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Report: Signs of activity at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility

Report: Signs of activity at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility

World
Seoul, March 4 (UPI) -- Commercial satellite imagery shows that a coal-fired steam plant is in operation at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility in possible preparation to extract plutonium for weapons, according to an analysis by U.S. website 38 North. In a report published Wednesday, satellite images from Feb. 25 and March 2 revealed smoke coming from a steam plant that provides heat to Yongbyon's radiochemical laboratory. Advertisement "Smoke was observed emanating from the plant's smokestack at various times from late-February and early March, suggesting that preparations for spent fuel reprocessing could be underway to extract plutonium needed for North Korea's nuclear weapons," the 38 North report said. "However," the report added, "this could also mean simply the facility is bei...
‘Red alert for our planet’: UN report warns governments ‘nowhere close’ to climate targets

‘Red alert for our planet’: UN report warns governments ‘nowhere close’ to climate targets

World
A UN climate change report has found that global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions "fall far short of what is required" and that nations must "step up" to fulfil promises made under the Paris agreement. In a stark warning ahead of a make or break COP26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year, countries were criticised over their emission reduction plans - known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - and urged to make "more ambitious" commitments. Following a legally binding international treaty on climate change signed in Paris in 2015, almost 200 countries set a goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2C - or ideally 1.5C - by the end of the century. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...
Report: North Korea’s trade with China declined 80% in 2020

Report: North Korea’s trade with China declined 80% in 2020

Business
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Two-way trade between North Korea and its biggest partner, China, fell 80.7% in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from Seoul's Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. North Korea imported about $ 491.06 million of goods from China last year, while exporting only $ 48 million of commodities and products to its neighbor, the Seoul agency's Shenyang branch said, Seoul Pyongyang News reported Monday. Two-way trade was about $ 539.06 million, reflecting a steep decline from the previous year, the report said. Advertisement Trade activity dropped significantly in February 2020, with two-way trade falling to $ 10.71 million in the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus epidemic that began in Wuhan, China. North Korea shut its 880-mile border with China ...
Service complaints by bank customers rise 57 pc to over 3 lakh: RBI report

Service complaints by bank customers rise 57 pc to over 3 lakh: RBI report

Finance
Mumbai: Consumer complaints about banking services jumped 57 per cent to 3.08 lakh for the year to June 30, 2020, the Reserve Bank said on Monday. In its annual report on Ombudsman Schemes, the central bank said over a fifth of the complaints were about services at ATMs or with debit cards, followed by mobile or electronic banking at 13.38 per cent. Non-observance of Fair Practices Code (FPC) was at third place. Complaints received regarding credit cards, failure to meet commitments, levy of charges without notice, loans and advances and non-adherence to the Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) norms increased this year as compared to previous year. The number of complaints pertaining to 'Direct Sales Agent (DSA) and recovery agents' increased from 629 complaints in 2018-19 t...

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

World
A pro-settler group says Israel’s West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four yearsBy JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated PressJanuary 27, 2021, 10:18 AM• 4 min readJERUSALEM -- Israel's West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years, a pro-settler group said Wednesday, a period that coincides with the Trump administration's unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity.The report by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13% since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481. During the same period, Israel's population grew by around 8% to reach nearly 9.3 million, according to the government.The group's report, which is based on official