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U.S. backs Turkey's explanation of Russian air incursion

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence on Russia's warplane movements on Nov. 24 support Turkey's explanation that Russian jets violated Turkish airspace, the U.S. envoy to NATO said on Monday. "The U.S. data that I have seen corroborates Turkey's version of events," U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute told reporters. (Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:07:21 -0500
World leaders launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris

French President Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting during the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 at Le Bourget, near ParisBy Bruce Wallace and Alister Doyle PARIS (Reuters) - World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, with French President Francois Hollande saying the world was at "breaking point" in the fight against global warming. Some 150 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, urged each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:03:36 -0500
Beijing air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels

A woman wearing a mask to protect herself from pollutants walks past a construction site on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Beijing on Sunday, Nov. 29 issued its highest smog alert of the year following air pollution in capital city reached hazardous levels as smog engulfed large parts of the country despite efforts to clean up the foul air. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:00:53 -0500
Obama and Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House official

U.S. President Barack Obama, seated just offstage, awaits his turn to speak during the COP21 session of statements by heads of state and government at the climate summit in Paris, FranceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris on Monday and discussed the Syrian crisis as well as the situation in Ukraine, a White House official said. Obama told Putin he believes Syrian President Bashar al- Assad must leave power as part of a political transition, the official said. ...

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:59:22 -0500
Wall Street stocks edge up ahead of ECB, jobs report

Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,809.12, up 10.63 points (0.06 percent)New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks opened a bit higher Monday at the start of a news-jammed week that includes a European Central Bank meeting and a US jobs report.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:59:16 -0500
Russian SU-34 jets fly with air-to-air missiles in Syria for self-defense for first time

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Su-34 fighter bombers flew in Syria for the first time with air-to-air missiles for self-defense on Monday, a Russian air force official told Russian news agencies, less than a week after a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian jet. Igor Klimov, the official, said the air-to-air missiles were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 60 kilometers (37.28 miles). (Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:56:02 -0500
Pink named UNICEF ambassador in fight to end child hunger

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, Pink arrives at the Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala in Santa Monica, Calif. Pink, whose given name is Alecia Moore, was named a UNICEF Ambassador on Monday, Nov. 30, to help promote a new effort to encourage physical activity in young children in the United States and at the same time raise money for nutritional, vitamin-rich peanut paste to be delivered to hungry children all over the world. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)Trailblazing pop star Pink saw firsthand severely malnourished children during a recent visit to Haiti as a part of a UNICEF program to provide therapeutic food packets to children in need.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:50:08 -0500
Justices rebuff Texas veterinarian who gave advice online

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a retired Texas veterinarian who was barred from evaluating animals and giving advice over the Internet.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:49:33 -0500
Fed approves curb to future 'too big to fail' lending

Federal Reserve building in WashingtonThe Federal Reserve Board on Monday approved a proposal to curb its emergency lending powers, a change demanded by Congress after the central bank's controversial decision to aid AIG , Citigroup and others in 2008. The rule, unanimously approved by the Fed's Washington-based board in an open meeting, requires that any future emergency lending be only "broad-based" to address larger financial market problems, and not tailored to specific firms. The 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law instructed the Fed to curtail emergency loans to individual companies and prohibited it from lending to firms that were insolvent.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:47:03 -0500
High stakes for Baltimore as Freddie Gray trials begin

FILE -In this Monday, April 27, 2015 file photo, Mourners view the body of Freddie Gray before his funeral at New Shiloh Baptist Church, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. With a city so deeply divided, the stakes for the police, the politicians and the public at the first officer's trial, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, are high. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)BALTIMORE (AP) In Baltimore, this year can be divided into two parts: what came before Freddie Gray died and what happened afterward.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:46:39 -0500
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