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Meatless Mondays: Berkeley City Council to serve vegan-only food

In a push to educate people about meat consumption’s environmental impact, only vegan food will be served at city events and meetings on Mondays in Berkeley, California – much to the amusement and derision of social media. The city is the first to enact such a rule after they passed the “Green Mondays” resolution last week. Berkeley City Council member ...

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Trump to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iran – Haley

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has announced that President Donald Trump is set to host a Security Council meeting to discuss Iran when he attends the General Assembly in New York later this month. The US has only just assumed the rotating presidency over the UN Security Council, held by each of the members in turn for ...

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Russia blocks UN Security Council report on North Korea

Published time: 30 Aug, 2018 21:38 Edited time: 30 Aug, 2018 21:59 Russia has decided to halt discussions of a United Nations Security Council report on North Korea, as it is doesn’t agree with some of its point and the way the work on it is proceeding, Moscow’s UN envoy has said. Russia has blocked the upcoming report of the ...

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Presidential Rights Council proposes decriminalization of religious insults – report

The Russian Presidential Human Rights Council wants to decriminalize insults that offend religious sensibilities, as well as narrowing legal definitions of extremism, a business news site has reported, citing council sources. On Thursday, the RBC news site reported that it had obtained a draft of a document in which members of the Presidential Human Rights Council detailed their proposals in ...

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50 arrested after city council session descends into fist-fight in Ukraine (VIDEOS)

A heated debate about a city budgeting issue in Ukraine escalated into a mass brawl, ending with police arresting almost 50 “active violators” in the aftermath. Mass clashes between supporters of Artem Semenikhin, the Mayor of the city of Konotop in northern Ukraine, and his opponents forced local police officers to intervene “to prevent mass riots and civilian casualties,”according to ...

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Nikki Haley calls Human Rights Council UN's 'greatest failure' in bid to justify US exit

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has launched another attack on the UN human rights body, calling it a failure for listing such countries as China and Cuba among its members. She had no qualms about Saudi Arabia, though. Haley was speaking at the Heritage Foundation think tank, explaining the reasons for the US withdrawal from the UN Human ...

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75% of South African gold mines unprofitable – mineral council

South Africa’s 140-year-old gold industry – which was once the world’s largest – is now facing a major crisis. The country’s mineral council says 75 percent of gold mines are unprofitable or barely making money. The announcement comes as the sector enters wage talks with its employees. Around 200 employer and employee representatives are set to start the negotiations on ...

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India’s defense council approves S-400 deal despite Washington’s pressure – report

India’s Defense Ministry has reportedly given the green light for the acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense systems and has forwarded the deal for final approval, despite a warning from the US of potential consequences. After endorsing some “minor deviations” in the contract, defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman forwarded the 39,000 crore ($ 5.7mn) deal to purchase S-400 for final ...

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EU leaders reach deal on migration at European Council summit

Following nearly ten hours of tense deliberation, the leaders of the 28 European Union member states have reached an agreement on the migration issue. “EU28 leaders have agreed on (summit) conclusions, including on migration,” the European Council president Donald Tusk said. Earlier in the day, Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte had refused to approve an EU summit statement on the ...

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Russian senator warns Council of Europe against issuing ‘payment ultimatums’ to Moscow

The head of the Upper House commission for information policies has said that it was wrong on CE’s part to set ultimatums and deadlines to Russia because Moscow was not the real initiator of the current standoff. “Council of Europe should not give Russia deadlines or issue any ultimatums. The authors of the most acute crisis in Russia-Europe relations are ...

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