U.S. works on climate interests relevant if Trump stays in U.N. pact

OSLO (Reuters) – A pared-down U.S. delegation has quietly worked to promote long-standing U.S. climate interests at global talks in Germany even though President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of an agreement largely designed by Washington.


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Four million in Damascus without mains water after springs targeted: U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four million people in Damascus have been without safe drinking water supplies for more than a week after springs outside the Syrian capital were deliberately targeted, the United Nations said on Thursday.


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Ignoring Trump, U.N. talks seek to turn climate pledges into action

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations began work on Monday to turn promises for fighting climate change into action at a U.N. conference that played down threats to a 2015 global agreement if Republican Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidency.


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Weak La Niña seen developing this year: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – A neutral to weak La Niña is expected to develop in coming months and may persist into the first quarter of next year, the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.


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U.N. fears more cholera in Haiti after storm, says protests slowing relief

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – The scale of a cholera outbreak in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew may be underreported because remote areas are cut off, a United Nations official in charge of controlling the disease said on Tuesday, adding protests over slow aid made the problem worse.


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Haiti needs ‘massive response’ after hurricane: U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A “massive response” is needed to help Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the United Nations is mobilizing on all fronts to help get the recovery under way, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.


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Namibia, Zimbabwe fail to get U.N. permission to export ivory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Namibia and Zimbabwe failed on Monday to convince a U.N. body on Monday that they should be allowed to export ivory – something they had argued would protect rather than further endanger Africa’s elephants.


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Swaziland’s rhino horn sale bid seen doomed at U.N. meeting on wildlife trade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Swaziland faces a struggle to get permission to sell 330 kg rhino horn for about $ 10 million from a U.N. conference on the global wildlife trade which began in Johannesburg on Saturday but hopes to stoke a debate about regulated trade.


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Trump unlikely to be able to renegotiate climate deal: U.N. climate chief

COLOGNE (Reuters) – Donald Trump would be “highly unlikely” to be able to renegotiate the global accord on climate change if elected U.S. president, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Wednesday, as doing so would require the agreement of 195 countries.


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Trump threat to renegotiate U.N. climate deal causes dismay abroad

OSLO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s threat to renegotiate the global accord on climate change if elected U.S. president caused dismay abroad on Wednesday, with many experts saying it was in his interests to embrace a deal seeking to end dependence on fossil fuels.


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