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Flower protests in Myanmar for Suu Kyi's 76th birthday
  + stars: | 2021-06-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee ThirasupaJune 19 (Reuters) - Supporters of Myanmar's detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi wore flowers in their hair and paraded with them at street demonstrations on Saturday as she marked her 76th birthday locked up by the generals who overthrew her. Protests have been held almost daily in Myanmar since Suu Kyi was ousted in a Feb. 1 coup that cut short a decade of democratic reforms and also sparked paralysing strikes and renewed conflict in the Southeast Asian country. "I demand freedom for all the people including Aung San Suu Kyi," he said "Her individual rights and political rights are being violated." The army overthrew Suu Kyi after her administration dismissed its allegations of fraud over her party's landslide election victory last November.
Persons: Suu Kyi, Chalinee, Myanmar's, Aung San Suu Kyi, Thet Swe, Suu, Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener, Matthew Tostevin, Shri Navaratnam Organizations: ASEAN, REUTERS, United Nations General Assembly, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, International, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Bangkok, Thailand, Suu, Belarus, China, Russia
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his country to prepare for "both dialogue and confrontation" with the United States, state media reported Friday — but more for confrontation. At a ruling party meeting Thursday, Kim gave a "detailed analysis" of Biden's North Korea policy, the state-controlled KCNA news agency reported. Kim's comments also come days before a visit to South Korea by Sung Kim, the top U.S. official on North Korea. Like previous administrations, it says it is aiming for "the complete denuclearization" of North Korea. Whereas Trump said he "fell in love" with Kim, Biden has called him "a murderous dictator" and "a thug."
Persons: Kim Jong Un, Kim, Joe Biden, Cristina Varriale, Varriale, Biden, Sung Kim, Donald Trump, Barack Obama —, Trump, Kim's Organizations: White House, NBC, Royal United Services Institute, Democratic People's, U.S, South Korean, State Department, Workers, Party, Biden, Workers ', North, United, Associated Press Locations: United States, Pyongyang, Biden's, Korea, London, DPRK, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, South Korea, North Korea, Seoul, KNS, Trump, United Nations, Nazi Germany
Leading firms Waste Management Inc and Republic Services Inc are included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, a benchmark for socially conscious investing. BlackRock owns a 4.6% share of Republic Services and 5% of Waste Management, mainly through funds that track third-party indexes. Officials for Republic Services and Waste Management said they were cooperating with the California flyover surveys. Republic Services said in a statement that the aerial survey data represents snapshot data that may not accurately capture routine emissions at its facility. The Biden administration last month announced it would require more U.S. landfills to install gas-capture systems to help limit methane emissions.
Persons: Bill Gates, Larry Fink, Eliot Caroom, , Gates, Melinda Gates, Jean Bogner, Jorn Herner, Biden, Michael Bloomberg Organizations: Waste Management Inc, Republic Services Inc, Dow Jones, BlackRock Inc, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scientific Aviation, U.S, Republic Services and Waste Management, U.S . Environmental Protection Agency, Nations, Reuters, TruValue Labs, Republic Services, Waste Management, Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Cascade Investment, BlackRock, Dow, Services, United Nations ’, University of Illinois, EPA, California Air Resources Board, San, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control, White Locations: ANGELES, U.S, California, Pasadena, United States, Gates, BlackRock, Manteca, Central, San Joaquin
The probe - one of the biggest into refugee program fraud in recent history - is fueling reservations among some in Joe Biden's administration as they debate whether to create a similar program to assist Afghan refugees as American troops withdraw after 20 years of war, U.S. officials told Reuters. The reports show the investigation is more far-reaching and serious than U.S. officials have disclosed since announcing in January a 90-day freeze of the Iraqi "Direct Access" refugee program. The program aimed to speed resettlement in the United States of Iraqis endangered by working for the U.S. government. The State Department reports, the unsealed indictment and court documents do not categorically state the alleged scheme's purpose. More than 47,570 Iraqis have been resettled in the United States through the program, according to one State Department document.
Persons: Stefano Rellandini, Joe Biden's, Edward Kennedy, Biden, Jason Crow, Mark Hetfield, Donald Trump, James Miervaldis, ” Miervaldis, Jonathan Landay, Ted Hesson, Mary Milliken, Daniel Wallis Organizations: U.S . army Alpha, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, State Department, Reuters, Iraqi, Congress, U.S ., Army Ranger, Department, Officials, The State Department, United Nations, U.S, Republican, Thomson Locations: Iraqi, Adl, Baghdad, United States, U.S, Iraq, Iran, Washington
Syrian refugees walk as they carry containers at an informal tented settlement in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon March 12, 2021. Nearly 70% of those affected are from just five countries - Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar - according to the annual report on forced displacement by the U.N. Amid a rise in populism and nationalism in global politics, Grandi called on world leaders to "stop demonizing people" that are forced to move. Grandi, who recently visited Washington, praised new President Joe Biden's pledge to "restore a U.S. asylum system that is both effective and humane." The UNHCR report found that in 2020 just 34,400 refugees were formally resettled globally - one-third of the previous year.
Persons: Mohamed Azakir, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Donald Trump, Joe Biden's, Michelle Nichols, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, . Refugee Agency UNHCR, Former U.S, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Lebanon, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Mozambique, West Africa's, Tigray, Somalia, Washington, U.S, United States, Canada, Europe
Its capital city of Tallinn is home to NATO's cyber defense hub , the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The attack made Estonia realize that it needed to start treating cyber threats in the same way as physical attacks. It set up a "data embassy" in Luxembourg, a super secure data center that contains backups in case of an attack on Estonian territory. The country also became an early adopter of blockchain technology and established a new cyber unit within its voluntary Estonia Defense League. The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn conducts research and training on cyber security.
Persons: Angela Merkel, King, Esther Naylor, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Biden, Putin, Birgy Lorenz, Sotiris Tzifas, Tzifas, kindergarteners, Lorenz, Naylor, Merkel, Florian Marcus, Marcus, we've, it's Organizations: CNN, Cooperative Cyber Defence, of Excellence, United Nations Security, Chatham House, European Union, Wednesday, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia Defense League, NATO, Technology, Trust, Cyber Intelligence, Colonial, Estonian, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence, of, UN Security Council, Visitors Locations: German, Belgium, Estonia, Baltic, Tallinn, Europe, Estonian, Russia, Soviet, Moscow, Luxembourg, Coast, of Exellence, United Kingdom, Georgia, Belgian
Methane menace: Aerial survey spots 'super-emitter' landfills
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Nichola Groom | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
The survey found "super-emitter" landfills accounted for 43% the measured emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane - outpacing the fossil-fuel and agricultural sectors. BlackRock owns a 4.6% share of Republic Services and 5% of Waste Management, mainly through funds that track third-party indexes. Such methods "really don't do the job anymore," said Jean Bogner, a University of Illinois researcher who has studied methane emissions in landfills since the 1970s. The U.N. estimates that landfills and wastewater produce about a fifth of the world’s human-caused methane emissions, behind only agriculture and the oil-and-gas industry. The Biden administration last month announced it would require more U.S. landfills to install gas-capture systems to help limit methane emissions.
Persons: Frank R, Bowerman, Mike Blake, Bill Gates, Larry Fink, Eliot Caroom, , Gates, Melinda Gates, Jean Bogner, Jorn Herner, Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Nichola Groom, Richard Valdmanis, Brian Thevenot Organizations: REUTERS, Waste Management Inc, Republic Services Inc, Dow Jones, BlackRock Inc, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scientific Aviation, U.S, Republic Services and Waste Management, U.S . Environmental Protection Agency, Nations, Reuters, TruValue Labs, Republic Services, Waste Management, Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Cascade Investment, BlackRock, Dow, Services, United Nations, University of Illinois, EPA, California Air Resources Board, San, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control, White, Thomson Locations: Irvine , California, U.S, ANGELES, California, Pasadena, United States, Gates, BlackRock, Manteca, Central, San Joaquin
Dozens of migrants rescued after boat runs aground on Spain's Lanzarote
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Rescue workers search for bodies after a boat with 46 migrants from the Maghreb region capsized in the beach of Orzola, in the Canary Island of Lanzarote, Spain June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Borja SuarezLANZAROTE, Spain, June 18 (Reuters) - More than 40 African migrants were rescued after their boat ran aground on the rocky coast of Lanzarote in Spain's Canary Islands late on Thursday, emergency services said, while over 100 people on two more boats made it safely to other islands. Rescue workers with a helicopter were searching the coast around Lanzarote's northern region of Muelle de Orzola for them on Friday morning. A dozen of the rescued group, including two babies and two young children, were transferred to hospital, the regional emergency services said. With arrival facilities on the Canaries packed to capacity, authorities have housed of migrants thousands in camps where conditions have criticised by rights groups.
Persons: Borja Suarez, Orzola, Marcos Lemes, Nathan Allen, Andrei Khalip, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Local, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Maghreb, Orzola, Lanzarote, Spain, Spain's Canary, Lanzarote's, Muelle, El Hierro, Africa, United Nations
Ethiopia heads to the polls against a backdrop of insecurity
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Elliot Smith | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Supporters of the Balderas Party, one of the major opposition parties, participate in an election campaign in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 16, 2021. Ethiopians head to the polls on Monday, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promoting a message of unity against a backdrop of conflict and impending famine in the north of the country. Meanwhile, allegations of human rights abuses have cast clouds over the federal government's international reputation. The Oromo Liberation Front announced in March that it would withdraw after the jailing of party leaders and alleged shuttering of its national offices. The Oromo Federalist Congress pulled out on similar grounds, as prominent figures were imprisoned on terror charges.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy Organizations: Balderas Party, United Nations, Oromo Liberation Front, Oromo Federalist Congress Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea, Tigray, Union, Oromia, Ethiopia's, Oromo, Amhara
U.N. chief urges General Assembly to act on Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
It was not immediately clear if any countries would call for a vote on the draft General Assembly resolution or if it would be adopted by consensus. read more"I hope that the General Assembly will be able to send a very clear message," Guterres said. General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight. Unlike the 15-member Security Council, no country has veto power in the General Assembly. The draft General Assembly resolution also calls on Myanmar to swiftly implement a five-point consensus the junta forged with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to halt violence and start dialogue with its opponents.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Andrew Kelly NEW, Guterres, Aung, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Nichols, Howard Goller Organizations: General Assembly, REUTERS, Andrew Kelly NEW YORK, Assistance Association for Political, Diplomats, Security, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Thomson Locations: New York City , New York, U.S, Myanmar, Aung San Suu
UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Supporters had hoped the 193-member U.N. General Assembly would approve the resolution unanimously by consensus, but Belarus called for a vote. The measure was approved with 119 countries voting "yes," Belarus voting "no" and 36 countries abstaining including Myanmar's neighbors China and India, along with Russia. The resolution calls on Myanmar's military junta to restore the country's democratic transition, condemns its "excessive and lethal violence" since the coup, and calls on all countries "to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar." "It delegitimizes the military junta, condemns its abuse and violence against its own people and demonstrates its isolation in the eyes of the world," he said. Richard Gowan, U.N. director of the International Crisis Group, said he is "only aware of three previous General Assembly resolutions condemning coups in this way since the end of the Cold War."
Persons: Myanmar's, U.N, Win Myint, Suu Kyi, Olof Skoog, Richard Gowan, Gowan Organizations: General, Group, European Union, Association of Southeast, Nations, ASEAN, General Assembly, Aung, Crisis, Associated Press, Assembly Locations: Belarus, China, India, Russia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Israel, South Africa
United Nations calls for halt of weapons to Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Myanmar soldiers walk along a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. "The risk of a large-scale civil war is real," U.N. special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told the General Assembly after the vote. Unlike the 15-member Security Council, no country has veto power in the General Assembly. The U.N. resolution calls on the Myanmar military to "immediately stop all violence against peaceful protesters" and end restrictions on the internet and social media. The General Assembly also called on Myanmar to swiftly implement a five-point consensus the junta forged with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to halt violence and start dialogue with its opponents.
Persons: Stringer, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Aung, Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener, Olof Skoog, Antonio Guterres, Myanmar's U.N, Kyaw Moe Tun, Moe Tun, Michelle Nichols, Howard Goller Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations General Assembly, U.N, Assembly, ASEAN, Reuters, Security, General Assembly, Assistance Association for Political, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, General, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Yangon, Aung San Suu, Belarus, China, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual March dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis(Reuters) - The National Republican Congressional Committee will begin to accept donations in cryptocurrency, it said on Thursday. The organization said it was the first national party committee to take contributions via cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, which it said would help it support Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections. The NRCC said it would accept cryptocurrency using Bitpay, which provides bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services. The Federal Election Committee in 2014 approved a $100 value for transfers of actual cryptocurrency.
Persons: Donald Trump, Leah Millis, , Tom Emmer, Axios, Michael McAdams, McAdams, Andrew Yang Organizations: National Republican, National Building Museum, REUTERS, Reuters, cryptocurrencies Locations: Washington , U.S, cryptocurrency, El Salvador
Pope Francis champions right of workers to organize in unions
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.66   time to read: +1 min
Pope Francis has championed the right of all workers to unionize, as economic activity is poised to increase when the pandemic threat eases. Francis said efforts to rebuild economies after Covid-19 setbacks must aim at a future with "decent and dignified working conditions," originating in collective bargaining. He called the "right to organize in unions" one of the fundamental protections for workers. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsHe lamented that many migrants and vulnerable workers are often excluded from national health plans. "Therefore, it must be ensured that social assistance reaches the hidden economy and pays special attention to the particular needs of women and girls," Francis said.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis Organizations: International Labor Organization, United, NBC Locations: United Nations, Geneva
Bank of England halves carbon emissions in 2020/21
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The BoE aims to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, and, more ambitiously, to just over a third of their 2016 level by 2030. More than two thirds of the BoE’s carbon emissions last year were linked to the production of the plastic polymer used for British banknotes, while just under a quarter came from burning natural gas. The BoE also calculated separately carbon emissions attributable to its holdings of British government debt and sterling corporate bonds. For government bonds, emissions fell by 3% over the past year to 222 tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent per million pounds of gross domestic product. For corporate bonds, emissions were down by 9% to 251 tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent per million pounds of company revenue.
Persons: BoE, David Milliken, Guy Faulconbridge Organizations: Bank of England Locations: United Nations, Glasgow
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A container ship carrying chemicals sank off Sri Lanka's capital on Thursday nearly a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster, officials said. The ship's operator said the wreck of the Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl "is now wholly sitting on the seabed at a depth of 70 feet." A salvage crew was at the site to deal with any debris and report any spill, X-Press Feeders said. The head of Sri Lanka's Marine Environment Protection Authority, Darshini Lahandapura, also confirmed that the ship had sunk. There are concerns that a spill of remaining chemicals and oil from the ship could devastate marine life.
Persons: Lahandapura Organizations: Sri, Environment Protection Authority, NBC, Authorities, United Nations Locations: COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Colombo
N.Korea gives $300,000 for Myanmar in first financial aid since 2005
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Hyonhee Shin | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
SEOUL, June 17 (Reuters) - North Korea has provided $300,000 to a U.N.-led humanitarian aid initiative for Myanmar, marking its first donation to other countries since 2005, U.N. data showed on Thursday. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)' financial tracking service showed that North Korea paid the contribution on May 24 to the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund. North Korea last offered financial aid to the United Nations in 2005, when it gave $150,000 for Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives and Sri Lanka - all of which were hit by a devastating tsunami in December 2004. North Korea has longstanding relations with Myanmar, and U.N. monitors have said Pyongyang supplies weapons to the Southeast Asian nation. South Korea has also provided $600,000 to the U.N. efforts to support Myanmar but has suspended defence exchanges and banned exports of arms and other strategic items to the Southeast Asian country.
Persons: Aung, Suu Kyi, Hyonhee Shin Organizations: Humanitarian Affairs, North, Myanmar Humanitarian Fund, United Nations, Thomson Locations: SEOUL, North Korea, Myanmar, Suu, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pyongyang, South Korea
Myanmar's renewed war scatters tens of thousands to forests
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Displaced people carry a sick person in eastern Myanmar's Kayah State, June 17, 2021 REUTERS/StringerJune 17 (Reuters) - Some camps dotted in the forest have a few dozen people, some more than a thousand. The displaced sleep packed together under plastic sheeting for protection from Myanmar's monsoon rains. Food is short and there are signs of disease spreading, according to people who have fled recent fighting in eastern Myanmar's Kayah State - just one of several conflicts to surge since the Feb. 1 coup toppled elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Some people didn't get a chance to bring rice or food," said 26-year-old Foung, who gave only one name for fear of retribution. The United Nations estimates nearly 110,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar's Kayah State by the recent violence.
Persons: Stringer, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, didn't, John Canaydy, Canaydy, Banya Khung Aung, Matthew Tostevin, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, Peoples Defence Forces, National Defence Force, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Myanmar's Kayah State, Aung San Suu, Kayah State, Myanmar, Demoso
Israel keen to establish ties with SE Asia's Muslim nations - envoy
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Joseph Sipalan | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
An Israeli woman holds a flag by Damascus gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunKUALA LUMPUR, June 17 (Reuters) - Israel is willing to work towards establishing ties with Southeast Asia's Muslim majority nations, its ambassador to Singapore said on Thursday, despite their condemnation in May of Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei had urged the United Nations to step in and stop "the atrocities carried out against the Palestinian people". "We are willing to talk, we are willing to meet, and the door is open as far as we are concerned. Four Arab states - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco - agreed last year to normalise relations with Israel under U.S.-brokered deals.
Persons: Sagi Karni, I'm, Karni, Israel, Joseph Sipalan, Martin Petty, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Hamas, Reuters, United Arab, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Israeli, Damascus, Jerusalem's, KUALA LUMPUR, Israel, Singapore, Gaza, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, U.S
Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stand near a banner, as they attend his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. read moreMonday's elections will be the first test of voter support for Abiy's government. Abiy said on Twitter this week the polls would be "the nation's first attempt at free and fair elections." The elections were originally scheduled for August 2020, but Abiy postponed them citing the COVID-19 pandemic. The TPLF held elections in Tigray anyway, setting it on a collision course with the government.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Billene Seyoum, Merera, Gebisa, Ararsa Merdasa, Balderas, Eskinder, Birhanu Nega, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Grant McCool Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Abiy, Twitter, Abiy's Prosperity, Oromo Federalist Congress, Genuine Democracy, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, Prosperity Party, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Jimma, Ethiopia, Abiy ADDIS ABABA, Eritrea, Tigray, Oromiya, Amhara
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will accept cryptocurrency donations, it told Axios. BitPay will process crypto donations into US dollars before transferring into the NRCC's account. The Republicans' House campaign arm will start accepting donations in cryptocurrency, Axios first reported on Wednesday. This makes the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) the first national party committee to agree to cryptocurrency contributions. The NRCC told Axios it would collect identifying information of all the individuals who donate to the committee using cryptocurrency.
Persons: Axios, Nancy Pelosi's, Tom Emmer Organizations: National Republican Congressional, Republicans, House Locations: cryptocurrency
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate in New York, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoNEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly is set on Friday to call for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar and urge the military to respect November election results and release political detainees, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said. read moreIt was not immediately clear if any countries would call for a vote on the draft General Assembly resolution or if it would be adopted by consensus. An initial draft resolution included stronger language calling for an arms embargo on Myanmar. Unlike the 15-member Security Council, no country has veto power in the General Assembly.
Persons: Mike Segar, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Aung, Myanmar's U.N, Kyaw Moe Tun, Louis Charbonneau, Michelle Nichols, Bill Berkrot Organizations: United, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, United Nations General Assembly, Diplomats, Reuters, Security, Human Rights, Assistance Association for Political, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Thomson Locations: United Nations, New York, U.S, Myanmar, Aung San Suu
Axa Investment Managers expands deforestation exclusions
  + stars: | 2021-06-16 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.85   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoLONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - AXA Investment Managers is expanding its palm oil investment strategy to exclude companies involved in major land use controversies or in causing biodiversity loss due to soy, cattle and timber, it said on Wednesday. Major fund managers, under pressure from end-investors and regulators, are focusing on more sustainable investment strategies. AXA IM also has policies to exit coal investments and reduce its own carbon emissions. Marco Morelli, executive chairman of AXA IM, said the company was "committed to fighting deforestation and natural ecosystem conversion, as well as supporting forest restoration to ensure habitat conservation and to limit global warming." AXA IM said it would also increase engagement with companies it invests in in areas including palm oil, soy, timber and cattle to encourage them to preserve biodiversity.
Persons: Arnd, Marco Morelli, Carolyn Cohn, Jane Merriman Organizations: AXA, REUTERS, AXA Investment, United Nations, Investment, UN PRI, Thomson Locations: Basel, Switzerland
Kim Jong Un Says North Korea Faces Food Crisis Due to Flooding
  + stars: | 2021-06-16 | by ( Andrew Jeong | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
SEOUL—Kim Jong Un said his country’s food situation is getting tense, an acknowledgment of the continuing challenges inside North Korea following a year of major flood damage, pandemic shutdowns and ongoing sanctions. “The agricultural sector failed to fulfill its grain production plan,” Mr. Kim was quoted as saying. The North Korean leader’s assessment mirrors independent reporting on the Kim regime’s food stability. This year, North Korea could face food shortages of up to 1.35 million tons, according to a May report from the Korea Development Institute, a think tank backed by the South Korean government. The institute’s report estimated the country’s food requirements are about 5.75 million tons annually.
Persons: Kim Jong Un, Kim, Mr Organizations: Workers ’ Party, United Nations, U.S . Department of Agriculture, Korea Development Institute, South Locations: SEOUL, Korea, Korea’s, Pyongyang, North Korea
JPMorgan to exclude Petronas, Pertamina from EM ESG index
  + stars: | 2021-06-16 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK, June 15 (Reuters) - Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas and Indonesian counterpart Pertamina are on a watchlist for removal from JPMorgan’s ESG EMBI index, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday. The bank uses outside firms to assess the ESG score required for inclusion in the index. The decline in score is also related to "ongoing exposure to multiple incidents related to human rights" and "the ongoing political situation in Myanmar." "We value analysis from financial institutions that are carried out based on reliable data and information," Pertamina spokeswoman Fajriyah Usman said. Petronas currently has a 121 basis points weight in the index, while Pertamina's stands at 49 bps.
Persons: Fajriyah Usman, Pertamina, Pertamina's, Rodrigo Campos, Bernadette Christina Munthe, Leslie Adler Organizations: YORK, Petronas, JPMorgan, Petronas ’, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Malaysian, Indonesian, Myanmar, West Java, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta
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