Incoming head of the United Nations Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that "losers of globalization" in rich countries have felt ignored by establishment politicians, prompting them to turn to nationalist agendas, as in the U.S. election and Brexit referendum.
The New U.N. chief told a conference in his native Lisbon that this trend had undermined the willingness to receive refugees in Europe this year. He said the world must re-establish international protection for refugees coming from war zones such as Syria, but it would not be easy as developed countries were turning to nationalist agendas.
Europe has struggled to handle a huge influx of refugees, many of whom displaced by the war in Syria. The United States has accepted only a very small number of refugees and may take in even fewer next year.
Guterres, who was U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees until last year, linked the growing resistance to accepting refugees to wider concerns about globalization.
"I don't think we can look strictly at the refugee issue, I think the problem is a broader problem," he told the conference on Europe's refugee crisis.
Meanwhile, The United States forces conducted a precision air strike that killed Abu Afghan Al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader in Syria, near Sarmada, Syria, on Nov. 18, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Tuesday during a press conference.
Al-Masri, an Egyptian, originally joined al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and later moved to its Syrian affiliate, Cook said. He had ties to terrorist groups operating throughout Southwest Asia, including groups responsible for attacking U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and those plotting to attack the West.
“Al-Masri’s removal from the battlefield represents another blow to al Qaeda and Syria and demonstrates continued U.S. determination to target al Qaeda leaders wherever they pose a threat to the U.S., our allies and interests,” Cook said.
For the U.S Politics, A federal judge blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million salaried workers from taking effect, risking one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages.
Sherman, Texas District Judge Amos Mazzant, agreed with 21 states and a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that the rule is unlawful and granted their