• UN: Climate change contributing to rise of global hunger

      UN: Climate change contributing to rise of global hunger

      Climate change's negative effect on global agriculture is causing a rise in the number of hungry people around the world, with South America and Africa showing the worst increase, United Nations' 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World's report shows. According to figures, released on Tuesday, the number of people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821m in 2017 from 804m in 2016, which means hunger now affects one in nine people around the world, reversing recent downward trends and putting at risk the UN's goal of eradicating hunger in the world by 2030.

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    • Brazil presidential frontrunner stabbed

      Brazil presidential frontrunner stabbed

      Brazil's far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro is recovering in hospital after being stabbed during a rally while campaigning weeks ahead of elections. According to doctors, he is in a serious but stable condition and could take two months to fully recovery.

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    • Mattis arrives in Afghanistan on surprise visit

      Mattis arrives in Afghanistan on surprise visit

      US Defence Secretary James Mattis made an unexpected trip to Afghanistan Friday, his visit coming as the US tries to make headway in the country after 17 years of war. Accompanied by Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he will meet in Kabul with Army Gen. Scott Miller - the new commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan - to discuss progress on peace talks with the Taliban, despite a deteriorating security situation and turmoil in the Afghan government. 

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    • Trump to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iran

      Trump to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iran

      President Trump plans to preside over a session of the Security Council this month when he visits the UN General Assembly in New York to highlight “Iran’s violations of international law” and press world leaders to adopt a more assertive approach to the country, the United States envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced on Tuesday as she took over as President of the UN Security Council for this month.

       

       

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    • Paul Manafort found guilty on eight counts

      Paul Manafort found guilty on eight counts

      Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on Tuesday of eight counts of financial wrongdoing, marking the first trial victory stemming from the Russia investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After almost four days of deliberations, a 12-member jury found Manafort guilty on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one charge of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. Jurors however were unable to reach a consensus on the other 10 charges, with Judge T.S. Ellis declaring a mistrial on those counts.

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    • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at age 80

      Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at age 80

      Kofi Annan, the first black African United Nations secretary-general, died at the age of 80 early Saturday at a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, following a short unspecified illness. The the death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was born in Ghana in 1938, was confirmed by his family and foundation.


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    • US cuts Syria stabilisation funding

      US cuts Syria stabilisation funding

      The US will withhold the $200m that had been planned for war-ravaged Syria stabilisation efforts, warning that future reconstruction assistance hinges on UN certification that a "credible irreversible" transition to democracy is underway, according to State Department officials.

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