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MOSCOW (AFP) - The Kremlin on Monday (April 26) said it favoured an internal solution to the unrest in Myanmar, which has been rocked by protests since a military coup in February and the subsequent death of hundreds at the hands of the security forces. Earlier this month Moscow warned that sanctions against the authorities in Myanmar could push the country towards civil war. On Monday, the Kremlin said that Russia "strongly condemns actions that lead to civilian casualties". "We are very concerned and are observing what is happening there with great attention," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call. "Russia has longstanding relations with Myanmar, which we value, and we are in favour of Myanmar sorting out its own internal problems."
BOSTON/LONDON (REUTERS) - US President Joe Biden welcomed world leaders to a landmark climate summit this week at which the world's biggest economy laid out a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. Alongside that, Biden's administration pledged a range of other measures including plans to increase the funding it provides to international climate efforts, and help mobilise more private finance internationally. Below are comments on the news from financial service market participants and various trade bodies. Eric Pan, President and CEO of the Investment Company Institute "President Biden's climate finance plan along with Secretary Yellen's remarks rightly put the United States back at the centre of international deliberations on climate change and indicates a critical understanding that companies should provide investors better, useful, and comparable information to investors such as investment funds." Wai-shin Chan, Co-head of ESG Research at HSBC "We think this new pledge is a step in the right direction for the US, one which will give it clout when it comes to climate diplomacy. The pressure is on other major emitters to align their 2030 targets to a net-zero pathway. As businesses do