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Talks with Cameron: Suu Kyi lies over Rohingyas’ identity

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, during her conversation with former British prime minister David Cameron, claimed that Rohingyas are not from her country but are Bangladeshis, reports Newsweek. Cameron unveiled a new book on Thursday about his time in office between 2010 and 2016. The book, titled ‘For the Record’, recounts his meeting with Suu Kyi where she ... Read More »

Weinstein looms as Toronto fest talks Oscar lobbying, sexism

Susan Sarandon knows what it takes to win an Oscar, but on Friday the veteran US actress blasted Hollywood for only handing out statuettes to stars backed by “the Harvey Weinsteins of this world.” Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of “Blackbird,” the Academy Award-winning star said Oscars glory is only possible today with vast ... Read More »

Developed countries push for changes to Adaptation Fund

24 June, Bonn (TWN) — Discussions over the composition of the Adaptation Fund (AF) Board and eligibility of Parties to the Board have become contentious at the ongoing climate talks in Bonn, Germany. This was due to the proposals by developed countries, including the United States (US), to change the composition of the AF Board. Developing countries were united that ... Read More »

Developing countries’ concerns over details of UNFCCC meet

Bonn, 21 June (TWN) — Agendas of the next UNFCCC session, frequency of forthcoming meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COPs) and participation of non-Party stakeholders in the process have proved contentious in discussions under the agenda item on ‘Arrangements for Intergovernmental Meetings (AIM)’ under the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). These issues were discussed in informal consultations ... Read More »

Teesta, Rohingya feature Dhaka-Delhi Foreign Minister-level talks

Dhaka, June 15 – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has asked his new Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to expedite initiatives to resolve the Teesta issue and sought active supports over the Rohingya crisis in their maiden talks in Tajikistan, a foreign office statement said here today. “He (Momen) drew the Indian counterpart’s attention towards the pending much expected Teesta ... Read More »

US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

Talks between congressional Republicans and Democrats aimed at averting another US government shutdown have broken down without agreement. The negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when last month’s federal funding deal runs out. The disagreement centres on President Donald Trump’s insistence on a bill that funds a US-Mexico border ... Read More »

Cop24: Pre-2020 ambition gap must not be shifted

Katowice, 13 Dec (Prerna Bomzan) – The gap in ambition for emissions reductions of developed countries in the pre-2020 period must not be passed on to developing countries in the post-2020 timeframe of the Paris Agreement (PA) and must be the responsibility of developed countries. Read More »

Fashionably sustainable plus shaping Cop24 outcome

The apparel industry has a climate problem and it wants to do something about it. In fact, textiles, it has been suggested, cause more carbon emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Now global fashion brands are joining to take action. 43 industry leader brands ranging from Adidas to Burberry, Guess to Hugo Boss and H&M Group have signed ... Read More »

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday. Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change that opponents say is an attempt to retain power. The change transferred significant power to the prime minister, a role Mr Sargsyan only took on ... Read More »

AUST teacher sent to jail again

A court here on Monday sent Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) teacher Mahfuzur Rashid Ferdous to jail after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed over sexual harassment of female students of the university. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Amirul Haider Chowdhury passed the order when Saidur Rahman, a counsel of the teacher, filed a petition seeking bail for ... Read More »

Alberta officials say oil sands city saved from fire’s worst

Alberta premier’s declared Canada’s oil sands city saved and said a plan will be put together within two weeks so 88,000 residents forced to evacuate can return to their homes. At least two neighborhoods in Fort McMurray were scenes of utter devastation with incinerated homes leveled to the ground from a wildfire that the city’s fire chief called a “beast ... Read More »

Yet another fire in Sundarbans

Yet another fire broke out in Tultala area of the Sundarbans under Chandpai Range in Sharankhola upazila on Wednesday. This was the 4th fire incident in the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site in four weeks. Dhaka, UNB news agency reported. Read More »

Hold the rich accountable in new UN dev goals: Say NGOs

By Thalif Deen UN, Mar, 2015 (IPS) – When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world’s richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the world’s wealth by 2016. And ... Read More »