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CCC Week highlights importance of science on climate change

THE Climate Change Commission (CCC) has lined up various events to mark the observance of this year’s 2017 Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness (CCC) Week, as mandated by Presidential Proclamation 1667 issued in 2008. With the theme “Aligning Science,…

Graft scandal

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Indonesia speaker swaps hospital for detention amid corruption accusations JAKARTA -- Indonesia’s parliament speaker has been charged in a major graft scandal thought to have cost the state $170 million, after a bizarre drama that involved a failed raid on…

Step forward

BONN -- Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump’s rejection of the treaty and defense of fossil fuels. The US President’s decision to yank the…

Trump keeps ban on elephant trophies

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration’s decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry. “Put…

Future of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe in the balance

HARARE -- Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil Saturday with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for President Robert Mugabe to be forced from office. The marches will cap an…

Sex scandals

WASHINGTON -- After days of relative silence about a series of sexual misconduct scandals roiling the United States, President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday, bashing a leading Democrat now under investigation. Trump took to Twitter to hit out at Senator…

ASEAN unite in fight vs violence of all forms

TO address violent extremism and other forms of violence in the region, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the “ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society.” The Declaration adopted during…

Lift opposition party ban, US tells Cambodia

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WASHINGTON -- The United States Thursday demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country’s main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy. Washington hit out after Cambodia’s Supreme Court — effectively controlled…

Global concern

BONN -- World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration’s rejection of a planet rescue plan. UN chief Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel…

Senegal’s Saint Louis under siege

SAINT LOUIS, Senegal -- The echo of Koranic verse from a religious school in Senegal’s Saint-Louis is familiar, but just meters down the beach classes have fallen silent in another building abandoned to the ravages of climate change. Listed in…

Rohingya gang-rapes bared

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UNITED NATIONS, United States -- Myanmar troops gang-raped countless Rohingya women and girls during a military campaign that sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The US-based rights group said in a…
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