Britain sets deadline for carbon neutrality by 2050

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(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…

In historic first, G20 weighs ageing as global risk

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(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…

Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021

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(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…

Mohamed bin Zayed receives Iraq Council of Representatives Speaker

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Mohamed al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq. His Highness…

Obamas sign deal to produce podcasts for Spotify

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(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…

British PM Theresa May quits as party leader

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(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…

Afghan president pledges to release nearly 900 prisoners

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(Kabul) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pledged to release nearly 900 inmates from prisons across Afghanistan. During an address to the nation for Eid -- the festival marking the end of Ramadan -- Ghani said 887 inmates would be set free. The…

British Queen greets Trump at Buckingham Palace

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(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…

India heatwave temperatures pass 50 Celsius

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(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…

US cuts off India preferential trade access

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(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…

Modi makes major cabinet changes for second term

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(New Delhi) - India´s Prime Minister Narendra Modi named his trusted aide Amit Shah to the key home affairs ministry as part of a major cabinet shakeup for his second term in office. Nirmala Sitharaman moved from defence to become finance…

Huawei moves US court against Trump ban

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(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…

Powerful tornado devastates US town, killing two

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(Oklahoma) - Rescuers in the US state of Oklahoma were searching for survivors in the tangled remains of mobile homes and other structures demolished overnight by a powerful tornado that killed at least two people. "Right now (we are) doing…

80 countries ready to step up on climate: UN

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(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…