Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Wednesday 21st August
 
The Prince of Wales has urged world leaders to adopt a better approach to issues like climate change. In a speech to a UN sustainability conference in Brazil yesterday, he warned of the potentially ‘catastrophic’ consequences of inaction on issues such as climate change. In the video address, shown to the Rio+20 High Level Dialogue on Global Sustainability, Charles warned: ‘Once the worst does happen, I am afraid it will be too late to act at all.’
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 18th June 2012
 
David Cameron pledged to continue defending the Falklands Islands from Argentine ‘aggressive threats’ as he marked the 30th anniversary of the South Atlantic territory’s liberation. The Prime Minister hailed the ‘astonishing courage’ of the British forces who took part in the operation and led tributes to the 255 who lost their lives. And Mr Cameron said the hoped the decision by the Falkland Islands government to hold a referendum on their future sovereignty would end the dispute with Argentina ‘one and for all.’
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 14th June 2012
 
Chancellor George Osborn raised the question of whether the shock of Greek departure from the Euro may be needed in order to persuade Germany to sign up to the measures needed to secure the survival of the single currency. Mr Osborn said that he did not know whether the Greek exit from the currency was, in fact, necessary, to pave the way for the establishment of a eurozone banking union and Eurobonds to help solve the crisis.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 13th June 2012
 
Falkland Islanders are to vote in a referendum of the future sovereignty of their South Atlantic homeland. The Falklands Island Government said it hopes the vote – to be held early next year – will send a firm message to Argentina that Islanders want to remain British. Three decades after Margaret Thatcher sent 27000 troops and more than 100 ships to expel Argentinean invaders, Buenos Aires continues to set its sights on claiming the territory it calls Las Malvinas.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 13th June 2012
 
Britain yesterday ordered Syria’s charge d’affaires to leave the country within seven days as part of a co-ordinated global response to a massacre of 108 people in Houla. The United Nations said most of the victims last week were shot at close range. Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed horror at the events and alongside similar action from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United States, Canada and Australia, ordered three diplomats, including the charge d’affaires out of the country.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 30th May 2012
 
David Cameron warned fellow European leaders of the need for the eurozone to take ‘decisive action’ to ensure stability, in a high-level conference call over the Greek crisis. The PM spoke for 45 minutes with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. He took part in the talks, which came hours after Mr Cameron issued his starkest warning yet of the dangers posed by the debt crisis in Greece. The leaders were due to attend a G8 meeting, which starts in the U.S. today.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 18th May 2012
 
after Jordanian terror suspect lost his attempt to make a final appeal to Europe’s human rights judges. The radical cleric’s lawyers immediately applied for him to be released on bail as it looks likely that deportation proceedings will still take months. No reasons were given for the panel’s refusal to allow the case to be heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 10th May 2012
 
New French President Francois Hollande, pledged to buck Europe’s austerity trend and Nato’s timetable for Afghanistan. After an appearance before thronging crowds on Paris’ Place de la Bastille, the socialist vowed to ‘finish with austerity’. He will officially become President on May 15. Incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is now the latest victim of a wave of voter anger over spending cuts in Europe.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 8th May 2012
 
More than half of Europe's development aid budget is going to 'middle-income' countries which should not qualify. A report by a House of Commons Committee challenges the UK Government, which provided £1.23 billion in aid via the EU in 2010, to demand tougher standards to ensure support goes to the neediest nations. Taxpayers want the aid they give to go to the places where it can make the most difference, to countries where millions of people are getting by on less then £1 a day.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 27th April
 
The Taliban has vowed revenge after at least one U.S. soldier shot 16 Afghan civilians and burned their bodies. The attack, which comes as nearly three-quarters of the British public believe that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable, has fuelled anger still simmering after U.S. troops burned Korans last month. U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have stepped up security following the shootings in Kandahar province out of concerns about retaliatory attacks. The U.S. embassy has also warned American citizens in Afghanistan about the possibility of reprisals.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 13th March 2012
 
About 500 million Chinese citizens are online – that is a quarter of the world’s social network users and double the number of Internet users in the United States. As with most countries, China’s netizens are dominated by the younger generation – nearly 60 percent of 10-29 year olds are online while older demographic groups have been slower to adopt the Internet. In line with the high rate of adoption of modern communications, and access to international best practice, China’s 1.3 billion people have more than 900 million mobile phones in operation, 350 million mobile Internet users and 300 million registered micro-blog users, most of them very active on Sina Weibo and its competitors. Sites like Sina Weibo, Youku and Renren ensure a vigorous social networking culture in the country.
World IssuesChina Daily European Weekly - February 3-9, 2012
 
Following protests from representatives of religious minorities, the government of Pakistan removed ‘Jesus Christ’ from a list of words banned from use in text messages in November. The list of 1700 words – deemed obscene, pornographic or religious – was issued by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on November 14, but within 10 days AsiaNews reported that the government had backed down.
World IssuesLife And Work, February 2012
 
Tibet will begin construction of the world’s highest altitude airport in 2012, according to a government work report at the regional economic work conference. The airport, at a planned altitude of 4,436 metres in Nagqu prefecture, will be 102 metres higher than Bamda Airport in Tibet’s Qamdo prefecture, currently the world’s highest, according to the report. The airport is designed to cover an area of up to 267 hectares.
The China Civil Aviation Administration has said the airport is expected to cost 1.8 billion yuan ($285 million; 220 million euros) with a three-year construction period.
World IssuesChina Daily European Weekly, December 30, 2011 – January 5, 2012
 
The Ethiopian government in November announced the discovery of plans by the extremist Wahhabi Muslims to turn Ethiopia into an Islamic country governed by shari’a law, and expressed concern over the growing violence against moderate Muslims and Christians by Wahhabi radicals. Ethiopia ranks 43rd on the World Watch List of the 50 worst countries for Christian persecution.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, January 2012
 
President Barack Obama saluted troops back from Iraq yesterday, applauding their “extraordinary achievement” and declaring the near nine-year conflict was ending “not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home”. Marking the conclusion of the war, at Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina, Mr Obama addressed the troops and their families. All U.S. troops are to be out of Iraq by December 31, although Mr Obama has pledged to continue to help Iraq.
World IssuesThe Sentinel, December 15, 2011
 
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