GENEVA – Humanitarian crises around the world will worsen next year, with no let-up in civil wars in Africa, near-famines in war-torn regions and the threat of extremist Islamist violence, a Geneva-based think-tank predicted in a report published on Thursday. The report by ACAPS, a non-profit venture that supports humanitarian aid workers with daily monitoring and analysis of 150 countries, examined the anticipated needs of 18 countries in 2018 and found little to cheer. “If…"Expect more war, hunger and extremism in 2018: report"
BERLIN – Leading carmakers including Volkswagen and Toyota pledged on Wednesday to uphold ethical and socially responsible standards in their purchases of minerals for an expected boom in electric vehicle production. Demand for minerals such as cobalt, graphite and lithium is forecast to soar in the coming years as governments crack down on vehicle pollution and carmakers step up their investments in electric models. To cover its plans for more than 80 new models by…"Automakers pledge ethical minerals sourcing for electric cars"
LONDON – (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for ) The electric vehicle (EV) story continues to gather momentum, with even major oil companies scrambling to join the coming green energy revolution. Royal Dutch Shell has just announced a partnership with leading automotive companies to install super-fast chargers on European highways. But as ever more companies sign up to the bright, shiny EV future, there is rising concern about the…"Cobalt, the heart of darkness in the shiny electric vehicle story: Andy Home"
WASHINGTON – The top two Democrats in the U.S. Congress said they would not meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday as planned after he said he does not think he can reach a deal with them on legislation to fund the government. “Given that the president doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead,” Senate…"Top Democrats in Congress say won’t meet with Trump as planned"
LONDON – Meetings last week between major cobalt producers including mining giant Glencore to supply the world’s largest automaker Volkswagen with the material used to make batteries for electric vehicles ended without a deal, cobalt industry sources said. In September, reported exclusively that VW was moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt for the group’s ambitious electric vehicle plans. Earlier this month Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro spending plan by the end of 2022…"Volkswagen’s talks with cobalt producers end without deal"
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the murder of innocent women and children as the “horrid face” of war as he presided at a special prayer service for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Francis had planned to go later this year to South Sudan, which has been hit by civil war, famine and a refugee crisis, but had to scrap the project for security reasons. During the service,…"Pope, at service for Africa, decries murder of women and children"
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday Robert Mugabe’s resignation gave Zimbabwe the chance to forge a new path, free from oppression. “The resignation of Robert Mugabe provides Zimbabwe with an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterized his rule,” May said. “In recent days, we have seen the desire of the Zimbabwean people for free and fair elections and the opportunity to rebuild the country’s economy…"British PM May says Mugabe’s resignation gives Zimbabwe a chance to be free"
HARARE – Crowds of Zimbabweans booed and jeered as President Robert Mugabe’s motorcade left his ‘Blue Roof’ residence in Harare on Saturday, a witness said. It was not clear whether Mugabe was in the motorcade, or where it was headed."Crowds boo, jeer as Zimbabwe’s Mugabe motorcade leaves Harare residence"
HARARE – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will hold a special central committee meeting on Sunday morning to dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader, two ZANU-PF sources said on Saturday. The meeting, which is scheduled to start at 1030 am (3.30 a.m. ET) will also reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabe’s wife, Grace, from the leadership of the ZANU-PF Women’s League."Zimbabwe’s ruling party to fire Mugabe on Sunday: sources"
HARARE – Hundreds of protesters seeking to remove Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe from office heeded a call from a leader of the powerful liberation war veterans on Saturday to march on the 93-year-old’s residence in the capital. “Let us now go and deliver the message that grandfather Mugabe and his typist-cum-wife should go home,” war veterans secretary-general Victor Matemadanda told an anti-Mugabe rally in the Harare township of Highfield. As he spoke, people started leaving…"Zimbabwe protest crowd heads to Mugabe’s Harare compound"