown worse than the virus itself? That's a question raised by some world leaders and commentators who claim that economic and social hardship caused by strict coronavirus restrictions places a heavier burden on society than the death rate caused by the disease.

Is this a joke?: Don Lemon reacts to FBI's request for video
CNN's Don Lemon reacts to the FBI's call for more information regarding the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed after a Minneapolis police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him -- unarmed and handcuffed -- to the ground.

Renault to slash 14,600 jobs as coronavirus wreaks havoc on auto industry
Renault is slashing 14,600 jobs as part of a major overhaul deigned to reduce costs and help the French carmaker survive the coronavirus pandemic. Some 4,600 positions will be eliminated in France, with 10,000 more in other markets.

Attorney for Breonna Taylor's boyfriend releases audio of 911 call after her shooting death
One of the attorneys for Kenneth Walker released audio Thursday of the 911 call placed by Walker after his girlfriend Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in her home in March.

Sweden went for 'herd immunity' and the early results are in
Sweden adopted a 'herd immunity' plan that uses more relaxed measures to control coronavirus, but a survey by the government found only 7.3 percent of people in Stockholm had developed the antibodies needed to fight the disease. CNN's Phil Black reports.

China is embracing a new brand of foreign policy. Here's what "wolf warrior" diplomacy means
There is a new brand of diplomacy taking hold in Beijing and its chief architects have a suitably fierce nickname to match their aggressive style -- they are the "wolf warriors."

Brazil hits record high for new cases. Japan fears of second wave.

Madonna posted a video tribute to George Floyd, and it didn't go down well
Amid the widespread outrage over the death of Minneapolis security guard George Floyd, Madonna is coming under fire for a social media misstep.

The Dalai Lama blames George Floyd's death on racism during virtual talk on compassion
The Dalai Lama has deplored the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and blamed discrimination and racism for it.

China's legislature approves national security law for Hong Kong that critics say threatens freedoms

German scientists hope human excrement can help warn of outbreaks
German scientists hope that human excrement can help detect early traces of Covid-19. They say traces of the virus can be found in wastewater and could predict potential outbreak areas. CNN's Fred Pleitgen explains.

Boris Johnson outlines UK reopening guidelines
Britain will begin lifting coronavirus restrictions starting Monday in a phased approach, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference today.

CNN's chief White House correspondent: Trump's press secretary just told a whopper
CNN's Jim Acosta asks the White House press secretary about President Trump's executive order targeting social media companies after Twitter fact-checked his tweets.

Death of 14-year-old girl in 'honor killing' sparks outrage
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for new protections for women after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her father in a so-called "honor killing," sparking outrage in the country.

Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening
More than 500 schools closed again Friday to students after briefly reopening, as South Korea moves to stamp out a resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, Seoul, and its surrounding metropolitan area.

World's oldest man dies 'peacefully in his sleep' at 112
Robert Weighton, the world's oldest man, died on Thursday at the age of 112, his family confirmed in a statement.

If you're going to go out to eat, listen to these tips
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has some coronavirus safety tips for those who choose to start eating out at restaurants again.

SoftBank doubled pay for Vision Fund boss as company posted record loss
SoftBank's Vision Fund chief Rajeev Misra got a huge pay bump even as the big tech fund dragged the Japanese company down to historic losses.

Grandma steps in front of police guns to protect grandson
Police in Midland, Texas released video of the dramatic arrest of 21-year-old Tye Anders.

A soldier likely saved 'countless lives' by driving into an active shooter, police say
A Fort Leavenworth soldier likely saved lives by ramming his car into a gunman who opened fire on a busy bridge connecting Kansas and Missouri, police said.

New generation of hungry locusts threatens millions

Van Jones calls out the dehumanization of African American men
CNN's Van Jones discusses the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after being held down by a police officer's knee, and the implications this has on racial issues in the United States.

As a female footballer it's 'impossible to not be standing for equality,' says Ada Hegerberg
It doesn't take long to understand what type of person Ada Hegerberg is. One of the world's best female footballers certainly likes to be punctual.

Largest all-electric aircraft to make maiden flight
As concerns over the environmental cost of flying continue to mount, green propulsion systems can offer an ethical alternative.

Giant kookaburra sculpture brings joy to Australian town
Sculptor Farvardin Daliri says he has built a 13-foot-high electronic kookaburra -- which even makes the same movements and noises as the famous Australian bird.

Las Vegas is reopening in one week
Detailed housekeeping checklists. Half-empty casinos. Reservations-only dining. No shows, nightclubs or sporting events. These are just some of the realities that travelers can expect when Las Vegas reopens for tourist traffic next week.

No sports, no packed casinos. See Las Vegas begin reopening
You won't find crowds, concerts or conventions in Las Vegas this summer and gambling will be very different. Regardless, the city is still aiming to be a great escape.

Inside the last of Germany's disappearing nuclear plants
After an earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant in 2011, the shockwaves were felt across the world's nuclear industry. Over 5,000 miles away in Germany, where the use of atomic energy had long been a matter of contention, the incident sounded a death knell.

This app uses science and tradition to warn African farmers of drought
An app is combining weather station data with the traditional knowledge of African farmers to predict droughts.

Cat gives birth to kitten with two faces
An Oregon family got a big surprise when their cat gave birth to a litter that included a kitten with two faces.

Katy Perry shows off baby bump in new photos
Katy Perry used the space launch delay to talk about another bump.

Netflix isn't sending any films or talent to festivals this awards season
Netflix will not participate in the festival circuit this season.

Prince William reveals how his poor eyesight helped with nerves when public speaking
Prince William is trying to get men to open up about their mental health, and for a new documentary on the issue he revealed his own unorthodox way of managing his nerves.

Preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor found in Italy
A well preserved ancient Roman floor has been discovered under a vineyard in Negrar, Italy.

The pandemic is changing how much frozen food we buy
Pantry-loading has extended into freezer-stuffing in the pandemic, and that means frozen food items like Stouffer's Lasagna, Hot Pockets and Marie Callender's pies are flying off shelves.

How will we party post-pandemic?
In nightclubs around the world, once-crowded dance floors have remained empty for months. If you need reminding, clubbing is close contact activity: People share drinks, hug, kiss and generally invade each others personal space until the early hours of the morning.

Why Starbucks coffee tastes like travel
On most days I am loyal to my locally owned coffee shop. I spent years working as a barista myself, pulling shots of espresso and pouring silky steamed milk into ceramic mugs -- a wiggle of the wrist to finish it off with a snow-white pattern in caramel-colored foam. My fellow third-wave coffee crafters and I would cringe if someone ordered a tall instead of a small.

State police arrive in riot gear at police precinct set ablaze by crowds protesting the death of a black man in police custody
State police in body armor and riot gear lined up Friday morning near the Minneapolis police precinct that was set ablaze by protesters overnight following the death of an unarmed black man this week in city officers' custody.

Minneapolis police say officer seen in a video had 18 prior complaints filed against him
The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department's Internal Affairs, according to the police department.

Video seems to contradict police claims that Floyd resisted arrest
Surveillance video from outside a Minneapolis restaurant appears to contradict police claims that George Floyd resisted arrest before an officer knelt on his neck.

Here's the 911 call that led to deadly encounter
It started with a routine police call reporting someone using a counterfeit bill at a store in Minneapolis.

Colin Kaepernick leads sporting figures' tributes to George Floyd
The sporting world has come together to pay their respects to George Floyd after his death in Minnesota, US, on Monday.

Police clash with protesters as fires blaze in Minneapolis
Police and protesters clashed at an intersection in Minneapolis following a night of destructive protests in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody. CNN's Omar Jimenez reports from the scene.

Al Jazeera

Russia reports record rise in coronavirus deaths: Live updates
Russia records 232 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest one-day amount that pushes the nationwide toll to 4,374.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
More than 5.8 million infections confirmed in 188 countries and territories, including at least 360,000 deaths.

Amid the coronavirus, human rights defenders need more protection
The pandemic has increased the risks human rights defenders face as they work to protect the rights of others.

Ethiopian security forces accused of grave human rights abuses
New Amnesty report documents extrajudicial executions, mass detentions during security operations in Amhara and Oromia.

Children facing 'devastating' effect of coronavirus: Report
More than 50 percent of children surveyed across Africa, Asia unable to take part in any form of learning, study says.

Which countries have made wearing face masks compulsory?
More than 50 countries require people to cover their faces when they leave home.

Mahathir vows to challenge expulsion from his own party
Malaysia's two-time former prime minister, his son and three other senior members were expelled from the Bersatu party.

Doctor's Note: Does a high viral load make coronavirus worse?
A high prevalence of particles makes patients more infectious, but it is unclear if it leads to a more severe infection.

Indian workers' rights suspended to restart the economy
The states say the changes will help businesses and get the economy back on track but workers are already paying the price.

Hundreds of children in Pakistan's Sindh infected with COVID-19
At least 930 children under 10 in southern province have tested positive for coronavirus, raising concerns amid school closures.

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread
More than 5.8 million coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide, with at least 360,000 deaths and two million recoveries.

India victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy dying of coronavirus
Indian families that suffered from the deadly industrial disaster in 1984 accuse the government of abandoning them.

India's coronavirus death toll surpasses China's
India registers 175 new deaths taking the toll to 4,706 as the country emerges as a new hotspot of the virus.

Afghan forces killed as gov't urges Taliban to extend ceasefire
Afghan government says efforts under way to extend the ceasefire as Taliban delegation arrives in Kabul for talks.

Reports of Qatar leaving Gulf bloc 'incorrect and baseless'
Qatar denies GCC leaving reports as it prepares to mark three years of blockade by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

Brother of George Floyd: 'I just want justice'
Philonise 'tired of seeing Black men die' as protests continue across the US over deadly arrest of unarmed Black man.

Twitter flags and hides Trump's tweet that 'glorified violence'
Trump tweeted 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts', referring to protests about deadly arrest of George Floyd.

George Floyd: Protests over deadly arrest rock US's Minneapolis
Protesters take over police building as outrage grows over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.

Coronavirus pandemic: Which politicians and celebs are affected?
Top politicians, celebrities and sportspeople have been infected as governments take strict measures to curb the virus.

Which countries have not reported any coronavirus cases?
Coronavirus has been labelled a pandemic but a handful of countries have not yet reported any cases.

'Revenge': Murdered Libyan smuggler's family kills 30 migrants
Killings took place in Mezdah, 150km south of capital Tripoli, the interior ministry said.

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?
As the virus spreads across the globe, sports bodies are cancelling or postponing events.

The rushed easing of lockdown measures could devastate Italy
There is little doubt that the Italian economy needs to restart, and restart soon. But at what cost?

Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words
Virus reported to have originated in China's Wuhan has killed more than 360,000 people and infected 5.8 million.

Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases
Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.

EU Newsroom

Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with the European Investment Bank
The facility will be implemented with the involvement of the European Investment Bank and will encourage investments that support the transition towards a climate-neutral economy by public sector authorities to the benefit of coal- and carbon-intensive regions.

Research and Innovation Performance report: Enabling Europe to lead the green and digital transition

Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation
The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget.

Coronavirus: following Commission's call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads

EU-Japan leaders' video conference meeting
The EU-Japan leaders' meeting took place via video conference. The leaders recognised that global solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are required more than ever to defeat the virus as well as to ensure economic recovery.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
Ministers held an exchange of views on a comprehensive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the de-escalation of containment measures and economic recovery.

COVID-19: Council adopts relief measures for aviation and railways

COVID-19: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system
Today, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic
The Commission has proposed today country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

Coronavirus: Commission boosts urgently needed research and innovation with additional €122 million
The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen on 4 May 2020.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed progress achieved on the EU's response measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Ministers welcomed the adoption, by written procedure, of the regulation for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE).

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending
The Parliament, voting on Wednesday by 499 votes in favour, 136 against and 56 abstentions, granted discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (covering 94% of the whole EU budget). In the accompanying resolution, adopted by 514 to 95 and 84 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs ask for even stronger protection of EU spending against fraud, corruption, conflict of interest, intentional misuse and organised crime, as well as for EU money to be distributed more fairly and transparently.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register 2 new initiatives

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for industry and the internal market

Main results of the video conference of the Eurogroup
In inclusive format, the Eurogroup reviewed progress made on economic safety nets to tackle the COVID-19 fallout and discussed plans to relaunch the economy. The European Commission briefed ministers on recent amendments to the state aid temporary framework.

Plenary highlights: recovery fund, contingency EU budget, tracing apps
MEPs called for a €2 trillion recovery package to help overcome the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic during the May plenary session.

May infringements package: key decisions

Hungary’s emergency measures: MEPs ask EU to impose sanctions and stop payments
Democracy and fundamental rights are under threat in Hungary, say most MEPs, who urge the Commission and the Council to protect Hungarian citizens and rule of law.

Tourism and transport: Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond
The Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions.

New tyre labels to include information on energy consumption and grip

Parliament approves increased water reuse
To prevent water shortages in the EU, Parliament today approved the Water Reuse Regulation. The new law defines minimum requirements at European level for the first time for reclaimed water (i.e. urban wastewater that has been treated in a reclamation plant) to be used for agricultural purposes in a safe way, protecting people and the environment.

Main results of the video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers

Long-term EU budget: Parliament wants safety net for beneficiaries
The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say.

Coronavirus: €117 million granted for treatments and diagnostics through the Innovative Medicines Initiative
The Commission announced that 8 large-scale research projects, aimed at developing treatments and diagnostics for the coronavirus, were selected in a fast-track call for proposals, launched in March by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private partnership.

Main results of the video conference of defence ministers
Ministers discussed the security and defence implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing in particular on the crucial role played by armed forces in supporting civilian actors and providing cross-border support among member states.

Coronavirus Global Response: EU sets up a Humanitarian Air Bridge
The European Commission has set up an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to transport humanitarian workers and emergency supplies for the coronavirus response to some of most critical areas around the world.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
In regular format, the Eurogroup agreed on the European Stability Mechanism's Pandemic Crisis Support and discussed the economic situation in the euro area, based on the European Commission's spring forecast.

Commission steps up fight against money laundering and terrorist financing
The European Commission has put forward a comprehensive approach to further strengthen the EU's fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Spring 2020 Economic Forecast: A deep and uneven recession, an uncertain recovery
The coronavirus pandemic represents a major shock for the global and EU economies, with very severe socio-economic consequences. Despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national level, the EU economy will experience a recession of historic proportions this year.

EU-Western Balkans Zagreb summit
EU leaders agreed on the Zagreb declaration, which focused on the future relations and cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU has mobilised over 3.3 billion euro to help the region deal with the crisis.

Coronavirus Global Response: €7.4 billion raised for universal access to vaccines
The Commission registered €7.4 billion, equivalent to $8 billion, in pledges from donors worldwide during the Coronavirus Global Response pledging event. This includes a pledge of €1.4 billion by the Commission.

Tyre pollution: lowering car emissions with new EU tyre labels

EU announces €194 million additional support to the Sahel

Western Balkans' leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address COVID-19 crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

Coronavirus Response: Commission adopts banking package to facilitate lending to households and businesses in the EU
The Commission has adopted a banking package to help facilitate bank lending to households and businesses throughout the European Union. The aim of this package is to ensure that banks can continue to lend money to support the economy and help mitigate the significant economic impact of the Coronavirus.

EU and Mexico conclude negotiations for new trade agreement
Under the new EU-Mexico agreement, practically all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico will be duty-free. The agreement also now includes progressive rules on sustainable development, such as a commitment to effectively implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also the first time that the EU agrees with a Latin American country on issues concerning investment protection. Simpler customs procedures will further help boost exports.

Coronavirus: Commission receives first preliminary application for support from the EU Solidarity Fund for health emergency from Italy
The European Commission received its first preliminary application for financial support from the EU Solidarity Fund from Italy, to address the coronavirus outbreak and its effects. Italy is expected to submit further details in the weeks to come.

Coronavirus: EU guidance for a safe return to the workplace

Coronavirus Global Response: EU launches pledging effort
The European Union is joining forces with global partners to kick-start a pledging effort – the Coronavirus Global Response – starting on 4 May 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) and global health organisations have launched a joint call for action to develop fast and equitable access to safe, quality, effective and affordable diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against coronavirus.

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
EU leaders discussed progress on the various dimensions of the European response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was the fourth video meeting of this kind. Leaders welcomed a European roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures, presented by Presidents Michel and von der Leyen on 15 April.

EU launches new €50 million pilot to develop skills and education across Europe

COVID-19: More flexibility for deploying EU budget money

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €3 billion macro-financial assistance package to support ten neighbouring countries
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them to limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission announces exceptional measures to support the agri-food sector
The Commission is taking swift action and proposes additional exceptional measures to further support agricultural and food markets most affected. The EU agri-food sector is showing resilience in these unprecedented times, following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
Foreign affairs ministers had an exchange of views on current affairs, including on Libya, Turkey and Afghanistan, and held a discussion on how to support Ukraine and other countries in the Eastern partnership in times of Covid-19 pandemic.

Geographical Indications – a European treasure worth €75 billion
Agri-food and drink products whose names are protected by the European Union as “Geographical Indications” (GIs) represent a sales value of €74.76 billion, according to a study published today by the European Commission.

Coronavirus: Commission launches data sharing platform for researchers
The European Commission together with several partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data.

Coronavirus: An EU approach for efficient contact tracing apps to support gradual lifting of confinement measures
EU Members States, supported by the Commission, have developed an EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

MEPs call for stronger EU response to overcome COVID-19
In a debate with Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, MEPs called for more coordinated European action to protect citizens and support the economy.

Coronavirus: European roadmap shows path towards common lifting of containment measures
The Commission, in cooperation with the President of the European Council, has put forward a European roadmap to phase-out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: EU global response to fight the pandemic
The European Commission and the High Representative set out plans for a robust and targeted EU response to support partner countries' efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission adopts Recommendation to support exit strategies through mobile data and apps
The Commission recommends steps and measures to develop a common EU approach for the use of mobile applications and mobile data in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of culture and media

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (development)
EU development ministers held an informal meeting via videoconference to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and greenlighted the launch of a “Team Europe” package.

Coronavirus: EU Medical Teams deployed to Italy
A team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and Norway, deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, is being immediately dispatched to Milan and Bergamo to help Italian medical staff working to battle the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses
The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group.

Results of the video conference of ministers of justice

Results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (defence)
EU Ministers of defence held a video conference to discuss the defence implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing in particular on military assistance in the fight against the crisis, and CSDP missions and operations.

Coronavirus: Commission encourages and facilitates cross-border treatment of patients and deployment of medical staff
To support and encourage cross-border healthcare cooperation between national, regional and local authorities, the Commission has today issued practical guidance to Member States. Cooperation across borders can help ease the pressure on overburdened hospitals by transferring patients suffering from coronavirus for treatment in Member States where hospital places are available.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
EU Foreign Ministers discussed international aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on consular coordination and repatriation, strengthening international cooperation and assistance, and disinformation.

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods
Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE.

EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo

Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics
The European Commission has decided to fund another project as part of its emergency call for urgently needed research and innovation into the coronavirus. This means it will support 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

COVID-19: EU adopts slot waiver to help airlines

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers
The Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace.

Coronavirus: Commission issues questions and answers to help increase production of safe medical supplies
The Commission is making available guidance to assist manufacturers in ramping up production of essential medical equipment and material in three areas: the production of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants and 3D printing in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 - Council adopts measures for immediate release of funds

EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreement
The Council today adopted a decision on the conclusion of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Vietnam. This decision clears the path, on the EU side, for the entry into force of the agreement.

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile
The European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
On 26 March, the members of the European Council followed up, by video conference, on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also addressed EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU's external borders.

COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response
Showing strong support for EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, MEPs spoke up for strong EU solidarity to help citizens in Thursday’s plenary debate.

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world
The European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024.

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs
Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure.

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis
The European Commission issued guidelines to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.

Coronavirus: Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful
Producers made offers covering and, in some cases, even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2 and 3, gloves, goggles, face-shields, surgical masks and overalls.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup discussed further policy responses to the COVID-19 economic fallout, following the invitation of members of the European Council on 17 March.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
EU ministers responsible for European affairs gave their political agreement to the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes
The Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, ministers discussed the flexibility of the Stability and Growth Pact, in view of the communication presented by the European Commission on the economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis on 20 March.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
Ministers exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travellers stranded abroad. Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation and solidarity in order to support the most fragile countries.

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment
The European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State aid: Commission adopts Temporary Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020.

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights
In our efforts to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner across the EU.

ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP)

Video conference of the members of the European Council
Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID 19 in order to follow up on previous conclusions of 10 March 2020 together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative. They reaffirmed the need to work together and to do everything necessary to tackle the crisis and its consequences.

COVID-19: Commission presents guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available
The Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens' health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup held an in-depth discussion, together with non-euro area members, and adopted a statement on how to respond to the extraordinary human and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is a severe public health emergency for our citizens, societies and economies with infections in all Member States. It is also a major economic shock to the EU. The Commission therefore presents today an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

Main results from the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers were informed of the latest developments at the EU's external borders with Turkey. They also assessed how the measures mentioned in the home affairs ministers statement of 4 March are being implemented. Over lunch, ministers responsible for civil protection issues discussed the coronavirus outbreak, following up on the priorities identified by EU leaders on 10 March.

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers
With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers.

Plenary highlights: Coronavirus debate, budget, migration
In a shortened plenary session due to coronavirus concerns, MEPs discussed the EU’s response to the outbreak, tensions at the Greek-Turkish border and the EU long-term budget.

Meeting of the members of the European Council on Coronavirus
The members of the European Council discussed, by video conference, how to coordinate EU efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, President of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, and High Representative Josep Borrell also took part in the discussion.

Making Europe's businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe
The Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition.

EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility.

EU-Turkey leaders' meeting
Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels. The leaders discussed bilateral relations, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement on migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.

Global Times

China-Zambia ties closer after pandemic as China cares for African friends: Zambian Ambassador

Zambian Ambassador condemns politicizing COVID-19 cooperation, appreciates China's assistance

China may 'strongly retaliate' if the US moves to intervene in internal affairs: experts

Chinese yuan depreciates to nine-month low against US dollar amid global uncertainties

Is China's streaming industry losing its steam?

US virus death toll a new stain on its human rights record

National security law enactment to start

Reopening work

Chinese students studying in the UK keep finishing their degree amid coronavirus

Overseas study affected as English proficiency exams are cancelled amid outbreak

Beijing to launch detailed daily virus prevention directive after COVID-19 epidemic

Enjoying the outdoors

China's 2nd aircraft carrier Shandong conducts testing, training mission in wake of COVID-19

Mutual aid, COVID-19 pandemic control policies reaffirm bilateral bond

Era of US intimidating China over: Global Times editorial

China's tech edge conquering world's highest peak

Clinical trial results prove efficacy and safety of TCM capsules on mild COVID-19 patients

Learning Chinese

Nigerian Ambassador to China rejects discrimination rumor, says rifts won't shake friendly ties

Horoscope

Crossword

Three days of rain thwart Florida reopening, cause severe flooding

EU to unveil massive stimulus plan for post-coronavirus recovery

China's giant wind tunnel to accelerate development of warplanes

Collision of galaxies might have spurred our solar system's formation

Getting a move on as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

China ready for looming financial war initiated by US

More closed bathrooms afflict US homeless' public health needs

CPPCC holds closing meeting of annual session, receives 5,488 proposals from advisors

'National Treasure of Canada' Cirque Du Soleil to hold first post-outbreak show in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province

Situation in China-India border area is stable and under control: Chinese FM

Universal Beijing Resort progressing smoothly amid COVID-19, preparing to open in 2021

Masks blossom among flowers at French perfume capital

Italy's nearly deserted Pompeii reopens its ruins to public

Quality key to China's medical supplies, misunderstanding won't hold country's exports back

Nursing homes resume services gradually in Wuhan

China and Pakistan joint efforts to win wars against locusts and pandemic: Chinese agricultural diplomat

Chinese researchers find human neutralizing antibody targeting COVID-19 receptor binding site

China makes breakthrough in carbon-based semiconductor materials

China's industrial profits drop 4.3% in April, slower pace than March

In hot water

Republic of Congo officials eager to learn more about TCM: expert

Wuhan's test capacity improved by grouped testing

HK measures to hurt US badly

Britain's bow to US pressure on Huawei could stall 5G, worsen bilateral ties

Chinese scientists find new evidence that Huanan seafood market in Wuhan may not be the origin of the coronavirus

Central govt ready for any situation; separatists plan illegal assembly

Hubei's economic recovery in focus

China mourns 'patriotic' Macao SAR tycoon

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami praised by Chinese netizens after hosting special COVID-19 radio program