President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima this morning, laying a wreath at the city's peace memorial and meeting with survivors of the US nuclear attack on the city. While stopping short of apologizing for the city's bombing, Obama said that the existence of nuclear weapons demanded a "moral revolution" aimed at spreading peace and working toward "a world without nuclear weapons."
Donald Trump says that if elected, he'll "cancel the Paris climate agreement" and reverse President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce US emissions. Speaking to oil executives, Trump also pledged to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to cancel rules protecting waterways from industrial pollution. "Any regulation that's outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely," Trump said.
Teresa Heinz Kerry will pass control of the Heinz Endowments to her three sons Andre, Chris and John in October. Each will serve as chairman of the organization for a rotating four-year period. Heinz Kerry will continue to serve the nonprofit on both its executive committee and board of directors. "I am delighted that the groundwork is laid for the next generation to engage in the leadership of the foundation," she said.
The World Health Assembly has given the green light to the World Health Organization's proposed Health Emergencies Program. The program, which was spurred by the Ebola and Zika crises, will assist in effective and speedy responses to global health threats.
Governments need to devote more time and energy to planned urbanization or face risks from disasters, warns United Nations-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos. The portion of the global population living in urban areas is expected to reach 70% in 2050, up from 55% today. Local governments are struggling to cope and national government must help with urban planning, Clos contends.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution that lifts an arms embargo and sanctions on Liberia. The country has stabilized more than 10 years after civil war. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the end of sanctions.
There must be progress in maintaining a cessation of hostilities and wider humanitarian aid access in Syria before the United Nations will resume peace talks, said UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Peace talks could resume in two to three weeks, he said. The UN has been able to get aid to just 160,000 people out of 1 million, said UN humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland.
Climate change threatens dozens of World Heritage sites such as Stonehenge and Venice, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNESCO and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report shows that countries must implement actions called for in the Paris climate treaty to halt climate change, says lead author Adam Markham.
United Nations special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is proposing an emergency economic body to prevent further deterioration of humanitarian and economic conditions. Peace talks between the Yemen government and Houthi rebels are ongoing.
Donald Trump told a New Jersey audience that his companies employ more people "than almost anybody in New Jersey" -- but that's nowhere close to being true, writes Eugene Kiely. Trump used to own one of the state's top 100 employers, but he lost the company due to bankruptcy; now, he only owns three golf courses in the state.
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