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Key Issues to Watch in Biden’s Mideast Trip

WHITE HOUSE — President Joe Biden will be traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia next week to push for Israel’s deeper integration into the region, urge Gulf countries to pump more oil to alleviate the global energy crisis and offer assurances that the U.S. is not deprioritizing the region despite its focus on the war in Ukraine and strategic competition with China.

In Israel he will meet caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Israel’s security amid a resurgent Iran, including the integration of its air defense capabilities with Gulf Arab countries.

In the West Bank, Biden will reiterate support for a two-state solution and seek to reset relations with the Palestinian Authority after the Trump administration slashed aid and closed the American consulate in Jerusalem that served as the U.S. mission to the Palestinians.

Biden will attend the GCC+3 Summit in Jeddah with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Egypt, Iraq and Jordan, where he will lay out his vision for U.S. engagement in the region.

He is set to meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to repair ties with Saudi Arabia – a country he once called a pariah.

Observers will be watching how Biden might balance those interests with a foreign policy doctrine that centers on the supremacy of democracies over autocracies, especially in light of the killings of journalists Jamal Khashoggi and Shireen Abu Akleh.

Here are key issues to watch:

Energy production

As the U.S. and other countries face soaring fuel prices and high inflation triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine, Biden has little choice but to engage oil producing countries in the region.

However, prices have jumped so steeply that it’s highly unlikely producers can pump enough oil to sustainably lower prices, said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, the Baker Institute fellow for the Middle East.

Oil prices have remained high despite a June agreement to boost crude output by 648,000 barrels per day in July and August by the group known as OPEC+, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, including Russia.

“I just don’t see that the Saudis and the UAE are willing to break out of the OPEC+ framework,” Ulrichsen told VOA. “They have their own relationship with Russia to think about.”

Market dynamics are unlikely to change any time soon, observers say, a reason why the administration has been downplaying expectations that the visit could lower gas prices and alleviate inflation, underscoring instead that the focus will be on regional security rather than energy.

Israeli integration, Iran containment

The U.S. has for decades pushed for an integrated air defense system between GCC member states and Israel – a proposal with renewed prospects given the growing cooperation between Israel and key Gulf states, especially the United Arab Emirates.

“Bilaterally we’re talking with nations across the region about air defense capabilities specifically and what we can do to assist with their defense and then, exploring the idea of being able to kind of integrate all those air defenses together,” John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, told reporters Thursday.

The increasing alignment is motivated by fear of an expansionist and resurgent Iran. U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said earlier this week that Tehran is potentially weeks away to accumulating enough highly enriched uranium to fuel a nuclear bomb.

Talks aimed at breaking an impasse over how to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal ended last week without much progress.

Israel-Saudi thaw

With Jerusalem and Riyadh both unnerved by Iran, the Biden administration has been quietly working toward diplomatic normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Given the kingdom’s clout in the Muslim world, it would be the most significant expansion of the Trump-era Abraham Accords, whereby the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan recognized Israel, overriding the Arab world’s commitment to withhold normalization until Israel agrees to end its occupation of Palestinian territory.

During the trip, Biden will fly directly between Tel Aviv and Jeddah and back, a first for a U.S. president after Trump’s historic 2017 flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. There are currently no direct commercial flights between the two countries.

While normalization is unlikely to happen any time soon, observers see Biden’s flight as another signal by the Saudis that it’s inevitable.

Israeli businesspeople are already visiting the kingdom, said Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Having it be acknowledged publicly would be helpful for the Biden administration to point to as an indicator of progress, Cook told VOA.

Observers believe Saudi recognition will not be given while King Salman remains in power. However, “it is no secret that the new Saudi leadership sees great benefit in a relationship with Israel,” said Yasmine Farouk, a nonresident scholar in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to VOA, referring to the crown prince.

Yemen cease-fire

Ending the seven-year proxy war in Yemen between the Saudi-led coalition and the Tehran-backed Houthi militias has been a goal of the Biden administration. The conflict has turned the country into a breeding ground for jihadist groups like al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and led to a humanitarian disaster with over 300,000 people killed.

Biden is expected to encourage the Saudis to lift the remainder of the blockade of the Houthi-controlled northern Yemen and make the cease-fire – enacted in April and renewed until August – permanent.

Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, said he is concerned about the potential of a Houthi drone or missile attack reigniting the conflict.

“The tinderbox in the Middle East today is such that it could blow up at any moment,” he told VOA. “I fear that that could happen while President Biden is in the region.”

Values vs. interests

How Biden handles the killings of journalists Jamal Khashoggi and Shireen Abu Akleh will be a test of his ability to balance commitment to American values and U.S. geopolitical and economic interests.

Many will be watching how strongly he raises issues of press freedom as well as the rights of women and minorities as he deals with some of the world’s most repressive and authoritarian leaders.

Saudi columnist Khashoggi was gruesomely killed with the approval of the Saudi crown prince. A U.S. judge presiding over a lawsuit from Khashoggi’s fiancée has given the administration until Aug. 1 to decide whether to grant immunity to the crown prince. The White House declined to say whether it would.

“I cannot comment from here on that, because it’s a legal determination,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told VOA.

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist, likely died by an Israeli bullet according to international experts with access to the investigation.

Kirby declined to confirm, when asked by VOA whether Biden plans to address their deaths while he is in the region. Kirby also sidestepped the question of whether Biden will frame his summit speech around the “battle between democracy and autocracy” theme that centers his foreign policy doctrine.

Biden is learning it isn’t that clear-cut, said James Jeffrey, chair of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center.

“That’s to his credit, but that means he’s got a lot of baggage because he hasn’t formally renounced this thing,” Jeffrey told VOA, recalling Biden’s Summit of Democracies in December.

“What has it done since then? Has anybody even mentioned it since it occurred? I rest my case.”

Source: Voice of America

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G20 Foreign Ministers Urged to ‘Find a Way Forward’ on Ukraine, Food

The war in Ukraine and its impact on energy and food supplies dominated G-20 talks Friday in Bali.

The G-20 host country called on ministers to “find a way forward” in discussing the war and its impact on rising food and energy prices.

“It is our responsibility to end the war sooner rather than later and settle our differences at the negotiating table, not at the battlefield,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at the opening of the meeting, invoking the U.N. charter to urge multilateralism and trust.

Foreign ministers shared concerns about getting grain shipments out of Ukraine and avoiding devastating food shortages in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. But talks were marked by sharp tension: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sat at the same table but did not speak directly.

Lavrov accused Western ministers of straying “almost immediately, as soon as they took the floor, to the frenzied criticism of the Russian Federation in connection with the situation in Ukraine.”

“You know, it was not us who abandoned all contacts,” Lavrov told reporters after the first session. “It was the United States … and we are not running after anybody suggesting meetings. If they don’t want to talk, it’s their choice.”

Lavrov walked out of the meetings twice Friday – first, as German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock addressed a session on strengthening multilateralism, and second just before Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, addressed the session on food and energy security via video link.

At a plenary session, Blinken urged Moscow to release Ukrainian grain to the world, according to a Western official.

“He addressed Russia directly, saying, ‘To our Russian colleagues: Ukraine is not your country. Its grain is not your grain. Why are you blocking the ports? You should let the grain out,'” the official said.

Lavrov was not in the room when Blinken spoke.

Blinken, after meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, whose country will host the G-20 next year, said the organization “is a vital institution for trying to deal collectively with some of the most significant problems and challenges that the world faces.”

Blinken said many of those challenges stem from the Russian war on Ukraine, and that others at the G-20 had expressed similar concerns.

“So, I think what we’ve heard today already, is a strong chorus from around the world – not just the United States, but around the world – about the need for the aggression to end so that we can actually focus on the challenges that are affecting people in their lives,” he said.

Blinken will participate in bilateral meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday.

“This is part of an ongoing, and I think important, series of conversations with our Chinese counterparts across the government to make sure that we are responsibly managing the relationship,” a senior State Department official said Thursday, adding that the relationship has “different aspects to it, from profound competition being at the heart [but also] elements of cooperation, and there are elements of contestation.”

The agenda for the meetings between top U.S. and Chinese diplomats includes possible cooperation on climate change, global health, counternarcotics and the situation in Myanmar, said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Kritenbrink.

Blinken will have two lengthy meetings with Wang, with the first session likely focusing on bilateral relations and the second focusing on regional and international issues, according to diplomatic sources.

Blinken’s meeting with the Chinese foreign minister will be their first in person since the chief U.S. diplomat unveiled the Biden administration’s strategy to outcompete the rival superpower.

In his remarks at the time, Blinken said that the U.S. was not seeking to decouple from China and that the relationship between the world’s two largest economies was not a zero-sum game.

After the G-20 ministerial, Blinken will head to Bangkok, where he is expected to discuss the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

This week’s ministerial will not produce an official document or communique, according to G-20 co-sherpa Dian Triansyah Djani.

Source: Voice of America

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Peace in DRC Means Addressing Root Causes Behind Militias, Say Rights Groups

NAIROBI, KENYA — Leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda meeting in Angola this week agreed to ease tensions and normalize diplomatic relations. The DRC has accused Rwanda of supporting resurgent M23 rebels, who in June seized a border town from the military.

Rights groups and analysts have welcomed the detente but say a lasting peace means addressing root causes of militias in the DRC.

Twizeere Bastiste is a livestock farmer in the eastern DRC. He said he fled his village last week to a camp at Rutshuru in North Kivu province after M23 rebels attacked while his animals were grazing. Two of his brothers were killed.

He said his livestock was stolen and his house was demolished. He asked for an end to the war so people can go back to their homes and to end people’s suffering in the camps.

At least 1.9 million civilians have been displaced in North Kivu this year, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Dozens have been killed since the M23 rebel group resurfaced after a fragile, nearly decade-long ceasefire. They began a major offensive in Congo’s eastern borderlands in March.

Source: Voice of America

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Former Angola President dos Santos Dies at 79 in Barcelona

NAIROBI, KENYA — Angola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has died at age 79 after a prolonged illness. The country’s current president announced his death in a statement Friday.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Africa’s second-largest oil producer for nearly four decades, died Friday at Barcelona’s Teknon Clinic following a prolonged illness.

Angolan President Joao Lourenco announced dos Santos’ death on his verified Facebook page.

He described dos Santos as a “statesman of great historical stature” who led the country through very difficult times.

Dos Santos, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, stepped down in 2017 after ruling Angola for 38 years, a time marked by plunder of the nation’s oil wealth and personal enrichment of his family members and political allies.

Prior to stepping down to make way for his hand-picked successor, then-Defense Minister Lourenco, dos Santos helped draft a law that granted him immunity from prosecution until 2022. He also appointed his children to head the country’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund and the state-owned oil company Sonangol.

Despite accusations of corruption and nepotism, many Angolans credit dos Santos with bringing stability to the country.

His rule was marked by a brutal civil war lasting nearly three decades against the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels. The war ended in 2002 and UNITA is now the second largest political party in Angola.

In his statement, Lourenco declared five days of national mourning in Angola beginning Saturday. The exact cause of dos Santos’ death has yet to be made public.

Source: Voice of America

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Cellebrite to Release Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results on August 11, 2022

PETAH TIKVAH, Israel and TYSONS CORNER, Va., July 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cellebrite (NASDAQ: CLBT) (the “Company”), a global leader in Digital Intelligence (DI) solutions for the public and private sectors, today announced that it will report its second quarter 2022 financial results before market open on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

On that day, management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the Company’s financial results at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Telephone participants are advised to register in advance at: https://register.vevent.com/register/BI90711c1a1a8c4d6d8d7487d0eec649e8.

Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email detailing how to join the conference call, including the dial-in number and a unique registrant ID.

The live conference call will be webcast in listen-only mode at: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/smmox4u4.

The webcast will remain available after the call at: https://investors.cellebrite.com/events-presentations.

About Cellebrite 

Cellebrite’s (NASDAQ: CLBT) mission is to enable its customers to protect and save lives, accelerate justice, and preserve privacy in communities around the world. We are a global leader in Digital Intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors, empowering organizations in mastering the complexities of legally sanctioned digital investigations by streamlining intelligence processes. Trusted by thousands of leading agencies and companies worldwide, Cellebrite’s Digital Intelligence platform and solutions transform how customers collect, review, analyze and manage data in legally sanctioned investigations. To learn more, visit us at www.cellebrite.com and https://investors.cellebrite.com.

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UNIPLAT by Unify Platform AG Announces Strategic Partnership with EUTECH to Spur Success of UN SDGs

– UNIPLAT Becomes One of EUTECH’s Only Six SDG Alliance Strategic Partners –

YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — UNIPLAT, the world’s first (*) online platform for researchers and entrepreneurs showcasing their research projects focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially announced a strategic partnership on July 7 with European Technology Chamber (EUTECH), a registered NGO that is bridging technologies, people, economics, societies, countries, and politics to bring prosperity to humanity. (*) Based on Google search results.

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Both organizations share the same mission of working towards realizing the SDGs. Hence, the partnership and cooperation are focused on but not limited to programs, projects, academic exchanges, and events by the SDG Alliance.

The SDG Alliance is one of EUTECH’s Alliances that enable European and international companies to become more competitive by empowering them with access to finance and resources that will allow them to achieve their growth objectives. By becoming one of the only six SDG Alliance strategic partners, UNIPLAT will receive exclusive access to the events, activities, and media publicity held by the SDG Alliance, creating more exposure and opening more opportunities for all UNIPLAT members.

“It is a great pleasure to witness the strategic partnership forged between UNIPLAT and EU Tech Chamber SDG Alliance. As we have always believed, collaboration is the key to addressing pressing challenges and unlocking new opportunities. I strongly believe that with our joint efforts, we can facilitate significant progress in the realization of the UN’s SDGs. Looking forward to our journey together,” said Florian von Tucher, the chairman of EUTECH.

“It is a great honor for UNIPLAT to become a strategic partner of EUTECH, the EU’s leading research and technology platform co-funded by the EU. For UNIPLAT members worldwide, EUTECH is the cornerstone of building a strong business network in Europe. Furthermore, we hope that UNIPLAT will be used as a venue for presentations on the global expansion of a lot of companies and institutions supported by EUTECH. We are very confident that this internationally impactful and extremely significant partnership will strongly support the resolution of the SDGs advocated by the United Nations,” said Takahisa Karita, the co-founder, CFO, and COO of Unify Platform AG, the management company of UNIPLAT.

About UNIPLAT

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UNIPLAT is the world’s first (*) online platform specialized for researchers and entrepreneurs from all over the world to share their ideas and research projects and gain support from individuals or institutions. Developed and managed by Unify Platform AG ( https://unify21.com/ ) which is based in Switzerland, UNIPLAT’s mission is to accelerate the success of the SDGs. (*) Based on Google search results.

UNIPLAT front page: https://www.uniplat.social/

About EUTECH

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EUTECH was founded as an NGO and non-profit organization to serve as a bridge between technologies, people, economics, societies, countries, and politics. EUTECH strongly believes that the challenges of the times can only be mastered with the help of technology. Global collaboration is the only instrument that can help solve international problems at all levels: economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian. The respect for human rights and the fundamental freedom of people without differentiation based on race, gender, or religion should be cultivated and strengthened. EUTECH official website: https://www.eutech.org/

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Pastors and Church Leaders Across America Attend Bible Seminar

NEW YORK, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pastors and church leaders joined for a July 4th seminar revealing the secrets of the Bible and Revelation. The event was hosted by New Heaven New Earth Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, and was broadcast worldwide through the church’s YouTube channel. Participants included pastors and leaders from across North and South America.

Chairman Lee Man-hee of New Heaven New Earth, Shincheonji Church of Jesus testifies at the Bible seminar on July 4th, 2022

The seminar titled, “Testifying to the 66 Books of the Bible’s Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Covenant, the Revelation,” comes after the conclusion of online seminars that began being released in October 2021. These seminars presented content from the introductory, intermediate and advanced curriculum of the Zion Christian Mission Center, the theology school of Shincheonji Church that explains the Bible plainly, free of charge.

The seminars were successfully completed with 21 million YouTube views. Shincheonji Church also announced that it will produce 100,000 graduates from the Zion Christian Mission Center in 2022.

The main speaker, Shincheonji Church Chairman Lee Man-hee, testified that Jesus received the book of Revelation from God and fulfilled it today.

“If the testimony on the entire book of Revelation and the Testimony on the Revelation of the Old and New Testaments by Chapter revealed by Shincheonji is correct, then shouldn’t you believe?” Chairman Lee asked.

Chairman Lee also called for unity within Christianity.

“It is the word of God, for all people,” Chairman Lee said. “Therefore, we must fix the things that are incorrect and within God and Jesus, we must be one together is what I believe.”

“Testifying to the 66 Books of the Bible’s Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Covenant, the Revelation” is available on YouTube. For more information, visit www.scjamericas.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gina Del Gigante, 16466287365, revelation@scjamericas.org

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Locus remporte le prix IFOY 2022 pour le lancement de la meilleure solution de robot mobile autonome

Le robot mobile autonome collaboratif de Locus est salué pour son haut degré d’innovation et sa grande pertinence sur le marché pour répondre à la demande de solutions d’automatisation robotique à haute productivité et rentables.

WILMINGTON, Mass., 7 juillet 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Locus Robotics, le leader des robots mobiles autonomes (RMA) pour les entrepôts d’exécution, a remporté le prix IFOY 2022 pour sa solution de robot mobile autonome dans la catégorie des véhicules guidés automatisés (VGA/RMA) à la suite d’un audit complet en trois étapes qui s’est déroulé sur une période de 5 jours.

« Locus Robotics est honorée d’avoir été choisie comme lauréate du prix IFOY 2022 », a déclaré Rick Faulk, PDG de Locus Robotics. « Le processus rigoureux de test et d’évaluation d’IFOY et le prestige du prix lui-même, valident l’innovation et l’exhaustivité de la solution Locus pour fournir des solutions d’automatisation éprouvées et rentables à nos clients du monde entier. »

Les prix IFOY, qui en sont à leur dixième édition, sont considérés comme le premier prix de l’industrie qui récompense les meilleurs produits et solutions intralogistiques de l’année pour leurs réalisations techniques et stratégiques exceptionnelles. Au total, 14 produits de 12 entreprises ont été testés et évalués au cours des éprouvantes journées de test d’IFOY, qui se sont tenues en mars au centre d’exposition Messe Dortmund.

« Les 10 ans du prix IFOY sont synonymes de 10 ans d’innovations exceptionnelles », a souligné la présidente du jury, Anita Würmser. « En 2022, les finalistes ont une fois de plus présenté des produits de pointe qui façonneront l’avenir de l’intralogistique sur le long terme. »

« Le prix IFOY représente le meilleur des technologies logistiques les plus innovantes au monde », a déclaré Denis Niezgoda, vice-président, Europe, Moyen-Orient et Afrique & Asie Pacifique chez Locus Robotics. « Nous sommes fiers d’avoir été sélectionnés pour ce prix prestigieux et d’avoir concouru aux côtés d’un groupe de nominés aussi innovants. »

Tous les finalistes ont participé à un audit standardisé, approfondi et en trois étapes qui a débuté le 18 mars à Dortmund, en Allemagne. Le jury d’IFOY était composé de 26 journalistes professionnels de renommée internationale et de grands médias spécialisés en logistique représentant plus de 21 pays. Les juges ont évalué chaque finaliste dans une série de catégories clés, notamment la valeur de l’innovation, la technologie, l’ergonomie et la manutention, la sécurité, la possibilité de commercialisation, le design, les avantages pour le client, la rentabilité et la durabilité. En outre, pour la troisième année consécutive, de nombreux acheteurs potentiels étaient également présents sur place à l’occasion du Test Camp Intralogistics.

À propos de Locus Robotics

La solution révolutionnaire multi-bots de Locus Robotics intègre des robots mobiles autonomes puissants et intelligents qui fonctionnent en collaboration avec des travailleurs humains pour améliorer considérablement la productivité de la manutention des pièces de 2 à 3 fois, avec moins de travail par rapport aux systèmes traditionnels de manutention des pièces. Locus aide les détaillants, les fournisseurs de services logistiques et les entrepôts spécialisés à répondre efficacement, et à dépasser, les exigences de plus en plus complexes et rigoureuses des environnements de traitement des commandes. S’intégrant facilement aux infrastructures d’entrepôt existantes sans perturber les flux de travail, Locus transforme la productivité sans transformer l’entrepôt.

La présence européenne de Locus est centralisée à Amsterdam pour mieux servir la région européenne. En 2021, Locus Robotics a rejoint le classement Inc. 500, se classant au rang 428. Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site www.locusrobotics.com.

À propos du Prix IFOY

L’International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) récompense les meilleurs produits et solutions de systèmes intralogistiques de l’année. L’objectif de l’organisation est de documenter la capacité de performance et l’esprit d’innovation de l’intralogistique, contribuant ainsi à renforcer la compétitivité et à améliorer le profil de l’ensemble du secteur dans la sphère publique. Les lauréats du Prix IFOY sont sélectionnés une fois par an par un jury indépendant composé de journalistes spécialisés internationaux. Le sponsor est l’Association du secteur de la manutention et de l’intralogistique VDMA (VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association). Les partenaires sont la Messe Dortmund et le premier fabricant mondial d’accessoires pour chariots élévateurs à fourche, Cascade. Le partenaire d’IFOY pour les palettes est CHEP, le leader mondial du marché de la mutualisation des palettes. Le partenaire immobilier logistique est GARBE. Le siège de l’organisation IFOY se trouve à Ismaning, près de Munich. Le Prix IFOY est placé sous le patronage du ministère fédéral des affaires économiques et de l’énergie de la République fédérale d’Allemagne.

CONTACT : Christina Gorini, christina@brandstyle.com

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South Africa: Rhinos killed, poachers arrested in Kruger Park

JOHANNESBURG— Three poachers suspected of killing several rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park were arrested after they were tracked down by sniffer dogs, park officials said.

Rangers flying over the park grounds spotted a carcass and an injured rhino on Friday morning after being alerted by a tourist who reported hearing gunshots, South African National Parks said in a statement.

Two more dead rhinos were soon found in area, triggering the deployment of another helicopter, more rangers and dogs.

“The hounds indicated a specific area where three suspects were found and arrested,” the statement said.

The park, which borders Mozambique, is a tourist magnet.

The suspects, described as Mozambican nationals who were in the country illegally, carried a high-calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and horns from three rhinos.

The Kruger’s rhino population has fallen dramatically due to poaching. The park’s estimated tally in 2021 was 3,529 white and 268 black rhinos, down more than half compared to 2013, according to the nonprofit Save the Rhino

International.

South Africa is home to nearly 80 percent of the world’s rhinos.

But it is also a hotspot for rhino poaching, driven by demand from Asia, where the horn is used in traditional medicine for its reputed therapeutic effect.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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East Congo Clashes Resume After De-escalation Agreement with Rwanda

Clashes broke out in eastern Congo on Thursday between the military and M23 rebels, a civil society and a rebel source said, a day after the presidents of Congo and Rwanda agreed to de-escalate diplomatic tensions over the insurgency.

The M23, which Congo accuses Rwanda of supporting, began a major offensive in the eastern borderlands at the end of March, seizing an important border post and other towns despite army efforts to stop its advances.

Rwanda denies backing the M23 and has in turn accused Congo of fighting alongside another armed group intent on seizing power in Kigali.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi met in Angola on Wednesday and agreed on a roadmap that included an immediate cessation of hostilities and the retreat of M23 fighters from Congo.

M23 spokesman Willy Ngoma described the Luanda agreement as “an illusion.”

“Only the M23 can sign the cease-fire with the government,” he said.

The fresh clashes took place around the localities of Kanyabusoro and Kazuba in Rutshuru territory, pushing residents to flee their homes, said the president of a local civil society group, Jean-Pierre Karabuka.

Ngoma said there was an exchange of fire after Congolese troops attacked a rebel position around Kanyabusoro.

Congo’s army spokesman for the province, Sylvain Ekenge, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The M23 fighters are waging their most sustained offensive since capturing swathes of territory in 2012-2013, after which they were defeated and chased into Rwanda and Uganda by Congolese and United Nations forces.

Congo has accepted a proposal for an East African regional force to be deployed in its east to help control the violence, but only if Rwanda does not take part. Kagame has said he had no problem with Rwanda not being involved.

Source: Voice of America

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UN report warns global hunger figure rose to 828 mln in 2021

ROME— The number of people affected by hunger rose to 828 million in 2021, an increase of 46 million from the previous year, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report on Wednesday.

The 2022 edition of “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” (SOFI) report — drafted by the FAO and four other UN agencies — carries fresh figures on nutrition and food accessibility at the global level, including the latest estimates of the costs and affordability of a healthy diet.

The report said the number of people affected by hunger has increased by 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would risk pushing the international community further away from reaching Goal 2 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, which is to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

“After remaining relatively unchanged since 2015, the proportion of people affected by hunger jumped in 2020 and continued to rise in 2021 to 9.8 percent of the world population,” the SOFI said. “This compares with 8 percent in 2019 and 9.3 percent in 2020.”

The number of people unable to afford a healthy diet rose by 112 million to almost 3.1 billion, “reflecting the impacts of rising consumer food prices during the pandemic.”

The UN agencies added that the actual figure could be even larger once final data on income losses in 2020 become available.

“The ongoing war in Ukraine is disrupting supply chains and further affecting prices of grain, fertilizer and energy,” the report warned.

“In the first half of 2022, this resulted in further food price increases. At the same time, more frequent and severe extreme climate events are disrupting supply chains, especially in low-income countries.”

Around 2.3 billion people in the world — or 29.3 percent of the global population — suffered from moderate or severe food insecurity in 2021, an increase of 350 million compared to before the pandemic.

Nearly 924 million people — or 11.7 percent of the global population — faced food insecurity at severe levels, an increase of 207 million in two years, according to the report.

The SOFI also highlighted that “the gender gap in food insecurity continued to rise in 2021,” with an estimated 31.9 percent of women suffering moderate or severe food insecurity compared to 27.6 percent of men.

Some 45 million children under the age of five suffered from wasting (the deadliest form of malnutrition) last year. Overall, some 149 million children under five had stunted growth and development due to a chronic lack of essential nutrients, while 39 million were overweight.

“Looking forward, projections are that nearly 670 million people — or 8 percent of the world population — will still be facing hunger in 2030, even if a global economic recovery is taken into consideration,” the SOFI said.

The UN agencies urged governments to “repurpose the resources they are using to incentivize the production, supply and consumption of nutritious foods” in order to help making healthy diets less costly and more affordable for all.

Finally, the report suggested that governments could do more to reduce trade barriers for nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Assessing the situation of hunger, malnutrition and food accessibility at the global level, the SOFI is jointly published every year by the FAO in cooperation with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the UN World Food Programme and the World Health Organization.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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Africa’s Great Green Wall: Researchers Push New Advances Despite Conflict, Funding Challenges

African and European researchers are meeting in France to give fresh impetus to Africa’s ambitious Great Green Wall project, intended to fight climate change and support communities across the Sahel region. Much of the area is plagued by conflict and hunger, but scientists are looking at new ways to move ahead.

It’s been slow-going building Africa’s so-called Great Green Wall of trees and bushes intended to stretch nearly 8,000 kilometers from Mauritania in the west to tiny Djibouti in the east. Fifteen years into the project set to be complete in 2030, only a fraction of the reforestation has been realized. Eight of the 11 countries involved are grappling with unrest. Funding hasn’t matched the development challenge.

Still, environment professor Aliou Guissé points to tangible successes. In the Sahel area of his native Senegal, reforested areas are gaining ground. He said they’re home to larger and more diverse populations of animals, birds and insects than areas where trees haven’t been planted. Scientists are finding health and other benefits of local plants like desert date palms, which are valued by communities, might be commercialized and generate revenue.

Guissé is co-director of the Tessekere Observatory in northern Senegal, which seeks a holistic approach to Green Wall development spanning areas like health, agriculture, the economy — and of course, the environment.

He and other experts meeting this week in the western French city of Poitiers want to widen their collaboration, currently happening in Burkina Faso and Senegal, to include researchers from other Sahel countries like Niger, Chad and possibly Mali. Despite unrest in those countries, they say progress — like building baseline data — can happen.

The Tessekere Observatory’s other co-director, French anthropologist Gilles Boëtsch, said another goal is building partnerships between researchers and government agencies managing Green Wall development. The group is diving into new areas, like exploring the impact of animal-to-human-transmitted diseases, such as Ebola and COVID-19.

Boetsch says their research doesn’t just benefit Africa’s Sahel, but also countries like France — already facing the fallout of a warming and changing climate.

Source: Voice of America