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Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting

The 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting will conclude today ( 8th) in Apia, hosted by the Government of Samoa on the theme of ‘Gender equality through sustainable development in an inclusive commonwealth’.

WAMM has been held triennially since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It also contributes to the setting of Commonwealth priorities and the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development. The 10th WAMM was held in Bangladesh in 2013. View outcomes from 10WAMM here

Key objectives of the meeting include to inform on proposed Commonwealth priorities on gender equality and women’s rights in the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Emerging issues and increasingly critical development issues on gender equality, women’s empowerment and development to promote inclusive development and democracy will also be discussed.

Denmark to buy Panama papers data.

Denmark is to buy data leaked from the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal. In a statement, the Taxation Minister announced that an anonymous offer to sell data involving up to 600 Danish citizens was made to the tax authorities over the summer.

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Syrian forces drop chlorine in Aleppo

Syrian government forces have been accused of dropping barrel bombs containing chlorine from helicopters on a suburb of Aleppo, injuring 80 people

. Volunteer emergency workers say people suffered breathing difficulties after an attack on the on the Sukari area. A UN-led investigation in August found the government had used chlorine on at least two occasions. The Syrian government has always denied using chemical weapons

Syrian Government helicopters 'drop chlorine' on Aleppo

Syrian government forces have been accused of dropping barrel bombs containing chlorine from helicopters on a suburb of Aleppo, injuring 80 people. Volunteer emergency workers say people suffered breathing difficulties after an attack on the Sukari area.

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Philippines President regrets abusive remark over Obama

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed regret for his abusive remark while referring to President Barack Obama. In a statement read out by his spokesman, Duterte said his “strong comments” to certain questions by a reporter “elicited concern as well as distress and also regret

it came across as a personal attack on the US President." The Philippines President made the remarks before flying to Laos, where he will attend a regional summit. He had been scheduled to meet US President
Barak Obama separately. But Obama indicated that he was having second thoughts about that meeting after the remark.

G20 summit concludes

The 11th summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies concluded on Monday, reaching extensive consensus on pursuing innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economic growth.

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UN human rights chief condemns Western politicians.


The UN's human rights chief has launched a scathing attack on Western populist politicians, branding them "demagogues and political fantasists". Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein singled out Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, saying he used bigotry as a political weapon.

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Indian PM emphasises the need of eliminating safe havens for economic offenders

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made it clear that effective financial governance requires to act against the corrupt and elimination of “safe havens” for economic offenders .
He also called on G20 members to break down the web of excessive banking secrecy.

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G20 leaders told 'avoid empty talk' by China's Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping has urged leaders of the world's 20 largest economies to avoid "empty talk" as they look to quicken economic growth.

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Philippines bomb attack kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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