UK calls for ‘credible’ net zero CO2 targets at COP26 launch | AFP

Launching the UK’s hosting of December’s COP26 UN climate change summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the aim for the Glasgow event is “to get every country to announce credible targets” to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions. SOUNDBITE from Boris Johnson

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Economic risks ‘less pronounced’ as trade tensions ease: Lagarde | AFP

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde says risks to the eurozone economy had become “less pronounced” in the wake of a US-China trade truce even as President Donald Trump reignited a trade spat with Europe. SOUNDBITE of Christine Largarde

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ECB slightly lowers 2020 growth forecast to 1.1% | AFP

The European Central Bank slightly lowers its eurozone growth forecast for 2020 to 1.1 percent from 1.2 percent, but sees output strengthening in the following two years, according to President of the European Central Bank. SOUNDBITE from Lagarde

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WADA bans Russia from Olympics for four years over doping | AFP

The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory. SOUNDBITE from WADA President Craig Reedie

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Choose hope or climate surrender, says UN chief Guterres at COP | AFP

Confronted with a climate crisis threatening civilisation, humanity much choose between hope and surrender, UN chief Antonio Guterres tells the opening plenary of the UN COP25 climate conference in Madrid. SOUNDBITE from Antonio Guterres

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Labour to hand Brexit decision back to voters if elected: Corbyn | AFP

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party will put forward a people’s vote over a future Brexit deal if Labour is elected in the upcoming December general election. Corbyn is giving a speech in Harlow as the opposition party gears up for the election. SOUNDBITE from Jeremy Corbyn

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Britain will leave EU by Oct 31 ‘come what may’: Johnson | AFP Images

Britain will leave EU by Oct 31 ‘come what may’ says British PM Boris Johnson. SOUNDBITE of Boris Johnson

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British parliament to resume on Wednesday: speaker | AFP

House of Commons speaker John Bercow says that Britain’s parliament will prepare to resume proceedings on Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend it unlawful. SOUNDBITE from John Bercow

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UK must prepare for possibility of a no deal Brexit: Boris Johnson | AFP

Britain’s newly appointed Prime minister Boris Johnson stresses the importance to ‘prepare for the remote possibility’ of leaving the European Union without a deal. SOUNDBITE by British Prime minister Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson is elected leader of the Conservative Party | AFP

Former London mayor Boris Johnson wins the Conservative Party leadership contest, defeating Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656 votes. SOUNDBITE from Co-Chair of the 1922 Committee, Cheryl Gillan

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Ursula Von Der Leyen ‘honoured’ by EU Commission nomination | AFP

Ursula Von Der Leyen says she is ‘honoured’ and ‘overwhelmed’ to hear that she has been nominated by the EU council as Head of the EU commission. SOUNDBITE from Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg

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HK police appeal for protest crowds to disperse | AFP

Hong Kong police appeal to protesters to leave after thousands converge on Hong Kong’s police headquarters and block major roads, demanding the resignation of the city’s pro-Beijing leader and the release of anti-government demonstrators arrested during the territory’s worst political crisis in decades. SOUNDBITE from police spokesperson

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Ethiopian crew followed procedure, but unable to control jet

Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges says the crew of crashed Ethiopian jet ‘repeatedly’ performed Boeing’s recommended procedures, during a press conference where officials released preliminary conclusions in the probe of last month’s Boeing 737 crash that killed 157 people. SOUNDBITE from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges

Boeing should review crashed jet model system: Ethiopia minister

Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges says Boeing should review the flight control system of the crashed jet model during a press conference where officials released preliminary conclusions in the probe of last month’s crash of a Boeing 737 that killed 157 people. SOUNDBITE from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges

Karadzic sentence increased to life for Bosnia genocide

UN judges order former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in jail for the “sheer scale and systematic cruelty” of his war crimes a quarter of a century ago. SOUNDBITE from Judge Vagn Joensen

Huawei accuses US of hacking its servers, stealing emails

Huawei’s rotating Chairman says the US government “has hacked our servers and stolen our emails and source code” after announcing that the company is filing a lawsuit against US legislation which bars American federal agencies from buying Huawei products. SOUNDBITE from Huawei press conference

EU says ‘no solution’ for now to break Brexit deadlock

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas says that “no solution was identified” to break the deadlock on Brexit during the latest discussions between British officials and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, less than a month before the official date of the divorce. SOUNDBITE from Schinas

UN probe accuses Israel of ‘serious violations of human rights’

A UN probe says there is evidence that Israel committed crimes against humanity in responding to 2018 protests in Gaza, as snipers targeted people clearly identifiable as children, health workers and journalists. SOUNDBITE from Santiago Canton, chair of the UN Commission of investigation

Pierre Moscovici tells Italy to sort out its public finances

European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici urges Italy to consolidate its public finances at a press conference on the economic and social situation in the EU Member States. SOUNDBITE from Pierre Moscovici

EU urges ‘maximum restraint’ from India, Pakistan after strike

The spokeswoman for EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini calls on New Delhi and Islamabad to exercise “maximum restraint” after Indian warplanes attacked a militant camp in Pakistan. SOUNDBITE from Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson of Federica Mogherini

Seven MPs leave Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

Seven MPs from Britain’s opposition Labour Party announce they are breaking away and forming an independent group in protest at the party’s support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism. SOUNDBITE from Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree