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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden convened leaders of the world's most powerful countries on Thursday to try to spur global efforts against climate change, drawing commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting emissions despite their own sharp rivalries with the United States."Meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet," Biden declared, speaking from a TV-style set for a virtual summit of 40 world leaders.

"It’s about providing a better future for all of us," he said, calling it "a moment of peril but a moment of opportunity."Helen Mountford, the vice president for climate and economics at the World Resources Institute, discusses the Paris Agreement, an

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Beijing: China on Thursday offered to provide the necessary support and assistance to India to deal with the sharp increase in the Covid-19 cases in the country.Asked about the spike in the coronavirus cases in India by the official Chinese media, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here that the COVID-19 "pandemic is a common enemy of all mankind that necessitates international solidarity and mutual assistance"."China takes note of the recent grave situation in India with a temporary shortage of anti-epidemic medical supplies," he said."We stand ready to provide India with necessary support and assistance to get the epidemic under control," he said.China reported the first COVID-19 case in the central Chinese city
Frankfurt: The European Central Bank left its key stimulus programs unchanged with almost 900 billion euros of support still in the pipeline as the economy lags the U.S. and China in a drawn-out struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.The central bank for the 19 European Union member countries that use the euro left interest rates unchanged at record lows and made no adjustments to its 1.85 trillion euro bond purchase stimulus it says will run at least through March, 2022.Just under half of that amount remains to be used in coming months.

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