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The European Union plans to open a representative office in Afghanistan

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said that the European Union plans to open its representative office in Kabul. He told reporters about this.

“We are working on it. But for security reasons, I can’t tell you the time frame, ” he said.

Earlier it was reported that the European Union is concerned about the creation of an interim government of Afghanistan by the radical Taliban movement, which does not reflect the expectations of the community and the international obligations of the militants.

Before that, the Taliban announced the composition of the interim government of Afghanistan. One of the founders of the movement, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, became the head of the government. He led the militants during the war with the government army of Afghanistan. Abdul Ghani Baradar, a field commander, and leader of the political wing of the Taliban was appointed his deputy.

Other political forces, including representatives of the secular authorities, militias, and women, are not represented in it.

The world’s largest companies are asking to save the planet

More than 150 companies around the world have called for accelerated decarbonization of the shipping industry by 2050.

In a document called Call for Action, they called on governments around the world to take more drastic measures by tightening environmental requirements. Major corporations such as Shell, BP, Maersk, and Trafigura are involved in the Earth Rescue Initiative. It is noted that the sea transportation of goods provides about 90 percent of world trade, while shipping accounts for about three percent of the world’s harmful emissions.

It follows from the appeal that in addition to the requirement for complete decarbonization by 2050, it is necessary that by 2030 at least five percent of the fuel for ships should be renewable.

The document emphasizes that politicians have a “historic opportunity” to accelerate the process of getting rid of emissions. This can be helped by a carbon tax on marine fuels and by encouraging investment in the construction of zero-emission ships.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the world is on the road to disaster due to possible warming of 2.7 degrees. He called for the intensification of forces to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to contain global warming within 1.5 degrees.

More than 230.8 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus

As of Wednesday morning, more than 230.8 million people in the world have been infected with COVID-19. This is reported by the Worldometers website.

A total of 230,868,745 people became infected with COVID-19 worldwide and 207,561,828 of them recovered. The number of deaths rose to 4,732,669.

“Leaders in the number of people infected.

The countries with the highest prevalence of the coronavirus remain the USA (43,404,877), India (33,562,034), Brazil (21,283,567), UK (7,530,103), Russia (7,333,557), France (6,971,493), Turkey (6,932,453) and Iran (5,477,229).

“Leaders in a number of deaths

The largest number of fatalities among countries in the world were in the United States (699,748), Brazil (592,357), and India (446,080).

Chinese scientists have announced COVID cases in the U.S. in fall 2019

In the States, the first case of infection occurred in September 2019, while in China it occurred in late December of that year, experts say.

Scientists from China conducted a study that concluded that the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States may have begun as early as September 2019 — earlier than in China. This is stated in the work of experts, a preprinted version of which is published on the scientific website ChinaXiv.

The experts said they used a mathematical model to analyze the possible start date of the coronavirus in the U.S. and the PRC, using data on the number of confirmed cases of infection.

“Based on analysis of data from 12 representative U.S. regions chosen to determine the date of the first infection, there is a 50 percent probability that the first infection occurred between August and October 2019. This is earlier than the officially announced date of the first confirmed case in the U.S., January 20, 2020,” the authors stated.

They claim that their analysis shows that it is highly likely that COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S. in September 2019, while in China itself, they say, the outbreak was not recorded until late December of that year.

Recall that in August, experts from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new version of the coronavirus in the city of Wuhan. According to them, the virus could have entered the country from other countries that sent products to China — the United States or EU member states.

Meeting of foreign ministers of France, the U.S., Britain, and Germany disrupted

The reason the meeting of foreign ministers was canceled was the alliance AUKUS and the $66 billion contract lost by France.

The meeting of the Foreign Ministers of France, the USA, Great Britain, and Germany on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York was broken because of the dispute about the new security alliance in the Indo-Pacific region, as DPA reports.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his French counterpart canceled the meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 22. He added that the event was not canceled but postponed.

“The reason was the discontent of the French side, which I can understand, and the fact that there are some things that need to be settled first before we can sit down together in this format,” Maas said.

The U.S. State Department cited difficulties with the timetable for changing plans, with a senior official saying the timetables are dynamic. He also doubts the need for a meeting in the coming days.

The new AUKUS alliance between the U.S., Britain, and Australia, signed Sept. 15, has sparked a deep diplomatic crisis between Washington and Paris.

As part of the alliance, Australia will be equipped with nuclear-powered submarines. Because of the agreement, Australia broke a $66 billion submarine contract with a French company, angering Paris.

Meanwhile, France is threatening to block an EU agreement with Australia over submarines.