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EU’s top diplomat condemns assault on Rafah as Israel halts aid routes – POLITICO

EU’s top diplomat condemns assault on Rafah as Israel halts aid routes – POLITICO

[ad_1] Held-up cash The European Commission announced in March that it would continue to fund UNRWA, the U.N. relief agency for Palestine refugees, after Israel claimed in January that UNRWA staff were involved in the Oct. 7 attacks. However, parts of the financial support for the Palestinian territories and member countries’ contributions to the agency are still being held up. Borrell told reporters that “time has come” to restart full payments to UNWRA after a U.N.-commissioned review led by former French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna found more than two weeks ago that the aid organization has established mechanisms and policies to ensure neutrality and “rapid and adequate responses to allegations.” The report stressed the lack of evidence provided by Israel to back the claims of staff involvement in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attacks. Spanish, German and Belgian ministers have also supported the call to reintroduce full funding of the U.N. agency. “We are talking about civilians […] who may suffer more hunger due to the totally wrong decision of a government,” said Eva​ Granados Galiano, State …

Turkey halts all trade with Israel over military actions in Gaza

Turkey halts all trade with Israel over military actions in Gaza

[ad_1] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shown speaking during a joint statement to the media in Baghdad, on April 22, 2024. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AP hide caption toggle caption Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AP Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shown speaking during a joint statement to the media in Baghdad, on April 22, 2024. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AP ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Thursday suspended all imports and exports to Israel citing the country’s ongoing military action in Gaza and vowed to continue to impose the measures until the Israeli government allows the flow of humanitarian aid to the region. A Turkish Trade Ministry statement said “export and import transactions in relation to Israel have been stopped, covering all products.” Turkish officials would coordinate with Palestinian authorities to ensure that Palestinians are not affected by the suspension of imports and exports, the ministry said. The ministry described the step as the “second phase” of measures against Israel, adding that the steps would remain in force until Israel “allows an uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza.” Last month, …

Turkey says it halts trade with Israel over Gaza aid access | Israel War on Gaza News

Turkey says it halts trade with Israel over Gaza aid access | Israel War on Gaza News

[ad_1] Turkey’s Ministry of Trade cites humanitarian crisis in Gaza for its decision to suspend imports and exports. Turkey has halted exports and imports to and from Israel, the Turkish Ministry of Trade says, citing the “worsening humanitarian tragedy” in Gaza. “Export and import transactions related to Israel have been stopped, covering all products,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday. “Turkey will strictly and decisively implement these new measures until the Israeli Government allows an uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza.” The announcement came after Israel’s foreign minister said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was breaking agreements by blocking ports from handling Israeli imports and exports. “This is how a dictator behaves, disregarding the interests of the Turkish people and businessmen, and ignoring international trade agreements,” Israel Katz posted on X. .@RTErdogan is breaking agreements by blocking ports for Israeli imports and exports. This is how a dictator behaves, disregarding the interests of the Turkish people and businessmen, and ignoring international trade agreements. I have instructed the Director General of …

Barbados leader halts £3m payout to UK MP for Drax Hall plantation | Mia Mottley

Barbados leader halts £3m payout to UK MP for Drax Hall plantation | Mia Mottley

[ad_1] The prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, has halted plans for a multi-million-pound payout to the British Conservative MP Richard Drax for the purchase of 53 acres of the Drax Hall plantation, which he owns. As revealed in the Observer last Sunday, the payout plan had angered those involved in the Caribbean reparations movement, who said Drax, the MP for South Dorset, should hand over all or part of the 617-acre plantation to the people of Barbados. In a seven-minute broadcast to the nation released on YouTube on Tuesday, Mottley explained the government U-turn and said she had decided to pause the purchase to allow further discussion. She added: “I understand the concern of many Barbadians who may feel they have been robbed of the opportunity of having an appropriate settlement for reparations that ought to be made as a result of the blood, sweat and tears of Barbadians over centuries. This is not a matter we take lightly.” Trevor Prescod, the MP for St Michael East in Barbados and the lead for reparations …

Major Earthquake in Taiwan Halts Some Apple Chip Production Lines

Major Earthquake in Taiwan Halts Some Apple Chip Production Lines

[ad_1] A major earthquake in Taiwan has halted some TSMC chip production lines, potentially impacting the manufacture of Apple devices (via Bloomberg). A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan in the early hours of the morning, causing significant damage to infrastructure and disrupting operations at several TSMC key manufacturing sites. Sources familiar with TSMC’s operations said that the company’s N3 fab in Tainan suffered structural damage, with beams and columns broken, leading to an outright halt in production. EUV machines, essential for manufacturing processes below 7nm, have stopped, and research and development labs have been subject to significant damage, such as cracked walls. Another fab in Hsinchu reported broken pipelines and extensive damage to wafers, necessitating a halt in production. Some of TSMC’s high-end chips, such as the 3nm A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max, require round-the-clock operations and a stable vacuum environment for several weeks. As a result, some high-end chips already in production are likely to have been spoiled even if they were not damaged directly. All of the …

Israeli court halts subsidies for ultra-Orthodox who don’t serve in army

Israeli court halts subsidies for ultra-Orthodox who don’t serve in army

[ad_1] TEL AVIV — Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered an end to government subsidies for many ultra-Orthodox men who do not serve in the army — a blockbuster ruling that could have far-reaching consequences for the government and the tens of thousands of religious men who refuse to take part in mandatory military service. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces the most serious threat yet to his government as he struggles to bridge a major split over military service in the shaky national unity government cobbled together in the days after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. Inside his coalition, the powerful bloc of ultra-Orthodox parties — longtime partners of Netanyahu — want draft exemptions to continue. The centrist members of his War Cabinet, both former military generals, have insisted that all sectors of Israeli society contribute equally during its war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. If the ultra-Orthodox parties leave the government, the country would be forced into new elections, with Netanyahu trailing significantly in the polls amid the war. Most Jewish men are required to serve nearly three years in the military, followed by …

HMRC halts plan to close tax helpline for six months a year | HMRC

HMRC halts plan to close tax helpline for six months a year | HMRC

[ad_1] HM Revenue and Customs has been forced into a swift U-turn after an outcry over its plans to close a key helpline for six months a year and scale back other phone services. Hours after HMRC announced the plans, the head of the tax office said that “following feedback from concerned stakeholders”, the changes to the self-assessment, VAT and PAYE helplines would be halted to allow more discussions to take place. Orders to abandon the plans for the time being came from the very top of government, with the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, intervening over fears that not all taxpayer needs would be met – a move first reported by the Telegraph. On Tuesday, HMRC had said that starting from this year, its self-assessment helpline would be shut from early April until 30 September. During the rest of the year, the helpline would have dealt with “priority queries” only. In addition, the plan was that from April the VAT helpline would open for just five days each month, while the pay as you earn (PAYE) …

UK’s Cambridge University halts fossil fuel funding

UK’s Cambridge University halts fossil fuel funding

[ad_1] Britain’s Cambridge University confirmed on Monday, March 18, that it has adopted a moratorium on new funding from fossil fuel companies after a campaign from students and academics. The decision to halt funding until a review is carried out follows recommendations in a report by former UN climate change envoy Nigel Topping last year. Cambridge said the suspension was adopted on Friday, with “regard to its commitment to address climate change through a transition to a zero carbon world.” According to the Topping report, the university receives relatively small donations from industrial partners, amounting to 5.1 percent of all research/philanthropy funding. At an average of £3.3 million ($4.2 million) per year over the last six years, fossil fuel funding amounts to 0.4 percent of research/philanthropy funding and 0.1 percent of total university income, the report said. Read more Subscribers only Oil production: ‘Over the last six years, the US has reclaimed its crown’ Cambridge’s decision was first reported by the Financial Times on Monday, which said the university had accepted £19.7 million from oil …

Court Temporarily Halts S.E.C.’s New Climate Rules

Court Temporarily Halts S.E.C.’s New Climate Rules

[ad_1] A federal court on Friday temporarily halted new rules from the Securities Exchange Commission that require public companies to disclose more about the business risks they face from climate change, siding with two oil and gas companies that criticized the requirements as costly and arbitrary. Approved by the S.E.C. this month, the rules require some publicly traded companies to disclose their climate risks, and how much greenhouse gas emissions they produce. Industry groups, as well as their political allies, have filed numerous lawsuits challenging the regulation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents a wide cross-section of industries, filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this week to stop the rules, calling them unconstitutional. Ten Republican-led states have also sued to stop the rules. The emergency stay granted by Fifth Circuit judges on Friday came in a case brought by two fracking companies, Liberty Energy and Nomad Proppant Services. “There is no clear authority for the S.E.C. to effectively regulate the controversial issue of climate change,” the two companies …

‘Bee invasion’: Swarm halts tennis match at Indian Wells

‘Bee invasion’: Swarm halts tennis match at Indian Wells

[ad_1] Game, set, match, bees. Tennis fans did not love-love the bee-zarre turn at Indian Wells on Thursday when a swarm of bees disrupted a quarterfinal match of the BNP Paribas Open. Umpire Mohamed Lahyani said play would be halted due to “bee invasion” at Stadium 1, after which video showed him being stung. He then fled for the locker room, according to Tennis Majors, as did Spanish pro tennis player Carlos Alcaraz and his German opponent, Alexander Zverev. “First time for everything,” the announcer could be heard saying. The bees were thick on the court as Alcaraz dashed about, trying not to get stung, and they collected on the spider cam, a camera suspended by cables. The insects claimed victory, at least temporarily. Alcaraz, the BNP Paribas Open defending champion, was playing against Zverev, who defeated Alcaraz in their last match at the Australian Open. Alcaraz won 6-3 against Fabian Marozsan Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open. //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js [ad_2] Source link