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October 18, 2021


E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

New York Times
WASHINGTON — World leaders met virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing an economic and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration maintained a cautious stance toward providing more support to the Taliban-ruled country. The European Union pledged $1 billion euros, or $1.15 billion, in aid to Afghanistan......

Spain pledges aid to La Palma as erratic eruption keeps island guessing

LA PALMA, Spain, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Spain classified La Palma as a disaster zone on Tuesday, a move that will trigger financial support for the island where a volcanic eruption has wrecked buildings and destroyed crops over the past nine days. The government announced a first package of 10.5......

Malaysia pledges spending, green goals in 5-year economic plan

PM Ismail Sabri tables 12th Malaysia Plan Expects 4.5%-5.5% average annual GDP until 2025 Govt to spend over $95 bln on developments in 2021-2025 Carbon tax, no more coal power to reach 2050 carbon neutral goal KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Monday......

Taiwan opposition party’s new leader pledges renewed talks with China

TAIPEI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s main opposition party elected former leader Eric Chu as its chairman on Saturday with a pledge to renew stalled talks with China, which has ramped up military and political pressure against the island Beijing claims as its own territory. Chu, 60, a former mayor......

China pledges to stop building new coal energy plants abroad

“We all must call out and condemn the targeting and oppression of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, whether it occurs in Xinjiang or northern Ethiopia, or anywhere in the world,” he added, referring to the western Chinese region where China is accused of using forced labour. BBC – For more......

China Pledges to Stop Building Coal-Burning Power Plants Abroad

In a move designed to bolster Beijing’s climate credentials, President Xi Jinping of China said Tuesday that his country would stop building coal-burning power plants overseas, ending its support for construction projects that rely on the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. “China will step up support for other developing countries in......

Military aid for Israel removed from U.S. funding bill, but leadership pledges vote later this week

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday removed $1 billion in military funding for Israel from legislation to fund the U.S. government after objections from liberals in the House of Representatives, but party leaders pledged to bring the matter up again later this week. Some House Democrats objected......

U.N. Live Updates: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Here’s what you need to know: Video transcript Back transcript Biden Urges Unity Against Common Threats in an ‘Interconnected’ World President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to......

China’s Xi pledges to end funding for overseas coal power plants

Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here China had been the subject of a pressure campaign by the United States and other G-7 nations to halt its overseas support of coal power plants. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry had made coal the central topic of his meetings......

Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to conservation efforts

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces the co-founding of The Climate Pledge at the National Press Club on September 19, 2019, in Washington. Paul Morigi | Getty Images | Amazon Jeff Bezos on Monday pledged to give away $1 billion in......

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