Foreign aid cuts could undermine UK’s global credibility say charities

As the Prime Minister urges global co-operation at the G7 summit, Boris Johnson faces condemnation from charities and some of his own MPs for breaking a manifesto commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. Some thirty Conservative MPs are threatening to back an amendment that would force the government to keep international development spending at current levels. But given the enormous costs of Covid, is that level of spending sustainable? Our Economics Correspondent Helia Ebrahimi reports.

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OPEC+ sticks to plan to ease supply cuts to July

OPEC+ oil producers agreed to stick to the existing pace of gradually easing of supply curbs through July, as they sought to balance expectations of a recovery in demand against a possible increase in Iranian supply

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UK aid cuts hitting primary schools in South Sudan

Sky News’ John Sparks visits a school in South Sudan where the charity support was cuts just weeks before it was meant to begin.

Sunlight Primary is home to roughly 700 students in one of the poorest communities in one of the most impoverished countries on Earth.

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South Sudan: Fears over ‘inhuman’ UK aid cuts as country ‘on brink of famine’

The UK has slashed its contribution to emergency food aid by around 30%.

According to agencies such as the UN’s World Food Programme, South Sudan which has a population of 11 million is "on the brink of famine".

"We look at it so unfriendly and so inhuman to cut aid at this particular time. It is the time when we need the world’s attention like never before," said the minister of humanitarian affairs, Peter Mayen Majongdit.

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‘Friends The Reunion’ Censored In China Cuts Out BTS, Justin Bieber & Lady Gaga I THR News

The celebrity-packed ‘Friends’ reunion was conspicuously less star-loaded when it landed in China on Thursday. Approximately six minutes of the special episode was missing as it rolled out on Chinese streaming services. Among the cuts: special appearances by K-pop supergroup BTS, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, as well as brief cameos made by LGBTQ ‘Friends’ fans.

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Landmark ruling orders Shell to deepen carbon cuts

A court in The Hague on Wednesday ordered Royal Dutch Shell to significantly deepen planned greenhouse gas emission cuts – by 45% in 2030 – in a landmark ruling that could pave the way for legal action against energy companies around the world.

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White House cuts infrastructure proposal to $1.7 trillion

The White House pared down its infrastructure bill to $1.7 trillion from $2.25 trillion, with cuts to investments in broadband and roads and bridges

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Explained: The impact of UK foreign aid cuts

The details and impact of the cuts to the foreign aid budget are only now beginning to emerge. This is what we have uncovered.

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