Ongoing civil strikes further cripple everyday life in Lebanon | Business and Economy News

Ongoing civil strikes further cripple everyday life in Lebanon |  Business and Economy News

Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon’s seemingly terminal dysfunction is now compounded by open-ended strikes at most government offices, as salaries are no longer sufficient for employees to get to work, let alone support themselves or their families. The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Beirut office estimates that nearly 100 percent of civilian employees are now engaged in … Read more

‘We can’t get by’: Indigenous people keep up protests in Ecuador | Protest News

'We can't get by': Indigenous people keep up protests in Ecuador |  Protest News

Quito, Ecuador – Thousands of Indigenous people continue to demonstrate in the Ecuadorian capital, as their calls for social and economic reforms grow louder despite a crackdown by authorities in the South American nation. The protesters, predominantly led by the powerful Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) group, began blocking roads and marching in … Read more

Australia agrees payout to end France submarine spat | Weapons News

Australia agrees payout to end France submarine spat |  Weapons News

Australia has unveiled a substantial compensation deal with French submarine maker Naval Group, ending a contract dispute that soured relations between Canberra and Paris for almost a year. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Saturday that the French firm had agreed to a “fair and an equitable settlement” of 555 million euros ($584m) for Australia … Read more

‘We are in danger now’: Vanuatu declares climate emergency | Climate Crisis News

'We are in danger now': Vanuatu declares climate emergency |  Climate Crisis News

Prime Minister Bob Loughman says using the term ’emergency’ is a way of signaling the need for ‘responsible nations to match action to the size and urgency of the crisis’. Vanuatu’s parliament has declared a climate emergency with the low-lying island nation’s prime minister flagging a $1.2bn cost to cushion global warming’s impacts on his … Read more

‘We are in danger now’: Vanuatu declares climate emergency | Climate Crisis News

'We are in danger now': Vanuatu declares climate emergency |  Climate Crisis News

Prime Minister Bob Loughman says using the term ’emergency’ is a way of signaling the need for ‘responsible nations to match action to the size and urgency of the crisis’. Vanuatu’s parliament has declared a climate emergency with the low-lying island nation’s prime minister flagging a $1.2bn cost to cushion global warming’s impacts on his … Read more

New Zealand’s Ardern urges US to return to regional trade pact | International Trade

New Zealand's Ardern urges US to return to regional trade pact |  International Trade

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged the United States to join a sweeping trade deal it quit in 2017, in the latest signal by an Asia-Pacific leader that Washington’s efforts to engage the region are falling short. Speaking on a visit to Washington, DC, on Thursday, Ardern said the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement … Read more

Sri Lanka down to its last day of petrol, warns new PM | Business and Economy News

Sri Lanka down to its last day of petrol, warns new PM |  Business and Economy News

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister has said that the cash-strapped island nation has run out of petrol stock, as he said the country desperately needed to secure $75m in foreign exchange in the next few days to pay for essential imports, including medicine. “We have run out of petrol … At the moment, we … Read more