After regional polls, is Le Pen further away from the presidency?

Paris, France – France’s far-right National Rally party did not receive the victories many pundits and opinion polls had predicted in the first round of Sunday’s regional elections, a sharp setback for Marine Le Pen as she looks to cement her party’s legitimacy before next year’s presidential race. While regional elections do not typically carry […]

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Global watchdog to tackle greenwashing with ESG ratings guidance

A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for firms that rate corporate environment, social and governance (ESG) performance. A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for raters of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in July to stem growing concern among asset managers about overstated green […]

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Pardoned Catalan separatist leaders freed from Spanish prisons

Nine leading secessionists, imprisoned for their part in a failed 2017 independence bid, walk out of jail as Madrid moves to ease years-long political crisis. The nine Catalan separatist leaders who were jailed for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid walked out of prison on Wednesday after the government granted them pardons. Former […]

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Russia says warning shots fired at British destroyer in Black Sea

Russia says it moved to deter a British destroyer, but the UK challenges the claim, saying it was conducting ‘innocent passage’ through Ukrainian waters. Russia says its forces fired warning shots and dropped bombs to deter a British Royal Navy destroyer, accusing the ship of entering its waters in the Black Sea on Wednesday, a […]

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UK to give EU citizens 28 days to apply for settled status

People who miss the June 30 settlement scheme deadline will be issued warnings to apply or risk losing their rights. European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom will be given a 28-day warning to apply for post-Brexit settled status or face losing some of their rights from next month, the government said on Tuesday. […]

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Euro 2020: England top group, Scotland sent packing

England, Croatia and Czech Republic qualify for Euro 2020 knockouts from Group D. After a 23-year wait to appear at a major football tournament, Scotland’s Euro 2020 experience lasted just eight days. A 3-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday ended Scotland’s hopes of progressing through to the knockouts. The Tartan Army will fondly remember frustrating […]

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Crypto comeback: Bitcoin bounces back after falling below $30,000

Bitcoin is living up to its volatile reputation after fighting back above $30,000. By Lynn Thomasson and Yakob PeterseilBloomberg Bitcoin is fighting back from its latest downslide that stoked fears of a mass liquidation after the world’s largest token broke below $30,000. The virtual currency rose as much as 5.8% to $33,821 in Wednesday trading — […]

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Climate colonialism and the EU’s Green Deal

Since the beginning of the year, the Amazon Rainforest, our largest tropical forest full of ecosystems essential to global climate regulation networks, has had 430,000 acres (174,000 hectares) cleared and burned to supply the logging industry and clear land for livestock breeding. Between August 2019 and July 2020, another 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares) […]

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