North Korea rejects UN sanctions, vows 'action'

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:59 Written by

North Korea has come out fighting following fresh UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang and after the United States and South Korea celebrated the punishing measures.

Russia vows move to cut reliance on dollar

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:59 Written by

Russia will speed up work on reducing its dependence on US payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency in response to US sanctions, RIA new agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Monday.

Jordan's King Abdullah in rare visit to Palestine

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:58 Written by

Jordan's King Abdullah II has begun a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, amid shared tensions with Israel over al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Jerusalem holy site.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that ASEAN and its three dialogue partners - China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) - could deepen their cooperation against the backdrop of rising protectionism.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue over its two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

Syrian government troops and allied forces have taken the last major ISIL-held town in Homs province, according to a monitor.

The United Kingdom is willing to pay up to 40 billion euros ($47.1 billion) to the European Union as the bloc wants considerable progress on settling Britain’s liabilities before Brexit talks resume, a report says.

Japan marks 72nd anniversary of US nuke attack

Monday, 07 August 2017 02:56 Written by

Japan has marked the 72nd anniversary of the United States’ nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, expressing a desire to lead the world toward the abolition of atomic weapons.

 

Deaths due to extreme weather in Europe could increase fifty-fold from an estimated 3,000 per year recently to 152,000 by century's end if global warming is not reined in, researchers warned on Saturday.

The toll would be especially high in temperate southern Europe, where deaths due to warming are projected to rise from 11 per million people per year to about 700 per million per year, they wrote in The Lancet Planetary Health.

Heatwaves will do most of the damage, claiming some 99 percent of future weather-related deaths - more than 151,000 of the annual total by 2100 from about 2,700 per year recently.

"Unless global warming is curbed as a matter of urgency and appropriate adaptation measures are taken, about 350 million Europeans could be exposed to harmful climate extremes on an annual basis by the end of this century," said the report, based on pessimistic global warming forecasts.

US notifies UN of Paris climate deal pullout

Sunday, 06 August 2017 02:50 Written by

The Trump administration has issued its first written notification that the US intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

But in the notice to the United Nations the US state department said Washington would remain in the talks process.