Tag: France

World headed toward ‘suicide’ if no climate agreement

The U.N. climate conference in Paris is most likely humanity’s last chance to thwart global environmental disaster, Pope Francis said on Monday, warning the world was “at the limits of suicide”.   The pope, who wrote a major document on the environment last June, made the comment in an hour-long news conference aboard the plane […]

Coalition of the grudging

Some support for Mr Hollande, who has tripled France’s air-strike capacity in the region, is already on its way. Britain’s David Cameron says he will ask Parliament to authorise air strikes on Syria. Mr Obama has pledged closer sharing of intelligence for target-selection, and an intensification of attacks on IS. Yet Mr Hollande’s ambition is […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to meet world leaders in Paris Monday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to leave early Monday morning for Paris and join some 140 leaders from around the world at a conference on climate change that – since the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month – has also morphed into a demonstration of solidarity with France and an international statement against […]

Israel suspends EU role in Palestinian peace process

Israel said Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labeling of exports from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, ordered the ministry to carry out “a reassessment of the […]

France’s President Hollande in Moscow Urges ‘Grand Coalition’ Against ISIS

French President Francois Hollande told Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday world powers must create a “grand coalition” to combat ISIS militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.   Hollande is on a diplomatic offensive to build a common front against the militant Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for the attacks in […]

Paris police detain 208 after climate change demo

French police detained 208 people and kept a total of 174 in custody, after activists clashed with police in Paris on Sunday ahead of key climate talks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.   The minister said the acts of violence in central Paris by the protesters, who hurled bottles and candles at police, must be […]

France Uses Sweeping Powers to Curb Climate Protests, but Clashes Erupt

The French government is using the sweeping emergency powers it gained after the Paris terrorist attacks to clamp down on any possible disruption to the two-week global climate conference that starts on Monday, limiting public demonstrations, beefing up security and placing two dozen environmental activists under house arrest.   The efforts to restrict protests — […]

COP21: Paris conference could be climate turning point, says Obama

US President Barack Obama has said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” in global efforts to limit future temperature rises. Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F). Leaders from 147 nations […]

India, US headed for tough negotiations at Paris climate summit

India and the US appeared headed for a face-off at the Paris climate summit starting Monday with the world’s biggest democracies divided over who should share the larger blame for greenhouse gas emission and, therefore, do more towards mitigating it. Ahead of the high-stakes talks to be attended by negotiators from 196 countries, New Delhi […]

Obama: Paris Climate Summit Will Be ‘Powerful Rebuke’ To Terrorists

President Obama calls the upcoming climate summit with world leaders in Paris a “powerful rebuke” to Islamic State terrorists who attacked the city earlier this month.   “What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be, when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better […]