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Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

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Getty ImagesPollution from plastics is a global emergency in need of a robust UN treaty, according to a report.The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says there's a cascade of evidence of harm from plastics.It argues that the plastic pollution threat is almost equivalent to climate change.The air we breathe now contains plastic micro particles, there’s plastic in Arctic snow, plastic in soils and plastic in our food.It's reported, for instance, that about 20 elephants in Thailand have died after eating plastic waste from a rubbish dump.The authors urge nations to agree a UN treaty with binding targets for reducing both plastic production and waste."There is a deadly ticking clock counting swiftly down," said the EIA’s Tom Gammage. "If this tidal wave of pollution continues unchecked,...
UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

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The UK has suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong following the imposition of controversial new security laws on the territory by China.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the "necessary and proportionate" measure in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday. The UK will also extend to Hong Kong the arms embargo it has applied to mainland China since 1989, Mr Raab said. Image: There are fears the new Chinese law will undermine Hong Kong's freedom "The extension of this embargo will mean there will be no exports from the UK to Hong Kong of potentially lethal weapons, their components or ammunition," the foreign secretary told MPs."It will also mean a ban on the export of any equipment - not already banned - which might...
Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

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Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, and offered visa holders from the territory a five-year extension with a pathway to permanent residency, in response to China's imposition of a national security law.The 10,000 Hong Kong citizens in the country on student or temporary work visas are likely to benefit from the move. "There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills, their businesses," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: The colonial flag of Hong Kong is held aloft during a march by protesters He also made a pitch for international financial services, consulting and media businesses with regional headquarters in Ho...
INF nuclear treaty: US pulls out of Cold War-era pact with Russia

INF nuclear treaty: US pulls out of Cold War-era pact with Russia

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The US has formally withdrawn from a key nuclear treaty with Russia, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.It banned missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 km (310-3,400 miles).But earlier this year the US and Nato accused Russia of violating the pact by deploying a new type of cruise missile, which Moscow has denied.The Americans said they had evidence that Russia had deployed a number of 9M729 missiles - known to Nato as SSC-8. This accusation was then put to Washington's Nato allies, which all backed the US claim."Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," Secretary of State Mike P...
NATO gives Russia 5 weeks to destroy missiles violating INF Treaty

NATO gives Russia 5 weeks to destroy missiles violating INF Treaty

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June 25 (UPI) -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday gave Russia five weeks to destroy ground-launched missiles that violate a treaty with the United States banning certain short- and intermediate-range missiles. He said NATO defense ministers plan to discuss Russia's development of the SSC-8 -- the 9M729 in Russia -- at a meeting Wednesday. "We call on Russia to take the responsible path. Unfortunately, we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," Stoltenberg said during remarks in Brussels. He said if Russia doesn't comply with the warning, NATO's response will be "defensive, measured and coordinated." He said NATO forces would not deploy land-based nuclear missiles in response. The missiles and their mobile launch systems have a range of 310 miles to 3,417...