Monday, November 30, 2015

World News Briefs -- November 30, 2015

BBC: COP21: High-level climate talks open in Paris

High-level climate talks have begun in Paris, aimed at signing a long-term deal to reduce global carbon emissions.

More than 150 world leaders have converged to launch the two-week talks, known as COP21.

The last major meeting in 2009 ended in failure. But French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the meeting, said a deal was within reach.

Most of the discussions are expected to centre on an agreement to limit global warming to 2C (3.6F).

Assessments of the more than 180 national plans that have been submitted by countries suggest that if they were implemented the world would see a rise of nearer to 3C.


Turkey will not apologise for shooting down Russian jet.

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

Turkey's Prime Minister criticizes Putin's sanctions.

Turkish group says Russians targeted bakery in Syria.

Mourners at funeral of Kurdish lawyer cast doubt over justice. Turkish opposition says police bullet may have killed Kurdish lawyer.

Iraqis find 3 more mass graves in formerly IS-held Sinjar.

Iraqi army warns of imminent assault on IS-held Ramadi.

Iranian general Soleimani denies rumors of his death.

Iran demands closure of UN nuclear watchdog probe.

Ayatollah dashes Obama moderation hopes, reaffirms commitment to Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

Yemen shells kill 3 more in Saudi border zone.

Israel suspends EU role in peace process with Palestinians.


Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders to hold icebreaking talks in Paris.

US warns of 'imminent attack' in Kabul.

Thai junta briefly detains opposition leaders ahead of anti-graft inspection.

China raises alert level as thick smog engulfs Beijing.

Japanese military scrambles F-15 jets after Chinese planes fly near Okinawa.

Japanese whaling fleet to set sail for Antarctic.

India's economic growth picks up to 7.4%.


Boko Haram destroys Nigerian military base.

Mali attack: Rocket kills three at UN base at Kidal.

DR Congo raid by Ugandan Islamist rebel group 'kills 24'. Seven hacked to death in Congo hospital, dozens killed in clashes with Ugandan rebels.

South Sudan rebels sending advance team to Juba.

Pope Francis visits besieged mosque in Central African Republic.

Counting under way in Burkina Faso elections.

UNICEF: AIDS now top killer of Africa’s teens.


Greek PM goads Turkish PM on Twitter over downing of Russian jet.

Russia's Putin, China's Xi meet on sidelines of Paris summit.

Poroshenko calls for visa-free regime with EU and extension of sanctions against Russia.

Declaring 'new beginning,' EU and Turkey seal migrant deal.

Europe split over refugee deal as Germany leads breakaway coalition.

Hundreds involved in mass brawl at Berlin refugee shelter.

Ukraine says can restore some power to Crimea when activists ready.


Obama urges climate deal as U.N. summit opens in tense Paris.

Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House.

Colombia tries to end five decades of war with rebels. Colombian FARC rebels demand UN monitors for ceasefire.

US lawmakers brace for end-of-year battles.

Guatemala prison fight turns deadly.

Brazil to sue Samarco mining firm for $5.2bn over dam burst.

Gun threat prompts University of Chicago to cancel Monday classes.


Paris terror attack suspect believed to be in Syria.

Islamic State defections mount as death toll rises, U.S. official says.

Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour.


China's yuan set for IMF reserve status.

Iran seeks $30bn of new oil contracts.

Clicks defeat bricks during U.S. retailers' Black Friday weekend.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Merkl and Obama are happy this summit takes other things off the radar.