Monday, December 17, 2018 | ePaper

BREAKING NEWS:

News In Brief

  • Print
China approves no-dev zones in 15 regions
Reuters, Shanghai
China has approved plans by 15 provinces and regions to draw up "red lines" that will put large swathes of its territory off-limits to economic development, the environment ministry said on Monday.
The "ecological protection red line" scheme was first devised in 2011 amid fears that decades of "irrational development" had put China's environment under heavy strain. It is designed to ban or restrict industrial development in wetlands, forests, national parks or protected nature zones.

WWII bomb closes London City Airport
AP, London
London City Airport says all flights in and out have been canceled for Monday after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found nearby in the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police service says it has evacuated an area within 700 feet (214 meters) of the bomb and officers are working with specialists from the Royal Navy to remove the device. Local officials are offering emergency accommodation to area residents.

Iraq reconstruction to cost $88b
Reuters, Kuwait
Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with Islamic State will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international conference on Monday.
Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait this week to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq's economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with the hardline militants who seized almost a third of the country.

Tonga declares state of emergency as cyclone looms
AFP, Nuku'alofa
Tonga declared a state of emergency Monday as the Pacific island kingdom braces for a direct hit by a powerful cyclone that is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is gathering pace as it approaches Tonga. Acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika issued a nationwide alert, saying he was "satisfied that an emergency is happening or is about to happen".

More News For this Category

Australia recognises west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Australia recognises west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Australia now recognises west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday, but a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is

Xi declares an 'overwhelming victory' over graft

Reuters, BeijingĀ  :Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed

Trump taps budget head Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

Trump taps budget head Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

Donald Trump announced Friday that his budget director Mick Mulvaney will step in as acting chief of staff to replace John Kelly - amid indications the president is struggling to

US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional - a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal.US District Judge Reed

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

AP, Washington :The United States and Canada moved Friday to ease tensions between them over the case of a top Chinese technology executive whose arrest by Canadian authorities has sparked

News in brief

UN climate talks in Poland go into overtimeAP, KatowiceOfficials from around the world are still working to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord after two weeks

US Senate votes to end support for Saudi-led Yemen war, blasts crown prince

US Senate votes to end support for Saudi-led Yemen war, blasts crown prince

The US Senate dealt President Donald Trump a double blow over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, approving a resolution to end US military support for Riyadh's war in Yemen, and another

US-backed forces retake IS hub in east Syria

US-backed forces retake IS hub in east Syria

AFP, Beirut :Kurdish-dominated forces backed by air strikes by a US-led coalition retook full control of a key jihadist hub in eastern Syria on Friday, a war monitor said.The Syrian

Trump considering son-in-law Jared Kushner for next chief of staff

Trump considering son-in-law Jared Kushner for next chief of staff

HuffPost, Washington :Having run through his first choices for his chief of staff vacancy without any luck, President Donald Trump is considering his own son-in-law for the job.Jared Kushner, the

30 m premature, sick borns globally every year: Study

Xinhua, United Nations :Nearly 30 million babies are born prematurely or become sick every year and of those 2.5 million die, mostly from preventable causes, a global coalition of concerned