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Greenpeace chief locked out of UN climate meet amid protests Amma N 12/12/2019 - 10:23

12 December 2019; AFP: Hours after sharing a podium at 196-nations climate talks with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the head of Greenpeace International found herself locked out of the building Wednesday along with hundreds of other observers ejected from the talks.

Jennifer Morgan, who has been attending the troubled UN negotiations for 25 years, said the expulsion was without precedent.

Ocasio-Cortez says Fox News airs ‘unmitigated racism’

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Fox News’ Tucker Carlson aired a segment describing her congressional district as “filled with garbage,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the network on Wednesday for airing “unmitigated racism” with no accountability.

She tweeted Wednesday that describing immigrants as dirty is a “lazy, tired, racist trope.”

The liberal New York Democrat’s popularity has made her a frequent target of Fox News Channel’s opinion hosts. Carlson, in particular, has targeted Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a “Green New Deal” of environmental legislation.

Exxon Mobil prevails in lawsuit over climate regulations

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil won Tuesday in a closely watched lawsuit over the costs of climate change, with a judge saying there was no proof the energy giant duped investors about the toll that regulations could take on its business.

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office didn’t prove the company made any material misstatements “that misled any reasonable investor,” state judge Barry Ostrager in Manhattan wrote in dismissing the case.

UN leaders highlight young people’s role in promoting human rights

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 10 (APP): Highlighting the role of young people in leading the way to a better future for all, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said they are the ones who are `bringing human rights to life’.

In a message marking this year’s observance of Human Rights Day, celebrated on Tuesday, he noted that young people are “marching for their right to a future of peace, justice and equal opportunities.”

Pakistan ranks 152nd in UN’s Human Development Index

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (APP): Pakistan was ranked at 152nd position among 189 countries in U.N.’s 2019 Human Development Index (HDI)’s annual rankings that is measured by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income.

The HDI forms part of the Human Development Report (HDR) 2019, a flagship study produced annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which was released Monday.

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world, ‘must be fought by all, for all’: UN

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (APP): The UN anti-crime chief said Sunday that stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promoting good governance is “essential… to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”.

“Corruption affects people in their daily lives”, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in his statement marking International Anti-Corruption Day, which is commemorated annually on December 9.

Trump declares himself ‘greatest of all presidents’ in tweets attacking democrats

NEW YORK, Dec 08 (APP): US President Donald Trump called himself the “greatest of all presidents” as his Democratic opponents are holding meetings to prepare impeachment charges against him.

The House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee is expected to draft at least three articles of impeachment — essentially charges of wrongdoing — against Trump which the whole House is expected to vote on before Christmas.

Those articles could include abuse of power through bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.

Astronauts begin operation on SpaceX Dragon’s docking with ISS

NEW YORK, December 8. /TASS/: A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft has approached the International Space Station and astronauts started an operation on capturing it with a robotic arm and docking it with the station, NASA reported on Sunday.

The operation began at 5.05 EST (13.05 Moscow Time). The effort is carried out by the European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan. Another NASA astronaut Jessica Meir is controlling telemetry data.

Russia is ahead of US in hypersonic weapons development - Pentagon chief

NEW YORK, December 8. /TASS/: The United States is trying to catch up with Russia in developing hypersonic weapons, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at the Reagan National Defense Forum.

"We took a pause on these technologies some years ago, when we had a clear lead. And what we are doing now, we are planning catchup," Esper said. "The department is investing every dollar it can" in order to gain an advance in hypersonic weapons, the Secretary added.

 

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