Huge locust swarms overrun Indian cities left exposed by Coronavirus lockdown

An unprecedented locust incursion is ravaging the northwest of India, worsened by the Coronavirus measures that delayed response on the ground. Locusts are a well known menace in the states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, traveling from the middle east into Pakistan and India every year. But with climate change altering weather patterns … Read more Huge locust swarms overrun Indian cities left exposed by Coronavirus lockdown

Worst outbreak in 27 years | Swarms of locusts threaten food supply

Swarms of desert locusts have been ravaging crops in the Middle East, Eastern Africa, Pakistan and India in what seems to be the worst outbreak in 27 years. The crop-destroying insects search for green areas to satiate their enormous appetite, creating a major threat to food security in the affected regions, the UN Food Agency … Read more Worst outbreak in 27 years | Swarms of locusts threaten food supply

Disease Is Ravaging the World’s $25 Billion Banana Industry

The world’s most popular fruit is under siege. How it adapts now could be crucial to understanding the post-pandemic era. n the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for their tools. The safety precautions implemented in the farms that stretch between the … Read more Disease Is Ravaging the World’s $25 Billion Banana Industry

Is Assad turning on his cronies? I Inside Story

The inner circle of Syria’s president Bashar Al Assad has always been tight, any disputes within the ruling family were kept strictly behind closed doors. Until recently. There’s a rift between the president’s cousin Rami Makhlouf and the Syrian government, and it’s very public. Makhlouf has long been considered untouchable, but now he’s accused of … Read more Is Assad turning on his cronies? I Inside Story

Coronavirus: Middle East Impact

May.22 — The coronavirus has crippled businesses and markets the world over. The Middle East is no different, with nations going into lockdown, companies grinding to a halt, and fear gripping populations. Just as COVID-19 truly became a global problem, another serious curve ball rocked the region: a collapse in oil prices. Now, business leaders … Read more Coronavirus: Middle East Impact

China completes project in Dubai despite COVID-19

On May 21, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East announced the completion of Dubai Hills’ infrastructure upgrading project. Although the spread of COVID-19 epidemic had caused difficulties lately, the group completed the project on schedule. Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://goo.gl/lP12gA Download our APP on Apple Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cctvnews-app/id922456579?l=zh&ls=1&mt=8 Download our APP on Google … Read more China completes project in Dubai despite COVID-19

Shape of Global Growth Recovery: Will it Be V, U or Something Else?

May.21 — Hootan Yazhari, managing director of MENA and global frontier markets at Bank of America Securities, discusses the outlook for the global economy and markets. Abu Dhabi’s $220 billion wealth fund says the world economy is likely to recover from this year’s virus-driven recession with 5% growth in 2021, and that the most likely outcome … Read more Shape of Global Growth Recovery: Will it Be V, U or Something Else?

UN envoy says Israel must ‘abandon threats of annexation’

UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov has urged Israel to drop plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it could be a breach of international law. Mladenov called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to end security cooperation with Israel a “desperate cry for help”. He urged Palestinians to come back to the negotiating … Read more UN envoy says Israel must ‘abandon threats of annexation’

European Union on Middle East Peace Process – Security Council Virtual Media Stakeout (20 May 2020)

Virtual stakeout read by Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations on behalf of Members of the EU currently or previously on the UN Security Council (Belgium, Estonia, Germany, France and Poland), on the Middle East Peace Process.

Solidarity with Africa & other topics – Daily Briefing (20 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Policy Brief/Africa – Africa Dialogue – Human Rights Chief/ Africa – Economic and Social Council – Global Human Development – COVID-19/Child Malnutrition – Security Council/Middle East – South Sudan – Cyclone Amphan/Bangladesh – COVID-19/Kenya – COVID-19/Armenia – World Bee Day – International Day For … Read more Solidarity with Africa & other topics – Daily Briefing (20 May 2020)

The Virus Pandemic Is Disrupting the Illegal Drug Trade

The novel-coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the illicit drug trade through increased border controls, reduced air traffic and supply shortages, though the outbreak’s economic fallout may lead to more people getting involved in the business, a United Nations-sponsored report warned. The upcoming opium harvest in Afghanistan may be hurt by virus-related labor shortages, and cocaine output … Read more The Virus Pandemic Is Disrupting the Illegal Drug Trade

Samantha Power: ‘US is pulling away from its democratic allies’ | Talk to Al Jazeera

In September 2016, nearly two months before the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election, United States President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). “As I address this hall as president for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made,” he said, “A quarter-century after the end of the Cold … Read more Samantha Power: ‘US is pulling away from its democratic allies’ | Talk to Al Jazeera

The Community Cast Reunites For A Virtual Table Read May 18th!

The Greendale Community College study group is coming back together benefitting World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods. Join the cast and creator, Dan Harmon, Monday May 18th at 2pm PST on the official Community Youtube Channel. Watch The Table Read Here: https://bit.ly/CommunityTableRead About Community: When the legitimacy of his college degree is challenged, lawyer Jeff … Read more The Community Cast Reunites For A Virtual Table Read May 18th!