EU leaders go for job creation
Portugal’s Jornal de Noticias reports that EU leaders, meeting at the Social Summit in Porto, have pledged to “maintain emergency measures as long as necessary, promoting an approach to facilitate job creation”. In their final declaration, EU leaders have urged the EU Council to approve the objectives of the social agenda by 2030, including 78% in employment and reducing the number of people at risk of social exclusion by at least 15 million, including 5 million children.
Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes
Al-Quds says at least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers have been injured in clashes in Jerusalem, most at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles. Tensions have been high for days, with daily skirmishes over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes in east Jerusalem, to make way for Israeli settlers.
WHO approves Chinese COVID vaccine
According to The Lancet, the World Health Organization (WHO) has granted emergency approval for the COVID vaccine manufuctured by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm. The vaccine, already given to millions of people in China and elsewhere, is the first jab, developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing. WHO had previously only approved the vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.
Biden hopeful of meeting Putin
Washington Post quotes US President Joe Biden saying he hopes to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin “soon”, despite the strengthening of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. Speaking at the White House, the American president specified he was still working to define the date and place of the meeting.
UK travel ban hits sports
British national media says the Champions League football final and next month’s Turkish Formula One Grand Prix are in doubt after the British government added Turkey to the list of COVID-hit countries to which travel is banned. The football final, scheduled for May 29, sees Manchester City against Chelsea. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said COVID-19 red list countries “should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances”.