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Red Cross scrambles to address more surging climate-related risks

Before Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September, Red Cross officials there thought the island nation was well-prepared to weather the storm, with strong building codes, numerous shelters and pre-positioned aid.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/12 19:28:40

European Green Deal opens a new chapter of growth strategy: EC President

Do we, humans, want to continue living well and safely on this planet? Humanity faces an existential threat - the whole world is beginning to see. Forests burn from America to Australia.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/11 21:18:40

UN unable to verify that weapons used in Saudi oil attack were from Iran

The UN is “unable to independently corroborate” that missiles and drones used in attacks on Saudi oil facilities in September “are of Iranian origin,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/11 21:13:41

US to host Blue Nile dam meeting

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan plan to meet in Washington DC on January 13 to resolve their dispute over a massive dam project on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, according to a joint statement issued by the US Treasury Department on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/10 19:38:40

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador leads trilateral trade pact negotiations

Officials from the US, Canada and Mexico will meet in Mexico on Tuesday for talks on a new continent-wide trade deal after President Donald Trump hinted that efforts to push the pact through the US Congress were close to success.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/10 19:28:42

US confirms visit by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will welcome his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday - the Russian's first visit to Washington since a controversial 2017 meeting with US President Donald Trump, the US State Department announced.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/9 22:28:40

'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing': NK media

North Korea on Monday slammed US President Trump for “bluffing” and called him “an old man bereft of patience” as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/9 22:23:41

Chinese officials receive Pakistan civil awards

Four Chinese officials were given Pakistan's civil awards by Pakistani Ambassador to China Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi on behalf of the country's president at the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/6 22:48:40

Climate change as common global challenge needs multilateral efforts

The ongoing 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid has become an example of how multilateralism works, though the United States formally initiated the process to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/6 17:25:36

Chinese netizens amused by NATO clashes at London summit

Chinese internet users on Thursday made fun with reports of feisty clashes among leaders at the NATO leaders meeting in London, with many dismissing the alliance as an outmoded 70-year-old legacy of the Cold War.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/5 17:53:40

Pentagon denies Middle East troop plans

The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that the US was weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived threat from Iran.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/5 21:18:42

Iran says still ready for talks if US lifts sanctions amid deadly riots

Iran is willing to return to the negotiating table if the US first drops sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, after a fuel price hike sparked deadly violence ahead of elections.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/4 21:23:41

Johnson denies avoiding Trump

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Wednesday he was avoiding being pictured with Donald Trump ahead of a UK election next week, as footage emerged of other leaders mocking the US president.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/4 21:18:41

Trump attacks 'nasty' France at NATO meet

US President Donald Trump launched a two-day NATO meeting Tuesday with a blistering attack on France's criticism of the alliance and on “delinquent” members that don't pay their way.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/3 22:23:41

WHO warns of measles resurgence

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a “slide back” in global efforts to eliminate measles on Tuesday, as the death toll from an outbreak that has killed dozens of children in Samoa continued to climb.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/3 21:43:42

UN nuclear watchdog gets new head

Veteran Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi was sworn in on Monday as the new director general of the UN's nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with the growing crisis over Iran's nuclear program at the top of his in-tray.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/2 22:13:40

US announces cut of share to NATO budget

The US is to cut its contribution to NATO's operating budget, officials said on Thursday, with Germany increasing payments as the alliance tries to appease US President Donald Trump ahead of a summit next week.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/28 22:33:50

Black boxes from crashed helicopters found in Mali

The black boxes from two French military helicopters that collided in Mali killing 13 soldiers have been found, a French military spokesperson said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/27 22:23:40