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UK Sanctions Israeli West Bank Settlers, Citing Human Rights Abuses
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UK Sanctions Israeli West Bank Settlers, Citing Human Rights Abuses

Britain imposed sanctions Monday against four Israeli nationals, accused of violently attacking Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. British Foreign Secretary David Cameron called the four individuals “extremist Israeli settlers” and imposed strict financial and travel restrictions on them because of what was described as their “egregious abuses of human rights.” “Extremist Israeli settlers are...

UK softens stance on fossil fuels ahead of COP28 summit
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UK softens stance on fossil fuels ahead of COP28 summit

Britain has signaled plans to water down its position on a core part of COP28 negotiations just weeks before the global climate talks begin. Energy and Climate Minister Graham Stuart, who will head the U.K. delegation to the COP summit, told MPs Wednesday that he was not fixated on whether countries agree to “phasing down”...

The EU is about to revive a failed climate solution
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The EU is about to revive a failed climate solution

Since their inception more than 30 years ago, carbon offsets have given false comfort to those seeking easy solutions to the climate crisis. Encouraging one party to continue pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, while paying another to do the opposite has been a giant diversion: side-tracking us from decarbonising our economies and lives. One scandal after another has...

EU backtracks on pledge to increase emissions reduction target
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EU backtracks on pledge to increase emissions reduction target

EU environment ministers scrapped a commitment to lift its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target after several countries held back during many hours of negotiations over the proposals thebloc will present to the upcoming UN climate summit. Poland, Hungary and Italy objected to a pledge to increase the bloc’s emissions reduction target from 55 per cent...

EU wrangles over negotiating stance for COP28 climate summit
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EU wrangles over negotiating stance for COP28 climate summit

European Union countries’ climate ministers meet on Monday to decide the bloc’s negotiating position for this year’s COP28 summit – but they are still split over some key issues, like how hard to push for a global deal to phase out fossil fuels. The EU is typically one of the most ambitious negotiators at the...

EU Chief Presses UAE President on Russia Sanctions Evasion
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EU Chief Presses UAE President on Russia Sanctions Evasion

EU Chief Presses UAE President on Russia Sanctions Evasion. The European Union’s top official met the leader of the United Arab Emirates on Thursday for talks on topics including the export of sanctioned goods from the Gulf state to Russia, according to people familiar with the matter. Ursula von der Leyen described her discussions with UAE...

Climate change: Which countries will foot the bill?
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Climate change: Which countries will foot the bill?

Record-breaking heat in China. Wildfires forcing Swiss villages to evacuate. Drought ravaging Spanish crops. As the costs of climate change rack up, a debate is surging among governments: who should pay? The question has been in the spotlight amid this week’s climate talks between the U.S. and China, where the world’s two biggest economies tried to find ways to work...