Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Thursday, November 30, 2023.
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1. Controversy at the world climate conference
The head of an oil company is leading world climate discussions, causing controversy among legislators and activists alike. Sultan al-Jaber, head of the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, earlier this year was named as the head of COP28, the annual climate conference held by the United Arab Emirates where world leaders work to address climate change.
Lawmakers say that the fossil fuel industry already has an undue influence on policy worldwide through lobbying, and that the conference al-Jaber is set to lead specifically aims to curtail their effect and damage on legislation and the environment.
Click here for more about al-Jaber and COP28's criticisms.
2. Palestinians face attacks from Israeli settlers in West Bank
Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has intensified the settler movement in the occupied West Bank. More than 1,000 Palestinians have fled villages and small communities in recent weeks after settlers attacked homes, destroyed olive trees, blocked roads, and cut off electricity and water, according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.
Israeli forces also killed seven Palestinians in the West Bank, including two children in the Jenin refugee camp, Reuters reported. Since Oct. 7, Israeli security forces have carried out daily raids in the West Bank and increased restrictions on Palestinian residents.
Click here for more about the unlawful arrests of Palestinians.
3. Henry Kissinger, controversial White House figure, passes away at 100
Henry Kissinger, the first person to ever serve as both Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, died on Wednesday at the age of 100. His most controversial role was during the Vietnam War, in which he worked with Nixon to sabotage a peace agreement between the North Vietnamese and former president Lyndon Johnson in order to bolster Richard Nixon's campaign against him.
Click here for more about Kissinger's bloody legacy.
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