Six young people from Portugal are taking 33 countries to the European Court of Human Rights for failing to do their part to avert climate catastrophe - Global Legal Action Network

As the European Court of Human Rights considers a landmark case on climate change brought by six young people from Portugal against 33 European countries, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations and academics have intervened in the case today. They have provided the Court with legal arguments on how government climate policies must protect the rights of people outside their borders.

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A patient breathes with the help of oxygen provided by a Gurdwara, a place of worship for Sikhs, inside an auto rickshaw parked under a tent along the roadside amid Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Ghaziabad on April 26, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The Coronavirus cases across the globe have breached the 150 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University.

As of 9:51 am IST, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reported that the global caseload stood at 150,133,654 while the fatalities from the deadly pathogen stood at 3,162,166.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during the debate on EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, on April 27, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The European Parliament on Wednesday ratified the agreement on trade and cooperation between the European Union and the United Kingdom in a 660-5 vote.

The document must now be approved by EU member states to enter into force officially.

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on April 23, 2021, that he was halting his three-week hunger strike and thanked his supporters. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny said on Friday that he is ending his weeks long hunger strike.

The announcement comes days after the Russian opposition leader was transferred to a prison hospital due to his deteriorating health, as reported by CNN.

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Director of Denmark's National Board of Health Soeren Brostroem addresses a press conference to explain why the AstraZeneca vaccine is stopped in Denmark, on April 14, 2021 in Copenhagen. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Many European countries on Thursday expressed their interest in purchasing unwanted AstraZeneca vaccines from Denmark.

Hans Kluge, the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe said Denmark was considering sharing unused doses with poorer countries, reported euronews.

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Aerial view of the graves of COVID-19 victims at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazi, on April 15, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Global COVID-19 deaths have crossed the 3 million mark, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

According to the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), as of 1.50 pm IST, the total COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at 139,979,449 and the deaths across the world stand at 3,000,225.

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Commuters pass the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The Biden administration on Thursday announced economic sanctions on Russia over cyberspying and election meddling. Simon Miles, an assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, is available to comment.

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The BBC has been forced to open on Saturday an online complaints page after being flooded with messages from viewers accusing it of excessive coverage of Prince Philip's death.

"We're receiving complaints about too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. To register a complaint without having to complete our webform or provide any details - apart from your email address (which we'll use to send you our response) - visit this BBC Complaints Page," the broadcaster said in a message posted on its official website.

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An injured Myanmar refugee receives medical attention at Sop Moei Hospital in Mae Hong Son province on March 30, 2021, after crossing into Thailand via the Salween river following air strikes in Myanmar's Karen state. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The global pandemic has exposed the terrible legacy of deliberately divisive and destructive policies that have perpetuated inequality, discrimination and oppression and paved the way for the devastation wrought by COVID-19, Amnesty International said in its annual report published today.
 
Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World’s Human Rights covers 149 countries and delivers a comprehensive analysis of human rights trends globally in 2020.

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