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  1. Cop27: Egyptian hosts urge leaders to set aside tensions over Ukraine

    Organisers call on nations to carry on crucial climate negotiations despite differences on geopolitical issues

    The Egyptian hosts of the next UN climate summit have issued a plea for countries to set aside tensions and animosity over the Ukraine war for the sake of focusing on the climate crisis.

    Egypt will host the Cop27 conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, intended as a forum for companies to fulfil the promises they made at the landmark Cop26 summit in Glasgow last year.

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  2. Saudi foreign minister defends role in securing Ukraine prisoner swaps

    Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud decries as ‘cynical’ accusations his country was trying to improve its image after Khashoggi killing

    It would be cynical to see Saudi Arabia’s efforts to secure the release of international prisoners held by Russian proxies in Ukraine as an attempt to improve the country’s image after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, its foreign minister has said.

    Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud said on Friday that Riyadh had first approached the UK government in April, shortly after Aiden Aslin, a British citizen, and others were captured at Mariupol, and had acted for compassionate reasons, hoping to negotiate their release.

    This story was amended on Friday 23 September 2022 to correct the name of the Saudi foreign minister.

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  3. ‘Humanitarian crime’: fighting cuts off insulin supply in Tigray

    International Diabetic Federation decries reports war has led to shortages of life-saving drug at Ethiopian region’s biggest hospital

    Doctors at the biggest hospital in Tigray say they have just days supply left of insulin, as the resumption of fighting between rebels and Ethiopian government troops once again cuts off supplies to the region.

    In what the head of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has branded “a humanitarian crime,” medics at Ayder specialist referral hospital warn they have already run out of one kind of the life-saving medicine and have only a week’s supply of another.

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  4. Church of England bars Desmond Tutu’s daughter from officiating at funeral

    Church says same-sex marriage means Mpho Tutu van Furth cannot preside over godfather’s service

    The daughter of the late Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu has been barred by the Church of England from officiating at her godfather’s funeral in a Shropshire church because she is married to a woman.

    Mpho Tutu van Furth, an ordained priest in the Anglican church, was invited to preside over the funeral of Martin Kenyon, who died last week at the age of 92. The C of E said its actions were “in line with the House of Bishops current guidance on same-sex marriage”.

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  5. Horn of Africa drought puts 3.6m children at risk of dropping out of school

    Experts warn that girls’ education will be worst hit, as many families are forced to move away from schools

    More than 3.5 million children are at risk of dropping out of school due to the drought in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations has said, amid warnings the crisis could lead to “a lost generation” that misses out on education.

    According to new figures shared with the Guardian, Unicef now estimates that 3.6 million children in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are in danger of leaving school as a result of the cumulative pressure on households caused by the unrelenting drought.

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  6. Tigrayan forces accuse Eritrea of launching full-scale offensive on border

    Tigray People’s Liberation Front says Eritreans are fighting alongside Ethiopian government forces

    Forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region said troops from neighbouring Eritrea launched a “full-scale offensive” on Tuesday and heavy fighting was ongoing in several areas along the border.

    Reuters was not immediately able to verify the account on Twitter from Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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  7. Hurricane Ian: 2m without power as Florida hit with ‘catastrophic’ wind and rain

    ‘Major, major’ storm, estimated to be 140 miles wide, sweeps inland after causing huge flooding on coast, with millions of residents in its path

    Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the US mainland, has battered south-west Florida with high winds, rain and storm surges as it weakened and moved inland.

    Nearly 2m homes and businesses were left without power as the storm swept ashore in south-west Florida on Wednesday afternoon, bringing “catastrophic” 150mph winds and a deadly storm surge of up to 18ft. Hours later, the storm – estimated to be about 140 miles wide – was downgraded from a category 4 to a category 1 storm as it moved slowly north-east, causing major flooding.

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  8. More than 1,700 environmental activists murdered in the past decade – report

    Figures likely to be an underestimate, says Global Witness, as land defenders are killed by hitmen, crime groups and governments

    More than 1,700 murders of environmental activists were recorded over the past decade, an average of a killing nearly every two days, according to a new report.

    Killed by hitmen, organised crime groups and their own governments, at least 1,733 land and environmental defenders were murdered between 2012 and 2021, figures from Global Witness show, with Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, Mexico and Honduras the deadliest countries.

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  9. Colombia says 10 armed groups including Farc dissidents agree to ceasefire

    Government says country ‘moving ahead’ with ceasefire as new leftist president Gustavo Petro promises ‘total peace’

    At least 10 armed groups in Colombia, including the Gulf Clan crime gangand dissident members of the Farc rebels who rejected a peace deal have agreed to participate in unilateral ceasefires, according to the government.

    President Gustavo Petro, who took office in August, has promised to seek “total peace” with armed groups, fully implementing a 2016 peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and meeting with dissidents and gangs.

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  10. Canada begins Storm Fiona cleanup as scale of devastation becomes clear

    Severe storm that killed two and flattened homes in Atlantic Canada highlights need for longterm strategy against climate change

    Brian “Smokey” Osmond was cooking at his home in Newfoundland’s coastal Port aux Basques when he spotted flood waters creeping into his garage on Saturday morning.

    Osmond moved his truck up a hill to safety. But as he returned, a powerful storm surge struck.

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