• World Bank: Climate change could force 216m people from their homes

      World Bank: Climate change could force 216m people from their homes

      Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank warned.The estimate from the Washington-based development lender released Monday updates a 2018 report with new figures from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and East Asia and the Pacific to provide a more complete overview of the potential toll from rising global temperatures, AFP reported.

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    • Johnson sets winter pandemic roadmap

      Johnson sets winter pandemic roadmap

      British PM Boris Johnson is set to announce today how his government plans to control the coronavirus during the fall and winter, news wires reported. At a news conference he is expected to say that mask-wearing, work-from-home advice and social distancing rules that were lifted in July could return if cases climb.

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    • Israeli FM Lapid proposes Gaza development plan in exchange of calm

      Israeli FM Lapid proposes Gaza development plan in exchange of calm

      Israel's foreign minister Yair Lapid has proposed improving living conditions in Gaza in exchange for calm from the enclave's Hamas Islamist leaders, aiming to solve "never-ending rounds of violence" as the two sides exchanged fresh fire over the weekend, AFP reported. The plan, which includes infrastructure and employment benefits, aims to show Palestinians in the Israeli-blockaded enclave that Hamas's campaign of violence against Israel is "why they live in conditions of poverty, scarcity, violence and high unemployment, without hope", Yair Lapid said on Sunday.

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    • Opposition expected to win parliamentary election in oil-rich Norway

      Opposition expected to win parliamentary election in oil-rich Norway

      Norway was voting on Monday on the final day of a parliamentary election dominated by climate change and economic inequality, with the centre-left opposition widely expected to replace a Conservative-led government that has ruled for eight years, Reuters reported. Norway's status as a major oil and gas producer has been at the centre of the campaign though a transition away from petroleum - and the jobs it creates - is likely to be gradual whoever wins.

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    • UK dumps a contract over 100m Covid-19 jabs

      UK dumps a contract over 100m Covid-19 jabs

      The French pharmaceutical firm Valneva announced that the UK government decided to terminate a deal related to the delivery of 100 million Covid-19 vaccines. UK had placed the order for the doses and further in February vowed to increase the volume by another 40m, BBC elaborated. The pharmaceutical company said in a statement that the government served notice over allegations of a breach of the agreement, which it "strenuously denies". Valneva's jab is still being tested in trials.

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    • UN seeks $600m to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

      UN seeks $600m to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

      The United Nations is convening an aid conference in Geneva on Monday in an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan, warning of a humanitarian crisis there following the Taliban takeover, Reuters reported. Even before the Taliban's seizure of Kabul last month, half the population - or 18 million people - was dependent on aid. That figure looks set to increase due to drought and shortages of cash and food, UN officials and aid groups warn.

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    • IAEA regains access to Iran devices to monitor nuclear activity

      IAEA regains access to Iran devices to monitor nuclear activity

      Iran has agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to access recording devices used to monitor the country's nuclear sites, the UN's nuclear watchdog said on Sunday. The agreement followed a meeting between IAEA chief Rafael Grossi and Iran's new nuclear chief Mohammed Eslami in Tehran, and comes after the agency was unable to access the devices for several months, dpa reported.

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    • UK аbandons plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports

      UK аbandons plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports

      Authorities in Britain have decided not to require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and other crowded events in England, Britain’s health secretary Sajid Javid said Sunday, reversing course amid opposition from some of the Conservative government’s supporters in Parliament, AP reported. Javid said the government has shelved the idea of vaccine passports for now but could reconsider the decision if Covid-19 cases rise exponentially once again. 

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