Day: August 12, 2022

North Korea: UN Secretary-General commits to denuclearization

North Korea: UN Secretary-General commits to denuclearization

SEOUL: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed his "clear commitment" to North Korea's denuclearization during his visit to Seoul, weeks after Pyongyang said it was "ready to mobilize" its deterrent. "I would like to reaffirm our clear commitment to the full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, of North Korea," Guterres said in a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk-you. This is a "fundamental objective to bring peace, security and stability to the whole region", he added, according to images broadcast by local television. Before arriving in Seoul on Thursday, the UN secretary-general was in…
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Italy: Sea Date Poaching, A Serious Threat To The Coast

Italy: Sea Date Poaching, A Serious Threat To The Coast

MONOPLI: Off the rocky coast of south-eastern Italy, two divers from the financial police make back and forth in the blue waters, under the curious gaze of holidaymakers. They are not looking for any buried treasure but for evidence of the hunt for mussels known as sea dates, a forbidden mollusc that has become a status symbol and whose poaching is irreversibly destroying the Italian coasts. Just below the surface, the limestone rock that harbours countless organisms is ripped open by hundreds of man-made holes, proof that unscrupulous poachers have broken, crushed or even blasted the reef to extract the…
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Washington reveals Iranian plan to assassinate ex-senior US official

Washington reveals Iranian plan to assassinate ex-senior US official

WASHINGTON: US justice revealed on Wednesday a plot led by a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to assassinate John Bolton, former national security adviser to the White House. The US Department of Justice said in a statement that Shahram Poursafi, alias Mehdi Rezayi, 45, was charged in absentia with offering to pay $300,000 to individuals in the United States to kill John Bolton, who was also United States ambassador to the UN, apparently to avenge the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed in January 2020 in an American strike. The plot was revealed to the authorities by the…
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