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Pandora papers: Samoa defends its offshore industry, points to ‘key levers’ in bigger countries

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The financial regulator of Samoa, a Pacific nation implicated in the Pandora papers as a tax haven for wealthy individuals, has defended the country’s involvement in the offshore industry and pointed the finger at “la...

England’s Covid travel red list to be cut to a dozen countries

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Ministers will slash England’s travel red list to about a dozen countries, but plans for replacing the requirement for a negative PCR test with a lateral flow one to avoid isolation hang in the balance. Destinations i...

Climate funding target for poorer countries ‘likely to be met’ by 2022

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Developing countries could receive long-promised funds to help them tackle the climate crisis as soon as next year, in a major boost for the prospects of success at the Cop26 climate summit, the climate economist Nich...

Refusing your booster vaccine won’t help poorer countries

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In response to Christopher Cheetham’s letter (21 September), I do not wish to disparage his sentiment of promoting the international availability of vaccines, but I must disagree with his proposed action. Refusing a C...

Biden vows to double aid to developing countries vulnerable to climate crisis

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Joe Biden has vowed to double the financial aid given to developing countries vulnerable to the worsening climate crisis as he warned the UN that the world is “fast approaching the point of no return” from global heat...

UN: Joe Biden pledges to double climate aid to developing countries – live

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World leaders gather for the UN general assembly in New York, with Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro taking stand against Covid vaccine mandates• Biden will tell UN general assembly ‘America is back’

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires

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With the catastrophic effects of this summer’s unprecedented wildfires still being counted, leaders from around the Mediterranean – the European region most at risk from climate breakdown – have vowed to intensify the...

Ed Miliband: honour promises on jabs to poor countries to save Cop26 deal

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Boris Johnson should set out plans to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to all developing countries to achieve a global climate deal, Labour’s shadow business secretary, Ed Miliband, has urged. Only 2% of the population o...

EU countries urged to protect journalists as number of attacks rises

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EU governments have been urged by Brussels to take action to protect journalists, after an increase in physical and online attacks on members of the press. Issuing its first-ever recommendation on journalists’ safety,...

Six countries invited to arms fair are on Foreign Office human rights list

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Six nations listed by the Foreign Office as “human rights priority countries” have been invited by the British government to send delegations to Europe’s biggest arms fair, which begins in London’s Docklands on Tuesda...

Covid passports: what are European countries doing?

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While the government has shelved plans for Covid passports in nightclubs and other crowded places in England, at least a dozen EU countries now operate similar schemes for access to a wide range of venues and activiti...

Suicide still treated as a crime in at least 20 countries, report finds

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Suicide is still considered a crime in 20 countries, punishable by fines of thousands of pounds and up to three years in prison, research has revealed. In many nations children can be prosecuted for attempted suicide ...

Monopolies on Covid vaccines are killing people in poorer countries

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On 10 July,Dr Abraham Sokhaya Nkomo died of Covid-19 in Pretoria, South Africa. Abe Nkomo, as he was popularly known, was a giant of South African public life: a physician, an anti-apartheid organiser, a member of par...

IPCC report shows ‘possible loss of entire countries within the century’

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Global heating above 1.5C will be “catastrophic” for Pacific island nations and could lead to the loss of entire countries due to sea level rise within the century, experts have warned. The Pacific has long been seen ...

Worst polluting countries must make drastic carbon cuts, says Cop26 chief

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The world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases must produce clear plans to cut their carbon output drastically, the president of vital UN climate talks has urged, after scientists warned there was only a small chanc...

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