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U.S. Says Airlines From These Countries Aren’t Safe

Taiwan reports another rise in domestic COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: A passenger wearing a face mask rides an escalator at a metro station following the recent spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in Taipei, Taiwan May 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ben Blanchard

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan reported 457 new domestic COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 170 cases added to the totals for days over the past week as it continues to readjust its infection numbers following delays in reporting positive tests.

Person seriously injured after being hit by car in Wellington

A person has been hit by a car in central Wellington.

A serious crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at the intersection of Victoria and Ghuznee Sts in the capital was reported to police just after 8.30pm.

The pedestrian has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The intersection is closed and motorists have been asked to avoid the area.

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Cease-fire put US in position 'to building something more positive': Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on ABC’s “This Week” that Thursday’s cease-fire was “critical” to put the United States in a position “to make a pivot to building something more positive,” after 11 days of violence between Israel and Hamas.

“That has to start now with dealing with the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza. Then reconstruction, rebuilding what’s — what’s been lost. And critically, engaging both sides in trying to start to make real improvements in the lives of people so that Israelis and Palestinians can live with equal measures of security, of peace and dignity,” Blinken told “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

The cease-fire came after nearly two weeks of violence between Israel and Hamas that left more than 250 dead and hundreds more injured.

Blinken plans travel to the region in the coming days and will meet with Palestinian, Israeli and regional counterparts to discuss relief efforts.

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UAE asks to host 2023 UN climate change conference

The United Arab Emirates has asked to host the COP 28 international conference on climate change in 2023, Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Sunday.

The annual Conference of Parties (COP) is the decision-making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The UAE exports oil and hosts the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) headquarters.

"The UAE has demonstrated a proven track record in progressive climate action and multilateral cooperation that makes it an ideal convener for COP 28," Sheikh Abdullah was quoted as saying by state news agency WAM.

"The UAE has invested around $17 billion in commercial renewable energy projects on six continents and provided over $1 billion of grants and soft loans for renewable energy power plants."

The British government will host the next summit, COP 26, in Glasgow in November.

U.S. Says Airlines From These Countries Aren’t Safe

A Reuters report says that the U.S. is about to downgrade Mexican air safety. This means, among other things, that Mexican airlines cannot aid new flights to America. The FAA, which reviews the airline safety of other nations, already has a list of nations where air safety is considered poor.  Its “International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program” measures the safety of countries and not carriers. It can block carriers from nations that do not measure up to its standards.

The safety check is broken into eight critical elements (CE). These are:

• (CE -1) Primary aviation legislation; • (CE -2) Specific operating regulations; • (CE -3) State civil aviation system and safety oversight functions; • ( CE-4) Technical personnel qualification and training; • (CE -5) Technical guidance, tools and the provision of safety-critical information; • (CE -6) Licensing, certification, authorization, and approval obligations; • (CE -7) Surveillance obligations; and • (CE -8) Resolution of safety concerns.

These are the nations that do not meet those standards: Bangladesh, Curacao, Ghana, Malaysia, The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (which include Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Antigua), Pakistan, Thailand, and Venezuela.

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