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What are they saying at the U.N. climate summit?
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( )   time to read: +4 min
Here are the latest comments:KENYA PRESIDENT WILLIAM RUTO:"The long standing adversarial dynamic between global north and global south proves practically counterproductive. Climate change does not respect artificial distinctions, traditional boundaries or old antagonisms. "We must resolve that every country shall fulfil the climate targets it is setting for itself and the commitments it is making." U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES:"We cannot save a burning planet with a fire hose of fossil fuels... The 1.5-degree limit is only possible if we ultimately stop burning all fossil fuels.
Persons: United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Antonio Guterres, Britain's King Charles, WILLIAM RUTO, NARENDRA MODI, LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, KING CHARLES III, GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES, William James, Elizabeth Piper, Katy Daigle, Richard Valdmanis Organizations: United, United Nations, Change, United Arab Emirates, KING, GENERAL, Reuters, Thomson Locations: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab, DUBAI, KENYA, Gaza
REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Acquire Licensing RightsKHAN YOUNIS, Gaza, Dec 1 (Reuters) - At Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza, a man cradling a boy with a bloodied scalp cried for help. Barely two hours after the lapse of a week-old truce between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, Gaza's Hamas-controlled health ministry reported that 32 people had already been killed in Israeli air strikes. Reuters footage from Nasser Hospital, the second largest in the Gaza strip, showed a steady stream of wounded children and adults being brought in as other people wept outside beside bodies of loved ones killed in strikes. "Gaza's health system has been crippled by the ongoing hostilities," Dr Richard Peeperkorn, the World Health Organisation's representative in Gaza, said. "It cannot afford to lose any more hospitals or hospital beds," he told reporters by video link.
Persons: Nasser, Khan Younis, Abu Mustafa, KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza's, António Guterres, Richard Peeperkorn, Arafat Barbakh, Mohammed Salem, Gabrielle Tetrault, Farber, Maggie Fick, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: REUTERS, Nasser Hospital, Palestinian, Hamas, United Nations, Health Organisation's, Thomson Locations: Israel, Khan, Gaza, Gaza's Hamas, United, Geneva
[1/2] World leaders and delegates walk at Dubai's Expo City ahead of the World Climate Action Summit during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 1, 2023. Away from the main stage, delegations and technical committees set to work on Friday with the mammoth task of assessing their progress in meeting global climate targets, specifically the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to within 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures. The United Nations on Friday published its first draft for what could serve as a template for a final agreement from the COP28 summit, which ends Dec. 12. The summit also clinched an early victory by adopting a new fund to help poor nations cope with costly climate disasters. ___For daily comprehensive coverage on COP28 in your inbox, sign up for the Reuters Sustainable Switch newsletter here.
Persons: Thomas Mukoya, Britain's King Charles, Antonio Guterres, William Ruto, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Sultan Ahmed al, Jaber, Valerie Volcovici, William James, Katy Daigle, Miral Organizations: United Nations, Change, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Rights, Saudi, United Arab, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Dubai, United Arab, Paris, United Arab Emirates
[1/9] A vehicle carrying hostages released as part of a deal between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, drives by, in Ofakim, Israel, November 30, 2023. Israel, according to the reports, is demanding at least 10 hostages be released on Thursday, with women and children prioritised. Fighters should "remain on such footing unless an official statement is issued confirming the extension of the truce," the statement added. Two Palestinian officials earlier told Reuters that talks were continuing over a possible extension of the truce, but no agreement had yet been reached. Hamas released 16 more hostages on Wednesday, the final day of a two-day extension to the truce.
Persons: Alexander Ermochenko, Antony Blinken, we'll, Blinken, prioritised, Joe Biden, Beinin, Majed Al, Ansari, Jordan, U.N, Antonio Guterres, Nidal al, Mohammed Salem, Emily Rose, Grant McCool, Lincoln, Cynthia Osterman, Raju Gopalakrishnan Organizations: Hamas, REUTERS, U.S, Brigades, Reuters, Health, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, . Security Council, Security, Thomson Locations: Israel, Palestinian, Ofakim, GAZA, JERUSALEM, Gaza, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Hamas, U.S, Dutch, Qatar, China, Cairo, Jerusalem
WHAT'S HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST ONEThe world has gotten hotter since last year’s conference in Egypt. Burning fossil fuels that sends carbon into the atmosphere remains the main cause of global warming, and production continues to grow. Climate campaigners say efforts to develop wind, solar and other alternative energies are not going fast enough. Global warming has vast implications: It can upend local economies, worsen weather patterns, drive people to migrate, and cause havoc for Indigenous peoples who want to retain their traditional cultures, among many other impacts. Many want to know if oil-rich Gulf states will pony up more money to help developing countries adapt to climate change and switch to greener technologies.
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KHAN YOUNIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Balanced on a steep slab of fissured concrete with rods of twisted metal poking out and the remnants of a dome slanted at a 45-degree angle behind him, a young muezzin in a baseball cap called Muslims to prayer from atop a bombarded mosque in Gaza. The mosque is one of many in Gaza that have been hit by Israeli strikes in its war against Hamas. Israel accuses the Islamist group of using mosques to conceal tunnel shafts, missile and rocket launch sites and other infrastructure. [1/5]A mosque destroyed in Israeli strikes during the conflict lies in ruin, amid a temporary truce between the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Israel, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 29, 2023. Next to the mosque was an open expanse of sandy terrain where a tent camp for displaced people had sprung up.
Persons: KHAN YOUNIS, Khan Younis, Mohammed Salem, Ansari, Ameen Mohammed, Antonio Guterres, Estelle Shirbon, Alison Williams Organizations: Hamas, Reuters, REUTERS, Al, Thomson Locations: Gaza, Touba, Khan, Israel, Al, Palestinian
We were shocked to see our homes, our streets, our lands, our yards and everything demolished," said Gihad Nabil, who was recently married and had been living in Abu Ta'imah with his wife. We don't need this truce, we need a complete ceasefire," he said, likening what he was seeing to an earthquake zone. Abdelrahman Abu Ta'imah, a member of the clan that gave the area its name, searched through his bombed-out apartment, pulling clothes and a pink mattress from the debris. Israel says it targets Hamas infrastructure, and accuses Hamas of putting civilians in harm's way by using them as human shields. But Abu Ta'imah said a short truce was not enough and he longed for a permanent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Persons: Mohammed Salem, KHAN YOUNIS, Abu Ta'imah, Gaza's Khan Younis, Gihad Nabil, Nabil, Israel, Antonio Guterres, Khan Younis, we've, Estelle Shirbon, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Hamas, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Israel, Palestinian, Khan, Gaza, Abu, Gaza's, Egypt
CNN —Picking through the rubble of his destroyed home, Khaled Nabhan lifts a doll that had belonged to his granddaughter and kisses it. Khaled said he woke up screaming for his children and grandchildren, struggling to walk through the dark and the wreckage to find them. In one clip, Nabhan throws his granddaughter into the air and catches her while Reem giggles with delight. In the battered bedroom of their house in Gaza, Nabhan showed CNN where his daughter Maysa — Reem and Tarek’s mother — was sleeping when the house collapsed. Reem Nabhan.
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UN Chief Says Gaza in Midst of 'Epic Humanitarian Catastrophe'
  + stars: | 2023-11-29 | by ( Nov. | At A.M. | )   time to read: +2 min
By Michelle NicholsUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the Gaza Strip was in the midst of an "epic humanitarian catastrophe", urging the world not to look away. Last-minute negotiations were continuing between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas on Wednesday to extend a truce in Gaza. "The people of Gaza are in the midst of an epic humanitarian catastrophe before the eyes of the world," he said. Hamas is a genocidal terror organization - they don't hide it - not a reliable partner for peace," Erdan told the Security Council. The massacres cannot be allowed to resume," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told the Security Council.
Persons: Michelle Nichols UNITED, Antonio Guterres, Wang Yi, Guterres, Israel's U.N, Gilad Erdan, Erdan, Israel, Riyad al, Maliki, Michelle Nichols, Kanishka Singh, Deepa Babington Organizations: Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Reuters, United Nations, . Security, China's, Hamas, Security Council, Palestinian, Security Locations: Gaza, China, Israel, New York, Hamas, Palestine
The comments coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which it observes annually. Calls for a two-state solution have grown in the wake of attacks on Israel on Oct. 7 in which Hamas gunmen killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages. A two-state agreement would create a state for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside Israel. Israel has said a Palestinian state must be demilitarized so as not to threaten its security. "The two-state solution is difficult after the (Israeli) settlement and shrinking (of territory), but still possible if there is a will," he said.
Persons: Mohammed Salem, Tatiana Valovaya, U.N, General Antonio Guterres, Assembly's, Ibrahim Khraishi, Gabrielle Tétrault, Farber, Cécile, William Maclean Organizations: Hamas, REUTERS, Rights, United Nations, of Solidarity, Palestinian, West Bank, Israel, Thomson Locations: Israel, Palestinian, Khan, Gaza, Jerusalem, Geneva, Palestine, East Jerusalem
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2023. REUTERS/Liesa Johannssen/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsANKARA, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday told United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Israel must be held accountable in international courts for what he called war crimes it committed in Gaza, the Turkish presidency said. Israel has mounted an offensive by air and ground against Hamas militants in Gaza in which more than 15,000 people have been killed, according to Gaza health authorities. "During the call, President Erdogan said Israel continues to shamelessly trample on international law, the laws of war, and international humanitarian law by looking in the eyes of the international community, and it must be held accountable for the crimes it committed in front of international law," it said in a statement. Erdogan has called the Israeli attacks on Gaza a genocide and accused Israel of being a "teror state".
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Olaf Scholz, Liesa, General Antonio Guterres, Erdogan, Guterres, Israel, Hakan Fidan, Alison Williams, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Rights, Tuesday, United Nations, Security, Wednesday, . Security, Arab League, of Islamic Cooperation, European Union, Israel, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, Rights ANKARA, Israel, Gaza, New York, Turkey, United States, European, Spain, Belgium
[1/9] People react after the release of Palestinian prisoners amid a hostages-prisoners swap deal between Hamas and Israel, in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, November 28, 2023. Those have been mostly Israeli women and children along with foreign citizens. Israel has said the truce could be prolonged further, provided Hamas continues to free at least 10 Israeli hostages per day. Separately, foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations on Tuesday called in a joint statement for an extension of the ceasefire and more humanitarian aid. It had been due to expire overnight into Tuesday, but both sides agreed to extend the pause to allow for the release of more Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
Persons: Ammar Awad, Cross, Tuesday's, John Kirby, Kirby, Antonio Guterres, Martin Griffiths, Griffiths, Israel, Nidal al, Mohammed Salem, Henriette Chacar, Dan Williams, Ali Sawafta, Steve Holland, Cynthia Osterman, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: West Bank, REUTERS, Qatar, Palestinian, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, International Committee, Ofer, Palestinian Prisoner's, CIA, U.S, World Health Organization, United Nations, Air Force One, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Israel, Ramallah, GAZA, JERUSALEM, Gaza, Jerusalem, Qatar, United States, U.S, Egypt, Amman, Rafah, Geneva, Cairo
Thirty-three Palestinian prisoners released by Israel arrived early Tuesday in east Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Ramallah. Political Cartoons View All 1267 ImagesCurrently:— Israel and Hamas extend their truce, but it seems only a matter of time before the war resumes. So far, Hamas has released 69 hostages, including 51 Israelis, and Israel has released 150 Palestinian prisoners. Fifty Israeli hostages have been freed under the terms of an initial four-day truce, which has been extended to Wednesday. Israel has said it would extend the cease-fire by one day for every 10 additional hostages released.
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About 200 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid, cooking gas and fuel enter the Gaza Strip during the humanitarian pause between Israel and Hamas in Gaza City, Gaza on November 28, 2023. The humanitarian truce deal that has brought a pause to the fighting in the Gaza Strip entered its fifth day, after a two-day extension was announced Monday. Elsewhere, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for further dialogue and an ultimate humanitarian cease-fire in the war, along with the unconditional release of all hostages. "Seven weeks of hostilities in Gaza and Israel have taken an appalling toll that has shocked the world. For the past four days, the guns have fallen silent," he said in a Monday statement.
Persons: Antonio Guterres Organizations: U.N Locations: Gaza, Israel, Gaza City
An Israeli Merkava tank manoeuvres near the Israel-Gaza border, amid the temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, as seen from southern Israel, November 28, 2023. "You cannot have the sort of scale of displacement that took place in the north, replicated in the south. The official said the campaign needed to be "deconflicted" from power, water, humanitarian sites and hospitals in south and central Gaza, meaning avoid attacks on those types of infrastructure sites. A second U.S. official said Washington would like to see the humanitarian pause extended as long as possible. The officials said aid deliveries to Gaza were currently running at about 240 truckloads a day but this was nowhere near enough to meet needs.
Persons: Alexander Ermochenko, Israel, Joe Biden, Antonio Guterres, Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom, Mary Milliken, David Gregorio Our Organizations: REUTERS, Rights, U.S, United Nations, Hamas, Thomson Locations: Israeli, Israel, Gaza, U.S, Qatar, Washington, Sinai, Egypt
The world is heading for considerably less warming than projected a decade ago, but that good news is overwhelmed by much more pain from current climate change than scientists anticipated, experts said. Even though emissions of heat-trapping gases are still rising every year, they’re rising more slowly than projected from 2000 to 2015. “It requires the tearing out the poisoned root of the climate crisis: fossil fuels,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Guterres, numerous climate scientists and environmental activists all say what’s needed is a phase-out — or at the very least a phase-down — of coal, oil and gas. “This is throwing the global energy transition and humanity’s future into question.”___Read more of AP’s climate coverage at
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described an extended truce between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas on Monday as "a glimpse of hope and humanity," but warned it was not enough time to meet the aid needs of the Gaza Strip. The United Nations has been delivering some humanitarian aid to Gaza via the Rafah border crossing from Egypt. The United Nations also wants to be able to use the Kerem Shalom border crossing, controlled by Israel. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the United Nations prior to a meeting about the ongoing conflict in Gaza, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, U.S., November 6, 2023. "The United Nations will continue to support these efforts in every possible way," Dujarric said in a statement.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Caitlin Ochs, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric, Michelle Nichols, Chizu Nomiyama, Mark Potter Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, United Nations, Hamas, United Nations Headquarters, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Israel, Gaza, Qatar, Rafah, Egypt, New York City, U.S
Nearly Seven Weeks of War in Gaza Between Israel and Hamas
  + stars: | 2023-11-22 | by ( Nov. | At A.M. | )   time to read: +5 min
The following is a timeline of the war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip. Oct. 7: Hamas gunmen launch a surprise attack on southern Israel, crossing over from Gaza and rampaging through towns. Hamas military commander Mohammad Deif announces on Hamas media that the attack has started and urges Palestinians everywhere to fight. The two women were kidnapped from Nir Oz kibbutz in southern Israel with their husbands, who are still held by Hamas. Israel says the hospital sits atop tunnels housing a headquarters for Hamas fighters using patients as shields, which Hamas denies.
Persons: Mohammad Deif, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Joe Biden, Biden, Judith Tai Raanan, Natalie, Nurit Cooper, Yocheved, Nir, shalom, Netanyahu, General Antonio Guterres, Al Shifa, Al, Alexandra Hudson, James Mackenzie, Timothy Heritage Organizations: Reuters, Hamas, Arabi Baptist, Gaza, Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza's Hamas Locations: Israel, Gaza, Egypt, Gaza City, al, Ahli, Arabi, Palestinian, Jordan, Nahal, Rafah, Gaza's
North Korea said it placed its first spy satellite in orbit on Tuesday. South Korea's military said North Korea's military reconnaissance satellite was believed to have entered orbit, but it would take time to assess whether it was operating normally. Critics have said the pact weakened South Korea's ability to monitor the North's near the border while North Korea had violated the agreement. South Korea said it was suspending a clause in the agreement and resuming aerial surveillance near the border. North Korea had notified Japan of a satellite launch after two failed attempts to put what it called spy satellites into orbit this year.
Persons: Kim, Kim Jong Un, KCNA, Adrienne Watson, Jonathan McDowell, Shin Won, sik, Kim Jong, Shin, Yoon Suk Yeol, Yoon, Moon Jae, Critics, Carl Vinson, U.N, Antonio Guterres, Vladimir Putin, Hong Min, Hyunsu Yim, hyang Choi, Josh Smith, Hyonhee Shin, Joyce Lee, Liz Lee, Satoshi Sugiyama, Ed Davies, Jack Kim, Gerry Doyle, Alex Richardson, Kim Coghill Organizations: Reuters, KCNA, REUTERS Acquire, North, ., U.S, Andersen Air Force Base, Pentagon, . National Security, Harvard – Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, U.S . Space Force, South Korea's Defence, National Security, South Korean, Korea's Defence, Korea Institute for National Unification, South, U.S ., Thomson Locations: North Gyeongsang Province, North Korea, Korea, South Korea, SEOUL, United States, . North Korea, Pyongyang, Pacific, Guam, U.S, South, Britain, North, Santa Fe, Korean, Japan, China, North Korea's, RUSSIA, Russian, Russia, Minwoo, Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo
REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsNov 22 (Reuters) - The Gaza Strip is the "most dangerous place in the world to be a child," the head of the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. Israel has focused its retaliation against Hamas in Gaza, a territory of 2.3 million people. "The Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child," Russell said. "In Gaza, the effects of the violence perpetrated on children have been catastrophic, indiscriminate and disproportionate." Ambassador Gilad Erdan accused Hamas of exploiting children in Gaza for years and repeated long-held criticisms that the United Nations is biased against Israel.
Persons: Hanan Kaloob, Nasser, Khan Younis, Mohammed Salem, Catherine Russell, Russell, Israel, Sima Bahous, Israel's U.N, Gilad Erdan, Antonio Guterres, Natalia Kanem, Michelle Nichols, Grant McCool Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, UNICEF, Wednesday, . Security Council, Israel, Hamas, Fund, Security, UNFPA, Thomson Locations: Khan, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, United
Taliban Defends Record on Women as UN Looks at Path Forward
  + stars: | 2023-11-21 | by ( Nov. | At P.M. | )   time to read: +3 min
It proposes a path for political engagement aimed at reintegrating Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in August 2021 as U.S.-led forces withdrew after 20 years of war. "Any formal re-integration of Afghanistan into global institutions and systems will require the participation and leadership of Afghan women," it read. Since the Taliban returned to power, most girls have been barred from high school and women from universities. The United Nations says two-thirds of Afghanistan's 43 million people need humanitarian aid. The independent assessment given to the Security Council recommended the appointment of a U.N. special envoy on Afghanistan, which the Taliban rejected as "unacceptable."
Persons: Michelle Nichols UNITED, Antonio Guterres, Feridun Sinirlioglu, Michelle Nichols, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Reuters, United Nations, Islamists, . Security, Security Locations: Afghanistan, Turkish, Emirate
Israel-Hamas war: Four-day truce agreed, 50 hostages to go free
  + stars: | 2023-11-21 | by ( )   time to read: +7 min
Hamas and allied groups captured around 240 hostages when Islamist gunmen rampaged through southern Israeli towns on Oct. 7. Beyond that, the truce could be extended day by day as long as an additional 10 hostages were freed per day. Hamas said the initial 50 hostages would be released in exchange for 150 Palestinian women and children imprisoned in Israel. The truce deal is a first small step towards peace in the most violent ruction of the 75-year-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict. To destroy Hamas, return all our hostages and ensure that no entity in Gaza can threaten Israel," Netanyahu said in a recorded message.
Persons: Guterres, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu's, Foreign Ministry Mohammed Al, Alexander Ermochenko, Mona, Joe Biden, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Antonio Guterres, Netanyahu, James Mackenzie, Dan Williams, Emily Rose, Henriette Chacar, Andrew Mills, Steve Holland, Jonathan Landay, Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, Lincoln, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Peter Graff, Mark Heinrich, Cynthia Osterman, Stephen Coates, Simon Cameron, Moore, Nick Macfie Organizations: Hamas, Israeli, State, Foreign Ministry, Reuters, REUTERS, Palestinian Authority, West Bank, Israel’s Defence Ministry, Saudi Foreign, Thomson Locations: GAZA, JERUSALEM, Israel, Gaza, Qatar, Israel ., Jabalia, U.S, Jerusalem, Doha, Washington, Cairo
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will travel to Antarctica this week with Chilean President Gabriel Boric to observe the impact of rising temperatures caused by climate change on the continent, he said on Monday. "Scorching temperatures mean Antarctic ice is melting ever-faster, with deadly consequences for people around the world," Guterres told reporters. Guterres and Boric will be in Antarctica from Wednesday to Saturday, subject to weather conditions, the U.N. communications office in Chile said. Boric traveled to Antarctica previously this year, and has invited other leaders such as Chinese President Xi Jinping to do the same. (Reporting by Natalia Ramos in Santiago; Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by Kylie Madry; editing by Grant McCool)
Persons: General Antonio Guterres, Gabriel Boric, Guterres, Collins, Nelson, Stephane Dujarric, Boric, Xi Jinping, Natalia Ramos, Michelle Nichols, Kylie Madry, Grant McCool Organizations: United Nations, Chilean Air Force Locations: SANTIAGO, Antarctica, Chile, Dubai, Paris, Santiago
Philippines' Marcos says Myanmar a difficult problem for ASEAN
  + stars: | 2023-11-20 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Speaking at a forum in Hawaii streamed live in the Philippines on Monday, Marcos said there was commitment from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), but the issue was complex, including the humanitarian impact. "There is a great deal of impetus for ASEAN to solve this problem. But it is a very, very difficult problem," Marcos said. The Philippines will chair ASEAN in 2026 after it replaced Myanmar as host that year. Marcos, citing analyses of the recent escalation, said the junta had already lost support from its own military.
Persons: Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, Vivian Balakrishnan, Sarun Charoensuwan, Pham Minh Chinh, Antonio Guterres, Joko Widodo, Marcos, upending, Mikhail Flores, Karen Lema, Neil Jerome Morales, Martin Petty Organizations: Singapore's, Vietnam's, UN, Southeast, ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Philippines, Laos, MANILA, Myanmar, Hawaii
[1/6] Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Gaza, as seen from southern Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, November 20, 2023. Like many other health facilities in embattled Gaza, the Indonesian Hospital, set up in 2016 with funding from Indonesian organisations, has ceased operations. At the other end of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, at least 14 Palestinians were killed in two Israeli air strikes on houses in the town of Rafah, near the border with Egypt, health officials said. Israeli tanks and troops stormed into Gaza late last month and have since seized wide areas of the north and northwest and east around Gaza City, the Israeli military says. Palestinians say Israel's repeated bombardment of southern Gaza renders Israeli promises of safety absurd.
Persons: Alexander Ermochenko, WAFA, Ashraf Al, Qidra, Gaza's, Beit Lahia, Israel, Yemen's, Houthis, Michael Herzog, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman, Thani, General Antonio Guterres, Clauda Tanios, James Mackenzie, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Palestinian, Hamas, REUTERS, Indonesian, Indonesian Hospital, Gaza's General Authority, Gaza's Hamas, Islamic, Sunday, Qatari, White, Israel, Thomson Locations: Gaza, Israel, Rafah, Egyptian, GAZA, JERUSALEM, Palestinian, Egypt, Gaza City, Beach, Beit Hanoun, Jabalia, Beijing, Yemen's Iran, British, United States, Doha, States
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