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UN aid chief urges G20: prevent mass starvation in Afghanistan
"The United Nations calls on the G. twenty countries to take immediate action to help millions of people in Afghanistan U. N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths tells the AP that the U. S. and the other wealthy nations have to make two crucial changes to traditional aid packages give us your humanitarian money because we can make good use of it he's reprogram your development money used for longer term projects into humanitarian money so we can use it now Griffith says the world food program already feeding four million people in Afghanistan we'll need to feed up to twelve million in the coming winter months Hoff of the population of that country is now at risk of not having enough food to eat not having knowing where the next meal will come from Griffith says the current crisis has been caused by two large droughts the disruption of services and the collapse of the economy after the Taliban routed the government and took over the country I'm Tim McGuire
"martin griffiths" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio
"Short over thirteen billion dollars. During the pandemic university of washington. Researchers estimate more than ten and a half million people have died of cova nineteen worldwide with projections that number will exceed twelve point. Three million by the end of the year only two percent of people in low income nations have received even a single dose of co vaccine. The united nations is demanding. Urgent action to prevent famine ethiopia's rebel-held to grind region. Un humanitarian chief. Martin griffiths cold ethiopia's government to end a defacto blockade of food medical supplies and fuel entity greg calling the crisis a stain on our consciousness. A un spokesperson said. The crisis is affecting millions of people. Five point two million people still require food aid with four hundred thousand people. Living in famine like conditions or humanitarian colleagues. Say that children malnutrition child. Malnutrition is at the same level that at the outset of the two thousand eleven somalia famine military commanders or questioned by lawmakers again wednesday on the us withdraw from afghanistan. General kenneth mackenzie head of us. Central command said they were aware within just hours that the august twenty ninth. Us drone strike in kabul had hit civilians and knew a few days later. The target was a mistake but it took the pentagon weeks to admit this after initially asserting. The strike prevented an imminent threat by isis k. Fight investigations quickly revealed. The victims were instead an aide. Worker named zamora muddy and his family members including seven children. Ahmadis boss at the california based nonprofit nutrition education international has said the. Us is still labeling. The group as an isis safehouse putting even more civilian lives at risk ecuador's declared a state of emergency throughout. Its prison system. Is the death toll from a deadly prison riot rose to one hundred sixteen. At least eighty other prisoners were injured after fighting broke out between rival gangs in the prison and ecuador's port city of north korea. Said it tested a new hypersonic missile..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on UN News
"Hello in this week's show u. n. secretary general antonio cherish on afghanistan and other big problems that need an international effort to fix them details from you and rights chief michelle basch let on myanmar's spout violence and corruption in south sudan. That's impacting terribly on the country's people. Although there is a little bit of good news from there to as we'll hear that's all coming up in this week's you and catch up date nine geneva. Thanks for listening. I the news with katie dartford. This is news in brief from the united nations. Afghanistan's health system is on the brink of collapse. The head of the world health organization w eight show has warned speaking from kabul on wednesday after a meeting with senior taliban figures along with medical professionals and patients w. h. o. director general tetris adenoma gabe racists said that international funding cuts had forced health providers to decide who to save and who tillett die. Developments came as the un's emergency relief. Chief martin griffiths announced. He was releasing forty. Five million dollars to support afghanistan's crumbling healthcare system in rural areas. Meanwhile the un food and agricultural organisation called for urgent international assistance to safeguard livelihoods..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on AP News
"Billion in emergency pledges for helping 11 million Afghans ahead. At the first high level conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a month ago. Western governments, big traditional donors and others announced pledges that went beyond the $606 million that the U. N. Was seeking to cover costs through the end of the year. Afghans face and escalating humanitarian crisis in their homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region. As the U. N human rights chief Martin Griffiths voiced concerns about the Taliban's first steps in establishing power. I'm Charles Gilad. Asthma. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is defending the administration's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal amid angry criticism from Republicans that a contentious house hearing From House foreign affairs ranking member Michael McCaul. This was an unmitigated disaster to Ohio Steve Chabot. This is a disgrace. Even top panel Democrat Gregory Meeks says the administration could have done better. Absolutely yes, Blinken notes, the administration inherited a Taliban peace deal from Donald Trump. And says, nobody predicted Afghan forces would fall so fast and amid criticism for leaving American citizens behind Blinken says the chaotic evacuation effort was successful, extraordinary effort. Under the most difficult conditions imaginable. Songer Megane Washington Scientists say cows can be potty trained as easily as toddlers, maybe easier. Animal behavioral scientist Lindsey Matthews and his team at New Zealand's University of Auckland set up a special pen called.
"martin griffiths" Discussed on AP News
"Asthma. Some hell of a good different milk and real cream shows the pussy who's the boss? See it tastes like a dream share. The gift that starts with real milk and cream, not from oil or water. Besides, just won't quit. That's just gone, have announced on Monday, its drummed up more than $1.2 billion. In emergency pledges for helping 11 million Afghans ahead at the first high level conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a month ago. Western governments, big traditional donors and others announced pledges that went beyond the $606 million that the U. N was seeking to cover costs through the end of the year. Afghans face and escalating humanitarian crisis in their homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region. As the U. N human rights chief Martin Griffiths voiced concerns about the Taliban's first steps in establishing power. I'm Charles Gilad Asthma. Secretary of state Anthony Blinken is defending the administration's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal amid angry criticism from Republicans that a contentious house hearing From House foreign affairs ranking member Michael McCaul. This was an unmitigated disaster to Ohio Steve Chabot. This is a disgrace. Even top panel Democrat Gregory Meeks says the administration could have done better. Absolutely yes, Blinken notes, the administration inherited a Taliban peace deal from Donald Trump. And says, nobody predicted Afghan forces would fall so fast and amid criticism, foreign leaving American citizens behind Blinken says the chaotic evacuation effort was successful, extraordinary effort. Under the most difficult conditions imaginable Song or Megane Washington, Scientists say cows can be potty trained as easily as toddlers, maybe easier. Animal behavioral scientist Lindsey Matthews and his team at New Zealand's University of Auckland set up a special pen called The.
"martin griffiths" Discussed on AP News
"Announced on Monday its drummed up more than $1.2 billion in emergency pledges for helping 11 million Afghans ahead. At the first high level conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a month ago. Western governments, big traditional donors and others announced pledges that went beyond the $606 million that the U. N. Was seeking to cover costs through the end of the year. Afghans face and escalating humanitarian crisis in their homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region. As the U. N human rights chief Martin Griffiths voiced concerns about the Taliban's first steps in establishing power. I'm Charles Gilad Asthma Secretary of state Antony Blinken is defending the administration's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal amid angry criticism from Republicans at a contentious house hearing. From House foreign affairs ranking member Michael McCaul. This was an unmitigated disaster to Ohio Steve Chabot. This is a disgrace. Even top panel Democrat Gregory Meeks says the administration could have done better. Absolutely yes, Blanket notes. The administration inherited a Taliban peace deal from Donald Trump. And says, nobody predicted Afghan forces would fall so fast and amid criticism for leaving American citizens behind Blinken says the chaotic evacuation effort was successful, extraordinary effort. Under the most difficult conditions imaginable. Saenger Megane Washington Scientists say cows can be potty trained as easily as toddlers, maybe easier. Animal behavioral scientist Lindsey Matthews and his team at New Zealand's University of Auckland set up a special pen called The Mulu..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on AP News
"Pakistan's planning minister has warned that people who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to work from officers after this month. In a televised message, Asad Umar says unvaccinated people will also not be eligible to enter shopping malls, use public transport or to travel by air after the September 30 deadline. Yuma also asked people to keep social distancing in comments coming hours after Pakistan reported a steady decline. In cases of coronavirus. The minister adds about 52% of the adult population in Pakistan's capital Islamabad had been vaccinated and other cities need to try to vaccinate at least 40% of their eligible population as soon as possible to avoid lockdowns and covid 19 related restrictions. I'm Charles to the to the United Nations announced on Monday. It's drummed up more than $1.2 billion in emergency pledges for helping 11 million Afghans ahead at the first high level conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a month ago. Western governments, big traditional donors and others announced pledges that went beyond the $606 million. That the U. N was seeking to cover costs through the end of the year. Afghans face an escalating humanitarian crisis in their homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region as the U. N human rights chief Martin Griffiths voiced concerns about the Taliban's first steps in establishing power. I'm Charles Gilad asthma President Joe Biden provides last day campaign help for California Governor Gavin Newsom facing a recall election on Tuesday. Some eight million people have already Voted in the effort to recall California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom want to support Gavin Newsom and I got to know I was happy to find elder Newsom has to get 50% plus one no votes to block the recall if we don't turn out And vote. No. Larry Elder is the next governor of the state of California. Those voting yes to recall. Newsom then select one of nearly four dozen names on the ballot, and elder, a conservative radio host is leading in the polls of those wanting to oust Newsome. So please Vote to recall this man vote Yes, on the recall. Yeah. Shouldn't assume not overcome the recall. Then the top vote getter in the huge field of candidates would become governor. Many elections experts say that person could win with fewer than 25% of the votes. I'm Tim Maguire. Y'all ready.
Donors Pledge $1.2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Afghans
"The United Nations announced on Monday it's drummed up more than one point two billion dollars in emergency pledges for helping eleven million Afghans ahead up the first high level conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a month ago western governments big traditional donors and others announced pledges the wood beyond the six hundred six million dollars that the U. N. was seeking to cover costs through the end of the year Afghans face an escalating humanitarian crisis in the homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region as the U. N. human rights chief Martin Griffiths voiced concerns about the Taliban's first steps in establishing power I'm Charles de Ledesma
"martin griffiths" Discussed on The CSIS Podcast
"Biden administration is about to announce a summit calling a summit at the un general assembly on the covert response. A very welcome. Step a very essential step. We've had a shocking absence of high level. Diplomacy in the almost two years of this pandemic and the by administration stepping forward to began a process of high level. Summitry around this and that's very welcome. Thurs caused for some optimism. Here we have to be optimistic and this is an administration that is struggling to revise. Its approaches both at home and abroad and in both domains their imperfect but they're vastly better than what we had before. Let's be honest. Let's talk about afghanistan for mid steve. What what is the taliban. Coming to. Power mean for health in afghanistan including the kobe response in while we're talking about code. Let's talk about polio. As well thank you. My my feeling today. And i've been talking to people who are in kabul and in the region engaged in the negotiations on what happens next. My sense is that we are right on the precipice of a a rapidly worsening crisis That we could see the collapse of the health system. The two thousand health centers within afghanistan salaries are frozen. People are not getting paid. Supply chains are frozen the gains that had been made very fragile gains but very important gains. The last twenty years in the health sector in afghanistan going from really basement levels the worst imaginable. Maternal mortality rates the worst imaginable child mortality rates to pretty you know major gains in life expectancy maternal mortality gains in the like still enormous work to be done but this was funded predominantly through the e u. The world. Bank in the us government. All of those flows are frozen at the moment. And we don't know when that's going to happen and there's not a lot of time before we see a collapse in the meantime. The economy itself is paralyzed in. What does that mean. In terms of suffering humanitarian emergency and instability. We have now in kabul. We have martin griffiths the under secretary generals of the un head of un ocho the coordinating operational coordination on humanitarian emergency response. We have peter marr. The head of the international committee of the red cross. We have others in there trying to negotiate a way forward in preparation for monday's meeting in geneva. The pledging conference of donors in which people are going to ask can ngos can international organizations operate in this environment with their security guaranteed with their ability to travel their ability to deploy their female workers as well as their male workers to be able to serve women and girls as well as boys and men. All of these things are getting worked out and they haven't been resolved and the first the most recent steps the creation of this government of purely taleban with some real hard liners in there. No women no reference to women in their three page statement on tuesday has set people. Back with the connie's there the we've got to figures that are in that government who who have bounties on their heads by the fbi. He's the sarraj. Connie who is was named jira minister had of the Connie network right. Yeah so it's you know is. This is a extremely delicate in difficult process of negotiations. And and i just. I think the risk is enormous that we're gonna see decay and regression in the delivery of health services when it's already fragile and now look at the circumstances and i don't think this is going to get worked out very rapidly. In the meantime the big risk is the economic economy implodes and we have a runaway humanitarian emergency along with social instability..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on UN News
"In geneva ahead of the conference. Daniel johnson sat down with the newly-installed head of you and humanitarian affairs. Martin griffiths who recently returned from his first visit to afghanistan now under taliban control he called on the taliban to recognize the scale of need across the country and urge them to respect the rights of women and girls. But we need on. Monday is a focus of the international community on the needs of the people in afghanistan. These needs have grown enormously because of recent weeks in afghanistan and we all understand that what monday is about. It's an opportunity for us to describe to. Member states are needs the needs the people have aniston and for them to pledge partnership with us to meet those needs in very difficult circumstances you in kabul very recently and you met the taliban interim leaders at the time there were some women there now. People are desperate to know about women's rights in securing women's and girls' rights going forward. What would you say to them. Well i've worked with the taliban and around the taliban and despite the taliban for twenty twenty five years and i negotiated with them in nine hundred ninety eight when they were last in power on exactly the same issues that we redressing earlier this week with them. I raised two issues with the taliban leadership. The first of which was the rights of women and girls to all that is normal in society whether it's work whether it's education whether it's freedom of movement all these things and secondly i spoke to them about what is needed as an environment in which humanitarian agencies can flourish and function. But on the first. What they said to me was that we promise that the rights of women and girls will be respected subject to the religion and culture of afghanistan. This is a work in progress. And we've been here before and so we need to have a lot more discussion in the days to come in the weeks to come about what that really means. And that's very important for the people of afghanistan but it's also important for the community because of course there have been demonstrations in the center of kabul. We've heard reports of whips being used so that isn't something that is acceptable to the international community. Presumably although i suppose you would say you'll priorities now while those most in need. So can you tell us about. These needs if i could. I say and this is what the taliban themselves told me. When i was there in kabul is that they have come to power sooner than they thought. They're unprepared for this. They look around the country and we see completely different practices in different parts of the country. I spoke to the leaders of ngos in kabul some of whom were saying that in certain provinces they were treated very well by the child by women were treated well by telemann and others..
Concrete Commitments Needed to Aid Afghan People, Declares UN Relief Chief
"With half of afghanistan's children under five at risk of severe malnutrition and two thirds of the country needing humanitarian assistance. The un's emergency relief is urging the international community to provide real commitments at a crucial aid conference on monday in an exclusive interview for u. n. News in geneva ahead of the conference. Daniel johnson sat down with the newly-installed head of you and humanitarian affairs. Martin griffiths who recently returned from his first visit to afghanistan now under taliban control he called on the taliban to recognize the scale of need across the country and urge them to respect the rights of women and girls. But we need on. Monday is a focus of the international community on the needs of the people in afghanistan. These needs have grown enormously because of recent weeks in afghanistan and we all understand that what monday is about. It's an opportunity for us to describe to. Member states are needs the needs the people have aniston and for them to pledge partnership with us to meet those needs in very difficult circumstances
"martin griffiths" Discussed on WBUR
"Hello. I'm Neil Nunes with the BBC News. Opponents of Myanmar's military rulers have called for a country wide uprising to drive the soldiers from power. The national unity Government, whose members are in exile in detention or in hiding, said all citizens should take part in a revolution are Southeast Asia correspondent Jonathan had reports. It isn't clear what impact the energies call will have in Myanmar's towns and villages where residents have already formed armed people's defence forces and have launched attacks on soldiers, police and military appointed officials with rising numbers of casualties on both sides. Most of these militias have pledged allegiance to the N u G. But in practice it has little influence over their actions. Much of the country is already in something like a state of civil war or revolution, with tens of thousands of people displaced. And no functioning government. Taliban fighters have fired guns into the air to try to disperse the protests in the Afghan capital Kabul. The demonstrators, many of them women, accused Pakistan of helping the militant group take control of Pan Share Valley, the last part of Afghanistan that was still holding out against them. The Taliban have urged residents there to stay in their homes rather than flee into the mountains. Resistance forces save every gained some ground. Meanwhile, the UN's humanitarian chief has warned Taliban leaders that Africans are desperately in need of aid. Martin Griffiths told the BBC the country was in dire straits..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on WBUR
"Argentine players accused of breaching covid quarantine rules. The officials ordered them to go into quarantine before being deported. Soldiers who seized power in Guinea on Sunday have ordered government ministers and national figures to attend a meeting later on Monday in a broadcast on state TV, they said regional governors have been replaced by military commanders and the ousted president. Alpha Conde was safe. But in detention the U. N humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths has met Taliban leaders in Kabul and told them they must protect all civilians, especially women, girls and minorities. He said the Taliban had given a commitment to allow humanitarian access to those in need. Research, funded by the UK government has identified an operation trying to influence Western opinion using a deliberate strategy of attaching comments to online news articles that support Russia's point of view. The Russian government has always denied any role in such campaigns. The third son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from jail in the capital, Tripoli, where he's been held since 2014 Saadi Gaddafi was commander of Libya's special forces, but was also famous for attempting a career as a professional footballer in Italy. The mayor of Mexico City has said that a prominent statue of the explorer Christopher Columbus, is to be taken down and replaced with one of an indigenous Mexican woman, Claudia Shane Baum said the statue of Columbus would be relocated to what she described as a worthy site. The storage limits for frozen eggs, sperm and embryos could rise to a maximum of 55 years, and the UK government plans to give people greater choice over when to start a family. The proposals, which will need parliamentary approval, but have won support of fertility groups. BBC news..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"I ran for president because I saw that the economy was not working for everyday Americans for New Yorkers. Yang is calling for more high speed Internet access and for the city to run the subway, which is currently run by a transit authority that's controlled by New York's governor. Gang has faced criticism during the pandemic for quarantining outside of New York City. Hanzo Wang NPR NEWS New YORK, This is NPR news. Top officials at the United Nations are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse his decision to designate Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U. N is trying to resolve Yemen's war and stable famine in the country. Three key U. N officials the head of the World Food Program, the UN's humanitarian chief and the man leading negotiations on Yemen are lining up against Pompeo's move. U N envoy Martin Griffiths says that designating the Iranian backed Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization just makes his job harder. We failed in my mission. They will be inevitably a chilling effect. My efforts to bring the parties together, and the terrorist designation could make it difficult to reach millions of Yemenis in Houthi controlled parts of the country. U N humanitarian officials call this a catastrophe in a country that faces potential famine. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington, then Uganda votes are being counted in a presidential race pitting incumbent You were. We move 17. Against musician turned opposition leader Bobby Wine. The vote was being held amid widespread violence and reports that security forces were preventing wine supporters from monitoring polling stations. The wary has ruled the East African nation since 1986 on Wall Street stocks close slightly lower after Big tech shares declined late in the session. The Dow Jones industrials lost 68 points. The NASDAQ composite index dipped 16. U. S futures are little changed in after hours trading. Yes. Is NPR news..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Income I ran for president because I saw that the economy was not working for everyday Americans for New Yorkers. Yang is calling for more high speed Internet access and for the city to run the subway, which is currently run by a transit authority that's controlled by New York's governor. Gang has faced criticism during the pandemic for quarantining outside of New York City hands. Lo Wang NPR NEWS New York This is NPR news. Top officials at the United Nations are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse his decision to designate Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U. N is trying to resolve Yemen's war and stable famine in the country. Three key U. N officials the head of the World Food Program, the UN's humanitarian chief and the man leading negotiations on Yemen are lining up against Pompeo's move. U N envoy Martin Griffiths says that designating the Iranian backed Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization just makes his job harder. We feel in my mission. They will be inevitably a chilling effect. My efforts to bring the parties together, and the terrorist designation could make it difficult to reach millions of Yemenis in Houthi controlled parts of the country. U N humanitarian officials call this a catastrophe in a country that faces potential famine. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington, then Uganda votes are being counted in a presidential race pitting incumbent You weary move, 17. Against musician turned opposition leader Bobby Wine. The vote was being held amid widespread violence and reports that security forces were preventing wine supporters from monitoring polling stations. Aware he has ruled the East African nation since 1986 on Wall Street stocks close slightly lower after Big tech shares declined late in the session. The Dow Jones industrials lost 68 points. The NASDAQ composite index dipped 16. U. S futures are little changed in after hours trading. Yes. Is NPR.
"martin griffiths" Discussed on WTOP
"Calling on President Trump to join other leaders in condemning a band nerve agent, which he says Russian President Vladimir Putin used on him. Navalny spoke with Leslie Stall of CBS News in his first US television interview since being poisoned with that chemical Nova, Chuck. He spoke on 60 minutes, I think for Putin Why his using this chemical weapon to do both. Kill me and, you know, terrify others. It's something really scary with people just drop dead without the rhino gone. There are no shots, and in a couple of hours, you will be dead and without any traces on your body. It's something terrifying and Putin is enjoying it. Election Navalny speaks on 60 Minutes this Sunday night The White House says today. The two Americans were released by Iran backed militants in Yemen. The prisoner exchange that resulted in the return of two Americans who have been held captive by the Iran backed Hootie militia and the remains of a third was negotiated by several nations, including the US, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and intermediaries for Iran and brokered by the U. N special envoy Martin Griffiths and US hostage negotiators. Pamela Folk with CBS News. Nearly 300 of the militias. Members were also released is part of that exchange. There's a new program exploring the role slavery has played in the nation's capital. Conversations around racial injustice have led to a new effort by the White House Historical Association, an independent nonprofit to better understand the White House's history with slavery. Mia O in the first year public history graduate at American University is the first student to be selected for the fellowship. It's led me to come more interesting, more involved about morning about how and save people Dealt with these challenges to the fellowship. Mia will also explore slavery as part of a use history both American and while Circle Association have been working toward these goals of having more Diversity and inclusion of the stories that they tell. I'm re excited that I get to be a part of that LaSalle opinions still ahead on w T O P Does President Trump need help with big business and Iowa voters will have that ahead 8 43 when it comes to federal it No. Two missions are the same. And the partners who deliver for federal health agencies are the ones who truly listen and adapt. Cerner.
UN Special Envoy takes stock of Yemens shift towards peace
"A year has now passed since the government of Yemen and Hutu rebels met in Sweden for US sponsor talks aimed at ending a brutal conflict. That's generated the world's worst humanitarian crisis in an exclusive interview with you a news U N special envoy Martin Griffiths has been reflecting on achievement since the signing of the Stockholm agreement which included key elements such as the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the port city of who data Yemen's gateway for goodson aid as well as prisoner exchanges ranges. Mr Griffiths said the path to peace requires warring parties to abandon hopes for a military victory and instead pursue the huge victory that can be gained through negotiation and he told my Yakub that this shift is happening in Yemen. Although more could be done towards fully implementing the accord. We also believed coming out of Sweden that that the element of the stock agreement which covered data the port city up. On the Red Sea coast of Yemen the humanitarian entry point for the humanitarian program program Yemen was saved from dreadful battle. Now you rightly point out to the fact that many people I'm one of them But if we could have done much better job of implementing the Stockholm Agreement in this twelve bucks on his beaten for many of us particularly for the people in Yemen. For whom it's it's a primary issue Disappointment in many many ways yes set neither have been achievements. There was a prospect at that time of an attack. On the city. Imports of all data. A battle for those two vital hubs of humanitarian program it was avoided it still has been avoided. That has it's been a ceasefire more or less implemented in data people's lives have been saved. The monitoring program has been protected. I I think it also showed that the parties could actually agree on a different way out of a crisis. But it's true there are things which should have gotten much better We still have yet to see major redeployments to demilitarize the city of data. That hasn't happened. We're still negotiating it prisoner release. We've had grave disappointments takeover. This yeah true. Recently we saw hundred twenty eight hundred thirty prisoners released. That was a great step forward but it hasn't been enough so I think the Stockholm agreement. Yes it we came out with a great sense of hope Hope dashed in many ways. But also some considerable achievements we're not forget the humanitarian crisis. That Yemen is suffering from Yemen. Continues to be the worst. The worst humanitarian crisis in the world. This this value situation is contributing to skepticism in certain circles about the possibility of a political solution. How do you see the prospect of apiece in Yemen now compared to one year ago when the agreement was signed well for me? The situation doesn't give me skepticism about the prospects for peace. It does the opposite. And if there's any argument in favor of the need for speed towards a political solution to this war is those people people who daily suffer from the effects of conflict families whose children haven't been to school for five years families who had struggle legal to get food on the plates on a daily basis. That will tell us. We need a political solution. It shouldn't make us skeptical about it but any political solution anywhere in any conflict and I have had the awful privilege of a lifetime of being confronted by conflicts is immensely difficult difficult it requires political will although level which is so much more demanding than in any other to move from water piece peace requires those who lead in war to change the way they look at their constituencies to change the way they look at the potential to end the hopes for military victory and to begin actually reaching out to the enemies and to make them part of the future. It's a huge shift in any civil war. It's a massive shift. What I believe is happening now in Yemen is that at last in Yemen? We're beginning to see that. Shift take place. We're beginning to see in the hearts and minds of those who make decisions about who all the desire to make peace and the recognition Shen at a fundamental level that there is no prospect for military advantage that there is nothing to be won on the battlefield and that there is a huge Zhou victory of course to be made in the terrain negotiation.
News in Brief 20 August 2019
"This is the news in brief from the united nations. The recent outbreak of fighting in southern yemen between former allies that are still locked in combat with hootie opposition forces forces in the north of the country is a clear sign that the current conflict must be brought to an end you an envoy martin griffiths said on tuesday updating the security council so in new york on his efforts to secure a peaceful end to more than four years of war. Mr griffiths insisted that the u._n. Remains committed to inclusive dialogue that resolves differences am to addressing the concerns of all yemenis including something groups that the range of us to be taken into account in any dialogue on the future of yemen and we i need all of its citizens to assist us in making sure that future is stable and secure. This is a vital importance the efforts to end the conflict perfect and to ensure the resumption of the political transition that has been interrupted by these recent years. I hope all yemeni stakeholders from all parts of the country take events in arden as a clear sign that the current the conflict must be brought and swiftly and peacefully and in a manner which addresses the needs of yemenis across the country his comments come amid clashes between southern separatists and government forces in aden. Mr griffiths welcomed the fact that a ceasefire deal in hodeida governor it had maintained the flow. If desperately needed humanitarian supplies and lead to a sustained reduction in violence intensifying clashes in the southern libyan town of merck involving air and drone strikes strikes in recent days have left at least ninety people dead and displaced thousands of terrified civilians the u._n. Said on tuesday the warning over these small oasis town follows follows local media reports that the clashes involved tribal opponents of these self-styled libyan national army of commander khalifa after which in april began on offensive on libya's capital it'll tripoli jens locker from the office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs or arch condemned the ongoing clashes casualties on all sides of the fighting have continued canoed as a result of air strikes by planes and drowns indiscriminate rocket attacks shelling and direct fighting on the ground. We know for a fact that at least six children into of them were killed. Four of them were injured in a strike that hit a house hosting internally displaced people on the eighth of august according adding to the u._n. Nine thousand four hundred and fifty people have now been displaced by the violence in and around music since the beginning of august the u._n. And humanitarian partners are responding with emergency healthcare food distribution shelter and non-food items but access remains extremely limited in music itself and finally venezuela where the u._n. Children's fund unicef has appealed for help to provide lifesaving assistance to nine hundred thousand youngsters as the country continues to face aid <hes> economic crisis more than three million children need help amid food shortages and limited access to healthcare and save water unicef said in a statement in its appeal hill for more than seventy million dollars. The agency said that vaccine preventable diseases including measles and diptheria have emerged while yellow fever and malaria are on the arise around one point three million children and adolescence need protection services while over a million are now out of school daniel johnson u._n. News.
How will Boris Johnson deal with Iran?
"There is a new prime minister of vigorous prime minister one who enjoys prime minister's questions enjoys being rhetorically clever on the floor of the parliament with the opposition and with his own party's name is Boris Johnson affectionately called boats out he's got a mop of blonde hair remind you of anyone he runs cabinet meetings with vigor he has a new cabinet including a new defense secretary the reason I mention all this is that the new defense secretary and Boris Johnson have an opportunity here to respond in less than a passive way to the provocation by the predatory stead of a rotten taking hostages tanker hostages routinely of British flag British owned tankers passing through the strait of our moves what is to be done we welcome Michael saying of the Washington institute managing director Michael I perhaps speak to aggressively for Boris Johnson because lord knows he has problems at home to deal with brexit but he does have a new secretary of defense this is a new day do you hear anything that he'll make a statement and confronting a Ron's clear shakedown techniques that cynical shakedown techniques good evening to you well good evening Malcolm good evening John it's pleasure to be with you guys he I think that Boris Johnson frankly will have the same dilemma that Theresa may had a break with the same dilemma that president trump and all president trump predecessors had which is surely they will want to impose costs on a run to retaliate against what it's been raining active I receive but they will worry about escalating in a region that frankly they don't want to be that involved and that really is the basic conundrum how do you find those options to retaliate without drawing yourself in the conflict frankly that the United States has far more options on it spectrum than any other country in even we have been had but but you can't sort of neglect the fact on it you know two tankers sees wonder own down Intel is other acts that have been provocative in around really hasn't suffered any consequence now we see the eight PM the words from raw honey that would signal an openness to it tanker exchange they talked of the there's talk of other exchanges with the United States sort of reminiscent of the Obama years with quiet contacts unconfirmed but seems likely that something is going on what is your sense of the behind the scenes communication that is going on and how will this affect the imposition of the additional sanctions but he was well I I think that for the U. K. they they see this as two separate problems if I if I gather correctly they they have the tanker into crew more importantly who are held by Iran and so they have an obligation to try to free those people and is there you might think of exchanges and and so on and so forth they've made clear that they're looking for a diplomatic out that then you have the broader problem of deterring any further attacks I will say though the problem with an exchange your in a sense you risk rewarding around for what it's done because when the British took the Iranian tanker off their stripped rolled her they did so because that tanker was transporting oil to the onsite Richie in Syria in violation of European sanctions that they were enforcing there thanks if that's something the United States wants them to do a line wasn't doing anything except looking for bargaining chips when it be those innocent people that commercial vessel so the two actions article in and the risk of exchange is that they seem equivalent Michael a tanker the families that the provocation the challenge the question of pride yes set that aside let's be cynical man for twenty seconds this doesn't damage the economy of anyone in the west but there is a clock ticking on Iran's economy how long have they got to play this game of their tough guys well you know I'm happy to be cynical John you so I I think the the difficulty of the yet the sanctions clock is ticking and things are looking very dire for run that's probably why we're seeing both the escalation on the Gulf and in the region primer on as well as the nuclear escalation I think that the challenge will have is that if they want to run can make that nuclear clock for example move faster then our sanctions clock and operate station by their by their nature will take some time to really have the type of sex trump administration wants to speak and so the Iranians can't believe that basically sanctions and nothing else we're really not prepared to do anything else because that gives them an incentive to escalate they have to believe that also at the end of the day when push comes to shove there are other options they're pretty nice it's our ally and that will really I think make them feel a bit more corner Malcolm you would take too much responsibility for ships in the Gulf how can a maritime security initiative succeed if it doesn't have the full support of the US military and to what degree will the new player mark as per as secretary defense at play in the the approaching exit stakes well I think it has to have the full support United States Malcolm an effort for two reasons number one we certainly don't want the Iranians to believe that they're driving a wedge between the US and our and our allies anymore than than they already have frankly any idea you're gonna have one U. S. initiative and then a separate European initiative both to do the same thing I think send a terrible message to our adversaries not just hearing but second when it comes down to it I like that the British were enforcing sanctions on Syria that's exactly what we want them to do it we we want to show the Iranians are other adversaries that yes we may disagree on the nuclear deal but there's plenty we do agree about their twenty ways we can work together so when the British to enforce the sanctions you know we can't then throw them under the bus or fail to support them when the Iranians retaliate against them because anyone who then our ally and we go save enforce the sanctions it will have your back really even gonna believe Michael we're told I read that our allies to the Iran deal that we have rejected our allies are reluctant to go along with us and there's much chatter about meetings with the reef and is there another way and work around from the US sanctions does this incident or series of incidents threatening the British to assist in any way persuade Paris and Berlin to capitals to name that Iran is not trustworthy well I can get it does absolutely John I think that you know the Iranians are doing a great job of demonstrating why we distress right it's not just the tanker incident taking the French Iranian academic hostage it's the discovery of the nuclear archives by Israel it's a discovery of the undeclared nuclear material reportedly I editor could divide facility if the terrorist attacks that tears plop I should say that Iran was working on in Europe it's that whole string of activities and again this is something I think we could capitalize on the there these are areas of convergence between the United States and Europe I think the difficult it again that you can't fight something with nothing the European look at the nuclear deal they say okay maybe it has limitations maybe doesn't cover everything but then they look at that US policy and they say well they're not sure that they see a real plan to get to something better and so this is what US officials really need to do they need to take all those things working in our favor and figure out what is the diplomatic plan now to build a coalition to get the Iranians back the table or continue radiance whichever well we can really achieve and so far we haven't seen that that's what we need to go we just did discuss the army of bombing it because of the anniversary ending run obviously was behind it do you anticipate the Iran again resorting to escalating tensions with Hamas as well both against Israel and he in that say South America elsewhere in the world as a way of not do being directly involved in there for culpable but get sending the message of what they're capable of doing it so I I don't think they'll can you can lump all these things together right because in in certain places like the Gulf I have a question regarding the cyber name domain the question would be for the Iranian goal why wouldn't it be do these things what what costs having heard by escalating in those areas because basically when it comes down to it they believe that they have greater risk tolerance in the region that we do when they see a sort of wanting to leave the re and they're happy to kind of give it a nudge to get out when it comes to things like the imia bombings you know Israel has shown a willingness to push back against Iran whether through the bombings in Syria whether it's through is for Israel's own retaliation for terrorist attacks against Iran wherever those terrorist attacks happen and so I think I think you'll see that a run may be hesitant to sort of challenge Israel directly because I know that all my respond but it may feel as though we have a lower risk tolerance the British have a lower risk tolerance I am so maybe they'll they'll choose to push in those areas Iran is a threat to the whole region as well these tanker incidents did they change the landscape in Yemen to they change the landscape in between Saudi Arabia in Tehran or is that outside of their interest well it's it's a good question and it is a good question especially because you have seen for example in Marathi tankers targeted as well I think when push comes to shove our allies in the region and it includes Israel frankly don't want to see it as an open military conflict with Iran they would like to see a run heard it like this you run contain they would like to see all the sort of actions which Aruna taking sort of come with a cost for the Iranian leadership but they don't want to see an open military conflict and so again I think it's it's no different than what I said about our allies beyond the reach of which is I think they're looking to the United States for a plan to deal with these things any related United States a table look I did your region you deal with it but so far over the past you know any number of decades we haven't seen our allies really being willing to step up like that and that's why we're so involved in this region Malcolm a quick question to follow up on John's point about Yemen with the UAE pulling out of the conflict what what do you see happening now the ceasing to be stepping up the attacks in Saudi Arabia daily attacks much of which don't get reported here in the west they don't seem to be able to pull out that is Saudi Arabia and Iran I think wants to keep them tied up there so what what solution could there be well I think that now this conflict you know for the most part has moved or at least western approach I should say to calm because really moved much more into the political realm I I think the folks I have despaired of really being able to accomplish much more in the military realm until the U. S. approach has been much more to try to get behind the U. N. envoy Martin Griffiths I encourage other countries to do the same I I think I think that's the direction that he had it I can can weigh in a way that's why you see them right taking the action they are in there is a concern absolutely that the Iranians may sort of try to cultivate who didn't have much more ahead ball alike proxy on it in the interest of the United States Israel other states that do we can
News in Brief 16 July 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations ahead of a key expert meeting at the U._N.. To decide whether to declare the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and International Health Emergency U. N. CHILDREN'S FUND UNICEF warned won't that the epidemic is infecting more children than earlier outbreaks to date. There have been more than two thousand five hundred cases of infection and to nearly one thousand six hundred seventy people have died in the D._R._C. Provinces of cheery and North Kivu. Making it the worst outbreak the country has ever faced and the second largest epidemic on record. Here's at UNICEF spokesperson Marex mcaddo. This outbreak is affecting more children than previous outbreaks of Ebola as the seventh of July lie there had been seven hundred and fifty infections among children. This represents thirty one percent of total cases compared with about twenty percent in previous outbreaks. Meanwhile the World Health Organization confirmed that an emergency meeting on the outbreak. DOC will take place on Wednesday afternoon in Geneva. The aim of the encounter is for D._R._C. Representatives you in health experts and partners to decide whether the situation warrants declaring an international emergency. This is the fourth time the emergency panel will I'll have met during the current outbreak and it follows confirmation that the disease has been identified in Goma a city of two million people on the border with Rwanda obesity among populations of Small Island Developing States is a health emergency see made worse by climate change the U._N.. Food and Agriculture Organization or F._A._O.. said on Tuesday according to the agency one in two adults is obese in many small island communities in Polynesia and Micronesia while on average. Rich obesity levels in people from small island states are sixty percent higher than elsewhere citing climate change as a key factor in degraded land and Ocean Resources F._A._O.. Believes that this has led to dependence on imported foods that are ultra high in salt salt sugar and fat and extremely high levels of overweight and obesity speaking at the one thousand nine hundred nine high level political forum in New York F._A._O.. Director General Jose Graziano da Silva also noted that paradoxically levels. Of Hunger or undernourishment are also higher in these small island states than globally to address both hunger and obesity in small island nations. Mr Graziani Dasilva said the one way they could do this was by making better use of marine resources by tackling tackling illegal unreported and unregulated fishing and finally to Yemen where the U N has announced that a deal has been reached with both parties at war over the key red seaport of data in a statement the U._N.. said that it had brought together. Gather delegations from the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Hootie opponents on board a vessel on the high seas offer data. This was their first face-to-face meeting since February the U._N.. Statement continued adding that deep belligerence took stock of their earlier agreements on the redeployment of forces from her data. They also agreed on new measures to reinforce a ceasefire and de escalation which is to be put in place as soon as possible by the United Nations Mission to support the HIDETO agreement after more than four years of war. Yemen is in the grip of a humanitarian disaster with millions facing famine in a related development the U. N. special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has continued to push for an end to the conflict after flying to the.
News in Brief 11 June 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations in New York Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering their full support to the UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, after he was reportedly criticized by the government of the war ravaged country. A fragile ceasefire has largely held in and around the keyboard city of data since the signing of the Stockholm agreement last December the accord is seen as a first move to brokering a lasting peace between opposition who teas and the Saudi led international coalition backing the government in these Security Council statement members gave their unequivocal backing to Mr. Griffiths and called on the parties to engage constructively and continuously with these special envoy in a related development, the UN political and peace building affairs chief, Rosemary, dicarlo, met Yemeni President at rob Amancio Hattie in the Saudi capital Riyadh. They discussed the work of the Yemen envoy, and the way forward for advancing the fridge. Al ceasefire accord, and for returning to dialogue to reach a political solution to the white a conflict, according to a statement attributed to miss dicarlo the discussions were described as productive and miss dicarlo thanked president had for his government's commitment to full implementation of the Stockholm agreement fundamental change to the world of working polluting and e you wide minimum wage is needed to address the growing gap between society's haves and have nots French president Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday in a speech at the international labor organization's Santini conference in Geneva. mR Macron insisted that the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few from globalization had created a law of the jungle. This had opened the door to damaging, nationalism, xenophobia and disillusionment with democracy. He said also at the Isla conference. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Member Sates to step up the fight against child labor of the one hundred fifty two million children forced to work globally. Some seventy three. Million were involved in hazardous activities. She said in support of Ireland's initiative to end the scourge globally by twenty twenty five and finally a landmark ruling by Botswana's high court that scraps laws against same sex relationships has been welcomed by you and human rights, top official, Michelle Basch, let in a statement on Tuesday, the U N, High Commissioner underlined that the high court had unanimously found sections of the penal code to be unconstitutional, and a violation of human rights such discrimination has impacts that go far beyond arrest and detention miss Bachelet said, noting that the criminalization of lesbian gay bisexual and transgender people could lead to them being denied health care, education, employment and housing, but swan as decision follows similar action in nine other countries in the past five years, including Angola, Belise India, and Trinidad and Tobago in Kenya last month. However, a similar constitutional challenge to overturn laws that discriminate against the. Lgbtq community was unsuccessful Daniel Johnson, UN news.
News in Brief 27 May 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. No way safe in Yemen. The head of u n children's fund UNICEF said after an attack in the city of ties claimed the lives of twelve civilians, including seven youngsters the latest victims of the country's more than four year war in a statement condemning reported airstrikes on a petrol station in the southwestern city on Friday, Henrietta, four said that the children who died were aged between four and fourteen the attack in the east of ties pushed up confirmed child casualty numbers in the war-torn country to twenty-seven in just over ten days according to miss four, who warned that the actual numbers are likely to be even higher since March twenty fifteen UNICEF has confirmed that at least seven thousand three hundred children were killed or seriously injured in Yemen, amid clashes between supporters of Yemeni President abd, Raby, Manso, Hattie and Hootie opposition groups, the development comes as U N Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for caution and restore. Saint from belligerents both in terms of actions. And in terms of rhetoric in response to questions last Friday about president had as it reported criticism of U N special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths mister, Gutierrez spokesperson reiterated these secretary-general's full confidence in Mr. Griffiths and his work, the spokesperson added that a letter to the Yemen, president from mister Gutierrez, also underlined, the UN's commitment to the ceasefire deal. Agreed in Sweden last December to the Libyan capital Tripoli now where the shelling of civilian targets in densely, populated areas of the city has been condemned by UN's mill. The UN support mission in Libya, in a statement issued amid intensifying conflicts in and around Tripoli instigated by forces, loyal to general Kelly after on the fourth of April on smell reported that a compound that was hit by an S strike had been used by members of Libya's UN recognized government. In addition, the mission expressed serious concern at the reported kidnapping of a member of the high council of state from the cast. Been guess Shia neighborhood, in the capital, along with two more attacks against ambulances carrying medical staff, which claimed the lives of two health workers, since the offensive on Tripoli began more than five hundred have been killed, including at least twenty nine civilians more than two thousand four hundred people have been injured and some seventy five thousand have been forced from their homes, the majority civilians with half of the displaced women and children. And finally, with more than half the world's people. Now living in cities, what innovations can be found to make their quality of life better. That's the key challenge that delegates must find answers to out the first UN habitat assembly, which began on Monday in Nairobi during the week of discussions, all one hundred ninety three UN Member States are expected to adopt global norms, and policies that will guide. How cities and communities are planned managed and governed in a message to the meeting u n chief Antonio Guiterrez wondered about sixty percent of the urban infrastructure needed by twenty thirty is yet to be. Built this could create opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable low mission development. Mister Gutierrez said in a video message, but he also warned that without well planned, and managed cities, rapid and unplanned organization could generate severe problems such as pollution crime, inequality disease vulnerability to disasters. And a lack of affordable. Housing cities also count for about seventy percent of harmful emissions, worldwide, according to the UN secretary, general who insisted that these challenges can be overcome. Daniel Johnson, UN news.
"martin griffiths" Discussed on KQED Radio
"True, their cardinal six months ago. The United Nations brokered a ceasefire between the government of Yemen and the through rebel group this week, who said they have pulled out of the data a key port city used to ship aid to the country, but the government has rejected the who claim and the United Nations is warned that the two sides risk, restarting an all out war for years after the conflict began leads to set is the BBC's chief international correspondent, and is in Yemen. It's very, rare moment when people talk about progress and hope our this may remember that in December this landmark deal was reached the first breakthrough in Yemen's. Punishing war for years. And yet, the months have ticked by with nothing happening on the ground. And finally, the who 'this announced that they're unilaterally pulling out never mind that Stockham calls on both sides to put up at least it was seen as a start. But there's still so much skepticism. The Yemeni government doesn't believe it's actually happened. And that's what I heard when I sat down with Yemen's visiting minister of information today, Moammar, I'll ever Yanni now. What an unfortunately, what really happened in the data was nothing but a media stunt a show that the who sees replace themselves, by other forces, which also Eloy into them, governments is very much committed towards the peace agreement. But how can we move on to the following step? When we can't verify that the initial step has been conducted right now. We don't have any proof that the who's, he's have withdrawn their forces from the. Parts of data. There is no verification mechanism and even the joint monitoring team are not allowed access Yemen situation is so deeply fragile. That's why you have a hashtag on social media saying, Yemen, can't wait. So at the U N today when the head of the UN's children's fund Henrietta four addressed the assembly. She warned of the risks that if this doesn't work Yemen itself could collapse. We are at a tipping point if the war continues any longer the country, they move past the point of no return as global community. We must ask ourselves can Yemen afford losing a generation of children can a region. Indeed, the world afford the instability, and crushing poverty that will result and what will happen if Yemen descends into a full blown famine how long will we continue allowing Yemen to slide into oblivion. Henrietta four of UNICEF half as if one crew war wasn't enough. There are the rising tensions that we've been reporting on in the Persian Gulf, so act, the UN's top table today. There was another warning from the UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths, human remains very much of the crossroads between war and peace. President, they're all signs of hope nothing can nothing should remove or reduce welcome to the redeployments made these last days in holiday and the prospect of more. But there are also alarming signs Martin Griffiths historians at the university of Cambridge to publish the selection of cases.
Houthi rebels begin withdrawal from key ports in Yemen
"The United Nations says the Hutu rebel group in Yemen is planning to withdraw its forces from three key ports in the first major step since the ceasefire was agreed in December the UN general overseeing the deal Michalakis. God said the hoof is intended to redeploy their forces over four days starting today. The UN special envoy for Yemen. Martin Griffiths expressed optimism that the withdrawal would go ahead. Leads to set reports is first unilateral move by the who these who control. Most of the area is significant supports Revital gateway for nearly all of the aid Yemenis desperately need Justice survive. But if this first pullout fails, there's concern that the Stockholm agreement could collapse. Even now a Yemeni government minister is criticizing to who these unilateral step. Another sign of a hard will be ever bring peace and in the suffering in a country described as the world's worst. Humanitarian
News in Brief 15 April 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. There's a multi trillion dollar gap between the am visions of the UN for a global economy that benefits all and the amount of money offered up so far by individual countries. This was the message from UN chief Antonio Gutierrez on Monday at the opening of the twenty nineteen financing for development forum held in the economic and social council whole at u n headquarters in New York mister Gutierrez told delegates that the tools already exist along with international agreements to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. But more money is needed to implement the UN's ambitious twenty thirty agenda for sustainable development. He went on to express his hope and expectation that the conference leads to a faster implementation of the sustainable development targets set by the international community. Most people live in countries where inequality is growing, and in some countries, the gender inequality gap is also widening. These developments are caused for great concern. And yet here today as part of an effort to coordinate a nursing global response to reverse these trends, the head of the World Health Organization W H O Ted draws Gabrielle's has declared that we're living in the middle of a global measles crisis in the first three months of this year. The number of recorded cases was almost three hundred percent higher than in two thousand eighteen ovo. The WHO's data is provisional the organization says that it indicates a clear trend with many countries in the midst of sizeable measles outbreak even countries with high overall vaccination coverage such as Israel Thailand. And the US have seen spikes in case numbers in the past week New York City declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn due to the rapid spread of measles. The disease is almost entirely preventable through two doses of a safe and effective vaccine. But global coverage with the first does has stalled at eighty five percent of the population, leaving many people at risk Mr. Cabrera's said that there is no debate to be had about the profound benefits of vaccines, and the children are paying the price for complacency. And the situation for the people of Yemen has if anything wasn't over the policy year in a briefing to the Security Council on Monday, Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy to Yemen said that in the months since a fragile Union Bank ceasefire began in the region around the keyboard of data civilian casualties have significantly reduced and people are beginning to return to their homes, however outside the area violence has escalated and the economic situation in the country as a whole remains extremely fragile. Mark Lowcock the under secretary general for humanitarian affairs. Also brief that many regions are seeing intense fighting and dozens of casualties including children in a passionate appeal. Mr. Griffiths told the Security Council that Yemen bleeds. It's people go hungry. It's children have not seen the inside of a clause room. It is a tragic place color Lennon. You're news.
"martin griffiths" Discussed on KCRW
"Finally, a cause for a little bit of optimism over the war in Yemen. It's been devastating for civilians there for more than four years now. But the warring sides have begun to agree on some things diplomacy in the crisis was fast tracked by the ad nations. Last fall, it was a major shift, and it showed to the people of Yemen. The something something was indeed happening. That's the UN's top diplomat on the crisis. Martin Griffiths speaking this week in New York, the UN and world leaders have been trying to figure out how to get fighters in Yemen to become talkers, they sometimes turn to policy advisors for help such as the Belgium-based International Crisis Group, the ICG's Peter Salisbury says the war in Yemen is complicated. But there's a way to understand it. The very simple version of the stories that we have a conflict between the who sees this rebel movement from the north of Yemen on the one side who control most of Yemen's west highlands, receiving support from Iran. And then on the other side, we have the government of. Yemen, which was displaced from Sanaa the capital by the hippies in twenty fifteen which is backed by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. What progress have you seen in the UN led effort to bring peace to Yemen? Well, where are we seeing progress? We can't really say it's it's some progress that necessarily will lead to a peace process during the last six months of twenty eighteen the reading major issue in the conflict was a potential battle for her data. This puts on city on Yemen's western coast, its Red Sea coasts, her data provides about seventy percent of all goods, shipped into Yemen and Yemen depends on imports for basic things like wheat and rice battles to the city would have been really cut to strategic in the UN said would push the country into a really big funding. So over the final six months of the year. The major diplomatic push was just funnier solution to prevent a vassal Putin sits. In december. We had this meeting in Stockholm which produced this thing called still convict Greenland, which basically calls receipts for the demilitarization of the data. Now, you mentioned data. It's a key city main port, and there are silos of green there waiting to be distributed has any progress been made in getting that grain and flour to the people who need it the multiple grain storage sites in on around her data. The most important is one code Red Sea mills which is on the outer edge of the city and the World Food Program was using as its main storage distribution facility. It's also a mill so it's where is turned into two flowered WFP haven't been able to access it since last September a big part of the conversation has been around. How WFP you can get back in the what we saw this week. Tend was agreement for a first phase of military redeployments around her data in order to provide access to see knows Yemen has been called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. In addition to food shortages would else is making life so difficult for Yemenis first civil wars on great for Konami sorry for lot of people. The only job they can get is fighting on on the front lines. Does huge problem with fuel shortages electricity shortages, which makes it hard for people to get from place to place to do work to get to the hospital. There's a shortage of medicine so all the things that we take more or less for granted as basics in our dates their live just on there right now. Peter you've been working on Yemeni issues for years. Why do you care about what happens there? So I worked on on Yemen for about ten years now most people who've lived and worked in Yemen. We'll tell you this just a a rookie magical place. And the thing is that most images that people save the country of war destruction on the deep trauma, the country's going through. But it's those this warm wonderful place. Unlike no other an having watched its descent having gone through the excitement of the Arab spring. But then watch things get worse and worse off to the Arab spring. I think the my pain points of interest is just saying the country turn some kind of Kuna. So my friends the the people I know in the majority of Yemenis can live just sort of decent. Ordinary lies in the country can go back to being some semblance of what it was a decade ago. Peter Salisbury is with the International Crisis.
News in Brief 19 February 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. Some one million Syrians, including hundreds of thousands of displaced people are in an extremely vulnerable situation. The U N High Commissioner for human rights said on Tuesday with the recent uptick in violence against Italy, and it surrounding areas High Commissioner Michelle Basch Alette painted a picture of large numbers of civilians, including women and children living an intolerable existence and called on all parties involved to protect civilians in accordance with international law. They are trapped between escalating hostilities bombardment on one hand she said and on the other are forced to live under extremist rule and fighters who regularly carry out targeted killings objections and arbitrary detention civilians continue to be used as pawns by the various parties said the High Commissioner, I call on them to provide safe passage to those who wished to flee while those who wished to remain must. Also, be protected as much as possible turning to Yemen significant progress is being made in implementing the Stockholm peace deal, which less December between government, and who the leaders you went special on boy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council, Mr. Griffiths said that under the strong leadership of the head of the UN operation monitoring a ceasefire in Yemen's key port of data. The parties have agreed that the first step of the data. Redeployment plan would be from the ports of Salif and Ross ISA step two will be from who data port, which remains the humanitarian lifeline for Yemenis on the edge of famine this will facilitate humanitarian access to the Red Sea mills which he explained holes enough food to feed three point seven million people for a month. The herb is I reported before been signs of increased civilian activity in her data and the people of the city. Are already at this very early day j- seeing some tangible benefits from the significant and consistent decrease in hostilities in that area as a result of the Stockholm agreement Mr. Griffiths saw the positive movements as a sign that the parties are committed to keeping up the momentum saying they reinforced trust and shall political. Will he indicated that it was time now to find a political solution to bring this conflict to a close? Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday that despite record levels of worldwide forced displacement, less than five percent of refugee resettlement needs were met in twenty eighteen resettlement is a life saving tool that involves relocating refugees from an asylum country to one where they can live permanently. However, this happens only for a fraction of the world's refugees. UNHCR spokesperson shabby a Monto told reporters in Geneva. That of the estimated one point two million refugees in need of resettlement in twenty eighteen less than fifty six thousand were actually resettled. Moreover in twenty nineteen an estimated one point four million refugees who are currently residing in sixty five refugee hosting countries worldwide will need resettlement Liska, Fiji, U N news.
News in Brief 4 February 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. Yemen's warring sides are due to meet for fresh discussions on a prisoner exchange agreement the UN's special envoy for the war-torn country announced on Monday. According to a statement from the office of the UN special envoy, Martin Griffiths representatives from the government of Yemen. And the who the opposition Ansar Allah will be present at a meeting in Amman Jordan on Tuesday. A prisoner exchange agreement was signed in Sweden last December and represents the first accord between the two parties since conflict in Yemen escalated, nearly four years ago, sparking the world's worst humanitarian crisis. This round of meetings is described as technical by the UN special envoys office, which adds that those present in Jordan's capital will discuss steps taken to finalize the lists of prisoners to be released to advance the implementation of the Stockholm agreement. The development follows a meeting on Sunday between the UN's ceasefire monitoring mission and Yemen's belligerents in the embattled Red Sea port of data has. A statement by the mission noted that the head of the task force. Retired Dutch general Patrick come et underlined. The importance of the ceasefire agreement which came into effect on the eighteenth of December. The general also warned the parties about the fragility of the ceasefire and urged them to instruct their commanders on the ground to refrain from any further violations that would jeopardize the broader peace process, the Yemen in what are described as cordial and constructive talks bay, Yemeni government and Hootie delegations also reiterated their commitment to open up the Hideto to Saana road to allow humanitarian access to the Red Sea mills. The trade dispute between China and the United States will do little to benefit domestic producers in either country and could have massive consequences on the global economy unless it is resolved urine experts said on Monday of the two hundred and fifty billion dollars in Chinese exports. That are subject to US tariffs. Only. Six percent will be picked up by firms in the United States. According to a UN conference on trade and development report, and of the approximately eighty five billion dollars in US exports that are targeted in China only about five percent will be taken up by Chinese firms, and as the US and Chinese agree to drop their tariff dispute by the first of March duty on each country's products will rise to twenty five percent a significant increase from the current ten percent. Levy, his uncle cards, Pamela coke Hamilton. The implications are going to be massive first of all macroeconomic level. We'll see an economic downturn. Especially due to instability in commodities. And financial markets. Additionally, they'll be increased pressure on blowback growth as companies will have to impose adjustment costs which will affect productivity investment and profitability countries that are expected to benefit the most from the trade war European Union members. The UN study indicates that exports are likely to grow by seventy billion dollars while Japan and Canada will each exports increased by more than twenty billion dollars. Although these figures do not represent a large slice of global trade which was worth seventeen trillion dollars in two thousand seventeen for some countries like Mexico the increase in exports will amount to a six percent rise. In exports overall, the UN economists also warned that the tit for tat spat could also penalize East Asian producers, the hardest with a projected one hundred and sixty billion dollar contraction in the region's exports unless discussions between China and the US are resolved before the March deadline and finally a large sculpture of. Of the globe. That's long been associated with the UN international cooperation and pace is to get a facelift, it's been announced these celestial sphere, which is a large metal sculpture has dominated the grounds of the UN in Geneva since it was assembled in nineteen thirty nine just before the outbreak of the second World War when it was unveiled the artwork sparkled with sixty four. Bronze statuettes of mythical figures representing constellations and eight hundred ten Silva size old painstakingly positioned with astronomical accuracy by American artist. Paul h man ship. The sculpture also rotated when it was first installed, although the mechanism no longer works. And we'll be just one of the many things that will undergo a complete overhaul this year. For more information about the project. Visit the UN Jean-Yves website. You knock dot C H. Daniel Johnson UN news.
"martin griffiths" Discussed on World News Analysis
"Hello. This is Michael John. Greetings from Los Angeles. The Golden State of California. Thank you today for making me part of your team. I chew Lee. Enjoy the debates we had and look forward to many more in the years to come. You're listening to today. I'm joing humanitarian group has warned that a ceasefire gradient. Yemen's key port city of data is on the verge of classing as a retired Dutch general in charge of the truce step down from this role. The US-based International Rescue Committee said on Tuesday that recent clashes in the city between who rebels who control it and pro government forces backed by a Saudi led coalition having creased dramatically since last week the developments threaten to unravel a ceasefire and prisoners welp son in December the group said urging the international community to step up pressure on the warring parties to stick to their commitments the war. The warning comes today after the United Nations on void for Yemen. Martin Griffiths urged the warring sides withdraw their troops from the city, which is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis facing starvation. Griffith said, the sped a timeline for the truth. And the prisoner. Swap has been pushed back for more on those. We earlier talked to stop Jawad cine or fellow was the Middle East centre off London School of economics and political science while as we know the two parties have been at war for four years. And when the agree to sit down and talk about the mass prisoners wallop and a ceasefire pact in ho Dato last month. There seemed to be douse from the very beginning about the physicality of those plans, why is that because to size thing that they could achieve something. This is of course, very dangerous appealing among the warriors themselves this. Oh, jeez. I'm that. I am being that they could achieve something and get all Yemen, which are which is not achieving anything. And the who 'this being that they are faced that fasting. And they. Holding their position that question on them, not achieving any major victory. And then then the hope the hope that that the international community would step in on stuff this rule. So there was this is the doctor suicide don't want the chew size agreed to sit down and talk in the first place. Like how many coming rounds were there pitching the size? No, the the the side to accept it to sit down on the aggressive of attacking side, which is the Saudis. I've never because the who these own ways trying to start negotiations with the government the government and you'll each settlement through negotiations. Of course, was was was was enforcing their point of view. But this ody's who who started the war door, and they did not accept any negotiations. They only accept defeat the hosts now they have not that she that. And until that disown these financial and political situation is very critic composite was this especially out of the full down the price the crime of your mouth fashion g and the Saudi consul and. In jersey. That's why they have accepted to to to go to negotiate to negotiation. And we know the major western powers, including the u wasn't a UK. They were also behind the peace talks. A what may feel that good time back then to talk about a ceasefire been the mashed of community is different question because the national of community. Specialty unite supported this war at the beginning thinking as sewed it will be ended within three or four months. But then when it lasted that and the I volume of the million casualties is is fully in the amount. And the. Humanitarian disaster that is is writing Yemen itself. I think national community has put in an awkward position and everybody sell guilty are living this of this to this obscure future. That's why they have. I mean supported this piece in shit. So if the ceasefire pact claps what what that me into the situation in Rijn will be another disaster on prolong door and more casualties. At more instability reason, I think nobody wants that about the from the parts. Are benefiting from this world. I mean, Iran so the Arabia, but everybody would feel about this. This is not an any any achievable..
"martin griffiths" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"And they don't like to give it up and indeed the UN secretary general talking about today's voted Antonio terrorist described what's happening in in Yemen right now the need to the ploy. These observers is helping to sustain what would he called a fragile political process? But it does strike me that are we even really realistically at the point of what you might call politics of this stage does still feel like a war. A war is not politics. Yes, I agree with you. It's very very a fragile. But I do understand his. The bait. Mission that he's undertaken, and I understand that. He's insisting we have to push we have to push we have divorced until these parties series reason in peace, but you have accurately described as not politics that we have in. It's war. It's always unfortunately, easy to to overlook the plight of the millions of civilians in Yemen. When it comes to all this when we're called in discussions about the various warring factions and trying to seal a peace between them what role. Do you see for these observers and trying to help the ordinary people of Yemen? Many of whom are risk of starvation because food supplies as well as medicine have have been caught off through the vital port of data. What role? Do you see in the observer's helping to to helping them? The servers put it this way. It's it depends dare the success of their mission depends on the well intention of the other parties because they can make their mission maybe difficult that set I think perhaps this agreement yesterday and the Security Council and the wording of it. Might indicate a recognition of the international community that this war. Needs more international kind of support. That means a u n mandate. Given the fact that the parties to the conflict don't seem to have the interest of Yemeni civilians. They're suffering. They don't seem to have the interests of their citizens at. In the. Look looking into the future Al ham at the UN voi- Martin Griffiths who and go see this as ceasefires hoping to convene another round of talks between the various factions as soon, I think this month. What do you think will be or could be the next stage of progress, which is achievable while can he asked them to do as this next age? Well, I believe the first thing is to convince them to attend the meeting put it this way because the whole so far right now have sought to boycott certain important meetings at the same time. Out put it this way, the Stockholm agreement wouldn't have had wouldn't have happened without the hustle g effect. I believe there was a very clear signal to the United States. Sue, the regional actors Saudi Arabia, the United States of the United Arab Emirates that this war should come to a stop after the assassination of the Saudi hustle. Joan A-List both parties sick. When once the when sees he is just like, the ho- these were pushed by Iran, but at the same time, the hustle effect also helped convene that meeting now on the one hand convinced to attend the meeting or the on the other hand believe you still need more. How should I say measures to build trust to ease? The humanitarian situation of the people. More and more kind of like coordination of efforts. But with that lead to peace. That's another question. Okay. Dr L harmony there will have to leave this element of Zurich university. Thank you very much for joining us today. Here's what else we're keeping an eye on on the globalist. Security forces in Kenya. Have killed all of the militants who stormed the hotel in Nairobi and killed at least twenty one people during a twenty hour siege. Fifty people remain unaccounted for the attacks claimed by the Cemalli militant group, Al Shabaab in revenge for President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel hours after slam state attack kills two Americans in northern Syria. The US vice President Mike Pence reiterated the White House's claim that the group had been defeated. He did not mention the attack in his speech to a group of American diplomats. But later issued a statement condemning and expressing sympathy for the deaths and a leading Chinese think tank has chastised foreign companies including apple and Amazon fusing what it called incorrect. Labels to describe Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Chinese Academy of social sciences says it's found multiple instances of companies failing to refer to both Hong Kong anti. One as part of China. This is the globalist. Stay tuned..
News in Brief 9 January 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. The UN backed Yemeni agreements to cease fighting around the country's main ports signed in Stockholm Sweden last December has led to a significant decrease in hostilities with both sides determines to find a comprehensive resolution to the conflict. This was the message from Martin Griffiths the special envoy of the UN secretary general for Yemen addressing the Security Council on Wednesday. He said that although there has been some violence in the city and governorate of data. It is very limited compared with levels before the summit in Sweden, and he expressed his hope for improved security in data and the opening of humanitarian routes. I'm grateful for the commitment on patients that both parties have shown since Stockholm progress on some of the issues has been gradual and indeed it somewhat tentative, but there is a tangible contribution to peace. There are. No-doubt many hurdles to be overcome in the days weeks and months ahead. But I would say here that the parties must not be diverted from their commitments. Mr. Griffiths added that he was under no illusions concerning the challenges. Yemenis face you to the war, which continues to have a terrible impact on the economy and overall humanitarian situation. The World Bank's new year. Message is not a cheery one the organization warned on Wednesday. That storm clouds brewing for the global economy with it's January global economic prospects report Allman ously, titled darkening skies, the study shows that international trade investment have softened trade tensions remain high and growth in a merging and developing economies is expected to remain flats in two thousand nineteen in addition global growth risks being even weaker than antiquated. Governments are advised to increase support for central Bank independence, ensure that the debt is sustainable and maintain adequate buffers to ride out economic downturns. And one hundred years ago mitt world struggling to deal with the often mouth of devastating global conflicts life in industrialized countries was marked by high levels of poverty, inequality and discrimination. The Mons for improved working conditions led to concerns that the social situation was explosive enough to lead to widespread revolution in Europe. These is led to the creation of the International Labor Organization or I L O, which is celebrating its Synteen year with a new interactive multimedia website unveiled on Wednesday. It takes us on a journey through the achievements of the organization from nineteen nineteen woods, advancing social Justice and promoting decent work. You can see the first chapter explaining the tripartite principle of uniting governments workers and employers and ILO dot org. Ford slash one hundred Conor Lennon U N news.
News in Brief 28 December 2018
"This is the news and brief from the United Nations excessive force used against peaceful demonstrators in Sudan protesting food and fuel shortages has prompted you and experts to earth security forces there to exercise restraint on Friday, Hugh and experts expressed alarm over escalating violence and reports of protesters killed during large scale demonstrations against rising prices and food and fuel shortages conveying. Deep concern over reports that government security forces were using live ammunition during protests that have swept the country since nineteen December special repetoire Clements, Kniola Tosi valet underscored that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is an inherent element of democracies. Meanwhile, you an expert Aristide Nancy denounce the use of lethal force when controlling demonstrations saying descend. It must be tolerated and not restrained with excessive force which can lead to loss of life. The UN welcomed on Friday. The Yemeni government's decision to pay civil servants salaries in the vital port city of who data beginning this month in a tweet Martin Griffiths, the UN secretary general's special on voi- for Yemen called it an important step towards improving the economic situation and alleviating the humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people. He also tweeted his hope that there will be more steps in this direction. According to news reports for two years. The government has been unable to pay salaries to most government workers that coupled with the local currency the rial dropping sharply against the dollar has left many Yemenis malnourished pushing millions to the brink of famine and adding to what the UN has dubbed the world's worst humanitarian crisis earlier in December the UN special l'envoi convened. Historic consultations in Sweden that resulted in Security Council. Resolution endorsing deal to continue peace talks in January. In the meantime, a fragile ceasefire has held since eighteen December. But the warring sides have accused each other violations as twenty eighteen draws to a close the UN humanitarian coordination office or OSHA said that the occupied Palestinian territory witnessed the highest death toll in a single year since the twenty fourteen Gaza conflict reporting, a total of two hundred ninety five Palestinian deaths and over twenty nine thousand people injured by his forces OSHA maintained that that was also the highest number of injured recorded since two thousand five when it began documenting casualties there. Moreover, there was an uptick in attacks by settlers two hundred sixty five incidents were documented in which Israel settlers killed or injured Palestinians or damage palace. Tinian property in the West Bank demolitions continued, but fewer Palestinians were displaced throughout the year. The Israeli land sea and air blockade on the Gaza Strip remained extremely restrictive leaving about sixty eight percent of the population there identified as food insecure in twenty eighteen primarily due to poverty. Liska
News in Brief 11 December 2018
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations consultations involving the warring parties in Yemen have led to progress on a number of issues, according to u n special envoy Martin Griffiths after five days of talks in Sweden representatives from the Yemeni government and the Hootie position discuss the reopening of the airport in the Yemeni capital Saana, the de escalation of hostilities in these cities of ties and data and the exchange of prisoners, Mr. Griffiths said on Monday, some fifteen thousand names feature on the list of prisoners to be exchanged by sites. According to media reports the disastrous economic situation in Yemen was also topic of discussion Mr. Griffiths said after four years of conflict. Yemen's economy has collapsed contrbuting to a humanitarian crisis, which has left at least eight million people close to famine and more than three quarters of the population relied on aid, the special envoy said that he was encouraged by the positive and serious spirit of the two parties. 's and that he remains. I'm bishops about the outcome of talks tangible agreements will be announced by the end of this round of discussions. He said adding that he was looking ahead to a second round of consultations early next year. Some five point six million Syrians need help outside the war-torn country and more than a million babies have now been born to refugee parents living in exile UN agencies and partners said on Tuesday in an appeal for funding since conflict erupted in Syria in twenty eleven host communities in the region have supported those who fled despite the impact on their own development. UNHCR's Amin our told journalists in Geneva, we are appealing this year for five point five billion dollars that is to support neighboring countries, but also to support operations assisting refugees areas of health, water sanitation, food education, psychosocial support community services, and so on and so forth in total three point nine million. People from host communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and rock will also benefit from the aid, which is distributed through more than two hundred seventy humanitarian and development partners. Help is also required inside Syria where up to two. Hundred and fifty thousand people are expected to return next year. So far this year around twenty eight thousand Syrians have gone home. According to UNHCR, which notes that many families have resorted to early marriage and child labor to survive while in exile in two thousand nine hundred ninety eight funding will be used to help boost protection for refugees and get more children into education. In addition basic services will be enhanced and there will be a focus on providing economic opportunities, especially for women and finally the imprisonment of three rights activists in Myanmar for allegedly criticising the country's military authorities during peaceful demonstrations has been highlighted by leading rights expert, young E Lee, who's these special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar said that it was wholly unacceptable that Lum zone Nang Apu and sow jet had been jailed merely for making statements about the military's actions. Her comments come after thousands of fled fighting between the military and ethnic armed groups in April. According to miss Lee activists zone is said to have called for the evacuation of civilians trapped in conflict areas Nang PU allegedly said that the military had prevented people from fleeing the special reporter said in a statement while Zao jet reportedly claimed that the military had displaced two thousand civilians and attacked others. All three activists were charged with defamation and sentenced to six months in prison. Mislead called on the Myanmar. Authorities to nullify the convictions and stop arresting people for exercising their right to peaceful protests. Daniel Johnson UN news.
Argentine submarine found at bottom of Atlantic after year of searching
"A local official in northern California has said that the number of people reported missing in the states worst-ever wildfire has soared to more than one thousand sheriff, Cory Rooney. Also confirmed that eight more bodies had been found taking known fatalities to seventy one the White House said that President Trump would visit California on Saturday. Dan. Johnson reports from the town of paradise everyday. Search teams have found more bodies in the ruins. But they're expected to work on for weeks. The fire spread quickly across dry hot woodland and the president initially blamed poor forestry management. But he since issued more careful and supportive statements today he'll see the damage for himself, sparking 'electricity cables. Suspected to have started the fire which was then driven on by warm winds. Some residents are already suing the local power company, but investigators can only say at this stage. They don't believe the fire was started deliberately the United Nations. Envoy to Yemen says he's received firm assurances from both sides in the war that they will attend peace talks before the end of the year. Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council. He believed the promises genuine that. It could be a crucial moment for Yemen. The UN has warned of a growing humanitarian catastrophe in the country with at least eight million people on the brink of starvation. This is the world news from. The BBC. France is bracing itself for day of traffic kale's. With protesters expected to block key roads across the country following the government's decision to raise fuel prices again. More than a thousand separate locations are expected, including on the Paris ring road, and the main motorway linking the capital with the port of Calais ministers have warned that police will intervene to prevent from being brought to a standstill a summit of leaders from the Asia Pacific grouping APEC has heard repeated appeals in defense of free trade. The Chinese president Xi Jinping told the meeting in Papua New Guinea that attempts to erect barriers were doomed to failure. China is engaged in a trade war with the United States with the two sides. Imposing tariffs on goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars the US. Vice President Mike Pence said Washington would maintain its terrorists policy until China abandoned unfair trade practices. We take a decisive action to address our trade imbalance with China. We put tariffs on two hundred. And fifty billion dollars in Chinese goods, and we could more than double that number. But we hope for the United States though, will not change course, until China changes his ways a court in Brazil has older the valley mining company to pay more than twenty six million dollars compensation to to indigenous groups affected by contamination of their land. Prosecutors say nickel mining has affected the health of tribes in Brazil's Amazon region with serious illnesses and birth defects reported valley says it will appeal the new president of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohammad sully will be sworn in today following his surprise election victory in September. Mr. sully who favors restoring the islands countries, formerly close relations with India will replace the pro Chinese Abdullayeva mean the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will be inauguration ceremony. Daily has been concerned that the growth of Chinese influence their BBC news. It's six minutes past seven GMT.
UN envoy to Yemen seeks to downplay non-start of talks
"The UN's envoy to Yemen says he's not giving up on diplomacy. Even though efforts to initiate peace. Talks collapsed today in Geneva. Yemeni government, it goes theaters were on hand, but who theory delegates never showed up. Lisa Sean reports the rebels refused to leave Yemen without guarantees for their safe return special envoy, Martin Griffiths tried to put a good spin on things saying the environmental the talks was fairly positive this despite the absence of the Hootie delegation officially known as Unser Allah, take this as a fundamental blockage in the process. I think it's important to note that Unser all also wanted to be here. They're disappointed not to be here. The Yemeni government delegation, which did turn up for the talks says the rebel group has sabotage peace negotiations in the past more than ten thousand civilians. Aliens have been killed during the war, which has been going on for more than three