Air pollution, caused largely by burning fossil fuels, is cutting global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person, making it the world's top killer, researchers say.
US Vice President Mike Pence says the US will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows, comments sure to rile China which claims the strategic sea route.
Unless laws are complied with, clothing companies working at eradicating labor exploitation may be undercut by others profiting from cheap labor.
For many Americans, Tuesday's congressional midterm elections are a referendum on President Donald Trump’s divisive persona, hardline policies and pugnacious politics.
The post of assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs has been vacant since the previous incumbent, Daniel Russel, stepped down in April last year.
Following concern over Vietnam’s rights records, the free trade agreement was submitted with a related accord to promote democracy and human rights in the country.
The drought has affected livestock, wheat, wine and wool production, and the forecasted spring rains are unlikely to offer much relief.
The deal says the Chinese authorities will be involved in selecting future bishops, leading some to fear further suppression of their faith.
H&M’s supplier factories in Cambodia pay workers less than half the living wage of the country and one third in their India and Turkey factories.
While the US hopes the sanctions will deter other nations from making arms deals with Russia, observers say they push Moscow and Bejing closer together.
The former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick in 2008 and a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, is 81.