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UN Secretary-General’s press encounter: 5 September 2017

6 September 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres on North Korea and Myanmar’s Rakhine State In two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges. But in recent days we have seen the dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as [read more]

The 1991 Eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines

23 May 2017

Pinatubo eruption from Clark Air Base, Richard P. Hoblitt The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines on 12th-16th June  1991 was the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, exceeded only by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula. It produced the largest [read more]

Murder in Myanmar

19 December 2016

Beth Walker Journalist’s death highlights plight of Myanmar’s forests and corruption of illegal logging trade to India and China. A Burmese journalist was found dead on 13 December, while investigating illegal logging and wood smuggling near Monywa, in the Sagaing region of northwest Myanmar, [read more]

China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

31 August 2016

Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly waiting for indications of the new government’s priorities and attitudes, none more so than China. To [read more]

Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda)

26 November 2014

Typhoon Haiyan hit the central islands of the Philippines on the 8th November 2013 with a force that killed between 6,000 and 7,500 people.  With sustained wind speeds of more than 310 kilometres per hour, Haiyan was the most powerful tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. The [read more]