Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Britain sets deadline for carbon neutrality by 2050

(London) – The British government outlined legislation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 in what it said would be a first for a major economy. The target will be introduced in existing climate change laws through an accelerated mechanism known as a statutory instrument, the government said. “As the first country to […]

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In historic first, G20 weighs ageing as global risk

(Fukuoka) – Ballooning healthcare costs, labour shortages and financial services for the elderly: for the first time Sunday, the world´s top policymakers are tackling economic issues relating to ageing and shrinking birthrates. G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs meeting in Japan — where a rapidly ageing population is a major domestic problem — have […]

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Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021

(Montreal) – Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced declaring it a “global challenge” to phase out the bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world´s oceans. “I am very pleased to announce that as early as 2021 Canada will ban harmful, single-use plastics from coast to coast,” Trudeau said, […]

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Obamas sign deal to produce podcasts for Spotify

(New York) – Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground has signed a deal with Spotify to create a series of podcasts for the music streaming service, which is seeking to diversify its content. “We’re excited… because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, […]

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British PM Theresa May quits as party leader

(London) – British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain´s […]

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British Queen greets Trump at Buckingham Palace

(London) – Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles greeted US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at Buckingham palace at the start of a three-day state visit filled with pomp and ceremony. With a 41-gun royal salute ringing out across the royal palace´s front lawn, Trump shook hands with the queen before stepping inside […]

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India heatwave temperatures pass 50 Celsius

(New Delhi) – Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. The thermometer hit 50.6 degrees Celsius (123 Fahrenheit) in the Rajasthan desert city of Churu on Saturday, the weather department said. All of Rajasthan suffered in severe heat with several cities […]

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US cuts off India preferential trade access

(Washington) – The United States will end preferential trade treatment for India, US President Donald Trump has announced, in a fresh economic headwind for New Delhi alongside slowing growth and record unemployment. India has been the single biggest beneficiary of the decades-old US Generalized System of Preferences programme, allowing the country to export $5.7 billion […]

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Huawei moves US court against Trump ban

(Shenzhen) – Chinese telecom giant Huawei filed a motion for summary judgment as part of a process to challenge the constitutionality of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, as parts of its continuing efforts to challenge the US government for unfair treatment and speed up the process, Chinese media reported. Politicians in the US are […]

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80 countries ready to step up on climate: UN

(United Nations) – About 80 countries have signaled that they are willing to scale up their commitment to cut carbon emissions under the Paris agreement to combat climate change, the UN climate envoy said. Under the landmark deal, countries agreed to announce by 2020 new efforts to strengthen their national plans to reduce greenhouse gas […]