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With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris
Indian Prime Minister Modi delivers a speech during the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le BourgetBy Bruce Wallace and Alister Doyle PARIS (Reuters) - World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming. In a series of opening addresses to the U.N. talks, heads of state and government exhorted each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels. French President Francois Hollande said the world was at a "breaking point".
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:38:56 -0500
Indonesia says crew action caused crashed AirAsia jet to lose control
News ImageIndonesian investigators said on Tuesday that crew action caused a loss of control and the stalling of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 aboard. The plane's flight control computer had a cracked solder joint that malfunctioned repeatedly, including four times during the flight, and 23 times the previous year. "Subsequent flight crew action resulted in inability to control the aircraft ... causing the aircraft to depart from the normal flight envelope and enter a prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the flight crew to recover," the national transport safety committee said in a statement.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:08:02 -0500
Palestinian assailant shot dead in West Bank stabbing attempt: Israeli police
Israeli security forces shot dead a suspected Palestinian assailant who tried to stab a man at a busy intersection near a West Bank settlement on Tuesday, police said, a location that has seen several incidents during two months of violence. A police spokeswoman said the assailant was shot dead as he wielded a knife in the attempted stabbing at Gush Etzion junction and a bystander was lightly hurt from a stray bullet fired by an officer securing the location. Israeli forces have killed 96 Palestinians, many of whom were carrying out assaults and others in clashes with police and troops. Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:56:22 -0500
At NATO, Turkey remains defiant over Russian jet
Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalatesBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey's prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologize for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself. Six days after NATO member Turkey shot down the Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded as Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions. "No country should ask us to apologize," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters following a meeting with NATO's secretary general at the alliance headquarters in Brussels.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:47:00 -0500
U.S. Embassy warns of imminent attack in Kabul
News ImageThe U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned on Monday of an imminent attack in the Afghan capital, saying it had received credible reports of a threat within the next two days, although it had no other details. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters the threat was not made specifically against the U.S. Embassy, U.S citizens or any American interests in Kabul. "U.S. Embassy Kabul has received credible reports of an imminent attack in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan within the next 48 hours," the embassy said in a post on its website.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:20:30 -0500
U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks
The logo of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reflected in the spectacles of an analyst working in a watch and warning center of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National LaboratoryBy Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would immediately start to collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries such as Syria and Iraq, the White House said.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:38:32 -0500
Blank spaces replace NYT article on flagging Thai economy
News ImageThe International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy Tuesday, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the cover. It was the second time in 10 weeks that the paper has said its local printer declined to run an article, in a country where media freedoms have been increasingly curtailed since last year's military takeover. Tuesday's newspaper was supposed to run a report headlined "Thai economy and spirits are sagging" and exploring the junta's inability to jump-start the flagging economy.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:15:45 -0500
Rights group say blockade puts Nepalese children at risk
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) Child rights groups warned Tuesday that shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies in Nepal due to a border blockade with India are putting millions of children at the risk of disease and even death. Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:15:42 -0500
Israeli military shoots, kills suspected Palestinian stabber
News ImageJERUSALEM (AP) The Israeli military says it has shot and killed a Palestinian who was trying to stab an Israeli pedestrian at a busy West Bank junction.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:15:33 -0500
Senegalese villages swallowed by the sea
News ImageBehind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:38:48 -0500
Top Asian News 6:37 a.m. GMT
PARIS (AP) The latest news from the U.N. climate conference that began Monday in Paris. All times local: 9:15 p.m. U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the House will not go along if President Barack Obama tries to commit taxpayer money to support a climate accord reached in Paris. He says Congress has the authority to decide how to spend U.S. taxpayer dollars, "and I don't think that's the best use of our money." McCarthy suggested that a must-pass year-end spending bill currently in the works could become the vehicle for language blocking any such expenditure. The California Republican on Monday also criticized Obama's overall approach at the Paris talks, saying he should be focusing on America's progress in switching to natural gas and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:38:00 -0500
Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels
News ImageBEIJING (AP) Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments Tuesday as Beijing grappled with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:37:41 -0500
Turkish newspaper says faces tax inspection after journalists arrested
Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, whose top two journalists were arrested last week on charges of espionage and terrorist propaganda, is facing an investigation into its tax accounts, its chief executive said. A court last Thursday ordered the arrest of Can Dundar, the paper's editor-in-chief, and senior editor Erdem Gul over the publication of footage purporting to show the state intelligence agency helping send weapons to Syria. The case against the journalists has revived long-standing criticism of Turkey's record on press freedom under President Tayyip Erdogan with the United States saying it was "very concerned" about the arrests. Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:10:25 -0500
Asia stocks rise as Japan data mends, yuan status welcomed
News ImageTOKYO (AP) Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as improved manufacturing in Japan offset weak Chinese data. The addition of the yuan to the IMF's basket of globally important currencies raised confidence in China's progress toward financial and economic liberalization.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:00:35 -0500
France, Belgium push intelligence sharing after Paris attacks: source
News ImageFrance and Belgium want to improve intelligence sharing between the nine European nations most concerned with jihadist threats in the wake of the Paris attacks, a French government source said Monday evening. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel agreed to "launch an initiative" when they met at the UN climate summit in Paris on Monday, a source in the French premier's entourage said. France and Belgium want to see the "prolonging and expanding, while better formalising, the multilateral exchange of information" between the countries, the source added.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:58:18 -0500
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