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Biden Says "I Did What I Came to Do" in Putin Meeting
"Vladimir Putin say they're Geneva summit was positive and straightforward. The president says his goal was to deliver. His message is face to face that he wants to cooperate with Moscow, where possible and will respond to Russian aggression were needed. I did what I came to do. The two men agree to send their ambassadors back to their posts and on a plan to replace a nuclear treaty. In other areas, though they remain far apart Ukraine human rights and cybersecurity through an interpreter, Putin denied involvement in cyber attacks on the US to the state organs Russia has to do with that We are encountering the same threats, the president says. U. S intelligence points to Russia and warned Putin of consequences if attacks continue The last thing he wants now Is a Cold War saga or Megane. Washington. The economic rebound from the
Biden, Putin Hold 'Positive’ Summit but Divisions Remain Over Human Rights, Media
"President biden's summit meeting with president putin today was of course behind closed doors but when talking to the press afterwards president biden spoke at length about how much discussions of russian opposition leader alexei navalny and independent media outlets like radio for europe Were at the core of his conversations today with president putin even when out of his way to take a question from a radio free europe reporter what the consequences of that be. What will that mean for. Russian opposition leaders and independent media outlets in russia to have an american president standing up for them. So bluntly and confronting president putin's so bluntly over his fear of opposition and his fear of a free press we know from experience. It's the kind of thing that drives the kremlin nuts. What will happen inside. Russia based in as a consequence of how president biden push those issues today. I feel like nobody's in a better position to talk about that then our former. Us ambassador to russia. michael mcfaul. i should also note. He was involved in briefing president biden before this summit today michael befall former us ambassador to russia under president. Obama joins us live now. Mr ambassador. it's great to see. Thank you for staying up till the middle of nowhere. The middle of the night to be with me. Great to be with you as always rachel. What are likely to be the consequences. If any of today's events four russian opposition figures for independent media in russia. It feels like the kremlin has felt untrammelled totally unconstrained in the way that it's been going after the opposition and the media lately. What will today do to affect that if anything i you're absolutely right. Twenty twenty one. We'll on an russian history as one of the most autocratic years we've had since the collapse of the soviet union in fact. I think you have to go deep into the soviet union to remember a time that has been so
Hong Kong Police Arrest Apple Daily Executives
"Kong Police have arrested five executives from the pro Democracy Apple Daily newspaper on the security laws imposed on the territory by Beijing. The owner of the newspaper, Jimmy Lai, already faces charges of colluding with foreign powers. Mark Simon, who is a senior advisor to Mr Lai spoke to the BBC about what was happening they have arrested are three most senior editorial people. They're not just arresting business people like myself anymore. They are picking up documents like a moving company in our newsroom. It's like a vacuum you're going through there. There's really no discretion. They're just Taking it out by the box load, and unfortunately, we've just learned in the last two hours that they have frozen the operating bank accounts of Apple daily. So this does look like the major move. They're trying to finish off Apple daily.
China Launches Crew to Its Own Space Station
"China's first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years has blasted off from the Gobi Desert and a landmark step towards establishing Beijing as a major space power is heading for the chunking space station Robin Branch reports. China is going into space on a regular basis these days, sending a rover to Mars to the far side of the moon and now another manned mission to construct its own space station. Three astronauts launch safely from the satellite center Endure. Chan Life Pictures showed clear blue skies. Two of the men have been up before. For the other. Though this is a first they will live on the T on her module for the next three months in low orbit around the Earth. Before the launch, one of the crew said it was a chance to contribute Chinese wisdom and strength to the peaceful use of outer
‘Families Came First’ for Global Remittances in Year of Pandemic
"Working away from their families made significant sacrifices to send almost as much money home last year as they did before covid. Un chief antonio guitarist said on wednesday warning that now is not the time for countries to withdraw their support to these key workers the secretary-general's message to mark the international day of family. Remittances comes as world. Data showed that cash wired home from migrants in wealthy countries. Dropped only one point six percent in two thousand and twenty from twelve months earlier to five hundred and forty billion dollars migrants. Put their families. I by buying lessened dipping into their savings to send money to relatives. Mr cherish said financial support from host countries also played its part and it must continue insisted urging all countries to include migrant workers in the covid nineteen vaccination plans. They should also aim to reduce the costs of sending remittances to as close to zero was possible in line with the twenty thirty agenda for sustainable development he
Israel Launches Air Raids on Gaza, First Since Truce With Hamas
"In retaliation for in century balloons launched by militants into southern Israel. The army attacks what it said were Hamas military compounds. The air strikes and earlier balloon launches followed a flag march by ultranationalist Israelis through east Jerusalem. In a surprise move the centrist politician who build Israel's new governing coalition gala peed. Condemned the parade. The left wing candidate Pedro Castillo
Israel to Halt Nighttime 'Mapping' of Palestinian Homes
"Israel will hold night time mapping of Palestinian homes the ministry says it's raining in a controversial practice of conducting late night raids on Palestinian homes in the west bank there are aimed at gathering information about the house he's on the inhabitants the minute tree house in the past defended the practice known as intelligence mapping as a necessary measure to counter militant groups during these raids Israeli soldiers could rouse families in the middle of the night the document that mentions on the buttons of homes in the occupied territories but human rights groups say the policy served only to intimidate civilians I'm Charles through this month
Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray At "Tipping Point"
"We start today here in africa. Tens of thousands of malnourished children are at risk of dying in ethiopia is to gray region. That's according to the united nations and humanitarian groups. Working in the area. Tommy thompson is emergency coordinator for the world food program. This is a crisis of certainly food security. But it's really a crisis of access protection issues preventing us from doing work it's rewire it's an incredibly dangerous environment for. I'll be working out. There have been mind. Humanitarian have been killed thus far on every day. We have our chain senses. The ngos partners everybody who's trying to operate north find themselves challenged checkpoints. They're increasingly hostile on in some of these checkpoints. We have our beneficiaries having the things that are given luton for men if opium prime minister abby amid sent government forces into tegray in november to disarm leaders of the tegray people's liberation front. He blamed the group for attacks on army camps but international watchdog groups accused government forces of widespread atrocities against civilians and now humanitarian agencies say ethiopian forces and troops from neighbouring area. Tra are keeping relief shipments out of the region the un estimates more than a quarter million people into gray now face famine conditions.
Quake Shakes Part of East Indonesia, People Warned off Beach
"A strong shallow undersea earthquake has shaken parts of eastern Indonesia for U. S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered around six miles under the sea shallow quakes tend to cause more damage however the movement's cracked some walls and sent panicked coastal residents in Madhuku puffins to higher ground officials however say this little threat the largest tsunami although the sea level rose about one point five feet probably due to an on the water I will launch Indonesia is frequently struck by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the ring of fire an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin I'm Charles Taylor that's my
Kim Jong Un Warns of 'Tense' Food Situation in North Korea
"Serious business of trying to get some kind of relationship reestablished. North Korean state media said the leader Kim Jong UN, has admitted the food situation is tense and he warned of possible shortages. Asia Pacific regional editor Michael Bristowe, Mr Kim told a meeting of senior leaders that the food situation was as he put it get intense. He said the agricultural sector had failed to producing of grain. Blaming last year's typhoons, which caused widespread flooding. North Korea is also struggling because of international sanctions imposed because of its nuclear
European Union Considering Adding the U.S. to its Safe Travel List
"Still cannot travel to most of Europe, but that could soon change, says correspondent CAMI McCormick. The European Union is recommending that country start lifting restrictions on tourists from the US It's already considering removing the U. S from the list of countries where non essential travel is advised against the EU is also adopted a digital vaccination. Certification program. The U. S has not so that could still complicated he traveled this summer. Still, some European countries have already started allowing American visitors
NATO Leaders Declare China a Global Security Challenge
"Meetings in brussels president biden and nato allies warned about growing international influence. China is mentioned nearly a dozen times a lengthy communicate that was released monday. It's a shift from past nato summits when beijing was barely mentioned in a press conference. Nato secretary general jens stoltenberg spoke about the need to engage china on a wide range of issues. We see that china's common close to those in cyberspace. We'll see them in africa in arctic. See them trying to control our infrastructure. We had the discussion about five g. And therefore what we do. Nato tend to thirty is highly relevant also for how to dress china with more resilient with more technology and all the things we want to do together.
UN Seeks Funds for Venezuelan Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis
"To concede. Let's speak now about the countries around Venezuela, where nearly six million Venezuelans are being hosted, and that refugee crisis is rather overlooked, according to the UN refugee agency. They need more international support. So they're holding a funding drive this week to try to draw attention to what they say is a forgotten crisis. Dr. Eduardo Stein is the special representative for the U. N High commissioner for Refugees also The International Organization for Migration, Venezuelan refugees and migrants after the shock of the Covid 19 pandemic. All borders were closed, but people kept going out of Venezuela, although in very small number, much smaller than what we witnessed a year ago. However, numbers have begun to rallies. As of maybe 2.5 months, two months and we are now again back to close to 2000 People daily living Venezuela. Are they considered economic or economic migrants or refugees? It's an important point when you're trying to Explain their case to the world to governments. You want them to give money at the donor. Conference. How do you present their situation? We present the situation in general terms as not necessarily fitting into the two categories of refugees or migrants. It is a rather mixed situation. Because these are people that are clean out. Of the country that was extremely rich, which is not at war. And yet It is faulty in many basic services to the population, even in food. Medicine. Shelter, of course, access to jobs, decent income, etcetera, so People are leaving both because of a repressive environment as well as a general lack of very
China Says No Leak at Nuclear Plant, But Fuel Rods Broke in Reactor
"China's government said today. No abnormal radiation has been detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong. Following a news report of a leak. Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. Operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor and Tayshaun 85 miles west of Hong Kong. In Beijing. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson gave no confirmation of a leak or other details. He responded to reporters questions by saying there is nothing abnormal detected in their radiation level surrounding the plant. In Hong Kong. According to the Hong Kong Observatory. Radiation levels in the air today were normal. Yesterday. Framatome, a French company that helps manage the nuclear power plant in Guangdong Province, had said it was dealing with a performance issue. Said the facility was operating within safe limits. That followed a report by CNN that Fran and Tom told US authorities about a possible leak. Hong Kong Chief executive Carrie Lam said her government would ask authorities in Guangdong for information and tell the public about any developments. China is one of the biggest users of nuclear power and is building more reactors at a time when few other governments have plans for new facilities because the cost of solar wind and other alternatives is plunging. Chinese leaders see nuclear power is the way to reduce air pollution and the demand for imports of oil and gas, which they deemed a
Vladimir Putin Denies Alexei Navalny Assassination Attempt
"One on one meeting between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. We're getting some new insights into the Russian leader in that lengthy NBC news interview In an excerpt released today, Vladimir Putin is suggesting that hundreds of people arrested for riding at the US Capitol are being subjected to what he called persecution for political opinions. The Russian president will become the under some strong criticism from President Biden for moves against his own political opponents in Russia, particularly the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny into the detention of thousands of Russian demonstrators who protested his arrest to a translator. More from that NBC news interview. Can I ask you to make just ask you a direct question? Did you order Alexey Navalny's assassination? Should. Of course not. We don't have this kind of habit of assassinating anybody. That's one number two is I want to ask you. Did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman? Do you know that 450 individuals were arrested after entering the Congress and they didn't go there to steal the laptop? They came with political demands. That was Russian President Vladimir Putin through a translator. The full interview is available on the NBC news website and joining us from Qatar is an it'll live in. He is a senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft tomorrow, the summit in Geneva between President Biden and Vladimir Putin. What, if anything, will come out of that meeting? I think that you know there will be strong statements on both sides reaffirming basic principles. Both sides will make clear that their red lines. I think that's important. Biden will tell Putin that any further Russian interference in the U. S electoral process will You know, I have a very harsh response. He will, you know, warned Putin against any cyber sabotage both US infrastructure and
Will Israel Be Able to Keep Its New Government Together?
"A new israeli government has ousted netanyahu. But will it hold together. All of the last time i spoke to you. We talked about the crisis in gaza and the intercommunal violence that broke out in israel while all of this was going on israel has been going through intensified political turmoil. Get to this vote on sunday. In late march israel held. What was his fourth. Snap election within around a two year period. It's been in this political crisis for quite a while now still meets again for the fourth time in two years if the exit polls are right. Benjamin netanyahu will fall short of the majority. He needs to form a government and netanyahu's ruling likud party actually won the most seats but he's still needed to group together with other political parties and he was unable to do that so the mandate was handed over to his rival in the opposition. There were low expectations but he actually managed to group together eight very ideologically diverse parties into a coalition and now as announced that he has a new government on sunday. The israeli parliament voted them into office. Now official benjamin. Netanyahu is as israeli prime minister. And how was that. Vote to ousted. Netanyahu on sunday so the israeli parliament which is called. The knesset has one hundred twenty seats within it and to form a majority government. It's extremely unusual. That one party will win out right so under israeli politics different parties group together and they form these coalitions and the opposition leader. The peed had eight parties together which is a large amount of parties and he was hoping to reach that magic number of sixty one seats because that is a razor thin majority of one seat in one hundred and twenty canessa. When the vote came to pass on sunday he managed to gather sixty seats which is only half of the knesset. But because of an abstention netanyahu's blog only got fifty nine seats so now the opposition as establish their own government but its majority within parliament is very very tight
Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed
"Workers they had been immunizing youngsters against polio in eastern Afghanistan have been killed in two separate attacks by unidentified gunmen. Afghanistan launched a nationwide polio vaccination programme earlier this year, aiming to inoculate around 10 million Children under five years of age. The program in Nangahar province, while suspended following a similar attack in March when gunmen killed three female vaccinators. Vaccination drying for assumed one Lee on Monday. That's the BBC's embarrassed in Deatherage in the prime ministers of
Donated US Vaccines Arrive for Mexican Border Cities
"Mexico is just received coronavirus vaccine donated by the U. S. the US donated more than a million doses of the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine officials in Mexico say once those shots are enormous there won't be any reason to continue restricting travel over the U. S. border the US and Mexico of restricted border crossings to essential travel only since early in the pandemic the US shipment will be used to vaccinate anybody over eighteen in four cities along the border Tijuana Mexicali Ciudad Juarez and Reynosa about thirty percent of Mexico's adult population is already gotten Kovic shots I'm Rita Foley
COVID-19 Hitting Domestic Workers Hardest Worldwide
"Domestic workers globally have been among the hardest hit by the covid crisis. Losing more jobs and working out and other sectors the un labor agency iro said on tuesday ilo director-general guy. Ryder insisted that despite real progress in labor laws and social security provision in some countries in the last decade these essential service providers had rarely been so vulnerable in many others. New ireland data shows the number of domestic workers in the second quarter of twenty twenty fell twenty five to fifty percent in most latin american and caribbean countries and by seventy percent in peru compared with pre pandemic levels countries need to take action because eight and ten domestic workers are informally employed and therefore lack legal and welfare protection. The idaho chief said many domestic workers and migrant workers so their status inside. The country can be called into question if they lose that job. Menu domestic workers live in employees. They could lose that lodgings where they live if they lose their job as well so behind the aggregated numbers. I think there is a sort of a deep. A human impact which accentuates even more the suffering involved in the late marketing impact of the covid nineteen
Erdogan Says Problems Can Be Solved After Biden Meeting
"President said after his first meeting with us counterpart. Joe biden on monday. That they have no problems that cannot be solved even while he gave no indication of progress. On the biggest stalemate turkeys purchase of russian missiles
Brazil's Pork-Barrel Politics
"Across brazil. This month citizens banged pots and pans in protest against a televised speech by president. Enjoyable zanardo film was america samy noise your doors but just waved the ice in it. He apologized for the lives. Lost to covid. Nineteen the praised. The country's vaccination program mr bolsonaro populist straight-talking nationalistic approach propelled him to the presidency in two thousand eighteen but his popularity has since plummeted his flippant attitude to even denial about the pandemic has contributed to the loss of nearly half a million lives. The public turn against the president has weakened him politically and his bids to regain support back on a fundamental campaign. Promise ran for president in two thousand eighteen. He promised voters that he would have. None of what he called. Valia police chica- or old politics. Basically using government jobs and state resources to gain support from congressman and former political base sur muslim is our sao paulo bureau chief however last year he did just that forming an alliance with the block of parties known as the same town or the big. These are very opportunistic parties. That have pretty little in the way of ideology and their support does not come for free. What do you mean by that. That was made very clear by a recent investigation. In the brazilian newspaper is throttled sell paulo which experienced a scandal that can roughly be translated as tractor kate. It involved funneling billions of hey ice of public money to congressman to fund. Public works like roads in buying farm equipment in their home states
U.S. And EU Reach Deal to End Airbus-Boeing Trade Dispute
"Meantime, a resolution today to a long standing irritant between the US and EU, The United States and the European Union have reached a deal to end a dispute over government subsidies to rival planemaker's Boeing and Airbus. The deal faces out billions of dollars in punitive tariffs as well over five years, the U. S trade representative says. Setting aside this issue allows the allies now allies now to jointly focused on their common
Japan Makes Vaccine Push With Olympics Looming
"Japanese companies have joined the effort to speed up the country's logging coronavirus vaccine bowed out ahead of the start of the Tokyo Olympics next month the C. E. O. of energy and technology giant softbank has visited in the office of affiliate we work with medical professionals being inoculated with the maternal vaccine softbank plans fifteen such sites to vaccinate one hundred fifty thousand employees and their families on an additional one hundred thousand people residing at the sites Japan's vaccine vote out who's been the slowest among developed nations with only about five percent of this population fully vaccinated and the hope is a business push would accelerate the rollout I'm Charles the last month