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Global Europe 27-04-2021

UN chief urges ‘be creative’ as Cyprus talks open

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties to "be creative" on Tuesday (27 April), hours before informal talks were set to begin on the island's future after a four-year hiatus.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

‘Common ground’ elusive as Cyprus rivals head to Geneva

Four years after their last peace talks failed, rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in Geneva next week to explore elusive “common ground” on the divided Mediterranean island. “We go to Geneva… steadfastly committed to resuming negotiations for...
Climate change 23-04-2021

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

President Joe Biden on Thursday (22 April) doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Navalny in ‘serious danger’, needs urgent medical evacuation: UN experts

A group of UN rights experts expressed alarm Wednesday (21 April) at the deteriorating health of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and called for his urgent medical evacuation from Russia.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Arab League, UN, EU and AU demand foreign forces leave Libya

The Arab League, United Nations, European Union and the African Union on Tuesday (20 April) demanded an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Veteran Chad leader Deby dies, the military take over

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died reportedly in combat just a day after securing re-election, opening a period of uncertainty in a country that is a key strategic ally of the West in a troubled region.
Global Europe 12-04-2021

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis, EU says

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday (11 April), as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.
Global Europe 08-04-2021

US restores assistance for Palestinians, to provide $235 million in aid

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday (7 April) it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.
Global Europe 01-04-2021

EU ministers vow Syria ‘war criminals’ won’t go unpunished

EU foreign ministers insisted Wednesday (31 March) that they would demand "accountability" from Syria's government as well as jihadist and other armed groups over alleged war crimes committed since the 2011 uprising that plunged the nation into civil war.

North Korea missile launch tests Biden administration, Japan Olympics

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan, Japan’s prime minister said, fueling tension ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and ramping up pressure on the Biden administration as it finalises its North Korea policy.
Politics 16-03-2021

UN chief calls to combat violence against women

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called Monday (15 March) to combat violence against women, at the start of the annual Commission on the Status of Women, which is expected to call for greater action against sexual harassment.
Global Europe 10-03-2021

Libya lawmakers approve interim government in key step towards elections

Libya's parliament on Wednesday (10 March) approved a unity government to lead the war-ravaged North African nation to December elections, a key step towards ending a decade of chaos.
Global Europe 05-03-2021

Myanmar diplomatic revolt against junta widens after violent crackdown

Myanmar's junta lost a tug of war over leadership of its UN mission in New York and the United States unveiled new sanctions targeting military conglomerates after the deaths of dozens of civilians protesting against last month's coup.
Global Europe 03-03-2021

UN advance team arrives in Libya to monitor ceasefire

The advance team of a UN observer mission has arrived in Libya, which after a decade of conflict and chaos plans to hold elections in December, informed sources said Wednesday (3 March).
Global Europe 01-03-2021

Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents charged with security crime

Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents were charged with subversion on Sunday (28 February) in the largest use yet of Beijing's sweeping new national security law, as authorities seek to cripple the financial hub's democracy movement.
Economy & Jobs 25-02-2021

Global agreement on corporate tax rates needed, UN report states

The international community should agree on the establishment of a global minimum corporate tax rate, according to a new UN report published on Thursday. The proposal is part of a package of reforms to combat tax evasion and money laundering and ensure that cash strapped governments can boost their public finances in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Politics 25-02-2021

UN chief to host Cyprus meeting in April

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will convene an informal meeting in April involving Greece,Turkey and Britain to explore a possible end to deadlocked Cyprus peace talks, his spokesman said Wednesday (24 February).
Global Europe 23-02-2021

Violence against civilians surges in Afghanistan after peace talks: UN report

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday (23 February), calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after weeks of inaction.
China 23-02-2021

China rejects genocide charge in Xinjiang, says door open to UN

China on Monday (22 February) rejected “slanderous attacks” about conditions for Muslim Uighurs living in Xinjiang, as European powers and Turkey voiced concerns and called for UN access to the remote western region.
Health 22-02-2021

UK Premier League clubs ranked according to environmental commitment

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club came first in this year's EPL Sustainability Table, published by the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit, which ranks the UK Premier League's most environmentally committed football clubs. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 18-02-2021

UN urges global vaccine effort as Washington pays WHO dues

United Nations chief António Guterres said Wednesday (17 February) that the world "urgently needs a global vaccination plan" to stop wealthy countries leaving poorer nations behind in the coronavirus fightback.
Global Europe 17-02-2021

Commission seeks to ‘step up EU leadership’ globally

The European Commission on Wednesday (17 February) presented a strategy on how to promote reform, effectiveness and efficiency in the global multilateral system. It comes at a time when shortfalls of the EU's geopolitical cloud have emerged.
Global Europe 12-02-2021

Turkey says it will only join Cyprus talks with two-state proposal

Turkey will only join talks to resolve decades of dispute over Cyprus with a proposal to establish two states on the island, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, adding previous failed proposals should not be on the agenda.
Europe's East 12-02-2021

US, Europe accuse Russia of blocking Ukraine war solutions

The US and Europe on Thursday (11 February) accused Russia of blocking any solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.