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Girls play at a makeshift camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the oil-producing Marib province, Yemen May 10, 2021. The Marib region is the last stronghold of the Saudi-backed government, which has been at war against Iran-aligned Houthi forces since 2014. Fighting over Marib and its vast gas fields has killed thousands of fighters from both sides and threatened years of peace efforts, including a fresh push from the United States. U.S. officials, including Yemen envoy Tim Lenderking, have held several meetings with Saudi officials, Yemeni ministers and Omani mediators over the last two weeks. "The United States believes that the opening of ports and the airport is a fundamental pillar of our approach towards Yemen," said the U.S. official.
Persons: Jamal al, Joe Biden, Tim Lenderking, U.N, Martin Griffiths, Mohammed Abdulsalam, Griffiths, Shaher Nasser Organizations: REUTERS, Saudi, U.S, United Nations, Security, United, U.S ., Reuters, Thomson Locations: Yemen, Yemeni, Marib, United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Saudi, Houthi, States, Sanaa, Jafeenah
Violence erupts at al-Aqsa mosque as Israel marks Jerusalem Day
  + stars: | 2021-05-10 | by ( Jeffrey Heller | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Ilan RosenbergRock-throwing Palestinians and Israeli police firing stun grenades clashed outside al-Aqsa mosque on Monday, in on-going violence in Jerusalem that has raised international concern. Tensions in the city were particularly high as Israel was marking "Jerusalem Day", its annual celebration of the capture of East Jerusalem, and the walled Old City that is home to Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy places, in a 1967 war. Al-Aqsa, Islam's third-holiest site, has been a focal point of violence in Jerusalem at the height of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Israel views all of Jerusalem as its capital, including the eastern part that it annexed in a move that has not won international recognition. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they seek in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
Persons: Ilan Rosenberg Rock, Sheikh, Jake Sullivan, U.N, Antonio Guterres, Israel Organizations: REUTERS, Jerusalem, Police, U.S . National, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem's Old, al, Aqsa, Jerusalem, Israel, East Jerusalem, Old, Al, Damascus, stoke, U.S, Gaza
China foreign ministry says planned U.N. event on Xinjiang an insult
  + stars: | 2021-05-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday that an event planned by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang was an insult. China has said the organizers of the virtual U.N. event, which is due to be held Wednesday, use "human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China's internal affairs", and has urged other member states not to attend. Hua made the remarks at a daily news conference in Beijing. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hua Chunying, Hua Organizations: Thomson Locations: Germany, United States, Britain, Xinjiang, China, Beijing
China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week
  + stars: | 2021-05-08 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. "It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. "They are obsessed with provoking confrontation with China," the note said, adding that "the provocative event can only lead to more confrontation." The Chinese mission to the United Nations confirmed the note and China's opposition to the event. Western states and rights groups have accused authorities in Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps, which the United States has described as genocide.
Persons: Ken Roth, General Agnes Callamard, Louis Charbonneau Organizations: United Nations, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Beijing Locations: Kashgar, China's, Xinjiang, China, Germany, United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, Washington, Beijing
Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the United Nations Security Council on Friday that the international order was in “serious jeopardy” in comments that decried what he described as rising nationalism and repression around the world. “The list of democracies that are being invited to this summit will inevitably be drawn up by the United States themselves,” he added. Newsletter Sign-up WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Cybersecurity news, analysis and insights from WSJ's global team of reporters and editors. PREVIEWMr. Lavrov also said that unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe were unlawful, and called on the U.N. to suspend the sanctions in the context of the global pandemic. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains why it could also lead to competition for global leadership.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Blinken, ” Mr, Wang Yi, , , Biden’s, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, Alexei Navalny, WSJ’s Gerald F, Seib, Jessica Donati Organizations: WASHINGTON —, United Nations Security, Security, Democracy, U.S, Kremlin Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — U.S, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Russia, China, multilateralism, United States, ” Russia, Europe, U.S, Russian, Moscow, Ukrainian, West, Kyiv, jessica.donati
U.S., Russia, China poke each other at U.N. Security Council
  + stars: | 2021-05-07 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken took a veiled swipe at Russia and China on Friday during a U.N. Security Council meeting chaired by his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, warning that the actions of some big powers portrays impunity to others. Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain are the permanent, veto-wielding powers of the 15-member council. The United States has accused China of genocide by repressing Uighur Muslims in detention centers in its Xinjiang region. China and Russia were both critical of unilateral sanctions with Wang describing them as "illegitimate". Blinken, Wang and Lavrov did agree the world needed to work together to address climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Chris J Ratcliffe, Wang Yi, Joe Biden, Donald Trump's, Blinken, , Sergei Lavrov, Biden, Vladimir Putin, Wang, Lavrov Organizations: British, Security, United, Russia's, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Russia, China, multilateralism, Beijing, United States, France, Xinjiang, U.S, Moscow, Washington, Ukraine
China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event hosted by Germany, U.S. and UK
  + stars: | 2021-05-07 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
A protester outside the White House urges the United States to take action to stop China's oppression of the Uighurs, on August 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. "It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. The ambassadors of the United States, Germany and Britain are due to address the virtual U.N. event on Wednesday, along with Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth and Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard. Western states and rights groups have accused authorities in Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps, which the United States has described as genocide.
Persons: Ken Roth, General Agnes Callamard, Louis Charbonneau Organizations: House, United Nations, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Beijing Locations: United States, Washington , DC, China, Germany, Britain, Xinjiang, Australia, Canada, Washington, Beijing
EXCLUSIVE China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week
  + stars: | 2021-05-07 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. "They are obsessed with provoking confrontation with China," the note said, adding that "the provocative event can only lead to more confrontation." The ambassadors of the United States, Germany and Britain are due to address the virtual U.N. event on Wednesday, along with Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth and Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard. Western states and rights groups have accused authorities in Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uyghurs in camps, which the United States has described as genocide. In January, Washington banned the import of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over allegations of forced labor.
Persons: Thomas Peter, Ken Roth, General Agnes Callamard, Louis Charbonneau Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Beijing, Thomson Locations: Huocheng County, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, Germany, United States, Britain, Xinjiang, Australia, Canada, Washington, Beijing
read moreThe world could cut methane emissions driven by human activity by up to 45% by 2030 using currently available technologies, the report said. That would avoid nearly 0.3 degree Celsius of global warming by the 2040s. read moreFailing to tackle methane, however, would push global climate goals out of reach, it added. Globally, methane emissions from human activities are rising faster now than at any time since records began in the 1980s, the report said. That means curbing methane emissions in the near future could have a big impact on slowing global warming.
Persons: Johan Kuylenstierna, Drew Shindell, Shindell, Lori Bruhwiler Organizations: Union, United Nations, Reuters, Stockholm Environment Institute, Agriculture, Clean Air Coalition, European Commission, Duke University, U.S, Senate, Obama, U.S . National Oceanic, Atmospheric Administration, Thomson Locations: Stockholm, EU, Brussels, Russia, United States, Boulder , Colorado
U.N. chief pushes voluntary sharing of COVID-19 vaccine licenses
  + stars: | 2021-05-05 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. "The Secretary-General has often called for technology transfers and sharing of know-how and voluntary licensing or sharing of licensing," spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. WTO members are assessing signs of progress after seven months of talks on a proposal by South Africa and India to waive patent rights on COVID-19 vaccines. Guterres has long called for COVID-19 vaccines to be made available to all countries and appealed for more money to fund the COVAX vaccine sharing facility, which aims to buy up to 1.8 billion doses in 2021 to ensure equitable global access. Last month UNICEF called for vaccine Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to be simplified through "voluntary and proactive licensing" but warned this alone wouldn't increase production.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, Guterres, Henrietta Fore Organizations: REUTERS, World Trade Organisation, WTO, European Union, Gavi Vaccine Alliance, Coalition for, World Health Organization, WHO, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: South Africa, India, Switzerland, United States
Some 200 rights groups push for U.N. arms embargo on Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-05-05 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
More than 200 civil society groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, called on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar to help protect civilians peacefully protesting a military coup. "Imposing a global arms embargo on Myanmar is the minimum necessary step the Security Council should take in response to the military's escalating violence," the civil society groups from around the world said in a joint statement. Ambassador Zhang Jun said on Monday when asked whether Beijing would support stronger U.N. Security Council action on Myanmar. The Security Council should take its consensus on Myanmar to a new level and agree on immediate and substantive action," the civil society groups said. "Myanmar's people cannot afford to wait any longer for the Security Council to take action."
Persons: Nobel, Aung, Zhang Jun Organizations: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, . Security, Security, Security Council, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Suu Kyi, China, Russia, United States, France, Britain, Beijing
Central American migrants walk on the train track near the "Sacred Family" shelter as they make the perilous journey north to the United States, in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos JassoThe U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed a decision by U.S. President Joe Biden to admit up to 62,500 refugees this year, saying it hoped this would inspire other countries to resettle more people fleeing war or persecution. read moreFilippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, praised Biden's decision as "a move to restore the U.S. leadership on refugee resettlement" that would also save lives. It came as global resettlement of refugees has plummeted to unprecedented levels after states imposed low quotas and departures and processing were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grandi said. read more"The U.S. commitments to increase admissions for this year and the next are therefore a lifeline for refugees and for our global resettlement programme," Grandi said.
Persons: Carlos Jasso, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Filippo Grandi, U.N, Grandi Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Refugees, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: United States, Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico, U.S
Myanmar's United Nations ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun addresses the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoMyanmar's ambassador to the United Nations told the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that Washington should target the state-run Myanmar oil and gas company and a state-owned bank with sanctions. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, a representative of elected lawmakers who oppose Myanmar's military junta, also warned that the crisis triggered by a Feb. 1 coup in the Southeast Asian nation threatened regional security. MOGE operates offshore gas fields in joint ventures with international firms, including U.S.-based Chevron and France's Total, while MFTB conducts transactions in foreign currencies for Myanmar's government. Some pro-democracy activists have traveled to Myanmar's mountainous borderlands to join armed groups fighting for ethnic autonomy, raising fears of a spiraling conflict.
Persons: Kyaw Moe Tun, Denis Balibouse, Biden, MFTB Organizations: Myanmar's United Nations, Human Rights, REUTERS, United Nations, U.S, Congress, Foreign Affairs, Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, Myanmar Oil, Gas Enterprise, Chevron, France's, Association for Political, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Washington, Myanmar, United States, MOGE, U.S
Online share of retail sales jumps to 19% amid lockdowns - U.N.
  + stars: | 2021-05-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Online sales accounted for 19% of overall retail sales in 2020, up from 16% a year earlier, according to estimates from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based on national statistical offices in major economies. Global e-commerce sales rose 4% to $26.7 trillion in 2019, according to the latest estimates available, UNCTAD said. This included business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales, and was equivalent to 30% of global economic output that year. The pandemic led to mixed fortunes for leading B2C e-commerce companies in 2020, according to the report. Despite the drop at services companies, total GMV for the top 13 B2C e-commerce companies rose by 20.5% to $2.9 trillion in 2020, outpacing the 17.9% gain in 2019.
Persons: Tim Wimborne, Expedia, China’s Alibaba, GMV Organizations: REUTERS, ZURICH, United, UN Conference, Trade, Development, Britain, Global, UNCTAD, Holdings, Amazon Locations: Sydney, United Nations, South Korea, China, United States
Zhang Jun, China's Ambassador to the United Nations speaks at a Security Council meeting about Afghanistan at United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriChina’s U.N. ambassador, Zhang Jun, said on Monday he hopes a U.S. review of North Korea policy will place more emphasis on dialogue, instead of pressure. President Joe Biden has settled on a new approach to pressuring North Korea to give up nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that will explore diplomacy but not seek a grand bargain with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said on Friday. read more(This story corrects name to Zhang Jun, not Zhang Jung in first sentence.) Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Zhang Jun, Carlo Allegri China’s U.N, Joe Biden, Kim Jong Un, Zhang Jung Organizations: China's, United Nations, United Nations Headquarters, REUTERS, North, Thomson Locations: United, Afghanistan, Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Korea, North Korea
Demonstrators carry flags during a protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar April 27, 2021. Free arrested leaders," protesters chanted at one of two rallies in the main city of Yangon. Suu Kyi, 75, has been detained since the coup the along with many other members of her party. She hopes to travel to Myanmar but the military has yet to approve a visit. The council has issued several statements since the coup but diplomats say Russia and China are likely to prevent any stronger council action against Myanmar.
Persons: Aung, Suu Kyi, Christine Schraner Burgener, Schraner Burgener, Min Aung, Tom Andrews, Min Aung Hlaing, Andrews, Suu Organizations: Dawei, REUTERS Protesters, Assistance Association for Political, Media, Security, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Twitter, National Unity Government, . Security, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Dawei, Myanmar, Suu, Yangon, People, Mandalay, Thailand, Russia, China
Half of Myanmar's population risks falling into poverty by 2022 -UNDP
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Ann WangThe dual impacts of the pandemic and Myanmar's political crisis triggered by a military coup could result in nearly half the population, or as many as 25 million people, dropping into poverty by 2022, the United Nations Development Programme warns. In a report released on Friday, UNDP said the effect of the crises could push millions more people into poverty. "Half of all children in Myanmar could be living in poverty within a year," said Wignaraja, adding already vulnerable internally displaced people also faced more pressure. Pressure on Myanmar's currency, the Kyat, has also increased the price of imports and energy, the report said, while the banking system remains paralysed. "As stated by the U.N. secretary-general, the scale of the crisis requires an urgent and unified international response," said Wignaraja.
Persons: Mya Lay, Ann Wang, U.N, Kanni Wignaraja, Suu Kyi Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, UNDP, General, Reuters, Security, Thomson Locations: Sagyin, Mandalay, Myanmar, Asia, Suu
Myanmar risks coming to standstill as violence worsens -U.N. envoy
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The U.N. special envoy on Myanmar told the Security Council on Friday that in the absence of a collective international response to the country's coup, violence is worsening and the running of the state risks coming to a standstill, according to diplomats who attended the private meeting. Christine Schraner Burgener briefed the 15-member council from Thailand, where she has been meeting with regional leaders. She still hopes to travel to Myanmar - where a Feb. 1 military coup ousted an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi - but the military is yet to approve a visit. Schraner Burgener told diplomats that reports of a continuing crackdown risked undermining momentum toward ending the crisis following a meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Saturday with the junta leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. "In the absence of a collective international response, there has been a rise in violence and reported use of improvised explosive devices.
Persons: Christine Schraner Burgener, Aung, Schraner Burgener, Min Aung Organizations: Security, Association for Political Prisoners, Reuters, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Thailand, Suu
Kenya tells U.N. it will shut two camps with 410,000 refugees by June 2022
  + stars: | 2021-04-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Kenya said on Thursday it had told the United Nations it will shut by June 2022 two camps holding over 410,000 refugees who fled from wars in the east and Horn of Africa, adding it planned to repatriate some and give others residency. read moreThe U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) replied by asking the government to ensure that vulnerable refugees would still be protected under its timeline for the closure. One of the two refugee camps in northern Kenya, Dadaab, close to the sensitive border with war-racked Somalia, was set up in 1991. Thursday's announcement appeared to be the decisive step by Kenya after years of discussion about closing Dadaab. Kenya contributes troops to the African Union peacekeeping force deployed in Somalia to curb the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab that seeks to topple the government.
Persons: Fred Matiang'i, Filippo Grandi Organizations: United, United Nations, UNHCR, Relations, African Union, Thomson Locations: Kenya, United Nations, Horn of Africa, Nairobi, Dadaab, Somalia, Shabaab, Mogadishu
U.N.'s Guterres says common ground still elusive in Cyprus talks
  + stars: | 2021-04-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, December 17, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoThe United Nations said on Thursday there was not enough common ground to resume negotiations on war-divided Cyprus, after a three-day summit attempting to break a four-year impasse in peace negotiations. "The truth is that at the end of our efforts, we have not yet found enough common ground to allow for the resumption of formal negotiations," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a news conference in Geneva. He said the United Nations would make a fresh attempt in "probably two or three months". Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Michael Sohn Organizations: United Nations, Diplomats, NATO, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Geneva, United
The Mediterranean island was split in 1974 between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north. Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, who presented the plan, told Reuters earlier this week that he hoped his proposal for a two-state solution will bring a "new vision" to the talks, despite its prior rejection by Greek Cypriots. read more"The Turkish Cypriot proposal is aimed at establishing a cooperative relationship between the two States on the island based on their inherent sovereign equality and equal international status," the Turkish Cypriot proposal said. But Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, who serves as president of the island's internationally-recognised government, said that the proposal was a "great disappointment". I have also told the Secretary-General that we will submit, in writing, our own positions,” he said in a statement.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Nicos Anastasiades, Ersin Tatar, Dominic Raab, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Nikos Dendias, Stavros Ioannides, PIO, Handout, Organizations: United Nations, Cypriot, Greece's, United Nations European, Turkish Cypriot, U.N, Reuters, . Security, Thomson Locations: Turkish Cypriot, British, Turkish, Geneva, Switzerland, U.N, Cyprus, Cypriot, Turkey, Northern Cyprus, Greece, Britain
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots near three Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boats in the Persian Gulf after the vessels approached at close range and ignored repeated appeals to pull back, the Navy said Tuesday. The Iranian vessels operated at “an unnecessarily close range with unknown intent” and at one point came within 68 yards of both U.S. ships, the statement said. The crews of the two U.S. ships “issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices,” but the Revolutionary Guard vessels “continued their close range maneuvers,” the Fifth Fleet said. “The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the IRGCN (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps navy) vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels,” it said. The Iranian boats’ actions “increased the risk of miscalculation and/or collision,” the Fifth Fleet said, accusing the vessels of failing to abide by international maritime regulations on preventing collisions.
Persons: WASHINGTON, , , Firebolt, Iran’s U.N Organizations: U.S . Navy, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Navy, U.S . Coast Guard, U.S . Navy Fifth Fleet, Revolutionary Guard, Fifth Fleet, country's Revolutionary Guard Corps Locations: U.S, Persian, Iran, Iranian, Bahrain
U.N. chief urges "be creative" as Cyprus talks open
  + stars: | 2021-04-27 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
A Greek Cypriot guard post is seen next to the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Yiannis KourtoglouUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties to "be creative" on Tuesday, hours before informal talks were set to begin on the island's future after a four-year hiatus. The Mediterranean island was split between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north in 1974. The Greek Cypriot administration is internationally recognised as the Cyprus government, while the breakaway Turkish Cypriot enclave set up after a Turkish military invasion is recognised only by Ankara. Tatar is due to meet Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday, Isiksal said.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, U.N, Stephane Dujarric, Ersin Tatar, Huseyin Isiksal, Kyriakos Kousios, Nicos Anastasiades, Isiksal, Fiona Mullen Organizations: Cypriot, UN, REUTERS, Kourtoglou United Nations, Turkish, Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, NATO, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Nicosia, Cyprus, Greek, Turkey, Greece, Britain, Geneva, Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Turkish, Ankara
Methane has a much higher heat-trapping potential compared with carbon dioxide and it breaks down in the atmosphere much more quickly than CO2, meaning cutting methane emissions can have a climate impact sooner. It said currently available measures could reduce human-caused methane emissions by up to 45%, or 180 million tonnes a year by 2030. That would avoid nearly 0.3 degree Celsius of global warming by the 2040s, it said. The report said the fossil fuel sector has the biggest potential to slash methane emissions this decade. Fossil fuels account for 35% of human-caused methane emissions, while agriculture contributes 40% and waste such as landfills accounts for 20%, it said.
Persons: Hannah McKay, Jonathan Banks Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, United Nations Environment, Clean Air Coalition, The New York Times, Air Task Force, European Union, U.S, Senate, Trump, U.S . National Oceanic, Atmospheric Administration, Thomson Locations: Abisko, Sweden, United States
Disruptions to immunisation put millions of children at risk -U.N.
  + stars: | 2021-04-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Millions of children whose immunisations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Africa, are now at risk from life-threatening diseases such as measles, polio, yellow fever and diphtheria, U.N. health agencies warned on Monday. The strategy aims to reduce by half the number of so-called "zero-dose" children receiving no inoculations from 20 million to 10 million, among other steps. The WHO director of immunisation Kate O'Brien told the same briefing such measures could avert up to 50 million deaths by 2030. The WHO survey found that at least 60 mass immunisation campaigns in 50 countries were currently on hold, putting around 228 million people, mostly children, at risk from preventable serious diseases. Immunisation programmes against measles - one of the world's most contagious diseases - account for 23 of the postponed campaigns, affecting around 140 million people.
Persons: Health Organization's, Tedros Adhanom, Kate O'Brien, Henrietta Fore, children's Organizations: Health, UNICEF, WHO, Thomson Locations: Africa, Pakistan, Yemen
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