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The European Commission’s decision on Ireland’s sweetheart tax deal with Apple shows that some tax practises can be terribly damaging. In times where poverty in Europe has been rising, governments must not churn the chance to raise billions in corporate tax income for the benefit of their citizens.
After four years of peace talks, the Colombian government and FARC-EP guerrilla group have signed a final agreement in Havana, Cuba. This agreement puts an end to FARC as a guerrilla group and opens up the possibility for the definite end of more than 50 years of internal conflict.
In response to the proposed 48 hour ceasefire in Aleppo, Andy Baker, Oxfam's Syria Crisis Response manager said: “While the proposed ceasefire is welcome it must not be a one-off. Regular, sustained pauses in the conflict are necessary to deal with the scale of the suffering, devastation and destruction in the city.”
Destruction of the key bridge from Yemen's main port to the capital Sanaa is hampering delivery of food, fuel and other essentials.
"We’re frustrated and disappointed that the World Bank couldn't agree on stronger policies to fully guarantee the rights of communities affected by the projects they fund," said the head of Oxfam International's Washington office, Nadia Daar.
In response to the latest Panama Papers leak that exposes how Africa is being deprived billions of dollars in natural resource revenues due to offshore deals, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said governments are just not doing enough to stop illicit flows, tax evasion and tax avoidance.
The final draft of the World Bank’s social and environmental protection policies fails to guarantee the rights and well-being of people affected by the Bank’s development projects, said Oxfam.
The European Commission unveiled measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions focused on transport, buildings, land and agriculture, which Oxfam says puts the EU at odds with its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.
International agency Oxfam today called on governments meeting at today's Iraq donor conference to generously fund both urgent efforts to help victims of ongoing violence and longer-term support.
The Malawi government has launched a Humanitarian Response Plan for people affected by drought, but lives could be at risk unless more money is found soon.