Light pollution: the Council of State condemns the government for its inaction

The State Council on Wednesday condemned the government for its inaction in the fight against light pollution, demanding that it take a series of orders, a decision hailed by environmental associations.

According to the decision of the Council of State, "the Minister of ecological transition and solidarity is enjoined to enact these orders within nine months from the notification of this decision". "A penalty of 500 euros per day" delay is provided, says the Council of State.

The three associations, France nature environment (FNE), the Rhône-Alpes Federation of Nature Protection (FRAPNA) and the National Association for the Protection of the Sky and the Environment Nocturnes (ANPCEN), who had seized the Council of State, welcomed this decision.

It is "urgent now to move from intention to action so that these objectives finally become a tangible reality ", claims Raymond Léost, in charge of legal matters for FNE, quoted in a statement.

The Grenelle 2 law of 2010 provided measures against light pollution, which affects human health , animals and plants, but the decrees specifying their implementation had never been published.

Anne-Marie Ducroux, president of the ANPCEN, regretted that "it is necessary that associations make a dispute before the highest jurisdiction to take into account the plural issues of light pollution. "

Light at night can disrupt the circadian rhythm, the biological clock, which increases the risk of cancer, diabetes and depression . It can also inhibit the dormancy of plants that allows them to survive the rigors of winter.

According to a global atlas of light pollution published in 2016, more than 80% of humanity lives under heaven flooded with light artificial, and one-third of the planet's population can never see the Milky Way.

China condemns the US for considering its nuclear rival

China condemns the US government's report describing Beijing as potentially a nuclear opponent and called on Washington to honor its pledge to reduce its own armaments.

China's defense ministry said on Sunday Chinese activities were defensive and its nuclear power to the minimum required by its security. The ministry statement expressed hope that the United States "throw off the Cold War mentality" and "take on the special and prior responsibility for its own nuclear disarmament."

The US nuclear policy review issued on Friday said Washington wanted to prevent Beijing from mistakenly concluding that any use of nuclear weapons, however limitless, is acceptable. [gp]

UNRWA condemns trimming US aid to Palestinian refugees

The head of UNRWA – the UN agency that administers Palestinian refugees – strongly condemns the massive budget cuts by the Americans. "UNRWA commissioner Pierre Krahenbuhl says the agency is facing the worst financial crisis in its history because of America's decision to drastically reduce its financial contribution.

" Last year America provided 360 million dollars for UNRWA. This year they announced it would give 60 million dollars. So there is a difference of 300 million dollars. We need 1.2 to 1.3 billion dollars per year. This is a big enough part of what we need, "said Krahenbuhl.

American President Donald Trump announced the cuts in the UNRWA budget after the UN General Assembly voted in a majority to condemn its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Krahenbuhl told VOA, the humanitarian fund should be linked to the performance of an organization, not because of political considerations. He said the situation was so bad in Gaza that it would get worse if there was a shortage of funds, and the needs of Palestinians were not met.

"Clearly if it is not bridged, there will be an increase in instability … because of the many other problems facing the Middle East – insecurity, radicalization and other problems. On the contrary, I think the investment to stabilize UNRWA and our ability to provide services should be the main thing everyone thinks, "added Krahenbuhl.

UNRWA has just submitted an appeal for an 800 million-dollar emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in Gaza, and Syria. The assistance will provide urgently needed food, cash and emergency medical supplies, and support for various mental health programs and assistance for victims of gender based violence. [em/ii]

White House condemns Yemeni rebel attack in Saudi Arabia

The White House condemned "violently" this week's ballistic missile attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, apparently directed to the Saudi Royal palace in Riyadh.

Missiles that Americans say target the official residence of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud the latest attacks from a series of Houthi missile launches into Saudi territory.

White House spokesman Sarah Sanders urged the United Nations on Thursday to call on Iran to be responsible for "repeated and overt violations" against Security Council resolution on Yemen

The White House and Saudi leader accuse Iran of arming Houthi rebels in Yemen with missiles, violating Security Council resolution 2015, which prohibits Iran from exporting several weapons unless approved by the Security Council.

Iran does not deny giving support to the Houthi but deny arming them.

Last week, the American Ambassador to Perserik atan Nations Nikki Haley in a press conference showed the debris of a missile which he said was "undeniable" as a weapon used by Houthi rebels and came from Iran. [sp/ii]

Trump condemns FBI Investigations related to Russian Mixed Arms

US President Donald Trump on Friday condemned the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the FBI regarding the investigation of Russia and opened the possibility of granting pardons to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents.

"I do not want to talk about forgiveness for Michael Flynn," President Trump told reporters outside the White House before leaving for the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

He added: "We'll see what happens, we wait. I can say: if we look at what happened to the FBI and with the Justice Department, many people are very, very angry. "

But before, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said," There is no consideration in the White House to spare Michael Flynn. "

Earlier this month, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to a federal agent and had agreed to cooperate with a special investigator to inspect a charge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and a conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

The 59-year-old former Army General pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the FBI about a series of private conversations he made in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador for America, Sergey Kislyak.

After President Trump sacked FBI Director James Comey, who led the investigation into Russia, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller to lead an investigation into the matter. [sp/ii]