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  •  African leaders on Monday called on their counterparts from richer polluting nations to increase funding for projects to help them adapt to climate change Countries on the continent are seeking to raise 25 billion of investments in the next three years for adaptation projects including improving agricultural resilience and updating infrastructure If we want our continent to thrive we have to adapt to climate change and to achieve this adaptation financing needs to start flowing at scale Ghana President Nana Afuko Addo told the Africa Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam on Monday The African Development Bank said it had already committed half the amount needed for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme They were looking for the world s big polluters to step in Africa does not contribute more than 3 of global greenhouse gas emissions but suffers disproportionately from its negative consequences African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina told the event Britain Norway France and Denmark announced 55 million in new contributions on Monday But Senegal s President Macky Sall said he was disappointed by how few of their leaders had turned up for the event I cannot help but note with some bitterness the absence of leaders from the industrial world said Sall who is also chairperson of the African Union I think if we made the effort to leave Africa to come to Rotterdam it would be easier for the Europeans and others to be here because they are the main polluters Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was the only European leader to attend in person alongside heads of state from Senegal Ghana Gabon Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia World powers meeting in Glasgow last year pledged to double the funding for such adaptation projects for developing countries to around 40 billion a year by 2025 They are expected to meet again in two months time in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt for the UN climate summit COP27 dubbed the African COP with climate finance a major focus YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Richer nations must pay more to prepare for climate change – African leaders
     African leaders on Monday called on their counterparts from richer polluting nations to increase funding for projects to help them adapt to climate change Countries on the continent are seeking to raise 25 billion of investments in the next three years for adaptation projects including improving agricultural resilience and updating infrastructure If we want our continent to thrive we have to adapt to climate change and to achieve this adaptation financing needs to start flowing at scale Ghana President Nana Afuko Addo told the Africa Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam on Monday The African Development Bank said it had already committed half the amount needed for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme They were looking for the world s big polluters to step in Africa does not contribute more than 3 of global greenhouse gas emissions but suffers disproportionately from its negative consequences African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina told the event Britain Norway France and Denmark announced 55 million in new contributions on Monday But Senegal s President Macky Sall said he was disappointed by how few of their leaders had turned up for the event I cannot help but note with some bitterness the absence of leaders from the industrial world said Sall who is also chairperson of the African Union I think if we made the effort to leave Africa to come to Rotterdam it would be easier for the Europeans and others to be here because they are the main polluters Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was the only European leader to attend in person alongside heads of state from Senegal Ghana Gabon Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia World powers meeting in Glasgow last year pledged to double the funding for such adaptation projects for developing countries to around 40 billion a year by 2025 They are expected to meet again in two months time in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt for the UN climate summit COP27 dubbed the African COP with climate finance a major focus YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Richer nations must pay more to prepare for climate change – African leaders
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Richer nations must pay more to prepare for climate change – African leaders

    African leaders on Monday called on their counterparts from richer, polluting nations to increase funding for projects to help them adapt to climate change.

    Countries on the continent are seeking to raise $25 billion of investments in the next three years for adaptation projects, including improving agricultural resilience and updating infrastructure.

    “If we want our continent to thrive, we have to adapt to climate change – and to achieve this, adaptation financing needs to start flowing at scale,” Ghana President Nana Afuko-Addo told the Africa Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam on Monday.

    The African Development Bank said it had already committed half the amount needed for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme.

    They were looking for the world’s big polluters to step in.

    “Africa does not contribute more than 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but suffers disproportionately from its negative consequences,” African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina told the event.

    Britain, Norway, France, and Denmark announced $55 million in new contributions on Monday.

    But Senegal’s President, Macky Sall, said he was disappointed by how few of their leaders had turned up for the event.

    “I cannot help but note with some bitterness the absence of leaders from the industrial world,” said Sall, who is also chairperson of the African Union.

    “I think if we made the effort to leave Africa to come to Rotterdam, it would be easier for the Europeans and others to be here because they are the main polluters”.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was the only European leader to attend in person, alongside heads of state from Senegal, Ghana, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.

    World powers meeting in Glasgow last year pledged to double the funding for such “adaptation projects” for developing countries to around $40 billion a year by 2025. They are expected to meet again in two months time in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for the UN climate summit COP27 – dubbed “the African COP” – with climate finance a major focus.

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  •  The death toll from an earthquake in south west China s Sichuan province has risen to 46 In addition more than 50 people are injured and 16 are still missing the People s Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday The Luding area some 200 kilometres of the provincial capital Chengdu was the hardest hit in the Monday 6 8 magnitude quake The earthquake destroyed homes and caused landslides Many streets were still blocked off on Tuesday just as electricity water supply and communications were disrupted A large scale search and rescue operation is under way with thousands helping with recovery efforts The authorities also mobilised the military to assist There were several aftershocks with the strongest measured at a magnitude of 4 2 Communication with the outside world was disrupted for 35 000 households the People s Daily reported More than 40 000 people lost their electricity supply Recovery workers were supported by helicopters and drones searching from the air Heavy equipment was also being used to clear affected areas China s Finance Ministry and the Sichuan government have each provided 50 million Yuan around 7 2 million dollars in financial aid according to tate media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Death toll from Chinese earthquake rises to 46
     The death toll from an earthquake in south west China s Sichuan province has risen to 46 In addition more than 50 people are injured and 16 are still missing the People s Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday The Luding area some 200 kilometres of the provincial capital Chengdu was the hardest hit in the Monday 6 8 magnitude quake The earthquake destroyed homes and caused landslides Many streets were still blocked off on Tuesday just as electricity water supply and communications were disrupted A large scale search and rescue operation is under way with thousands helping with recovery efforts The authorities also mobilised the military to assist There were several aftershocks with the strongest measured at a magnitude of 4 2 Communication with the outside world was disrupted for 35 000 households the People s Daily reported More than 40 000 people lost their electricity supply Recovery workers were supported by helicopters and drones searching from the air Heavy equipment was also being used to clear affected areas China s Finance Ministry and the Sichuan government have each provided 50 million Yuan around 7 2 million dollars in financial aid according to tate media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Death toll from Chinese earthquake rises to 46
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Death toll from Chinese earthquake rises to 46

    The death toll from an earthquake in south-west China’s Sichuan province has risen to 46. In addition, more than 50 people are injured and 16 are still missing, the People’s Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    The Luding area some 200 kilometres of the provincial capital Chengdu was the hardest hit in the Monday 6.8-magnitude quake.

    The earthquake destroyed homes and caused landslides.

    Many streets were still blocked off on Tuesday, just as electricity, water supply, and communications were disrupted.

    A large-scale search and rescue operation is under way with thousands helping with recovery efforts.

    The authorities also mobilised the military to assist.

    There were several aftershocks, with the strongest measured at a magnitude of 4.2. Communication with the outside world was disrupted for 35,000 households, the People’s Daily reported.

    More than 40,000 people lost their electricity supply.

    Recovery workers were supported by helicopters and drones searching from the air.

    Heavy equipment was also being used to clear affected areas.

    China’s Finance Ministry and the Sichuan government have each provided 50 million Yuan (around 7.2 million dollars) in financial aid, according to tate media.

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  •  The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR has condemned the execution of five prisoners by Hamas the de facto authorities in Gaza In a statement issued on Monday OHCHR stated that five men were executed in the early hours of Sunday The agency described the act as stark violation of the State of Palestine s own domestic law and its obligations under international law Three were convicted of murder and two of collaboration with Israel According to media reports the executions were the first in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2017 OHCHR s spokesperson Ms Ravina Shamdasani said that none of the executed prisoners were given the opportunity to seek clemency or a pardon Shamdasani urged the de facto authorities in Gaza to establish a moratorium on all executions and called on the State of Palestine to take robust measures to abolish the death penalty in all its territory A number of other international as well as Palestinian rights groups have reportedly condemned the death penalty which was not approved by the Mahmoud Abbas the President of Palestine Shamdasani declared that there are serious concerns that criminal proceedings resulting in the imposition of death sentences in Gaza do not meet international fair trial standards and noted that the approval of President Abbas is required by national law According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights PCHR courts in Gaza have sentenced around 180 Palestinians to death executing 33 since Hamas took control in 2007 Under the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights a General Assembly resolution aimed at abolishing the death penalty Palestine is obliged to abolish executions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN rights office condemns execution of Gaza prisoners
     The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR has condemned the execution of five prisoners by Hamas the de facto authorities in Gaza In a statement issued on Monday OHCHR stated that five men were executed in the early hours of Sunday The agency described the act as stark violation of the State of Palestine s own domestic law and its obligations under international law Three were convicted of murder and two of collaboration with Israel According to media reports the executions were the first in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2017 OHCHR s spokesperson Ms Ravina Shamdasani said that none of the executed prisoners were given the opportunity to seek clemency or a pardon Shamdasani urged the de facto authorities in Gaza to establish a moratorium on all executions and called on the State of Palestine to take robust measures to abolish the death penalty in all its territory A number of other international as well as Palestinian rights groups have reportedly condemned the death penalty which was not approved by the Mahmoud Abbas the President of Palestine Shamdasani declared that there are serious concerns that criminal proceedings resulting in the imposition of death sentences in Gaza do not meet international fair trial standards and noted that the approval of President Abbas is required by national law According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights PCHR courts in Gaza have sentenced around 180 Palestinians to death executing 33 since Hamas took control in 2007 Under the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights a General Assembly resolution aimed at abolishing the death penalty Palestine is obliged to abolish executions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN rights office condemns execution of Gaza prisoners
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    UN rights office condemns execution of Gaza prisoners

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has condemned the execution of five prisoners by Hamas, the de facto authorities in Gaza, In a statement issued on Monday, OHCHR stated that five men were executed in the early hours of Sunday, The agency described the act as stark violation of the State of Palestine’s own domestic law and its obligations under international law.

    Three were convicted of murder and two of “collaboration” with Israel.

    According to media reports, the executions were the first in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2017. OHCHR’s spokesperson Ms Ravina Shamdasani, said that none of the executed prisoners were given the opportunity to seek clemency or a pardon.

    Shamdasani urged the de facto authorities in Gaza to establish a moratorium on all executions, and called on the State of Palestine to take robust measures to abolish the death penalty in all its territory.

    A number of other international, as well as Palestinian rights groups, have reportedly condemned the death penalty, which was not approved by the Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine.

    Shamdasani declared that there are “serious concerns that criminal proceedings resulting in the imposition of death sentences in Gaza do not meet international fair trial standards,” and noted that the approval of President Abbas is required by national law.

    According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), courts in Gaza have sentenced around 180 Palestinians to death, executing 33, since Hamas took control in 2007. Under the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a General Assembly resolution aimed at abolishing the death penalty, Palestine is obliged to abolish executions.

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  •  Atiku congratulates new PM seeks improved Nigeria UK partnership Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been named leader of the governing Conservative Party taking power as Britain s next Prime Minister PM Truss the third female to serve in this capacity will become PM today after travelling to meet the Queen at Balmoral in Scotland Yesterday s announcement triggered the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson and his departure from No 10 Dowing Street Johnson was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal and he will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth today to officially tender his resignation Lawmakers through a body called the 1922 Committee set the terms of the contest to replace him The broad outlines of the two stage process remained constant First Conservative lawmakers hold a series of ballots among themselves to whittle the number of contenders down to two Then there s a ballot on the final choice among the party s entire dues paying membership These are members of the public who pay a standard annual subscription of 25 about 30 and there are about 160 000 of them Eleven lawmakers sought to run this time with the final two Mr Rishi Sunak and Truss emerging on July 20 after five rounds of voting In a short victory speech after the announcement Truss said it was an honour to be elected after undergoing one of the longest job interviews in history She thanked Sunak for a hard fought campaign and pledged to deliver a bold plan Truss got 57 per cent of eligible votes among Conservative Party members while Sunak former Chancellor of the exchequer got 42 per cent His numbers didn t tally with what the opinion polls had earlier suggested She would be coming into office at a time when the country faces a cost of living crisis industrial unrest and a recession Truss aged 47 has promised to act quickly to tackle Britain s cost of living crisis cut taxes grow the economy saying that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and secure future fuel supplies FORMER Vice President and presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the new PM saying that UK has once again proven the resilient power of democracy He described Truss election as leader of the Conservative Party in the UK as a hard fought process Atiku who took to his verified Twitter handle yesterday to celebrate the new PM said he equally looks forward to an enhanced partnership of the new leadership of the Conservatives Party with Nigeria and other African countries in the areas of human capital development trade and strengthening democracy and the integrity of elections He wrote The United Kingdom has proven yet again the resilient power of democracy The election of MP trussliz as leader of the Conservative Party was a hard fought process but the ultimate winners are the people of the United Kingdom I join all other friends of the UK to celebrate this moment I equally look forward to an enhanced partnership of the new with Nigeria and African countries in the areas of human capital development trade and strengthening democracy and the integrity of elections AA
    Truss becomes third female UK Prime Minister
     Atiku congratulates new PM seeks improved Nigeria UK partnership Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been named leader of the governing Conservative Party taking power as Britain s next Prime Minister PM Truss the third female to serve in this capacity will become PM today after travelling to meet the Queen at Balmoral in Scotland Yesterday s announcement triggered the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson and his departure from No 10 Dowing Street Johnson was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal and he will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth today to officially tender his resignation Lawmakers through a body called the 1922 Committee set the terms of the contest to replace him The broad outlines of the two stage process remained constant First Conservative lawmakers hold a series of ballots among themselves to whittle the number of contenders down to two Then there s a ballot on the final choice among the party s entire dues paying membership These are members of the public who pay a standard annual subscription of 25 about 30 and there are about 160 000 of them Eleven lawmakers sought to run this time with the final two Mr Rishi Sunak and Truss emerging on July 20 after five rounds of voting In a short victory speech after the announcement Truss said it was an honour to be elected after undergoing one of the longest job interviews in history She thanked Sunak for a hard fought campaign and pledged to deliver a bold plan Truss got 57 per cent of eligible votes among Conservative Party members while Sunak former Chancellor of the exchequer got 42 per cent His numbers didn t tally with what the opinion polls had earlier suggested She would be coming into office at a time when the country faces a cost of living crisis industrial unrest and a recession Truss aged 47 has promised to act quickly to tackle Britain s cost of living crisis cut taxes grow the economy saying that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and secure future fuel supplies FORMER Vice President and presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the new PM saying that UK has once again proven the resilient power of democracy He described Truss election as leader of the Conservative Party in the UK as a hard fought process Atiku who took to his verified Twitter handle yesterday to celebrate the new PM said he equally looks forward to an enhanced partnership of the new leadership of the Conservatives Party with Nigeria and other African countries in the areas of human capital development trade and strengthening democracy and the integrity of elections He wrote The United Kingdom has proven yet again the resilient power of democracy The election of MP trussliz as leader of the Conservative Party was a hard fought process but the ultimate winners are the people of the United Kingdom I join all other friends of the UK to celebrate this moment I equally look forward to an enhanced partnership of the new with Nigeria and African countries in the areas of human capital development trade and strengthening democracy and the integrity of elections AA
    Truss becomes third female UK Prime Minister
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Truss becomes third female UK Prime Minister

    Atiku congratulates new PM, seeks improved Nigeria, UK partnership Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, has been named leader of the governing Conservative Party, taking power as Britain’s next Prime Minister (PM).

    Truss, the third female to serve in this capacity, will become PM today after travelling to meet the Queen at Balmoral in Scotland.

    Yesterday’s announcement triggered the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson and his departure from No. 10 Dowing Street. 

    Johnson was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal and he will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth today to officially tender his resignation. 

    Lawmakers, through a body called the 1922 Committee, set the terms of the contest to replace him.

    The broad outlines of the two-stage process remained constant.

    First, Conservative lawmakers hold a series of ballots among themselves to whittle the number of contenders down to two. 

    Then there’s a ballot on the final choice among the party’s entire dues-paying membership.

    These are members of the public who pay a standard annual subscription of £25 (about $30) and there are about 160,000 of them. 

    Eleven lawmakers sought to run this time, with the final two, Mr. Rishi Sunak and Truss emerging on July 20 after five rounds of voting. 

    In a short victory speech after the announcement, Truss said it was an honour to be elected after undergoing “one of the longest job interviews in history.

    ” She thanked Sunak for a “hard-fought campaign and pledged to deliver a bold plan.

    ”Truss got 57 per cent of eligible votes among Conservative Party members, while  Sunak, former Chancellor of the exchequer, got 42 per cent.

    His numbers didn’t tally with what the opinion polls had earlier suggested. 

    She would be coming into office at a time when the country faces a cost-of-living crisis, industrial unrest and a recession. 

    Truss, aged 47, has promised to act quickly to tackle Britain’s cost-of-living crisis, cut taxes, grow the economy, saying that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and secure future fuel supplies.

    FORMER Vice President and presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated the new PM, saying that UK has once again proven the resilient power of democracy.

    He described Truss’ election as leader of the Conservative Party in the UK as a ‘hard-fought process.

    ’ Atiku, who took to his verified Twitter handle yesterday to celebrate the new PM, said he equally looks forward to an enhanced partnership of the new leadership of the Conservatives Party with Nigeria and other African countries in the areas of human capital development, trade and strengthening democracy and the integrity of elections.

    He wrote: “The United Kingdom has proven, yet again, the resilient power of democracy.

    The election of MP @trussliz as leader of the Conservative Party was a hard-fought process, but the ultimate winners are the people of the United Kingdom.

    I join all other friends of the UK to celebrate this moment. 

    “I equally look forward to an enhanced partnership of the new with Nigeria and African countries in the areas of human capital development, trade and strengthening democracy and the integrity of elections.

    -AA.