Green Cement Struggles to Expand Market as Pollution Focus Grows – Bloomberg…
The most astonishing thing about cement is how much air pollution it produces. Manufacturing the stone-like building material is responsible for 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions, more than what comes from all the trucks in the world. And with that in mind, it’s surprising that leading cement makers from LafargeHolcim Ltd. in Switzerland to Votorantim Cimentos SA in Brazil are finding customers slow to embrace a greener alternative.

Freeland Tells Chinese Official To Stop Spreading ‘Inaccurate’ Information Following Huawei Executive’s Arrest | HuffPost Canada…
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a senior Chinese Communist Party official that China should stop spreading “inaccurate” information about the Canadian justice system following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, The Canadian Press has learned.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would prevent President Donald Trump from following through on his withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
The Republican-led Senate is highly unlikely to take up the measure, which would bar federal funds from being used to withdraw from the accord.

U.S. revokes visa of International Criminal Court prosecutor | CBC News
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Friday that her U.S. visa has been revoked, in what appears to be evidence of a crackdown on the global tribunal by the Trump administration.
In a statement confirming the revocation, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office stressed that she “has an independent and impartial mandate” under the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute.

French president calls for ‘true European army’ to protect continent from China, Russia and ‘even the U.S.’ | National Post…
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has called for a “true European army” to defend the continent against Russia, China and even the U.S.
Macron, who has pushed for a joint EU military force since his election last year, issued the call in northern France in the run-up to the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Will the centre hold the balance of power in a fragmented European Parliament? –
The increasing contingent of centrist MEPs could put an end to the ‘grand coalition’ of the right and the left in the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
Has the two major European political parties’ monopoly within the Parliament run its course? This is the finding of a report titled “Parlement européen 2019 : quel hemicycle ? Quelle Europe ?” (“European Parliament 2019: Which hemicycle? Which Europe?”) by the Jacques Delors Institute/Notre Europe.

Attacking Nuclear As Dangerous, New IPCC Climate Change Report Promotes Land-Intensive Renewables
A new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report attacks nuclear power as a key climate solution by promoting the notion that it risks nuclear weapons proliferation , may cause childhood leukemia , and destroys the natural environment.
“Nuclear energy,” write IPCC authors, “can increase the risks of proliferation, have negative environmental effects (e.g., for water use), and have mixed effects for human health when replacing fossil fuels.”

The United States should be a lot more afraid of China than it is – The Globe and Mail
China’s Belt and Road initiative has finally, after five years of existence, made its way into mainstream North American conversation. This massive free-trade plan out of Beijing, known previously as One Belt, One Road, will affect large swaths of Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and now even parts of the Caribbean and South America. But it has little apparent relevance for the United States, especially under the current President and his often-stated position that trade agreements, indeed the very idea of international political co-operations, are “unfair.” They’re not making America great again.

Russian Journalists Killed in Central African Republic Ambush, Reports
Three Russian journalists were reportedly killed overnight in the Central African Republic (CAR) by unidentified assailants who ambushed their vehicle.
Journalist Orkhan Dzhemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and producer Alexander Rastorguev were killed in the attack, the Media Zona news website reported , citing unnamed sources.

Putin comes out with a ‘Russia First’ strategy | Asia Times
Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s new president at a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Monday. As his fourth term begins – which may also be his last term – speculation is rife about the composition of the new Russian government.

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