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  • More than 100 members of Syria's opposition parties and rebel fighting groups agreed at the end of two days of talks in Riyadh to work together to prepare for peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's government. But the final hours of the meeting, which excluded Islamic State and Nusra Front fighters as well as the main Kurdish force controlling large...

  • PARIS, Dec 10- Exhausted climate negotiators from 195 nations sought ways on Thursday to strengthen a planned global agreement to combat global warming, and argued over who should pay billions of dollars to help developing nations meet those goals. Among remaining points of discord, the European Union said curbs agreed in Paris should be reviewed and...

  • *Kerry in Paris says talks "constructive," "tough issues" remain. RIYADH, Dec 10- A powerful Islamist insurgent group said it pulled out of a Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Thursday because rebel proposals had been ignored, in a move which highlighted the enduring divisions among President Bashar al-Assad's enemies. The talks in Saudi Arabia were intended...

  • RIYADH, Dec 10- Opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad agreed on Thursday to bring together political and armed factions in a single body in preparation for possible peace talks with his government, an opposition member said. The opposition meeting in Riyadh comes amid escalating conflict in Syria and accelerated diplomacy to find a political...

  • Ambition of Paris climate talks rises by half a degree Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    Even though the cuts to greenhouse gas emissions being pledged in Paris will not come close even to limiting the rise to 2 C, an explicit recognition of how much more is needed could still set the world on a path to more decisive action in future. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States would join around 100 countries in a "high...

  • PARIS, Dec 10- Exhausted global climate negotiators resumed wrestling over the language of an agreement on Thursday morning after talks that dragged through the night failed to bridge gaps between rich and developing countries. French Foreign Minister Lauren Fabius, who is chairing the U.N. conference, said he still planned to issue a penultimate draft on...

  • SOFIA, Dec 10- Bulgaria and Greece on Thursday signed a final investment agreement to build a natural gas pipeline to help Sofia reduce its almost complete reliance on Russian gas supplies. "This signing gives the real start of the project, which is strategic not only for Bulgaria and Greece, but also for all southeastern Europe," Bulgarian Energy Minister...

  • With new climate draft, a deal creeps closer in Paris Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 1:23 AM ET

    Eleven days of negotiations produced a slimmer but still-troubled version of a climate deal on Wednesday.

  • PARIS, Dec 9- Eleven days of negotiations produced a slimmer but still-troubled version of a climate deal on Wednesday, with negotiators from 195 countries divided over how far to go in curbing global temperature rises- and how to pay for it. "We've made progress but still a lot of work remains to be done," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told delegates...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he would travel to Moscow next week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine and a political settlement in Syria. "I will be traveling to Moscow in a week and will be meeting with him and Lavrov on Syria and on Ukraine," Kerry said. Kerry often meets with Lavrov during events around the globe, and it will...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he will travel to Russia next week for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Syria and Ukraine. Speaking during an event on the sidelines of the Paris climate talks, Kerry said Russia "has been constructive" in trying to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict. "I will be traveling to Moscow in a week...

  • *Paris talks on global climate deal resume after one-day break. PARIS, Dec 7- Organizers of global climate talks in Paris sounded hopeful on Monday that they could reach a deal by the end of the week, even if there was little indication of how differences over funding in particular would be resolved. Secretary of State John Kerry, began arriving in Paris for the last...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Venezuela's opposition vowed on Monday to revive the OPEC nation's troubled economy and free jailed political activists after winning control of the legislature for the first time in 16 years of Socialist rule. "It's a great opportunity for us, this protest vote," prominent opposition leader Henrique Capriles said following a win attributed...

  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Triumphant opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government, but also promised not to go after political foes. The Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists in Sunday's vote that punished...

  • *Paris talks on global climate deal resume after one-day break. PARIS, Dec 7- Warning that the "clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe", U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon urged governments on Monday to agree a strong deal to limit global warming and transform the economy to greener energy.

  • *Paris talks on global climate deal resume after one-day break. PARIS, Dec 7- A four-year global effort to craft a binding deal to brake rising world temperatures enters an intense home stretch on Monday, with senior officials in Paris stepping up pressure to resolve the most contentious points. Secretary of State John Kerry, dispatched to secure a deal meant to...

  • *India says rich must keep taking lead on climate curbs. Secretary of State John Kerry to say that India would be a "challenge" to deal with in Paris but, in the corridors of the U.N. climate summit, it is winning the support of other developing nations. These see India- already the number three greenhouse emitter behind China and the United States, and likely to be number...

  • *Paris negotiators sign off on 43- page draft text. PARIS, Dec 5- Global climate change talks in Paris moved into a new, tougher phase on Saturday as negotiators agreed to a draft accord that still leaves hundreds of points of dispute for ministers to resolve next week. While a largely procedural step in the four-year quest for a binding deal to slow global warming,...

  • France bows to Obama, backs down on climate treaty Saturday, 28 Nov 2015 | 7:36 AM ET
    Security measures are seen during final preparations for the COP21, Paris Climate Conference site on November 26, 2015 in Le Bourget, France.

    France has offered a key concession to the U.S. on the eve of historic climate talks in Paris, the Financial Times reports.

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON, Nov 19- Inus bin Abul Baser, an 18- year-old from Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, believed he'd escaped the worst when he managed to buy his freedom from human traffickers in Thailand and enter Malaysia in search of security and work. President Barack Obama' s visit to Malaysia on Friday for a Southeast Asia leaders' summit...