Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new U.N.-backed climate principles

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Banks with more than $47 trillion in assets, or a third of the global industry, adopted new U.N.-backed “responsible banking” principles to fight climate change on Sunday that would shift their loan books away from fossil fuels.

Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Barclays were among 130 banks to join the new framework on the eve of a United Nations summit in New York aimed at pushing companies and governments to act quickly to avert catastrophic global warming.

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Stealth bomber for Area 51 crowd? U.S. military unit apologises for tweet

(Reuters) – A U.S. military unit apologised on Saturday and deleted a tweet that used the spectre of a stealth bomber being deployed against any young people who tried to break into the Area 51 base in Nevada. The tweet, posted on Friday on the Twitter account of the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), took aim at UFO fans and curiosity seekers who poured into the Nevada desert this week, after an online campaign to “storm” the U.S. military base long rumoured to house government secrets about extraterrestrial life and spaceships.

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Australians flee homes as police investigate suspicious fires

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy started a bush fire and two teenage girls were questioned over another blaze in Australia’s Queensland state, police said on Tuesday as forest fires forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in the country’s east. Strong winds have fanned some 140 bush fires in northern Queensland and neighboring New South Wales state this week, with flames ravaging thousands of hectares of land.

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Malaysia sends half a million face masks to haze-hit state, shuts schools

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia sent half a million face masks to the eastern state of Sarawak and closed more than 400 schools there on Tuesday as a haze spread from forest fires, officials said. Smoke was drifting over from blazes in neighbouring Indonesia, Malaysian authorities said – though Indonesia dismissed that accusation and said forest fires had also started in other countries across the region.

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