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UN inspired consultants might get to go to oil tanker off Yemen

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations mentioned Friday it’s inspired {that a} U.N. crew might be able to go to an oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that’s moored off the coast of Yemen, posing a critical danger to Purple Sea marine life, desalination vegetation and transport.

Houthi rebels, who management the world the place the ship is moored, have denied U.N. inspectors entry to the vessel.

However U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned “the native authorities not too long ago signaled they’d approve a U.N. mission to the location.”

“We’re following up with them now to verify particulars,” he mentioned. “We hope logistical preparations shall be rapidly accomplished so this work can start.”

Inside paperwork obtained by The Related Press final month present that seawater has entered the engine compartment of the FSO Safer tanker, which hasn’t been maintained for over 5 years, inflicting injury to the pipelines and rising the chance of sinking. Rust has coated components of the tanker and the inert gasoline that forestalls the tanks from gathering inflammable gases, has leaked out.

In line with AP’s June 26 report, consultants say upkeep is not potential as a result of the injury to the ship is irreversible.

Dujarric mentioned the U.N. stays “extraordinarily involved” in regards to the tanker.

He mentioned water within the engine room “may have led to catastrophe” and “a short lived repair has been utilized, however it’s unclear how lengthy this would possibly final.” He gave no additional particulars.

Dujarric mentioned “the evaluation mission will conduct possible mild repairs and can assist to find out the suitable subsequent steps.”

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are in charge of the western Purple Sea ports, together with Ras Issa, 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the place the FSO Safer tanker has been moored for the reason that 1980s. They’re at warfare with the internationally acknowledged authorities, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition and the US. President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi is in exile in Saudi Arabia and his authorities in disarray.

The floating tanker is a Japanese-made vessel constructed within the 1970s and bought to the Yemeni authorities in 1980s to retailer as much as Three million barrels pumped from oil fields in Marib, a province in japanese Yemen, earlier than it was exported. The ship is 360 meters (1,181 toes) lengthy with 34 storage tanks.

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pandemic threatens peace and dangers new conflicts

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic not solely threatens positive factors in preventing world poverty and constructing peace however dangers exacerbating current conflicts and producing new ones.

The U.N. chief informed a Safety Council assembly on the problem of sustaining peace throughout the pandemic that his March 23 name for a direct cease-fire in conflicts all over the world to deal with the coronavirus led quite a lot of fighters to take steps to de-escalate and cease preventing.

“But, regrettably, in lots of cases, the pandemic didn’t transfer the events to droop hostilities or conform to a everlasting ceasefire,” Guterres stated.

His predecessor as secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, informed the council: “It’s really astonishing that in response to this pandemic, the world has positioned billions of individuals below lock-down, closed worldwide borders, suspended commerce and migration, and briefly shut down an entire number of industries – however has not managed to droop armed conflicts.”

Ban criticized the U.N. Safety Council for losing worthwhile months “in arguments over the main points of the textual content” and never adopting a decision till July 1 demanding an “instant cessation of hostilities” in key conflicts together with Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo to deal with COVID-19.

“This has weakened the message that this council must ship to all fighters: now’s the time to confront our widespread enemy,” Ban stated.

And he stated delayed council motion “additional aggravated the present unstable world safety conditions.”

“The influence of COVID-19 on conflict-affected settings has been a lot worse than initially thought,” stated Ban, who’s a co-chair of the group of outstanding world leaders based by Nelson Mandela often called The Elders.

He pointed to well being and humanitarian ramifications, social cohesion, governance, the rule of regulation and threats to multilateralism that are jeopardizing ongoing efforts to maintain peace, “or could even trigger a reversal in hard-won peace and safety positive factors to this point.”

Whereas governments attempt to confront the pandemic, some teams have seen a chance to ramp up violence, Ban stated, citing as examples Boko Haram and different militants in Nigeria, rising mob violence in Congo and murders by drug cartels in Mexico.

He additionally warned that the financial impacts of the pandemic “will likely be each long-lasting and extreme, with ripple results for a lot of fragile and conflict-affected states.”

As examples, Ban stated Lebanon’s political and financial disaster, exacerbated by final week’s lethal explosion at Beirut’s port, is being compounded by COVID-19’s influence on two key money-earners, tourism and commerce, whereas Iraq’s finances is being stretched skinny due to the collapse in oil costs.

Secretary-Normal Guterres stated the pandemic has raised rising questions concerning the effectiveness of well being methods, social providers, belief in establishments and methods of governance.

“All of which means our dedication to sustaining peace is extra pressing than ever,” he stated.

Guterres pointed to 3 key risks: erosion of public belief, destabilization of the worldwide financial order, and weakening of “the social material.”

“The notion that authorities are mishandling the disaster, or not being clear or favoring political allies can result in public disillusion in authorities and its establishments,” he stated.

The U.N. chief additionally warned that “with out concerted motion, inequalities, world poverty and the potential for instability and violence might develop for years.”

Whereas there have been many peaceable protests, Guterres stated, “in quite a lot of nations, COVID-19 has been an excuse for harsh crackdowns and a spike in state repression.”

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Coronavirus Australia dwell replace: anxiousness grows over NSW thriller instances as curve begins to flatten in Victoria – newest information

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NSW authorities are involved about various Covid-19 instances previously six weeks the place the supply was unknown. Comply with dwell

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The official announcement is right here

#Covid19VicData for 13 August 2020.
278 new instances of #coronavirus (#COVID19) detected in Victoria within the final 24 hours. Sadly, eight lives have been misplaced.
Extra element will probably be offered this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/8SWet6eHv1

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The variety of instances has come down from the 410 we noticed yesterday (and the excessive 300s we had seen earlier than) which is good news.

There have been eight deaths. Which continues to be a tragedy

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Russia simply authorized a COVID vaccine—however that’s not essentially excellent news

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Russia simply authorized a COVID vaccine—however that’s not essentially excellent news

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