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The European Commission on Monday unveiled a proposal seeking to prohibit the use of single plastic products such as cutlery, plates and straws — a move connected to a larger effort by the European Union to reduce carbon emissions and garbage pollution in the ocean, Bloomberg reports.

The details: The proposed directive, which is subject to approval by EU governments and the European Parliament, member states would be required to collect 90% of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025, and producers would have to offset the cost of waste management and label how waste will be disposed. Bloomberg adds that a projected 6.5 billion euros and the emission of 3.4 million tons of CO2 equivalent would be saved per year by 2025, the commission said.

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46 mins ago - Economy & Business

First look: Business puts muscle behind Biden

Business Roundtable, the voice of America's top CEOs, today launched "Move the Needle," a campaign to support President Biden in rolling out COVID vaccines, increasing vaccine uptake and encouraging masks.

What they're saying: "Masks and vaccines are working. Now is the time to keep at it, overcome pandemic fatigue, and double down on the measures that will end this public health and economic crisis, said Business Roundtable president and CEO Josh Bolten.

58 mins ago - World

U.S. notified Israel in advance about Syria strike

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The Biden administration notified Israel in advance about the airstrike against an Iranian-backed Shiite militia base on the Syrian-Iraqi border Thursday evening, Israeli officials told me.

Why it matters: The airstrike was the first overt military action by the U.S. in the Middle East since Biden assumed office, and one that Israeli officials see as a positive signal about the new administration's posture toward Iran.

The sovereign state of Facebook vs. the world

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Facebook's 3 billion monthly active users, its mountain of money and its control over the flow of information all put the company on an equal footing with governments around the world — and, increasingly, it's getting into fights with them.

Why it matters: Facebook's power alarms governments fearful that the tech giant could tilt the political scales inside their borders, and regulators around the world are seeking ways to rein the company in.