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  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonise its investment portfolios. Hollande said that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their actions to slow...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Why gold threatens Ivory Coast's peace Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 5:22 AM ET

    GAMINA, Ivory Coast, May 7- Nestled among the cocoa plantations of western Ivory Coast is a gold mine that does not feature on any official maps. The unlicensed mine is a key part of a lucrative business empire headed by the deputy commander of the West African nation's elite Republican Guard, United Nations investigators allege. A senior Ivorian army officer said...

  • UNITED NATIONS, May 5- Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. United Nations sanctions and a future mechanism for Iran to buy atomic technology are two...

  • UNITED NATIONS, May 5- Iran and world powers are struggling to overcome deep divisions on two core sticking points in talks on a possible nuclear deal: reimposing U.N. sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement and how Tehran can buy atomic technology, envoys said. The negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the...

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 28- The European Union sought to reassure Libya on Tuesday that any action being considered by the 28- nation bloc to stem the deadly flow of migrants across the Mediterranean should not be perceived as an attack against the Libyan people. After up to 900 people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya last week, EU leaders tripled a naval...

  • LONDON, April 16- Bosses from more than forty global companies called on negotiators to agree a United Nations climate change deal in Paris in December and pledged to make their own emission cuts, they said in an open letter published on Thursday. The letter is designed to put pressure on government officials ahead of a spring meeting of a World Bank group in...

  • As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors would have "enhanced" access to remaining nuclear activity in Iran, where they already monitor key sites. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful, but it has never welcomed intrusive inspections and has in the past kept some nuclear sites secret. "fact sheet" issued after last week's...

  • The nuclear negotiations in Lausanne have already produced three separate fact sheets, issued by the United States, Iran and France, each highlighting different aspects of the emerging agreement. By reading the fact sheets side by side, however, the outlines of an eventual deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council...

  • Iran nuke deal: These industries could get a boost Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaking at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland last Thursday.

    The industries that will most immediately benefit are those that have been hit by sanctions meant to bring Iran to the negotiating table.

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said on Thursday a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and world powers by June 30 could "enable all countries to cooperate urgently to deal with the many serious security challenges they face." Jordan's U.N. ambassador Dina Kawar, who is president of the United Nations Security Council for April, told reporters that she hoped...

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 2- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said on Thursday a comprehensive deal between Iran and world powers by June 30 on Tehran's nuclear programme could "enable all countries to cooperate urgently to deal with the many serious security challenges they face." In a statement, Ban congratulated them on reaching a framework agreement on...

  • Brent could lose $5 instantly on Iran deal Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 1:30 AM ET

    Negotiators could still reach a deal to lift sanctions on Iranian oil exports and send prices further south, analysts say.

  • UNITED STATES FORMALLY SUBMITS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN TO UNITED NATIONS, PLEDGING EMISSIONS CUT OF 26-28 PERCENT BY 2025.

  • OSLO/ WASHINGTON, March 29- The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. The U.S. submission, on Monday or Tuesday according to a White House official, adds to national strategies beyond...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December. After 2026, Mexico greenhouse gas emissions would become decoupled from economic growth, leading to a 40 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December. The White House praised Mexico for being the first major emerging economy to submit its national strategy to the...

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • JERUSALEM, March 19- The day before Israel's election, with polls showing he could lose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Palestinians would never have a state on his watch. The European Union called on Israel to commit to the two-state goal at a "crucial moment". The United Nations said the only way for Israel to remain democratic was to stick to...

  • JERUSALEM, March 19- The day before Israel's election, with polls showing he could lose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Palestinians would never have a state on his watch. The European Union called on Israel to commit to the two-state goal at a "crucial moment." The United Nations said the only way for Israel to remain democratic was to stick to...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 18- The United Nations said on Wednesday that Israel needs to stick with the Middle East peace process to remain a democracy after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned a commitment ahead of his re-election to negotiate a Palestinian state. Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel...