Cook Islands Speaker Niki Rattle says Parliamentary rule changes will allow for more sitting days. And that’s backed by the prime minister. The Standing Orders of Parliament are set to be reviewed to allow some new changes, including more sitting days.
A bi-partisan foreign policy taskforce in the Solomon Islands is to review the country’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan and consider the pros and cons of switching relations to China. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said he is aware of the many concerns raised by Solomon Islanders about the issue in recent weeks.
Talks on a climate plan for 2050 should wrap up by the end of this year in view of final adoption in early 2020, according to the draft conclusions of an EU summit taking place this week in Brussels. EU leaders are set to grant the incoming Finnish EU Presidency a mandate during this week’s summit to ramp up talks on an ambitious plan to make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050.
The oceans are not only under “unprecedented pressure” due to climate change, but “half of all living coral has been lost in the past 150 years”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, addressing the latest gathering of nations which are party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Australian man accused of killing 51 worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand in March pleaded not guilty to all charges in a court on Friday.
Image:Former student leader Joshua Wong walks out from prison after being jailed for his role in the Occupy Central movement,