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U.N. says can't use Aleppo ceasefire without security guarantees
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations does not have the security guarantees it requires to carry out humanitarian operations in eastern Aleppo or evacuate sick and wounded people from the Syrian city, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said on Tuesday.
“When the weapons fall silent, we need all weapons to fall silent. We need assurances from all parties to the conflict, not just a unilateral announcement that this will happen. We need everybody to give us those assurances before it is immediately useful for us to do anything meaningful,” Laerke said.
Russia said on Monday that Russian and Syrian forces would pause attacks on Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city.
“The announcement that we heard was for an eight-hour pause but on consecutive days, for more than one day,” Laerke said.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Stephanie Nebehay)
El Nino suspected as world wine output drops
Paris (AFP) - Global wine production in 2016 is expected to be among the lowest in 20 years, an industry body said Thursday, suggesting climatic events such as El Nino could be to blame.The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) estimated this year's output at 259 million hectolitres (Mhl; there are 100 litres in a hectolitre), a year-on-year drop of five percent.This worldwide annual total, released at a news conference in Paris, is among the three lowest since 2000.OIV said weather… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
National retail trade sales see increase in January
Excluding inflation, the amount marked a yearly increase of 6.7%, the GSO announced. Vu Manh Ha, a GSO statistician, attributed the strong growth in January’s retail trade to stable prices despite local people’s high rate of consumption in preparation for the Tet holiday and supermarkets’ sufficient sources of consumer goods for the country’s largest annual festival. Retail sales of goods, which accounted for more than three fourths of total sales, reached US$11.5 billion in January, surging… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Preliminary results in Moldova election show pro-Russia presidential candidate leading with just over 54 percent
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Preliminary results in Moldova election show pro-Russia presidential candidate leading with just over 54 percent. World - Yahoo News chat_bubble_outline Read More...
8 fishermen killed in suspected pirate attack in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say eight Filipino fishermen are dead and five others are missing after at least five suspected pirates boarded a fishing boat in southern Philippine waters and strafed the crew.Coast Guard Lt. Commander Alvin Dagalea said Tuesday that two fishermen survived Monday night's attack off the coast near Zamboanga city in Mindanao province by jumping into the water as the gunmen started shooting. The two swam toward a nearby island and were rescued by a passing… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam reaffirms priorities in APEC Year 2017
Delivering a speech at a workshop held by the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York, the US on January 20 (Vietnam time), Loc said that Vietnam’s priorities during the year include supporting trade liberalisation and opposing protectionism; enhancing regional connectivity in both basic infrastructure and institution; promoting sustainable and inclusive growth; and assisting small and medium enterprises and women’s involvement in economic development. The country will foster agricultural… chat_bubble_outline Read More...