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  • Greek PM scheduled to have slew of meetings in NY

    Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived in New York on Wednesday to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly with the broader aim to enhance Greece’s presence on the international stage on the geopolitical, business and diaspora levels. “With his international contacts and [Mitsotakis’] continuous effort he has managed to upgrade the political and geostrategic role…

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  • La Palma eruption: How bad is the damage – and why is lava meeting the ocean so dangerous?

    Authorities have warned people on the island of La Palma of fresh dangers after a new volcanic vent blew open and rivers of unstoppable lava flowed towards more densely populated areas and the sea. Residents were cautioned on Tuesday about earthquakes, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain after several small earthquakes shook the Spanish…

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  • In a landmark climate move, China pledges to stop funding coal projects overseas

    China will stop funding coal projects overseas, President Xi Jinping says, ending a major source of support for the fossil fuel contributing to climate change. Addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Mr Xi made the promise as he vowed to accelerate efforts to help the world battle climate change. “China will step up support…

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  • Global coronavirus vaccine inequity is ‘an obscenity’, UN chief says

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reprimanded the world for the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it as an “obscenity” and giving the globe an “F in ethics”. Addressing the annual UN gathering of world leaders in New York, Mr Guterres said images from some parts of the world of expired and unused vaccines…

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  • ‘No closer and more reliable ally’: Joe Biden meets Scott Morrison amid submarine row

    United States President Joe Biden hailed the growing US-Australian alliance Tuesday in his first meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison since they announced a nuclear submarine project that triggered a diplomatic row with France. “The United States has no closer and more reliable ally,” Mr Biden told Mr Morrison on the sidelines of the UN…

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  • World on ‘catastrophic’ climate path of 2.7C warming, UN warns

    The world is on a “catastrophic pathway” in terms of global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says. According to a report by the UN climate agency on Friday, a warming of 2.7C is foreseeable. “This is breaking the promise made six years ago to pursue the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement,” Guterres said on…

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  • EU leaders sign Athens Declaration on climate change

    EU leaders who attended the EUMed9 Summit on climate change and the environment in the Mediterranean, expressed their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and to reducing the rise of global temperature by 1.5C in relation to pre-industrial levels, read the conclusions of the Athens Declaration that was signed at the conference on…

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  • EU says it has no option but to talk to Taliban

    The European Union has no option but to talk to Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and Brussels will try to coordinate with member governments to organise a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the top EU diplomat said on Tuesday. “The Afghan crisis is not over,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.…

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  • UN chief warns Afghans face ‘their most perilous hour’ as he pleads for international aid

    UN chief Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries to dig deep and provide desperately needed aid to Afghans, and to support women and others whose rights appear threatened by the Taliban. Speaking to ministers gathered for a donor conference for the violence-torn country, Mr Guterres insisted that “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline”. “After…

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  • The events that led to 9/11 and how extremist ideologies continue to thrive today

    There was chaos on the streets of New York City as workers fled the collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers and emergency crews rushed in to help. Many fortunate enough to escape would describe seeing two planes flying into the iconic buildings. A total of 2,977 people died that day. People run from…

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