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Firefighters battling a fire near Vilia, Greece, in August 2021. Photo: Maria Chourdari/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Greece on Monday established a government ministry to respond to the effects of climate change after wildfires burned hundreds of square miles of land in the country this summer, according to AP.

Why it matters: The ministry will be responsible for combating wildfires, distributing disaster relief and creating policies to help the country adapt to the effects of climate change.

  • Christos Stylianides, the former European Union commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, was named the head of the new ministry.

The big picture: Heat waves across Europe in July and August contributed to massive wildfires that torched more than 385 square miles of land on the Greece island of Evia, according to AP.

Go deeper ... UN report: Effects of climate change even more severe than we thought

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Oct 12, 2021 - World

European Commission pledges around $1 billion in Afghan aid

G20 meeting on Afghanistan via video conference. Photo: Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

During a G20 meeting on Afghanistan on Tuesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a roughly $1 billion aid package to Afghanistan and neighboring countries taking in refugees.

Why it matters: The aid is intended to help avert a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan but does not indicate a legitimization of the Taliban, the European Commission underscored in the press release.

Updated 54 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Facebook paying up to $14M to settle employment discrimination claims

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Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against American workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The settlement represents the largest civil penalty and monetary award that the Civil Rights Division has recovered in the 35-year history of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Mapping repression in China's Xinjiang region

Data: © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap; Map: Will Chase/Axios

A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.