Ukraine eyes first grain exports ‘this week’

Ukraine eyes first grain exports ‘this week’

By Frankie TAGGART Ukraine said Monday it expects to export its first grain shipments under a UN-backed deal to lift Russia’s blockade “this week”, days after missile strikes by the Kremlin threw the accord into doubt. Kyiv and Moscow on Friday...
NGOs urge UN to pick a ‘courageous’ rights chief

NGOs urge UN to pick a ‘courageous’ rights chief

Rights groups appealed Wednesday for the next UN rights chief to be appointed through a swift, open process, calling for a “courageous” nominee to stand up to powerful countries. More than 60 non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International...
Time to put monetary value on conservation, says Gabon

Time to put monetary value on conservation, says Gabon

By Adrien MAROTTE A key UN summit this year must give biodiversity the same priority as climate change and press ahead with putting a financial value on natural resources, Gabon’s environment minister says. British-born Lee White, an ecologist who has helped...