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UN chief Guterres says world cannot allow Lebanon to become ‘another Gaza’

UN chief Guterres says world cannot allow Lebanon to become ‘another Gaza’

[ad_1] UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that fighting between Israel and Hezbollah must not turn Lebanon into “another Gaza”, citing “bellicose rhetoric” and the exchange of fire in parallel with the fighting in the Gaza Strip, potentially triggering a wider regional war. Read our blog to see how the day’s events unfolded. [ad_2] Source link

UK ‘morally incoherent’ for sending arms to Israel and aid to Gaza, says Oxfam chief | Israel-Gaza war

UK ‘morally incoherent’ for sending arms to Israel and aid to Gaza, says Oxfam chief | Israel-Gaza war

[ad_1] Supplying arms to Israel while simultaneously providing humanitarian aid to Gaza is “intellectually and morally incoherent”, the head of Oxfam GB has said. According to Gaza’s health ministry, more than 37,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Israeli military offensive on Gaza since the 7 October attacks by Hamas. Israel and Hamas have both been accused of breaking international law. Nevertheless, UK ministers have rejected calls to suspend arms exports to Israel, prompting a legal challenge, in which Oxfam was on Thursday granted permission to formally intervene. In an interview with the Guardian, Halima Begum, who took over as Oxfam GB chief executive in April and recently returned from a work trip to Israel and the occupied West Bank, said the UK’s stance does not make sense. “Whether you say they are components or whole weapons [being sold] is a moot point, because individual components collectively constitute these devices that are killing so many innocent people. The UK needs to stop selling these arms. The government can’t simultaneously give humanitarian aid and …

UN chief urges fossil fuel ad ban as heat records pile up

UN chief urges fossil fuel ad ban as heat records pile up

[ad_1] BAN ON OIL ADS “The Godfathers of climate chaos – the fossil fuel industry – rake in record profits and feast off trillions in taxpayer-funded subsidies,” Guterres said.  “I urge every country to ban advertising from fossil fuel companies,” he said, likening it to bans on other products harmful to human health like tobacco.  “We need an exit ramp off the highway to climate hell,” he said as signatories of the Paris Agreement are expected to deliver new emissions targets by early 2025.  Guterres also repeated calls for taxing the fossil fuel industry profits to finance the fight against global warming, specifically pointing to “solidarity levies on sectors such as shipping, aviation and fossil fuel extraction”.  “Even if emissions hit zero tomorrow, a recent study found that climate chaos will still cost at least US$38 trillion a year by 2050,” he said.  That is more than the US$2.4 trillion needed by 2030 for developing countries, excluding China, to get out of fossil fuels and adapt to a warmer planet, as estimated by UN experts.   Guterres said he made his speech now with concerns that the climate crisis has become “a victim …

EU seeks ‘fair and balanced’ trade ties with China, says bloc’s foreign policy chief Borrell

EU seeks ‘fair and balanced’ trade ties with China, says bloc’s foreign policy chief Borrell

[ad_1] “The purpose of this conference is to bring as many people as possible to discuss how peace could look like,” said Mr Borrell, adding that the EU has a “strong moral commitment” to back Ukraine against Russian invaders. “This country wants to explain to the rest of the world what’s happening and which are their proposals to stop the war, and the more people (attend) at the highest possible level, the more the international community has to use their influence and their capacity to stop this war. It’s not a peace conference, it’s a conference about peace.” In 1994, three years after its independence, Ukraine gave up its arms and nuclear arsenal – the third largest in the world at the time – to Russia in exchange for security assurances that its territorial sovereignty would be respected. Ukraine was then a nuclear power, but it returned all the missiles “because the international community was not in favour of proliferation”, Mr Borrell pointed out.  “Russia signed a commitment ensuring the territorial integrity of Ukraine. So …

NATO chief and European allies urge U.S. to let Ukraine strike inside Russia

NATO chief and European allies urge U.S. to let Ukraine strike inside Russia

[ad_1] KYIV — Washington is facing mounting pressure from NATO and several key European allies to lift restrictions and allow Ukraine to use the full force of U.S.-provided weapons to strike military targets inside Russia. The demands reflect new alarm in the West over Russian battlefield advances in recent days, including the seizure of several villages in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions and brutal bombings that have killed dozens of civilians. “If you cannot attack the Russian forces on the other side of the front line because they are on the other side of the border, then of course you really reduce the ability of the Ukrainian forces to defend themselves,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s top political official, said during a visit to Bulgaria on Monday. NATO’s parliamentary assembly, meanwhile, issued a declaration urging that the restrictions be lifted. The United States and other NATO allies, including Germany and Italy, have long refused to let Ukraine use their weapons to strike inside Russia’s borders, fearing that such attacks could escalate the conflict. …

Revealed: Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry | Israel

Revealed: Israeli spy chief ‘threatened’ ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry | Israel

[ad_1] The former head of the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, allegedly threatened a chief prosecutor of the international criminal court in a series of secret meetings in which he tried to pressure her into abandoning a war crimes investigation, the Guardian can reveal. Yossi Cohen’s covert contacts with the ICC’s then prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, took place in the years leading up to her decision to open a formal investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in occupied Palestinian territories. That investigation, launched in 2021, culminated last week when Bensouda’s successor, Karim Khan, announced that he was seeking an arrest warrant for the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, over the country’s conduct in its war in Gaza. The prosecutor’s decision to apply to the ICC’s pre-trial chamber for arrest warrants for Netanyahu and his defence minister, Yoav Gallant, alongside three Hamas leaders, is an outcome Israel’s military and political establishment has long feared. Cohen (right) was appointed as director of the Mossad by Netanyahu in 2016 after working for several years as his …

World has ‘moral responsibility’ to help small island states survive climate crisis – UN agency chief | Global development

World has ‘moral responsibility’ to help small island states survive climate crisis – UN agency chief | Global development

[ad_1] The world has a “moral responsibility” to support the fight for survival being faced by small island states, according to a leading UN agency chief. Ahead of the fourth annual conference of small island developing states (Sids) being held in Antigua and Barbuda this week, Jorge Moreira da Silva, the executive director of the (Unops), called for recognition of the problems faced by what he called “some of the most vulnerable economies in the world” who contributed less than 1% to global carbon emissions. “Because of their unique circumstances and vulnerabilities, Sids face higher levels of debt distress than other developing countries,” said da Silva. “Over 40% of Sids are now on the edge of, or are already grappling with, unsustainable levels of debt. And with every major disaster, private external debt in Sids tends to rise. Between 2016 and 2020, Sids have paid in debt service 18 times more than what they received as climate finance. “They are excessively dependent on international trade”, he said, “with limited resources, remoteness from major markets, and …

‘No alternative’: EU climate chief urges MEPs not to use crisis as political tool | Climate crisis

‘No alternative’: EU climate chief urges MEPs not to use crisis as political tool | Climate crisis

[ad_1] Europe’s climate chief has warned against politicians trying to use the climate crisis as a wedge issue in the forthcoming EU parliament elections, calling instead for climate policy that will bring wider economic benefits. Wopke Hoekstra, the EU commissioner for climate action, said Europe had no choice but to press ahead with strong measures to cut greenhouse gases, whoever was in power, but added that more attention was needed to help businesses thrive in a low-carbon world. He said: “There is no alternative than to continue with climate action. We need to continue in the direction of travel we have set. We need to speed up our pace.” Rightwing parties are forecast in polls to do well in the election, to be held from 6 to 9 June, largely at the expense of the Greens and socialist parties. Protests by farmers in EU capitals have attacked climate policies, and some rightwing parties have stepped up anti-green rhetoric. Hoekstra maintained that policies to tackle the climate crisis must be a key focus, and were needed …

Chad’s junta chief Mahamat Idriss Déby declared winner of presidential election

Chad’s junta chief Mahamat Idriss Déby declared winner of presidential election

[ad_1] Chad’s transitional president and presidential election candidate Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno (C) arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station in N’Djamena on May 6, 2024, during Chad’s presidential election. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP Chad’s junta chief Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno won this week’s presidential election in the first round, according to provisional official results released on Thursday, May 9, extending his family’s decades-long grip on power. Monday’s vote aimed to end three years of military rule in a country crucial to the fight against jihadism across Africa’s Sahel desert region. The ANGE electoral commission said Déby won 61.03% of votes, beating his Prime Minister Succès Masra who only garnered 18.53%, in results due to be confirmed by the Constitutional Council. Read more Subscribers only Chad wakes up to uncertain presidential election Soldiers fired shots in the air in the capital N’Djamena out of joy and to deter protesters, Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalists reported, after Masra had earlier claimed victory and warned Déby’s team would rig the results. Some frightened people ran for …