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Global tourism lost £245bn in five months due to pandemic
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Global tourism lost £245bn in five months due to pandemic

    The tourism global industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with $320 billion lost in exports in the first five months of the year and more than 120 million jobs at risk, the U.N. chief said Tuesday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a policy briefing and video address that tourism is the third-largest export sector of the global economy, behind fuels and chemicals, and in 2019 it accounted for 7% of global trade. It employs one in every 10 people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more, he said. In addition to boosting economies, it allows people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings people closer to each other, highlighting our common humanity, he said. But the U.N. chief said th...
Britain’s reputation at risk over plans significantly weaken protections after Brexit
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Britain’s reputation at risk over plans significantly weaken protections after Brexit

    The United Nations has warned the government that Britain’s reputation is at risk over plans that would significantly weaken protections for the environment after Brexit. In a stern intervention, Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN’s environment programme, called on the environment secretary Michael Gove to honour his promise to deliver a green Brexit, ensuring the environment would not suffer from Britain’s EU departure. The warning comes after proposals to protect the climate after Brexit were dismissed as toothless by green campaigners. Under the plans, the new post-Brexit watchdog would not have the power to take the government to court over breaches of environmental standards. At the moment, the government is answerable at the European Court of Justice ...
UN approves US proposal for harsher sanctions after Pyongyang conducted
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UN approves US proposal for harsher sanctions after Pyongyang conducted

    North Korea warned of retaliation if the United Nations Security Council approves a U.S. proposal for harsher sanctions after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. Kim Jong Un’s regime is closely following the moves of the U.S. with vigilance, its state run Korean Central News Agency said Monday, citing a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful resolution on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays a due price, it said, using its formal country name. The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history, KCNA reported. North Korean leader Kim Jon...
Students could have voted twice in the general election
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Students could have voted twice in the general election

    The Electoral Commission has warned of a troubling rise in alleged voter fraud amid suggestions that Labour in particular could have been boosted at the general election by students voting for them twice. Students are legally allowed to register at both their university address and their home address, but must only vote in one location. However, some have reportedly admitted that they voted twice for Labour in order to boost the party’s chances at the election. The Electoral Commission has received over 1,000 complaints and letters from 38 MPs alleging that voters cast duplicate ballots. It is working with police to determine how best to investigate the claims. The current system, which relies largely on paper lists being distributed to polling stations, makes it ...
Theresa May’s £1billion DUP deal faces High Court challenge
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Theresa May’s £1billion DUP deal faces High Court challenge

    Theresa May's £1billion deal to win the support of the Democratic Unionist Party for her minority government could be challenged in the courts on the grounds that it breaches the Good Friday agreement A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by Ciaran McClean, a Green party member in Northern Ireland and peace campaigner, to raise funds for the challenge. Mr McClean believes the deal, which sees the Conservatives granted an overall majority with the support of the DUP’s 10 MPs, breaches both the landmark 1998 Good Friday agreement and the Bribery Act. The confidence and supply arrangement, signed on June 26, mean that £1billion will go to Belfast for infrastructure, broadband, schools and hospitals in return for DUP support in key Commons votes. The £1bn payment ...
UN says nuclear deterrence will not work in damning report on world’s most dangerous weapons
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UN says nuclear deterrence will not work in damning report on world’s most dangerous weapons

    There will be catastrophic consequences when luck runs out on nuclear deterrence, the United Nations (UN) has warned in a major report which highlights the massive risk of an accidental or deliberate use of the world’s most deadly weapons. The poor relations between nuclear powers has contributed to an atmosphere that lends itself to the onset of crisis, said the report by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. The rise in cyber warfare and hacking has left the technical vulnerabilities of nuclear weapons systems exposed to risk from states and terrorist groups, it added. Nuclear deterrence works up until the time it will prove not to work, it said. The risk is inherent and, when luck runs out, the results will be catastrophic. The more arms produced, particul...
Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of credible cyber threat
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Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of credible cyber threat

    Nuclear power station site is seen near Bridgwater in Britain. British authorities are concerned about terrorists targeting airports and power plants. Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods. It is this intelligence which is understood in the past fortnight to have...
UN chief calls for urgent de-escalation about India and Pakistan war
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UN chief calls for urgent de-escalation about India and Pakistan war

    The secretary-general has offered to play the role of mediator between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Friday, 30 September, has called for urgent de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan. He has also offered to play the role of mediator between the two nuclear powers. A statement issued by Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson at the United Nations said that the secretary-general "is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18." It also added that the UN chief has asked both the nations to "exercise maximum r...
UK will not turn inwards after Brexit vote: PM Theresa May tells UN
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UK will not turn inwards after Brexit vote: PM Theresa May tells UN

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that controlling Britain’s borders and reducing the flow of immigrants will dominate her government as the UK seeks a new place in the world after voting to leave the EU. But in her first address to the UN General Assembly, the British Prime Minister said the UK would not turn away from the world and would remain at the heart of international affairs. She also pledged hundreds of million of pounds in aid spending to tackle terrorism and to stop hundreds of thousands of migrants travelling to Europe. To underline her message, she called for global network of crime-fighting agencies to tackle international modern slavery and emphasised the UK's spending on international aid and defence. Theresa May's first speech to the UN General...
UN warns: Europe must not cower behind borders in face of post Brexit immigration crisis
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UN warns: Europe must not cower behind borders in face of post Brexit immigration crisis

    The UN special representative for international migration also defended Jean-Claude Juncker after he said borders are 'the worst invention' The United Nations has warned that Europe is on the brink of another immigration crisis and told countries facing it they must not “cower behind borders” in the wake of the UK’s Brexit vote. Peter Sutherland, the UN special representative for international migration reported that 95,000 people had already made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy this year. With the summer high season beginning the numbers are expected to rise as high as 170,000, despite thousands already having drowned trying to make the trip. There are already 140,000 migrants, mainly from Libya, who are living in camps in Southern Italy...