New Zealand stops new offshore oil exploration to battle climate change

April 12, 2018

Environmental rights group have described the government’s decision as a “historic moment” for New Zealand. But opposition lawmakers have slammed the government, saying the move could undermine the economy. New Zealand’s government on Thursday announced it will halt new offshore oil and gas exploration as part of its strategy to combat climate change. “There will […]

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China’s anti-corruption campaign snags ex-Politburo member

April 12, 2018

Sun Zhengcai, a former Politburo member and city party chief, has been put on trial on bribery charges. But rights group have criticized some of the tactics used in China’s campaign to uproot corruption. Top former Chinese political high-flyer Sun Zhengcai was put on trial for bribery on Thursday as part of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign. […]

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Pope Francis admits ‘grave mistakes’ in handling of Chile sex abuse scandal

April 12, 2018

In a rare move, Pope Francis said he mishandled a sex abuse scandal in Chile and summoned the country’s bishops. He also invited victims he once discredited to visit Rome in order to seek their forgiveness. Pope Francis expressed “shame” over his handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile and asked for forgiveness from […]

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UN to expand sanctions blacklist in Mali amid growing violence

April 12, 2018

France has taken the first steps in targeting people and groups undermining a peace deal in the central African country. Mali has witnessed growing unrest, with militant groups targeting UN peacekeepers France is set to push forward with a blacklist targeting groups that undermine a peace deal in Mali amid growing violence in the central […]

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Russian spy poisoning: Yulia Skripal declines Russian embassy’s help

April 12, 2018

The daughter of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal won’t be accepting the assistance of the Russian embassy. Yulia Skripal says she is “seeking to come to terms” with her “prospects” and her father is still seriously ill.       Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with a nerve agent in the UK last month along with […]

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Global executions on the decline, says Amnesty International

April 12, 2018

Amnesty International’s latest annual report has found fewer executions were carried out around the world in 2017 than the year prior. The number of people sentenced to death also went down. Last year Amnesty International recorded 993 executions worldwide. Although that number is still high, it is 4 percent less than in 2016, when the […]

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Russia and Iran rebuke US for missile threat against Syria amid standoff over attack

April 12, 2018

A spokesman for the Russian president has dismissed Trump’s “Twitter-diplomacy” in a call for caution. The White House insists that “all options are on the table.” Russia and Iran hit back against US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president said the US would launch missile strikes against the Syrian government in response to […]

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