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Stories for June 6th 2017

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 08:05 UTC

    UN opens conference on the health of the world's oceans and seas

    “Improving the health of our oceans is a test for multilateralism, and we cannot afford to fail,” said Guterres during his first major UN conference

    Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials urged on Monday coordinated global action to protect the planet. Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate.

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 07:33 UTC

    “Pink slime” trial: beef plant demanding US$ 5.7bn from ABC for “fake news”

     BPI says ABC's “disinformation campaign” caused the meat processer's revenues to drop by 80%. They are suing ABC for up to US$5.7bn in damages.

    A trial has begun in South Dakota over a meat processer's claim that it was defamed by ABC News reporting that dubbed its product “pink slime”. Beef Products Inc (BPI) argues ABC and its journalist ruined its reputation in 2012 reports on “lean finely textured beef”, as the industry calls it.

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 07:12 UTC

    “Cherish the planet that protect us” urges UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

    “On World Environment Day – and every day – let us reconnect with nature. Let us cherish the planet that protects us,” underlined Mr. Guterres.

    On World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June every year, United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres urged everyone to ''cherish the planet that protect us''. In a video message, “Connecting people to Nature”, uploaded on YouTube, Guterres said, “Without a healthy environment we can't end poverty or build prosperity. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.”

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 07:03 UTC

    Temer receives 84 questions from the federal Police; he has 24 hours to reply

    Brazilian media say the questions focus on a conversation between Temer and one of the owners of meatpacker JBS, executive Joesley Batista

    Brazilian media are reporting late Monday that the country's federal police have asked embattled President Michel Temer 84 questions related to an investigation of corruption allegations against him. Temer has faced growing calls to resign amid the scandal. He has 24 hours to reply to the questions delivered Monday afternoon.

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 06:54 UTC

    British Airways says “human error” led to travel chaos for 75.000 passengers

     Willie Walsh, CEO IAG said an engineer disconnected a power supply, with the major damage caused by a surge when it was reconnected.

    The boss of British Airways' parent company says that human error caused an IT meltdown that led to travel chaos for 75,000 passengers. Willie Walsh. chief executive of IAG, said an engineer disconnected a power supply, with the major damage caused by a surge when it was reconnected. He said there would now be an independent investigation “to learn from the experience”.

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 06:35 UTC

    Qatar planes banned from Saudi, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain air space

    Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE coordinated together to set the diplomatic withdrawal into motion, closing all transport ties to Qatar, a tiny gas-rich peninsula.

    Qatari planes are to be banned from Egyptian and Saudi air space, as a growing diplomatic row in the Gulf threatens large-scale air disruption. Several countries have cut ties with the tiny Gulf state over accusations of supporting extremism in the region.