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House Democrats subpoenaed the White House for documents related to President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president. Speaking at a special meeting on Africa, UN chief António Guterres said, "the best way to protect refugees and displaced people is to prevent them from having to leave their homes. That means tackling root causes: poverty, conflict, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds."
At the opening of the Africa Dialogue Series today (21 May), the UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Africa's generosity towards people seeking safety from war and persecution.
According to the UN, countries such as Uganda and Ethiopia have opened their doors in record numbers. However, an increasing number of forcibly displaced persons—by the end of 2017 the number of displaced people in Africa stood at 24.2 million, an increase of 4.6 million from 2016—has become a burden on the continent's economy, the environment and the way of life of host communities.
Guterres said, "the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union's Agenda 2063 are our roadmap. Both agendas are aligned around a people-centred and planet-sensitive transformation. Eradicating poverty is their overriding priority."
He also reiterated, "climate change jeopardizes all our plans for inclusive and sustainable development, and many African countries are particularly vulnerable despite contributing little to global warming. Rising sea levels, droughts, floods, the spread of tropical diseases and the loss of biodiversity could be devastating."
Guterres continued, "climate change also multiplies other challenges, other threats, including poverty, conflict and particularly displacement, and slows economic growth, reducing opportunities for inclusive, sustainable development in Africa and beyond." Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) at the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom.
Secretary-General António Guterres said, "it is totally unacceptable in the 21st century for people to face discrimination and intimidation for their beliefs. And the persecution of religious minorities is utterly intolerable."
He said, "the full scope of their human rights is guaranteed, and States have an obligation to implement policies that ensure their identities are respected and that they feel fully part of society as a whole." House Democrats took their first official step towards forcing Attorney General William Barr to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
♪ STEVE: WELL, THAT MAN RIGHT THERE HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE CHAIR ADAM SCHIFF RAMPING UP HIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BY ISSUING A NEW SET OF RULES. PETE: IN A LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN MINORITY SCHIFF UNVEILS A LIST OF QUESTIONS THAT G.O.P. WITNESSES MUST ANSWER IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED RELEVANT TO IMPEACHMENT HEARING. IS THIS ANOTHER WAY TO RESTRICT REPUBLICANS IN THIS IMPEACHMENT PROCESS? STEVE: IT LOOKS LIKE IT TO US. WHAT'S IT LOOK LIKE TO SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE MEMBER AND ARKANSAS SENATOR TOM COTTON WHO JOINS US RIGHT NOW FROM D.C.? SENATOR, GOOD MORNING TO YOU. >> GOOD MORNING, STEVE, GOOD MORNING, PETE, GOOD MORNING, AINSLEY. STEVE: IT SOUNDS LIKE ADAM SCHIFF IS JUST TRYING TO TIE THE HANDS OF THE REPUBLICANS SO THAT THEY CAN ONLY ASK A CERTAIN NUMBER OF WITNESSES TO COME UP AND SIT BEFORE THE COMMITTEE. >> YEAH, STEVE. IT LOOKS LIKE SHIFTY ADAM SCHIFF HAS GONE FROM HAVING A STARR CHAMBER OR KANGAROO COURT IN SECRET LAST MONTH TO HAVING PUBLIC SHOW TRIALS NEXT WEEK. THESE SAY THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAN ONLY HAVE WITNESSES IF THEY WILL PLAY INTO HIS STORY LINE. NOTHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY PORTRAY WHAT TRULY HAPPENED. CERTAINLY NOTHING THAT WOULD ALLOW THE CALLING OF WHAT MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT WITNESSES IN THIS MATTER, HUNTER BIDEN TO EXPLAIN WHAT HE WAS DOING FOR UKRAINIAN OLIGARCH UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR 50 TO $80,000 A MONTH OR FOR THAT MATTER JOE BIDEN TO EXPLAIN WHY HE DIDN'T RECUSE HIMSELF FROM ALL MATTERS RELATED TO UKRAINE GIVEN THIS OBVIOUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH HIS SON. PETE: SENATOR, DO YOU THINK THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, SOMEONE LIKE HUNTER BIDEN NOT BEING CALLED TO THE STAND? PROTECTING HIM? >> I THINK SHIFTY ADAM SCHIFF AND NANCY PELOSI ARE GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO PROTECT JOE BIDEN. YOU KNOW, NANCY PELOSI HAS STARTED TO INTIMATE THAT SHE IS WORRIED THAT RADICAL LEFT WINGERS LIKE BERNIE SANDERS OR ELIZABETH WARREN MAY WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. THAT LEAVES ALL THE CHIPS LEFT ON JOE BIDEN AND HIS FALTERING CAMPAIGN. I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT SHE WANTS TO SEE JOE BIDEN OR HUNTER BIDEN CALLED TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS OBVIOUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST DURING THE OBAMA ERA. STEVE: WELL, YOU KNOW, IN READING THE THREE QUESTIONS, SENATOR, MAYBE YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO CALL JOE BIDEN OR HUNTER BIDEN BUT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO CALL THE WHISTLEBLOWER. AND I KNOW SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE WANTED TO HEAR FROM THE WHISTLEBLOWER ANYWAY. ANY POSSIBILITY THAT ADAM SCHIFF WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU ARE RIGHT. THAT PERSON DOES QUALIFY UNDER MY RULES. >> WOULD ADAM SCHIFF SAY THAT? NO. OF COURSE NOT, STEVE. EVEN IF HE DID QUALIFY UNDER THOSE RULES AS WRITTEN. LOOK, OUR WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION STATUTES ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FROM RETALIATION AT WORK FROM REPORTING MISCONDUCT IN THEIR AGENCY OR THEIR DEPARTMENT. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED -- THEY ARE NOT THERE TO ALLOW TO YOU LAUNCH IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHILE COLLUDING WITH DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES IN CONGRESS AND THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT. PETE: DOESN'T FEEL LIKE SINCE IT'S GONE PUBLIC IT'S GOTTEN ANY BETTER.