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Italy's first female PM Giorgia Meloni

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Hard Numbers: Italy taps first female PM, judge sentences Bannon, UN sanctions “Barbecue,” Secret Mar-a-Lago papers

1: Giorgia Meloni was named Italy’s first female prime minister on Friday after receiving the mandate to form a government. The far-right head of the Brothers of Italy takes the helm amid worsening economic and energy crises. All eyes will be on her ability to keep together a discordant coalition.

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Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi is seen during the 17th extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers on the Afghanistan situation, in Islamabad, Pakistan December 19, 2021.

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What We're Watching: OIC cash for Afghanistan

An Islamic trust fund for Afghanistan. They didn’t officially recognize the Taliban government. They didn’t even allow the Taliban’s foreign minister to appear in the official group photograph. But foreign ministers from the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the second-largest intergovernmental organization after the UN, met in Islamabad on Sunday and pledged to set up a trust fund to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Neither the exact amount of the fund nor the contributions by member countries was released, but may not match the $4.5 billion that the UN has appealed for aid to Afghanistan amid warnings that the Afghan economy is in a free-fall, with 23 million facing starvation. The lead organization of the fund will be the Islamic Development Bank, the OIC’s in-house global lender.

Living in Yemen's "Devastating" Civil War | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Living in Yemen's "devastating" civil war

Life is very hard today in Yemen, the country with the worst humanitarian crisis you may not have heard about lately.

UN Resident Coordinator David Gressly paints a grim picture of destroyed infrastructure and people scared of moving around. There are so many landmines, he says, that many Yemenis stay away from health clinics and schools because they fear being killed or maimed.

And every year the war drags on, it gets worse.

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Ian Bremmer Explains: What Is COP26 and Why Does It Matter? | GZERO World

What is COP26 and why does it matter?

UN climate summits have always carried hope that world leaders would use COPs to finally unite against climate change. But even when they succeeded, like in Paris 2015, climate activist Greta Thunberg says most of what comes out of the event is "blah, blah, blah" because we miss crucial targets to prevent global warming from 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In fact, experts tell us that now we're heading toward a 3 degrees Celsius scenario, which would be catastrophic for both nature and humans. And if global cooperation has failed on vaccinations, why is climate going to be any different?

Watch this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: Surviving a warming planet

Podcast: Man-made crisis: how do we survive on the planet we warmed? UN environment chief explains

Listen: Fires, floods, and droughts. Climate change is already happening but so far humans have been slow to react. Will the UN Climate Conference (COP26) produce lasting change or just more hot air? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program. Plus, a look at what's driving the United Kingdom's fuel shortage.

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Biden's UN Speech Avoids China Mention | US Lifts Travel Restrictions | World In :60 | GZERO Media

Biden's UN speech avoids China mention; US lifts travel restrictions

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week with a look at US President Biden's UN General Assembly speech, eased US travel restrictions, and Canadian PM Trudeau's election gamble.

How did President Biden's first address to the United Nations General Assembly live go?

It was okay. I thought it was very notable that China was not directly mentioned at all. So my mother used to say, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything. Did say that the US didn't want to be in a "Cold War". That's notable, because a lot of people out there are pushing in that direction in the US and in China. Certainly it was all about multilateral leadership. The Americans want to do more. We want collective leadership. We care about values. We care about democracy, but increasingly not seen as credible by a number of Europeans, as well as by the developing world, particularly when it comes to Afghanistan, COVID, and climate. Can't just say the words, have to have a pathway to get there. It's getting more challenging for the Americans. This is a tough UNGA meeting.

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UN agency raises concerns over Malaysia's refugees

November 12, 2020 5:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR • The United Nations' refugee agency said Malaysia has not allowed it to meet detained refugees and asylum seekers for more than a year as the country cracks down on undocumented migrants, raising concerns over the status of vulnerable people.

Malaysia denying UN access to detained asylum-seekers, agency says

November 11, 2020 6:02 PM

Thousands of undocumented foreigners have been rounded up in what authorities say are efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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