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EU rebukes eight countries over delays in money-laundering reforms
The European Commission sent legal warnings to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands and five other EU states over their delays in applying new anti-money laundering rules adopted at European Union level two years ago.
Countries brace for global economic impact of coronavirus
Canada Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that the coronavirus is probably going to have a “real” impact on that country’s economy, according to a report by Bloomberg.
US finalizes rule to slap duties on countries that undervalue currencies
The US Commerce Department finalized a new rule to impose anti-subsidy duties on products from countries that it has determined undervalue their currencies against the dollar, including potentially China.
Electric vehicles are better for the environment in NZ than in most other countries
Massey University Professor Ralph Sims is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and said because electricity generation in New Zealand was mostly renewable, it was one of the best countries to own an electric vehicle in.
Three African countries halt polio outbreaks
Kenya, Mozambique and Niger have curbed polio outbreaks that erupted in different episodes over the past 24 months, allowing them to regain their polio-free status, World Health Organization (WHO) announced.
Poorest countries facing both obesity, malnutrition
A third of the poorest countries in the world are dealing with high levels of obesity as well as under-nourishment, which leaves people too thin, according to a report in The Lancet.
Are countries implementing their Paris Agreement pledges?
In December 2018, at the COP24 climate change conference in the Polish city of Katowice, almost 200 countries signed up to a rulebook for implementing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.
More austerity for developing countries
By Isabel Ortiz & Thomas Stubbs*
Mogherini’s aide: Eight more countries decide to join INSTEX
Nathalie Tocci, special adviser to the European Union foreign policy chief, said on Monday that eight more countries have decided to join a mechanism proposed by the European bloc to facilitate trade with Iran.
Countries must triple climate emission cut targets to limit global heating to 2°C
An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
To address hunger, many countries may have to increase carbon footprint
Achieving an adequate, healthy diet in most low- and middle-income countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions and water use due to food production, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Amazon countries sign forest pact
Seven Amazonian countries signed a pact to protect the world’s largest tropical forest via disaster response coordination and satellite monitoring, amid recent fires that torched thousands of square miles of the jungle.
44 countries participating in Isfahan Children, Young Adults Film Festival
Some 44 countries have so far applied for participating in the 32nd Children, Young Adults Film Festival slated to be held in Isfahan.
Which countries are doing the most to save the environment?
There is perhaps no issue on Earth that is as truly global as that of climate change.

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